15 year old Kurosaki Ichigo is not your everyday high school student. He has from as far he can remember always had the ability to see ghosts and spirits. A fateful day arrives as Ichigo encounters the shinigami Kuchiki Rukia, who saves him and his family from a Hollow at the cost of injuring herself. During this encounter, with Rukia unable to defeat the hollow she transfers her shinigami powers into Ichigo. In the aftermath, unable to continue with her job, Rukia allows Ichigo to take on the role of a shinigami in her place as they together defeat the Hollows plaguing Ichigo's town. Based on the manga by Tite Kubo.
Bleach had potential to be one of the great anime but I think that it let it self down with the fillers and the lack of development in characters - especially when it came to their powers. Allow me to elaborate..
The fillers were more of an annoyance than anything else. Anime like Naruto use the fillers as a side story for further character development or to explain plot holes i.e. the three-tails arc (reference was made to this recently in Naruto Shippuden) or the fillers at the end of Naruto (pre-Shippuden). You could believe that this was part of the story as it didn't digress too much from the main story. In Bleach you would be in the middle of an arc and then it would switch to a filler for 15 episodes which plays no part in the story and no reference is made to it again. Many of the fillers could have made good feature length movies but I don't think it had much right being within the anime.
In regards to development, this is more of an over all criticism to the plot (including the manga) so not exclusive to the anime I don't immediately remember any arcs in Bleach that gave greater character development to any of the other supporting characters. As an anime fan, I also like to see development in characters' strength and power and I believe that Bleach did not provide that. After all, its withing the first major arc where Ichigo already acquires Bankai, the highest form of power available to a Shinigami. This meant that there wasn't much room left for other Shinigami or Ichigo, as a Shinigami, to develop. They had the potential with Ichigo's Hollow powers but they were so short lived that there wasn't much point in showing the second Hollow form of Ichigo in his fight against Ulquiorra.
Over all, Bleach had potential and the canon parts prior to the Fullbring arc were very good and could have done with cutting out all the fillers so this is why I gave it 3/5 stars.
This was one of my all time favorite animes. Its part of the Big 6. I honestly was very disappointed that in ended. This anime is about a boy named Ichigo who gains Shinigami powers because of a Shinigami named Rukia. Ichigo then uses is power to protect those who he loves. It starts of great, I loved the 2nd arc of Bleach. The fillers are really annoying but they do fit the story line at times. Not all. I would say Bleach is a great anime to watch. I personally love sword fighting animes and Ichigo is just a great swordsman. While i wish it would continue because the manga got even more intense. I reccomendanyone to watch this
Skip the fillers and it is ????????????????????
If you're going to watch bleach for the first time, good, skip all the fillers and its all good. The openings are generally amazing, the serie is full of action and people getting chopped down. The only thing disaponting in the story is that Ichigo sometimes is a cry pussy.
I love Bleach, but, as an anime.... it was not all that great. Don't get me wrong, the story was good, but for the average anime watcher.... they're gonna think that this anime is stupid.
I will explain..... The manga is, of course, smooth and constantly moving, however, the anime is slammed with fillers that have zero aspect to the story, and then you get the filler arcs that are good at first, but, then they drag on after the arc should have been done. Ex: the Zanpakuto rebellion arc. Don't forget the Kon fillers, or the super hero squad fillers with all of the side characters.....REALLY?????!!!!!!!
The fillers really break up the feel of the original story, but, then, when they finally get back to it....they feel the need to do a recap episode........GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!! Also, the battle scenes after a filler are filled with flashbacks that are not necessary.
The worst part is they stopped Bleach anime altogether because the anime had caught up with the manga. The manga is still going. It's on it's final chapter, but, for some reason............... Most of you will say... there is a need for fillers in anime for the manga to progress further so that the anime does not catch up.... I say to you...I agree fully, but, don't make a filler episode/arc that portrays a character out of character. A good filler would be to do a side character history.....just saying.
If the anime starts up again, which I think it will, I hope it will just go through the whole final chapter without fillers... the anime fans will not be disappointed. It's just a matter of when the final chapter ends.....btw....it's EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!