I've decided to use some of the legitimate online streaming services to catch up on anime I've been meaning to see for years. Today, I started watching Bleach on Joost. I've seen several episodes of Bleach fansubbed - specifically during the time Rukia was prisoner. I never saw the beginning of the show, though, and this seems like as good a time to start as any.
Episode 1 was what I expected. They introduced Ichigo and his family, as well as Rukia, the first Soul Reaper to appear in the series. I'm not going to summarize the plots of the shows I watch. You can find that info all over the place (probably right here at Anime Vice). I'll just comment on what I found notable. For this episode, it's just a strong opening to the show. They don't waste any time getting to the action. I liked the quick intros of all the relevant characters, and I was pleased that Ichigo's first battle didn't drag into a second episode. It was just enough to keep me coming back for more.
I also enjoyed seeing Rukia's girly side when she showed Ichigo her drawings to explain Wholes and Hollow's. Drawing on Ichigo's face made me laugh.