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The Day I Became a Shinigami 

Shinigami ni nacchatta hi (original title)
Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki has the uncanny ability to see ghosts, but that seems pretty run-of-the-mill once Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki enters his life.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Masakazu Morita ...
Ichigo Kurosaki (voice)
Fumiko Orikasa ...
Rukia Kuchiki (voice)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ...
Isshin Kurosaki (voice)
Rie Kugimiya ...
Karin Kurosaki (voice)
Ayumi Sena ...
Yuzu Kurosaki (voice) (as Tomoe Sakuragawa)
Tomoe Hanba ...
Pig-Tailed Ghost (voice)
Yutaka Aoyama ...
Toshi (voice)
Shôto Kashii ...
Mitch (voice)
Yasuhiro ...
Dread (voice) (as Yasuhiro Fujiwara)
Koichi Kuriyama ...
Perm (voice)
Ichigo Kurosaki (voice)
Michelle Ruff ...
Rukia Kuchiki (voice)
Karin Kurosaki (voice)
Wendee Lee ...
Citizen (voice)
Patrick Seitz ...
Ishin Kurosaki / Toshi (voice)


Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki has the uncanny ability to see ghosts, but that seems pretty run-of-the-mill once Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki enters his life.

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9 September 2006 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Rukia Kuchiki: We stand in awe before that which cannot be seen, and we respect with every fiber that which cannot be explained.
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Number One
Composed by Shiro Sagisu
Lyrics by MASH
Performed by Hazel Fernadez, Shiro Sagisu, Bill Liesegang, Gina Foster and Derek Green
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A Surprisingly Intriguing Opening (a review by an anime novice)
26 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rarely do reviews for anything and I've always been the proudly belligerent type who shuns anime as a whole - Honestly, all I could ever bear to watch (since the pokemon days of yore in my middle school years) was Avatar, which as any true anime fan will tell you, isn't really anime at all.

So, as a relative anime virgin, I heard some of my more open-minded art major friends discussing the plot of Bleach, which, aside from having an instantly intriguing title, apparently had a cool plot as well. I put down my preconceptions and gave it a go.

In this episode we meet Ichigo, a slightly smug pile of attitude who gets a rude awakening when he discovers that there's more to the spirit world he saw as exclusively his own when he meets a Reaper named Rukia.

To give more detail on such a short episode would be spoilerific, so I'll stop. Here's what I'm getting at: Speaking to non-anime fans, like myself: this pilot episode may force you to concede that anime IS a valid art form, if occasionally sketchy. Some of the humor in this pilot is slightly off in timing and some of the lines are a bit negotiable, but overall it's an entertaining opener that makes me want to see what happens next, for better or for worse. Coming from someone who had little patience for this animation style, that's no mean feat. Give it a try. You may be surprised.

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