Bleach Canon: consists of materials that are thought to be genuine (or "official") and those events, characters, settings, etc., that are considered to have inarguable existence within the fictional universe established by the manga series Bleach.
Canocity can only be Sanctioned by Tite Kubo specifically stating that the material in question is canon.
The Bleach Universe is expanded through other additional materials such as movies, novels, promos and video games which do not necessarily take place in exactly the same fictional continuity as the Bleach manga.
In fiction, canon is the conceptual material accepted as "official" in a fictional universe's fan base. It is often contrasted with, or used as the basis for, works of fan fiction, which are not considered canonical. It is used in two slightly different meanings:
1.) "it refers to the overall set of storylines, premises, settings, and characters offered by the source media text".
- In other words all the information presented from source material of the manga and databooks are considered canon as they are the source material.
2.) it is used "as a descriptor of specific incidents, relationships, or story arcs that take place within the overall canon"; thus certain incidents or relationships may be described as being canon or not.
- In other words the arcs, relationships, and incidents presented in the manga are considered canon.
- All Volumes of the Bleach Manga series.
- All Bleach Databooks (not including material not written by Tite Kubo).
- All Bleach Anime (not including filler arcs).
Canon-Facts in Dispute
- 1. Conclusions derived from Canon factoids which are in dispute. For example, irreconcilable conflicts in opinion between two possible interpretations from an image in the manga or anime would be cause for a disputed fact. (There has to be agreement that the fact in question is capable of be interpreted in another way, by showing proof of the other interpretation within the confines of the information that we already have). Ex: If something is thought to be kido over another attack then one must show a proof its via a kido name or fact that its a barrier. (as while kido barriers, teleportation and seals are placed without name and can be pre-set no other kido has been shown outside healing without a name).
- 2. These conflicts should be recorded and given context in the out-of-universe sections of articles. If possible, in-universe sections should make general statements that give no preference to the disputed options.
- 3. Articles should not note where the out-of-universe knowledge is lacking. This is to avoid judging which unknowns are more important, and to make a more coherent article-writing strategy.
Anime is considered canon in so far that it is a T.V. media depiction of the storylines that take place in the manga. When the content is based on filler (In media, filler is material that is combined with material of greater relevance or quality to "fill out" a certain volume). Then the content has less credibility, as while it is based on concepts and characters that are canon. The storyline is not the original authors creation and bares no connection to the established timeline featured in the "Source" material. (Unless otherwise indicated).
The term Expanded Universe (sometimes called an Extended Universe) is generally used to denote the 'extension' of a media franchise (i.e. a television show, series of feature films, etc.) with other media (generally comics and original novels). This typically simply involves new adventures for existing characters already developed within the franchise; however in some case entirely new characters and complex mythology are developed.
Although there are some exceptions, Expanded Universe works are generally not accepted as canon, or part of the 'official' storyline. They are generally seen as 'apocrypha'.
This includes those fictional stories that do not belong within a fictional universe's canon, yet still have some authority relating to that fictional universe.
Often these materials might contradict the continuity that has already been established by 'canon'. Even when no such contradictions occur, such materials may still be deemed apocrypha possibly because they might have been produced largely independently of the creator of the fictional universe.
Movies are not considered to be canon. They like fillers feature information and issues that cannot be corroborated with canon material. (Unless otherwise indicated).
Video Games are not considered to be canon.
Novel's that are not written by the author of the series are not considered to be canon.