Tite Kubo’s Four Chapter Burn the Witch Manga to Debut on August 24, 2020

This year’s combined 36th and 37th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that Tite Kubo’s new Burn the Witch manga will have four total chapters, and will debut in the magazine in its 38th issue on August 24, 2020. VIZ Media will publish the manga in English.

The manga is a short serialization based on the one-shot manga of the same name that first debuted in July 2018. VIZ Media published the chapter in English digitally on the same day in its digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, then added the original one-shot manga to its English Shonen Jump service in March 2020.

The one-shot takes place in the same world as Kubo’s Bleach manga.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump to Publish Tite Kubo’s “Burn the Witch” One-Shot

VIZ Media has announced that it will publish Tite Kubo’s “Burn the Witch” one-shot manga in its English digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump on Monday, July 16, 2018.

The one-shot will debut in this year’s 33rd issue of the magazine on July 14, 2018. It will have 62 pages. Shueisha’s official website for Shonen Jump describes the manga with the key words “Witches, dragons, and reverse London.”

Source: ANN

Tite Kubo Unveils “Burn the Witch” One-Shot Manga

The official website of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has revealed a title and release date for Tite Kubo’s upcoming one-shot manga. The manga is titled “Burn the Witch,” and it will have 62 pages. The one-shot will debut in the year’s 33rd issue of the magazine on July 14, 2018.

The site describes the manga with the key words “Witches, dragons, and reverse London.”

The manga commemorates the magazine’s 50th anniversary this year.

Source: ANN

Creators of Bleach, Nisekoi, Beelzebub, Toriko, and More to Pen One-Shots for Shonen Jump

The first 2018 issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that, to commemorate the magazine’s 50th anniversary in 2018, the magazine will publish new one-shot manga by well-known manga creators.

The issue revealed that the following creators will publish one-shots in 2018 issues:

  • NisiOisin and Mizuki Kawashita, one-shot in the combined second and third issue on December 11, 2017. The “mysterious story” is titled “Part Threes.”
  • Naoshi Komi, one-shot in the sixth issue on January 4, 2018
  • Tite Kubo
  • Kyosuke Usuta
  • Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
  • Ryūhei Tamura
  • Hiroshi Shiibashi

The magazine teased that it will also feature one-shots by other famed manga creators.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Bleach Volume 15

Bleach Volume 15 focuses on Ichigo Kurosaki, a 15-year-old boy who has the ability to see ghosts. His life changes when he meets a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki and accidentally absorbs all of her spiritual power in order to save his family from a Hollow. Unfortunately, Rukia is taken back to Soul Society to face punishment for transferring her powers to a human. She faces execution, and Ichigo and friends go to Soul Society in an attempt to rescue her.

Bleach Volume 15
Written by: Tite Kubo
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 3, 2006

Volume 15 continues the battle between Uryu and Mayuri, and it also includes some important backstory for Uryu. I appreciated getting to see this backstory, because it helped me to better understand Uryu and his motivations as a character. The climax of their battle is rather surprising, especially Nemu’s reactions to what transpired.

Another important development in Bleach Volume 15 is the training that Yoruichi has Ichigo undergo. While this takes him out of the main action, the point of it is for Ichigo to become stronger and to be better able to fight with Zangetsu. This section also provides an important piece of information about Kisuke Urahara, as well as an amusing bit of humor between Ichigo and Yoruichi. In a lot of respects, this section featuring on the training provides a nice break from the fighting that’s been taking place in Soul Society.

Some of the Soul Reapers find themselves embroiled in the investigation into the murder of Aizen, and this section of the story includes some unexpected twists and turns. This volume begins to shed some light on some of the various Soul Reapers that seemed to start popping up left and right when Ichigo and the others entered Soul Society. If there’s one issue with Bleach at this point, it’s the fact that during this story arc, a whole bunch of new characters started showing up in rapid-fire succession, with little to no character development given to any of them. Fortunately, Volume 15 begins providing some slow but steady development for some of these characters.

At the end of Bleach Volume 15, there’s a standalone story included that takes place in Soul Society in the past. It focuses on Izuru, Momo, and Renji in the elite class as they’re starting out at the Soul Reaper Academy. We get to see them participating in training the World of the Living, and how it goes horribly wrong. This standalone story adds even more development for characters like Momo, Izuru, and Renji, especially in how Gin and Aizen played an important role in a couple of these characters’ lives. It also explains a lot about Izuru’s reaction to something he did in an earlier volume of the series. But my favorite part of this standalone story was getting to see Izuru, Momo, and Renji when they were much younger. Izuru was the most interesting one, though, because he looks so drastically different here than he does in the present time in the series.

While it may not feel like when you’re reading Volume 15, you realize after you’re done that a lot has actually happened and that important pieces of information have been revealed. And with the way this volume ends, it’s becoming clearer that this story arc appears to be rapidly heading toward its climax. And I get the feeling that Ichigo’s training is going to play an important role in the next volume of the series.

Readers who have been reading and following the series from the first volume should be able to appreciate everything that takes place in Bleach Volumr 15. And the way this volume ends, it makes the reader want to continue on in order to find out what’s going to happen to several of the characters.

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Manga Review: Bleach Volume 65

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Bleach Volume 65 continues to focus on the battle between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies.

Bleach Volume 65
Written by: Tite Kubo
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 3, 2015

Volume 65 sees the continuation of the battle taking place in the Soul Society between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies. Much of the volume focuses on Candice Catnipp, Liltotto Lamperd, Meninas Mcallon, and Giselle Gewelle as they fight against some of the protagonists. But the unexpected arrival of Ichigo starts to turn the tide in the fight with these Quincies.

But the unexpected arrivals don’t end with Ichigo. Several other characters suddenly enter into this part of the story, but the one that affects Ichigo the most is Uryu. You can see the anguish Ichigo feels when he discovers that Uryu is fighting alongside the Quincies. While Ichigo and Uryu may have had their differences in the past, Ichigo still saw Uryu as a friend. I suspect that there’s going to be more of a focus on Ichigo and Uryu at some point in a future volume of Bleach.

For the antagonists, the arrival of Kurotsuchi becomes problematic when he brings along some unexpected allies to help fight against the Quincies. But Giselle has the power to turn dead people into zombies, and this ability creates issues for the Soul Reapers when they see several people they have worked and fought alongside with resurrected as zombies. Not surprisingly, this causes some of the normally brash and battle ready Soul Reapers to hesitate. This emotional conflict for the Soul Reapers is quite understandable and realistic.

There’s one section in this volume that was included for comic relief, but in some respects, it almost feels like it’s out of place. The scene in question has to do with a dress Orihime is wearing and Ichigo’s reaction to it. While the volume needed some kind of comic relief, this scene sticks out like a sore thumb a little too much since it’s the only instance of humor that appears. Maybe it would have felt like it fit in better if there had been some way to incorporate another brief humorous scene.

When it comes to the art, there’s a lot of action scenes included in Bleach Volume 65. Unfortunately, it feels like Kubo has started using this as an excuse to cut corners on the details for all of the panels, not just the ones featuring the action. Kubo had included so much detail in the earlier volumes of Bleach, so these less detailed drawings are on the disappointing side. To me, I think the volume would probably have been a little more interesting to read if the images were more visually appealing.

But if you’re willing to look past the lower quality of the art, then you might be able to enjoy Bleach Volume 65. I can only truly recommend this volume to long-time fans of Bleach who are still interested in following what happens to Ichigo and the others.

The reviewer received a review copy from VIZ Media

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Manga Review: Bleach Volume 64

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Bleach Volume 64 focuses on the battle that continues to rage between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies.

Bleach Volume 64
Written by: Tite Kubo
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 7, 2015

Volume 64 is completely set in one location. At the beginning, the focus is on Yachiru and Isane as they work at trying to heal wounded Soul Reapers. Their efforts are interrupted by the arrival of a grotesque-looking Quincy named Gwenael Lee. At first, he appears to be unstoppable, due to his abilities that allows him to “disappear.” But this encounter allows Yachiru to shine, and she surprises everyone with both her instincts and her Zanpakuto. Normally, Yachiru is just seen as the cute little companion who accompanies Kenpachi and doesn’t do much in fights. But Volume 64 allows the reader to see that Yachiru has her own talents that hadn’t been seen before in the series.

But the danger isn’t over with Gwenael’s defeat. A new Quincy named Gremmy arrives and his power is worse than Gwenael’s: whatever Gremmy imagines becomes reality. But just as things look bad for Yachiru and Isane, Kenpachi literally bursts his way onto the battlefield. After Kenpachi’s arrival, almost all of the rest of Bleach Volume 64 focuses on the battle between Gremmy and Kenpachi. As a way to stretch it out, Kubo used the tactic of building up the fight by having more and more outrageous attacks being thrown out until it feels like it’s reaching the point of ridiculousness. But even with this tactic being employed, I did appreciate how Kubo delved into Gremmy and his attitude of being undefeatable because of his power with his imagination. All I’ll say about the resolution of the battle is that I thought Gremmy ultimately got what he deserved.

Right at the end of Volume 64, four female Quincies with powerful or grotesque abilities arrive on the scene. Unfortunately, this particular battle doesn’t get very far when the volume ends. At least there’s a decent cliffhanger that will keep a reader interested in coming back to find out what happens.

Volume 64 focuses very heavily on the action, with only brief bits of backstory. Bleach fans who read the series for the action scenes won’t be disappointed by what they see here.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest weaknesses of Bleach Volume 64 is in its art. I know that a two-and-a-half year timeskip took place a little earlier in the series, but it feels like Kubo is drawing his characters with only minimal detail anymore. Also, it appears he’s not doing much with his backgrounds now, either. In earlier volumes of the series, it looked like Kubo spent much more time on drawing the characters and creating a “crisp” style for his art that helped to make Bleach stand out in the beginning. Also, earlier volumes didn’t seem to rely on white backgrounds in the panels as much. As someone who’s read quite a bit of Bleach, these newer volumes feel as if Kubo is rushing through the art simply to crank out chapters each week and make his deadlines.

If you’re still following Bleach at this point in the series and enjoy what you’ve been reading, then I would recommend reading Volume 64 in order to see what happens to Yachiru and Kenpachi. If you’ve been following Bleach in Weekly Shonen Jump, then you’ll already know what’s going on and would probably only want to read Volume 64 if you like this part of the story and want to experience it again.

The reviewer received a review copy from VIZ Media

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The Bleach Manga Is Taking a One-Week Hiatus Due to Tite Kubo’s Sudden Illness

This year’s 21st issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing that Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga will not appear in the issue.

The Shonen Jump Editorial Department is posting a notice in the issue, which explains that the manga is taking the break due to the author’s “sudden illness.” The notice states that manga is slated to resume in the combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 27, 2015.

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga is also taking a one-week break in the issue.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Bleach Volume 63

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 faced execution, and Ichigo and his friends went to Soul Society to save her. During their time in Soul Society, it’s revealed that Aizen, Gin, and Tosen are traitors.

Bleach Volume 63
Written by: Tite Kubo
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 3, 2015

Ichigo meets Shinji Hirako, who reveals himself to be a Visored, a Soul Reaper who has obtained Hollow powers. Shinji keeps trying to recruit Ichigo into the Visoreds, but Ichigo refuses; however, he later goes to the Visoreds only so he can learn how to control the Hollow that is inside him. This story arc also introduces the Arrancar, Hollows who have removed their mask and gained Shinigami-like powers; they also work for Aizen, who is now in Hueco Mundo.  The ten highest-ranking Arrancar are known as Espada.

Orihime is threatened by an Arrancar named Ulquiorra, saying he’ll kill her friends if she doesn’t go with him. After the Soul Society declares they will do nothing to save Orihime, Ichigo and some of his friends go to Hueco Mundo to save her. This then leads to another story arc that sees the Soul Society fighting against the Espada; at the end of all this, Aizen is imprisoned and Ichigo loses his powers.

Ichigo then meets Ginjo, who offers to help Ichigo get his powers back and to develop Fullbring powers; however, Ginjo only wanted steal Ichigo’s powers. But thanks to help from Rukia, Ichigo gets his Soul Reaper powers back. War is then declared on Soul Society by The Wandenreich, who are a group of Quincies that survived a massacre centuries ago.

Volume 63 sees the war in full stride, with Soul Reapers fighting against the Quincies. This volume starts in the middle of the battle where Kensei and Roujuro are fighting against Mask De Masculine. Unfortunately, both of the Soul Reapers are knocked out of the battle. But Renji arrives, and there’s a very exciting battle between Renji and Mask De Masculine that takes place here, with Mask thinking that he’s defeated Renji, only for his opponent to appear again.

During the battle, though, we see Renji have an important flashback to a conversation that he had with Ichibe. Here, it’s revealed that Renji’s zanpakuto had only revealed half of its name because it didn’t fully recognize Renji’s power. After the flashback, we hear Renji use Zabimaru’s full name, and his weapon becomes even stronger. Of course, this development ultimately turns the tide of the battle.

I’m sorry to say this, but Mask De Masculine scared me a little with his looks at the beginning of the volume, and then he absolutely frightened me when he powered up. Fortunately, we didn’t have to see him in that powered up form for long.

This volume also includes some backstory for Yhwach, the leader of the Quincies. We also see that Uryu is with the group and learn that he is to be Yhwach’s successor. Even though I knew about Uryu being with the Quincies from reading the more recent chapters that have appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump, I still found it jarring that he’s now with the Quincies, since I haven’t seen this happen in where I’ve gotten in the anime or the earlier volumes of the Bleach manga that I’ve already read. It can definitely be a problem when you’re at various different points in the story between the anime, the manga volumes, and Weekly Shonen Jump. At least this volume has started to help me piece together what I’ve been reading in Weekly Shonen Jump over the past year!

We then see Rukia encountering As Nodt and the two of them have a battle. During the battle, Rukia reveals the truth about Sode No Shitayuki. But just as things look bleak, Byakuya arrives; together, he and Rukia are able to take As Nodt down. Afterward, Rukia is taken aback by the praise that her brother gives her. Rukia’s reaction made for some good character development for her, as well as for Byakuya as well.

The final chapter sees Kotechi and Kusajishi are in confinement, and something calling itself “V” suddenly appears in the room; this is where Volume 63 ends. It turns out that the final two chapters that appeared in Volume 63 are the first two chapters of Bleach that I read in Weekly Shonen Jump when I first started reading the digital publication almost a year ago now.

Early on in Volume 63, it’s a very action-packed story, where the panels focus primarily on the fighting between the characters and there’s a minimal amount of dialogue. This especially makes the first chapter in the volume a very quick read. When Renji enters the battle, there’s still a lot of action, but the amount of dialogue goes up quite a bit. Even with the increase in the dialogue, the first 80 pages or so end up going by quickly. While there are battles later in the volume, the overall pacing of the volume slows down noticeably. But the slowdown was necessary, since important revelations and plot points were taking place, and the reader needed to be able to spend a little more time on those in order to get the full impact of what’s being said.

I can’t really speak for the first battle in this volume, since I jumped into the middle of it, but the other battles in this volume didn’t feel overly drawn out; drawing out the battles has become a problem in recent months in the serialized chapters of Bleach in Weekly Shonen Jump, so I’m glad that that wasn’t the case in Volume 63.

I can’t entirely place my finger on it, but there’s something different about the art in these more recent chapters than there was in the early chapters of the Bleach manga. In some respects, it feels like Kubo isn’t putting as much effort into the details in his drawings now and seems to be focusing more on the absolute basics. I have to admit that the more recent art that I’ve seen for this series has been disappointing to me, because I know Kubo can do better than this.

If you’re still following Bleach at this point and enjoy what you’ve been reading, then I would recommend reading Volume 63 in order to see how the story continues. If you’ve been following Bleach in Weekly Shonen Jump, then you’ll already know what’s going on and would probably only want to read Volume 63 if you like this part of the story and want to read it again.

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Bleach Manga to Go on Hiatus Next Week Due to Illness

Tite Kubo confirmed on his Twitter account that a new chapter of Bleach will not be running in the next issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, which goes on sale in Japan on January 19, 2015.

This news comes after Kubo reported in a series of tweets that began on January 6, 2015, that he was not feeling well and visited a hospital. During those tweets, he mentioned that he had only drawn half of the new chapter’s manuscript. On January 13, 2015, Kubo reported that he left the hospital after eight days and was heading to his studio.

Kubo began the current story arc, which is supposed to be the final one of the series, in 2012. He has been drawing Bleach in Weekly Shonen Jump since 2001, and Shueisha published the 66th volume of the series this month. VIZ Media will be publishing the 63rd volume in North America in February 2015.

Source: ANN