Volume 1, Strawberry and the Soul Reapers

Graphic Novel - 2004
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Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn't change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia--who is slowly regaining her powers--it's Ichigo's job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA :, Viz,, 2004
Edition: Shonen Jump manga edition
ISBN: 9781591164418
Branch Call Number: YA KUB v. 1
Characteristics: 189 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Caselman, Lance
Alternative Title: Strawberry and the soul reapers


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Sep 16, 2018

This is the first volume of the long term manga series Bleach. This pilot volume does a good job of detailing the main characters indirectly. This is portrayed well in the conservations between the characters and fight sequences. The book shows plenty of action for all the characters. Each main character basically has his/her own chapter. The secondary characters are also introduced but are not detailed as much. This is mostly what this volume focuses on. The only action in this volume are the other main characters interacting with the protagonist of the story, Ichigo Kurosaki. This volume does not show any human villains. This is to show the main characters first before the plot becomes more advanced. All of the villains in this novel are hollows, which are monsters without hearts. The volume also explains them. This is one of the best introductions to a manga with plenty of action, character interactions, and a bit of lore to the entire story.
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Jun 17, 2018

Good story. Not inappropriate. Go get it!

Dec 01, 2017

Now this is more like it.

Fast paced and funny with an ongoing story. Bleach is definitely the kind of manga I should have been reading from the start.

I'm sorry I took so long.

Nov 12, 2017

A grim reaper with ninja skills, this basically sums up Ichigo Kurosaki. The hero is a 15 year-old who has inherited his parent's destiny and becomes a Soul Reaper. The illustrations are striking in black and white, the lack of color adds to the grim mood set by Kubo, and worked well with the plot and text causing the reader to feel anticipation with every turned page.

I found this to be a good read, though I do not like to be scared and had an eerie feeling for over half the book. The plot is pretty intriguing and I loved the spin of a Japanese grim reaper.

Read-a-likes include: Soul Eater by Atsushi Ohkubo, Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki, and The Betrayal Knows My Name by Hotaru Odagiri.

Aug 26, 2017

Really a good manga to read I highly suggest it. Sadly at around issue 20 the plot repeats, but if you stay with it it gets more interesting at around issue 59.

Jul 28, 2015

I love this series! Kubo's art is beautiful, and I will ship Ichigo and Rukia until I die *-*

Really, though, this concept is so interesting and there's the perfect balance of action and comedy.

Jan 27, 2015

This is a great manga to start out on

Aug 10, 2012

Kinda slow in the beginning, but keep reading it and it'll pick up. Nice cast too.

Feb 05, 2012

Awesome. Orihime and Sora's story is kinda sad.

Sep 07, 2010

Is Rukia a soul reaper? Not Death? I see. English version of japanese comics are hand written, not typed. It hard to read very small letters. It's bad. Original is typed and papers are much better but expensive. Anyway, Ichigo stated helping Rukia and got power of Soul reaper. It is fun to see how original story is translated. But translation is not showing 100% of what the original comic was planned to show.

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MEN2 Dec 08, 2012

"Gimme the sword, soul reaper". "Not 'soul reaper', I am Rukia Kuchiki." "Ichigo Kurosaki, nice to meet chya...let`s pray this won`t be our last meeting."

Dec 22, 2011

"any questions?"
"yeah, why do your drawing suck?"
-Rukia and Ichigo


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