Nothing is replaceable here— Anime fans come to Bleach’s defense after latest Big 3 slander aimed at the series

The anime community has recently stood up for Bleach’s position among the Big 3, which includes Naruto and One Piece as the most popular battle shonen of the 2000s. Despite claims that the series could be replaced in this ranking, this assertion reflects a misunderstanding of the Big 3’s significance during that time and undermines the impact of Tite Kubo’s work.

The Big 3 refers to One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach, which were the top three series during that time. These three manga were not only the best-selling in Weekly Shonen Jump, but also among the first ongoing series to gain widespread recognition globally. This was especially significant as previous popular series like Dragon Ball had already ended.

Hence, the location of Kubo’s manga is a product of a particular moment in time that cannot be replicated by any other series.

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Anime Fans Debate the Status of Bleach in the Big 3 of the 2000s

@JidanSekh, a user on X, has recently argued that Tite Kubo’s manga may no longer hold its place among the Big 3 of battle shonen, as it could potentially be replaced by popular series such as Dragon Ball Z and Hunter X Hunter.

While this reasoning may seem valid, it fails to take into account the context behind the term “Big 3”. This term originated in the 2000s as a result of the immense popularity and high sales of these three manga series in the industry at that time.

Hence, the Big 3 does not pertain to the most popular or well-crafted anime series in history, but rather serves as a label to define a particular period in the manga industry. Consequently, not only is it impossible for any other series to fill this role, but also the fact that Dragon Ball had already concluded its original manga during this time, and although Hunter X Hunter was highly acclaimed, it did not achieve the same level of success as these three.


“Never seen someone hate bleach so much”someone else said.

“Bleach Disrespect on this app is insane,”another person said.

Ichigo Kurosaki in the recent anime adaptation (Image via Studio Pierrot).
Ichigo Kurosaki in the recent anime adaptation (Image via Studio Pierrot).

Despite the franchise ending in the manga, it maintained a low profile until 2022 when the anime returned to cover the Thousand-Year Blood War arc.

Despite ending, Naruto remains relevant in the current landscape of the medium through its successors Boruto and ongoing series One Piece, solidifying its place in people’s minds.

“I don’t get anime fans like at all… Why can’t people just watch what they like,”someone else said.

“None of them can be replaceable, because the Big Three is not something that the fans have decided, it is an already defined concept, it is like changing the final value of 3+3. The Big Three is a objective concept defined by the three most selling mangas on SJ around the 2000”another person said.

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Additionally, it is important to consider that Bleach faced misinformation surrounding its cancellation. While the anime had concluded the Fullbringer arc, the Thousand-Year Blood War arc had just begun in the manga. As a result, the decision was made to halt the anime and wait for Kubo to finish the series before continuing.

Despite facing serious health problems, Kubo was determined to finish the manga, which led to him having to speed up the storyline. This is evident in his involvement and revisions in the recent anime adaptation.

“I swear, every other month someone is yapping about “the big 3″ when they just fundamentally misunderstand what it means,”someone said.

“Crazy how we still misunderstand the big three classification to this day,”someone else said.

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