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Here's What You Are Missing In Bleach If You Didn't Continue With The Manga

Updated April 26, 2019 361.3k views15 items

The story of Bleach deserves a proper burial. The manga ended its 15-year run in 2016, but the anime series wrapped prematurely in 2012. That amounts to four years of unadapted material, and plenty of memorable fights. Bleach fans aren't the only ones who want to see a continuation of the anime series. English voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch, who voices Ichigo Kurosaki, expressed his disappointment with the anime's finale at an anime convention in Greensboro, NC, saying, “[Code Geass] was a great ending whereas Bleach was like, ‘Ummm,' I think there was a little more than that.”

Anime-only fans of Bleach have missed out on a lot of significant stuff from the manga, such as the true powers of Ichigo, the fate of his long-time friends and allies, and which characters end up romantically involved with each other. Until Studio Pierrot finally decides to make one more season of Bleach, getting the fully story requires a little extra reading. 

  • Yhwach Wants To Absorb The Soul King's Powers

    Soon after the first assault, the Soul Society is once again challenged by Yhwach and the Wandenreich. However, this time Yhwach doesn't want to burn the Soul Society to the ground. Instead, he plans to destroy the Soul King and absorb his powers, which will turn him into a God. Ichigo inadvertently aids Yhwach on his quest when he leaves the Soul King Palace to join the fight, disabling the shields that normally bar entry. 

  • Ichigo Kills The Soul King

    The Soul King does eventually meet his end, but not by Yhwach's hands. The real murderer is none other than Ichigo, but it's not a crime he commits willingly. After touching Yhwach's sword, the right side of Ichigo's body is engulfed in Blut Vene veins. Yhwach explains that the Quincy blood inside Ichigo's body — Yhwach's blood, to be exact — will never allow the Soul King to live. The end result is Ichigo destroying the Soul King against his will, allowing Yhwach to absorb his power. Thanks to Yhwach's clairvoyance, he knew this was how things would end from the very beginning. 

  • Aizen is Freed

    Many Bleach fans know Sōsuke Aizen as the arch villain of the series during the Soul Society arc. In the final arc that was never adapted for anime, Aizen is released from his imprisonment by Yhwach following the Quincy leader's conquest of the spirit world. Yhwach believes Aizen will serve as a great ally to his cause, but despite his anger, Aizen doesn't have faith in Yhwach's hideous philosophy on life. In an unforseeable twist, Aizen aids Ichigo in his fight against Yhwach. When all is said and done, Aizen is once again imprisoned by the Soul Society for his past crimes, but the event causes a change of heart in the villain for the better. 

  • Ichigo's True Bankai Is Released,Then It Breaks

    The final battle between Yhwach and Ichigo is the most intense fight the hero has ever faced. Although Ichigo has managed to achieve a new Hollowed form, Yhwach continues to be one step ahead of him. When Ichigo unleashes his true Bankai upon Yhwach, what seems to be a moment of victory turns into despair, as Yhwach once again succeeds in breaking Ichigo's sword. This upsetting turn of events destroys all of Ichigo's hopes for victory against his god-like enemy.