Live-Action “Bleach” Reveals First Scene Teaser Fighting a Hollow

News of the first live-action “Bleach” visual is still getting around, but now Warner Brothers has suddenly dropped a short video teaser!

The short 20-second trailer is mostly title graphics, but also includes footage of the film’s first officially released scene. It shows the main character Ichigo (Sota Fukushi), in a residential area using the Zanpakuto—the sword only a shinigami can use—to fight off a Hollow, a corrupt spirit with supernatural powers that devours the souls of both the living and deceased.

The film is still early in post-production so we only get a glimpse of the Hollow’s hand, as they will be completely CG.

Sota Fukushi commented:

Ichigo’s Zanpakuto (“Soul-Cutter Sword”) is huge, so it took a bit of getting used to. Fighting with a sword was a lot harder than I would have imagined, but in the end I think it resulted in a good action scene. The Hollow, which the director and the CG team created, are making this a large-scale production. Please look forward to the many charming characters, as well as the confrontation between Ichigo and the Hollows.

The film will focus on the “Substitute Shinigami Arc” telling Ichigo’s origin story.

Tthe upcoming live-action film adaptation of “Bleach” will open in Japan next summer.

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Sword of the Stranger – Collectors Combi (Blu-ray) UK

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Release Date: 05 June 2017

RRP: £34.99 (GBP)

Rating: 15

Country: United Kingdom

Categories: Release Blu-ray Retail

With breathtaking animation that keeps you at the edge of your seat, Sword of the Stranger is a classic tale from Studio BONES is a hidden gem of its time.

Set in feudal-era Japan, a young boy named Kotaro and his faithful dog Tobimaru are caught in the turmoil of a grim prophecy. At the request of the Ming Dynasty’s aging emperor, the boy is pursued by a band of formidable Chinese assassins. After escaping the destruction of the temple that took him in, he runs into No Name, a mysterious stranger who gets pulled into the chase.

When Kotaro’s dog is poisoned, No Name reluctantly accepts payment to escort them to a temple in Shirato. The unlikely companions form a bond over saving Tobimaru’s life, but unrest is brewing all around them. The Chinese assassins clash with the local lord as they build a religious tower, and a blond-haired, bloodthirsty swordsman among them seeks a worthy opponent. Chaos erupts when the assassins find Kotaro, and No Name must face his past before a horrible fate is met again.

Akira (Blu-ray) UK

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Akira (Blu-ray) UK

Release Date: 10 April 2017

RRP: £19.99 (GBP)

Rating: 15

Country: United Kingdom

Categories: Release Blu-ray Retail

Iconic and game-changing, Akira is the definitive anime masterpiece! Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality.

Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon – telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project’s most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again. 

This new version of AKIRA Blu-ray features both the original 1988 Streamline English dub and the 2001 Pioneer/Animaze English dub as well as the original Japanese dub (with English subtitles).

Special Features: Akira Sound Clip (1988), Music for Akira, Director Interview (subtitled), Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Trailers (subtitled), Original Commercials (subtitled), Restoring Akira, Glossary, U.S. 2013 Trailer, Trailers.

A Silent Voice Cinema Review 1

Date: 2017 March 6th Monday [15:25] | Posted By: Lee

As we’ve said before anime film A Silent Voice will hit UK cinemas on Wednesday 15th March 2017. Fresh from the success of Your Name, the folks at Anime Limited are distributing this title in the UK and Ireland. We could have written one review, but after heated discussion our editor and I interpreted the movie differently, so we’re going to publish both reviews.

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Reiko Yoshida’s A Silent Voice is what I would describe as more of an experience than a film. We follow the story of a young boy, Shoya Ishida, who struggles throughout to come to terms with his bullying of Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf girl who is transferred to his school. As the story progresses we see the internal struggles and challenges each character faces which causes us, as viewers to self reflect and think to ourselves how we would have reacted in a similar situation.

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The evolution of the characters in the film is what makes it shine. I found myself going from a strong dislike of a character to liking them several scenes later.

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However, there are moments of frustration where I don’t understand why a character would ever choose to make a certain decision. Some of the scenes are a little forced merely to push the plot along. I understand we were all children once, but some of the behaviour exhibited in the film is not something I would attribute to any of the characters, especially as they are all portrayed as “good kids”.

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Although the movie has a great deal of depth and really deals with some tricky subjects, I feel it is a little too relentless. It spends so much time focusing on the negative aspects of the characters and the negative decisions they make. It becomes almost frustrating to watch at times. The comic relief was scarce and the balance between intense emotional scenes and comic relief scenes really wasn’t there. As a result, the viewer is left feeling exhausted by the end of the film.

What I did love was the art style and use of music. Every aspect from the artistic decisions of each scene, the symbolism down to the absence of music was very deliberate in making sure everyone in the audience was on the edge of their seats. At key points in the story you could hear a pin drop in the cinema, the air thick with tension and suspense.

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A Silent Voice tackles some really difficult subjects and delivers shock factor throughout. I would recommend every anime fan who enjoys the Slice of Life genre sees this film at least once, just to experience it.

Catch it while you can
Anime fans in the UK and Ireland can catch a screening near them on Wednesday 15th March 2017, details are on asilentvoice.co.uk

Or read the manga
If you’re hungering for more of Shoko and Shoya’s story you can get the original 7 volume manga from Kodansha Comics via Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. The movie follows pretty much the same story, but as manga has more time to explore the characters you’ll get extra background details about their lives and also a few more chapters into their story together.

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A Silent Voice Cinema Review 2

Date: 2017 March 6th Monday [15:35] | Posted By: Joe

We’re all talking about A Silent Voice this week. This is the second of two reviews of the emotional roller-coaster anime film arriving in UK Cinemas on Wednesday 15th March 2017. Although Lee and I saw the same film we both came out with different opinions of the title. Rather than just mash it into one review, we’ve published both reviews for you to compare and contrast.

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The number 1 grossing anime of 2016 was Your Name. It smashed all kinds of records globally, but what about the number 2 anime of 2016? That would be A Silent Voice. Adapted from the manga by Yoshitoki Oima it tells the tale of Shoya a boy who bullied Shoko a new deaf girl in his class. As the story unfolds, Shoya realises the error of his ways and seeks out Shoko to apologise and redeem himself a few years later.

The film gets off to a good start with a punchy sequence that sets the scene with Shoya as a boisterous lad, getting into scrapes, doing daring things and generally having a laugh with his friends (with The Who playing as background music too). It gets you on Shoya’s side and sets up his life with his family. He’s the class the clown. Sure he goofs about, but he doesn’t mean and harm and he does it with his friends.

Shoko is a deaf girl who communicates with her class mates via a notepad. She immediately becomes a target for Shoya to bully for his entertainment and the rest of the class are willing to join in too. A lot of these scenes make you feel awkward and uncomfortable and show the careless cruelty of children. We won’t tell you what happens next, as that’s up to you to find out.

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The film first gained attention in the UK at the Scotland Loves Anime Showings. People watching it came out emotionally drained. It’s not easy viewing, nor is it supposed to be. It doesn’t pull at the heart strings, it yanks at them unforgivingly. It walks a fine line between having an impact and making you feel like you’re being manipulated.

As you’d expect from a Kyoto Animation production, it’s very well animated. It has the KyoAni trademark character designs and high production values. However this is not a light-hearted piece like K-On (also directed by Naoko Yamada) or Chunibyo, but it has an extra layer of depth taken from the original manga.

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The cast of supporting characters are well defined. You feel for them just as much as the main characters. Of course, this movie has a large serving of teen angst, but the way it’s handled makes you feel for the characters and their predicament. It captures the intensity of teenage friendship.

The choice of music is great and also the lack of music has been cleverly executed. The absence of music is used to highlight that Shoya chooses to be isolated as a consequence of his actions, while Shoko is isolated because she is deaf.

One of the reasons I love anime, is that everything is intentional, someone has had to draw this and think about it. There are lots of clever little subtle touches to this film that makes me want to watch it again to see if there’s anything I can pick up second time around. Stuff like background details, flowers (and the use of the language of flowers), subtle characters gestures are all something I want catch on a second viewing.

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Afterwards you’ll feel like you know a tiny bit of Japanese sign language too.

We saw this movie on cinema screen and suggest you do too. You get to see all the detail of the anime as intended, plus it means you won’t get interrupted your whole focus is on this film, you’ll give it the full attention it deserves. You should probably set some time to decompress after seeing this movie you’ll need it!

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We know Anime Limited / All The Anime will be distributing A Silent Voice, and we hope that their home video release has some sort of ultimate edition with artbooks and extras.

Just go out and see this movie, you won’t regret it. Although once it’s reached it’s conclusion you will feel disappointed, it’ll leave you wondering, why can’t more anime be this good?

Catch it while you can
Anime fans in the UK and Ireland can catch a screening near them on Wednesday 15th March 2017, details are on asilentvoice.co.uk

Or read the manga
If you’re hungering for more of Shoko and Shoya’s story you can get the original 7 volume manga from Kodansha Comics via Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. The movie follows pretty much the same story, but as manga has more time to explore the characters you’ll get extra background details about their lives and also a few more chapters into their story together.

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Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 13 (Manga) US

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Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 13 (Manga) US

Release Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RRP: $12.99 (USD)

Rating: Teen Plus

Country: United States

Categories: Release Manga Retail

Investigators from the 20th Ward launch an initiative to take out the Ghoul known as the One-Eyed Owl, who has possible ties to both Akira and Yoshimura. An all-out assault on the Anteiku café, where the Owl is supposedly hiding, results in full-fledged battle.

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