Monday, June 7, 2010

Bleach Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion


Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Supernatural
Parental Guidance Recommended
2007 Kubotite (mangaka), Noriyuki Abe (director), Aniplex, Bandai Co., Ltd., Dentsu Inc., Sega, Shueisha, Sony Computer Entertainment, Studio Pierrot, TOHO, TV Tokyo




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When a caravan transporting the King’s Seal is attacked, Toshiro Hitsugaya and Squad 10 are on the ready. As they prepare to protect the treasure that holds immeasurable power, Hitsugaya suddenly abandons the scene alongside the thieves and becomes one of the accused. In response, the Soul Society calls for his capture and execution. Upon hearing the edict, Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is immediately suspicious and determined to uncover the facts. But when Hitsugaya refuses to defend his actions and fights against his comrades, it seems his fate is all but sealed. Can Ichigo uncover Hitsugaya’s motives before they destroy his honor, his life, and the Soul Society?

Finally! The captains take action and Hitsugaya is at the helm! >>> by skysenshi
I don't know if the Gods of Bleach were listening because I complained about Bleach Movie 1: Memories of Nobody (when everyone else was raving about it), but I sure as heck am happy with this.

Here, Hitsugaya takes center stage -- without Ichigo relinquishing the protagonist role -- as he deals with his past. I'm particularly fond of Hitsugaya. I always find myself feeling sorry for him whenever he's made to look like a sissy in some of the episodes (bankai too easily beaten). I thought I was the only one who noticed (since I do have a soft spot for underdogs), but it looks like the makers did, too. This is a reprieve from all that.

Ahhh...I missed the goosebumps-inducing action. I had forgotten how well this anime reels you in with copious amounts of these. There's also an RPG-esque moment wherein everyone literally adventures his or her way into the heart of the main antagonist. Sure, everyone is all fired up and totally giving his or her all into the battle but that's what a popular animated series' movie should be all about. In my case, at least, I don't want an extended filler episode. Everything in a Bleach movie should be of epic proportions. The Diamond Dust Rebellion did not disappoint.

As with all Soul Society foci, the theme here is: "Obey. You cannot defy the law." Moral issues abound and it's interesting how this little package wraps things up. Although...it makes me wonder how come the Soul Society doesn't seem to learn its lesson from the multiple times their illogical rules have consistently resulted in tragedies. I think, as with may religious organizations, it needs reforms.

Hm. That's quite a thought to ponder on. I have said it before and I'll say it again, all these things make Bleach an interesting topic over a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 9; Characters 10; Sounds 8

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