15 years. 15 years of Bleach, a series that may have had dips in story but made up for it with some of the most stylish art around. That journey finally came to an end this week, as author and artist Tite Kubo drew the curtain closed on his grand tale of life, death and swords. Spoilers below, obviously.
So what’s the state of Soul Society then in these final chapters? With Ywach defeated at long last, peace has been restored and the afterlife has been properly fixed in Bleach. Traitorous captain Aizen Sousuke is locked up once again, the Quincy have been properly eradicated and at least one lieutenant has received a much overdue promotion as Rukia Kuchiki stepped into the big leagues as the final chapters of Bleach dealt with a ten-year time jump.
The Quincy War wasn’t without casualties however, claiming the lives of captain commander Genry?sai Shigekuni Yamamoto and captain J?shir? Ukitake having met a permanent end during the battle.
But on Earth, ten years later? Everyone gets a happy ending that they all fought for.
Ichigo and Orihime are together, having sired a young child:
As have Abarai Renji and Rukia:
Ishida has become a doctor, joining Ichigo in as a fellow medical professional:
While the most underrated member of the Bleach team, Yasutora Sado has gone on to become a world famous boxer:
With Ywach’s power finally scattered and destroyed across time, Aizen himself remarked how a world without death would be meaningless, as its the very act of facing it on a day to day basis that gave humanity courage to draw from.
But more importantly, the final chapter of Bleach passed on the torch in one quick scene, as the offspring of Rukia and Ichigo revealed that they too possess Shinigami powers.
A short and sweet chapter, capping off more than a decade of Bleach. After spending more than two years on the current arc, it’s no doubt odd to see it all finished off so quickly, but it’s about time. Full circle and all that, and I can’t wait to see Tite Kubo’s next big project. So long Bleach!
Last Updated: August 18, 2016