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Bleach (English) Volume 01

Title: Bleach (English) Volume 1
Mangaka: Tite Kubo
Published by: Shonen Jump
Release Date: 8/2006
Series: Bleach (English) #1
Language: English
Purchased From: Unknown
Purchase Price: Unknown

Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn't change his life nearly as much as a 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 human 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.


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Bleach (English) Volume 04

Title: Bleach Volume 4
Mangaka: Tite Kubo
Published by: Shonen Jump
Release Date: 2007
Series: Bleach (English) #4
Language: English
Purchased From: Birthday gift
Purchase Price: Unknown

For a book titled Quincy Archer Hates You, This volume has a distinct lack of said Quincy Archer, Ishida only turning up in the final chapter or so. The rest deals with the introduction of Don Kanonji, which is quite entertaining.


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Bleach (English) Volume 07

Title: Bleach Volume 7
Mangaka: Tite Kubo
Published by: Shonen Jump
Release Date: 2008
Series: Bleach (English) #7
Language: English
Purchased From: Borders Bookstore Christchurch
Purchase Price: NZ $15.00

I admit, I bought this volume simply because of the character on the cover. This volume opens with Ishida interrupting Byakuya and Renji's attempted capture of Rukia. Ichigo tries to decode Rukia's message, but is stumped on how to actually turn into a Shinigami without Rukia's help. Urahara is there to provide an assist, however. Meanwhile, Ishida has been wasted by Renji (I think his only defest in the entire series, more's the pity), but before Renji can deliver the killing blow, Ichigo comes in to save him. He ends up defeating Renji, but is cut down by Byakuya with little effort. In order to save his life, Rukia decides to go with Byakuya and Renji. Urahara rescues Ichigo and Ishida and agrees to train Ichigo. As the summer vacation begins, Urahara's training starts. In Soul Society, Renji visits Rukia in her cell (in his sakura-patterned yukata!) and seems convinced Byakuya will free her from her captivity, but Rukia doesn't seem so confident. Meanwhile, Ichigo starts to train with Ururu, surprised by her fighting skills. Yoruichi locates Orihime and Chad to help them train and they try to find Ishida to train with him as well. He refuses, choosing instead to place his faith in the memory of his Quincy grandfather. The volume ends with Urahara cutting Ichigo's Soul Chain, effectively killing him, unless Ichigo becomes a Shinigami. He falls with Tessai to the bottom of a huge shaft as his chain is eaten away, link by link.


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Bleach (English) Volume 27

Title: Bleach (English) Volume 27
Mangaka: Tite Kubo
Published by: Shonen Jump
Release Date: 6/2009
Series: Bleach (English) #27
Language: English
Purchased From: Kinokuniya Sydney
Purchase Price: AU $14.35

Orihime's return from the Soul Society is interrupted by the Arrancar Ulquiorra, who has a different, terrifying path for her. Using duplicitous tactics, Ulquiorra convinces Orihime to accompany him to Hueco Mundo, which brands her as a traitor in the Soul Society's eyes and therefore unworthy of rescue. Ichigo refuses to abandon his friend, and sets out to storm Hueco Mundo to set her free! But can he win when the entire world is against him?


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Bleach (English) Volume 32

Title: Bleach (English) Volume 32
Mangaka: Tite Kubo
Published by: Shonen Jump
Release Date: 9/2010
Series: Bleach (English) #32
Language: English
Purchased From: Kinokuniya Sydney
Purchase Price: AU $14.35

After healing Ichigo's terrible wounds so that he can face the diabolic Grimmjow at full strength, Orihime must watch from the sidelines as the two battle. Orihime tries to convince herself Ichigo will be alright, but she can't help but be worried about him. And when Grimmjow taunts Ichigo into releasing his Hollow self, her confidence in her friend begins to waver. Has their first time in the realm of the Hollows changed them both too much?


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