While Bleach is renowned for its memorable characters and extremely intense fights, it is also well-known for some of the most iconic openings. Currently sitting at sixteen openings, these serve as a true testament to Bleach‘s phenomenal direction with its highly-praised soundtrack.


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Although the openings of Bleach are of considerable quality, there are naturally some openings that stand out as the best Bleach openings for a myriad of reasons. Whether it is their story-driven nature, flawless execution, or the song’s musical quality, some are just more iconic than others.

Updated October 22, 2022, by Izabella Molina: The Bleach anime is renowned for its amazing musical direction, courtesy of composer Shiro Sagisu and the musical talents of Aqua Timez, High and Mighty Color, Orange Range, and SID. The release of the first two episodes of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc featured the sixteenth Bleach opening Scar by Tatsuya Kitani; naturally, this article will be updated to include it on this list. Now that the newest arc is in full swing, it is highly likely that more openings will eventually follow, so in the meantime, here is how the current Bleach openings rank in comparison.

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14/14 Shojo S

Arguably the most vibrant opening in the series, Shojo S boasts flawless animation and on-point vocals, the latter of which is performed by the all-female band Scandal. Perhaps as a reference to the band, Rukia, Orihime, and Rangiku stand out prominently throughout the opening while singing and dancing to the music.

Visual-wise, the members of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads are simply shown posing in what is seemingly Karakura Town. Given how this opening takes place at the beginning of the Fake Karakura Town arc, Shojo S may be a look at how the Soul Reapers would spend their time if they were not fighting Aizen and his Espada.

13/14 Harukaze

Also recorded by the group Scandal, Harukaze is possibly the most casual Bleach opening yet. In the first few scenes of Ichigo living a normal life, viewers may be fooled into thinking that they are watching a slice-of-life anime instead of a shonen anime.

Even the vocals and the reveals of the Xcution members can be described as casual at best. However, the opening does have some notable moments, namely the group shot of Ichigo’s friends with Kugo Ginjo and the gradual return of Ichigo’s Soul Reaper powers near the end of the song.

12/14 Chu-Bura

Performed by the group Kelun, the first part of Chu-Bura brings back the casual feel that was first shown in the very first opening. It also does a very good job of introducing the anime-only character Rurichiyo Kasumioji by integrating her into Karakura Town.

It is this sense of familiarity that makes the second part stand out. The peace is disrupted by the foreshadowing of Kira’s conflict with Kibune and Rurichiyo’s sudden abduction. With two versions of the opening to show plot progression, Chu-Bura does an excellent job of balancing the serious and casual natures of the anime-only Shusuke Amagai arc.

11/14 Rolling Star

Like Harukaze and Chu-Bura, Rolling Star, performed by YUI, also begins with a sense of informality. The first few scenes of this opening feature the characters hanging out with each other and idyllically living their day-to-day lives, which contrasts the more serious tone of Bleach’s lengthy Arrancar arc.

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However, in contrast to the immediate disruption as seen in Chu-Bara, Rolling Star opts for a more indirect approach. The opening foreshadows many plot points that take place either currently or shortly. These points include Orihime’s lack of resolve, Aizen’s schemes, Ichigo battling his inner Hollow, and Rangiku’s connection with Gin.

10/14 D-Technolife

D-Technolife can be considered to be the first indication of the series taking itself seriously. From the emotional vocals from the group Uverworld to the brief shot of a somber Rukia awaiting her execution, this opening pulls no punches when it comes to establishing the premise of the Soul Society arc.

In addition, D-Technolife demonstrates a turning point within Bleach’s plot. Rather than fighting Hollows scattered in the Human World, Ichigo’s group must fight other stronger and more-experienced Soul Reapers that are hellbent on defending Soul Society. The height of this new turning point is shown during both the song’s climax and Ichigo’s epic duel with Renji.

9/14 Tonight Tonight Tonight

Unlike the previous three entries, Tonight Tonight Tonight proves to be quite upbeat thanks to the vocals provided by the Beat Crusaders. This is rather fitting due to this opening taking place after the Soul Society arc, which sparked the most change for the cast of Bleach.

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Easily the best thing about this opening is its portrayal of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads. Despite only recently being Ichigo’s enemies, they are now portrayed more positively, even wearing more casual clothing. While the conflict with the Bounts is also established, Tonight Tonight Tonight serves as a breath of fresh air after the intense Soul Society arc.

8/14 ~Asterisk~

As the first opening in the series, Asterisk serves as the first look at both the cast and premise of Bleach. While many of the featured characters would ultimately be underused, the premise is clear as day: Ichigo Kurosaki meets Rukia Kuchiki, becomes a Soul Reaper, and fights Hollows.

Unlike the openings that follow it, Asterisk can be described as rather close-knit. Other than a brief look at Byakuya Kuchiki, all the other featured characters reside in Karakura Town. Not only does this establish Karakura Town as the main setting at the beginning, but it also shows the importance of the town in Bleach’s overall narrative.

7/14 Alones

Cherished as a favorite among the Bleach fanbase, Alones perfectly encapsulates a melancholic tone right from the very start. Even Kon, a usually comical character, sings alongside the rather sad vocals provided by the group Aqua Timez.

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This is perhaps the biggest reason Alones is coveted among fans: the amount of emotion woven into the opening. From the depiction of Orihime’s tearful goodbye to Ichigo to the latter reaching out to her as she departs for Hueco Mundo, this opening will have fans feeling the weight of the characters’ emotions in just a matter of seconds.

6/14 After Dark

While Alones weighed heavily on the emotions of fans, After Dark proved to be a revamping of Bleach’s hype with its upbeat sound, provided by the group Asian Kung-Fu Generation, and its fast-paced animation. Set at a point where the Hueco Mundo arc is at its least intense, standout moments in this opening include Ichigo and his friends traversing Hueco Mundo’s desert and the first glimpse at Nel Tu and her brothers.

This opening is not completely devoid of serious moments, as shown by the menacing scenes of Aizen and the Espada and Orihime slowly falling into darkness. The final scene, in which a hollowfied Ichigo lunges at Aizen, foreshadows the real goal once Orihime is rescued: defeating Aizen once and for all.

5/14 Scar

The newest opening Scar pulls absolutely no punches when it comes to its presentation. From start to finish, every scene noticeably has a dreary but piercing gray and pink color scheme to it, likely an indicator of Bleach’s most vicious conflict yet. Even the logo itself has become far more ominous and battle-worn.

Action-wise, Scar boasts both the desperate but thrilling battle sequences between the captains and the Sternritter as well as the fabulous deviation from the original Bleach animation. In addition, events that take place further in the future are depicted in this opening, namely Ichigo acquiring his new Zanpakuto and Uryu’s presence among the Sternritter, both of which heavily influence the conflict between the Soul Reapers and the Quincy.

4/14 chAngE

Like Alones, chAngE also carries a lot of emotional weight to it. While the focal points are the climactic duel between Ichigo and Ulquiorra as well as Orihime and Ulquiorra reaching out to each other, chAngE also drops hints at the backstories of other characters, such as Starrk, Lilynette, and Baraggan.

However, chAngE differentiates itself by introducing a sense of intensity to back up its emotional moments. The high-paced fight sequences coupled with the emotional weight cement the Fake Karakura Town arc as a pivotal point in the series. On an unrelated note, chAngE’s spelling is meant to represent the singer Miwa’s transition from playing an acoustic guitar to an electric guitar.

3/14 Ranbu no Melody

Known as Melody of the Wild Dance in English, Ranbu no Melody mostly follows the same formula as chAngE and Scar: high-paced action sequences and emotional tidbits, such as the Thirteen Court Guard Squads and the Visored fighting Aizen and Rangiku mourning Gin’s death, respectively.

The highlight of this opening would have to be the flashbacks to earlier moments and characters in the series though, such as Ichigo’s classmates and even the dead girl shown in the first episode. Not only does this show how far the series has progressed, but it also depicts them as an incentive; by foiling Aizen’s plans, countless lives will ultimately be saved.

2/14 Ichirin no Hana

Ichirin no Hana, or One Lone Flower in English, provides a sense of desperation that perfectly matches the series’ events thus far. As Rukia’s execution draws near, loyalties start to shift, and conspiracies start to take place, as shown by the shots of Kyoraku and Ukitake drawing their Zanpakutou and the brief but menacing shots of Gin Ichimaru.

In addition to showing the determination of the main cast to save Rukia, Ichirin no Hana showcases how much Bleach’s main cast has grown into the characters we know and love today. The climax of this is shown during a brief sequence of Ichigo fighting Byakuya, in which the two of them utilize their Bankai against each other for the very first time.

1/14 Velonica

While not as emotional as the other Bleach openings, Velonica contains quite possibly the best group shots of the cast out of all the show’s openings. After a lengthy montage showing various members of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads, the scene cuts to Ichigo and his comrades assembling in Hueco Mundo one by one. This happens in tandem with the vocals, which are once again provided by the group Aqua Timez.

The Visored also receive a similar group shot, with each member showing off a distinct aspect of their personality. The ending scene, which depicts the Hueco Mundo group, the remaining members of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads, and the Visored united, shows that despite the differences between each group, all of them are still willing to stand united against Aizen and his legion.

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