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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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v.65 c.581-591 by Colored Manga Translation Squad 6 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
74 Volumes (Complete)
26 Volumes (Combini-ban, 2016)

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Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 54, Chap 479

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (4459 votes)
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Viz (73 Volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

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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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It's happening outside your head..   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by wansmor
March 7th, 2016, 2:19am
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I actually don't have clear idea of where I should start with Bleach. I have read it for some time, but it's more like because Bleach comes along with the other big 3 of WSJ, OP and Naruto.

Anyway, like Naruto, Bleach has also started strong. The idea of shinigami was genuinely interesting and the way it started, it was good. The fights were good, the characters are cool, and the plot seems ok.

The problem is, unlike Naruto or OP, Bleach doesn't have a finish line to go for. While Naruto has Hokage and Luffy has Pirate King that headline the whole plot, Kurosaki in particular doesn't have that kind of goal. This has made the story wander aimlessly, especially after fight against Aizen ends. Kubo forced the story going by drawing out the supposedly extinct Quincy and now pit them against Kurosaki co. It would've ended well by having Ichigo get his power back, and stop there.

Now Bleach has reached a point where I can't even tell what is really going on in fights, it's like having someone talking and you don't have any idea what he was trying to tell you. I still take short view on every new chapter, out of curiosity where it will go and end finally, I just hope they won't make Kurosaki the Spirit King successor it will be much too ridiculous end whatsoever!

... Last updated on March 7th, 2016, 2:23am
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Great Art, Ok Story   
Rating: N/A
by bbkeon
March 27th, 2015, 1:23am
I have read a lot of manga, manhwa and comics so I will be fair when I rate this.

I have stop reading after aizen was defeated as I though this shall be the ending as I can feel the mangaka is running out of idea for Bleach, what with aizen evolve more powerful being and ichigo like "ooo but I still have more powerful getsuga tenshou I haven't used yet" and kick his ass with it.WTF, the char has one technique only confused and you are powerful but I am more power then u.....zzzz for me. although sometime I will open new chapter and see what was happening. What I saw is total bullshit in new chapters with new character having ridiculous power like in One Piece that doesn't have any rules that he pull out of his ass.

On the bright side, I can see his art is getting better and drawing is looking cooler, so I was just enjoying the art really.

I will rate it 7 as it is still a good manga based on the initial plot and have cool character with great and unique art.

But as of now, the mangaka has been dragging the story out.
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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:

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...

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.

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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Too many characters   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by Moonclaw7
October 31st, 2014, 7:09pm
Why are there so many?? They just increase with each chapter and arc, and trying to give time for all characters is close to impossible. When did I last see Ichigo... maybe 2-3 months ago... who have I been seeing? Much of the enemy, some scenes with 1-2 captains... Where the hell are all the characters that made Bleach what it is?!?!? I guess this is what makes One Piece kinda of good, it has the guts to leave characters behind and just keep the main ones constant.

... Last updated on October 31st, 2014, 7:11pm
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Degenerate piece of you know what   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by bleachfan90
October 3rd, 2014, 5:48pm
As of the latest chapters, this series has degenerated into whole new levels of pure idiocy.
I suspect Kubo Tite of being on LSD while coming up with this.

By now I'm reading it out of habit, but if I had to pay for it I'd sooner take my own life.
It's that bad.

If you are considering picking this up, don't.
For once do what the guy in the comments says and skip this one.
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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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Ups and downs   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by chaechaeboi
May 22nd, 2014, 10:16am
If I could read everything I have read so far in one go, I would be more satisfied, but since I wait to read every chapter and through the hiatus, it is not uncommon for me to be disappointed. Some chapters are just lame in the sense that it feels as though the author didn't put in much effort, but most of the time I really enjoy this manga. Creative powers and an in-depth story. I'd recommend it to most of my friends.
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