The Thousand-Year Blood War Arc has arrived in Bleach, and if you haven’t watched the series yet, or if you’re a veteran fan who wants to rewatch it, now is the time to catch up.
Bleach was one of the Shonen Big 3 anime during the 2000s decade, along with Naruto and One Piece, and the latest anime visuals will finally pick up the final season.
With 16 seasons and 366 episodes, the series demands a significant amount of time, but fans will not be disappointed if they enjoy it, as there are no dull moments.
Bleach Anime Release Order
Bleach is a popular anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Tite Kubo. While the anime follows the manga’s storyline, it also incorporates several new and original plotlines.
The series is produced by Studio Pierrot, a renowned studio with a wealth of experience in adapting various shonen anime series.
Bleach Anime Order
- Bleach (2004-2012)
- Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Arc (2022)
- Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War – The Separation (2023)
Bleach Movies Order
- Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody (2006)
- Bleach the Movie: The Diamond Dust Rebellion (2007)
- Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black (2008)
- Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse (2010)
- Bleach Jump Festa Anime Tour 2008 (2008)
- Bleach: Memories in the Rain (2004)
- Bleach: 13 Court Guard Squads Omake (2005)
- Bleach: The Sealed Sword Frenzy (2006)
Bleach Anime Arc List
Bleach is an anime series in Karakura Town and follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, who becomes a Shinigami to eliminate Hollows, despite his initial reluctance to accept the responsibility. Throughout the series, Ichigo encounters several Hollows and develops his skills to protect those around him.
Along the way, Ichigo discovers that some of his friends possess spiritual powers and unique abilities. The sequence of events in the Bleach series follows Ichigo’s journey as he battles Hollows and develops his skills as a Shinigami, all while discovering more about the spiritual world and those around him.
1. The Agent Of The Shinigami Arc
Ichigo Kurosaki tries to live a normal life until he meets a Shinigami, Rukia Kuchiki, who transfers her powers to Ichigo.
Soon Ichigo learns about corrupt spirits called Hollows and the existence of Soul Society. Although Ichigo is reluctant to become a Shinigami, he is forced to confront a Hollow.
- Episodes: 1-7
- Bleach: Memories in the Rain
- Bleach: 13 Court Guard Squads Omake
- Episodes: 8-20
2. Soul Society: The Sneak Entry Arc
Rukia is sentenced to execution by the Soul Society for transferring her powers to Ichigo, who is a human.
To save her, Ichigo and his friends sneak into Soul Society.
- Episodes: 21-41
3. Soul Society: The Rescue Arc
Rukia is right in front of Ichigo and company and she fully commits to freeing him. Ichigo received training on Bankai to become stronger.
- Episodes: 42-63
- Bleach: The Sealed Sword Frenzy
4. The Bount Arc [Filler]
Bleach’s long filler arc focuses on enemies called the Bounts, who, like Quincy, can consume spirits and live forever.
- Episodes 64-91
5. Bount Assault on Soul Society Arc [Filler]
The Bounts manage to infiltrate Soul Society but must battle the mighty Captains of the Gotei 13.
- Episodes: 92-109
- Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody
6. Arrancar: The Arrival Arc
Arrancar, Hollows with Shinigami abilities, appear in the human world and keep all Shinigami busy. Sosuke Aizen is behind it.
Meanwhile, Ichigo also struggles to control his inner Hollow, so he trains under the Vizard, a group of Shinigami with Hollow powers.
- Episodes: 110-131
7. Arrancar: The Hueco Mundo Sneak Entry Arc
Ichigo disobeys Soul Society’s orders and goes to Hueco Mundo to rescue Orihime, who has been kidnapped.
- Episodes 132-137
- Bleach the Movie: The Diamond Dust Rebellion
- Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black
- Episodes: 138-151
8. Arrancar: The Fierce Fight Arc
The title of this arc as the name indicates one of the first fights between Ichigo and Grimmjow.
- Episodes: 152-167
9. The New Captain Shusuke Amagai Arc [Filler]
Shusuke Amagai is appointed captain of the 3rd division, replacing Gin Ichimaru. Meanwhile, there is a conspiracy that threatens Soul Society.
- Episodes: 168-189
10. Arrancar vs Shinigami Arc
Ichigo and his teammates fight in individual combat with the all-powerful Arrancar. The stronger Espada attacks Ichigo.
Help from Soul Society comes to the rescue, but in the heat of battle, Orihime is captured again. Aizen goes to Karakura.
- Episodes: 190-205
12. The Past Arc
This arc dives deep into the history of the story’s main villain: Aizen.
The story takes place 110 years ago when the Vizards still served as Shinigami and Kisuke Urahara had just been appointed Captain of the Gotei 13.
- Episodes: 206-212
13. Arrancar: Decisive Battle of Karakura Arc
A massive battle ensues between the Shinigami and Arrancar forces and Aizen. Soul Society wants to save Karakura town, while Aizen wants to destroy it.
- Episodes: 213-229
14. Zanpakutō Unknown Tales Arc [Filler]
An interesting filler arc to watch because it displays various Zanpakutō spirits in their original forms.
Muramasa freed many other Zanpakutō spirits from their masters and started a rebellion. Shinigami begin to lose the ability to contact their Zanpakutō spirits. The Seireitei was in a state of emergency again.
- Episodes: 230-265
15. Arrancar Downfall Arc
This arc continues with the battle between the Soul Society and the Arrancar army in the town of Karakura.
At the same time, another battle takes place in Hueco Mundo between Ichigo and Ulquiorra. Next, the big fight against Aizen.
- Episodes: 266-299
- Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse
- Episodes: 300-316
16. Gotei 13 Invading Army Arc [Filler]
A filler arc set one month after the defeat of Sosuke Aizen. As things return to normal, people disappear in the Dangai, which connects Soul Society and the Human World.
- Episodes: 317-342
17. The Lost Substitute Shinigami Arc
After 17 months of fighting between Ichigo and Aizen, Ichigo has lost his Shinigami powers. Ichigo tries hard to regain his strength.
Amidst all this, Ichigo meets Ginjō, a former Shinigami who taught him Fullbringer’s powers.
- Episodes: 343-366
18. Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Arc
The Quincy is a secret society that denies exterminating Hollows, while the Soul Society attempts to purify Hollows and guide them to the afterlife.
These conflicting ideologies set the two organizations against each other and went to war. The Quincy were defeated and were said to have become extinct, though they later returned.
Ichigo decides to train hard and face the biggest battle of his life.
- October 2022
The following arc sequence with manga chapter numbers and anime episodes:
|Bleach Arc Order||Manga Chapters||Anime Episodes|
|Agent of the Shinigami||1-70||1-21|
|Soul Society: The Sneak Entry||71-117||21-41|
|Soul Society: The Rescue||118-183||42-63|
|Bount Assault on Soul Society||Fillers||92-109|
|Arrancar: The Arrival||184-229||110-131|
|Arrancar: The Hueco Mundo Sneak Entry||230-251||132-151|
|Arrancar: The Fierce Fight||252-286||152-167|
|The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai||Fillers||168-189|
|Arrancar vs. Shinigami||287-302||190-205|
|Arrancar: Decisive Battle of Karakura||316-340||213-229|
|Zanpakutō Unknown Tales||Fillers||230-265|
|Arrancar: Downfall Arc||341-423||266-317|
|Gotei 13 Invading Army||Fillers||317-342|
|The Lost Substitute Shinigami||424-479||343-366|
|The 1,000-Year Blood War||480-686|
Where to Watch Bleach Anime?
This anime can now be watched legally on Hulu, and some limited seasons are also available on Netflix. There are also a few other anime streaming sites that might have Bleach on their Platforms.