Bleach: Every Arc In The Anime, Ranked From Worst To Best (2022)

MangaartistTite Kubo published the firstBleachchapter in the summer of 2001, and it went on to have a marvelous 15-year run whichincludesan Animeseries, four movies, and a 2018 live-action movie. The series follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenage boy who becomes a Soul Reaper and who uses his newfound powers to fight spirits and other supernatural beings.

The Anime consists of 366 episodes which are separated into 16 arcs, but 5 of those arcs are not part of the official story, so many fans act as though those arcs don't exist. The Thousand Year Blood War was the only Manga arc that the Anime did not adapt prior to its cancellation, but the story's final chapter will be getting the Anime treatment pretty soon. Until then, fans only have 11 arcs to fall back on, and some were better than others.

11 The Lost Substitute Shinigami Arc

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For many fans, The Lost Substitute Shinigami Arc feels like a filler arc, but it's indeed part of the official canon. Following his decisive battle with Aizen, Ichigo lost his Soul Reaper powers, and this arc revolves around him trying to get those powers back.

17 months after Aizen's defeat, Ichigo meetsGinjō -- a former substitute Soul Reaper who turned against Soul Society when he learned that they were limiting his power. He was aFullbringer who gathered others like him, and they ended up fighting several Soul Reapers who obliterate them. Ichigo andGinjō's fight was good, but it didn't deserve to be the Anime's final battle.

10 Agent of the Shinigami Arc

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The Agent of the Shinigami Arc started it all, and by the time the first episode ended, Ichigo had met Rukia and gained his Soul Reaper powers. Over the course of twenty episodes, Ichigo and Rukia became good friends, and he ended up slaying several Hollows who tried attacking his friends and family.

Aside from the first episode, the majority of the first arc is rather slow, but that is to be expected when the story needs to introduce its characters. The Arc did pick up at the end though, as Ichigo was destroyed by Renji and Byakuya-who took Rukia back to Soul Society, where she was sentenced to death.

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9 Arrancar: The Hueco Mundo Sneak Entry Arc

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This arc's premise was more or less identical to the Soul Society: Sneak Entry Arc, except this time Ichigo and his friends were trying to rescue Orihime instead of Rukia. The other main difference is the fact that nearly all of the fighting took place away from Hueco Mundo, with several Soul Reapers fighting Arrancar.

The best part of this arc was when Grimmjow regained his arm and killedLuppi to reclaim his spot amongst the Espada, but even that scene could not save this arc from dragging, and that problem stems from the fact that it had nine filler episodes.

8 Soul Society: The Sneak Entry Arc

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Ichigo made it his mission to rescue Rukia from the Soul Society, and he ended up getting help from Chad, Orihime, and the recently introducedUryū Ishida. It was in this original Sneak Entry Arc that fans were introduced to the Captains of the Gotei 13-some of whom were more impressive than others.

Ichigo and his friends meet several colorful characters. and he ends up fighting and defeating Ikkaku, Kenpachi, and Renji. This was also the arc where Aizen faked his own death-an act which set up a lot of things down the line.

7 Arrancar: The Arrival Arc

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It was during the Arrancar: Arrival Arc that fans were first introduced to both the Espada and theVisored, and it started with Ichigo's father slaying the Grand Fisher Hollow who killed his wife. This was also the arc that introduced the 6th Espada, Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez, and he completely manhandled Ichigo in their first encounter.

This was also the first time that Soul Society battled the Arrancar, as Captain Hitsugaya led a group of elite soul reapers into battle against Grimmjow'sFracción. Once the fighting was done, the Captain Commander revealed that Aizen planned on annihilating Karakura town in order to form a key that would allow him to overthrow the Soul King.

6 Arrancar: Decisive Battle of Karakura Arc

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TheDecisive Battle of Karakura Arc focuses on the war between Soul Society and Aizen's Arrancar army, and it contains quite a bit of fighting. The 2nd Espada sends his Fracción to destroy some towers, and they are met by Ikkaku, Yumichika, Kira, and Shuhei, and the remnants of his forces take on Captain Soi Fon and her Lieutenant.

Later on, the 3rd Espada'sFracción creates an enormous monster who decimates all of the Lieutenants present, and it is then that the Captain Commander shows up and incinerates it with ease. The only thing that really causes this arc to drag is the fact that five of its episodes are silly fillers.

5 Arrancar vs. Shinigami Arc

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TheArrancar vs. Shinigami Arc had some pretty good episodes, and it picks up immediately after Ichigo's climactic fight with Grimmjow. This is the perfect arc for fans who love action because it features several battles between Espada and Soul Reaper Captains.

Kenpachi Zaraki comes to Ichigo's aid and battles Nnoitra, the 5th Espada, while CaptainKurotsuchi has a deranged battle with the 8th Espada.Byakuya Kuchiki also fights the 7th Espada while being forced to protect his sister Rukia as well; and the entire arc ends with Orihime being dragged back to Aizen by Coyote Stark, the Primera Espada.

4 Arrancar: The Fierce Fight Arc

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The Fierce Fight Arc begins right where The Arrival Arc ended, as it kicks off with Ichigo battling a former Espada. This arc had a little more than a dozen episodes, and it mainly deals with Ichigo not wanting to use his Bankai or Hollow mask while searching for Orihime.

Grimmjow has had some great scenes-several of which occurred during this arc, and it all started when he faced off against Ulquiorra. The final episodes revolved around Grimmjow's final battle with Ichigo, and it turned out to be one of the best fights in the entire series.

3 The Past Arc

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Aizen has done some pretty despicable things, and fans witnessed this first hand during the Past Arc. This arc consisted of just seven episodes, and it took place 110 years ago, which is why the 13 Squads looked very different, as all of theVisored were either Captains or Lieutenants at the time.

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Fans saw Aizen betray his Captain and several subordinates by forcing them to undergo the Hollowfication process. The arc also explained that Kisuke Urahara was banished from Soul Society because Aizen framed him, and it showed howUrahara createdthe Hōgyoku in order to save his friends' lives.

2 Arrancar: Downfall Arc

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Many fans believe that the series should've ended with theArrancar: Downfall Arc because it provided a satisfying end to a storyline that took up the majority of the series. The arc continued the war between Soul Society and Aizen's Arrancar army, but it also took fans back to Hueco Mundo for the battles that were being waged there as well.

The arc included the conclusion of Ichigo's battle withUlquiorra, and it later featured the end of the Espada as Aizen was forced to enter the battlefield-and he annihilated everyone who stood before him. Aizen's master plan came to fruition despite Ichimaru's betrayal, but he was still defeated by Ichigo in what should've been the series' final battle.

1 Soul Society: The Rescue Arc

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The entire Soul Society Arc introduced us to a myriad of powerful characters, but it did a lot more than that. The Rescue Arc in particular gave fans an inside look at the inner workings of the Soul Society, and it provided a fitting and unexpected conclusion to the whole Rukia execution storyline.

This arc showed off Ichigo's Bankai for the first time, and it included battles between several Captains, and it ended with a climactic fight between Ichigo and ByakuyaKuchiki. What makes this arc so special is the fact that it turned the entire series on its head by revealing the betrayal of SōsukeAizen,Gin Ichimaru, andKaname Tōsen-who escaped to Hueco Mundo with the Hōgyoku.

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Bleach: Every Arc In The Anime, Ranked From Worst To Best? ›

Bleach: Every Arc In The Anime, Ranked From Worst To Best
  1. 1 Soul Society: The Rescue Arc.
  2. 2 Arrancar: Downfall Arc. ...
  3. 3 The Past Arc. ...
  4. 4 Arrancar: The Fierce Fight Arc. ...
  5. 5 Arrancar vs. ...
  6. 6 Arrancar: Decisive Battle of Karakura Arc. ...
  7. 7 Arrancar: The Arrival Arc. ...
  8. 8 Soul Society: The Sneak Entry Arc. ...
Nov 21, 2020

Which arc should I skip in Bleach? ›

There were 164 filler episodes of Bleach

If you only care about what happened in the manga, here are the episodes to skip: 33, 50, 64-109, 128-137, 147-149, 168-189, 204-205, 213-214, 228-229, 230-266, 287, 298-299, 303-305, 311-341, and 355.

What is the 2nd arc in Bleach? ›

The Soul Society: The Sneak Entry arc (尸魂界・潜入篇, Sōru Sosaeti Sennyū Hen) is the second season of the Bleach anime series, containing 21 episodes. The episodes are directed by Noriyuki Abe, and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu and Studio Pierrot. In the English release by Viz Media, the title is translated as The Entry.

Is it OK to skip Zanpakuto arc? ›

Episodes 33,50, 64-108,128-137,147–149, 168–189,203–204,213–214,228–266, 287,298-299,303-305,311-341 and episode 355 are completely made up and filler and have no conmection to the main story. So you can freely skip these episodes.

Who is the strongest Espada? ›

1. Coyote Starrk. Along with his other half Lilynette, Starrk has it all: speed, intelligence, and power. He fires the strongest and fastest Ceros of all Espada, can unleash them with his dual pistols in his released form, and can summon an army of spiritual wolves who detonate after biting their target.

What is the longest arc in Bleach? ›

The Arrancar: Downfall arc is both the longest and perhaps the best arc in the entire Bleach franchise. Fans might think it impossible to avoid boredom in an arc that spans 50 anime episodes, but this arc is full of epic fight scenes and plot twists that fans will binge through it in no time.

What is the last Bleach arc? ›

'Bleach Thousand Year Blood War' is the final story arc from the manga. The final arc of the Bleach manga by Tite Kubo, known as the Thousand Year Blood War, will be getting a new anime series next year.

Why is Ichigo not a captain? ›

Unfortunately, Ichigo will never become the Captain of Bleach and there are multiple reasons for it. First of all, he is a Substitute Shinigami, a human who became a Shinigami by obtaining the powers of another Shinigami.

Which Bleach filler is best? ›

The best filler arc in Bleach was the Zanpakuto Rebellion, and it's one of the best filler arcs in any Shonen. The level of detail put into it was enough that it could have been a canon arc. It helps flesh out the world immensely as well, showing off what many spirits looked like.

Is Bleach 266 a filler? ›

Compactly, the fillers are: 33, 50, 64-109, 128-137, 147-149, 168-189, 204-205, 213-214, 227-266, 287, 298-299, 303-305, 311-342, 355.

Is EP 204 Bleach filler? ›

7) Episodes 204-205

Bleach Episodes 204 and 205 serve as somewhat of a continuation of the previous filler arc, reintroducing Rurichiyo Kasumioji, princess of the Kasumioji clan.

Who defeated Espada 1? ›

Ukitake forbid Kyoraku from going bankai, even when Kyoraku was only thinking of going bankai when things go hard. They both know the danger of Katen Kyoukotsu's bankai, so Kyoraku ended up trying to defeat the Espada #1 just in shikai mode.

Who is the 1st Espada? ›

Coyote Starrk†

Is Ichigo stronger than Aizen? ›

Finally, when Aizen's shikai (Kyoka Suigetsu) is factored in as well, it's clear that Ichigo is the weaker one between them.

What is the best arc in anime? ›

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May 16, 2021

What is the longest Zanpakuto? ›

Lumino Taishou (虹霞, Shining General) is Kakashi's zanpakuto. It has been dubbed the longest zanpakuto in Soul Society, as when he stands it up, it is even taller than he is. It has a long golden sheath, a yellow hilt and a gold guard. It's release command is "March forward".

When WANO arc will end? ›

The Wano arc may finally end by 2022

The Wano arc is one of the longest running ones in the entire series, as it starts to reach its final stages. Kaidou and Big Mom are waging a war against the Worst Generation pirates. Meanwhile, King and Queen are still battling with Zoro and Sanji as of Chapter 1032.

What is the 1000 year blood war arc? ›

Officially, “Thousand Year Blood War” is the final part of the main story and focuses on Ichigo and his found family fighting against the great evil of the series, Emperor Yhwach.

Who is the final villain in Bleach? ›

Sōsuke Aizen
Sōsuke Aizen/kapten bilek
First appearanceBleach manga chapter 79 Bleach anime episode 23
Created byTite Kubo
Voiced byJapanese Shō Hayami English Kyle Hebert
In-universe information
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Why is Bleach called Bleach? ›

Shinigami are associated with the color black, but it would have been boring to use "black". "White", on the other hand, can suggest black as a complementary color. So Tite Kubo chose "Bleach" to evoke the impression of the color white.

Who can beat Ichigo? ›

Kaguya knows all jutsu and is the master of chakra, and Ichigo would be lucky to land a single blow on her with his Getsuga Tensho. Her Eighty Gods Vacuum Attack would prove lethal on Ichigo, and Kaguya has the speed to back it up, too. Ichigo is fast, but so is Kaguya, robbing Ichigo of one of his few advantages.

What is Ichigo's rank? ›

Ichigo is a capable student, ranked 23rd in his year at school, who studies regularly and does not neglect his schoolwork. He works as hard as he does to overcome the misconceptions many have about him based on his hair color and fighting.

What squad would Ichigo be in? ›

The Fifteenth Division (十五番隊, jūgobantai; "Squad 15" in the English Dub) is one of the Gotei 15, headed by Captain Ichigo Kurosaki.

Is Bount arc filler? ›

The Bount Arc is, according to most fans, one of Bleach's worst fillers. Although this arc may not be canon to the main series, it has some good qualities that fans can enjoy. Many fans can agree that the absolute best part of the filler is the same as that of the rest of the seasons: the fighting.

How long is the Timeskip in Bleach? ›

Plus, those openings! Anyway, Bleach has multiple time skips, a 1.5-year skip and a 10-year skip in the final chapter. The first skip is alright, but not much changes for the characters.

Which Bleach episodes are filler? ›

Here's an extended look at some of the more notable filler arcs in Bleach.
  • 7 One-Off Fillers (Multiple) ...
  • 6 Forest Of The Menos Arc (147-149) ...
  • 5 The Bount Arc (64-108) ...
  • 4 Stolen Hogyoku Arc (128-137) ...
  • 3 The New Captain Shusuke Amagai Arc (168-189) ...
  • 2 Zanpakuto Unknown Tales Arc (230-265) ...
  • 1 The Gotei 13 Invasion Arc (317-342)
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Which anime has most fillers? ›

Percentage wise bleach has the most fillers, since it has a total of: 366 episodes. 160 filler episodes.

Is Ichigo a Quincy? ›

Ichigo is the offspring of a pure-blood Soul Reaper from a noble clan. Not only is his Soul Society lineage pristine, but Ichigo's father was even a Captain in the Soul Society. As for his mom, Ichigo inherited pure-blooded Quincy gifts - but that is not all.

Why can't Ichigo use his Bankai? ›

Because Ichigo didn't had a real Zanpakutou going into his real bankai simply overwhelmed Ichigo's body and made his power hide deep inside Ichigo in order to protect him C) Also the so called Final Getsuga Tenshou had many similarities with the Quincy Letzt Stil.

Is fullbring arc filler? ›

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How old is Ichigo Kurosaki now? ›

Ichigo Kurosaki
SeriesBleach
Age15 (pre-timeskip) 17 (post-timeskip) 27 (epilogue)
BirthdayJuly 15
SexMale
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What episode does Ichigo turn 17? ›

We're Getting Mutants in the MCU - The Loop
Chronology
Opening*~Asterisk~
EndingThank You!
Episode 17 Screenshots
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What episode is Bleach good? ›

The first 15 episodes are the best of the series, aside from 41 and 42. The series IMO goes downhill once it starts the soul society, again, aside from 41 and 42, which were probably the two best episodes of the series. Agreed. It was much more fun and interesting before the Soul Society Arc, IMO.

Why is Bleach called Bleach? ›

Shinigami are associated with the color black, but it would have been boring to use "black". "White", on the other hand, can suggest black as a complementary color. So Tite Kubo chose "Bleach" to evoke the impression of the color white.

What episode does Bleach become HD? ›

Bleach started to air in HD in season 9 (episode 168). According to Wikipedia, the original airdate of episode 168 is 2008.

How many arcs does Bleach have? ›

The Bleach anime had 16 arcs in total.

What is the longest anime? ›

Sazae-san - 7,701 episodes

Recognized by the Guinness World Records, this anime holds the world record for the longest-running animated TV series. The show is about a mother named Sazae-san and her family life.

What is the best arc in anime? ›

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May 16, 2021

Which has more filler Naruto or Bleach? ›

Even though Naruto took the crown for overall filler material, it's clear from the chart that One Piece tends to drop actually drops in filler material more often, even if it has less filler overall. Bleach also scored a No. 2 spot for overall filler, which shouldn't be all that surprising to fans of that series.

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