For most of those from the recent generation, childhood is not complete without Japanese anime. Japanese anime has made its way to the ends of the earth that most likely everyone has heard of it. What some do not know, though, is that most of these Japanese anime originated from manga series. One of the most popular manga and anime series of the recent generation is Bleach.
Reaped by a Reaper
Bleach is a manga series that was started in 2001 by Tite Kubo. It is the story of an ill-tempered teenage boy named Ichigo Kurosaki who has always been able to see ghosts, but whose life changes entirely when he obtains Shinigami (or soul reaper) powers from Rukia Kuchiki, a soul reaper from the soul society. Since then Ichigo has carried the burden and responsibility of protecting humans from the evil spirits lurking nearby, as well as assisting and guiding the departed souls to the afterlife.
Reception of the Readers
The Japanese readers received Bleach Manga very well since its inception, as well as the readers from all over the world. Bleach has sold 84 million copies in Japan alone, and that makes it the sixth best-selling series from Weekly Shounen Jump. The series also received the Shogakukan Manga Award in the shounen category in 2005.
Readers in North America also welcomed Bleach with open arms. Sales of all volumes of the manga sold over 1.2 million copies in the region.
Here are the different versions of Bleach.
- Bleach’s popularity paved way to an animated series adaptation that ran from 2004 to 2012.
- There were also animated feature films and talks of Bleach live action movie adaptation is still ongoing.
- Bleach has also been adapted into rock musicals as well as video games.
We can only expect more from Bleach in the future.