Ichigo “Strawberry” Kurosaki was born with a gift he did not want – the ability to see ghosts. He discovered the world of the Soul Society after his family was attacked by a Hollow, a malevolent lost soul. Ichigo became a Soul Reaper and dedicated himself to protecting the innocent from tortured spirits and to helping those spirits find peace.
As Bleach, Vol. 66 (entitled Sorry I Am Strong – Chapters 592 to 601) opens, Toushiro Hitsugaya has been turned into a zombie by Mayuri Kurotsuchi. His next step is to continue his experimentation on her, and even if she resists, she might not have the time necessary to stop him.
Meanwhile, Yhwach and his Quincy army (the Stern Ritters) continue their invasion of the Soul Society. The Court Guards stand in their way, with Zero Squad revealing the power at its disposal. Oh-Etsu Nimaiya has the power to stop the Stern Ritters; at least, he seems to have the power.
THE LOWDOWN: The Bleach manga can seem repetitive: visually and graphically. It has been about two years since I last read this manga from Tite Kubo, and I missed the cool, slick way of its graphical chorus.
Bleach Volume 66 finds the narrative still dealing with Yhwach and his Quincies, and I have to admit that I am troubled. I had hoped the Soul Society would have dispatched them. They genuinely scare me, and maybe this ability to get under my skin is why I like the familiarity of Bleach.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers looking for the exceptional battle manga will want the Shonen Jump star title, Bleach.