Bleach is considered one of the Top 3 Shonen Anime, and rightfully so. From the diverse range of characters to incredible action scenes and plot, they make the 17 seasons of Bleach worth a watch. Then again, who hasn’t shouted ‘Ban…KAI!’ while watching the series?
Bleach has received 17 seasons, with the last one, ‘Thousand-Year Blood War,’ currently ongoing. This will be the franchise’s final arc, bringing the series to its end.
Bleach might be a daunting anime to start due to its episode count, but believe me; it has the easiest watch order owing to the fewer side stories. Here, you will find the best watch order you need and info on how every other installment fits in the sequence.
1. Recommended/Chronological Order
The best way to watch Bleach is by following its chronological order. Bleach has received 17 seasons comprising of 392 episodes, four movies, and multiple OVAs. Watching them in chronological order helps follow the correct timeline.
- 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
- Bleach (Episode 367-392)
The second-best watch order to follow is by watching all the anime seasons first and then watching all the movies and specials. This way, you will not have to stop any season in between to watch other installments.
- Bleach (16 seasons: 2004-2012)
- Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Arc (season 17)
- Cour 1 (2022)
- Cour 2 (upcoming)
- Cour 3 (upcoming)
- Cour 4 (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 (2018)
- Bleach Jump Festa Anime Tour 2008 (2008)
- Bleach: Memories in the Rain (2004)
- Bleach: The Sealed Sword Frenzy (2006)
- Bleach: 13 Court Guard Squads Omake (2005)
- Burn the Witch (2020)
If you live in the United States, you will find the entire Bleach franchise to stream on Hulu. Disney Plus is streaming the series in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and some other countries. Netflix streams the anime in Asian countries.
|Season No.||Where to Stream with Eng subs?||Where to stream with Eng dub?|
|Season 1||Funimation, Hulu, VRV, Amazon Video, Vudu, Disney Plus||Hulu|
|Season 2||Hulu, VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||Hulu|
|Season 3||Hulu, VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||Hulu|
|Season 4||Hulu, VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||Hulu|
|Season 5||Hulu, VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||Hulu|
|Season 6||Hulu, VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||Hulu|
|Season 7||Hulu, VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||Hulu|
|Season 8||VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||–|
|Season 9||VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||–|
|Season 10||VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||–|
|Season 11||VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||–|
|Season 12||VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||–|
|Season 13||VRV, Vudu, Amazon Video, Disney Plus||–|
|Season 14||VRV, Disney Plus||–|
|Season 15||VRV, Disney Plus||–|
|Season 16||Amazon Video, Disney Plus||–|
|Season 17 (Thousand Year Blood War)||Hulu, Disney Plus, Amazon Video||Hulu|
Hulu, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, and Netflix all allow the download option with specific packages. You can download and watch Bleach offline on all of them.
A better and more detailed list of the download options is given below.
|Website||Subscription Packages||Offline Viewing|
|Funimation||Premium: $5.99 a month / $59.99 per year||No|
|Premium Plus: $7.99 a month / $79.99 per year||Yes|
|Premium Plus Ultra: $99.99 per year||Yes|
|Netflix||Basic with ads: $6.99/month||No|
|Hulu||Ad-Supported: $7.99/month (or $79.99/year)||Yes|
|No Ads: $14.99/month||Yes|
|Disney Plus||Disney+ Basic $7.99/month||Yes|
|Disney+ Premium $10.99/month or $109.99/year.||Yes|
|Vudu||Only Owned or Rented Movies/ Series||Yes|
If Bleach isn’t available on any streaming website in your area, then you can use a VPN to bypass the geo-block. Some of the top VPN service providers in the game are ExpressVPN, Nord VPN, Proton VPN, Cyberghost, and Private Internet Access, to name a few.
All you have to do is connect to a country where your preferred anime is streaming, and voila, you can now watch Bleach even if it is unavailable in your region.
There are many unpaid VPN services at hand or free browser extensions. However, using low-tier VPN providers might decrease your speed and get you blocked by streaming services. Connection drops and unsecured encryption are also other disadvantages.
The important thing is that Bleach is present on Netflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and many other streaming websites’ catalogs, so set your VPN to a suitable location to access the anime from anywhere.
It will take you almost 165 hours, which would mean about 7 days, to watch all the installments in Bleach without any breaks. This includes all the TV series, movies, OVAs, and specials.
|All Bleach Seasons (1-16)||6 Days|
|Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Arc (Cour 1,2)||10 hours 24 minutes|
|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|
|Movie: Bleach (Live-action adaptation)||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Burn The Witch (Spin-off Movie)||1 hour 3 minutes|
An estimated 44% of Bleach episodes are filler, which is a high percentage. This list includes partial canon, fillers, and anime-exclusive canon.
You can find the whole list of 163 skippable episodes via the link below.
II. Can the Bleach movies be skipped?
None of the movies is canon to the anime. However, they are a nice addition to the franchise and might be entertaining for you to watch. You can follow the chronological order to watch the movies.
You can watch Bleach according to chronological order. If you want to focus purely on the anime first, then go for all the seasons before starting the extra installments.
Bleach movies and spin-off movies are non-canon. However, most of them have a great storyline, so only skip the films if you’re short on time. The live-action movie retells the story, so feel free to skip that.
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.
9. 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 also discovers that several of his friends and classmates are spiritually aware and have powers of their own.