Bleach 3-in-1: Volumes 10-12 – Omnibus Edition by Tite Kubo (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

March 1, 2013 by  

The fourth volume of “Bleach 3-in-1” (volumes 10-12) begins a major arc in which Ichigo, Chad, Orihime, Uryu, Yoruichi and Ganju must try to save Rukia from execution in the Soul Society. But before they rescue her, they must each take on the Soul Reapers sent to kill them. The battles begin here in this fourth omnibus volume. Recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Bleach 3-in-1: Volumes 10-12 – Omnibus Edition

STORY AND ART BY: Tite Kubo (久保 宣章)


PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

PAGES: 592

RELEASE DATE: February 5, 2013

Ichigo and crew are determined to rescue Rukia from the Soul Society, and with the help of explosives expert Kûkaku, they actually have a chance of making it inside the walls. But the plan hinges on Ichigo getting control of his torrential spiritual energy, and with Rukia awaiting execution, there’s no time to waste! And even if they can breach the Soul Society’s defenses, there are twelve companies of angry Soul Reapers standing between them and their friend!

The race to rescue Rukia Kuchiki before she is executed.

Having landed on the outskirts (known as the Rukongai) of the Seireitei in the Soul Society, now Ichigo Kurosaki, Sado, Orihime, Uruyu, Yoruichi along with Ganju, must penetrate the outer shield.  But as the two are successful in breaking through the shield, their own personal shield to protect them, gives way.  And now each are separated and must defend themselves from the Soul Reapers out to kill them.

In the latest “Bleach 3-in-1: Volumes 10-12”,  the one-on-one battles begin.  Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Ikkaku Madarame, Ichigo vs. Renji Abarai, Ganju vs. Yumichika Ayasegawa, Uryu and Sado also take on members of the Eleventh Division.  Meanwhile, something bad has happened to Fifth Division’s Captain Sosuke Aizen.

What is “Bleach”?

“Bleach” has a strong fan following and since its run began back in 2001, series creator, writer and illustrator Noriaki “Tite” Kubo has been hard at work, continuing to crank chapter after chapter for Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan and with the success of the series extending out to films, OVA’s, feature films and video games and other merchandise.

Because of its airing on the Cartoon Network and it being featured on Shonen Jump magazine, “Bleach” has gone on to become a fan favorite in America but also fans all over the world.

BUT… what if you are a person who came into “Bleach” just recently. You feel that there are too many manga, anime and video games to read and watch that there is surely no way for you to start from the very beginning.

Not to worry as “Bleach” has received the 3-in-1 omnibus treatment from Viz Media and available now is the first “Bleach 3-in-1” which includes volumes 1-3 of the popular manga series.

A brief spoiler-less summary what “Bleach” is about

“Bleach” is a story about a guy named Ichigo Kurasaki who has a gift in which he can see spirits. One day, he saw a Soul Reaper (one who can govern the flow of souls between the human world and the afterlife) named Rukia Kukichiki who has come to find a Hollow (a lost soul). She ends up being wounded in battle when she tried to defend Ichigo and so she illegally transfers her reiatsu (spiritual pressure) to him, so that he can defeat the Hollow. But during the process, he nearly takes all of her energy and becomes a Soul Reaper himself and defeats the Hollow quite easily.

So, the first storyline arc features Rukia now powerless stranded in the human world until she has the time to recover her true powers, while Ichigo fills in and battles Hollows in her place. And with each fight, Rukia starts to notice something special about Ichigo’s abilities.

Meanwhile, we get to see how friends of Ichigo also have some ties with the supernatural. From his classmate Orihime Inoue , to his tall friend with immense strength, Chad Sado and the mod known as Kon, we also get to meet friends that help Ichigo and Rukia take on the various hollows that are attacking humans and souls.

We are then introduced to classmate of Ichigo’s named Uryu Ishida who reveals himself to be a Quincy, a long lost group that hunted down hollows but unlike soul reapers that send the hollows to the Soul Society, Quincy’s believe in the destruction of hollows. And because the Quincy were eliminated by the Soul Reapers hundreds of years ago and he is the last one left, he has a hatred towards Soul Reapers. We also learn that Chad and Orihime have latent powers and other friends and family of Ichigo are able to see spiritual pressure.

Which leads us to “Bleach 3-in-1: Volumes 7-9” which begins with Uryu and then Ichigo taking on Soul Reapers Renji Abarai and Captain Byakuya Kuchiki, Rukia’s brother. But they quickly learn that they are in no position to even fight them as they are quickly defeated.

Both Ichigo and Uryu are fortunate that they are alive but Rukia has been taken back to the Soul Society to face severe punishment (execution) for giving her power to a human (Ichigo).

But before Ichigo goes out to find Rukia in the Soul Society, he must undergo training from Kisuke and friends. Meanwhile, Orihime and Chad must undergo training from a black cat known as Yoruichi. While Uryu continues to strengthen himself through the glove from his master.

In volume 8 of “Bleach”, Ichigo, Chad and Orihime continue their training but for Ichigo, he must confront his zanpakuto and learn that despite Rukia giving him her Soul Reaper powers, he already had latent powers that were awaken by Rukia.

But something happens to Ichigo and when he returns, he is wearing a Hollow’s mask?

In volume 9 of “Bleach”, Ichigo, Chad, Orihime and Uryu along with Yoruichi are sent to the Soul Society. With the Soul Society in full alert and the four being wanted, the four end up hiding in Rukongai and encounter a man known as Ganju. How can this guy help them break into the Seireitei in order to rescue Rukia?

In volume 10-12, Ichigo and friends must save Ruki before her execution.  But with the Soul Society under alert that Ichigo and friends have infiltrated the Soul Society, the Soul Reapers of the Eleventh Division are sent to stop them.

In their first major battle against the Soul Reapers, does Ichigo and friends have any chance of winning?

“Bleach” is one of the most thrilling action series to come out in Japan that would captivate audiences all over the world.

These last four volumes of the “Bleach” omnibus have showcased the friendships made between Ichigo and friends but now, having to make a drastic move to get to the Soul Society and save Rukia before her execution.

Rukia is being executed for giving a human her power which is a crime punishable by death.  But for Ichigo, Rukia is responsible for saving his life and he will never forget that.

As the crew have gone through major training prior to visiting the Soul Society, now the major battles begin…Ichigo and friends must take on the Soul Reapers.

For those new to “Bleach”, when the storyline shifts to all action-mode, the volumes are typically quick to read as there is not much to read but to look and see. Fortunately, in between fights, there is an underlying story going on revolving Captain Aizen and perhaps some behind-the-scenes treachery occurring within the Soul Society.

But these battles are among the coolest arcs in the “Bleach” storyline and it’s the first time Ichigo and friends made themselves known to the Soul Society via physical combat.

The cool thing about the Viz “3-in-1” manga series is that everyone who have been weary of jumping in with “Bleach”, can now do so and instead of spending $30, for these 3-in-1, you only spend $15 ala retail (price may be cheaper on online stores).

Full of action and surprises, “Bleach 3-in-1: Volumes 10-12” is the fourth omnibus that fans will not want to miss as the major action begins with volume 10.

Overall, “Bleach 3-in-1” is a fantastic collection for those wanting to learn more about the series and if you want to start playing the video games or wanting to watch the anime series or just wanting a good action-based series with cool characters, you really can’t go wrong with “Bleach” because you are getting three volumes for a pretty good price!

Definitely recommended!

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