Bleach Watch Order
Over the years, Bleach fans have witnessed successful runs of episodes divided into 17 seasons, specials, and a couple of movies. This anime’s favorite release dates from the first season in the early 2000s since then its popularity just keeps increasing. This anime/manga by Tite Kubo has been translated into several languages and successfully adapted into animation. The series makes use of conventional yet interesting anime tropes that brings alive the fictional fantasy land of Soul Society. The diverse story arcs and long-spanning duration of episodes have contributed to popularizing anime worldwide. And so, it needs to have a chronological Bleach watch order guide.
The Bleach universe is built around the concept of life and the afterlife and follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki (a human and substitute shinigami) a member of the realm Soul Society. The story begins with Ichigo, a teenager who inherits some power and becomes a Soul Reaper, and follows him on the journey to learn about the Soul Society and polish his skills while fighting against opponents. The show’s run also introduces us to many new characters in the form of his allies or opponents.
The anime series Bleach consists of 379 episodes and 4 movies divided into approximately 17 arcs. The anime series watchlist also includes a Bleach Filler List constituting of filler and mixed canon episodes that can be skipped. The filler seasons and canon episodes are related to the main plot. While the non-canon movies are watched outside of the order too.
The latest season of Bleach anime installment aired in 2022. So, before you head on to watch the latest installment Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, here is a complete watch order guide that would help you binge-watch the series in chronological order.
Bleach Chronological Watch Order
Note: Movies are non-canon. Feel free to watch them outside of the watch order. The list also has filler episodes.
- Bleach, episodes 1-109
- Bleach, episodes 110-125
- Bleach, episodes 126-299
- Bleach, episodes 300-366
- Bleach, episodes 367-379(on December 27)
- Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody (2006)
- Bleach the Movie: The Diamond Dust Rebellion (2007)
- Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black (2008)
- Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse (2010)
- Memories in the Rain (2004)
- 13 Court Guard Squads Omake (2005)
- The Sealed Sword Frenzy (2006)
Spin-off: Burn the Witch (2020)
Take a glance at the list of Bleach episodes, arcs, and movies in brief. It gives an overview of the plot’s progress.
Bleach, episodes 1-117
The total of 117 episodes of the animated series constitutes the total count of episodes that constitutes the first 5 seasons. The larger part of these episodes is canon episodes that follow the manga source story very closely. Only the 4th season that constitutes The Bount arc is full of filler episodes that deal with an original feature story and add it to the canon. There are a couple of minor fillers in between the episodes as well.
Bleach, episodes 118-125
This lot includes the larger part of the 6th season it largely builds upon the Arrancar that runs into several smaller stories throughout the series. It also features the commencement of the war of the Vizards. The fans can witness some interesting events within the span of episodes specifically in terms of Ichigo’s character and Grimmjow.
Bleach, episodes 126-299
This set roughly counts in some episodes from season 6 up till season 14. This larger chunk of episodes is very well made in continuity and has some one of the episodes as well as stretched filler arcs in between. Stolen Hogyoku arc, Forest Of The Menos Arc, The New Captain Shusuke Amagai Arc, and Zanpakuto Unknown Tales Arc are some of the storylines that these episodes cover. Additionally, there is a lot more happening in terms of the Arrancar Saga and Soul Society’s fights.
Bleach, episodes 300-366
Earlier, the 366 episodes in season 16 were supposed to be the last episode of the anime series. Until Bleach Anime came up with the announcement regarding its latest installment released in 2022. These episodes majorly bring upon a concluding turn to the Arrancar saga. it also features the filler season arc; The Gotei 13 Invasion Arc.
Bleach, episodes 367-379(Ongoing)
It is the most recently released set of episodes in the brand-new season of Bleach. With the introduction of new shinigami and a twisted story, progress adds action to the world of Ichigo. The Lost Agent arc adds a group of mysterious attacks on the soul society that will keep you stuck on the edge of your seat. There is more to come as the season finale has not been announced yet.
Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody (2006)
Memories of Nobody (2006) chronicles the life of the Soul Society members back in the human world. Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, and other soul reapers come against several unknown souls. In an unexpected term of events, the soul society realm and the human world get connected by the expansion of the unifying dimension, the Valley of Screams. Kisuke Urahara decodes the mystery. While Rukia and Ichigo move around places to prevent the destruction and disruption in the two worlds.
Bleach the Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion (2007)
Bleach Watch Order continues with The Diamond Dust Rebellion (2007) the second feature anime adaptation movie of the series. The 10th division of soul reapers led by Toshiro Hitsugaya is entrusted with the responsibility to protect the King’s Seal. Mysteriously the seal is stolen and captain Toshiro Hitsugaya goes missing making everyone believe him to be a traitor. This theft leads to a lot of turmoil within the Soul Society leading to some unthought discoveries.
Bleach the Movie 3: Fade to Black (2008)
Movie 3: Fade to Black (2008), has the Soul Society yet again surrounded by the threats of scythes and an unknown opponent. It begins when Mayuri Kurotsuchi is attacked by the scythe in the 12th division laboratory. And as the title of the movie suggests many shinigami lose their memory add things fade away for them. Ichigo sets out to solve this mystery with any clue he gets. Rukia goes missing too, and Ichigo has to find her and bring the things back in place before its’ too late. Will he succeed?
Bleach the Movie 4: Hell Verse (2010)
This movie literally loses hell in the life of Ichigo. It continues after the transformation of Ichigo into a hollow during the battle with Ulquiorra. There is a lot of action and suspense unfolding in the movie as Karin and Yuzu the sisters of Ichigo are held captive. The portal to hell opens intensifying the conflicts and confrontations in the lives of Soul Reapers. Moving to and fro between the hell and soul realms, it is exciting to watch the reapers manage the storm that rises from hell. Watch out for the Infernal Sinner who helps the soul reap in unusual ways.
Brand New Season of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War as per the sources is going to be the largest arc and supposedly the final manga arc. The new season has some newer enemies waiting to disrupt life in soul society. There are many new challenges for Ichigo that will entertain you and keep you engaged. Gear up for some great stories and invasions brewing up in Soul Society.
We hope the watch order helps you run through the saga of Bleach with ease. If you haven’t already watched Bleach, follow the watch order before you indulge in watching the latest episodes available on Hulu and Disney+. You can also watch Soul Eater and Burn the Witch if you like Bleach.