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Bleach movie? ZOMGWTF!

I just saw Bleach episode #106, and while the content itself was still the mindless Bounto filler, the intro and outro scenes were fully replaced by yummy previews to the first Bleach movie in the making, Memories of Nobody. Looking at the preview screens, it would appear that Rukia’s Zanpakukto, Sode no Shirayuki, will be animated for the very first time. Zaraki Kenpachi, Kuchiki Byakuya (seen with his Bankai active), Soi Fong, Toshiro Hitsugaya, Abarai Renji, and a very large number of other characters also made several appearances throughout the OP and ED of episode 106. Excited? I know I am – I’m one of those huge Bleach fans that still watch the series even though it’s descended into the pits of hell known only as “Fillers”.

Plot summary (courtesy of Cinemasie):

In Karakura Town, there has been a sudden outbreak of unidentifiable spirits called “blanks” (vacant souls). In the skies of Soul Society, the real world has been reflected. A mysterious female shinigami called Senna has appeared before Ichigo. A man named Ganryu leads a group called the “Dark Ones” who wield a dark power which they use to put their formidable plan into motion. Will Ichigo be able to prevent the collapse of the world?

That day, the first incident occurred in Karakura Town. A group of “blanks” were loitering in town. As substitute shinigami Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki went to investigate, a female shinigami named Senna, who carried a zanpakutō called “Mirokumaru” (bodhisattva re-incarnation) appeared. However, she offered no explanation of her identity, and evaded the question of her squad assignment by replying she forgot.

At the same time, disaster also struck Soul Society. The scenery of the real world was suddenly projected into the skies of Seireitei, where the shinigami reside. An official first class warning provision was issued to the Gotei 13, and a captain proficiency examination was urgently opened. This had a great impact on those who had prepared themselves. The disasters that struck both the material world and Soul Society were an unnerving sign of the “collapse of the world”, where the balance between the material world and Soul Society would crumble, all order would be lost, and the two worlds would instantly terminate. Also, a special order was issued to 10th squad captain Toushiro Hitsugaya…

Before Ichigo and Senna, men appeared who identified themselves as the “Dark Ones” who wield the power of darkness. Ganryu, who is the leader of the “Dark Ones” is the mastermind behind the plan for worldwide collapse. As the power of darkness grows stronger, Ichigo and his friends will soon face an intense battle with high stakes. One must wonder for what reason do the “Dark Ones” persistently target Senna… One hour until the collapse of the world. The final countdown until the decisive battle between the “Dark Ones” and the shinigami has begun. Will Senna, and Ichigo and his friends be able to protect the world in time?


I’m going to go ahead and say that Senna >>>> Rukia


Team Soul Society enters the fray!


Byakuya makes several appearances in the movie – Senbonzakura’s petals can be seen in the background.


Renji in Bankai form.


Hario Zaraki being his usual crazy self.


Hitsuguya.


Rukia releasing her Zanpakuto, Sode no Shirayuki.


Soi-Fong.

So let the countdown begin. The movie officially airs in Japan on December 16th 2006, so only nine more days to go! Hopefully this movie won’t be a huge letdown like many other highly acclaimed anime movies based off of a current series (I’m looking at you, Naruto). By the looks of things, it certainly won’t disappoint in the fanservice area at the very least with it’s nice and elaborate cast.

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6 Responses to “Initiate countdown!”

  1. Danny Says:

    I LOVE SENNA!

    Ok with that out of the way, yes, the movie will be awesome! And I wonder whether Ikkaku will show his twin axe bankai…

  2. REivin Says:

    ZARAKI KENPACHI ROX!!!!!!

    IS THE BEST SHINIGAMI

    I CANT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!!!

  3. Exertim Says:

    It makes me sorta sad that Senna will most likely be killed off or forgotten after the movie. Maybe someone high up in the Bleach story division will be able to somehow incorporate her into the main Bleach storyline if she has garners enough fans? Ahh, I can always dream =(

  4. acadianfury Says:

    Does anyone know when the movie is coming out?

  5. Exertim Says:

    It’s set to be released in Japan on December 16th, so only 8 more days to go!

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