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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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Manga

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ブリーチ

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Status in Country of Origin
63 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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478 topics, 10375 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (3879 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.89 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 22nd 2014, 10:36pm PST


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Year
2001

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
JManga (Chapter 1 Preview - Defunct)
Viz (59 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #45 increased(+17)
Monthly Pos #24 increased(+3)
3 Month Pos #21 increased(+3)
6 Month Pos #22 decreased(-5)

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On 13918 reading lists
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On 639 unfinished lists
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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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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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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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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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From fantastic to mediocre   
Rating: N/A
by yami_game
April 13th, 2009, 1:45am
I am a big fan of the popular shounens, so one piece, bleach and naruto are my three weekly staples. I've just gotta say that bleach started really interesting, as one person put it, ghostbusters with swords, and I found it original and interesting. I almost gave up on SS, but the conspiracies and the extra stories of the shinigami kept it interesting. Unfortunately, the espada stuff is just such a run-of-the-mill fight fest. The reason I keep following bleach is because I've really grown to love the characters and not only do I want to see them develop, but also I want to see how the story pans out and ends. Yes they repeated the rukia arc, which sucks, but I'll bear through this, hopefully the HM arc finishes and kubo picks up the pace a little. My biggest gripe is Ichigo, he used to be such a badass, didnt care what people thought, had an attitude, but now hes just a regular joe hero without any emotion. I bet Kubo would have ended the series much sooner, but bleach has reached such popularity, that not only does Kubo get more money the longer it goes, so do the people who sell bleach merchandise. Its sad but thats life.
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Was good...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by surabhi147
May 18th, 2008, 6:58am
But, I don't know if its me, strangely, the events at whatever-place-they-are are getting strangely out of hand. All the good elements of the manga have somehow dissolved into nothingness.
The beginning is amazing, leaves the reader wanting more. I liked it up to chapter 50 and the soul society arc. Thereafter began the series of neverending events and the fights extending for chapters on end. I'm waiting for it to pick up again or maybe reach to a conclusion before I can begin reading.
I still give it an 6.5 for the artwork, humour and how much I liked the former half of the story.

BTW, I was expecting it to end after the Hueco Mundo arc but, apparently finishing up the manga while it is still salvageable (is that a word?) - granted it's not fresh anymore and it has degraded to cliches - is not on Kubo Tite's mind. It is evident he wants to leech as much money as he can out of this and then he'll probably hand us a half-assed end.
I really hope I'm wrong.

... Last updated on April 28th, 2011, 12:12am
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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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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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