Bleach ranked among shonen’s “big three” of its time, and this classic shonen series still has a massive fan base of devoted viewers. The anime will return in October 2022 with the Thousand Year Blood War arc.

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Bleach has its fair share of problems. Bleach has been mocked for all kinds of things, but Bleach‘s fans love the series for what it is — faults and all. A dedicated fan might even like these flaws and see them as charming quirks.

10 Bleach Characters Keep Shouting Attack Names

A familiar shonen convention is when the characters shout the names of their techniques; Bleach’s Kamehameha is a beloved example of this. By now, fans feel like it’s rather silly and old-fashioned for anime characters to keep doing this, but Bleach characters are definitely part of the trend.

In Bleach, Soul Reapers and Arrancars must state the name of their zanpakuto to release their abilities, such as “Scatter, Senbonzakura.” Similarly, the characters tend to cry out the names of their kido spells.

9 Keigo Asano Is A Skirt Chaser

Characters like Bleach’s Keigo Asano and My Hero Academia’s Minoru Mineta are problematic and Mineta certainly does cross some lines. In Bleach‘s case, Keigo is a total womanizer who will chase any attractive girl, but Bleach is surprisingly tame about it.

Keigo loves a big chest, but he tends to get kicked away before he can do anything really eyebrow-raising. He is a really good friend to Ichigo and the others. Later on in Bleach, Keigo became a bit more mature and likable.

8 Bleach Has Entire Filler Arcs

Many anime fans dislike filler episodes — even if those fillers manage to fit seamlessly into the narrative. However, filler episodes can be great fun for anime fans who have the time and patience for them. On that front, Bleach delivers.

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Bleach has entire seasons of filler, but fortunately, these seasons feature proper storylines with intriguing what-if premises, so it doesn’t feel like a complete waste of time. For example, what if everyone’s zanpakuto became people and turned against their owners? The Zanpakuto Rebellion arc delivers the answer.

7 Orihime Inoue Relies Heavily On Ichigo

For some modern anime fans, it’s discouraging to see a major female character like Orihime Inoue cling to the male lead for absolutely everything. It suggests that she lacks the strength and courage to do anything on her own. Orihime is no Ochaco Uraraka from My Hero Academia, but Bleach found some ways to compensate.

Bleach fans have fun making memes and jokes about Orihime crying out “Kurosaki-kun!” far too often. Besides that, Orihime actually repays Ichigo in many substantial ways, including her use of unique healing powers and barriers. She’s the reason Ichigo finally defeated Grimmjow.

6 Chad Is Surprisingly Weak

Ichigo’s best friend, Chad, is a huge and brawny fellow who has sworn to use his immense strength only for defense, never to harm anyone else. Chad gained spiritual powers and joined Ichigo on journeys to the Soul Society and Hueco Mundo only to get beaten.

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Bleach’s Chad often loses his fights and he’s not as strong as his personality and appearance would suggest. It’s a beloved running joke that Chad is weak, which led to amusing what-if scenarios involving a super-Chad who lives up to the Internet concept of a “Chad.”

5 Bleach Is A Lengthy Series

In today’s anime world, it simply doesn’t make sense to create a series that’s 300+ episodes long. The likes of Bleach and One Piece, whose anime are ongoing, were grandfathered in from a previous era. Today, anime series are concise and densely packed, like Jujutsu Kaisen and Demon Slayer.

Bleach‘s enormous length is a problem — it may discourage new fans from trying it at all and that’s not even counting the anime’s pending return. Devoted Bleach fans see this as a case of “more to love.” Sometimes, spending months on the same anime can be a real treat.

4 Bleach’s Anime Has Outdated Visuals

Some anime fans are nostalgic for the 1990s or even 1980s when anime series had a different visual style that has aged fairly well. Series such as Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion fit this trend and for younger anime fans, 2000s-era anime like Bleach are like that, too.

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By today’s standards, Bleach‘s anime is a bit clunky and plain, with non-HD visuals and a full-screen aspect ratio. For some fans, though, this is charmingly old-school rather than laughably obsolete and it can feel nostalgic for some viewers.

3 Bleach’s Heroes Almost Never Die

In most shonen, the heroes survive the action sequences while the villains die and anime fans know deep down that this is how it must be. Heroes nearly always have plot armor while the villains rarely do, but in some cases, it feels downright unfair.

In Bleach‘s case, the heroes very rarely die. Even when badly injured they bounce right back. Some anime fans might criticize Bleach for ruining the tension and stakes like that, but devoted fans won’t mind. It just means they can see all their favorite heroes again in future battles.

2 Ichigo Keeps Losing His Temper

Ichigo is a punkish antihero who often loses his temper and this might alarm some anime fans. Bleach fans, though, know that Ichigo’s personal flaws simply add to his charm and prevent him from being too perfect. Ichigo often snaps at people and gets into petty arguments and while that’s unflattering to him, that’s simply a part of who he is. His positive personality traits outweigh the bad.

1 Bleach Tells The Same Story Twice

Two of the biggest story arcs in Bleach, the Soul Society story arc and the Hueco Mundo story arc, are remarkably similar, with only the Arrancar arc in between them. Both story arcs involve Ichigo getting aid from Kisuke Urahara to sneak into an isekai world and rescue a female friend who a has been captured and fight many powerful foes along the way.

Bleach gets teased for this, but fans don’t mind at all because the story arcs have their differences. The Soul Society arc ended with Aizen’s rise as a villain, while the Hueco Mundo arc and Fake Karakura Town arc end with Aizen’s downfall. Also, the Arrancars are quite different from the Soul Reapers.

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