All 163 Bleach Episodes and Filler Arcs to Skip, Explained

Bleach has a surprising amount of filler arcs and episodes, find out which ones to skip here!

by J.R. Waugh
Bleach Filler Episodes and Arcs
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Bleach is enjoying a resurgence lately thanks to the anime adapting its final arc in the series. This arc has been concise and exciting to watch, but that first bit wasn’t always the case for this Shonen classic. Bleach, much like many series, was not immune to filler for the purpose of letting the manga catch up, but this series had more of it than you may realize. Here are all the Bleach episodes and filler arcs to skip!

What Are Considered Bleach Filler Episodes and How Many Are There?

Bleach filler episodes are typically installments, often over multi-episode arcs, where the series deviates from the original canon and doesn’t really advance the main plot. They were meant to allow the creator, Tite Kubo, to keep writing more of the manga for them to adapt so the series wouldn’t completely catch up with the source material too quickly.

Related: All Dragon Ball Filler Episodes to Skip

Bleach has 163 episodes strictly considered filler, meaning episodes without even mixed canon status, of its 379 total episodes counting Thousand-Year Blood War. That amounts to 43% of its entire series is filler, compared to Naruto’s 41%, another Shonen anime infamous for it. While Bleach is significantly shorter, the concentration of non-canon episodes is staggering.

What Are the Bleach Filler Arcs You Can Skip?

If you follow more by collective filler arcs rather than episodes for Bleach, this might be a handy resource for you to consult!

Bleach Filler ArcEpisodes
The Bount Arc64-108
Stolen Hogyoku Arc128-137
Forest of the Menos147-149
Shusuke Amagai Mini Arc168-189
Rurichiyo And Kenryu Mini Arc204-205
Karakura-Raizer Mini Arc213-214
Zanpakuto Rebellion Arc230-265
Hell Chapter Movie Prequel Arc298-299
Gotei 13 Invasion Arc317-342

The filler arcs above are those containing 2 or more episodes. Content like the Forest of the Menos Arc, for instance, runs alongside the Arrancar Arc, so you can still reasonably enjoy the episodes despite them being labeled as filler. Additionally, one-off episodes considered filler or fanservice include the following:

  • 33
  • 50
  • 228
  • 229
  • 266
  • 287
  • 303
  • 304
  • 305
  • 311
  • 312
  • 313
  • 314
  • 315
  • 316
  • 355

Each of these is self-contained, separate stories you can potentially enjoy for varying reasons. These include “A Fun Time at the Beach” where it’s the obligatory beach episode, and the 355 New Year’s Special. You won’t necessarily miss anything crucial, but if you love the characters, these are still potentially worthwhile.

- This article was updated on September 7th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a content creator with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. also manages his local movie theater.