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Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn't change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society.
While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family, but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy.
Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits, and along with Rukia, who is slowly regaining her powers, it's Ichigo's job to both protect the innocent from Hollows and to help the spirits themselves find peace.

Note: Won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category in 2005.


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Sứ Mạng Thần Chết

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Status in Country of Origin
70 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 54, Chap 479

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Bleach by Cypher-Khan
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (4091 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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November 6th 2015, 12:14pm PST

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Viz (65 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Bleach Whole series   
Rating: N/A
by Qgkidd
July 26th, 2013, 8:13am
Bleach as a Whole is Amazing although people complain like fake karakura town was horrible which it really wasn't at all was actually good. The artwork is good and Kubo doing one hell of a job with the story. Better Than Naruto right now and Fairy tail not One piece. The 1000 year blood war arc is amazing stunning and hes one of my favorite mangakas.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dmj1069
July 17th, 2013, 6:16am
this the best manga+anime i ever saw/read. of course the manga had some stories or moments that weren't that good but so does each and every other manga. if you like action mangas then i can recommend a better manga than bleach. if you dont like tis tyoe of manga then you shouldnt read it then complain about it and how its boring.

... Last updated on July 17th, 2013, 6:29am
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The TEN.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Akiradesu
June 17th, 2013, 4:52pm
Lot's of action, great art and huge character cast for anyone to find at least one likeable.
Story is rather well crafter, lots of subtle things and symbolic meaning mixed in while at the same time can be red casually without getting in to it and still enjoy it.

... Last updated on February 20th, 2015, 3:29am
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What happened?   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by WhimsicalDreamer
May 30th, 2013, 12:51am
Kinda breaks my heart how I have to give this a 6.5 rating. I used to LOVE Bleach, and by love, I mean it being one of my favourite series back then. I liked the series up to Vol 48, but after that, it was just sort of 'meh'. I've stuck to the series for more than seven years so I might as well just see how it ends.

The issue that I have with Bleach is that there are just so many characters introduced (who are never visited upon again), how OP Ichigo gets... AND THOSE PLOT HOLES! There's just no more sense to Bleach anymore, I sort of wished that it HAD ended at Volume 48.
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Dropped It   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Jacoult
May 27th, 2013, 7:36pm
For me, Aizen's story arc was the best, but after Aizen's defeat, the story is not interesting for me again (especially fake karakura arc, i hate it). After knowing that Ichigo has hollow's power, now he got QUINCY'S POWER?? and usually Bleach's story goes like this: some battles then training period, new enemies&acquired new power, then training again...

... Last updated on May 27th, 2013, 9:51pm
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It started out so well...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Chainless
May 19th, 2013, 9:09am
It's a shame. It started out really interesting. Both the plot and characters were well set up. Everyone could find a fave character out of all the shinigami and Ichigo's group and I found Aizen & co very interesting bad guys.

But then it went down hill. The fake Karakura arc started it. Imo, Kubo should have ended the series and all the plot-holes right there and keep Aizen as the final boss. But no... I honestly dropped the series very shortly after Aizen was defeated. A good mangaka should know when to end his/her series...
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Not as good as its rating   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by FYforever
May 15th, 2013, 4:53pm
I don't understand how this manga remains in the top 10 list. In terms of plot, there isn't any. It's just one story jumping into another completely different story, with a new villain everytime. This manga was good until the Fake Karakura Town arc, then it just went downhill. I dropped this shortly after.

... Last updated on May 15th, 2013, 4:54pm
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I like it until...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by clampies
April 12th, 2013, 11:07pm
I really like Bleach until the fake Karakura battle, where it drown and never make the surface again. But i still reading it because I want some answer and see how it will end, but it is and ok reading I read in 10 mins each week.

Aizen was the most interesting character but he fell flaw and boring, the fullbringer arc was ininteresting and the last arc is SO disapointing...
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Plot holes, bad/short fight, characters who should die but don't (Byakuya and Kenpachi), character who shouldn't die (Unohana) at least not like she does and inconsistency.
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Why is it still this popular?   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
March 5th, 2013, 7:00am
I stumbled upon the anime many moons ago when it was new and i was an older teen. I liked it just fine but switched to the manga later to save time as episodes became too drawn out even without the filler.
I then quit the manga just before Vol. 50 entirely and started to hate it now. I am currently 24 and still deem the first two arcs (till Soul Society ended) as decent in retrospect but the word "empty" describes them best. Good art (but never backgrounds), fine choreography and decent ideas were commence but any from of substance was lacking.
To quote user strixflash "Bleach was never a plot driven manga" and that was true even then but the narrative utterly stopped when arc 3 began and the unending action scenes turned into the following: Two "awesome" underwear models with mullets of power meet, begin to stand in the air and beat each other up with super moves for no reason till someone wins or they agree to become friends. Noone ever dies but the word death / i´ll kill you are the most dominant sentences in the entire manga. The female characters are big breasted moral support only too but i will note that their sexualisation isn´t as dumb as in most such series. I thus quit the manga after that arc was finally over and never looked back. The series apparently still sucks (500+ chapters and a dead spin-off are the stats now) and it finally started to loose both fans and an anime (!) but i am out for good. As many problems i have with One Piece and Naruto now i still have fun with them so go for the rest of the Jump trinity instead.
Claymore (8,5/10), Hunter x Hunter (9/10) or Rurouni Kenshin (10/10) are lastly how modern shounen battle manga need to look like. Don´t even get me started how much better the action (or everything else) is in the adult targeted Berserk, Kamui Gaiden or Until Death Do Us Part is but these were done by masters. The only thing of note about Kubo Tite is his glamorous hair and that he created the memetastic Aizen while the "prequel" Zombie Powder is even less interesting than Bleach. I wonder if he will even start a third series as the final arc of Bleach was apparently changed back to not being a finale... Money never sleeps. Even among the dead!

... Last updated on November 6th, 2015, 12:18pm
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Strawberry is still rockin' it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FMACodeBleachMan
March 2nd, 2013, 11:24pm
I absolutely LOVE Bleach!!!!! It was the first manga that I ever bought and I love it! Each character has their own personality and there's always some problem the protagonists have to get through. Ichigo is such an awesome character, sometimes stubborn, but always fighting for a cause. And when there's trouble with a friend, he is always there to help and fight for/with them. Each time I see him, he's always stronger than before; it's almost like there's no limit to his strength. I found that there are a lot of funny moments with Ichigo and friends, and yet there are a lot of serious moments, adding to plot even more. I definitely recommend reading, and then watching, Bleach because plot, theme, character design, etc. are really good throughout Bleach. And, it may help that Ichigo doesn't look that bad as the anime progresses (especially in his Bankai form). FYI, I'm Ichihime all the way! smile

... Last updated on June 16th, 2013, 1:18am
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