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Kubo Tite - Bleach, vol. 08-13 (Eng. trans.)

Y'know, I adore Bleach. I know that there are gender issues and pacing issues and all sorts of story-telling issues with the Soul Society arc, but I love it anyway! It's just, Kubo's art is so, so good that I don't mind that half the fight scenes consist of: Ichigo is going to face off the mostest scariest worstest bad guy ever! Check out the size of his zanpaku-to!

Ichigo proceeds to defeat bad guy. Cue next bad guy.

And yet, I love the art, and I love Ichigo's face, and I love the humor (Ikkaku's fight was particularly funny).

My favorite line so far is, "You're going to try to do [incredibly hard task] with what, seven? eight? nine people?"

"Er. Five people. And a cat," says Ichigo.

And while Kubo's absolutely insane character designs remind me a little of Watsuki Nobuhiro's latter villains, I love them. I mean... one of them has an eyepatch and Statue of Liberty type hair. With bells! At the ends of his hair spikes!

And then there is a one-armed ninja lady with gigantic boobs! And she blows things up!

I am so easily amused.

My other favorite moment involves the extreme dork Ishida, who has nearly perished because of his (very small) cape. While at rest, he whips out... a spare cape!

Oh yeah, some plot stuff also goes on.

But the plot stuff completely pales next to Soul Reapers with billowing kimono, who enter, heralded by cherry blossoms. The cherry blossoms, are, of course, thoughtfully scattered in the wind by his helpful assistant captain, who later dumps the entire thing on his head in a fit of pique.

I just love looking at this manga so much.
Tags: a: kubo tite, manga, manga: bleach, manga: shounen, sequential art
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