Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
Bayonetta Bloody Fate poster.png
Promotional poster featuring the main protagonist, Bayonetta.
ベヨネッタ ブラッディフェイト
(Beyonetta: Buraddi Feito)
Genre Action, Supernatural
Anime film
Directed by Fuminori Kizaki
Written by Mitsutaka Hirota
Music by Yoku Shioya
Studio Gonzo
Licensed by
Released November 23, 2013
Runtime 90 minutes
Manga
Illustrated by Mizuki Sakakibara
Published by Kodansha
Magazine Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original run November 9, 2013December 9, 2013
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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate (ベヨネッタ ブラッディフェイト Beyonetta: Buraddi Feito?) is a 2013 Japanese anime film produced by Gonzo, based on Platinum Games' 2009 video game, Bayonetta. The film was directed by Fuminori Kizaki with screenplay by Mitsutaka Hirota.[1][2] Bloody Fate is also the first piece of Bayonetta media to be voiced in Japanese, as opposed to the first game being voiced exclusively by an English cast. The film was released in Japanese theaters on November 23, 2013 and later released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on February 14, 2014. The film has been licensed in North America by Funimation and the English dub will feature most of the same voice cast from the game reprising their respective roles.

After the positive reception of the film, the Japanese cast of Bloody Fate will be returning to lend their voices to the characters in Bayonetta's sequel, as well as the special Wii U edition of the first game in 2014.[3]

Plot[edit]

As an adaption of Bayonetta rather than a direct translation, Bloody Fate's storyline follows the events and characters of the game with some slight changes to locales and specific order and details.

After waking from 500 years of slumber at the bottom of a lake with no memory of her life before, the witch Bayonetta embarks on a journey to rediscover her identity and her past. Battling the hordes of angels that stand in her way, Bayonetta's journey takes her to the isolated European town of Vigrid where she is confronted by faces from her past and a mystery regarding the Eyes of the World.

Production[edit]

Bloody Fate was created by the anime studio Gonzo. Ai Yokoyama was responsible for designing the main characters of Bloody Fate based on the original Bayonetta character designs by Mari Shimizaki, who also supervised the project. Hiroya Iijima was in charge of the angel enemy designs, also based on original artwork for the game, and Mai from Avex Entertainment contributes the theme song, entitled "Night, I Stand". Other music for the film was composed by Jun Abe and Masato Kazune, with some additional pieces being provided by reworked versions of tracks from the game.[4]

Release[edit]

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate was released for a limited theatrical run in Japan on the November 23, 2013. The film also received a home video release for DVD and Blu-ray on February 14, 2014.[5] Madman Entertainment have licensed the film in Australia.[6] Funimation has licensed the film in North America.[7]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Mizuki Sakakibara was published in two parts in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on November 9, 2013 and December 9, 2013 respectively.[5]

Cast[edit]

Character Japanese voice actor English voice actor[8]
Bayonetta Atsuko Tanaka Hellena Taylor
Jeanne Mie Sonozaki Grey DeLisle
Enzo Wataru Takagi John Kassir
Rodin Tesshō Genda Dave Fennoy
Luka Redgrave Daisuke Namikawa Yuri Lowenthal
Cereza Miyuki Sawashiro
Father Balder Norio Wakamoto J. Grant Albrecht
Umbran Elder Reiko Suzuki
Antonio Redgrave Yasushi Miyabayashi
Fortitudo, Cardinal Virtues of Courage Takahiro Fujiwara
Temperantia, Cardinal Virtues of Temperance Itaru Yamamoto
Narrator Richard Epcar

Reception[edit]

Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku praised the film for its beautiful action and streamlined storyline, calling it "the most 90s movie I have seen in a decade" and "even more over-the-top than the game was".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Anime Film's Full Trailer Posted". Anime News Network. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  2. ^ "BAYONETTA Bloody Fate". eiga.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnhlVwvoCkQ
  4. ^ http://vgmdb.net/album/42571
  5. ^ a b "Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Anime Gets Manga, Blu-ray/DVD Date". Anime News Network. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Australia's Madman Ent. Adds Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Film". Anime News Network. 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Bayonetta anime feature film coming to North America". Wii U Daily. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  8. ^ "Funimation Announces Bayonetta: Bloody Fate English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. 2014-07-05. Retrieved 2014-07-06. 
  9. ^ "The Bayonetta Movie is Even More Over-the-Top than the Game". Kotaku. 2013-11-23. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 

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