Thank you for checking out my review for the film “Bleach: Memories of Nobody” and the DVD. Its been a couple of weeks since I did one so I decided to review this film.
Short Version: “Bleach: Memories of Nobody” is a fun animated feature with great characters , little action, but lots of emotion thats non-cannon to the original story line of the manga/anime.
Plot Synopsis: The story takes place after the events in the Soul Society Rescue Arc(you will know what I’m talking about if you read the manga or watch the anime), and is non-cannon to the original storyline. In Karakura Town, unidentifiable spirits begin appearing en mases. While attempting to deal with these strange souls, Ichigo Kurosaki(voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch in the English dub ) and Rukia Kuchiki(voiced by Michelle Ruff) meet Senna(voiced by G.K. Bowes) , a mysterious shinigami(Soul Reaper) who wipes out most of them. Senna refuses to answer any questions, so Ichigo is forced to follow her while Rukia tries to find out what’s going on. In the end he finds a plot to destroy the human world and the Soul Society by some old Shiningami that were banished thousands of years ago.
I was really expecting to hate this film based on the footage and trailers I’ve seen, but ended up loving this movie quite alot. The character of Seena was probably the best part about this film. She is probably the most interesting of the new characters. The villians set out to destroy the world which isn’t very original, but the way they do is really cool. The film could have used some more action, but what was given was good. Most of the fans favorite characters return. The English voice cast was the same aside from Senna and The Dark Ones, and were really great. The ending of this film for me was one of the best and most emotional scenes in the film.The animation looks very well done.
Be sure and stay after the credits to see a great stinger.
Audio/Video: The disc comes with a 5.1 and 2.0 for both English dub track and Japanese track. It also features a commentary by the English voice actors. The video looks solid, and the animation is just awesome.
Behind the scenes: Inside Bleach the Movie: This feature basicly goes behind the scenes(duh) with the voice actors, and talks about their experience working on the film. It also looks into translating the Japanese dialogue into English.
Japanese Staff Interview: The film gives an interview with the Japanese Production Staff.
The second disc aslo includes US and Japanese trailers for the film. It comes with a slip case, and to top things off it provides a booklet about the Bleach Universe and characters.
The film I give a 4 out of 5. It could have used some more action, but has some interesting new characters, and good story. I would have liked to see some interaction with some of the other characters like Chad, and Orhime though.
The DVD I give it a 3.5 out of 5. The video looks solid and the audio sounds great. The special features were fun to watch especially the behind the scenes feature, and the booklet if very informative. Some of the interviews and the trailers were pretty boring to watch however.