- Actors: Masakazu Morita, Fumiko Orikasa, Hiroki Yasumoto, Noriaki Sugiyama, Chiwa Saito
- Directors: Noriyuki Abe
- Writers: Masashi Sogo
- Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
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- Studio: VIZ Media
- Release Date: Oct. 14 2008
- Run Time: 87 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B001BP14SK
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,792 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody
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A 2-Disc Set Loaded With Special Features!After Unidentified Beings Known As "Blanks" Start Popping Up, They Are Soon Followed By A Soul Reaper Named Senna Who Makes Them Disappear. Puzzled By These Unknown Beings And The Even More Mysterious Girl, Ichigo And Rukia Set Out To Learn More, But Uncover An Evil Plot When A Menacing Clan Tries To Kidnap Senna. Banished From The Soul Society Long Ago, The Clan'S Leader Is Sending The World Of The Living And The Soul Society On A Collision Course, And Senna Seems To Be The Key To His Diabolical Plot For Revenge. Can Ichigo And His Fellow Soul Reapers Save The Two Worlds From Annihilation?Disc 2 Special Features Include:* Inside Bleach The Movie * Japanese Production Interviews * Us Theatrical Trailer* Original Japanese Trailersalso Included: Original Japanese Movie Booklet (Translated Version)Bilingual (English & Japanese With Optional Subtitles)
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And such is the case with the first movie based on the hit anime series, "Bleach: Memories of Nobody." It's not a perfect movie adaptation -- several regulars are reduced to brief cameos -- but it is graced with some extremely solid action sequences, lovely animation, a solid mix of comedy and tragedy, and a nice little storyline for the perpetually stressed-out Ichigo.
After disposing of a Hollow, Ichigo and Rukia encounter puffy creatures with pointed red heads. When the things start getting pushy, a strange Shinigami girl named Senna appears and wipes many of them out.
Turns out these things are Blank (amnesiac) souls from the Valley of Screams in the Severed World, and the only way to get rid of 'em is to find the Memory Rosary, a being that contains all their memories. As Ichigo struggles to keep an eye on the flighty Senna, he is charged with finding the Memory Rosary and protecting it from the mysterious man who is leading the Blanks.
Guess who the Memory Rosary is. I'll give you a hint: it's someone not in the regular cast.
Anyway, a bunch of Soul Reapers are dispatched to bring the Memory Rosary back with them, only to have her snatched away by a strange man named Ganryu, who has a grudge against the Soul Reapers. Ichigo and Rukia discover the portal into the Severed World -- but there's only an hour before the worlds of the living and the dead collide, with devastating results. And even with the help of all his Soul Reaper friends, Ichigo may not be able to prevail...
Anyone not familiar with Tite Kubo's "Bleach" series will probably be utterly lost during "Memories of Nobody," especially given the vast cast of Good Guys who show up without introduction. The entire movie plays out like a very long anime filler episode, but with a lot more new characters, villains, and introducing an entire dimension between the Soul Society and the living world. And an accidental Ichigo-Kon kiss.
Fortunately "Memories of Nobody" does a good job preserving the flavor of the "Bleach" anime series. It starts off rather lightweight and a bit talk-heavy until Ganryu decides to show himself, leading into a clash between the Soul Reapers and his nasty little minions. Those rapid-fire battles are astounding -- quick, lethal and full of special powers (including Ichigo riding on Renji's zanpakuto). And the climax is simply spectacular -- a bloody savage duel between Ganryu and Ichigo on a vast leafless tree, even as the Severed World starts falling apart.
And the writers strike a good balance in "Memories of Nobody" -- we have acrobatic battles, flashy powers, a bit of Hollow-slaying, and some poignant moments for Ichigo and Senna. Fortunately amid all this serious stuff, there's some humor as well -- including a running gag about ambulance crews trying to resuscitate Ichigo's soulless body, which he has a bad habit of simply dropping any old place. I've always wanted to see that happen.
Even the animation has been souped-up here. It's a little more detailed and defined than animation for a weekly TV show, and there are some lovely visuals -- sprays of maple leaves, the nighttime lights of Karakura, and the explosive battles between Soul Reapers. And the soundtrack -- particularly the violin solo -- is simply lovely.
The characterization is one weak spot, though. Most of the main cast -- including Uryu, Chad, Orihime and all of Urahara's little gang -- are reduced to standing on a bridge waiting for Ichigo to come back. And somehow Ganryu is never quite compelling -- we never find out why he was exiled, or what motivations he has beyond wanting revenge on the Soul Society.
But this is a well-written story for Ichigo Kurosaki, -- his gruff, slightly awkward personality is captured beautifully, as well as his iron-clad determination to protect anybody he's become fond of. Senna is a character so completely flaky that she makes Orihime look like Eeyore, but she does manage to be likable and good-hearted despite that.
"Bleach: Memories of Nobody" is not quite as good as it could have been, but it's a solid adventure for Ichigo and his assorted Soul Reaper friends. An entertaining, fast-paced little ride.
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