Bleach – Review

Genre Superhero, Teen
Directed by Shinsuke Sato
Starring Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Erina Mano, Yu Koyanagi, Taichi Saotome, Miyavi, Seiichi Tanabe, Masami Nagasawa, Yōsuke Eguchi
Released on 20 July 2018 (Japan)
Flixxpanda Rating 5/10
Channel Netflix

Converting an anime into a live-action movie seems a bit of a stretch right? Well it is, but Bleach is one of the best attempts of it I’ve seen.

Bleach is like one of those legacy systems, it’s been around for so long with such a huge plethora of characters and sets of cast members each with their own set of insane powers. The whole thing has become a system that is hard to replicate. It becomes even harder to pick out certain characters and plot-lines to keep and incorporate into a 108-minute long movie.

With its crazy lengthy story arcs, the manga ran for over 15 years and while it was interesting there was a lot of ground to cover for the anime. It was successful in the beginning but as it continued, with story lines becoming more and more warped Bleach lost popularity and sort of just died out. So the movie was trying to tap into an already dead fan-base.

While the actual anime-adaptation of the manga concluded in 2012 with about 300-ish episodes to its name, some fans supposedly still love it to this day. This fan-base is what the movie hoped to tap into on its release, except the fans didn’t really turn up to the theaters. I suppose long-time readers of the manga or the anime audience didn’t really want a Warner Bros. adaptation of the same.

The movie is set in modern-times and is pretty successful in drawing out key elements of Bleach and staying authentic to the actual material but also cutting out unnecessary jargon. But they also haven’t cut out too much, like Death Note for instance. So, props to director Shinsuke Sato for that.

Here’s what happens. High school student Ichigo Kurosaki (Sota Fukushi), in some sort of accident inherits the powers of soul reaper Rukia Kuchiki (Hana Sugisaki). She looses her powers, gets stuck in human form and is forced to attend Ichigo’s high school and sleep in his closet. Further she has to train him to do her job and duh, she isn’t particularly happy about the entire situation.

If you’re not a fan of manga or anime, yes that plot might seem incredibly weird or disjointed to you, but if you are you understand me perfectly. Which is great, it’s like the fandom has their own code that nobody else gets.

Even if you’ve never read the manga or watched an episode, Bleach will still be enjoyable. However I think its aimed to a younger audience of mostly kids and I suppose some young adults. With its colors and action sequences (fighting “Hollows”), it’s a fun movie. You might enjoy it!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. ennadune says:

    I saw this recently and I was quite disappointed. It wasn’t as bad as some of the other live-action remakes I’ve seen but it did feel very rushed and the characters looked quite weird as real people. I think one of the perks of anime is that it can get away with pretty strange character designs, but a live-action film would have a harder time with that. My favourite live-action remake of an anime was Rurouni Kenshin but even that had some funny looking characters.

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