Bleach by Tite Kubo was a fun read. I look forward to reading more in the series which has 17/26 volumes currently available. Bleach Vol.1: Strawberry and the Soul Reapers introduces us to Ichigo Kurosaki. His family runs a clinic. Life is interesting for Ichigo. He’s a high school kid who has a special gift: he can see ghosts. This ability allows him to meet death god, Rukia Kuchiki. Rukia is a Soul Reaper and a member of the mysterious Soul Society. She meets Ichigo while tracking down an evil spirit. She is shocked that Ichigo can see her. Their conversation is abruptly cut short by a “hollow” or evil spirit. Ichigo’s family is targeted by this evil spirit because it was searching for Ichigo. Hollows are attracted to humans who exert strong spiritual energy. Thus, a fight ensues and a transfer of power is conferred on Ichigo in combat in order to save his family. It is a responsibility he is stuck with and one that he reluctantly accepts. His job as a Soul Reaper is to protect the living and the dead from these Hollow spirits. What are hollow spirits ? Hollow spirits are dead souls who prey on humans and spirits alike. They eat souls because it eases their pain. Will Rukia get her powers back? What else is in store for Ichigo? I can’t wait to find out.
I really enjoyed this installment and am glad that I had the forethought to have volume 2 on my shelf ready to read after this one. I am ready to read more of Ichigo’s adventures. This series is pretty expansive and very popular. I’d always had the first two volumes here but never read them. There’s bits of humor as well as suspense. Dialogue and action sequences were pretty easy to follow. The artwork is somewhat clean and easy to follow. There are sound effect sequences that were a bit confusing at first. Ichigo is a rough and tumble kid who doesn’t want to be bothered by “responsibility.” However, he is loyal to family and is slowly stepping into his new role. This is a great manga to start with as it helps newbies who are are not used to the “right to left” format. I know as a new manga reader starting out, I was averse to this but now, I prefer the right to left format. This is a wildly popular series that has expanded to musicals, film and TV. Worldwide ,this manga has sold over 34 million copies. It is rated T for Teens. Check this one out. My grade, B+.
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