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When you think about all the conflict between different groups/races throughout the ages, what if a small glimmer of hope was revealed to bring them together? But what if that hope possibly meant the extinction of one group? Tite Kubo’s BLEACH examined a brief moment where two members of the prominent races, Shinigami and Quincy, got to know each other in a moment of fate that would define the life of Ichigo Kurosaki forever. "Everything but the Rain" (Volumes 59-60) shows how life can be cruel when heavy rain pours down on you, especially a storm with such force as ingroup bias.
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We are usually told to give it our all in most aspects in life, yet what if fear takes over? What if you’re not able to move on? Those thoughts come to mind when it comes to BLEACH’s Kenpachi Zaraki and his recently-revealed history with fellow Soul Society Captain, Retsu Unohana. Their backstory takes a look at the power restraint places on individuals even if they’re not aware of it.
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With much of the hoopla surrounding the final arc of the BLEACH manga, I want to take a look at a feature of BLEACH that doesn’t get enough attention: the poems. Every volume of the manga has a poem centered around the character featured on its respective cover. A majority of these poems are very enlightening and one has to wonder about Kubo’s intentions in inserting them into the manga.