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Bleach - Series 1 Part 1 [2007] [DVD]

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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Box set, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: starz home entertainment uk ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 272 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W2FIAI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,616 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Based on a popular manga, BLEACH is a thrilling anime series about a 15-year-old boy who was born with the ability to see ghosts and who uses his special power to protect the living from evil spirits. This volume introduces the supernatural anime series with the first twelve episodes. For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper from the Soul Society who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, his life changes forever. Now, with a new-found wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling: to protect the living and the dead from evil at all costs.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great intro to the world of 'Bleach' 23 Sep 2007
After a massive following over the net, Manga Entertainment has bought the distribution rights for Tite Kubo's character focused anime series.

BLEACH centers around the world of Kurosaki Ichigo, a fifteen year old high-school kid who lives in Karakura Town. Ichigo is as average as the next kid... but he can also see hear and speak to ghosts.

When coming across 'Shinigami' (as in Death God) Kuchiki Rukia in his bedroom, he learns about the world of the Shinigami and Soul Society: where all souls are destined to go... thats if they've been good. When Ichigo's family is attacked by a 'Hollow' (a soul which is consumed by loneliness and builds a connection with evil) Rukia is injured and offers to give Ichigo a small amount of her Shinigami powers to slay the Hollow. Being a highly spirit-powered person, Ichigo consumes all of Rukia's power. So now Rukia must stay with Ichigo on Earth till her powers are recovered, while Ichigo must carry out Rukia's Shinigami duties.

Unlike other anime series, 'Bleach' is more character focused, as the anime progresses we learn many new things about the main characters, and their connection with other people and past experiences which help draw out their personalities. The animation is absolutely stunning; though in the first few episodes it does seem quite unfinished. But as the series goes on the story will improve as will the animation. What also strikes me is the dark themes used which are uncommon in anime series but this is aimed at an older audience than the popular series 'Naruto' or 'Pokemon'. I don't want to carry on as I may spoil the suspense. But I highly recommend this series, I will be purchasing my DVD as soon as it's released, but I hope we shall get a japanese track with subtitiles with the package.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It 21 Nov 2007
This DvD contains Episodes 1-12 (first half of the first season) the first few episodes start slow but when it gets going its great i love it and i cant wait for the rest : )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleach It Out! 13 Feb 2008
Hearing about Bleach coming to the UK, I was pleased. I'd been watching the series since 2005 through fansubs and had quickly grasped the series as being entertaining and rememorable.

I received this as a Xmas gift, and I'm quite pleased. The quality of these episodes is top notch. I even tried the DVD on a DVD Player upscaler to 720p/1080p and it still looked fabulous. The audio is crisp and clear, with both the English and Japanese voice tracks. As much as I like the original Japanese, the English dub is highly recommended. Great selection of voices to match the characters.

As for the subtitles...I was actually impressed. Manga Entertainment had screwed up the previous two Naruto releases, and I feared it wasn't going to be correct. And to my surprise, the subtitles were absolutly perfect. The minor phrase had it's occassional stutter/difference from what I watched in fansubs way back, but apart from that, it was perfect.

I'll sum it up: Bleach blends a great dose of both action and comedy, the characters are easily rememberable, and the story (even though a bit slow-paced at first) evolves into shear brilliance. Hats up to M.E for the next volume!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My most favourite anime/manga! 18 Dec 2007
I've read the manga, and seen the up to date Japanese episodes, and Bleach is one of, if not THE best manga/anime I've seen.

I was pleased to find out that this DVD has 3 discs and 12 episodes both in dubbed AND subtitled (as well as the Japanese raw), unlike some which give you far less. There is a real sense of quality. You even get a little slip with a small preview for each episode, which is also a small poster! :)

These first few episodes give you a good feel for all the characters, what their motives are, attitudes, and eventually, powers. The series really starts to take off around episode 20! So if you're not quite sure, wait till then!

Thoroughly enjoyed, thoroughly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars whoah!!! 6 Dec 2007
I saw this at a comic show in Birmingham back in autumn. The guy introducing it (whilst they hooked up the dvd player LOL), made a comment that stuck with me.
"Most comic fans know "With great Power comes great responsibility, but when you have great responsibility thrust on you, what will you do to gain the power to shoulder it. Ichigo Kurosaki puts his very soul on the line to protect his family, his friends, and possibly the world, from phantoms, demons, and even the beaurocracy of his own side" Showing a samurai spirit in a supernatural setting, Bleach isn't about ghosts, or swords, or fighting, it's about friendship, and honour.
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