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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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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 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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Where is Yoruichi's Zanpakuto?

Since the beginning, we see Yoroichi does not wield a Zanpakuto, but isn't it strange? Isn't she a Shinigami and the Zanpakuto is so important for them? It's true that she has her own fighting style, ...
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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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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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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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What is Jinta and Ururu's Identity?

Jinta and Ururu are the kids that works in Urahara's shop. I'm curious as to what their identities are. As far as I remember it was never been said what their background stories are. Are they ...
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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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Why is Ulquiorra the only espada with a second release?

In Bleach Ulquiorra is the only Espada with a second release, and he admits he has not shown Aizen. So I have come to a few questions: Why would he not show Aizen how powerful he is? Why is he the ...
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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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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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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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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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Are Hollows defeated by humans who are not Quincies considered as destroyed or “purified”?

If I remember correctly, Shinigami are "purifying" Hollows with Zanpakuto, cleansing souls and sending them to Soul Society (not counting cases when souls are going to Hell). And regarding Quincy, it ...
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Why does Zangetsu transform back into shikai mode when cutting Yhwach in half?

Why does Ichigo Kurosaki's Zanpakutō (Zangetsu) transform back into its original form (shikai mode) when cutting Yhwach in half in the latest chapters of the Bleach manga (chapter 684)? Is it because ...
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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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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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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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Can the Soul society exist without the soul king?

It was once stated in Bleach manga by Urahara that, But then afterwards, How does then the Soul society continues to survive into the future?
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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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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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Was Urahara's Bankai ever revealed or hinted at?

I used to watch and read Bleach before, but I stopped following the series after the defeat of Aizen. Urahara's Bankai is a mystery to me, and since I'm no longer updated, I don't know if there's ...
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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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How are Vasto Lorde different from the Espada?

There are a lot of threads on the internet that have confusing/contradicting answers, but how are Vasto Lorde different from the Espada?
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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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What exactly happens during a Captain's Exam?

Before the Hollowfication Incident (in the anime) we see Kisuke Urahara is called to a room to meet with Head Captain Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, with the presence of 2 other captains. After this, ...
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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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What are the similarities and differences between Reiatsu and Chakra?

What are the similarities and difference between Reiatsu from Bleach and Chakra from Naruto? I've felt that they both are similar, like it's a part of the individuals' insides/spirit/soul and also it ...
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When do the Bleach Movies occur in relation to the anime?

I'm wondering at what point in the anime series of Bleach do each of the movies occur? This way, when I watch the series I can stop at a specific point to watch the appropriate movie.
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How does Aizen's sword work?

In Bleach, Aizen's sword is claimed to be one of the most powerful, as it can control the human senses. As I remember, it was said that if you have seen it once, you've already lost to it. Can someone ...
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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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What does Captain Kurotsuchi do to Nemu in Bleach Episode 200?

What does Captain Kurotsuchi do to bring Nemu back to consciousness after her spirit particles have been absorbed by Szayelaporro? I remember Ishida saying that it couldn't be aired. what exactly ...
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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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Did Bleach drop in popularity from 2010 onwards?

I stumbled upon a MAL post. Which had a nice graph which displays that after a small peak in 2010, bleach had a significant drop in rank. This same post also claims that this data was biased, as the ...
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How did the “S” quincy heal his eardrums?

The "S" quincy has the special ability to fully recover from damage after hearing the cheers of his followers. However, how did he recover from his wounds after destroying his eardrums in his fight ...
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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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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, ...
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Which clockwisality should the swastika be in Bleach-related contexts?

In the context of Bleach, which clockwisality should the swastika have? Should it be "卍解", or "卐解"? Or are both valid? Doing a google image search for both of them gets Bleach-related hits.
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What is the typical equipment/clothing for a Soul Reaper?

As the title says, I'm interested in what the typical equipment is for a Soul Reaper and if there is any difference in equipment... ... they have when operating in the World of the Living as opposed ...
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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 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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What anime/manga are the sword and the dog in this image from? [closed]

I can figure the rest of this image out, but I just don't know what anime/manga the sword and the dog are from. Can someone help me out?
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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 Yachiru?

According to the Wikia, Yachiru disappeared leaving her belongings after the fight with Gremmy. She is said to be "gone" by Kenpachi in the penultimate chapter of the original series. I use "original"...
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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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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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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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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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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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How did Unohana kill people if her zanpaktou was a healing type?

Unohana's Minazuki, as revealed in her fight with Zaraki, is the type that heals. Then how did she go on the murderous rampages that eventually played a part in her earning the title of the first ...