Watch The First Live-Action Bleach Teaser

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There’s going to be a live-action Bleach movie, and just as the on-set photos showed, it will feature vaguely orange hair and a ridiculously large sword. It’s Bleach, so what do you expect?

As previously reported, Bleach creator Tite Kubo wrote that he was worried about the character’s hair, but the color chosen for actor Sota Fukushi looks similar to the hue some people in Japan sport.

The 20-second teaser doesn’t show much, but there is a darkly lit close up of Fukushi’s face.

Ichigo Kurosaki’s enormous sword works in the manga and the anime, but in the life-action film, it might look unwieldy. Seeing an action sequence would provide a better idea of that.

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The Bleach movie will be out this summer in Japan.


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

When will we learn that anime and live action films are two different mediums? Bleach itself, though it grew to be intolerably asinine later, was not that bad at its outset, and perhaps could make a decent film. But I cannot help but think that this and other anime adaptations are merely due to some erroneous and misplaced sense of inferiority to live action.