Review: ‘Bleach’ the supernatural world of soul reapers

By Levi Lester, Posted October 24, 2016

“Bleach” is an animated Japanese anime series based off the manga “Bleach” written by Tite Kubo first published on August 20, 2001 and was serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan and having been ended on August 22, 2016 lasting 15 years. The series is rated PG-13 and revolves around an action-adventure and supernatural genre. “Bleach” contains violence, mild language in the English dub, but having heavy language in the Japanese version of the series and mild usage of sexual themes.

The series follows Ichigo Kurosaki a 15-year old high school student that lives in Karakura town. He lives with his family of two sisters Yuzu and Karin and his father Isshin Kurosaki at the local clinic they run. For as long as Ichigo can remember he has been able to see the spirits of the deceased and can even talk with them. That all changes one day when a beast attacks Ichigo’s family and a girl in a black shihakusho by the name of Rukia Kuchiki appears fending off the beast known as a hollow. Lending her powers to Ichigo after a fatal wound Ichigo gains the powers of a soul reaper. Ichigo is tasked with defending the world of the living from hollows and allowing the deceased to pass on to the soul society with Rukia’s help. Ichigo along with his friends Chad, Orihime, and Uryu aid him in fighting against powerful enemies that threaten the sacred peace of the soul society and the world of the living.

Over the course of the series many characters are introduced with colorful personalities, interesting backstories and unique powers. “Bleach” is made more enjoyable with comedy-filled characters. Many themes and life lessons can be drawn from this series of never giving up and striving to protect friends and loved ones.

“Bleach” brings to life Tite Kubo’s image of his masterpiece manga with intense action, comedy filled moments, unique characters, and worldly themes and messages to be seen by the audience. Another interesting cultural influence is that of Spanish, and German language and themes. “Bleach” is one of my favorite animes and really changes me as a person watching Ichigo fight formidable foes and seeing him progress as a teenager and later becoming one who protects all.

Overall “Bleach” can relate to the average teen of 13-17 and can fulfill the audience’s desire for cool characters an enticing story and even to get a good laugh. If you like to be on the edge of your seat and always guess what’s happening next “Bleach” has this key plot point to entice audiences. If you like the art of deception “Bleach” is sure to deliver an exciting story for all.