John Suters's Reviews > Bleach Volume 01: Strawberry and the Soul Reapers

Bleach Volume 01 by Tite Kubo
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Oct 20, 11

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 with a dreadful spirit known as a Hollow, Rukia bestows her powers unto Ichigo in which he rightfully hands the Hollow a solid whooping and eventually destroys it. For however long it takes, Ichigo will learn from Rukia about how to be a proper Soul Reaper and protect the town and those he loves.

In terms of the manga, it has a very solid stream about it. The stories and ideals remain consistent with each other, almost never branching off. In this sense, the story is rather easy to follow, but at the same time, it also allows for great plot twists to occur. This formula is presented in a win-win manner for the manga.

In terms of the anime, it has some inconsistency, but mostly keeps the masses entertained. With the occasional filler episode (and in some rare cases: filler arcs), they are usually (in the earlier episodes, anyway) somewhat consistent and fairly well-written. However, Bleach eventually gets milked for all its worth and the quality suffers for it. By the end of these escapades, the series has dulled unlike Ichigo's Zanpakuto. However, if it's before episode 168, you'll most likely find yourself to enjoy it.

By the end of it all, like Naruto, the quality drops. However, unlike Naruto, Bleach is able to maintain watchability and readability regardless of set money-milking. Overall, if you're a fan of anime, I highly recommend this series as a whole.
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message 1: by Kai-ren (new)

Kai-ren Aki I think Bleach needs a new spin added to the series.

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