Bleach is a Japanese anime television series based on the manga series of the same name by Tite Kubo. Noriyuki Abe directed the film, which was produced by Studio Pierrot. The 366-episode series aired on TV Tokyo from October 2004 to March 2012. After obtaining the powers of a Soul Reaper—a death personification comparable to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki, the storey chronicles Ichigo Kurosaki’s exploits. His newfound abilities lead him to take on the roles of protecting mankind from bad spirits and guiding the souls of the dead to the afterlife. With recurrent appearances and scenarios including these original characters, the anime adaptation contains original storylines not present in the book.
Bleach Anime Synopsis
Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical high school student—until his family is invaded by a Hollow, a demonic spirit bent on devouring human souls. Then he encounters Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper who is injured while protecting Ichigo’s family from the assailant. Ichigo accepts Rukia’s offer to take her powers in order to save his family, and as a result, he becomes a Soul Reaper.
However, because Rukia is unable to reclaim her abilities, Ichigo is tasked with tracking down the Hollows who plague their village. He is not, however, alone in his fight, as he is eventually joined by his classmates Orihime Inoue, Yasutora Sado, and Uryuu Ishida, each of whom has their own special powers. As Ichigo and his teammates adjust to their new responsibilities and assist one another both on and off the battlefield, the young Soul Reaper discovers that the Hollows aren’t the only serious threat to humanity.
Bleach Anime Info
- IMDB Ratings – 8.2/10
- Genres – Action, Adventure, Comedy, Super Power, Supernatural, Shouldn’t
- Season – 16
- Episodes – 366 (Total)
- Movies – 4
- Status – Finished Airing
- Aired – Oct 5, 2004 to Mar 27, 2012
- Premiered – Fall 2004
- Duration – 24 min. per episode
- Rating – PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Bleach Anime Characters
Bleach Anime Main characters
The primary character in the Bleach series is Ichigo Kurosaki. Ichigo, a tall orange-haired high school student, unwittingly absorbs much of Rukia Kuchiki’s powers and becomes a “substitute Soul Reaper.” His cynicism makes him initially resentful of the task, but as time passes, he embraces and appreciates the strength that his Soul Reaper abilities provide. When Kubo was writing the manga series, he noted that the first character he developed, Rukia Kuchiki, did not appear like a lead character, so he created Ichigo to be the series protagonist. In Japanese, Masakazu Morita plays Ichigo, and in English, Johnny Yong Bosch plays him. Tensa Zangetsu is also kept by Ichigo Kurosaki.
Rukia Kuchiki is a Soul Reaper in Karakura Town, tasked with hollow elimination. Rukia initially encounters Ichigo when she steals into his house, unaware that Ichigo can see her. When Rukia tries to save Ichigo and mistakenly transfers too much of her Shinigami powers into him, their relationship becomes even more complicated. Rukia is left with few abilities and is unable to return to Soul Society. She enrols in Ichigo’s high school and takes up home in his closet, while teaching him how to be a substitute Soul Reaper in her stead, using a gigia (human form) bought from Kisuke Urahara’s shop.  Rukia was Kubo’s debut character in the series, and her design became the template for the rest of the Soul Reapers. In Japanese, Rukia is voiced by Fumiko Orikasa, and in English, Michelle Ruff.
Ichigo Kurosaki’s long-time classmate and one of his closest pals is Orihime Inoue. Orihime had had a crush on Ichigo since the beginning, but she finally falls in love with him because of Ichigo’s unselfish desire to protect his loved ones. She had been an orphan since she was three years old, when her elder brother Sora took her from their abusive parents’ house and reared her on his own. Orihime later perished in an accident when he was in middle school. Despite her lack of spiritual abilities at the start of the storey, she develops spiritual awareness and subsequently gains the god-like ability to alter reality by rejecting past events. Yuki Matsuoka is Orihime’s Japanese voice actor, and Stephanie Sheh is Orihime’s English voice actress.
Renji Abarai is a Gotei 13 Soul Reaper from Squad 6. He played a hostile role when he was initially introduced, since he was dispatched to the human world to find Rukia Kuchiki and return her to Soul Society. He devotes his life to beating the series’ protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki, before teaming up with him to save Rukia halfway through the Soul Society arc. Since then, he has established himself as a prominent protagonist as well as Kurosaki’s constant ally and opponent. Zabimaru is his weapon throughout the series.
Uryu Ishida is a Quincy, a descendent of a line of near-extinct, priest-like, hollow-hunting archers who were formerly the Soul Reapers’ archenemies. He holds a grudge towards all Soul Reapers, including Ichigo, and is the series’ first adversary. Over time, he changes his mind on Ichigo and eventually sees him as both a vital comrade and a friendly rival. Uryu has the superhuman ability to gather invisible “spirit particles” called reishi from the atmosphere as a Quincy. These particles can be fashioned into spirit-energy creations, such as a bow and arrow, and used to fuel various magical spells and superhuman abilities once they’ve been gathered. Noriaki Sugiyama is Uryu’s Japanese voice actor, and Derek Stephen Prince is Uryu’s English voice actor.
Yasutora “Chad” Sado
Ichigo’s schoolmate Yasutora Sado, sometimes known as Chad, is one of Ichigo’s closest pals. He is of mixed Japanese and Mexican ancestry and stands 6 feet 5 inches taller than his classmates. He is quite humble and refuses to fight unless it is for the sake of another, despite his imposing appearance and brave attitude. He learns a special power that strengthens and armors his right arm, allowing him to combat hollows, while attempting to protect Ichigo’s sister Karin and her friends from a hollow. He is extremely devoted to his buddies, particularly Ichigo, who is one of his closest. Except when something or someone he cares about is under jeopardy, he shows little emotion. Hiroki Yasumoto is Chad’s Japanese voice actor, and Jamieson Price is Chad’s English voice actor.
Bleach Anime Antagonists
Byakuya Kuchiki is the series’ initial antagonist. He is introduced as a captain of Squad Six, whose mission is to kidnap and execute his sister Rukia Kuchiki in Soul Society. However, he and his lieutenant Renji Abarai are forced to face the replacement shinigami Ichigo Kurosaki before being able to take her away. Byakuya is a Clan Kuchiki representative who has proven to be a fair aristocrat who is unaffected by emotions, since he did not care about his own sister’s execution, even confronting Renji and Ichigo for attempting to save her. They have now reunited as allies, despite Byakuya’s reservations due to his animosity toward Ichigo.
The majority of Bleach’s antagonists are Hollows, a type of spirit. They are human spirits who were not sent to Soul Society in a timely manner following death. They lose their sense of self and develop a desire for human souls as a result of this. Their most distinguishing feature is a white mask that covers their entire face and a hole at their chest. Each hollow’s mask has a design that is unique to them. Later in the series, the Arrancars, Hollows who have gained humanoid form and Soul Reaper abilities, become the principal adversaries, led by the rogue Soul Reaper Ssuke Aizen and the ten most powerful Arrancars known as the Espadas. The ten Espadas are numbered 0–9, with 0 being the most powerful and 9 being the least powerful. However, the rating can also be used with spirit pressure density numbers ranging from 1 to 10, with Espada’s 0’s power contained by a 10 tattoo.
Sōsuke Aizen is the pre-timeskip half of the series’ main antagonist. While introduced as the captain of Squad Five, Aizen had orchestrated a series of events in the Soul Society in order to collect the Hogyoku for his aim of creating an entity to slay the Soul King with the help of the Arrancars and rogue Soul Reapers he recruited previous to the series. Aizen is vanquished by Ichigo before being kidnapped by Kisuke and imprisoned to the Muken for 20 millennia after being shown to have played an indirect role in Ichigo’s genesis.
The Bounts are a race of humans with unique skills. During the anime-only Bount and Bount Assault on Soul Society arcs, they are the main antagonists. The Bounts began to consume the souls of human beings to gain more strength after a mishap during a scientific experiment previously in the Soul Society, where they were established. They each have a Doll, a familiar that is the tangible manifestation of its creator’s ability. When unleashed, dolls are mainly self-sufficient, though they are frequently employed as weapons, such as a giant combat axe or a serpent, as well as a sword and whip. Their commander, Kariya, is planning to assault the Soul Society with the remaining Bounts in order to destroy it and themselves, motivated by the destruction of himself and all those related to him. With the exception of his companion Go Koga, Kariya was able to have the Soul Reapers wipe out his forces before being slain by Ichigo Kurosaki. The Bounts were derided by IGN as “dumb bad guys,” with the bitto (the Bounts’ mosquito-like critters that collect souls) in particular looking like “something straight out of a crappy sci-fi movie,” but the Bounts were admittedly “good plot devices” in the development of the other characters.
Jin Kariya is the leader of the Bounts, who planned to use the Jokaisho, the device that produced the Bounts, to destroy the entire Soul Society. Eugene Currier was a little kid who was befriended by Soul Society scientist Ran’tao before being forced to flee his house when Soul Reapers were deployed to assassinate the Bounts. Jin Kariya’s Doll is Messer, who has been absorbing wind for a long time in order to manipulate it without releasing it in its actual form. Kariya can manoeuvre the wind at such speeds that she can generate lightning and move at great speeds, similar to a Flash Step, when using Messer’s full potential. Kariya’s true purpose is revealed to be the mutually assured destruction of the Soul Reapers and the Bounts once she is vanquished in the end.
Jin Kariya’s Doll is the spider-like Dalk, who can manipulate her metallic body to manufacture armaments or be turned into a fighting axe that Go Koga utilises. Koga was living in the countryside somewhere in Europe in the 1800s, still going by the name Claude Gaugain, when Kariya brought him Cain to lead them in their ways. But it all came to an end with Cain’s death, which still haunts Koga. After fighting Kariya and almost being murdered by Hitsugaya, Kouga is the last remaining Bount, with Ran’Tao tending to his wounds. In the Japanese animation, Go Koga is voiced by Toru Furusawa, and in the English dub, Richard Epcar. In the Japanese animation, Takako Honda plays Dalk, and Karen Strassman plays her in the English dub.
Cain is a young male Bount that Jin Kariya abandoned many years ago in Go Koga’s care. Cain’s mantis-like doll Waineton turned on him and killed him in front of Go Koga when he tried to summon it. In the Japanese animation, Takayaki Fujimoto plays Cain, while Peter Doyle plays him in the English dub. In the English dub, Philece Sampler plays Waineton.
Yoshi belongs to the Bounts. In an alley, she fought Rukia, Orihime, and Kuroda until Mabashi told her to leave. Nieder is Yoshi’s doll, and he takes the form of a jian and fan combination. The fan may fire needle-like projectiles at its target in its most basic form. It can also be used to defend against common threats. The Doll’s jian portion is utilised for regular offence. When the fan’s size grows larger, it can protect Yoshi from any attacks, but he loses all offensive abilities. As the jian grows in size, so does its offensive strength, as the jian gains a path of energy swords.
Xcution is a Naruki City-based secret organisation that becomes known to Ichigo seventeen months after he loses his Soul Reaper abilities and serves as the major villains in the first arc after the time jump. The organisation is made up of humans who were born with a power known as Fullbring, which allows them to manage an object’s “soul” to bring out its full potential. The genuine power of a Fullbringer, on the other hand, comes from boosting the soul of an object with which they are compatible, such as a valued asset. The consequences of a Fullbringer’s power, on the other hand, will end once the user is dead.
The Wandenreich (also known as the Vandenraihi or “Invisible Empire”) are a group of Quincies led by Yhwach who are the adversaries of the series’ climactic plot. Long white trench coats with multiple buttons, a cape, a belt (typically a piece unique to each member), and a five-pointed cross, the Quincy Zeichen, are frequently worn somewhere on the uniform.
Bleach Anime Supporting Characters
Soul Reapers guard souls, allowing them to enter Soul Society and keeping them safe from hollows. Many of the series’ protagonists are Soul Reapers, whether by profession, background, or powers. A zanpakuto, a sword that serves as both a weapon and a tangible incarnation of the Soul Reaper’s soul, is carried by each Soul Reaper. Each zanpakuto has its own personality, which occasionally clashes with that of its owner. Though Soul Reapers make up the majority of the Soul Society characters introduced in the book, a much larger number of souls live on the outside.
The Urahara Shop is mostly a convenience store that sells snacks and modest home items. It also caters to a more discerning group of spiritually conscious individuals, offering them with Soul Society products. Three of its regulars (owner Kisuke Urahara, Yoruichi Shihin, and Tessai Tsukabishi) are former Soul Reapers who are now Soul Society fugitives.
Bleach Anime Season 1 Episodes
The Day I Became a Shinigami
Aired: Oct 5, 2004 (JST)
A Shinigami’s Work
Aired: Oct 12, 2004 (JST)
The Older Brother’s Wish, the Younger Sister’s Wish
Aired: Oct 19, 2004 (JST)
Aired: Oct 26, 2004 (JST)
Beat the Invisible Enemy!
Aired: Nov 2, 2004 (JST)
Fight to the Death! Ichigo vs. Ichigo
Aired: Nov 9, 2004 (JST)
Greetings from a Stuffed Lion
Aired: Nov 16, 2004 (JST)
June 17, Memories in the Rain
Aired: Nov 23, 2004 (JST)
Aired: Nov 30, 2004 (JST)
Assault on Trip at Sacred Ground!
Aired: Dec 7, 2004 (JST)
The Legendary Quincy
Aired: Dec 14, 2004 (JST)
A Gentle Right Arm
Aired: Dec 21, 2004 (JST)
Flower and Hollow
Aired: Dec 28, 2004 (JST)
Back to Back, a Fight to the Death!
Aired: Jan 11, 2005 (JST)
Kon’s Great Plan
Aired: Jan 18, 2005 (JST)
Encounter, Renji Abarai!
Aired: Jan 25, 2005 (JST)
Aired: Feb 1, 2005 (JST)
Reclaim! The Power of the Shinigami!
Aired: Feb 8, 2005 (JST)
Ichigo Becomes a Hollow!
Aired: Feb 15, 2005 (JST)
Gin Ichimaru’s Shadow
Aired: Feb 22, 2005 (JST)
People Also Ask
Is Bleach actually coming back?
Bleach is celebrating 20 years since it first debuted in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine with not only an upcoming return for its anime as it will finally adapt the final arc of the series, Thousand-Year Blood War.
Is Bleach worth watching?
Yes, you certainly could watch Bleach. The first 63 episodes are pretty good, and it’s one of the best arcs in shonen. However, after episode 63, there’s a long filler arc that’s really bad, so you should probably skip it.
How many episodes will bleach 2021 have?
The creators of “Bleach” season 17 renewed the series for its final arc, according to Weekly Shonen Jump. The show will adapt the “Thousand-Year Blood War Arc,” from the manga series. According to TVSeasonspoiler, the “Thousand-Year Blood War Arc” has 218 chapters and the adaptation might air over 20 episodes.
Is Bleach anime good or bad?
Nobody will ever label Bleach a bad anime or manga in good earnest. Tite Kubo’s enormous saga is definitely one of Shonen Jump’s most popular series in its long history. However, it has gotten a lot of flak since its debut, with many people condemning it as utterly horrible and without worth.
Is Bleach in English on Hulu?
Each episode of Bleach is counted twice on Hulu. The subtitled version is one, and the dubbed version is the other.
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