I am a fan of Bleach, having enjoyed the show since it aired on YTV. The question is though, does Bleach need to end?
Bleach should have ended after the Arancar arc and here is why. The ending of the Arancar arc cemented Ichigo’s character. Ichigo was no longer a soul reaper this made it a fitting time to end the series. Since he no longer had the powers he could not do the job of a soul reaper though he still had the lessons he learned as well as the combat experience. He matured from the rash boy that did everything he wanted, though he has his code. To a mature battle hardened soldier, understanding the consequences of life and how precious his friends and families are.
By continuing the story what did we really gain. The knowledge that he acquired his powers back. Okay that is interesting and all, but after that there is no real purpose to the continuation. As I write this the final arc which makes the Quincies the enemies again is currently being published. All this arc introduced is new powers for Ichigo (which are not going to be as strong as the Final Getsuga Tensho) and a more prominent role for the soul king. This is cool and all but this seems to be all fluff added to sell more and make the series more money.
Tite Kubo is an interesting author I have read his previous work Zombie Powder when it was released in North America. Tite Kubo knows how to make flashy powers and great looking fights, but in general I can not remember a thing about Zombie Powder’s story. Bleach would have had an actually interesting ending, but to make more money and continue to make fans happy who don’t care what happens as long as something happens the series continues.
I am a fan of bleach I read the manga and used to watch the show. I have just grown tired of it like I did with Naruto towards the end. Which it is funny how Naruto still has an anime and has stopped publication but Bleach is being currently published and its anime is finished. I know that bleach is going to end after this arc because the creator stated that, I hope it is not over drawn out and they give it a classy ending. I felt though the ending of the Arancar arc would have been an appropriate place to end the series. That is just my opinion though what do you think.