Firstly, I started watching anime in about 2003, with Sailor Moon. After that, I branched off to other animes. However, when I discovered my best friend obsessed with Bleach, I decided I would never read or watch it, since I believed it was just another of those mainstream animes which would let me down. Besides, I always thought the hero would go around taking himself way to seriously. So, I avoided it like the plague, until 2009, when a new friend finally convinced me to watch it.
What was so brilliant about this anime, that attracts every animefreak around, and makes up 76%
of anime conventions?
So, I went home and watched episode 1. In three days straight, I'd watched 64 episodes, non-stop. I was right; Kurosaki DOES take himself way to seriously.
Why am I telling you this lifestory? Sorry to bore you, but I'm writing this review to tell you why you should watch and read Bleach, right?
I've not watched many animes, I admit, compared to quite a few people here. However, ever had that feeling when you see the first episode of an anime or drama and think, 'Wow, I want to see what happens next!' or 'This is sooo awesome!'?
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Bleach.
When a Hollow (spirit eating monsters), attacks 15 year old Kurosaki Ichigo's family one night, his life changes forever.
Turned into a shinigami (Death God) and granted the power to rid his town of these evil beings, Kurosaki goes out to save to world.
Cliché much? No kidding.
The underlying plotline: save the world IS...cliché and, to a limit, exasperating.
But think about it:
Story  - otherworld shinigami, a whole new life after this one, Some kind of academy with a million soldiers wandering around in traditional japanese hakamas and katana. My avid readers, there is no 'sailor soldiers', no shukrien-throwing ninjas [sorry, naruto fans, it just doesn't cut me like Bleach