The concrete gates of the Anime Vice stronghold were knocked on earlier today by a digital pigeon carrying a scroll in its electric talons… and by that, I mean we received a press release from Viz announcing that, starting today, new BLEACH episodes will be streaming for free every Tuesday on their official US site. These are the latest episodes; as current as you can get. #275’s going up today and every one following it will be put up just a week after it airs in Japan. Oh, and Viz stresses that these are SUBBED versions, not dubbed.
Here’s what Viz Senior VP, Ken Sasaki, says…
“BLEACH remains one of the most successful and popular anime series in North America, and VIZ Media continues to break down time and distance barriers by making new episodes available within days of their original airing in Japan."
While I haven’t ventured into the world of BLEACH yet, myself, I’m sure GodLen and everybody following Weekly Bleach will relish this opportunity. It’s coming at an opportune moment, though, isn't it? Here's another official response to privacy controversies right along with Crunchy Roll’s manga content initiative. There really aren't not too many excuses a viewer can make about not watching these episodes if they're provided so easily. Anyway, you can watch the episode right here and see for yourself.