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Japanese: BLEACH
English: Bleach
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 74
Chapters: 705
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 7, 2001 to Aug 22, 2016
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Award Winning Award Winning, Fantasy Fantasy
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Kubo, Tite (Story & Art)


Score: 7.861 (scored by 235732235,732 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #11022
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #14
Members: 384,218
Favorites: 35,934


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For as long as he can remember, high school student Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see the spirits of the dead, but that has not stopped him from leading an ordinary life. One day, Ichigo returns home to find an intruder in his room who introduces herself as Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper tasked with helping souls pass over. Suddenly, the two are jolted from their conversation when a Hollow—an evil spirit known for consuming souls—attacks. As Ichigo makes a brash attempt to stop the Hollow, Rukia steps in and shields him from a counterattack. Injured and unable to keep fighting, Rukia suggests a risky plan—transfer half of her Soul Reaper powers to Ichigo. He accepts and, to Rukia's surprise, ends up absorbing her powers entirely, allowing him to easily dispatch the Hollow.

Now a Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo must take up Rukia's duties of exterminating Hollows and protecting spirits, both living and dead. Along with his friends Orihime Inoue and Yasutora Sado—who later discover spiritual abilities of their own—Ichigo soon learns that the consequences of becoming a Soul Reaper and dealing with the world of spirits are far greater than he ever imagined.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Bleach has sold over 130 million copies worldwide as of 2022, making it one of the top 20 best selling manga series of all-time; North American sales have also been significant with 1.7 million copies sold in the region. In 2005, the series won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shounen demographic category. Many adaptations have also been made of the series, with a 2004 television anime series along with four feature length films, numerous video games, spin-off light novels, databooks, and even a musical.

The series was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint from July 6, 2004 to October 2, 2018, and as omnibus volumes from June 7, 2011 to March 5, 2019; a hardcover collector's edition for volume one was released by VIZ Media on August 5, 2008, a box set of volumes 1-21 was released on September 16, 2008 as well as volumes 22-48 on July 7, 2015, and the final box set containing volumes 49-72 on November 6, 2018. It has also been published in Portuguese (Brazil) by Panini Comics and Planet Manga since July 2007, and in Spanish by Glénat/EDT since June 2006, publishing 51 volumes before the publisher went defunct, and later was republished by Panini Comics from February 2013 to November 2017.

Bleach was adapted into a live-action movie on July 20, 2018.

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Apr 7, 2024
Bow down before Bleach
Indeed, the battle shounen
That does reign supreme

This concludes my review of Bleach, blogpost incoming so big brother MAL will ok my wordcount and allow posting.

I binged Bleach in like two weeks; binging anything, especially if you do enjoy it generally results in a higher degree of emotional investment. Kubo's all about emotion, so that worked in favor of furthering said investment. It's an emotive work, so to speak.

That's not enough words.

Nov 25, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Bleach is a fun read, but it is by no means a work of art. Strong points for the series include great characters, strong dialogue, and a finish that gives all of the (important) characters a strong send-off. Additionally, the series can be very funny at different times. It was very difficult to put the series down once I got to the second arc. Despite that, the series has a few obvious weaknesses. 1) There is very little character development throughout the entire series. 2) There are a lot of completely superfluous characters, and some genuinely fun characters feel underutilized. 3) It felt like Tite ...
Mar 2, 2024
Ah Bleach, the most middling of the big three. What can be said about Bleach that hasn't already been said? It's dragged out, repetitive, kind of a rip off of Yu Yu Hakusho, has a bland magic magic system, and Ichigo isn't what most writers would call a compelling character.
So what does it have going for it? It's cool factor? I was a teenager when Bleach was coming out, and managed to miss it at the time, so I don't have any nostalgia for its particular style, but my girlfriend watched it as it was broadcasting, and she just cringes whenever she sees the character ...

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