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TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
Bleach TV Poster Image
Mature anime series is spooky and violent.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 167 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The protagonist argues and fights with his father, but he also stands up for the less fortunate in his community.


Bloody scenes involving knives, as well as fistfights between family members. The show's suburban setting means that the violence is less over the top than some other adult anime series, but there's still a fair amount of it.


Relatively mild: "Ugly bastard," "what the hell is that?" etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the 15-year-old protagonist of this mature anime series doesn't get along with his father; in fact, they often get into fistfights. While this is a cartoon, it's also part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line-up for a reason -- the ghostly subject matter and sometimes-bloody action scenes might be upsetting for younger (or particularly sensitive) viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBoxcarmystery January 28, 2010

Bleach: Perfect for older kids, but not for tweens

I happen to love Bleach, and will admit... I am a major fan of the series. It draws me in. However, it isn't something I would give to a thirteen year old... Continue reading
Adult Written byRettCosmos June 15, 2015

Too much sexual content and partial nudity

I've watched the first 120 uncensored episodes. The storyline was excellent and gripping! It was hard to let go of it. I finally got the strength to stop w... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 18, 2011

deserves more than three stars

sheesh.you rated this like you haven't even watched Bleach.yes the violence can be very intense sometimes,but it's not graphic or anything.Yes there i... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


i was nice on giving it 4 stars i mean its a good show but it can put me to sleep sometimes. orhime is a bad example for girls though i mean shes really stupid.... Continue reading

What's the story?

Everything changes for 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki (voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch) when he receives a visit from a Hollow, a spiteful soul that descends upon Ichigo's home and attacks him and his family. When it becomes clear that the valiant Ichigo can't fend off the attacker, the Shinigami (Death God) Rukia Kuchiki (Michelle Ruiff) comes to his aid. But when Rukia is attacked by the Hollow as well, she's forced to give her powers to Ichigo. Armed with these new abilities, Ichigo takes on the role of Soul Reaper and finds himself working to protect the innocent and help lost souls find peace, regularly interacting with ghosts and other supernatural beings.

Is it any good?

Parents with cartoon-addicted kids should probably watch a few episodes before giving the green light to non-teens. While it's more like a traditional cartoon than some of the other, darker Adult Swim offerings, BLEACH is clearly geared toward mature audiences, and some scenes and themes will likely give families pause.


For example, Ichigo, whose mother has died, has a tense relationship with his father and picks fights with him -- which result in physical assaults. While no blood is shed, it's difficult to watch a teen and his father throwing punches at each other. And Ichigo's two younger sisters, who are both intensely sarcastic and jaded, seem to be left to their own devices when their father is absent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ghosts and whether they really exist. Do you think anyone can actually communicate with the dead? If you could talk to someone who's passed on, who would it be? What would you ask them?

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