Bleach Review (Slight Spoilers)
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.
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.
Yep. Watched it.
Summary: A 50 episode anime that long outstayed its welcome. It's a shame as it let slip the opportunity to grow "Hollow Ichigo" into more than a just psycho-button limit break.
Silly moment of the series: Story arc, after story arc, after story arc to the point where you couldn't tell canon from kodak... I mean, non-canon.
I thought the Bound would atleast be mentioned again at some point...
Bleach as an anime
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was much better when I was younger. :)
I watched the first 100~ episodes of bleach a few years back and it was pretty good, I was only 15 at the time so the shounen scene was really for me. Now that I've aged (I'm 19 now if you're curious.) I find the series rather lacking; obviously, this is to be expected, it's an anime geared towards a younger audience.
FIDELATOR makes good points about the anime, albeit he/she is quite harsh with their portrayal of the average fan, but it makes sense; whenever someone badmouths this series or any of the larger, more mainstream series', it gets flooded with 'white knights' making pointless rebuttals -- as much as you have the right to call him an abomination for not enjoying a series, he also has the same rights to make his points.
But I digress, Bleach was fun when I was younger, now I don't enjoy it as much, I'll give it a 3 simply out of nostalgia.
I have no doubt in my mind that i'll get flak for posting this, but by doing so, you're only fueling my argument.
If you enjoyed Bleach when you were younger or you still enjoy it, there are quite a few series that you may have not seen that you'll also enjoy such as:
Hunter x Hunter
Ao no Exorcist
Nurarihyon no Mago
Also, manga/manhwa are sources of amazing stories that are not only enthralling with action, but also quite emotional, I'll kickstart you with a few of my favourite action-esque ones:
The Breaker + The Breaker: New Waves
Tower of God
Berserk (mature audience)
Claymore (mature audience)
History's Strongest Disciple, Kenichi
Well that's all! Just my two cents plus some recommendations to make it seem like a more valid review.
I LOVE BLEACH!
In all honesty, when I watched the first couple episodes i was a little skeptical of this show. But as the newer episodes came out I just couldn't stop watching. Bleach has a very unique story line that draws in its watchers/readers. Out of every anime I have ever watched, I have never been so completely obsessed. Tuesdays were always a day that I looked forward too. Also the animation for this show, especially at the end, was some of the absolute best animation i have ever seen in an anime, followed closely by sword art online.
Given, some of the fillers that they put in weren't really worth watching, but i found most of them to be quite enjoyable. Still always coming back for more. The main story arch however is my personal favorite, not just in bleach, but in many of the animes that i have watched. The characters are also very well done and most of them have a constant standing throughout the whole series, even the fillers. I was very disappointed when they ended it the way they did, but it also opens up the possibility that they may continue on with a new story line sometime in the hopefully near future.
My review, but also a note to the community
I really enjoyed Bleach when I first started watching it back in 2008. The first 50 episodes where amazing. After the first story arc it goes into a painful filler arc. The next arc with the arancar get introduced it starts to get interesting again. But filler episodes are everywhere through out the show. In my opinion, as with all the popular animes they have dragged it on way to long to make more money and to not get ahead of the manga. The manga has no filler. And if you enjoy the show but don't want to watch filler than that would be my suggestion, same story with naruto. It would be nice to see them end it so they could put effort into something new.
I really enjoyed bleach but it's not where I started watching anime. The first anime I ever saw was Trigun on adult swim one night when I woke up in the middle of the morning because I needed to use the restroom and couldn't go back to sleep. Also watched cowboy bebop, inuyasha, and full metal alchemist. And I really got into anime as soon as I got my hands on the internet and youtube came around. Since then I've always been on the look out for anime I could enjoy that was well done, that had both good story and good artwork. I've seen several good animes. And sadly they all end at some point.
I wrote this because I love anime. And if you do too than lets put a stop to writing reviews that are not really reviews. Coming to this site I read them from time to time. I notice adjectives get passed around like gateway animes. How does this make sense? If someone watches a show and enjoys it that's all that should matter, because it's here for our entertainment. If you have a reason for not like an anime than point out those reasons and back them up with facts. Reviews are here so that we can help each other decide if we should watch this show or maybe think of watching another one. Also if you don't like someones review then that's why we have a rating system.
I'm just saying lets work together to build a better community, because really we all like anime and if not than why are you here?
Go fuck yourself FIDELATOR
I don't watch the anime but a few of my friends say it good,which is good enough for me.Apparently all the top anime are not good enough the guy below(FIDELTOR).This maybe because the guy has had shit for brains,since the day he was born.Apparently a few doctors died in the delivery room when FIDELTOR THE ABOMINATION was delivered.
Fidelator's life story
He was born a clusterfuck of a retard with characteristics that by any aspect would make the most pathetic asshole embarrassed of himself,Fidelator trys to compensate for his weaknesses by adding in excessive faggotry and SHIT due to the fact of a hard childhood and being sexually/anally abused by his own father.
Fidelator's father left his whore of a mother,denying the very fact of creating an abomination such as him.he now lives with his pathetic excuse of a family.A fat inbread bastard like him,who can't even wipe the shit smeared on his own ass, Thinks the things that other people perfer are pathetic. HIS LIFE IS PATHETIC, HIS VERY EXISTENCE IS ABOMINATION.
Know Fidelator stop spewing shit out of your mouth and get a life Btw Fidelator you can't download one.
Bleach is a gateway anime of the worst kind. It's a bad series, a clusterfuck of story and characterization that isn't very well done by any aspect, but which attempts to compensate for its weaknesses by adding in excessive shipping faggotry and DARKNESS. The normal anime fan can see this as the shit it is, and may enjoy it, hate it or be indifferent to it, but all the while recognizing that the series itself, regardless of their opinion, is plain bad.
However, these very aspects that try to smear over the shit of its core make it a breeding ground for aspie, unsociable faggots who engage in every kind of faggotry both online and in the real world. The superpowered characters all trying their hardest to look cool, the TRANSFORMATIONS, peculiar, grimdark clothes, the whole grim reaper faggotry and everything about the Bleach world fuels their escapist fantasies, while the pity-party character backgrounds, emphasis on training arcs, and overall repetitiveness of the series make it fit just right with the mary-sueish drives of your average preteen and his sense of unwarranted self-importance towards the world. Exactly the kind of shit that makes little kiddies and retards eat this shit right the fuck up.
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