The anime adaptation of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga was produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe, featuring music arranged by Shirō Sagisu. It began broadcasting in Japan on October 5, 2004, on TV Tokyo. It ceased broadcasting on March 27, 2012. A total of 366 episodes were aired before the anime concluded.


The anime version of the story generally follows the manga quite closely, but diverges in some important aspects: in particular, seasons 4 and 5 (Bount arc), season 8 (The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai arc), season 12 and 13 (Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc and Beast Swords arc) and season 15 (Gotei 13 Invading Army arc) are anime-only arcs, not written by Tite Kubo. Commonly called "filler" episodes, these anime-only arcs were necessitated by the anime's approximately weekly production schedule outpacing the manga, as the manga chapters need to be published before manga-based content can be animated. Roughly, each episode of the anime covers the equivalent of two to four chapters of the manga.

In addition to the regular series, the anime also comprises four movies and two OVAs.


Episodes 1-167 were made and broadcast in 4:3, with episodes 168+ made and broadcast in 16:9 wide screen. The latter episodes of the anime were simulcast on Crunchyroll, and the English dubbed version aired on Adult Swim. The anime is still available on Crunchyroll as part of their archived library.

  • Production Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • TV Network: TV Tokyo

Main Cast

Character Japanese Voice English Voice
Ep366IchigoCharaPic Ichigo Kurosaki Masakazu Morita Johnny Yong Bosch
Ep364RukiaCharaPic Rukia Kuchiki Fumiko Orikasa Michelle Ruff
Ep347OrihimeCharaPic2 Orihime Inoue Yuki Matsuoka Stephanie Sheh
Ep344UryuCharaPic Uryū Ishida Noriaki Sugiyama Derek Stephen Prince
Ep351SadoCharaPic2 Yasutora Sado Hiroki Yasumoto Marc Worden (Episode 2-79)

Jamieson Price (Episode 80+)

Ep142IsshinCharaPic Isshin Kurosaki Toshiyuki Morikawa Patrick Seitz
Ep329UraharaCharaPic Kisuke Urahara Shinichirō Miki Michael Lindsay (Episodes 4-214)

Doug Erholtz (Episodes 231+)

Ep246YoruichiCharaPic Yoruichi Shihōin Satsuki Yukino

Shirō Saitō (cat form)

Wendee Lee

Terrence Stone (cat form)

Ep320KonCharaPic2 Kon Mitsuaki Madono Quinton Flynn
Ep363RenjiCharaPic Renji Abarai Kentarō Itō Wally Wingert
Ep366ByakuyaCharaPic Byakuya Kuchiki Ryōtarō Okiayu Dan Woren
Ep199KenpachiCharaPic Kenpachi Zaraki Fumihiko Tachiki David Lodge (Ep 20 to 243)

Patrick Seitz (Ep 244+)

Ep257HitsugayaCharaPic Tōshirō Hitsugaya Romi Park Steve Staley
Ep279AizenCharaPic Sōsuke Aizen Shō Hayami Kyle Hebert

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 TV-Tokyo website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Anime News Network


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