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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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v.65 c.581-591 by Colored Manga Translation Squad 2 months ago
v.64 c.571-580 by Colored Manga Translation Squad 2 months ago
v.63 c.561-570 by Colored Manga Translation Squad 2 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 (4431 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.59 / 10.0
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March 6th 2018, 3:32pm PST



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Viz (72 Volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

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3 Month Pos #598 increased(+79)
6 Month Pos #662 increased(+157)
Year Pos #854 increased(+27)

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I like it until...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by clampies
April 12th, 2013, 11:07pm
I really like Bleach until the fake Karakura battle, where it drown and never make the surface again. But i still reading it because I want some answer and see how it will end, but it is and ok reading I read in 10 mins each week.

Aizen was the most interesting character but he fell flaw and boring, the fullbringer arc was ininteresting and the last arc is SO disapointing...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Plot holes, bad/short fight, characters who should die but don't (Byakuya and Kenpachi), character who shouldn't die (Unohana) at least not like she does and inconsistency.
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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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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 just don't get others   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by IamLecter
February 21st, 2013, 1:04pm
I just don't get others who says Bleach was fabulous till soul society arc or Bleach died for me after it or it became boring for me afterwards and so on... I just ask those guys if you have some many complaints then why don't you just stop reading it...
It really makes me laugh... You are saying all those bad words about Bleach but at the same time reading it regulary... LOL
If BLEACH died for you after soul society arc then why not stop reading it?? Then why do you bother criticizing latest arcs too!!!!
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Not Worth the trouble if you didn't follow from the beginning...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by liltripp2hustla
December 2nd, 2012, 3:21pm
Do yourself a favor and drop it after the Rescue Rukia arc, everything after that is all dragged on. Kubo trying to create some suspenseful moments and plot twists but failing to do so miserably.

My biggest issue with this series is Ichigo is the main character but all he has is:
Getsuga Tenshou
Hollowfication (Don't even count the full hollowfication vs Ulquiorra)
And that new thing I forgot the name in the recent chapters

How can he learned his hollowfication but can't even use Cero like everyone else? Then he always has some magical powerup during or directly before battle and goes to win.

With all that said I love Bleach's art the most, but creativity-wise One Piece beats it. (Don't forget I said creativity-wise, not in general drawing characters, but different looks and so on) I look forward to Kubo's new work though, I only keep reading it cause I read so far and only takes 10 seconds to read Bleach's chapters nowadays anyways.
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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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Good- to a point.   
Rating: N/A
by rantman
November 21st, 2012, 6:34pm
A piece of advice, do yourself a favor and quit after Volume 48, because what comes next is one exercise in jumping the shark after another as Kubo fills in plot holes that could have been covered in prequel arcs.
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It's good. . . And that's it   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by zimzimbadabim
August 2nd, 2012, 6:25pm
It starts well, climaxes in the middle, and rolles down a hill untill the end. Overall, it's above average, but nothing too special. The whole human-goes-to-after-life-and-battles-demons thing has been done plenty of times, and it has been done better. This is just one of those and an average one at that, but being as long as it is there are some great scenes worth exploring. If you have the time to kill, go for it.
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Rating: N/A
by bizarrekin
July 2nd, 2012, 2:14pm
As Tite Kubo himself pointed out in an interview he is the type who focuses on characters rather than the story/plot, and to be honest he is usually good at that- but the thing is, he keeps creating new ones, so let alone the plot, there is no time for character development... So Bleach became an excuse for Tite Kubo to create characters and enjoy, forgetting the actual main-character(s)... and the plot. - if there was a plot to begin with...
Bleach is "same stuff happening with slight changes in the story and different characters"
And still I cannot say that I do not enjoy reading Bleach, I have to agree that it gets really boring sometimes, but as a shounen manga it is good. So I, too, am waiting to see how it ends.
We'll see...
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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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