Bleach MASKED: Official Character Book 2 Paperback – Mar 6 2012
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Bleach is author Tite Kubo's second title. Kubo made his debut with Zombiepowder., a four-volume series for Weekly Shonen Jump. To date, Bleach has been translated into numerous languages and has also inspired an animated TV series that began airing in Japan in 2004. Beginning its serialization in 2001, Bleach is still a mainstay in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2005, Bleach was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen (boys) category.
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And it's all thanks to series creator, writer and illustrator Noriaki "Tite" Kubo.
For those who have watched this series since the very beginning, they have watched the amount of characters grow from five characters to a number that I have no idea how many there are at this point. And aside from the characters, they also have incredible attacks and abilities that they are mentioned so much during the series, fans may easily have remembered them but to tell you the truth, there are so many, it's hard to keep in track unless you are a dedicated hardcore fan.
But fear not, in 2008, Viz Media released "Bleach: The Official Character Book" which not only gave information and trivia regarding its characters, fans also got to read a summary of what had taken place in the series so far.
Since 2008, there have been an explosion in terms of how many characters were featured on the manga and anime series.
And so, it is time once again for a new "Bleach: The Official Character Book 2" as many soul reapers and antagonists such as the Arrancars and characters such as the Visoreds have been featured on the anime and manga series as well as their special abilities. Things are becoming a bit more difficult to keep in track, so for many fans, the release of this book will be a blessing.
Here is what is featured in "Bleach: The Official Character Book 2":
Weekly Jump Covers
Chapter 1: World of the Living Character Correlation and Diagram Index and World of the Living Character Profiles
Chapter 2: Detailed Explanation of Soul Reapers, Soul Reaper Character Correlation Diagram & Index, Soul Reaper Character Profiles
Chapter 3: Detailed Explanation of Arrancars, Arrancar Character Correlation Diagram & Index, Arrancar Character Profiles
Chapter 4: Visored Character Correlation Diagram and Index, Detailed Explanation of the Visored, Visored Character Profiles
Chapter 4B: Turn back the Pendulum, Comprehensive Thirteen Court Guard Companies Chart
Chapter 5: Historical Facts, Terms Explanation Vol. 2, Tite Kubo Interview, Extra Scene, The Next Beginning, Postscript
Chapter Kon: Kon Introduction, Kon Column #1-#3
Full of detailed information for a wonderful price, if you are a fan of Tite Kubo's "Bleach", "Bleach: The Official Character Book 2' is a wonderful resource guide and reference.
The character profiles for this second volume showcase profile data of a character, their Zanpaku-to (a special ability that the user and their sword can unleash). There are humor for example Tite Kubo's reference to Rangiku's "watermelons" and there are experienced events (brief summaries) that were featured in the series in regard to that character.
For me, my confusion has always been in regards to the Arrancar and Visoreds. There are so many of them and it's got to the point where I am confused. So, I was happy that we have the character references to each of these new characters that were featured.
It's important to note that if you owned the first book, you definitely want to keep it as the antagonists from the earlier storyline are featured in that book. Also, the first book goes into detailed information about Karakura and the structure of the Soul Society.
In short, for anyone who wants to "Bleach" experience and wants to know every detail of every featured character up to the Arrancar/Visored storyline will want to own this book.
Highly recommended for "Bleach" fans!