Once considered one of “The Big Three” along with One Piece & Naruto, Bleach was the first of the 3 to drop out, but still left it’s mark on the anime industry. In manga-based anime, fillers have been used to put distance between the anime and its source material, preventing an overlap that would cause trouble for both forms of the series. But sometimes for this reason, the series becomes boring. It is really a different experience to see it without Filler episodes that often create plot inconsistencies and lower the quality of the main story.
Therefore I created this guide to watch this anime without fillers and to maximize your Bleach experience!
Ichigo Kurosaki is an ordinary high schooler—until his family is attacked by a Hollow, a corrupt spirit that seeks to devour human souls. It is then that he meets a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki, who gets injured while protecting Ichigo’s family from the assailant. To save his family, Ichigo accepts Rukia’s offer of taking her powers and becomes a Soul Reaper as a result.As Ichigo and his comrades get used to their new duties and support each other on and off the battlefield, the young Soul Reaper soon learns that the Hollows are not the only real threat to the human world.
Bleach: Filler List
33, 50, 64-108, 128-137, 147-149, 168-189, 204-205, 213-214, 227-265, 287, 298-299, 303-305, 311-341, 355
Bleach: Detailed Filler Episodes/Arcs
Bleach was an anime series that ran from 2004 to 2012. In total 366 episodes of Bleach were aired. With a total of 163 reported filler episodes, Bleach has a high filler percentage of 45%.
Main Arc 1: Soul Society Arc
SKIP – Episode 33: “Miracle! The Mysterious New Hero”
SKIP – Episode 50: “The Reviving Lion“
SKIP Episode 64-108: Bount Filler Arc
Main Arc 2: Hueco Mundo Arc
SKIP – Episode 128-137
SKIP – Episode 147-149: Forest of Menos arc
SKIP – Episode 168-189: Captain Shūsuke Amagai Filler Arc
SKIP – Episode 204 & 205: “Ichigo’s Seppuku Persuasion Strategy” & “Thump! A Kemari Tournament Filled with Hollows”
Main Arc 3: Decisive Battle of Karakura arc
SKIP – Episode 213 & 214: Karakuraizer Mini-arc
SKIP – Episode 227-265: Zanpakutō: The Unknown Tales Filler Arcs
SKIP – Episode 287: “Side Story…Ichigo and the Magic Lamp”
SKIP – Episode 298-299: Side Story on Shinigami Film Festival
SKIP – Episode 303-305: Side Story : New Year Special
SKIP – Episode 311-316: Miscellaneous Fillers
SKIP – Episode 317-341: Gotei 13 Invading Army arc
Main Arc 4: Substitute Soul Reaper Disappearance
SKIP – Episode 355: Shinigami at War! New Year in Seireitei Special!
These anime original episodes should not be shunned forever, but it is advisable to watch them at your leisure.You won’t lose anything important in the story, as the filler arcs are self-contained, and happen in its own timeline. I hope this article helps you to enjoy the fullest of the beloved Naruto series. To seek more “how to watch” and “Filler” articles, keep checking in to Animehunch! Till then, mata ne ^-^