Manga Review: Bleach Volume Eight

Bleach Volume Eight is a manga by Tite Kubo, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2005. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the manga and from what I’ve seen of the anime series, I would agree with this rating.

Bleach Volume 8
Written by: Tite Kubo
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 3, 2005

15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is the main character of the series, and he has the ability to see ghosts. After meeting a Soul Reaper named Rukia, his home is attacked by a Hollow. Rukia tries to transfer some of her powers to Ichigo so he can protect his family; however, he unintentionally absorbs all of her power. Ichigo defeats the Hollow and begins serving as a substitute Soul Reaper.

Volume Seven saw Rukia being taken back to Soul Society to face punishment for transferring her powers to a human, and Ichigo having his Soul Reaper powers taken away. A large portion of Volume Eight sees Urahara training Ichigo so he can go to Soul Society and rescue Rukia. While this is going on, the cat Yoruichi is working with Orihime and Chad to help them awaken their powers and enable them to go with Ichigo to assist him in Soul Society.

This volume also sees Rukia’s sentence being handed down in Soul Society: she has been found guilty of a capital offense, and that she will be executed in 25 days. Ichigo and the others don’t know this yet, but once they reach Soul Society and find out, they will need to find a way to save Rukia in time. This volume also introduces the reader to two other captains in Soul Society: Gin Ichimaru and Kenpachi Zaraki.

Some very important things take place in this volume, and the most important would have to be when Ichigo finally has a breakthrough in his training with Urahara. In fact, I think the sections that deal with the training in Volume Eight are my favorite parts of this volume.

When it comes to the art, I have to say there are some rather good drawings of Urahara that appear in this volume. One of my favorite panels of Urahara is during a clash with Ichigo, and Urahara’s hat is knocked off of his head. I liked this particular panel, because it allows the reader to see what Urahara looks like without his hat on. Urahara without his hat on is a sight not seen very often, either in the manga or in the anime.

Just like the previous volumes I’ve read of this series, this is a volume I didn’t want to put down. Even though I already knew what was going to happen since I’ve seen this story arc in the anime series, I was still so entranced by the story and the art that I wanted to keep reading.

I believe that if you’ve read previous volumes of Bleach and enjoyed them, then Volume Eight continues to provide the action, humor, and drama that you’ve come to expect in this series.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Bleach Volume Eight that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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