Posted by Retrokaiser On Monday, June 10, 2013 0 comments
After being very disappointed by the horrid television series my expectations for this film were pretty low so I was dreading seeing this film. Man did I pick the wrong time to think that as instead of a terrible show that has more filler than a fat porn star at an orgy, I got a pretty damn impressive action flick with a hint of romance, a well told story and excellent characters and I'll go as far as to call this film a masterpiece. It is also a film that stands out on it's own so people that are not familiar with the Bleach series will enjoy it just as much as fans of the Bleach series.
Animation is very smooth with some beautiful and very detailed visuals that will make you say "wow, that actually looks pretty good". English dub is the same as the television series so it won't alienate the people that watch the show and will feel fresh for the people who only know of Bleach because of this film and it is also pretty good with a strong cast that really suits the characters well. The menus are frustrating to get through due to being really sluggish making it hard to know when to click the remote so you can have the menus in English*. I kid you not as it took me three attempts (on average) to pick the right language so it does lose some points for lack of convenience (even though we don't score on a points ratio here in the Terrordome).
Special features in this release include a bunch of really lovely looking production artwork, promotional trailers, and a very enlightening documentary interviewing the crew with some very interesting things to say like how they made it with the intention of making it so that people who haven't seen the show will enjoy the film (and indeed it worked). Overall this was classic and I highly recommend this one should be an essential to anime collections. Bleach fans will love it and Bleach haters will be pleasantly surprised . So that wraps up day one of this special series with three more films to look at. Check in tomorrow as we look at the second film "The Diamond Dust Rebellion".
Title: Bleach the Movie #1 - Memories of Nobody
Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot
Genre: Animation/Anime, Horror/Supernatural, Action
Running Time: 87 minutes
Distributor: Madman Entertainment (www.madman.com.au)
Rating: M15+ (Animated violence)
*Note: When you boot up the disc it takes you to a screen with about six to ten different language options.