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Bleach the Movie: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Another Hyōrinmaru (劇場版BLEACH The DiamondDust Rebellion もう一つの氷輪丸, Gekijōban Burīchi Za Daiyamondo Dasuto Reberion Mō Hitotsu no Hyōrinmaru?) is the second animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series … see full wiki
Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15 year old high school student with the ability to see, hear, talk, and touch spirits. While sitting in his room, a spirit of a samurai girl enters. Ichigo reveals that she's actually visible to him, and the girl named Rukia Kuchiki explains her identity and purpose. Rukia is a Soul Reaper, which are a group of spiritual samurai's from The Soul Society whose mission is to help wandering souls pass on. These wandering and harmless souls are called Wholes. However, another being of souls exist called Hollows. These are evil spirits with an endless hunger to devour souls and can even kill the living. The devoured souls eventually becomes Hollows themselves.
After a battle with a Hollow, Rukia is wounded protecting Ichigo. Unable to continue battle, she lends Ichigo her powers, thus turning him into a substitute Soul Reaper armed with an over-sized sword. After the battle, Ichigo must continue her mission to help all souls pass on plus defend the world from the Hollows.
Bleach - The Substitute: Season One
Bleach - The Entry: Season Two
Bleach - The Rescue: Season Three
Bleach - Memories of Nobody: Movie One
Bleach - The Diamond Dust Rebellion: Movie Two
A squad of Soul Reapers being led by Captain Toshiro are on a routine mission to protect an artifact called the Ouin. After being ambushed by an unknown, yet formidable enemy, Toshiro soon leaves in pursuit of the mystery enemy without giving an explanation. This forces the Soul Society to brand him a traitor, and the head Captain issues the order for his capture or execution. Ichigo later encounters Toshiro in the living world to offer his help, and as a result, also ends up in the internal conflict. -summary
Bleach: The Diamond Dust Rebellion or Bleach The Movie 2, is obviously the second movie in the long running 200+ episode series Bleach. Like its predecessor Bleach: Memories of Nobody, this movie also requires extensive knowledge of the series. New viewers would have to see the first three seasons at least, in order to have the slightest understanding of the movie.
The second movie of the franchise is indeed a step up in some areas. While in others, it happens to follow too closely the basic cliches of most shonen anime, Dragon Ball Z in particular. This really isn't a good thing for veteran anime fans who are difficult to please, or for those who shun this genre of anime to begin with.
One of the interesting aspects of the movie is the main character being Toshiro to a certain degree, since he's not the main character in the series, but it can be argued that Toshiro is a side character, or possibly a dual main character along with Ichigo. In any case(let the fanatical fans fight over that), I'm happy to see another character get an ample amount of screen time.
The story and plot of the movie is focused on Toshiro's dilemma. Fans of Toshiro will be happy to know there's a good amount of background given on him through flashbacks. While this is an interesting approach, the story is predictable and it does very little to be the least bit suspenseful. I mean seriously, the characters actions are as predictable as a wolf in a hen house.
Another area this particular movie excels in happens to be its antagonist. Unlike the villains in the first movie, who were devoid of all personality, purpose, and charisma. The lead villain Sojiro Kusaka isn't only tough, but actually has a solid motive that is driven by his own tragic past. After learning some things about him, it's kind of easy to feel some resentment towards the Soul Society, who are suppose to be the heroes.
The soundtrack is an upgrade when compared to the first movie as well. The first movie felt more like an extended episode because the soundtrack reused every last song from the series. This soundtrack is actually different, and to me gives this movie an epic feel with some good rock music by Shiro Sagisu. I also enjoyed the theme song Hikari no Rock performed by Sambo Master. The artwork is also fantastic as usual, with busty female characters done with great detail, and overall some fantastic character designs. The voice work is as solid as always for both languages.
Now the animation can be very good at times, but when speaking of the battles, it depends on what you're looking for. There's very little in the way of detailed martial art action concerning sword play. However, there are large amounts of battles delivered in characters special attacks; such as magical arts and energy attacks. I found some of the battles to be decent at best, while others tip toe along being boring. The action scenes, of course, contain animated violence but nothing very graphic or over the top. The fan service is kept low, and I don't recall any profanity at all. The movie is also very light on the usual comedy.
Now there are some elements that did annoy me. I'm very aware this does take place later in the series, but I'm not too fond of seeing the Soul Reapers nemesis the Hollows, being used as mere cannon fodder, with the addition of perhaps the most powerful of them all being the Menos Grande. The Hollows should have been left out of the film, if this was the best use for them. I'm also sick and tired of the typical character cliches concerning their "Ultimate Power". These powerful individuals always wait until near death to use their full potential. I honestly don't believe that I'll ever get used to this so done to death plot device.
Bleach: The Diamond Dust Rebellion is a solid movie in the franchise, that will ONLY appeal to FANS of the series or those who have knowledge. Someone brand new to the series with intentions on checking it out, to see if it's for them r not, will no doubt come away believing it to be an incoherent mess. I only recommend this series to those who love long running series. If you enjoyed Inu-Yasha, then this may be for you. The casual anime fan should definitely avoid it, since many of them rather not follow a long series. The movie is 90 minutes, with the second disk consisting of: The making of Bleach: The Movie 2, Production Art Gallery, and Original Japanese promos.
-Actually feel likes a movie, decent action scenes, very good artwork and soundtrack
-Formidable enemies reduced to cannon fodder, pretty formulaic and predictable, won't appeal to non fans
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