Ranked #1033

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: 7.931 (scored by 90535 users)
Ranked: #10332
Popularity: #2
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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)


In 2005, Bleach won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shounen category.

The series has been published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint since July 6, 2004 and in 3-in-1 omnibus edition since June 7, 2011; a hardcover collector's edition for volume one was released by VIZ Media on August 5, 2008.

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Jul 25, 2013
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 23, 2015
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
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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Dec 20, 2008
Back when I was just beginning to watch anime and read manga, Bleach was one of the first subbed anime that I picked up. I eventually started reading the manga and I really enjoyed it. However, after the end of the arc where Ichigo manages to save Rukia, everything went downhill from there.

The story was very good up to the end of the Soul Society arc as it was always very suspenseful and the fights were well-contrived. However, after that arc was done, you have a plethora of new characters and new plot devices stuffed down your throat and you are never quite given the read more
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Like Naruto, Bleach has very deep and compelling characters as well as action packed battles that will keep you on your toes. Very deep yet simple plots, both are masterpieces in their own right, and deserving of such a title. 
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Both deal with supernatural powers. Bleach's author, Kubo Tite, considers Saint Seiya to be one of his biggest inspirations for the designs of the different types of weapons that his characters use in the story as well as the battle scenes. 
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