I’m a big fan of Bleach and over the years I’ve tried my best to keep up with all the latest Bleach-related stuff. Recently, since the discontinuation of the anime, I came across a very good copy of Bleach: Hell Verse as well as the other movies, but the others really aren’t worth mentioning. Bleach: Hell Verse was the best Bleach movie to ever come out of the anime studio. That’s it.
Its worth mentioning that all the other Bleach movies were nice offerings, but to me, they all lacked something that Bleach: Hell Verse somehow manged to get right. Among those things, the fluidity of the animation was impressive, though similar to previous, it was actually much better than the others, but on the more important things.
The plot line for this movie felt more like an entire arc rather than a singular movie. At times it felt like the plot was moving fast, but seeing as the studio had to pack pretty much an entire arc into a movie, it was pretty understandable. With respect to the plot feeling like a arc, I believe this was a right move for the sake of the movie. It took what was great about the Bleach anime, the glourious over the top fight scenes, the inclusion of violent monsters, additional power sets. As I said before the plot of this movie was jaw dropping, how it was put together, how the scenes progressed from one to next.
Character development was much better than the previous movies and personally, I’d like to say thank god, Rukia actually did something this time around. The movies before she didn’t do much, so that was a nice addition. As with the actual anime, Ichigo‘s personality took dive and he came back out with some serious formation of thought after, like he usually does. The development of the character interaction between Ichigo and cast was very good. You could really feel it this time around. Since the movie feels like an arc, this would actually be very well done.
This time around the fight scenes got a major overhaul and by that I mean, we actually get some insane fighting. We’re talking until death fighting. Well seeing as there in hell and all, that’d be expected. The fight scenes were crafted well, not only for Ichigo, but also for his friends, Rukia, Renji and Ishida. Each got their own opponent and their own chance to prove themselves. Just like in the anime they also got a big theatrically finale for each of their individual fights, much like those in the anime.
By now you can clearly see that this should’ve been made into an arc, rather than that stupid Bout arc. However from just watching this in my own home, I would’ve loved to actual sit in a cinema to watch it.
As for the soundtrack for this movie, I love it. From the hardcore stuff from the man TM Revolution himself to the brilliantly done orchestral pieces, Bleach has become known for.
At this point you fully understand that I am endorsing this movie to the fullest. So if you can’t watch it, well watch it. Seriously, I really do recommend this movie, to both Bleach fans and anime fans across the board. This is truly an eye opening, well thought out offering the studio, that I am sure everyone will love.