BLEACH The Movie 2: The DiamondDust Rebellion
"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?"
, the fast-paced, hard-hitting second Bleach
feature, is closer in tone to the original broadcast series than the wistful first movie, Memories of Nobody
. Ichigo's friend, Captain Hitsugaya, is assigned to guard the Ouin, the staggeringly powerful seal of the royal family of the Seireitei, as it's transported amid great pomp. When the Ouin is stolen, the Soul Society declares Hitsugaya an outlaw. Although he wants to recover the stolen artifact alone, Ichigo insists on helpinghim: that's what friends do. The thief is Kusaka, who was Hitsugaya's closest friend when they were training to become Soul Hunters--until they were ordered to duel for the possession of an enchanted sword. Everyone thought Hitsugaya killed Kusaka, but he somehow survived. His quest for vengeance pits Kusaka against the most popular Captain and Lieutenants from the series: Renji, Matsumoto, Kenpachi, Byakuya, Yoruichi--and Ichigo and Hitsugaya--in a spectacular battle. Like the first theatrical film, Diamond Dust Rebellion
reunites many of the artists from the original cast and crew, and plays like a lavish, extended episode of the popular television program. The disc of extras includes a gallery of production art, the original Japanese trailers, and five making-of interviews, including one with the members of the band Sambomaster, who perform the title song. (Rated Teen: suitable for ages 12 and older: violence) --Charles Solomon