Advanced Guide to Bleach

Topic started by Guest_Author on Feb. 14, 2011. Last post by ethan 3 years, 11 months ago.
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Welcome to Anime Vice’s first ever Advanced Guide! What better way to do one than as a follow-up to last week’s Beginner’s Guide to Bleach 2? In this Guide you will find out a little more about the main characters of Bleach, discover what happened in the Soul Society Arc, learn some important terminology, and meet an army of new characters that become important to the franchise from here on.

In manga terms the Soul Society Arc runs from Vol. 9 to Vol. 21 Ch. 182. In anime terms the Arc runs from episodes 21-63, which equals Seasons 2 (21-41) and 3 (42-63). The anime has the Arc divided into two boxsets titled “The Entry” and “The Rescue”. 



Rukia’s brother, Byakuya Kuchiki, arrived in the World of the Living with his Lieutenant, Renji Abarai, to take Rukia back to the Soul Society to be put to death for giving her Soul Reaper powers to a human. Ichigo steps in to fight Renji only to be utterly defeated by Byakuya, resulting in losing his powers. Ichigo is healed by Hat n’ Clogs (Kisuke Urahara) and told that he has 30 days to regain his powers, get to the Soul Society, and save Rukia. During Ichigo’s training he almost turns into a hollow and finds out his zanpakutou’s name ( Zangetsu). While Ichigo was gone OrihimeChad, and Uryū did some training of their own. Uryū trained by himself but Orihime and Chad worked with Yoruichi. The four, along with Yoruichi, have entered the Soul Society through the senkaimon to save Rukia. Thus the Soul Society Arc begins…

The Story  

When Ichigo and the others enter the Soul Society they try walking right up to the front gate. Instead of entering Ichigo ends up fighting the giant guardian Jidanbō. Upon winning passage through the gate Captain Gin Ichimaru forcefully removes Ichigo. The team finds other (flashier) means to enter the Seireitei thanks to Ganju and Kuukaku Shiba and their Flower Crane Cannon. They crash through the barrier of the Seireitei and get separated. With the 13 Court Guard Squads ( Gotei 13) now on alert, Ichigo and the others must sneak around to find Rukia. Many battles are fought, new powers are found, friends are made, and a more sinister plot lurks. Can Ichigo, Orihime, Chad, Uryū, Ganju, and Yoruichi save Rukia in time?


Kidō are spells or incantations Soul Reapers to either bind ( Bakudō), destroy (Hadō), or heal. The spells are numbered from 1-99 and the higher the number the more powerful the spell. The strength of a kidō can also vary based on the strength of the Soul Reaper casting them. Some Soul Reapers are skilled at their use while others have no knack.

Shunpo, or flash step, is the Soul Reaper’s ability to move at super speed. It is good for offense and defense. However, this is a high level technique that requires a lot of spirit energy so generally only a Lieutenant or Captain can fully make use of the flash step. Even then, sometimes the number of times it can be used is limited.

Shikai is the first stage of zanpakutou release. Usually a Soul Reaper returns his/her zanpakutou to its original state so it can be sheathed but Ichigo’s Zangetsu stays released. A short chant goes along with the release that includes the zanpakutou’s name. Every shikai form, chant, zanpakutou name, and new ability is different for each Soul Reaper.

Bankai is the second and final release stage of zanpakutou. Just like shikai, everything varies for each Soul Reaper but only the word itself can be said to release it. Also, only Lieutenants and Captains have the ability to use bankai but there are a few exceptions among the 13 Court Guard Squad ranks, and of course Ichigo. Years of training and hard work are required to unlock bankai as it releases and requires a great amount of power.

New Characters

Ganju Shiba is Kuukaku’s brother and member of the Shiba Clan. He’s a lot like Ichigo in hotheadedness and has a few talents but he’s not a Soul Reaper so he is outmatched while aiding Ichigo in saving Rukia. However, he holds a grudge against Rukia.


Kuukaku Shiba is Ganju’s sister and head of the Shiba Clan. Don’t let her laid back attitude and huge boobs fool you as she has some special talents for making stuff go “boom” and giving orders. She also holds a grudge against Rukia.


Hanataro Yamada is the 7 Seat of Squad 4. He is weak and timid but his ability to heal makes him very useful to Ichigo. He starts helping Ichigo and the others save Rukia by showing him an easier way to maneuver through the city.


Kisuke Urahara is the former Captain of Squad 12 and founder/head of Research and Development. He currently runs a shop in the World of the Living that secretly deals in Soul Reaper gear. He is very powerful and bright but has an odd sense of humor and tends to hide details from time to time. His help has been vital to Ichigo and his friends.


Yoruichi Shihouin is the former Captain of Squad 2 and Commander of the Executive Militia(Stealth Force) of the Onmitsukidō. She is a member of the Shihouin Family and holds a number of nicknames and titles. She has the ability to turn into a cat and she spends a lot of time in the form. Hence, she is often called a “he” from her voice. Like Kisuke she helps train Ichigo, Chad, Uryū, and Orihime.


The 13 Court Guard Squads

Also known as the Gotei 13. Here is the list of all 13 Squads with their Captains and Lieutenants along with some other notables. 

Squad 1: (Head) Captain- Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai, Lieutenant- Chōjirō Sasakibe


Squad 2: Captain- Soi Fon, Lieutenant- Marechiyo Ōmaeda


Squad 3: Captain- Gin Ichimaru, Lieutenant- Izuru Kira


Squad 4: Captain- Retsu Unohana, Lieutenant- Isane Kotetsu, 7 Seat-Hanatarō Yamada


Squad 5: Captain- Sōsuke Aizen, Lieutenant- Momo Hinamori


Squad 6: Captain- Byakuya Kuchiki, Lieutenant- Renji Abarai


Squad 7: Captain- Sajin Komamura, Lieutenant- Tetsuzaemon Iba


Squad 8: Captain- Shunsui Kyōraku, Lieutenant- Nanao Ise


Squad 9: Captain- Kaname Tōsen, Lieutenant- Shūhei Hisagi


Squad 10: Captain- Tōshirō Hitsugaya, Lieutenant- Rangiku Matsumoto


Squad 11: Captain- Kenpachi Zaraki, Lieutenant- Yachiru Kusajishi, 3 Seat- Ikkaku Madarame, 5 Seat- Yumichika Ayasegawa


Squad 12: Captain- Mayuri Kurotsuchi, Lieutenant- Nemu Kurotsuchi


Squad 13: Captain- Jūshirō Ukitake, Lieutenant-N/A, 3 Seat (shared)- Kiyone Kotetsu andSentarō Kotsubaki 

Why Watch?/Verdict

This Arc is very exciting as there are constant battles and power increases. Don't let the mass inclusion of new characters and terms turn you away as everything is easy to understand. The action really picks up here and this Arc sets the stage for the majority of the series that is available. A number of surprises await, too. If a viewer was iffy on the first season then at least take a look at this Arc and you may very well change your mind.     
 -Will McQuigg (sotyfan16is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter (bildo_88).    
Post by Destinyheroknight (10,478 posts) See mini bio Level 21
Why don't we have an advanced guide for One Piece or a guide for Negima!?
Post by Daniel_Newton (3,321 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Destinyheroknight: Because... they haven't been written yet? Did you miss the part that said this is the first advanced guide? 
Great guide sotyfan, nice to see you using tables now too, makes it all look much neater! I hate calling the vice-captains lieutenants though, regardless of which is technically correct, but that's just me!
Post by Destinyheroknight (10,478 posts) See mini bio Level 21
Yes, I did miss that part
My bad :)
Post by ZombiePie (861 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Why does the front page image/portal for this direct me to my PM inbox instead of to the actual guide?
Post by adoggz (210 posts) See mini bio Level 11
@Newten said:
" I hate calling the vice-captains lieutenants though, regardless of which is technically correct, but that's just me! "
It's not just you, I hate it too. not as much as hearing vice captain said aloud though.
Post by Kingfalcon (7 posts) See mini bio Level 4
The front page main link for this article is juiced.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
@zombiepie said:
" Why does the front page image/portal for this direct me to my PM inbox instead of to the actual guide? "
This...I keep getting sent to my PM box unless I used Safari to reach this thread. Great guide, Sotyfan16. Being at Episode 101 of Bleach at the moment, I hope that you do not suffer too much when trying to break down the Bount Arc. I should have skipped it, but then again, I am a completest when it comes to anime, so I struggle onward xD
Post by takashichea (15,972 posts) See mini bio Level 25
@zombiepie: @kingfalcon: 
That happened to me too. Only the link under "Duder. Catch your news first" works. 
Hey, Sotyfan 16, don't you think Yoruichi deserves some recognition. She's cool.
Soul Society Arc is probably the best arc in Bleach, and  Zanpakutō Unknown Tales is the best filler arc.
Post by ShadowKnight508 (5,358 posts) See mini bio Level 19
@takashichea said:
" @zombiepie: @kingfalcon:  That happened to me too. Only the link under "Duder. Catch your news first" works.   Hey, Sotyfan 16, don't you think Yoruichi deserves some recognition. She's cool. Soul Society Arc is probably the best arc in Bleach, and  Zanpakutō Unknown Tales is the best filler arc. "
Take a look under Kisuke Urahara in the characters section above the 13 Captains section. Yoruichi is there xD
Post by takashichea (15,972 posts) See mini bio Level 25
@ShadowKnight508: I meant to say "give Yoruichi some recognition because Sotyfan 16 was talking Kuukaku's breasts and not about Yoruichi's body. Not to sound like a pervert. I know she's there. :) 
Post by sora_thekey (1,097 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Advanced is right!
Post by Lambwisegamgee (23 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Pretty cool, nice work.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Thank you to all for the support and positive comments so far. The set-up for an Advanced Guide was unknown so I went with a modified version of the Beginner's. Although, a Guide like this for an ongoing series is likely to not look the same as one for a shorter show.
To be honest, ethan did the tables. I believe I was doing them wrong so I'll hit you up next time I do one of these. It was getting tedious and monotonous typing "Lieutenant" that many times. I'm used to the term though since I only watch the dub.
I'm on like ep 180 and things are a bit more exciting with the arrancars and vizards. I wished I would have skipped the Bount Arc, too but I dredged through it anyway.
Don't get me wrong. I think Yoruichi is one of the best looking women in anime. However, I didn't draw into details about her appearance as she becomes a major character in the story and has a lot to offer in terms of battle experience, knowledge, etc. Kuukaku does not have a major role or significant talents so I went with the obvious choice of words.
Post by gla55jAw (109 posts) See mini bio Level 13
sotyfan awesome advanced guide! This arc is a lot different than the first arc and I could see someone being on the fence until seeing these episodes.
I hope someone who is new to Bleach doesn't look through all the Captain/Vice Captain (I hate Lieutenant too) pages. They will spoil so much! haha.
Post by Wunder (3 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@zombiepie: It's for 'advanced' users obv. Gotta know some seckrets to get to this info!
Post by zaldar (1,340 posts) See mini bio Level 15
ok so bleach questions that I haven't seen answered anywhere and I am not sure if can be answered.  So the world of the living and the spirt world ok.  So unless you become a hollow you go to the spirt world when you die ok.  So then what decides where in the spirt world you end up where things still seem to be as unequal as they are in our world?  What decides who gets to become a soul reaper and who doesn't....why are people in the spirt world still aging?  And then what happens to the soul reapers when they die, and what happens to the other souls in the soul society are we dealing with reincarnation here or not?
I'd also like to know where all of ichigo's friends are getting their powers but I am hoping that one will be revealed at some point...
Post by Telcalipoca (3 posts) See mini bio Level 3
soul society is the best arc. this is bleach at its peak imo
Post by McQuinn (4 posts) See mini bio Level 6
All you need to know is it went the way of BDZ. Its first big arc was great and then I became my poop's poop.
Post by Sammo21 (13 posts) See mini bio Level 4
Maybe its because I am so far into Bleach anime/manga at this point, but this guide (and this is not a criticism, just an observation) doesn't really seem to advanced :p
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