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Questions tagged [bleach]

Bleach is a manga and anime by mangaka Tite Kubo about the adventures of Kurosaki Ichigo, a teenager who has become a Soul Reaper: a protector of humans and guide to the afterlife.

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How did Rukia become an unwitting carrier of the Hogyoku and executor of pre-planned events?

There is great contrast: Aizen managed to insert it without Rukia knowing. later, he stated that extraction would be fatal (but it did not actually kill Rukia). How did Aizen insert it into Rukia? ...
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Why did Ichigo use his final move?

At the end of the Aarancar arc, Ichigo had Aizen so completely outclassed that Aizen couldn't even grasp the difference in their powers. Why would Ichigo use his Final Getsuga Tenshou when he knew ...
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Is there any connection between the Vandenreich and the Bounto?

In Bleach, both the Vandenreich (the Quincy group that is attacking the Soul Society) and the Bounto use German in their names. In Bleach, in general, different groups use different languages, such as ...
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Why doesn't Ichigo protect himself from Aizen's power?

On the way to Karakura town, Ichigo is informed by Unohana that he is the only one with a chance of defeating Aizen, as he alone hasn't seen his Shikai. Ichigo..apparently does nothing about this. ...
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What is Juha Bach's motivation?

For everything Juha Bach is doing in the current Bleach manga, what is his reason for doing so? Also according to the Bleach wiki his official name is "Yhwach" with no reference to Juha Bach though, ...
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Name of Zaraki Kenpachi's Zanpakuto?

In the manga, Kenpachi can't hear his Zanpakuto's sound at all in the beginning. But when he's battling with Captain Unohana (previous Kenpachi, I heard), he began to hear his Zanpakuto's speaking. ...
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Do the Bleach light novels follow the manga plot?

I know that there are two Bleach light novels (BLEACH-letters from the other side: The Death and The Strawberry and Bleach: The Honey Dish Rhapsody). Do they follow the Bleach manga plot lines or do ...
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Is the Soul King a Shinigami?

The Soul King is shown in the Thousand Year Blood War arc, though only briefly. Not much is explained about him, so things like what he can do and what his job is are a bit vague. Is he a Shinigami? ...
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How is Sajin Komamura a wolf?

Sajin Komamura is described as being an anthropomorphic wolf in the Wikipedia article, but everyone in the Soul Society is either someone who died or the descendant of someone who died. There are (as ...
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What happened to Masaki's family?

In Bleach, Ichigo's mother Masaki She was the last of the Kurosaki line. What happened to her family? How did they die?
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Is there symbolism behind the language choices in Bleach?

In Bleach, different languages are used by or to represent different groups. For example, the Bount spells are all in German. Many of the terms referring to/for Hollows are Spanish (e.g. Hueco Mundo, ...
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Which episodes of Bleach are filler?

I want to watch Bleach, but the anime has a lot of filler content not in the manga. I'd rather not watch the filler content and only watch the episodes which are directly related to the plot. To be ...
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What does Kensei Muguruma's bankai do?

His shikai, Tachikaze, is a wind-based zanpakutou that can launch long-range, string-like, blades that slices enemies. But what special abilities does Tekken Tachikaze, Kensei Muguruma's bankai, ...
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What's the difference between Haineko and Senbonzakura?

What's the difference between these two shikai; Rangiku's Haineko and Byakuya's Senbonzakura? They both seem to have the same abilities.
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Is Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez alive?

In Bleach, whilst watching the final fight between Ichigo and Grimmjow I noticed that Grimmjow's body did not vanish when he was defeated as the other espadas did (in the aftermath when Nnoitra ...
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How do the Noble Families work in Bleach?

In Bleach, there are Four Noble Families of the Soul Society. I know that people can have children in the Soul Society. However, is whether you are a part of the Noble family based on whether you were ...
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What does Unohana Retsu's Bankai do?

What does Unohana Retsu's Bankai do? It was not so clear in the manga.
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How do souls age in Soul Society?

How do souls age in Soul Society? There are some souls who look like kids and some who are adults. In the manga, the makers flashbacked into the past of the Captian Commander showing that he had ...
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How could Tosen know that Kenpachi was smiling?

When Tosen fights Kenpachi in the Rescue Rukia arc, Tosen uses his bankai to combat Kenpachi. A while later, Kenpachi figures out how to defeat Tosen's bankai and smiles. Tosen somehow knew that he ...
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What is Gin and Matsumoto's relationship in Bleach?

I have not read the manga for Bleach (aside for the Thousand Year War arc) and have only watched the anime. I wanted to know if they dive into Gin and Matsumoto's relationship deeper in the manga. It ...
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Is Komamura the only shinigami who has an animal-like appearance?

Is Komamura the only shinigami who has an animal-like appearance?
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Why doesn't stabbing himself in the chest with Rukia's sword hurt Ichigo?

In the first episode of Bleach, Ichigo stabs himself in the chest with Rukia's sword to transfer her Shinigami abilities to him. Why does this not hurt him, while people can be hurt by hollows and ...
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What is the significance of the name Bleach?

The name "Bleach" seems to be having no relevance to the plot unlike most other series. Was it just chosen at Kubo-sensei's whim or does it have some significance? Maybe some cultural significance ...
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How does the hole in a Hollow's chest work?

In Bleach, Hollows (and Espadas) have holes in their chest. However, the holes do not bleed and seem to have no harmful effects on the body. For human-shaped Hollows and Espada, do the organs ...
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Is it possible to transfer Shinigami powers accidentally?

In Bleach, Rukia transfers her Shinigami powers to Ichigo by having him stab himself in the chest with her zanpakuto. If a person is stabbed in the chest by a zanpakuto, can they absorb half of the ...
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Does Shinigami powers transfer occur only with stabbing through the chest?

To make Ichigo a Shinigami in episode 1 of Bleach, Rukia has Ichigo stab himself in the chest with her Zanpakuto. Is there any in-canon reason given for it being the chest that has to be stabbed?
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Are Hell Butterflies living creatures?

The Shinigami use Hell Butterflies for communication while they are on missions and need to communicate with HQ (or vice versa). Are Hell Butterflies living creatures or are somehow artificially ...
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Why didn't Orihime use her powers to reject the creation of the Espada?

I finished the Hueco Mundo arc, up to episode 190, and I have a question about Orihime: If Orihime can reject all things, why didn't she reject Aizen's creation of the Espadas? She can just say "I ...
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Why is Ichigo always in Shikai mode?

Other shinigami are always in normal mode, and then when needed, transform into Shikai or Bankai modes. But as soon as Ichigo leaned Bankai mode he never went back to normal mode. Or maybe he is ...
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Who is Ichigo's Father, Isshin?

Though he is initially shown as a normal human, it is later revealed that he once had Shinigami powers, and later he is the only one But the The Lost Substitute Shinigami arc where So what is ...
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What Bankais exist within Soul Society?

Bankais are the zanpakutōs' ultimate form. They have their own name and usually a special ability. Apparently, not everyone has a zanpakutō with this form. And it looks like bankais are exclusive to ...
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Why do certain captain-level Shinigami wield small zanpakuto?

In Bleach, it is stated that the size of Shinigami's zanpakuto (sword) is based on their spiritual ability. However, many strong Shinigami have smaller swords. Sui-Feng, for example, has a zanpakuto ...
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What happened to Ichigo in Urahara's training area after meeting Byakuya (for the first time)?

I understand that during his initial training with Urahara something occurred that gave him (or awoke in him) but hardly anything is said on the matter. And how come nothing like this never happened ...
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What are Byakuya's Gokei, Senkei and Shuukei?

In addition to his bankai, Byakuya is observed using three techniques: Gokei Senkei Shūkei Not only is this the largest number of Zanpakutō abilities that we have seen in one sword (I think), but ...
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What's the connection between Zangetsu and White Ichigo?

This contains spoilers up to chapter 112 (not much of a spoiler, but still). Now, take a look at this (this is from chapter 112, right after It shows not only that Zangetsu is acquainted with White ...
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How does someone obtain spiritual powers?

Ichigo (obviously) has them, like his father. But it does not seem something that someone just inherits from their parent(s)? One of Ichigos his sisters has little and the other none. Does one need ...
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Why is Yoruichi able to transform?

Why/how is Yoruichi Shihōin able to transform into a cat? Was she always able to or did she learn it somehow? Does she have some object that allows here to? As far as I can remember she seems the ...
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What are the Four Noble Families of Soul Society?

What are the names of the main Four Families that live in Soul Society? Is there any information on how they came to be? Or how they became such? And do each of these clans commonly exceeds at a ...
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What would happen to a Menos or an Arrancar killed with a Zanpakuto?

It was said that a Hollow killed with a Zanpakuto is cleansed of all of his post-mortem sins, and is sent to soul society (unless he had committed sins in his lifetime, then he goes to Hell). What ...
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What happens if one dies in Soul Society?

In Bleach, Soul Society represents this sort of Heaven where souls are sent by Shinigamis (mostly from Earth?). However, once in Soul Society, is a soul immortal? Can they die? And if so, what happens?...
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What are the techniques/fighting styles displayed in Bleach?

In the series, a number of different styles are shown among the different characters. Some fight using their Zanpakutō, others use Kidō. Do all of these derived from a similar source? Are there other ...
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Where and how does the Bleach anime diverge from the manga?

I've seen almost all of the Bleach anime (at least what's been released dubbed), and I'm now interested in reading the manga. However, when the manga closely follows the anime I've already seen, I ...
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Why does Yoruichi say, “No one there could have survived a fight against Byakuya,” in Bleach chapter 120?

In chapter 116 of the Bleach manga, Ichigo finally meets Rukia in her tower (well, in fact, on the bridge) right after Byakuya has easily defeated Ganjyu, and Ukitake stopped him from finishing Ganjyu ...
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Did Ichigo originally have Sode no Shiraiyuki?

At the start of the Bleach manga, Rukia stabs Ichigo in the heart with her zanpakuto in order to give him her shinigami powers, which allows him to protect his family from the Hollows. After that, ...