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

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 181 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byshinmegamitenseig October 6, 2015

Wow, what a bunch of idiots! 16+! Really?!

I started watching Bleach at 11, it's violent yes, but compared to say, AOT it's nothing, One Piece is more violent in some Mangas and it's 13+,... 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
Teen, 13 years old Written byInsertUserHere July 28, 2015

Okay Show. Not For Kids.

Not the greatest show. Bleach has WAY to many cuss words and violence for tweens and younger teens. Shows content such as people being slaughtered by swordsmen,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPerson31134 October 30, 2015

Watch the anime before giving a review!

This anime is definitely NOT for 16 and up, it is the same age rating as Naruto, even better for 13-12 year olds. It does have violence and blood, but not super... 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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