Bleach (ブリーチ) is a japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach belongs to these genres: Action, Comedy, Shounen, Super Power, Supernatural. Bleach is about Kurosaki Ichigo, a not-so-average teenager who could see ghosts and spirits. He ‘accidently’ obtains the powers of a shinigami ( A Japanese death personification similar to a Grim Reaper). After which, these powers forces him to take on the duties of defending the humans and friends from evil spirits called Hollows. The manga has been adapted into an animated television series produced by Studio Pierrot.
Bleach contains a large cast of characters designed by the series creator Tite Kubo. All significant characters in the series possess some degree of paranormal and superhuman abilities, and these are explained by their souls generating higher than usual levels of a paranormal energy called reiatsu (霊圧, lit. “spirit pressure”). The three predominant character types in Bleach are humans, Soul Reapers, and hollows.
The first volume was released on January 5, 2002; as of February 2009, thirty-seven volumes have been released. The anime version of Bleach is produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe. It began broadcasting in Japan on October 5, 2004.
The first volume of the manga has sold over 1.25 million copies in Japan, and the original Japanese version of the manga series as a whole has sold over 50 million copies. In 2005, Bleach was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōnen category. During 2008, volume 34 of the manga sold 874,153 copies in Japan, becoming the 12th best-seller comics from the year. Volumes 33 and 35 have also ranked 17 and 18, respectively. In total the manga has sold 3,161,825 copies in Japan during 2008, becoming 5th best seller series.