For the last few years, we get the news that Bleach anime is coming back, things hype up for a few days and then settle down. You heard the right thing when it was announced that the Thousand Year Arc of Bleach manga will be animated and released in the year 2021. While you wait for that, let me tell you about a spin-off manga based in the Bleach world written by the creator of Bleach, Tite Kubo. He wrote a one-shot called Burn the Witch that tells us the story of wizards and witches fighting Dragons in the western world called reverse London.
Burn the Witch released its first chapter in the Weekly Shonen Jump last month on 24th August. The Spin-off continues for four chapters and the next chapter, Chapter 3 is scheduled to release in the magazine on September 6, 2020. The last chapter will be released on September 13 to conclude. This manga is also being animated into a feature film at the end of this year. Here is the trailer for the movie.
Burn the Witch film will premiere on Amazon Prime on October 2, 2020.
Tite Kubo wrote this one-shot in the shonen magazine in 2018 after the end of Bleach manga. The character designs are very similar to Bleach and you get the same intensity from this manga. It is a world where Dragons exist as part of the world. Normal humans cannot interact with these dragons as it is a capital offense. Anyone who touches these dragons is infected by the dragon serum and they turn into. This results in a long time of imprisonment or death sentence. The wizards and witches are exempt from these rules.
The manga release in Shonen magazine is for the promotion of the film soon to be released on the Internet. We saw in the trailers that Burn the Witch follows the same intensity and pacing as the Bleach original anime. It replaces the Hollows with dragons and soul reapers with Wizards. Balgo Parks is an odd one as he was a human once.
You will even see some similarities in the faces of these characters. This is a very subtle story that will be enjoyable to watch. The Bleach anime itself will follow this movie as it is planned to release next year. Having a spin-off movie before that is the perfect way to keep the fans ready for the main course. Check out the newest manga chapters on the Manga Plus website.
Neol Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole are two witches working for the Western Branch of Soul Society. They deal with the dragon-related incidents that occur in the area of Western London. Balgo Parks is a dragon possessed one that is taken care of by Ninny and Neol. The main threat in this world is the Dark Dragons. These are the evil dragons that would kill any human in their sight because of their radicalized personality. These are quite rare in this world but a dark dragon shows up in the plot very early in this series.