Bleach: Hell Verse
|Bleach: Hell Verse|
Japanese theatrical poster
|Directed by||Noriyuki Abe|
|Screenplay by||Masahiro Okubo|
by Tite Kubo
|Music by||Shirō Sagisu|
|Edited by||Junichi Uematsu|
Bleach: Hell Verse (Japanese: 劇場版BLEACH 地獄篇 Hepburn: Burīchi Jigoku-Hen) is a 2010 Japanese animated film directed by Noriyuki Abe. It is the fourth animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series Bleach. The film's theme song is "Save the One, Save the All", performed by T.M.Revolution and its screenplay was written by Natsuko Takahashi and Ookubo Masahiro, with Tite Kubo, author of the manga, overseeing the production.
The film was released in Japanese theatres on December 4, 2010 and in the United States dubbed in November. A prologue for the film, titled Theatre Opening Commemoration! Hell Chapter: Prologue, was included in season 14 of the animation series and included in the regular TV Tokyo schedule, which aired on November 30, 2010. A promotional manga chapter, titled Imaginary Number 01: The Unforgivens, was published showing Shuren confronting Szayel Aporro Granz and Aaroniero Arruruerie in Hell. Additionally, a promotional information book called Bleach: Official Invitation Book The Hell Verse was also released to commemorate the release of Bleach: Hell Verse. The DVD was released on August 25, 2011 in Japan. The English dub was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 4, 2012 in the United States and on February 24, 2013 in the United Kingdom.
The film starts with a recap of the anime episodes in which Soul Reaper[a] Ichigo Kurosaki's battle against one of his nemesis, Ulquiorra, and transforms into an incredibly powerful and uncontrollable Hollow. Some time later, Soul Reapers Rukia Kuchiki and Renji Abarai arrive in the human world to inspect a strange occurrence, though they remain vague about what. Shortly after, powerful masked spirits attack Ichigo and his friends at school. When the mask of one of the spirits breaks, the gates of Hell appear and a Kushanāda—one of the guardians of Hell—impales the unmasked spirit, dragging him into Hell. It is revealed that the masked spirits are Sinners and they hide their faces to avoid being dragged back to Hell. During the battle, Ichigo's two sisters, Karin and Yuzu are attacked by Shuren, the leader of the Sinners. Ichigo manages to return in time to attack Shuren, but is unable to defeat him. Kokutō, a Sinner not allied with Shuren, rescues Karin, but Shuren manages to depart with Yuzu. Kokutō offers to assist Ichigo by showing him the route into Hell, and Rukia, Renji, and Uryū Ishida decide to join the quest.
During a fight against Kushanāda, Ichigo's Hollow mask spontaneously manifests. Kokutō explains Hell brings out one's hidden powers and anyone killed in Hell will also get trapped. Kushanāda torture Sinners by consuming them; consumed spirits are eventually reborn at a lower level, after which they are again caught and consumed in a cycle which continues until their will is completely crushed and their remains turn to dust. Confronted by Shuren's minions, Rukia, Renji and Uryū fight while Ichigo and Kokutō move on to Shuren's lair, where Yuzu is held captive. Shuren orders Ichigo to destroy the gates of Hell, believing it will free the Sinners. Once Shuren's group is defeated, Kokutō reveals he tricked Shuren into luring Ichigo to Hell and wants to use Ichigo's Hollow powers to break the invisible chains which tie him to Hell. Kokutō then taunts Ichigo by revealing that Yuzu has become a Sinner, and cutting down Rukia, Uryū and Renji. Ichigo angrily transforms into his Hollow form and blasts Kokutō with a power that destroys most of the chains binding him to Hell and part of the gates of Hell. Renji breaks Ichigo's Hollow mask and activates a spell that teleports Ichigo and Yuzu out of Hell, leaving himself, Rukia and Uryū trapped.
The Soul Reapers arrive at the now-broken gates and begin repairs. Orihime Inoue—a human with healing powers—is brought to heal Yuzu, but even her powers are not enough to undo Hell's bindings. However, Yuzu later spontaneously recovers on her own. Using a Kushanāda attempting to exit the gates as a distraction, Ichigo returns and flies down to the deepest level of Hell, where Rukia has become an Sinner, while Renji and Uryū are rotting away. Ichigo fights Kokutō, while fighting off his Hollow side. Surprisingly, the Kushanāda become a Skull-Clad armor for Ichigo, who explains that Hell itself is asking him for help. Ichigo breaks everyone's chains, saving his friends, while binding Kokutō in more chains that drag him away into the depths of Hell. Despite Rukia's warning, Ichigo discards the armor and they are chased by the Kushanāda again. All four flee back from the finished and repaired gate before being vanished, where they manage to jump out into the World of the Living, being caught by Orihime's shield and safely lowered the ground.
|Character||Japanese voice||English voice|
|Ichigo Kurosaki||Masakazu Morita||Johnny Yong Bosch|
|Rukia Kuchiki||Fumiko Orikasa||Michelle Ruff|
|Renji Abarai||Kentarō Itō||Wally Wingert|
|Uryū Ishida||Noriaki Sugiyama||Derek Stephen Prince|
|Orihime Inoue||Yuki Matsuoka||Stephanie Sheh|
|Yasutora Sado||Hiroki Yasumoto||Jamieson Price|
|Isshin Kurosaki||Toshiyuki Morikawa||Patrick Seitz|
|Yuzu Kurosaki||Ayumi Sena||Janice Kawaye|
|Karin Kurosaki||Rie Kugimiya||Kate Higgins|
|Kokutō||Kazuya Nakai||Travis Willingham|
|Shuren||Tōru Furuya||Benjamin Diskin|
|Gunjō||Masaki Aizawa||Taylor Henry|
|Garogai||Keikō Sakai||Jamie Simone|
|Taikon||Kōzō Shioya||Joe Ochman|
|Murakumo||Binbin Takaoka||Steve Kramer|
Shuren appears in the PSP video game Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 as a downloadable content playable character, and Kokutō appears in the PS3 video game Bleach: Soul Resurrección as a normal playable character.
- In the Bleach universe, Soul Reapers are soldiers trusted with ushering the souls of the dead from the World of the Living to the afterlife realm known as Soul Society and with fighting Hollows, monstrous lost souls who can harm both ghosts and humans
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