The Japanese manga series Bleach was originally illustrated and written by Tite Kubo and serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump.
The story follows Ichigo Kurosaki, a delinquent-adjacent high school student who becomes a Soul Reaper or "shinigami" and is tasked with protecting the world of the living and the spiritual realm of Soul Society from malevolent spirits known as Hollows.
The manga was adapted into two anime series, one that aired from 2004 to 2012 and a continuation that premiered in 2022.
Creator: Tite Kubo
Manga Release Date: Aug. 7, 2001 - August 22, 2016
Anime Premiere Date: Oct 5, 2004 - March 27, 2012 (original series); Oct. 11, 2022 - present (Thousand-Year Blood War)
- Ichigo Kurosaki (Masakazu Morita / Johnny Yong Bosch)
- Rukia Kuchiki (Fumiko Orikasa / Michelle Ruff)
- Orihime Inoue (Yuki Matsuoka / Stephanie Sheh)
- Renji Abarai (Kentarō Itō / Wally Wingert)
- Uryu Ishida (Noriaki Sugiyama / Derek Stephen Prince)
- Yasutora "Chad" Sado (Hiroki Yasumoto / Alain Mesa)
Latest Bleach News and Updates
Kenpachi's Shikai Debuted in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War' — His Bankai Isn't Far BehindWhat is Kenpachi's Bankai in 'Bleach'? The 'Thousand-Year Blood War' anime saw him debut his shikai, but his bankai is still a mystery.
Rukia Kuchiki Returns to the Spotlight in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War'Why is Rukia Kuchiki so important in the events of 'Bleach'? She deals a decisive blow against the Quincies in 'Thousand-Year Blood War'.
Shinji Hirako's Bankai in 'Bleach' Is Powerful, but Has One Major WeaknessWhat is Shinji Hirako's Bankai in 'Bleach'? His powerful technique made its debut in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War', but had one fatal flaw.
The Captains in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War' Are Brandishing Their Bankai, Including Rōjūrō ŌtoribashiWhat is Rōjūrō's Bankai in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War'? He, along with the rest of the Soul Reaper captains, wield their Bankai against the Quincies.
'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War' Is the Long-Awaited Addition to the Original 'Bleach' AnimeIs 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War' the last arc of the 'Bleach' series? The anime continued 10 years after the original series ended.
Does Uryu Really Betray Ichigo in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War'? His Allegiances, Explained (SPOILERS)Why does Uryu Ishida betray Ichigo in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War'? The events of the manga reveal the true intentions behind his actions.
'Bleach' Is All About Ghosts, Swords, and Sometimes Masks — so Why Is It Called "Bleach"?Why is the 'Bleach' manga called "Bleach" in the first place? Tite Kubo's popular series has always had an eclectic sense of style.
Ichigo's Sword Changes Several Times in 'Bleach', Including in 'Thousand-Year Blood War'Why is Ichigo's sword different in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War'? His zanpakutō changes considerably through the entire series.
Ichigo Begins to Tap Into His New Powers in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year War'Is Ichigo Kurosaki a Quincy? In 'Bleach: Thousand Year-Blood War', his rigorous training involves tapping into his new inherent abilities.
'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War' Introduces The "Irazu Sando", Sending Fans Into Theory ModeWhat is the Irazu Sando in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War'? The series introduces a new concept to the story that wasn't in the original manga.
Catch up on Season 1 of 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War' Before New Episodes Come OutNeed a recap on Season 1 of 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War'? The comeback series kicks off with new episodes starting in July 2023.
The Shinigami in 'Bleach' Are the Most Important Faction in the SeriesWhat is a Shinigami in 'Bleach'? Of the anime's many factions, they are the most important and the most prevalent in the story. Let's break them down.
The 'Bleach' Anime Has Way More Filler Than You Realize — Here's a Quick GuideHow much of the 'Bleach' anime is filler? The show has more filler episodes than its contemporaries among the original "Big 3" anime.
'Bleach' Fans Are Already Hoping for a 'Fortnite' CollabFans are speculating that 'Bleach' will get a 'Fortnite' collab before 'Thousand-Year Blood War' releases. But is a collab coming?
New Episodes of the Final Arc of 'Bleach' Are Headed Your WayThe manga 'Bleach' ended in 2016, but is it really over? We discuss the details of what may be to come.