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'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2': How to Stream Weekly From Anywhere

Watch each week to see Ichigo and company face the Quincy again.

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Get back into the drama when Bleach returns this season. 

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Summer is a wonderful time for anime fans. After months of waiting, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War is blazing across screens once again, following the first season's cliff-hanger ending. The story returned on July 8 and continues to pile on the action and emotion in this new entry. 

Warning: Spoilers for part 1 ahead.

The dramatic climax of part 1 saw Ichigo finally shake off the shackles of his powers from Old Man Zangetsu.

This second season is entitled The Separation and is set to follow the battle about to take place with the Wandenreich, led by Yhwach.

Though the show has religiously stuck to the original manga that inspired it, creator Tite Kubo has teased a slight deviation for this run, with the promise of an action scene in part 2 that doesn't feature in the comic book.

Here's how you can tune in to Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 every week. Plus, learn how a virtual private network can come in handy while you stream.

Read more: The 14 Absolute Best Anime You Should Stream in July 2023

Release date for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2

The opening episode of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 arrived July 8 on Hulu in the US at 7:30 a.m. PT (10:30 a.m. ET). This cour has 13 total episodes that you can watch each week on Saturdays at the same time.

For anime fans in the UK, Canada and Australia, the latest installment of the Bleach saga will be available to watch on Disney Plus at the same time (which translates to 3:30 p.m. BST in the UK on Saturday and 12:30 a.m. AEST in the early hours of Sunday morning in Australia).

Read more: Best Streaming Services of 2023

How to watch Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 from anywhere on VPN

So what if you're traveling outside your home country and want to enjoy the latest installment of Bleach or want an added layer of privacy for streaming? There's an option that doesn't require searching the internet for a sketchy website: You can use a VPN, or virtual private network.

With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the show. If you find yourself unable to watch locally, a VPN can come in handy. Plus, it's a great idea for when you're traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

Most VPNs, like CNET's Editors' Choice, ExpressVPN, make it easy to virtually change your location. Looking for other options? Be sure to check out our roundup of the best VPN deals.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It's normally $13 per month. But you can save 49% plus get three months of access for free -- the equivalent of $6.67 per month -- if you get an annual subscription. 

Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 in the US

New Hulu subscribers can take advantage of a Hulu free trial for 30 days on its With-Ads or No-Ads plan. After the trial ends, the service will set you back $8 a month. There's also the option of the Disney Plus bundle with Hulu thrown in from $10 a month.

Watch Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 in the UK, Canada and Australia on Disney Plus

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Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 will be available to stream on Disney Plus in the UK, Canada and Australia.

  • In Canada, the service costs $12 a month or $120 for the year.
  • Anime fans in the UK can watch Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 on Disney Plus, where it currently costs £8 a month but doesn't offer a free trial. You can, however, subscribe for a year and save 16%. 
  • Viewers in Australia get Disney Plus for AU$14 per month or AU$140 per year.

Tips for streaming Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 using a VPN

  • With four variables at play -- your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN -- your experience and success when streaming Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 from abroad may vary.
  • If you don't see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the "search for city or country" option.
  • If you're having trouble watching after you've turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log in to your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is located in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs, like Roku, don't have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you'll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you're using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a network's app, you'll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location. 
  • And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you're using a privacy-first browser to log in to your services. We normally recommend Brave.