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Bleach, Volume 01

(Bleach #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  143,006 ratings  ·  1,150 reviews
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 tra ...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)
Shadowjac It's aimed a 10-18 year olds, though the gore and nudity in later volumes makes it more sutible for 14+ teenagers.

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Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
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
Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked 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 many love 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 why.

First arc: Bleach began as urban fantasy, with teenagers being able to see ghosts and fighting to protect themselves and their friends. It was
Paige  Bookdragon
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016, manga

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
Aug 21, 2007 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
Angela Auten
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Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
For the start it was pretty good and i hope that next part will be even better.
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
T/W- Violence, Gore

Bleach certainly didn’t hold back from the amount of violence, gore and blood. Yuck! As someone who is relatively new to reading manga, Bleach was a title that I came across one day on Instagram. It follows a young character called Ichigo, who is fifteen and can see spirits that don’t settle down and haunt the minds and bodies of others. Connecting with a soul reaper called Rukia, the two of them work together until she gets injured and Ichigo must take over. It was a really i
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible!
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic, fantasy
All Souls Day read about soul-reaping.

Not my preferred art style, but well executed.

No idea what the title signifies.

Looking forward to finding out what's going on with the possessed parakeet.
May 08, 2011 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
Maddie Senator
Sep 29, 2009 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
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.
Jim Gorman
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magna
I just picked this up at the library because it caught my eye. I am currently watching the Bleach anime, I know I am behind of the times. I wanted to see how the manga compares to the show. I am happy to say they are pretty much the same, with some very minor differences that are more to color the story than to change. I am always happy to see when a TV show or movie based on a book, or in this case magna, stays true to the original. I will definitely pick up the other ones my library has to rea ...more
Sep 28, 2011 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
Rusty Grey
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Phew! It was a long journey . Took me a little over six months to complete the whole bleach manga . But it was worth it . I don't need to say much about this series (there's been already said enough). I love everything about bleach . It's setting , it's characters , the slick art , Uber action scenes . There's a reason it is considered as one of the best shounen mangas after all . Bleach's ending might've been a little lackluster but it can't take away the fact that it's still epic . Recommend t ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, fantasy
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.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now as the series finished this year, I thought that I should finally starting Bleach because I never read it before. I liked this first volume definitely enough to continue, we'll see how the story will development. I really like Rukia's character by the way.
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
Still the best Shonen of the big five!


Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
I like Ichigo- he's really cool and acts all tough but he's actually a real teddy bear XD
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
This first volume beautifully delivered the nostalgia dose I was looking forward to. Bleach remains on my list of favourite manga franchises from my childhood and it all begins with 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, a kid who sees spirits in his everyday life and is unwillingly brought to become a Soul Reaper, only to discover himself.

This first volume kicks off with a couple of small story arcs that brilliantly introduces us to the world and the characters, hinting at subtle and powerful philosophy
ok full disclosure, I picked this up NOT because I was super intrigued by the premise, but rather that I wanted to try out one of the famed "BIG 3" manga series, and Bleach was the one that A- sounded the most interesting and B- I stood the best chance to enjoy. TBH I went into this fully expecting it to be a basic 3/5 read.

But, plot twist!! This was really good?? It was a solid 4/5 (probably 8/10?) volume. I very much enjoyed that, and I really didn't expect that.

this series is literally 74 who
Hitarthi Pandya
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
this was mine and my brother's second favourite anime ever (at the time we watched it..its still for me but dont know about him) and like naruto we watched 5-7 episodes a day. i am pretty sure i read fanfiction for this too but i am not really sure.
John Suters
Oct 20, 2011 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
Apr 03, 2015 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
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Manga-shounen-lovers
Recommended to Voldemort by: A funny video on YouTube
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
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
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.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
Didn't start this until today, like what? xD

I love this manga already!! I'm watching the Anime at the same time but damn this is good. I love it and Ichigo is amazing and who doesn't like his personality xD<3<3

Rukia is pretty funny too and I also like Chad and Orihime is pretty cool too ^^<3
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Haha this is actually really entertaining!
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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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