Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Reader's Diary #1329 - Tite Kubo, translated by Joe Yamazaki: Bleach 1

I was pleasantly entertained by Tite Kubo's Zombiepowder, so I reasoned that Bleach, his more recognized series, would be a safe bet. Unfortunately, I enjoyed it even less.

With another death theme, this time involving soul reapers and lost, troubled spirits known as hollows. On that front, the story had potential. Unfortunately, the finer points of Kubo's supernatural world are lost amid relentless and over-the-top action scenes.

Over-the-top action can be fine, of course, and I actually didn't mind it in Zombiepowder. Here, however, the story is weakened by it. The characters are all one dimensional and everyone has those knee-jerk emotional reactions typical of most lesser-quality manga.

Art-wise the book is fine if not groundbreaking. Some credit should be given to the cool looking Hollows, though.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Do they use equivalent words to "bam" and "biff", when denoting fighting sounds? I would be curious what those words are.