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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HIP456
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Bleach, Vol. 1 (DVD)

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Orange-haired high school student Ichigo Kurosaki, the hero of the fantasy-adventure Bleach (2004) has the unsettling ability to see the spirits of the dead, at least the ones who are unable to rest in peace. Mysterious explosions in his neighborhood lead Ichigo to Rukia, a Soul Reaper whose job consists of destroying Hollows (soul-eating monsters) and ensuring the deceased find safe repose with the Soul Society. When she's injured in a battle with one of the mask-faced Hollows, Rukia transfers her sword and much of her power to Ichigo. The spiritual energy that enabled him to see spirits makes him a formidable substitute Soul Reaper, but he's not sure he wants the job: too many risks and moral dilemmas. A winning combination of supernatural adventure, well-executed sword fights, and fractious comedy (Ichigo and Rukia bicker constantly), Bleach scored a big hit in Japan: the series ran for more than 100 episodes, and was followed by two OVAs and a theatrical feature. It should find an equally enthusiastic audience in the U.S. (Unrated, suitable for ages 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon

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Suffice to say we were utterly blown away.
Francis M. Laidler
The manga is definitely better; I think my reasons are similar to any other person who reads the manga first.
Keith A. Jones
It's hilariously funny, deep and thoughtful, beautifully drawn and has a plot that keeps you on your toes.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sinatra on September 6, 2006
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Yet another juggernaut has made its way across the Pacific - and this time, it has attitude. Another mega-hit manga adapted into a mega-hit Anime series, Bleach brings a whole new definition to the word "Action-Adventure" - and does it with style.

Young Anime artist Kubo Noriaki's (also known as "Kubotite") "Bleach" is the story of 15-year old Ichigo Kurosaki, who is ANYTHING but an ordinary high-school student. Possessing superhuman "Reiatsu" (loosely translated as "spirit force/ability"), he has the ability to see and communicate with Spirits of the recently deceased. However, Ichigo's life is changed forever when an evil-spirit, a "Hollow" threatens his family and friends. In the process, he encounters a young Soul Reaper named Rukia, who after being gravely wounded, entrusts Ichigo with her powers. Becoming a "substitute", Ichigo unwittingly receives the task of performing Rukia's duties on Earth, which include vanquishing Hollows, and "burying" good spirits by sending them to "Soul Society" (a kind of Japanese "Heaven"). And so begins the saga of Ichigo Kurosaki, Substitute Soul Reaper.

Considering the immense fan-base in the US, as well as Japan, it seemed as though it was only a matter of time that "Bleach" The Anime made it overseas. Already a major hit with internet viewers, as well as a best-selling translated-English manga, Bleach takes traditional Japanese culture and heritage and sends it smashing into bold, hip, modern style - and with surprisingly fantastic results. Almost every character in Bleach is interesting, developed, and well-defined. Writing is top-notch, and viewers will certainly find themselves gasping in awe one moment, and breaking out laughing the next.

Refreshing, original, and genre-defining, Bleach is a gem among 21st century Anime.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K.Shin on December 11, 2006
I have always been an anime fan as it was a natural progression from my Transformers and to a lesser extent Voltron days. Japanese anime seemed to be the next logical step. Maybe each year I go through one series or two series for my anime fix. And I admit that some series hasn't lasted more than 5 shows with me. To me anime is meant to show you some action that can't be done with film (like Gundam), imaginative (Evangelion or even the manga Death Note), or funny (Slam Dunk, Dragon Ball, 10 episodes out of like 200 for Naruto), and definitely have that note of suspense.

Bleach has everything in an absolutely brilliantly written plot line. It has more characters than any anime I have ever seen and the writer made it so well integrated with the story line that the story doesn't miss a beat or leave a moment of confusion. There is no other anime that can introduce a cast of so many characters without feeling any slowdown. The main character is firmly established, but the side characters add to the drama, suspense, action, and can be so funny that suffers of asthma should consult their doctors before watching or just hold your inhaler really close.

So addictive it makes you curse the speed at which your dvd player will open to put in the next disk or the fact that you have to wash your hands after you pee. And I thank god that for most of the episodes out so far there isn't that annoying 2-10 mins of flashbacks each episode so you DON'T feel like the story isn't moving fast enough and unlike other animes feel that the stupid producers were too lazy to make any real progress in the show. If anything sometimes I felt the story was moving too fast since I was hoping this series wouldn't end too soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francis M. Laidler on September 24, 2006
When I was at Anime Expo in Anaheim back in '05 people were going nuts over the mention of the word Bleach. I really had no effing idea what they were on about, and frankly, I'm not too keen on crazily hyped up anime, since they NEVER live up to it. Then, early the next year, my friend and fellow anima freek and I saw it. Suffice to say we were utterly blown away. It really is a fun, action filled ad venture. And though some arcs have suspiciously Dragon Ball Z like figh sequences (going on for 20 epidones or something like it) it's made entertaining and fresh enough so one doesn't really notice it. And it's really a series of fights anyway. Really more like Yu Yu Hakusho with a better plot and characters. However, my friend says there is a later filler season (they're up to something around 172 episodes or something like that) where the manga has run out and needs to catch up, however it seems to pick up later on. ANyay, this is a worthwhile long haul action, adventure, and comedy stuffed ride which is worth the long term investment.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Duncan on January 1, 2007
First off, my title and rating are not a reflection of the show, but of the American release. If I had to rate the show on a scale of 1 to 5, it'd be a 9. It has a great balance of drama, comedy, action, and all the little quirks that make us anime fans jump off the couch, throwing our dorito stained hands into the air with glee while the rest of the world looks on in horror. Despite the quirks, though, it remains accessible to everyone, and has turned many of my friends to anime where other series failed to do so.

Hell, even the filler arc of the show (you know, filler: that thing that killed Naruto) gets better toward its second half and has you waiting on the edge of your seat just like the rest of the show. It's all fabulous.

As for the DVD, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Some will argue that certain instances of profanity have been cut and replaced with more "suitable" material, but that all just depends on who your Japanese interpreter is. As has already been said by other reviewers, if you don't like the English dub of the series, just switch back to Japanese. Simple as that.

My only beefs with the whole thing are economic and aesthetic. Bleach is a loooong series with no sign of stopping any time soon, so throwing on 5+ episodes per disc instead of 4 or less would have been nice on the wallet of those few and devoted who will actually end up buying the whole series over time. Also, though nothing has been cut out of this release, I would still like to see Bleach get the Naruto treatment here with longer, multiple disc box sets that cover larger or whole portions of a story arc. It cuts down on shipping/packaging costs and resources, looks a hell of a lot nicer, and won't take up an entire attic when the series is all wrapped up.

Oh, and Kenpachi rocks almost TOO hard.
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Can you watch this in Japanese with English subs?
Yes. You have to use Torrent to download. Up until now, they have 128 eps. with perfect english sub. If you don't know what torrent is, then, go to bitcomet.com and download the program. Next go to tokyotosho.com and chose which eps you want to download. Hope this'd help you.
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