Why does everyone love "Bleach" so much?

#1 Posted by cattlebattle (12672 posts) - - Show Bio

Really? this isn't a blog or a hate thread. I'm not that keen on Anime to go on Animevice.com (those fanboys would tear me apart) 
just never understood, sure it has a great soundtrack (opening themes, background music) and the characters are great ,maybe best of all, it balances humor and action extremely well. 
I have always felt it sort of drags out. Particularly the Soul Society story, theres also way too many filler episodes. Note: I started watching Bleach in 06/07, around when it came out. So the dubs on Cartoon Netork never effected me (I know thats a problem for Anime fans sometimes) 
I mean thers a lot of Animes I find superior "Cowboy Bebop", "Darker Than Black", "Soul Eater".  
I' just saying Bleach is a highly rated, really popular Anime. I would just like to know why so many people think it's great.
#2 Posted by ARMIV (4140 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know what everybody else's reasons are going to be, but mine is that...I don't know actually, but there's something about it I connect with.

#3 Posted by cattlebattle (12672 posts) - - Show Bio
Thats usually evryones answer "I don't know, I just like it". I'ts cool and all It's a good show. I just don't think it's as great as people make it out to be
#4 Posted by Omarpool (6773 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah same here. xD I love Bleach. I don't know why though. Must be Ichigo's hypnotic eyes...I mean Orihime's eyes!

#5 Posted by Alternaut (484 posts) - - Show Bio

People'll like what they like.

#6 Posted by Mekboy (1142 posts) - - Show Bio

I used to like it til Aizen became so ridiculous. Now i don't follow it anymore.

#7 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7659 posts) - - Show Bio

I've seen a little bit on youtube, not sure if its for me but i might give it a try sometime. More of a Guyver and Heat Guy J fan myself.

#8 Posted by Captain Solaris (125 posts) - - Show Bio

For me it was the mystery of what Shinigami were. How an eclectic group of people deveolped a strong bond and friendship. Then girl gets kidnapped, boy (with friends) save girl after overcaming his self doubt and realising his potential. The series had just about the right number of  characters that you cared about and see developed. There was a good mix of comedy, action and drama. 
Those were in the earlier days. But now it feel so diluted, continuously recycled with too many characters to think about,  that I've lost interest.

#9 Posted by labarith (670 posts) - - Show Bio

1.  Filler is anime-only.  Read the manga.  Or google 'Bleach filler' and skip the relevant episodes. 
 2.  Movies are generally ok to good... despite being filler. 
 3.  Bleach is one of the "great" japanese mangas currently running.  Which means it has access to modern artistic tools (computers), as well as an engaging, long-term story (as opposed to, say, Dragonball's cycle - which is cute in its own way, but surely not the mark of good writing... at least not the mark of good writing other than Great Expectations-style "paid per word" writing. 
Long story short:  There are FEW "long-running" mangas/animes like Bleach - even fewer that appeal to american audiences (IE, relatively PG13, few japanese cultural references to make kids get all "sweatdrop", etc.)

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