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Bleach, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 19, 2004
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- Bleach has amazing (well, by manga standards) artwork, going for a more angular style reminiscent of Trigun, where even the tiny illustrations of the characters have a special look to them.
- The storyline is interesting, focusing on not just the development of the main character, Ichigo, but the characters around him that grow (not so much in this volume, but the foundations of the series rest on this volume. It ends on a cliffhanger by the way, expect to buy more volumes.
- Tite Kubo likes to keep character bios and diagrams with his mangas, like in his previous book, ZombiePowder. It is not lacking in Bleach, but I have the feeling some of the bios were altered so that americans could emphasize a little better (at least with favorite song).
Overall, Bleach is amazing, and a great alternative to getting punched in the gut.
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.
Bleach was a little too slapstick for me at first, but once it settled down into telling its story, it got quite good. There are some moments that are quite cheesy, but nothing damaging. The art is nice and clean and the characters are charismatic and likeable. It is quite funny but can also have sequences that are touching. Overall, this is a good start but I hope the following volumes continue to build on the plot.
After the second book, I was interested, and after the third book, I was hopelessly addicted. This series is so good that it has become a very difficult addiction. Ironically, I rather didn't like the artwork that much, and almost all of the characters I found to be annoying. And then, the more I saw them, and as each character developed, I liked it more and more. Aside from Ichigo, Rukia, and Orihime, (and later on Yuruichi), I really didn't like any new character as they were introduced... and yet, the more I knew of them, the more I liked them, and then started to like them even more for the things I initially disliked.... I have grown to love these edgy and unique characters and artwork....(ah, how confusing!) After inhaling the first twelve books in the space of only two days, I simply could not get enough of this series. The anime is absolutely fantastic as well; after watching over 76 episodes of sub-titles (and I must add that I HATE subtitles) It has become one of my all-time favorites, requiring complete wallpaper changes for my computers and my cell-phone, as well as my ringtone and music selection. This series is good enough to make we want to learn Japanese to fully appreciate the original form. Don't take this as the ravings of some mad-Otaku, no, I have never been one of those. This could happen to you, too. It's just simply that good. Rukia and Ichigo have become almost the cornerstones of my life. Thank you Tite Kubo; thank you.
The basic story utilizes very loosely various elements of Greek and Japanese mythology. The protagonist is a young man named Ichigo who is an odd duck, from an odd family. He is a young high school student with strawberry hair, who lives with his father and two younger sisters. As if being teased about his weird hair color isn't bad enough, he has some weird spirit sense abilities. First off, don't pay attention to the fact that other characters have hair colors other than dark hair, and that Ichigo is thus not that odd. It's part of the humor and characterization, so just bear with it.
Anyways, the spirit sense come into play in that he can see ghosts. And no, he isn't crazy. At times in the near future, he will probably wish he were crazy, but he isn't. As someone who can see ghosts, he takes it upon himself to scare off folks who are desecrating the place that a spirit hangs out. He doesn't really enjoy his self-appointed tasks, or his abilities, but he does them nonetheless.
One day, things take a turn for the truly weird – yes, it can get even worse to the point that the above seems almost normal by comparison – when a girl suddenly appears in his room one night, and then his family is attacked by a monster. It turns out the girl is a supernatural being called a “soul reaper” (as in the Grim Reaper), whose job it is to send souls to the “soul society” where they will rest while awaiting reincarnation. Most souls, though fearful, go willingly once the truth is explained, but some souls, called “hollows” go bad.Read more ›
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Bleach is a pretty great read. Action-packed and very interesting.
I didn't notice anything weird with translations like Viz Media did with Naruto and One Piece so I'll give... Read more
I was not a fan of manga, but I do enjoy anime and Bleach is one of my favorites. I decided to give the manga a shot and I love it. I wish I had read it sooner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I haven't seen something like this before, it is always nice to read a book with a fresh slant. The characters are thrown at you quickly, but you aren't left scratching your head... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eudora vern
Thenovel graphic itself is excellent. It took me a while to get use to sweeping right to left to read it. Once I got the hang of it it was fun. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jennifer Havens
This is my mangaupdates review for Vol.1-50 from 2013:
I stumbled upon the anime many moons ago when it was new and i was an older teen. Read more