Bleach is undoubtedly one of the best anime and manga of all time, at least it was meant to be. Its success is due to the harmony present in the fascinating and dark history to its viewers and readers.
ANDThis article can - and will - contain spoilers about the series, so if you are one of those who likes surprises or who likes to venture into a new fantasy story, better be careful. But I have already noticed that I have to tell you our curiosities and a summary of the work that will please you.
Like most anime, Bleach appeared as a manga on August 20, 2001. The series was written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. His first appearance was in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump.
Unfortunately, the story was paused in the year 2016, on August 18th. Just two days before the saga's 15th anniversary. Despite being closed, the manga broke sales records and became one of the few stories with more than 100 million sales.
There were 686 chapters very well distributed over seventy-four volumes. The fame and recognition of the work of MR. Kubo was gaining prominence, until Bleach manage to win an anime version.
The history of Bleach Anime
The history of genus shonen, whose target audience is young men between 12 and 18 years old, was promoted by Pierrot studio and distributed by Televix Entertainment.
The first episode was released on October 5, 2004, ending on March 27, 2012. A very short time compared to the manga, which continued for another six years. Over these eight years of anime, 366 episodes were released.
Not only from animated episodes and manga lived the saga of Tite Kubo, it had OVAs, animated films, rock music and many games from different platforms and consoles. The films released were:
- Bleach: Memories of Nobody it was the first of the films, released in 2005;
- The Diamond Dust Rebellion in 2007;
- Fade to Black (2008) and Jigoku-hen (2010) with supervision by Tite;
The latest news from the saga of Bleach was the live-action film produced by Warner Bros. You can find the production on Netflix. In the East, its debut took place on July 20, 2018 - very young.
In addition to these cinematographic productions, the anime has a striking soundtrack that leaves fans - and newcomers - bewitched by the songs. There were several albums released to the public, each one had around 20 to 30 tracks allocated in the media.
Bleach Summary and Spoilers
Ichigo Kurosaki's life suddenly changes, the then 15 year old high school student has a different skill than other young people his age. He can see and communicate with spirits and people who have already gone from this to the best.
The dark touch of the plot begins in one night. The young Ichigo is faced with a shinigami, a supernatural entity found in Japanese culture and mythology. Shinigamis have a duty to invite or influence people to death, causing suicide in those who do not accept the invitation right away.
The goddess of death, a common term for shinigami, is astonished to see that the boy can see her and communicate with her. The dialogue between the two is interrupted when Rukia Kuchiki feels the presence of a powerful Hollow - a supernatural entity that devours the spirit of human beings.
The two fight a battle, in which Rukia is injured while trying to protect the young man. The only way to save him is to transfer his powers of reaper of souls to the boy. And that is exactly what happens!
Transferring his powers, Ichigo becomes a reaper of souls, defeating the Hollow easily. Impressed, Rukia ceases to have her powers and ceases to be a reaper and, due to her human interaction - transferring her powers to a human, tells the Soul Society that she will take a long time to return to the post-mortem world.
In an arc of the series, he focuses on Ichigo playing the role of Rukia: defeating several Hollows, many of these powerful ones. He also finds that his friends at school also have the ability to see spirits and communicate with the dead.
Uryu Ushida is a Quincy. Quincies are capable of using spiritual particles and, like Shinigamis, hunt Hollows. However, it is only humans who hunt the dark beings.
Orihime Inoue has a group of spirits housed in his loops, donated by his brother, these are known by the name of Shun Shun Rikka. Inoue is also Ichigo's passion and, later… Secret!
Finally, Yasutora Sado, or “Chad”, Is a young man who is in Ichigo's class at Karakura High School. He is a Fullbringer, human beings who have the ability to manipulate spirits that reside objects and physical materials in general. The Mexican influence character.
The first saga of the plot consists of Ichigo and his colleagues trying to free Rukia from his death sentence. Due to the transfer of powers to Kurosaki - an illegal act among the soul reapers - she was sentenced to death, being taken to the Soul Society.
However, this whole plan to take Ichigo and company to the Soul Society was orchestrated by a captain of the shinigami who, until then, was considered dead.
Aizen was responsible for all this, with his Machiavellian plan to take the city of Karakura. The battles fought led Ichigo to lose his reaper powers to finish with Aizen forever.
Later, approximately two years ago, Chad reveals that he met a group of people who have power similar to his: the Xcution. They were all Fullbringers.
Something that was not known at the time of Aizen was that a Fullbringer can relinquish its powers to restore those of a soul reaper. Soon, the group plans the same thing with Ichigo.
Ichigo, after losing his powers - donated by Rukia -, the boy begins an intense training and conquers the powers of a Fullbringer. The protagonist is one of the few who has experienced all the powers in the universe of Bleach.
This series arc focuses on the Xcution leader 's evil plan to take over Ichigo' s powers again. But with the help of his friends and Xcution allies who disagreed with the attempted theft, Kugo Ginjo was eliminated by them. Ichigo regains his powers as a reaper of souls and protects - once again - the city of Karakura.
Until the end of the series, several bows are presented to viewers and show different races and powers that exist in the world. With many references to Japanese folklore - and some mixtures of others -, the saga ends with our much older heroes, married and with children.
Ichigo has a daughter. With whom? That's right, Inoue. The boy - now twenty-seven years old - shows the girl the powers of a reaper of souls. The city of Karakura still has a hero of Ichigo Kurosaki's lineage.
- Despite being one of the manga that reached the mark of more than 100 million copies sold, the anime was canceled due to low demand from mnaga. Since there was only one arc left for the end of the anime, but no, Tite Kubo preferred to finish the anime - which was already causing losses to the studios - and continue with the manga.
– The author of Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama, was responsible for the existence of Bleach. Without it, Tite Kubo would have given up on publishing the manga, as it was turned down by Shounen Jump magazine. This is one of Japan's most famous manga publishing magazines – if not number one. Mr. Kubo reports that they even laughed at his face when he sent the work for evaluation. Sad mistake.
- One of the characters - who became central much later - appeared on the cover of the first edition of the manga. However, Tite was unable to find a way to fit it as he wanted at first. Soon, Hirako Shinji only appeared 183 chapters later.
- The mythology that surrounds Bleach is, of course, a trademark of Tite Kubo. However, the author not only created a very well explored folklore, he also added the languages of our real universe in his series. During the course of the plot, it is clear that some words related to the Hollow are of Spanish origin. Another example is the Bount which, when referenced, are words in German.
- Everything that Tite Kubo went through to publish his masterpiece was very stressful. But when he can, he released his pencil and creativity ran through the paper to shape the universe of Bleach. What shook the author was that at certain times there was a need to reformulate some scripts. For those who are not in the field, you can only imagine that it is a small headache to redo a job already done. But for Tite it evolved into a tremendous stomachache!
- Censorship is very common in anime, because the overwhelming majority of its audience are children. Therefore, in some scenes in the manga, where an arm is pulled out and broken in two - oh what a pain - in the anime it was replaced only by cuts. The arm remained intact.
List of Bleach Fillers Episodes
The following episodes are of original anime content, which you should skip if you are not interested in watching Fillers. Some of the other episodes include original elements or reference events from filler episodes, but these have no impact on the long-term story so you can safely ignore them. The manga-based ones omake are noted as such.
Briefly, the fillers are: 33, 50, 64-109, 128-137, 147-149, 168-189, 204-205, 213-214, 227-266, 287, 298-299, 303-305, 311 -342, 355.
- Episode 33 Miracle! The Mysterious New Hero (Omake 1);
- Episode 50 The Reviving Lion (Omake 2);
- Episodes 64-109 Bount Arc;
- Episodes 128-137 Stolen Hogyoku Arc;
- Episodes 147-149 Forest of Less Subarc;
- Episodes 168-189 Captain Shuusuke Amagai Arc;
- Episode 204 Ichigo's Stomach-cutting Persuasion Strategy
- Episode 205 Thump! A Kemari Tournament Filled with Hollows
- Episodes 213-214 Karakuraizer Mini-arc (based on volume 29)
- Episode 227 Wonderful Error (Omake 8)
- Episode 228 Summer! Sea! Swimsuit Festival !! (Omake BLEACH on the BEACH !!)
- Episode 229 Cry of the Soul? The Rug Shinigami is Born!
- Episodes 230-265 Zanpakutou Unknown Tales arc
- Episode 266 Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra (Summary of episodes)
- Episode 287 Side Story… Ichigo and the Magic Lamp
- Episode 298 Film! Festival! Shinigami Film Festival!
- Episode 299 Theater Opening Commemoration! The Hell Verse: Prologue (Omake)
- Episode 303 Real World and Shinigami! The New Year Special!
- Episode 304 Another Side Story! This Time's Enemy Is a Monster !?
- Episode 305 Delusion Roars! Hisagi, Towards the Hot Springs Inn!
- Episodes 311-316 Other fillers supported by the author
- Episodes 317-342 Gotei 13 Arc
- Episode 355 Shinigami at War!