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Bleach AS
Adult Swim Premiere September 9, 2006[1]
Original Network TV Tokyo
Seasons 16
Episodes 366

Bleach is a Japanese anime series produced by Studio Pierrot that aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from October 5, 2004 to March 27, 2012. The anime also spawned two original video animations and four animated feature films. Viz Media licensed the anime in North America in 2006.

The English dub of Bleach premiered on Adult Swim in the United States on September 9, 2006, as part of its Adult Swim Action block. On Saturday, April 1, 2012, Bleach was the only Adult Swim regularly scheduled anime that aired during the Toonami April Fools' Day event. On May 26, 2012, the Adult Swim Action moniker was retired and Bleach joined the newly revived Toonami block.[2] The series' final episode made its United States premiere on November 1, 2014, after which reruns of the series remained on Toonami until January 31, 2015. Instead of starting over from episode 1, the series began its new run with episode 282.[3]


Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenager gifted with the ability to see spirits. His life is drastically changed by the sudden appearance of a Soul Reaper—one who governs the flow of souls between the human world and the afterlife—named Rukia Kuchiki, who arrives in search of a Hollow, a dangerous lost soul that absorbs energy from souls. When Rukia is severely wounded defending Ichigo from the Hollow, she attempts to transfer a part of her reiatsu (Spiritual Pressure) energy to Ichigo so that he can defeat the Hollow. However, Ichigo takes almost all of her energy, transforming into a Soul Reaper and allowing him to defeat the Hollow with ease. With her powers diminished, Rukia is left stranded in the human world until she can recover her strength. In the meantime, Ichigo must take over Rukia's role as a Soul Reaper, battling Hollows and guiding souls to the afterlife realm known as the Soul Society.


Their have been four Bleach films:

  • Bleach: Memories of Nobody
  • Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
  • Bleach: Fade to Black, I Call Your Name
  • Bleach: The Hell Verse
    • Note: Bleach: Memories of Nobody and Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion have previously aired on Adult Swim, but Bleach: Fade to Black, I Call Your Name and Bleach: The Hell Verse have only been released in Japan.

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