Rukia Kuchiki, the ex-Shinigami responsible for Ichigo's transformation, is on the run. KARAKURA SUPER HEROES With the help of Kūkaku - a one-armed explosives expert and old friend of the mysterious talking cat Yoruichi - Ichigo and crew are one step closer to infiltrating the Soul Society and rescuing their friend Rukia before she is executed. Her brethren at the Soul Society are quite displeased with the fact that she transferred the powers of a Shinigami to a Human and have dispatched two of their strongest agents to neutralize the situation. For Kūkaku's plan to work, Ichigo must control his enormous reservoir of spiritual energy--and there's no telling how much collateral damage this will cause.

Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn't change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Shinigami and member of the mysterious Soul Society. It's the anniversary of Masaki's death, and the entire Kurosaki clan, along with former Shinigami Rukia Kuchiki, head to the cemetery to pay their respects. To demonstrate the supremacy of the Quincys' ways, Uryū challenges Ichigo to a contest--bait is spread around the city, attracting a large number of unstable Hollows. THE Speed Phantom 2 [Denial by Pride, Contradiction by Power] 164.

While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last bit of her energy. Sleeping demons rarely ever stay still and pretty soon Ichigo confronts the Grand Fisher, the Hollow that may be responsible for his mother's demise. Whoever defeats the most wins, regardless of the danger.

The total count of published Bleach chapters and the number on the highest-numbered chapter do not match.

This is because, in addition to the positive numbered chapters, some chapters are published with a negative or fractional chapter number.

The plot starts with Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager who accidentally steals the powers of the Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki and subsequently assumes her duties while she convalesces.

Since that event, Ichigo has to fight Hollows, evil spirits of past humans that feed on unwary people.

Shinigami aren't merely fighting Hollows, they are charged with the grand task of equalizing the balance between this life and the next.

Naturally, if too much energy is channeled to one side, really bad things will happen--just as they're happening now! Sky Leopardess The execution of Ichigo's friend, Rukia has begun, yet Ichigo himself is nowhere in sight.

These "negative" chapters are side stories that involve events that precede the main plot of the series.

North American licensee Viz Media serialized the individual chapters in Shonen Jump from its November 2007 to April 2012 issues.

Now a full-fledged Shinigami himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia - who is slowly regaining her powers - it's Ichigo's job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace. Also, Orihime and Chad, confronted with a host of Hollows terrorizing their friends, awaken to their own psychic abilities. Ichigo Kurosaki may not know this, but the world he lives in is one predicated on balance--between the living and the dead, between everyday life and the Soul Society.