First and foremost, I as the reviewer, am not familiar with the background information that most who will watch this movie may have. However, I do know for a fact that live action rendition of anime classics who have gained notoriety around the world does not always go smoothly (insert joke about the live action Death Note here).
However, cinematically, this movie retains the anime’s over the top style in terms of comic relief characters and action scenes that bend the laws of physics (also known as “the glorious moves”) we all wish we could learn from a supernatural reapers. Following Ichigo is a high school student who is granted temporary powers from a soul reaper, Rukia. He must fight hollows (or restless spirits) which try to claim regular souls as a way of appeasement for themselves.
The story begins to take shape on the first day of school after Ichigo fights his first hollow as it is explained how he must begin his quest to give the powers back to Rukia and along the way to help the souls who go on to the afterlife. Later on in the film, it plays out almost like a karate kid training montage but between two high schoolers who are training for a sword fight with giant monsters. Despite this, however, it is a lighthearted moment in a very serious tone of the entire movie. Between the montagues, family moments and the high school gossiping between Ichigo’s classmates, this movie contrasts the over the top mind boggling moments of lore around souls, reapers, and the hollows.
While I am not familiar with the whole story the movie follows the plot of the early portion of the whole saga with more focus on the main characters and their interactions. From what I can tell, if this movie is a success like I foresee it to be, the appeal to older fans wanting to see something fresh from the older story arcs and an easier introduction of sorts for people who are interested in the Bleach saga but do not want to dive straight into the mangas.
All in all, I believe that only diehard fans will have any gripes with this movie due to how it has to focus on certain parts more than others due to a limited run time. This style sets up very well for later iterations of live action Bleach movies. It’s a good movie, not great, but it follows a good storyline, has great CGI work. And if you’re a fan of Japanese style action movies or a fan of Bleach, it is definitely a movie to check out while it is available on Netflix.