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Bleach 3-in-1: Volumes 7-9 – Omnibus Edition by Tite Kubo (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

February 16, 2013 by  



The third volume of “Bleach 3-in-1” (volumes 7-9) begins a major arc in which Ichigo, Chad, Orihime and Uryu must try to save Rukia from execution in the Soul Society.  But before they rescue her, all must undergo significant training if they are to take on the Soul Reapers.  The beginning of a significant arc in the “Bleach” series, this third omnibus volume is awesome and  is definitely recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Bleach 3-in-1: Volumes 7-9 – Omnibus Edition

STORY AND ART BY: Tite Kubo (久保 宣章)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.

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

RATED: T for Older Teen

PAGES: 592

RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2012

Containing volumes 4, 5 and 6 of Bleach! A new reality-show craze is sweeping the nation, garnering legions of screaming fans (the majority of them being teenaged girls). But this program comes with a supernatural twist–the host, a media-savvy spiritualist, travels to local hotspots and performs exorcisms, live on national TV! Surly Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki has his doubts about this primetime prima donna, and his assumptions are about to be put to the test–the show is heading straight for his neighborhood! What effect will this unprovoked media presence have on the fragile balance between Earth and the spirit world?

In the latest volume of “Bleach 3-in-1” (covering volumes 7-9) from Viz Media, it is revealed that when Rukia Kuchiki gave Ichigo Kurosaki her powers, she broke a major rule in the Soul Society that is punishable by death.

Sent to Earth to capture her is her childhood friend, Soul Reapers Renji Abarai and her brother, Captain Byakuya Kuchiki, both of the Sixth Division.

But before she can be taken away, Uryu tries to help her.  But not powerful enough to take on the two Soul Reapers, Ichigo Kurosaki comes right in time to take them on.  Quickly learning that he is not in the same league as them.

With Rukia taken back to the Soul Society to face her extreme punishment, Ichigo is wanting to save her.  And willing to join him are both Chad and Orihime and also Uruyu Ishida who wants revenge for being beaten.  Unsure of how to get into the Soul Society, they receive assistance from Kisuke Urahara.

But as they get to the Soul Society, they land in the Rukongai (where spirits live when they are transferred to the Soul Society) and where they need to get to is the Seireitei.   And for that, they are going to need some major help from others within the Soul Society.

Find out in “Bleach 3-in 1: Volumes 7-9”!

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?

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

And with the first two ominibus which collects three graphic novels in one for a low price, Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends were introduced, but also how he, Chad, Orihime learned their powers but also introducing a Quincy named Uryu Ishida, who happens to attend the same high school as Ichigo.

As primary characters have been established in the first six volumes, now the first major arc begins.

With Rukia Kuchiki now in big trouble for giving her power to a human, her offense is punishable by death and she is to be executed.  Captured by her brother, Captain Byakuya Kuchiki and her childhood friend Renji Arabai, the two take Rukia back to the Soul Society but first with a battle against Uryu and also Ichigo which was easy and quick.

Knowing the true power of the Soul Reapers, Ichigo is not ready to take them on….yet!  With only a short time left to train, Kisuke Urahara and friends try to help Ichigo learn about his hidden latent power and become a Soul Reaper without Rukia’s help.  Meanwhile, we are introduced to Yoruichi, who helps train Chad and Orihime to use their power, while Uryu continues his training with the guidance of his master who gave him a glove that enhances his Quincy abilities.

And the manga concludes with chapters involving Ichigo and friends being transferred to the Soul Society in order to rescue Rukia.  But it’s not going to be easy as the four are now wanted by the Soul Reapers.  But can they find a way to break into the heavily secure Seireitei where Rukia is being kept?

“Bleach 3-in-1: Volumes 7-9” begins the major arc that revolves around the Soul Society and the race to rescue Rukia who is scheduled to be executed.  Can they get to her in time?

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).

With the previous six volumes establishing the characters that surround Ichigo, we are now introduced to characters that surround Rukia, those who are in the Soul Society.  And are introduced to her world of Soul Reapers.

Full of action and surprises, “Bleach 3-in-1: Volumes 7-9” is the third omnibus that fans will not want to miss, if they are starting from the beginning of learning about Ichigo and friends and seeing them in their first major action adventure as a group.

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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