Here we go, my top anime series and no surprise, it’s Bleach. Yeah, I have a bias for this series, but for good reason. I love everything about it, even the awful fillers (let’s not talk about the Fullbringers, please).
From 2004 to 2012, Bleach aired on the US airwaves, bringing another well known and loved anime series to the US. I remember watching this back in the day on Adult Swim, the series of shows that ran on Cartoon Network starting after midnight. This show when I first saw it had a bunch of animated warriors dressed in the Japanese feudal attire, wielding swords, and battling it out with dark spirits and each other in the spirit world. It peaked my interest because it was so different compared to even DBZ and other animes. It was set in a modern world and the animation was different compared to others.
There are 366 episodes for the series and each one is unique and fun in its own way. The series has a way to mixing very serious moments, battles, and humor all together into a very enjoyable watching experience. It can be very tense for an episode and then provide a quick laugh the next minute. Yes, there are some filler episodes in the 366 that are not as fun, but they do provide more stories and more battles and interaction among the main characters such as Rukia, Ichigo, Renji, and many others. Fillers like the Bount arc are not fan favorites, but they continue the story and have their bright spots here and there.
Give the series a watch. The first 20+ episodes are some of the best and follow the first leg of the story, the substitute shinigami arc that shows how everything fell in place. Once you get into the Soul Society arc and realize who the super villain is, you won’t be able to turn away from the series until the end.