Bleach, Volume 01
Hot-tempered 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, the hero of the popular fantasy-adventure Bleach , has the unsettling ability to see spirits who are unable to rest in peace. His sixth sense leads him to Rukia, a Soul Reaper who destroys Hollows (soul-devouring monsters) and ensures the deceased find repose with the Soul Society. When she's injured in battle, Rukia transfers her sword and much of her power to Ichigo, whose spiritual energy makes him a formidable substitute Soul Reaper. But the orange-haired teenager isn't sure he wants the job: too many risks and moral dilemmas.

Bleach, Volume 01 Details

TitleBleach, Volume 01
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 19th, 2004
PublisherVIZ Media LLC
ISBN-139781591164418
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Fantasy, Comics, Graphic Novels

Bleach, Volume 01 Review

  • Laurel
    January 1, 1970
    This manga series is absolutely amazing! Anyone considering whether or not to read this manga, read it now! And for those of you currently reading the series but not yet finished with all the books, you will be blown away by Tite Kubo's advancement in skill! The beginning of bleach has amazing artwork, and at the end there's such an incredible improvement in the way he draws the characters... Even when I thought (after reading the first book) there was no room for Tite Kubo to improve, since he This manga series is absolutely amazing! Anyone considering whether or not to read this manga, read it now! And for those of you currently reading the series but not yet finished with all the books, you will be blown away by Tite Kubo's advancement in skill! The beginning of bleach has amazing artwork, and at the end there's such an incredible improvement in the way he draws the characters... Even when I thought (after reading the first book) there was no room for Tite Kubo to improve, since he was already such an amazing mangaka. The storyline is truly amazing (and still ongoing, might I add) and blew me away! And, even though I don't usually dwell on things like clothes, the clothes are absolutely amazing! All the different designs he's thought up... In all previous mangas I've read, the mangaka will stick to a few sets of outfits for his characters to wear, but Tite Kubo goes all out! Especially in the filler sketches... I feel as if I am rambling, but the point is, this is a truly amazing manga, and that it should be read right away!
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  • Petros
    January 1, 1970
    Rant mode onI hate this series more than most of anything else. It is clearly undermining the quality of shounens, it’s trolling away like there is no tomorrow, and yet many love its ludicrous plot and retarded characters. Before you immediately press the dislike button for saying something bad about your religion here, let me at least try to explain why.First arc: Bleach began as urban fantasy, with teenagers being able to see ghosts and fighting to protect themselves and their friends. It was Rant mode onI hate this series more than most of anything else. It is clearly undermining the quality of shounens, it’s trolling away like there is no tomorrow, and yet many love its ludicrous plot and retarded characters. Before you immediately press the dislike button for saying something bad about your religion here, let me at least try to explain why.First arc: Bleach began as urban fantasy, with teenagers being able to see ghosts and fighting to protect themselves and their friends. It was very good in the first dozen chapters as the aesthetics were great for this sort of series and each chapter there was progress and immersion to the characters. I disliked the magical way the lead gains more power in the nick of time and wins but I was willing to leave it aside since everything seemed great as far as shounen go. The characters all had different goals, the ghosts were mostly presented as people who died with a grudge and there was school romance in the air. Very nice so far.Second arc: Then the setting shifts to Soul Society, home of the Death Gods who oversee the proper handling of the afterlife. It was quite the epic arc, despite dragging things along at times. It still provided lots of immersion to many characters and the worldview of the series in general, while there was a great plot twist about the traitor amongst the captains. The lead still kept getting stronger with the speed of light but I was still willing to leave it aside as the aesthetics and the immersion were great.Third arc: Then comes the introduction of the super ghosts and the Death God hybrids and the shit starts to hit the fan. The plot drags a lot, battles become repetitive and the story is a repeat of SS arc, only 1500% slower. Here is where the series went so downhill, I lost interest and loath ever since. Characters became caricatures whose only feature is their transforming sword, many seem to be in the story just to drag it with unimportant battles, character development became a joke. Tite Kubo clearly has no idea what he is doing anymore and keeps ass-pulling stuff, while canceling out the rules he made himself a few pages before.Fourth arc: As if that wasn’t lame enough, the third arc ended with the main villain finally beaten and the hero losing his powers. It could have been a fine point to stop the series there, having seemingly completed all the main objectives. But no, Kubo was making so much money he decided to keep going. And to no surprise, he again makes the story repeat in the exact same way, only this time the newer enemies are completely pitiful and superpowers degraded from awesome mystical forces that someone gains after years of training, to simple magical devises. Everybody turned from cool mystical warriors protecting the balance of the universe to lame Power Ranger imitations trying to steal magic items from one another! THIS IS DREADFUL!Fifth arc: Same crap as before, a rehash of the SS arc, only this time the bad guys pose a threat for once. Kubo decided to finally kill a few characters instead of keeping them around without doing anything, which was a good move. He also kept asspulling nonsense, such as the very existense of the bad guys, which were supposed to have been killed of since the first arc. At this point there were over a hundred side stories happening at the same time, and the plot was going literally nowhere. The sales became so bad, that the initial plan to make the publishing of the arc lasting a decade was called off midway. Shonen Jump eventually canceled the show and wrapped up everything in a hurry, and in a way that explained close to nothing. Nobody was satisfied, everybody hated Bleach as a whole, and Kubo is still counting the money he made out of this 15 year scam. I understand that the action is good and a major magnet (albeit repetitive, random and usually ludicrous in terms of looks). I understand that some characters look cool (and not as close as interesting as when they where offering more than just big explosions). But I also understand that the majority of anime fans don’t care about the finer things in a series, like consistency or pacing, because if they did, this series would have a far lower rating than 8. It is nice brain dead action of cool caricatures but nothing more. And it’s not like this is the best of what modern shounen can offer. Naruto, One Piece, even Full Metal Alchemist, may have less exiting action overall but have bits of strategy in them and the story is definitely going faster and more interesting, with far more character development and immersion, and far less inconsistencies and plot holes. If I need to get into more technical details, the art is quite good, character figure and action wise. Although the overall character drawings have improved over the years, at the same time the aesthetics in atmosphere-building that made the initial chapters so great have almost disappeared, while the snail-slow plot makes even the battles to feel like mostly aimless blahblah with stiff characters instead of good choreography. You literally get 2 or 3 pictures per page and usually empty backgrounds, where nothing happens at all. You read 10 chapters in a row in less that 10 minutes and think in series time not even a minute passed. And it’s ironic how the main battle song’s lyrics in the anime are “If you want to get some action, you need be the center of attraction.” Because the action is way too slow now but since the series has such a fandom behind it, this is almost overlooked. The characters are mostly cool or funny but not at all interesting as developed personalities. I mean, the main character, an angsty teenager, degraded from a sympathetic youth to an imba warrior that keeps getting his ass kicked yet wins all the time with ass-pulling power-ups. And if the angsty lead is less interesting that a berserker secondary freak with bells glued on his hair and sole purpose to cut thing just for the heck of it, you can see how this series has really messed up priorities. Enjoyment reflects my view on this and it’s pretty low as I prefer story and character immersion to brain dead repetitive action. Overall, it was a good series at first and still is a good series to watch as brain dead action but it is nowhere as good as it began and doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance before more innovating works like One Piece or Full Metal Alchemist.
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  • Paige Bookdragon
    January 1, 1970
    Read up to Volume 570+Right. So it's been years since I've watched Bleach and let me tell you, THIS IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST ANIME/MANGA EVAH EVAH EVAHI can't post too much spoilers because that would be unfair to the others but here are some of my favorites characters in the new arc:Kuchiki ByakuyaI have such an intensive crush on this bastard and he has wonderful scenes on this ARC. I also love how he gives insults to people like diz,And damn if that didn't tingle the things that should tingl Read up to Volume 570+Right. So it's been years since I've watched Bleach and let me tell you, THIS IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST ANIME/MANGA EVAH EVAH EVAHI can't post too much spoilers because that would be unfair to the others but here are some of my favorites characters in the new arc:Kuchiki ByakuyaI have such an intensive crush on this bastard and he has wonderful scenes on this ARC. I also love how he gives insults to people like diz,And damn if that didn't tingle the things that should tingle in me. Ichigo KurosakiWhat I really like about Ichigo is that he really grew up in this series. He used to be brash and cocky (he still is) but he lost that idiocy stuff that most main characters have.Unlike Naruto whom I never liked (the character, not the anime) because I find him annoying even in Shippuden, Ichigo became more cool and thoughtful and I'm like having orgasm when he fights with some bad guys in the latest Arc. Kisuke Uruhara100 out of 100. He's the weirdest yet most amazing thing ever. Other things:There are some mind-blowing secrets in this one and major major major changes happened in the latest ARC. I don't know how Kubo would fix it or how the series would go on, but DAMN, I can't wait for the series to continue.
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  • Case
    January 1, 1970
    I discovered Bleach probably about a year ago, just before they began to syndicate the American version on Cartoon Network. I started off with the anime, but I was so impressed I went out and bought the manga, too. Being whole-heartedly American, I like my comics to have bright, flashy colors, but to make up for that, Bleach has given me plenty of chestily-endowed women to make up for the lack of flesh tones. The first few volumes / story arcs of Bleach are excellent, though it does begin to sta I discovered Bleach probably about a year ago, just before they began to syndicate the American version on Cartoon Network. I started off with the anime, but I was so impressed I went out and bought the manga, too. Being whole-heartedly American, I like my comics to have bright, flashy colors, but to make up for that, Bleach has given me plenty of chestily-endowed women to make up for the lack of flesh tones. The first few volumes / story arcs of Bleach are excellent, though it does begin to stagnate after awhile. Never, however, does it venture into the realm of unreadable (though the last few episodes of the anime have been nearly unwatchable). If you're a comics fan, or a anime fan, or a manga fan, or just looking for an interesting, out-of-this world story along the lines of DBZ or a number of other similarly themed Japanese titles, give Bleach a try. Just be careful: between this and the anime, one could invest a whole lot of time in this series.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Fifteen year old Ichigo Kurosaki has the ability to see, touch, and talk to spirits. Ichigo has been able to communicate with them since he was a little kid. Ichigo lives with his two sisters and his father. The important part in this book is when he meets Rukia Kuchiki. Rukia is a Soul Reaper that changes his life. ......................................................................It was love at first sight. I loved the book the moment I read it. The drawings are nice as well as the plot. Th Fifteen year old Ichigo Kurosaki has the ability to see, touch, and talk to spirits. Ichigo has been able to communicate with them since he was a little kid. Ichigo lives with his two sisters and his father. The important part in this book is when he meets Rukia Kuchiki. Rukia is a Soul Reaper that changes his life. ......................................................................It was love at first sight. I loved the book the moment I read it. The drawings are nice as well as the plot. There's even anime to go with it. All the characters are unique in their own way. It's one of my favorite manga. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who's into the action genre.
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  • Angela Auten
    January 1, 1970
    Bleach Volume 1 Review Manga Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Story: 5 stars out of 5. I loved reading this so much. It was just as hilarious as the anime is. I started reading it because I just finished the anime. I really hated the ending to the anime because it was not satisfying at all. The anime was also cancelled. I feel it was because of filler. At least most of the Bleach filler is actually good. There was only one filler season that absolutely sucked, but oh well. I know the manga continued on Bleach Volume 1 Review Manga Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Story: 5 stars out of 5. I loved reading this so much. It was just as hilarious as the anime is. I started reading it because I just finished the anime. I really hated the ending to the anime because it was not satisfying at all. The anime was also cancelled. I feel it was because of filler. At least most of the Bleach filler is actually good. There was only one filler season that absolutely sucked, but oh well. I know the manga continued on so I wanted to start reading it. It reminds me of when I first started watching the anime years ago. This volume makes me want to watch the anime from the beginning again. I can't wait to finish this series. I want to see Ichigo's real ending...although I already know what it is! Oh well. I'm still happy to be starting this manga! (For this review only I will write about the actual story line in the character section!) Characters: 5 stars out of 5. I love Ichigo! He may look mean on the outside, but to be honest he isn't. Ichigo can see ghosts for as long as he can remember. He lives with his sisters: Yuzu and Karin and father. His mother died when he was younger. Later, he meets Rukia Kuchiki who explains that there are good and evil spirits. Wholes are the good spirits and hollows are the bad. When Ichigo's family gets attacked by hollows. He wants to save them. Rukia had bound him with kido which he ended up breaking. Rukia was shocked. She never saw any human do that. Ichigo goes after the hollow. He isn't able to do anything to protect his sister. Rukia ends up saving him, but gets hurt. She tells Ichigo he can become a soul reaper. She lends him power, but he takes half of it. Ichigo becomes a substitute soul reaper! Rukia later appears to him in the real world. She tells him that he needs to fight the hollows. That it is his duty. He tells her he doesn't want to. They see a little ghost boy being attacked by a hollow. Ichigo decides to save him and sends him to the soul society. Now he decides to protect everyone. Ichigo is my favorite character throughout the whole series. I loved watching him grow and develop throughout the anime. I can't wait to see him do that in the manga! Rukia is alright. She isn't my favorite character. She is the soul reaper of Karakura Town. She is there to protect people from the hollows. You don't really learn too much about her. All you learn is that she is a soul reaper. His sister's are really cute! And his father is a little bit eccentric...(but I already know a lot about him!)Also in the volume you get to meet Orihime Inoue. She is one of Ichigo's classmates. Her brother was killed in a car accident when she was younger. He is watching over her as a ghost. He gets devoured by a few other hollows and turns into a hollow himself. Orihime is almost hit by a car, but her brother pulls her out of the way. Ichigo and Rukia run into her. Rukia notices the cut on her leg. Ichigo tells Rukia he remembers the incident. Her brother was brought to his families clinic.When Orihime and Tatsuki are attacked by a hollow Ichigo comes to save them. Orihime is able to see him because her soul was taken out of her body. Ichigo hits the hollow, but he escapes. He saw the face of the hollow...which was Orihime's brother. Ichigo is shocked. Later her brother explains to her that he was so lonely without her. She stopped praying for him. She just wanted to show him that she was happy. She didn't want him to think she wasn't okay. She wanted him to rest peacefully. Her brother fights the hollow form and disappears. It was a really sad ending. Another character you get to meet is Chad! Chad is a pretty quiet character. I love Chad though. He inherits a cursed parakeet. He talks to Chad. Chad decides to protect him. At the very end he gets attacked by a hollow. He is brought to Ichigo's clinic.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those series I've heard so much about but put off diving into mainly due to the first few pages I always read in the store never snagging my interest enough but I took the plunge anyways and I am glad I did. The story is about high school students and it is targeted at high school students so for me to complain about the story and characters being juvenile would be useless but I'll do it anyways. I grew tired of Rukia constantly calling Ichigo a fool and I am not a fan of the big- This is one of those series I've heard so much about but put off diving into mainly due to the first few pages I always read in the store never snagging my interest enough but I took the plunge anyways and I am glad I did. The story is about high school students and it is targeted at high school students so for me to complain about the story and characters being juvenile would be useless but I'll do it anyways. I grew tired of Rukia constantly calling Ichigo a fool and I am not a fan of the big-boobed-sweet-and-innocent-girl tactic. Yet the story still sucked me in and once Ichigo had some time to grow on me (and decrease in annoyance) I was devouring the final pages and wondering how long until I can get my hands on Volume 2. Ichigo can see ghosts and after inadvertently stealing the powers of Rukia, he becomes a reluctant Soul Reaper. Even during the short length of this first volume, Ichigo grew immensely as a character and that is the main reason why I wish to continue the story. I am excited to see how he progresses. The writing is also good, with exceptional pacing and a wonderful build in plot with each chapter. I have the feeling that jumping into this series out of order would be a bad idea. I am not sure how long the series is (I'm guessing it is one of those never ending publications) but this will more than do for now while I await my favorite (grown-up) Vagabond. The two are not even comparable but this was fun down time. 3 1/2 stars.
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  • Maddie Senator
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness, I loved this book! This is one of the best manga series I've ever read. Kurosaki Ichigo has quickly become one of my top favorite manga characters, as well. I loved his selflessness in protecting his family. I think the part where he stabbed himself with the Rukia's zanbakutou (sword) was very poignant. To me, it was a foreshadowing of all the times Ichigo would willingly risk his life to protect someone else. Action sequences are great; story is unique and gripping; art very goo Oh my goodness, I loved this book! This is one of the best manga series I've ever read. Kurosaki Ichigo has quickly become one of my top favorite manga characters, as well. I loved his selflessness in protecting his family. I think the part where he stabbed himself with the Rukia's zanbakutou (sword) was very poignant. To me, it was a foreshadowing of all the times Ichigo would willingly risk his life to protect someone else. Action sequences are great; story is unique and gripping; art very good. I'd definitely recommend it.
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  • Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Okay, I really liked this and all, but now freaking way am I reading all 600+ and counting chapters of this. So, I read till as much as I could take at once (chapter 137). Maybe I'll continue this in the future *shrug*Not much to say, actually. The concept is not something I'm completely unfamiliar of and the characters were pretty good. I liked Ichigo and his band of friends, and I liked the humor they created together.
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  • Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely incredible!
  • Greg
    January 1, 1970
    Having enjoyed reading Tsugumi Ohba and Taskeshi Obata's Death Note: Black Edition series in 2011/12, I've been interested in finding another good manga series to follow. One such series I identified in 2011 (based on ratings and comments at Goodreads) was Bleach but it wasn't until six days ago that I found the first volume, Strawberry and the Soul Reapers in my local book shop's manga section. Unlike Death Note and certain other manga titles, Bleach isn't listed in 500 Essential Graphic Novels Having enjoyed reading Tsugumi Ohba and Taskeshi Obata's Death Note: Black Edition series in 2011/12, I've been interested in finding another good manga series to follow. One such series I identified in 2011 (based on ratings and comments at Goodreads) was Bleach but it wasn't until six days ago that I found the first volume, Strawberry and the Soul Reapers in my local book shop's manga section. Unlike Death Note and certain other manga titles, Bleach isn't listed in 500 Essential Graphic Novels, but I was pleasantly surprised in reading this series' first volume.The eponymous character, a fifteen-year-old redhead boy (whose hair colour is natural, not bleached) named Ichigo Kurosaki, has the ability to see and speak with ghosts. (Coincidentally, I'd only finished reading Kealan Patrick Burke's unrelated novella The Turtle Boy the day before, in which another boy, Timmy Quinn, discovers his own ability to see and interact with ghosts!) No explanation is given for Ichigo's unusual talent but we are introduced to him beating up a bunch of thugs on behalf of a ghost. His apparent kick-boxing ability seems to derive from the training his eccentric father gives him on a daily basis, ambushing him randomly like Inspector Clouseau's butler, Cato, in The Pink Panther movies!Although Ichigo's talent would make an interesting basis for a graphic novel in its own right, it is his even more unusual ability to see and interact with a shinigami or soul reaper named Rukia Kuchiki that forms the basis for this novel. Again, no explanation is offered for this ability except, perhaps, that he has unusually strong 'spirit energy', and Rukia is shocked by Ichigo's supernatural abilities. Unlike Ryuk, the apple-eating shinigami in the Death Note series, with his frightful skull-like face, sutured flesh and towering body, Rukia appears to be an ordinary fifteen-year-old girl, yet she has already lived ten of Ichigo's lifetimes (p. 21). Her purpose is to perform konso, or 'soul funeral', to send whole (good) spirits to the Soul Society and hollow (evil) spirits to oblivion (pp. 22-5). 'Hollows' prey on humans and 'wholes' alike but are particularly attracted to individuals like Ichigo who bear so much psychic energy. When one homes in on him, Rukia offers half her power to Ichigo to help him fight it but he absorbs all of her power instead, leaving him to confront the hollow on his own.Now a half-human, half-shinigami, Ichigo reluctantly forms a partnership with Rukia to help her fight other hollows while she slowly regains her power in the guise of a new classmate at Ichigo's school.Although not as dark as Death Note, in which a teenager is corrupted by the power to kill people with the use of a mysterious notebook, Bleach is more like a superhero story with some very creepy-looking monsters! I like that hollows are not merely speechless horrors for soul reapers to dispatch but can express feelings and regrets. I also like the occasional humour and sarcastic banter between Ichigo, Rukia and some of his friends and family members, which many teens will relate to. From time to time, we are reminded that there is a big age gap between Rukia and Ichigo. In one case, Ichigo wonders what Rukia means by 'opportunistically' (p. 39), while Rukia curtsies when greeting another girl (p. 92) and struggles to learn about present-day popular expressions and drinking juice (pp. 87-8, 172-4). The artwork is not bad although there is some variation in the realism of the characters' appearance - generally, they are more realistic when faces are shown close-up but sometines this order is reversed (e.g. on p. 100, Ichigo is more realistically portrayed in the middle frame of the top panel compared with his distorted expression in the large middle panel or his toddler-like head in the righthand frame of the bottom panel). However, the storyline and the artwork are good enough that it's easy to ignore these artistic discrepancies.Overall, it's an interesting story, with a new take on the shinigami, plenty of action, a sprinkling of humour and the presence of both good and evil spirits. I'll be interested to see where the story goes in future volumes of the series.
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  • D.M. Dutcher
    January 1, 1970
    If you review this solely reading the first volume and planning to read nothing else, you can easily add one or two more stars to it. The initial concept is fine, as is the art: Ichigo can see ghosts, and is more or less okay with that. He's a bit of a street punk with a good heart. It's similar to YuYu Hakusho: Goodbye, Material World!, Vol. 1 but with better art and better characters. He then runs into Rukia, a girl dressed all in black in an old style uniform, chasing what's called a Hollow. If you review this solely reading the first volume and planning to read nothing else, you can easily add one or two more stars to it. The initial concept is fine, as is the art: Ichigo can see ghosts, and is more or less okay with that. He's a bit of a street punk with a good heart. It's similar to YuYu Hakusho: Goodbye, Material World!, Vol. 1 but with better art and better characters. He then runs into Rukia, a girl dressed all in black in an old style uniform, chasing what's called a Hollow. Ichigo manages to steal her powers, and has to take her place fighting Hollows. It's not a bad premise at all, and for this volume it holds up nicely.The problem is that the series itself diverges so wildly from its premise and is bloated and filled with endless story arcs, manga volumes that record events lasting a few seconds for a whole chapter, and constant "power-ups." It's actually worse than Dragon Ball Z in terms of filler, and it shows no signs of stopping or getting better. Endless circular battles that have none of the charm or the purpose of this first volume but exist just to waste space. This is what's called "The Shonen Jump Curse" as every manga that seems to be released in the States in Shonen Jump magazine suffers from it. But Bleach is the worst of the lot, even more so than One Piece, Vol. 1: Romance Dawn.So while I can say this first volume is good, I can't rate it highly because the series as a whole quickly moves away from the premise and invalidates what could have been a great manga. It's also becoming a poster child for what is wrong in manga today.
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  • Tilly
    January 1, 1970
    Now as the series finished this year, I thought that I should finally starting Bleach because I never read it before. I liked this first volume definitely enough to continue, we'll see how the story will development. I really like Rukia's character by the way.
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  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • L. McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    Alright so I watched the anime of this a year or two ago, just didn’t remember it very well but remembered liking it. Now I’ve finished the first book, definitely liked it.What’s it about?The main character sees spirits and ghosts. A crazy thing involving that stuff happens to his family and changes his entire life and who he is. I know that description is vague as f*** but it’s the only way I can think of describing it without giving major spoilers.Pros:The story is very interesting and well wr Alright so I watched the anime of this a year or two ago, just didn’t remember it very well but remembered liking it. Now I’ve finished the first book, definitely liked it.What’s it about?The main character sees spirits and ghosts. A crazy thing involving that stuff happens to his family and changes his entire life and who he is. I know that description is vague as f*** but it’s the only way I can think of describing it without giving major spoilers.Pros:The story is very interesting and well written. Surprisingly emotional at times.The art is good.There’s some good manga action.This book is pretty funny at times despite the dark themes.This is a very unpredictable story, never gonna know what happens next.There’s some pretty cool monsters in this volume!Why not 5 stars:The characters aren’t very interesting. The main character is sorta cool but often whiny. His family is annoying. There’s a few other kinda generic side characters which wouldn’t be so bad if the other characters were interesting. There’s one interesting character in this book (the (view spoiler)[ former soul reaper (hide spoiler)]).Overall:I definitely recommend this one and will be continuing the series. It’s a great action-comedy with supernatural themes, that’s usually a recipe for a good comic, I just hope the characters get a bit more interesting.4/5
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  • Hitarthi Pandya
    January 1, 1970
    this was mine and my brother's second favourite anime ever (at the time we watched it..its still for me but dont know about him) and like naruto we watched 5-7 episodes a day. i am pretty sure i read fanfiction for this too but i am not really sure.
  • John Suters
    January 1, 1970
    Bleach itself is a fantastic series, all forms and styles. Whether you're reading the manga or watching the anime, you'll take great enjoyment in doing so. The story follows 15-year-old high school student, Ichigo Kurosaki, who has the strange ability to see the spirits of those who haven't passed on to the afterlife. One day after school, a mysterious girl appears in his room by the name of Rukia. She is what's known as a Soul Reaper, or shinigami, if you want to get technical. After a fight wi Bleach itself is a fantastic series, all forms and styles. Whether you're reading the manga or watching the anime, you'll take great enjoyment in doing so. The story follows 15-year-old high school student, Ichigo Kurosaki, who has the strange ability to see the spirits of those who haven't passed on to the afterlife. One day after school, a mysterious girl appears in his room by the name of Rukia. She is what's known as a Soul Reaper, or shinigami, if you want to get technical. After a fight with a dreadful spirit known as a Hollow, Rukia bestows her powers unto Ichigo in which he rightfully hands the Hollow a solid whooping and eventually destroys it. For however long it takes, Ichigo will learn from Rukia about how to be a proper Soul Reaper and protect the town and those he loves.In terms of the manga, it has a very solid stream about it. The stories and ideals remain consistent with each other, almost never branching off. In this sense, the story is rather easy to follow, but at the same time, it also allows for great plot twists to occur. This formula is presented in a win-win manner for the manga.In terms of the anime, it has some inconsistency, but mostly keeps the masses entertained. With the occasional filler episode (and in some rare cases: filler arcs), they are usually (in the earlier episodes, anyway) somewhat consistent and fairly well-written. However, Bleach eventually gets milked for all its worth and the quality suffers for it. By the end of these escapades, the series has dulled unlike Ichigo's Zanpakuto. However, if it's before episode 168, you'll most likely find yourself to enjoy it.By the end of it all, like Naruto, the quality drops. However, unlike Naruto, Bleach is able to maintain watchability and readability regardless of set money-milking. Overall, if you're a fan of anime, I highly recommend this series as a whole.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15 year old (why are they always 15???) student that has the ability to see, hear, and touch spirits. His ability leads soul reaper, Rukia, to him. When she is injured in battle she unknowingly transfers her soul reaping powers to him and thus begins his adventure.This has such an interesting story and seeing as it is amazingly popular I'm hoping/assuming the author does great things with it. In this first volume I was a little confused by what felt like silly and senseless Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15 year old (why are they always 15???) student that has the ability to see, hear, and touch spirits. His ability leads soul reaper, Rukia, to him. When she is injured in battle she unknowingly transfers her soul reaping powers to him and thus begins his adventure.This has such an interesting story and seeing as it is amazingly popular I'm hoping/assuming the author does great things with it. In this first volume I was a little confused by what felt like silly and senseless violence (like when Ichigo's father beats him for being late for dinner) but maybe this manga just isn't aimed at me as an audience, I don't know. It gets better as it goes along. The story is excellent, as I said, and each chapter builds up the world in tantalizing tidbits. I very much disliked Ichigo's whining and selfish act (it felt very cardboard and fake to me) but I'm guessing he gets over that as he turns into super awesome badass Soul Reaper Man. I hope.Very much enjoyed. Onto the next.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Bleach is very popular, and it's easy to see why. There's some very cool paranormal elements, plenty of action, and mostly likeable characters. I just didn't get into the story enough to stick around for the 40+ volumes to follow.
  • Nonah
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't start this until today, like what? xD I love this manga already!! I'm watching the Anime at the same time but damn this is good. I love it and Ichigo is amazing and who doesn't like his personality xD<3<3Rukia is pretty funny too and I also like Chad and Orihime is pretty cool too ^^<3
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  • Katie (Kitkatscanread)
    January 1, 1970
    Haha this is actually really entertaining!
  • Kayla Loewen
    January 1, 1970
    Such a good book.
  • Josu Grilli
    January 1, 1970
    Un primer tomo interesante, que pese a ser algo forzado, muestra una interesante historia :)
  • Djezelle
    January 1, 1970
    Манга во многом похожа на книги – герои, приключения, магия. Все это вы найдете на страницах любой приличной манги. Но есть одно маленькое отличие. У книг есть шанс – начать плохо, но разогнаться под конец. У шикарной ,прекрасной манги (и аниме) обычно один путь: начать за здравие, а закончить за упокой. Несомненно, есть случае, когда автору удается от начала и до конца удержать сюжет. Но «Блич» не тот случай. Да и вообще заметила, что все преданно любимые мной японские вещи скатились с уровня Ш Манга во многом похожа на книги – герои, приключения, магия. Все это вы найдете на страницах любой приличной манги. Но есть одно маленькое отличие. У книг есть шанс – начать плохо, но разогнаться под конец. У шикарной ,прекрасной манги (и аниме) обычно один путь: начать за здравие, а закончить за упокой. Несомненно, есть случае, когда автору удается от начала и до конца удержать сюжет. Но «Блич» не тот случай. Да и вообще заметила, что все преданно любимые мной японские вещи скатились с уровня Шикарно до ЧТОЗАЩИТ и РУКАЛИЦО. Но я хочу чтобы вы поняли меня, поэтому начну с самого начала, и да это совместный отзыв и на аниме и на мангу.Мое знакомство с Хлоркой началось ОЧЕНЬ давно. Должна отметить, что долго и неуверенно ходила вокруг. И вот я решилась. Вышедшие тогда серии аниме и главы манги были проглочены моментально. Я смотрела/читала сутками. «Блич» стал первой мангой и аниме, которые я начала смотреть сознательно, а не спонтанно и волей случая. Эта вещь вдохновила меня на мой масштабный творческий проект, позволив воплотить и сформировать в голове образы того, что я давно придумала, но не могла представить. Здесь было все – потрясающие, многогранные герои, невероятная мифология, экшн, битвы, тема дружбы и поколений. Это было от и до в моем стиле. Множество коротких сюжетных арок переплетались одной идей и общей проблемой. Хочу кстати отметить, что это манга, которой явно вдохновлялась Кассандра Клэр.Представьте себе, что вы — пятнадцатилетний японский школьник и учитесь в 9-м классе. Также у вас есть две младшие сестры. Ваш отец постоянно хочет вас «убить», правда лично он называет это тренировками. Но как ни странно, благодаря именно этому, вы все еще до сих пор живы. Вы ходите в школу, учитесь, приходя домой, вы садитесь и делаете домашнее задание. Ваша семья владеет местной клиникой, вы помогаете ей в клинике по вечерам. Ну, в общем, стандартная школьная жизнь подростка. Представили? Отлично! Но, добавьте к ней то, что, сколько вы помните себя, вы можете видеть призраков и разговаривать с ними. И то, что с 8 лет вы живете без материнской опеки. Вот так можно описать жизнь главного героя Куросаки Ичиго. Но, в один судьбоносный вечер к Ичиго, не осознавая того, что он может видеть призраков, приходит Бог Смерти. А что бы вы сделали на месте Ичиго, когда посреди вашей комнаты появляется странно одетый человек, в черном кимоно и с катаной в руке. А? Правильно, надо дать ему пинок, ногой в спину. Вот так можно описать первую встречу Ичиго с Кучики Рукией, которая положит начало долгой и захватывающей истории.Наш мир наполнен призраками и демонами. Для защиты баланса было создано Общество Душ, которое включает в себя 13 отрядов Шинигами (Боги Смерти). Во главе каждого отряда Капитан и его правая рука – Лейтенант. Каждый отряд неповторим и уникален – здесь и Разведотряд, отряд Целителей, отряд ученых и т.д. После событий в синопсисе, по прошествии некоторого времени Рукия Кучики обвиняется в страшном преступлении и приговорена Обществом Душ к уничтожению. Только вот все ли так просто? Нет, это лишь первая ступенька хитрого, сложного плана, так что Ичиго и его друзьям предстоит пройти много испытаний, обрести новые силы и отправиться в долгие странствия.Каждый из Эспады символизруют одну из причин Смерти. Десять путей, которые могут привести человека к погибели. Это выражается в способностях, убеждениях и формирует основу нашегос уществования. Одиночество. Жертвенность. Пустота. Пустота. Отчаяние. Разрушение. Опьянение. Безумие. Алчность. Ярость. Время.И все было прекрасно. Абсолютно. До той поры, как автор слили харизматичных злодеев, а именно Эспаду. Я любила этих ребят. Улькиорра, Гримджоу и Гин (не совсем Эспада, но злодей) и даже пафосный Айзен - это были злодеи в моем вкусе. Нелл, Харрибель… это вес те герои были необходимы данной манге. Их система иерархии и нумерации (люблю такую тему) – ах. И их всех слили. Разбив все надежды на прекрасная парочки (Орихиме/Уля, Гин/Мацумото) ну и просто лишив меня эстетического удовольствия. И вес надежды на то, что следующие будут красочнее и вкуснее разбиты в пух и прах. Так же и с сюжетом.Ее рука, что тянется ко мне...и есть душа.Я стану шинигами. И Рангику больше никогда не будет страдать.Логика после рамки арранкаров потеряна. Убита. Стерта в пыль. Ичиго просто самый имбовый перс в мире. Додуматься сделать под конец его таким мери-сьюшным это просто провал века. Нет, я понимаю, что главные герои ДОЛЖНЫ быть особенными. Иначе и неинтресно. Но ведь надо знать меру, ерно? А то Ичиго у нас Человек-Шинигами-Пустой-Подчиняющий-Квинси, чтобы вы понимали, если бы это был книжный герой, то цепочка выглядела бы так Человек-Вампир-Оборотень-Колдун-Призрак и тд. Сто в одном.А еще автор забивал на силу Орихиме. Героиня чудесная, обладает силой Бога. Невероятный целитель. А автор об этом забывает. Вечно делает героиню такого уровня девой в беде, ни на что не пригодной дурашкой. Убила бы.Так что после арки про победу над Айзеном я продолжаю читать мангу лишь на автомате, из-за излишней любви к определенным еще живым персам и мифологии (ну нравится мне идея с мечами, воплощением души, это так круто смотрится). Но для себя в уме историю переписала и развила по своему, включив все это в собственное творчество. Вот так вот.И все же за невероятную любовь к первым главам/сериям/аркам я буду помнить и любить.PS Там кстати в последних главам Гримм и Нелл появились… Харрибел еще жива…. Орихиме развили вроде, может не вес потеряно?
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  • JD Estrada
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up a copy of Bleach after watching a couple of episodes of the anime. Although a fun read, for me this is one of those cases where I prefer the anime versus the book version (or manga if you want to be specific). For me, it all comes down to pacing and what you prefer. If you're into a crazy over the top and try to keep up pace, the manga is for you. I think the anime paces things out a bit better and I think it's basically the difference between manga and anime in terms of delivering t I picked up a copy of Bleach after watching a couple of episodes of the anime. Although a fun read, for me this is one of those cases where I prefer the anime versus the book version (or manga if you want to be specific). For me, it all comes down to pacing and what you prefer. If you're into a crazy over the top and try to keep up pace, the manga is for you. I think the anime paces things out a bit better and I think it's basically the difference between manga and anime in terms of delivering the story. The artwork was pretty stellar though some panels were a bit tricky to follow and found myself double checking just to make sure I'd gotten the sequence right (and no, it wasn't the manga format, it was down to again, pacing). The story is pretty interesting, an entire family has the ability to perceive ghosts to different degrees and Ichigo, a ginger haired teen has the most honed ability... an understatement since he can full on interact with ghosts. This gift is the type that keeps giving, especially when referring to trouble, of which he receives a plenty. Having come into contact with countless ghosts, he was a bit surprised to discover the existence of Soul Reapers by meeting Rukia, a member of the Soul Society and herself a Soul Reaper. Long story short (so as not to offer spoilers), Ichigo becomes himself a soul reaper and this first volume deals with him coming to terms with his responsibilities and the complications that come about from being a soul reaper. A fun whacky read, give it a browse to make sure you like how the story flows and if you feel it a bit too jumpy, definitely check out the anime, which I highly recommend.
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  • Esma Tezgi
    January 1, 1970
    Sanırım aradığım manga serisini buldum. Bir süredir hem eğlenceli hem sürükleyici manga serisi arıyordum. Geçen başladığım Tokyo Ghoul'u sevsem de çok sarmamıştı ki Bleach çok iyi geldi. Karakterleri ve hiikayesini beğendim şimdilik, ilk sayı içinde hem dolu hem de sürükleyici idi. Shinigamiler ve ruhların olduğu bir seri, burada Shinigamiler Ölüm Defteri'ndekilerden biraz farklı. Yazar bir çok farklı kavram ve karakteri bir arada okura sunmuş ancak bunu başarılı bir şekilde hikayeye yedirmiş. Ş Sanırım aradığım manga serisini buldum. Bir süredir hem eğlenceli hem sürükleyici manga serisi arıyordum. Geçen başladığım Tokyo Ghoul'u sevsem de çok sarmamıştı ki Bleach çok iyi geldi. Karakterleri ve hiikayesini beğendim şimdilik, ilk sayı içinde hem dolu hem de sürükleyici idi. Shinigamiler ve ruhların olduğu bir seri, burada Shinigamiler Ölüm Defteri'ndekilerden biraz farklı. Yazar bir çok farklı kavram ve karakteri bir arada okura sunmuş ancak bunu başarılı bir şekilde hikayeye yedirmiş. Şimdilik seride ilerlemek istiyorum.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    Another great manga series that inserts itself nicely among my other reading, giving me a surprisingly enjoyable taste of action, characters, humor, and story. Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts. It's been an unusual, useful, and slightly annoying talent to him, but otherwise the life he lives above his father's clinic with his two sisters is normal.And then a strange girl, who calls herself Rukia and claims to be something called a Soul Reaper, comes through his window in the mi Another great manga series that inserts itself nicely among my other reading, giving me a surprisingly enjoyable taste of action, characters, humor, and story. Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts. It's been an unusual, useful, and slightly annoying talent to him, but otherwise the life he lives above his father's clinic with his two sisters is normal.And then a strange girl, who calls herself Rukia and claims to be something called a Soul Reaper, comes through his window in the middle of the night. And when a nightmarish spirit called a Hollow attacks Ichigo's family, it doesn't take him long to realize that Rukia has brought a whole new world along with her; the world of spirits and souls, swords and energy from beyond the realm of the living. From Ichigo's quiet Japanese hometown, to the perilous realm of the Soul Society and beyond, this story is amazingly well-crafted for something I originally expected to be nothing more than fights. The art is sharp and bold, the characters drawn so uniquely that despite the massive cast it's easy to tell them apart. More than that, the characters are each well-developed with their own histories, motives, and personality quirks, from Ichigo and his assorted group of friends to the Soul Reapers of the spirit world.Overall, a well-balanced manga that includes both bloody fights and comedy, touching relationships and epic confrontations. In essence, something for everyone.
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  • Allan Walsh
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I’m a little behind on my Goodreads reading challenge and need to make up some ground. So I have switched to Manga for my next review. Bleach Vol 1 starts the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a boy who sees ghosts. An unexpected encounter with Rukia Kuchiki and Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, hunting evil spirits that eat the souls of humans with psychic energy.The Bad Stuff: For some, the reading from right to left, starting at what we from the western world would call ‘the back of the book,’ may Okay, I’m a little behind on my Goodreads reading challenge and need to make up some ground. So I have switched to Manga for my next review. Bleach Vol 1 starts the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a boy who sees ghosts. An unexpected encounter with Rukia Kuchiki and Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, hunting evil spirits that eat the souls of humans with psychic energy.The Bad Stuff: For some, the reading from right to left, starting at what we from the western world would call ‘the back of the book,’ may be hard. Other will enjoy this and find it adds to their enjoyment. For me, there is nothing bad about this, it’s manga! Oh… yeah – I’ve found that you either like manga or you don’t. I like it, so it’s all good news for me. If you are one of those that dislike it, you’re probably not going to read it anyway.The Good Stuff: This is manga at its best, it’s easy to read, well illustrated and witty, providing some laugh out load moments. The characters are fun and will keep you amused as you follow them through the book. I loved Vol 1 and I’m looking forward to moving through the next 20 volumes on my book shelf. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 Golden bookmarks.
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  • Alexis U
    January 1, 1970
    YES I AM GOING TO COUNT THIS TOWARDS MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE LEAVE ME ALONE OKAY.So, technically, I have the 3-Volume bindup and not each volume, but I've decided to review them all separately. Because I can. I have that ability.So, this was something my boyfriend has been BEGGING for me to get into. Not that I was opposed, but (long boring story) and basically I can only really watch anime that doesn't require me to stare at the screen to, like, read subtitles, or pay very close attention to wha YES I AM GOING TO COUNT THIS TOWARDS MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE LEAVE ME ALONE OKAY.So, technically, I have the 3-Volume bindup and not each volume, but I've decided to review them all separately. Because I can. I have that ability.So, this was something my boyfriend has been BEGGING for me to get into. Not that I was opposed, but (long boring story) and basically I can only really watch anime that doesn't require me to stare at the screen to, like, read subtitles, or pay very close attention to what's going on. That's an extreme limitation. But I still wanted to get into this, as I have ever since I was a wee lass flipping through my uncle's Shonen Jump magazines backwards.Holy crap, am I so, so glad I did.I love these characters. I love the art style. I love this world. This story is hitting all my sweet spots. I want to write more, but really I would rather be reading.
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  • Kricket
    January 1, 1970
    Ichigo can see ghosts. Then a soul reaper shows up in his bedroom and tells him he needs to carry a big sword and kill bad ghosts who are about to kill good ghosts...or humans. Ok, so it's more complicated than that.There were some pretty bizarre elements here that I wasn't wild about- like Ichigo and his father constantly beating on each other, the obsession with Orihime's boobs, and the portrayal of the big bad thugs...but I can also see the appeal here so I'll probably keep going. You know, f Ichigo can see ghosts. Then a soul reaper shows up in his bedroom and tells him he needs to carry a big sword and kill bad ghosts who are about to kill good ghosts...or humans. Ok, so it's more complicated than that.There were some pretty bizarre elements here that I wasn't wild about- like Ichigo and his father constantly beating on each other, the obsession with Orihime's boobs, and the portrayal of the big bad thugs...but I can also see the appeal here so I'll probably keep going. You know, for research purposes. And because I like Rukia.
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