Bleach, Volume 01 by Tite Kubo

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 h...

Title:Bleach, Volume 01
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ISBN:1591164419
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:200 pages

Bleach, Volume 01 Reviews

  • Case
    Aug 21, 2007

    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.

  • Maddie Senator
    Sep 29, 2009

    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.

  • Kathryn
    May 08, 2011

    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.

  • Petros
    Dec 01, 2011

    Rant mode on

    I 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 on

    I 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.

  • Laurel
    Jul 08, 2012

    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!

  • Megan
    Sep 21, 2013

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
    Jul 23, 2015

    Okay, I really liked this and all, but

    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

    unfamiliar of and the characters were pretty good. I liked Ichigo and his band of friends, and I liked the humor they created together.

  • Paige  Bookdragon
    Feb 20, 2016

    Right. So it's been years since I've watched Bleach and let me tell you,

    I 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:

    I 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

    Right. So it's been years since I've watched Bleach and let me tell you,

    I 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:

    I 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.

    What 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.

    100 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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