Tite Kubo’s Bleach is next on Viz Media’s speed-up plan, as the publisher uses 2012 to catch the North American print edition up to its Japanese counterpart. Starting this month and continuing through December, Viz will be publishing two new volumes of Bleach each month.
By the end of the year, the print edition will be synced up with the digital version that’s available at VizManga.com. Here’s how things are shaping up in the beginning of the speed-up, via Viz’s press release:
BLEACH Volume 40 – Available Now!
While the Soul Reaper captains deal with Aizen’s forces in Karakura Town, Ichigo faces Ulquiorra in Hueco Mundo. To match the powerful Espada, Ichigo will have to rely on his Hollow powers. But will the darkness overwhelm him…?
BLEACH Volume 41 – Available Now!
Pushed to the verge of death by Ulquiorra, Ichigo releases his Hollow powers. But can Ichigo control his powers long enough to claim victory against his rival, or will he lose everything he’s been fighting for…?
BLEACH Volume 42 – Available July 3rd!
The battle between the Soul Reaper Captains and Aizen’s Espadas continues with the fate of Karakura Town in the balance. And just as things take a turn for the worse, some surprising allies make their grand entrance!
BLEACH Volume 43 – Available July 3rd!
The battle against Aizen’s Espadas continues as the Soul Reapers search for a way to defeat Barragan’s terrifying abilities. Meanwhile, Shunsui will need every trick in his bag to compete against Stark!