Author: Tite Kubo
Published: 2001 Shueisha, TV Tokyo
Bleach, one could say that this is the prince of long ass animation, the king being One Piece. Yet like some popular manga and anime we get this awkward time between the the climax and the finish.
Amp here once again! in this review ima give you some advice on how to approach this anime as a whole (as there definitely is a definitive way to watch this one)
So yeah meet our main character Ichigo our main Ichibro throughout, an interesting character a little dumb but whatever he serves the purpose of being the protagonist who is gifted in and somehow linked to world he is about to be plunged into, the world of ‘Soul Society’ now Soul Society is pretty much your heaven and those who are not fit to go to Soul Society are sent to hell. Pretty simple right ButWaitThere’sMore.jpg if you are un-satisfied with your death or are emotionally tied to something you start to become a hollow, a beast with an un-satiable hunger for recognition, thus be named hollow as all attention given to them falls straight through, that and a giant hole in their chests! it is shinigami’s jobs to hunt these hollows down and vanquish them although this doesn’t purge the soul it release others and itself from its torment.
So with that you would of thought that this would be a pretty simple story, maybe 25 episodes right? No, many things start to stir in Soul Society and co-incidentally Ichigo is in the thick of it. Let me take a side bar real quick, the story revolving round Ichigo is quite linear to say the least things happen to him as if it was a pre-scripted life story (which is essentially what it is but its very much not realistic even by anime standards) needless to say though past the first 50 episodes just the fact that you see Ichigo growing stronger and fighting epic battles the simple story so far is enough of a narrative hook to get you hooked (LOL i did a pun i am so funny) The story starts to pick up and just when you think its getting good FILLER Bleach has to be the worst anime for filler i have ever seen, the problem is that these sometimes 20 episode sub-plots are that they appear to take place in the same universe and they seem to have some effect on the main characters YET no one bloody remembers them, very confusing for an idiot like myself xD. AMPS AWESOME ADVICE: Basically there are some awesome sites that allow you to see exactly where these sub-plots start and where they end so you can bypass them entirely ABRACADBRA LINK *Poof* bleach.wikia.com/wiki/Episodes However to be fair to these filler episodes some of the arcs can be quite enjoyable so unless you absolutely hate filler just watch em anyways.
I can tell you now that the plot becomes rather interesting and actually stays on par with the action which was surprising for me, many things happen in the world of Soul Society and much of it is very interesting a part from the last 50 episodes but that is for another time.There is a lot to the story, and too much to talk about, i have a few tangents that i want to go off on but i will probably cover those in the podcast on Thursday ;).
The animation and the music in this anime are probably the best you will see in a long time just because it is a perfect anime for such shenanigans such as overly dramatic music and cool and silly special effects. When i do revisit Bleach i always get a ton of adrenaline and these two factors engage me the most, very awesome. Also the Animation improves as the series goes on! Much wow! although it changes at such a slow rate you won’t really notice it unless you watch the entire thing again.
- Animation lends strongly to this kind of anime
- It is long and should keep you entertained for a while
- a lot of character progression to help you become attached to the character
- Tons of filler :<
- Very cliche moments (cringeworthy)
- it kinda becomes like a long snake that won’t die (not hugely impressed by the ending
To summarize this anime is probably a must watch just for the fact that it is a classic, it has a lot of awesome fight scenes and music like this makes it incredibly powerful at points http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HfiWiccSrA.
BUT BEWARE THERE ARE LOTS OF THESE MOMENTS