It looks like Disney may finally be entering the streaming anime wars, with a recent batch of leaks suggesting House of Mouse has secured the broadcast rights to one, if not the most anticipated series of 2022 – Bleach: The Bloody War of a Thousand Years.
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Disney’s potential interest in whitening It was first heard on May 29 when popular YouTube series Jaymes Hanson took to his channel to inform his followers that “Over the past few months, as other sources tell me, there has been a bit of a bidding war. [for Thousand-Year Blood War] Between Crunchyroll and Disney Plus”.
“Bleach is a very much anticipated show,” Hanson said of the situation. Disney and Crunchyroll know this somewhat, but whitening It has a very high price tag – and for the right reasons, too.”
At that time, he then speculated, “Because of this, [the fact of the matter is that] Disney has money and Crunchyroll simply doesn’t – especially with all the money I imagine Crunchyroll has been putting in huge amounts of licenses for this fall season” – in particular chainsaw man.
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When Bleach: a bloody war for a thousand years The anime was announced at Jump Festa 2022, Viz Media revealed that it has acquired the worldwide exclusive rights (except in Asia) for the series.
The Exclusive purchase It included the rights to video-on-demand, home video, e-sale, and TV versions of the upcoming anime, as well as all related promotions.
Although he heard little about the bidding war in the months in between, July saw Hanson share a document from a news source licensed to Global License that listed Jujutsu KisenAnd the My hero academyAnd the The attack on the GiantsAnd the Junji Ito . groupAnd the My hero academyAnd the Spy family x And the chainsaw man As “characteristics driving growth at Crunchyroll” she predicted, “I think it’s safe to assume that Bleach won’t air on CR.”
“Focus on them in packing chainsaw man He is either assertive or downright arrogant/ignorant.” “If true. Expect a reaction in an angry manner.”
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Then, on August 12, Hanson uploaded a new video declaring, “They’ve won. Disney has won the rights to Bleach.”
Noting that “nothing will be affected in the Japanese market because this is strictly internationally,” the YouTuber explained that the reason for this bidding war is the fact that “Viz does not have an online service” and therefore needs to sublicense their property to various partners Streaming services like Disney Plus, Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
Not only did he secure the rights to the upcoming series, but as Hanson determined, Disney also bought the rights to all of the whiteningCatalog. “
Regarding the possibility of simulcasting the series, Hanson clarified that it “depends on the licensor – in this case Viz Media,” but also emphasized that “if Viz Media fails to include same-day simulcast terms in its contract with Disney, it will send a message to Bleach fans.” “.
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In addition to Hanson’s sources, there are other hints that Disney has managed to win over whitening The broadcast license was seen at the recent Crunchyroll Expo.
There, Crunchyroll took part in MAPPA productions, as seen on the streaming service hosting both premieres and premieres. blue lock anime and chainsaw man A panel featuring studio CEO Manabu Otsuka and producer Makoto Kimura, as well as upcoming broadcast shows including Mob Psycho 100, My Hero Academia, And the Spy family x – The latter, although it includes only English-language voice actors in the series.
Meanwhile, perhaps most telling of the whole situation, the exhibition did not include paintings whitening.
Of all the anime that Crunchyroll has to be hesitant and belittled, it’s very strange that they wouldn’t invest in Bleach Thousand Year Blood War. Given that Crunchyroll wouldn’t be where it is today without Bleach, it’s a mystery why they’re hesitant about the property.
What makes this leaked news more likely is the fact that although Bleach: a bloody war for a thousand years The anime is set to premiere in October, and there have been no peeps from Crunchyroll or Viz Media regarding streaming plans.
Considering that the next whitening The sequel series is one of the most awaited anime of the year, and Crunchyroll wouldn’t be where it is today without the viewership given from their hosting of the original series. If Crunchyroll really got the license, this lack of action wouldn’t be anything short of the stranger.
As it stands, these rumors will likely be confirmed or denied next month at either the D23 Expo or the Aniplex Online Festival.
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