Bleach anime and manga has been running for a very long time, over that period we’ve gone through many different arcs with many different awesome and wonderful characters, some of which we’ve liked while others not so much. This article will list the top 10 underrated bleach characters who I think have been overlooked and didn’t quite get the attention they deserved.
You may remember Don Kanonji, or by his real name Misaomaru Kanonji, who is in fact a spiritual medium who has his own television show. We first met him during the Agent of the Shinigami arc when he comes to film at a haunted and burnt-out hospital to get rid of a ghoul, or Hollow as we know it. He meets Ichigo in his Shinigami form, after that point we meet him at various points in time for very short amounts of time such as in Hueco Mundo when he’s trying to help Urahara, after that point he falls off and it seems that he’s completely ignored, being someone who can see hollows and fight them, for that matter, is someone I would’ve liked to see more off, even if it’s not in a main role, a supportive character perhaps.
We know Zennosuke Kurumadani from the very beginning, he’s popped in and out of the series multiple times, the first time was during his meeting with Ichigo when Rukia’s post in Karakura Town was compromised, she was replaced by him. I believe that Zennosuke could have had a lot more impact on the series, possibly even becoming something more important to what he is now. We could have also seen more of him in the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc, but I’m guessing he’s already dead, trapped or escaped from the current war.
Being a lieutenant of the 7th Division would give him a larger role in the series, right? Well not quite, we’ve seen a lot within the series, but the problem here lies with the fact that he never usually gets in a battle as he puts loyalty to his division above his desire to fight. Being a lieutenant, he would be strong and able to battle and kick some ass, however it seems that he has yet to achieve a Bankai, it’s as though he’s being ignored quite a bit. He goes on to help his captain, Sajin, in the latest arc.
He was a lieutenant of the 1st division for Yamamoto for over 110 years of his life, which seems like a very long time. He was one of the most loyal Shinigami’s to Yamamoto who has sworn to serve him as long as he lives. During the latest Thousand-Year Blood War arc, we see his death was he was quickly taken out. His power and abilities were much greater than most of the individuals who had captain status, he was someone who wanted to serve Yamamoto till the end, which I guess he did. On top of this, I believe that he should have gotten much more time to discover his past and such because we didn’t know a lot about him, he had a pretty awesome Bankai which we only saw once.
Both are employees of the Urahara Shop, we’ve seen them time and time again, especially the time when Ichigo had to train in order to control his powers better. They helped here and there with the process, as well as serving customers who visited the shop with what they required. Initially we knew that Ururu and Jinta were just simple employees but they were much more, they had the abilities to fight against Hollows and even sense reiatsu of specific individuals. They have always been helping Urahara at the shop and with Ichigo, so I would have hoped that they could have gotten an episode or two just for themselves to enjoy so we can learn a bit more about them. Nevertheless, It’s nice to see that they have both grown up when we saw them mature at the shop once more.
I had recently just noticed Akon, I didn’t really pay attention to him whilst he was helping the others in their efforts when it came to beating Aizen. Only now have I just noticed Akon and his efforts in restoring and helping captains and vice captains when it came to restoring their Bankai’s. Still from what I think, it seems that he may be an expert scientist, but I think that Mayuri doesn’t give him enough effort and is quickly overlooked.
First question’s first, Is he dead? Well it’s not been confirmed. Right after the Vandenreich begin their attack, it seemed like Kira was the guinea pig to show how truly powerful they are, with just flash and attack, most of his body had but cut off whilst he just collapses. In fact, he’s been one of the more well-known lieutenants, who was able to battle against many Shinigami’s whose fight we all saw. However, recently it seems that before the latest arc even made a proper start, he was quickly dispensed.
The next three hard to figure out, starting out with Hisagi, we know that he’s currently co-lieutenant of the 9th Division with Mashiro Kuna. Looks wise, Hisagi usually battles like a badass, including his Shikai. On top of this, his Zanpakuto, Kazeshini, looks absolutely amazing. Over the period of the manga and anime, to me he seem like he’s lacking. He’s been able to battle the Quincy. I believe that this something that has been missing from the equation is the fact that his Bankai has not been shown, either it scares him to use it or he truly hasn’t achieved it. Either way I really want him to use it.
Rojuro Otoribashi (or Rose) is known to be a very strong captains and Vizard. I personally love the Vizards, they are all unique have some of the best abilities you can find in the series, plus their masks are fantastic. I believe that Rose has been somewhat put aside in Bleach, by this I mean that during the moments when Ichigo had gone to the Vizards for help, he didn’t quite take part, he took a large step back from it all as he just did his own thing. Just recently he got turned into a Zombie by Giselle, even this all happened after he showed his Bankai. He seemed like a disposable character to me who deserved more.
Chad, the one character who I believe to be underrated in the anime and manga. We know that the main arcs within Bleach are directly related to Ichigo’s friends. We started with Rukia in Shinigami Arc, then Orihime in the Hueco Mundo Arc, then Chad in the Fullbring Arc, and now Uryu in the Quincy Arc. The reason why I put Chad as number 1 is that he is usually part of the main team that does something, for example attacking the Soul Palace, he is usually very involved in the activities of helping and defeating the enemy. However when it comes to talking and being part of the group, I feel as though he isn’t really part of the group. He’s very quite and that could possibly be part of that. Furthermore, one more annoyance I’d like to mention is how Chad’s arc, The Lost Substitute Shinigami Arc, which focused on Chad and his power, which is his Fullbringer abilities. This was supposed to be his arc, his chance to shine, his time to get most of the focus. It didn’t turn out like his, the arc wasn’t received well by the viewers and many fans began leaving, Kubo possibly felt obliged to quickly end it so Ichigo could quickly get his powers again, I believe this left Chad and his story behind.
That was a bit of a ramble wasn’t it, do you think that these characters could have received a little more time? Do you think they have been underrated and overlooked? Tell me what you think in the comments section, what is your top 10?