VIZ Media has announced that Bleach will be returning to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim starting August 28th with new episodes. The new season picks up with episode 168. The series is still ongoing in Japan, and recently aired episode 284.

As a promotion for the new season, until August 30th, Bleach fans can download a sneak preview of episode 168 for free on iTunes, after which the whole episode will be available for free for a week. Also, from now until September 6th, the first of the first season is free and seasons one through five are only 99 cents per episode.

You can see the full press release from VIZ below.

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE PREMIERE OF THE
LATEST SEASON OF BLEACH ON ADULT SWIM

Episode 168 Of The Smash Hit Supernatural Action Series
Launches This Month

San Francisco, CA, August 18, 2010 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the
entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation
and licensing companies, has announced the nationwide premiere of the latest
season of BLEACH on Adult Swim. The latest English-dubbed installment – Episode
168 – of the hit animated action series will air on August 28th. Check local times for
availability (http://www.adultswim.com/shows/bleach/).

In the newest season of BLEACH, after Sosuke Aizen’s rebellion, Gin Ichimaru’s
departure from the Soul Society left the captain’s post of Squad Three empty.
Shusuke Amagai is appointed as the new captain much to the squad’s dismay. But
over time, Shusuke proves himself to be a good leader and wins over the team
with his ability and personality. Meanwhile, a mysterious girl named Rurichiyo
Kasumiohji appears in Karakura Town. Rurichiyo is the princess of a noble family in
the Soul Society and a target for assassination. Worried for her safety, Rurichiyo’s
guardians ask Ichigo to become her bodyguard. With new faces in the mix, another
spectacular battle is about to begin in the Soul Society!

“BLEACH is a powerhouse property that delights millions of fans across North
America each week, and we’re very pleased to have Adult Swim’s continued support
for the series,” says Ken Sasaki, Senior Vice President & General Manager of VIZ
Media. “Check out the newest adventures of the Soul Society in the launch of the
riveting new story arc, and then stay tuned to Adult Swim for a new episode of the
other hit VIZ Media anime series KEKKAISHI that immediately follows!”

BLEACH is a popular manga and animated series (both rated ‘T’ for Teens),
distributed domestically by VIZ Media, that follows the adventures of Ichigo, a 15-
year old student with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a
Hollow — a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters Rukia, a Soul Reaper, and
inadvertently absorbs her powers. Now, he’s dedicating his life to protecting the
innocent and helping tortured souls find peace.

BLEACH is also a tremendously successful property internationally. The manga
series, created by Tite Kubo, has been licensed to more than a dozen countries
and has sold over 50 million copies in Japan alone. In North America, the manga
has sold more than 2 million copies, and the dubbed version of the animated series
is viewed weekly by millions in the United States and Canada on cable broadcast.
This success has further spawned an array of related video games, apparel, action
figures and other merchandise. The subtitled version of the anime can be viewed
for free online anytime on VIZAnime.com.

More information on BLEACH is available at Bleach.viz.com.

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