The 38th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga is getting a live-action film adaptation that will open in Japan in 2018.The manga has inspired four anime films, a series of novels, and several video games. A series of stage musical adaptations launched in 2005, with the latest entry finishing its run on August 4. A live-action movie of Bleach? Now that is a very interesting film to look forward to.
Recently, it was already announced to the public that the Bleach manga ends within this week at its 74th volume. Bleach became famous and popular to many fans all over the world for over 15 years now with Naruto and One Piece. There has been ups and down with the series over the years not to mention the long hiatus and the never ending filler episodes in the anime series.
Sōta Fukushi (live-action Toshokan Sensō/Library Wars’ Hikaru Tezuka, live-action Strobe Edge’s Ren Ichinose, live-action Kami-sama no Iu Toori’s Shun Takahata) will star in the film as Ichigo Kurosaki, and Shinsuke Sato (live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer films, Oblivion Island anime film) is directing the film.
Other details for the upcoming live-action movie are still scarce for the fans but Sato tells them they can look forward to seeing the monstrous Hollows, otherworldly Soul Society, and destructive Zanpakuto sword-fighting techniques on the big screen. The storyline will surely cover the first arcs of the manga.
Many live-action movies over the years didn’t really get a two thumbs-up to the fans (except for the Rurouni Kenshin) but Bleach might have a fighting chance that hopefully not only the Bleach fans will appreciate the movie. But I hope they can at least give a nice look at Ichigo’s bright orange hair.
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