BLEACH (ブリーチ, Burīchi) is based upon the original BLEACH manga that was created by Tite Kubo. The series is directed by Noriyuki Abe, and the music by Shiro Sagisu. It's a shonen action series that was produced for a young male audience and older. It was produced by Studio Pierrot, the same production studio as Naruto and Naruto Shippuden; and Dentsu. It's aired in Japan on various distributors, such as TV Tokyo.The first episode originally aired on October 5, 2004. The series has followed much of the original mangas story arcs but with various filler arcs in between. Many of these filler arcs have appeared within the middle of canon arcs. Unlike many other anime, some characters that appear in the filler episodes have played roles in the canon story.
On June 8th 2010, Crunchyroll began simulcasting the series starting with the latest episode at the time, episode #274. Crunchyroll also began adding previous episodes to their online catalog.
The BLEACH anime was eventually canceled after Episode 366, which aired on March 27, 2012. This was as the series concluded what would be the arc before the series finale arc.