DVD Review – Bleach: Series 9 Part 1 (Episodes 168-178)

Available on DVD now

As we dive back into the world of Bleach, you will recall we last left our heroes in the world of Hueco Mundo as they strive to put a stop to Aizen and his fiendish… wait, that tale isn’t continuing for a while? Instead we’re going to be treated to a new standalone story set in the world of the living (that has nothing to do with the ongoing story from the last volume) surrounding a mysterious trio taking refuge on Earth?

This is what you will be met with as you pop in this DVD set. As mentioned in my review of Series 8 Part 2 (read it HERE) due to production issues when the series first aired – namely that the anime was far too close to the Manga of Bleach being published at the same time in Japan – series 9 began a new original story to break the flow of what we had been watching. But I’m happy to report that from my perspective this is actually a welcomed change and isn’t as bad of an occurrence as some might perceive. Yes it is an original story, which I appreciate can be a major turn off for some people, but the good thing about this collection of episodes is that it does takes us back to some older ground of the Bleach universe. We get to see our heroes in the world of living attending school and joking around with each other, reminding us that at the end of the day they are only high school students. (Something that in all honestly I had forgotten about given the serious overtone of the Hueco Mundo story.) So, although it has created a bump in the road of a story we have already invested a lot of time in, it is nice to have a break once in a while before plowing on with whatever awaits us next (in this instance) in Hueco Mundo.
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Blu-Ray Review – Bleach the Movie 3: Fade To Black

Release date: May 28th 2012

Returning for its third theatrical outing following two brilliant predecessors, we delve back into the world of powerful Ichigo Kuosaki and the soul reapers in Bleach with Fade To Black on both DVD and Blu-Ray. Though it should be noted that this review is purely based on the Blu-Ray release of the movie.

As was the case with Memories Of Nobody and The Diamond Dust Rebellion, Fade To Black is a standalone original story that has no bearing on the continuum of the Bleach universe. However despite this it serves as a powerful reminder of just how unpredictable and great the franchise is, giving you a great sense of unknowing, a feat harping back to the early days of the series.
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Blu-Ray Review – Bleach the Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion

Release date: May 28th 2012

Following on from its first theatrical outing Bleach returns for a second feature length story in the form of “The Diamond Dust Rebellion” that proves to be a dichotomy from the first, but is still able to provide a great story and power pounding action, this time (following its original DVD release) getting the high definition treatment on Blu-Ray!

This movie sees the captain of the 10th Court Guard of the Soul Society take a primary focus, a welcome decision in my eyes as he is always a character I’ve wanted to know more about. The higher ranking members of the Court Guards of the Soul Society, while all interesting and unique characters, never really get an opportunity to have their past explored in detail.
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Blu-Ray Review – Bleach the Movie: Memories Of Nobody

Release Date: May 28th 2012

Previously released in 2009 on DVD by Manga Entertainment, the first Bleach movie finally arrives on Blu-Ray in the UK. Was it worth the wait? Read on to find out.

Bleach is known for its action, high-octane battles and long running story. But when it made its theatrical debut there’s a lot to consider including how the universe would translate onto the big screen. Memories Of Nobody is the first movie in the franchise. Originally released in Japan back in 2006 following the events of season three of the tv show, this film takes a fairly unique direction as it’s not all about big raging battles and massive powers, though rest assured you will get your fix of that, but instead does take the time to expand on the character of the main protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki.
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Podcast Episode #41 – HUGO in the USA

The Anime Chronicle podcast returns with a healthy 50 minutes of anime based discussion brought to you by Jeremy Graves, Jimi Hart & (all the way from the USA) Hugo Jackson!

This weeks shows provides you with a variety of topics including Hugo’s experiences with the streaming services Hulu and Roku America, subscriptions, thoughts on the new & upcoming releases of Kiddy Grade, Bleach: Series 8 Part 2 and Fairy Tail.

[Don’t forget you check out our complete reviews of those titles and more HERE.]

Plus talk on fan service, Mardock Scramble and Beez Entertainment revealing they will have a presence at London Expo and more!

A fun show as always! Go give it a listen.

Download – Right Click, Save As HERE | Download through iTunes HERE.
Duration: 0:49:51

DVD Review – Bleach: Series 8 Part 2 (Episodes 160-167)

Release Date: May 14th 2012

Continuing to take on one soul at a time, Bleach returns with the second half of series 8 as Manga Entertainment bring you the next chapter of this arc that sees Ichigo, Chad, Ishida, Renji & Rukia continuing in their attempts to rescue their fellow comrade, Orihime, from the clutches of the evil Aizen in Hueco Mundo.

(You read our review of the previously released Series 8 Part 1 DVD set HERE.)

We pick up right from we left off with Rukia engaging in a battle that’s testing her will against Aaroniero Arruruerie, an Espada whose appearance matches that of a former superior of hers in the 13th Squad of the Soul Society. Elsewhere Renji is forced to tangle with the very confident, data driven & mysterious Szayel Apporo Grantz and Ichigo finally has a confrontation with a powerful rival.
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Bleach ‘Fade To Black’ movie release pushed back to May 28th in the UK

Delayed until May 28th

Earlier today we received word that the impending DVD and Blu-Ray release of the third Bleach movie Fade To Black has been pushed by three weeks to May 28th. The reason cited is an “unfortunate delay on delivery of stock for the release date” according the information supplied to us.

Consequently this also pushes back the release of the first two Bleach movies, Memories Of Nobody and The Diamond Dust Rebellion, on Blu-Ray as well. However if you’re attending the MCM London Expo between May 25th and 27th, it could be a safe assumption that Manga UK, who are distributing the movies for Kaze UK, will have them on sale that weekend.

DVD Review – Bleach: Series 8 Part 1

When it comes to the world of Shonen Jump there are three franchises that I would regard as being the largest: Naruto, Bleach & One Piece. Sadly the latter is not available in the UK but both Naruto and Bleach have built dedicated followings in the UK with their unique stories, character development and overall contrasting universes that they are set in.

Release Date: 19th March 2012

Given this is a review of the first half of series eight in Manga Entertainment’s DVD releases, you may forgive me if don’t give a detailed back story of the entire franchise. (One would think if you’re reading this then you are familiar with the story.) But for the benefit of those who might be throwing themselves in at the deep end in reading this, allow me to briefly enlighten you on where things stand.

The Bleach universe focuses on the presence of Death Gods (pronounced as Shinigami in Japanese) and how they must protect the world of the living from Hollows – essentially souls that did not properly transfer to the afterlife. By the time we get to season eight it’s a very different outlook from the start of the series. We have the main protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki who has now been accepted by the Soul Reapers – another word for death gods, in this case the police equivalent of them – following the assistance he gave the Soul Society – the headquarters of the death gods – in a previous battle that encompassed and climaxed throughout the majority of the first few seasons. Now attention is turning to rescuing one of their own, Orihime, who has been taken by the devious (former soul reaper after being ousted as a turncoat) Aizen to his home that is conveniently the home of the Hollows, Hueco Mondo.

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Crunchyroll donating proceeds of Naruto Shippuden and Bleach viewings this weekend to charity

Watching Naruto Shippuden and Bleach on Crunchyroll this weekend will generate proceeds for charity.

Crunchyroll have announced that they will be donating proceeds generated by viewings of two of their biggest shows Naruto Shippuden and Bleach between Friday 9th & Sunday 11th March to a charity that helps children who were affected by the devastation in Japan a year ago.

This means on top of the already announced Global Shinkai Day there is now even more reason to devote some time to watching anime – specifically Naruto Shippuden and Bleach – this weekend.

Video Game news: New Gundam and Bleach games to europe!

Tecmo Koei Europe have announced that we can expect two Anime releated games being released by them this year.

First of all, the long running Gundam franchise will have it’s third outing as part of the Dynasty Warriors series as ‘Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3’ is set for release on July 1st across Europe on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles.

The game is “set in the future, chaotic warfare has engulfed the universe. The world is ripe with strife as gigantic mecha called Mobile Suits march to war on land and in space. Featuring characters and mecha from over 30 years of Gundam anime and manga series, DYNASTY WARRIORS: GUNDAM 3 thrusts players into the galactic melee with over 50 playable and upgradable characters and over 70 playable and upgradeable Mobile Suits combed from the Gundam universe. New additions include Mobile Suits from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Mobile Suit Gundam UC and many more. Continue reading