Jim 2000s

Aired: 2006 Cartoon Network Bleach

DAD: Isshin Kurosaki (voiced by Patrick Seitz) / Widower

DAD’S JOB: Runs a medical clinic

KIDS: Ichigo Kurosaki (voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch)(15)

WHERE’S MOM?:Masaki Kurosaki – Dead, killed in a dojo.

STAND-IN “MOM”: Rukia Kuchiki (voiced by Michelle Ruff) – “soul catcher”

I worry about opening the floodgates on anime, because some of the storylines border on soap opera plots (forbidden under The Rules) but this one gets allowed because it’s Cartoon Network and they do choose sophisticated dramas sometimes.

Easiest way to understand the plot is to combine The Sixth Sense with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, plus a little bit of Dead Like Me.

Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teenage boy who also just happens to “see dead people.” One day, he meets a “shinigami,” or “soul catcher” named Rukia Kuchiki. She captures evil spirits and puts them back in whatever underworld place they came from. In fighting evil spirits, she winds up giving all her demon-fighting abilities to Ichiago. Of course, she turns into a Japanese schoolgirl to guide Ichigo on the proper ways of ghostbusting. Wacky anime hijinks ensue, fer sure.