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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.

Won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category.


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Sứ Mạng Thần Chết

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Status in Country of Origin
66 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 54, Chap 479

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Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (4015 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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Viz (63 Volumes, 8 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

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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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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mizunosaki
April 2nd, 2012, 6:22pm
Bleach is a world of it's own. Either you're in it, or you avert your eyes and don't be in it at all.

It's a visual experience. Both the illustration and composition style are very artistic and adds to the atmosphere. True to the shonen manga genre, it's filled with moments that makes you think "HOLY CRAP THAT IS SO COOL/AWESOME/BADASS/". The use of Japanese brush and ink in the manga not only adds to the texture, but also increases the atmosphere of the Shinigami world. The character design are colorful and interesting. There are plenty of characters that caters to all readers. Manly man? Check. Manly manly manly man? Check. Bouncy babes? Check. Cute innocent girls? Check. Tsundere? Check.

The story itself, for me, is amazing. For a manga in the shonen genre that cannot avoid plot devices and cliches, Bleach still manages to make you think that there's still a unique freshness to it. The 'damsel in distress' plus 'badass fighting chicks' trope gets used a lot, and 'unlikely savior at the last minute' cliche happens very often. The 'Oh you cut me! Oh wait no you didn't lol' thing was exciting for the first hundred times, but gets a bit repetitive. I don't really mind it that much since I can still find it exciting, but if you're the type of reader that goes "Oh, not THIS again" you'll probably be bored by the 21th volume (end of execution arc). That's around the time I stopped before I started again recently.

Rumor has it that the series is ending soon (although it's unlikely the way I saw it) and I think it's about time, although for me it's a bit sad. The heroes just keep getting stronger and stronger, and even though I keep thinking 'WHOA that is so badass", the enemies ALSO keeps getting stronger, and THEN the heroes unleashed an even GREATER power. Of course it wouldn't be interesting if the enemies are weaker, so whoa now the enemy is EVEN stronger. But wait! Let's train some more! Now the heroes are stronger. Repeat the cycle a couple of times and all of the sudden you have god vs. god. True story.

Also about you-know-who who didn't die, I think he will come back in the future and become an ally. It's just a guess, but if it came true I called it.

All in all I'm glad I read Bleach and would recommend it to anyone that loves that heroic ass kicking moments. I know I said there are lots of cliches, but even knowing that reading Bleach can still keep me on the edge so I think you can still enjoy it too.

I can't really say anything about the anime yet, but there are a lot of unrelated filler arcs that I would suggest you avoid. Start from the manga first.

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2012, 6:49pm
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Why Bleach is continuing   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by AznSlayer93
September 8th, 2011, 1:47am
Many would call Kubo to be a man milking a dying cow or simply money hungry. I for one would disagree with them, I'd say that he is just your everyday human being. Although I do agree that Bleach should have ended with Aizen's defeat, I do understand why the series is continuing despite the decent ending it could have had. The reason is simple, it's his job. Who in the right mind would choose to quit their decent paying job for a gamble on a new job that may or may not do well. I know I wouldn't. There is a reason why you usually see only one popular series from a verteran mangaka, while the other series are usually not as good or unheard of. I'm sure it's hard to get back to the top once you've started over. So in my opinion Kubo chose to do the sensible thing, and chose to stick with Bleach instead of gambling on a new series.

Another thing people fail to realize is that Kubo may not even have the full rights to Bleach. He is but a hired worker in Jump. I'm sure the publisher i.e Jump wouldn't let Kubo end Bleach whenever he wanted to. It would a huge blow for both parties. Another factor that may hold him from ending is a powerful device that many people over look. It's called a "contract." This basically means that if he were to violate that contract and its terms, he can face legal issues which is something most people wouldn't want to deal with.

Wow, I seem to have gone way off topic. Oh well, now on to my review of the series. Well to be blunt, it's your typical shounen. Once the hero beats a enemy, a stronger one comes out. If he loses, he'll train and eventually overcome the stronger opponent. Bleach is pretty much an endless cycle of win, lose, powerup, win, lose, powerup, and so on and so forth. So if your in to a long series with no definitive end in sight, then I recommend Bleach for you. If you however hate a long series, then I suggest you turn another direction and find another series. Overall I'd have to say that I like Bleach, although it's not one of those series that I would scream with glee at sight. I do enjoy it enough to continue reading it every week.

... Last updated on September 9th, 2011, 6:41am
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Bleach was never a plot driven manga....   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
June 15th, 2012, 5:49am
For those who are complaining that recently Bleach is being draged on without plot-
From the start Bleach never really focused on plot development. And from the start it was a generic battle manga with next to 0 plot development.(If you consider facing a strong enemy one after other who have shitty traumatic history as plot development...then this is the other case.)
Weak-->Enemy Beats Proatgonist-->Training/I will grow stronger-->Power Up/Cool Moves-->Beats Enemy-->Strong Enemy-->Looses Battle-->Defeats Enemy (A loop with change of locations and addition of characters with traumatic past).

It is basically for those who never really cares about serious plot development and only focuses on fights with power-ups.
From my side I am just reading it to see its ending.
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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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Rating: N/A
by bizarrekin
July 2nd, 2012, 2:14pm
As Tite Kubo himself pointed out in an interview he is the type who focuses on characters rather than the story/plot, and to be honest he is usually good at that- but the thing is, he keeps creating new ones, so let alone the plot, there is no time for character development... So Bleach became an excuse for Tite Kubo to create characters and enjoy, forgetting the actual main-character(s)... and the plot. - if there was a plot to begin with...
Bleach is "same stuff happening with slight changes in the story and different characters"
And still I cannot say that I do not enjoy reading Bleach, I have to agree that it gets really boring sometimes, but as a shounen manga it is good. So I, too, am waiting to see how it ends.
We'll see...
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Way too much hate, this manga receives.   
Rating: N/A
by CrimsonThunder
April 27th, 2012, 7:20am
Anyone that hasn't started it yet, and has been backed off by the monstrous amount of hate it receives, I would like to say this to you: It isn't anywhere under Naruto or OP, seriously. It does have its weak points, definitely, but by no means it's bad. Granted, there is repetitiveness and quite a few holes in the plot that are supposed to be filled in the future, thought there's only one arc more, by the author's own words. However. Artwork (not in the beginning, but eventually, with time), character interaction, interesting abilities, way of showing people emotions/thoughts with just pictures and no words, feelings, character attitude, themes and atmosphere as a whole. If you like shounen in general, this is indeed something that you should definitely like.
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Used to be good, now only ok   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
December 5th, 2010, 3:13pm
I really liked Bleach in the beginning. It had good designs, interesting and well differentiated characters. But there has been virtually no character development. It really had a chance before the Soul Society arc and right after it to slow the pace up and develop these really interesting characters. However, it just became one power-up after another and one endless fight which becomes boring after a while. To say "oh, its shonen what do you expect?" Is a lame excuse. I'm not looking for Shakespeare here, just give me a little bit of something to work with. I really wonder how much of its development has been affected by the requirements of the anime. Maybe its gotten dumbed down, because the anime requires a fight in every episode to keep its younger audience interested?

Anyways this is a decent series that had the potential to be great, but maybe it got too commercialized too quick.
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Amazing, though dragging on...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Arianne7
April 4th, 2010, 9:07pm
Bleach has been one of my favorite series for a long time.

The author manages to weave a believable and descriptive alternate reality with a pretty memorable cast of characters. Yes, its full of shounen cliches and the like, but its enjoyable.

The first few arcs are some of my favorite of any manga I've ever read since. They've fast paced and addictive!

But since then, the story has dragged on a bit. Its almost become wearisome and hard to read (although there have been some exciting moments). I'm hoping that this stalling business is at an end, and Bleach will return to its greatness (now that it seems to be wrapping up)

Overall, its definitely worth a reading. If I were basing this on the first 100 or so chapters alone, it would get a 10, hands down!
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