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Flailing Fighting Fit My Life 27 JAN 2008

SaladAaargh!! I can’t believe how unmotivated I am towards my health these last couple of months. I am finally sitting on the dreaded 100kg mark and am doing absolutely nothing about it whatsoever. I don’t understand it. I never used to have to try and motivate myself to go out and get some exercise – hell, there was a time when I was doing something extremely energetic seven days a week! And now I struggle to even get two sessions in!

Seriously, I don’t know what is going on with me. I’m overweight, I can feel my body is full of toxins and whatnot, making me sluggish and irritable, and yet I seem completely devoid of all willpower and a lack of desire to turnaround my situation. Just what the heck is going on here? Am I really getting that old that I don’t care and don’t feel like it already?!?

My knee is finally pretty good for most normal actions at last, so I can’t really use that as an excuse anymore. I have the time during the week, heck, I even have equipment in my very flat. So how come I am not motivated to do anything?

Damn, this is very frustrating. The only way I seem to be able to go to gym is if I go specifically to attend a class like Katabox for instance. It is only in these classes that I feel obliged to spend an hour at gym – if I weren’t in that class situation I would more than likely be in and out in ten minutes – and probably on my way to getting snacks.

Terrible. If I don’t do something now it might very well become too late to do anything at all! *sigh*, pass me another carrot stick please’ :(

And it isn’t helping that Chantelle and my proposed plan of action – Operation Let’s Get Fit – seems to have pretty much nosedived even before we began! Clearly we need to find something to blame other than ourselves and quickly! ;)

Bleach (Volume 1) Manga | My Reviews 27 JAN 2008

BleachStrawberry and the Soul Reapers: Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia – who is slowly regaining her powers – it’s Ichigo’s job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace.

If Naruto is currently leading the pack in terms of anime popularity, then Bleach must surely be placed squarely in second place. Almost as famous as it ninja rival, Bleach tells the story of on Ichigo Kurosaki, a hard-headed, stubborn brawler with the heart of gold and a desire to do the right thing. Plus, the ability to see spirits comes in pretty handy when he becomes inadvertently sucked into the world of the Soul Reapers or Shinigamis, beings responsible for maintaining the order in the spirit world.

Bleach was first serialized in 2001 and volume 1 introduces us to our orange haired protagonist and his head-on collision with the Soul Society, more specifically with that of Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki as she enters our world to combat a Hollow that has made its vile appearance in our plain of existence, specifically targeting a close friend of Ichigo. It wraps up this first tale before teasing us with the beginnings of a second, leaving us panting for more in anticipation of the second volume.

Tite Kubo is both the writer and artist on this title, and as Bleach is primarily a Shonen story, his writing follows this well established sort of story pattern. That said, Bleach’s unique setting, unique monsters and badass attitude makes for an intriguing read and the heavy doses of action sequences are enough to get any boy’s blood pumping. The story tends to lean to the dramatic side of things, but this is tempered with lots of humour, particularly in the form of the interactions that take place between Ichigo and his dad and Ichigo and Rukia.

The writing isn’t going to win any awards for drama, intrigue or depth, but there are enough emotions, humour and action flowing through it to make it an instant hit.

On the artistic side of things, Kubo certainly isn’t an artist with the cleanest of lines, and sometimes his heads and facial expressions don’t seem to come out quite right, but he does have a flair for style and design, evident in the numerous action shots and monsters he crams into the pages.

His drawings are sometimes simple but extremely expressive which makes it easy to pick up on the various emotions and tones of the book and indeed, makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and immersive read. Just note that he does seem to take quite a few shortcuts when it comes to backgrounds, so don’t expect too much on that front.

Overall Bleach is a thoroughly enjoyable, funny and action-packed adventure that will excite any teenage boy (or young at heart adult) and certainly should not be missed. Its popularity speaks for itself – Bleach is simply something you can’t miss out on!

Related link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach_%28manga%29