Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
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North American theatrical poster
Japanese 劇場版BLEACH The DiamondDust Rebellion もう一つの氷輪丸
Hepburn Gekijōban Burīchi Za Daiyamondo Dasuto Reberion Mō Hitotsu no Hyōrinmaru
Directed by Noriyuki Abe
Written by Michiko Yokote
Based on Bleach
by Tite Kubo
Starring Masakazu Morita
Fumiko Orikasa
Romi Park
Akira Ishida
Music by Shiro Sagisu
Cinematography Toshiyuki Fukushima
Edited by Hidetoshi Okuda
Junichi Uematsu
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • December 22, 2007 (2007-12-22)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $6,915,595(Japan)[1]

Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion (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, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Another Hyōrinmaru) is the second animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series Bleach. The film is directed by Noriyuki Abe, and co-written by Michiko Yokote and Masahiro Ōkubo, and the theatrical release was on December 22, 2007. The theme music for the film is "Rock of Light" (光のロック, Hikari no Rokku) by Sambomaster.[2] The DVD of the film was released on September 6, 2008.[3]

To promote the film, the opening and closing credits of the Bleach anime from episode 151-154 use footage from the film. Kubo also published a special manga chapter focusing on Hitsugaya's past to further promote the film. The English release of the DVD was on September 8, 2009,[4] and it was aired on Adult Swim on December 5, 2009.[5] The official European release of the film was on September 6, 2010[6] and in the United Kingdom on Blu-ray on May 7, 2012.

Plot

Soul Reapers[a] of the 10th Division—led by its captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya and vice-captain Rangiku Matsumoto—are sent to escort the "King's Seal". The rare artifact is stolen during transport by the deviated Soul Reaper Sōjirō Kusaka and two girls known as Ying and Yang. Hitsugaya seems to recognize the Soul Reaper, who wounds him and leaves, and abandons his post to pursue the man and leaves his squad behind to fend for themselves. Later, the Soul Society suspects Hitsugaya of treason, orders his immediate capture, and puts his whole squad under house arrest.

In the human world, Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is informed about the events happening in the Soul Society, and finds Hitsugaya, who passes out. Hitsugaya wakes up in Ichigo's house, and they are attacked by Ying and Yang. Ichigo fights, while Hitsugaya escapes and continues to avoid an attempt of capture by Soul Society. The suspect on him increases when Kusaka attacks a Soul Society's captain using Hyōrinmaru, a zanpakutō—special swords used by Soul Reapers—with identical powers to Hitsugaya's one. Hitsugaya's capture is then made top priority and his execution is approved.

Through his wandering to avoid capture, Hitsugaya eventually manages to track Kusaka down, and it is revealed that the two managed to manifest the same zanpakutō. Because Soul Society does not allow the same zanpakutō to be wielded by different people, the two were forced to fight to the death. Hitsugaya did not wish to fight, but had no other option as Kusaka attacked, claiming that he was the only one worthy of Hyōrinmaru. The authorities concluded that Hitsugaya was the true owner of Hyōrinmaru and carried out his execution. Kusaka died and was reborn as a Hollow in their world, the Hueco Mundo. Once he learned of the King's Seal and its powers, which allows the user to freely manipulate time, space and matter, he started his plan of revenge against the Soul Society.

Using the King's Seal, Sōjirō teleports Hitsugaya and himself to the Soul Society, needing Hitsugaya's power to break the seal. The Soul Reapers find and attack Hitsugaya and Kusaka, but are thrown back when Ichigo intervene. As Hitsugaya refuses, Kusaka breaks the seal himself, after which he transforms into a giant dragon-like creature made of ice. However, because he lacks the control which Hitsugaya possesses, the power goes berserk and threatens to destroy the Soul Society. A hoard of Hollows appears out of Kusaka's castle which he had generated out of the Kings' Seal. While several Soul Reapers face the Hollows, Ichigo and Hitsugaya storm up to the central tower. After they destroy Kusaka's dragon-like form, Hitsugaya impales Kusaka. Hitsugaya clears all charges and the King's Seal is restored. After the credits, he and Rangiku visit Kusaka's grave.

Production

Tite Kubo, author from the Bleach manga, authored a one-shot based on Tōshirō, prior to the film's premier in order to promote it. He was also allowed to participate in the making of the film, to design the character of Kusaka. However, Kubo could not add Kusaka to his one-shot due to the fact the original concept came from the manga.[7] In order to promote the second film of Bleach, the trailer had the line "Execute Hitsugaya!". Kubo admitted that it was his own idea to make everybody be surprised, but he and Masakazu Morita, the voice actor of Ichigo Kurosaki, received a lot of letters from worried fans, causing Kubo to apologize in response.[8]

Cast

Character Japanese voice English voice
Tōshirō Hitsugaya Romi Park Steve Staley
Ichigo Kurosaki Masakazu Morita
Yuki Matsuoka (child)
Johnny Yong Bosch
Mona Marshall (child)
Rukia Kuchiki Fumiko Orikasa Michelle Ruff
Renji Abarai Kentarō Itō Wally Wingert
Rangiku Matsumoto Kaya Matsutani Megan Hollingshead
Sōjirō Kusaka Akira Ishida Keith Silverstein
Ying Aya Hisakawa Kate Higgins
Yang Yukana Tara Platt
Hyōrinmaru Daisuke Matsuoka Travis Willingham

Reception

The film opened in 4th place at the Japanese box office,[9] and held a top ten location until its 5th week.[10]

The DVD release of the film was the first best selling anime DVD released that week, and is now released in many different languages.[11]

Legacy

Sōjirō Kusaka in the PSP video game Bleach: Heat the Soul 5, Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 and Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 as a playable character.

Notes

  1. ^ In the Bleach universe, Soul Reapers are soldiers trusted with ushering the souls of the dead from the World of the Living to the afterlife realm known as Soul Society and with fighting Hollows, monstrous lost souls who can harm both ghosts and humans

References

  1. ^ "Japan Yearly Box Office (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  2. ^ Weekly Shōnen Jump; Year 2007, Issue #49, page 15.
  3. ^ Weekly Shōnen Jump; Year 2008, Issue #28.
  4. ^ https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002BIULO4/animenewsnetw-20
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  6. ^ http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=12;5;68;-1;2&sku=312355
  7. ^ Kubo, Tite (2007). Bleach, Volume 32. Shueisha. p. 2. ISBN 978-4-08-874473-5. 
  8. ^ Tite Kubo, Masakazu Morita (August 2007). Tite Kubo Interview, Bleach B-Station 112. Japan: Bleach B-Station. 
  9. ^ "Japanese Box Office, December 22–23: Bleach Film at #4 (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  10. ^ "Japanese Box Office, January 19–20". Anime News Network. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  11. ^ "Japanese Animation DVD Ranking, September 3-9a". Anime News Network. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 

External links

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  • Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion (film) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion on IMDb
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