劇場版BLEACH The DiamondDust Rebellion もう一つの氷輪丸September 10, 2008 at 11:26 pm | Posted in Thoughts | Leave a comment
Tags: Anime, Bleach, Diamond Dust Rebellion, Movie, 氷輪丸
*WARNING: Unless you watch/read BLEACH, don’t even bother reading this. You’d sprout strawberries from between your ears*
First things first. Unlike the apparent majority out there, I am not in love with Hitsugaya (silver-haired kid you see in the promotional poster above). He’s a good character, just not one that I’m really interested in. Although the movie is mainly about him, I still wanted to watch the show. Go figure. I was a little worried that it would turn into one big backstory completely devoted to the kid genius- well I guess it was something like that but that didn’t really matter. This show is good- no wonder it was in the top 10 of the Japanese box office for a few weeks. One more thing- Matt! Crap… When the heck did you get your hands on it… and here I thought I was gonna be the first to see it. Oh well.
Here’s the synopsis which I conveniently stole from the movie’s wiki page:
An artifact known as the “King’s Seal” is stolen during transport from Soul Society by an unidentified Soul Reaper and two arrancar girls who control fire and lighting. Tōshirō Hitsugaya seems to recognize the Soul Reaper, who stabs him in the stomach, and abandons his post to pursue him. Seireitei suspects him of treason and orders his immediate capture, with the possibility of disbanding the 10th Division should he be guilty.
Tōshirō is found unconscious by Ichigo, who knows that Soul Society is looking for him. Tōshirō refuses to explain what’s happening, but Ichigo is attacked by the two arrancar before he can force the issue. Tōshirō continues to avoid capture, and things only look worse when the Soul Reaper thief, identified as Sōjirō Kusaka, uses Hitsugaya’s Hyōrinmaru to injure Shunsui Kyōraku. Tōshirō’s capture is made top priority, and his execution is approved if he resists.
Tōshirō eventually manages to track Sōjirō down, where it is revealed that the two managed to manifest the same zanpakutō. Because this is a taboo in Soul Society, they were forced to fight to the death. Tōshirō did not wish to and accidentally freezes Kusaka in the proceeding fight it is decided that Tōshirō was winner and Sōjirō was apparently killed, only to reincarnate in Hueco Mundo. Seeking revenge on Soul Society, he stole the King’s Seal, which allows the user to freely manipulate time, space, and matter within a small space. Using it, Sōjirō teleports Tōshirō and himself to Soul Society, needing the power of Tōshirō’s bankai to break the seal. When Tōshirō refuses, Sōjirō breaks the seal himself, becoming a dragon made of ice. However, because he lacks the control Tōshirō possesses, the power goes berserk and threatens to destroy Soul Society. With much help, Ichigo and Tōshirō manage to destroy Sōjirō’s dragon form. Returned to his regular form, Sōjirō and Tōshirō have one last clash, ending in Sōjirō’s defeat. Tōshirō is cleared of all charges and the King’s Seal is restored, allowing Tōshirō to finally put his past to rest.
The back story was good, unlike the first BLEACH movie (Memories of Nobody), which seemed more like, as some reviewers put it, ‘an extended filler episode’, ‘tailored to fans’. Which is quite right although I did like the new character Senna (who conveniently died anyway) and the way she was integrated into the plot. This time though, the movie has a solid history to it, delving into Hitsugaya’s past. A one-shot manga episode was released for some promotional hype, and can be found here. It was nice to be reintroduced to the politics in Soul Society, something which has been lacking in the series ever since the Rescue Rukia story arc- it’s mostly been about fighting since then.
Some minor issues though: why didn’t Aizen and co. try and steal the King’s seal? Perhaps he didn’t want it due to it’s limited ability (it only has a small area effect). Then again Sōjirō seems to have been accompanied by two arrancar girls… were they created by him or… provided by Aizen? So perhaps Aizen didn’t want the King’s seal because he knew of it’s limitations, but instead chose to allow Sōjirō to go after it and cause some damage in Soul Society. Although that’s probably stretching it a bit- yeah, I guess I’ll just go with the theory that Sōjirō made those two.
The commander general’s stiffness annoys me to no ends, although he isn’t daft to the point of not withdrawing a disastrous order upon receiving new intel. Get this: Two lieutenants and several others were severely injured during a skirmish with Hitsugaya. Then, Sōjirō wounds Shunsui, causing the old man to pop some veins- he doesn’t seem to notice his more intelligent captains noticed: that the timing between the two incidents were too close together. So as usual, the old man gives the order that Hitsugaya is to be brought into custody (arrest first, talk later), and if he resists, to execute him on the spot. Stiff. S.t.i.f.f.
Tension was high throughout, although I was a little disappointed somewhere near the climax, when Zaraki charged at the transformed Sōjirō and was seemingly defeated. Like, ‘damn, the Uber-Spartan captain is down already? I know he got slashed, thrown down a cliff, and bombarded with icicles, but still, wasn’t that a little too quick and out of character?’ Uhuh. So I was understandably a little gloomy after that. Not too worry though, because he came back with a vengeance (run!) later when no one was watching, eyepatch off… seemingly lifting a mountain with his spiritual energy and then slicing it in half, shouting ‘freaking awesome!’ (Sounds silly, but you can’t blame the subtitles. It sounds a lot better in the original Jap). Who wouldn’t laugh out loud at the sheer insanity of that guy?
And that’s pretty much it. A lot better than the so-so first movie… now all that’s left to do is wait for the third movie, which premieres in Japan on the 13th of December:)