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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturdays Matters Days & Giveaway.... My favorite Anime series... Bleach

I wasn't certain what I wanted today's post to be about, All I knew was... I wanted to share something more about myself with all of you. So this is what I came up with... Oh yeah, and since I'm always down with converting my friends into Bleach junkies like me. I decided to giveaway a dvd of the first Bleach Movie Memories of Nobody! Now...  how cool is that?  Details involving the giveaway will be posted at the end of the review. :)

I bet you guys didn't know I was a HUGE Anime fan? Well I am... I love quite a few different anime series, but my all time favorite is a little show called Bleach. The reason why this show stands out so much for me , above the rest of the Anime shows I watch is.. The hero of the series, his name is Ichigo Kurosaki  and he is awesome!! Ichigo is a substitute Soul Reaper. What is a Soul Reaper? A Soul Reaper is a spirit that leads the dead to the Soul Society, annd they fight evil spirits known as Hollows. What  is this Soul Society? The Soul Society is where you go when you die. Here is a description of season one...

Bleach Uncut Season 1 Box Set (Standard Edition)

For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, he finds his life is changed forever. Now, with a new found wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling: to protect the living and the dead from evil. And when he vows to defend Rukia from the ruthless justice of the Soul Society, he and his friends must cross over and do battle in the spirit world...

Okay.. Review time..

Since I am totally bias when it comes to Bleach, I had it reviewed by a non bias source. I credit this review to my good friend E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" . He is a top 10 reviewer on Amazon.com, and you can view his profile Here.

Ichigo Kurosaki is just your average teenage boy... except that he can see spirits.

So it's not exactly surprising that he gets involved in wild, dangerous adventures, in the first season of the hilarious, action-packed "Bleach." It starts off a bit slow, but rapidly winds into a thrilling, expansive adventure story, with lots of big swords, roaring monsters, and TV psychics.

One night a strange girl appears in Ichigo's bedroom, and is shocked when he can see her. She explains that she's a Soul Reaper, who helps the dead pass on to the Soul Society, and destroys evil spirits called Hollows.

But when Rukia is injured in a fight with a Hollow, all her powers are transferred to Ichigo -- and with them, the responsibility of killing Hollows. Ichigo soon finds out that it isn't easy juggling his new responsibilities with his normal, everyday life -- especially since the powerless Rukia is now attending his school, and living in his closet.

Even more distressing, his new powers are attracting all sorts of trouble: the Hollow who murdered his mother, the now-monstrous brother of his ditzy friend Orihime, an outspoken "mod-soul," and classmate Uryu-- the last of the Quincys, sworn enemies of Soul Reapers. Moreover, Orihime and the gentle giant Chad start developing spiritual powers of their own.

But then two powerful Soul Reapers show up to arrest Rukia. Ichigo is left mortally wounded and robbed of his powers, while Rukia is taken back to the Soul Society to be executed. To rescue Rukia, Ichigo agrees to undergo a terribly training regimen that could leave him worse than dead... and the journey into the Soul Society may be even worse...

Most long-running series run out their welcome pretty quickly, or start following a formula. But "Bleach" has that magical mix of complex plot, kinetic action, likable characters and kooky comedy. Not only does it click, but the results are sort of a mad hybrid of "Yu Yu Hakusho" and "Inuyasha." Its biggest problem? The first season ends with a cliffhanger the size of the Grand Canyon.

To keep us entertained, there's lots of action, monsters, blood, giant magical swords, spirit arrows and even a skyscraper-sized Hollow. But the writers keep an eye on the characters, and the first arc is used to establish them -- we get to see their pasts, their motivations, and why they want to fight Hollows. Even if it's simply a desire to do what's right and protect others.

And just as important  -- comedy. Every episode of "Bleach" has some comedy, whether it's crazy friends and/or relatives, TV appearances, or the wacky dialogue ("OH NO! I'M FRIENDS WITH A NERD! Maybe you need some thick nerd glasses..."). Even Ichigo produces some hilarious moments, such as his bloodcurdling scream when he wakes in Urahara's house.

Ichigo himself is the pivot of the whole series -- like many a good anime hero, he is rough, brash, sensitive and fights for those he loves. And though he's incredibly powerful, he still has a lot of training, fighting and learning to do, though he tends to jump in without thinking about it.

And he's backed by a colourful squad of characters: the prickly Uryu, quiet Chad, ditzy love interest Orihime, and the mysterious "Mr. Hat and Clogs" who trains Ichigo to be a full-fledged Soul Reaper. Not to mention Kon, a living lion doll who provides plenty of comic relief, whether he's getting bounced around the room or dressed as Marie Antoinette.

"Bleach's" first season introduces viewers to a brilliant series, full of hilarity, tears, blood and big, bad monsters. Definitely a must-see, for anyone who likes any of the above.

Soo... If you read that review, then you can understand why I love this series, and If you can't understand it...
All I'm going to say is...  WATCH the first season and you will be hooked too..

Check out his clip!!

So now you know my guilty secret, and yes I'm just a little obsessed. It's ok tho... No intervention needed.. I'm A-OK with my obsession !

Giveaway Details!

All you have to do is leave a comment  (with your email address) telling me why you would like to win the dvd. That's it.. Easy, right? The giveaway ends on Friday April 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm, and  is open to US & Canadian residents only.


  1. Hi =)
    I'd like to win this because I'm actually interested in watching it! I don't have a lot of experience with anime but I have watched a few episodes of Death Note and it's pretty amazing..
    My boyfriend is hooked on Naruto but he has watched Bleach and says it's pretty awesome. I would love to give it a shot!

  2. i'd like to win this cause i have watch 1 episode and I really enjoyed it


  3. I want to win it for the kids in the family to watch.


  4. I would love to win this because my best friend is a HUGE fan and I would love to have something else to talk about, plus the few episodes I have seen are awesome. Plus watching them in 5 parts on youtube is annoying at best.

  5. Oh my gosh! This show sounds like so much fun! I'm so glad you did this post and giveaway Tawania! I'd love to win this because I want to watch it. It sounds like something I'll love! If I don't win I'll have to track it down somehow...

  6. Thanks for entering and good luck to all of you!

  7. This is a great contest. I've alwasys enjoyed watching Anime and my son is now hooked. Would love to add this to his collection!

  8. This sounds really cool. I would love to win it.

  9. ooh fun contest! I used to watch a lot of bleach (love me some Renji) but i actually haven't ever seen the movie. Crazy right?!

  10. HI there!! I want to win (it sounds so funny when you type, like a lil kid...hmmm) because I just discovered anime, and I've never watched it. And I want the best (hee hee). Great post...new things are great to find!



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