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Part three: “Bleach”

January 7, 2022

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Jordan Scales

Junior Khalid Abdi, is currently reading the last arc of “Bleach”. He started “Bleach” a couple months ago, and he loved the amount of diversity and speed the manga/anime displayed. “[Bleach] has really good character development and the way the story put more focus on female characters unlike other anime. They have unique personalities and play a role in the story,” Abdi said.

“Bleach” is my favorite anime by far, it’s one of the most intriguing and simple anime plots I know. When I first watched “Bleach” I was hooked on the first episode. “Bleach” was produced in 2004-12, and for its time, I would say had some top-tier animation compared to all the other anime. The soundtracks also bring the scenes in the show more alive with the series featuring Spanish, Rock & Roll and some choir genres music The characters also have very unique and diverse designs, with many ethnic groups like German, Black, Hispanic and LGBTQ+ characters appearing in the show. “Bleach” also features fights that have a deeper meaning between characters than what it’s depicted to be.

The world in “Bleach” takes place in the modern world, so already the viewers have a general idea of how things work in the world. The protagonist Ichigo is a high schooler who was born with the ability to see ghosts, a power no other human possesses. One day Ichigo is attacked by a ghost monster called a Hollow and is saved by a Soul Reaper (the good guys). Ichigo is then given the powers of a Soul Reaper, and he uses his newfound powers to save humans from Hollows. 

Ichigo is one of the few main characters in all of the anime who doesn’t desire anything from his power except to protect people. Unlike other protagonists who want to be the strongest or be a king. 

At JUMP Festa 2021 “Bleach” had a teaser trailer for the last arc the “Thousand-Year Blood War Arc” that was never animated. It is set to premiere next year in October, and seeing the animation from the trailer, I already know it will be one of the greatest arcs in terms of action and animation in all of anime. I would recommend people watch the show right now and keep a lookout for updates for the new “Bleach” arc.

“Bleach” has a total of 366 episodes, and according to the Anime Filler List, 163 episodes are filler. I would recommend to people who hate filler to use an episode guide for “Bleach” to watch only canon episodes.

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