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Manga

Main article: List of Bleach chapters

Since its first appearance in August 2001, the Bleach manga has appeared weekly in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Shueisha also compiles the chapters into bimonthly tankōbon volumes; currently 33 have been released.[34] Viz Media has released 23 English volumes of the manga in North America.[35]

Anime

Main article: List of Bleach episodes

The anime version of Bleach is produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe. It began broadcasting in Japan on October 5, 2004, on TV Tokyo. Episodes 1-167 were made and broadcast in 4:3, with episodes 168+ made and broadcast in 16:9 wide screen.

On March 15, 2006, Viz Media obtained foreign television, home video, and merchandising rights to the Bleach anime from the TV Tokyo Corporation and Shueisha.[36] Subsequently, Viz Media contracted Studiopolis to create the English dub of the anime,[37] and has licensed its individual Bleach merchandising rights to several different companies.[38] The English version of the Bleach anime premiered on Canada's YTV channel in the Bionix program block on September 8, 2006. Cartoon Network began airing Bleach the following evening as part of its Adult Swim block. The show went on hiatus on October 20, 2007 after airing the first 52 episodes of the series. It was replaced with another Viz series, Death Note, while additional episodes of Bleach were being dubbed. YTV began showing reruns of the anime after episode 26. On March 2, 2008 at 1:00 a.m. EST, the series returned from hiatus and began the next 52 episodes.[39] In the UK, Bleach premiered on AnimeCentral on September 13, 2007, with new episodes airing daily, but is currently on hiatus after airing the first 52 episodes.

CDs

Eight CD soundtracks, produced by Shirō Sagisu, have been released for the Bleach anime series and movies. Bleach Original Soundtrack 1 was released on May 18, 2005 and contains twenty-five tracks including the first opening and ending themes, in their original television lengths. Bleach Original Soundtrack 2 followed on August 2, 2006 with an additional twenty-three instrumental tracks. On December 16, 2006, Bleach: Memories of Nobody Original Soundtrack was released with twenty-five tracks from the Bleach: Memories of Nobody anime film. A soundtrack was also released for the Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion film, with nearly thirty tracks from the movie. Bleach: The Best contains twelve of the opening and ending themes from the series, in their full length versions.

An eighteen volume CD set, The Bleach Beat Collections were released from June 22, 2005 through March 5, 2008. These albums feature recordings by the original Japanese voice actors that provide a look at both the personalities of the characters they play, but also of the voice actors themselves.

Two "Radio DJCD Bleach 'B' Station" CD season sets, each containing six volumes, have also been released in Japan as well. Five drama CDs have been produced for the series, featuring the original voice actors from the series, however they have only been released as part of the DVD releases.

Films

Bleach: Memories of Nobody is a film that was released in Japanese theaters on December 16, 2006. It is set after the events of the Soul Society arc with Ichigo back in the living world fending off hollows. The movie is centered around the activities of a strange group called the "Dark Ones," who are trying to destroy both the Soul Society and the living world.

Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion was released in Japanese theaters on December 22, 2007. It centers around 10th Squad captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya, who is sentenced to execution by Soul Society after losing "the King's Seal".[40]

A third film, tentatively titled Bleach III is in progress.[41]

Musical

Main article: Rock Musical Bleach

A rock musical, Rock Musical BLEACH, was jointly produced by Studio Pierrot and Nelke Planning and directed by Takuya Hiramitsu, with a script adaptation by Naoshi Okumura. The music is written by playwright Shoichi Tama; the music in the show is completely original and not taken from the anime soundtrack. The initial performance run of the Bleach musical was from August 17 to August 28, 2005 at the Space Zero Tokyo center in Shinjuku. To date, there have been five musicals and a "Live" Bankai Show. Two musicals are set to come out in the spring of 2008.[42]

Other

A single artbook, All Colour But The Black, has been released for Bleach so far.[43] Three databooks have also been released, SOULs: Official Character Guide Book, VIBEs: Official Animation Book, and Bleach Official Bootleg, which also contained a compilation of the Colorful Bleach gag comics.[44][45][46]

Tite Kubo and Makoto Matsubara have co-authored two novelizations of the Bleach series, which were published by Shueisha under their Jump Books label. The first volume, BLEACH-letters from the other side: The Death and The Strawberry was published in 2004, and the second, BLEACH: The Honey Dish Rhapsody, was published in 2006.[47]


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