The first trailer for the live-action Bleach adaptation quelled a lot of fears fans had about Tite Kubo's series making the transition to live-action, but many were wondering just where the characters Orihime Inoue and Chad Yasutora were.
Now that the film has just release two brand new trailers for the film, fans now finally got to see the first footage of Chad and Orihime in action.
Orihime will be portrayed by actress Erina Mano as Orihime Inoue, and Tomo Koyanagi will be playing Chad. Other new cast members includes Seiichi Tanabe as Kisuke Urahara, Yosuke Egochi as Isshin Kurosaki, and Masami Nagasawa as Masaki Kurosaki. They join the already confirmed cast of Sota Fukushi as Ichigo Kurosaki and Hana Sugisaki as Rukia Kuchiki is MIYAVI, who will play Byakuya Kuchiki Ryou Yoshizawa, as Uryuu Ishida, and Taichi Saotome as Renji Abarai.
The live action Bleach adaptation is currently scheduled for a July 20 release in Japan. The live-action film has just released its first full trailer, along with two brand new ones, and will adapt the first arc of the series, the "Substitute Shinigami" arc. Early reactions to the film have been positive overall, with there talk of even being a new trilogy of films adapting more of Bleach's material. If this is successful, then a sequel film with the Soul Society is definitely on the horizon.
By the looks of these first few trailers for the film, capturing the vibe of the original series will not be a problem as Bleach seems to be making a fine transition into live-action.2comments
For those unfamiliar with Tite Kubo's Bleach, the series follows the young delinquent Ichigo Kurosaki, who had the ability to see spirits. He soon obtains the power of a Soul Reaper - one meant to usher lost souls to the afterlife - and now has the duty to defend the living world from monstrous dark spirits known as Hollows.
The manga was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 2001 to 2016, and was collected into 74 volumes. It has been adapted into English thanks to VIZ Media, and has sold over 900 million copies in Japan. The series was adapted into an anime by Studio Pierrot from 2004 to 2012, and has four feature-length animations, rock musicals, video games, and a ton of other merchandise. The English language broadcast premiered on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block in 2006, and you currently find the Japanese and English language versions now streaming on Hulu.