Bleach Creator Inks Ichigo and Rukia Ahead of Art Exhibition

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If you did not know, Bleach is on the cusp of a comeback, and that means big things for anime fans. When the supernatural series made its debut, Ichigo was one of the biggest names in the fandom. In fact, his legacy has endured despite the anime having closed years ago, but the show is eyeing a return in 2022. And now, the creator of Bleach has inked new art of Ichigo and his friend Rukia.

The piece comes from Tite Kubo himself, and the artist hasn’t lost his touch with the Soul Reapers. The artwork surfaced online ahead of Bleach’s Art Exhibition in Japan, so locals will not want to miss the event. The exhibit will kick off just before Bleach takes over Jump Festa with its new anime, and this poster has fans hyped for the return.

new illustration by Tite Kubo for Bleach Art Exhibition in december @tite_official#BLEACH #BLEACH_anime pic.twitter.com/LeLcK2RXJa

— Ichigo_m (@bleach_fan20) December 9, 2021

As you can see above, the artwork shows Rukia and Ichigo in their older forms. To the left, Byakuya’s sister can be found dressed in her captain robes. The white suits Rukia perfectly, and the heroine’s hair has grown out significantly. Of course, Rukia has pulled the hair back in this action shot, and she even accessorized the look with a blue ribbon.

Ichigo is also dressed in his uniform, and his Soul Reaper garb is the same as usual. However, Ichigo does look older if you check out his features. The hero’s slim face and short hair are definitely refined, but Ichigo still looks like his old self where it counts. After all, it is hard to mistake his orange hair, and the Soul Reaper’s concentrated expression will look familiar to Bleach fans.

Clearly, Kubo is ready to see where Ichigo goes in Bleach’s revival, and that is not all in his future. The manga made its return earlier this summer with a special one-shot which set up an entirely new arc. So if we can show Ichigo our love, Kubo might have more adventures to ink for the fighter.

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