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Bleach
Cover of Bleach, Volume 1
ブリーチ
(Burīchi)
Demographic Shōnen
Genre Action, Supernatural
Manga
Author Tite Kubo
Publisher Flag of Japan Shueisha
Serialized in Flag of Japan Weekly Shonen Jump'
Original run August 2001 – (ongoing)
Volumes 30, containing 269 of 301 released chapters (as of November 9, 2007).
TV anime
Director Noriyuki Abe
Studio Studio Pierrot
Licensor Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Viz Media
Flag of the United Kingdom Manga Entertainment
Flag of Australia Flag of New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Network Flag of Japan TV Tokyo
Original run October 5, 2004 – (ongoing)
Episodes 150 (as of November 28, 2007)
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Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a high school student with the ability to see ghosts, and Rukia Kuchiki, a shinigami (Soul Reaper or, literally, "death god"). The early parts of the story focus mainly on the characters. As events unfold, the story begins to delve deeper into the world of these gods of death. Ichigo Kurosaki ) is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Bleach created by Tite Kubo and the main protagonist of the series. ... This article is about the paranormal. ... Rukia Kuchiki ) is a fictional character and the secondary protagonist in the anime and manga series Bleach created by Tite Kubo. ... Shinigami , lit. ... Death god and Death worship redirect here. ...


The manga series has been adapted into an animated television series, two OVAs, two animated feature films, a rock musical, numerous video games and a TCG (Trading Card Game). Compilation volumes of the manga have sold over 40 million copies in Japan, and have reached the top of manga sales charts in the United States. The manga received the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2005, and the anime has been nominated for several American Anime Awards. “Animé” redirects here. ... A human ovum An ovum (loosely, egg or egg cell) is a female sex cell or gamete. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... Collectible card games (CCGs), also called trading card games (TCGs), are played using specially designed sets of cards. ... The Shogakukan Manga Award is one of Japans major manga awards sponsored by Shogakukan Publishing. ... The American Anime Awards are a series of awards designed to recognize excellence in the release of anime and manga in North America. ...

Contents

Introduction

See also: List of Bleach chapters and List of Bleach episodes
Ichigo facing an attacking hollow, Fishbone D.

The story opens with the sudden appearance of the shinigami Rukia in Ichigo's bedroom. She is surprised at his ability to see her, but their resulting conversation is interrupted by the appearance of a hollow, an evil spirit. After Rukia is severely wounded while trying to protect Ichigo, she intends to transfer half her powers to Ichigo, hoping to give him the opportunity to face the hollow on equal footing. Ichigo unintentionally absorbs almost all her powers instead, allowing him to defeat the hollow with ease. This is a list of chapters for the manga series Bleach. ... This is a list of episodes for the ongoing Bleach anime series. ... Image File history File links Hollow2. ... Image File history File links Hollow2. ... Shinigami , lit. ... Fishbone D, the first hollow seen in the series. ...


The next day, Rukia appears in Ichigo's classroom as a transfer student. Much to his surprise, she appears to be a normal human. She theorizes that it was the unusual strength of Ichigo's spirit that caused him to absorb almost all her powers, thus leaving her stranded in the human world. Rukia has transferred herself into a gigai — an artificial human body — while waiting to recover her abilities. In the meantime, Ichigo must take over her job as a shinigami, battling hollows and guiding lost souls to the Soul Society. Shinigami , lit. ...


Characters

All Bleach characters are "souls". Living humans contain souls within their bodies, while disembodied souls, or spirits, have a form composed of particles of spiritual energy called ectoplasm (霊子 reishi?), which otherwise mimics human anatomy, aside from slowed aging. This form encompasses all of the spirit's being; there is no distinction between spirit and body. There are a variety of different types of spirits in Bleach, each with a different visual theme and approach to combat.


Main characters

See also: List of Bleach characters
Ichigo Kurosaki (黒崎 一護 Kurosaki Ichigo?) Voiced by: Masakazu Morita (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
The primary protagonist of Bleach, orange haired high school freshman Ichigo Kurosaki is forced to become a substitute shinigami after unwittingly absorbing most of Rukia's powers. His cynical nature at first makes him ill-disposed towards the duty, but with the passage of time he comes to accept and welcome it, recognizing that even if he is not able to save everyone, he can at least use his skills to protect those close to him, while fighting of the hollow within himself.
Rukia Kuchiki (朽木 ルキア Kuchiki Rukia?) Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)
Rukia Kuchiki is a shinigami who was sent on a hollow extermination patrol in Ichigo Kurosaki's hometown. Though her physical appearance is that of a teenage girl, in reality she is around 150 years old. Rukia is forced to transfer her power to Ichigo and assume a temporary lifestyle as a regular human. She registers at the local high school and takes up residence in Ichigo's closet, while teaching him how to be a substitute shinigami in her place.
Orihime Inoue (井上 織姫 Inoue Orihime?) Voiced by: Yuki Matsuoka (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
Orihime Inoue is a long-time classmate of Ichigo, closely linked to him by mutual friend Tatsuki Arisawa. She is effectively an orphan, as she and her elder brother Sora ran away from their abusive home at a young age, and her brother later died. Though initially devoid of spiritual powers, she begins to develop spiritual awareness and later obtains one of the most powerful healing abilities in the Bleach universe, able to bend time and space as a way to,completely restore a body to its previous state regardless of how severely it is wounded or form a barrier against any attack.
Yasutora "Chad" Sado (茶渡 泰虎 Sado Yasutora?) Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Jamieson Price (English)
Yasutora Sado, better known as Chad, is one of Ichigo's few friends at school. He is a biracial (Japanese/Mexican) student who towers over his classmates. Despite his imposing appearance he is quite meek, and refuses to fight unless it is for the sake of another, due to the lessons imposed upon him by his grandfather after the death of his parents. He does not have awareness of ghosts at first, but can still touch hollows, and eventually is able to see them when he witnesses a group of children, including Ichigo's oldest sister, being attacked by a hollow. He discovers a unique ability that strengthens and armors his right arm, enabling him to fight hollows.
Kisuke Urahara (浦原 喜助 Urahara Kisuke?) Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese), Michael Lindsay (English)
A mysterious and cheery man, Kisuke Urahara runs the Urahara Shop, a candy store that also sells supernatural items to shinigami. Despite his sanguine nature he is one of the most significant figures in the Bleach universe, bearing immense knowledge of the spiritual realms which he uses to mastermind the operations of the protagonists. Urahara is later discovered to be an ex-captain from soul society who left do to the misuse of his research.
Uryū Ishida (石田 雨竜 Ishida Uryū?) Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (English)
Though on the surface nothing more than the solitary class genius, Uryū Ishida is actually a Quincy, descendant of a line of priest-like hollow-hunting archers. He bears a deep grudge against all shinigami, including Ichigo, but comes to view Ichigo differently over time, eventually becoming an ally and friendly rival.
Renji Abarai (阿散井 恋次 Abarai Renji?) Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (Japanese), Wally Wingert (English)
Renji Abarai is an elite shinigami bearing the rank of 6th Division lieutenant, making him second in command of a sub-branch of the shinigami armed forces. Weilds a zanpoktou named Zabimaru (Baboon King)which is personified as a talking baboon with a snake as a tail. Although first introduced as a deadly enemy, he has conflicting loyalties between his duties and Rukia, whom he grew up with. A brash and driven man, he holds both a deep respect and animosity towards his immediate superior, 6th Division captain Byakuya Kuchiki.

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Character types

  • Human: The humans of Bleach are much like the residents of modern Japan, and most cannot see or sense disembodied spirits in any way. Spirits can, however, inhabit artificial human bodies called gigai which are visible to ordinary humans. One in 50,000 humans is a medium with some awareness of nearby spirits, but only a third of these are able to see them clearly, and only the strongest of mediums are able to speak with or touch spirits.[1] Certain unique humans naturally have both the power to sense and the strength to fight with spirits. Ordinary humans can gain the ability to interact with spirits by spending time around a large source of spirit energy.[2]
  • Plus: Benign spirits in Bleach are known as pluses (wholes in the official English editions). A plus is the spirit of a person who has died.[3] A chain, known as the Chain of Fate (因果の鎖 inga no kusari?), protrudes from the chest and binds the plus to a location, object or person that they felt close to in life.[4] The soul can move about freely if the chain is broken, but this also causes the chain to corrode.[4] Normally, pluses are sent to Soul Society by shinigami in a ritual called soul burial (魂葬 konsō?) before this corrosion becomes significant. If the Chain of Fate is corroded entirely before a soul burial can be performed, a hole will form in the chest of the soul where the chain was once anchored. Such souls are driven mad and become evil spirits known as hollows.[4] If the Chain of Fate is torn out deliberately, this also leads to spiritual degradation.[5]
  • Shinigami: Shinigami (Soul Reapers in the official English editions, Death Gods in most subtitled versions) are the psychopomps of Bleach. They are souls with inner spiritual power, recruited from the ranks of the residents and nobility of Soul Society. Like all spirits, they cannot be detected by normal humans. Shinigami use their zanpakutō, supernatural swords that are the manifestation of their owners' power, to perform soul burials on pluses.[3] Shinigami also use zanpakutō and magic known as kidō to fight their archrivals, the hollows.[3] A group of shinigami known as the vizard have obtained hollow powers, gaining removable masks and access to certain hollow abilities.
  • Hollow: The hollows are the major antagonists of Bleach. They are evil spirits who reside in Hueco Mundo but travel to the living world to feed on the souls of the living and dead alike. Like shinigami, hollows are made of spiritual matter and cannot be detected by ordinary humans. While the majority of hollows can be overcome by the average shinigami, there are some which surpass even the most elite shinigami in strength. All normal hollows wear white masks,[4] but a small group of hollows have broken them, becoming arrancar. By shattering their masks, these hollows regain the ability to reason, sometimes obtain a humanoid form, and gain access to shinigami powers.[6]
Quincy with their distinctive bows.
  • Quincy: The Quincy are a clan of spiritually aware humans who once fought against the hollows, using bows composed of spiritual energy (reaitsu) to slay them.[7] As opposed to shinigami, Quincy absorb and channel energy from their surroundings to fight.[8] Unlike the shinigami method of killing hollows which allows the hollow to enter Soul Society, the Quincy technique simply destroys the hollow's soul entirely.[7] This method has the propensity to shatter the balance of the universe, because when souls are destroyed, the number of souls entering and leaving Soul Society cannot remain equal.[9] This issue prompted the shinigami to conduct a campaign to exterminate the Quincy about 200 years before the main storyline.[10] At least two Quincy still remain.
  • Artificial soul: Artificial souls (Also know as Modified Souls, or Mod Souls) are a type of soul mass-produced by the shinigami.[11] Issued in pill form, they are used to force shinigami out of their gigai during protracted stays in the living world, and also to evict pluses that refuse to leave their bodies after death.[11] They come with a pre-programmed personality that animates the host body until the owner returns.[11] In addition to the mundane versions, a series of experimental souls authorized and created by shinigami researchers exists.[12] Known as modified souls, these were meant to hunt hollows by possessing soulless human bodies and supercharging a particular aspect of them (for example, strength or speed).[12] The shinigami decided to scrap the project due to the inhumanity of forcing dead bodies to fight, and ordered the destruction of all modified souls.[12] Only one modified soul exists in the manga (Kon), but there are three more such characters in the anime.
  • Bount: Exclusive to the anime, the Bounts are a clan of human beings with high spiritual energy and special powers. They were accidentally created by shinigami scientists looking for a way to create eternal life. Bounts consume the souls of human beings to survive; theoretically, a Bount could live forever by doing so. Although the Bounts have a strict rule to consume only the souls of the dead, the final group of Bounts chose to drain souls from living humans in order to become more powerful. Each Bount uses a "doll" in combat, a type of familiar possessing its own special abilities. Every doll is unique and is a manifestation of the user's power. If the doll is destroyed, its owner is destroyed as well.

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Setting

A view of Seireitei in Soul Society.

The planes of existence in the Bleach universe broadly correspond to the life and afterlife of human belief systems. The living humans of Bleach reside in a world resembling present-day Japan; buried souls live in a kind of Heaven called Soul Society; evil souls are sent to Hell. Once in Soul Society, a spirit is able to live longer than humans in the living world, with many aging into the thousands of years. Once a spirit dies in Soul Society, its soul is sent back to the living world and reborn as a new human. This provides the two worlds with balance. Image File history File links Soul_Society. ... Image File history File links Soul_Society. ... In metaphysics and esoteric cosmology, a plane of existence (sometimes called simply a plane, dimension, vibrating plane, or an inner, invisible, spiritual, supraphysical world, or egg) is conceived as a subtle region of space (and/or consciousness) beyond, but permeating, the known physical universe (or a portion of the physical... For other uses, see Afterlife (disambiguation). ... Various Religious symbols, including (first row) Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, (second row) Islamic, tribal, Taoist, Shinto (third row) Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jain, (fourth row) Ayyavazhi, Triple Goddess, Maltese cross, pre-Christian Slavonic Religion is the adherence to codified beliefs and rituals that generally involve a faith in a spiritual... For other uses, see Heaven (disambiguation). ... This article is about the theological or philosophical afterlife. ...

  • Human world: The human world of Bleach is modern Japan, specifically, a fictional area of Western Tokyo called Karakura Town.[13] In this world, Ichigo attends school and fights hollows. Places of note are the high school, the Urahara Shop, the river where Ichigo's mother was killed, the cemetery, Karakura Hospital, and Ichigo and Orihime's homes.
  • Soul Society: Soul Society consists of an expansive walled city Seireitei (瀞霊廷 Court of Pure Souls?), in the center and four regions, each with 80 districts, outside of it. The districts outside of the Seireitei are known as the Rukongai (流魂街 Town of Wandering Spirits?) and are the place where non-shinigami and commoners live.[14] The district number of the Rukongai (ranging from 1 to 80) also describes its conditions.[15] District 1, the closest to Seireitei, is peaceful and orderly, while the most distant District 80 is filled with criminals and has the poorest living conditions.[15] A king resides in another realm within Soul Society. [16]
  • Hueco Mundo: Hueco Mundo is the area between the human world and Soul Society. Literally meaning "hollow world" (the word hueco can also mean "hole"), it is where hollows reside, and are undetectable as long as they remain inside. Entrances to Hueco Mundo are created by ripping the dimensional fabric between the two worlds. Hueco Mundo is divided into three sections. On the surface is a desert-like realm, held in perpetual nighttime and home to the strongest hollows and the Las Noches palace. Directly underneath is the Forest of Menos, home to general menos and almost all the Gillian. A third layer, below the Forest of Menos, is mentioned but never explored. [17]
Gates of Hell
  • Hell: Hell is the destination of those who committed unforgivably evil acts during their lives in the human world. When a hollow whose mortal soul is too wicked to enter Soul Society is slain by a zanpakutō, the gates of hell (giant doors held by skeletons) appear and begin to open. A giant, laughing spiritual being with a blade spears the wicked spirit and drags it down into hell.[18]

Bleach characters move from world to world by several means. Shinigami open passages between worlds by means of their zanpakutō. Butterflies created during soul burial, called hell butterflies (地獄蝶 jigoku-chō?), make these routes safe. Human souls usually cross between planes only through birth into the human world or soul burial by shinigami. Living humans can also use special portals to move between worlds, but this is dangerous. While hollows are portrayed as able to move between planes at will by opening rifts in space, they usually remain in Hueco Mundo due to the risk of discovery in Soul Society or the human world. Encounters between characters crossing realms are a driving plot force in Bleach. Category: ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: A town apparently mentioned in one episode of an anime series and thus apparently fancruft of the type which would fork off every minute aspect of a fictional universe of limited interest. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: A town apparently mentioned in one episode of an anime series and thus apparently fancruft of the type which would fork off every minute aspect of a fictional universe of limited interest. ... Soul Society )[1] is the afterlife (also called the spirit world in a Bleach-related context) in the anime and manga series Bleach. ... Hueco Mundo is a sparse, desert-covered place. ... Hueco Mundo is a sparse, desert-covered place. ... Hueco Mundo is a sparse, desert-covered place. ... Fishbone D, the first hollow seen in the series. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Shikai redirects here. ...


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Since its first appearance in August 2001, the Bleach manga has appeared weekly in Shueisha's Shonen Jump magazine. Shueisha also compiles the chapters into bimonthly tankōbon volumes. The first volume of the manga has sold over 1.25 million copies in Japan,[19] and the manga series as a whole has sold over 40 million volumes.[20] In 2005, Bleach was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category.[21] This is a list of media and materials related to the manga and anime series Bleach. ... Shueisha ) is a major publisher in Japan, headquartered in Tokyo. ... Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 17 2007 (Japanese version), featuring Luffy of One Piece on the cover JUMP SHOP Osaka Shop. ... Shueisha ) is a major publisher in Japan, headquartered in Tokyo. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... The Shogakukan Manga Award is one of Japans major manga awards sponsored by Shogakukan Publishing. ... Bleach , a well-known example of Shōnen manga This article is about the shōnen style of anime and manga. ...


The Bleach animated TV series is broadcast on Wednesdays by TV Tokyo and affiliated stations throughout Japan. It is co-produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu and Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe, with character designs by Masashi Kudō and music by Shiro Sagisu.[22] The series premiered on October 5, 2004. The first 63 episodes were based on the manga, and they were followed by 46 original episodes. Beginning with episode 110, the anime has returned to the manga storyline, incorporating elements from the filler episodes. In addition, two OVAs have been produced and an animated film, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, premiered in Japan on December 16, 2006. A second Bleach film will be released in December 2007.[23] In a 2006 internet poll by TV Asahi, Bleach was ranked as Japan's seventh-favorite anime program.[24] The logo of TV Tokyo. ... The logo of TV Tokyo. ... Dentsu Building in Shiodome, Tokyo Dentsu Inc. ... Founded in 1979, Studio Pierrot (スタジオぴえろ) is a Japanese animation company. ... Noriyuki Abe (阿部記之 Abe Noriyuki) (born July 19, 1961) is a Japanese anime director, storyboard artist and sound director. ... Shiro Sagisu ) (born August 29, 1957) is a well-known Japanese music producer, composer, arranger and conductor. ... For other uses, see 5th October (Serbia). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... TV Asahi Corporation ) (TYO: 9409 ), also known as EX and Tele-Asa ), is a television network headquartered in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. ...


Viz Media has released 21 English-language volumes of the manga in North America, and numerous scanlation groups continue to release unofficial English translations of new chapters. North American sales of the manga have been high, with Volume 16 placing in the top 10 graphic novel sales in December 2006[25] and Volume 17 being the best-selling manga volume for the month of February 2007.[26][27] On March 15, 2006, Viz Media obtained foreign television, home video, and merchandising rights to the Bleach anime from the TV Tokyo Corporation and Shueisha.[28] Subsequently, Viz Media contracted Studiopolis to create the English dub of the anime,[29] and has licensed its individual Bleach merchandising rights to several different companies.[30] Viz Media, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American anime, manga and Japanese entertainment company formed by the merger of Viz, LLC, and ShoPro Entertainment. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... North America North America is a continent [1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Scanlation (sometimes scanslation) is a term used for manga comics which have been scanned and translated by fans from its native language (usually Japanese or Korean) to another language, commonly English, French or Spanish. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Studiopolis, Inc. ...


The English version of the Bleach anime premiered on Canada's YTV channel in the Bionix program block on September 8, 2006. Cartoon Network's Adult Swim began airing Bleach the following evening. As of October 20, 2007, the show is on hiatus on Adult Swim, being replaced with another Viz series, Death Note. However, on November 10, 2007 at a Tandokucon panel, Kyle Hebert stated that they had fallen behind on their dubbing schedule, and that the show should be returning as soon as Death Note finishes its run. In the UK, Bleach premieres new episodes every day at 21:00 on AnimeCentral, premiering episode one on September 13, 2007. The English version of Bleach was nominated for the "best manga" and "best theme" awards at the 2006 American Anime Awards, but did not win either category. It was nominated again in 2007 in the fields of "best manga", "best actor", "best DVD package design", and "best theme", but failed to win any awards.[31] This article is about the Canadian television network. ... Bionix logo. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ... Adult Swim is the name for an adult-oriented television programming network. ... is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Death note redirects here. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Kyle H. Hebert (born June 14, 1969 in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is an American voice actor best known for his roles as adult Gohan and the narrator in the FUNimation English dub of the Japanese anime Dragon Ball Z. Hebert got his start in the mid 1990s as a disc... This article is about a British TV Channel, for the anime convention, see Anime Central. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


References

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  2. ^ Kubo, Tite (2002). Bleach, Volume 6. Tokyo, Japan: Shueisha, chapter 44, 19. ISBN 4-08-873366-5
  3. ^ a b c Kubo, Tite (2002). Bleach, Volume 1. Tokyo, Japan: Shueisha, chapter 1, 19-21. ISBN 4-08-873213-8
  4. ^ a b c d Kubo, Tite (2002). Bleach, Volume 4. Tokyo, Japan: Shueisha, chapter 28, 10-12. ISBN 4-08-873310-X
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  18. ^ Kubo, Tite (2002). Bleach, Volume 2. Tokyo, Japan: Shueisha, chapter 12, 8-13. ISBN 4-08-873366-5
  19. ^ 2ch Jump Log (Japanese). Accessed 2007-03-27.
  20. ^ 2ch Jump Log (Japanese). Accessed 2007-07-12.
  21. ^ Shogakukan Manga Award (Japanese). Accessed 2006-12-14.
  22. ^ TV Tokyo's Bleach staff listing (Japanese) Accessed 2007-03-27
  23. ^ Bleach: Memories of Nobody website Accessed 2007-06-07
  24. ^ "Japan's Favorite TV Anime" on Anime News Network. Accessed 2006-12-14.
  25. ^ Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--December 2006 on ICv2. Accessed 2007-03-28.
  26. ^ Top 100 Graphic Novels Actual--February 2007 on ICv2. Accessed 2007-03-28.
  27. ^ 'Civil War' Finale Tops the Charts on ICv2. Accessed 2007-03-28.
  28. ^ "Viz Media named master licensor for hit Japanese action manga Shonen Jump's Bleach" (press release) on Viz Media.com. Accessed 2007-04-01.
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  30. ^ "Viz Announces Bleach Merchandise Licenses" on Anime News Network. Accessed 2007-03-24.
  31. ^ NYCC 07: The top five finalists for the first American Anime Awards on American Anime Awards. Accessed 2007-07-04.

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