The story follows Ichigo Kurosaki a high school student who has the ability to see ghosts. One night a mysterious girl (Rukia Kuchiki) appears in his room in search of a hollow. She mentions she is a soul reaper. The hollow attacks Ichigo’s family. While in battle with the hollow Rukia becomes injured and is forced to transfer her powers to Ichigo. She accidentally transfers all her powers due to his high energy. Ichigo becomes a surrogate soul reaper and defeats the hollow. Now, without her powers Rukia must train Ichigo as a surrogate soul reaper to help defeat Hollows that endanger the human world.
Ichigo Kurosaki is a high school student who has the ability to see ghosts. He had this ability ever since he can remember. One night a mysterious girl (Rukia Kuchiki) appears in his room in search of a hollow. She mentions she is a soul reaper. The hollow attacks Ichigo’s family. While in battle with the hollow Rukia becomes injured and is forced to transfer her powers to Ichigo. She accidentally transfers all her powers due to his high energy. Ichigo becomes a surrogate soul reaper and defeats the hollow. Now, without her powers Rukia must train Ichigo as a surrogate soul reaper to help defeat Hollows that endanger the human world.
Rukia kuchiki is a soul reaper. While in battle with a hollow (Grand Fisher) she is injured and she is forced to transfer her powers to Ichigo. She accidentally transfers all her powers to him and is forced to live in the human world. While in the human world she trains Ichigo to become a surrogate soul reaper.
Renji Abarai is a soul reaper lieutenant. He is sent to the human world to retrieve Rukia by Byakuya, Rukia’s older brother.
Byakuya Kuchiki is a soul reaper, captain of the 6th division. He is also Rukia’s older brother. He sends Renji to the human world to retrieve Rukia.
Uryu Ishida is a classmate of Ichigo. He begins to notice a change in Ichigo ever since Rukia became a student at their school. Later, he reveals to Ichigo that he is a Quincy. A tribe that also killed hollows. He challenges Ichigo to a competition to see who can kill the most Hollows.
Hollows are former human souls that are corrupted spirits. They have died from despair or regret, or remained in the human world for too long. They devour human (living or dead) souls.
Isshin Kurosaki is Ichigo’s father. Though the adult of the family, he acts more like a child than his own children.
Masaki Kurosaki is Ichigo’s mother who died when he was younger by a hollow, Grand fisher.
Now, I have mentioned before I am not a fan of live actions. Either they cast the wrong people or the storyline is completely different than the manga/anime. I decided to take a chance with Netflix’s Bleach movie.
I wasn’t sure how they were going to narrow down the story into an hour and forty minute movie. They followed the first season of the anime and the first few volumes of the manga. The approached they’ve chosen was good. They showed the introduction of Ichigo and Rukia. They showed how Ichigo received his soul reaper powers. Then, the story told of Rukia disobeying the soul reapers Code and facing execution.
Overall, the story made since and it didn’t leave you wondering about too much. They gave the viewer enough information to understand the overall basis of Bleach. Even if the viewer hasn’t watched the anime or read the manga they know enough.
I did like the casting of Sota Fukushi as Ichigo. He was just as hot as Ichigo. Besides that, he didn’t really embrace the angry, hot tempered character I know Ichigo to be. This Ichigo had more charm, which I didn’t mind. He did have a bad attitude and hot temper when he was fighting. I did like his fighting, it played really well on screen. He also grasped the drive Ichigo has when fighting. He never gives up.
Hana Sugusaki as Rukia was casted well for looks. The character itself, I was a bit disappointed. They had Rukia too serious. In the manga and anime Rukia had her funny and corky moments. This Rukia was serious through the whole movie. There were minor things that bothered me. Like when she drew her pictures to explain to Ichigo about Hollows and spirts, he didn’t comment about how bad her images were. Those were the little funny moments of the character. Rukia would usually punch him or physically harm him. She wasn’t my favorite character in the film.
As for the minor cast members, I wasn’t disappointed at all. They did some good casting. I did like the character of Uryu Ishida, he looked and acted just like him. The Renji character is more wild and cool, but this Renji was more settled but not bad. Byakuya was just as serious as the character in the manga and anime. He did well.
As for the special effects for the Hollows, those were my favorite parts. They looked real good and scary.
The pace of the film was good. There were no slow or boring moments. It all came through well. It kept a good pace to understand the story and also the action scenes were at the right moments.
Overall, it is an entertaining film. I was very skeptical since it was a live action, but If you are a Bleach fan, it will not disappoint. The special effects were really good. The pace of the film is good. The action is there and the fight scenes are extremely good. I will give it a thumbs up.
check out my other posts on Bleach.