Bleach Vol. 69 – Story & Art by Tite Kubo (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

February 26, 2017 by  

“Bleach” vol. 69 is an action-packed volume as Yhwatch is now in control and Ichigo and friends need to prepare for the major battle that lies ahead. Meanwhile, the return of one of characters from “Bleach” past as they will join forces with Ichigo in hopes to defeat Yhwach. If you love this manga series, this latest volume is recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Bleach Vol. 69

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

RELEASE DATE: March 7, 2017

With the death of Reio at the hands of the Quincy King Yhwach, the world starts to crumble. Soul Reaper Captain General Kyoraku enlists Aizen to help in the war against the Quincies, but is relying on a traitor a wise move? And as Ichigo heads toward Yhwach, he runs into an unexpected figure!

With the death of Reio, Yhwach has now grown powerful and now plans to recreate his own kingdom known as Wahr Welt (Castle of the True World) on top of the Seireitei.  As Ichigo and friends plan to stage a full on assault against Yhwach, Ichigo gets some help from familiar faces.

Also, featuring the backstory of Jugram Haschwalth and Bazz-B.

Find out what happens in Tite Kubo’s action-packed volume 69 of “Bleach”!

What is “Bleach?”

For those who are not so familiar with “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.

A Brief History of 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.

The second storyline arc of “Bleach” features the Soul Society wanting to sentence Rukia to death for transferring her powers to Ichigo. His friends also begin to develop special abilities. His childhood friend, Orihime Inoue, is given special abilities courtesy of her loving brother who has turned into a Hollow. Yasutora “Chad” Sato is Ichigo’s tall friend (who is half Japanese/half Mexican) who suddenly becomes aware of spirits and develops an ability to have a special armored right arm that has special abilities. And Ichigo’s rival/friend, Uryu Ishida, who is a descendant of a hollow hunting group known as the Quincy and are enemies of the Soul Reapers.

As their adventures have continued, we have seen Ichigo and his friends getting stronger, developing new abilities and taking on their most difficult foes yet but also earning the respect of his friends and the Soul Society, having saved their lives time and time again. But this time around, there comes a new enemy that may be so powerful that Ichigo may not be able to take them on…

Enter the Vandenreich!

The Current Storyline

We have only heard of how the Quincies had perished after a long feud with the Soul Reapers. The Soul Reapers which believed in having the soul of a hollow crossover to the Soul Society, while the Quincies believed in the total destruction of the hollow’s soul. And while the two had tried to work out their dispute, in the end, it let do a war in which the Soul Reapers vanquished the Quincies.

With only Uryu Ishida thought to be the last Quincy alive, in volume 55 of “Bleach”, it was revealed that one of the deadly Quincy’s from the past, Yhwach, was not killed and has assembled a group known as the Vandenreich to eliminate all Soul Reapers and destroy the Soul Society.

Many have gone missing in Karakura Town and while the Vandenreich have made their presence known to Captain Yamamoto by killing 1st Division Lt. Sasakibe. Also, Hueco Mundo Arrancars have been attacked by the Hueco Mundo Army led by Quilge Opie who are trying to force the Arrancars to join them or else be killed.

As Nel goes to the human world to beg for Ichigo to save Hueco Mundo, Ichigo, Kisuke Urahara, Chad and Orihime hurry to Hueco Mundo to see what is happening. And with the distraction caused in that area, Yhwach orders the Vandenreich to attack the Soul Reapers in their home area inside the Seiretei and the top Quincy combatants of the Vandenreich, the Stern Ritter continues their destruction by trying to kill all Soul Reaper captains.

In vol. 57, as Ichigo tries to hurry back to the Soul Society, he is encased in some object and is unable to escape from it. Meanwhile, Byakuya Kuchiki and Renji Abarai take on Stern Ritter’s “As Nodt”, Shuhei Hisagi takes on Stern Ritter’s “O” [The Overkill] Driscoll Berci and it looks like that without using their Bankai, the Soul Reapers have no chance.

Until Division 1 Captain, Shigekuni Yamamoto Genryusai, the most power soul reaper decides it is time to intervene and try to kill all of the Stern Ritter.

Leading up to a battle between Soul Reaper leader Captain Yamamoto vs. the King of Quincy’s, Yhwach.

In vol. 58, Captain Yamamoto unleashes his bankai on Yhwach, a bankai that is so powerful that he would lost his arm. With the great power of Yamamoto’s Bankai, it was thought to have killed Yhwach but instead, it is revealed that the man who died is one of his followers who has the power to shapeshift.

With many Soul Reapers badly injured or have been slaughtered by the Vandenreich, others try to get Ichigo Kurosaki to fight Yhwach but will Ichigo be powerful enough to take him or the Vandenreich on?

Meanwhile, there may be a group that can help Ichigo fight against Yhwach and its the mysterious and secretive Squad Zero.

In vol. 59, after the death of Captain Yamamoto and the Soul Reapers trying to assess the damages to their corps, Ichigo and Renji are taken in by Squad Zero to partake in their special training in hopes to fight the Vandenreich.

But as the two go through the simple path of meeting Kirio Hikifune, the two must go through the tests of Oh-Etsu Nimaiya, best know as the creator of the zanpakuto that each Soul Reaper is responsible for.

Meanwhile, as Ichigo and Renji undergo training, Kenpachi Zaraki is engaged in a fight to the death with Division 4 Captain Retsu Unohana. But why are these two Soul Reapers fighting to the death?

And last, the biggest reveal from Ichigo’s father of who and what his mother is and why he is special.

In vol. 60, all is revealed of who Ichigo’s parents are and how Ichigo became the person he is today and why his supernatural abilities are unlike others.

But also the biggest reveal of how Ichigo’s mother died and the true identity of Zangetsu.

In volume 61 of “Bleach” as the Vandenreich has removed the protection of the Seiretei and initiated their attack on the Soul Reapers.

The war has begun and are the Soul Reapers ready for battle?

In volume 62 as the battle between the Soul Reapers and the Vandenreich continues but do the Soul Reapers have any chance to fight them since they have no access to their Bankai? Meanwhile, Ichigo has complete his training, but can he get to the Seireitei in time?

In volume 63. The battle continues as Kensei Muguruma and Roujuro Otoribashi takes on the arrogant and very powerful wrestler, Mask de Masculine. Meanwhile Ruki Kuchiki must take on the devious As Nodt. But are these Soul Reapers powerful enough to take on these powerful Vandenreich members?

In volume 64, Soul Reapers Yachiru Kusajishi and Isane Kotetsu are left to fight the powerful Vandenreich, Gremmy Thoumeaux and the “Vanishing Point” Gwenael Lee. But as the Soul Reapers are near defeat, the powerful Kenpachi Zaraki comes to their aid.

In volume 65, Giselle Gewelle, Meninas Mcallon, Liltotto Lamperd and Candice Catnipp are nearly defeating Kenpachi Zaraki but the long awaited moment takes place as Ichigo Kurosaki makes his return!

But was Ichigo Kurosaki’s return all part of the plan of Yhwach in order to invade the Reiokyu?

In volume 66, the feared Gigi has brought out her zombie army and has taken control of fallen Soul Reapers such as Toushiro Hitsugaya to take on Mayuri Kurotsuchi. Also, Stern Ritter “L” Pepe Waccabrada takes on Kuchiki Kouga.

Meanwhile Yhwach unleashes his royal guards, Stern Ritter “M – Miracle” Gerard Valkyrie, Stern Ritter “X – The X-Axis” Lille Barro, Stern Ritter “C – The compulsory” Pernida Parnkgjas and Stern Ritter “D – The Death Dealing – Askin Nakk Le Vaz” on Senjumaru Shutara and Oh-Etsu Nimaiya.

In volume 67, Squad Zero continues to protect the palace but Oh-Etsu Nimaiya must take on Askin nakk Le Vaar, while Ichibe Hyosube must take on Yhwach.

Who will survive and who will perish in this latest battle?

In volume 68, Yhwach has defeated Squad Zero and is now trying to destroy Reio, the Soul King. But Ichigo and friends manage to arrive in time to take on Yhwach.

Meanwhile, Urahara has devised a plan to create a bridge that will allow the captains to storm Reikyoku to defeath Ywach, while, Sunsui Kyoraku has decided to free one of the Soul Reaper’s most hated criminals and a man who used to be one of their own.

Also, who will Uryu Ishida help, his friends or Yhwach?

In volume 69, with the death of Reio, Yhwach is now in control and wants to create his new world.  Because Yhwach used a lot of his Sternritter to accomplish his goal, a few of them feel betrayed and are now willing to team up with the Soul Reapers to stop him.  Also, a few familiar faces from Ichigo’s past have come to visit and give him a hand in the upcoming battle.

Also, we learn more about the history of Bazz and Jugram and so much more!

With the latest 69th volume of “Bleach”, Yhwach has reached Reiokyu and destroyed Reio. And now he is in complete control.

With Yhwach now wanting to create a whole new world, Soul Reaper with a few Sternritter (who were deceived by Yhwach) team up to prepare for the upcoming battle.  Meanwhile, Ichigo has a few familiar faces from his past, coming to join and fight alongside with him.

In Japan, as of April 2016, Tite Kubo has now released a total of 74 manga releases, with the 68th release in the U.S. , one can hope that Viz Media increases the manga count to an extra issue or two per year, so we don’t have to wait too long to read the next graphic novel. With three “Bleach” manga releases per year, you’re pretty much waiting 5-6 months between each release.

“Bleach” vol. 69 is an action-packed volume as Yhwatch is now in control and Ichigo and friends need to prepare for the major battle that lies ahead. Meanwhile, the return of one of characters from “Bleach” past as they will join forces with Ichigo in hopes to defeat Yhwach. If you love this manga series, this latest volume is recommended!

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