Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War has finally kicked off the highly anticipated English dubbed release of its new episodes, and the series has replaced the previous voice for Chad Yasutora for the new series! With Bleach’s return being the major draw of the Fall 2022 anime schedule leading up to its premiere, fans checking out the English subtitled version of the series have been able to see the series in action after all this time. But for fans eagerly waiting for the English dub, their wait has been much longer as they waited to hear some of their favorite voices again after so long.
While many of the original voice cast for Bleach‘s iniital anime adaptation have returned for the English dub of the new series, there has been a notable replacement. Viz Media announced that the former actor behind Chad, Jamieson Price, has stepped down from the role for the new series as new actor, Alain Mesa, will be the voice for the character moving forward. It’s a big change from the original anime from many years ago, but for many it’s going to be a welcome one.
We send @JamiesonPrice much love and appreciation as he graciously steps down from his longtime role in BLEACH.
— VIZ (@VIZMedia) November 3, 2022
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War’s English may have changed the voice behind Chad, but much of the original cast has returned for the new episodes including Johnny Yong Bosch as Ichigo Kurosaki, Michelle Ruff as Rukia Kuchiki, Derek Stephen Prince as Uryu Ishida, Stephanie Sheh as Orihime Inoue, Wally Wingert as Renji Abarai, and Doug Erholtz as Kisuke Urahara just to name a few of the returns. You can now find the English dub streaming on Thursdays with Hulu.
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As Price explained to fans on Twitter, choosing to not return for the new series was tough but he would not want to voice a person of color (as Chad is half-Japanese and half-Mexican in the series) “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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