It looks like the Soul Reapers will be clad in red this September.
Earlier today, Netflix added a page for the live-action Bleach movie to their digital platform. The site lists the project as a Netflix Original, and the company’s recent confirmation of September’s offerings lists the premiere for September 14.
Netflix describes Bleach as:
When high schooler Ichigo is suddenly given reaper abilities, he really wants to give the powers back. But he’ll have to reap some souls first.
The film opened in Japan on July 20, and adapts the manga’s first arc, also known as the “Substitute Shinigami Arc.”
Shinsuke Sato (I Am a Hero, Gantz) directed the project, which stars Sōta Fukushi as Ichigo and Hana Sugisaki as Rukia.
Other confirmed cast members include:
- Uryū Ishida: Ryō Yoshizawa
- Renji Abarai: Taichi Saotome
- Byakuya Kuchiki: MIYAVI
- Masaki Kurosaki: Masami Nagasawa
- Isshin Kurosaki: Yôsuke Eguchi
- Orihime Inoue: Erina Mano
- Yasutora Sado: Yu Koyanagi
- Seiichi Tanabe: Kisuke Urahara
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 adaptation (plus four theatrical films), which ran from 2004 through 2012. Viz Media currently holds the rights to both the Bleach anime and manga in North 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.