Posted by Retrokaiser On Thursday, June 13, 2013 0 comments
I had high expectations for this one and it paid off greatly but if you were to judge this one by it's description you will see that the story is a little corny but it's much better than what the description makes it out to be. This movie progresses at a slower pace than the other films but it works as it helps add a ton of charm, builds up the story and a great atmosphere as well. Characters are really enjoyable and feel really different from before adding a layer of freshness to them. A great thing about this film is that you don't have to be a reader of the manga or a viewer of the television series to enjoy this film. When they do make a reference to the television series they explain it so well that you will be like "ahh, I get it".
Animation is really detailed leaving you feeling very impressed and really powerful from the wind cause by their power to the way the weapons move plus the artwork looks excellent too with interesting characters and detailed backgrounds and weapons. English dub was a bit better here than what it was in the first two films with a more fine-tuned sound. The films soundtrack was good and very nostalgic sounding that takes me back to 1997 from when I first caught glimpses of anime on VHS tapes only to be freaked out by the ultra-violent content (I was only seven at the time, stuff like Spriggan was a bit too impactful for me) but charmed by its mystic electronic sound.
Remember how my biggest complaint about these releases was that the main menu was very sluggish to control? Well that problem is nowhere to be seen here and that makes me a very happy retrochappy (that's a pun). There are also some decent special features that include quite a bit of trailers that aired in cinemas and on television. I got to give the trailers some praise as not only did they build up the movie but they also get your imaginations wondering to what on Earth could lead up to an event like this? Adding an aura of mystery to it. Although you only get this if you watch them before you watch the movie and I doubt that most of you will (most of you will most likely ignore them entirely). There is also a art gallery section where you can see some production sketches that are OK but may be considered uninteresting to some.
Overall "Fade to Black" was an excellent installment but just slightly misses the mark on being called a masterpiece. I highly recommend watching this one. That wraps up day four with tomorrow being the fifth and final day for Bleach Week 2013 (I can't tell if you're cheering because there's still more to come or because it's ending soon). The final movie that will be up for review has Ichigo travelling to Hell and back in Bleach the Movie Four: Hells Verse. Until then, say your prayers and eat your vitamins brother.
Title: Bleach the Movie #3 - Fade To Black
Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot
Genre: Animation/Anime, Horror/Supernatural, Action
Running Time: 90 minutes
Distributor: Madman Entertainment (www.madman.com.au)
Rating: M15+ (Supernatural violence)