|Developer(s)||Racjin, Treasure, Polygon Magic, Eighting, Sega, Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment, Sega|
Bleach (ブリーチ Burīchi?, romanized as BLEACH' in Japan) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he accidentally obtains the power of a shinigami—a Japanese death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from Rukia Kuchiki. Gaining these abilities forces him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife.
There are several video games based on Tite Kubo's manga and anime series Bleach. The games primarily revolve around the plot of the manga, following Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends, as well as his enemies. Some games, however, veer from the main plot and develop original stories and characters, similar to the anime series. The games have been released on home and handheld consoles. The series is mostly based on side-scrolling fighters, but has included other genres such as strategy role-playing games and action role-playing games.
The first game to be released from the Bleach series was Bleach: Heat the Soul, which debuted on March 24, 2005. Most of the games have been released only in Japan, though Sega has localized the first Wii game, and the first three Nintendo DS games for North America, Australia and Europe. Reception toward the games has been mixed, ranging from "the best fighter", for Bleach: The Blade of Fate, to "(not) a bad first effort, but the competition is leaving this one in the dust", for Bleach: Shattered Blade.