Sunday, July 26, 2009

In this entry, I will introduce a manga that is categorized as action, adventure, comedy, and shōnen. If you are wondering what is shōnen, well it is a Japanese word which means generally means a boy aroud elementary through junior high school age. This manga is one the most famous on both anime and manga world today. Well, this manga is none other than Bleach. It is most popular to the boys. It’s a story about Kurosaki Ichigo. Ichigo is a typical boy which has a very distinct ability. He is able to see shinigamis and hollows. One night, a shinigami named Kuchiki Rukia appeared in Ichigo’s bedroom fighting a hollow. Rukia was heavily wounded with the fight on that hollow and lend half of her powers to Ichigo so he can fight the hollow, but Ichigo accidentally absorbed all of her powers and defeated the hollow. The next day Rukia entered Ichigo’s school and explained that she is stranded in human world until she recovers her full power. For the time being Ichigo lets Rukia in his house and taking her job as a shinigami, battling hollows and leading lost souls on the afterlife kingdom, Soul Society. Continuing this kind of arrangement, Rukia's shinigami superiors discovered about her giving her powers to Ichigo that is against their laws. The superiors sent a group to arrest her punish her with death. Ichigo then saves her together with his friends, Inoue Orihime, Sado Yasutora, and the quincy, Ishida Uryu and ex-shinigami Captain Urahara Kisuke. They went to Soul Society, battled many shinigamis and are able to stop Rukia’s execution. It is then exposed that Rukia's execution and Ichigo's rescue attempt were both controlled by a captain named Aizen Sosuke. Aizen betrays his fellow Shinigamis and allies himself with the hollows, becoming the main antagonist of the story, and Ichigo teams up with his previous enemies in Soul Society after realizing that the next step in Aizen's plan involves the annihilation of his hometown. At this time, Bleach is about the conflict between Aizen and the Soul Society. Bleach has an interesting story and a very action packed manga. It has an excellent plot and is very exciting in every episode. Even though is a little, (just a little) brutal, I still like it. What’s a battle without deaths? Hehe. It is an action packed series that will surely make you want for more. I especially recommend this for boys because it doesn’t contain much of the cheesy stuffs. My brother actually likes Bleach. So for me, Bleach is rated: “thumbs up!”

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