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Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black [Blu-ray] by Viz Media

Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black [Blu-ray]

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Noriyuki Abe
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A mysterious figure has broken into Mayuri Kurotsuchi’s laboratory in the Seireitei. Using a scythe-like weapon, the intruder causes Mayuri to go mad and destroy his own lab equipment. Kenpachi rushes to the laboratory as the Seireitei becomes engulfed in a cloud of reishi. When Kenpachi arrives he is greeted by an even greater explosion of reishi that completely devastates the Seiretei. Rukia witnesses this catastrophe from a distance, when the two intruders approach her and use the same scythe that drove Mayuri mad. The intruders then abduct Rukia as she feels something inside of her fade away. Meanwhile, in the World of the Living, Ichigo and Kon experience a strange disturbance and head to Kisuke Urahara’s shop for some answers. When Kisuke informs them about the destruction of the Seireitei, the two set out for the Soul Society. What awaits Ichigo in the devastated Seireitei, however, are Soul Reapers who seem to have lost all memory related to both him and Rukia. To make matters worse, the Soul Reapers witness Ichigo’s Hollowfication and suspect him of being the one responsible for the Seireitei’s destruction. Now on the run, Ichigo is forced into a lonely battle against the Soul Reapers who once fought alongside him. Overcoming countless obstacles, Ichigo finally finds Rukia, only to learn she is not herself. Ichigo must find out what happened to Rukia and try to save her before the two are forced to part ways forever!


  • Johnny Yong Bosch
  • Michelle Ruff
  • Wally Wingert
  • Laura Bailey
  • Richard Cansino


  • Animated
  • DTS Surround Sound
  • Dubbed
  • NTSC
  • Widescreen

Editorial Review

Director Noriyuki Abe and his artists pull out all the stops in Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black (2008), the most dramatic and satisfying of the theatrical features based on Tite Kubo's best-selling manga. A mistake in Captain Mayuri's research unleashes an explosion of serpentine creatures that bury a third of the Seireitei in a whitish gunk that imprisons anyone caught in it. An eerie-looking girl and a gaunt young man with a scythe capture Rukia, declaring they will destroy her memory so she can stay with them forever. Their power not only erases Rukia's memory, but makes everyone else forget she ever existed. Even Ichigo forgets her, until recollections of their first adventures trouble his dreams. Ichigo charges to the rescue, only to discover that no one in the Seireitei remembers him either–not even his close friends Renji and Hitsugaya. The ultimate source of all the trouble is a parasitic Hollow with a scythe-like tentacle that can sever memories. But Ichigo knows that friendship and loyalty transcend any obstacle a Hollow can create. His courage and unbreakable bonds with Renji, Hitsugaya, Uruhara, and especially Rukia triumph over the sinister Hollow and its wraith-like slaves. Fade to Black boasts a stronger emotional punch than the first feature, Memories of Nobody, and more spectacular battles than the second, Diamond Dust Rebellion. The result is a high-energy yet moving film that will delight fans of the long-running Bleach series. (Rated “Teen,” suitable for ages 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery) –Charles Solomon

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