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.
First let me talk about Characterization. In the show, there is an immense cast of characters, all of which have back stories of some kind or another at the start of the anime. The writer, Tite Kibo, flushes out many an aspect of the characters through dialogue and flash backs, however, as the story goes on, these characters become less developed and their character becomes stale. Adding fuel to the fire, Mr. Kibo and the Publishing company both add to the list of characters constantly. With so many characters being created, the universe becomes all about the quantity of characters and not the quality.
It does not help that many fillers do not flush out the characters as they aught to. Most are inconsequential, having nothing to do with the main series. As such, the characters or types of characters within these sections of story will never be seen again. There should have been a few fillers, in my opinion, that dealt with Some individuals becoming captains, how the Espada were formed, more on the Quincy and Shinigami Conflict to set up the current arc better, and how Vizards adjusted to life of the living. These would have given us a better understanding and/or liking to certain characters.
Second I shall talk about the vernacular. Bleach is one of a kind, with its own power structure and its own world or worlds. These worlds possess different essences from magic and sets it apart form the usual demons, holy man, and angels. The use of abilities is quite eloquent and stable for the most part, the readers or watchers being able to understand who excels at what. There are hardly any instances where one individual will surpass where they aught not to and that is what makes this a near perfect show to watch. Its structural elements has an edge to its design. However, the usual culprit surfaces in the main character as he is put as the underdog hero too often. Much rests on his shoulders.
Third, if someone is looking for romance, there are minute hints of it, but never is it openly expressed. This is a purely action based anime. All story related content revolves around the premise fantasy based action. If all a person wishes is action then this anime is for them.
Lastly, the writer cares too deeply about his good characters. In war, I'd expect at least some good guys to die, but, for the most part, this is not the case. As such, there is less drama then what might have happened if Mr. Kibo would have let some of his characters go. His story, therefore is more childish than others, however, it still retains a mature audience just as well. With all due course, it is because of this that it produces a small Dragon Ball Z vibe at the latter end of the story.
Don't trust the reviews you see.
Bleach is good, but it's similar to Naruto in the way that they just have a bunch of action with story that is halfway decent. I recommend Bleach over Naruto though, as the action in this is more exciting and the music just gives it a better vibe. But don't trust the reviews you see for Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, or Fairytale on this website. There are so many fans for these animes that they will blow the anime out of proportion and say it's great without any objective reasons. (Back to the review LOL) Bleach has the badpoints of fillers. These fillers are worse than Naruto's as they have nothing to do with the story. But Bleach has less fillers than naruto. Naruto has so many fillers you just get tired of it. Bleach has fillers that are so ridiculous it makes up for the lack in number. Out of the animes I mentioned above One Piece and Fairytale are the ones I'd truly recommend a watch for. Bleach isn't recommended as an anime, but if you have time you should read the manga, because it's much better.
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