Hot-tempered 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, the hero of the popular fantasy-adventure Bleach , has the unsettling ability to see spirits who are unable to rest in peace. His sixth sense leads him to Rukia, a Soul Reaper who destroys Hollows (soul-devouring monsters) and ensures the deceased find repose with the Soul Society. When she's injured in battle, Rukia transfers her sword and much of her power to Ichigo, whose spiritual energy makes him a formidable substitute Soul Reaper. But the orange-haired teenager isn't sure he wants the job: too many risks and moral dilemmas.
Ichigo is just a normal 15 year old guy... except he can see ghosts. Though everything changes when a Soul Reaper named Rukia comes floating into his room and a Hollow attacks his family. Little does he know this one encounter will change his life forever.
Once Rukia gives Ichigo her powers, he's forced to do her job and go after the Hollows. He's not sure he wants to that, but once a Hollow tries to attack him and then his friend Orihime... he knows he has to fight to protect them both, even if the Hollow was once Orihime's brother.
Next we get to met Chad, a badass guy with a heart of gold, and his pet Parakeet. Not just any Parakeet but a 'cursed' one! It causes horrible things to happen to it's owner. The question is though, is it really the bird... or a Hollow?
This is great first volume. It really showed us what we are in store for and we got a great impression of most of the main characters and how they are going to be. The art is great! Very detailed and clear and all the characters are all attractive. I love how the series blends humor and seriousness.