Bleach review

Apr 04, 2021
Before I say anything. allow us to compare my scores from the first couple arcs and the total end of the series...

Soul Society Arc:

Art and Page Layout: 10/10
Characters: 9/10
Story: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10

The End:

Art and Page Layout: 4/10
Characters: 5/10
Story: 4/10
Overall Enjoyment: 4/10

You may notice a very distinct fall in quality according to my rankings. The beginnings of Bleach are fantastic. I loved my time reading it and find it to be one of my favorite shonen tales of the lot. It destroys the beginning of One Piece and goes well beyond the start of Naruto.

Based on what I've heard. It appears that Bleach's decline is a direct cause of Tite Kubo's will to write. With so much executive pushing, I can feel the whole story falling apart at the seams. The story never truly regains the glory of the Soul Society Arc and slowly starts to deteriorate from there.

The Hueco Mundo Arc isn't awful, but its familiar and repetitive on Kubo's part following a similar plot structure to it's previous arc. One can more or less stop reading once this arc ends and the villains are defeated, there is nothing for you after this. It was after the Hueco Mundo arc that the story and characters truly started to break down. The art grew incredibly more dull along with the general beautiful composition. The ending to the series is dull and lifeless, and is not the way it should have gone out. It deserved better than the sloppy mess it got.

By the end, Bleach was a HOLLOW shell of its former glory and its sad to see it fall apart. It was a series I grew to quickly love, and quickly started to grow bored with. I stopped reading midway and switched to Kiss X Sis of all things!!

All this factoring in, it saddens me to give this series a of 6/10.


Author Kubo, Tite