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  • Acting for Two: Due the very big size of the cast, a handful of voice actors played multiple roles. Examples include:
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  • Approval of God: In an interview promoting the anime adaptation of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, Kubo admitted he liked the Invading Army anime-only arc despite generally not having a high opinion on Filler arcs, highlighting the very good action sequences featured on it.
  • Author's Saving Throw: One of the most common criticisms of the final arc of the series was the amount of Aborted Arc that occured due to Kubo's health forcing him to wrap the series up quicker then he wanted, leaving many characters and plot lines left unresolved. In February 2022, it was stated by Kubo himself that the anime adaptation of the final arc would include new scenes, which, even if it's not outright fixing the issue, at least it means the final arc will have more content than it had originally.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Kubo is often quoted as saying he creates new characters whenever he's faced with writer's block. However, it's not known exactly when this was said.
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  • Cash-Cow Franchise: Bleach has 120 million manga volumes in circulation. According to Wikipedia, "The series has spawned a media franchise that includes an animated television series that was produced by Studio Pierrot from 2004 to 2012, two original video animations, four animated feature films, ten rock musicals, and numerous video games, as well as many types of Bleach-related merchandise."
  • Character Outlives Actor: Yamamoto's voice actor Masaaki Tsukada passed away in 2014. Beginning with his Bankai version in Bleach: Brave Souls, Binbin Takaoka took over the role of Yamamoto.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • The Latin American Spanish dub of the anime was directed by Eduardo Garza, Ichigo Kurosaki's voice actor, for a few episodes.
    • In addition to voicing Isshin Kurosaki in the live-action film's Latin American Spanish dub, Marcos Patiño served as its ADR Director.
  • God Never Said That: A few What If? elements from Bleach: Brave Souls are often used as examples of canon elements of the story by fans. Word of God has never said anything to support this and the elements created for the game are exclusive to the game and not at all treated as canon anywhere else.
  • God Created Canon Foreigner: Ashido was designed by Tite Kubo and his Forest of Menos mini-arc was intended to be in the manga but had to be cut for time constraints, though it was restored for the anime. He is later mentioned in several Bleach novels.
  • I Knew It!:
    • People had theorised for years that Gin would betray Aizen for Rangiku. They were right.
    • Ginjo being evil was something most fans saw coming a mile away.
    • Masaki was a Quincy. It had been a popular fan theory to explain her ability to see ghosts, as well as Isshin and Ryuuken's connection, for years before it was confirmed.
    • Fan art correctly predicted certain aspects of Ulquiorra's Resurreccion long before The Reveal; Ulquiorra growing bat-like wings especially was a very popular concept.
  • No Dub for You: For some reason, the anime series was never dubbed in Italian, but the first two movies were, as well as the live-action adaptation, thanks to Netflix who always dubs their original anime in that language.
  • No Origin Stories Allowed: Despite his importance as the main Big Bad, Aizen's backstory was a complete mystery and never revealed by the end of the manga. Tite Kubo once stated that revealing Aizen's backstory would give too much away too soon. Elaborating on this in a later response, Kubo explained he dislikes the "Sympathetic Villain Backstory" trope and doesn't want to accidentally get fans to empathize with Aizen.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • For the Latin American dub of The Thousand-Year Blood War arc (as well as the remaining episodes for the original anime that got dubbed in 2022), some of the main cast were replaced because of different circumstances, including:
    • Armando Guerrero replaces Víctor Ugarte as Uryuu Ishida
    • Carlos Reynoso replaces Dan Osorio as Chad
    • Javier Otero replaces Luis Alfonso Mendoza as Kon because of him passing away on February 2020
    • Eduardo Fonseca replaces Jorge Santos as Captain Yamamoto
    • Banny Vilchis replaces Karla Falcón as Soi Fong
    • Victor Kuri replaces Ricardo Mendoza as Aizen
    • Dave Ramos replaces Christian Stempler as Byakuya Matou
    • José Luis Miranda replaces César Arias as Kenpachi Zaraki due to him passing away on December 2020
    • José Luis Piedra replaces Javier Olguín as Szayelaporro Grantz
  • The Original Darrin: After being recast for the live-action movie, the dub of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc sees Michelle Ruff, Wally Wingert and Dan Woren return as Rukia, Renji, and Byakuya.
  • Playing Against Type: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (well-known for voicing average light novel main characters and harem leads) voices the terrifying Äs Nödt in a far cry from his typical roles. What's more impressive is just how deep and ghostly Matsuoka voices the Sternritter, even compared with his usual atypical roles (who tend to be either hot-blooded shounen heroes or crazy hammy villains), to the point is almost hard to notice Äs Nodt's voice actor also performs the likes of Kirito.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends:
    • There is a persistent rumor that Akira Toriyama encouraged Kubo to give the series another shot after Shonen Jump rejected his initial pitch. However, there is no reliable evidence that this actually happened.
    • It's said that Executive Meddling was behind the Hueco Mundo arc's length and the allegedly dropped storylines Kubo had planned for Ichigo's friends.
    • Rumors circulate that Urahara and Gin were at one point intended to be the villains, though it's not known when or if this was said (all that is known is that Aizen being the Big Bad wasn't part of the original plan).
  • Promoted Fanboy: Ryan White, also known as RetroRyno, is a fan animator well-known for creating a fan-made episode of the Thousand-Year Blood War anime. He eventually revealed that he was an animator for the official version of the TYBW anime, specifically animating parts of the fight between Yamamoto and Yhwach.
  • Real-Life Relative: Masaki's English voice actress Ellyn Stern has been married to Zangetsu's voice actor Richard Epcar since 1982. Amusingly, just as Masaki is revealed to have been a Quincy, Zangetsu is revealed to be a personification of Ichigo's Quincy powers, taking the image of Yhwach as he appeared 1000 years earlier.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: The reason Hana Sugisaki didn't sport Rukia's bob in the film was due to prior film commitments.
  • Recycled Script:
    • Ichigo gathers a ragtag group of friends from his school to enter another world and fight insurmountable odds to rescue a friend, continually getting stronger after each opponent up to a climactic clash that ends with an Anti-Climax. The Soul Society arc, or the Hueco Mundo arc?
    • Even the details are similar. It all starts when two uniformed baddies, one rowdy and one emotionless, show up in the human world. Defeated by them, Ichigo goes through Training from Hell to gain new power. Once on the other side Ichigo gains a small, friendly tagalong, while one of his True Companions gets to defeat the murderer of their mentor.
    • Ichigo's kidnapped friend is declared a traitor by the Soul Reapers, which leads to Ichigo and his companions rebelling against them and, with the help of Kisuke Urahara, entering the Soul Society through a portal leading to a dangerous secret pathway that the characters must use their abilities to get through. And due to their high spirit energy and flashy entrance their enemies are immediately aware of their presence once they make it to the other side.
    • Ichigo fights the stoic guy who kidnapped the Damsel in Distress. He is temporarily defeated, only to launch into a new Hollowfied form and temporarily curb-stomp them. The next fight is him and others being manhandled by Aizen as he explains how weak they are.
    • The hero must use a Dangerous Forbidden Technique that will make him lose his powers forever. Supposedly. The bad guy survives and heals anyway, but is taken out of the story for now. Ichigo did get his powers back, in the very same way he got them in the first place. Only this time, the recycling was intentional. And it was epic.
    • A white haired villain wants to take over Soul Society because he and his kind were exiled long ago. The Bount arc (Jin Kariya, Bounts), or Memories of Nobody (Ganryu, Dark Ones)? The English dub even uses Troy Baker as the same voice actor for both characters.
    • The third movie, Fade to Black, is intentionally filled with deja vu to repeat lots of older scenes throughout the series. Though the Hollow parasite that takes over Rukia's old friend is just simply recycled.
  • While the latter example is much more dramatic, both the Zanpakuto Rebellion arc and the Hell Chapter movie involve the villain tricking Ichigo into using his Hollow powers to break through a seemingly indestructible prison.
  • Role Reprise: The English dub for Thousand-Year Blood War brings back many voice actors from the original series dub from a decade ago who hadn't previously returned.
  • Sequel Gap: The anime ended in 2012 with the Fullbringer Arc. It wouldn't be until 2022 (an entire decade) that an adaptation of the remaining part of the manga, the Thousand Year Blood War, would begin airing.
  • Star-Making Role: The Japanese version put Masakazu Morita on the map. The English dub did this for Johnny Yong Bosch and Michelle Ruff, at the very least.
  • Throw It In: An interview with Tite Kubo revealed the reason for Chad's half-Mexican ancestry is because when Kubo designed him for the manga, he looked as such. And thus, he's written Chad as half-Japanese half-Mexican.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The first draft for Bleach was very decisively different than Bleach is as we know it today: Soul Reapers shrunk when exerting too much power. This happens to Rukia in "chapter zero" where she is then washing herself with Ichigo's toothbrush in a coffee cup. Ichigo seems far more interested in girls, especially Orihime (he denies it of course). Orihime dies at the beginning, in what seems to have been an accident but actually was caused by her hollowified father, but instead of going to Soul Society decides to stay with Ichigo to cheer him on. This version was shot down by the publishers.
    • Other changes mentioned by Kubo include that Rukia was meant to be a more central character, as in the lead character, and that most Soul Reapers used firearm-themed zanpakuto rather than swords whereas Rukia used a scythe. The sketch of Rukia with a scythe was used as a base for the "Dark Rukia" in the third movie, Fade to Black I Call Your Name.
    • The Menos Forest mini-arc would have been in the manga had it not been for time constraits forcing Kubo to cut it.
    • Kubo initially envisioned Mayuri as a fairly flat personal enemy for Uryuu, who would finally vanquish Mayuri after a series of encounters. However, Kubo then began plotting out the final arc even before the Soul Society arc had finished and realised that the Arrancar Arc afforded him the opportunity to develop Mayuri's character as an example of how a truly evil individual can be still useful to an organization that is, overall, on the side of good-ish.
    • A number of plot threads were planned out for the 1000 Year Blood War arc, which Kubo originally stated was going to be even longer than the Arrancar Arc. However, Kubo abruptly finished the final arc after nineteen volumes and with most of the story left unresolved. The final battle was exceptionally fast and an epilogue set after a ten-year Time Skip tied up the fates of only the core main characters; with everything else being Left Hanging. Kubo later explained on his Twitter account that his increasingly severe health issues related to overwork brought him to the verge of quitting a number of times over the years, and only the posthumous letter from a small child who had enjoyed reading the manga kept Kubo writing for as long as he could. As a result, the final arc that he had originally planned was cut short, although he did manage to write the epilogue chapter he had planned since the very beginning. However, Kubo still wanted to finish the story he'd originally envisioned and quickly set to work co-creating a set of light novels to wrap the series up.
    • Kubo mentioned in an interview from late 2008 that he hadn't initially planned for Aizen to have been operating in the shadows the whole time and only decided on this after he'd been "killed". Exactly what this would have done to the story isn't clear, but it suggests that Aizen was not originally going to be the series Big Bad (potentially being truly killed off in said arc).
    • According to Wendee Lee, she was Studiopolis' first choice to voice Rukia for the English dub, but they later decided that since she was also the ADR director, it would be easier for her to voice smaller roles in the cast.
    • Comments from Michelle Ruff in regards to the live-action film's dub say she wasn't even contacted to return to her role as Rukia, and had she known a dub was happening, she would have been at least willing to return.
    • David Lodge expressed interest in returning as Kenpachi Zaraki for the dub of the Thousand-Year Blood War, but for unspecified reasons (likely financial or union related) this didn't happen
  • The Wiki Rule: Here is the wikia for the series.
  • Word of God:
    • While Kubo expressed he didn't feel he contributed enough to the Bleach: Hell Verse movie to warrant being credited as the executive producer, he did love the rendition of the Hollow Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra fight that served as the film's opening, saying it was closer to how he imagined it going than how it was portrayed in the manga and anime adaptation.
    • In the years since the end of the manga, Kubo has taken to answering questions regarding previously unrevealed aspects of Bleach's lore and offering clarifying statements on the characters and world-building.
      • While Kubo may not have written the light novels himself, he came up with all the lore and characters contained in them, and was frequently consulted by the authors.
      • The god that Gantenbainne Mosqueda worships is Baraggan Louisenbairn, and after the events of the series he founded a nation in Hueco Mundo dedicated to Baraggan's worship.
      • Magic in Burn the Witch! functions differently from the Kidō used by Soul Reapers.
      • Kubo envisions Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck as having the largest bust of all the female characters, surpassing even Orihime, Rangiku, and Tier Harribel.
      • Chad doesn't consider his career as a boxer in the finale to be a violation of his Martial Pacifist oath to never use his fists and strength to fight for himself, seeing it as just a martial art.
      • Ichibē Hyōsube prevented "Old Man Zangetsu" from revealing himself as a manifestation of Yhwach to Ichigo when they first met in Chapter 63, hence the Old Man's speech bubbles being obscured by ink.
      • Tōshirō Hitsugaya attained his bankai even before he joined the Thirteen Court Guard Squads, but if all the petals had been used up before he mastered it his bankai would have injured him instead of empowering him.
      • Tōshirō Hitsugaya and Rangiku Matsumoto recognized Isshin Kurosaki as their former Captain when they first came to the World of the Living at the start of the Arrancar Arc, but chose not to confront him.
      • Ururu Tsumugiya and Jinta Hanakari are confirmed to be Mod-Souls who were created by Urahara.
      • When Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez attacked Loly Aivirrne and Menoly Mallia to save Orihime, Loly offered to have sex with him in exchange for being spared, but Grimmjow killed her instead.
      • Yachiru is the manifestation of Zaraki's Zanpakutō Spirit in its bankai state, with her shikai form — who she was somehow split off from — being an adult woman. Zaraki giving her the name "Yachiru Kusajishi" is the reason she was able to become a Soul Reaper and get a Zanpakutō of her own (following the rules set by Ichibē about names).
      • Baraggan Louisenbairn didn't introduce himself as Espada #2 out of hatred and resentment to Aizen for usurping his throne.
      • The Vizard and Ichigo could theoretically learn how to use Resurrección like Kaname Tōsen did, as well as still use Bankai while in their Hollowfied state.
      • Aizen was aware that Ukitake was bonded to Mimihagi, hence him addressing Ukitake specifically in his "No-one has stood atop the heavens" speech.
      • James was the real Sternritter "S", with Mask De Masculine being a manifestation of his ideal hero — similar to Gremmy's powers creating Guenael Lee. This is supported in-story by Yhwach addressing James instead of Mask when reabsorbing the "S" schrift.
      • Inherited Zanpakutō are either overwritten by their new wielder's Zanpakutō Spirit — as with Zaraki and Nozarashi, or become an amalgamation of its original and new wielder's natural Zanpakutō — as with Tōsen and Suzumushi.
      • Zanpakutō possess a blade and a scabbard, with the fake Zangetsu and Sayafushi being the sole exceptions. As a follow-up, Ikkaku Madarame's Hōzukimaru requires both its blade and scabbard to enter its Shikai form.
      • Ōetsu Nimaiya's reforging split Zangetsu into two swords, with the larger one being the "scabbard" and the smaller one being the "blade". Ichigo's bankai merges the two Zangetsu into a single Zanpakutō, with the white outer layer being the "scabbard" for the "True Zangetsu" he used to kill Yhwach and was shown wielding in "No Breaths From Hell". Having absorbed the shattered scabbard after Yhwach's defeat, Ichigo can split his Zanpakutō back into two swords at will, but chose not to.
      • Clarifying how Schrifts work, Yhwach can see the name of a chosen Quincy's special power engraved on their body, and uses the Initial-In-Soul Writing Ritual to unlock these powers — granting a Schrift abbreviating its name — and claim them for himself when their owner dies or he uses the Auswählen; making a note of empowering Quincies whose power he deems useful and would fill in any gaps in his Sternritter alphabet.
      • Giselle Gewelle of the Sternritter is biologically male, which was hinted at by Charlotte Chuhlhourne comparing her to himself and Yumichika Ayasegawa remarking that she "reeks of semen" in the manga, but not outright confirmed.
      • Kirio Hikifune's giant spoon is her Zanpakutō.
      • The occupation of Soul Reaper and their duty of cleansing Hollows did not come into being until the establishment of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads.
      • Chad got his tattoos when he was nine years old, while he was living in Mexico.
      • The Wandenreich's bankai-stealing medallions are based on Yhwach's Sankt Altar technique.
      • Ganju's Seppa technique works by disintegrating and scattering reishi, and is passed down by the Shiba clan.
      • Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez has the potential to attain a Resurrección: Segunda Etapa form if he trained long and hard enough.
      • The playground where Ichigo fought Hexapodus was called Yumizawa, and was founded and named by the Ishida family.
      • Rukia Kuchiki is heavily implied to be a hybrid of Soul Reaper and something else, but Kubo refused to elaborate — only saying she's not part Hollow like the Vizard and that he's hoping to reveal more at a future point in time.
      • Pernida Parnkgjas was drawn with humanoid appendages in Chapter 599 because he was originally going to have a humanoid form and then One-Winged Angel into his giant arm form when he fought Zaraki and Mayuri, but ended up scrapping this.
      • Ikumi Unagiya has remarried by the time of "No Breathes from Hell".
      • When asked if Rangiku uses her reiatsu to keep herself from having a wardrobe malfuction, Kubo said he imagined her using tape to keep her breasts in-place... but that he might make the reiatsu idea Ascended Fanon because it's funnier.
      • Yoruichi's ability to turn into a cat was a technique she developed to sneak out of the Shihōin manor.
      • The reason why the Wandenreich wasn't able to steal Ichigo's bankai was because his Zanpakutō Spirit was inherently Hollowfied.
      • Like Soul Reapers, Hollows — and presumably most Arrancar by extension — are capable of creating offspring through conventional reproduction.
      • The weight-increasing effect of Wabisuke disappears once the Shikai is deactivated.
      • Soul Reapers who have attained Bankai are able to activate their Shikai without calling their Zanpakutō's name and activation phrase. Soul Reapers who haven't attained Bankai can do this as well, provided they're skilled enough, but this can result in their Shikai not being at full power.
      • The healing ointment Ikkaku Madarame's Zanpakutō, Hōzukimaru, has in its hilt is part of the sword, rather than a modification he made to it.
      • Shunsui Kyōraku is less strict about enforcing dress code regulations than Yamamoto was, leading to more Soul Reapers customizing their uniforms.
      • Yasochika Iemura was originally Squad 7's lieutenant under Tetsuzaemon Iba, but resigned the post feeling that Atau Rindō was better suited; later being re-recruited into Squad 4 by Hanatarō Yamada.
      • Urahara had previously told Isshin about the Visored but not about where they came from or what their motives were, hence Isshin's wariness towards them in the Arrancar Arc.
      • Seated Officers of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads usually live in different areas depending on whether they're nobles or not.
      • If Shunsui Kyōraku's opponent dies during any of the four acts of Katen Kyōkotsu: Karamatsu Shinjū, his Bankai will end due to there not being enough "performers" to continue the "play".
      • No-one made a connection between Ichigo Kurosaki's Zangetsu and Isshin Shiba's Engetsu for three main reasons:
        1. Ichigo's Getsuga Tenshō is a long-range Sword Beam made of raw Spiritual Energy, while Isshin's Getsuga Tenshō is a short-range fiery Spell Blade — implicitly the attack he used to cut off one of White's arms.
        2. Most Soul Reaper Captains are unaware of what their comrades' Zanpakutō are capable of.
        3. The only person who heard Ichigo call his Sword Beam "Getsuga Tenshō" during the Soul Society arc was Byakuya Kuchiki.
      • Senjumaru Shutara was promoted to Squad Zero for creating the Shihakushō uniform.
      • Kazeshini's chains are telescopic and can extend to be as long as necessary, though Shūhei Hisagi prefers to keep them retracted.
      • Shawlong Koufang was given the Números rank of #11 because he volunteered to be the first test subject for Aizen's Hōgyoku.
      • The fully-Hollowfied Kensei Muguruma used Sonído when fighting the other soon-to-be Vizard in the "Turn Back the Pendulum" arc, similarly to Hollow Ichigo's use of it against Ulquiorra; demonstrating that Hollowfied Soul Reapers are more akin to Arrancar than they are to normal Soul Reapers.
      • No two Soul Reapers can share the same Zanpakutō name (rendering the plot of The DiamondDust Rebellion definitively non-canon), though it's possible for a Zanpakutō to inherit the name of one from the distant past.
      • Ichika Abarai's Zanpakutō is not Senna's Mirokumaru, and Kubo had no part in coming up with Senna or her sword.
      • Kūkaku and Ganju Shiba are Ichigo's cousins, with Isshin being their uncle.
      • Szayelaporro and Yylfordt Granz were twin brothers.
      • Tōshirō Hitsugaya is younger than Momo Hinamori, though by how much is not specified.

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