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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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74 Volumes (Complete)

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Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (4353 votes)
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It's happening outside your head..   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by wansmor
March 7th, 2016, 2:19am
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I actually don't have clear idea of where I should start with Bleach. I have read it for some time, but it's more like because Bleach comes along with the other big 3 of WSJ, OP and Naruto.

Anyway, like Naruto, Bleach has also started strong. The idea of shinigami was genuinely interesting and the way it started, it was good. The fights were good, the characters are cool, and the plot seems ok.

The problem is, unlike Naruto or OP, Bleach doesn't have a finish line to go for. While Naruto has Hokage and Luffy has Pirate King that headline the whole plot, Kurosaki in particular doesn't have that kind of goal. This has made the story wander aimlessly, especially after fight against Aizen ends. Kubo forced the story going by drawing out the supposedly extinct Quincy and now pit them against Kurosaki co. It would've ended well by having Ichigo get his power back, and stop there.

Now Bleach has reached a point where I can't even tell what is really going on in fights, it's like having someone talking and you don't have any idea what he was trying to tell you. I still take short view on every new chapter, out of curiosity where it will go and end finally, I just hope they won't make Kurosaki the Spirit King successor it will be much too ridiculous end whatsoever!

... Last updated on March 7th, 2016, 2:23am
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Great Art, Ok Story   
Rating: N/A
by bbkeon
March 27th, 2015, 1:23am
I have read a lot of manga, manhwa and comics so I will be fair when I rate this.

I have stop reading after aizen was defeated as I though this shall be the ending as I can feel the mangaka is running out of idea for Bleach, what with aizen evolve more powerful being and ichigo like "ooo but I still have more powerful getsuga tenshou I haven't used yet" and kick his ass with it.WTF, the char has one technique only confused and you are powerful but I am more power then u.....zzzz for me. although sometime I will open new chapter and see what was happening. What I saw is total bullshit in new chapters with new character having ridiculous power like in One Piece that doesn't have any rules that he pull out of his ass.

On the bright side, I can see his art is getting better and drawing is looking cooler, so I was just enjoying the art really.

I will rate it 7 as it is still a good manga based on the initial plot and have cool character with great and unique art.

But as of now, the mangaka has been dragging the story out.
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From Hero to Zero   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Shibiusa
December 18th, 2014, 6:38pm
Yeah, Hercule's reference, but with the exact opposite meaning, for those that didn't understand it bigrazz

I usually don't write comments about mangas, even though I have my share of knowledge with all that I've read so far. I officially dropped Bleach today, after getting tired of all the dragging and the stupidity. Someone said here that it seems that Tite Kubo seems on LSD while writing and I second that. But here's a proper comment:

The art is gorgeous. I always loved Tite Kubo's art and I still do. Too bad it's such a waste in this manga...

When you get to love one, they just don't appear anymore. Some characters are simply random and never made a statement. Others... I just hate them because they are faulty characters. I wasn't expecting perfect characters (even though it seems Kubo is trying to portray Ichigo as the perfect being with ALL the powers in the universe. Yes, a Gary Stu. No, even Naruto wasn't this bad. Naruto didn't have EVERY single power. Just as an example), but I was expecting development. Just don't expect that. It barely exists. For some, it doesn't.

Well, it did start great. Bleach was once my favorite manga (and even my favorite anime). It had amazing potential. The first arc was awesome. The second arc (Hueco Mundo) dragged quite a bit, but it's still satisfying. Until the end of it. I won't spoil, but that arc's ending... It was horrible, Everything from that point on is absolutely terrible. From useless arcs (I felt I was reading fillers! Fillers in a manga!) to pointless plot... With some of the worst powers I've ever seen. I can't handle it anymore. It got way too low.

Sorry. I stuck around while it was amazing. Then when it was bearable. Now it's just... Bad. It's not average, it's really bad. Do yourself a favor and go to read something else. Your time is wasted here. I gave it a 6 out of 10 for the good points in this manga (art and the initial plot).
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Too many characters   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Moonclaw7
October 31st, 2014, 7:09pm
Why are there so many?? They just increase with each chapter and arc, and trying to give time for all characters is close to impossible. When did I last see Ichigo... maybe 2-3 months ago... who have I been seeing? Much of the enemy, some scenes with 1-2 captains... Where the hell are all the characters that made Bleach what it is?!?!? I guess this is what makes One Piece kinda of good, it has the guts to leave characters behind and just keep the main ones constant.

... Last updated on October 31st, 2014, 7:11pm
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Degenerate piece of you know what   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by bleachfan90
October 3rd, 2014, 5:48pm
As of the latest chapters, this series has degenerated into whole new levels of pure idiocy.
I suspect Kubo Tite of being on LSD while coming up with this.

By now I'm reading it out of habit, but if I had to pay for it I'd sooner take my own life.
It's that bad.

If you are considering picking this up, don't.
For once do what the guy in the comments says and skip this one.
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Dropped After Fake Karakura Arc   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by ant hime
August 8th, 2014, 7:16am
I honestly used to obsess over this series so bad. The characters are the first thing that make me fell in love with this series, especially from the Shinigami. I think they are really interesting (especially the Shinigami for me, while Orihime is plain boring). I also enjoy the fighting scenes a lot. Even though I agree they sometimes tend to drag on a little, but that's the only time you get to see your favorite characters (and I'm not talking about Ichigo, he also bored me a little, which is ironic since he is the main character), and this keeps me going.

Right after the Fake Karakura Arc, however, the story went downhill. I had hoped at first, hoping that at least I can see some of my favorite characters develoment. But then Kubo Tite starts to add more and more new characters and my disappointment increases for each new character he brings. Now I just scroll the new chapters for a few seconds, hoping that I get to see my favorite characters show up finally.

The other thing that makes me rate for this series is the fact that the old characters are forgotten into the dust, which is a shame since the author actually made a great job introducing and developing the characters. He instead creates more characters that becomes more and more boring and repetitive.

... Last updated on August 28th, 2014, 10:26pm
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Ups and downs   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by chaechaeboi
May 22nd, 2014, 10:16am
If I could read everything I have read so far in one go, I would be more satisfied, but since I wait to read every chapter and through the hiatus, it is not uncommon for me to be disappointed. Some chapters are just lame in the sense that it feels as though the author didn't put in much effort, but most of the time I really enjoy this manga. Creative powers and an in-depth story. I'd recommend it to most of my friends.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by fotzi
March 22nd, 2014, 6:08am
Bleach was the second manga I ever picked up and loved. BUT. At some point it starts going downhill. The author tends to drag on some fights WAY TOO MUCH (especially in Hueco Mundo) and sometimes you tend to see some plot holes and asspulls here and there. The art has always been beautiful and I do believe Kubo is a very talented artist. If the author was more organized with
his storytelling, Bleach would have been much, much better. I want to note, that I love all the character designs but also the criptic and metaphoric titles the author gives to his chapters! Another thing that Bleach has is that it gives the chance for other characters other than the protagonist to grow stronger and develop. Of course, as a classic shounen, Ichigo will always come to save the day at the end but also give chances to other characters to do something other than despair unlike other shounen manga (coughcough naruto cough). Along with Ichigo everyone else in soul society as well as his friends is maturing and getting better other than Ichigo outclassing them just because he is the main character. Despite its good points Bleach, should have ended long ago because it feels like the story is not told properly as I said before...

... Last updated on March 22nd, 2014, 7:59am
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The fights are always one-sided   
Rating: N/A
by kazewa
February 21st, 2014, 9:52pm
Dunno since when, but Bleach definitely has adopted what DB's sickness in its (DB) last few arcs. The fights are always one-sided. The one side is simply too strong for the opposition. Same thing with Fairy Tail. I don't know whatever, but if it's one-sided, it's still dragged on too long. A one-sided fight shouldn't be dragged for weeks or month! Totally different from OP. Even if there were one-sided fights, those one-sided fights were still logical (ie: Sanji simply no match for Doflamingo). But OP had many fights that fought to the last drop of energy for both parties, which made the fights looked very awesome. There is no more hope of such toe-to-toe fights in Bleach. Hope it will finish asap.
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O!G Syndrome   
Rating: N/A
by d4ftpuNK
February 19th, 2014, 12:47pm
Kubo seems to have suffered from Oh! Great syndrome. This is a disease that plagues mangaka who have extremely popular manga's but have run out of ideas. They have made so much money they can afford copious amounts of mind altering drugs and continue to write an incoherent story until the day they are cancelled.

Once part of the Big 3, now the only way you'll find Bleach at the front of Jump is if a foreigner decides to read the magazine from left to right. RIP

... Last updated on February 19th, 2014, 12:48pm
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