Bleach (season 1)

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Agent of the Shinigami arc
Bleach 01 - The Substitute.jpg
The cover of the first DVD compilation released by Viz Media, which was nominated for best package design at the American Anime Awards.
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 20
Original network TV Tokyo
Original release October 5, 2004 (2004-10-05) – February 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)
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The Agent of the Shinigami arc (死神代行篇?, Shinigami Daikō Hen) is the first season of the Bleach anime series. The episodes are directed by Noriyuki Abe, and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu and Studio Pierrot.[1] The season follows Ichigo Kurosaki assuming the duties as a Soul Reaper, after Rukia Kuchiki loses her powers.

The arc initially ran from October 2004 to February 2005 on TV Tokyo. The first English airing of the series was from September 2006 until January 2007. It was shown on YTV's Bionix programming block in Canada and Adult Swim in the United States,[2] with Bionix airing the show one day sooner. The arc started airing in the UK starting in September 2007 on AnimeCentral.[3]

The episodes use three pieces of theme music: one opening theme and two ending themes. The opening theme is Orange Range's single "Asterisk".[4] The ending theme for the first thirteen episodes is "Life is Like a Boat" by Rie Fu,[4] while the remaining seven used "Thank You!!" by Home Made Kazoku.[5]

The arc was released on five DVD compilations, each containing four episodes of the show. They were released in Japan from February 2, 2005 to June 1, 2005.[6] Viz Media's release of the DVDs was made from November 5, 2007 to July 31, 2007.[7][8] The first of these compilations, with art featuring the series main character Ichigo Kurosaki, was nominated at the American Anime Awards in 2007 for best DVD package design.[9] A DVD collection box, containing all twenty episodes of the arc, was released by Viz Media on October 30, 2007.[10] Manga Entertainment released two DVDs containing the first season in the United Kingdom on November 5, 2007 and March 3, 2008.[11][12] A compilation of these two volumes was released on May 5, 2008.[13]

Episode list

No. Title Original airdate English airdate[14]
1 "The Day I Became a Shinigami"
"Shinigami ni Natchatta Hi" (死神になっちゃった日) 
October 5, 2004 September 8, 2006
Ichigo Kurosaki is one of the students having the ability to see spirits and living in Kakakura Town. While protecting the spirit of a little girl, he meets the Soul Reaper lieutenant Rukia Kuchiki. That night, Rukia explains to Ichigo about the basic duties for the group of Soul Reapers. The hollow named Fishbone D attacks Karin and Yuzu. However, Ichigo takes Rukia's power, becomes a Soul Reaper and defeats the hollow. 
2 "A Shinigami's Work"
"Shinigami no Oshigoto" (死神のお仕事) 
October 12, 2004 September 15, 2006
After Rukia becomes one of the students, Ichigo learns that she lost her power and that he must pose as the substitute, until her powers is recovered. Ichigo decides to accept it, after realizing that he cannot be normal if he encounters a hollow again. 
3 "The Older Brother's Wish, the Younger Sister's Wish"
"Ani no Negai, Imōto no Negai" (兄の願い、妹の願い) 
October 19, 2004 September 22, 2006
Ichigo's best friend, Orihime Inoue, reminiscences about her older brother Sora, whose spirit is transformed into a hollow named Acidwire. While Ichigo protects Orihime, Sora reverts to his human form, forgives Orihime and he is sent to the Soul Society, using Ichigo's Zanpakutō
4 "Cursed Parakeet"
"Noroi no Inko" (呪いのインコ) 
October 26, 2004 September 29, 2006
Ichigo’s best friend, Yasutora "Chad" Sado, keeps the cage of a cockatiel inhabited by the soul of Yui'ichi Shibata. Later, a hollow named Shrieker ambushes Chad, before Rukia arrives to aid him. 
5 "Beat the Invisible Enemy!"
"Mienai Teki o Nagure!" (見えない敵を殴れ!) 
November 2, 2004 October 6, 2006
As Ichigo arrives to help Rukia and Chad, the Shrieker gets dragged through the Gates of Hell and Yui'ichi is sent to the Soul Society
6 "Fight to the Death! Ichigo vs. Ichigo"
"Shitō! Ichigo VS Ichigo" (死闘!一護VSイチゴ) 
November 9, 2004 October 13, 2006
Rukia purchases a soul candy from the Urahara Shop for Ichigo to release his soul. The candy, turning out to be a modsoul, is created by the Soul Society. After the latter swallows it, he confusingly spends time with his friends. 
7 "Greetings from a Stuffed Lion"
"Nuigurumi kara Konnichiwa" (ぬいぐるみからコンにちは) 
November 16, 2004 October 20, 2006
Ichigo confronts the modsoul, but they defeat a hollow for distracting them. When store owner Kisuke Urahara sold the gigai to Rukia, Ichigo recovers his body and places the candy into a friendly lion doll named "Kon". Meanwhile in the Soul Society, a Soul Reaper sets out to find Rukia. 
8 "June 17, Memories in the Rain"
"Roku Gatsu Jū-shichi Nichi, Ame no Kioku" (6月17日、雨の記憶) 
November 23, 2004 October 27, 2006
Ichigo and his family visit their mother's grave on the anniversary of her death. The Soul Reaper appears and reprimands Rukia for breaking the law. Soon, Karin and Yuzu are attacked by a hollow named Grand Fisher
9 "Unbeatable Enemy"
"Taosenai Teki" (倒せない敵) 
November 30, 2004 November 3, 2006
Confronting Grand Fisher for killing his mother, Ichigo fails to defeat him as he escapes. The Soul Reaper then returns to the society. 
10 "Assault on Trip at Sacred Ground!"
"Burari Reijō Totsugeki no Tabi!" (ぶらり霊場突撃の旅!) 
December 7, 2004 November 10, 2006
When popular television host Don Kanonji transforms a spirit into a hollow during an exorcism, Ichigo defeats it. The audiences then continue to believe in Kanonji. 
11 "The Legendary Quincy"
"Densetsu no Kuinshī" (伝説のクインシー) 
December 14, 2004 November 17, 2006
Ichigo meets Uryū Ishida, a classmate belonging to a group of spiritual archers called Quincies. Uryū declares himself as an enemy of the Soul Reapers and challenges Ichigo to a competition of killing hollows. 
12 "A Gentle Right Arm"
"Yasashii Migiude" (やさしい右腕) 
December 21, 2004 November 24, 2006
While Ichigo and Uryū destroy one of each hollows, Chad uses The Right Arm of the Giant to defeat the hollow. 
13 "Flower and Hollow"
"Hana to Horō" (花とホロウ) 
December 28, 2004 December 1, 2006
After the hollow possesses the students, Orihime uses the Shun Shun Rikka to defeat it. While Urahara recruits them, Rukia meets Uryū. 
14 "Back to Back, a Fight to the Death!"
"Senaka Awase no Shitō!" (背中合わせの死闘!) 
January 11, 2005 December 8, 2006
Ichigo and Uryū continue to destroy the legion of hollows, until a giant one called Menos Grande appears from the dimension. Ichigo loses consciousness with his sword releasing excess spiritual powers, but Uryū releases the power to save him. 
15 "Kon's Great Plan"
"Kon no Uhauha Daisakusen" (コンのウハウハ大作戦) 
January 18, 2005 December 15, 2006
While Ichigo and friends continue to enroll in high school, Kon ends up at the store. After reading Rukia's note and that she is running away around town, Ichigo follows her and encounters two Soul Reapers. 
16 "Encounter, Renji Abarai!"
"Abarai Renji, Kenzan!" (阿散井恋次、見参!) 
January 25, 2005 December 22, 2006
Ichigo meets Renji Abarai, who uses the shikai state of the sword to overwhelm him. 
17 "Ichigo Dies!"
"Ichigo, Shisu!" (一護、死す!) 
February 1, 2005 January 5, 2007
Ichigo fails to finish off Renji, after Byakuya cuts the sword in half. As Rukia, Renji and Byakuya return to the Soul Society, the recovered Ichigo decides to train with Urahara and regain his power for three days. 
18 "Reclaim! The Power of the Shinigami!"
"Torimodose! Shinigami no Chikara!" (取り戻せ!死神の力!) 
February 8, 2005 January 12, 2007
While Ichigo battles Ururu Tsumugiya, he chooses between either becoming a Soul Reaper or a hollow. Yoruichi Shihōin, in the form of a male cat, invites Chad and Orihime for training. 
19 "Ichigo Becomes a Hollow!"
"Ichigo, Horō ni Ochiru!" (一護、ホロウに墜ちる!) 
February 15, 2005 January 19, 2007
The Soul Reapers set Rukia’s execution for twenty five days. Ichigo resists the transformation within his subconscious, only to meet up with his inner spirit Zangetsu, who helps him unleash the power. This makes Ichigo turning back into a Soul Reaper, before he faces Urahara. 
20 "Gin Ichimaru's Shadow"
"Ichimaru Gin no Kage" (市丸ギンの影) 
February 22, 2005 January 26, 2007
Ichigo learns that Zangetsu is the name of his sword. As Urahara discovers Ichigo's power, Orihime, Chad and Uryū finish their training. Ichigo and friends discover the gate to the Soul Society that Yoruichi and Urahara created. 


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