Quest to Finish the Big 3: Bleach Rants Pt.2 (Favorite Characters)

It’s been a month or two since I finished Bleach and honestly I miss it really bad. It kind of left a hole in my heart the way One Piece did when I finally caught up and had to start watching week to week. I’ve been tempted a couple times to just watch it again, but I think I will hold off for awhile. In the meantime though I think I should devour the manga!

Here’s some cool facts I have found over time about Bleach you may have not known:

  • Rukia was originally the main character: Tite Kubo’s original concept for Bleach was called Snipe, and the first character he drew was Rukia who would be the protagonist. She wielded a scythe also! Later as the concept evolved, Ichigo took the place of protagonist.
  • Why is it called Bleach?: I wondered about this a bunch. Apparently, the original title was supposed to be “Black” but it was deemed unoriginal, so Tito Kubo changed it to “White” but he didn’t like how that sounded either, so finally he came to the word “Bleach” and it stuck!
  • Each character has a theme song…sort of: I love this one. Tite Kubo is a big music fan, and he has sort of assigned each character a song that kinda flavors and fits the character. For example, Ichigo’s is “News From the Front” by Bad Religion. My Favorite? Ishida’s theme song is “Idioteque” by my all time favorite band Radiohead! (It fits him)
  • One more here that I really dig: Tite Kubo was an aspiring clothes designer, and he designs new outfits for his characters in Bleach throughout the show. I also read for awhile there were stores in Japan where you could buy copies of the shirts, not sure if they are still around though….

I have a lot of characters I like in Bleach, so it’s really hard to make a list of my favorites. So I’ll just choose a couple off the top of my head that I really like. I’m omitting Ichigo but yeah, he’s my boy…

Yasutora Sado: I loved Sado (Chad haha) from the first time I saw him. He’s got so much power and so much heart. At first I was afraid he wouldn’t be relevant at all, but my fears were alleviated.

Kenpachi Zaraki: Kenpachi is just an absolute badass. His fight with Ichigo blew me away and when he took his eye patch off I freaked out even more. It’s kinda scary how much he loves fighting.

Shunsui Kyoraku: Captain of the first division and also a badass (when he wants to be). I love his laid back, lazy nature and how he tries to be a ladies man. I also think his Bankai is so cool the way it plays games, I feel it fits him pretty well. His battle vs. Stark was awesome!

Pesche Guatiche: Okay, this guy man… I don’t remember all he did when he was hanging with Ishida, but I know he cracked me up over and over in one episode. He’s such a weirdo.

Ulquiorra Cifer: Ulquiorra is probably my favorite character besides Ichigo. He was so chill and powerful and when he broke a freaking hole in the sky and released, it was so cool. He’s pretty handsome too…

So there you have some of my favorites! As far as my quest is going to finish the Big 3, I’ve been idling a good bit on Shippuden. I believe I’m around episode 60, it’s just hard to watch sometimes because I keep getting distracted by other shows, recently it’s been Fairy Tail, which while I’m thinking about it, why don’t we include Fairy Tail and say the Big 4. Or hell, throw Hunter X Hunter in there and make it a good BIG 5?

Thanks for reading! Next week I’m going to have some articles on our favorite get togethers- Anime Conventions!

Quest to Finish the Big 3: Bleach Rant Pt.1

Bleach has taken up a very special place in my heart now that I have finished it. I thought about trying to sit down and wrap my head around how I fully feel about it and then putting it all down in an entry. But for some reason I don’t think it would work like that. Bleach is a little haphazard sometimes, you’ll slip from boring to intense fights, new characters will appear and change everything you knew, the dialogue might go a little stupid for a minute and get on your nerves, but that’s Bleach to me and I loved watching it, so I’ll rant about it for awhile just jumping from topic to topic as I feel like- I think that will let me get my thoughts out and keep within its own style.

Ulquiorra Cifer doesn’t appear until the later half of the series, but he quickly became one of my favorites…

My Previous Experience With Bleach Before This: Was hardly anything really. I have a friend or two who was into Bleach and really liked it. I previously had seen a couple episodes on Toonami, and I have tried to sit down and watch the show twice before- both times i didn’t make it past the second episode, for some reason it always bored me. And I didn’t like Ichigo. But it continued to bother me when I would hear fans talking about the battle in Bleach and how insane they were. I would hear words like “zanpakuto’ and “bankai” and not understand any of it, it was like they were seeing a different show then what I had seen.

What Was Different This Time? I just forced myself to keep watching. I think I was a little bored through the first 5 or 6 episodes. Once I started meeting new characters like Inoue and Sado, I started to dig it a little more. Honestly, the first arc is really padded more like a westernized cartoon. Each episode there is some problem with a hollow and Ichigo and his friends must overcome it. As I watched I started to really like Bleach’s sense of humor and above anything it has a certain style to itself. Oh and I started to like Ichigo, A LOT!

Bleach Has A Style Similar To Older Anime: Something I noticed very fast was how much Bleach reminded me of older anime that I watched on Adult Swim as a kid like Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and Yu Yu Hakusho. The art style was one factor in this nostalgia, but it was a feeling that pervades the entire show including its opening and ending themes, title cards and font usage, and the way it shows what will happen in the upcoming episode. It was all very nice and one of my favorite things about the series. While One Piece and Naruto lean that way in the beginning, they eventually evolve into a more modern day look and feel. While Bleach does towards the end evolve its art style, it still always holds that old time feeling well.

Bleach 1st Opening Theme is very catchy!

Speaking of Openings and Endings: Bleach has got some amazing ones. I don’t think I ever heard one I didn’t like, and there are a ton of them! I remember some beautiful piano ones, some that would get stuck in my head they were so catchy, and even some heavy ones that screamed that were so damn cool.

Alright so I’ll End this Part with What I Think the Greatest Thing About Bleach is… Bleach has a lot of awesome things going for it, but it also has its share of problems, I guess that’s what makes it Bleach though. The overall story the anime encompasses with Aizen I think is a really great story. Bleach has an abundance of unique characters to get to know and love/hate, not all the way One Piece level, but still it has a bunch. But no, I think the greatest thing about Bleach is the lore and the world that Tite Kubo has created. For one, it is a sprawling, very complex world that could easily be returned to and new stories created in. Tite Kubo has a special way in his writing of showing you just the tip of the iceberg about his world, you have to dig deeper to find out more-like how Kido really works, or for specifics about Zanpakuto- and its a neat way of introducing his world that really perks up your curiosity.

So I think I will conclude Part 1 right here, I know these are just some rants and ramblings but it’s the only way I can get my thoughts down about Bleach. Keep coming back for Parts 2 and maybe 3, and eventually updates on my Big 3 Quest. Please leave me comments below and thanks for reading!

Quest to Finish the Big 3: Prologue + I Finished Bleach

“The Big 3” are Anime’s biggest, longest, most popular monsters. All three are amazing, rich in lore, hold huge worlds, ideas, and followings. Most fans have a favorite of the three, some fans hold an active hate for one or more of them, then there are fans that shrug off the big 3 entirely as “mainstream anime”. Whatever your feelings on them are, there is a reason they have became so big and well known, and it’s because they are each unique and wonderful in their own way.

The Big 3 consists of:

  • One Piece by Eiichiro Oda [ anime is ongoing currently at episode 885, manga is ongoing currently at chapter 942 ]
  • Naruto and Naruto Shippuden by Masashi Kishimoto [ anime ended airing in 2017. Naruto has 220 episodes while Shippuden has 500 episodes, manga, which covers the story of Naruto and Shippuden together had 700 chapters ]
  • Bleach by Tite Kubo [ anime ended airing in 2012 at episode 366, but the manga continues on for a total of 698 chapters ]

Now somewhere along the line of my anime fanaticism, I decided to go ahead and try to watch all of the big 3. Not a super human feat accomplishment, but it would take some time and determination. My reason for doing this though, was quite selfish. I had finished One Piece and it had changed my life. I wanted to watch all of Bleach and all of Naruto so I could say that One Piece was the greatest of the Big 3 and that I had watched them all so I could back up my claim…

So my quest didn’t really start until after I caught up on One Piece, at the time watching One Piece was all I cared about. But after OP I had a curious little hole in my life that One Piece filled, and I needed another long, in depth anime to help nurse that wound.

When I was in 10th and 11th grade, Naruto became really popular here. Around that time I watched the whole original Naruto series (On youtube, in 10 minute-3 part- videos I might add) and I was pretty obsessed with Naruto and so were a lot of my friends. When Shippuden came out, I wasn’t interested in anime at all, so my only knowledge of it was from playing a couple of the Shippuden games, and some things my best friend (a Naruto nut) had told me plus some videos of fights he had got me to watch.

About Bleach I knew pretty much nothing, so I decided to start here from scratch. It worked out because my wife wanted to watch all of Naruto and Shippuden, so she could catch up on original Naruto (I actually ended up watching it too though) and then we would be ready for Shippuden after I finished Bleach.

Anyways, the point of all this is that today I finally finished Bleach. It has been 13 months since I sat down and let One Piece change my life, so in those 13 months I have taken down 2 of the Big 3.

I’ll have some more articles coming this week in my “Quest for the Big 3” special. Mainly, I’m going to rant for awhile about all the good and bad things I found in Bleach (I loved it by the way) so make sure you check back this week for more!