Bleach (TV) End.
So I’m finally doing this post. I saw the ending on Hulu a month after it aired, and even then I’ve waited this many months to write anything about it. It’s mostly because House just ended. And while House is better written there are some things about it that reminded me of Bleach.
The thing with stories I get attached to is that I want them to mean something for me. For Bleach, I could find all these little things to use. There was the fact that I started watching it at the same age as Ichigo Kurosaki. There was the fact that I had a similar type of friend to what he had in Rukia, and both him and I actually had the same exact birthday, including the year.
So my problem with Bleach is that after the first 13 episodes came, and I started seeing this show as the perfect cross between Yu Yu Hakusho and Rurouni Kenshin, the show could do no wrong. But it did. Over and over again. Some of it is due to the fillers, and some of it is just due to the mangaka’s bad writing.
Still, I think about Ichigo and how I followed him through all of these adventures, and how the type of person he was became the type of person I wanted to be. Despite all the crap they shoved at us for filler plot, the show survived for me because of the characters. Not just the same characters they show over and over again for fanservice, but the ones that are really supposed to have a connection to Ichigo and grow along with him. Bleach was at its best when it was character driven.
Now it’s gone, and it took so agonizingly long. At least the final season told a decent type of ending/epilogue type story. Despite all the complaints I have about it, I’m going to miss it. And I’m going always going to entertain the thought of starting on the manga one cold and rainy day all the way from the first chapter…
Oh yeah, one of the things I’ll miss most about it will be the music. The inserts were great and the openings and endings usually combined wonderful music with mind sparking imagery. I could write a post detailing every single OP and ED of the series and why you should fall madly in love with it, even if only for 90 seconds. Well, there were a couple rotten eggs.
Alright, I’ve typed enough about this. I should go to sleep. And I’ll try to smile for real.