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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Bleach

Bleach Vol. #07

By Bryce Coulter     February 15, 2008
Release Date: November 27, 2007

Bleach Vol. #07
© Viz Media

What They Say
Ichigo and company succeed in breaching the walls of the Seireitei, the Soul Reapers' compound, where they find themselves split up and in serious danger. Alerted to the intruders' presence, the Soul Reapers mobilize their forces to attack. Meanwhile, Rukia is transferred to the Shishinro, the Repentance Cell, to await her execution. Will the rescuers save her in time, or die trying?

Contains episodes 25-28.

The Review!
Nothing says it better than “Penetrate The Centre With An Enormous Bombshell?”

As usual, we listened to Bleach in its original language of Japanese. We also sampled the English track, which does a fairly good job of keeping up with standard set by the Japanese cast. In listening to both language tracks we didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Again, the transfer for Bleach does not disappoint in its original full frame aspect ratio. Bleach’s transfer is consistently clean and pleasing to watch. All of the colors appear very solid and exhibit great vibrancy. Cross coloration is absent and aliasing is almost nonexistent. On rare occasions there is just a small bit of noticeable background noise, but nothing to be concerned about.

Following the style change from the sixth volume, volume 7 features the new front cover design that is primarily covered with a silver foil appearance. In addition, the spine of the case is also colored in red. The same logo and text layout appears as it did in the previous volumes. Ichimaru Gin is featured on the front cover as if to be drawing his zanpakto. The backside of the case contains the usual series name displayed in silver along with the volume and episode numbers. The standard brief Viz summary of the volume is also contained here along with a few shots from the show. The standard technical information about the DVD is provided at the bottom. The insert for this volume, like the previous volumes, is a black piece with the title from the back cover on it along with chapter stops. A nice little extra inclusion is a sticker sheet that has the front cover and four smaller stickers for each episode number.

As with previous volumes, the same cool menu design is used in this release. The blocking movements are used again from the opening sequence to showcase various scenes from episodes 25-28. Again, all of this is kept to an all black background with visuals that slide in and out along with lines of color all set to a brief bit of instrumental music from the show. The navigation strip is along the bottom that has very quick access to the submenus. As in the previous volumes, Viz continues to not show the English subtitles for the opening music when watching the show in English, which is a pain. To view the subtitles, one has to watch the show in Japanese with the subtitles turned on.

Again, as in previous volumes, the same types of extras are featured. A selection of production art covers the basics of characters. We also get a clean version of the closing sequence. The manga preview contained in this volume is mainly an advertisement for Viz’s other manga titles.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers).
So far, each volume leaves the viewer with a high level of suspense which doesn’t resolve until the next volume begins. Volume 6 ended with the gang working on a plan for entering Seireitei with the aid of Ganju’s sister, Kuukaku. The episodes in Volume 6 are tame compared to the subplot extravaganza that awaits in this volume.

Episode 25 picks up with Ichigo finally mastering the cannonball technique that will be necessary for him to enter Seireitei. Embarrassed that Ganju has mastered the technique, Ichigo remains determined to outdo Ganju no matter the cost. As always, this makes for some great rival-based humor that will continue on in the episodes to come. After the gang masters the technique, Kuukaku prepares them to be launched from her massive cannon.

More is revealed about Ganju and Kuukaku’s past as Ganju shares the story of his older brother, who had been killed by a Shinigami. Ganju’s convincing story means that there is more to Ganju and Kuukaku’s willingness to help Ichigo and the gang break into Seireitei. There has to be more to this story, so stay tuned.

To enter Seireitei, which is nearly impenetrable, the group must use their abilities to create one giant cannonball to break through the anti-soul shield. Each member will have to regulate their spirit power to be equal with the others in order for the cannonball to retain its form. As the team prepares for their departure, Kuukaku informs them that they cannot separate no matter what, and if they meet a Captain, run away without a moment’s hesitation – their objective is Rukia’s retrieval, no more. They must not, at any time, take unnecessary risks. Of course, this ideal plan doesn’t quite pan out.

Penetrating the anti-soul shield, the cannonball begins to dissipate, causing the team to split apart. Ichigo and Ganju haplessly fly off in one direction while the rest of the gang falls away in various different directions. Somehow, Yoruichi and Chad end up alone while Ishida and Orihime remain together. The overall plan is to save Rukia, but the gang is going to have to find each other in the process. Unbeknownst to them, someone has noticed their attempt to enter Seireitei, thus the hunt begins.
Chad manages to avoid being seen or getting hurt, as has Yoruichi, but over on Ishida and Orihime’s side, despite the Sacred Tri-Link Shield, Orihime has gotten hurt. Ishida tends her wound with the realization that someone will be coming for them. Most of the attention in this volume is focused on Ganju and Ichigo, who although saved by Ganju’s sandpit technique, are met by 2 high-ranking Shinigami, Ikkaku and Yumichika from Division 11. A serious fight breaks out between Ichigo and Ikkaku while Ganju uses some of his cheap trick antics to get past Yumichika. Barely defeating Ikkaku, Ichigo attempts to find Ganju who is nowhere to be found.

Rukia soon learns of a rumor that is being passed around that Seireitei has been penetrated by someone or a group of people. We finally see a glimmer of hope in the melancholy attitude of Rukia. Her eyes light up knowing that Ichigo is coming. Chad, trying to avoid being detected persistently tries to locate his comrades by sensing their spiritual pressure. Somehow Yoruichi stays undetected, but aware of all that is going on. There’s always something to be said about black cat.

Orihime and Ishida run into some trouble as they must fight their way past the giant, Jiroubou. Jiroubou picks on Orihime by smaking her around. It always seems like everyone wants to take a cheap shot at the pretty girl for some reason. Mysteriously enough, something has changed in Ishida’s combat abilities as his Qunicy abilities take on a new and powerful form. Jiroubou is in for a rude awakening.

While our three ring circus of a story continues, we are finally introduced to some more Shinigami. The most intriguing is 11th Division Captain, Zaraki Kenpachi. He’s as scary as he is strong and he’s on the hunt for Ichigo. With the aid of Yachiru, his vice-captain, a small pink haired girl that rides on his shoulders, Zaraki is in pursuit of stopping the fake Soul Reaper who defeated Ikkaku. He’s bound and determined to find Ichigo no matter how long it takes.

Having broke into the Soul Society, team Ichigo takes a very brief reprieve to learn a new technique that allows them to break into the almost impregnable, Seireitei. The goal is to save Rukia, but with the team split up, and the Shinigami alerted to their presence, can our rag tag team eventually regroup? The five episodes in this volume will make you laugh and sit on the edge of your seat in suspense as team Ichigo fights its way into Seireitei. However, be careful to not get whiplash as these episodes pack quite a punch in background story and subplots.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Clean Closing,Production Gallery,Bleach Stickers

Review Equipment
Hitachi 62VS69 62" UltraVision LCD Projection HDTV, Samsung BDP-1000 Blu-ray Player with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.


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