Ranked #1103
Bleach (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Bleach
Japanese: BLEACH


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Aug 7, 2001 to ?
Authors: Kubo, Tite (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 7.951 (scored by 86048 users)
Ranked: #11032
Popularity: #2
Members: 134,244
Favorites: 20,769
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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 protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace.

(Source: ANN)


Bleach won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shounen demographic in 2005.

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Alternative version: Bleach Short Story Edition, Bleach: Letters From the Other Side
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Spin-off: Bleach 4-koma: Komaburi
Adaptation: Bleach


Kurosaki, Ichigo
Kuchiki, Rukia
Inoue, Orihime
Ishida, Uryuu
Sado, Yasutora
Hitsugaya, Toushirou
Zaraki, Kenpachi

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Jul 25, 2013 1:17 PM
Oh great, yet another Bleach review. Fantastic.

Before countless people flame me and press the "Not Helpful' button because I gave Bleach a comparatively low score to the rest of MAL, please do note that I didn't think Bleach was bad. Bleach was good, REALLY good at the beginning. The series introduced a wide variety of fantastic concepts, a charismatic and love-able cast of characters and has some of the most adrenaline pumping battles I've ever read in any manga. I'm fully aware that the fan-base of the shonen demographic has become increasingly desperate for series that have originality, adrenaline pumping battles and brilliant storytelling.
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Jan 8, 2010 5:32 PM
Bleach is a like a roller coaster ride. It has its dull moments but also has its exciting moments. If you are an avid reader, you will know what i am talking about, If this is your first time reading Bleach then i hope you give it a chance and see what this wonderful manga is about.

Sure it has the typical Shounen components, but it is more original than you would think. Bleach has many mysteries that have yet to be revealed, keeping you always wondering and wanting more. Give it a try if you have not already and see for yourself since everyone read more
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Jan 23, 5:24 PM
In Bleach, the characters have weapons called Zanpaktous. These Zanpaktous aren't simple weapons to be mindlessly used, they also foster a spirit. Essentially, they're sentient partners that the user forages trust with in order to progress and become stronger. If the character shares a bad relationship with his Zanpaktou, he can't access the next level of power that the weapon can grant.

You probably know where I'm going with this: as clear as day, Tite Kubo's Zanpaktou broke up with him a long time ago, some argue his Zanpaktou left him circa Soul Society, Mrs. and Mr. Kubo disagree and believe his Zanpaktou finally decided read more
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Oct 13, 2014 1:07 PM
One of the top 3 Shounen mangas in popularity. It suffers the same problem the Naruto does: it starts with good smaller arcs,with puns and some character development, or at least a well driven long one ( which I totally recommend reading), and then goes into the infamous, unending and slow advancing DeicideArrancar Arc which could have been summarized in an 8th part of it's length.

I must admit that I stopped reading after finishing that second arc, as the next one didn't quite hook me a lot. This means I'm not doing this manga justice by reviewing only the first part of read more
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