In volume two of Bleach, the adventures surrounding Ichigo’s friend, Chad, continue. While Chad eventually grows to become one of my favorite characters, his introduction as a lead character is lackluster. I can’t help but see a talking parakeet as a ridiculous concept. That is the main reason I’m not a huge fan of this volume. Everything is straight forward and mystery is kept to a minimum. I admit, the back story of how the parakeet came to be is heart wrenching. It clearly touches a nerve with Ichigo for reasons to be discovered in later volumes.
A few mysteries are touched on, but the reference is so subtle the reader feels no need to question. I’d like to say more, but I fear more information might spoil something in the future.
The final series of events revolves around Rukia’s acquisition of gikongan – substitute soul pills. These allow Ichigo to snap into soul reaper form without anyone’s assistance. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it), this batch of gikongan has an issue. Thus, we are introduced to another character who becomes a regular throughout the series.
Kisuke deserves a mention here as this book establishes him as a shady man of mystery. His entire existence is a question mark at this point, but he is great for comedic relief. He eventually grows into one of my favorite personalities, although I am still on the fence of whether I like him as a person or not.
If you feel like this review is short, it’s because there’s not a lot to say about this volume. The only purpose it serves is to introduce more characters. Too bad they all pale in comparison to Rukia and Ichigo. Those guys are fantastic; I fall in love with them over and over.
Rating: 3 Stars
Kubo, Tite. Bleach, Vol. 02: Goodbye Parakeet, Good Night My Sister. San Francisco, CA: VIZ Media LLC, 2004. Print.