Bleach (ブ リ ー チ, Burīchi, romanized as BLEACH in Japanese) is an ongoing manga series written by T. Kubo, the series has been published in W. Shonen Jump magazine since August.
Bleach is follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a high school student who can see the ghosts. The early part of the story focuses mainly on the characters. As events unfold, the story begins to delve deeper into the realm of the god of death.
This Bleach manga series has been adapted into an animated television series, two OVAs, four animated films, a rock musical, numerous video games, and a Trading Card Game. A volume compilation of this Bleach manga has sold more than 50 million copies in Japan and has reached the top of the manga sales chart in the United States. The manga also received the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2005, and the anime has been nominated for several American Anime Awards.
This Bleach story begins with the sudden appearance of Shinigami Rukia Kuchiki in Ichigo Kurosaki’s bedroom. He is surprised by Ichigo’s ability to see it, but their conversation is interrupted by the appearance of a “Hollow”. After Rukia is badly injured while trying to protect Ichigo, she decides to transfer half of her strength to Ichigo so that she can fight the Hollow on a balance.
In advertently, Ichigo absorbs almost all of his strength, thus allowing him to easily defeat Hollows. The next day Rukia appears in Ichigo’s classroom as a normal human and informs Ichigo that the absorption of his power has trapped him in the Human World until he can regain his strength. Meanwhile, Ichigo hides Rukia in his home and takes up his duties as a Shinigami, battling Hollows and guiding souls to Soul Society.
After several months of this Bleach plot, in the sixth volume of the series, Rukia’s superior Shinigami interpreted her departure as a defection, sent troops to arrest her, and sentenced her to death. Ichigo is unable to stop Rukia’s capture, but with the help of some of his classmates who also received spiritual powers and ex-Shinigami Kisuke Urahara, he enters the headquarters of the Shinigami, who are in the afterlife realm known as Soul Society. Once there, Ichigo and his friends battle the elite Shinigami forces and perfectly thwart Rukia’s execution.
It is later revealed that Rukia’s execution and Ichigo’s rescue efforts were both manipulated by Sōsuke Aizen, a high-ranking Shinigami who was previously thought to be murdered, as part of a long-term plan to take control of Soul Society. Aizen betrays his Shinigami friends and allies with Hollows, becoming the main antagonist of the series, and Ichigo joins his former enemies in Soul Society after learning that the next step in Aizen’s plan is to destroy the city he lives in.
The Gotei 13 band together to defeat Aizen and the Arrancar but still can’t stop Aizen in the Fake Karakura Town they created. Ichigo finally defeats Aizen in Soul Society at the expense of his Shinigami powers. From now on, Bleach’s story continues with Ichigo’s attempts to regain his lost power. Based on Tite Kubo’s explanation, the ending of this series has not been planned or written yet.