Thousand-Year Blood War Beats Spy x Family, One Piece As a Top Streaming Anime
Bleach's new series, Thousand-Year Blood War, conquers previous champions One Piece and Spy x Family to become the new highest-rated anime.

Thousand-Year Blood War Beats Spy x Family, One Piece As a Top Streaming Anime

Studio Pierrot's new series, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War climbed to the top of anime rating charts after its debut, beating out both One Piece and Spy X Family.

On MyAnimeList's Top Airing Anime Chart, Thousand-Year Blood War currently holds the #1 spot with a 9.18 rating, while MAPPA's Chainsaw Man sits at the #2 spot with a 9.11 rating. Spy X Family, which broke records this year as the most-watched anime and overall television show in Japan with streaming and VOD services, sits as the third-highest-rated series with an 8.79. The wildly popular shonen One Piece is currently the fourth-highest-rated series with an 8.67 rating.

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Episode 1 of Thousand-Year Blood War debuted on Oct. 10. The series picks up where the previous Bleach anime left off, adapting the last part of Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. The story revolves around a 15-year-old boy named Ichigo Kurosaki, who can see ghosts and spirits. Through this power, he meets a Soul Reaper, or Shinigami, named Rukia Kuchiki, who tells him about her kind and the world they inhabit, called the Soul Society. She later transfers her powers to Ichigo, enabling him to protect his loved ones from soul-eating spirits called Hollows. After receiving his new powers, Ichigo teams up with Rukia to solve mysteries involving Hollows.

The Wandenreich Are the Series' Antagonists

Thousand-Year Blood War focuses on a group called The Wandenreich, a smaller-sub group of a larger society known as "The Quincy," eternal enemies of the Shinigami, driven into hiding after being defeated by them. The Wandenreich's goal is to strike back against the Shinigami and the Soul Society, which would escalate their conflict into an all-out war. To make matters worse, the Soul Society is suffering the ill effects of a dramatic imbalance of the devastation of Hollows. Realizing what is at stake, Ichigo intervenes.

Tomohisa Taguchi (Persona 4: The Golden Animation) is directing Thousand-Year Blood War. Masaki Hiramatsu works alongside Taguchi on Series Composition. Masashi Kudo (Bleach, Sakura Wars The Animation) is in charge of the Character Designs. Yoshio Tanioka is the series' Art Director. Shiro Sagisu, who did the music for the 2004 Bleach anime, returned to compose the music for Thousand-Year Blood War. Fumiko Orikasa and Mazakazu Morita also reprise their character roles as Rukia Kikuchi and Ichigo Kurosaki, respectively.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War is available on Hulu in the U.S. and Disney+ internationally. The manga is available in English from VIZ Media.

Source: MyAnimeList