Bleach might not have ended with much grace but it looks like the franchise will be getting a booster shot in popularity soon, thanks to the upcoming live-action movie. Admittedly, these live-action anime films can be hit or miss, with fans loving Rurouni Kenshin but hating Attack on Titan. Everyone is hoping Bleach ends up being more like the former but only time will tell.
Thankfully, we do have a cool new poster that makes the film look cool. Rather than show off Ichigo again, the poster has Soul Reaper Captain Byakuya as the focus, which is a nice change of pace.
It does imply that the film won't just tackle the first arc but the Agent of Shinigami arc as well, which is where he debuted. Byakuya is no slouch, as he makes short work of Ichigo's sword early on and there's a good chance that we'll see it play out in the film.
Hopefully, the movie doesn't tackle too many arcs or it could end up feeling like a mess, similar to the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action film. Details on the film have been pretty vague thus far but fans don't need to see the Soul Society arc right away, given how much fans praise that particular storyline.
Bleach comes out on July 20 in Japan. No word yet on a worldwide release.