“Bleach” is an anime series like many others that is adapted from a manga. The story revolves around the notion that once you die in the world of the living, you’re reborn in another world called Soul Society. Once you die in Soul Society, you are reborn in the world of the living.
The story of Bleach revolves around a fifteen year old high school student in Kurakura Town named Ichigo Kurosaki who’s had the ability to see the presence of spirits of those who have died and have not passed on into the afterlife. His ability to sense spiritual presences both good and bad plays an integral role throughout the series. One day in school, he sees a mysterious girl about his age running around the streets in black robes.
Nobody else except for Ichigo actually notices her. And she’s fighting a monster known as a Hollow with a white mask and a transparent hole in the middle of their chests. She defeats the Hollow but everybody except for Ichigo is oblivious. Then Ichigo catches the girl snooping around. She’s shocked that Ichigo notices her. Another Hollow attacks as it senses Ichigo’s high amount of spiritual energy. Then she is wounded and Ichigo ends up fighting for her.
It is revealed that she is a shinigami or “soul reaper.” Soul reapers are charged with the tasks of fighting hollows and sending spirits into the afterlife. Humorously, she appears the next day at Ichigo’s school as a transfer student. It’s revealed that her name is Rukia Kuchiki. She’s inhabiting a fake body called a gigai. Rukia easily blends in with the rest of the student body.
While Rukia tries to regain her powers, she trains Ichigo to be a shinigami she he is her substitute for the time being. Most of the time, Ichigo has to fight Hollows left and right. Bleach very much has an interesting cast of characters. Later on in the series, Ichigo finds other people who possess a strong amount of spiritual power that prove to be valuable allies.
Overall, Bleach has an interesting storyline along with an interesting soundtrack. In the series, there are plenty of filler arcs to keep the anime from catching up with the manga. The manga itself is still in circulation.
Still, Bleach is an interesting series that reflects on life, death, and the afterlife. Currently, Bleach is still running on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block on Saturday Nights. The current amount of episodes so far is one-hundred and forty three. Bleach itself as a series is still ongoing.