Bleach: Memories of Nobody

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Bleach: Memories of Nobody
Bleach memories cover.jpg
Promotional poster for the film
Directed by Noriyuki Abe
Written by Masashi Sogo
Based on Bleach
by Tite Kubo
Starring
Music by Shirō Sagisu
Cinematography Toshiyuki Fukushima
Edited by Hidetoshi Okuda
Junichi Uematsu
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • December 16, 2006 (2006-12-16)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $1,228,917(Japan)[1]

Bleach: Memories of Nobody is the first animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series Bleach. Directed by Noriyuki Abe and written by Masashi Sogo, the film was first released in Japanese theaters on December 16, 2006. The DVD was released in Japan on September 5, 2007. To promote the film, the opening and closing credits for episodes 106 through 109 of the Bleach anime use footage from the film. The film's theme music is "Sen no Yoru o Koete" (千の夜をこえて, lit.: "Crossing over a Thousand Nights") by Aqua Timez. The film had a limited theatrical release in the United States from June 11 to June 12, 2008, and in Canada on October 20, 2008[2] and was followed by the DVD release on October 14, 2008.[3] The film aired on September 5, 2009 on Adult Swim.[4] Animax Asia became the first to air the movie in Asia, as they confirmed the premiere to be on May 2.[5] The Blu-ray was released on May 7, 2012 in the United Kingdom.

Plot[edit]

Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki are Soul Reapers, 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. After defeating a Hollow in a local park, unidentified ghost-like spirits begin to appear, before a mysterious Soul Reaper named Senna appears and destroys the spirits. Ichigo and Rukia confront her, but she refuses to answer any questions and leaves. Ichigo follows Senna, while Rukia returns to the Soul Society in search of answers.

While pursuing Senna, Ichigo meets Soul Society's envoys who are on Earth to investigate the mysterious reflections of the human world that appears in the Soul Society. They discover that the spirits seen earlier are "Blanks", a group of amnesiac souls that were lost in the space between the Soul Society and the real world, and whose memories combine to form a single entity, the "Shinenju". In this in-between space, the spirits form the "Valley of Screams"; although it is a natural phenomenon, its colliding with the two worlds, which is not natural. So they deduce someone is doing it to obtain the Shinenju, and the Soul Reapers assembled separate to find it. Later, Senna is attacked by the mysterious group and Ichigo fends them off, without their motives.

After Ichigo and Senna reunite two lost souls, several Soul Society's officers and some armed forces declares that Senna is the real Shinenju and orders Ichigo to hand her over, but Ichigo refuses, valuing her as a being. The mysterious group calling themselves the "Dark Ones", exiles from the Soul Society seeking revenge for the past, arrives and captures Senna, while fighting off the Soul Reapers. The Dark Ones take Senna to the Valley of Screams and attach her to a device powered by the Blanks that can cause the Valley to collapse, resulting in a collision between the real world and the Soul Society that would destroy both.

Rukia goes to get reinforcements from the Soul Society, but their head-captain wants to destroy the Valley before it collapses and refuses to order a rescue mission with only an hour left. At the Valley, Ichigo fails to defeat the large number of Blanks and the Dark Ones, but he is saved by the arrival of his Soul Reaper counterparts. In the meantime, the head-captain is convinced to prolong the destruction of the Valley so that the Soul Reaper force in there may complete the mission and escape the Valley beforehand. The Soul Reapers quickly defeat the Dark Ones and Blanks, while Ichigo defeats their leader, Ganryu. The Soul Reaper force then quickly leave the portal of the Valley and return to the real world, content in finishing the mission.

However, the process of the collapse continues, before Senna sacrifices herself to push the two worlds back apart. Afterwards, when both worlds have been saved, Senna, weakened by her efforts asks Ichigo to take her to the graveyard so she can see her name on her gravestone, which had it one of a Blank whose memory Senna had; Ichigo lies and tells her that her name is on it. Believing him, she expresses contentment that she once had her own life before fading away. Rukia notes that once the power of the Blanks fades away, so will all memories of Senna. After the credits, Ichigo walking on the bridge, sees a red ribbon that he bought for Senna, floating down from the sky and sees a girl who resembles her running past him. He happily keeps their memory to himself.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese Voice actor English Voice actor
Ichigo Kurosaki Masakazu Morita Johnny Yong Bosch
Rukia Kuchiki Fumiko Orikasa Michelle Ruff
Senna Chiwa Saitō G.K. Bowes
Renji Abarai Kentarō Itō Wally Wingert
Toshiro Hitsugaya Romi Park Steve Staley
Byakuya Kuchiki Ryōtarō Okiayu Dan Woren
Ganryu Masashi Ebara Troy Baker
Jai Dai Matsumoto JB Blanc
Benin Yoko Somi Wendee Lee
Riyan Daisuke Egawa Kirk Thornton
Bau Hajime Iijima Kyle Hebert
Mue Takashi Kondo Vic Mignogna

Reception[edit]

Bradley Meek of T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews had expected to dislike the film, and found himself pleasantly surprised that he enjoyed the film. He felt that the film was made purely to please fans, and that those fans would be pleased. He criticized the opening sequence and some other scenes as excessively confusing and incoherent, but praises the character Senna as "a sweet character who is likeable from pretty much frame one."[6] Anime News Network's Carl Kimlinger agreed that the film was primarily for series fan and would be confusing to newcomers to the franchise. While he felt the film followed the basic formula for "theatrical adaptations of long-running shounen series" and attempts to cram a lot in a short time, he also felt it was "unfailingly entertaining throughout."[7] Fellow ANN reviewer Carlo Santos described it as "an extended filler episode" with the addition of new "disposable characters", however it notes that with a theatrical production budget the film is "a jaw-dropping, fist-pumping 'Best Of' compilation of all the shikai, bankai, and fighting styles that make the series so dynamic". He had mixed feelings about the film's soundtrack, noting that most was lifted from the series while praising the few new musical pieces as being "well-written" and well used.[8]

Beth Accomando of KPBS praised the film's artistry and the complex mix of themes and idealisms presented in the story. In particular, she found the film's concept of "Blanks" conveyed "a deep spiritual sadness that provides unexpected depth to this supernatural action thriller."[9] Chris Beveridge of Mania.com felt the film met his expectations with its "high production values, a solid if predictable script and some really neat designs", yet noted that its weakness was its lack of relevance to the series and offers no permanent character growth.[10]

Legacy[edit]

Senna appears in three PSP video games; Bleach: Heat the Soul 5, 6 and 7 as a playable character.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan Yearly Box Office (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Coming Soon: Bleach Movie to Hit Theaters in June". About.com. May 5, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Viz Media Announces License for Bleach The Movie: Memories of Nobody" (Press release). Viz Media. March 28, 2008. Archived from the original on March 31, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Animax Asia's official page for Bleach - Memories of Nobody". Animax Asia. Archived from the original on April 27, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ Meek, Bradley (2006). "Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody". T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews. Retrieved June 17, 2008. 
  7. ^ Kimlinger, Carl (October 29, 2008). "Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody DVD - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 2, 2008. 
  8. ^ Santos, Carlo (June 14, 2008). "Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 17, 2008. 
  9. ^ Accomando, Beth (June 10, 2008). "Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody". KPBS-FM. Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2008. 
  10. ^ Beveridge, Chris (October 13, 2008). "Bleach Movie 1: Memories of Nobody". Mania.com. Archived from the original on December 16, 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 

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