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Xchg: I’m new here but, I was just wondering why you like Bleach so much. Also, have you checked out the other series of the big 3 (Naruto and One Piece)?

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Asked by sabaody-go

Hello there! Thanx for hanging out!

I’ll get to bleach in a minute.

Naruto. I tried it and while I liked the majority of the cast, I couldn’t stand the three main characters. Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura annoyed me. So it was difficult to stick with knowing I’d have to read them all the time. I’ve been told that it gets better in the second part and I really wanted to read the Kakashi gaiden, but I’m the kind of reader that needs to know the whole universe or it will bother me.

One Piece. I don’t like Oda’s art and I’m usually not in the mood for anthropomorphic characters mixing and mingling with human characters—I don’t even like Kon when he’s in the bear—so I’ve never even tried to read/watch it. However, two things pushed me to consider it. What Bleach is to me, One Piece is to my friend. He reads Bleach as well and when we talk about it, something will usually trigger a One Piece memory and then we’ll talk about that. It’s because of my feelings for Bleach and the things I really appreciate about it that my friend has urged me to read One Piece. When he tells it, it seems like the kind of story I’d be interested in. The second thing is that I’ve seen some really beautiful fanart and read some interesting doujinshi and they made me want to understand the featured character’s relationships and the world they live in. So, I decided that I would try to do what I’m doing with Bleach on bleachbythegallon for One Piece. Unlike Bleach, though, it won’t have its own blog, but it will be posted on my long series-themed blog, booksoverbreakfast. And I’ll be doing that with that same friend; it will start within the next two weeks.

Bleach. Sometimes you do something for so long that you forget the significance of it. I can’t say that is 100% the case for Bleach, but it has been with me for so long that I can’t imagine not reading it and, at this point, no matter how the story turns, I’ll read it until the end. One of the things that I like about sci-fi and fantasy is the mythology. The idea of a world with its own laws, science, and history is very fascinating to me. How clever it is and how well I buy into the mythology is even how I rate Vampire stories. I really like Bleach’s mythology. The balance between the spirit world and the human world and how that is kept; the various power types and how they’re interconnected; and the whole idea of the zanpakutou. I like ALL of the main story line characters; I also like most of the filler arc characters and wish they were truly canon. I like the established relationships like with Ukitake and Kyouraku; and Yoruichi and Urahara. Then there’s the relationships you get to see develop—Ichigo and everyone; Urahara and Hiyori, Orihime and Rukia. Also the individual character development. Just about everyone advances, some quicker than others, but everyone has a chance to grow. And for those that don’t they’re usually the more seasoned characters like the captains, but with them, Kubo has built in anticipation, so you are always wondering about them. Many of them that we’ve seen from the beginning still haven’t revealed their full hand, but you never feel like the story is lacking because of it. There’s so much going on, but Kubo has kind of trained his audience to follow his way of switching scenes and returning to some when you least expect it. There are a lot of questions to be answered and even now, when we are nearing the end, more arise, but nothing gets lost. I love the way that things you thought were insignificant in chapter 5 become the key to things 200 chapters later. I could go on, but I’m going to end with two other reasons: it’s fun and I like the art.

Thanx for asking!

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