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Bleach Volume 01: Strawberry and the Soul Reapers (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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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
Aug 21, 2007 Case rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: manga, favorites
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
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
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
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
Maddie Senator
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
D.M. Dutcher
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.
haha, so much action yet so hilarious.
Totally gonna read the rest >.<
John Suters
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Sue Moro
Bleach vol. 1

15-year-old, orange haired, Ichigo Kurosaki lives with his father and two sisters. He has the ability to see and speak with spirits who are unable to rest in peace, much to his father's annoyance.

One day Ichigo encounters a young, sword-wielding Soul Reaper named Rukia. Her job is to destroy Hollows (monsters that devour souls of spirits still trapped on Earth) and send them to their rest with the Soul Society. She is quite surprised that the boy can see her since Soul Reapers are i
Jan 21, 2011 Henry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2-tri
Normal teenager Ichigo Kurisaki Has always been able to see spirits when no one else except his sisters can. This story takes place in Japan. One night a black figure steps in the ichigos window wearing a sword and a black kimono. Ichigo wakes up and finds the figure. She explains that she is a sole reaper and that she destroys evil hollows and sends good holes to the place she came from the Sole Society. Then a hollow crashes threw the house and hurts his two sisters. Rukia the sole reaper stab ...more
My boyfriend introduced me to this manga/ anime. At first I was not interested but then he insisted I should watch it, so I reluctantly listened to him and locked myself in my room and watched five (Yeah, five) hours of it. Who knew I was going to actually love Bleach? MEh.

The story goes like this:

Ichigo is 15. He also sees ghost and hits his father. He also never thought his ability would get him into a lot of problems. What kind of problems? You may ask. Well, Ichigo's life was normal, at leas
Besides the fabulous Inuyasha, I usually do not read shonen manga, but when my local Half Price Books had volumes 1-27 of Bleach on sale for $1 each plus my 30% off coupon, how could I resist? Boy am I happy I "splurged" on this series ! I want to start with a huge gush about the is the absolute best manga work I have ever seen. It is rare that inside is as good as the cover art and I just love the style and the "look" of Ichigo, especially when his soul leaves his body and he is in tr ...more
Characters - 5/5 - Excellent characters who I really fell in love with. I found them interesting, exciting and certainly very unique. There was also a wide variety of characters with many different personalities in there, too. Basically, exactly what I look for in characters when I'm rating!

Plot - 4.5/5 - Amazing! I've never read anything like it before and loved all the ideas and things in there. The Japanese themed stuff was great and added a feeling of culture to the read. Finally, I thought
I was quite pleased to finally be able to read the manga for one of my favorite anime shows. I now love Bleach even more!

The first volume of Bleach is pretty much used as an introduction to the story and characters, even so, it is an extremely fast paced read. In this volume you have Ichigo (who can see spirits) being introduced to the world of Soul Reapers when he meets Rukia and how he ends up becoming one.

What I really found to be the most interesting aspect of Bleach would have to be
I picked this up because the series is insanely popular with the kids at work, and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. Other popular manga series (Deathnote, Fruits Basket) have left me cold, but this one's completely sucked me in.

Ichigo already stands out from his peers: he can see ghosts, he has bright orange hair, and his sense of personal honor won't let him back down from a fight. A chance encounter with a Soul Reaper fighting a Hollow (a very dangerous demonlike being) leads to Ichigo
LOVE IT! Truthfully, I got introduced to the Bleach series first through the anime (which I still obsessively watch and enjoy). Since I liked the anime so much I decided to check out the manga it's based on. Tite Kubo does a fantastic job - both with the story and art. And the anime and manga are very true to each other. Bleach is basically the story of Ichigo and a motley crue of friends who all are gifted with very strong spiritual powers. Fate introduces Ichigo to Rukia - a soul reaper - and ...more
Kashif Ross
I can't understand why I still read this manga. This story has absolutely no plot or purpose. Currently, Bleach is on it's final arc and I still don't understand Ichigo's purpose. In fact, Ichigo doesn't understand his purpose. That's something they make very clear in the first volume. I love the fight scenes and powers, but that's just about all the depth this story has. I have no emotional attachment to any character. They could die at any time and I'd simply say, "Finally." Though Tite Kubo d ...more
Jul 02, 2013 Voldemort rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Manga-shounen-lovers
Recommended to Voldemort by: A funny video on YouTube
Shelves: manga
I’m awfully aware that mangas aren’t particularly part of genuine literature however we can’t neglect the fact that they are part of the common art.
Such is Tite Kubo’s Bleach.
Although, generally, all shounen manga have a similar storyline to Dragon Ball nevertheless the plot in itself is exciting and has loads to offer. I adored the humor and the character’s development. The fights were a bit Mah (comparing them with Naruto’s rational fights in part 1 and beginning of part 2) and the power ups
Figured I'd check this one out, since it seems to be what all the cool kids are reading. Nothing really grabbed me in this story--the characters are all fairly stereotypical and unoriginal. Same shounen set up we know and love (?)--boy discovers he has superpowers, must use them for the common good (read: lots of messy fight scenes). While Rukia seems like a competent, fun character, Orihime fulfills the role of big-chested airhead, and Ichigo may be the punk archetype I love, but he doesn't hav ...more
Anthony Edward Valletta
filled with action, humor, fun characters and an intriguing premise, this series is a must for fans of adult comics, graphic novels enthusiasts, or just fans of a good story.
Ichigo Kurosaki is a fifteen year old high schooler who stands out just a little too much in a crowd due to his hair color and attitude. He's always been able to see ghosts as well, making him even more peculiar, but lately his ability to see spirits around him has become stronger, allowing more of his soul to flow out. Because of this, he's been attracting bad spirits called hollows to himself and his family! One night, he'll have to make the decision to fight to save his family with a 50% chan ...more
So, the first volume; the main people are: Ichigo "Strawberry" Kurosaki; Rukia Kuchiki and Orihime Inoue. I keep imagining my own character in here, but I think the TV show of Bleach has gone way past Ichigo and the gang. Ichigo is REALLY powerful as a Soul Reaper, but we don't find out that he's a real Soul Reaper until volume . . . uh . . . I don't remember which one exactly, but that's kinda irrelevant. I still haven't gotten around the fact that this whole thing is in japan. Also, it makes m ...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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