Kurosaki Ichigo has always been able to see ghosts but this ability doesn't change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Kuchiki Rukia, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family. Much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits, and along with Rukia, who is slowly regaining her powers, it's Ichigo's job to both protect the innocent from Hollows and to help the spirits themselves find peace.
Cast & Credits
Visually, it is very well done: CGI is great and characters seem "realistic" enough, if you can say that about manga characters (what I mean is they didn't overdo it with the orange hair ^^)
The visuals are similar to what you see in the anime, which I thought was really cool. It did feel a little weird during certain fight scenes, but considerering the crazy fights featured in the series, they did good job at bringing them to life.
Casting was flawless in my opinion: Fukushi Sota was a fantastic Ichigo (I fell a bit in love) and I really liked Sugisaki Hana as Rukia. They both showed the characters' emotions really, really well.
I loved the secondary characters too, especially Saotome Taichi as Renji, Mano Erina as Orihime, and Yoshizawa Ryo as Uryu. Miyavi as Byakuya was also a pleasant surprise!
Most of the movie follows the "main" storyline of the anime's first season (Ichigo and Rukia against Renji and Byakuya, sort of), although it had to be adapted for the movie format. For that reason, the ending is completely different and it gives a "proper" closure to the Ichigo and Rukia's storyline (no awful cliffhanger).
I am overall very satisfied with this movie, and I really hope they will make another one!
Except for the ending, it is a fair adaptation of the anime (I haven't read the manga, so I can't compare).
If you are a Bleach fan, I do recommend watching it! Just remember it's a one-movie format (so far), so they had to make a story adapted to that format. Keep your mind open and enjoy our beautiful Sota as ichigo ^^
I've watched it when it came out on Netflix and I have to say that I'm kinda disappointed.
Let me point out first what I liked:
I really liked the choice of the actors because they actually really looked like the characters from the anime. I also was very impressed how they animated the Hollows which I was very curious about how they would do that. The action scenes with fights in it were really well made as well.
As for the story - that was the part I was really sad about. I know the story which they tried to cover and I'm so sad that characters which kind of need a development and depth really weren't considered as important. People actually got mixed up and didn't get the attention they deserved, e.g. Sado or Orihime.
Also the characteristics of some characters were really off, they didn't really fit or they tried to hard acting that it actually looked that way: trying too hard.
For a movie itself it wasn't bad but if you're a Bleach-lover like me you'll be disappointed, especially with the story line.