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Bleach Uncut Season 2 Box Set

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Good series, but wish the bonus features were stronger

  • Nov 3, 2009
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Bleach: The Entry Season Two box set is a five disc set that contains twenty-one episodes. The first four discs contain four episodes and bonus features, while the fifth disc contains five episodes and bonus features.

On the first disc, there are four extras. The first extra is "Production Art," which is nineteen pages of line art of the characters that appear on this disc. The second feature is "Manga Preview," which includes ads for Bleach and other Shonen Jump manga titles, as well as an ad for Shonen Jump magazine. The next feature is "Clean Ending," which is a textless version of the first closing theme that appears in this box set. The final extra on the disc is "Shonen Jump Home Video," which contains previews for Naruto, Hikaru no Go, and One Piece.

The second disc has production art, which is eighteen pages of line art of the characters, locations, and weapons that appear on this disc. The "Manga Preview" and the "Shonen Jump Home Video" extras are exactly the same as the features that appear on disc one. The "Clean Ending" on this disc is a textless version of the second ending that appears in this box set.

The production art of disc three is fifteen pages of line art of the characters that appear on this disc. The "Manga Preview" and the "Shonen Jump Home Video" extras are exactly the same as the features that appear on disc one. The "Clean Ending" has the same song as the ending that appears on disc two, but the animation is different.

The fourth disc has production art, which is fourteen pages of line art of the characters and weapons that appear on this disc. The "Manga Preview" highlights some different titles than the feature that appeared on the previous three discs. The "Shonen Jump Home Video" feature is exactly that same as what appeared on the previous three discs. The "Clean Ending" has the same song as discs two and three, but the animation is unique.

On the fifth disc, the production art consists of twenty pages of line art of the characters that appear on the disc. The "Manga Preview" is different from any of the manga previews that appeared on the previous four discs. There are two different endings in the "Clean Ending" feature. The first is the same song that appeared on discs two through four, but the animation is unique from the previous three discs it appeared on. The second clean ending is a textless version of the third ending song that appeared in this box set. The "Shonen Jump Home Video" feature on this disc includes previews for Bleach the Movie and Naruto the Movie. The final feature of this disc is "Bonus: Behind the Scenes of Bleach." This is a roughly twenty-one minute feature of interviews with some of the English dub cast (the voices for Rukia, Renji, Byakuya, and Hanataro are interviewed). This final feature is definitely the best bonus feature in the whole set.

While I knew to expect the repetition of bonus features on this set after seeing the first season box set, I was still a little disappointed. Like with the first season set, perhaps Viz Media should have considered putting the extras on only one or two of the discs to minimize the repetition. And I still wonder why textless versions of the opening aren't included as bonus features in either set. Even though I'm a little disappointed by the bonus features, I would still recommend this box set to anyone who is a fan of the Bleach anime series.

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July 09, 2011
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In the second season of the popular fantasy-adventureBleach, Ichigo,Chad, Ohime, Ishida, and Master Yoruichi the talking cat pass through the inter-dimensional portal linking Earth to the segregated world of the Soul Society. Lost souls are consigned to the run-down Rukon ("Drifting Spirit Town"), where Yoruichi obtains help from pyrotechnician Kukaku to get into the stronghold the Seireitei. Although the teen-agers have crossed space and time to rescue Rukia, no one knows where she's imprisoned--or where they are--in that city-sized compound. Ichigo and his new ally Ganju seize timid janitor Hanataro: He knows where Rukia is and secret ways to get there. Director Noriyuke Abe skillfully mixes overlapping movements, slow-motion, unusual camera angles, reverse colors, and black-and-white to heighten the drama of the sword fights between Ichigo's team and the bizarre-looking officers of the Soul Society. But the internal conflicts often prove more compelling than the external ones. Viewers learn why Chad never uses his awesome strength in his own interest; Ichigo discovers that he must use his sword as an ally, rather than as a tool. By submitting to Zangetsu, the spirit of the sword, he acquires greater power. ButBleachnever stays too serious for too long: Ichigo and Ganju squabble, even in dire straights, and an overhead shot of Ichigo fleeing a squad of Soul Reapers looks like a table-top Pac-Man game.The satisfying balancee of comedy, adventure, and well-choreographed ...
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Cast: Bleach
Director: na
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
Runtime: 525 minutes
Studio: VIZ VIDEO
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