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Bleach follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenage boy who can see ghosts.
Bleach is an anime adaptation of the Bleach manga series written by Tite Kubo. It is produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu, and Studio Pierrot, started airing in Japan in October 2004. The English dub is far behind with Season 7 being the latest DVD release and episode 188 being the latest to air on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Bleach also has 4 feature length movies that have original storylines done by Tite Kubo and the same director as the TV series. Only two have been dubbed so far: Memories of Nobody (2006) and Diamond Dust Rebellion (2007). The other two, Fade to Black, I Call Your Name (2008) and The Hell Chapter (2010) have yet to be done but have been out in Japan. On top of the massive anime and manga phenomenon Bleach has become, there have also been a number of musicals, trading card games, light novels, and video games to please the franchise’s ever-growing fan base.
On June 8th 2010, Crunchyroll began simulcasting the series starting with the latest episode at the time, episode #274. Crunchyroll also began adding previous episodes to their online catalog.
Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15 year old with the ability to see and talk to spirits. One day a Soul Reaper (also known as a Death God, Death Dealer, or Shinigami), Rukia Kuchiki, shows up. Her search for a Hollow drawing her to Karakura Town. Rukia’s fight with the Hollow in question turns ugly and Ichigo jumps in to help her. Rukia gives Ichigo the power of a Substitute Soul Reaper to defeat the creature. From then on Rukia trains Ichigo in her stead. However, some of Ichigo’s friends have latent powers as well. Together they use their powers to protect wayward spirits and those they care for.
|Ichigo Kurosaki has a disposition to not care too much. He goes day to day acting like seeing annoying spirits is normal. His chance encounter with Rukia turns his world upside down and inside out when he gains the mysterious powers of a Soul Reaper and finds out there are other worlds besides his own. Now he must handle both school and protecting spirits. His weapon is a giant sword (Zanpakutou) similar to Cloud’s from Final Fantasy VII.|
|Rukia Kuchiki is a Soul Reaper from the Soul Society. Despite her appearance she is actually well over 100 years old. She lost her Soul Reaper powers when Ichigo helped her so now she must wait in the Human world to regain them. In the meantime, she trains Ichigo to fight Hollows. She also starts attending his school and sleeps in his closet. Her weapon is a sword zanpakuto as well.|
|Orihime Inoue is a long-time friend of Ichigo’s. She is an orphan. After her brother’s death she became more spiritually aware and soon undergoes training of her own to develop her powers. She’s quite the ditz but she is always prepared to help a friend in need and hates seeing people get hurt. Her weapon is a pair of hair clips.|
|Chad” Sado is another of Ichigo’s friends from school. He is originally from Mexico and very tall and muscular. He was unaware of his powers until he unknowingly protected Ichigo’s sister, Karin, from a Hollow. He is also very respectful and dutiful. His weapon is a transformed armored right arm.|
|Uryū Ishida is a Quincy. He is one of the last of the race and Quincy’s are hated enemies of Soul Reapers. While starting off as a rival to Ichigo he gradually becomes a valuable ally. He is very prideful. His weapon is a bow and arrow.|
|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 that form. Hence, she is often called a “he” from her voice. Like Kisuke she helps train Ichigo, Chad, Uryū, and Orihime.|
|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.|
|Neliel Tu Oderschvank, "Nel", is a former member of the Espada at Number 3 in power. After being attacked for her title, her Hollow mask was damaged. This caused her to not only change into a small child, but she lost all her memories. Two of her allies, Dondochakka and Pesche, were able to take her into hiding among the vast deserts of Hueco Mundo. It was in her child form that she first met Ichigo, but transformed back to the adult body to assist him in battle.|
|Gotei 13. Are the law and military leaders of the Shinigami in the Soul Society. They are made up of thirteen different divisions that are responsible areas of the Soul Society, much in the same way of a military. They range from leadership, law enforcement, research, medicine, and military force. They are each led by a Captain and a Lieutenant. To become a captain one much have extraordinary skill to be selected, or defeat a squad's original captain. The lieutenant is selected by the captain. The squads are filled with Shinigami who excel in the fields that are best suited. This is decided by the outcome of the training at the Shinigami Academy.|
|Vizard are a group of rogue Shinigami who obtained the powers similar to the Hollow. Each member were at one time of captain or lieutenant rank in the Gotei 13. That was until a mysterious infliction spread among those present that changed them all into Hollows. They are led by Shinji Hirako, and they approached Ichigo to join them so he could learn to control the Hollow within him. With these masks, they can awaken an even greater power that the Shinigami through a transformation called Hollowfication. Through which they can take on their Hollow forms and still have control.|
|Sousuke Aizen was at one time the captain of Firth Squad of the Gotei 13 that all admired. He faked his own death and manipulated the Soul Society as part of his master plan to obtain the HogyokuGin Ichimaru and Kaname Tousen. Once in the realm of the Hollows, he used the Hogyoku in his experiments on Hollows to create his own personal army to rival the Shinigami's power, the Arrancar.|
|Espada are the highest ranking Arrancar Hollows under the command of Aizen. Each were powerful Hollows that roamed the realm of Hueco Mundo. As part of his experiment into the Hygoku, Aizen created a process in which the Hollow could remove their mask and take on a human form with a zanpakutou. Though they have all the normal Hollow powers and increased strength, when they unleash their zanpakuto, it causes them to transform back into a form similar to their original Hollow shape, but vastly more powerful.|
|Xcution are a group of humans with unique powers that are similar to Chad's. Each member has a unique Fullbring power. They appeared before Ichigo after he lost his powers to his final fight with Aizen with the promise to help him regain his powers, but this was just a plow to cultivate his strength for their own. They are led by Ginjo Kugo who helped train Ichigo in the use of Fullbring and Shukuro Tsukishima used his powers of manipulating memories to turn all of Ichigo's friends and family against him.|
Also known by its English adaptation title, "The Substitute" arc, the first Bleach story arc is twenty episodes in length and covers manga chapters 1 through 70. Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenager with ability to see spirits. This talent allows him to spot the Shinigami Rukia Kuchiki. When Rukia is injured by a Hollow that attacks Ichigo's home, Ichigo is forced to temporarily take her Shinigami powers to defeat the Hollow. The next day, Rukia shows up at Ichigo's school as a normal human. She tells him that she has lost all of her powers, rather than merely the fraction she intended to give him, and cannot carry out her duties. Ichigo must take her place as Karakura Town's Shinigami while she recovers, guiding souls to the afterlife and defending people from attacking Hollows.
Ichigo's spiritual power as a Shinigami is surprisingly large, attracting hungry Hollows and even affecting nearby humans by awakening any spiritual powers they possess. His powers also attract an enemy of another type: Uryuu Ishida, one of the few remaining Quincy, a race of spiritually-empowered humans who were butchered by the Shinigami long ago. In order to prove the Quincy are better than Shinigami, he challenges Ichigo to a Hollow hunting contest. The bait Uryuu uses to start the contest is far more effective than intended, summoning legions of Hollows. During this contest, Yasutora Sado and Orihime Inoue, two of Ichigo's friends, have their own spiritual abilities awakened when they are assaulted by Hollows. Uryuu and Ichigo eventually ally to drive off the Hollows.
As the remainder of the school year passes, Ichigo, Rukia, Chad, Orihime, and Uryuu become close friends. Rukia begins to grow comfortable with life in the living world but realizes that she needs to leave. Having already spent too much time in the living world without permission, she has become a wanted criminal. Her superiors in Soul Society send two elite Shinigami, Renji Abarai and Byakuya Kuchiki, to arrest her. Ichigo tries to stop the arrest, but his efforts are in vain. Not only is he defeated, but Byakuya strips him of the Shinigami powers Rukia had given him. Rukia is taken to Soul Society, where she is put on death row.
Kisuke Urahara, a mysterious shopkeeper and ex-Soul Society resident, approaches Ichigo with a way to recover his powers and save Rukia: Ichigo must die, and then find the Shinigami powers hidden within his own soul before he becomes a Hollow. Ichigo narrowly succeeds in this endeavor, but emerges from the training stronger than he ever was before. Ichigo, Chad, Orihime, and Uryuu then set off for Soul Society, led by one of Urahara's friends, a talking cat named Yoruichi.
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 Jidanbo. 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?
|OP03||"Ichirin no Hana"||High and Mighty Color||52-74|
|OP04||"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"||Beat Crusaders||75-97|
|OP07||"After Dark"||Asian Kung-Fu Generation||144-167|
|OP11||"Anima Rossa" (アニマロッサ)||Porno Graffitti||243-265|
|OP13||"Ranbu no Melody" (乱舞のメロディ Melody of the Wild Dance)||SID||292-316|
|ED01||"Life is Like a Boat"||Rie Fu||1-13|
|ED02||"Thank You!!"||HOME MADE KAZOKU||14-25|
|ED03||"Houkiboshi (ほうき星; Comet)"||Younha||26-38|
|ED04||"happypeople"||Skoop on Somebody||39-51|
|ED06||"My Pace"||SunSet Swish||64-74|
|ED09||"Baby It's You"||JUNE||98-109|
|ED10||"Sakura Biyori"||Mai Hoshimura||110-120|
|ED11||"Tsumasaki (爪先; Tiptoe)"||Ore Ska Band||121-131|
|ED12||"Daidai (橙; Bitter Orange)"||chatmonchy||132-143|
|ED13||"Tane o Maku Hibi (種をまく日々)"||Atari Kousuke||144-154|
|ED14||"Kansha (感謝; Gratitude)"||RSP a.k.a Real Street Project||155-167|
|ED15||"Orange (オレンジ)"||Lil'B a.k.a MIE&AILA||168-179|
|ED17||"Hitohira no Hanabira (ヒトヒラのハナビラ)"||Stereo Pony||190-201|
|ED18||"Sky Chord ~Otona ni Naru Kimi he~"||Tsuji Shion||202-214|
|ED19||"Kimi o Mamotte, Kimi o Aishite"||Sambomaster||215-229|
|ED20||"Mad Surfer"||Kenichi Asai||230-242|
|ED21||"Sakurabito (さくらびと)"||SunSet Swish||243-255|
|ED22||"Tabidatsu Kimi e (旅立つキミへ; On a Journey to You)"||RSP||256-265|
|ED26||"Song for..."||ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D||304-316|
|ED27||"Aoi Tori (アオイトリ; Blue Bird)"||fumika||317-329|
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.
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Fight To The Death! Ichigo Vs. Ichigo
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Beat The Invisible Enemy!
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The Older Brother's Wish, The Younger Sister's Wish
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A Shinigami's Work
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The Day I Became A Shinigami
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|Renji Abarai first in Encounter, Renji Abarai!||
|Toshiro Hitsugaya first in Assemble! The 13 Divisions||
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|Byakuya Kuchiki first in Encounter, Renji Abarai!||
|Shunsui Kyouraku first in Assemble! The 13 Divisions||