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As a part of the Big Three of Shōnen, it's in the same league with One Piece and Naruto. Considering the genre Bleach is in, it's gonna have awesome tunes to boot.


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    Opening & Ending Themes 
Being one of the Long-Runners in shonen anime, Bleach has more than enough ass kicking openings and endings. Here the best examples:

Openings

  • "* ~Asterisk~" by ORANGE RANGE. The OP for the first season of the show. This is how you start a show! "* ~Asterisk~" went to top of the charts the second it was released in 2005, and stayed there for 22 weeks. Now if that doesn't say something about how awesome that song is, nothing will.
  • "D-tecnoLife", by UVERworld, was an excellent introduction to the second season.
  • The third opening, "Ichirin no Hana", debuting with a broadcast special consisting of 2 awesome episodes, also falls squarely here. Its remix on the single manages to make the song somewhat more violent.
  • Between "ALONES" (6th), "Velonica" (9th), and "chAnge" (12th), all the best Bleach openings are in multiples of three.
  • "TONIGHT, TONIGHT, TONIGHT", the fourth opening and the opening of the Bount arc, was also pretty badass.
  • The 5th opening song, "Rolling star" by YUI, serves as the opening of the Bount arc and the Arrancar arc. It goes from having a relaxed, danceable beat to something more intense later on, signifying the raised stakes.
  • "After Dark" by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, the seventh opening, plays when the main characters first break into Hueco Mundo to rescue Orihime and maintains an upbeat and heroic tone throughout, showing that none of the main characters have any doubt in their minds that they'll succeed in rescuing her.
  • The 8th opening, "Chu Bura", is a happy and uplifting song with lyrics about it being okay to feel sad since you'll most likely have people around you to help pull you out of your misery.
  • The 10th opening theme, "Shoujo S", sounds like something you would hear on a dance floor and is perfect to get your blood pumping just in time to see Aizen and his Allies go up against the Soul Reapers.
  • Opening 11, "Anima Rossa", serves as a great opening for the Zanpakuto Arc and portrays the feeling the Zanpakuto have about wanting to protect their soul reaper.
  • The 13th OP, "Ranbu no Melody" by SID, opens up the second act of the Fake Karakura Town arc and signifies that things are going to become even more desperate.
  • The 14th opening, "BLUE", is just awesome.

Endings

  • The first ending theme, "Life is Like a Boat". It's just beautifully sad-sounding, but ultimately still hopeful.
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    Soundtrack 
The soundtrack of the series and movies aren't far behind. Expect some Gratuitous Spanish in some of the themes from the Arrancar saga. Not only that, it's composed by Shiro Sagisu of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame.

  • Battle Ignition, the perfect song for when shit goes down, but the losing fighter refuses to go down for the count.
  • This song is a sort of Canon Immigrant. "Treachery" was both used in the second movie OST and as a Theme Music Power-Up for Nnoitra's One-Winged Angel. It catches the attention for being an example of Surprisingly Good Ominous English Chanting.
  • Shinji's Theme, "Can't Back Down".
  • "Power to Strive", which plays when Grimmjow finally releases Pantera, is just awesome.
  • "B13a", which plays in the one-sided battle scene between Hisagi and Fraccion Findor in Episode 219, and features in Ichigo and Aizen's final battle.
  • This track sounds great (one from 0:05 to 1:18), yet it's not on any of the OSTs.
  • "Domino Del Chad" and "Quincy's Craft". The latter is pretty nerdy, but still qualifies since it's Ishida's fight song.
  • "Irish Dance", Ukitake and Shunsui's theme when they use Shikai in Fade to Black.
  • Then we have one of the very first OSTs, "Soundscape to Ardor". There is no way you cannot be reminded of a very heartwarming event.
  • "Escalon". Just... Escalon... Is it possible to watch this and not be reminded of Shinji's fight with Grimmjow?
  • Kubo chooses theme songs for most of the important characters. Ichigo - "News From the Front" by Bad Religion, Chad - "No Song Unheard" by The Hellacopters, Isshin - "Don't Drag Me Down" by Social Distortion, Ulquiorra - "Moonshield" by In Flames, Grimmjow - "Step Inside" by A Bombs, and Kyoraku - "Por Una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel to name a few.
  • Here's a good one: "Stand Up Be Strong" from the Bleach: Fade to Black movie, both Part I and II. Its most iconic use so far is Ichigo unveiling the Final Getsuga Tenshou in his fight against Aizen.
  • From Porno Graffitti, we get the ending theme for the Bleach: Fade to Black movie, "Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo".
  • The ending theme for Memories of Nobody, "Sen no Yoru wo Koete", is really very beautiful and a definite Award-Bait Song.
  • "Never Meant To Belong" is extremely heartwrenching in a beautiful way. It has just enough of a hopeful feel to not feel cheesy, while the well-orchestrated instruments make this one a winner.
  • "Storm Center" makes any fight scene about ten times better.
  • "Get Smart" is incredibly catchy.
  • "Clavar la Espada". Catchy with a Spanish theme, what more could you ask for?
  • "Reminiscence" is mainly used for Byakuya whenever he activates his Bankai. He makes dropping a weapon, a universal sign of defeat, into the ultimate Oh, Crap! You will never make fun of the colour pink and cherry blossoms ever again.
  • And the anime comes swinging with a new banger, a fresh cover of "Number One"!


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