Bleach (stylized as BLEACH) is a Japanese anime television series based on the manga of the same name by Tite Kubo. It was produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe. The series aired on TV Tokyo from October 2004 to March 2012, with 366 episodes. The story follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he gains the powers of a Soul Reaper, a Grim Reaper-like personification of death, from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His new powers force him to take on the duty of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding the souls of the deceased to the afterlife. The anime adaptation includes original stories not found in the manga with repeated appearances and stories containing these original characters.
Viz Media obtained the foreign television and domestic video distribution rights to the Bleach anime in March 2006. Bleach aired in the United States on Adult Swim from September 2006 to January 2015. The international release of the series spans dozens. from countries in multiple languages, such as Spanish, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, and Tagalog.
In March 2020, it was announced that the manga’s final story arc, “Thousand-Year Blood War,” would receive an anime adaptation.
About Bleach Movies
The four feature films based on the Bleach series were directed by Noriyuki Abe, director of the Bleach anime series. Every film features an original plot along with original characters designed by Tite Kubo, which is contrary to normal practice for anime-based films, as the original author generally has little creative input. Bleach: Memories of Nobody, was released in Japan on December 16, 2006 and had a limited release in US theaters in June 2008. The second film, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, opened in Japanese theaters on December 22. 2007. The third film, Bleach: Fade to Black, was released in Japan on December 13, 2008. The fourth film, Bleach: Hell Verse, was released in Japan on December 4, 2010.
In March 2010, Warner Bros. (US / Canada / International) confirmed that it is in talks to create a live-action film adaptation of the series. Peter Segal and Michael Ewing have lined up to produce the film. In 2012, Dan Mazeau joined as a scriptwriter for the project and Masi Oka joined as a producer.
A live-action film adaptation of the same name produced by Warner Bros directed by Shinsuke Sato and starring Sota Fukushi was released in Japan on July 20, 2018.
Bleach Movies List
1. Bleach: Memories of Nobody (2006)
Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki are Reapers of Souls, soldiers who are entrusted with the accompaniment of the souls of the dead from the World of the Living to the realm of the afterlife known as Soul Society and with fighting Hollows, monstrous lost souls, which are invisible to ordinary human eyes that can harm both ghosts and humans. After defeating a Hollow in a local park, unidentified ghostly spirits begin to appear, before a mysterious Soul Reaper named Senna appears and destroys the spirits. Ichigo and Rukia confront her, but she refuses to answer any questions and leaves. Ichigo follows Senna, while Rukia returns to Soul Society in search of answers.
While pursuing Senna, Ichigo meets with the Soul Society envoys on Earth to investigate the mysterious reflections of the human world that appear in the Soul Society. They discover that the spirits seen earlier are “Blanks”, a group of amnesic souls who were lost in the space between Soul Society and the real world, and whose memories combine to form a single entity, the “Shinenju”. In this intermediate space, the spirits form the “Valley of Screams”; Although it is a natural phenomenon, it collides with the two worlds, which is not natural. They then deduce that someone is doing it to obtain the Shinenju, and the Soul Reapers met separately to find it. Later, Senna is attacked by the mysterious group and Ichigo defends them, without their motives.
After Ichigo and Senna reunite two lost souls, several officers from the Soul Society and some armed forces declare that Senna is the real Shinenju and orders Ichigo to hand her over, but Ichigo refuses, valuing her as a being. The mysterious group calling themselves the “Dark Ones”, exiles from Soul Society seeking revenge for the past, arrive and capture Senna, as he battles the Soul Reapers. The Dark Ones take Senna to the Valley of Screams and connect her to a device powered by the Blanks that can cause the Valley to collapse, resulting in a collision between the real world and Soul Society that would destroy both.
Rukia goes to seek reinforcements from the Soul Society, but her captain-in-chief wants to destroy the Valley before it collapses and refuses to order a rescue mission with only an hour left. In the Valley, Ichigo fails to defeat the large number of Blanks and Dark Ones, but is saved by the arrival of his Soul Reaper counterparts. Meanwhile, the captain-in-chief is convinced to prolong the destruction of the Valley so that the Soul Reaper force can complete the mission and escape the Valley beforehand. The Soul Reapers quickly defeat the Dark Ones and Blanks, while Ichigo defeats their leader, Ganryu. The Soul Reaper force quickly leaves the Valley portal and returns to the real world, content to finish the mission.
However, the process of collapse continues, before Senna sacrifices herself to separate the two worlds. Later, when both worlds have been saved, Senna, weakened by her efforts, asks Ichigo to take her to the cemetery so she can see her name on her headstone, which had one of a Blank whose memory Senna had; Ichigo lies and tells her that her name is written. Believing her, she expresses satisfaction that she once had a life of her own before fading away. Rukia points out that once the power of the Blanks fades, so will all of Senna’s memories. After the credits, Ichigo walking across the bridge, he sees a red ribbon that he bought from Senna, floating down from the sky, and he sees a girl who looks like her running alongside him. He happily keeps his memory to himself.
2. Bleach: The Diamond Dust Rebellion (2007)
The 10th Division Soul Reapers, led by their Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya and Vice-Captain Rangiku Matsumoto, are sent to escort the “King’s Seal.” The rare artifact is stolen during transport by the devious Soul Reaper Sōjirō Kusaka and two girls known as Ying and Yang. Hitsugaya seems to recognize the Soul Reaper, who hurts him and leaves, and leaves his post to pursue the man while leaving his squad behind to fend for themselves. Later, the Soul Society suspects Hitsugaya of being a traitor, orders his immediate capture, and puts his entire squad under house arrest.
In the human world, Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is informed about the events happening in Soul Society and finds Hitsugaya, who faints. Hitsugaya wakes up at Ichigo’s house and they are attacked by Ying and Yang. Ichigo fights, while Hitsugaya escapes and continues to avoid an attempted capture by Soul Society. The suspicion about him increases when Kusaka attacks the captain of a Soul Society using Hyōrinmaru, a zanpakutō – special swords used by Soul Reapers – with powers identical to Hitsugaya’s. Hitsugaya’s capture becomes top priority and his execution is approved.
Through his wandering to avoid capture, Hitsugaya eventually manages to track down Kusaka, and it is revealed that the two managed to manifest the same zanpakutō. Because Soul Society does not allow different people to wield the same zanpakutō, the two were forced to fight to the death. Hitsugaya did not wish to fight, but had no choice when Kusaka attacked, claiming that he was the only one worthy of Hyōrinmaru. The authorities concluded that Hitsugaya was the true owner of Hyōrinmaru and carried out the execution of Kusaka. Kusaka died and was reborn as a Hollow in his world, Hueco Mundo. Once he learned about the King’s Seal and its powers, which allows the user to freely manipulate time, space, and matter, he began his plan of revenge against Soul Society.
Using the King’s Seal, Kusaka teleports Hitsugaya and himself to Soul Society, needing Hitsugaya’s power to break the seal. The Soul Reapers find and attack Hitsugaya and Kusaka, but are driven back when Ichigo intervenes. When Hitsugaya refuses, Kusaka breaks the seal himself, after which he transforms into a giant dragon-like creature made of ice. However, because he lacks the control that Hitsugaya possesses, the power runs amok and threatens to destroy Soul Society. A horde of hollows appears outside Kusaka Castle, which he had generated from the Seal of Kings. As several Soul Reapers confront the Hollows, Ichigo and Hitsugaya storm the central tower. After they destroy Kusaka’s dragon form, Hitsugaya impales Kusaka. Hitsugaya is cleared of all charges and the King’s Seal is restored. After the credits, he and Rangiku visit Kusaka’s grave.
3. Bleach: Fade to Black (2008)
In Soul Society, Soul Reaper scientist Mayuri Kurotsuchi (Captain) is attacked in his laboratory by a pair of mysterious brothers wielding a scythe that erases his memories. In a panic, Kurotsuchi damages one of his machines, causing a huge explosion of spiritual energy that engulfs much of Soul Society, killing or freezing many Soul Reapers. Rukia Kuchiki is the next to be attacked by the siblings, erasing her memories and those of everyone who has memories of her, and is brought to the Rukon District of Soul Society by the siblings.
In the real world, one of Rukia’s friends, Ichigo Kurosaki, briefly forgets her, but Kon, being a modified soul, is unaffected by the memory erasure and is reminded of it. Ichigo and Kon go to former Soul Reaper Kisuke Urahara to get information; but Urahara doesn’t remember Rukia. Ichigo and Kon travel to Soul Society with all the captains unable to remember Ichigo, believing him to be a threat. Meanwhile, Rukia wakes up in the Rukon district with no memory of ever being a Soul Reaper. The unnamed siblings, a sister and a brother, remind Rukia that they used to be close friends who lived together and that she had to give them names, even though she had forgotten them. Ichigo seeks the help of Rukia’s adoptive brother, Byakuya, but he doesn’t remember Rukia either. After another confrontation with Renji Abarai, Rukia’s childhood friend, Byakuya directs Ichigo to his wife’s birthplace, Hisana, where they briefly reunite with Rukia before the brothers flee with her from Ichigo and Kon.
Ichigo and Kon are attacked again by other Soul Reapers, but are saved by Renji Abarai, who follows his instinct to trust Ichigo. When the head captain of the Soul Society and other captains arrive to capture Ichigo, Urahara interferes. He sends Ichigo, Renji, and Kon to save Rukia, and explains to the captains that he studied a parasitic Hollow that could erase memories with its scythe-like tentacle, but it escaped and appears to be influencing the brothers’ actions to some degree. . Meanwhile, the brothers go to Kurotsuchi’s laboratory to completely destroy the Soul Reapers with another Kurotsuchi spirit machine, believing that the Soul Reapers were the ones responsible for taking Rukia from them when they were younger. Rukia suddenly objects to this, and the arrival of Ichigo and Renji prompts her to remember them and their entire past, both with the brothers and with her time as Soul Reaper. The sister succumbs to rage, and forces herself, her brother, and Rukia to merge into one, creating “Dark Rukia.”
Dark Rukia, seemingly hollow, unleashes the machine on Soul Society before fighting Ichigo. The machine takes the form of a monster and the Soul Reapers fight it. Ichigo fights Dark Rukia and initially stops so as not to hurt her. Byakuya arrives and states that he should be the one to finish this, but Ichigo intervenes and manages to free her with his own similar spiritual energy, destroying the Hollow; Byakuya and Renji also destroy the monster. Rukia regains her memories, but the brothers are mortally wounded, though they regret their actions. Urahara arrives and explains that the Hollow attacked Rukia and the brothers while controlling the body of a Soul Reaper previously, but when the body was destroyed, the brothers trapped the Hollow in their bodies and were sent to Hueco Mundo, the world of the Hollow, for a while. managing to escape to meet Rukia due to his desire to be with her. Rukia tells the siblings their names, Homura and Shizuku, but they both die from their injuries, much to Rukia’s despair. Later, Ichigo asks Rukia at the hilltop shrine where she previously visited, about the shrines that were made in remembrance of her childhood friends who died during adolescence due to poverty, reminding her that her memories of siblings are not they will fade away.
4. Bleach: Hell Verse (2010)
The film begins with a recap of the anime episodes in which Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki’s battle against one of his nemesis, Ulquiorra, transforms into an incredibly powerful and uncontrollable Hollow. Sometime later, soul reapers Rukia Kuchiki and Renji Abarai arrive in the human world to inspect a strange occurrence, though they remain vague about what. Soon after, powerful masked spirits attack Ichigo and his friends at school. When the mask of one of the spirits is broken, the gates of hell appear and a Kushanāda, one of the guardians of hell, impales the unmasked spirit and drags it to hell. The masked spirits are revealed to be sinful and hide their faces to avoid being dragged back to hell. During the battle, Ichigo’s two sisters, Karin and Yuzu, are attacked by Shuren, the leader of the Sinners. Ichigo manages to return in time to attack Shuren, but is unable to defeat him. Kokutō, a Sinner not allied with Shuren, rescues Karin, but Shuren manages to leave with Yuzu. Kokutō offers to help Ichigo by showing him the route to Hell, and Rukia, Renji, and Uryū Ishida decide to join the search.
During a fight against Kushanāda, Ichigo’s Hollow mask manifests spontaneously. Kokutō explains that hell brings out one’s hidden powers and that anyone who dies in hell will also be trapped. Kushanāda tortures sinners by consuming them; the consumed spirits are eventually reborn at a lower level, after which they are again captured and consumed in a cycle that continues until their will is completely crushed and their remains turn to dust. Confronted by Shuren’s henchmen, Rukia, Renji, and Uryū fight as Ichigo and Kokutō advance towards Shuren’s lair, where Yuzu is held captive. Shuren orders Ichigo to destroy the gates of hell, believing that he will free sinners. Once Shuren’s group is defeated, Kokutō reveals that he tricked Shuren into luring Ichigo to Hell and wants to use Ichigo Hollow’s powers to break the invisible chains that bind him to Hell. Kokutō then taunts Ichigo by revealing that Yuzu has become a Sinner, and cuts off Rukia, Uryū, and Renji. Ichigo angrily transforms into his Hollow form and hits Kokutō with a power that destroys most of the chains that bind him to Hell and part of the Gates of Hell. Renji breaks Ichigo’s Hollow mask and activates a spell that teleports Ichigo and Yuzu out of Hell, trapping him, Rukia, and Uryū.
The Soul Reapers arrive at the now broken doors and begin repairs. Orihime Inoue, a human with healing powers, is brought in to heal Yuzu, but even her powers are not enough to undo the bindings of Hell. However, Yuzu later spontaneously recovers on her own. Using a Kushanāda trying to get out of the gates as a distraction, Ichigo returns and flies down to the deepest level of Hell, where Rukia has turned into a Sinner, while Renji and Uryū are rotting away. Ichigo fights Kokutō, while fighting his Hollow side. Surprisingly, the Kushanāda was turned into Skull-Clad armor for Ichigo, who explains that Hell itself is asking for his help. Ichigo breaks everyone’s chains, saving his friends, as he binds Kokutō with more chains that drag him into the depths of hell. Despite Rukia’s warning, Ichigo discards the armor and the Kushanāda pursues them again. The four flee from the finished and repaired door before disappearing, where they manage to jump into the World of the Living, are trapped by Orihime’s shield, and safely descend to the ground.
In the post-credit scene, Yuzu is awake with no memory of what happened to her. Relieved, Karin hugs her, ignoring Isshin who just returned.
Source – Bleach (Wikipedia)
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