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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
65 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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480 topics, 10389 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (3986 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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October 27th 2014, 11:53am PST

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Year
2001

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
JManga (Chapter 1 Preview - Defunct)
Viz (62 Volumes, 8 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #132 (No change)
Monthly Pos #74 decreased(-14)
3 Month Pos #55 decreased(-19)
6 Month Pos #36 decreased(-4)

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On 14275 reading lists
On 527 wish lists
On 708 unfinished lists
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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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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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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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I like it until...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by clampies
April 12th, 2013, 11:07pm
I really like Bleach until the fake Karakura battle, where it drown and never make the surface again. But i still reading it because I want some answer and see how it will end, but it is and ok reading I read in 10 mins each week.

Aizen was the most interesting character but he fell flaw and boring, the fullbringer arc was ininteresting and the last arc is SO disapointing...
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Plot holes, bad/short fight, characters who should die but don't (Byakuya and Kenpachi), character who shouldn't die (Unohana) at least not like she does and inconsistency.
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Not Worth the trouble if you didn't follow from the beginning...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by liltripp2hustla
December 2nd, 2012, 3:21pm
Do yourself a favor and drop it after the Rescue Rukia arc, everything after that is all dragged on. Kubo trying to create some suspenseful moments and plot twists but failing to do so miserably.

My biggest issue with this series is Ichigo is the main character but all he has is:
Getsuga Tenshou
Bankai
Hollowfication (Don't even count the full hollowfication vs Ulquiorra)
And that new thing I forgot the name in the recent chapters

How can he learned his hollowfication but can't even use Cero like everyone else? Then he always has some magical powerup during or directly before battle and goes to win.

With all that said I love Bleach's art the most, but creativity-wise One Piece beats it. (Don't forget I said creativity-wise, not in general drawing characters, but different looks and so on) I look forward to Kubo's new work though, I only keep reading it cause I read so far and only takes 10 seconds to read Bleach's chapters nowadays anyways.
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Love It No Mater What :)   
Rating: N/A
by darkdoll25
July 25th, 2011, 10:20pm
I don't really care what other people say about the manga supposing to end. Naruto should've ended when they defeated the evil snake guy, but no they are STILL GOING ON. You just can't deny it, good manga should be as long as it can. Just like Detective Conan, it's like at 780 chapters and it's still going strong. Bleach is great, that's all there is to it.
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ALL POWERFUL,GODLIKE,HOLLOWRIFIC,BADASS,COOL, and HANDSOME" boss   
Rating: N/A
by shmigelpuf
June 27th, 2010, 12:59am
hmm. . bleach. . there was a time that it was hailed amongst the top anime and manga that i heard of. . but now. . it just killed itself. . for some reason and i know some of you if not all, noticed that it just doesnt appeal anyone anymore well not to me anyway. . whenever there is a new chapter in bleach i still check it. . but i just scan and not bother myself to read anything cause i know it would only waste my time if i read it. . the story was about a person(ichigo) who became a shinigami to rid the world of hollows with his band of merry men(uryu and chad if i remember correctly), women(rukia and inoue i think) and a cute lion mascot(kon). . but now. . were in heavens name are they!!!! and the story just became another hero who wants to beat the "ALL POWERFUL,GODLIKE,HOLLOWRIFIC,BADASS,COOL, and HANDSOME" boss(aizen). . lets just say that bleach is like a pyramid, as you get to the top. . it gets smaller and smaller and smaller. .

... Last updated on June 27th, 2010, 1:55am
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