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Bleach
by Cypher-Khan on October 2nd, 2004, 6:39pm

Rating - 7.6 / 10.0

User rating of this review - 4.4 out of 5
Story/Plot - 3 out of 5
Characters - 4 out of 5
Drawing Style - 3 out of 5
Enjoyment - 5 out of 5
Overall - 4 out of 5

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Plot/Story

Rukia is a Shinigami sent to earth with the mission of destroying Hollows (the souls of humans that have become corrupt over time) and returning their cleansed soul to the Soul Society.

Ichigo (I just cannot respect a guy named strawberry [Ichigo = Strawberry]) is a normal human with the not so normal ability to see ghosts; as well as an abnormally high level of spritual power.

So Rukia comes to earth in search of a Hollow, ends up in Ichigo's room due to his level of spiritual energy and he promptly kicks her... hard. This surprises her, as humans shouldn’t be able to see Shinigami.

They are soon attacked and during the combat Ichigo unintentionally steals all of Rukia's Shinigami powers. He destroys the creature that attacked them and the story moves on from there.

Characters

Strawberry (umm, I mean Ichigo)>>> The main character, he's very powerful and manages to win on simply brute strength alone. (Though later we do see him augment his strength with skill and experience [that’s when things get really cool])

Rukia>>> Shinigami girl. Her job was to save souls by defeating Hollows... Ichigo interfered with her mission and then things got complicated. She regrets dragging him into the whole Hollow killing ordeal.

Chad>>> Essentially a walking battle tank. He's big, strong and he hits things quite hard. Association with Ichigo eventually sparks his dormant power and he becomes capable of manifesting the Right Arm of Destruction (which, funnily enough.,.. destroys things)

Inoue>>> Ditz!! She’s an amusing character though. Like Chad, her association with Ichigo sparked something and she gains tha ability to summon these seven little fairy creatures. Three for defense, three for healing and one for assault (Tsubaki - this guy kicks ass despite being 10cms tall).

Ishida (Quincy)>>> He hates you... Carries a bow, is the last of the Quincy - exorcists that were wiped out by the shinigami. He is very powerful... and he hates you. (see volume 4 - Quincy Archer Hates You)

Drawing Style

Not great, the characters are all reasonably different, and the shinigami swords are all impressive. However, I found the overall style to be... err... a little lacking. It’s just not as well defined as some other manga I can mention.

Enjoyment

There is much enjoyment in this manga. Half of it comes from Ichigo's father... he is so weird that you just have to laugh at his antics. Anyway, aside from that Kon, who is essentially a replacement soul who is stored in a stuffed teddybear-like thing for safekeeping, provides some entertainment as well.

In addition to these obvious comic characters, the other characters all have their moments that amuse you. And it’s generally done in good taste.

Must mention the Omake at the end of each chapter... - the majority of these are great. Make sure you don’t skip over them.

Overall

Bleach is quite good. I got into it cause a friend of mine would rant about it endlessly and I decided to find out if it was worthy... It is.

Bleach combines a wide assortment of characters, all with different personalities with humor, impressive action, and occasionally a depth that is often missing in Shounen manga.

Bleach is worth your time.

(Done by Taito Kubo)
(English version by Viz)
 
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No Subject by pletar on September 20th, 2011, 1:33am Rating: 3

While this is true for the start of the series, the art and other features considerably improve later on.
 
thank god for not all 5/5 by Hellsayer on October 27th, 2010, 5:11pm Rating: 4.5

i hate it when people do that, i would agree with everything except the drawing. i think its better than you described it.
 
Wrong but right by toshiro123 on August 3rd, 2009, 3:41pm Rating: 3

you spelt tite kubo as tito kubo or somin like that down at the bottom of the whole review! i think bleach just isnt your flavor then cause i think it deserves little more credit
 
eh by xombiemonkey on January 13th, 2009, 11:00pm Rating: 4

I don't really like it when people write reviews before the manga is finished, but whatev. Pretty good review.
 
My Favorite Manga/Anime by TwistedFlower on February 24th, 2008, 11:03am Rating: 1

I love Bleach it's awsome the storyline gets mucchhhh!!! better later on. The drawings in the latest chapters are much better and I think the story is developed well. I tolly disagree with this review. The character descriptions are horrible!
 
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