Bleach is a Japanese manga series that is written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. His actual name is Noriaki Kubo he is professionally called Tite Kubo. He is a Japanese manga artist and also a character designer. Bleach is one of his best manga series and for which he is very well known. This manga series had more than 130 million copies as of 2022. The anime series manga was serialized in Shueisha’s shonen manga magazine which is Weekly Shonen Jump. The series was serialized from August 2001 to August 2016. It was produced by Studio Pierrot which is a Japanese studio for animation established in May 1979 by Yuji Nunokawa. The headquarters of the studio is located in Mitaka, Tokyo.
The series is directed by Noriyuki Abe who is a Japanese anime storyboard artist. He is also a sound director and is best known for working with Studio Pierrot. The series Bleach was released on TV Tokyo which is known as Toronto. It is a television station that has its headquarters in the Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower in Roppongi, Minato, Japan, Tokyo that is owned and operated by the TV Tokyo Corporation. The series was aired from October 2004 to March 2012 with 366 episodes.
Viz Media which is an American manga publisher, anime distributor, and entertainment company having its headquarters in San Francisco, California obtained the foreign television and home video distribution rights to Bleach in March 2006. After that, Bleach was broadcast in the United States on Adult Swim which is an American adult-oriented nighttime cable television channel. This channel shares channel space with the basic cable network Cartoon Network and is programmed by its in-house production studio in Williams Street.
The End of Bleach Anime
The final episode of Bleach was the 366th episode which was a fight between Kugo and Substitute Shinigami Ichigo. To exterminate the threat of Substitute Shinigami and the negative feelings given to the role by Kugo a plan has been made by a group full of Shinigami to kill both Kugo and Ichigo. But as they realized what type of person Ichigo is to complete the fight, they shared their energy with Ichigo. When instead of judging the ostracized Kugo, Ichigo attempted to reach out and understand him their decision has backed up further. Still, having anger towards Ichigo for standing in his way, Kugo rushes toward his opponent before being knocked to the ground for good.
Tsukushima tries to attack Ichigo and persuade the dying Kugo to fight on, becoming increasingly unstable as he’s flooded with memories of his comrade.
Key Characters of Bleach
The major characters of the most loved anime series Bleach are Ichigo Kurosaki, and Soouske Aizen. Rukia Kuchiki, Toshiro Hitsugya, Urahara Kisuke, Zaraki Kenpaichi, Yasutaro Sadou, Sinji Hirako, Orihime Inou, Genryusai, Isshin Kurosaki. These are the important characters of the series. Ichigo Kurosaki has a special ability to interact with ghosts.
The antagonists of the series are Hollows, Sosuke Aizen, Bounts, Xcution, and Wandenreich. The Soul Reapers, Byakuya Kuchiki, Urahara Shop, and Vizards as the supporting characters of the series. Other characters are the Modified souls (variation of the gikon), Kurosaki family, Karakura Town, Shiba Clan (Isshin’s family who are blessed in the Soul Society as the fifth noble family with the prestige that is compared to the Kuchiki and Shihoin families), Quincy, Zanpakuto Spirits (the main weapons od Soul Reapers), and Mimihagi (a fallen god that is a vassal of the Soul King).
One of the biggest and most popular anime and manga franchises of the early 2000s and early 2010s and also one part of Shonen Jump’s Big three along with almost all of our childhood favorites Naruto and One piece is knowns as Bleach. At the time when the series used to be most popular, it generated or we can say it created many toys, video games, and also other merchandise but compared to other shonen giants its popularity eventually faded away, especially with its anime adaptation. Due to low ratings Bleach’s anime got canceled but still, manga continued to run for another 4 years. This entire final arc, One Thousand Year Blood War, will finally be adapted as the show returns for a true final season. Before one of the most famous anime of its era returns which is known as Bleach, here is a look at where all these are left and how it’s going to end.
Plot of Bleach
The hero is a teenage boy named Ichigo. He lives in a Japanese town called Karakura, and he can see ghosts when he was 8 his mother died before his eyes and he’s been traumatized ever since. One night, Ichigo and what’s left of his family are attacked by an evil spirit. A soul reaper named Rukia comes to the rescue but is injured. Rukia gives soul reaper powers to Ichigo who uses them to defeat the evil spirit. So, now Ichigo is a soul reaper protecting Karakura from evil spirits, and Rukia is his mentor. Then a night, other soul reapers come to Karakura and take Rukia back to the afterlife where she will be executed for giving powers to a human.
Ichigo rallies his friends, including his love interest Orihime who has special powers, and Uryu who’s a kind of spirit German. Ichigo and his friends invade the afterlife and rescue Rukia from execution. But it turns out the whole thing was orchestrated by an evil soul reaper named Aizen.
Aizen escapes to the evil spirit-home world, and Rukia is pardoned for her crime. Aizen builds an army of evil spirits, they kidnap Orihime and force her to use her special powers to build a weapon known as a Hōgyoku.
Ichigo and his friends invade the evil spirit-home world to rescue Orihime, but the Hōgyoku is completed before they can catch up to Aizen. So Aizen locks down the evil spirit-home world, trapping Ichigo, Orihime, and their friends inside. Aizen reveals that he will use the Hōgyoku to turn the citizens of Karakura into a key to God’s Palace. Aizen wants to kill God because he doesn’t like being told what to do.
Aizen and his army travel to Karakura where they’re confronted by the soul reapers. They fight, and Aizen wins. But just as Aizen is about to use the Hōgyoku to sacrifice Karakura, Ichigo breaks out of the evil spirit-home world and confronts Aizen. It turns out that Ichigo is even stronger than Aizen. Ichigo defeats Aizen, Aizen is put in prison forever, but Ichigo loses his powers in the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ans: – Bleach is available in Disney+ in India with the episodes. It is also available on Amazon Prime and Hulu. You can move on to the OTT platform to watch all the episodes of one of the most loved anime series by anime lovers.
Ans: – Bleach is one of the best anime series and is loved by anime lovers. It is now the top-ranking anime found on MyAnimeList.net after it released the last episode of the series. The series being the top-ranked series among the anime series, it is not really for kids. If you are watching the series in English then the language is quite bad and there is a lot of violence that gets even darker with the progress of the series.
Ans: – The streaming service, Netflix had previously removed Bleach after the announcement of the series being released on Hulu and Disney+. But how Netflix added Bleach TYBW back? Till there is no news regarding the original Bleach getting back to the streaming service, Netflix.
Ans: – The Big 3 anime was a term that was mostly used to describe the three most popular series that are running during the golden age in Jump. The three series are One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach. These three series got a common title as they had worldwide popularity and length.
Ans: – The name Ichigo’s wife is Orihime Inoue. She is a fictional character who was Ichigo’s friend and later married him. She developed her spiritual powers quickly like the other characters in the series after Ichigo becomes a soul reaper.
Ans: – Bleach is one of the Big Three anime. It is among the Big Three anime because of its worldwide popularity. Many anime lovers believe that Bleach is the best among the Big Three anime. They say it is so because it borrows elements of gritty realism from the seinen manga to not forget the roots of shonen. They say Bleach looks and feels less cartoony which is the most important reason for the fans falling more toward it.