If you wish it, Warner Bros. Japan will make it happen. Fans have been waiting to get word on Bleach’s live-action film for months now, but all they’ve gotten is radio silence. That is, until today. After all, the first teaser trailer for Bleach’s live-action movie did just drop.
The trailer, which can be found above, shows just a brief snippet of Bleach in real life. The 20-second clip highlights the film’s logo and rocking soundtrack before it hones in on Ichigo Kurosaki. The Substitute Soul Reaper can be seen cutting off the hand of a large Hollow with his Zanpakuto, and his back is framed by his traditional black robes. The trailer then gives a close-up on Ichigo as he stands before a wall of fire, and the hero can be seen looking towards the ground with his Zanpakuto resting against his shoulder.
There is not enough footage present to give a good guess on how the Bleach movie will be received, but fans have seemed split about the feature so far. The project was announced last year when the Bleach manga officially wrapped. Filming began last fall and wrapped during the winter, giving Warner Bros. Japan plenty of time to sort out its post-production affairs. Given the poor reputation live-action anime films get, the Bleach movie will need to go above and beyond to convince fans of its merit - and this teaser trailer is its first step.
You can read Viz Media’s synopsis of Bleach below:
“Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts—he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow—a malevolent lost soul—Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace.”
Bleach is author Tite Kubo’s second title. Kubo made his debut with ZOMBIEPOWDER., a four-volume series for Weekly Shonen Jump. To date, Bleach has been translated into numerous languages and has also inspired an animated TV series that began airing in Japan in 2004. Beginning its serialization in 2001, Bleach is still a mainstay in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2005, Bleach was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen (boys) category.