6 Anime Like Bleach [Updated Recommendations]

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Welcome back to another 6 anime like series where we focus on six great anime that all share some similarities, pertaining to story, character, and more. Our updated list is focusing on the popular Bleach series, so we hope you find these recommendations satisfying. Bleach follows main protagonist Ichigo as he plunges into an uncertain and action packed world , having to square off against enemies who wield an incredible amount of destructive power. He flies off to a new environment called the soul society where he has to cope with this entirely new responsibility, not only as a shinagami, but as a protector of those around him. This is the remake version of the original six anime like Bleach, so if you'd like to take a peek at our original list, be sure to scroll down below for more. So with all that being said, lets grab our exorcist gear and take down the bad guys!

Similar Anime to Bleach

1. Naruto

  • Episodes: 220
  • Aired: October 3, 2002 - February 8, 2007

Naruto never fails to impress the millions of anime fans out there with its action packed scenes, epic tales of hardships and triumphs, but most importantly a sense of reward. A huge demon known as Nine-Tails attacks the local village that Naruto resides in, and leaves a trail of destruction behind it. To put a stop to the onslaught and save what remained of the village, the fourth hokage sacrificed his own life and sealed the furious beast inside the newborn Naruto. The story continues as we follow Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja that is constantly searching for recognition, and has dreams to become the top hokage in order to put a stop to all evil and become a strong leader for everyone.

So why did we choose Naruto as one of our six picks? There's a never ending story that happens throughout Naruto, with every turn he takes leading him down paths which he never imagined, while encountering new friends and building strong bonds. Every episode is filled with so much action that it's hard to even comprehend what's going on at certain moments. Both Bleach and Naruto have such strong character development, while taking the viewer on an everlasting journey that leaves you craving more each time. Ichigo and Naruto share the extreme passion to set things straight for those around them, dedicating their entire life to ensuring their safety and security. Both have such epic tales of struggle, but have you cheering for the both of them to succeed in overcoming their obstacles.

2. Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist)

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: April 17, 2011 - October 2, 2011

Blue Exorcist looks at the life of Rin, who at first enjoyed the wonders of his normal school life, then is suddenly thrown into a world that is full of destruction and suffering. Rin soon discovers that he's the son of Satan, and that his father insists that he return to Assiah so the two can rule the nation. After being attacked by a pack of raging demons, Rin turns down the offer and instead trains to become an exorcist to exterminate the demon population. Rin along with the help of his younger brother Yukio, team up to put an end to the uncertain events that are about to transpire, end the demon onslaught, and to protect the innocent with everything they've got.

Rin and Ichigo both have a very arduous task that lies ahead of them, which the two never really anticipated since they were thrown right into it all. It becomes their purpose to join a special organization in order to restore peace to their home, but more importantly to use their new abilities to destroy all evil that threatens them. The two shows both have a premise, and it's that when you're caught in the whirlwind of disasters along your path, you maintain your cool and work together with others to make sure everything returns to normal. Rin works with his brother Yukio to stop the reign of terror that these demons are creating, while Ichigo along with his entire soul society family to capture and end the tyranny of a traitor.

3. Ushio to Tora

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: July 3, 2015 - December 25, 2015

As a reminder, we'll be focusing on the first season of Ushio to Tora, but we encourage you to check out its second season because it's truly epic. In the first season, Ushio comes across a mysterious creature located in his grandfather's secret storage area. The intimidating creature, Tora, was sealed there with the legendary Beast Spear and cannot leave unless someone pulls the spear from out of his shoulder. Ushio confronts Tora reluctantly with Tora warning him if he were to do so, he would not hesitate to rip him apart. Having no fear in his heart, Ushio pulls the spear from Tora's shoulder thus granting him the ultimate power of the Beast Spear. From here, the two join forces to help put a stop to an endless army of ghouls who terrorize the city, and to discover the truth behind who created the Beast Spear.

Ushio and Ichigo were dragged into a huge mess, and it's now their responsibility to help clean it up. They were gifted with new abilities that defied human capability, and used them in order to erase all threats from existence. Both were in a sense, shinagami, who had to fight off ghouls/hollows in order to find out who the culprit truly was. They also wield powerful weapons that once equipped, allow them to transform into superhuman beings with extraordinary powers. So much action takes place all throughout each series, so we highly recommend watching Ushio to Tora to see it all happen.

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4. Gintama

  • Episodes: 201
  • Aired: April 4, 2006 - March 25, 2010

Gintama really draws you in with its quirkiness, and many references to other anime. Japan ranks it highly on their own top list of hot anime series, as its extremely popular with every age group all across the country. This journey takes us back to feudal Japan yet again, but this time with main character Gintoki. This isn't your ordinary feudal Japan however, as every encounter Gintoki meets is unusually odd and quirky, which is what adds the spice and flavoring to this tasty treat of a series. Gintoki isn't very keen on finding a job like most other citizens and so we see Gintoki on an endless adventure seeking whatever job comes his way, while battling strange looking monsters, a weird Yakuza clan and much more.

Gintama much like Bleach both live under the Jump umbrella, and so you'd expect there to be lots of great stories along with action along the way. Gintoki much like Ichigo, start off with very boring and normal lives but then fate somehow shows up with a big mess they must deal with. One fantastic aspect as well about Gintama is that there are so many bleach references sprawled all throughout the series, that it's hard not to notice them. The two end up joining a group of other powerful allies which help them along their way in becoming stronger, but also building strong relationships with everyone. Their dedication and drive help them grow into more responsible individuals, while developing compassion within themselves to ensuring a better life.

5. Hunter x Hunter

  • Episodes: 148
  • Aired: October 2, 2011 to September 24, 2014

Hunter x Hunter takes place in a world where skilled hunters go through the dangerous tasks of capturing criminals, and bravely searching for lost treasures in risky territories. Gon strives to become the best hunter in hopes to finding his father, who too was a hunter but abandoned Gon to pursue his dream. Gon comes to realize that this path is unlike anything he'd ever imagined, and that if he ever wants to serve a purpose he'll need the right allies to guide him. Gon teams up with Leorio, Kurapika, and Killua who all plan to strive to succeed in taking the hunter exam, while taking on a plethora of monsters along their journey. Throughout their newly carved path, they all will learn what it takes to be a true hunter and put their abilities to the test against the evil that awaits them.

Bleach is so full of ups and downs throughout the entire story, that you're constantly pulled in every direction wondering what will happen next. The same can be said about the epic story of Gin and his team, as they trudge along being tested with every step they take towards becoming skilled hunters. You're never sure as to what will happen since every episode leaves you at such a climax, that sweat starts to drip down the side of your head craving more each time. Most of the shows on this list share a valuable treasure that we all should learn from, and that's to surround yourself with the right people who not only drive you towards success, but guide you towards becoming your greatest version.

6. World Trigger

  • Episodes: 73
  • Aired: October 5, 2014 - April 3, 2016

Humans on Earth have been under the impression that they've been the only species that exist in the universe, but face a rude awakening when a much stronger dangerous species arrives out of the blue. An advanced force known as Neighbors, have come to threaten the existence of humanity and conquer the world. Fortunately for planet Earth, an special organization known as Borders hears of this ordeal and sends out their most skilled members onto the battlefront. It now becomes the responsibility of Osamu, Yuuma, and the rest of the team to put an end to the incoming terror before it's too late.

Osamu much like Ichigo find themselves in situations that are entirely out of their control, and are confronted by an unknown person who insists they help save the world from ruin. Osamu encounters Yuuma while Ichigo meets Rukia, and the two are thrown into the pits of fire as they now must use whatever tools they have to take out the enemy. Along the way the two come across great friends and build some romantic relationships, which end up guiding the two further in their adventures. The two were initially students who then became trainees in their respective fields, one being a shinagami, and the other part of the Borders squad. The two shows have such a deep cast of characters, all of which possess unique skills which help to aid them along their dark paths.

Closing Statement

We should never take our friends for granted because they were put there for a reason. Whether they guide you towards your final destination or not isn't the premise, but rather, it is what you take from it all that becomes your tool for success. Ichigo shows us that no matter how much the odds are against you, there is still that small percent that tells you it's possible. Never give up on what you set out to achieve, even if those around you deny it. The ones who soar the farthest are the ones who jump off the edge and allow life to guide them. If you have any other anime that you feel should make the list, be sure to let us know in the comments section down below! And also follow us on twitter for the latest article updates and tweets!

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Bleach is a very unique and inspiring anime series that is loved by all. Many anime fans like this series because of its elaborate use and details of the shinigami world and the spirits that occupy it. Bleach also has the perfect balance of action, drama, sword fighting and supernatural powers.

There are many characters with specific powers to fight of enemies in Bleach, as well as having great use of the environment by creating a well thought-out theme that the series takes place in. In this article, there will be six anime recommendations that are similar to Bleach but may not be exactly like it, for Bleach is somewhat one of a kind. Instead, the listed anime will be based on similar plot, theme, genre, and/or characters in a world of spirits, superpowers, and sword fighting!

Similar Anime to Bleach

1. Kill la Kill

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Oct. 2013 - Mar. 2015

After witnessing her father's death, Ryuko Matoi takes the mysterious weapon (a half pair of scissors) he left her and begins to pursue the killer to avenge her father. Knowing the killer is a woman with the other half of the weapon, she leaves her school and transfers to the Honnouji Academy in search of a girl who has information on the her fathers killer.

Except, the academy isn't like your ordinary one. Once enrolled, you're given a special uniform known as a Goku Uniform, with powers that separate the poor from the wealthy based on strength and ability. The student council president rules the academy and challenges Matoi to climb the ranks and fight her if she wants to know the identity of her father's killer.

2. Shakugan no Shana

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Oct. 2005 - Mar. 2006

This anime follows a boy named Yuuji who is your typical high schooler living a life he thought was normal and without complications. One day, while heading home, he comes across an unusual event when he witnesses the world suddenly stopping as if it froze. Soon after, people began to be consumed by blue flames and eaten by a monster that looked like a huge doll. Not being able to move, Yuuji watches as the monster approaches him to be eaten like the others until a mysterious girl with a sword and flaming red eyes appears to slay the monster.

The girl is a “Flame Haze” and hunts monsters known as Guze no Tomogara, which are from a different world. After the shocking event, Yuuji notices a blue flame glowing in his chest as the girl calls him a “Torch”, which is a replacement soul because the real him is dead and ceases to exist. Carrying on with the knowledge of being dead, he joins the girl he later names “Shana” and fights against the Tomogara and other Flame Hazes to bring peace and balance in the human world!

3. Blood +

  • Episodes: 50
  • Aired: Oct. 2005 - Sep. 2006

In this anime, there are two major groups that are involved in a war which is spread throughout time and shifts in the background, leaving its mark on history and extending into the modern world. The first group is comprised of Chiropterans (monsters), who are shape-shifters and immortals that feed on the blood of the living. The second group is comprised of the Red Shield, an organization that tracks down the Chiropterans and eliminates them from the human world.

This introduces the life of a simple high school girl who has no recollection of her identity. Seeking answers of her past, she later realizes she is one of the only people who can fight off the Chiropterans because of her skilled abilities with a katana and that her past goes further back into time than she imagined.

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4. Busou Renkin [English Name: Arms Alchemy]

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Oct. 2006 - Mar. 2007

In this anime, high school student Kazuki Muto is suddenly killed one night trying to save a mysterious girl from a mysterious monster. Believing the event was real, he wakes up in school and comes to the conclusion that it was just a dream.
Although, he soon discovers it really wasn't a dream when a monster appears and attempts to kill him and his sister. It's when the girl (Tokiko) he had saved reappears to describe the monster as a homunculus and that the same creature is what killed him during his last encounter.

The reason Kazuki is standing and breathing is because she returned the favor and revived him with alchemy by placing a medallion in his chest which acts as a replacement heart.
This medallion reacts to the user when activated and transforms into a unique Buso Renkin (a weapon that can destroy a Homunculus), which takes the form of a huge lance. This begins the journey of exterminating the Homunculi and defeating their master.

5. Rurouni Kenshin

  • Episodes: 94
  • Aired: Jan. 1996 - Sep. 1998

This anime follows a man named, Himura Kenshin, who was a very skillful assassin in the great war during the Meiji era of Japan.
After slaying and murdering many during the war, he becomes exhausted in his beliefs for fighting and just walks off the battle field. He could be confused as a ronin, but he was never a samurai, instead he is considered a rurouni.
As he travels through the country, he ends up in Tokyo where he befriends a female kendo master, a doctor, a brawler, and a former thief.

Together, they continue their lives until Kenshin's past begins to haunt him. That doesn't discourage his new friends at all for they fight with him and help defeat his enemies from the war and also they help to bring an end to an enemy who seeks to destroy the government and conquer Japan.
Only then can Kenshin and his friends continue to live their lives in peace.

6. InuYasha

  • Episodes: 167
  • Aired: Oct. 2000 - Sep. 2004

In this anime, a girl named Kagome Higurashi discovers a well at a temple that seemed somewhat interesting to her. As she investigates the well, she is suddenly pulled down into it by a demon and finds herself in another world that ends up being in the Sengoku period of feudal Japan.
While in this new and mysterious world, Kagome learns that she is a reincarnation of a priestess and meets a half-breed demon named Inuyasha.

Together, they search for shards of a jewel that contains immense power and can turn anyone into a full demon. As they look for the shards, they come across many others seeking the jewel or those who posses a shard and are using it for their own selfish goals of evil. Kagome and Inuyasha continue to collect all the shards in order to stop an ancient demon from being revived that will bring an end to the world they know.

We hope these recommendations meet your needs in searching for an anime like Bleach.
The anime presented to you have some of the same qualities and they are all great series to enjoy nonetheless. Blue Exorcist, Fate/stay night, Yu Yu Hakusho, and a few more have already been mentioned in previous articles so we wanted to list some different anime series.
This way, you have more options to choose from. It was pretty hard trying to find anime that are just like Bleach, but like we said in the beginning of the article, it's unique in its own way!

Is there another anime you feel is similar to Bleach? Let us know in the comments below!

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