New Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Trailer Teases The Anime's Major Villains

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Bleach will finally make its big anime return next month, and fans are hyped to see Ichigo Kurosaki and other Soul Reapers return to their small screens. Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will see Ichigo and the heroes fight a major new threat known as the Sternritter.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War
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Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War
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The new villains known as "The Star Knights" (German of Stirnritter), are a powerful group of Quincy in the Wandenreich's army who play a pivotal role in the invasion of Soul Society. They are tasked with purging the Shinigami. Soul Society's war against them will put the pressure on the heroes of Tite Kubo's shonen series in order to save both the human and spiritual worlds.

Aniplex's official YouTube account released the new trailer for Bleach: Thousand-Year blood War, which features the powerful members of the Stirnritter that will become a huge problem to Ichigo and the Soul Society throughout the new episodes.

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One of the biggest highlights in the trailer is Äs Nödt's chilling voice. The fear-inducing villain was reportedly voiced by the same Japanese voice actor behind Kirito in Sword Art Online. It looks like Äs Nödt's will give the Shinigami an extremely difficult time. As you can see in the trailer, it looks like the Sternritter will massacre a lot of Shinigami.

For those unfamiliar, the Sternritter were created to invade and conquer Soul Society 1000 years ago. Each member participated in an engraving ritual by drinking the blood of Yhwach, and this enables Yhwach to carve part of his soul into the Sternritter. The carving takes on the form of a letter, which is used as the designation of each member, and grants them their unique powers.

You can read more details about the anime's final arc in everything we know about Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War.