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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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Status in Country of Origin
65 Volumes (Ongoing)

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

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Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (3964 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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October 12th 2014, 11:38am PST



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

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Weekly Pos #60 increased(+9)
Monthly Pos #34 increased(+3)
3 Month Pos #32 (No change)
6 Month Pos #31 increased(+1)

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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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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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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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Not as good as its rating   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by FYforever
May 15th, 2013, 4:53pm
I don't understand how this manga remains in the top 10 list. In terms of plot, there isn't any. It's just one story jumping into another completely different story, with a new villain everytime. This manga was good until the Fake Karakura Town arc, then it just went downhill. I dropped this shortly after.

... Last updated on May 15th, 2013, 4:54pm
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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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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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In the road GREAT to S**T BAG   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Bloodfall
February 15th, 2010, 1:05am
Once in a distant time, I was a HUGE fan of bleach. Now, I'm too much displeased, that I can't even say that reading the past-soul society phase is anything near to "worthy"

"The characters start undergoing stupid power-up to super-weak cycles that are unpredictable. One second they can beat anyone, next a low level enemy beats them to within an inch of their life.."

That alone just summarizes everything in the after-soul society phase.
The power scale were just fucked up. You don't know who is strong, who is not.

The manga is all about showing power and skills, but when stuff turns to completely random, it's just pointless to see badass moves, if in the next chapter the hero's tides can change from "absolute ownage" to "absolutely owned".
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Ichigo beated the crap out of kenpachi. Than, Ichigo gets the crap beated out by Noitora. Than, Kenpachi beats the crap out of Noitora. WTF?. And than, Ichigo fights Ulquiorra, and in the end, beats the crap out of Ulquiorra, who is supposed to be a lot stronger than Noitora, by the use of some deus ex machina hax. WTF²?
It's too much of inconsistency in the power scale for me.

The manga's main attraction, not to say the only one, are the battles, and the skill show. Alright, It's cool to see all those cool powers, the cool bankais, the cool vaizards, and so on... but, with a fucked up power scale, the cool powers show off becomes pointless.

You NEVER know what is going to happen, and when things are fucked up, there comes someone to the aid of the good guys in the nick of time. I know that this is overused in shounens, but Bleach just over-overuses it.

I just hope Kubo will put his mind on the tracks and, in the future, give us some good stuff like in the first arc.
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Stop reading after the first arc   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Artimidorus
December 18th, 2009, 1:10pm
Reading the first arc, I loved it. Had some flaws, but was otherwise awesome. As someone else said, I really liked Ichigo's hollow form, and pretty much the whole of the first arc was good. Soul Society was new, and a creative way to see the After-life, and the characters seemed slightly different from most series I, personally, had read at the time.
Then.. it stopped. Then I had to quit reading, because it got a) extremely boring, b) I stopped being able to say/read the names of the places and people, this left me with the inability to connect to any of it, much less connect from chapter to chapter outside of "Hey, the big guy.. or the smart guy.. or the .. the guy.." type of things. The characters start undergoing stupid power-up to super-weak cycles that are unpredictable. One second they can beat anyone, next a low level enemy beats them to within an inch of their life..

As far as the anime, it was good until the same place and then the fillers started. I don't need to go into that, because it hurts my head to think of the stupidness. So in the end, read it.. read it until the end of the Soul Society arc, and then stop and never think "What happens after..." and you will be left with a good taste in your mouth. Read past that, and your IQ will drop for every chapter you experience.

Update because I decided to read, since I kept being told how awesome it was again..
My experience: Imagine the DBZ anime, specifically the Frieza arc... imagine that all drawn out into a manga. Now, split it by having each time someone talks, punches, or powers up become a chapter. Thousands of chapters, right? Yeah, this is Bleach as it is now.

"He cut a dozen buildings in half, split the world, and hit the boss! He must be.. must be... dang he isn't hurt at all and he is now powering up a single slice that will mortally wound, but not kill, us! Nooo! I need to power-up!! Okay, oh noes! He beat us all again, power-up!"

They could have made this entire arc like.. 10 chapters of real good story telling, but now it is nothing but fluff with almost nothing happening in each chapter, outside of making the main bad guy more and more God-like (I guess he does fully qualify as a superior God now, though?). Either way, read until Soul Society arc is over, and then close the book and remember the fond memories, because if you read past that.. you won't have any left. You will end up a dried up husk of "I don't care" like many other Bleach readers, who only read the manga still because they need to have an end, an end or a death. Either or.

... Last updated on July 28th, 2010, 5:50pm
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Get on with it!   
Rating: N/A
by RoninNoTsuki
August 10th, 2008, 4:46pm
Great plot. Great characters. Great art. The story, however, is likened to a turtle. Slow... very, very slow.
"Ha! You think you have me?! I'll show you!" "No! It can't be! A new super power?!"
[next chapter]
"Ha! You think you have me?! I'll show you!" "No! It can't be! A new super power?!"
[next chapter, ad nauseam.]

It's so frustrating. Someone kill someone, somewhere. SOMETHING!! The story isn't going anywhere right now. It started off so well. It's like DragonBall Z, where they spend 5 episodes "powering-up" for their "ultimate attack."
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