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Bleach, Volume 21

(Bleach #21)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  6,339 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Be My Family or Not
Ichigo and his friends return to the World of the Living, where life goes on as usual. But the arrival of a new transfer student raises disturbing questions, for outside school he carries a zanpaku-tô and wears the mask of a Hollow...


Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by VIZ Media LLC (first published March 3rd 2006)
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Juho Pohjalainen
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
As with One Piece, post-climax denouements are some of my favourite parts of the story. We're done with the heavy stuff for now, now let's wrap things up and have some fun before it hits the fan again. ...more
This volume wasn't so good. At first I was thinking it was because nothing really happened, but that's not true -- a LOT happened. The problem is that I really felt there needed to be more of a transition between the Soul Society storyline and the next one. I know these are serial novels and something has to HAPPEN in ever issue, but this one felt particularly like a bombardment. ...more
Angela Auten
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for next week! ...more
James DeSantis
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
So the soul society arc ends. This is around the time I hopped off the anime train. So what's to come is pretty new to me.

This volume is like a relief after the intense fights we just have. More relax and laid back than the previous 5 or 6 volumes. Some pretty funny gags at school, Ichigo and friends just relaxing, and everything seems to be going back to normal. But just then of course a HUGE hallow shows up and things go bad. A guy comes face to face with Ichigo and offers him to join his tea
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
An inevitable and necessary transition arc that holds several surprises following the aftermath of the Soul Society chaos. There's an underlying father-son plot here that will undoubtedly surprise fans while also presenting us with the next cast of villains.

While I'm usually not a huge fan of these in-between stories, I feel like this one want to calm things down quickly but also get things going just as quickly.

At least the good thing is that it's always exciting and mangaka Tite Kubo can draw!
Ben Truong
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Bleach, Vol. 21 continues where the previous tankōbon left off and contains the next nine chapters (179–187) of the on-going manga series.

As the Soul Reapers are being healed, Byakuya Kuchiki confesses to Rukia Kuchiki that he adopted her as the dying wish of her sister, his wife Hisana Kuchiki, and apologizes for being unable to act on her behalf because of his promise to his family to uphold the law from that point on.

As Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends return to the human world, Rukia decides
Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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For past 21 books: Ichigo Kurosaki wants nothing more than to save his friend Rukia from her home: the Soul Society. She committed a crime to fulfill her job, but was sentenced to death anyway by the council of 46, the governing body of the Soul Society. Ichigo has Rukia taken away and with his irresistible urge to protect his friends, he rushes into the most secure place in the Soul Society. But getting in isn't meant to happen. Ichigo is met with hard challenges and rough opponents, so he trai ...more
Harman Kaur
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this manga so much! It feels like it has lost its power though, like it was all about fighting and stuff and saving Rukia and I was expecting Rukia to have a bit of romance with Ichigo but...oh well. The things are way too normal! I really hope that Rukia gets back soon!!! I read the actual manga only because of her!!! :)
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
I don't like the post-Soul Society development. I mean, Ishida's father being a quincy and Ichigo's father being a soul reaper? I'm not sure where this manga is heading but I won't probably buy next volume for a while. ...more
Dec 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Manga fans, Anime fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Migandas
We start off this volume with Chapter 179: Confession in the Twilight.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
OMFG!!! I did not expect this and holy shit it is awesome!!! 😍😍😍
Elias Alexander
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
That ending was everything. I never saw that coming.
May 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
One of the weaker, books.
M.D. Williams
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Given that Manga, and especially Shonen is split up into bigger arcs as composed to volumes I will be analyzing and reviewing this by Arc. I also reread this manga over the span of 2 months, some days reading as much as 100 chapters a day. It would be quite tedious for me to review each 7-8 chapter volume. So this will be copy and pasted throughout all of the 72 manga volumes. That being said, if you're looking at this without having viewed the series...spoiler warning. I don't recap anything, b ...more
Julie Hayes
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the aftermath of Aizen’s dramatic departure (as if his being there isn’t drama enough alone), the 4th Squad tends to the wounded, including the Ryoka. Captain Unohana is amazed to witness Orihime’s healing skills as she tends to Ichigo. Rukia is stricken at Byakuya’s injuries, sustained while protecting her. He calls her to his side, and proceeds to tell her truths he has previously withheld.

A week passes. Uryu has sewn new clothes for his group, so Orihime wishes to personally take the new d
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
V.21 is a weird bridge volume. Transitioning between story arcs can sometimes be tricky, and those difficulties are illustrated here: We start off where we left off in v.20, still in Soul Society, where we get the expected post-climax housecleaning. Saying goodbye (in emotion, if not actual words) to a bunch of the characters we've met, getting some backstory between Byakuya and Rukia, etc. Then we return to the "real" world where Ichigo and friends need to reintegrate into normal life.

It's most
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the anime version, there was a whole different story arc placed between volume 20 and volume 21; the Bount saga. I'm glad it's not in the manga. Solely because it means we're already into the story arc that I'm so excited for. There was a terrifying twist in volume 19 that is killing for an explanation. Now, a new character appears and wants to recruit Ichigo. A character with both a Soul Reaper sword and a Hollow mask. The puzzlement deepens, and you can just tell this new evil that Ichigo h ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
FINALLY the soul society arc is done. It was refreshing to get back to the world of the living, and also cool to see new character interactions that weren’t based on them trying to kill each other. But of course then it’s revealed that Ichigo‘s dad used to be a captain and I already knew this but lmfao damn it’s so out of the blue.

I started realizing that all of the male characters’ weapons/abilities are very phallic and all of the female characters’ weapons/abilities are vulvic (especially Ori
Rafaela (dragonsandpaperbacks)
This volume introduces two new important notions - the arrancars and the vizards.

The arrancars have an important part to play in the future volumes and I wish the vizards had more action. I remember what happens with Ichigo and them, but I stopped watching the series before seeing much of them again. So, I'm looking forward to that.

I'm also really excited for the next few volumes and to read about characters since my favorite Bleach arc was the Hueco Mundo one.

Overall, this felt really short d
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
What??? Ichigo's father has a serious side? And he's what?????
Okay, so everything we know about Ichigo's family up to this point was a lie. That was really jarring, to the point where I had trouble believing the reveal, even if it helps to explain some things. My problem is that it felt like too much of a "Star Wars Prequel" solution, giving Ichigo a genetic basis for his power and abilities. Having it just be him seemed more heroic, somehow. Still, this new direction of the story looks interest
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have biased because I like bleach and manga in the first place but I believe you should continue to read or start reading the bleach series or watch but reading the manga is better. The bleach series is all about this guy who became a death god or reaper and tries to defeat some bad people like a person who manipulated everyone to become a god level being or another group of people who tried to kill him or just normal monsters like vampires and people with big bows who shoot extreme arrows tha ...more
Megan Lowde
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-library
Just when you think this is going to be a filler volume you get the introduction of the visoreds and the revelation that (view spoiler). I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the previous volumes, but we get our first look at the arrancars as well, an entirely new breed of hollow with soulreaper-like abilities, and a zanpakuto. It was inte ...more
Chris Carrescia
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like volume twenty one because we learn that Ichigo's dad was a soul reaper captain. But this is the first time in fourteen volumes that they are back in the world of the living, when a new student appears in Ichigo;s class and tries to recruit him to become a Visored, former soul reapers who have the ability to become hollows. ...more
Scott Lee
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This moves the story forward nicely. Having finished the save Rukia arc that had stretched for multiple volumes, this story deals with the aftermath, and takes Ichigo and Co. back to the mortal world. It ends with two nice surprises, one a major twist for a character readers have already met.
Sophia F
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Krista Ivy
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rukia is saved. The Soul Reapers are thankful. Rukia stays with them while Ichigo and his crew return. Ichigo's stupid dad is revealed as being something more. ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Another good volume.
Kaylabookworm22 L
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite of the series so far!
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