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Bleach, Volume 1: Strawberry and the Soul Reapers

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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 her sword and much of her power to Ichigo, whose spiritual energy makes him a formidable substitute Soul Reaper. But the orange-haired teenager ...

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Overview

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 her sword and much of her power to Ichigo, whose spiritual energy makes him a formidable substitute Soul Reaper. But the orange-haired teenager isn't sure he wants the job: too many risks and moral dilemmas.

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Ichigo Kurosaki, the hero of Bleach, has a serious attitude problem. Maybe it's because he's 15 years old; maybe it's because of his bright orange hair, which has earned him the nickname of "Strawberry"; or maybe it's because he's always being pestered by dead people. Strawberry can see ghosts, which is no big deal until the night he's visited by the girl dressed in black who tells him that a Hollow is coming to eat his family. Hollows, just in case you didn't know, are evil spirits that prey upon the souls of both the dead and the living. The girl dressed in black is a Soul Reaper, and during the course of her battle with the aforementioned Hollow she is badly injured and forced to loan Strawberry her powers. When the loan turns out to be permanent, Strawberry is stuck with the job of being a Soul Reaper. This entails dressing in black robes and slicing up Hollows with Zanpaku-To Ghost Cutter, the sword so big it has its own name. Unfortunately, Strawberry's disdain for the traditional method of fighting Hollows—sneaking up behind them and hitting them in the head—in favor of hand-to-hand combat means that he may soon experience the spirit world firsthand. Bleach is an enjoyable, fast-paced read; there is lots of action and comic book violence, along with some mild vulgarity. Strawberry is a likable character who will appeal to 15-year-olds everywhere. Recommended for libraries with manga collections. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Viz, 189p. illus., Ages 12 to 18.
—George Galuschak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591164418
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 6/16/2004
  • Series: Bleach Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 249,804
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bleach is author Tite Kubo's second title. Kubo made his debut with ZombiePowder, a four-volume series for Weekly Shonen Jump. To date, Bleach has been translated into numerous languages and has also inspired an animated TV series that began airing in Japan in 2004. Beginning its serialization in 2001, Bleach is still a mainstay in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2005, Bleach was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen (boys) category.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the Best

    Awesome series that is actually still running in Japan. This is the first book into a great adventure. I've watched the show and this is right in line with that. The Manga expands on the show by allowing for a more adult audience. It is backwards reading (manga style) and took a couple pages to get used to after that it was a page turner. If you are into anime and haven't tried this series, it is a must buy. Well written and illustrated. My friend recommended it to me and I haven't been able to get enough since then. Warning though you may get hooked.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    This Manga volume, the first one, is the most important issue. I

    This Manga volume, the first one, is the most important issue. It's where Ichigo, a 15 year old boy who has the unnatural ability to see ghosts, meets the Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki and embarks on his journey into the world of the Soul Society, Hueco Mundo and fights countless enemies. Progressively getting stronger, this is where it all begins.
    In this book however, he develops his powers by 'stealing' them from Rukia, even though she offered him a portion, he took it all. Anyways, not much happens other than that in this volume, other than we the readers being introduced to his friends and the sub-main characters! 
    That's all that happened in this volume basically. Saving his friends, fighting Hollows (The evil spirits) and his friend Chad helping a bird possessed by a lonely boy spirit. Who eventually finds peace.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Welcome to my collection

    After reading this manga, Bleach instantly became my favorite manga/ anime. If u like Naruto and Dragon Ball, then please get this.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    AWESOME!!!

    BEST. BOOK. EVER.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Love it!

    Been a faithful fan. I love the comic as much as the show.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Hi read this :P

    I am very impressed by how this storyline was created and if your not much of a romance manga person (like me i also recmend inuyasha) this is a good manga for you plz try it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Im in Love

    I love Bleach! I first started reading when I in high school. I have stayed with Bleach since then and I will die when it is over!! All in all its a great manga and I wish everyone can read it. The relationships between the charaters is great. They complement each other very well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Highly Rocommended

    Love it!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    OMG

    I luv luv luv bleach i watch the show read the graphic novels but some of the hollows(devils) scare me i luv luv luv this

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Lol

    Dude it totaly took me half an hout to figure out that i had to swipe the other way with my finger

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Freakin awesome

    Okay, i know. A guy named ichigo~strawberry. And ghosts... all shoved into an awesome jam packed action series aka manga! Yeah!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Awesomeness

    My friend and i started reading this in school by taking turns and when it came time for me to give it back i couldnt put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    OMG

    Finally here!!!!! Ive been waiting for this! Only if my dad would get e this :c

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Great So Far

    So far this manga is great, i would recommend this to any manga reader out there. My bro has 1-9, planing to get 10 and 11 soon.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Wish to read the next one.

    If you like action-type manga that can be serious when it's time to be serious and funny when it's appropriate, then this is definitely for you. The characters are fairly realistic to a point without letting it get in the way of what's important. All in all, a pretty well made manga. Read it yourself though, don't just take my word for it.

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Great Mainstream Manga series

    Even though I don¿t normally go for popular manga, Shounen Jump Manga has some of the best titles out there. And, Bleach is probably the best title Shounen Jump currently has. Its great action series that can be enjoyed by both boys and girls, young and old. It has a perfect combination of action and humor to keep you reading. The artwork is great! Usually Shounen manga's artwork isn¿t that great. But Tite Kubo dose an excellent Job of drawing out a great story! The characters are great! You are bound to find one you become really attached to that you cheer for when they fight. Bleach is one of the best Shounen manga out there! Please don¿t pass it up because its popular (some people do that) this manga is worth every minute to read.<BR/><BR/>-Fraxer

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

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    I Also Recommend:

    Manga of Souls: Bleach: The Total Effect

    if you like the idea of souls and whatnot, Bleach is totally cool! You'll like the great story and the continuous plot which will go on through the 24 and ever continuing books. If you like Bleach, explore other manga!

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    I Also Recommend:

    Bleach is.....

    Bleach vol .1 is a great beginning to a great series. The plot and originality of this book is fantastic. I would suggest borrowing it from a friend because you'll probably only read it once (it only takes a couple minutes to read, even if your a slow reader) I highly recommend this series to anyone. I also recommend the Naruto series, and any other series made by Shonen Jump.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    good

    At first i thought it was going to be stupid but i liked it and i am probally going to get the vol 1-21 when it comes out, and the hard cover is great but I would not recommend it if you already have vol 1.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    Awesome

    One of the best manga I have ever read (definately on par with Naruto Shipuuden parts of the manga)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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