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Bleach Series 1 Part 1 in November

Manga have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Bleach Series 1 Part 1 on 5th November 2007 priced at £24.99. Adapted from the best-selling manga series that has spawned two OVAs, two animated feature films, a rock musical, and numerous video games, the specially priced (£24.99) three-disc DVD release of Bleach Series 1 Part 1 features a standard eight episodes, plus four bonus instalments of the 20-episode first series.

Meet Ichigo Kurosaki, an ordinary 15-year-old high school student who, for as long as he can remember, has been able to see and communicate with the spirits of the recently departed. His day-to-day life has remained largely unaffected by his uncanny ability, but his fate takes an extraordinary turn when he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a female Soul Reaper and emissary of the Soul Society. A race of supernatural beings normally invisible to humans, Soul Reapers have two main tasks: firstly, to lead normal spirits, or Wholes, to the peaceful hereafter of the Soul Society; and secondly, to seek out and exorcise evil spirits known as Hollows, who feed on the souls of both the living and the dead.

When a Hollow attacks Ichigo's two sisters, Rukia is instinctively drawn to Ichigo's high level of spiritual energy and steps in to help. During the clash Rukia is injured by the Hollow and, unable to fight on, attempts to transfer a portion of her Soul Reaper powers to Ichigo so that he can defeat the demon on her behalf. However, having underestimated Ichigo's innate supernatural strength, she accidentally releases all her power and transforms him into a complete Soul Reaper. Now, having finally discovered his true calling, Ichigo teams up with Rukia and pledges to protect the living and the dead from evil no matter what the cost.

Described as a blend of supernatural horror, sword-swinging combat action and frequent moments of appealing teen comedy, Bleach Series 1 Part 1 is aimed at the same audience as Tactics, Tokko and Naruto.

Episodes are presented with Japanese and English 2.0 audio options along with optional English subtitles. Extras include the textless closing and production art galleries.

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