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Bleach  
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Description
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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Associated Names
ブリーチ
死神
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Status in Country of Origin
64 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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

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479 topics, 10385 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (3954 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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Year
2001

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
JManga (Chapter 1 Preview - Defunct)
Viz (61 Volumes, 8 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #25 increased(+12)
Monthly Pos #28 increased(+13)
3 Month Pos #38 decreased(-4)
6 Month Pos #32 decreased(-6)

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Just one major advice   
Rating: N/A
by ethelle
March 14th, 2012, 2:33pm
Of course, by all means, read the manga (and while you're at it, watch the anime adaption) - it's definitely worth it! But I'm not kidding you when I say you need top-notch patience. Yes, you need to have patience made of steel in order to endure this endless, slow-paced series.

However, since the positives of Bleach overpower any negative, I say this series is worth the wait. It's exciting, hilarious, action-packed, and sometimes pretty casual. Anyway, it's everything you ever want tied into one praise-worthy, enormous manga.

From what I've witnessed, you can only either really hate it or really love it. Almost never in between.
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Bleh...   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Xyle
July 10th, 2009, 1:50am
At first, Bleach is a refreshing, well-drawn manga which gets you hooked. However, as time passes on, it's the same thing over and over again. Fights are drawn out where one person get bashed around, he powers up, the other person gets powered up, he too powers up, and it continues in this pattern until the writer decides he actually has to add something to the story. For a fighting manga, it's frustrating how nobody dies or gets crippled beyond the point of fighting.

There really is little or no plot development as the story progresses. It takes +20 chapters for anything important to happen. Most of the time, chapters are spent showing some ridiculous fight which follows the pattern I stated earlier.

I found the comedy to be boring most of the time. The artist tries to make up for this with girls with big boobs. I have never seen so many disproportionate women in my life.

If you enjoy long artistic fight scenes and cheap comedy, Bleach is the manga for you. If you want an engaging story, I suggest avoiding it. I simply read Bleach because it's a habit now. It's like smoking; once you start, you can't stop. My advice is don't start.
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nintendo routine   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by A Stranger
April 17th, 2009, 6:54am
i can say only 1 thing, super mario, oh no the princess has ben kidnapped, sorry the princess is in another cast... volume (x46)
and then down goes bowser. its a shame, alot of other material i have read has ended with me going... aww, im gonna miss you guys, but i think this has reached its peak, and has been falling down for a long time.

7 because i enjoyed the early work, i miss the simple times
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needs more orihime   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
December 30th, 2005, 10:32am
too many characters, not enough orihime. typical "I need to become stronger" storyline... still, its enjoyable.
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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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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 is was still new and i was an older teen.
I liked it just fine but switched later to the manga because it was to drawn out and had to quit it entirely and even started to hate it. Now i am 24 and in retrospect i find that the first two are arcs (till Soul Society ended) are still decent but kindoff "empty". Just good art(but never backgrounds) and good ideas but not a lot of substance.

To quote strixflash "Bleach was never a plot driven manga" and that was true even then but when arc 3 stared the story completely stopped and the unending action-scenes became all like this.
Two "awesome" dudes meet then begin to stand in the air and beat each other with super-moves till someone wins or the agree to become friends and noone ever dies but the word "death / i´ll kill you" are the most dominant sentences in the entire manga. So after that arc was final over i quit and never looked back.
Apparently the manga still sucks(500+ chapters and a spin-off but still not over) and finally started to loose fans but i am thank god out. As many problems i have with One Piece and Naruto now i still have fun with them even if a am mostly a seinen and josei reader now but this manga i cannot recommend at all. Don´t even start its not worth your time or the hype. Read the rest of the Jump-Trinity or Berserk(the king of manga) instead.

... Last updated on June 3rd, 2013, 8:59am
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wtf   
Rating: N/A
by kurotan
January 26th, 2012, 6:57am
Seriously. wtf. Make up your mind Kubo!! Its currently on a 3 week break so I hope Kubo sorts his shit out. I've never seen another series that has stayed this strong simply because of the characters and action. Yes the characters are awesome and you want to know what's gonna happen to them. The only problem is: NO ONE DIES!! I mean seriously, were the Arrancars really that shit??

Then there's action. I used to think Bleach has awesome action. But then I found Claymore, The Breaker, Ubel Blatt, Until Death do us Part, I can go on and on. So yes even the action isn't extraordinary. I'm a sucker for fluid action, especially something like The Breaker and Bleach's action is anything but fluid. Its most people disappearing and appearing and killing the enemy with one lethal stroke after having their ass handed to them.

But that's it!!

The plot is horrendous. Excepting the Soul Society twist I was just feeding my inner action junkie the whole time. One Piece and Naruto have very strong narratives which keep me going back to them. Often wonder if I wasted my time reading this and that I shouldn't have let my self give in to the hype. If you're reading this and you haven't read or seen Bleach don't read this unless you have serious social outcast issues. Because Bleach is the 'in' thing to talk about with others. Enough said. If you want action and characters then read this, that's why I gave it a 7. If you want an actual story then stay the hell away.

I have one weakness as a person which is: I can't stop something once I've started it. So yes, I'm a member of the legion of fans who can't drop Bleach simply because they're 479 chapters in.
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Tite Kubo is a troll. Fact.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by GoldenKaos
December 27th, 2011, 3:52pm
What kickstarted this manga off was attitude. It had a very in-your-face kind of approach to plot, it's characters and its powers. Then we got the Soul Society Arc, which was a well-executed damsel-in-distress arc with an M. Night Shyamalan moment at the end. This led into the Hueco Mundo arc, and the all out war. Again a damsel in distress plot to begin with, which turned into a 'find some way to defeat the omnipotent antagonist' plot. Now... I dunno what's happening now.

All right:- Pros
Fights - fantastic fights with well executed individual powers and moves.
Style - art and character design is utter top notch, always.
Kuchiki Rukia - I have a crush on her.
Humour - often very, very funny.

Cons:-
Pacing:- pages often comprise on one or two frames (usually closer to 3-5) with only a little happening each week. I remember comparing this to One Piece a year or two ago - with Bleach I was surprised that the chapter ended so soon, with One Piece I was often surprised there was so much of the chapter left.
Characters:- almost all have some kind of backstory, but even that is often quite shallow in execution with very little depth or believability. Plus I hate antagonists who are utterly overpowered and arrogant. They tend to make up for this in the 'Style' and 'humour' Pros I mentioned already. Except Aizen.
Plot:- Fighting, damsel in distress + 'what a tweest' moments. Unoriginal and repeptetive, overall.

Tite Kubo is a troll simply because of how he paces this bl**ding manga. Sense the frustration. People have theorized that's he's some kind of divinity simply for the way he keeps his audience whilst successfully trolling them, every. single. week.

Better than most, but still... once you've finished this manga Kubo, there will be nothing to stop us from visiting retribution on you... 7/10

... Last updated on July 5th, 2012, 4:46am
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Enjoyable and not as bad or dragging as people would have you believe   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by Lu-chan
November 9th, 2011, 8:43pm
Sure it's a shonen, so you can expect the hero to beat his enemies and simply get stronger each time, that comes with the territory: there's a set of clichés for each genre and Bleach does meet them. But it does it very well.

I'm not saying some of the criticisms addressed to it aren't valid, but as long as you don't expect great depths and go in looking for an enjoyable read, you won't be disappointed.

There's a sense of novelty to most fights, Kubo Tite sure is one creative guy, whether it be in terms of type of attack, twists and turns, or fight choreography. He's also managed to create very strong, and varied characters; sometimes original, sometimes less so, some of them more likeable than others. I'm only disappointed that he doesn't seem to use these great characters he's created to their full extent, which would make Bleach so much more than your better than average but still cliché shounen. Still, aside from some misses, they were all interesting, character-wise *and* aesthetically wise.

And that's one of the major assets of this manga: the art. I find it to be simply gorgeous, the style striking and distinctive, the faces expressive, but whether you like it or not you can't deny that it's effective.

As for the ~plotlines, if Aizen's dragged a bit, I still find the 3 arcs so far different enough to hold my interest, not to mention the dozens of very well done subplots and new character introductions. All of this makes reading Bleach an enjoyable (if sometimes uneven) experience. I'd suggest to people bothered by the times where the rhythm slows down to read it volume by volume, as opposed to chapter by chapter. But then again it's proved to me recently that it can still leave me waiting on tenterhooks for a new chapter and yell with glee when it's out.

In any case it certainly doesn't feel like KT has said everything he wanted to with his characters, and as long as he hasn't, and that it remains so enjoyable, I'll keep on reading.

Bankai.

ETA: Badass Nakama ftw!

... Last updated on February 17th, 2012, 4:27pm
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From amazing to mediocre   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by nemo91591
April 2nd, 2011, 9:24pm
This manga started out really, really, really good. I absolutely loved it up until Ichigo saves Rukia. After that the manga gets really boring, drawn out, and repetative. The fight scenes especially get extremely long. The plot no longer seems that interesting and about the only good thing that happens later on in the manga is that Hitsugaya seems to show up a lot more. Orihime just gets more and more annoying and one of the most interesting character, Ulquiorra, ends up dying. So overall I think this manga started out really well, but like a lot of other good mangas like Naruto and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, it's just getting to be way too long. I think the mangaka just doesn't want to end this manga even though it should've ended a long time ago.

... Last updated on May 17th, 2012, 7:49am
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