Bleach the Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion is a perfect example of where plotting goes wrong, but it still provides enough of an entertaining experience to warrant a viewing. The fight scenes are above par for Bleach and the regular characters hit all of their usual notes perfectly. If you can handle some dodgy pacing and a bit of confusion, or are just a fan of Bleach, give this movie a go. It is still a good watch, despite it’s downfalls and succeeds in being an entertaining 90 minutes of anime.
I went into Bleach the Movie 2, with higher expectations than I did going into the first Bleach movie. Perhaps that could attribute as to why Bleach the Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion felt as though it was lacking something. But for the sake of an honest review I will assess the movie as an individual.
|#||Title||Original release||English release|
|1||"Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody"
"Gekijōban Burīchi Memorīzu obu Nōbadi" (劇場版BLEACH [ブリーチ] MEMORIES OF NOBODY)
|December 16, 2006||June 11, 2008|
|2||"Bleach the Movie 2: The DiamondDust Rebellion"
"Gekijōban Burīchi Za Daiyamondo Dasuto Reberion Mō Hitotsu no Hyōrinmaru" (劇場版BLEACH The Diamond Dust Rebellion もう一つの氷輪丸)
|December 22, 2007||September 8, 2009|
|3||"Bleach the Movie 3: Fade to Black"
"Gekijōban Burīchi Feido Tu Burakku Kimi no Na o Yobu" (劇場版BLEACH Fade to Black 君の名を呼ぶ)
|December 13, 2008||November 15, 2011|
|4||"Bleach the Movie 4: Hell Verse"
"Gekijōban Burīchi Jigoku-Hen" (劇場版BLEACH 地獄篇)
|December 4, 2010||December 4, 2012|
This movie certainly surprised me, I didn’t expect it to be this good, that’s not to say there wasn’t the expected down-sides. But overall it was a great film that puts a lot of it’s source material to shame. And isn’t that what a film based on a series is supposed to do? It is supposed to be bigger than the series and justify itself being a film. Fortunately Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody does all this and more.
Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody is a rather sound first feature length outing for Ichigo Kurosaki and friends. With a concise plot that would put some story arcs from the series to shame and some battles on par with the best fights of the series, the movie was a pleasant surprise. But is it without it’s pitfalls?