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The messy story of the Bleach voice acting controversy, explained

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As Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, a continuation of the popular Bleach anime — one of the “Big Three” of shonen anime series — continues its run, viewers were excited to see fan-favorite character Yoruichi make her first appearance in the show. But that excitement soured as fans and voice actors argued on social media over who has the “right” to voice a character of color, invoking the specter of racism versus nostalgia in voice casting.

On October 7th, Afro-Latina voice actress Anairis Quiñones announced on X (formerly Twitter) that she had been cast to voice Yoruichi in Thousand-Year Blood War.

I’m the English voice of Yoruichi in Bleach – Thousand Year Blood War!! ‍⬛ pic.twitter.com/rUQ5MaWAFh

— Anairis Quiñones Baldur’s…

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