The WORST Episodes of Bleach

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2021

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.

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Real World and Shinigami! The New Year Special!

#1 - Real World and Shinigami! The New Year Special!

Season 14 - Episode 38 - Aired Jan 4, 2011

The Women’s Soul Reaper Association is hosting a New Year’s party in the Soul Society, when Hitsugaya and the other male Soul Reapers come crashing in. Meanwhile in the World of the Living, everyone is spending New Year’s with their families. Orihime, who has no family, spends her time alone, when Rukia and Renji come by to say their New Year’s greeting.

star 6.30
307 votes
Delusion Roars! Hisagi, Towards the Hot Springs Inn!

#2 - Delusion Roars! Hisagi, Towards the Hot Springs Inn!

Season 14 - Episode 40 - Aired Jan 18, 2011

Shuhei Hisagi leads a busy life handling the duties of Squad 9 Lieutenant and Editor in Chief of the Seireitei Bulletin, as well as preparing picnic lunches for the Soul Reapers. One day, Hisagi and Rangiku are sent to investigate a string of disappearances in the Rukon district. But being alone together with Rangiku causes Hisagi’s imagination to go wild, which worsens when Rangiku suggests spending the night at an inn.

star 6.41
274 votes
Film! Festival! Shinigami Film Festival!

#3 - Film! Festival! Shinigami Film Festival!

Season 14 - Episode 33 - Aired Nov 23, 2010

To celebrate the release of Bleach Movie 4 the Shinigami of Soul Society decide to host their own film festival. Ichigo ends up having no choice but to help out.

star 6.59
358 votes
Gaiden Again! This Time's Enemy is a Monster?

#4 - Gaiden Again! This Time's Enemy is a Monster?

Season 14 - Episode 39 - Aired Jan 11, 2011

Two monster hunters arrive at an old castle where Franken Ichigo, Succubus Rukia, Vampire Uryu, Pumpkin Orihime, Mummy Renji, Witch Rangiku, and Wolfman Hitsugaya all live as lackluster monsters.

star 6.71
333 votes
Cry of the Soul? The Rug Shinigami is Born!

#5 - Cry of the Soul? The Rug Shinigami is Born!

Season 12 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 21, 2009

Ikkaku Madarame and Yumichika Ayasegawa travel to Karakura Town on a assignment to catch a hollow that had attacked a convoy in Soul Society. The two travel to Ichigo's house planning to stay there until there assignment is complete. Ichigo however, turns them down and takes them to Keigo's. Keigo's sister, Mizuho is all over Ikkaku until Yumichika glues a wig to his head. Mizuho kicks them out and then leaves with Keigo to get juice. While out the two are attacked by the hollow from Soul Society. The hollow is defeated The episode ends with Ikkaku carrying Mizuho home and then leaving on good terms in the morning.

star 6.80
217 votes
The Soul Burial Detective, Karakuraizer is Born

#6 - The Soul Burial Detective, Karakuraizer is Born

Season 12 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 31, 2009

Going back to the time when Ichigo, Uryu, and Chad left the real world for Hueco Mundo with Kisuke's help, the main focus is now directed to the events that took place in Karakura town during the previous arc. Kisuke feels that Karakura town needs protection against hollows now that Ichigo left. In one night, he came up with the idea to create a fun way to protect the town, which was to force Kon into a team of hollow fighting super heroes called "Soul Burial Detective, Karakura Riser". Once Kon gets used to his new hero suit, he meets the rest of the team which includes Don Kanonji, Tatsuki, Chizuru, Keigo, and Ururu. After a successful fight with hollows, the team encounters a woman who appears to be an arrancar.

star 6.90
177 votes
Directors: Noriyuki Abe
Writers: Masashi Sogo
Imprisonment?! Senbonzakura & Zabimaru

#7 - Imprisonment?! Senbonzakura & Zabimaru

Season 13 - Episode 34 - Aired Mar 23, 2010

Whilst trying to deliver a recently defeated Beast Sword to the 12th Squad's Barracks Senbonzakura and Zabimaru accidentally get trapped inside. The Zanpakuto then manage to upset Ashisogi Jizou, uncover some of Mayuri's unethical surveillance and destroy the 12th Squad's building.

star 6.91
235 votes
Battle of the Females? Nanao vs. Katen Kyōkotsu

#8 - Battle of the Females? Nanao vs. Katen Kyōkotsu

Season 13 - Episode 35 - Aired Mar 30, 2010

Nanao decides to bond with Kyōraku's zanpakutō, Katen Kyokotsu. While the older one sips sake with Kyōraku, Nanao and the younger Katen Kyokotsu become friends under the flowers of the garden.Nanao wants to find out what affects the younger Katen Kyokotsu when she sees her playing around with a Sword Fiends life

star 7.00
240 votes
Ichigo's Seppuku Persuasion Strategy

#9 - Ichigo's Seppuku Persuasion Strategy

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 27, 2009

Back in the real world, Ichigo is in school when he happens upon Lurichiyo from the Kasumioji clan again, who it turns out has come back to the real world because she is angered that Kenryuu, her retainer, would not allow her to play soccer when she has other important duties to attend to. This leads to an outburst between Lurichiyo and Kenryuu, and the latter intends to end his life to make Lurichiyo "happy." After some persuasion from Ichigo and his friends, they manage to put on an act to fool Lurichiyo into forgiving him, but she ends up seeing through it. This leads to another argument about soccer and culminates in Lurichiyo challenging Kenryuu to a soccer game to see who is right once and for all.

star 7.03
171 votes
Directors: Noriyuki Abe
Writers: Masashi Sogo
Side Story! Ichigo and the Magic Lamp

#10 - Side Story! Ichigo and the Magic Lamp

Season 14 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 7, 2010

Ichigo wakes up to find himself in the middle of a desert. Sitting next to a confused Ichigo are Uryu, Orihime, and Chad, all dressed in an Arabian style. Introducing themselves as “Urio,” “Ori Mei,” and “Chaido,” the three explain that they are in search of a treasure called the “Snow Crystal.”

star 7.05
300 votes
Summer! Sea! Swimsuit Festival!!

#11 - Summer! Sea! Swimsuit Festival!!

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 14, 2009

The Soul Reapers decide to take a vacation to the ocean in the real world because captain Byakuya Kuchiki destroyed the pool the Shinigami Women's Association covertly built in his mansion. The Women's association shop for swimsuits and then head for the beach where everyone meets up. After attending Ukitake's weak body from the heat, they form groups to produce works of art on the beach for a competition. Watermelon-like monsters attack and most of the Shinigami are helpless against them without their zanpakuto until Yoruichi Shihōin and Soi Fon defeat them. It is then revealed that Retsu Unohana arranged the event with Byakuya and Ukitake as a game of splitting watermelons, and several more arrived as the episode ends.

star 7.07
230 votes
Evolution?! The Wonder of the Final Sword Beast

#12 - Evolution?! The Wonder of the Final Sword Beast

Season 13 - Episode 36 - Aired Apr 6, 2010

As all the Shinigamis' Zanpakuto are struggling fighting a Sword Fiend we flash back a day before to the events that lead to this battle. Kazeshini is battling with a Sword Fiend who has been corned by 9th division, as they get separated Kazeshini is about to give the fatal blow the Sword Fiend turns back to a regular sword. Later on when Kazeshini, Zabimaru, Hōzukimaru and Fuji Kujaku (Ruriiro Kujaku) gather together they discuss how they found "that Sword Fiend". They discuss how the Sword Fiend from early turn back because he had lost so much reiatsu. We learn how the Zanpakuto only so much reiatsu that they receive, when the gained their physical forms and once they lose all that reiatsu they turn back to swords. "That Sword Fiend" apparently can steal other Zanpakutos reiatsu and that he has surpassed his masters strength. The Shinigamis' Zanpakuto then decided to take care of "that Sword Fiend" so as not to put their masters at risk.

star 7.11
238 votes
Karakuraizer's Last Day

#13 - Karakuraizer's Last Day

Season 12 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 7, 2009

This is a continuation of the previous episode. The team assembled in the previous episode are to infiltrate a gate that the Arrancar are using to travel between Hueco Mundo and the world of the living. At the "Hollow Fortress" numerous Hollows attacked the team. Don Kanonji and Ururu stayed behind to take care of the hollow and the others went inside the "Hollow Fortress". When they got inside the fortress, they met one of the many arrancar from Hueco Mundo. Chizuru used her "Hyper Erotic Powers" to distract the arrancar, and Tatsuki, Keigo, and Kurumatani take care of the Hollows inside. Kon travels to the center of the fortess, where he meets a hollow and kills it with his "Riser Beam", exploding and destroying the heart of the fortress, and the fortess itself. In the end, Urahara erects a barrier around Karakura town.

star 7.14
171 votes
Directors: Noriyuki Abe
Writers: Masashi Sogo
Theatre Opening Commemoration! Hell Chapter・Prologue

#14 - Theatre Opening Commemoration! Hell Chapter・Prologue

Season 14 - Episode 34 - Aired Nov 30, 2010

star 7.15
334 votes
Thump! A Kemari Tournament Filled with Hollows

#15 - Thump! A Kemari Tournament Filled with Hollows

Season 10 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 3, 2009

The soccer game officially kicks off, with the referees being the proprietors from the Urahara Shop, Jinta and Ururu, with Urahara himself overseeing the proceedings, including setting up a gigantic barrier around the play field to designate the assigned area, which apparently is not legal in Soul Society's eyes. The two teams, each with varying characters, ranging from gigais to Kon, the modsoul, attempt to keep the ball away from each other using different and comical means. The action culminates in Ikkaku Madarame joining in the game, while actually sparring with Ichigo instead, under the impression that the latter was doing some intensive training, and a hollow which appears on the field, drawn by everyone's spiritual pressure. With the help of Ichigo, Chad and Uryu, the hollow is quickly dispatched and the game is over because the ball was dropped by Lurichiyo's team. Before she can lament about going back to her world, Shuu from the Kasumioji clan enters the human world via a Senkai Gate and shows Lurichiyo that her idea about a soccer tournament in Soul Society wasn't such a bad idea in the eyes of the commoners after all. Satisfied with this, Lurichiyo, Kenryuu and Enryuu all return to Soul Society.

star 7.20
161 votes
Directors: Noriyuki Abe
Writers: Masashi Sogo
Haineko Cries! The Tragic Sword Beast

#16 - Haineko Cries! The Tragic Sword Beast

Season 13 - Episode 33 - Aired Mar 16, 2010

While on a mission with Rangiku to fight sword fiends, Haineko encounters one named Narunosuke, whose master was a coward, and who went with the others in order to become stronger. Haineko becomes friends with Narunosuke, sneaking him food and medicine despite Rangiku and the other Soul Reapers' belief that the sword fiends inevitably lose control of themselves and Narunosuke's gradual loss of control. Rangiku arrives to deal with Narunosuke and Haineko tries to stop her, but when Narunosuke loses control of himself, Haineko is ultimately forced to kill him.

star 7.22
211 votes
Stray Snake, Tortured Monkey

#17 - Stray Snake, Tortured Monkey

Season 13 - Episode 29 - Aired Feb 16, 2010

Renji and Zabimaru come to the real world following a sword fiend. Chimpette and Snakey split up to search. They find the sword fiend quickly but he escapes. Snakey follows him and is covinced that being free is better. Snakey has trouble doing anything since most people can't see him. Karin is the only person who can see him and ends up taking him home. Renji and Chimpette are wiating in the park and Chimpette is feeling lonley because Snakey isn't there. Ichigo returns home and finds Snakey. After Snakey finds out that Ichigo is a subsititue soul reaper he runs away only to encounter the sword fiend. Snakey begins to fight him and almost wins until the sword fiend caputres Karin who was follwing Snakey. Right as Snakey is about to die Chimpette and Reji return to save him and defeat the sword fiend. Ichigo takes Karin home convincing her it was all a dream, even though she knew it wasn't. Having resolved his differences Snakey, Chimpette, and Renji return to Soul Society.

star 7.24
240 votes
The Person with the Unknown Ability! Orihime is Targeted

#18 - The Person with the Unknown Ability! Orihime is Targeted

Season 13 - Episode 32 - Aired Mar 9, 2010

While Ichigo, Rukia and Urahara investigate a Sword Fiend attacking students, a girl named Kyoko Haida, who has the ability to predict the future and know things she would otherwise not, transfers to Karakura High School. Orihime tries to become friends with her, but learns that her best friend, Mai, rejected her after learning of her ability. A Sword Fiend merges with Kyoko and tries to take over her body, but Ichigo, Rukia and Orihime confront it. Orihime uses her healing powers to separate the Sword Fiend from Kyoko, and Ichigo manages to defeat it with Getsuga Tensho. Afterward, Orihime and Kyoko become friends, with Orihime accepting Kyoko's abilities.

star 7.26
184 votes
The Soul Detective ・Karakuraizer Takes Off Again!

#19 - The Soul Detective ・Karakuraizer Takes Off Again!

Season 14 - Episode 46 - Aired Mar 1, 2011

Karakurizer is back! As Karakurizer, Kon tries to impress the ladies when a man named Michel appears. Strong, kind, handsome, and a true hero, Michel instantly gains popularity from the townspeople and the other Karakurizer. Can Karakurizer reclaim the title of No. 1 hero?! Go, Karakurizer!

star 7.28
266 votes
Byakuya vs. Kenpachi?! The Melee Commences

#20 - Byakuya vs. Kenpachi?! The Melee Commences

Season 14 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 21, 2010

As he holds a dying Hiyori, an enraged Hirako readies himself to confront Aizen in battle. Meanwhile, Hisagi and Komamura battle Tosen in a desperate attempt to bring their former ally back to his senses. But Tosen, who believes he follows a just path, ignores their plea and attacks them.

star 7.31
346 votes
The Awakening Lion

#21 - The Awakening Lion

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 20, 2005

With the popularity of his show going down Don Kan'onji decides to reform the Karakura team. The first one he recruits is Kon. Then Ururu, Jinta and Yuzu end up joining them. After receiving some abuse from the others Kon runs away and ends up being captured by a Hollow.

star 7.34
243 votes
For the Sake of Justice?! The Man Who Deserted the Shinigami

#22 - For the Sake of Justice?! The Man Who Deserted the Shinigami

Season 14 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 28, 2010

Komamura performs his Bankai, Kokujo Tengen Myo-oh, to subdue Tosen. However, Tosen has already deduced the weakness of Komamura’s Bankai from years of working closely together. Despite the damage received, Komamura refuses to give up on his former friend, throwing out the question of why Tosen chose to become a Soul Reaper in the first place.

star 7.35
368 votes
Ichigo Dies!

#23 - Ichigo Dies!

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 1, 2005

Ichigo continues his duel with Renji. He has underestimated this Shinigami one too many times. When overwhelmed he is driven into a corner. And as the killing blow is about to be met, the calm Byakuya steps in. Only problem is... he's too swift for you to notice before you're impaled.

star 7.36
428 votes
The Final Trump Card! Ichigo, Towards the Decisive Battle

#24 - The Final Trump Card! Ichigo, Towards the Decisive Battle

Season 14 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 14, 2010

Kenpachi overcomes Yammy’s monstrous size and tough exterior to land a clean blow against the Espada. Meanwhile, Ichigo uses Garganta to return to the World of the Living. On the way, Captain Unohana explains to Ichigo about Aizen’s power of “Complete Hypnosis.” She then reveals that Ichigo is the key to defeating Aizen.

star 7.37
350 votes
Conclusion?! Hisagi vs. Kazeshini

#25 - Conclusion?! Hisagi vs. Kazeshini

Season 13 - Episode 31 - Aired Mar 2, 2010

Kazeshini, despite being free of Muramasa's control, attacks Hisagi when he, Ikkaku, Izuru Kira and Tetsuzaimon Iba go on a mission to fight Sword Fiends in the Rukon District. After killing a Sword Fiend, Kazeshini finds a dying man who begs him to take care of his child. Kazeshini is frequently annoyed by the child's behavior, but often shows concern for it, and abandons a chance to attack Hisagi when he hears it crying. After defeating another Sword Fiend that is attacking a woman who came for the child, he leaves the child with the woman and goes to confront Hisagi. Kazeshini faces Hisagi in one last fight, but is distracted by the child crying, and is defeated and turned into a normal zanpakuto.

star 7.39
242 votes