'Bleach' Live-Action Movie To Feature Hollows, Zanpakuto Sword-Fighting Techniques And Soul Society

By Anne Dannielyn Marie Dominguez , Aug 24, 2016 05:32 AM EDT

Fans don't need to shed tears! Aug. 22 marks the conclusion of the 15-year "Bleach" manga series but it came with good news. We're definitely gonna see the ultimate Soul Reapers' squad again-now in the big screen- following the confirmation of the Bleach live-action movie to be released in 2018.

The initial announcement came from a printed issue of the weekly "Shounen Jump" magazine, but it is only recently that the Warner Bros., the studio which was behind blockbuster live-action films including "Black Butler" and "Rurouni Kenshin," confirmed that the movie is currently underway.

According to a report from Japan Today, 23-year-old actor Sota Fukushi will headline the live action adaptation as Ichigo Kurosaki, a normal high school student who was dragged into the action-filled world of shinigami (Soul Reapers) after crossing paths with Rukia Kuchiki.

In his message to fans, Fukushi said people could look forward to "seeing the monstrous Hollows, otherworldly Soul Society, and destructive Zanpakuto sword-fighting techniques on the big screen." It will also be nice to see the characters in bankai form. 

Fukushi is known for his role as Kamen Rider Fourze in both series and films of "Kamen Rider," Koichi Taneichi in the drama "Amachan," and as the flesh and blood incarnation of the cool Yamato Kurosawa in the live-action movie adaptation of romantic comedy manga "Suki-tte li na yo," also known as "Say I love you."

Directing "Bleach" live-action film will be Shinsuke Sato, the brain behind big hits such as "Gantz," "Library Wars," "I am a Hero" and the latest Death Note movie, "Death Note: Light up the new world."

Furthermore, in an interview, reported Fukushi was concerned about Ichigo's hair color, which is a strange shade of bright orange and will be very hard to portray realistically.

"Bleach" mangaka Tite Kubo will be assisting with the live-action movie production to make sure the movie will be faithful to the manga/anime plot.  

The movie will be focusing on the earlier arcs in the story, as Kubo has commented that he want even those who know nothing about "Bleach" to enjoy.  

Can't imagine how the live-action movie in 2018 will turn out? Watch this video of "Bleach" voice actors live: 


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