Toonami Faithful and Adult Swim era millennials will remember Tite Kubo’s smash hit shonen manga, Bleach. It was stylish, with larger than life characters and stories that maintain a strong following years after it’s end in 2016. Shockingly, however, the anime abruptly ended in 2012, years before it would come close to catching up to the manga. With nothing except the live action film in between, Bleach fans will finally see Strawberry and friends return to their screens. Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War is finally set to hit the airwaves in just a couple of weeks, and a new trailer is here to sate fans craving a look.
The one other film sequel that’s been on the hopeful end of my mind has been a follow-up to the hit Warner Bros. Japan 2018 anime adaptation, Bleach, from director Shinsuke Sato, and not much has been said about any sequel prospects since the film landed in theaters and on Netflix that year.
Director Sato Shinsuke has had quite the competition in the past few years. 2017 saw the release of at least four live-action anime adaptations of popular manga properties, so it was a pretty loaded year and particularly with Bleach being thrown in the mix.
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I’m over the moon this week.
It took quite a while but the promotional rollout of this latest induction from Sato, who also hails the summer festival crowd with Inuyashiki, also brings a fuller, more visible cast list to the live-action realm of BLEACH that includes the raft of warriors and mystics that entail this inaugural venture. Provided it measures accordingly I’d say a sequel would be great to see spawn after this.
Indeed, the desktop version of this article looks a lot better so if you’re on mobile, feel free to switch that shit. At any rate though, Japan locals are officially two months out from bearing witness to what a live-action adaptation of Kubo Tite’s highly beloved manga, BLEACH, looks like on the big screen.
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I wouldn’t rest too long on actor Fukushi Sota if you’re minding this year’s intake of live-action manga fare. More footage is finally rolling out in the tiniest bits from his latest, Kubo Tite’s BLEACH, hailing from director Sato Shinsuke of GANTZ and Library Wars fame and for that, we get a thirty-second glimpse of what last year’s twenty-second teaser was all about.
Indeed, it’s Fukushi reunited with Blade Of The Immortal co-star Sugisaki Hana re-enacting the pivotal moment in which a Ichigo, high school delinquent who can see ghosts is embued with supernatural powers by Rukia, a Soul Reaper injured from battling a “Hollow”. That’s the big creature meeting its demise and for an anime adaptation, there’s a good chance this production did what it felt needed to make such a film happen, especially for a manga with fifteen years of source material…
Talk about playing it close to the chest.
Expect more casting and more footage updates before its July 20 Japan release.
Much to its credit, last year’s teaser looked pretty damn cool in achieving its desired effect. Actor Fukushi Sota is set to star as Kurosaki Ichigo, a high school student who is mysteriously able to see and interact with ghosts. When he harnesses the powers and abilities of a Soul Reaper named Rukia amidst her whirlwind battle with an otherworldly demon called a “hollow”, the two form a reluctant alliance to tackle the beasts, setting off an incredible adventure of self-discovery between epic, brutal, interdimensional battles against superior foes among many factions.
Going into some more adaptations, I have at least five others in mind worth pointing out, one of which already might be in production given the recent announcement of Gintama 2. Little is known about the project which will have Fukuda Yuichi back at the helm advancing a follow-up to this year’s live-actiom rendition of the Benizakura Arc in his 2017 film starring Oguri Shun, Kahsimoto Hanna and Masaki Suda; Well Go USA is releasing that one in the Spring on DVD and Blu-Ray while we await more info on the sequel and what it entails.
Chinese moviegoers will continue to endure their beloved folklore as seen on the big screen in time for the Chinese New Year release of The Monkey King 3: Kingdom Of Women. Aaron Kwok is back in the title role with William Feng as the monk Tang under director Soi Cheang who shepherds this latest chapter that now sees our heroes mitigating their newfound place in a self-sustaining kingdom of women and its stern leader. February 16, 2018 is the date which might see a day-and-date release with the U.S. as well from Well Go USA. We’ll see.
Kubo Tite’s Bleach saw better days for its 2001 manga and bustling anime early on, although granted, there’s still a fanbase that Warner Bros. Japan still wishes to tap into, even if actor Fukushi Sota is the only name publicly attached to the pic. Here he stars as a high school student gifted with the ability see ghosts, who is further imbued with the abilities of a Soul Reaper when stumbling upon an epic battle between an afterworld warrioress from the Soul Society, and a ghoulsh entity known as a “Hollow”. I love the anime through the Soul Society arc and I’m curious about where this will go. Sato Shinsuke directs. And I’m pretty certain others will star in it too because having Sota all my himself is starting to get pretty damn weird.
Kim Jee-Woon of I Saw The Devil fame is well underway with a feature adaptation of his own with Inrang, taken from the alluring action, drama and suspense seen in Oshii Mamoru’s acclaimed 1998 animated thriller, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. This one resets its story in the future where the path to a unified Korea remains fragile due to skirmishes between formalists and radical dissidents. Kang Dong-Won stars along with Han Hyo-Joo, Jung Woo-Sung, Han Ye-Ri and Choi Min-Ho for the film’s expected 2018 release.
I’m not too familiar with the Laughing Under The Clouds manga but the anime is keeping me pacificed at the moment. At any rate, folks can catch this latest precursor to Bleach from Ajin helmer Motohiro Katsuyuki with Fukushi Sota leading the cast of characters for the tale of three brothers entrusted with protecting an ancient shrine in lieu of the Meiji government’s takeover of Japan. The trailer itself has some appeal as well and for that matter, a full cast compared to…well… Sato-san’s Bleach (like seriously, someone needs to get on that, STAT!) Laughing Under The Clouds opens in March in Japan!
Another batch of five arrives tomorrow! Stay tuned!
It’s pretty odd. It’s been nearly a year since we learned that Blade Of The Immortal co-star Fukushi Sota was to star in an adaptation of manga author Kubo Tite’s longstanding property, Bleach, for Warner Bros. Japan. We’ve seen at least a few behind the scenes pics of Fukushi in costume while much has been little ado with who else would join the cast.
I reckon with the film’s 2018 date approaching that this may change and hopefully that will change. It has a noteworthy director in Sato Shinsuke whose partial credits include The Princess Blade, Library Wars, zombie hit thriller I Am A Hero and hit manga adaptation Death Note: Light Up The New World, the latter which hits the Fantasia floor later this month.
With Bleach, its legacy hasn’t been that of complete success, but it stood as a terrific read and viewing for the manga and anime crowd in its initial years since 2001, brimming with color, vibrance and energy. The core story here lies centrally with Kurosaki Ichigo, a high school student whose ability to see and interact with ghosts isn’t as life-changing as the moment he crosses paths with Kikuchi Rukia, a Soul Reaper among many from a distant dimension known as the Soul Society.
Injured in the heat of battle with an afterworld demon called a Hollow, Rukia accidentally transfers the entirety of her power unto Ichigo. It gives him both a fighting chance, as well as a new identity and responsibilities to uphold with Rukia now left powerless and unable to return to her dimension, forging an alliance between two reluctant friends at the start of the first of many perilous journeys to come.
That’s pretty much the gist of the role Fukushi is playing while we await on what the remainder of the cast will entail. For now though, we finally have a full-on glimpse of what Fukushi’s portrayal will look like in live-action form ahead of the film’s Summer 2018 release with a fresh new teaser and one-sheet. Check it out below!