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This is a complete list of episodes for the Bleach anime series. The list is broken into several story arcs and includes a summary of each story arc and the original broadcast date for each episode. With the exception of the five arcs focusing on the Bount, New Captain Shūsuke Amagai, Zanpakutō Unknown Tales, Beast Swords and Gotei 13 Invading Army, each arc is an adaptation of the original Bleach manga by Tite Kubo, with some filler (non-canonical) episodes airing during these arcs for different reasons. These arcs were produced to allow time for Tite Kubo to advance the storyline in the manga. Most of the later English titles are translations from the Japanese titles. Those episodes with official English titles have the title shown above the translation of its Japanese equivalent.

Episode Guide[]

Episode Type Explanation Color
Normal Episode Episode is entirely or mostly adapted from the manga, which is the original source material. Some scenes may be extended or omitted. Black
Expansion Episode Episode adapts some content from the manga, but largely focuses on expanding a backstory or flashback presented in the story. Blue
Filler Episode Episode is entirely original to the anime, to allow time for more manga chapters to be published before the anime catches up to it. Green
Omake Episode Special stand alone episodes created for Jump Festa Anime Tours of 2004 and 2005. Orange

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Agent of the Shinigami arc (Episodes 1-20)[]

Main article: The Death Trilogy Overture: Death & The Strawberry

Also known by its English adaptation title, "The Substitute" arc, the first Bleach story arc is twenty episodes in length and covers manga chapters 1 through 70. It initially aired in Japan from October 2004 through February 2005 and in the US from September 2006 to January 2007.

Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15-year-old teenager with an unexpected ability of seeing spirits. This ability allows him to spot the Shinigami Rukia Kuchiki, whom he encountered in the morning that day. When Rukia is injured by a Hollow that attacks Ichigo's family, Ichigo is forced to temporarily take her Shinigami powers to defeat the Hollow. The next day, Rukia shows up at Ichigo's school as a normal human. Ichigo asks her what is happening. She explained that he has taken all of her powers rather than a fraction she intended to give him the previous night so she cannot perform her duties as well as cannot return to Soul Society. While she recovers her power, Ichigo must replace her as Karakura Town's in-charge Shinigami, guiding souls to the afterlife and defending people from Hollows.

Ichigo's spiritual power as a Shinigami is so large that it attracts hungry Hollows and even awakens some humans some spiritual powers they possess. His powers also attract Uryū Ishida, one of the last Quincy's, a race of spiritually aware humans who were annihilated by the Shinigami's a long time ago. In order to prove the Quincy's are better than the Shinigami's, he challenges Ichigo on a Hollow hunting contest. This goes horribly awry, as the bait Uryū uses to start the contest is far more effective than intended, summoning tons of Hollows. During this contest, Yasutora "Chad" Sado and Orihime Inoue have their own spiritual abilities awakened when they are assaulted by Hollows. Uryū and Ichigo eventually ally to drive off the Hollows.

As the remainder of the school year passes, Ichigo, Rukia, Chad, Orihime, and Uryū become close friends. Rukia begins to grow comfortable with life in the living world but having already spent too much time in the living world without permission makes her a criminal. Soul Society sends two elite Shinigami, Renji Abarai and Byakuya Kuchiki, to arrest her. Ichigo tries to stop the arrest, but his efforts are in vain. Ichigo was defeated and got the originally-Rukia's Shinigami powers taken by Byakuya. Rukia is taken to Soul Society, where she is put on death row.

Kisuke Urahara, a mysterious shopkeeper and ex-Soul Society resident, reveals to Ichigo a way to save Rukia, which is getting trained by him so Ichigo can become strong enough to rescue Rukia. During training, Kisuke have Ichigo's soul undergo Encroachment and warns that if he doesn't awaken his Shinigami power, he will become a Hollow. Ichigo manages to successfully become a Shinigami before too late and grows stronger after the training. Ichigo and his friends then set off to Soul Society, accompanied by one of Urahara's friends, a talking cat named Yoruichi.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
1 Ep1TitleCard "The Day I Became a Shinigami" October 5, 2004 September 9, 2006 Normal
2 Ep2TitleCard "The Shinigami's Work" October 12, 2004 September 16, 2006 Normal
3 Ep3TitleCard "The Older Brother's Wish, the Younger Sister's Wish" October 19, 2004 September 23, 2006 Normal
4 Ep4TitleCard "Cursed Parakeet" October 26, 2004 September 30, 2006 Normal
5 Ep5TitleCard "Beat the Invisible Enemy!" November 2, 2004 October 7, 2006 Normal
6 Ep6TitleCard "Fight to the Death! Ichigo vs. Ichigo" November 9, 2004 October 14, 2006 Normal
7 Ep7TitleCard "Greetings from a Stuffed Lion" November 16, 2004 October 21, 2006 Normal
8 Ep8TitleCard "June 17, Memories in the Rain" November 23, 2004 October 28, 2006 Expansion
9 Ep9TitleCard "Unbeatable Enemy" November 30, 2004 November 4, 2006 Normal
10 Ep10TitleCard "Casual Soul Realm Assault Trip!" December 7, 2004 November 11, 2006 Normal
11 Ep11TitleCard "The Legendary Quincy" December 14, 2004 November 18, 2006 Normal
12 Ep12TitleCard "A Gentle Right Arm" December 21, 2004 November 25, 2006 Normal
13 Ep13TitleCard "Flower and Hollow" December 28, 2004 December 2, 2006 Normal
14 Ep14TitleCard "Back to Back, a Fight to the Death!" January 11, 2005 December 9, 2006 Normal
15 Ep15TitleCard "Kon's Great Plan" January 18, 2005 December 16, 2006 Normal
16 Ep16TitleCard "The Encounter, Renji Abarai!" January 25, 2005 December 23, 2006 Normal
17 Ep17TitleCard "Ichigo Dies!" February 1, 2005 January 6, 2007 Normal
18 Ep18TitleCard "Reclaim! The Power of the Shinigami" February 8, 2005 January 13, 2007 Normal
19 Ep19TitleCard "Ichigo Becomes a Hollow!" February 15, 2005 January 20, 2007 Normal
20 Ep20TitleCard "Gin Ichimaru's Shadow" February 22, 2005 January 27, 2007 Normal

Soul Society: The Sneak Entry arc (Episodes 21-41)[]

This story arc is twenty-one episodes long and covers chapters 71 through 117. It aired in Japan between March 2005 and July 2005. Subtitled the "The Entry" in the US, it aired from February 2007 to July 2007.

Ichigo, Chad, Orihime, Uryū, and Yoruichi arrive in Soul Society, but are prevented from entering the gate of the Shinigami citadel Seireitei by Shinigami captain Gin Ichimaru, and must seek another way. Yoruichi takes the group to the home of her old friend Kūkaku Shiba, who owns a giant cannon usually used for fireworks, but is capable of launching other objects. Kūkaku agrees to fire them into Seireitei, and sends an assistant with their group, her younger brother Ganju Shiba, who hates the Shinigami organization ever since his Shinigami elder brother Kaien Shiba was killed by another Shinigami during a mission. The cannon is a partial success and the party lands in Seireitei, albeit with its members split up.

Meanwhile, the flashy entrance attracts the attention of the many Shinigami elite officers, which issues orders mandating the immediate capture of the intruders. Ichigo and the company all continue to advance through Seireitei regardless, making short work of the rank-and-file Shinigami and lower officers who oppose them. This lasts until Ichigo and Ganju, who landed together, encounter lieutenant Renji Abarai. Ichigo defeats him, alarming the Shinigami command enough that the captains themselves are sent out to pursue them. Another captain, Sōsuke Aizen, is found dead the next morning, sparking an internal conflict among the Shinigami, several of whom suspect other Shinigami officers of the murder.

Ichigo and Ganju are met by Kenpachi Zaraki, a bloodthirsty captain with the reputation of being unbeatable, as they are approaching Rukia's prison. Ichigo sends Ganju on to break Rukia out of jail, while he duels Kenpachi alone. Kenpachi and Ichigo fight until they are both nearly dead, both ultimately admitting defeat and collapsing. After the fight, Ichigo is healed by Yoruichi who then reveals that she is not a cat but a woman, and Urahara and she are both actually ex-Shinigami.

Ganju reaches Rukia's prison, where he discovers that she is the Shinigami who killed his brother, Kaien. A flashback scene ensues, in which it is shown that Rukia killed Kaien only after his body had been completely taken over by a Hollow, but that Rukia still feels guilty for his death. They are interrupted by the arrival of captain Byakuya Kuchiki, who noticed the prison being opened. Byakuya defeats Ganju, but Ichigo comes flying to the rescue, and a brief clash takes place. Yoruichi arrives on the scene but knocks Ichigo unconscious to end the fight.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
21 Ep21TitleCard "Enter! The World of the Shinigami" March 1, 2005 February 3, 2007 Normal
22 Ep22TitleCard "The Man who Hates Shinigami" March 8, 2005 February 10, 2007 Normal
23 Ep23TitleCard "14 Days Before Rukia's Execution" March 15, 2005 February 17, 2007 Normal
24 Ep24TitleCard "Assemble! The Gotei 13" March 22, 2005 February 24, 2007 Normal
25 Ep25TitleCard "Penetrate the Center with an Enormous Bombshell?" March 29, 2005 March 3, 2007 Normal
26 Ep26TitleCard "Formation! The Worst Tag" April 5, 2005 March 10, 2007 Normal
27 Ep27TitleCard "Release the Death Blow!" April 12, 2005 March 25, 2007 Expansion
28 Ep28TitleCard "Orihime Targeted" April 19, 2005 April 8, 2007 Normal
29 Ep29TitleCard "Breakthrough! The Shinigami's Encompassing Net" April 26, 2005 April 15, 2007 Normal
30 Ep30TitleCard "Renji's Confrontation" May 3, 2005| April 22, 2007 Normal
31 Ep31TitleCard "The Resolution to Kill" May 10, 2005 April 29, 2007 Normal
32 Ep32TitleCard "The Star and the Stray Dog" May 17, 2005 May 6, 2007 Expansion
33 Ep33TitleCard "Miracle! The Mysterious New Hero" May 26, 2005 May 13, 2007 Filler
34 Ep34TitleCard "Tragedy of Dawn" June 1, 2005 May 20, 2007 Normal
35 Ep35TitleCard "Aizen Assassinated! The Darkness which Approaches" June 7, 2005 May 27, 2007 Normal
36 Ep36TitleCard "Kenpachi Zaraki Approaches!" June 14, 2005 June 10, 2007 Normal
37 Ep37TitleCard "Motive of the Fist" June 21, 2005 June 17, 2007 Normal
38 Ep38TitleCard "Desperation! The Broken Zangetsu" June 28, 2005 June 24, 2007 Normal
39 Ep39TitleCard "The Immortal Man" July 5, 2005 July 1, 2007 Normal
40 Ep40TitleCard "The Shinigami whom Ganju Met" July 12, 2005 July 8, 2007 Normal
41 Ep41TitleCard "Reunion, Ichigo and Rukia" July 19, 2005 July 15, 2007 Normal

Soul Society: The Rescue arc (Episodes 42-63)[]

The third Bleach story arc is presented in a series of twenty-two episodes and covers chapters 118 through 183. It ran from July 2005 to January 2006 in Japan and in the US from July 2007 to May 2008.

Yoruichi knocks Ichigo unconscious when he refuses to leave, and manages to escape Byakuya with Ichigo. After Ichigo regains consciousness, Yoruichi begins to train him to awaken his Bankai, the most powerful form of Zanpakutō. Renji later joins to train with them as well, bringing news that Rukia's execution date has changed again. Meanwhile, Uryū and Orihime are confronted by Shinigami captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi. Uryū battles him but is quickly disabled by the Shikai of Mayuri's Zanpakutō. Even after Uryū overcomes this with the Quincy technique Ransōtengai, Mayuri still overpowers Uryū, who is forced to remove his Sanrei Glove. Uryū then completely overwhelms Mayuri, even after Mayuri uses his Bankai, but is unable to finish him, as Mayuri escapes by turning himself into a liquid.

Meanwhile, Shinigami officers are fighting throughout Seireitei. Shinigami captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya confronts fellow captain Gin Ichimaru, whom Hitsugaya believes killed Aizen, and battles him. Ichimaru retreats after lieutenant Rangiku Matsumoto arrives. The next day, Kenpachi rescues Ichigo's comrades, but is stopped by Shinigami captains Sajin Komamura and Kaname Tōsen. Kenpachi manages to defeat Tōsen, even after Tōsen uses his Bankai. Elsewhere, Renji attempts to rescue Rukia, but is stopped by Byakuya. Renji, despite using his newly acquired Bankai, is defeated by Byakuya. Finally, Rukia's execution begins, but she is saved by Ichigo and sympathetic captains Shunsui Kyōraku and Jūshirō Ukitake.

While Rukia is spirited away by Renji, numerous Shinigami officers start to fight against each other. Ichigo defeats three lieutenants that were pursuing Renji and is then engaged by Byakuya. Ichigo was about to die in the battle, but his inner Hollow takes control of him and attacks Byakuya with more powerful attacks. Ichigo then manages to retake control. Using his Bankai, Ichigo manages to battle Byakuya on even footing, and narrowly defeats him. Kyōraku and Ukitake flee the execution area for a more secluded place to battle Captain-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto. Yamamoto incinerates the surrounding area with his Shikai, and begins to battle his former students. Captain Suì-Fēng is similarly accosted by Yoruichi, her former mentor. In a tearful encounter, Yoruichi defeats her using the Shunkō technique, but was underestimated earlier because of her avoidance of battle for many years.

Hitsugaya, while searching the Central 46 Chambers, discovers that Aizen is alive, and is the mastermind behind the events that have transpired in Soul Society. Aizen then effortlessly defeats Hitsugaya and travels to the execution area. As Rukia has been sent there by Tōsen, Aizen's accomplice, Aizen extracts the Hōgyoku from her, despite the efforts of Renji, Ichigo and Captain Komamura. However, before Aizen can flee, the entire officer corps of the Gotei 13 stops him. However, the arrival of several Menos Grande enable Aizen and his accomplices to escape to Hueco Mundo. Ichigo and his friends then return to the real world, leaving Rukia behind on her request.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
42 Ep42TitleCard "Flash Goddess Yoruichi, Dances!" July 26, 2005 July 21, 2007 Normal
43 Ep43TitleCard "The Despicable Shinigami" August 2, 2005 July 28, 2007 Normal
44 Ep44TitleCard "Ishida, The Utmost Limits of Power!" August 9, 2005 August 4, 2007 Normal
45 Ep45TitleCard "Overcome Your Limits!" August 16, 2005 August 11, 2007 Normal
46 Ep46TitleCard "Authentic Records! School of Shinigami" August 23, 2005 August 18, 2007 Expansion
47 Ep47TitleCard "The Avengers" August 30, 2005 September 1, 2007 Normal
48 Ep48TitleCard "Hitsugaya Howls!" September 6, 2005 September 8, 2007 Normal
49 Ep49TitleCard "Rukia's Nightmare" September 13, 2005 September 15, 2007 Normal
50 Ep50TitleCard "The Reviving Lion" September 20, 2005 September 22, 2007 Filler
51 Ep51TitleCard "Morning of the Sentence" September 27, 2005 October 6, 2007 Normal
52 Ep52TitleCard "Renji, Oath of the Soul! Death Match with Byakuya" October 4, 2005[1] October 13, 2007 Normal
53 Ep53TitleCard "Gin Ichimaru's Temptation, Resolution Shattered" October 4, 2005[1] March 2, 2008 Normal
54 Ep54TitleCard "An Accomplished Oath! Get back Rukia!" October 18, 2005 March 9, 2008 Normal
55 Ep55TitleCard "The Strongest Shinigami! Ultimate Confrontation Between Teacher and Students" October 25, 2005 March 16, 2008 Normal
56 Ep56TitleCard "Supersonic Battle! Determine the Goddess of Battle" November 1, 2005 March 23, 2008 Normal
57 Ep57TitleCard "Senbonzakura, Crushed! Zangetsu Thrusts through the Sky" November 8, 2005 March 30, 2008 Normal
58 Ep58TitleCard "Release! The Black Blade, the Miraculous Power" November 15, 2005 April 6, 2008 Normal
59 Ep59TitleCard "Conclusion of the Death Match! White Pride and Black Desire" November 22, 2005 April 13, 2008 Normal
60 Ep60TitleCard "Reality of the Despair, the Assassin's Dagger is Swung" December 6, 2005 April 20, 2008 Normal
61 Ep61TitleCard "Aizen Stands! Horrible Ambitions" December 13, 2005 April 27, 2008 Normal
62 Ep62TitleCard "Gather Together! Group of the Strongest Shinigami!" December 20, 2005 May 4, 2008 Normal
63 Ep63TitleCard "Rukia's Resolution, Ichigo's Feelings" January 10, 2006[2] May 11, 2008 Normal

The Bount arc (Episodes 64-91)[]

Main article: Bount Invasion

The Bount arc is an anime-only arc made to allow Tite Kubo to publish more material. It contains twenty-eight episodes, and aired in Japan from January 2006 to August 2006 and in the US from May 2008 to December 2008.

Ichigo and his friends (without Rukia) return to the living world, where they continue to live their daily lives. Renji then arrives, and Orihime and Chad are spirited away by three mysterious figures (Ririn, Kurōdo, and Noba). They lure Ichigo and his friends into a game, with the lives of his friends in danger. After a series of escapades, the trio are revealed to be modified souls made by Kisuke Urahara. Urahara tells Ichigo and his friends about Bount, a group of empowered humans that can live forever via absorbing souls, and explains how the 3 modified souls Ririn, Kurōdo, and Noba were created to detect Bounts and help Ichigo and his friends find them. Ririn is dispatched to help Ichigo, Kurōdo is dispatched to help Orihime, and Noba is dispatched to help Chad, all of them being placed inside stuffed animals just like Kon. Shortly afterwards, Ichigo fights the Bount Yoshino Sōma. Yoshino manages to defeat Ichigo, and nearly kills him until Rukia arrives just in time.

The reunion is short-lived since Ichigo and his group then encounter another Bount, Ryō Utagawa. Utagawa fights Ichigo and his friends, and manages to capture Uryū and escape. However, Yoshino rescues Uryū and reveals that the Bount require a Quincy for their plans. She then drops Uryū at a hospital, where he is attacked by the Bount twins Hō and Ban. The arrival of Ganju Shiba and Hanatarō Yamada results in the death of both Bounts. In Soul Society, the presence of the Bount has alarmed the higher echelons of the Gotei 13, who begin to research the Bount threat. Meanwhile, Ichigo and his friends have located the Bount's base. Ichigo fights Utagawa, but their fight is halted when Utagawa attempts to betray Jin Kariya, the Bount leader. Maki Ichinose, a Shinigami deserter from the 11th Division, kills Utagawa and begins to fight Ichigo.

Ichinose's fight with Ichigo is quickly halted by Kariya, who fights Ichigo and easily defeats him. Ichigo is depressed after this fight, but Renji and Ganju fight him to raise his spirits. Meanwhile, Yoshino desperately attempts to kill Kariya, but is killed in turn, enabling Kariya to create the bitto. The bitto capture and concentrate living Human souls for the Bount, enabling them to increase their power. Bounts engage Ichigo, his friends, and Shinigami reinforcements all over Karakura Town. After a series of difficult battles, the Bounts retreat to a cave, where they have constructed a gate to enter Soul Society. The Bount Ugaki slows down the Shinigami pursuers, but he is defeated by Renji's Bankai.

Elsewhere, Uryū is confronted by Shinigami lieutenant Nemu Kurotsuchi, who gives Uryū a battle accessory to restore his lost powers. Ichigo then comes upon the Bount and fights Kariya once more. He is easily defeated, but after activating his Bankai, he is able to fight Kariya evenly. Finally, Uryū arrives and shoots an arrow into a gate the Bount have created, allowing them to enter Soul Society, because Uryū believes it will be easier to defeat the Bount in the Soul Society than the human world.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
64 Ep64TitleCard "New School Term, Renji has Come to the Human World?!" January 17, 2006 May 18, 2008 Filler
65 Ep65TitleCard "Creeping Terror, the Second Victim" January 24, 2006 May 25, 2008 Filler
66 Ep66TitleCard "Break Through! The Trap Hidden in the Labyrinth" January 31, 2006 June 1, 2008 Filler
67 Ep67TitleCard "Death Game! The Missing Classmate" February 7, 2006 June 8, 2008 Filler
68 Ep68TitleCard "True Identity of the Devil, the Secret which is Revealed" February 14, 2006[3] June 15, 2008 Filler
69 Ep69TitleCard "Bount! The Ones Who Hunt Souls" February 14, 2006[3] June 22, 2008 Filler
70 Ep70TitleCard "Rukia's Return! Revival of the Substitute Team!" February 21, 2006 June 29, 2008 Filler
71 Ep71TitleCard "The Moment of Collision! An Evil Hand Draws Near to the Quincy" March 7, 2006 July 6, 2008 Filler
72 Ep72TitleCard "Water Attack! Escape from the Shutdown Hospital" March 14, 2006 July 13, 2008 Filler
73 Ep73TitleCard "Gathering at the Place of Fortune! The Man Who Makes His Move" March 28, 2006[4] July 20, 2008 Filler
74 Ep74TitleCard "Memories of an Eternally Living Clan" March 28, 2006[4] July 27, 2008 Filler
75 Ep75TitleCard "Earth-Shattering Event at the 11th Division! The Shinigami who Rises Again" April 4, 2006[5] August 3, 2008 Filler
76 Ep76TitleCard "Crashing force! Fried vs. Zangetsu" April 4, 2006[5] August 10, 2008 Filler
77 Ep77TitleCard "Unfading Grudge! The Shinigami whom Kenpachi Killed" April 11, 2006 August 24, 2008 Filler
78 Ep78TitleCard "Shocking Revelations for the Gotei 13! The Truth Buried in History" May 2, 2006 August 31, 2008 Filler
79 Ep79TitleCard "Yoshino's Decision of Death" May 9, 2006 September 7, 2008 Filler
80 Ep80TitleCard "Assault From a Formidable Enemy! A Tiny Final Line of Defense?!" May 16, 2006 September 13, 2008 Filler
81 Ep81TitleCard "Hitsugaya Moves! The Attacked City" May 23, 2006 September 20, 2008 Filler
82 Ep82TitleCard "Ichigo vs. Dalk! Appearance of the Faded Darkness" May 30, 2006 October 4, 2008 Filler
83 Ep83TitleCard "Gray Shadow, the Secret of the Dolls" June 6, 2006 October 11, 2008 Filler
84 Ep84TitleCard "Dissension in the Substitute Team? Rukia's Betrayal" June 13, 2006[6] October 18, 2008 Filler
85 Ep85TitleCard "Deadly Battle of Tears! Rukia vs. Orihime" June 13, 2006[6] October 25, 2008 Filler
86 Ep86TitleCard "Rangiku dances! Slice the invisible enemy!" June 20, 2006 November 1, 2008 Filler
87 Ep87TitleCard "Byakuya is summoned! The Gotei 13 start to move!" July 4, 2006 November 8, 2008 Filler
88 Ep88TitleCard "Annihilation of the Lieutenants!? Trap in the Underground Cave" July 11, 2006 November 15, 2008 Filler
89 Ep89TitleCard "Rematch?! Ishida vs. Nemu" July 18, 2006 November 22, 2008 Filler
90 Ep90TitleCard "Renji Abarai, Bankai of the Soul!" July 25, 2006 November 29, 2008 Filler
91 Ep91TitleCard "Shinigami and Quincy, the Reviving Power" August 1, 2006 December 6, 2008 Filler

The Bount: Assault on Soul Society arc (Episodes 92-109)[]

This anime-only story arc was created to allow Tite Kubo to publish more material. It has eighteen episodes and aired from August 2006 to January 2007 and the US from December 2008 to April 2009.

This arc goes through the numerous attacks on Soul Society, all centered around the Bount. The Bount are more powerful in Soul Society, because of their ability to absorb the spirit particles Soul Society is made up of to heal their wounds. Both the Bount and Ichigo and friends arrive in the Rukongai at the beginning, with Ichigo and friends using Kukkaku Shiba's home as their headquarters while the Bount organize a large group of disgruntled tough guys from the Rukongai to invade the Seireitei. Maki Ichinose, the Shinigami deserter from the 11th Division who allied himself with the Bount, is meanwhile causing chaos as well as doing research inside the Seireitei by sneaking in and out, using his ability to make himself invisible.

The Bount succeed in invading the Seireitei thanks to the large number of tough guys from the Rukongai who help them open a door. Jin Kariya, leader of the Bount, then tells the tough guys from the Rukongai they are no longer needed, and after they get angry and attack him, they are easily defeated. Ichigo and his friends also make it into the Seireitei too. Inside the Seireitei, the Bount all fight against the Gotei 13 as well as Ichigo's group. Jin Kariya obtains the power of a Jokai Crest, and plans on using it to detonate other Jokai Crests hidden underground all across the Seireitei in a chain reaction to destroy the entire Seireitei. One by one, all the other Bounts besides Jin Kariya are defeated, and Captain-Commander Yamamoto deploys the Gotei 13 to seal all the Jokai Crests to prevent Jin Kariya from carrying out his plans to blow up the Seireitei.

In the end, a fierce battle between Kariya and Ichigo takes place. Kariya loses the battle and disintegrates. But he is not the last Bount alive. Gō Koga (who was frozen inside a large block of ice by Tōshirō Hitsugaya and assumed to be dead) apologizes for the Bount's actions and remains with Ran'Tao. The last episode focuses on the groups reminiscing of their lives before they met each other.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
92 Ep92TitleCard "Invasion of the Shinigami World, Again" August 8, 2006 December 13, 2008 Filler
93 Ep93TitleCard "The Bount Assault! The Gotei 13's Destructive Earthquake" August 15, 2006 December 20, 2008 Filler
94 Ep94TitleCard "Hitsugaya's Decision! The Clash Approaches" August 22, 2006 December 27, 2008 Filler
95 Ep95TitleCard "Byakuya Takes the Field! Dance of the Wind-Splitting Cherry Blossoms" September 5, 2006 January 3, 2009 Filler
96 Ep96TitleCard "Ichigo・Byakuya・Kariya, The Battle of the Three Extremes!" September 12, 2006 January 10, 2009 Filler
97 Ep97TitleCard "Hitsugaya Strikes! Slice the Enemy in the Middle of the Forest" September 19, 2006 January 17, 2009 Filler
98 Ep98TitleCard "Clash! Kenpachi Zaraki vs. Maki Ichinose" October 4, 2006 January 24, 2009 Filler
99 Ep99TitleCard "Shinigami Vs. Shinigami! The Uncontrollable Power" October 11, 2006 January 31, 2009 Filler
100 Ep100TitleCard "Suì-Fēng Dies? The Last of the Special Forces" October 18, 2006 February 07, 2009 Filler
101 Ep101TitleCard "Mayuri's Bankai! Sawatari・Clash of the Demon" November 1, 2006 February 14, 2009 Filler
102 Ep102TitleCard "The Last Quincy! The Exploding Power" November 8, 2006 February 21, 2009 Filler
103 Ep103TitleCard "Ishida, exceeding the limits to attack!" November 15, 2006 February 28, 2009 Filler
104 Ep104TitleCard "10th Division's Death Struggle! The Release of Hyōrinmaru" November 22, 2006 March 07, 2009 Filler
105 Ep105TitleCard "Kariya! Countdown to the Detonation" November 29, 2006 March 14, 2009 Filler
106 Ep106TitleCard "Life and Revenge! Ishida, the Ultimate Choice" December 6, 2006 March 21, 2009 Filler
107 Ep107TitleCard "The Swung-Down Edge! The Moment of Ruin" December 13, 2006 March 28, 2009 Filler
108 Ep108TitleCard "The Wailing Bount! The Last Clash" December 20, 2006 April 4, 2009 Filler
109 Ep109TitleCard "Ichigo and Rukia, Thoughts in the Revolving Sky" January 4, 2007 April 11, 2009 Expansion

Arrancar: The Arrival arc (Episodes 110-131)[]

This 22 episode arc returns mostly to the plot of the manga, covering chapters 183 through 229. It was aired in Japan from January 2007 to June 2007. In the US, it ran from April 2009 to July 2009, since two episodes from this arc were aired every night, presumably to help close the gap between the US and Japanese broadcasts.

This arc starts off with Shinji Hirako introduced as a transfer student in Ichigo's school, but his true motive is to recruit Ichigo into the Visored, a group of Shinigami who have gained Hollow powers. Meanwhile, Kon (inhabiting Ichigo's body) is attacked by Grand Fisher and Uryū is attacked by another imperfect Arrancar. Uryū is saved by his father, Ryūken Ishida, while Kon is saved by Isshin Kurosaki, who has regained his Shinigami powers. Soon after that, two Arrancar, Yammy and Ulquiorra Cifer, appear at Karakura Town. Yammy begins draining all of the surrounding souls. Only Tatsuki Arisawa survives. When Chad and Orihime interfere, Yammy injures them gravely, but Ichigo arrives in time to protect them. Upon confronting the Arrancar, his inner Hollow demands that Ichigo switches with him, sinisterly stating that he would be able to finish them off with ease. Ichigo however, denies his request, causing his inner Hollow to interfere. His inner Hollow prevents him from being able to fight and he is severely beaten until Kisuke Urahara and Yoruichi Shihōin arrive in time to rescue them.

Hitsugaya's team is later dispatched to patrol Karakura Town. The team consists of Renji Abarai, Tōshirō Hitsugaya, Rangiku Matsumoto, Ikkaku Madarame, Yumichika Ayasegawa and Rukia Kuchiki, all of whom are posing as new students at Ichigo's school. When Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez and his subordinates attack, they each fight their own separate battles. Ikkaku reveals a surprise Bankai to defeat his opponent while Hitsugaya's squad have difficulty battling the Arrancar and are on the verge of defeat before Soul Society allows them to remove their limiters. While this occurs, Ichigo is fighting a hopeless battle against Grimmjow. After being severely beaten, he manages to launch a devastating Getsuga Tenshō blast that scars Grimmjow. The battle is then abruptly ended by Kaname Tōsen who orders Grimmjow to return to Hueco Mundo for violating orders. After this, Ichigo realizes he can no longer fight adequately with his inner Hollow constantly seeking to take control of him and he goes to train with the Visored. Meanwhile, Hitsugaya's team fend off various Arrancar and Hollows.

After defeating his inner Hollow, Ichigo continues to train with the Visored to increase his mask usage time. Chad trains with Renji in the Urahara Store basement to strengthen both their powers while Uryū trains with his father in the hospital's basement to restore Quincy powers. Captain-Commander Yamamoto informs everyone of Aizen's true intentions, which is to absorb Karakura Town's all residents' soul to create the Ōken so that Aizen can overthrow the Soul King. Orihime visits Ichigo where he is training with the Visoreds, and Hachigen Ushōda restores her attack ability Tsubaki, and then Rukia takes Orihime to Soul Society for training. The last 4 episodes deal with a Plus spirit named Shōta Toyokawa who is saved from a hollow by Rangiku, and then she, Tōshirō, and other Shinigami confront the Cloning Arrancar, which has gained the power to create seemingly limitless clones of its original Hollow form by consuming the spirit of Shōta's sister Yui. Eventually the Cloning Arrancar is defeated, and Yui and Shōta are both saved and sent to Soul Society.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
110 Ep110TitleCard "Reopening of the Substitute Business! The Terrifying Transfer Student" January 10, 2007 April 18, 2009 Normal
111 Ep111TitleCard "Shock! The True Characters of the Fathers" January 17, 2007 April 18, 2009 Expansion
112 Ep112TitleCard "The Commencement of War, Visored and Arrancar" January 24, 2007 May 2, 2009 Normal
113 Ep113TitleCard "Prelude to the Apocalypse, The Arrancar's Attack" January 31, 2007 May 2, 2009 Normal
114 Ep114TitleCard "Reunion, Ichigo and Rukia and Shinigami" February 7, 2007 May 9, 2009 Normal
115 Ep115TitleCard "Mission! The Shinigami Have Come" February 14, 2007 May 9, 2009 Normal
116 Ep116TitleCard "The Evil Eye, Aizen Again" February 21, 2007 May 16, 2009 Expansion
117 Ep117TitleCard "Rukia's Battle Commences! The Freezing White Blade" February 28, 2007 May 16, 2009 Normal
118 Ep118TitleCard "Ikkaku's Bankai! The Power that Breaks Everything" March 7, 2007 May 23, 2009 Normal
119 Ep119TitleCard "Zaraki Division's Secret Story! The Lucky Men" March 21, 2007 May 23, 2009 Expansion
120 Ep120TitleCard "Hitsugaya Scatters! The Broken Hyōrinmaru" March 28, 2007 May 30, 2009 Expansion
121 Ep121TitleCard "Clash! The Person Who Protects vs. The Person Who Suffers" April 11, 2007 May 30, 2009 Normal
122 Ep122TitleCard "Visored! The Power of the Awakened" April 18, 2007 June 6, 2009 Normal
123 Ep123TitleCard "Ichigo, complete Hollowfication!?" April 25, 2007 June 6, 2009 Normal
124 Ep124TitleCard "Collision! Black Bankai and White Bankai" May 2, 2007 June 13, 2009 Expansion
125 Ep125TitleCard "Urgent Report! Aizen's Terrifying Plan!" May 9, 2007 June 13, 2009 Normal
126 Ep126TitleCard "Uryū vs. Ryūken! Clash of the parent-child Quincy" May 16, 2007 June 20, 2009 Normal
127 Ep127TitleCard "Urahara's Decision, Orihime's Thoughts" May 30, 2007 June 20, 2009 Normal
128 Ep128TitleCard "The Nightmare Arrancar! Team Hitsugaya Moves Out" June 6, 2007 June 27, 2009 Filler
129 Ep129TitleCard "The Swooping Descent of the Dark Emissary! The Propagation of Malice" June 13, 2007 June 27, 2009 Filler
130 Ep130TitleCard "The Invisible Enemy! Hitsugaya's Merciless Decision" June 20, 2007 July 4, 2009 Filler
131 Ep131TitleCard "Rangiku's Tears, the Sorrowful Parting of Brother and Sister" June 27, 2007 July 4, 2009 Filler

Arrancar: The Hueco Mundo Sneak Entry arc (Episodes 132-151)[]

The seventh season of the Bleach anime. The twenty episodes featured in the season cover chapters 229 through 251 of the manga series. The episodes' plot follows Ichigo Kurosaki's journey to Hueco Mundo to rescue Orihime Inoue, who was kidnapped by the Arrancar under the command of former Soul Reaper captain Sōsuke Aizen. Although episodes focused on the character Ashido Kanō were not featured in the manga due to timing issues, Kubo still helped the anime staff to show it in the anime. The season began airing on July 4, 2007 in Japan on TV Tokyo and ended on December 5, 2007. The season aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block from July 11, 2009 to September 26, 2009.

The episodes use four pieces of theme music: two opening themes and two closing themes. The opening themes are "Alones" by Aqua Timez, used for the first twelve episodes, and "After Dark" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation, used for the remaining episodes. The ending themes are "Daidai" (橙, lit. "Bitter Orange") by Chatmonchy, utilized for episodes 132 to 143, and J-pop singer Kousuke Atari's "Tane wo Maku Hibi" (種をまく日々, lit. Seed-Scattering Days), used for the rest of the episodes. To promote the second Bleach feature film, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, the opening and closing credits for episode 151 use footage from the film.

The first six episodes are filler episodes. The first 3 are about the Shinigami in Karakura Town becoming a little bit too caught up in the affairs of the human world: Tōshirō gets caught up in playing soccer, Ikkaku gets caught up in a kendo tournament, and Yumichika gets caught up in baking a cake. Then there is an episode about Kon and his adventures with a girl named Miyuki. The last 2 filler episodes are about a failed attempt by a few Arrancar to overthrow Sōsuke Aizen's rule of Hueco Mundo.

Back to the main story, Yumichika and Rangiku attempt to learn their Bankai, but are interrupted by four Arrancar (Yammy, Luppi Antenor, Grimmjow and Wonderweiss Margela) who are ordered to distract the Shinigami team. In Soul Society, Rukia decides to go back first, while Orihime requires a special gate. Ichigo fights Grimmjow with his newly acquired Hollow mask transformation, but when his mask breaks, Grimmjow gains the upper hand; however, he is subsequently fended off by Rukia and Shinji. When Orihime goes through the gate, her guards are attacked by Ulquiorra and he demands that she follows him back to Hueco Mundo. She agrees, as Ulquiorra threatened to kill her friends if she responded otherwise. The battle is ended by Ulquiorra, and Orihime is brought to Hueco Mundo after she bids Ichigo goodbye.

Orihime's disappearance is soon noticed, and Captain-Commander Yamamoto forbids Ichigo from attempting to rescue her. Ichigo naturally disobeys these orders, as his top priority is always protecting his frineds, in this case Orihime, and he decides he will go there alone. At the Urahara Store, Chad and Uryū are there waiting for Ichigo, and both of them have become much more powerful through their training. Chad learned a new attack called El Directo when fighting Renji, and Uryū not only regained his Quincy powers, but learned several new attacks from his father. Kisuke Urahara opens up a Garganta for them to enter Hueco Mundo, after warning them of the dangers, and then Ichigo, Chad, and Uryū make a difficult entry into Hueco Mundo.

Immediately upon entering Hueco Mundo, Ichigo, Chad, and Uryū find themselves in an underground maze full of traps and guarded by Arrancar, and they use their newly awakened powers to fight their way out onto the surface of Hueco Mundo. Then they begin going towards Las Noches, the capital of Hueco Mundo and the fortress of Aizen, guarded by the mighty Espada. On their way, they come across a little girl, Nel, being pursued by 3 Hollows, Pesche, Dondochakka, and Bawabawa. Ichigo and his friends attack the Hollows in an attempt to save the little girl Nel, only to have her scold them for being bad guys who attack her innocent friends who were only playing a game of "infinite tag" to pass the time. Nel and her friends turn out to be a group of Arrancar who befriend Ichigo, and offer to take them to Las Noches by riding on the back of Bawabawa, who takes the form of a giant worm. Soon after that, Rukia and Renji surprise everyone by showing up to help in a battle against a giant Arrancar made of sand whose weakness is ice, which just happens to be Rukia's Zanpakuto's speciality.

Then there is a three-episode anime-only arc - "Forest of the Menos", in which the group gets split up in an underground forest full of vast numbers of Menos Grande. A mysterious Shinigami, Ashido Kanō, aids them all in escaping the Forest of the Menos.

After that detour, Ichigo and his group are all back together, and take Bawabawa all the way to Las Noches, where they break in. Once inside, they soon find themselves at a five-way fork. After vowing to stay alive and return, they split up and take one path each. Ichigo and Nel encounter the Privaron Espada Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio, where Ichigo begins to engage in battle with him.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
132 Ep132TitleCard "Hitsugaya, Karin and Soccer Ball" July 4, 2007 July 11, 2009 Filler
133 Ep133TitleCard "Ikkaku's Hot-Blooded Kendo Tale" July 11, 2007 July 11, 2009 Filler
134 Ep134TitleCard "The Beautiful Patissier, Yumichika!" July 18, 2007 July 18, 2009 Filler
135 Ep135TitleCard "Kon is Deceived! Rangiku on the Lookout.." July 25, 2007 July 18, 2009 Filler
136 Ep136TitleCard "Hueco Mundo civil war! Ulquiorra's death" August 8, 2007 July 25, 2009 Filler
137 Ep137TitleCard "Battle of bad faith, Aizen's trap" August 22, 2007 July 25, 2009 Filler
138 Ep138TitleCard "Second move of Hueco Mundo! Hitsugaya vs Yammy" August 29, 2007 August 1, 2009 Normal
139 Ep139TitleCard "Ichigo vs. Grimmjow, 11 second battle!" September 5, 2007 August 1, 2009 Normal
140 Ep140TitleCard "Ulquiorra's Scheme, the Moment when the Sun Sets!" September 12, 2007 August 8, 2009 Normal
141 Ep141TitleCard "Goodbye..., Kurosaki" September 19, 2007 August 8, 2009 Expansion
142 Ep142TitleCard "Order! Forbid rescue of Orihime Inoue" September 26, 2007 August 15, 2009 Normal
143 Ep143TitleCard "Grimmjow Revived" October 3, 2007 August 15, 2009 Expansion
144 Ep144TitleCard "Ishida・Chad, the Quickening of a New Power" October 17, 2007 August 22, 2009 Normal
145 Ep145TitleCard "The Espada Gather! Aizen's Royal Assembly" October 24, 2007 August 22, 2009 Normal
146 Ep146TitleCard "Her Name is Nel! The Appearance of the Strange Arrancar" October 31, 2007 August 29, 2009 Expansion
147 Ep147TitleCard "Forest of Menos! The Search for the Missing Rukia" November 7, 2007 September 12, 2009 Filler
148 Ep148TitleCard "Ashido, the Shinigami Who Came from the Past" November 14, 2007 September 12, 2009 Filler
149 Ep149TitleCard "Through the Crumbling Forest, a Million Menos" November 21, 2007 September 19, 2009 Filler
150 Ep150TitleCard "Oath! Back Here Alive Again" November 28, 2007 September 19, 2009 Normal
151 Ep151TitleCard "The Raging Storm! Encounter with the Dancing Arrancar" December 5, 2007 September 26, 2009 Normal

Arrancar: The Fierce Fight arc (Episodes 152-167)[]

This story arc is sixteen episodes long and covers manga chapters 252 through 286. It aired between October 2007 to April 2008 in Japan and from August 2009 to November 2009 in the US.

The episodes use three pieces of theme music: one opening themes and two closing themes. The opening theme is "After Dark" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation. The ending themes are "Tane wo Maku Hibi" (種をまく日々, lit. Seed-Scattering Days) by J-pop singer Kousuke Atari, and "Kansha" (感謝, lit. Appreciation) by RSP for the rest of the episodes.

This arc continues right where the last one left off, right after Ichigo started fighting the Privaron Espada Dordoni. At first, Ichigo is proving no match for Dordoni because he does not wish to use his bankai. After Dordoni continually pesters Ichigo and attacks Nel, Ichigo is forced to use his Bankai and Hollow mask to defeat him.

Meanwhile, other members of the group are having their own battles. Uryū fights with the Arrancar Cirucci Sanderwicci and defeats her using his energy sword, Seele Schneider. Rukia runs into the Espada Aaroniero Arruruerie, who after removing his mask reveals the face of the deceased Shinigami Lieutenant Kaien Shiba. After initially believing to be the real Kaien Shiba, Rukia exposes him as an imposter and the two do battle. Overwhelmed by Aaroniero's released form, Rukia is impaled through the stomach. She flashes back to her training with Kaien and regains her resolve. She uses her Zanpakutō's third dance to impale the Aaroniero through his upper skull. As Aaroniero dies, she compares Orihime's current situation to her own when she was a prisoner in Soul Society. Though she attempts to keep moving, her injuries get the better of her and she collapses.

Elsewhere, Chad is fighting with Gantenbainne Mosqueda, whom he is unable to harm. After many damaging blows, Chad realizes how to access his full power, transforming his arm into a giant shield, Brazo Derecha del Gigante. When Gantenbainne releases his Zanpakutō to match up, Chad reveals that his right arm is only meant to defend. His left arm, meant for attack, is known as Brazo Izquierda del Diablo. With his newly awakened powers, Chad easily defeats him. However, his victory is short-lived as Espada Nnoitra Gilga arrives at the scene and disables Chad with a single attack.

Renji and Dondochakka run into Szayelaporro Granz. Renji attempts to use his Bankai, but it shatters almost instantly. Szayelaporro explains to Renji that the room they are in has nullified his Bankai. He reveals that he gathered the data using parasites stored in the body of his older brother, Yylfordt Granz. With only his Shikai, Renji is proved no match for Szayelapporo. Just then, Uryū steps in to assist Renji in the battle. However, Uryū finds that Szayelaporro expected his arrival, and his attacks are useless against both the Espada and his minions. With Renji's help, Uryū maneuvers Szayelapporo into a trap, catching him in a massive explosion. Though the trap is very damaging, it fails to kill him. Szayelapporo then completely heals himself by eating one of his subordinates. However, rather than retaliate, he leaves, wanting to replace his damaged clothing and allow Renji and Uryū to formulate a new plan.

Meanwhile, Ulquiorra appears before Ichigo to inform him of Rukia's death. Ichigo says she’s still alive and attempts to leave, but Ulquiorra goads him into fighting by revealing that it was he who forced Orihime to Hueco Mundo. Ichigo decides to end the fight quickly by using his Bankai and Hollow mask. Even after using his most powerful attacks, Ichigo proves to be no match for Ulquiorra. Ichigo, however, refuses to give up, believing Ulquiorra to be the top-ranked Espada. Ulquiorra reveals his "4" tattoo, proving otherwise, and stabs Ichigo in the chest with his hand. Later, Grimmjow brings Orihime to Ichigo, wanting him healed so he may have his own fight with him. Before she can finish her work, however, Ulquiorra arrives. Using a special device called Caja Negación, Grimmjow traps Ulquiorra in an alternate dimension which will take him several hours to escape. Once Ichigo is healed, their battle begins.

Ichigo, using his Bankai and Hollow mask, and Grimmjow, now in his Resurrección form, face off in a destructive battle across Las Noches while Orihime and Nel look on. Ichigo is slowly beaten back by Grimmjow, despite managing to maintain his Hollow mask for much longer than he previously could. Orihime is scared to watch, seeing the same look in his eyes as her brother had when he became a Hollow. At Nel's insistence, she overcomes her fear and cheers Ichigo on. Ichigo summons the last of his strength, swearing that he will defeat Grimmjow, Ulquiorra, Aizen, and bring back all of his friends safely, and launches the finishing blow to Grimmjow. Ichigo returns to Orihime, who is glad to see that he is not really a Hollow as she feared. Nel clumsily jumps into Ichigo, overcome with tears that he is all right. The series moves into another anime-only arc at this point.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
152 Ep152TitleCard "Ichigo Strikes Back! This is my Bankai" December 12, 2007 September 26, 2009 Normal
153 Ep153TitleCard "The Devilish Research! Szayelaporro's Plan" December 19, 2007 October 3, 2009 Normal
154 Ep154TitleCard "Rukia and Kaien, the Sorrowful Reunion" December 26, 2007 October 3, 2009 Normal
155 Ep155TitleCard "Rukia Retaliates! Release the Desperate Kidō" January 9, 2008 October 10, 2009 Normal
156 Ep156TitleCard "Ishida & Pesche, the United Attack of Friendship?" January 16, 2008 October 10, 2009 Expansion
157 Ep157TitleCard "Ishida's Trump Card, the Cutter of Souls" January 23, 2008 October 17, 2009 Normal
158 Ep158TitleCard "Right Arm of the Giant, Left Arm of the Devil" January 30, 2008 October 17, 2009 Normal
159 Ep159TitleCard "Yasutora Sado dies! Orihime's Tears" February 6, 2008 October 24, 2009 Normal
160 Ep160TitleCard "Testament, Your Heart is Right Here..." February 13, 2008 October 24, 2009 Normal
161 Ep161TitleCard "The Cruel Arrancar, Ulquiorra's Provocation" February 20, 2008 October 31, 2009 Expansion
162 Ep162TitleCard "Szayelaporro Laughs, The Net Trapping Renji is Complete" February 27, 2008 October 31, 2009 Normal
163 Ep163TitleCard "Shinigami and Quincy, the Battle of Madness" March 5, 2008 November 7, 2009 Normal
164 Ep164TitleCard "Ishida's Strategy, the 20-second Offense and Defense" March 12, 2008 November 7, 2009 Normal
165 Ep165TitleCard "Murderous Intent! The Joyful Grimmjow" March 19, 2008 November 14, 2009 Normal
166 Ep166TitleCard "Desperate Effort vs. Desperate Effort! The Hollowfied Ichigo" April 9, 2008 November 14, 2009 Normal
167 Ep167TitleCard "The Moment of Conclusion, the End of Grimmjow" April 16, 2008 November 21, 2009 Normal

The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai arc (Episodes 168-189)[]

Main article: Kasumiōji Conspiracy Starting from episode 168, the Hueco Mundo arc diverts to an anime-only arc in order to allow Tite Kubo time to publish more material. Another change starting in episode 168 is the change from 4:3 standard definition video to 16:9 HDTV video. It contains twenty-two episodes, and aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 23, 2008 to October 7, 2008 and aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block from August 28, 2010 to January 30, 2011.

It is a side story focusing on the new captain, Shūsuke Amagai, who takes the empty position as captain of the 3rd Division of the Gotei 13. Meanwhile, three new characters—Princess Rurichiyo Kasumiōji and her two Shinigami guardians, Kenryū and Enryū—arrive in the real world and become Ichigo's new neighbors and classmates. Ichigo and Rukia Kuchiki get involved in their problems, suddenly faced with protecting the princess from assassins wielding strange energy-sapping swords with great power. The princess gets kidnapped and Ichigo becomes hunted by the 2nd Division while trying to break up Rurichiyo's marriage. Rukia manages to break up a battle between Suì-Fēng and Ichigo, leaving Suì-Fēng behind a wall of ice. Amagai and the 3rd Division confront Ichigo, but Amagai joins Ichigo and Rukia after becoming aware of the real reason why they kidnapped Rurichiyo's groom-to-be. Kira discovers Kibune is actually working for Kumoi, the man planning on stealing Rurichiyo's kingdom. Kira barely manages to defeat Kibune, and Renji takes Kibune's infested weapon to Captain-Commander Yamamoto. The Gotei 13 steadily become aware of corruption in the House of Kasumiōji and infiltrate the manor. Ichigo and Rukia reach the House of Kasumiōji while Amagai fights Hitsugaya. Rukia leaves the team to distract Rangiku. Ichigo catches up to Komui, but a smirking Amagai appears, slays Komui, kidnaps Rurichiyo, and reappears behind Yamamoto-Genryūsai. It is then revealed that Amagai has been the true puppet master behind all the events of the arc (on realizing this, Captain Hitsugaya remarks that Amagai has "made the Gotei 13 look like fools") It becomes apparent that he seeks to murder Yamamoto to avenge the death of his father, a Shinigami killed by Yamamoto.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
168 Ep168TitleCard "The New Captain Appears! His Name is Shūsuke Amagai" April 23, 2008 August 29, 2010 Filler
169 Ep169TitleCard "New Development, the Dangerous Transfer Student Appears!" May 7, 2008 September 5, 2010 Filler
170 Ep170TitleCard "Desperate Struggle Under the Moonlit Night, the Mysterious Assassin and Zanpakutō" May 14, 2008 September 12, 2010 Filler
171 Ep171TitleCard "The Profusion of Blooming Crimson Flowers" May 21, 2008 September 19, 2010 Filler
172 Ep172TitleCard "Kibune Goes to War! The Violent Wind that Rages" May 28, 2008 September 26, 2010 Filler
173 Ep173TitleCard "The Appearance of the Great Evil! The Darkness in the House of Kasumiōji" June 4, 2008 October 3, 2010 Filler
174 Ep174TitleCard "Break the Mirror's Boundary! Ichigo's Captivity" June 11, 2008 October 10, 2010 Filler
175 Ep175TitleCard "The Revenging Assassin, Ichigo is Targeted" June 18, 2008 October 17, 2010 Filler
176 Ep176TitleCard "Mystery! The Sword-Consuming Assassin" June 25, 2008 October 24, 2010 Filler
177 Ep177TitleCard "The Reversal of Rukia, the Rampaging Blade" June 25, 2008 October 31, 2010 Filler
178 Ep178TitleCard "The Nightmare Which is Shown, Ichigo's Inside the Mirror" July 2, 2008 November 7, 2010 Filler
179 Ep179TitleCard "Confrontation?! Amagai vs. Gotei 13" July 9, 2008 November 14, 2010 Filler
180 Ep180TitleCard "The Princess' Decision, the Sorrowful Bride" July 16, 2008 November 21, 2010 Filler
181 Ep181TitleCard "The 2nd Division Sorties! Ichigo is Surrounded" July 23, 2008 November 28, 2010 Filler
182 Ep182TitleCard "Amagai's True Strength, Zanpakutō is released!" July 30, 2008 December 5, 2010 Filler
183 Ep183TitleCard "The Darkness Which Moves! Kibune's True Colors" August 6, 2008 December 12, 2010 Filler
184 Ep184TitleCard "Kira and Kibune, Offense and Defense of 3rd Division" August 20, 2008 December 19, 2010 Filler
185 Ep185TitleCard "Ice and Flame! Fierce Fight of Amagai vs. Hitsugaya" August 27, 2008 January 2, 2011 Filler
186 Ep186TitleCard "Sortie Orders! Suppress the House of Kasumiōji" September 3, 2008 January 9, 2011 Filler
187 Ep187TitleCard "Ichigo Rages! The Assassin's Secret" September 10, 2008 January 16, 2011 Filler
188 Ep188TitleCard "Duel! Amagai vs. Ichigo" September 17, 2008 January 23, 2011 Filler
189 Ep189TitleCard "The Fallen Shinigami's Pride" October 7, 2008 January 30, 2011 Filler

Arrancar vs. Shinigami arc (Episodes 190-205)[]

Part 2 of the Hueco Mundo arc is the tenth season of the Bleach anime series, covering chapters 286 through 315. Three pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: one opening theme and two closing themes. The opening theme is "Velonica" by Aqua Timez whilst the first ending song is "Hitohira no Hanabira" by Stereopony. The second ending song is "Sky Chord ~Otona ni Naru Kimi e~" by Tsuji Shion.

The series returns to the manga-based storyline, picking up after Ichigo defeats Grimmjow. Nnoitra Gilga attacks the weakened Grimmjow, severely injuring him. Ichigo begins to fight Nnoitra, while Orihime is restrained by Tesra Lindocruz. Injured and tired from his previous fight, Ichigo is overpowered. Suddenly, Nel Tu transforms into her former adult form and attacks Nnoitra as her past is revealed. After releasing her Zanpakutō and overpowering him, she turns back into a child and is defeated by Nnoitra. Tesra then releases his resureccion and prepares to kill Ichigo, but is defeated by Kenpachi Zaraki. As Kenpachi fights Nnoitra, Orihime heals Ichigo. Meanwhile, Retsu Unohana confronts Rudbornn Chelute, Byakuya Kuchiki battles the Espada Zommari Rureaux and Mayuri Kurotsuchi fights Szayelaporro Granz. Rudbornn withdraws from the front lines, while Byakuya and Mayuri defeat their opponents. Having exchanged blows for some time and injuring each other, Kenpachi emerges victorious from his battle with Nnoitra. However, Coyote Stark recaptures Orihime and returns her to Aizen, who departs for the Human World to destroy Karakura Town.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
190 Ep190TitleCard "Hueco Mundo Chapter, Restart!" October 14, 2008 February 6, 2011 Expansion
191 Ep191TitleCard "The Frightening Banquet, Szayelaporro Theater" October 21, 2008 February 13, 2011 Normal
192 Ep192TitleCard "Nel's Secret, a Big-Breasted Beauty Joins the Battle!?" October 28, 2008 February 20, 2011 Normal
193 Ep193TitleCard "Irresistible, Puppet Show of Terror" November 4, 2008 February 27, 2011 Expansion
194 Ep194TitleCard "Nelliel's Past" November 11, 2008 March 06, 2011 Normal
195 Ep195TitleCard "The Ultimate Union! Pesche's Seriousness" November 18, 2008 March 13, 2011 Normal
196 Ep196TitleCard "Joining the Battle! The Strongest Shinigami Army Appears" November 25, 2008 March 20, 2011 Normal
197 Ep197TitleCard "Byakuya's Bankai, the Quiet Anger" December 2, 2008 March 27, 2011 Normal
198 Ep198TitleCard "The Two Scientists, Mayuri's Trap" December 9, 2008 April 3, 2011 Normal
199 Ep199TitleCard "Holy Birth, the Resurrected Szayelaporro" December 16, 2008 April 10, 2011 Normal
200 Ep200TitleCard "The Hardest Body!? Cut Down Nnoitra!" December 23, 2008 April 17, 2011 Normal
201 Ep201TitleCard "Nnoitra Released! Multiplying Arms" January 06, 2009 April 24, 2011 Normal
202 Ep202TitleCard "Fierce Fighting Conclusion! Who's the Strongest?" January 13, 2009 May 1, 2011 Normal
203 Ep203TitleCard "Karakura Town Gathers! Aizen Versus Shinigami" January 20, 2009 May 8, 2011 Normal
204 Ep204TitleCard "Ichigo's Stomach-cutting Persuasion Strategy" January 27, 2009 May 15, 2011 Filler
205 Ep205TitleCard "Thump! A Kemari Tournament Filled with Hollows" February 3, 2009 May 22, 2011 Filler

The Past arc (Episodes 206-212)[]

The episodes of the eleventh season of the Bleach anime series cover chapters -108 through -97.

The season has begun airing on April 14, 2009 in Japan on TV Tokyo. The English adaptation premiered on May 29, 2011 in the United States on Adult Swim.

The episodes use two pieces of theme music: one opening theme and one closing theme. The opening theme is "Velonica" by Aqua Timez. The ending theme is "Sky Chord ~Otona ni Naru Kimi e~" by Tsuji Shion.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
206 Ep206TitleCard The Past Chapter Begins! The Truth from 110 Years Ago February 10, 2009 May 29, 2011 Expansion
207 Ep207TitleCard 12th Division's New Captain, Urahara Kisuke February 17, 2009 June 5, 2011 Expansion
208 Ep208TitleCard Aizen and the Genius Boy February 24, 2009 June 12, 2011 Normal
209 Ep209TitleCard Muguruma's 9th Division, Moves Out March 3, 2009 June 19, 2011 Expansion
210 Ep210TitleCard Hiyori dies? The Beginning of Tragedy March 10, 2009 June 26, 2011 Normal
211 Ep211TitleCard Betrayal! Aizen's Secret Maneuvers March 17, 2009 July 3, 2011 Normal
212 Ep212TitleCard Rescue Hirako! Aizen vs. Urahara March 24, 2009 July 10, 2011 Normal

Arrancar: Decisive Battle of Karakura arc (Episodes 213-229)[]

The episodes of the twelfth season of Bleach. The 17-episode season covers chapters 316 through 340 of the manga. The plot continues shows the fight between Soul Society's group of Shinigami against Sōsuke Aizen's army of Arrancar, with the former defending Karakura Town, and the latter planning to use Karakura to invade and destroy Soul Society. The season moves onto auto-conclusive stories beginning with episode 227. The season first aired from March 31, 2009 until July 21, 2009 on TV Tokyo in Japan.

The episodes use two pieces of theme music: one opening theme and one closing theme. The opening theme is "Shōjo S" (少女S, "Girl S") by Scandal. The ending theme is "Kimi wo Mamotte, Kimi wo Aishite" (君を守って 君を愛して, "I Will Protect You, I Love You") by Sambomaster.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
213 Ep213TitleCard "The Soul Burial Detective, Karakuraizer is Born" March 31, 2009 July 17, 2011 Filler
214 Ep214TitleCard "Karakuraizer's Last Day" April 7, 2009 July 24, 2011 Filler
215 Ep215TitleCard "Defend Karakura Town! Entire Appearance of the Shinigami" April 14, 2009 July 31, 2011 Normal
216 Ep216TitleCard "Elite! The Four Shinigami" April 21, 2009 August 7, 2011 Normal
217 Ep217TitleCard "Beautiful Little Devil Charlotte" April 28, 2009 August 14, 2011 Normal
218 Ep218TitleCard "Kira, The Battle Within Despair" May 5, 2009 August 21, 2011 Normal
219 Ep219TitleCard "Hisagi's Shikai! The Name is..." May 12, 2009 August 28, 2011 Normal
220 Ep220TitleCard "Ikkaku Falls! The Shinigami's Crisis" May 19, 2009 September 4, 2011 Normal
221 Ep221TitleCard "The Full Showdown! Shinigami vs. Espada" May 26, 2009 September 11, 2011 Normal
222 Ep222TitleCard "The Most Evil Tag!? Suì-Fēng & Ōmaeda" June 2, 2009 September 18, 2011 Expansion
223 Ep223TitleCard "A Miraculous Body! Ggio Releases" June 9, 2009 September 25, 2011 Expansion
224 Ep224TitleCard "3 vs. 1 Battle! Rangiku's Crisis" June 16, 2009 October 2, 2011 Normal
225 Ep225TitleCard "All Lieutenants Annihilated! The Terrifying Demonic Beast" June 23, 2009 October 9, 2011 Normal
226 Ep226TitleCard "Fierce Fighting Concludes? Towards a New Battle!" June 30, 2009 October 16, 2011 Normal
227 Ep227TitleCard "Wonderful Error" July 7, 2009 October 23, 2011 Normal
228 Ep228TitleCard "Summer! Sea! Swimsuit Festival!!" July 14, 2009 October 30, 2011 Filler
229 Ep229TitleCard "Cry of the Soul? The Rug Shinigami is Born!" July 21, 2009 November 6, 2011 Filler

Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc (Episodes 230-255)[]

Main article: Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc

The Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc is an anime-only arc which was created to allow Tite Kubo to publish more material. It forms the first part of the thirteenth season of Bleach and is directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu and Studio Pierrot. The season began airing on July 28, 2009 in Japan on TV Tokyo. Viz Media's English adaptation of the season began airing on November 13, 2011 on Adult Swim.

The episodes use four pieces of theme music: two opening themes and two closing themes. The first opening theme is "Shōjo S" by Scandal for episodes 230-242. The second opening theme is "Anima Rossa" by Porno Graffitti for episodes 243-255. The first ending theme is "Mad Surfer" by Kenichi Asai used for episodes 230-242. The second ending theme is "Sakurabito" by SunSet Swish for episode 243-255.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
230 Ep230TitleCard "A New Enemy! The Materialization of Zanpakutō" July 28, 2009 November 13, 2011 Filler
231 Ep231TitleCard "Byakuya, Disappearing with the Cherry Blossoms" August 4, 2009 November 20, 2011 Filler
232 Ep232TitleCard "Sode no Shirayuki vs. Rukia! Delusion of the Heart" August 11, 2009 November 27, 2011 Filler
233 Ep233TitleCard "Zangetsu Becomes an Enemy" August 18, 2009 December 4, 2011 Filler
234 Ep234TitleCard "Renji Surprised?! The Two Zabimaru" August 25, 2009 December 11, 2011 Filler
235 Ep235TitleCard "Clash! Hisagi vs. Kazeshini" September 1, 2009 December 18, 2011 Filler
236 Ep236TitleCard "Release! The New Getsuga Tenshō" September 8, 2009 January 8, 2012 Filler
237 Ep237TitleCard "Suì-Fēng, Surround the Zanpakutō" September 15, 2009 January 15, 2012 Filler
238 Ep238TitleCard "Friendship? Hatred? Haineko & Tobiume" September 22, 2009 January 22, 2012 Filler
239 Ep239TitleCard "The Awakening Hyōrinmaru! Hitsugaya's Fierce Fight" September 29, 2009 January 29, 2012 Filler
240 Ep240TitleCard "Byakuya's Betrayal" October 06, 2009 February 12, 2012 Filler
241 Ep241TitleCard "For the Sake of Pride! Byakuya vs. Renji" October 13, 2009 February 19, 2012 Filler
242 Ep242TitleCard "Shinigami and Zanpakutō, Total Sortie" October 20, 2009 February 26, 2012 Filler
243 Ep243TitleCard "One-on-one! Ichigo vs. Senbonzakura" October 27, 2009 March 4, 2012 Filler
244 Ep244TitleCard "The long awaited... Kenpachi appears!" November 03, 2009 March 11, 2012 Filler
245 Ep245TitleCard "Pursue Byakuya! The Confused Gotei Divisions" November 10, 2009 March 18, 2012 Filler
246 Ep246TitleCard "Special Mission! Rescue Captain-Commander Yamamoto!" November 17, 2009 March 25, 2012 Filler
247 Ep247TitleCard "Deceived Shinigami! The World Collapse Crisis" November 24, 2009 April 1, 2012 Filler
248 Ep248TitleCard "Dragon of Ice and Dragon of Flame! The Strongest Showdown!" December 1, 2009 April 8, 2012 Filler
249 Ep249TitleCard "Senbonzakura's Bankai! Offense and Defense of the Living World" December 8, 2009 April 15, 2012 Filler
250 Ep250TitleCard "That Man, For the Sake of the Kuchiki" December 15, 2009 April 22, 2012 Filler
251 Ep251TitleCard "Dark History! The Worst Shinigami is Born" December 22, 2009 April 29, 2012 Filler
252 Ep252TitleCard "Byakuya, the Truth Behind his Betrayal" January 5, 2010 May 6, 2012 Filler
253 Ep253TitleCard "Muramasa's True Identity Revealed" January 12, 2010 May 13, 2012 Filler
254 Ep254TitleCard "Byakuya and Renji, the 6th Division Returns" January 19, 2010 May 20, 2012 Filler
255 Ep255TitleCard "Final Chapter·Zanpakutō Unknown Tales" January 26, 2010 May 27, 2012 Filler

Beast Swords arc (Episodes 256-265)[]

Main article: Beast Swords arc

The Beast Swords arc is an anime-only arc which was created to allow Tite Kubo to publish more material. It forms the second part of the thirteenth season of Bleach and is directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu and Studio Pierrot. The season began airing on February 2, 2010 in Japan on TV Tokyo. Viz Media's English adaptation began airing on June 3, 2012 on Adult Swim.

The episodes use two pieces of theme music: one opening theme and one closing theme. The opening theme is "Anima Rossa" by Porno Graffitti and the ending theme is "Tabidatsu Kimi e" by RSP.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
256 Ep256TitleCard "Byakuya's anger, collapse of the Kuchiki family" February 2, 2010 June 3, 2012 Filler
257 Ep257TitleCard A New Enemy! The True Nature of the Beast Swords February 9, 2010 June 10, 2012 Filler
258 Ep258TitleCard Stray Snake, Tortured Monkey February 16, 2010 June 17, 2012 Filler
259 Ep259TitleCard Terror! The Monster That Lurks Underground February 23, 2010 June 24, 2012 Filler
260 Ep260TitleCard Conclusion?! Hisagi vs. Kazeshini March 2, 2010 July 1, 2012 Filler
261 Ep261TitleCard The Person with the Unknown Ability! Orihime is Targeted March 9, 2010 July 8, 2012 Filler
262 Ep262TitleCard The Tragic Sword Fiend! Haineko Cries! March 16, 2010 July 15, 2012 Filler
263 Ep263TitleCard Imprisonment?! Senbonzakura & Zabimaru March 23, 2010 July 22, 2012 Filler
264 Ep264TitleCard Battle of the Females? Katen Kyōkotsu vs. Nanao! March 30, 2010 July 29, 2012 Filler
265 Ep265TitleCard Evolution?! The Menace of the Final Sword Fiend April 6, 2010 August 5, 2012 Filler

Arrancar: Downfall arc (Episodes 266-316)[]

The fourteenth season of the Bleach, this arc covers manga chapters 340 to 423. The story continues the fight between Soul Society's Shinigami and Sōsuke Aizen's Arrancar army as the former defends Karakura Town from the latter's invasion, while Ichigo and his group fight the Arrancar in Hueco Mundo to rescue Orihime Inoue. The season started airing on April 13, 2010 in Japan on TV Tokyo.

The episodes use five pieces of theme music: two opening themes and four closing themes. The opening themes are "chAngE" by Miwa and "Melody of the Wild Dance" by SID. The ending themes are "Stay Beautiful" by Diggy-MO, "Echoes" by Universe, "Last Moment" by Spyair, and "Song For..." by ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
266 Ep266TitleCard Ichigo VS Ulquiorra, Restart! April 13, 2010 August 12, 2012 Filler
267 Ep267TitleCard Connected Hearts! The Left Fist Prepared for Death! April 20, 2010 August 19, 2012 Expansion
268 Ep268TitleCard Hatred and Jealousy, Orihime's Dilemma April 27, 2010 August 26, 2012 Expansion
269 Ep269TitleCard Ichigo and Uryū, Bonded Back to Back May 4, 2010 September 2, 2012 Normal
270 Ep270TitleCard Beginning of Despair...Ichigo, the Unreachable Blade May 11, 2010 September 9, 2012 Normal
271 Ep271TitleCard Ichigo Dies! Orihime, the Cry of Sorrow! May 18, 2010 September 16, 2012 Normal
272 Ep272TitleCard Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra, Conclusion! May 25, 2010 September 23, 2012 Normal
273 Ep273TitleCard Fury of the Shark! Harribel Releases June 1, 2010 September 30, 2012 Normal
274 Ep274TitleCard Hitsugaya, the Suicidal Frozen Heavens Hundred Flowers Funeral! June 8, 2010 October 7, 2012 Expansion
275 Ep275TitleCard The Approaching Breath of Death, the King Who Rules Over Death! June 15, 2010 October 14, 2012 Normal
276 Ep276TitleCard One Hit Kill, Suì-Fēng, Bankai! June 22, 2010 October 21, 2012 Expansion
277 Ep277TitleCard Climax! Kyōraku vs. Starrk! June 29, 2010 October 28, 2012 Normal
278 Ep278TitleCard The Nightmare Returns...Revival of the Espada July 6, 2010 November 4, 2012 Normal
279 Ep279TitleCard Hirako and Aizen...the Reunion of Fate! July 13, 2010 November 11, 2012 Normal
280 Ep280TitleCard Hisagi and Tōsen, the Moment of Parting July 20, 2010 November 18, 2012 Normal
281 Ep281TitleCard Crown of Lies, Baraggan's Grudge July 27, 2010 November 25, 2012 Normal
282 Ep282TitleCard Power of the Soul! Los Lobos, Attack! August 3, 2010 January 27, 2013 Normal
283 Ep283TitleCard Starrk, the Lone Battle August 10, 2010 February 3, 2013 Normal
284 Ep284TitleCard Chain of Sacrifice...Harribel's Past August 17, 2010 February 10, 2013 Expansion
285 Ep285TitleCard The Hundred-Year Grudge...Hiyori's Revenge August 24, 2010 February 17, 2013 Expansion
286 Ep286TitleScreen Protect Karakura Town! Ichigo, towards the Real World! August 31, 2010 February 24, 2013 Normal
287 Ep287TitleScreen Side Story...Ichigo and the Magic Lamp September 7, 2010 March 3, 2013 Filler
288 Ep288TitleScreen The Final Trump Card! Ichigo, Towards the Decisive Battle September 14, 2010 March 10, 2013 Expansion
289 Ep289TitleCard Byakuya vs. Kenpachi?! The Melee Commences September 21, 2010 March 17, 2013 Normal
290 Ep290TitleCard For the Sake of Justice?! The Man Who Deserted the Shinigami September 28, 2010 March 24, 2013 Expansion
291 Ep291TitleCard Desperate Struggle with Aizen! Hirako, Shikai! October 5, 2010 March 31, 2013 Expansion
292 Ep292TitleCard All Out War! Aizen vs. Shinigami October 12, 2010 April 7, 2013 Normal
293 Ep293TitleCard Hitsugaya, Enraged! Blade of Hatred! October 19, 2010 April 14, 2013 Normal
294 Ep294TitleCard Impossible to Attack? The Sealed Genryūsai! October 26, 2010 April 21, 2013 Normal
295 Ep295TitleCard It's All A Trap...Engineered Bonds! November 2, 2010 April 28, 2013 Expansion
296 Ep296TitleCard The Shocking Truth...The Mysterious Power Within Ichigo! November 9, 2010 May 5, 2013 Expansion
297 Ep297TitleCard The Extending Blade?! Ichigo vs. Gin! November 16, 2010 May 12, 2013 Normal
298 Ep298TitleCard ‎Film! Festival! Shinigami Film Festival! November 23, 2010 May 19, 2013 Filler
299 Ep299TitleCard Theatre Opening Commemoration! Hell Chapter・Prologue November 30, 2010 May 26, 2013 Filler
300 Ep300TitleCard Urahara Appears! Stop Aizen! December 7, 2010 June 2, 2013 Normal
301 Ep301TitleCard Ichigo Loses His Fighting Spirit!? Gin's Expectation! December 14, 2010 June 9, 2013 Normal
302 Ep302TitleCard The Final Getsuga Tenshō!? Ichigo's Training! December 21, 2010 June 16, 2013 Normal
303 Ep303TitleCard Real World and Shinigami! The New Year Special! January 4, 2011 June 23, 2013 Filler
304 Ep304TitleCard Gaiden Again! This Time's Enemy Is A Monster? January 11, 2011 June 30, 2013 Filler
305 Ep305TitleCard Delusion Roars! Hisagi, Towards the Hot Springs Inn! January 18, 2011 July 7, 2013 Filler
306 Ep306TitleCard For the Sake of Protecting! Ichigo vs. Tensa Zangetsu! January 25, 2011 July 14, 2013 Normal
307 Ep307TitleCard Emergency Situation! Aizen, New Evolution! February 1, 2011 July 21, 2013 Normal
308 Ep308TitleCard Sayonara...Rangiku February 8, 2011 July 28, 2013 Normal
309 Ep309TitleCard Fierce Fighting Conclusion! Release, the Final Getsuga Tenshō! February 15, 2011 August 4, 2013 Normal
310 Ep310TitleCard Ichigo's Resolution! The Price of the Fierce Battle February 22, 2011 August 11, 2013 Expansion
311 Ep311TitleCard The Soul Detective ・ Karakuraizer Takes Off Again! March 1, 2011 August 18, 2013 Filler
312 Ep312TitleCard Inauguration! The Brand New 2nd Division Captain! March 8, 2011 August 25, 2013 Filler
313 Ep313TitleCard The Man Who Risks His Life in the 11th Division! March 15, 2011 September 8, 2013 Filler
314 Ep314TitleCard Kon is Seen! Secret of a Beautiful Office Lady March 22, 2011 September 15, 2013 Filler
315 Ep315TitleCard Yachiru's Friend! The Shinigami of Justice Appears! March 29, 2011 September 22, 2013 Filler
316 Ep316TitleCard Tōshirō Hitsugaya's Holiday! April 5, 2011 September 29, 2013 Filler

Gotei 13 Invading Army arc (Episodes 317-342)[]

The Gotei 13 Invading Army arc is an anime-only arc which was created to allow Tite Kubo to publish more material. It forms the fifteenth season of Bleach. The season began airing on April 12, 2011 in Japan on TV Tokyo, and on October 6, 2013 in the US on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block.

The episodes use three pieces of theme music: one opening theme and two closing themes. The opening theme is "BLUE" by ViViD from Episode 317 to Episode 342. The first ending theme is "Blue Bird" by fumika from Episode 317 to Episode 329. The second ending theme is "Haruka Kanata" by UNLIMITS from Episode 330 to Episode 342.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
317 Ep317TitleCard Unusual Incident in Seireitei?! Gotei 13 Invading Army Arc! April 12, 2011 October 6, 2013 Filler
318 Ep318TitleCard Renji vs. Rukia?! Battle With Comrades! April 19, 2011 October 13, 2013 Filler
319 Ep319TitleCard Ichigo's Capture Net! Escape From Soul Society! April 26, 2011 October 20, 2013 Filler
320 Ep320TitleCard Gotei 13, Gathering in the Real World! May 3, 2011 October 27, 2013 Filler
321 Ep321TitleCard Showdown of Mutual Self, Ikkaku vs. Ikkaku! May 10, 2011 November 3, 2013 Filler
322 Ep322TitleCard Clash! Rukia vs. Rukia! May 17, 2011 November 10, 2013 Filler
323 Ep323TitleCard Protect Ichigo! Nozomi's Determination May 24, 2011 November 17, 2013 Filler
324 Ep324TitleCard Recapture Seireitei! The Captains Move! May 31, 2011 November 24, 2013 Filler
325 Ep325TitleCard For the Sake of the Believers! Byakuya vs. Hitsugaya! June 7, 2011 December 1, 2013 Filler
326 Ep326TitleCard The Two Hinamoris, Hitsugaya's Resolution June 14, 2011 January 5, 2014 Filler
327 Ep327TitleCard Pride of the Kuchiki Family! Byakuya vs. Byakuya! June 21, 2011 January 12, 2014 Filler
328 Ep328TitleCard Defeat Kagerōza! Shinigami, All-Out War! June 28, 2011 January 19, 2014 Filler
329 Ep329TitleCard The Forbidden Research...Nozomi's Hidden Secret! July 5, 2011 January 26, 2014 Filler
330 Ep330TitleCard I Want to Live...! Nozomi's Zanpakutō July 12, 2011 February 2, 2014 Filler
331 Ep331TitleCard For the Sake of Fighting! The Awakening Nozomi! July 19, 2011 February 9, 2014 Filler
332 Ep332TitleCard The Most Evil Reigai, Appears in the Real World! July 26, 2011 February 16, 2014 Filler
333 Ep333TitleCard Destroy Nozomi?! Genryūsai's Decision August 2, 2011 February 23, 2014 Filler
334 Ep334TitleCard The Depleting Reiatsu! Ichigo, Death Struggle of the Soul August 9, 2011 March 2, 2014 Filler
335 Ep335TitleCard Hiding in the Dangai? Ichigo is Alone?! August 16, 2011 March 9, 2014 Filler
336 Ep336TitleCard Pursue Kagerōza! Technological Development Department, Infiltration! August 23, 2011 March 16, 2014 Filler
337 Ep337TitleCard The Developer of the Modified Souls August 30, 2011 March 23, 2014 Filler
338 Ep338TitleCard Kon's Thoughts, Nozomi's Thoughts September 6, 2011 March 30, 2014 Filler
339 Ep339TitleCard Protect Ichigo! The Bonds of Friends! September 13, 2011 April 6, 2014 Filler
340 Ep340TitleCard Reigai vs. Original, The Fierce Fighting for Gambled Pride! September 20, 2011 April 13, 2014 Filler
341 Ep341TitleCard Invading Army Arc, Final Conclusion! September 27, 2011 April 20, 2014 Filler
342 Ep342TitleCard Thank You October 4, 2011 April 27, 2014 Expansion

The Lost Substitute Shinigami arc (Episodes 343-366)[]

The sixteenth season of the Bleach anime covers manga chapters 424 to 479. Set seventeen months after Aizen's defeat, it chronicles Ichigo's life after losing his powers and the struggle to regain them.

The episodes use three pieces of theme music: one opening theme and two closing themes. The opening theme is "Harukaze" by Scandal. The first ending theme is "Re:pray" by Aimer. The second ending theme is "MASK" by Aqua Timez.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
343 Ep343TitleCard 3rd Year High School Student! Dressed Up, and a New Chapter Begins! October 11, 2011 May 4, 2014 Expansion
344 Ep344TitleCard A Dispute in School?! Ichigo and Uryū, Fight Together! October 18, 2011 May 11, 2014 Normal
345 Ep345TitleCard Uryū is Attacked, A Threat Draws Near the Friends! October 25, 2011 May 18, 2014 Expansion
346 Episode346Title The Fullbring User·Kūgo Ginjō November 1, 2011 June 1, 2014 Normal
347 Episode347Title A Creeping Danger in the Kurosaki Family?! Ichigo's Confusion! November 8, 2011 June 8, 2014 Expansion
348 Episode348Title Power of the Substitute Badge, Ichigo's "Pride"! November 15, 2011 June 15, 2014 Normal
349 Episode349Title Next Target, The Devil's Hand Aims at Orihime! November 22, 2011 June 22, 2014 Normal
350 Episode350TitlePage The Man Who Killed A Shinigami Substitute?! Tsukishima Makes His Move November 29, 2011 June 29, 2014 Normal
351 Episode351Title Fullbring, The Detested Power! December 6, 2011 July 13, 2014 Expansion
352 Episode352Title Tsukishima Attacks! The Training Has Been Thwarted December 13, 2011 July 20, 2014 Normal
353 Episode353Title Ichigo, Mastering the Fullbring!‎ December 20, 2011 July 27, 2014 Normal
354 Episode 354 Title slide Ichigo vs. Ginjō! To the Game's Space December 27, 2011 August 3, 2014 Normal
355 Episode355Title The Shinigami Enter Battle! Seireitei Also Has a New Year Special! January 10, 2012 August 10, 2014 Filler
356 Episode356Title Foe or Friend?! Ginjō's Unseen Heart! January 17, 2012 August 17, 2014 Normal
357 Episode357Title Creeping Menace...Tsukishima's Ability! January 24, 2012 August 24, 2014 Expansion
358 Episode358Title Clash?! Xcution Attacks Ginjō January 31, 2012 September 7, 2014 Normal
359 359 Title The Sorrowful Battle! Ichigo vs. Sado & Orihime! February 7, 2012 September 14, 2014 Normal
360 Episode360Title Ichigo vs Uryū?! Who is the Traitor?! February 14, 2012 September 21, 2014 Normal
361 Episode361Title A New Appearance! Meet the Gotei 13! February 21, 2012 September 28, 2014 Normal
362 Episode362Title Revival! Substitute Shinigami・Ichigo Kurosaki! February 28, 2012 October 5, 2014 Normal
363 Ep363TitleCard Fierce Fight! Shinigami vs. XCUTION! March 6, 2012 October 12, 2014 Normal
364 Episode364Title Desperate Struggle!? Byakuya's Troubled Memories March 13, 2012 October 19, 2014 Normal
365 Episode365Title Ichigo vs. Ginjō! The Secret of the Substitute Badge March 20, 2012 October 26, 2014 Normal
366 Episode366Title Changing History, Unchanging Heart March 27, 2012 November 2, 2014 Normal

The Thousand-Year Blood War arc (Episodes 367-379)[]

10 years after the end of production for the original Bleach anime, a sequel series titled Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War began airing, covering the final arc of the manga from chapters 480 to 686. In this arc, the Wandenreich, a hidden empire of Quincies led by Yhwach, wages war against the Gotei 13.

The episodes use two pieces of theme music: one opening theme and one closing theme. The opening theme is "Scar" by Tatsuya Kitani. The ending theme is "Saihate" by SennaRin.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
367 Ep367TitleCard THE BLOOD WARFARE October 11, 2022 November 4, 2022 Normal
368 Ep368TitleCard Foundation Stones October 18, 2022 November 11, 2022 Normal
369 Ep369TitleCard March of the StarCross October 25, 2022 November 18, 2022 Normal
370 Ep370TitleCard Kill The Shadow November 1, 2022 November 25, 2022 Normal
371 Ep371TitleCard Wrath as a Lightning November 8, 2022 December 2, 2022 Normal
372 Ep372TitleCard The Fire November 15, 2022 December 9, 2022 Normal
373 Ep373TitleCard BORN IN THE DARK November 22, 2022 December 16, 2022 Normal
374 Ep374TitleCard The Shooting Star Project (ZERO MIX) November 29, 2022 December 23, 2022 Normal
375 Ep375TitleCard THE DROP December 6, 2022 December 30, 2022 Normal
376 Ep376TitleCard The Battle December 13, 2022 January 6, 2023 Normal
377 Ep377TitleCard Everything But the Rain December 20, 2022 January 13, 2023 Normal
378 Ep378TitleCard EVERYTHING BUT THE RAIN “June Truth” December 27, 2022 January 20, 2023 Normal
379 Ep379TitleCard THE BLADE IS ME December 27, 2022 January 27, 2023 Normal

The Thousand-Year Blood War: The Separation arc (Episodes 380-392)[]

The episodes use two pieces of theme music: one opening theme and one closing theme. The opening theme is "STARS" by w.o.d.. The ending theme is "Endroll" by Yoh Kamiyama.

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
380 Ep380TitleCard THE LAST 9DAYS July 8, 2023 August 5, 2023 Normal
381 Ep381TitleCard Peace from Shadows July 15, 2023 August 12, 2023 Normal
382 Ep382TitleCard The Fundamental Virulence July 22, 2023 August 19, 2023 Normal
383 Ep383TitleCard HEART of WOLF July 29, 2023 August 26, 2023 Normal
384 Ep384TitleCard Rages at Ringside August 5, 2023 September 2, 2023 Normal
385 Ep385TitleCard The White Haze August 12, 2023 September 9, 2023 Normal
386 Ep386TitleCard I AM THE EDGE August 19, 2023 September 16, 2023 Normal
387 Ep387TitleCard The Headless Star August 26, 2023 September 23, 2023 Normal
388 Ep388TitleCard Marching Out the ZOMBIES September 9, 2023 October 7, 2023 Normal
389 Ep389TitleCard Marching Out the ZOMBIES 2 September 16, 2023 October 14, 2023 Normal
390 Ep390TitleCard Too Early To Win, Too Late To Know September 23, 2023 October 21, 2023 Normal
391 Ep391TitleCard THE MASTER September 30, 2023 October 28, 2023 Normal
392 Ep392TitleCard BLACK September 30, 2023 November 4, 2023 Normal

The Thousand-Year Blood War: The Conflict arc (Episodes 393-???)[]

# Card Title Original Airdate English Airdate Type
393 File:Ep393TitleCard.png October 5, 2024 Normal


OVA# Title Type
MitRTitle card "BLEACH Jump Festa 2004 Anime Tour: Memories in the Rain" OVA

This special, shown in Japan at the Jump Festa 2004 Anime Tour and later released on DVD, is a pilot episode for the show. As a different, one episode version of episodes 8-9, this special focuses more on Ichigo's feelings regarding his mother's death. Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach, voices Kon in this special for only two lines instead of Mitsuaki Madono, the original seiyū of Kon. This special is around 30 minutes long.

OVA# Title Type
SSFTitle card "BLEACH Jump Festa 2005 Anime Tour: The Sealed Sword Frenzy" OVA

This special, shown in Japan at the Jump Festa 2005 Anime Tour, is set after the events of the Soul Society arc (episode 63). Baishin, who was sealed by Soul Society long ago, is set free on Earth. A fateful encounter with Baishin leaves Ichigo with half his spiritual power drained. Rukia, Renji, and other Shinigami soon arrive from Soul Society to give him a hand to stop the destructive Baishin. This special is 33 minutes long.

See Also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Episodes 52 and 53 originally aired together as a one hour special.
  2. Episode 63 was an hour-long special.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Episodes 68 and 69 originally aired together as a one hour special.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Episodes 73 and 74 originally aired together as a one hour special.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episodes 75 and 76 originally aired together as a one hour special.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Episodes 84 and 85 originally aired together as a one hour special due to the 2006 World Cup.