Fan’s of Anime and Sci-Fi will love the Bleach series. Rated BBFC 12 – its fantasy violence and no different to many of the shows I watched as a kid when the rules were less strict.
I’d consider BLEACH Series 10 Part 1 a bit of a disappointment. Too many characters forced in to a simplistic battle scenario were further complicated by constant ‘twists’ that only served to extend the length of the series. In other words, it felt like padding. Pleasingly, the battle that began to bore me in the last box set is quickly put to an end within a few episodes of Part 2, opening up the rest of the episodes to explore different characters and situations through different worlds and time periods. Variety is most definitely the spice of life, and here we have it in abundance. Having finished the lengthy and serious battle, BLEACH gives us a comical story involving the return of Rurichiyo, a lengthy game of Kemari (a football like sport), and an arc examining the Soul Society 100 years previous. This selection of episodes show what BLEACH is best at with well choreographed fights light on dialogue. The humour is interaction based making it an absolute delight for fans, and the past segments build on the mythology and characters.
Tite Kubo and Makoto Matsubara have co-authored two novelizations of the Bleach series, which were published by Shueisha under its Jump Books label. The first volume, BLEACH-letters from the other side: The Death and The Strawberry, was published on December 15, 2004, and the second, BLEACH: The Honey Dish Rhapsody, was published on October 30, 2006.
Since its first appearance in August 2001, the manga has appeared weekly in Shueisha's magazine. The individual chapters are collected by in a series of tankōbon volumes, which also include a poem by the character of the cover. The first volume of the manga has sold over 1.25 million copies in Japan, and the manga series as a whole has sold over 40 million volumes. In 2005, was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the category. Viz Media have released the first three volumes of in a single book, (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 1. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Bleach series, the first twenty-one volumes were compiled into six omnibus collections under the name .