Bleach by Tite Kubo is a controversial manga and anime series. Those who enjoy it, on the other hand, should binge on these similarly themed shows.
Bleach by Tite Kubo is a controversial manga and anime series. The manga sold 120 million copies between 2001 and 2016 at its peak of popularity. Tite Kubo, on the other hand, abruptly ended his spiritual samurai story, much to the dismay of fans around the world.
Caleb Bailey made the following update on January 22nd, 2020: With the release of Bleach: Immortal Soul, it’s likely that both old and new fans will watch the entire series in a single sitting. If you like Bleach and have finished the series, we suggest you watch the following 15 anime. There are a few that have a supernatural element, but the majority are samurai-themed, like Bleach. There are some intense battles and memorable characters in all these shows, which is what made Bleach such a legendary franchise.
When writing articles like this, you sometimes have to stick with the tried-and-true options. DBZ, One Piece, and Naruto were once in the same sales and popularity league as Bleach at one time. In fact, when he and Masaaki Kishimoto were friendly rivals, Tite Kubo drew pictures of Naruto and Orochimaru as well.
This option isn’t as straightforward as it first appears. Because we believe Kishimoto’s first series featured more imaginative battles – and a plot that was far less confusing – we recommend Naruto over Naruto: Shippuden.
The anime series Inuyasha is probably older than most of the people who are currently reading this. Just because something is old doesn’t make it any less of a classic. An alternate Sengoku-era Japan is the setting for this series, which centers on the titular character and his close group of friends.
Until Inuyasha learns his Wind Scar technique and starts spamming harder than Ichigo abuses his Getsuga Tensh, most people remember Inuyasha for its endearing cast of characters and thrilling action sequences. In many ways, Bleach predates Inuyasha, making it well worth your time just for that reason.
3. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings
Here’s a show that goes for it head-on when it comes to recreating Sengoku Era Japan, almost to a fault. It’s based on a series of Capcom action games released in the mid-2000s and titled Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings. Samurai Kings, like Inuyasha and Bleach, has a slew of crazy fight scenes and a large cast.
When compared to other strategy games, Samurai Kings is unique in that it features recreations of real-life samurai, shoguns, and ninja from Japan. During Japan’s “Warring States” Period, historical figures like Oda Nobunaga, Date Masamune, and Sanada Yukimura rose to legend status. Not because it’s historically accurate, but because it’s cool.
4. Ninja Scroll: The Series
Ninja Scroll is an early 1990s anime television special. Studio Madhouse and Animate Film, two well-known Japanese animation studios, collaborated on the project. This series was written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, best known for his work on Wicked City and Vampire Hunter D. This explains why the film is so violent, graphic, and sexually explicit.
There is a lot of blood and guts and perversion in Ninja Scroll: The Series, like in its OVA predecessor. This is not to say that the show is bad; on the contrary, we absolutely adore it! Despite this, Ninja Scroll: The Series is probably the most obscene choice.
5. Samurai 7
Seven Samurai, directed by legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in 1954, is a classic. The film was a critical and popular success because it spoke to a nation still reeling from the devastation of World War 2. The Magnificent Seven, which is essentially a Western version of Seven Samurai, was made as a response to the success of Seven Samurai.
Akira Kurosawa’s film, Samurai 7, inspired yet another work of art, Samurai 7. A futuristic setting and numerous changes to the original storyline distinguish Samurai 7, which has a 26-episode run. There’s a lot to love about this show: it’s hilarious, full of action, and ultimately heartbreaking.
6. Soul Eater
Bleach has many similarities to Soul Eater. This, on the other hand, serves the show both negatively and positively. Is there a lot of action in Soul Eater? Absolutely. Is SE’s world a compelling one? There’s no question in my mind. Will you be invested in the show’s cast? Guaranteed.
Soul Eater, like Bleach, comes to a disappointing conclusion. We won’t go into too much detail to prevent giving anything away. Fans, it should go without saying, are calling for an anime remake. The show is still worth watching, in our opinion. Absolutely everything about this game is top-notch, including the writing, music, and graphics.
7. Shaman King
One of the best examples of a short but sweet series is The Shaman King. In comparison to other series like Naruto and One Piece, Shaman King has a much smaller number of volumes. However, compared to other anime series like Dragon Ball Z and Case Closed, Shaman King lasted from 1998 to 2004.
Shaman King, despite its brief runtime, is a fantastic anime! Anime series about a young man with supernatural abilities named Yoh Asakura. Yoh signs up for a competition known as the Shaman Fight. After defeating all of his enemies, he will be able to commune with the Great Spirit and make any wish he desires! As with any Shonen anime, this one features just as many fights and laughs as the rest of them combined.
8. Yu Yu Hakusho
This next one is going to be a classic, I can tell you that much! The manga and anime series Yu Yu Hakusho debuted in the early 1990s. The story revolves around Yusuke Urameshi, a troublemaker teenager who gives his life to save the life of a small child. Yusuke receives an audience with Koenma, the ruler of the Spirit World, as a result of his deed of kindness.
In order to get a job as a Spirit Detective, Yusuke must first prove himself to Koenma. As a result of this, Urameshi makes a lot of new friends and enemies along the way. There are a lot of interesting characters and plot lines in this show. The writing and action in the Dark Tournament Arc, in particular, have received high praise.
9. Samurai Champloo
This article’s first non-Shonen series entry is Samurai Champloo. Shaman King and Yu Yu Hakusho are both aimed at a primarily male audience of adolescents. When it comes to Samurai Champloo, it’s clear that it’s not for kids. Each episode of this show is raunchy and delves into a different topic of interest.
Champloo’s dark moments are, however, counterbalanced by hilarious ones! There are episodes like #23-, in which the Champloo crew plays baseball, for every one that critically examines Edo Period Japan. This Hip Hop samurai show is the brainchild of Shinichiro Watanabe. In addition to Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy, he is a psychopath.
10. Blue Exorcist
In this list, one of the more recent shows is Blue Exorcist. The manga was created in 2009 by Kazue Kat, who wrote and drew it. Since then, he’s made steady progress on this project. You should give Blue Exorcist a shot if you’re hesitant to start watching something new. With 22 manga volumes and 37 anime episodes to go, you’ll be caught up in no time!
This anime follows a group of warriors who hunt ghosts for a living, similar to Bleach. The show’s stars are Rin and Yukio Okumura. They’re demon-slaying twins with an uncanny ability. A fun Shonen series that gets better and better with each new episode, Blue Exorcist is a must-see.
11. D Grey Man
It’s possible that D. Gray-man is the most frightful show in this collection. D. Gray-man, like Blue Exorcist and Bleach, follows a group of young people who devote their lives to slaying demons. The freakiness factor distinguishes this show from others in its genre.
The horror in D. Gray-man is amplified in a number of ways; Allen Walker is pitted against a demonic left arm for the majority of the series! In reality, this weapon is just a parasite that took root in Allen’s original appendage years ago and has since spread throughout the body. The main antagonist of the show is the Millennium Earl. He’s just as cryptic and devilishly clever as Aizen was.
12. Afro Samurai
This next entry may not be suitable for all readers, so proceed with caution. Afro Samurai is the most gruesome, depressing, and obscene program we’ll discuss in this article. Sex, drugs, violence, and plenty of profanity are all featured in this anime. In other words, if you’re looking for a family-friendly anime, look somewhere else.
Looking for an action-packed television series with exciting set pieces, an original visual style, and memorable music? Then look no further. Afro Samurai is today’s shortest series, with just two manga volumes and five episodes in the anime. Watching Afro Samurai will definitely leave an impression on you.
13. Rurouni Kenshin
The anime Rurouni Kenshin is the perfect choice if you’re looking for something a little more grounded. This series was created in 1994 by Nobuhiro Watsuki, who worked on it until 1999. Rurouni Kenshin, like Samurai Champloo, takes place in the present day. This series takes place after the Meiji Restoration, if that helps.
During the Meiji era, samurai were forbidden from carrying out their customs. An ex-warrior, Himura Kenshin is ready to move on from his old life. He’s much happier when he’s able to help others. Whenever he’s forced to engage in combat, his weapon of choice is a reversible sword with a non-lethal blade. This show has a lot of heart, as well as a romantic subplot to go along with all of the action.
14. Gin Tama
Almost every other anime we’ve discussed places an emphasis on action, with comedy coming in a distant second. Gin Tama, on the other hand, prioritizes comedy above all else. The story takes place in an alternate history of Edo. Aliens once came to Earth and conquered Japan.
The former samurai rebel Gintoki Sakata is now a nobleman. After the invasion, he went into retirement and began working as a hired sword. This anime, while occasionally amusing, is a serious one. Gin Tama is the polar opposite; the majority of the episodes are lighthearted and silly, with only a few being dark and somber.
15. Dragon Ball Z
The most influential Shonen anime of the last few decades? How could we not recommend it? Dragon Ball Z not only influenced Bleach, but also Naruto, One Piece, and My Hero Academia as well! Dragon Ball Z Tite Kubo and Masashi Kishimoto, among others, are rabid Dragon Ball Z supporters. In addition to popularizing numerous tropes that are now common in Shonen anime, Dragon Ball Z deserves special recognition.
Dragon Ball Z was the first to introduce the idea of becoming a Super Saiyan, which influenced Ichigo’s many transformations in Bleach. Additionally, DBZ raised the bar for action anime as a whole with its success. If you’ve never seen Dragon Ball Z before, do it as soon as possible! We promise you that you will not be dissatisfied.
Salutations to one and all! As a Freelance Writer for the past three years, my name is Caleb Bailey. I’m a comic book, video game, movie, and television show nerd at heart. California State University Long Beach is where I’m currently pursuing a BA in Film and Electronics. In 2021, when I graduate with my BA, I hope to work as a screenwriter. The short term goal is to learn as much as possible while also producing high-quality content.