How Bleach Works

This works with basically any long running anime. Naruto, One Piece, FMA, Dragon Ball, you name it. But hey, why worry about condensing your plot when you can just make make episode after episode. And that still had nothing to do with what actually happens in that little bit of content.

You can describe the basic plot of Bleach in three words: Deus Ex Machina.
From Wikipedia: "A plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new character, ability, or object."
For example: Ichigo becoming a soul reaper, Ichigo's Shikai, Ichigo's Bankai, Ichigo's Hollow Mask, Ichigo's... well you get the idea.
And of course, I use the term "plot" when talking about Bleach very loosely. 

I'm pretty sure Kubo (the writer) just makes up stuff as he goes. If he happens to forget a character, a bit of detail, or major plot event along they way, he doesn't care, he will make money either way.

Then again, I do think everything past the first season should be considered filler.  If it weren't for Byakuya and Renji, Ichigo would still be hanging out in Karukua Town killing hollows.  And we all know how bad filler is...

12 Response to "How Bleach Works"

  1. ghostburnz September 11, 2010 at 12:41 AM
    I'm pretty sure Bleach is ripping off dragonball z though. Aizen is Frieza and Ichigo had to train in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to get to super sayian 2. also the fact that Ichigo gets exponentially stronger after every time he fights.
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  3. Silly Old Bum September 11, 2010 at 12:43 AM
    Bleach..only have watched few episodes..hmm

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  5. Orzo September 11, 2010 at 8:07 AM
    i love dues ex machinima bro
  6. Trashcanman September 11, 2010 at 1:19 PM
  7. skulldragon3200 September 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM
    Aren't all animes (cough cartoons) like this?
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  10. Anonymous November 2, 2011 at 5:10 PM
    Azein explains that this was all one big set up so We were basically going through Azein's plan the entire time.
  11. Anonymous February 5, 2012 at 7:10 AM
    well this may technically be true, but it doesn't feel like deus ex machina at all, and in fairness Ichigo had to work hard to gain the powers he did, they didn't just come along because he felt like it. also, if you actually pay close attention to the plotline, you'll find that everything fits together pretty ruddy neatly, and the idea of horrible inconsistencies all over the place is ridiculous and simply not true.

    I am also insulted by your cynicism in the idea of Kubo 'not caring as he makes money either way'. the story is as elaborate as it needs to be and actually quite clever once you get down to it, and to suggest that everything past season 1 is filler is just plain absurd. a running plot can clearly be seen right through to Aizen's defeat in episode three hundered and whatever it was. and I don't find all filler bad personally, although admittedly all of it is pretty flamin' ridiculous. but then so's bleach in general. who cares? I love it for it.

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