Bleach is expected to return in April 2021, after the production was delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which impacted the anime industry significantly.
In January 2021, series creator, Shonen Jump, and manga artist, Tite Kubo, announced that Bleach would be returning in April 2021. This follows a lengthy hiatus which had fans questioning whether the series would ever make a comeback. According to Shonen, the delay was caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which led to production being halted for a lengthy period of time. Due to the detail that goes into anime animation, the time off led to a significant delay which could not be avoided.
Shonen further stated that the Bleach anime will pick up directly from season 17 and adapt the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, which is the concluding saga in the manga, which sees the Quincy invasion of the Soul Society. The exact premiere date has yet to be stipulated, however, fans are expecting it to be in the latter part of April 2021.