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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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Associated Names
ブリーチ
死神
เทพมรณะ
Sứ Mạng Thần Chết

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Status in Country of Origin
66 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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481 topics, 10400 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (4014 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 11th 2015, 7:30pm PST

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Year
2001

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
JManga (Chapter 1 Preview - Defunct)
Viz (63 Volumes, 8 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #107 decreased(-15)
Monthly Pos #91 decreased(-15)
3 Month Pos #83 decreased(-5)
6 Month Pos #62 decreased(-25)

List Stats
On 14381 reading lists
On 538 wish lists
On 716 unfinished lists
On 604 custom lists

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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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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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still lovingit , don't listen to the hate   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lalalarry
February 1st, 2012, 9:22pm
i love bleach! the first arc was amazing!!!! and i'm really sick of all the hate bleach is getting, i understand that not everyone likes everything but patience is a virtue and bleach WILL get better after the lost agents arc

people complain about it dragging on but the same people will complain when it has finally ended.

for any future potential readers, i highly reccomend smile

(though i do wish that orihime would kick some more ass! that would push the rating up to 10!)

... Last updated on July 4th, 2012, 5:42pm
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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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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:

Art:
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...

Characters:
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.

Plot:
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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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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Got tired of my unrequited love for Bleach   
Rating: N/A
by MajiAkashi
January 21st, 2014, 9:11am
It's very sad because I used to love this series so much. I've stuck with it for 6 years, now I'm taking a break. What good is a series that doesn't even show its original heroine? Heck, it didn't even show its HERO in Fake!Karakura Town arc for MONTHS. Then, we got stuck with Orihime, who I don't even consider as a character anymore seeing as how empty, selfish and 1D she is, who apparently is now some sort of heroine for a whole two arcs and a half. I loved Bleach. But now my hate for it is bigger than my love for it. Since it doesn't even give me the chance to love anything, as anything I love is either off screen or OFF SCREEN. Why would I read the manga anymore if all I see is Orihime who I don't give a shit about?

I think what threw me off more is Kubo sensei's attitude towards his readers. I understand he is protective of his characters but he is too proud and arrogant. So I'm just doing as he told his readers. I'm not reading Bleach anymore.
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