The first episode *issed me off. It was so formulaic and "He's...so . . . POWERFUL!!! Is he...can that boy possibly be human?!" that it drove me insane. The next dozen episodes didn't impress me. It wasn't until months afterwards when Renji and Kuchiki Byakuya nearly killed him that I paid the show any respect. Even then it kept letting me down. "COME ON! HOW LONG ARE THEY GONNA SPEND IN THIS ENDLESS CITY POWERLEVELING? WHY DON'T YOU JUST SHOW HIM KILLING RABBITS IN VANADIEL IF YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE IN THIS PACE???" I hated the show until Ichigo lost to his hollow while fighting Byakuya.
All through the series before then, then only thing that kept my interest was the soundtrack, which is looping in my car. Best soundtrack NOT composed by Yoko Kanno.
if you hated it then why did you keep watching it?