[[caption-width-right:276: [-Clockwise from top: [[GentleGiant Yasutora 'Chad' Sado]], [[CloudCuckooLander Orihime Inoue]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ichigo Kurosaki]], [[ActionGirl Rukia Kuchiki]] and [[StoicSpectacles Uryu Ishida]]. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And]] [[PluckyComicRelief Kon.]]-] ]]

->''"We stand in awe at that which cannot be seen."''
-->-- '''Rukia Kuchiki'''

Ichigo Kurosaki would have liked to have been an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. Unfortunately, his ability to see and hear ghosts ([[ImplausibleHairColor and his orange-colored hair]]) kept getting in the way of a normal life. This is all he knows of the spirit world until the day he encounters Rukia Kuchiki, a [[{{Shinigami}} Soul Reaper]] whose profession requires her to destroy evil spirits ("Hollows") and send good spirits ("Pluses" or "Wholes") to the afterlife. When Rukia is injured while trying to slay a powerful Hollow about to kill Ichigo and his family, she offers the boy a portion of her powers to defeat it in her place. Unfortunately, his abnormally-high amount of spiritual energy absorbs ''all'' of her power instead, forcing him to take up her duties until she can recover and return home. What follows is adventures within the realms of the spirit world and facing the dangers that produce them.

Written by [[Creator/TiteKubo Noriaki "Tite" Kubo]], ''Bleach'' starts off as a quirky UrbanFantasy action-comedy, but soon becomes a much more standard [[{{Shonen}} Shonen]] [[FightingSeries Fightin' Anime]] with the start of the Soul Society [[StoryArc arc]]. In it, Rukia is arrested by her fellow Soul Reapers for the crime of transferring her powers to a human, and taken back to the afterlife ("Soul Society") to be executed. Naturally, Ichigo wants to mount a rescue. Training montages, {{Next Tier Power Up}}s and [[GambitRoulette ridiculously complicated plans]] ensue. This arc is infamous for introducing LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters (tripling the previous cast; [[WordOfGod Kubo himself]] has admitted that his solution to writer's block is to create new characters), drastically changing the formula and tone of the series, and for [[ArcFatigue its sheer length]], which coined the meme, "Are they still in Soul Society?"

That said, this change of direction has led to not only one of the most ludicrous dramatic moments in manga history, but many an [[Awesome/{{Bleach}} awesome moment]] as well, and its continued popularity speaks for itself. Hell, it even has ''[[TheMusical musicals]]''! For most of its run, it was one of the "[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Big]] [[Manga/OnePiece Three]]" [[LongRunners long-running]] shonen manga/anime in serialization, and it inevitably [[DuelingShows gets compared to its]] colleagues, as well as ''Manga/DragonBall'' (which Kubo is inspired by) and ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' (which shared the same director). It's also notable for having one of the largest {{Periphery Demographic}}s in the history of shonen manga -- it has not so much an EstrogenBrigade as an Estrogen ''Legion''.

After [[LongRunners 10 long years]], the manga officially entered its final arc, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-02-01/tite-kubo-bleach-manga-to-enter-final-arc which began on February 8, 2012]] and was confirmed that the series would end [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-07-03/bleach-manga-to-end-74th-volume/.103916 with Volume 74]]. The anime ran 7 1/2 years, from October 5, 2004 until March 27, 2012, after the completion of the manga's penultimate (Lost Agent) arc, giving way to the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' spinoff ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth''. In August 2016, after 15 years and 686 chapters, ''Bleach'' became the second of the [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Big]] [[Manga/OnePiece Three]] to end. Some plot points were further expanded upon in ''LightNovel/BleachWeDoKnotAlwaysLoveYou'' and ''LightNovel/BleachCannotFearYourOwnWorld''.

There are five manga story arcs expanded into seventeen anime story arcs, including the anime-original {{Filler}}:
* The Agent of the Soul Reaper Arc (Volumes 1-8; episodes 1-20)
* Soul Society Arc (Volumes 9-21)
** Soul Society: The Sneak Entry Arc (Episodes 21-41)
** Soul Society: The Rescue Arc (Episodes 42-63)
* Bount Arc ({{Filler}}; episodes 64-109)
* Arrancar Arc (Volumes 22-48)
** Arrancar: The Arrival Arc (Episodes 110-131)
** Arrancar: The Hueco Mundo Sneak Entry arc (Episodes 132-151)
** Arrancar: The Fierce Fight arc (Episodes 152-167)
* New Captain Shuusuke Amagai Arc ({{Filler}}; episodes 168-189)
* Arrancar Arc (continued)
** Arrancar VS Soul Reaper arc (Episodes 190-205)
** 110 Years Back arc (Episodes 206-212)
** Arrancar: Battle in Karakura arc (Episodes 213-229)
* Zanpakuto: The Alternate Tale arc ({{Filler}}; episodes 230-265)
* Arrancar: Deicide arc (Episodes 266-310)
* Gotei 13 Incursion Arc ({{Filler}}; episodes 311-342)
* The Lost Agent Arc (Volumes 49-54; episodes 343-366)
* The Thousand-Year Blood War Arc (Volumes 55-74)

See the [[Recap/{{Bleach}} recap section]] for more.

The English dub is licensed by Creator/VizMedia and aired on Creator/AdultSwim (later, Creator/{{Toonami}}) from September 8th, 2006 and ended its run on November 1st, 2014.

During its run Bleach has had two {{live action adaptation}}s planned. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-02-22/warner-develops-live-action-film-of-tite-kubo-bleach-manga On February 22, 2012, Warner Brothers Studios announced the licensing and planned development of a live-action Hollywood movie]] although plans for that [[DevelopmentHell seem to have fallen through the cracks]]. However with the release of the final chapter on the 18th of August 2016 Tite Kubo himself has confirmed [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-08-18/bleach-manga-gets-live-action-film-in-2018-starring-sota-fukushi/.105510 that a live action film adaptation will be released some time in 2018]].

Speaking of movies, it likewise had four big budget animated ones (See their pages for details).:
* ''[[Anime/BleachMemoriesOfNobody Memories of Nobody]]'' (2006)
* ''[[Anime/BleachTheDiamondDustRebellion The DiamondDust Rebellion]]'' (2007)
* ''[[Anime/BleachFadeToBlack Fade to Black]]'' (2008)
* ''[[Anime/BleachHellVerse Hell Verse]]'' (2010)

''Bleach'' is amongst those few anime that earned its own [[DieForOurShip/{{Bleach}} Die For Our Ship]], [[HoYay/{{Bleach}} Ho/Foe Yay]] and [[FanNickname/{{Bleach}} Fan Nickname]] pages. It also has ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters fifteen]]'' [[Characters/{{Bleach}} character sheets]].

It now has pages discussing one of its DS outings, ''VideoGame/BleachThe3rdPhantom'', and the LightNovels: ''[[LightNovel/BleachTheDeathSaveTheStrawberry The Death Save the Strawberry]]'', ''[[LightNovel/BleachWeDoKnotAlwaysLoveYou We Do Knot Always Love You]]'', and ''[[LightNovel/BleachCannotFearYourOwnWorld Cannot Fear Your Own World]]''.

Now has an Abridged series. See [[BleachSAbridged here]].

''[[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas Note: This article is not about a laundry detergent]] or the Music/{{Nirvana}} album. Sorry. It also (usually) has nothing to do with BrainBleach ("We stand in awe at that which cannot be unseen")''.

'''Please revamp the main trope pages by moving all character tropes to their respective characters'''.


[[folder: If you haven't read the manga, there are '''major spoilers''' below. ]]

!!''Bleach'' is the TropeNamer for:
* FlashStep: A favorite combat maneuver of most [[{{Shinigami}} Soul Reapers]] (called ''Shunpo'' in Japanese). The Arrancar have their own move called Sonido, the Quincy have Hirenkyaku, and the Fullbringers have Bringer Light. Despite the different names (and claims by various practitioners that their version is better), [[SeparateButIdentical the only apparent difference between them is the sound effect each one makes]], with the exception of Bringer Light which emits a green flicker. This is even {{Lampshaded}} by Gin Ichimaru in one of the omakes (before the introduction of Bringer Light).

!!It also provides examples of:

* Bleach/TropesAToB
* Bleach/TropesCToD
* Bleach/TropesEToG
* Bleach/TropesHToK
* Bleach/TropesLToN
* Bleach/TropesOToR
* Bleach/TropesSToT
* Bleach/TropesUToZ
''Show me your bankai, TV Tropes!''