How Bleach Shows Disney’s Anime Ambitions – What’s On Disney Plus

Since the launch of Disney+, the service has offered a load of content and continued to grow its library. So too have Disney’s ambitions as an entertainment empire. While we’ve heard of Disney wanting to make Amazon Prime a competitor as well as build their own ‘metaverse’, I want to take a look at one of Disney’s most ambitious moves to grow their content library and ‘Bleach : The Thousand Year Blood War” shows us how big these ambitions are.

Bleach is one of the best known anime:

Let’s start with an important point, the original series of “Bleach” before the current revival helped popularize anime back then. It was one of the “Big Three” of Shonen Jump, the other shows being the famous series “Naruto” and the endless “One Piece”. Now that Disney has acquired the streaming rights to ‘Bleach: The Thousand Year Blood War’, it shows that even the biggest anime IPs are now in play for Disney to expand to expand the content offerings of Disney+ and Hulu.

Bleach The Thousand Year Blood War is the biggest anime Disney has committed to:

Okay, this point is similar to the last point, but hear me out. Compared to Disney’s other anime projects like “Star Wars Visions”, “Summer Time Rendering”, “Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall”, “Yojohan Time Machine Blues” and “Twisted Wonderland”, there is a clear ambition to become an important player. in the anime. “Bleach The Thousand Year Blood War” is the biggest anime project that Disney has committed to funding and distributing, especially since most of the other anime projects Disney has commissioned have only been released in Asia and are slowly making their way to the rest of the world. . “Bleach, The Thousand Year Blood War,” has a built-in fan base clamoring for “Bleach” to return, and now that Disney has secured the rights, it’s become Disney’s biggest anime commitment yet. now.

Live-action anime adaptations could potentially happen and hopefully be good:

That’s another big thing in Hollywood. If an anime is successful, you can bet your bottom dollar that a major media company will try to adapt the anime/manga into a live-action movie. The two most notable major entertainment companies that adapted multiple anime/manga were Netflix and 20th Century Fox (before the Disney purchase). Netflix is ​​currently creating a live-action version of “One Piece”, among others, while 20th Century Fox was behind live-action adaptations of “Dragon Ball” and “Battle Angel Alita”. If Disney decides to capitalize on the popularity of one of its anime projects, it would make sense to do a live-action adaptation. Hopefully, if they do live-action adaptations, they’ll be more like “Alita Battle Angel” and less like “Dragon Ball Evolution.”

So what’s up ? :

Now, let’s speculate on what might be next for Disney and its anime ambitions. Consider titles like Studio Bone’s “My Hero Academia” streams on Disney+ Japan and Disney securing the rights for “Bleach The Thousand Year Blood War.” This means that Disney could potentially jump into anime as they try to threaten the dominance of Netflix and Sony’s Funimation.

Disney has a large revenue stream and could potentially consider licensing dozens of shows and movies from major anime producers like Toei Animation, Studio Ghibli, and more. or Disney might consider buying smaller studios like Studio Bones, Studio Trigger, or Kyoto Animation to offer more of an anime selection. Disney could also use IP addresses to which they have the rights, such as “Princess Kilala”, “Alita Battle Angel” or “Fireball”.

Do I think Disney will take one of the steps to get more anime on Disney+? Disney has signed a deal with a major Japanese entertainment company called Nippon TV which created the “Hunter X Hunter” anime. Disney also pitched its streaming platform to anime studios as a potential distributor of studio content. In my opinion, we’ll likely see Disney buy the distribution rights to more anime in the future to expand its presence as a global entertainment giant.

What do you think? Does Bleach The Thousand Year Blood War Show Disney’s Anime Ambitions?


Ethan Holloway

Ethan is an autistic and type 1 diabetic Disney fan who grew up with properties like Iron Man, The Lion King, Aladdin and Toy Story. Ethan wants to one day create his own books/movies/TV shows to inspire people with disabilities to be themselves, but for now, Ethan is covering his views on Disney, their content, and how Disney+ can improve.


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