Bleach is an anime without a complicated timeline, but plenty of scenes leave the audience scratching their heads.
Being one of the ‘Big Three’ Shonen anime, alongside Naruto and One Piece, it is often considered to be cut from the same cloth as the other two.
Although there might be some similarities concerning having amazing animation and action, Bleach, without a doubt, has a unique storyline.
As of May 2020, Bleach has 16 seasons and a total of 366 episodes. The numerous episodes demand a lot of your time, but there won’t be a single dull moment if you indulge in it.
An amazing thing about lengthy anime is that the characters get a plethora of quirky traits and backgrounds. The development of old characters and the introduction of new ones always keep us entertained.
With the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc on its way, you should quickly catch-up with Bleach if you haven’t already!
1. Release Order
I. TV Series
- Bleach (2004-2012)
- Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Arc (upcoming)
- Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody (2006)
- Bleach the Movie: The DiamondDust Rebellion (2007)
- Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black (2008)
- Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse (2010)
- Bleach Jump Festa Anime Tour 2008 (2008)
- Bleach: Memories in the Rain (2004)
- Bleach: 13 Court Guard Squads Omake (2005)
- Bleach: The Sealed Sword Frenzy (2006)
- Burn the Witch (2020)
2. Where To Watch Bleach
3. Chronological Order
- Origin & Soul Society Arc
- Bleach (Episodes 1-7)
- Bleach: Memories in the Rain
- Bleach: 13 Court Guard Squads Omake
- Bleach (Episodes 8-63)
- Bleach: The Sealed Sword Frenzy
- Bleach (Episodes 64-109)
- Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody
- Hueco Mundo Arc
- Bleach (Episodes 110-137)
- Bleach the Movie: The DiamondDust Rebellion
- Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black
- Bleach (Episodes 138-214)
- Fake Karakura Town Arc
- Bleach (Episodes 215-299)
- Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse
- Bleach (Episodes 300-342)
- Substitute Soul Reaper Arc
- Bleach (Episodes 343-366)
- Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Arc
The recommended order to watch Bleach is its chronological order.
All Bleach movies are non-canon. However, most of them have a great storyline, so only skip the films if you’re short on time.
Bleach anime has many fillers that you can easily skip. There could be some continuity errors, but that will not hinder the flow of the main storyline.
5. How much Time Will It Take To Watch?
It will take you almost 6.5 days to watch all the installments in Bleach.
This includes all the TV series, movies, OVAs, and specials.
Here’s a quick list of each installment and their run time in order of their release:
- Bleach – 6 days
- Bleach: Memories in the Rain – 29 minutes
- Bleach: 13 Court Guard Squads Omake – 3 minutes
- Bleach: The Sealed Sword Frenzy – 33 minutes
- Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody – 1 hour 33 minutes
- Bleach the Movie: The DiamondDust Rebellion – 1 hour 32 minutes
- Bleach Jump Festa Anime Tour 2008 – 12 minutes
- Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black – 1 hour 34 minutes
- Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse – 1 hour 34 minutes
- Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Arc – TBA
6. About Bleach
Bleach is a Japanese anime television series based on Tite Kubo’s manga of the same name. The anime series adapts Kubo’s manga but also introduces some new, original, self-contained story arcs.
It is based in Karakura Town on a 15-year-old high school student Ichigo Kurosaki who becomes a substitute Soul Reaper when Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper, puts Soul Reaper powers in Ichigo. They barely manage to kill the hollow.
Although initially reluctant to accept the heavy responsibility, he begins eliminating some more hollows and discovers that several of his friends and classmates are spiritually aware and have powers of their own.