Bleach: Fade to Black – Blu-ray review

Swords, Shinigami, Baddies and Bankai ring a bell? Well if you’re already a fan of the Bleach series than none of these should be new to you except maybe the baddies, but we need those too. But first let me explain the series a bit in a familiar rap.

Now this is a story all about how
His life got flip turned upside down
And I’d like to take a moment and sit right here
I’ll tell you how he became the strongest hero of the year
In Karakura town born and raised
On the schoolyard is where he spent most of his days
Chillin out maxin relaxin all cool
Kickin some bad dudes outside by the pool
When a couple of hollow, they were up to no good
Eatin souls all around the neighborhood
He got in one little fight and Rukia got scared and said,
“You’re gonna be a shinigami in Seiretei.”

He whistled to the hollow and when it came near
His robes turned black and a sword appeared
If anything I could say that the sword was rare
But nah forget it, Zangetsu is here!
He walked up to the hollow around 7 or 8
And yelled yo homes smell ya later!
Looked at his kingdom he was finally there
Up on his throne the kid with spiked orange hair.

Thanks to VIZ Media, the Bleach series 3rd film, Fade to Black (Yes, same as that Metallica song) or by full name (BLEACH Fade to Black 君の名を呼ぶ,Burichi: Fade to Black – Kimi no Na o Yobu; full Japanese title “Bleach Fade to Black, I Call Your Name) has come to Blu-ray.

The disc comes with a few extra features in addition to the original content. With full English dub and Japanese with English subs, the disk lets you view the movie with or without Ichigo’s awkward English pronunciation of Japanese names. Being Blu-ray, of course, means you will be watching this in full 1080p high def with DTS-HD audio.

If you haven’t seen the film before then I will not give out many spoilers, but as always with Bleach, you can expect high intensity, beautifully articulated Anime fighting that greatly overshadows the main story. Fade to Black is the story of two random orphans that decide to destroy everything in order to brainwash a similar looking girl into being their “Oneesan”.

The story is supposed take place right before the Arancar/Izen arc, but Ichigo already possesses the vizard mask. A strange disturbance in the spiritual world sends Ichigo and Kon back to Seiretei where along with everyone else’s memories, an old friend seems to be missing. Investigating the matter causes our hero to fight through not only the captains, a guy with a huge scythe, and many of his old allies, he has to take a plunge and make a decision that could save or end the life of his closest friend.

Well… at least the fighting is good!

Video: A

High quality Blu-ray anime always glues me to my seat. Re-watching even becomes much more fun when the detail is so high and the colors so crisp. Me Gusta.

Audio: B

Quite a few of the character’s voice overs were done horribly in English, much better when watching in Japanese with English subs. The score is the same as the anime, with all the same epic battle music.

Story: C-

Not too suspenseful of dramatic. If you like the story in Bleach, you’ll love this. If you haven’t seen Bleach, I would not recommend this as your first Bleach movie.

Final Score: C+

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Adam "kharakov" Kharat is part nerd, part geek, and full awesome. With deadly writing skills and the sleeping habits of a jackrabbit, late night gaming sessions are all but mandatory.