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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)

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

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Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (4093 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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Viz (65 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Standard shonen for people who don't know any better   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by N0X
October 15th, 2010, 3:38am
Bleach was good up until the end of the Soul Society arc. From then on it started dragging on and becoming repetetive with Orihime getting traded in for Rukia in HM. With the arrancars acting as mere characters filling in for the gap between the SS arc and the final battle against Aizen, there's really not much more to say about Bleach. It has long, dragging fights, a standard shonen main character, almost no character-development what-so-ever. It's like they're alive because they're there, with no feel, emotion and in most cases nothing in particular that sets them apart.

At the end of the Soul Society arc there was a major twist in the storyline, but after that it just became predictable, with so many plotholes it almost looks like a Swiss cheese, and powerups making characters look like bugs, gundams and what-not, Bleach has just become much worse than if it had downright ended after the SS arc, right there and then. Now it's not even worth anyone's time, and nothing I would ever recommend anyone with the slightest mental capacity of reading/watching.
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Stop your childish whining and shut up.   
Rating: N/A
by heatguyj
March 23rd, 2010, 5:49pm
I say this because a lot of people are constantly complaining about how looooooong the series is.
After hearing, and reading, about it from a ton of other people, there really is not need to keep saying that. Yes. it is long, but get over it, and move on and read something else.
Anyways, it's very entertaining. Don't go reading Bleach if you're looking for some kind of New York Times bestseller. It's a shounen for crying out loud. It has a ton of what makes a shounen good.
Blood, fighting, action, a strong hero, Kick*** art, and so on.
A lot of people complain about how no character ever dies, and all I have to say is that you guys would complain if they died left and right. Besides, there have been quite a few deaths so far. Also, about the fact that just when someones going to die, they miraculously power up and pull out something they should've used right from the beginning, you get used to it soon enough. Do the fights go on for a long time? Yes they do, but it seems even longer when you're reading it a chapter a week. Besides, do we really want a two chapter fight?
And when it comes to the storyline, it's just amazing. I recently went back and reread everything, and I have to say that I noticed a lot of things that I missed when I just read it a chapter a week. Not only does the art get a million times better, but it also gets a bit darker. More blood and violence in the later chapters than you find in the early ones.
So if you're looking for a good shounen, read Bleach. If you're looking for something short, where good characters die, with a super sophisticated plot, short fights, and a cast that you can count on one hand, go read something else. Don't read Bleach and come and complain about how it drags, and no one dies, and blah blah blah. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Endless boredom   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by sakura1083
December 17th, 2008, 3:02pm
Sadly for a promising manga like this one, which its own success seems to have prompted the author to go on the simplest road to enlarge the plot artificially: incredibly stronger enemies one after another, repeating ad infinitum. Sorry guys, but I expect my action shonen series to have at least a decent plot.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lynn101
September 20th, 2008, 4:14pm
i don't care if people say it's overrated or what not but i realy liked this series
i started watching the anime first and i was hooked
the different abilities of their zanpactos (idk is spelled right) are really interesting and makes you wonder what their bankai and abilities are since each are different.
the humor is pretty good, so is the art
i love the characters! each one is soo different and has a different personalities.
my personal fav is rukia. she's just soo strong yet clueless in the real world at the same time. she's such a role model!
but on the other hand orihime really makes me mad cause she's so pathetic
ichigo also gets on my nerves too cause sometimes he's just too rash and does stuff without thinking
i love how there's soo many characters. yet there are so many questions and mysteries that are unsolved and that just keeps me hooked no matter how long this series it

totally recommend
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Rating: N/A
by kyo88
April 4th, 2008, 5:23pm
lol it was the greatest manga/anime and now its just dying in my opinion! sigh its getting more and more boring and stupid. xD ever since the anime had that Bount episodes came on, it just die rite there for the anime. for the manga its dragging on and on just end it! YES it as the greatest manga ever but now its just boring and my god Orihime (in my opinion) is the MOST ANNOYING/ USELESS CHARACTER! god why is she there? just b/c she has a huge boobs?
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Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by samlovesanime
July 2nd, 2007, 12:17am
hey i love this manga. if you would like to wathc the anime just let me know and i give you a site that has all of the episodes
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I just don't get others   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by IamLecter
February 21st, 2013, 1:04pm
I just don't get others who says Bleach was fabulous till soul society arc or Bleach died for me after it or it became boring for me afterwards and so on... I just ask those guys if you have some many complaints then why don't you just stop reading it...
It really makes me laugh... You are saying all those bad words about Bleach but at the same time reading it regulary... LOL
If BLEACH died for you after soul society arc then why not stop reading it?? Then why do you bother criticizing latest arcs too!!!!
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Bleach....its bound to have an ending .....we just dont no when yet   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Elu-hamu1
January 28th, 2011, 9:03am
only 4/5 words can express how i feel about bleach :
People are putt-off by this manga or anime due to the fact of the INCREDIBLE amount of Episodes and chapters ( im surprised myself) and the plot/s drag on and on and on. But these people are making a huge mistake. Bleach has its ups and downs within its plots.Anime; Begining is FANTASTic. Middle Season is msotly Like a FILLER but arund epsiode 300 (before and after) is simply "OH MY GoSH!" WOW thats completely unexpected" . The characters develop great leaps and the art is fantastic. Must Read and it will (Literaallly) Last you a life-time. Hope it never ends (i bet people are saying "hell NO!") XP
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pretty standard   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Hetien
September 7th, 2008, 7:26am
one of the big three i would consider as the top shonen manga currently (naruto and one piece being the other two). having said that, i would rank it second among those three (one piece being first, since it still makes some sense, and naruto third, since it obviously forgot it's own title.) seriously, i'm just hoping the author will wrap up whatever the hell is going on in the series right now and go back to the stuff that worked in the beginning, since it was sooooo much better. and i dont mean repeating the story, i mean writing/drawing what i actually care about (i really dont care about the fight between birdman and scarface, can you just kill one of them and be done with it?)
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Love it!!!   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by manga_tomboy350
July 31st, 2008, 12:22am
I really like both the manga and the anime. The manga is slightly better than the anime cuz they miss parts. but over all, i think it's great. If your into action, this is something to read/watch.
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