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    right|Front: Ichigo; back, l to r: Rukia, Uryu, Chad, Orihime, Kon
    Bleach is a long-running anime series based on the Shonen Jump manga created by Tite Kubo.
    The series is produced by Studio Pierrot and has run on Japan's TV Tokyo since October 5, 2004. It is licensed in North America by Viz Media and currently runs in the U.S. on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block and in Canada on YTV.
    The anime has spawned three films, and two OVA.

    Story

    Ichigo Kurosaki is a regular Japanese high school student, except for his ability to see the spirits of the deceased. One night he is awoken in his bedroom by the sudden appearance of Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper (or Shinigami) who is on the trail of a Hollow, a supernatural monster who preys on the souls of the living and dead alike. When this Hollow attacks Ichigo's home and leaves Rukia injured, she has no choice but to transfer her Soul Reaper powers to Ichigo to defeat it...but she accidentally transfers too much. Now Ichigo must take over Rukia's Soul Reaper duties, purifying Hollows while guiding the souls of the dead to the afterlife, while Rukia must remain in the world of the living and help him until her powers are restored.
    The series focuses on Ichigo and Rukia's battles with Hollows and other enemies both in the afterlife and the world of the living, as well as those of their friends--Uryu Ishida, a Hollow-hunting Quincy who holds a grudge against Soul Reapers, and two of Ichigo's classmates, Orihime Inoue and Yasutora "Chad" Sado, who develop powers of their own.

    Main Characters

    <dl>
    <dt>Ichigo Kurosaki
    <dd> voiced by: Masakazu Morita (JP), Johnny Yong Bosch (US)
    <dd>Ichigo is a 15-year-old high school student with a detached attitude, which when coupled with his naturally orange hair gets him into many fights. He lives at his father's medical clinic with his two younger sisters Yuzu and Karin. His mother was killed by a Hollow when he was nine years old, and the guilt he felt afterward influences him to protect those close to him. Ichigo also possesses innate and uncontrollable spiritual powers which are unlocked by Rukia when he must defend his family from a Hollow attack.
    <dt>Rukia Kuchiki
    <dd> voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (JP), Michelle Ruff (US)
    <dd>Rukia is a Soul Reaper under the 13th Court Guard Squad of the Soul Society. Shortly after her first encounter with Ichigo while chasing after a Hollow, she has no choice but to transfer some of her powers to him in order to carry out her duty. Afterwards she is too weak to return to the Soul Society and must inhabit a gigai (fake body) and remain in the living world until her powers are fully restored, while helping Ichigo with his new duty as a substitute Soul Reaper.
    <dt>Orihime Inoue
    <dd> voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (JP), Stephanie Sheh (US)
    <dd>Orihime is a classmate of Ichigo with big breasts, good grades and a taste for strange food combinations. She has lived by herself, supported by her realtives, ever since her older brother died in a car accident. She wears pins in her hair in his memory--he gave them to her on the day he was killed--which also hold her spiritual power: six fairy-like spirit beings which give her the abilities to shield off attacks and alter time to heal injuries.
    <dt>Yasutora Sado, a.k.a. "Chad"
    <dd> voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (JP), Jamieson Price (US)
    <dd>Chad is a tall, shaggy-haired student and another of Ichigo's classmates. Despite his appearance and unusual physical endurance, he is a good student, is very quiet and hesitates to get into fights unless it is absolutely necessary, something he picked up as a child from his adoptive grandfather. During the series' early episodes he is forced into battle with a Hollow to protect Ichigo's sister Karin, where his spiritual power awakens in the form of multicolored Y-shaped armor on his right arm which fires powerful blasts of energy.
    <dt>Uryu Ishida
    <dd> voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (US)
    <dd>Uryu is the last of the Quincy, a clan of humans who are similar to Soul Reapers in that they also fight Hollows, though they would destroy the Hollows entirely rather than purify their souls. He has entered a working relationship with Ichigo and Rukia even though he despises Soul Reapers, and has always ever since he saw his grandfather killed by one as a boy. He also has an interest in sewing and is a member of the school's crafts club.
    <dt>Kon
    <dd> voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Quinton Flynn (US)
    <dd>Kon is a "mod soul", or "modified soul", created by the Soul Society as an experiment in reanimating dead bodies to battle Hollows which was abandoned for ethical reasons. His name comes from the Japanese term for "mod soul", kaizou konpaku. Outside of comic relief, his job is to temporarily inhabit Ichigo's body while he is away doing his Soul Reaper duties, but otherwise he lives in Ichigo's bedroom in the body of a stuffed lion. He has a great affinity for girls with large breasts, but has also been drawn to Rukia for some reason.
    </dl>

    Credits

    Original Story
    Tite Kubo Director
    Noriyuki Abe Planning Manager
    Ryo Oyama Series Composition
    Masashi Sogo Character Design
    Masashi Kudoh
    Color Design
    Hiromi Anzai
    Hideo Kamiya
    Art Direction
    Natsuko Suzuki
    Sawako Takagi
    Director of Photography
    Toshiyuki Fukushima Music
    Shiro Sagisu Music Producer
    Ryo Oyama
    Animation Production
    Studio Pierrot Production
    Dentsu Inc.
    Studio Pierrot
    TV Tokyo
    Producer
    Ken Hagino
    Noriko Kobayashi
    Yutaka Sugiyama
    U.S. Licensor
    Viz Media ADR Production
    STUDIOPOLIS, Inc. Voice Direction
    Kirk Thornton
    Wendee Lee
    Michael Sorich
    English Adaptation
    Carl Macek
    Liam O'Brien
    Mark Ryan
    Michael Sorich

    Themes

    Opening Themes
    1. Episodes 1-25: "*~Asterisk~" by Orange Range
    2. Episodes 26-51: "D-tecnolife" by UVERworld
    3. Episodes 52-74: "Ichirin no Hana" by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR
    4. Episodes 75-97: "TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT" by BEAT CRUSADERS
    5. Episodes 98-120: "Rolling Star" by YUI
    6. Episodes 121-143: "ALONES" by Aqua Timez
    7. Episodes 144-167: "After Dark" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
    8. Episodes 168-189: "Chu-Bura" by Kelun
    9. Episodes 190-212: "Velonica" by Aqua Timez
    10. Episodes 213-242: "Shojo S" by Scandal
    11. Episodes 243-265: "Anima Rossa" by Porno Graffitti
    12. Episodes 266+: "chAngE" by Miwa
    Ending Themes
    1. Episodes 1-13: "Life is Like a Boat" by Rie Fu
    2. Episodes 14-25: "Thank You!!" by HOME MADE Kazoku
    3. Episodes 26-38: "Houkiboshi (Shooting Star)" by Younha
    4. Episodes 39-51: "happy people" by Skoop On Somebody
    5. Episodes 52-63: "LIFE" by YUI
    6. Episodes 64-74: "My Pace" by SunSet Switch
    7. Episodes 75-86: "Fireworks" by Ikimono-gakari
    8. Episodes 87-97: "MOVIN!!" by Takacha
    9. Episodes 98-109: "Baby It?s You" by JUNE
    10. Episodes 110-120: "Sakura Biyori" by Hoshimura Mai
    11. Episodes 121-131: "Tsumasaki" by Ore Ska Band
    12. Episodes 121-131: "Tane wo Maku Hibi (Day Seeds are Scattered)" by Atari Kousuke
    13. Episodes 132-143: "Daidai" by Chatmonchy
    14. Episodes 144-152: "Tane o Maku Hibi" by Kousuke Atari
    15. Episodes 153-167: "Kansha" by RSP
    16. Episodes 168-179: "Orange" by Lil'b
    17. Episodes 180-189: "Gallop" by pe'zmoku
    18. Episodes 190-201: "Hitohira no Hanabira" by Stereopony
    19. Episodes 202-212: "Sky Chord" by Shion Tsuji
    20. Episodes 213-229: "
    Kimi wo Mamotte, Kimi wo Aishite" by Sambomaster
    1. Episodes 230-242: "Mad Surfer" by Kenichi Asai
    2. Episodes 243-255: "Sakurabito" by SunSet Swish
    3. Episodes 256-265: "Tabidatsu Kimi e" by RSP
    4. Episode 266-278: "Stay Beautiful" by Diggy-Mo
    5. Episode 279+: "Echoes" by universe
    Category:2000s animated series
    Category:Anime TV series
    Category:Action animation
    Category:Shonen Jump series
     

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