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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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Associated Names
Sứ Mạng Thần Chết

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Status in Country of Origin
74 Volumes (Complete)
26 Volumes (Combini-ban, 2016)

Completely Scanlated?

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 (4413 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.59 / 10.0
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Viz (71 Volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

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Everybody is right.   
Rating: N/A
by Sol23
January 2nd, 2010, 12:52am
I have to say that everybody is right in here. In other places people get too passionate about the subject and they just respond to comments with insults. Oh well, I got hook with bleach a couple of months ago. I like the story a lot, but now is way too slow. I think that all the bleach fans would be with at smile is at the end of the soul society arc the story end with ichigo rescuing Rukia going home together and showing at the end of the manga a picture of them with kids. The first arc was full of interesting stories like: how renji met rukia (very interesting and captivating) Why rukia is going to be executed. Why she was adopted. Who was kaien shiba. The friendship between ichigo and his classmates. Kon ( he is so funny) How ichigo's mom died.
At the beginning of the story Rukia was a great character and very different from other mangas. Why? She was strong, intelligent, self confident, and she knows how to fight ( she doesn't take crap from anybody) Ichigo was that idiotic boy with no significant meaning in his life until he meets rukia. Until that everything was great. The problem is that the mangaka gave secondary characters and situations the place that they didn't deserve. I read a fanfic that was more interesting to read that the real manga. I hope that the mangaka ends this arc as soon as possible come back to focus in the main characters, answer the questions that many fans have like: Why is ishiin kurosake a shinigami? Does Ichigo knows that rukia killed kaien shiba? When renji is going to tell rukia that he is a vice captain? ( in part B he said that he would surprise her with the news) and many more questions in the air.I am still a huge fan but I would like to see the strory coming back to the original plot.
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it a'yt.   
Rating: 7.4 / 10.0
by Yenoh
April 14th, 2009, 12:22pm
at first i thought bleach was *bleagh!* but it turned out to be good.but after the rescuing rukia saga,it just went downhill.i have a feeling they're repeating it with saving orihime this time :/
i like this series,but i also dont.for one,the battle scenes are great,the comedy is funny.and the character drawings are pretty.BUT! i dont like it because its very much like Yu Yu Hakusho,which is the one of the best [if not,the best] manga out there.that was one reason why bleach was rejected at first.and two,its getting so long it getting for me,i'll probably read certain chapters and the ending,but thats about not wasting my money to a story that just keeps repeting and going.but like i said,bleach is pretty good.
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Some Nice Ideas   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Selenium_Glow
June 22nd, 2008, 1:45pm
Bleach has some really nice (and addictive) ideas for souls, swords, and ghosts (or some call hollows... -_- )

Anyone who has patience will enjoy it till the last released chapter...
Anyone who doesn't may drop it mid way cause the story stretches for no reason...

But the fighting is as bada## as ever... simply O_O

... Last updated on May 18th, 2009, 1:29am
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What happened?   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by WhimsicalDreamer
May 30th, 2013, 12:51am
Kinda breaks my heart how I have to give this a 6.5 rating. I used to LOVE Bleach, and by love, I mean it being one of my favourite series back then. I liked the series up to Vol 48, but after that, it was just sort of 'meh'. I've stuck to the series for more than seven years so I might as well just see how it ends.

The issue that I have with Bleach is that there are just so many characters introduced (who are never visited upon again), how OP Ichigo gets... AND THOSE PLOT HOLES! There's just no more sense to Bleach anymore, I sort of wished that it HAD ended at Volume 48.
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It started out so well...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Chainless
May 19th, 2013, 9:09am
It's a shame. It started out really interesting. Both the plot and characters were well set up. Everyone could find a fave character out of all the shinigami and Ichigo's group and I found Aizen & co very interesting bad guys.

But then it went down hill. The fake Karakura arc started it. Imo, Kubo should have ended the series and all the plot-holes right there and keep Aizen as the final boss. But no... I honestly dropped the series very shortly after Aizen was defeated. A good mangaka should know when to end his/her series...
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mizunosaki
April 2nd, 2012, 6:22pm
Bleach is a world of it's own. Either you're in it, or you avert your eyes and don't be in it at all.

It's a visual experience. Both the illustration and composition style are very artistic and adds to the atmosphere. True to the shonen manga genre, it's filled with moments that makes you think "HOLY CRAP THAT IS SO COOL/AWESOME/BADASS/". The use of Japanese brush and ink in the manga not only adds to the texture, but also increases the atmosphere of the Shinigami world. The character design are colorful and interesting. There are plenty of characters that caters to all readers. Manly man? Check. Manly manly manly man? Check. Bouncy babes? Check. Cute innocent girls? Check. Tsundere? Check.

The story itself, for me, is amazing. For a manga in the shonen genre that cannot avoid plot devices and cliches, Bleach still manages to make you think that there's still a unique freshness to it. The 'damsel in distress' plus 'badass fighting chicks' trope gets used a lot, and 'unlikely savior at the last minute' cliche happens very often. The 'Oh you cut me! Oh wait no you didn't lol' thing was exciting for the first hundred times, but gets a bit repetitive. I don't really mind it that much since I can still find it exciting, but if you're the type of reader that goes "Oh, not THIS again" you'll probably be bored by the 21th volume (end of execution arc). That's around the time I stopped before I started again recently.

Rumor has it that the series is ending soon (although it's unlikely the way I saw it) and I think it's about time, although for me it's a bit sad. The heroes just keep getting stronger and stronger, and even though I keep thinking 'WHOA that is so badass", the enemies ALSO keeps getting stronger, and THEN the heroes unleashed an even GREATER power. Of course it wouldn't be interesting if the enemies are weaker, so whoa now the enemy is EVEN stronger. But wait! Let's train some more! Now the heroes are stronger. Repeat the cycle a couple of times and all of the sudden you have god vs. god. True story.

Also about you-know-who who didn't die, I think he will come back in the future and become an ally. It's just a guess, but if it came true I called it.

All in all I'm glad I read Bleach and would recommend it to anyone that loves that heroic ass kicking moments. I know I said there are lots of cliches, but even knowing that reading Bleach can still keep me on the edge so I think you can still enjoy it too.

I can't really say anything about the anime yet, but there are a lot of unrelated filler arcs that I would suggest you avoid. Start from the manga first.

... Last updated on April 2nd, 2012, 6:49pm
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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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Why Bleach is continuing   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by AznSlayer93
September 8th, 2011, 1:47am
Many would call Kubo to be a man milking a dying cow or simply money hungry. I for one would disagree with them, I'd say that he is just your everyday human being. Although I do agree that Bleach should have ended with Aizen's defeat, I do understand why the series is continuing despite the decent ending it could have had. The reason is simple, it's his job. Who in the right mind would choose to quit their decent paying job for a gamble on a new job that may or may not do well. I know I wouldn't. There is a reason why you usually see only one popular series from a verteran mangaka, while the other series are usually not as good or unheard of. I'm sure it's hard to get back to the top once you've started over. So in my opinion Kubo chose to do the sensible thing, and chose to stick with Bleach instead of gambling on a new series.

Another thing people fail to realize is that Kubo may not even have the full rights to Bleach. He is but a hired worker in Jump. I'm sure the publisher i.e Jump wouldn't let Kubo end Bleach whenever he wanted to. It would a huge blow for both parties. Another factor that may hold him from ending is a powerful device that many people over look. It's called a "contract." This basically means that if he were to violate that contract and its terms, he can face legal issues which is something most people wouldn't want to deal with.

Wow, I seem to have gone way off topic. Oh well, now on to my review of the series. Well to be blunt, it's your typical shounen. Once the hero beats a enemy, a stronger one comes out. If he loses, he'll train and eventually overcome the stronger opponent. Bleach is pretty much an endless cycle of win, lose, powerup, win, lose, powerup, and so on and so forth. So if your in to a long series with no definitive end in sight, then I recommend Bleach for you. If you however hate a long series, then I suggest you turn another direction and find another series. Overall I'd have to say that I like Bleach, although it's not one of those series that I would scream with glee at sight. I do enjoy it enough to continue reading it every week.

... Last updated on September 9th, 2011, 6:41am
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Bleach was never a plot driven manga....   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
June 15th, 2012, 5:49am
For those who are complaining that recently Bleach is being draged on without plot-
From the start Bleach never really focused on plot development. And from the start it was a generic battle manga with next to 0 plot development.(If you consider facing a strong enemy one after other who have shitty traumatic history as plot development...then this is the other case.)
Weak-->Enemy Beats Proatgonist-->Training/I will grow stronger-->Power Up/Cool Moves-->Beats Enemy-->Strong Enemy-->Looses Battle-->Defeats Enemy (A loop with change of locations and addition of characters with traumatic past).

It is basically for those who never really cares about serious plot development and only focuses on fights with power-ups.
From my side I am just reading it to see its ending.
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Why is it still this popular?   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
March 5th, 2013, 7:00am
I stumbled upon the anime many moons ago when it was new and i was an older teen. I liked it just fine but switched to the manga later to save time as episodes became too drawn out even without the filler.
I then quit the manga just before Vol. 50 entirely and started to hate it now. I am currently 24 and still deem the first two arcs (till Soul Society ended) as decent in retrospect but the word "empty" describes them best. Good art (but never backgrounds), fine choreography and decent ideas were commence but any from of substance was lacking.
To quote user strixflash "Bleach was never a plot driven manga" and that was true even then but the narrative utterly stopped when arc 3 began and the unending action scenes turned into the following: Two "awesome" underwear models with mullets of power meet, begin to stand in the air and beat each other up with super moves for no reason till someone wins or they agree to become friends. Noone ever dies but the word death / i´ll kill you are the most dominant sentences in the entire manga. The female characters are big breasted moral support only too but i will note that their sexualisation isn´t as dumb as in most such series. I thus quit the manga after that arc was finally over and never looked back. The series apparently still sucks (500+ chapters and a dead spin-off are the stats now) and it finally started to loose both fans and an anime (!) but i am out for good. As many problems i have with One Piece and Naruto now i still have fun with them so go for the rest of the Jump trinity instead.
Claymore (8,5/10), Hunter x Hunter (9/10) or Rurouni Kenshin (10/10) are lastly how modern shounen battle manga need to look like. Don´t even get me started how much better the action (or everything else) is in the adult targeted Berserk, Kamui Gaiden or Until Death Do Us Part is but these were done by masters. The only thing of note about Kubo Tite is his glamorous hair and that he created the memetastic Aizen while the "prequel" Zombie Powder is even less interesting than Bleach. I wonder if he will even start a third series as the final arc of Bleach was apparently changed back to not being a finale... Money never sleeps. Even among the dead!

... Last updated on November 6th, 2015, 12:18pm
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