The main protagonist (Ichigo Kurosaki) was born into a family of Quincys and Shinigami/ Soul Reapers (sworn enemies) which granted him the ability to see ghosts. When his family was attacked by a hollow, a young Soul Reaper by the name of Rukia Kuchiki showed up to the scene and was unable to protect Ichigo Kurosaki, therefore she was forced to pass on her powers to Ichigo with the stab of her sword which allowed him to protect his family and he was able to gain Soul Reaper powers in the process. With these powers he was able to protected innocent wandering souls from hollows and allow them to pass on to the soul society.
Ichigo then goes to a candy shop worker by the name of Kisuke Urahara (Formerly a captain of the 13 Court Guard Squads) in order to train and become good enough to save Rukia Kuchiki. After the training was complete Uryu Ishida, Yasutora Sado, and Orihime Inoue decided to come along with Ichigo with their new found powers in order to help save Rukia. After entering through a portal that leads them into the souls society with good friend of Kisuke Urahara, Yoruichi Shihouin (a cat) leads the gang to a house in the middle of nowhere to a person (Kukaku Shiba) that can get them through the border into the seireitei where Rukia is located. With the help of a cannon they made it through, but ended up separated where each one had to go through many obstacles to get to the location of where she’s being executed. Ichigo, after already fighting one soul reaper, encounters another but this one of captain class and ends in a stalemate. He wakes up and finds himself in an underground lair all healed up by Yoruichi who ends up being a woman who transformed into a cat. Yoruichi takes Ichigo to an underground training area to obtain his bankai (the 2nd release of his zanpakuto/ his sword) with only 3 days of training where it would usually take about 10 years for someone to obtain it.
After about 3 days he comes out of the underground training area. He ends up making it just in time to stop the execution and sets Rukia free. She then tosses her to Renji and he starts running away as fast as he could, leaving Ichigo to fend off the other Soul Reapers. After finishing with them he encounters a familiar face, Byakuya Kuchiki, and then ends up fighting where Ichigo ends up releasing his Bankai and winning the fight. Renji is still running away but the Soul reapers by the name of Gin Ichimaru, Kaname Tosen, and Sosuke Aizen arrives at his location and take an item out of Rukia called the hogyoku which is something that can grant the user immense power, and they run off.
After about 4-6 months later, Aizen returned with the hogyoku fully activated, completely crushed the 13 court guard squads. Ichigo then came in and destroyed him with the final Getsuga Tenshou. Ichigo ends up losing his powers by activating Final Getsuga Tenshou and ends up gaining them back in the end.
My thoughts on Bleach, overall it was a very good anime, the fight scenes were amazing, looked nice, and so much detail was put into them. I don’t think the rate of how fast Ichigo progressed was too slow or too quick, meaning it wasn’t rushed and took its time. I feel like Ichigo’s strength wasn’t too overwhelming and was only a little more than your average main character. But of course in the last arc The Thousand Year Blood War, he become extremely powerful. The character development was great. Uryu, Yasutora Sado, and Orihime Inoue were practically people brought closer together because of their abilities. They really ended up as good friends and they started becoming compatible together. Also Orihime, Yasutora, Uryu, and Ichigo were practically useless and now they’ve become strong and and able to handle themselves. The couple of things I didn’t like about Bleach was that about half of it was filler and the last arc (Thousand Year Blood War) was never animated. Overall I give it a 8.7/10