Manga Review: Bleach Volume 11

Bleach Volume 11 is a manga by Tite Kubo, and it was published in North America by Viz Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2006. 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 11
Written by: Tite Kubo
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 7, 2006

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. In Volume Seven, Rukia was taken back to Soul Society to face punishment for transferring her powers to a human. Rukia now faces execution, and Ichigo and his friends try to find a way to get to Soul Society in order to save her.

The entire volume takes place in Soul Society. Ganju continues his fight with Yumichika, which ends with Ganju running away. Ichigo, meanwhile, has defeated Ikkaku and gets information about where Rukia is being held. Later, Ichigo and Ganju run into each other when they’re both being chased by Soul Reapers. During this confrontation, they take Hanatora from Fourth Company hostage. Later, they learn that Hanatora can help lead them to where Rukia is being held. As he leads them, they encounter Renji, and Ichigo and Renji have an epic fight. And during the fight, we get to see a flashback of some of Ichigo’s training with Urahara. From this flashback, Ichigo is able to find the knowledge he needs in order to turn the tide of the fight.

Uryu and Orihime encounter a Soul Reaper named Jirobo, and Uryu battles with him and wins. Orihime tries to help, but she realizes that even with the training she’s had, she really hasn’t gotten much stronger.

Right at the end of Volume 11, we get to see a flashback of Renji’s, which provides some backstory for him. It shows how he first met Rukia, how they ended up at the Soul Reaper academy, and how Rukia ended up becoming a part of Kuchiki family. This flashback finally gives the reader information on the type of relationship and Renji and Rukia have, and how he ultimately wants to see her saved and not be executed. This flashback also lets the reader see what kind of life and background Renji had before he became a Soul Reaper, so the reader can better understand the type of character Renji is.

Volume 11 is a very action-packed volume of Bleach, and the story also moves at a good pace. As I read this volume, I didn’t want to put it down. Even though I already know what’s going to happen in this volume since I’ve already seen this story arc in the anime, I’m still just as riveted and captivated by what’s going on as I would have been if I was being introduced to this story for the first time.

If you’ve read the previous ten volumes of Bleach and enjoyed what you read, then I think you’ll also enjoy reading Volume 11.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Bleach Volume 11 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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