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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.

Note: Won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category in 2005.


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Sứ Mạng Thần Chết

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Status in Country of Origin
74 Volumes (Complete)

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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: 7.6 / 10.0 (4353 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.59 / 10.0
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April 23rd 2017, 3:22pm PST

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Viz (69 Volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

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Great action. Not so great storytelling   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by DaBomba
April 13th, 2017, 9:27pm
Very fun exciting fights (except for the awful final arc) but the characters lack any kind of real definition. They have backstories sometimes (the villains usually don't tho) but they still never stand out very much. Also the over all world isn't defined very well.
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Asuka_Masamune
January 1st, 2017, 5:38pm
It started really good until Kubo managed to force annoying characters to have more protagonist in Hueco Mundo arc. Bleach would have been amazing if it had followed the line of Soul Society arc.
Ichigo and Rukia made a badass pair, but Kubo killed it by forcing Orihime to be his new "heroine". I really don't know what this guy is smoking, but I don't want to try it.
I'm not even talking about ships, the story itself turned into a terrible one since Hueco Mundo. I should have dropped this story back then..., now I hate Bleach so much; it was a waste of time life reading it.
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I can't believe I'm giving this a 5   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Ikumi
November 22nd, 2016, 2:57pm
At the start, reading Bleach and watching the anime and all of its movies, I fell in love. I thought I would've given this a 10/10 for sure. I like how the story was, and the characters. But after awhile, I felt like the story was getting dragged. And in the end it was a rushed ending.

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And I am so disappointed at how Ichigo didn't end up with Rukia. They had such great chemistry, and now it's like Naruto where their kids will end up together. This just sucks. Kubo most likely just paired Ichigo with Orihime for fan service and it was easier. It would've been better if no pairing was officially made. I don't know but I'm done with my rant and thank God this manga is over.

... Last updated on November 22nd, 2016, 2:59pm
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The last arc was just terrible   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by SangMo
October 27th, 2016, 10:16am
It wasted time introducing too many new characters, it rushed through it, the final fight was super anti-climatic. It left so many unanswered questions. It doesn't show what happens to many of the important characters.

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And the worst thing is Rukia ending up with Renji. From a story standpoint, Rukia and Ichigo had much better chemistry and it would have made much more sense for them to get together. And no, this isn't just me shipping them. Seems like both Bleach & Naruto suffer from terrible end pairings.

... Last updated on October 28th, 2016, 10:16pm
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Fun start ending need more but it ok   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Hanatarot
August 26th, 2016, 10:04pm
I was never really a fan of this until the anime. I was really turn off but the artwork. Kind of similar to one piece. But I gave it another shot and enjoy it. Love the comedy, the characters were fun; but one then that I really love compared to Naruto or the one piece anime.... was color. I enjoy that didn't styles and colors that was shown for this series and as I continue to read it i really got into it. After the rukia rescue arc I slowly started to watch less but it was still fun after seeing characters like nel to and I wish there was more. Hearing his mother backstory was great and the last battle was a bit rushed. However the ending is what I kind of expected. So in the end. Good read.
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rushed but at least it's end   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by reivatin
August 21st, 2016, 4:56am
long series come together with many shounen which have stayed too long
its ending is kind of rushed

the story is well like dragon ball which some stronger comes after you win, to make you stronger
at least it kind of boring when aizen arc conclude with his capture
bring new power, repeat

for ending side
the romance is not tale to be told, but at least they have pairing here, well maybe your ship sunken, but, hey, it's not open ending relationship where the MC is open to all heroines

story wise, it maybe can be told longer, but it's rushed to ending w/o any explanation with the 13 clubs somewhere

my only regret is i can feel the full of kenpachi bankai
well he is one of my fav char there

... Last updated on August 21st, 2016, 4:56am
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Personal overall feelings   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by hellheavenangel
August 18th, 2016, 8:15pm
I've started Bleach around my late elementary school years, definitely grade 7 or 8 for sure though. I know because I haven't touched any really serious series with the exception of Inuyasha or Witch Hunter Robin, Gundam Seed, etc. and excluding the earlier childhood anime, Bleach was an instant hit for me at that point. I went through a bad grade 8 syndrome/fujoshi phase then but because of all these factors, I loved how it got me into the dark serious cliche right away. And from that point on, I started exploring all sorts of anime and genres.

After that, I got fed up with the anime and jumped to the manga, with all these years of reading it, yes there are a lot of ups and downs, downs for a period of time probably but what can I say? I loved it still. Why? I didn't expect Bleach at the Hueco Mundo arc and after to get any epic afterwards, but it didn't let me down. What I loved was the Vizard part about Ichigo where was never explained until a while later. The one thing that I had always wondered was about Ichigo's mother, which was finally explained after countless stallings but it wasn't too satisfying, but fair enough.

It's been rushed but its also very sweet.
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I don't like Inoue but that's still fine, it was kind of defaulted which I don't mind anyways. Seeing them being able to have kids
and the fact it serves as a conclusion is sweet. Cheers to a conclusion of one my final late childhood series I have started, it was nice despite the ups and downs, despite the drags, it was simply nice.
Thank you Kubo for bringing me Bleach all these years, thank you for concluding a part of my childhood.

... Last updated on August 18th, 2016, 8:15pm
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Read the manga, it's not very good, but it has its moments   
Rating: N/A
by Humza
August 18th, 2016, 10:05am
The manga has just ended as i am writing this review. I've been reading bleach since i was ten years old. It was my favourite manga and anime for a long period of time. Until of course 2 things happened: 1. bleach fell into a stereotypical formula 2. My taste in manga and anime grew.
Bleach has a distinct art style, it oozes style and sometimes the art is very dynamic/ especially with action and emotional moments. However, the art lacks detailed backgrounds, especially later on in the series. Also, each panel is almost always a close up or wasted motion that could be used to speed the plot. If one were to make a comparison of bleach with any other shonen manga, like one piece. it would take one piece ten frames to do a task, while it would take bleach 20 maybe more frames to convey the same tasks.This leads to each chapter having essentially less content. Story feels sluggish (ran for 15 years, only 3 major arcs).
Story: bleach story from the beginning was formulaic, but a lot of shonen suffer from that. However, they try to change or subvert( HXH) certain things so that they can make the plot feel fresh. Bleach attempts no such thing. every arc is the same, save princess from villain scenario. Almost nobody dies, and when they do it has no significance. Fights are well drawn, but the structure is predictable to a tee. Keep transforming or coming up with new powers until the you defeat the villian.
character: Tite kubo confessed that when he comes up with a story, his process is somewhat obtuse. He first designs a character and then thinks of a story to go along with it. The story is subservient to the character, the story does suffer due to it, but it leads to the characters being very distinct and well designed. Unless you have a million of them and you forget them after every storyline and never ever ever develop them at all. Yeah, thats what he does. He has an amazing main cast of characters, ichigo the mc being one of the more balanced and human shonen mcs, but he wastes time on characters that have no value or keeps introducing new characters that make the readers confused about who is important. as soon as you grow attached to one character, they are thrown away and never mentioned again.
Read bleach because its ended, it wont be half as bad for you as it was for me, because you wont have to wait and its easily binge-able. I would recommend watching the fights in the anime.

... Last updated on August 18th, 2016, 10:29am
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
August 18th, 2016, 6:18am
Bleach is the purest case of style over substance in all the manga I've ever read. That this manga was serialized for ~15 years (while tons of worthwhile manga were discontinued) is a permanent mark of shame on Shounen Jump. Bleach began as a story of smoke and mirrors, with the high point roughly around Aizen's betrayal...and then everything went downhill for the remaining 10+ years.

... Last updated on August 18th, 2016, 6:19am
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Not all bad like other said   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by kiriee
May 28th, 2016, 7:33am
I remember last time I read bleach was in the beginning or middle of arancar ark, I realize then, this manga gonna be longer than dragon ball, so I decide to give it a rest, after awhile I heard comment that current ark is the last and has been confirmed and other comment that bleach is bad, I dont remember that the last time I read it so I decide to read it again from beginning.

I have to said that all those people are wrong, not really wrong but wrong enough to give it a bad word. First the story itself actually really good with twist and turn, and all arc up to chapter 600 actually wrap up quite nicely, character also gain quite a bit of development, Ichigo stop picking fight so much each time he meet enemy, Inoue now not as much wimp as it used to be, Rukia also got a bit of development but it was thin so I can't pick a word, but at least her brother changed a lot. The battle was just barely okay but it was still better than most shounen manga out there(code:breaker, naruhiyon, etc).

Maybe bleach was not so great manga that can compete with Bersek, Hunter x Hunter, Hajime no Ippo, etc. But it still manage to entertain it's reader, at least Bleach is better than many mediocre, over hype, long running shounen manga like code: breaker, naruhiyon or disciple kenichi. Let just hope that the rumor that current ark is the last ark is true and it doesn't suck.
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