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'Bleach' Just Might Be The Next Great Live-Action Anime Film

The manga's creator is happy with it!
by Ash Mahinay | Jul 17, 2018
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Bleach's live-action adaptation premieres this weekend, July 20, in Japan and it may be the film that lives up to 2012's Rurouni Kenshin as the last great live-action anime. For the uninitiated, Bleach follows Ichigo Kurasaki, a young man with the ability to see spirits that normal humans can't. One day he sees the invisible-but-benevolent Rukia, ends up becoming one of the Shinigami, and kills evil mumuWhy do we think it'll be great though? Here are three reasons:

Tite Kubo approves

The manga's creator posted this charmingly hand-written note throwing his support behind the adaptation. Thanks to a translation from @ao-satpro we can see that Tite (hehe) is happy with the outcome. He ended it with unambiguous praise after all, writing, "Honestly, I said, 'I will not write a comment of this movie if I don't like it.' Now, I wrote this with happiness. Please go to a theater and see how it is."

One of the last "mainstream" animes

Bleach ran back in 2007 on GMA dubbed in Tagalog, of course, and gets a re-run every now and then. It was one of the last big releases before anime on free TV stagnated so that gives it a bigger audience than other recent films, like Tokyo Ghoul, for example. The "my childhood is now complete" factor is important in an adaptation's success we say.

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Swords are always fun

If there's one thing you can count on when it comes to swords in anime, it's that there will be some sweet fight choreography. Based off of the trailer, it looks like Bleach will nail the kinetic vibe of the anime and that's half the battle won tbh.

We don't have a local release date yet, but we've gotten screenings for most big anime flicks lately so we expect Bleach in a cinema in the coming month!

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