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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 3 months ago
v.64 c.571-580 by Colored Manga Translation Squad 3 months ago
v.63 c.561-570 by Colored Manga Translation Squad 3 months ago
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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 (4444 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.59 / 10.0
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Viz (72 Volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

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Not bad at first...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by drunkguy
November 29th, 2007, 11:34pm
...Then it just went on and on. I stopped around chapter 250 or so. Good art but really light on story later on. As an earlier person put it, DBZ w/ swords.
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DBZ with swords   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by DawnFlower
November 3rd, 2007, 11:39pm
typical, idiotic hot-headed lead with the
1) at first losing till near dead
2) some super duper power arrives
3) new upgrade
4) rinse and repeat starts from step 1

tired cliche written all over it
other manga that follow sure-win formula for little boys are naruto, airgear, and most other shonen manga

I guess it's categorised as "shonen" so I guess I shouldn't expect much - it was a blast reading dbz when I was still a primary school student 15 years ago but this is just too boring.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ran0001
November 17th, 2006, 3:33am
I was expecting an average of 10 for bleach but i guess there are still people in this world without good tastes. I pity the people who gave this less than 10.No offense ofcourse but the longer the better since if it is a great manga you just can't get enough of it.Plus the Captains RULE!!
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 14th, 2005, 12:37am
Supperior manga .. especially if you like your manga filled with action, fascinating characters, great plots and a lot of suspense. Bleach truly made me a manga addict.
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Strawberry is still rockin' it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by FMACodeBleachMan
March 2nd, 2013, 11:24pm
I absolutely LOVE Bleach!!!!! It was the first manga that I ever bought and I love it! Each character has their own personality and there's always some problem the protagonists have to get through. Ichigo is such an awesome character, sometimes stubborn, but always fighting for a cause. And when there's trouble with a friend, he is always there to help and fight for/with them. Each time I see him, he's always stronger than before; it's almost like there's no limit to his strength. I found that there are a lot of funny moments with Ichigo and friends, and yet there are a lot of serious moments, adding to plot even more. I definitely recommend reading, and then watching, Bleach because plot, theme, character design, etc. are really good throughout Bleach. And, it may help that Ichigo doesn't look that bad as the anime progresses (especially in his Bankai form). FYI, I'm Ichihime all the way! smile

... Last updated on June 16th, 2013, 1:18am
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I wonder   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by namu76
November 21st, 2012, 10:24pm
how could this kind of series goes on? like the other has already commented, I think the Soul Society arc was fabulous. And as that one arc was too good, the later arc just not charming enough. I actually hated all of them
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Great manga!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mongolian
February 11th, 2011, 8:43pm
This manga is really good. The story is really interesting and there are so many likeable characters. Not only is the story good but it's setting is really interesting
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the soul society and hueco mundo are really cool, although the soul society is way cooler
. The fight scenes can be long sometimes but as others have said it's a shounen manga so not an uncommon thing to happen. If you watch the anime just skip over the filler seasons because they are absolutely terrible.

... Last updated on February 11th, 2011, 8:44pm
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Bleh indeed.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by JaKXz
December 11th, 2009, 5:14pm
I agree with pretty much every single thing that CowTail said below. Except worthless... I mean, the guy apparently makes a living off such a manga, so.. its still worth something.
What's funny is the anime runs 10000000x better, and that's just because the director doesn't seem to be a retard like Kubo.
Ah well. Even after all these insults, I still keep reading it. Guess cuz I'm waiting for it to end... but if after 385 chapters
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the main villain finally draws his bloody sword
, probably means this is gonna take a while. I'm just glad its getting there, since there can't be TOO many wildcards left for Kubo to keep extending the plot with.


... Last updated on March 10th, 2011, 10:16pm
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I dropped it   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Akatsubaki
July 16th, 2009, 3:05am
I get boring, I dropped the anime series
n I'm going to read the manga after this series has finished. I just want to know the ending story.....
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Too many characters (kinda like Boomerang for this series), too many sidestories... and the main story was pushed behind.
The major characters from early chapters are losing their roles as the story goes. Ichigo definitely is the main char, so he's the central of the story, but what about the others? like ishida..
And the story's getting no where to go... so slow.
Oh yeah, when the battle comes out, the good characters always win... (yep, 99% story always like that at the END, but what i mean here it's too typical! 99% win rate for god characters, 1%: a character, i don't recall who, was loss when protecting 4 pillars, and yet there was no story 'bout how did he lose...),
and there's no one die here?? (cmon, this is sword fight duels... oh so what if they are deathgods? they're still can die...) I mean in the war, both sides must be suffer/loss someting right? They don't even loss a finger. The only victims are the hollow(s)/aranchar(s)... slaughtered.
i don't think after aizen get defeated the story would end... thank's god if it is,
ichigo still doesn't face the hollow who kill his mommy, does he?
and why his daddy left soul society?
what kubo wants for giving taisuki, keigo, etc the power to see spirit? when they don't even influence the story?
where Ururu n her partner, the red hair boy, came from? There was't any mention of them in urahara past story. and they weren't shinigami.. nor human?
too many questions and mess
kubo sensei, if it ever happen that you or any of your staff read this.. please take my advice, don't make this manga your lifetime project.

... Last updated on August 31st, 2009, 3:52am
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another replica?   
Rating: N/A
by pxhai
May 13th, 2009, 2:10am
Bleach was really interesting, until other characters (Inoue, Chad) began to gain spiritual power. What the hell, it looks like a clone of Flame of Recca. A big and strong guy, a girl who can heal, a calm and smart fighter, and a cool, reckless hero. And also the plot. Everything is dragged for so long and getting boring & wordy. I give it 8 for Kon and two classmate dudes' humor.
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