Tite Kubo’s Bleach is one of the “Big Three” anime series and, as such, is one of the most important anime in history. With 366 episodes during its original run and an upcoming final arc, Bleach has consistently been ranked as one of the best anime series in history. And while it has been a while since we’ve seen new Bleach material, the show is still popular, and in preparation for the upcoming “Thousand-Years Blood War Arc”, we have decided to bring you a list of the 5 best places where you can watch Bleach in 2022.
The 5 best places to watch the Bleach anime series are (1) Crunchyroll, (2) Netflix, (3) Hulu, (4) Tubi, and (5) Apple TV. Not all of these services offer the series for streaming, some only allow purchasing/downloading. Some services offer both the dubbed and subbed versions, while some offer only subbed versions. Also, not all services offer all the episodes.
In the rest of this article, we are going to tell you which streaming services are the best places to stream Bleach in the West. We’re going to tell you about these services as well, so you’ll have all the information you need if you want to stream this truly great and historically important anime series. If you want to stream Bleach, these are the places to go.
All episodes of the Bleach anime series are and will be available for streaming on Crunchyroll with English subtitles. Crunchyroll currently has all of the episodes that have aired as of the time of writing this article and we’ll just have to wait it out for the third season to premiere to see the new episodes. The dubbed version of the show is likewise available on the platform, but only international dubs, not the English one.
So, if you want to watch all of the Bleach anime episodes, Crunchyroll is your best option if you ask us.
- A large, constantly-updated anime library
- International dubs and various streaming oprions
- High-quality streaming — the first episode of Bleach plays at 480p, which was good at the time (it has not been remastered); episode 366 goes up to 1080p HD
- Free viewing option available (limited)
- International app users may encounter geo-locking
- A free account with ads, no simulcast
- “Fan” level with no ads, and new episodes one hour after Japan broadcast: $7.99/ month
- “Mega Fan” allows four devices, first access to events: $9.99/ month
- “Ultimate Fan” subscription includes offline viewing, swag bag, merch discounts, etc.: $14.99/ month
Netflix does have Bleach available for streaming, but in a limited capacity. Western users can stream around 100 episodes with subtitles, while Japanese users can stream 316 of the available 366 episodes, but without translations. The streaming service does not offer the dubbed version of this series.
It might be a little disappointing that a leading network like Netflix didn’t make all of the episodes of Bleach available for streaming, but we assume that it has to do something with the licensing and distribution rights, although we cannot be sure that that is the actual reason.
Netflix is doing a great job in providing its subscribers with great streaming content, but it does have some restrictions in general. So if you live in a country with geographic restrictions, you may not be able to watch some of the content on Netflix even with a full subscription. And yes, in case you were wondering, you can check directly on Netflix to see if your country is geographically restricted.
- A constantly-growing library of anime with good language options for all users
- A giant library of TV and movies in general
- No free streaming option; a “Standard” subscription is slightly more expensive than Crunchyroll’s “Mega Fan”
- The complete series isn’t available
- Geo-locking for specific regions
- Basic, 480p video quality: $9.99/ month
- Standard, 1080p: $15.49/ month
- Premium, 4K+HDR: $19.99/ month
Bleach can be streamed via Hulu, in both dubbed and subbed format, alongside some other great anime series, and the good news here is that the complete series is available on the platform so you can watch all of the episodes. Hulu is not one of the major players in the world of streaming, but nonetheless, it offers great content for its subscribers.
Hulu is a streaming service that primarily offers live-action shows and movies, but there is also a lot of anime, and Bleach is among the anime series offered on the service. The main issue is that Hulu is not available around the world so there are certain restrictions if you don’t live in the United States
The good thing, though, is that it seems that Hulu has all of the episodes in its library, and for those who prefer dubs over the original versions, the episodes are fully available in both formats. So, if you’re a Hulu subscriber, you’ll be able to watch the whole Bleach anime series without anything missing, but you have to know that Hulu is not available around the world, which is a downside.
- Relatively cheap, with a free trial
- Subtitled and dubbed versions
- The series is fully available on the service
- U.S. only (although VPN services can help)
- The cheapest option includes ads
- A generally small library
- Hulu with ads, first month free, then $6.99/ month
- Hulu, no ads: $12.99/ month
- Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ bundle: $13.99/ month
- Hulu bundle, no ads: $19.99/ month
- Hulu bundle and Live TV: $69.99/ month
- Hulu Live TV bundle, no ads: $75.99/ month
Tubi is a free streaming service run by Fox, which probably tells you everything about its slate – it’s not really worth it, even though it’s free. Tubi does offer the whole Bleach series on its service, but there are numerous downsides to it.
Tubi is not something we’d really recommend, but it’s on the list because of the lack of a better source. It’s geographically restricted, the resolution is more often horrible than not and although it’s free, it’s so full of ads that you’d rather not watch it than watch it. Also, the service’s library is very small.
- Free, no subscription needed
- You get what you pay for (or you don’t, depending on how you look at it)
- Unavoidable ads (a lot of them)
- Not available outside North America, Australia, or New Zealand
- It’s completely free. You can simply register using your email, or sign-up through Google or Facebook. If you’re in the right region.
5. iTunes / Apple TV
iTunes and Apple TV do offer the whole Bleach series. Internationally, you can watch the subbed version, but in the US, you can only watch (buy) the dubbed version of the show, which might not be up to everyone’s alley. You have to buy each episode individually, as the service doesn’t allow direct streaming.
iTunes and Apple TV are a good library and source for various anime series but there’s a catch. You have to buy each episode individually, which means that the whole package adds up if you’re buying a large number of episodes. This is why iTunes is good if you’re traveling and you want to have a smaller number of episodes to watch during the trip. Each episode costs $2.99, which means that you’d have to pay $1,094.34 for the whole series, which is a lot. Sure, you own the episodes, but it’s not worth the money.
- Good for on-the-go
- No streaming issues
- Available worldwide
- Comparatively expensive if you want the whole series
- In the U.S., Bleach is English dubbed only
- No streaming available
- $2.99 an episode / $1,094.34 for the complete series