The episodes of the Bleach anime television series are based on Tite Kubo's original manga series of the same name. It is directed by Noriyuki Abe, produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu and Pierrot, and was broadcast in Japan from October 5, 2004, to March 27, 2012. The series follows the adventures of high school student Ichigo Kurosaki who can see spirits and becomes a Soul Reaper, after assuming the duties of Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki.
Forty-five pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: Fifteen opening themes and thirty closing themes. Several CDs that contain the theme music and other tracks have been released by Studio Pierrot. As of January 23, 2013, all 366 episodes have been released by Aniplex in Japan in 88 DVD compilations. 32 DVD compilations of the English adaptation of the series have been released by Viz Media, and twenty six season boxsets have been released that contain all the seasons of the anime.
The Shinigami Illustrated Picture Book (死神図鑑, Shinigami Zukan), also known as the Illustrated Guide to Soul Reapers in the dub, is a short gag omake that runs at the end of most anime episodes.
The Shinigami Illustrated Picture Book (死神図鑑, shinigami zukan), sometimes also called the Shinigami Illustrated Picture Book (Golden) (死神図鑑ゴールデン, Shinigami Zukan Goruden), \"Shinigami Cup\", or \"Shinigami Cup (Golden)\" (\"Illustrated Guide to Soul Reapers\" in the English dub) is the main omake for the anime and runs during the vast majority of episodes. 781b155fdc