Bleach was a wonderful manga with an anime adaptation that had acquired global notoriety for all the right reasons. It was once hailed as Tite Kubo’s masterpiece and one of the greatest shonen series available. There’s no disputing that Bleach was still a top-notch show in its prime, and its main cast of vibrant and endearing characters is one of the key reasons why, even though the show’s quality and popularity may have declined over time.
No matter how smart Aizen is, there comes a time when viewers just want to see some exciting battles, which was what Kenpachi Zaraki excelled at.
It was evident right away that Zaraki was nothing more than a rabid fighter who just cared about winning a good battle. When people believed that his character in Bleach had reached a plateau, he returned with a Bankai that would make anyone turning the page shudder at the sight of the monstrous oni-like creature he had become.
The main character of Bleach, Ichigo Kurosaki, is one of the most uninteresting in any shonen anime. His character development is severely limited because his reasons aren’t fully addressed.
It’s true that Ichigo gained a ton of power-ups over the series, but there isn’t anything about his personality that makes him stand out as a particular kind of shonen hero. This finally served as one of the factors that brought about Bleach’s demise.
While Bleach may have had issues from the start, there is no doubting that Sosuke Aizen was a constant highlight of the whole series and never failed to delight fans with his appearance each and every time. His betrayal of the Soul Society was a fantastic high point in an arc that was already fantastic from the beginning. In fact, his presence was so crucial to Bleach that it’s possible that his humiliating defeat at the hands of an overmatched Ichigo served as the catalyst for the series’ demise.
Uryu Ishida managed to stick at Ichigo’s side for the majority of the series, with the exception of a few discrepancies here and there. The Quincy are supposed to be the Shinigami’s mortal adversary.
There were moments when Uryu seemed like he may emerge as a significant character during the Thousand-Year Blood War storyline, but in the end, his sole function was to assist Ichigo in delivering a final, crushing blow to Yhwach.
The first episode’s introduction of Rukia was quite memorable, and the fact that she lost her Soul Reaper abilities made for an intriguing setup when Ichigo was made the Substitute Soul Reaper.
Her character really came into her own during the Soul Society arc, allowing fans to witness a side of Rukia they had never seen before. However, after this arc, Rukia was once more deemed unnecessary and, except from a few odd highlights here and there, had little to no impact on the rest of the series.
With the Thousand-Year Blood War arc and Yhwach as the main adversary, it appeared for a brief period of time that Bleach was returning to its roots. It was obvious that a fierce war would take place because this individual had managed to eliminate a strong captain in the form of Yamamoto.
But any chance he had of being a halfway-decent character was entirely destroyed by the way the final arc was handled, Yhwach being killed with a simple sword slice, and other Quincy antics with fairly inadequate justifications.