We’ve seen the visual. Now it’s time to watch this flick in action!
Earlier today, Warner Brothers Japan started streaming a short trailer for the live-action Bleach film. The 20-second teaser offers a look at Ichigo (played by Sota Fukushi) wielding his Zanpakuto sword.
Bleach hits Japanese theaters in 2018. The movie’s official website will confirm the role for Rukia in the near future.
Shinsuke Sato (I Am a Hero, Gantz) is directing the project, which will be distributed by Warner Brothers. The feature was originally announced in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2016.
Tite Kubo’s Bleach made its début in Weekly Shonen Jump on August 20, 2001. The series ran through August 22, 2016, and spans 74 collected volumes.
The manga inspired a 366-episode anime adapatation (plus four theatrical flms), which ran from 2004 through 2012. Viz Media currently holds the rights to both the Bleach anime and manga in Norht America. They describe the series as:
Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia – who is slowly regaining her powers – it’s Ichigo’s job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace.
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