Bleach 1 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/5/19
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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 isn't sure he wants the job: too many risks and moral dilemmas.
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.
あれ？いちご・・たしかにストロベリーですけど (-.-)？ しかもチャドの口からでるとは・・ちょっと笑えます。
他のレビューにあるIchigo Strawberry Kurosakiの表現については、オリジナル漫画でもベリーちゃんと一護が呼ばれていますし、日本人なら誰もが連想する「いちご＝果物のイチゴ」ができない海外ファンには必要な表記かと思います。
The protagonist is a delinquent-looking boy with a girly nickname (Strawberry) but with a sense of justice and a kind heart.
A Reaper in Bleach is a bit brash but a cute girl.
The creator did a good job of setting the stage for subsequent episodes. Looking forward to reading the next volume.
一番違和感あったのは、一護・いちご・苺・ストロベリーという発想ですね。黒崎“すとろべりー”一護と紹介されているのは どうかと思います。編集の段階で 却下されなかったんですかね？
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The basic story utilizes very loosely various elements of Greek and Japanese mythology. The protagonist is a young man named Ichigo who is an odd duck, from an odd family. He is a young high school student with strawberry hair, who lives with his father and two younger sisters. As if being teased about his weird hair color isn't bad enough, he has some weird spirit sense abilities. First off, don't pay attention to the fact that other characters have hair colors other than dark hair, and that Ichigo is thus not that odd. It's part of the humor and characterization, so just bear with it.
Anyways, the spirit sense come into play in that he can see ghosts. And no, he isn't crazy. At times in the near future, he will probably wish he were crazy, but he isn't. As someone who can see ghosts, he takes it upon himself to scare off folks who are desecrating the place that a spirit hangs out. He doesn't really enjoy his self-appointed tasks, or his abilities, but he does them nonetheless.
One day, things take a turn for the truly weird – yes, it can get even worse to the point that the above seems almost normal by comparison – when a girl suddenly appears in his room one night, and then his family is attacked by a monster. It turns out the girl is a supernatural being called a “soul reaper” (as in the Grim Reaper), whose job it is to send souls to the “soul society” where they will rest while awaiting reincarnation. Most souls, though fearful, go willingly once the truth is explained, but some souls, called “hollows” go bad. They need to be sent to the soul society by force.
Unfortunately, in a bizarre turn of events, the soul reaper in question, named Rukia, is forced to transfer her powers to Ichigo. Now the young man must do her job until she recuperates, and thus, a new soul reaper is born.
Yeah, I know, the premise is really strange, but it works. Mostly because the series relies on a combination of humor, action, and scenes of characters put forth in such a way that we really care about them. It is useful to note the cultural norms at play here. The fact is that Ichigo's family is messed up by the more gregarious American standards, so to a Japanese person, this would be absurd levels of strangeness, yet they do love each other. They are sweet, and they really get you to care about them.
Some might roll their eyes at Ichigo, who is yet another in a nearly endless line of protagonists that could be described as “jerks who are really heroic and good people”. Again, the author sells it. The story, though with promise, could suffer from problems if not varied and allowed to become formulaic, yet it obviously did not do this. It lasted a long time, and only recently ended. I look forward to seeing what cool stories the author put out in future chapters and volumes, and highly recommend this first volume of the series.
The art is what you would expect from a Weekly Shonen Manga, edgy, sometimes disfigured characters roam the pages, although it does add to the Bleach feel. Since the chapters are published weekly, they are shorter and you can read through the manga in about 1 hour if you really pull through.
The writting and one-liners in this volume are nice, and the pacing feels natural most of the time. Ichigos short temper and high kicks make him a comical character to follow along, and his will to fight to kick every Hollows butt is enough to make me throw MY money at the computer screen!
Overall, Bleach Volume 1 was a nice, if not short read with decent art, good dialogue, and giant swords! 4/5
The cast size grows exponentially as the series progresses, and surprisingly, the cast is diverse and well fleshed-out. Even better, you can fall in and out of love with these characters because they constantly change. Ichigo is pretty heroic, but he's also a [dumb] teenage boy from time to time. I'd keep going down the roster, but I couldn't even count the number of supporting characters... The only problem with a huge cast is that it takes three or four volumes before you might become familiar enough with a character to see how they've developed. For all that, the pacing is fair. I appreciate a slower pace, but this may be too long for readers who prefer a series that wraps up in 15 volumes.
There is at least one mid-scale battle in every volume, sometimes more; blood flies but is usually not gratuitous (but when it is, it is awesome rather than gross); the fights are exciting to read and nicely choreographed. The half-Feudal Japan, half-late Meiji-era world of the Soul Society that contrasts with Ichigo's current-day Japan is likewise engrossing. The weaponry is sometimes off the wall - like, all the time - but everyone fights with such determination, you might find yourself taking a pair of axes the size of a small house seriously.
If there is at least one fight per volume, there is also at least one scene where you'll laugh out loud at bad jokes, Rukia's awful doodles, and the many times that a gravely injured character laughs too hard and re-opens their wounds.
Now that there are enough volumes of this enormous, ongoing series available, try the first three. If you get to like that first bunch of characters, keep going. Your reward will be much action, adventure, and no fewer than 15 transforming katanas.
The first volume give notice to Ichigo, the first soul reaper he meets, and Ichigo's friends. Not much really is going on in the first volume, but it shows what makes a good manga and that is potential for great character progression. Being a Jump Comic there is not really any romance or gory scenes even in the later volumes.
This is definetly worth a read either at a libary or for an otaku, I would definetly recommend buying this manga.
I decided to see what the roots of the TV show was like and checked out the first volume of Bleach, the manga. I was shocked at how closely the show followed this novel. It is a storyboard for everything that happens in the anime, right down to the sometimes-hilarious facial expressions and situations. The tried and true statement of 'the book is always better' holds up here; small details in the manga don't often make it on the air.
The art is very well done and I appreciated being able to read it in the right-to-left manner intended by its author. Another plus to reading the manga is that you can see the full range of sketches that inspire the 'Death God - Picture Book' short that is found at the end of many of the episodes in the series.