This Saturday, March 1, marks the return of the English dubbed episodes of the incredibly wonderful anime BLEACH to Adult Swim. As a huge fan of BLEACH, both the manga and the anime, this is a big deal for me. I’ve seen the anime in both the original Japanese (with English subtitles) as well as the English dub version. I think the dub for BLEACH is great. The voice acting is top notch and it really seems like they tried to match the English voices to their Japanese counterparts. If you’re not a fan of Bleach or have never seen the series, this is a great time to start.
BLEACH is an action oriented, Shonen style anime. It tells the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a 15 year old high school student, who has the ability to see ghosts and spirits. After a run-in with a shinigami (or Soul Reaper in the English version) he discovers the true depth of his abilities and a world that he never knew existed. It’s a fast paced story full of humor and drama. The characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional. They quickly become your friends. That’s the kind of story BLEACH is. It truly pulls you in.
BLEACH began as a manga written by Tite Kubo for Shonen Jump. It was adapted into an anime and has become a huge hit worldwide. The art work is wonderful. The characters are realistic, hilarious and very dangerous. The story telling is some of the finest you’re going to find out there. It’s both epic and highly personal. I can’t say enough good things about BLEACH. If you’re familiar with the manga or the anime, I hope you will be there with me on Saturday night as the new episodes return to American airwaves. If you’re new to the story, give it a chance. It will surprise you!
Original BLEACH Adult Swim Promo
Japanese Promo for BLEACH
Meet Orihime Inoue on Adult Swim