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!