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• General information•
Mangaka Tite Kubo
No. of Chapters 705
No. of Volumes 74
Original Run Aug 7, 2001 - Aug 22, 2016
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Supernatural
Official Wikia Bleach Wiki

Bleach (ブリーチ Burīchi?) is a manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo.


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 Soul Society — named Rukia Kuchiki, who arrives in search of a Hollow, a dangerous lost soul that eats souls. When Rukia is severely wounded defending Ichigo from the Hollow, she transfers a part of her reiatsu (霊圧?, literally, "spiritual pressure") energy to Ichigo so that he can defeat the Hollow. However, Ichigo takes almost all of her energy, transforming him into a Soul Reaper and allowing Ichigo 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 (尸魂界 (ソウル·ソサエティ) Sōru Sosaeti?).

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. A confrontation due to this ends with two high ranking Soul Reapers (Shinigami) injuring Ichigo and taking Rukia back to Soul Society. 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, and Uryū Ishida, and the ex-Soul Reapers Yoruichi Shihōin and Kisuke Urahara. Once in the Soul Society, Ichigo and company battle against the elites of the Soul Reaper military and strive to reach Rukia before her execution.

It is revealed that Rukia's execution and Ichigo's rescue attempt both had been manipulated by a very high-ranking Soul Reaper, Sōsuke Aizen, who was previously believed to have been murdered, as part of a far-reaching plot to take control of the Soul Society. Aizen betrays his fellow Soul Reapers and allies himself with the strongest of the Hollows, the Espada, whom he enhances. Aizen thus becomes the main antagonist of the series, and the Soul Reapers form an alliance with Ichigo.

At this point, Bleach chronicles the war between the Soul Reapers, the Espada, and Aizen. After Aizen defeats the Soul Reaper captains, Ichigo undergoes intense training with his father Isshin, who turns out to be a former Soul Reaper, in order to become strong enough to battle Aizen alone. As Aizen is weakened by his battle with Ichigo, a spell that Urahara had previously hidden within him activates and seals him, thus ending the conflict and leaving the Soul Society to imprison him. As a result of using an incredibly powerful attack in order to defeat Aizen, Ichigo loses all of his Spiritual Pressure and becomes an ordinary human.

Seventeen months later, Ichigo meets "Xcution", a group of humans possessing "Fullbring" powers, who tell Ichigo they want him to absorb their powers, which have become troublesome and unwanted. Ichigo starts training to regain his Soul Reaper powers by first developing his own Fullbring following the appearance of Shūkurō Tsukishima, the former leader of Xcution who is targeting his friends. After developing his Fullbring, Ichigo is betrayed by Xcution's current leader Kūgo Ginjō, a former Substitute Soul Reaper who had his memories rewritten to act as Tsukishima's enemy and help Ichigo regain his powers, only to eventually steal them. With help from Soul Society, Ichigo regains his Soul Reaper powers and starts fighting Ginjō's group alongside Soul Society's forces. The Soul Society forces triumph, with Ichigo defeating Ginjō and Byakuya fatally wounding Tsukishima.

Following these events, a group of Quincies called the "Wandenreich" declares war on the Soul Society. Ichigo once again ventures to Hueco Mundo, which has also been invaded by the Wandenreich; at the same time, the captains in the Soul Society battle a powerful group in the Wandenreich army known as the "Stern Ritter". During the invasion, several Captains have their Bankai stolen by the Stern Ritter. Meanwhile Captain Yamamoto takes revenge on the Quincy who stole his lieutenant Sasakibe's Bankai and then immediately seeks out their leader who he identified as "Yhwach" who up till now was referred to by the other Quincy as "His Majesty". Despite using his Bankai to attempt to kill him, Yhwach surprises Yamamoto by stealing his Bankai, subsequently brutally killing Yamamoto. Ichigo then arrives to take on Yhwach and has his Bankai subsequently destroyed and origins called into question. During the aftermath of the Quincies' invasion, the Royal Guard arrive to take Ichigo and several of his comrades to the Spirit Palace where they begin recuperation and training for the next fight against the Wandenreich. After the recuperation, Renji and Ichigo are given a test in order to have their Zanpakutō reforged. Renji passes. Ichigo fails and is sent back to Karakura Town. After being told he is not a Soul Reaper, his father reveals that Ichigo's mother was a Quincy. Then Ichigo's zanpakuto is reforged to reveal two blades (one the manifestation of his Shinigami and Hollow powers, and the other of his Quincy powers). Whilst this is happening Kyoraku appears in front of Tatsuki Mizuiro and Keigo telling they will part from Ichigo Kurosaki.





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