This isn't Bleach specific, but I've noticed that most Japanese anime (at least the ones I seem to be attracted to) have a problem with pacing. It seems like they either get a ton accomplished per episode, so much so that missing one will make it hard to continue (Sword Art Online), or so slow that you can miss several episodes and just miss a little dialog. Or, it could be so slow that you could miss a whole season and just catch up on what you missed via flashbacks in the next season (Naruto). Even Bleach seems to spend a lot of time developing their characters during battle rather than outside of battle (like normal people). Seriously, who tells their whole life story during battle... has anyone else noticed this or is it just my American ways clouding my judgement?