The fourth season of the Bleach anime series was directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by Studio Pierrot. Like the rest of the series, the season follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki and company, but instead of adapting content from Tite Kubo's Bleach manga series, it features an original, self-contained filler story arc. The twenty-eight episodes form the Bount arc (バウント篇, Baunto Hen), which focuses on the introduction of the Bount, a race of humans that consume human souls to extend their lives, and their conflicts with Ichigo Kurosaki and his allies.
The season aired from January 17 to August 1, 2006, on TV Tokyo. The English adaptation of the season began airing on May 18, 2008, on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in the United States, and the last episode of the season aired on December 6 of the same year. Seven DVD compilations, each containing four episodes of the season, were released by Aniplex between May 24 to December 20, 2006. Viz Media released the season on seventeen DVDs from May 12 to November 17, 2009. Each of them contain four episodes in both English and Japanese languages. Two DVD box sets collecting the entire season were released on November 3, 2009, and February 16, 2010. Manga Entertainment released the season in three DVDs for the United Kingdom from October 26, 2009, to June 7, 2010, while a box set was released on August 9, 2010.
An anime adaptation, produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo, was broadcast by TV Tokyo. The "Lost Agent" part was adapted into the series' 24-episode season 16, which started on October 11, 2011, and finished on March 27, 2012. The sixteenth season was its last before the anime entered a ten year hiatus.
Bleach has a reported total of 163 filler episodes out of the 366 episodes, which is a very high 45% of filler material (nearly half the show!). Most of these episodes belong to the five filler arcs, but there are also individual episodes or groups of episodes that are filler content.
YTV kicks off its new Saturday-night anime lineup with new Zatch Bell Exciting news for fans of the show, but somewhat bittersweet as well, considering that they reportedly stopped dubbing any new episodes some time ago, and DVDs have all but vanished, as though it were a slowly fading blip on Viz's radar. Sad.
Since I won't be around next week, I won't be able to properly convey the gravitas and the earth-shattering import that Sci Fi's airing of Tengen Toppa Gurenn Lagaan has. I'm not even a terribly huge fan of that show, but I think it's tremendously cool that it's airing on the Sci Fi network. A good fit, considering up until now they've been plundering Manga Video's back catalog, which can at times produce some quality work - like Osamu Dezaki's dark, drab, yet gripping film adaptation of Tezuka's Black Jack here - but generally means that people have to suffer through lame episodes of Street Fighter II V or, ack, Vampire Wars.
I'm fairly certain that YTV is airing new Bleach episodes; why wouldn't they, anyway? They have a whole new night with a whole new lineup, so it makes sense! They also have plenty of episodes, no doubt! THE EVIDENCE IS INSURMOUNTABLE. Nonetheless a man of my position likes to err on the side of cautious judgment, so "TBA" it is. On Adult Swim, meanwhile, Ichigo continues his crusade against some nasty, water-controlling "Bounts".
This week's Shin-chan episode makes fun of: the Swedish, Hostess Snack Cakes, Cormac McCarthy, alt-country singer Ryan Adams, heroin abuse, homosexuals, Unix-based operating systems, yellow food dye, Arbor Day, Former President Lyndon Johnson, Hustler magazine, and knee-high socks.
Attack On Titan fans were heartbroken when it was revealed that the latest episode of the anime, Episode 73, was delayed as a result of an earthquake that hit Japan, but with the episode set to arrive later this week, fans have already discovered that Armin has a big role to play in the next installment. Even though Armin is currently wielding the power of the Colossal Titan, it's clear that his current situation isn't going to be something that he can strong-arm his way out of as Eren has held both him and Mikasa hostage in a tough situation.
Warning. This article will dive into slight spoiler territory for the next unaired episode of Attack On Titan's fourth season, so be forewarned if you want to go into it completely fresh.
In the previous installment of Attack On Titan, Eren appeared before Armin and Mikasa, presenting his cut hand and stating that he wanted to talk to them as he threatens to transform into the Attack Titan at any moment. With the upcoming episode, it's clear that Armin has had enough of Jaeger's machinations and isn't afraid to physically battle against his friend that has seemingly turned to the dark side. With Eren amassing an army of "Jaegerists" that are attempting to put their own plans into action by eliminating the threat posed to them by both Marley and the military, it's clear that Jaeger is turning into a full-fledged villain.
Twitter User Leon Arlert shared these images that aired from the upcoming episode before the earthquake in Japan threw a monkey wrench into Attack On Titan's plan, with it being clear that Armin has had enough of the devastation that is being left in Eren's wake:
Episode 73 will be airing this Sunday alongside Episode 74, giving Attack On Titan two new episodes back to back and promising some devastating events as the fourth and final season of the anime continues.
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