As part of the original Big Three, it was only a matter of time before we got around to talking about Bleach. And since there’s plenty to say about the reboot, this feels like a great time to tackle the show and the characters that made Bleach what it is.
A Japanese anime television program by the name of Bleach is based on Tite Kubo’s original manga series of the same name. Noriyuki Abe served as the director, while Studio Pierrot produced it. 366 episodes of the series were shown on TV Tokyo between October 2004 and March 2012. The plot centers on Ichigo Kurosaki’s exploits after he gains the abilities of a Soul Reaper—a death personification akin to the Grim Reaper—from Rukia Kuchiki. His newly acquired abilities compel him to assume the responsibilities of protecting people from bad spirits and leading the souls of the deceased to the afterlife. The anime regularly incorporates unique self-contained plots and characters that are not present in the manga series it is based on in addition to adapting the manga series.
Bleach tells of story of fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, a High-school student who possesses the ability to interact with the dead. This power leads him to encounter Rukia Kuchiki, a Shinigami sent to the living world with the task of eliminating evil spirits known as Hollows.