At the anime pre-screening Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen (Bleach: A Thousand Year Blood War), the voice actor Noriaki Sugiyama revealed that the series’ massive cast of actors affected the filming schedules of other anime series. Sugiyama shared that there is a list that explains which actors will appear in how many episodes and that “at its peak, there are about 80 people” recorded in one day.
«A talk show for an advance screening of the first and second episodes of the final arc of the TV anime “Bleach” was held in Tokyo on October 11.titled “Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen” (aired from October 10), which will be broadcast for the first time in 10 years. Noriaki Sugiyama (in the role of Uryu Ishida)) appears on stage».
«Bleach, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 2001 to 2016, is the story of the main character Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends after meeting the Shinigami, Rukia Kuchiki, and gaining immense power. The series has over 120 million copies and has been adapted into a video game, a live-action film starring Sota Fukushi in 2018, and an animated television series that aired from 2004 to 2012. So the “Thousand Year Blood War Arc” marks the return of the animated franchise after ten years, from March 2012».
«As new characters and cast members appearing since the last chapter, popular voice actors have already been confirmed, such as Takayuki Sugou as Yhwach, Yuuichirou Umehara as Jugram Haschwalth, Shunsuke Takeuchi as Askin Nakk Le Vaar, Ayana Taketatsu as Bambietta Basterbine, Yuuki Ono as Bazzard Black, Yumi Uchiyama as Candice Catnipp, Natsuki Hanae as Gremmy Thoumeaux, Satoshi Hino as Lille Barro, and Kouichi Yamadera as Quilge Opie».
«The fact that many popular voice actors took part in the performance influenced the production of other works, and the presenter asked: “Wasn’t the post-recording of this new project amazing?” Sugiyama replied: “We have a list of actors who will appear in these episodes, and at most it was more than 80. I have heard in the days of the week when we filmed Bleach, that it was not possible to continue with other productions.“».
«Masakazu Morita (Ichigo Kurosaki) and Fumiko Orikasa (Rukia Kuchiki) nodded at this statement saying, “It’s true!” Continuing, Blueberry admitted with a bitter smile, “When I went to the other projects I was involved in, I was scolded a lot. When I filled my schedule with Bleach recordings, they said “Can’t you do something about it?”, and the various producers and my agent complained. I could only apologize“».
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