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Bleach, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 19, 2004
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Bleach is author Tite Kubo's second title. Kubo made his debut with ZombiePowder, a four-volume series for Weekly Shonen Jump. To date, Bleach has been translated into numerous languages and has also inspired an animated TV series that began airing in Japan in 2004. Beginning its serialization in 2001, Bleach is still a mainstay in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2005, Bleach was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen (boys) category.
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The art is what you would expect from a Weekly Shonen Manga, edgy, sometimes disfigured characters roam the pages, although it does add to the Bleach feel. Since the chapters are published weekly, they are shorter and you can read through the manga in about 1 hour if you really pull through.
The writting and one-liners in this volume are nice, and the pacing feels natural most of the time. Ichigos short temper and high kicks make him a comical character to follow along, and his will to fight to kick every Hollows butt is enough to make me throw MY money at the computer screen!
Overall, Bleach Volume 1 was a nice, if not short read with decent art, good dialogue, and giant swords! 4/5
I didn't notice anything weird with translations like Viz Media did with Naruto and One Piece so I'll give it 5 stars.
I won't be buying further volumes though in case they do do something weird with translation. Volumes 1 of Naruto and One Piece have decided that much for me about Viz Media.
The first volume give notice to Ichigo, the first soul reaper he meets, and Ichigo's friends. Not much really is going on in the first volume, but it shows what makes a good manga and that is potential for great character progression. Being a Jump Comic there is not really any romance or gory scenes even in the later volumes.
This is definetly worth a read either at a libary or for an otaku, I would definetly recommend buying this manga.
I decided to see what the roots of the TV show was like and checked out the first volume of Bleach, the manga. I was shocked at how closely the show followed this novel. It is a storyboard for everything that happens in the anime, right down to the sometimes-hilarious facial expressions and situations. The tried and true statement of 'the book is always better' holds up here; small details in the manga don't often make it on the air.
The art is very well done and I appreciated being able to read it in the right-to-left manner intended by its author. Another plus to reading the manga is that you can see the full range of sketches that inspire the 'Death God - Picture Book' short that is found at the end of many of the episodes in the series.