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! With Ichigo trapped in Hueco Mundo, the Soul Society comes under attack by a mysterious group of warriors calling themselves the Vandenreich. The Soul Reaper captains valiently stand up to the invaders, but this is a battle that they might not be able to win...
The life of a successful manga artist is a hectic one, especially for a creator like Tite Kubo who works on a hugely popular weekly series like . So it was a rare treat to have Kubo-sensei take a break from his intense work schedule to visit and meet with his overseas fans for the first time.
The son of a town council member in , , , Tite Kubo graduated from the local high school. He had already decided to become a manga artist when he was in elementary school and some of his biggest influences to become a manga artist were Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada and Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki. In an interview, Kubo has stated that he entered a magazine's manga contest, and that although he did not win, one of the magazine's editors noticed his talent. They subsequently worked together on joint projects. Not long afterward, his first manga short, "Ultra Unholy Hearted Machine", was published in Shueisha's in 1996. This was followed by two more shorts, and in 1999 his first serial, , began in and ran for four volumes until 2000.
Tite Kubo: This is really impressive. Compared to Japanese events, Comic-Con is immense! I go to , but compared to that, Comic-Con is many times larger.