Just yesterday on December 4th, Shonen Jump and Kubo Tite’s Bleach manga volume 53 was released in Japan. It is titled “The Deathberry Returns 2” and contains Bleach chapters 460 to 469. In it the Gotei 13 begin to fight the members of Xcution. One of the battles focuses on 10th Division Captain Hitsuguya taking on the coverboy for this volume Yukio!
As for the North American release of volume 53, well, it hasn’t been announced yet. Bleach volume 51 was released by Viz Media back on November 28th in digital format on VizManga.com. However, the print version of the manga is extremely behind – volume 37 will be released tomorrow on December 6th! North America may or may not see the hard copy of Bleach 53 next year as Amazon lists Bleach volume 47 to come out on September 4, 2012, but we’ll have to wait and see publisher Viz Media’s plans!