Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on the manga series of the same name. The series was produced by Studio Pierrot in Japan from 2004 to 2012 and also spawned two original video animations and four animated feature films. Viz Media obtained foreign television and home video distribution rights to the Bleach anime on March 15, 2006.

Cartoon Network's Adult Swim began airing Bleach on September 9, 2006 as part of its Adult Swim Action block. On April 1, 2012, Bleach was the only Adult Swim regularly scheduled series that aired during the Toonami April Fools event.

On May 26, 2012 Adult Swim started airing Bleach as part of the newly revived Toonami block.[1] On November 1, 2014 the series' final episode made its U.S. premiere, after which the series left the Toonami block. The series returned to Toonami on November 15, 2014.[2] Instead of starting over from episode 1, the series began its new run with episode 282. The series was removed from the block after January 31, 2015. The series was rated TV-PG-DLV, TV-14-DLSV, and TV-MA on Adult Swim.


Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenager gifted with the ability to see spirits. His life is drastically changed by the sudden appearance of a Soul Reaper—one who governs the flow of souls between the human world and the afterlife—named Rukia Kuchiki, who arrives in search of a Hollow, a dangerous lost soul that absorbs energy from souls. When Rukia is severely wounded defending Ichigo from the Hollow, she attempts to transfer a part of her reiatsu ("spiritual pressure") energy to Ichigo so that he can defeat the Hollow. However, Ichigo takes almost all of her energy, transforming into a Soul Reaper and allowing him to defeat the Hollow with ease. With her powers diminished, Rukia is left stranded in the human world until she can recover her strength. In the meantime, Ichigo must take over Rukia's role as a Soul Reaper, battling Hollows and guiding souls to the afterlife realm known as the Soul Society.

As some time passes and Rukia has yet to return to the Soul Society, her Soul Reaper superiors learn about her whereabouts and actions and sentence her to death for performing the illegal act of transferring her powers. This however had ended with two high ranking Soul Reapers (Shinigami) injuring Ichigo and taking Rukia to their world The Soul Society. These two soul reapers are Renji Abarai, Rukia's childhood friend, and captain Byakuya Kuchiku, Rukia's older brother. Although he is unable to stop Rukia's departure to the Soul Society, Ichigo resolves to rescue her with the aid of several of his spiritually aware classmates, Orihime Inoue, Yasutora (Chad) Sado, Uryū Ishida, and the ex-Soul Reapers Yoruichi Shihōin and Kisuke Urahara.


Ichigo Kurosaki — The primary protagonist of the series. An orange-haired high school student, who becomes a "substitute Shinigami (Soul Reaper)" after unintentionally absorbing most of Rukia Kuchiki's powers. His cynical nature at first makes him ill-disposed towards the duty, but, with the passage of time, he accepts and welcomes the strength his Soul Reaper powers give him. When Ichigo first becomes a Shinigami, his Zanpakutō was a standard-looking katana, but oversized. The large size is due to the unfocused but immense amount of Ichigo's spiritual power, which he did not know how to control.

Rukia Kuchiki — A Soul Reaper who is assigned hollow extermination duties in Ichigo's hometown (Karakura Town) and is the main heroine of the series (though her role is downplayed later on). Though her physical appearance is that of a teenage girl, in reality she is ten times older than Ichigo. At the opening of the story, Rukia is forced to transfer her powers to Ichigo and assume a temporary lifestyle as a regular human. She registers at the local high school and takes up residence in Ichigo's closet, while teaching him how to be a substitute Soul Reaper in her place. She is shown many times kicking Ichigo in the face and using similar, slightly comical tactics to "wake him up." Orihime stated once that Rukia seemed to be the only one that is able to cheer Ichigo up, as she seems to have a lot of faith in him.

Orihime Inoue — A long-time classmate of Ichigo Kurosaki who gains a crush on him later on in the series, linked to him by mutual friend Tatsuki Arisawa. She is effectively an orphan, as when she was 3, her older brother Sora left their abusive parents' home with Orihime and raised her on his own. Later on, when Orihime was in middle school, he died in an accident. Though initially devoid of spiritual powers, she develops spiritual awareness early in the series and later obtains the God-like ability to warp reality through rejecting past phenomena, which she often uses as a healing ability.

Yasutora (Chad) Sado — better known as Chad, he is one of Ichigo's friends at school. He is a biracial Japanese/Mexican student who towers over his classmates at 7 feet 2 inches. Despite his imposing appearance he is quite meek, and refuses to fight unless it is for the sake of another. Chad does not have awareness of ghosts at first, but this changes when he attempts to protect Ichigo's sister, Karin,and her friends from a hollow. He discovers a unique ability that strengthens and armors his right arm, enabling him to fight hollows.

Uryū Ishida — A Quincy, descendant of a line of priest-like hollow-hunting archers who were historical enemies of the Soul Reapers. He bears a deep grudge against all Soul Reapers, including Ichigo, and is an early antagonist in the series. He comes to view Ichigo differently over time, and eventually becomes a valuable ally and a friendly rival. Uryu's powers as a quincy are used by gatheing spirt particles called reshi. He uses them to create a beam or 'arrow', and shoots these beams with a bow.



Color Story Arc Episodes U.S. Season Premiere U.S. Season Finale
The Substitute 20 September 8, 2006 January 26, 2007
Soul Society: The Entry 21 February 2, 2007 July 15, 2007
Soul Society: The Rescue 22 July 21, 2007 May 11, 2008
The Bount 28 May 18, 2008 December 6, 2008
The Assault 18 December 13, 2008 April 11, 2009
The Arrancar 22 April 18, 2009 July 11, 2009
Arrancar Pt. 2: The Hueco Mundo Sneak Entry 20 July 11, 2009 September 26, 2009
Arrancar Pt. 3: The Fierce Fight 16 September 26, 2009 November 21, 2009
The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai 22 August 28, 2010 January 29, 2011
Arrancar Pt. 4: Arrancar vs Shinigami 16 February 5, 2011 May 21, 2011
The Past 07 May 28, 2011 July 9, 2011
Arrancar Pt. 5: Battle in Karakura 17 July 16, 2011 November 5, 2011
Zanpakutō: The Alternate Tale 36 November 12, 2011 August 4, 2012
Arrancar Pt. 6: Fall of the Arrancar 51 August 12, 2012 September 28, 2013
Gotei 13 Invading Army 26 October 5, 2013 April 26, 2014
The Lost Agent 24 May 3, 2014 November 1, 2014

Broadcast History

Bleach aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from October 5, 2004 to March 27, 2012. in 2006, Viz Media obtained the North American television and home video rights to the series[3], and enlisted Studiopolis to produce an English dub, which premiered in Canada on YTV, as part of the Bionix programming block on September 8, 2006. In the United States, Adult Swim began airing Bleach on September 9, 2006, as part of the Adult Swim Action programming block.[4] Adult Swim stopped broadcasting new episodes of the English adaptation on October 13, 2007, after airing the first 52 episodes of the series, replacing Bleach with another Viz Media series, Death Note, to provide Studiopolis more time to dub additional episodes. The series began airing again on March 1, 2008[5], but went back on hiatus on November 21, 2009, after airing episode 167. The series aired in reruns until new episodes returned on August 28, 2010.[6] The series last aired on Adult Swim on January 31, 2015. In the United Kingdom, Bleach aired on Anime Central beginning on September 13, 2007.[7]

  • Japan (TV Tokyo) — October 5, 2004 - March 27, 2012[8]
  • Canada (YTV) — September 8, 2006 - February 2010[9]
  • United States (Adult Swim) — September 9, 2006 - January 31, 2015
  • United Kingdom (Anime Central) — September 13, 2007[7]

Toonami Broadcast History

On May 26, 2012 Adult Swim started airing Bleach as part of the newly revived Toonami block.[1] On November 1, 2014, the series' final episode made its U.S. premiere, after which the series left the Toonami block. However, the series returned in reruns, beginning with episode 282, from November 15, 2014 to January 31, 2015.[2]

  • Toonami (United States) — May 26, 2012[1] - November 1, 2014; November 15, 2014[2] - January 31, 2015

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Adult Swim's Toonami Block to Air Casshern Sins, Deadman Wonderland ". May 21, 2012. Retrieved on June 8, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "11/15 Lineup Announcement ". November 1, 2014. Retrieved on November 2, 2014. 
  3. "Viz Officially Announces Bleach Anime ". March 15, 2006. Retrieved on April 7, 2017. 
  4. "Adult Swim: Inu Yasha Movie Next Month, Bleach in Sept ". July 6, 2006. Retrieved on April 7, 2017. 
  5. "Adult Swim to Run 52 More Episodes of Bleach ". January 28, 2008. Retrieved on April 7, 2017. 
  6. "New Bleach Episodes Return to Adult Swim on August 28 ". June 29, 2010. Retrieved on April 7, 2017. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "UK's AnimeCentral Channel Launches on Sky Digital ". September 13, 2007.'s-animecentral-channel-launches-on-sky-digital. Retrieved on April 7, 2017. 
  8. "Bleach TV Anime Ending on March 27 ". February 23, 2012. Retrieved on April 7, 2017. 
  9. "Canada's YTV Removes Naruto, Bleach From Schedule ". February 7, 2010. Retrieved on April 7, 2017. 
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