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Bleach, Volume 01 (Bleach #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 19th 2004 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 5th 2002)
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Shadowjac Depends, here's a run down on some of the questionable content.
There's a decent amount of swearing but no f-bombs
For sexual content Kubo draws most of…more
Depends, here's a run down on some of the questionable content.
There's a decent amount of swearing but no f-bombs
For sexual content Kubo draws most of his female characters with large breasts, later in the series there is mild nudity, no nipples are shown but the character in question is clearly naked. One of the characters is a pervert who dreams of touching breasts.
The series has large amounts of violence, it's not the most realistic but you see large amounts of black ink to represent the blood.

As for alternative series if your looking for action shonen manga I'd recommend :
One Piece
Record of a Fallen Vampire
Pokemon Adventures
Astro Boy
Pandora Hearts (slightly more mature than the others on this list)

And just general manga appropriate for middle schools
Chi's Sweet Home
Cardcaptor Sakura
Ultra Maniac
Hollow Fields
The Recipe for Gertrude
Yakitate!! Japan(less)
Death Note, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi OhbaFullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu ArakawaFruits Basket, Vol. 1 by Natsuki TakayaOuran High School Host Club, Vol. 1 by Bisco HatoriVampire Knight, Vol. 1 by Matsuri Hino
Best Manga Book Ever
6th out of 855 books — 3,219 voters
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu ArakawaDeath Note, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi OhbaNaruto, Vol. 01 by Masashi KishimotoOne Piece, Volume 01 by Eiichiro OdaBleach, Volume 01 by Tite Kubo
Best Shounen Series
5th out of 160 books — 465 voters

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Aug 31, 2015 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, giveaway
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 ...more
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon

Read up to Volume 570+

Right. So it's been years since I've watched Bleach and let me tell you, THIS IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST ANIME/MANGA EVAH EVAH EVAH

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:

Kuchiki Byakuya

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
Dec 29, 2011 Πέτρος rated it did not like it
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 most seem to like 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 myself.

First arc: Bleach began as urban fantasy, with teenagers being able to see ghosts and fighting to protect themselves and their frien
Aug 21, 2007 Case rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anime fans
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 ...more
Nov 16, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites, manga
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.


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
Aug 17, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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- ...more
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)

Okay, I really liked this and all, but now freaking way am I reading all 600+ and counting chapters of this. 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 completely unfamiliar of and the characters were pretty good. I liked Ichigo and his band of friends, and I liked the humor they created together.
Maddie Senator
Sep 29, 2009 Maddie Senator rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it
Having enjoyed reading Tsugumi Ohba and Taskeshi Obata's Death Note: Black Edition series in 2011/12, I've been interested in finding another good manga series to follow. One such series I identified in 2011 (based on ratings and comments at Goodreads) was Bleach but it wasn't until six days ago that I found the first volume, Strawberry and the Soul Reapers in my local book shop's manga section. Unlike Death Note and certain other manga titles, Bleach isn't listed in 500 Essential Graphic Novels ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Dec 24, 2011 D.M. Dutcher rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, manga
If you review this solely reading the first volume and planning to read nothing else, you can easily add one or two more stars to it. The initial concept is fine, as is the art: Ichigo can see ghosts, and is more or less okay with that. He's a bit of a street punk with a good heart. It's similar to YuYu Hakusho: Goodbye, Material World!, Vol. 1 but with better art and better characters.

He then runs into Rukia, a girl dressed all in black in an old style uniform, chasing what's called a Hollow.
Apr 23, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15 year old (why are they always 15???) student that has the ability to see, hear, and touch spirits. His ability leads soul reaper, Rukia, to him. When she is injured in battle she unknowingly transfers her soul reaping powers to him and thus begins his adventure.

This has such an interesting story and seeing as it is amazingly popular I'm hoping/assuming the author does great things with it. In this first volume I was a little confused by what felt like silly and senseless
John Suters
Oct 20, 2011 John Suters rated it it was amazing
Bleach itself is a fantastic series, all forms and styles. Whether you're reading the manga or watching the anime, you'll take great enjoyment in doing so. The story follows 15-year-old high school student, Ichigo Kurosaki, who has the strange ability to see the spirits of those who haven't passed on to the afterlife. One day after school, a mysterious girl appears in his room by the name of Rukia. She is what's known as a Soul Reaper, or shinigami, if you want to get technical. After a fight wi ...more
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
May 15, 2016 Katie (Kitkatscanread) rated it it was amazing
Haha this is actually really entertaining!
Jul 01, 2015 Djezelle rated it it was amazing

Манга во многом похожа на книги – герои, приключения, магия. Все это вы найдете на страницах любой приличной манги. Но есть одно маленькое отличие. У книг есть шанс – начать плохо, но разогнаться под конец. У шикарной ,прекрасной манги (и аниме) обычно один путь: начать за здравие, а закончить за упокой. Несомненно, есть случае, когда автору удается от начала и до конца удержать сюжет. Но «Блич» не тот случай. Да и вообще заметила, что все преданно любимые мной японские вещи скатились с уровня Ш
Read up to chapter 587
...and I'm totally done. The story is just repeating itself. Not to mention that we've seen these same themes and situations in all other shounen manga. Also, there was something quite funny in this arc (at least for me): the villain, Juha aka. Yhwach. Now, what's so funny about that you ask? Well... in Slovenian "juha" means soup. Yes, that's right, soup. I laughed, snickered or at the very least smirked every time his name was mentioned. Every. Single. Time.
But that's jus
Allan Walsh
May 23, 2016 Allan Walsh rated it really liked it
Okay, I’m a little behind on my Goodreads reading challenge and need to make up some ground. So I have switched to Manga for my next review. Bleach Vol 1 starts the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a boy who sees ghosts. An unexpected encounter with Rukia Kuchiki and Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, hunting evil spirits that eat the souls of humans with psychic energy.

The Bad Stuff: For some, the reading from right to left, starting at what we from the western world would call ‘the back of the book,’ may
Jan 18, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it
Another great manga series that inserts itself nicely among my other reading, giving me a surprisingly enjoyable taste of action, characters, humor, and story.

Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts. It's been an unusual, useful, and slightly annoying talent to him, but otherwise the life he lives above his father's clinic with his two sisters is normal.

And then a strange girl, who calls herself Rukia and claims to be something called a Soul Reaper, comes through his window in the mi
Apr 10, 2015 Tomás rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Empecé esta serie muchos años atrás. Llegué hasta el tomo número 18 o por ahí y la dejé, la vendí y me olvidé. Ahora me dieron ganas de empezarla de nuevo. Mi objetivo es no dejarla y seguirla periódicamente.

Este primer tomo es más que nada una introducción para los personajes, con buenas escenas de acción y toques de humor muy efectivos.

Me explayaré más en los siguientes tomos.

Mar 11, 2016 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, library, ghosts
Ok so that was great. That was freaking great. Must get book 2 ASAP.
Jan 28, 2008 Kricket rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, 2008, shonen
Ichigo can see ghosts. Then a soul reaper shows up in his bedroom and tells him he needs to carry a big sword and kill bad ghosts who are about to kill good ghosts...or humans. Ok, so it's more complicated than that.

There were some pretty bizarre elements here that I wasn't wild about- like Ichigo and his father constantly beating on each other, the obsession with Orihime's boobs, and the portrayal of the big bad thugs...but I can also see the appeal here so I'll probably keep going. You know, f
Melissa Chung
Dec 07, 2014 Melissa Chung rated it it was amazing
Totally hilarious. Ichigo or Strawberry to his friends is the main character of this paranormal manga. Ichigo can see dead people and one day bumps into a girl named Rukia who happens to be a soul reaper.

Ichigo and his father's relationship is dysfunctional but hilarious. They have yelling matches and hit each other which would be considered child abuse but since this is the work of fiction I'm not at all offended.

One ordinary day after screaming at his dad that he is overly strict Ichigo sees
Mar 25, 2016 Shahd rated it really liked it
predictable but funny
Alexis U
May 19, 2015 Alexis U rated it it was amazing

So, technically, I have the 3-Volume bindup and not each volume, but I've decided to review them all separately. Because I can. I have that ability.

So, this was something my boyfriend has been BEGGING for me to get into. Not that I was opposed, but (long boring story) and basically I can only really watch anime that doesn't require me to stare at the screen to, like, read subtitles, or pay very close attention to wha
Aug 22, 2010 Kati rated it really liked it
The anime was quite true to the manga when it started so I pretty much know what will happen. Still, it's fun to read the story in a manga format. But I'm glad that I've seen the anime first because I can now imagine the Hollows' terrible, chilling scream. This manga is definitely a nice mix of humor, horror and action.
Aurora Dimitre
Jun 07, 2015 Aurora Dimitre rated it it was amazing
So, okay, by 'childhood revisited' I mean like, 8th grade revisited, but the nostalgia factor stands. I absolutely loved this series as a child - both the manga + the anime, it was sort of my gateway manga, if you will.

And I still love it. It's so weird to see these early volumes, with their art, because Kubo gets so much better . Like damn, he gets absolutely phenomenal, when these first ones are a little rough on the art. It's so great to see all of these characters, even if I will never b
Mar 29, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ghosts, comics
Bleach is very popular, and it's easy to see why. There's some very cool paranormal elements, plenty of action, and mostly likeable characters. I just didn't get into the story enough to stick around for the 40+ volumes to follow.
IzamaRi H. Fabela
Oct 25, 2015 IzamaRi H. Fabela rated it really liked it

Bleach nos cuenta la historia de Ichigo un adolescente de 15 años que desde siempre ha podido ver fantasmas. Para él resulta muy natural encontrarse con fantasmas pero cuando una chica aparece en

su habitación diciéndole que es un Shinigami, Ichigo no le cree hasta que un ser monstruoso aparece en su casa atacando a su familia. Rukia (la shinigami) intenta pelear con el monstruo pero algo sale mal y está a punto de morir a menos que le transfiera un poco de su
I should have read this a long time ago but kept putting it off. And I loved it! This is the second time that I've come across shinigami's in manga's and I loved it!
Kayla Loewen
Jan 09, 2016 Kayla Loewen rated it it was amazing
Such a good book.
Bryan martin
Dec 10, 2014 Bryan martin rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was amazing. If you like books filled with action. Also if you like graphic novels I would recommend you to read this book. the main characters are Ichigo Kurosaki,and Rukia Kuchiki. The main plot is that Rukia was a soul reaper and she accidentally gave Ichigo all of her soul reaper powers by the way Ichigo can see ghost. I rated this book 5 stars because it was awesome. I also read Laurel’s review"This manga series is absolutely amazing! Anyone considering whether or not to ...more
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久保 帯人, also transliterated Taitou Kubo, Taito Kubo, or Jiu bao dai ren.

The son of a town council member in Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima. He never took drawing seriously until he was 17; after reading Dragon Ball he knew he wanted to be a manga artist. At the age of 18 he submitted his first concept for the series Zombiepowder but it got rejected. Zombiepowder was rejected multiple times until K
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