Posted by: jackalmurdoc | February 22, 2007

Bleach Anime Trivia… the name Ichigo means “Strawberry”

Did you know that Ichigo was nicknamed “strawberry” in the manga because “ichigo” actually MEANS “strawberry” in Japanese?


Trivia:The third ending, “Houki Boushi,” had a different animation for each episode, one for each of the 13 squads. The squad for each episode is as follows: Episode 26- 6th Squad, Episode 27- 3rd Squad, Episode 28- 11th Squad, Episode 29- 12th Squad, Episode 30- 4th Squad, Episode 31- 2nd Squad, Episode 32- 9th Squad, Episode 33- 7th Squad, Episode 34- 5th Squad, Episode 35- 10th Squad, Episode 36- 1st Squad, Episode 37- 8th Squad, and Episode 38- 13th Squad. In addition to the Captain and Lieutenant from each squad, they also show major characters from that squad, other characters that squad interacts with (ex. many of the female Lieutenants are shown hanging out in multiple endings), and a shot of our “heroes”.

Early scanlations of the manga noted Ichigo’s birthday as July 7 instead of July 15, causing great confusion among fans.

BLEACH creator Tite Kubo assigned several characters theme songs which are used to give insight to characters that might not normally appear in the run of the manga or anime.

Ichigo names the mod soul he finds Kon, which is fitting seeing as “Kon” literally translates to “soul”.

In episode 41 a familiar piece from Neon Genesis Evangelion plays

Neon Genesis Evangelion and BLEACH share the same musician , Shiroh Sagisu

When Ichigo used to go to the hair dresser, people would ask him about his hair color and since he hated that, he doesn’t go anymore. Normally, Yuzu cuts it.

In the first anime episode, there is an electric guitar which suggests Ichigo might like to play or listen to rock music (which is viable, considering one of his favorite celebrities is Mike Ness from the band Social Distortion).

According to the Shonen Jump’s character popularity polls, Ichigo is consistently the Bleach series’s favorite character.

Rukia likes to climb to high places, rabbit-themed items (evident when she reveals she wanted a “Chappy the Bunny” soul candy dispenser), and her favourite foods are eggs and cucumbers.

Rukia has consistently been the second most popular Bleach character in Shonen Jump’s polls. Her position has been usurped only very recently by Toshiro Hitsugaya in an official poll.

The Shiba siblings have a naming pattern. The first characters in their names refer to a type of terrain (“kai” means “sea,” “kuu” means “air,” “gan” means “boulder) and the second characters refer to birds (“en” means “swallow,” “kaku” means “crane,” “ju” means “eagle”).

On the front of the magazine that is offered to kon by the young boys in “Kon-samma’s diary Part 1” (ep 56) is Matsumoto in a red bathing suit.

Starting from minute 30 of the 1 hour special (episode 68-69) you can hear, in the background, what was the current ending theme “My Pace” by SunSet Swish.

“Menos Grande” probably was meant to be translated as “Big Minus”, in the sense of a very large Hollow, but in this specific order it is literally translated from Spanish as “Less Big”.

Kuchiki Byakuya wears the standard captain uniform along with a white headpiece called a kenseikan (symbolizing his noble rank as the head of the Kuchiki family) and a white scarf made by the master weaver, Tsujishirō Kuroemon III. The scarf is called ginpaku kazahana no uzuginu (lit. silver-white windflower light silk), and is a family heirloom handed down through the generations to the head of the Kuchiki family. Ten large houses can be built from the cost of just one of these.

During the fourth opening, “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” (episodes 75-97), after the closeup of Kariya’s right eye, there is a different still picture for every of those episodes.

In order to promote the new Bleach movie, the production team decided to replace the new Opening (Rolling Star – YUI) and Ending’s (Baby it’s you! – June) animation with footage from the movie “Memories of Nobody”.

Did you know that Ichigo was nicknamed “strawberry” in the manga because “ichigo” actually MEANS “strawberry” in Japanese?

“Ichigo” using certain kanji does mean “strawberry,” which is where his nickname comes from. However, the kanji used in his name means “to protect one.”

Ichigo’s name also sounds like ichi (one) and go(five). Thus in episode 113, you can see a sign on Ichigo’s bedroom door saying 15.



  1. Great trivia! I was just looking for the lyrics to the new Bleach opening but reading this was fun! ^_^

  2. Bleach Anime Wallpapers – Ichigo

    I have a bleach blog like yours and mine reviews Bleach Anime Wallpapers.

  3. I LOVE your blog!

  4. can i ask you something???
    how many episodes does bleach have???

  5. the latest is 126 I get my bleach here it also has torrents for naruto also…. have you not seen any episode from bleach? she-she?

  6. LoL, Bleach fun facts. =3

  7. so informative……..thank you

  8. Eu amo Bleach!
    Ótimo blog!

    I love Bleach!
    Great Blog!

  9. monifavocn

    nice post

  10. I love to watch Bleach every night but I wish it could come on during the day because my mom always tells me to turn the tv off but I still watchit anyways and I love Ichigo.

  11. wow had no idea byakuya’s scarf was so important, and about the 15 on ichigo’s door =)

    i was looking for the meaning of his name and came across your blog. then i remembered wikipedia haha coz to protect one doesn’t seem right since he has to protect so many people … it’s spelt with ichi (一) as in “one” and go (護) from “guardian” and Ichigo’s father once told him that his name means “he who protects.” so yeah that seems more broader …

    but you totally have a very cool blog and i love all the trivia which i completely overlook when i watch the anime. oh and naruto has way more recaps and fillers and whatnot but looks like it’s finally getting bit better what with gaara finally being rescued and all :)

  12. sweet site =3 Kudos! Byakuya forever!!

  13. you said:

    “Ichigo’s name also sounds like ichi (one) and go(five). Thus in episode 113, you can see a sign on Ichigo’s bedroom door saying 15.”

    I say:

    I guess you are wrong….
    because number 15 in Japanese is jugo. Ju (10) and go (5) that is the correct gramatization.

    the number 15 is posted there because i know that its birthday was first knew as july 15… and which was later changed to july 7 instead

  14. if you miss it when it plays cuz you had to go to bed Christine Roberts this site is real good about updateing the english episodes and has the newer sub bleach

  15. sweet i learned a whole lot more bout ichigo

  16. Jeg besja i bleien i går!

  17. what does the name “BLEACH” mean? Where does it come from.

  18. I don’t know If I said it already but …Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read….

  19. oi,alguem ai sabe o nome da musica que vem após a abertura no primeiro episodio de bleach?? D: qro baixar a musica D:

  20. you know what guys, when the time my ex-wife is preggy with my son, she was always eating strawberry and that time i am always watching bleach in internet and pirate dvd that i bought in quiapo.heheh thats why i think thats the reason why my son lips is red..heheh and i gave him the nickname of ichigo..heheh

  21. Could you please tell me what “Bleach” means?

  22. In episode 21 when Ichigo was fighting Jindanbou, guardsman of Gate of the White Way in Soul Society, Ichigo claims that his name translates to “number one guardian” (ichi – first/best, go – “guardian angel”).

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  24. Why do ppl make a big deal out of 15… His sisters call him Ichi-nii, so that is 12, his friends call him Ichigo-San, which is 153,…his name is Ichigo, which is 15…there are enough numbers to choose from, not just 15 :P

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