The BEST Episodes of Bleach
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2019
Network: TV Tokyo
For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, he finds his life is changed forever when Rukia transfers most of her powers to him. Now a Soul Reaper himself with a newfound wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling: to protect the living and the dead from evil.
#1 - Fierce Fighting Conclusion! Release, the Final Getsuga Tenshō!
Season 14 - Episode 44
Battle ensues between Aizen and Ichigo. His nineties-level Kido attack easily deflected, Aizen further evolves to best Ichigo. But Ichigo, now fully aware of why Tensa Zangetsu was reluctant to teach him the Final Getsugatensho, has come to possess amazing powers.
#2 - Goodbye...Rangiku
Season 14 - Episode 43
Gin recalls his past and the fateful event that led him to become a Soul Reaper serving under Aizen. Meanwhile, Aizen’s overwhelming Spiritual Pressure forces Tatsuki, Keigo and the others to fall helplessly to the ground, when Ichigo finally arrives after completing his training.
#3 - Unseal! The Black Blade, the Miraculous Power
Season 3 - Episode 17
The fight between Ichigo and Kuchiki Byakuya continues.
#4 - Conclusion of the Death Match! White Pride and Black Desire
Season 3 - Episode 18
The conclusion of the fight between Ichigo and Byakuya. Ichigo first appears to be at a disadvantage until his Hollow mask takes over and gives him the edge against Byakuya.
#5 - Congress Together! The Strongest Shinigami Organization
Season 3 - Episode 21
Aizen gets the Hougyoku out of Rukia. Can the soul society stop Aizen, Gin, and Tousen? Or will they make a clean get away?
#6 - An Accomplished Oath! Get Back Rukia!
Season 3 - Episode 13
The excution of Kuchiki Rukia is starting to happen. As other captains are preparing to for the excution and Ichigo is still in his Ban-Kai training; Will Rukia be saved?
#7 - Changing History, Unchanging Heart
Season 16 - Episode 24
The battle between Ichigo and Ginjo comes to a close when the latter receives a mortal wound. Just as Ginjo is about to die, Tsukishima tries to kill Ichigo but is stopped by Riruka. Tsukishima is later rescued by Shishigawara while the surviving Xcution members decide to separate. Ichigo later returns to Soul Society and requests that Head Captain Yamamoto let Ginjo's body be buried within the human world as the last thing he can do for him. Yamamoto agrees just as Ichigo accepts to continue being a Substitue Soul Reaper. Rukia see Ichigo off, recalling their time together and silently thanks him. Ichigo smiles and tells Rukia "See ya later" before returning to Karakura Town where he is greeted by his friends and family.
#8 - Desperate Struggle!? Byakuya's Troubled Memories
Season 16 - Episode 22
Byakuya starts his battle with Tsukishima, but must contend with the fact that his memories have been affected by Book of the End. Meanwhile Ichigo, Uryu and Rukia continue their fights with Kugo and Riruka respectively.
#9 - The Man of Immortality
Season 2 - Episode 19
After being defeated by Zaraki Kenpachi and with his sword broken, Zangetsu takes Ichigo into his Inner world, where Ichigo must win Zangetsu back from his inner devil. After fighting him Ichigo then understands that just like Zaraki, he as well was only counting on himself and was using Zangetsu only as a tool without relying on Zangetsu's power. He asks Zangetsu for a second chance, and gets it. He then returns to Soul society to fight Zaraki again, this time with Zangetsu as his ally, but just as things look promising to Ichigo, Zaraki starts fighting him with full power. Ichigo then lends Zangetsu's power for the last blow, which will decide everything.
#10 - Ichigo vs. Ginjo! Secret of the Substitute Badge
Season 16 - Episode 23
Ichigo and Uryu continue their battle with Kugo Ginjo. However, when Kugo senses that Tsukishima is close to dying, he decides to reveal to Ichigo the true meaning behind being a Substitute Soul Reaper.
#11 - One Thousand Cherry Blossoms, Crushed! Zangetsu Thrusts Through the Sky
Season 3 - Episode 16
While they are still fighting Soi Fong asks Yoruichi how she is still so powerful. This invokes a flashback showing how Soi Fong and Yoruichi first met and became close friends. Then, in the flashback, Yoruichi disappeared without telling Soi Fong anything, leaving her feeling betrayed. Meanwhile, the battle between Ichigo and Captain Kuchiki Byakuya of the 6th division continues. While fighting, Ichigo uses a new technique with his soul slayer called: Getsuga Tenshou.
#12 - Desperation! The Broken Zangetsu
Season 2 - Episode 18
During his fight with Zaraki Kenpachi, Ichigo senses that Chad's life is fading away, and tries to end the battle quickly to be able to help his friends. After trying to fight Zaraki eqaully, in the end Ichigo loses the fight and with his soul slayer, Zangetsu ,brokened, things dont look promising to Ichigo, but apparently not everything is hopeless as in the end of the episode Zangetsu appears in front of Ichigo.
#13 - Aizen Stands Out! His Terrifying Ambition
Season 3 - Episode 20
Unohana Retsu, Captain of the 4th division, and her vice captain Kotetsu Isane tell the others in the Soul Society what they had just learned about Aizen. Upon hearing the message, Ichigo realizes that Aizen wants to kill Rukia. Can he save her?
#14 - Joining the Battle! The Strongest Shinigami Army Appears
Season 10 - Episode 7
Kenpachi kills Tesla in one blow and tells Ichigo to stay out of his fight. He informs Ichigo that Urahara was tasked with making the Garganta into Hueco Mundo stable enough for the captains to enter, and that three others came with him. Retsu Unohana arrives with Isane Kotetsu, and persuades the Exequias to leave before healing Gantenbaine and Chad. Mayuri Kurotsuchi arrives and, despite Szayel creating a doll replica of him, remains confident that he can win. Byakuya arrives to save Rukia, and while Zommari nearly kills him with Gemelos Sonido, he manages to save himself with a technique that Yoruichi taught him.
#15 - Truth of Despair, the Dagger That Has Been Brandished
Season 3 - Episode 19
After finding everyone dead in the Central 46 Chambers, Hitsugaya realizes that all of the most recent orders have been fake. Then, later he finds out who is the real mastermind behind the recent events in the Soul Society.
#16 - Ishida, Limits of Power!
Season 3 - Episode 3
In conclusion to the battle between a captian and a quincy, Ishida must unleash a power that threatens to lose all of his quincy powers!
#17 - A New Appearance! Meet the Gotei 13!
Season 16 - Episode 19
Kugo is able to take Ichigo's Fullbring and apply its power to his own. Unable to do anything about his situation, Ichigo falls deep into despair. But then, a few familiar allies arrive to save him. They are the Gotei 13.
#18 - The Resolution to Kill
Season 2 - Episode 11
Ichigo's battle between Renji gets serious, but Ichigo will never give up on his journey to rescue Rukia. Ichigo starts to remember his training with Urahara. His training with Urahara helps him find out ways of finding weaknesses for certain attacks. His training also reveals the resolve that he should have that would help him beat Renji.
#19 - The Moment of Conclusion, the End of Grimmjow
Season 8 - Episode 16
Grimmjow's past and his ascension to Adjuchas, along with his meeting of Shawlong and the others is revealed, as the battle with Ichigo continues. Grimmjow pulls out his final strongest technique, Desgarrón and he prepares to end the fight. Ichigo is not willing to give in either and they clash as the battle finally ends.
#20 - Ichigo Dies! Orihime, the Cry of Sorrow!
Season 14 - Episode 6
With Ichigo apparently dead from Ulquiorra's last attack, Ishida steps up to continue the fight in his place. Unfortunately things do not go any better for the young Quincy than they did for Ichigo. However, Ichigo is so desperate to save his friends that even death is no obstacle and he risks transforming into a dangerous but powerful new form in order to defeat Ulquiorra.
#21 - Renji, Oath of the Soul! Death Match with Byakuya
Season 3 - Episode 11
Abarai Renji runs toward the site of Rukia execution hoping to save her. He is stopped by Kuchiki Byakuya, his captain and Rukia's brother. Byakuya refuses to let him pass and attacks. During the fight Renji releases his Ban-Kai; but can it be enough to defeat Byakuya?
#22 - Reunion, Ichigo and Rukia
Season 2 - Episode 21
When Byayaku comes to Rukia's cell, he finds out that she is being rescued. In an attempt to kill them, Ichigo comes flying in and saving the day. Will he succeed?
#23 - Emergency Situation! Aizen, New Evolution!
Season 14 - Episode 42
Aizen continues his pursuit of Ichigo’s friends. Fearing for their lives, Keigo attempts to attack Aizen using the Zanpakuto he stole from Kurumadani. Gin returns to Aizen after having personally dealt with Rangiku, and his appearance prompts Tatsuki and the others to prepare for the worst.
#24 - The Strongest Shinigami! Ultimate Confrontation Between Teacher and Student
Season 3 - Episode 14
While fighting with Ichigo, Captain Kuchiki Byakuya asks him why he wants to save Rukia. Ichigo responses by asking Byakuya why he doesn't want to save her. Later, after running away from the execution area, Ukitake Jyuushiro, 13th division captain, and Kyouraku Shinsui, 8th division captain, prepare to face off against the Commander of the Gotei 13, Yamamoto Genryuusai. Upset because the others have turned against him, Yamamoto releases his Soul Slayer and begins his attack.
#25 - Ichigo Strikes Back! This is My Bankai
Season 8 - Episode 1
Ichigo is pushed to the limit and releases his bankai to protect Nel. Also by the urging of the arrancar he takes on his hollow form. Is it enough to beat such a strong opponent?