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Why Bleach’s Chad Voice Actor Jamieson Price Isn’t in TYBW

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Jamieson Price explains why he turned down the role of Yasutora Sado in the sequel series to the original Bleach anime, Thousand-Year Blood War.

Jamieson Price, the voice actor behind Yasutora Sado (aka Chad) in the English dub of the original Bleach anime, has confirmed he will not appear in the dub of Thousand-Year Blood War by choice.

Price took to Twitter to explain why he said no to reprising his role in the Bleach sequel series, stating, “representation matters. access matters.” He continued, saying, “access to opportunity in Anime has not been equal. But that has changed. By stepping aside now I open the door of Access and give opportunity to an actor who can represent Yasutora Sado with the same love and pride and imagination but with more life experience than I have.”

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Price Encouraged Fans To Welcome Mesa to the Role

The dubbing veteran then went on to wish Chad’s new voice actor, Alain Mesa (Great Pretender), luck and encouraged the Bleach fandom to welcome the positive change. Price ended the Twitter thread with a quote from American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

While Price is not returning for Thousand-Year Blood War, some members of the original English cast are reprising their iconic roles. Most notably, Johnny Yong Bosch (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) and Michelle Ruff (Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld) will once again star as Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki, respectively. David Lodge, who played fan-favorite Kenpachi Zaraki in the first Bleach series, has stated he wants to return to the role of the Gotei 13’s most bloodthirsty captain; however, his casting status is unknown at the time of writing.

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Thousand-Year Blood War adapts the story arc of the same name from Tite Kubo’s best-selling manga series. The story sees the Soul Reapers face off against the secret Quincy empire Wandenreich in a brutal and deadly conflict. While Tomohisa Taguchi (Persona 4: The Golden Animation) has replaced anime industry veteran Noriyuki Abe as director, some members of the production team behind the original Bleach anime are helping bring the sequel to life. This includes composer Shiro Sagisu (Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion) and character designer Masahi Kudo (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes).

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War premiered its first episode on Oct. 10. Surprisingly, the series is not streaming on Crunchyroll to the frustration of many fans; instead, the show is available to stream exclusively on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in most international markets.

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