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Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black (2011)

Johnny Yong Bosch , Michelle Ruff , Noriyuki Abe  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Wally Wingert, Laura Bailey, Richard Cansino
  • Directors: Noriyuki Abe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005H0OEJ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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!

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Bleach movie August 24, 2011
This movie starts with everyone in the Soul Society suddenly forgetting Rukia. Rukia was the Soul Reaper that gave Ichigo (the main character) his powers. No one would know Ichigo if not for Rukia, so everyone forgets Ichigo. The fights between Ichigo and the Captains are amazing. The Mystery of why everyone has forgotten Rukia and Ichigo is very well thought out. I watched this movie when it first came out with English subtitles so I can tell you. This buy is totally worth it even if it is a random buy. Bleach is an amazing series. I would highly recommend that you buy the boxsets for the series as well. With Cool epic fights, a very well thought out story, and very interesting characters developments and types you love this series and all four of its movies that are out. I hope this helped your decision.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bleach Movie So Far August 24, 2011
I love Bleach - and I happen to be a very, very fussy person - if the story doesn't hook me in the first few minutes, it loses me. I've seen every Bleach episode, plus the OMAs, fillers, and read the Manga, so that should tell you how good the story is. Since I haven't seen the latest movie yet in order to rate them I can only stand this one up against the first two, and of the three, this is the best of them. So to make it brief - IT'S ABOUT ***** TIME!!!! I'll be getting this one the second it's released!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better than the 4th Movie October 17, 2011
By Lenny
While the 4th movie was awesome and cool, what with all the fights and fantastic animation, it lacked a complex story. This movie has the same level of animation quality as the fourth one but with a complex and well thought out story. Compared to when the series first started Rukia has so much more detail that she looks totally different, in a good way. The fact that they don't tell you what is going on at the beginning (like they did in the 4th one) keeps the mystery going, and keeps you interested in the story. I would not recommend this to anyone who has not read through Volume 21 or seen through episode 63. Even then there will be a few things you might not totally get, although it will not impact the story very much. I highly recommend this movie, it is definitely worth the money.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fan pleaser. decent beyond that. August 29, 2011
Fade to Black is the third of the Bleach full length movies and an improvement over Diamond Dust Rebellion. While I still think Memories of Nobody was the best of the movies, this one offers a few reasons to watch and enjoy. As with the other movies, Fade to Black brings in your favorite characters, an interesting enough plot, and a step-up from the series in terms of art and fluidity of the animation. Fans of the series will find this to be a welcome addition to the Bleach universe, particularly as Rukia plays a central role in the film. Aside from her added screen time (which I loved, as she was one of the reasons I started watching the series to begin with) there are bits and pieces of her background that are filled in throughout the story. All this and her "transformation" make this a film well crafted for its faithful audience.

That being said, I do have a few gripes that don't necessarily take away too much (and are rather characteristic of the series in general) but that bug me nonetheless. First, as in Diamond Dust Rebellion (and to a lesser extent in Memories of Nobody), there is a bit too much overly-emotional sermonizing. While the core canon of the Bleach series (those episodes based off the manga) contain little of this, the side stories and movies seem to add it for filler. Again, this is nothing new, but it steals a little from the drama. Second, this film sets up interesting questions about the limits of "humanness" (or, personhood might be a better term) on par with those that Kube brings out through Memories of Nobody and through the Arrancar and their seeming humanity, but just as in that narrative arc there is little down to delve into the question. It is presented (imaginatively so) to the viewer, but is left to hang their unexplored and unresolved. Again, this doesn't hurt the quality too much, but once I would like to see Tite Kubo raise the dramatic tension a bit more.

Oh, and the fights are awesome. But you knew that already.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Rukia Kuchiki? Nobody Knows! October 27, 2012
By KevinB
An explosion destroys the center of the Seireitei. Afterwards Rukia disappears and looses her memory. Kisuke sends Ichigo to find out what's wrong. Nobody in the Seireitei knows Ichigo or remembers Rukia either. Even close friends like Renji and Captain Kuchiki are baffled by Ichigo's claim to be their friend and his insistence that Rukia has disappeared.

This is a great movie. It's as good as the 1st Bleach movie. It is a very tragic story of Rukia's past. The action and drama are very good in this movie. The Seireitei send all the Captains and Lieutenants after Ichigo, and Rukia confronts her heartbreaking past. Bleach the Movie 3 is awesome!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet December 21, 2011
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Big Bleach fan. Was waiting for this movie to come out for a while. I recomend it for anyone who loves Bleach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second best Bleach movie in the series December 12, 2011
By Ray
The third movie in the Bleach series makes 2nd spot on my top favorites of all 4 of the movies released so far, with Movie 4: Hell Chapter being my favorite so far.

The movie itself is pretty good, it kept me entertained, the voice actors are fantastic so I'd give it a 4/5 - My only real complaint is that Kon got a new voice actor in this movie

I give the movies packaging/case and special features a 3/5 - The case it came in was your typical black case which is no problem, it just seemed really flimsy, sort of like how Viz Media released Shippuden Bonds but again it wasn't a problem with me at all. The special features on this movie are just a few trailers and I believe a production board sketch or something, which neither of those are very special but like before it wasn't a big problem in my opinion at all either. Overall this was a good movie and for under $19.99 you really can't go wrong, I payed $14.99 where I bought mine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie!
All these "Bleach" movies have a bitter sweet ending. I really liked this movie, i think it was worth it for the price. Read more
Published 6 days ago by WoahItsGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service
Great quality and delivery of the DVD.
Published 11 days ago by Jennie
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Bleach as I do
If you love Bleach as I do, this is a must see. Most of the characters appear. It is a great side story in the cannon of Bleach. I was glad to add it to my Bleach collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frances J Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great Anime glad to have purchased this item. In great condition. Very very happy with this anime. A great Item
Published 2 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
it was as great as any other time I get a movie/series on amazon. thats pretty much it, i think
Published 3 months ago by shana
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
Not only is it a fantastic Bleach movie in almost every regard, perfect for any kind of fan of the series, but it also the greatest official tribute to Ichiruki I've ever... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karkashan
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 5 months ago by CHASE ALBERTS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fade to Black is great
If your into Bleach, you've gotta get Fade to Black. It's what I've come to expect from a Bleach movie, good plot, non-stop action and a good ending.
Published 6 months ago by Stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars not playable
not rated for USA, not clear in the description, not in English, not clear in description, not playable on US DVD players
Published 8 months ago by altess
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
A lot more action in this movie than the others before it. I'd recommend getting it as soon as possible.
Published 10 months ago by Christian Ruano
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