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Bleach the Movie 4: Hell Verse (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Bleach the Movie 4: Hell Verse (BD)
Hell – a place where beings that have committed mortal sins during their lifetime are sent. It is a realm where even Soul Reapers are forbidden to interfere. When a group of vicious Sinners plots to escape from this eternal prison, they discover that Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is the key to their freedom. The Sinners launch an attack and in the process kidnap Ichigo’s younger sister Yuzu and take her to Hell. With the help of a mysterious man named Kokuto, Ichigo and his friends must now travel into the depths of Hell to stop the Sinners and save Yuzu, unaware that their actions could bring Hell to the World of the Living.]]>
Like the previous three Bleach features, Hell Verse (2010) presents a story outside the ongoing continuity. Three monstrous sinners escape from hell long enough to invade Karakura Town and kidnap Ichigo's younger sister Yuzu. Accompanied by Renji, Rukia, and Ishida, Ichigo goes to hell to rescue her. Kokuto, an unrepentant murderer, has imprisoned Yuzu: he plans to use the extraordinary power of Ichigo's Hollow-ized form to shatter the links that bind him to the underworld. The inevitable complications ensue before Ichigo defeats the evil plot and ensures that everyone he cares about can return safely to the World of the Living. Director Noriyuki Abe and his crew juxtapose an oddly geometric vision of hell with giant, skull-headed guardians and deserts strewn with skeletal fragments that evoke Dali paintings. Hell Verse features some spectacular battles, but the story feels both thin and familiar, with Ichigo's loyalty to his friends triumphing over a malefactor's schemes. The script sets up numerous rules, then ignores them: unbreakable chains are broken, unbreachable portals are breached, and irreversible procedures are reversed. The second Bleachfilm, Diamond Dust Rebellion, has a more compelling story that focuses on the bond between Ichigo and Hitsugaya; the third, Fade to Black, balances story and action more effectively. To promote Hell Verse (2010), creator Tite Kubo drew a special chapter in the manga, and the 299th episode of the broadcast series pushed the film. (Rated T+: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 782009242369
- Director : Noriyuki Abe
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 34 minutes
- Release date : December 4, 2012
- Actors : Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Derek Stephen Prince, Wally Wingert, Travis Willingham
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B009DBSWX4
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #63,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The animation is great with only a couple of background choices that seemed stale, but overall no real complaints on it.
I do wish they'd strayed from standard past battle tropes a bit more. One battle was almost a copy of a previous one with just the bad guy changed out.
Not that I don't like Yuzu, but I wish the kidnap victim had been someone I liked more. Ishida would have been awesome, but Karin would probably have been a better choice.
The bad guy didn't surprise me at all, but he was still decent.
Still I really liked the movie and will probably watch it again.
My only downside is that this movie would be better as an arc in the anime. It felt like it could have been a longer story, but due to time restraints it was a very simple story that revolved around Ichigo seeing some of hell. It would be so AWESOME to see a full arc dedicated to it, with more scenes with the villains. Also that twist was meh, but didn't make me enjoy this movie any less.
I've probably watched this movie at least 50 times since it released in 2010 and still enjoy it. Plus the opening sequence... holy moly it's awesome.
The animation and sound were crisp and clear. The fight scenes were spectacular, fast paced and more intricate than usually seen in the serial anime, and that's a given for a movie. However, because this was made before the end of the war with Aizen, a couple of the battles just (SPOILER---rehashed our hero's techniques and the counters to them. Aside from seeing darn near apocalyptic superpower from a hollowfied Ichigo, an example would be the cutting off of Ichigo's hollow mask's horn just like Ulquiorra did to stop him, and Rukia's battle that almost mirrored her fight with the ninth espada in Hueco Mundo. End SPOILER) In that regard, excepting seeing the abilities of the bad guys in Hell, those two battles weren't that interesting because they weren't different enough from what I'd seen before. As for the rest of the battles, they were pretty good, especially the last one where Ichigo goes back for his friends and a surprising thing happens to him. You'll just have to watch to find out about that!
Overall, I did enjoy this movie, and if you are a fan of Bleach and liked the other movies, I believe you will enjoy this, too.
Top reviews from other countries
While this fourth 'Bleach' movie is very entertaining and enjoyable to watch, it probably isn't quite as good as some of the previous films. On the plus side the animation for this movie is brilliant (the vistas of Hell are beautifully rendered) and some of the fight scenes are top notch with some very good fight choreography. It is also good to see some development of the Bleach afterlife with more details on Hell than we have had in the past ten years or so of the series. While some of the characters introduced in this movie are a little boring (despite having some interesting abilities), others are interesting additions, especially Kokuto. The English dub of the film is reasonably good, probably on a par with the series proper.
On the downside, the plot of the film is somewhat predictable and the ending is, unfortunately, something of a Deus Ex Machina. The film also has the same problem that some other films of anime series have, namely that some of the characters are somewhat underused and seem to only be included at all because they are reasonably popular.
While I do feel that 'Fade to Black' had a better plot and 'Memories of Nobody' had better characters, 'Hell Verse' is still an entertaining film and one that any Bleach fan should enjoy. Overall I feel the film is worth a high four stars to four and a half stars.
Terrific animation, solid pacing and a great look at 'Hell' within the Bleach universe. If you're a long time Bleach fan or if you're just getting into the series, this is essential viewing. However for those of you just getting started, be sure you have reached past the conclusion of the Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra fight in Hueco Mundo as the opening of this movie could potentially spoil the outcome of that battle.
While I have to admit I preferred the third film in terms of sheer emotional resonance and what it managed to do with Rukia's backstory, plus bonus screen-time for the Soul Reaper captains, Hell Verse benefits from a plot that actually feels like it builds on the world established in the series.
There are twists aplenty on offer here, some stunning action set-pieces, and while I think it'd be a stretch to call this a truly 'great' film - it's definitely one of the better Shonen big-screen adaptations I've seen.
It's a must have for Bleach fans, and contains all the usual action with Ichigo and friends as the anime series does.
For collectors who want to grab all the movies like myself, I recommend it.
Such a great value.