The Best Episodes of Bleach

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018

From creator Tite Kubo, comes the story of a world where death lurks impalpable to an everyday human's eyes. Ichigo Kurosaki helps run a local clinic with his family but Ichigo has the unusual ability to see poltergeists but rather than react with surprise he merely sees it as an annoyance. Ichigo helps those when he cares but can't bring himself to care enough... until one fateful day. A small, mysterious woman appears on duty inside his room, a Soul Reaper known as Rukia. Soon enough Ichigo and Rukia get formal in the oddest of ways and in such an untimely matter the losses begin. The Kurosaki family is soon attacked. This leads Ichigo on his first step to accepting the roles and responsibility's a Soul Reaper must uphold.

Fierce Fighting Conclusion! Release, the Final Getsuga Tenshō!

#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.

star 8.78
96 votes
Unseal! The Black Blade, the Miraculous Power

#2 - Unseal! The Black Blade, the Miraculous Power

Season 3 - Episode 17

The fight between Ichigo and Kuchiki Byakuya continues.

star 8.76
104 votes
Goodbye...Rangiku

#3 - 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.

star 8.72
81 votes
Conclusion of the Death Match! White Pride and Black Desire

#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.

star 8.61
98 votes
Congress Together! The Strongest Shinigami Organization

#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?

star 8.55
89 votes
An Accomplished Oath! Get Back Rukia!

#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?

star 8.54
113 votes
The Man of Immortality

#7 - 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.

star 8.45
115 votes
Desperation! The Broken Zangetsu

#8 - 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.

star 8.40
107 votes
Desperate Struggle!? Byakuya's Troubled Memories

#9 - 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.

star 8.39
61 votes
Changing History, Unchanging Heart

#10 - 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.

star 8.39
96 votes
Ichigo vs. Ginjo! Secret of the Substitute Badge

#11 - 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.

star 8.38
76 votes
One Thousand Cherry Blossoms, Crushed! Zangetsu Thrusts Through the Sky

#12 - 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.

star 8.37
111 votes
Ishida, Limits of Power!

#13 - 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!

star 8.34
109 votes
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Aizen Stands Out! His Terrifying Ambition

#14 - 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?

star 8.30
94 votes
Truth of Despair, the Dagger That Has Been Brandished

#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.

star 8.30
92 votes
A New Appearance! Meet the Gotei 13!

#16 - 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.

star 8.29
67 votes
The Resolution to Kill

#17 - 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.

star 8.29
120 votes
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Renji, Oath of the Soul! Death Match with Byakuya

#18 - 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?

star 8.28
101 votes
Ichigo Dies! Orihime, the Cry of Sorrow!

#19 - 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.

star 8.27
78 votes
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The Moment of Conclusion, the End of Grimmjow

#20 - 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.

star 8.26
68 votes
Reunion, Ichigo and Rukia

#21 - 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?

star 8.24
103 votes
Joining the Battle! The Strongest Shinigami Army Appears

#22 - 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.

star 8.21
70 votes
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Invading Army Arc, Final Conclusion!

#23 - Invading Army Arc, Final Conclusion!

Season 15 - Episode 25

As the captains and lieutenants battle it out with the Reigai, Ichigo uses his restored powers to fight the fused form of Inaba and Nozomi.

star 8.21
52 votes
Emergency Situation! Aizen, New Evolution!

#24 - 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.

star 8.20
74 votes
Thank You

#25 - Thank You

Season 15 - Episode 26

Gradually losing his temporarily restored powers, Ichigo struggles against a hollow, but is saved by Rukia. The shinigami in charge of Karakura town, Kuramadani Zennosuke interrupts their conversation, yelling at them to stop doing his job. The next day, Rukia is instructed a mission by Ukitake to prevent Ichigo from fighting because of the fast rate of his disappearing spiritual powers. That night, Ishida and Rukia save Ichigo from a hollow and tell him to rest, much to his dismay. The next day, Ichigo takes Rukia and his friends to an ice skating rink, since he saw Rukia staring at the place a lot. Fireworks from a nearby amusement park begin to shoot up in the sky, ending the day on a happy note. While walking home, Ichigo senses a giant hollow and goes to his shinigami form, before being stopped by Rukia. Ichigo once again struggles against the giant hollow as his powers begin to fail him. Rukia saves him, leaving Ichigo to question if he was getting in her way. Rukia replies with a heartwarming speech about their friendship. Ichigo requests for Rukia to freeze the hollows legs, and he fires his "last getsuga tenshou," destroying the hollow. Ichigo, exhausted, has a brief conversation with Rukia before he is told to rest. Ichigo wakes up in his human body, in his room, with his friends surrounding him. Ichigo takes note of his disappearing powers, and asks to go outside. Outside, Ichigo notices that he can barely sense spirits anymore and even Rukia's presence is disappearing. The two say goodbye and have a brief conversation before Rukia begins to disappear from Ichigo's sight. After Rukia fully disappears, Ichigo thanks her.

star 8.18
48 votes