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  • Acting for Two: Due the very big size of the cast of the series, some of the voice actors from the series expressed more than one character during its run. Examples include:
    • Rie Kugimiya voiced Karin, Nemu and Lily (one of Orihime's Shun Shun Rikka).
    • Toshiyuki Morikawa voiced Isshin, Tousen and Tsubaki (another of the Shun Shun Rikka).
    • Jun Fukuyama voiced Mizuiro and Yumichika.
    • Tetsu Inada voiced Komamura and Love. Both characters get to interact briefly during the battle against Aizen in fake Karakura.
    • In an amazing example, Kumi Sakuma managed to voiced such different characters such as Hinamori and Apacci. Even more impressive when both characters actually get to fight each other in the fake Karakura.
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    • Initially, Houko Kuwashima only voiced Cirucci Sanderwicci, but she later took the role of Sui-Feng and became the official voice of the character when Tomoko Kawakami was forced to quit the role due to health problems.
    • Shoto Kashii voiced Omaeda and Rose.
    • Ayumi Fujimura voiced both Katen Kyokotsu and Tobiume during the Zanpakuto Rebellion arc. She also voiced the female Arrancar that appears during the Karakura-Raizer filler episodes.
    • Yuichi Nakamura voiced Tesra and Muramasa.
    • Takayuki Sugo (voice actor of old man Zangetsu) was later cast to voice Yhwach for Bleach: Brave Souls. Considering the relationship between both Zangetsu and Yhwach, this likely was intentional.
    • Tomokazu Sugita voiced Noba and Kensei.
    • Daisuke Ono voiced Mabashi during the Bount arc. Later, at the end of the anime (years after the Bount arc), he got to voice Tsukishima too.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: Bleach has 120 million manga volumes in circulation. According to The Other Wiki, "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."
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  • Creator Couple: Masaki's English VA, Ellyn Stern is married to Richard Epcar, who voices Ichigo's Zanpakuto, Zangetsu. Becomes somewhat Hilarious in Hindsight when 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.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Even though he didn't participate in the live-action film because he was working on the manga's final arc and he was also concerned about which storylines director Shinsuke Sato wanted to adapt, Tite Kubo publicly praised the live-action film the week before its release. In particular, Kubo said that its "speedy and large-scale action reaches a new level".
  • 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.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The rather abrupt end of the Substitute Soul Reaper arc was the result of this. Kubo mentions that storylines had been planned for Ichigo's other class friends, but were then shot down by Shueisha who ordered him to speed up the schedule and introduce the Soul Reapers.
    • The entire Arrancar Arc was plagued by this, as the Arrancar characters' popularity resulted in editors requesting an increased role - in turn leading to the arc running much longer than Kubo's initial intent. For better or worse, the pacing has been much brisker since Aizen's defeat.
    • The Fullbringer arc was supposed to focus more on the human characters, but Kubo was pushed to reintroduce the Soul Reapers because, once again, of their popularity. This is why despite Kubo saying the arc would focus on Chad like how the previous arcs had focused on one of Ichigo's friends, the arc ended up being very short compared to all the other arcs. A few story arcs planned during said arc as well, such as Karin becoming a Soul Reaper, Ginjou's past, and rest of the human characters involvement in the Xcution, ended up being largely trimmed as well.
  • Fan Nickname: Bleach is full of these. Now, it even has its own page!
    • Uryuu Ishida is known as Arrowlad. When his father entered the storyline (arrows first), he promptly gained the nickname Arrowdad.
    • Ichigo's white inner hollow is often called Shirousaki (shirou = white) as a play on Ichigo's surname (Kurosaki, which means Black Promontory). He's also referred as Hichigo, short for Hollow Ichigo. The super-hollow form that attacks Ulquiorra is often (incorrectly) called "Vasto Lorde Ichigo". It's also been called "Scarmask" named after the chapter where concept art for it was the featured cover.
    • Prior to his name reveal, Yhwach was called either Mein Führer (thanks to the Putting on the Reich themes of his quincies) or Buckbeard after the chapter title that introduced him. When his name was first revealed, it was initially spelled (thanks to Kanji sounds) "Juhabach", so his nickname morphed to Bach-beard.
    • Yamamoto is Old Man Genocide.
    • Blondie for Haschwalth (at least before his name was revealed).
    • Until his name was revealed, Robert was called either Colonel Sanders or Commissioner Gordon. Due to the popularity of the fan nickname "Bob" for the hollow known as White, Robert's nicknames are still more popular than his real name.
    • In the French fandom, Hitsugaya is known as "La Crevette" (The Shrimp). The origin is unclear, maybe it has to do with his hairstyle or more likely a reference to his height.
    • Bambietta's cruelty earned her the nickname "Bastardbine."
  • 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 his editor wanted the heroes to actually reach Las Noches faster and thus the arc was cut, but 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 is actually evil? Nooo... really?
    • 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.
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  • No Dub for You:
    • Just like with the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action film, the Netflix release of the live-action averts this in many languages other than English. This is especially bizarre in the Latin American Spanish case for many reasons: Neither the anime nor the manga are very popular there to begin with, as the franchise is considered as a Cult Classic at best, none of the voice actors from the dub of the anime adaptation reprise their roles in the film and the very fact that Netflix itself rarely dubs non-Hollywood stuff.
    • 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.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In the American dub, Chad's and Ikkaku's voice actors had temporary fill-ins for Real Life reasons, but Kaiennote , Hiyorinote , Kenpachinote , Uraharanote , and Komamuranote  all had their voices changed at some point. Of them, Kenpachi and Urahara are the only ones with a clear-cut reason why, as both of their actors retried late into the series.
    • Tomoko Kawakami, the voice actress for Sui-Feng, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 and Houko Kuwashima took over for her appearances starting with the Past arc.
    • The Latin American Spanish dub of the live-action film replaces all of the anime's voice actors. Interestingly enough, Ricardo Bautista (Hanataro's VA) voiced Renji Abarai in the film.
    • A controversial element of the live-action film is that the English dub, for whatever reason, only brought back a handful of actors from the anime to reprise their rolesnote . The exact reasons why are unknown; the only thing that's certain is that according to Michelle Ruff (Rukia) herself, she wasn't even contacted to return, so she didn't know a dub was happening until it was already set for release. The ones re-cast were:
      Karin: Kate Higgins to Janice Kawaye (who also reprised her role as Yuzu)
      Tatsuki: Wendee Lee to Erika Ishii
      Byakuya: Dan Woren to Greg Chun
    • Masaaki Tsukada, the voice actor of Captain-General Yamamoto, passed away in 2014, two years after the end of the anime, but his units in Bleach: Brave Souls at first didn't present a new voice actor because they got his lines taken from the anime. It wasn't until 2019 where a replacement for the character was found in Binbin Takaoka, since they needed new lines for the character in his Bankai version.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: The reason Hana Sugisaki didn't sport Rukia's bob in the film is 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 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.
    • Lampshaded and combined with an Omake Brick Joke in Episode 287.
    • The Hero is confronted by a group of superpowered humans who continuously trick him, but after the final battle, it's revealed that the hero's Trickster Mentor was behind it the whole time. His intention was to make the hero think about how he couldn't always use power to win fights. The true Big Bad of the arc is an enemy indirectly created by the organization the heroes work for, and harnesses the abilies of one of the protagonists to open a gateway into another realm. Am I talking about the Bount arc, or Chapter Black from Yu Yu Hakusho?
    • While the latter example is much more dramatic, both the Zanpakto Rebellion arc and the Hell Chapter movie involve the villain tricking Ichigo into using his Hollow powers to break through a seemingly indestructible prison.
  • Sequel Gap: The anime ended in 2012 with the Fullbringer Arc. It wouldn't be until 2020 - 8 years later - that an adaptation of the remaining part of the manga, the Thousand Year Blood War, would be announced, airing in 2021.
  • 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. Luckily, Akira Toriyama happened to take a look at this original draft and thought it had promise; with that legendary endorsement Shonen Jump was willing to give him another shot.
    • 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.
    • When in an interview about Shinji, Kubo mentioned that he had wanted to do stories for Ichigo's other classmates as well—directly implying storylines for Keigo, Tatsuki, and Mizuiro—before the executives told him to move up the schedule and get to the Soul Reapers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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