Ichigo faces off against himself with his soul as the prize.
Writer/Artist: Tite Kubo
Translation: Joe Yamazaki
Adaptation: Lance Caselman
What They Say
Ichigo ?Strawberry? Kurosaki was born with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow�"a malevolent lost soul�"Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits find peace.
No Shaking ThroneIchigo's recent battles with the Arrancars have proven that if he wants to protect his friends he must get stronger, and the only way to do that is to control his inner Hollow. Ichigo turns to the Vizards, ex-Soul Reapers who have been Hollowfied, to teach him. But before his training begins, Ichigo must do battle against his Hollow self--winner takes his soul!
Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts--he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow--a malevolent lost soul--Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. Find out why Tite Kubo's Bleach has become an international manga smash-hit!
In order to get stronger, Ichigo has finally realized that the only option left open to him is to learn to control his inner Hollow, to gain access to the added strength that gives him. And the only people who know how to control Hollows are the Visored, a strange group that has been courting Ichigo. Their training methods are harsh, and Ichigo doesn't respond well to them at all, but he's finally left with the choice - control the Hollow, master it, or be consumed.
But this enemy is unlike any he's faced in the past - the Hollow knows all of his moves, shares all of his strengths, and is much more cutthroat. If Ichigo can't find the strength within himself to win, he'll die. And he may just take some of the Visored with him.
Meanwhile, larger events are still in motion. Aizen's true motives have come to light, and in order to reach his goal, Karakura town and all of its inhabitants must be erased from existence. The Soul Society captains are already on the move, but the humans will have to do their part to protect the town as well.
There are some definite recurring themes in this series, and at this point it feels like we're being beat over the head with them. Ichigo must master a new power...or DIE! Ichigo must fight a battle within himself, against an aspect of himself...or DIE! Granted, this is a hazard of any shounen series, but the cyclical nature here feels a little over the top. Still, there's some great brainless action fun in here, so fans of the series are bound to be pleased.