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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Text/Translation Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 978-1421523880
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Bleach

Bleach Vol. #30

Bleach Vol. #30 Manga Review

By Christopher Nadolski     April 19, 2010
Release Date: March 02, 2010


Bleach Vol. #30
© Viz Media

It's time to catch up with the progress of our rescue party, this time Chad and Rukia.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Tite Kubo
Translation: Joe Yamazaki
Adaptation: Lance Caselman

What They Say
There Is No Heart Without You

Ichigo and his friends are moving ever closer to the center of Hueco Mundo and rescuing Orihime. But their battles against the Arrancars are testing them in ways they never thought possible. Can they keep their honor in a world where it doesn't exist, or will Hueco Mundo leave an indelible mark on their souls?!

The Review!

The Hueco Mundo arc takes a dire turn in favor of Aizen's villainous lot, as our intrepid band of heroes intent on rescuing Orihime are sorely tested in this volume, their numbers waning under the overwhelming power of the Espadas. Chad enjoys a short lived power-up, revealing that his right arm is not the only one to manifest hollow power—apparently his left arm also has the ability to transform into a weapon. Wielding this new strength, he overcomes his first Arrancar opponent, then spares his life in typical Chad fashion. While Chad is an easy one to root for, it's disappointing that only a few pages later, he becomes the volume's first casualty, unceremoniously cut down by a particularly slimy Espada. 
 
Rukia fares a little better in her match-up as she faces off against Kaien, her old mentor! But is it really him? All signs point to yes, till he starts getting all sadistic and weird, eventually losing the facade of Kaien's face and revealing the freakish two-headed Espada countenance beneath. Rukia's venerable resolve propels her through the emotional baggage which this meeting dredges up, but the battle concludes with both adversaries striking killing blows simultaneously, a bad trade for our protagonists who are now down two to one with their three warriors pitted against the Espada's nine—not to mention Hueco Mundo's seemingly endless supply of Arrancars. 
 
Meanwhile Nel's bumbling gang of friendly Arrancars continue to play hit-or-miss comic relief as they tag along, attempting to be useful. Dondochakka "helps" Renji fall into a trap, where they run afoul of their next opponent, the eighth Espada. But the tension of the encounter fizzles, ending in a cliffhanger of menacing words. Uryuu, not appearing in this volume, is assumed to still be wandering the halls of Las Noches, and Ichigo who emerges only briefly—to register the shock of loosing Chad and Rukia—appears to be gearing up for a fight with Ulquiorra next volume. Orihime looks to be holding her own throughout, resisting submission with stalwart feistiness and refusing to let herself be broken by her captor's mind games.
 
In Summary: 
The meat of this one is really in the conflict between Rukia and Kaien. Yes, it seems he has resurfaced, dragging with him the haunted past which plagues Rukia through all manner of depressing and manipulative thoughts. Chad also gets in on the action with some shonen brawl'n of his own, but the other characters play little to no part in this volume as we continue playing the somewhat jerky, disjointed game of catch-up with the individual characters in the Hueco Mundo arc.

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