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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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69 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 (4083 votes)
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Viz (64 Volumes - Ongoing)

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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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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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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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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.


ETA: Badass Nakama ftw!

... Last updated on February 17th, 2012, 4:27pm
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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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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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