3, Memories in the Rain

Book - 2004 | Shonen Jump graphic novel ed.
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Part-time student, full-time Soul Reaper, Ichigo is one of the chosen few guardians of the afterlife.

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!

Ichigo Kurosaki was a little boy when his mother passed away. One rainy day, Ichigo, whose ability to see the undead is a blessing and a curse, tried to stop a young girl from drowning in a nearby river. His mother, Masaki, ran after them, frantically trying to rescue her only son. Then everything went black, and Ichigo awoke only to discover his mother dead and the little girl gone.

It's the anniversary of Masaki's death, and the entire Kurosaki clan, along with former Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki, head to the cemetery to pay their respects. Sleeping demons rarely ever stay still and pretty soon Ichigo confronts the Grand Fisher, the Hollow that may be responsible for his mother's demise. This and more in this action-packed volume of Tite Kubo's manga smash-hit Bleach .
Audience: 013+.
Publisher: San Francisco : Viz, [2004]
Edition: Shonen Jump graphic novel ed.
ISBN: 9781591164432
Branch Call Number: YA Kubo
Characteristics: 189 pages : illustrations.
Additional Contributors: Caselman, Lance
Alternative Title: Memories in the rain


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Sep 16, 2018

In this volume, we learn much about Ichigo Kurosaki's past, more focused on his childhood. The tone of the characters in the past is much different from their current selves, such as Ichigo himself. As a child we see him smiling a lot and having this adorable and cute side whereas as a teen, he's very unapproachable and intimidating. We learn about his mother's death which explains the reasoning for the change of tone. The only character who hadn't changed much was Ichigos father who is still as energetic and happy as he was before his wife died, but I suspect he does this for his kids and grieves in silence. This volume is heartfelt and very emotional. I would recommend this series to fans of Shounen manga. @Mr.Balance of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This volume focuses on Ichigo’s past. It talks about his mother and her unfortunate death. There are two key facts within Ichigo’s history told here. Firstly, this event changed his entire family’s attitude. Ichigo does not smile at all and always has a serious demeanor. His sisters are not as serious as he is but also never cry anymore. Secondly, the mysterious girl that Ichigo saw was part of the hollow that killed his mother. This leads into the battle of the episode where Ichigo fights the hollow whose name is Grand Fisher. The hollow almost kills Ichigo’s sisters. The book states that this battle is one for honour as this hollow killed Ichigo’s mother and almost killed his sister. Ichigo’s inexperience as soul reaper shows in this battle as he is very close to death at the end. However, Grand Fisher becomes to overconfident and gives Ichigo openings which let Ichigo win. Grand Fisher lives through the fight and escapes. He gets healed by another hollow and says he will come back for revenge. There is really no importance to this book except for giving Ichigo and his family a backstory that is quite predictable.
@GOATreviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Dec 09, 2017

Reading this and listening to old Eminem songs feels so right, you know?

Apr 24, 2010

The plot thinkens in this volume. We find out how Ichigo's mother died as the young man confronts the powerful Hollow who was responsible. We also find out that Ichigo's sister can also see ghosts. Really rich story telling in this volume.

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