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15 Anime Like Bleach You Must Watch

May 2, 2019
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‘Bleach’ is one of the popular shounen anime of all time. The characters and the concept are really interesting and entertaining. The series gets you hooked right from the first episode. The anime is about a teenager, Ichigo Kurosaki whose chance encounter with a shinigami changes his life forever. He is now a soul reaper or shinigami himself and must protect humans from monstrous beings known as Hollows. If you’ve been wanting to watch similar anime, then don’t worry, you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best anime similar to ‘Bleach’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these anime like ‘Bleach’ on Netflix, Crunchyroll or Hulu.

15. Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho (1992)

‘Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho’ is quite similar to ‘Bleach’ when it comes to the premise. Both shows involve the main character going through a life-changing experience after encountering a shinigami. Both anime involve spirits and other monsters who can harm humans but cannot be seen by them. Yuusuke Urameshi, the protagonist of the anime, is 14 years old. He is a delinquent and loves making trouble. But one day, he does something good when he decides to jump in front of a moving car to save a kid. He dies but his sacrifice is so great that the authorities present at the spirit realm are impressed and do not want him to pass on. So, the heir to the throne of the realm, Koenma, decides to provide him an offer: if Yuusuke can complete a series of tasks involving him protecting Earth from evil spirits, he will be able to return to his life. Thus, Yuusuke embarks on this journey accompanied by Kazuma Kuwabara, his ex-rival and two demons, Hiei and Kurama.

14. Ushio to Tora (2015)

‘Ushio to Tora’ is a shounen anime having a supernatural theme like ‘Bleach’. While ‘Bleach’ has Hollows, ‘Ushio to Tora’ has Youkai. Both the series have the protagonist accepting extraordinary power after falling in dire situations. Ushio Aotsuki, the protagonist of the anime, is quite stubborn. His father is an eccentric temple priest who believes that there are dangerous monsters, Youkai, who pose a threat to humanity. Ushio does not care for his father’s claims until the day he discovers something beyond normal. He is doing chores at the temple due to the absence of his father when he stumbles across a Youkai in the basement, which has been impaled by the beast spear. The beast is Tora, who is known for his destructive powers. Tora coerces Ushio to release him but the latter does not comply. But when a Youkai attacks his friends, he has no choice but to release Tora. But he keeps the beast spear just to keep him in check. Now, Ushio and Tora are a pair who must deal with the threats of the supernatural world.

13. Busou Renkin (2006)

‘Busou Renkin’ is quite similar to ‘Bleach’ in terms of the premise and how the main characters get their powers. There’s just one difference: the protagonist of ‘Busou Renkin’ dies and is later revived, thus getting his new powers. Kazuki Muto gets killed by a monster while he tries to save a girl. But he wakes up later in his dorm, which makes him think of the incident as some kind of a dream. But when a serpent like monster attacks him and his sister, Tokiko Tsumura, the girl Kazuki saved appears and tells him that his dream was real and that’s the monster that killed him. Tokiko felt bad for him and revives him using a medallion. The medallion gives Kazuki powers to bring forth his own Busou Renkin, the only wepon effective against the monster Homonculus. Now, the duo must strive to protect Earth from such supernatural threats.

12. Naruto (2002)

‘Naruto’ is one of the most popular anime of all time. There are two instalments to this series which give us a total episode count of more than 400. So be patient since there are lots of filler episodes. The show follows the life of a young ninja, Naruto Uzumaki, who wants to become the best ninja and the Hokage (the leader) of his village, Konoha. On the day of his birth, the nine-tailed fox demon attacked his village. To safeguard peace and to protect the village, the Fourth Hokage seals the demon inside the newborn Naruto. The anime showcases the adventures of Naruto as he strives to achieve his goals. The show has a wonderful array of interesting characters, making it extremely entertaining to watch.

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11. One Piece (1999)

‘One Piece’ is a great piece of shounen anime. Lots of action and adventures fill the series, which make it quite entertaining. The anime has around 800+ episodes. Don’t be put off by the sheer volume since the show is really worth investing your time in. ‘One Piece’ is about pirates, and focuses particularly on a pirate by the name of Monkey D. Luffy, who wants to become the pirate king by sailing across the dangerous stretch of sea known as The Grand Line and finding the treasure named One Piece. The treasure was left there by the previous pirate king by the name of Gold Roger.

10. Hunter x Hunter (2011)

In the world of ‘Hunter x Hunter’, one of the most important, well respected and well paid profession is that of a Hunter. Hunters are professionals who have special skills which enable them to get various dangerous jobs done. But becoming a Hunter is quite tough since one has to pass a really hard exam. Gon’s father is a hunter who left him to pursue his own goals as a Hunter. This inspires Gon to become a Hunter and look for his father. It makes him go on various adventures, including taking the Hunter exam during which he meets new people. Among them is Killua, an assassin, who becomes his best friend and his companion during his adventures.

9. Nanatsu no Taizai (2014)

The world of ‘Nantasu no Taizai’ is quite similar to the European Middle Ages and revolves around knights fighting demons. The holy knights are a group of powerful knights who protect the empire of Britannia. People revere them and being a holy knight is quite respectable. But it seems that a small group, which was an ally of the knights, has decided to take up arms against them and overthrow the ruler of Kingdom of Liones. This group is known as the Seven Deadly Sins and consists of seven extremely powerful knights. The holy knights defeat them but rumors persist of their existence. So, when the holy knights themselves attempt a coup and overthrow the ruler of Liones, Princess Elizabeth must search for the sins to regain her kingdom from the clutches of the tyrannous holy knights.

8. Dragon Ball (1986)

It has been more than three decades since the ‘Dragon Ball’ franchise first hit the screen. The show is still quite popular and over the years has amassed a huge amount of fan following. It follows the adventures of Son Goku, a Saiyyan (an alien species) who trains hard every day to become strong enough to fight foes who are a threat to peace on Earth. The show is one of the pioneers of popularizing power levels and stuff. Every time a new enemy pops up, the main characters have to train hard and upgrade themselves to fight the enemy. This process goes on and on but is still really entertaining to watch.

7. Ao no Exorcist (2011)

The protagonist of the anime series ‘Ao no Exorcist’ is Rin Okumura, a seemingly ordinary teenager who always creates or gets into trouble. One day, demons ambush him and Rin finds out that he is actually the son of Satan and the latter wants him to return so that they can together conquer the human world. Being brought up by a priest, Rin does not want to become the ally of the demon king and chooses to become an exorcist to fight him. He enters an academy which trains teenagers to become full-fledged exorcists. But not everyone is going to take kindly to his secret.

6. Attack on Titan (2013)

Attack on Titan

‘Attack on Titan’ is another highly popular anime. It is very interesting and combines action, drama, and mystery to create a wonderful mixture of entertainment. In the world of ‘Attack on Titan’, humans are close to extinction due to humongous humanoid monsters whom the former dubs Titans. Titans destroy everything on their path and consume humans. As their last hope of survival, humans create the 3D Maneuvering gear which enables them to fight these monsters. After witnessing the death of his mother at the hands of a Titan, Eren Yeager becomes determined to join the army to train hard and exterminate all the Titans, but he is in for lots of surprises!

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5. Parasyte: The Maxim (2014)

The reason ‘Parasyte: The Maxim’ gets a spot on this list is because of the similarities between the main characters. Both Ichigo and Shinichi have powers or abilities which are similar to their enemies. In this anime, parasites are alien beings who suddenly arrive on Earth and start attacking humans by burrowing into their brain and thus taking control of the host. One of the unfortunate humans to fall under the attack of a parasite is Shinichi Izumi but since there were earphones in his ears, it could not burrow in his head and rather ends up entering his right hand. Things soon take a very interesting turn from here.

4. Boku no Hero Academia (2016)

If you enjoy the superhero genre of anime and also want to watch something similar to ‘Bleach’, then go for ‘Boku no Hero Academia’. You will really enjoy watching this anime. The characters and the concept are pretty decent. Also, the quality of animation is top-notch. Quirks are superhuman abilities which suddenly start appearing in humans. Nowadays, it is uncommon to find anyone without a Quirk but Izuku Midoriya is an unfortunate soul who is quirkless. He has been wanting to become the greatest superhero like his idol All Might, but it seems like his dream will remain only a dream. After a chance encounter with All Might, Midoriya learns that his idol’s perk can be inherited and thus starts training hard to be able to gain his power. He then begins his adventures in a superhero academy.

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3. Tokyo Ghoul (2014)

Tokyo Ghoul

‘Tokyo Ghoul’ is on this list for the same reason as ‘Parasyte: The Maxim’ or ‘Ao no Exorcist’. The protagonist of this anime also has the powers or abilities similar to that of the enemies. In the world of ‘Tokyo Ghoul’, menacing creatures known as Ghouls exist who feed on the human flesh. What makes these creatures even more dangerous is their ability to blend among humans. The government has a special task force to take down these creatures. Ken Kaneki is a normal student but a chance encounter with a ghoul changes his life forever. He is now a half-ghoul half-human and thus an oddity to both the species. He must learn to balance his life in both societies.

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2. Fairy Tail (2009)

‘Fairy Tail’ is one of the most popular fantasy anime of all time. It is well-directed and has a wonderful array of interesting characters. Magic is commonplace in the world of ‘Fairy Tail’. There are a number of magic guilds which consist of mages having similar tastes. They take on job requests from various people. One of the most famous of the guilds is the Fairy Tail guild. Lucy Heartfilia wants to join this guild but she is tricked and kidnapped by a man only to be saved by Natsu, a member of the Fairy Tail guild. Natsu invites her to join the guild, thus beginning her adventures as a mage of the Fairy Tail guild.

1. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan (1996)

‘Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan’ is another highly popular, entertaining anime. If you love anime with samurai themes, then you will definitely enjoy this series. It follows the adventures of Kenshin, a swordsman with a cheerful attitude and likes to help others in need. But Kenshin used to be a legendary assassin whose skills were unparalleled. To atone for his sins, he vows to never kill again and decides to help the weak. He even wields a sword whose sharp edge is in the opposite direction, which makes it hard to land a killing blow.

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