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Bankai! BLEACH coming to Crunchyroll!
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Dear CR Fans,

I have some great news for you all. But first, I'm truly amazed by the passion and fervor that you all showed rallying around our petition to legally stream BLEACH on Crunchyroll. Of course, it was a great success. TV Tokyo, Shueisha, and Studio Pierrot all embraced the zeal of your responses, and they now truly understand the spirit of the anime fans.

Together, they have agreed to work with Crunchyroll and finally create a legal place for fans to watch the latest episodes of BLEACH, and they want to start next week (see details below)! By watching on CR, and even becoming a Premium Member, the animators of BLEACH can finally start making money on streaming the latest BLEACH episodes. Streaming will follow a similar model as Naruto Shippuden.



All episodes will be available to all viewers, with the latest simulcast episode available for Premium Members one-hour after TV broadcast in 480p and 720p, then available for all viewers one week later.

For subtitles, since BLEACH is already licensed by VIZ Media in the US, VIZ Media will continue to provide the official translation and subtitling for the newest episodes as well. Some of you have given us excellent feedback regarding subtitles, which we forwarded on to Japan. Please note that CR does NOT handle the subtitles for BLEACH (nor Naruto). While we thank you for your comments regarding proposed subtitling vendors for BLEACH, and tried our best to persuade based on your feedback however, we don't have any control over this matter!

Once again, I want to express my gratitude towards all of you that helped make this happen. We can achieve great things together.

Rollout Schedule
Starting next Tuesday, June 8th at 2:30am PDT (yes that's AM), the latest arc beginning with episodes #266-#273, and the latest simulcast episode #274 will be available for Premium Members. Tentatively, the following week on June 15th, episodes #266-#274 will be available to all viewers, and the latest simulcast episode #275 will be available to Premium Members. Every Tuesday at 2:30am PDT, we'll be adding the latest simulcast episode immediately after Japan TV broadcast, and one week later for all viewers. We are planning to catch up on the older episodes as well. More information will be provided on the older episode catch up schedule at a later date.


Territories
We tried really hard to secure as many territories for launch, so please bear with us. For launch, BLEACH will be available to all viewers in North America (US, Canada, Mexico), the Caribbean, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Here's a brief synopsis for anyone who is not familiar with BLEACH:

BLEACH follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki. For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, he finds his life is changed forever. Now, with a newfound wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling: to protect the living and the dead from evil. And when he vows to defend Rukia from the ruthless justice of the Soul Society, he and his friends must cross over and do battle in the spirit world...

Thanks guys again for all your support. You made this possible, and I'm forever proud of what we've accomplished together -_-. Bankai~!
~shinji

Edit: If you have any further questions on the subject, please refer to the following thread:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-637563/crunchyroll-dattebayo-viz-and-you/
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Alright!!
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Are you gonna do it like fairy tail?
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Yey. only missing one piece!
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Woohoo! Looking forward to catching up on the series once again.
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Woohoo! I love bleach! (: Can't wait...
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Omg YESS :)! But...D: I can't watch it due to region restrictions. ;\ but I'm glad that it's finally here! Thanks so much Shinji! And the staff [including everyone in CR and in Japan]!
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THIS IS FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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No way this is the first time I've seen an online petition work. I'm very excited about it.
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Posted 6/2/10 , edited 6/2/10
No, if you read the announcement, it'll be just like Naruto streaming model.

All episodes - Free for all viewers
Latest Simulcast - For premium member one hour after TV broadcast, free to everyone one week later

June 8th: #266-274 premium members
June 15th: #266-274 free viewers, #275 premium members
After June 15th: All episodes free viewers, latest simul premium members


LeeUBunny wrote:

Are you gonna do it like fairy tail?


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Holy hell, I didn't think this would actually work. Crunchyroll managed to secure two of the big dogs, now its only a matter of time for One Piece...
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Baaaankaaaaai !!! xD
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Are you guys ever gunna get One Piece one here?
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BRAVO!!!
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yesssss Thank You CR you rock
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