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Aired: Oct 5, 2004 to Mar 27, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
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May 14, 2008
The concept seems pretty basic at first; there's the Soul Reapers (Shinigami), empowered souls who guide departed human souls to Soul Society, the afterlife deimension, formed after a Feudal Japan. They also fight Hollows, evil and malevolent spirits, to protect living humans and souls alike. So, I assume you have read the plot summary, which covers the basics of the first story arc, which is basically the arc where we are introduced to the main main cast of Bleach; the standard, headstrong, rash and protective teenage shonen hero, his voice of reason in the form of a girl, his arrogant beglassed rival, the ditzy klutz girl with big boobs, and the large, stoic type.
Towards the end of said arc however, a real plot appears, events are set into motion, and before long, it has escalated into an assault on said Soul Society a rescue mission from our team of 4-5 heroes, who fight their way through shinigami of all kinds trying to reach their goal, conveniently placed in the middle of this Society. In this arc, you'll get lots of great action and meaningful fights, bottled together with an extremely large and colorful cast of characters, flashbacks and an interesting plot. It all builds up one hell of an end to the arc, 60 or so episodes into the show, where a most intersting twist takes place. And said arc ending is in each and every way the climax of Bleach.
Which is its problem. From there it goes steep downhill to two arcs of slow-paced filler, which lowers your excitement a great deal of levels, and from there the show never manages to get you hooked as much as it did during the Soul Society arc. It does get some interesting new aspects and revelations durign the following Arrancar arc, but it never gets really exciting, nor does it get that much greater during the Hueco Mundo arc. It's just too much fighting, and a re-used "save the damsel in distress" plot. The colorful cast is not seen as much anymore, and aside some interesting emotional developments courtesy of the former klutz girl, there's not a lot to it, and most fights don't have the same enthralling depth to them which made the fights in SS so unique. Now it's more a display of unique powers, and whatever motivations the bad guys had for their fighting is revealed only after the actual fights, which in ways ruins things. Also, there's a few plot holes to speak of, but nothing large.
However, aside the completely random filler arc (which re-used several plot elements from the story), Bleach has shown potential for improvement lately, and it keeps expanding its cast endlessly, which makes the universe seem living in many ways, so we can all only hope that Bleach will improve gradually. However, I sincerely doubt that it will ever be restored to how great it was at its peak, namely the Soul Society rescue arc.
It does have a lot of shortcomings, yet it is a most enjoyable watch still. Now, why is that? The answer is the unexpectancy factor it has. Due to its vast cast and great universe, you can't really know what comes next, only make qualified guesses. What kinds of powers will that character have? What is the villain really up to? And what's with that guy? What will happen next? Who knows, who knows. So one could say that the true strength of Bleach lies in its cast, which can bring about mysteries, plot twists and other aspects of awesomeness, and cover up for a somewhat lacking storyline.
So what about the asesthetics? there's plenty of people who believe that the visual and auditory aspects of anime are just as important as any plot or character development. And Bleach delivers here, in many ways.
The animation quality is quite the hassle to discuss, because it is so varying in quality. At its worst it has low frame rates, offset character designs and framed action, while at its best it is vivid, meticulous and full of soft motions and beautifully animated special and lighting effects. Most of the time however, it is decent. Not average, but not in any way anything bragworthy. Expect some ups and downs in this department.
The soundtrack however, is very great. It is greatly varied, and is renewed per story arc, introducing new tunes often whilst keeping the old ones around too, and this variation is intrinsical of any above-average soundtrack. It stays perfectly in tone and atmosphere with the current events, and feature everything from upbreat, adrenaline-pumping electric guitar pieces to melliflous piano pieces, and standard comedic moment tracks. The opening and endign themes feature a lot of types and genres, from the serene and sentimental to rap and rock. And pop, of course.
I said it in the beginning, and I'll say it again; try out Bleach at least once, desptie what Narutard, shonen haters or anyone else have said. It's pretty enjoyable despite its lacks and faults, mostly in thanks to its great cast.
To 'Not Helpful' voters (and you 'Helpful' voters too): Feedback greatly appreciated =) read more
Oct 1, 2007
Story: The story, or perhaps setting to be more accurate, is quite unique. Shinigami, or Soul Reapers, that have their own special society watch over the souls in the living world. Each Shinigami carries a unique sword(soul slayer) or Zanpaktou that has its own unique name and abilities based on the wielder's style and personality. Alongside them are the Hollow, and two subgroups later to be known as the Vaizard and Arrancar. It is this unique setting that gives Bleach the power to create so many characters under such a captivating environments, and this I believe, is one of the story's strong points. In terms of plot, it isn't very strong. The whole 'rescue a friend' is seen in pretty much every anime, and the whole 'I need to get stronger to protect my friends' is equally overdone. But I personally enjoy watching series with this type of theme, so I can't mark it down because of such overdone plot devices. But Bleach also comprises by adding a few twists into a seemingly transparent storyline, and it is here that I again am impressed. Bleach isn't just about mindless violence, its about friends striving to help each other, looking out for each other and improving themselves. Theres a bit of romance tossed in too, so thats a bit of a plus. The great setting and positive themes of friendship and perseverance made me give this an : 8/10
Characters: Bleach has a huge number of characters, some of them developed fairly well, otherwise poorly. But it is the huge cast of such unique and usually admirable individuals that makes this anime so captivating. You just hold your breath everytime someone pops into release their soul slayer or release their Bankai. It's because of all these characters and their own unique swords and abilities that makes the fights in this anime worth watching. You just can't wait to see what the characters are capable of. In terms of character development, I would say that it isn't bad, especially in terms of Ichigo who starts off as a badass that can take down most hollows with ease. In time, (particularly the current arc) he realizes how insignificant he really is, and tries his hardest to get stronger. The same is similar for the other characters such as Chad. Although most of the character development is in terms of strength and not so much in personality, I still rate the characters high for their largely unique cast: 8/10
Sound: This I find, is one of Bleach's strongest qualities. The soundtracks really intensify the battles and make even the smallest things seem cool. Thats that Bleach is good at - making things seem cool, and the soundtrack is a key and necessary component. But it isn't just the action scenes. It makes the sad and thoughtful moments come alive, in addition to the mysterious and tense situations Bleach presents. It's also accompanied by some of the best opening and closings I've seen in anime, in terms of both music and visuals. They greatly depict the story and the songs set the mood beautifully. 10/10
Art/Animation: I have little to say here. The art is quite good for the most parts, and I loved the coloring in the first few arcs, particularly the bright glowly/misty colors. Most of the fights are animated very smoothly with a variety of scenes and angles and such. Its on par with most anime these days: 8/10
Overall: Bleach is one of my favorite anime, being one of the first I ever watched. I know most people consider it over rated, repetitive and predictable, but hey, it presents some epic fights and follows them through nicely. Most of the fights are a good length (couple episodes) and I'm a fan of swords and people who power up, so what can I say, this anime is gold to me. If you're the type that doesn't care too much about a complicated story or deep compelling characters and you just want to see some epic fights, Bleach is right for you. This deserves an 8/10 overall (bogged down with fillers too much, although I didn't take that into account while rating. Fillers aren't part of the show, just don't watch them =/ ), but I personally love it and rated it a 10/10 on my list. read more
Aug 1, 2009
Bleach is a mixed bag as far as story goes. The first arc (ep1-63), which covers the soul society, is interesting and engaging. It contains both action and a good plot. However, after episode 63 things go downhill. A lot. The Bount arc which follows it isn't even in the manga and has no relevance to the overall story, as well as being entirely uninteresting. It picks up a bit when the story shifts back to the plotline of the manga, but there isn't much of a plot to follow at that point. Basically, the main characters fight the bad guys from there on out with little else of interest to be found. If the action was great, it might make up for this, but it isn't. While it isn't terrible, it is never enough to carry the anime by itself. In addition, there are frequent fillers, which I would recommend ignoring entirely if you decide to watch this.
Aside from the generally uneventful plot, Bleach suffers from an unwillingness to kill off anyone. Despite having tons of shinigami, Bleach never kills off a single one. The only characters who ever die are the bad guys, and very few of them ever perish either.
If I were rating only the first arc, I would give this a 7 or an 8, but the decay which has happened since then forces me to drop it significantly to a 5.
Character design is excellent, overall very solid animation. It does occasionally have issues though.
Sound is generally good, music appropriate to the mood. No complaints here.
This is where Bleach should shine, but doesn't. As said before, character design is great. However, there are so many characters that none of them get any sort of development. With the sheer volume of characters in the show, even main characters are often forgotten for several episodes. Most of the characters seem like they would be interesting if developed, but they simply aren't.
I would recommend watching the first 63 episodes and dropping it there. Aside from the Turn Back the Pendulum story (206-212) there is essentially nothing of value plotwise after that point.
If you're only in it for the action, I suppose Bleach is a decent show. But even in that case, you could do much better. read more
Mar 1, 2011
The storyline is decent, but constantly revolves around the I'm-going-to-whack-you-until-you-die-so-that-I-can-protect-some-people-that-arent-even-going-to-be-hurt-by-you, oh I forgot that they spend no time trying to solve any conflicts peacefully, they just get straight into drawing their sword, and dueling it out with as LITTLE effort as possible?
Why? Because, they will put in a little more effort the next week, and just a little more effort the week after, before deciding that I'm-going-to-take-you-down-now-with-my-super-ultimate... which will take another week before the fight is resolved.
What an utter waste of time.
Too predictable, and a total lie if anyone tells you there is characterization. The last 50 episodes has either been filler, or raw fighting. Ichigo continues to fight everything he sees and threaten everyone with his big sword without ever giving a care about resolving conflicts out of combat, same goes for almost every creature in the show.
Initially the show was definitely enjoyable, what with the interesting idea of shinigami and their shikai+bankai... 311 episodes in, I'm sure few of us, other than the 12 year old kids will continue to enjoy this constant plot-less circle around karakura town.
Where will the show go from here on? Well, I hope it ends, because surely there is NOTHING left to talk about? But golly me, I'm sure everyone will resurrect and powerup, just like they have been doing the past 311 episodes and it will not be a surprise if there is a ultimate-kai along the way which will then be countered by a super-ultimate-kai.
What a waste of time, but I'll keep watching it, until it drops below the 5 I'm rating it now. Thank god shitty Naruto actually turned out better than I thought, as stubborn as Ichigo, but at least hes much more mature and likable than that violent criminal that is Ichigo.
Apr 15, 2011
For letting Ichigo steal her powers , Rukia is pursued by her loving brother , Byakuya - chan , who wants to kill her . Here is a summary of the most important characters :
Ishida - Wears glasses while not looking like a nerd which enables him to kill hollows using magical powers and good looks. His grandfather's father past is revealed in flashbacks , but since no one watches those , we can assume he is a toilet cleaner.
Renji - Has some strange ass tatoos on his face , and is stupider than the averages british which puts him slighty higher than animals. Like all characters that love Rukia he wants to capture her so she can be killed. His sword's spirit looks like a baboon with a snake for a tail , this shows how much shit a japanese guy can come up with.
Ichigo's friend #1 and #2 - They are not relevant in any way but knowing the author we can suppose they could be the actual evil masterminds.
Chad - A mexican bulldozer that reassembles a human being , he has a mexican hair and mexican accent but he is not mexican. He is dumb but kind , which is usually the worst combination for an anime character. His grandfather (everyone appears to have one of those) is dead , he calls him 'abuelo' which I assume means 'asshole' in mexican.
Orihime Inoue - Even though her hair is worthy of a main character , she is regrettably a female which means she is not macho enough to be the main character. She therefore assumes the role of support character , all she does is run around , get kidnapped , shout other's people's names (Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! ), have lame monologues and provide fanservice.
Aizen - He is the Deus Ex Makina of Bleach , he is like Stephen Hawkings meets Jesus Chritst meets Gandalf. He is the most overpowered character ever invented , not even Voldermort would challenge him to a duel. Also his ego is about 2 times the size of the bleach universe. In terms that can be understood by the average anime fans , he is the male version of Haruhi Suzumiya except he doesn't have ponytails (in public) and his SOS squad (or as he calls it - Espada) is made up of hipsters.
Tite Kubo , the manga-ka of Bleach , loves doing 3 things:
2,Make dissapointing characters
3.Extend flash backs to a ridiculous extent
The fight sequences consists of unnecessary movements and awkward punchlines. Here is the formula to calculate the chances of winning in bleach:
how loud they scream (db) * how many flashbacks they had + how close they are to the main character
(note : if formula applied to Aizen divide by 0)
Also if badass music is playing around , you can pretty much assume something is going to happen , so get your popcorn ready for the bitch slapping - unless the enemy is Aizen , in which case not even badass music iwill help. The music itself consists of the vast playlist which sounds very much like the youtube sensation : Keyboard Cat.
Every single male character in bleach is gay , with the exception of Kon - the teddy bear. This means that love plots are nonexistent thus the lack of love triangles (and love parallelograms).
Another concept used in bleach is F.L.A.B.F. , which stand for Fucking Long And Boring Fillers. By using the ancient japanese technique of having a 10 years old write the plot , the Bleach fillers make as much sense as any given youtube comment. The fillers feature an intricate story consisting of shouting , running and bitching outloud , new characters are introduced to see whether a character more annoying than Inoue can be created - of course such abomination wasn't conceived yet. Many conspiracy theories have arised with regard to the making of those fillers , some claiming that the bleach studios are just trying to find out how much shit fans are willing to go through just to see Aizen getting beaten up (or go to the skies with his father , Jesus , and his granpa - Haruhi Suzumiya).
Overall the cake is delicious , but would you really eat it if the pancakes were kidnapped? It's like the story of the lonely napkin who forgot to go to work and lost his passport in a volcano after being chased by a flying rabid weasel across the globe , while being followed by CIA for stealing a coin from the desk of the person who's brother is egyptian - the same place where the pharaohs ate stuff which reassembled delicious sterilized carbon otakoxide which reacts with bleachium hydromoe.
I hope you enjoyed my analysis of this intricate bullshit , and will help me in my quest to work out how drunk I am right now.
Dec 2, 2007
Bleach is a shounen anime and with that, people generally expect a decent story with interesting fights, unfortunetly, you don't get that with Bleach. The plot, or lack of one generally stays with the same formula throughout every arc. Ichigo gets a power-up, someone gets kidnapped, Ichigo gets depressed, Ichigo saves them, rinse and repeat. If that weren't bad enough, only bad guys die, while that may not be a problem for some people, the fact that a good guy cannot die really limits the amount of suspense a fight can have. It works for One Piece only because One Piece has a good story and characters that are developed well enough to carry the story. Bleach just doesn't have that. But some positives are that the fights are pretty decent, though there are a bit too many at times.
Studio Pierrot does the art and animation. Just like with Naruto, some episodes are hit or miss in terms of animation, though, they seem to do a better job with Bleach.
The music is pretty good and fits the atmosphere of the anime. I also feel the music has gotten better through the series as it has gone along.
This is the area where Bleach could most improve. Kubo Tite did an amazing job with character designs and EVERY character looks simply awesome, but under their flashy exterior, is nothing. These characters, aside from Ichigo, Renji, and Rukia, are severly underdeveloped. They feel shallow and hollow. They are so forgettable, that I don't even know everyone's name, and I'm at episode 150.
I think you get a fair amount of enjoyment out of Bleach. It's far from a masterpiece, but it can be enjoyed, as long as you take it for what it is and accept the limitations placed on it by its creator.
If you're a fan of shounen anime, watch Yu Yu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter, Rurouni Kenshin, and One Piece instead, though if you've already seen those, then Bleach would be a last alternative.
May 16, 2010
Then it mutated into a cash cow. Throwing away all traces of deep plot and developed characters. completely ignoring it's secondary characters and focusing on many others, one by one, with slow paced fights that take episodes to complete.
after having watched +300 there hasn't been a moment where I heatedly laugh or emotionally tear up. There is absolutely nothing presented on the emotional level. It's cheap themes and an overload of characters, keeping it's fat behind on airing slots week after week making sure it milks itself for everything it's worth.
Then to explain the entire plot and the 'why' of the story the plot has the nerve to blame everything on Aizen. (not a spoiler, it's freaking obvious)
Although I want to cry when a character dies, or want to take a small break from this pointless so called 'action' between shallow characters with no development, or deep rivalry, to have some true humor or romance in between. There are just simply too many characters and just too little time and effort into truly turning them into real important figures and entities in the anime.
I'll give you a million dollars if you can name every attack, move, sword name, and character name in the anime. Seriously who gives a f*ck?
This is the equivalent of a bottle formula for the young anime viewer and is a decent start point for anime. It serves as the bottom step to take you to the next and the next as you ascend to the greatness of anime such as, Evangellion, Code Geass, CLANNAD, or something like that.
I've seen single OVAs do more than the total 300+ episodes that Bleach has done. Honestly, reading the manga is barely enough to keep my attention span. why stick around for the extended version littered with fillers and band promotional EDs and OPs?
It's just a money maker for the studios.I hope Yuki Matsuoka is getting her fair share of fame and salary out of this. Seiyuus and animators gotta eat too.That's the only thing I have to thank for the people who still watch this anime... read more
Jul 10, 2013
Anyway's, The Bleach series started out as any cliche Organization Vs Evil Things does ( Such as in D Grey Man, Soul Eater, Trinity Blood, Etc) and doesn't really start to get interesting until around episode 16 or 17. If you enjoy action over other genres and are willing to sacrifice having a Tolerable story to get it, then this is the show for you. This rather generic anime has some of the most intense fights in anime, which is perfect for those who watch anime for the fight scenes. I'll use the order of the rating system to review the show and others I might decide to review, So let's begin.
First up for judgement is the Bleach story line. In my experience of the show the story was good up to the end. As I stated, the show didn't really start to get interesting until episode 17 were they travel to soul society. From their the story progressively gets better, Fights get more epic and powers become ridiculous. At the end of the soul society arc your left with some questions, as to be expected, and instead of giving answers they give fillers. The Bleach series was riddled with them, popping up when you just want to find out what happens next. I got sick of fillers and searched for a filler list so I could skip them. Without them the show was a little more enjoyable. Unfortunately, the ending of the main story was rather dreadful and quite frankly left the feeling of chewing on razor blades and using lemon juice as mouth wash afterwards. Sorry if that last phrase was more opinion then review material, but I was quite furious with everything that happened after Ichigo fights Ulquiorra.
Next is art, Which was the best part of the show. The show was full of color and had an interesting array of special effects thrown in. The shows art style changes as it progresses, representing the advancements the studio is making towards more fluent animations. The fight scenes are Bleach's specialty and they certainly deliver. The way it seemed to work is that the show uses a lower budget anime style for the small engagements leading up to Kurosaki and his next boss fight ( Byakuya, Grimjow, Ulquiorra and Aizen). When those fights begin the animations become so flawless the you can't look away and so epic that you forget the color pink, the ability to transform into a cat elf thing and being emo aren't badass. As for Aizen turning into a butterfly? No wonder he wanted the world to end. His fight had spectacular animations even if lacking in movements. The field they were fighting on seemed to be more active then they were.
Not much to say about the sounds, other the the fact that I loved the noise Cero makes when it's charging and then fired. The soundtrack was amazing as well, with my favorite song being Mysterious. The voice actors in the Japanese version were spectacular. I didn't watch the English version other then a couple episodes here and their for a comparison... Never watching dubbed anime again thanks to that ordeal.
Now for character's. Ichigo is a decent enough protagonist. Aizen started out as an amazing antagonist. Other then that, there's way to many characters to review. Would have been nice if the story would kill some good guys off for once, you know, so the show doesn't feel so over populated. As for Aizens decline from amazing badass, well let me explain. When you first see Aizen he appears to be the only captain who gives a crap about the world, only to find that he's the one who triggered the events leading to Ichigo entering Soul Society. He appears to be a genius who is more then just an exceptional spell caster, but is extremely over powered and is prepared for every scenario. After he gets what he wanted and Beats a few captains to express his dominance he takes his glasses off and folds his hair back Clark Kent to Superman style and disappears into the world of the hollows. Unfortunately Kubo's writing ruined Aizen by taking his Foresight overboard. Having him state that all of ichigo's life has just been another one of his experiments. That he was aware of the boy from birth and had pushed Ichigo into all these situations to watch him progress to a stronger state. Then he turns into a butterfly and gets slaughtered by Ichigo in the completely one sided final battle.
The show had a great deal of potential, but was lacking in almost every aspect. The concept of the Zanpakuto was very interesting and made for some nasty fight scenes. But I suppose it just wasn't my cup of tea, though I would rather watch every non fighting episode of this show then any episodes of DragonballZ. Keep in mind the I excluded everything after 310 cause as for as I'm concerned that's where the story should have ended. I give Bleach a 5 out of 10. read more
Mar 2, 2011
Also the story makes no sense whatsoever. There are so many illogical characters (hinamori!) and lose ends that I just threw my hands up and gave up. My advice is: 1. If you haven't already started watching this anime, wait 4-50 years for it to end so you can skip all of the filler episodes or just watch recap episodes. 2. If you already are watching this anime, follow step one. You have probably already wasted several days of your life watching bleach. Don't waste anymore. read more
Jun 11, 2010
I hate this series more than most of anything else. It is clearly undermining the quality of shounens, it’s trolling away like there is no tomorrow, and yet most seem to like its ludicrous plot and retarded characters.
Before you immediately press the dislike button for saying something bad about your religion here, let me at least try to explain myself.
Bleach began as urban fantasy, with teenagers being able to see ghosts and fighting to protect themselves and their friends. It was very good in the first dozen episodes as the aesthetics were great for this sort of series and each episode there was progress and immersion to the characters. I disliked the magical way the lead gains more power in the nick of time and wins but I was willing to leave it aside since everything seemed great as far as shounen go. The characters all had different goals, the ghosts were mostly presented as people who died with a grudge and there was school romance in the air. Very nice so far.
Then the setting shifts to Soul Society, home of the Death Gods who oversee the proper handling of the afterlife. It was quite the epic arc, despite dragging things along at times. It still provided lots of immersion to many characters and the worldview of the series in general, while there was a great plot twist about the traitor amongst the captains. The lead still kept getting stronger with the speed of light but I was still willing to leave it aside as the aesthetics and the immersion were great.
Then came a long filler arc which was sub-par in all and damaged a lot the nice image of the series up until then. It also proved how Bleach was not better than Naruto. Because there was this big flame war back then about which one was better. The answer is One Piece but they didn’t care. Anyway, Bleachtards told Narutards that Bleach has more mature characters, and no fillers. Well, it went to hell after watching Ichigo pissing his pants for seeing a girl naked or having the only purpose in his life to save chicks. And yes, here there be fillers too and lots of them. Thankfully you can skip them without much worries. Some filler characters remain in canon story but they don’t affect anything, so big deal.
Then comes the introduction of the super ghosts and the Death God hybrids and the shit starts to hit the fan. The plot drags a lot, battles become repetitive and the story becomes a repeat of SS arc, only 1500% slower and with 2000% more fillers. Here is where the series went so downhill, I lost interest and loath ever since. Characters became caricatures whose only feature is their transforming sword, many seem to be in the story just to drag it with unimportant battles, character development became a joke. Tite Kubo clearly has no idea what he is doing anymore and keeps ass-pulling stuff, while canceling out the rules he made himself a few episodes before.
I understand that the action is good and a major magnet (albeit repetitive, random and usually ludicrous in terms of looks). I understand that some characters look cool (and not as close as interesting as when they where offering more than just big explosions). But I also understand that the majority of anime fans don’t care about the finer things in a series, like consistency or pacing, because if they did, this series would have a far lower rating than 8. It is nice brain dead action of cool caricatures but nothing more. And it’s not like this is the best of what modern shounen can offer. Naruto, One Piece, even Full Metal Alchemist, may have less exiting action overall but have bits of strategy in them and the story is definitely going faster and more interesting, with far more character development and immersion.
If I need to get into more technical details, the animation is quite good, character figure and action wise. Although the overall colors and character drawings have improved over the years, at the same time the aesthetics in atmosphere-building that made the initial episodes so great have almost disappeared, while the snail-slow plot makes even the battles to feel like mostly aimless blahblah with stiff characters instead of good choreography.
The soundtrack is overall very good to hear; it has some really great pieces that save the series from a complete lack of aesthetics. And it’s ironic how the main battle song’s lyrics are “If you want to get some action, you need be the center of attraction.” Because the action is way too slow now but since the series has such a fandom behind it, this is almost overlooked.
Story is now unimportant and the least of your concerns.
Characters are mostly cool or funny but not at all interesting as developed personalities. I mean, the main character, an angsty teenager, degraded from a sympathetic youth to an imba warrior that keeps getting his ass kicked yet wins all the time with ass-pulling power-ups. And if the angsty lead is less interesting that a berserker secondary freak with bells glued on his hair and sole purpose to cut thing just for the heck of it, you can see how this series has really messed up priorities.
Enjoyment reflects my view on this and it’s pretty low as I prefer story and character immersion to brain dead repetitive action. Overall, it was a good series at first and still is a good series to watch as brain dead action but it is nowhere as good as it began and doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance before more innovating works like One Piece or Full Metal Alchemist.
If you disagree, tell me why. If you agree… just do the same. read more
Oct 23, 2009
The first/introductory arc of bleach is an brilliant show of anime, truley somthing worth watching. But the problem in my eyes is that it goes very much down hill from there. Some fans (and myself) do believe it will pick up a little from time to time but ultimatly it is not going to wow you with complex or ingaging plot.
As with alot of popular anime bleach very quickly gets lost in an unnessicary and almost unwatchably long train of fillers, drawn out fights and repetition on powers and jokes. Unless your new to anime or are caught in its fandom frenzy, then you will probably not beable to sit through the 100's of episodes to come.
Story -6- as explained above it takes along time for anything to happen after the first arc. It does have a twists but nothing that will not become blatantly obvious. The fight scenes are not too bad, but most characters only posses about 2 or 3 moves, so it can get boring after their powers have been introduced. The plot lines do run for a while into the story but are usually summed up before starting a new set of events. There are alot of filler arcs that will literally come at any time they see fit, and will plague you with non-cannon storys, they are sometimes funny but generally are just in the way.
Art -7- as such a long anime, the style and animation changes during the corse of the show. It is good in parts but is not consistent and is sometimes misleading to the actual abilities of a character.
Sound -9- bleach has alot of different tracks related to it, both for the credits and show. When i look back on it, bleach fans are really spoilt for choice in this area.
Characters -7- the characters are introduced well in bleach, and get some development, but not as much as you would expect in such a long series. Expect to be juggling names by the end though as it has alot of main and supporting characters (but hey at least their names are easy to remeber). Unfortuantly there will often be parts of this anime that will make you question where all the characters have gone though, as there are so many.
Enjoyment -7- this is possibly the most subjective and overlapping category, but generally i would say that bleach does have a certian charm the will have you wanting more (even if you dont know why). I highly enjoyed the first arc and liked the manga that (imo) will make up for some of the problems of popular anime. But as ive said - you wont enjoy this unless you can strap yourself in for a long anime.
Overall -6- im going to be fair, its good in places but has alot of faults. If i where you i would have a think about watching this series, and dont just dive in without knowing that you will be watching for a long time. read more
Mar 31, 2009
I have given Bleach a lot of chances and I think I have seen enough of Bleach to give a review.
One of Bleach's many bad points is its story, it's about as typical as a story gets. The premise is basically 'save the girl' and 'beat the strong people'. That is it, often running into huge monsters that never really seem like much competition. The story never improves, every arc starts the same. Ichigo in school hanging around with his horribly annoying, useless friends, then a new enemy will show up, capture someone or blow up something, then it is up to Ichigo to save the day. This process isn't quick either. One fight would be 4-6 episodes of struggle before something actually develops, and thus leads to many hours of boredom. But from the Soul Society Arc to the Arrancar Arc, Bleach never excels, it's stuck in one spot it can't seem to get out of.
Oh God, something actually worse than the story. Characters, let's start with our protagonist Ichigo, I'd say he is about as interesting as a wooden post. I didn't realise main characters can lack such depth, but it's possible, Ichigo is a character that never develops, his personality, his relationships. The only thing that Ichigo actually improves in the whole series is his strength, but everything else tends to remain the same. We are left with a very boring, serious character, surrounded by several really happy characters. His school friends are very annoying, Inoue seems to follow too deep into the cliche, "damsel in distress" because that is basically all she provides, often his other friends will try to join in on the action and get beat up. Ishida starts out as a potential threat to Ichigo, then ends up far behind, Chad is big... and this soon becomes natural, the unimportant classmates, (Keigo and the Lesbian in particular) will provide moments of forced humour, to the point where you would want to repeatedly hit yourself with a lead pipe. Then you'll have the 13 division captains and lieutenants. Basically just a horde of characters, in fact, too many characters that will get about 1 or 2 fight scenes then become unimportant to the rest of the story. The antagonists are either extremely insane or extremely moody and that is all you get, I tried to analyse deeper into the supporting characters, but then I realised the characters aren't deep enough to delve into, what you see is what you get.
==ART + ANIMATION==
Well backgrounds aren't exactly awful. They provide with fairly decent backdrops. Sometimes you'll wonder where all of the people are but while not anything special backgrounds are colourful and scenery contrasts well. Art is very inconsistent for the most part. Good episode, rushed the next. You don't know what you are going to get and it becomes really unpredictable.
Character designs, not so good. Sometimes you'll wonder if a 5 year old designed some of the characters because they tend to be very different looking. Some characters will look incredibly standard, and others odd, the inclusion of a hollow hole for me is unnecessary because it just adds to the strange character designs for most hollows and arrancar, just a huge, randomly-placed, gaping hole going through their bodies. Reason? I have no idea. Just to add to the stupidness maybe. Well, they are about as strange as their choices of names and fanservice is extremely common, just about every woman other than Rukia has massive breasts, I think its just a ploy to make most of the women memorable since they seem to lack character. Rukia is perhaps is the only female in the series with any character.
Animation is not fantastic, you'll find yourself laughing at most running motions. Fight scenes are incredibly boring, it feels like the animators took every shortcut they could to make the fights easier to animate, movements of characters are far too static and stiff, I would like the characters to loosen up and fight properly but in the end it gets repetitive to the point where it is unwatchable, and all they tend to do is bash swords together for several episodes, using energy blasts and flying into eachother at high speeds. Yes, it's DBZ with swords, the only thing is DBZ managed to pull those fight scenes off and make them interesting. The main problem with the fight scenes is that there is no fluidity, no originality, everybody has the same thing: Sword strike and energy blast. But most importantly it is the lack of style that ruins it, it's like no one has freedom when they fight. Since most of Bleach is fighting, I judge most animations on the fights which is perhaps the biggest disappointment I get when watching Bleach, as I am a big fan of well choreographed fights in animation.
The sound in Bleach succeeds a lot of the time. OPs and EDs are good, you can see the standard of music for Bleach is high, as people are usually disappointed when a series changes OPs and EDs, but with Bleach the current OP is usually just as good as the previous. Background music also fits very nicely, it is actually Bleach's strong point, the music is very refreshing. And usually suits moments. The only problem is that after a while you will hear the same songs, this isn't much of a problem but you can tell after a while the music variety starts to become limited. Voice acting is standard, sub and dub.
Bleach is just an overhyped shonen. Most of the time I sit there watching, incredibly bored, the series never really goes anywhere, the pacing is really bad, things tend to take too long, fights drag on. The series has been running for too long. There are too many fillers, too many characters, not enough development, I don't care enough for the characters. It's boring conversation followed by boring battle every episode. After the Soul Society Arc I thought I'd give up on Bleach until a better Arc comes out, when the Arrancar Arc came out I was excited thinking that Bleach would finally excel to heights I'd expect. But it was all a big disappointment, I am now in the Shinigami v Arrancar Arc and so far I have been wasting my time and I am ready to give it all up. Basically, it is a modern, lackluster DBZ laden with huge swords, uninteresting characters and fanservice. I feel, when watching Bleach I am just missing out on better series'. I don't just want to flame Bleach because it is overhyped, but I really don't think Bleach has any of the qualities that make anime good. Overall, I really wish it was better read more
Sep 30, 2007
The very same goes to the plot of Bleach: There are some very interesting storyparts, as well as many plotholes and odds in the story (For example take a look at Soul Society - I'll never get why people grow up and die in a place they came to after they died on earth ...).
The humour used in Bleach also has his ups and downs. Even though many jokes might not even scratch your lips, others will make you laugh hard enough to almost fall off your chair.
The show always reaches his top when Ichigo is about to fight seriously, since those fight scenes are usually pretty cool, even though they are mostly kinda overdone.
Bleach in general is a pretty enjoyable anime, especially the first few episodes are very entertaining and humorous. It's a shame it has some very boring story parts, many plotholes, many filler episodes and does not have much development in character relationships ... :( read more
Jun 30, 2008
Story: The worst aspect of Bleach is it's story. It follows the typical shounen template verbatim. "A young boy gains powers which he uses to fight evil and save a damsel in distress." It can't get more original than that right?[/sarcasm]. When it went to the Arrancar arc I wasn't surprised that the exact same thing happened, but instead of Ichigo saving Rukia it's Inoue now. The mangaka, Tite Kubo, must not be very creative as the story tends to repeat itself. I found myself laughing outloud at how the plot moved along; you can almost anticipate what's about to happen next. There's no suspense found in Bleach aside from the typical "Oh no, how's he going to get out of this one!?" which happens more often than not, and they usually get out of it by learning some new technique at the last minute or finally decide to defeat their opponent. The pacing of the story is literally painful as it take several episodes to finish a single fight or make a point that could have been made in a quarter of the time.
Art: One of the few things I enjoyed about Bleach was the character designs. The costume and character designs are somewhat interesting. It's too bad such good designs are wasted on such boring characters. The manga has pages full of white space, almost as if the mangaka rushed to finish the chapter. Tho it doesn't help that it's a weekly manga so there's not much time to do actual quality work. I look at eariler episodes and the current episodes and I honestly can't see much of a difference; the quality of the animation has if anything gotten worse.
And there is way too much QUALITY, such as...
Sound: The OP/ED can be pretty catchy. I actually found myself singing them to myself sometimes. The seiyuu fit the characters well, although I cringe at some of their voices, especially when they're trying to be funny. None of the seiyuu particularly stand out. The background music can be nice, although it becomes repetitive somtimes as it is used over and over.
Character: The characters in Bleach can be found in every other shounen anime/manga. They follow the most basic of character archetypes. The main character, Ichigo, has one of the most boring personalities I've seen in anime. The only reasoning behind his actions is to protect his friends. Character development is no where to be seen aside from a character learning a new technique so they can do even more fighting.
As a whole Bleach takes itself way too seriously. It's almost laughable at how serious the characters take themselves.
The stuffed animals which are solely for comical relief become obnoxious very quickly and hold no part in the story; if anything they just hold back the story from moving along, although it's not like the story was going anywhere in the first place. Other characters which are supposed to be "cute" or "funny" make the series even less tolerable than it is. You're in the middle of a fight and suddenly a crybaby starts screaming "Itsuko!" I honestly don't see the humor in the mentally handicapped (i.e. the entire cast) and Bleach seems to find humor by depicting them as helpless and pathetic. Speaking of helpless and pathetic, Inoue Orihime: can she do anything for herself?
Enjoyment: Bleach can certainly be fun to watch at times for action-fans; it's capable of having some exciting fighting scenes. However it gets old fast. There's some comedy between all the action but it all feels forced.
Overall: If you're the kind of person who doesn't expect much from their anime and only watch it for mindless action, then Bleach is just for you. But if you want originality and a deep plot that actually makes you think then you shouldn't bother with this.
Watching Bleach makes me feel too old to be watching anime. It's obvious that this is aimed at young boys around 12 years old who don't want to think and just want action and unfunny and forced humor though.
I honestly don't see why Bleach is so popular; it's just DBZ with swords.
I tried not to be too harsh; I just posted my honest personal opinion on this series. If you have a problem or disagree with anything I have said please comment on my page or send me a message. :)
Oh, and before you ask "How did you last 136 eps if you hate it so much? I only watched 117-136. I read the first 21 volumes of the manga before. read more
Feb 20, 2012
I have to say its not easy to rate an anime like bleach, an anime which has a few arcs are very like to have one or two arcs which aren't very good.
The storyline for bleach was at its best at the first Arc where ichigo has to save rukia .This is where the story was far more complicated and unpredictable compared to the later arcs. The storyline in the later arcs is just beat up bad guys.
A major weakness in the anime is the fillers, fillers generally generate a lot of hate among the anime fans. For one, ichigo's bankai . One of the best scenes for bleach was when he first used his bankai againt kuchiki byakuya , during the fight ichigo looked so strong . However when he used bankai in the fillers in the later episodes he looked so silly and weak. In the fillers, he was never consistent, this is a very bad downside.
The art for bleach was actually very good for its time of production. However, the fillers spoiled much of it . the art for some of the fillers were horribly made. But overall id say the art for bleach is fairly good.
Sound, the sound for bleach really gets you into the mood when u first hear it especially those boss fight scenes.
The character for bleach was very good in the beginning, especially in the first arc. His last progress for me was when he fought ulquiorra on top of the hollow dome. When he unleashed his full hollow powers, and then later on unleashing getsuga. But the progress from his bankai to his later powers are very slow and bad.
I felt that ichigo should have learn some kidou (magic) . And make the fight scenes more tactical . So the fight scenes will become more intelligent rather than just beating the enemy time after time.
I really enjoyed the first arc of bleach. It was the best. The later arcs was not so bad. One of the most recent arc with Ginjo in it left a distaste in my mouth. In my opinion, they should have ended it when Aizen got beaten by ichigo after he used getsuga.
The biggest weakness for bleach was the fillers and the lack of abilities and the ginjo arc, if they had managed this factors, I would have given bleach a much better review probably scoring a 9. I believe bleach is overrated because of the reviews given by new anime viewers. Those new anime viewers are probably inexperienced and would compare their anime to cartoons rather than anime to anime overall in that genre.
Overall, Bleach was one of my favourite anime's but I would only give it a 5. read more
Feb 6, 2011
Story 4/10: The story is way too predictable and way too similar to other shounen anime. The main character with unusual ability to learn and become strong unnatrually fast. Hmm, where have I seen that before?? Because it borrows so much in terms of story elements from other shounen anime, you can kinda figure out what's going to happen at the end of an arc 20 or so episodes in advance. This type of anime is the same as DBZ, and yuu yuu hakusho. The good guys always win no matter what kind of set backs the characters face. Even the "way" the characters become stronger is too similar to earlier shounen anime. Eccentric teachers trying to draw out the hidden power in each main character to overcome their own limits and weaknesses. The "similarity" issue is just one aspect... other other aspect is all kinds of annoying inconsistencies in the Bleach universe that drive me nuts. Things from unusually powerful Aizen that is so much more powerful than anyone else, it doesn't make sense; a way too convenient way of explaining all the convenient occurrences throughout the series- hou***u; inconstant aging between the soul reapers etc etc etc... Finally... some of the arcs like the bount arc and the amagai shunsuke arcs are just atrocious... and many of the fillers are basically what the writers came up with when they were high on acid.
Art 7/10: Early in the show, the animation was rough at best with the characters looking quite... strange. But as the series progressed so did the art, and now it looks pretty top notch.
Sound 6/10: While the BGM is sometimes pretty nice, other times it is very irritating. Who ever decided, "If you want to see some action..." (or number 1" by hazel fernandes) was a good song for a shounen anime needs to be shot. It sounds like crappy, cheezy 70's disco music. It just doesn't fit at all! There is some others that is awful and it sounds like an equivalent of someone's nails on chalkboard. There were also many ending and opening songs that were really bad as well. But there were some that were really good as well, like Ranbu no melody by Cid which is running in the current season as of feb 2011.
Characters 7/10: Characters are decent in Bleach. Development is slow but they are interesting...BUT some are almost copy cats of other shounen anime characters. Lets compare Ichigo and Yuusuke from yuu yuu hakusho. They both get into fights, they are both seen as yankee's in high school, they are both eventually "recruited" by the other world or the soul society, and they aren't exactly human. They are both head strong, caring of others, and aren't bound by rules in the slightest. They don't talk politely, they are dense, they always win eventually, and very protective of others... especially Orihime/keiko. The renji-Ichigo relationship is also quite similar to Yuusuke-Kuwabara... Over time both characters become incredibly powerful throughout the series with the help of eccentric/odd mentors. You can say that many of these traits are similar in most shounen anime like Naruto also shares similar characteristics, as well as Son Goku... But "that" is what sells, and that is what gets people hooked.
Enjoyment 7/10: Most of the enjoyment comes from some kind of "addiction" factor where you just have to see the next episode even though you know what's going to happen. Bleach does that VERY well, and it will keep you hooked, wanting to watch more until there isn't any left to watch. Same kinda formula that other very popular shounen anime used.
Overall 6/10: It's not the best shounen anime, it's not very original, and it's quite predictable... but in the end you'll in the least enjoy the many action sequences, and the progression of the characters throughout the anime. read more
Sep 18, 2010
The only pluses left are the character designs, I still admire Kubo for his drawing skills and design but as an author he fails.
There is no real story anymore. We are stuck with constant fightings with no real progrss. Even those fights are boring for one simple reason - you know how it will end:
a) Good guy wins
b) Good guy gets help and wins
In both scenarios bad guy loses and dies.
The whole arrancar arc happend to be a waste of time. They made no change to the story. All good guys are still alive and all their lost limbs will be restored by Orihime.
Kubo said that he plans to do more arcs so al those shikais/bankai will appear again. He basicly wasted 2-3 years on nothing.
Espadas had received so much heap in the beginig, captains almost pissed themselves yet all espadas were defeated easily even by those who are not that powerful. It was also said that Vasto Lordes are at he same level as captains if not stronger and that 10 of them could destroy SS. And later Kubo states in interview that part of espadas were Vasto Lorde... who had lost quiet easily... just WTF?! Where did all the promised power go?! Shouldn't they be even MORE dangerouse after being hollowied by Hougyoko?
How the hell that one sided battle can be called a war?
All bad guys are dead while all goodies are alive... jsut what kind of fairy tale is that?!
Where is the drama, tension, deaths? How can you be excited about a fight when you know how it will end?
Also another huge minus is Ichigo. I will be quiet about SS arc where this loser was able to beat captains with hundreds years of experiance only after several week training. They should have been able to kill him with closed eyes! Having talent wouldn't save your ass gaianst masters in such short time.
But ok, I can live with that...
Better tell me what the hell is with all those power ups?! He always gets beaten down or killed but then once Orihime opens her mouth, he smashes bad guy in seconds, just WTF?! How is that possible?! He even comes back to life after being killed! Then he gets into some convenient place where he can train and owns bad guys ass.
Also why all bad guys had turned into idiots? Why good guys who are served in half and have crushed organs are alive, but bad guys with some cuts are dead?
I give this show 5 only from respect of the old times and the characters which I still like. If not those things, it would be 1!
P.S. Killing bad guy who has become good doesn't mean that you have killed a goodie. read more
Oct 19, 2009
STORY: There WAS a story. Something that started off pretty good in fact, until Tite Kubo topped himself with the first Soul Society arc. This part was enjoyable, Ichigo and his friend on a mission to rescue Rukia. Simple, yet effective, something you would expect from a typical shonen series.
However it becomes very clear that little thought went into how to follow this storyline. Like Dragonball Z, which I reviewed eariler, once this arc of the show is complete, the rest just feels like padding and filler. I know that most of it is filler and it's a constant recurring theme with a lot of manga/anime tranisitions, but Bleach has derailed from it's original concept so far, it makes me wonder why the hell some things are still happening. Why is Ichigo still a substitute Soul Reaper? How in the hell is he able to achieve bankai if he's still alive? Why not just launch an all out assault on Hueco Mundo if they have time to send random captains and squads to earth just to dick around for 20 episodes? I thought the premise of the story was defeating hollows, performing a seiru on lost souls, and sending them whatever happened to that? Instead, they make up new forms of hollows, then upgrading them to arrancars, them to espadas, and then vizereds! And don't forget about the OTHER forms of hollows called hashucehs, or whatever! FAIL!!!
ART: The art is good and detailed, but it's easy to forget that these are supposed to be high shcool students. There are way too many soul reapers and their designs ranged from generic to just flat-out scary. It doesn't help that they all have the exact same uniform, despite different ranks and squads. There's lots of squad jargon in this, so when you hear Rangiku scream "Hang on, members of squad five and seven will be there for back-up", just translate that into "some generic red-shirts will be there!" The villans all look completely ridiculous, especially the released form of arrancars and espadas. They look like failed Pokemon critters made out of petrified egg noodles. But still the art is still decent and some of the atmosphere looks nice, the battle scenes are vibrant and action-packed, so it does pass on that scale, as it's knows it's fans like action.
SOUND: The english dub of this show is incredibly grating. If I wasn't hearing Johnny Yong Bosch snarling "You Bastard" every time someone does anything short asking him what the time is, it's listening to the terribly dubbed voices of the horrible excuse of comic relief this this show has to offer. They actually manage to make these "personalities" even more unfunny then they really are. The soundtrack is passable, but leaves no real impression on any scene thats taking place, except for the "wacky comedy music"(jazz hands) to let you know that it's okay to laugh at whats going on right now. This show just insults me with how stupid it thinks I really am that I need phoned-in, whimsical music to remind me that jokes are being told. Focus on making the scene funny first, then get back to me.
CHARACTER: Oh, you want personality and character development? No, not in Bleach. All character development must be presented in exposition flashbacks in order to save time for the next fight scene. Despite the diversity of characters in this anime, the males and females have limited traits that define whos who. Most of the guys are either boorish, loud and obnoxious, and most of the women are shrill, abrasive, and annoying.
And I have to say, of all the shonen main characters I've watched over the years, I can't think of one thats as poorly written as Ichigo Kurosaki. There's no real direction as to what this character is supposed to be. In the beginning, he's supposed to be a delinquent, I guess, but I never quite believed it. He wants to fight to defend people, but treats his friends like shit, especially other male characters, to the point where I stopped caring about him. He's just another macho, male, chauvanistic, power craving Z Fighter knockoff who turns into a whiny emo git the second a stronger bad guy punches him around a few times, and if anyone like Byakyua or Kenpachi shows up, he has to try his best to assert his male dominance like an old lion getting kicked out of the pride. FAIL!!!!!!
ENJOYMENT: There's just way too many uncalled for fight scenes in Bleach to stay interested. And once you start getting into character's bankais, the stupidity is cranked to the 32nd power. Characters get new powers out of nowhere with little explanation how they aquired them, the villians are nothing more than brutish thugs with petty grudges and don't do much else, the Soul Society is about as organized and efficient as your local Blockbuster and serves no real purpose other than a lame platform for the latest villian assault on it, a good chunk of the comedy is unoriginal and unfunny (short people jokes, hormone-driven jokes etc.), and is it me, or is this the desolate, lifeless version of Japan in anime history? It's giving Ronin Warriors a run for it's money.
OVERALL: I just don't have the patience to sit through another +200 episode shonen title. Maybe if there was some sort of structure, or direction, it's just not good enough to deserve to be this long. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should. But as long as it's marketable, Bleach, and titles alike will continue to go on and on, long past the point when it was fresh and different. Now it's just another shonen title, keeping the seat warm for the next big thing, like Naruto did for it. read more
Aug 8, 2008
Art-Once again, started off excellent. I thought the first couple seasons had great animation, and the combat scenes were pretty well done. This area sadly however, seems to deteriorate along with the storyline, not quite as badly but compare the fights in seasons 1-3 to the ones after and the show just isn't showing us anything new.
Sound-The music is ok, and it fits well. Repetitive sure, but it's a shounen with 180+ episodes how could the music not be repetitive. The sound quality overall isn't bad, my only complaint would be the op/end themes especially in season 3 and up.
Character-The characters, like the story aren't very fresh, but they're well developed and pretty likable. The main downfall in my opinion is the overdevelopment of the enormous cast of worthless sidecharacters. It gets really bogged down with this at times, there is even an entire season dedicated to doing this (5th season).
Enjoyment-First 3 seasons 9/10, rest 1/10. Starts out very addictive and fun to watch but trails on to "why am I watching this." read more
Jul 27, 2008
There are hardly any complaints about the story, but it's nothing out of the ordinary or anything worth praising - the main problem is all the delays, when you desperately want to know what happens next - suddenly the tension breaks down and we're left watching a filler series, which has no impact or relation to the story, nothing, zero.
The art direction is absolutely great, which can be seen most vividly during the various fights between the characters. While it tends to keep itself serious when it needs to, whenever the mood lightens or humor is added, the art is always appropriate.
Sound is basically your own personal opinion, whether you like the voice acting or not is up to you - I personally thought Rukia sounded like a chicken screeching throughout the series. Same goes for the intro and end themes, of which I think there are about five in total (<-5 intros 5 ends) -there'll be at least one which will make you puke uncontrollably and others will put you into a hazy exotic coma.
The characters could easily be a 10/10 as the series even takes the time to expand on every one of them, except at times you're left wondering, what's the point of spending time on someone who'll never show up again?
When 1/4 of the entire series is a filler, it should logically receive 3/4 of a perfect score. I highly recommend people to skip the bounto arc which appears around episode 70, all the way to around 108, as it has NO effect on the story, many pretend it didn't even happen. And currently 170+ is another abomination in the making. But aside from those enjoy the rest of the series with nearly atleast one fight per 1-2 episodes.
Mainstream anime exists to have many viewers, they're afraid to take risks and make interesting decisions - they'll pull you in and make you sit through 250+ episodes, each 20 minutes long - when only maybe 100 of those are relevant to the story. If i can make a recommendation, I suggest reading the manga instead. read more