Bleach

Bleach Manga  is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Tite KuboBleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki, who inherits his parents’ destiny after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper ( Shinigami, literally ‘Death God’)—a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His new-found powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the after life, and set him on journeys to various ghostly realms of existence.

The manga was first published in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shōnen Jump from August 7, 2001, to August 22, 2016. The 686 individual chapters were collected by Shueisha in a series of 74 tankōbon volumes between January 5, 2002, and November 4, 2016. Most chapter names are written in English and have katakana above them to indicate how they are read in Japanese, similar to the usage of furigana ruby characters with advanced kanji characters. The total count of published Bleach chapters and the number on the highest-numbered chapter do not match. This is because, in addition to the positive numbered chapters, some chapters are published with a negative or fractional chapter number. These “negative” chapters are side stories that involve events that precede the main plot of the series.