One of the most beloved and longest running anime series has been made into a live-action movie, and will be hitting Japanese theaters in 2018 — and we finally have our first look! The 21-second teaser has all the swagger we love about anime, but it's particularly awesome to see Ichigo's (played by Sōta Fukushi) flowing red locks and giant sword after he takes down a Hollow IRL — even if it is only for a few seconds.
The movie is thought to follow the first eight volumes of the manga series, which is bound to foster much nostalgia in fans who read or watched the show growing up.
Check out the Bleach teaser below:
#Bleach began life as a Tite Kubo manga series in 2001, and then became a popular anime series which ran from 2004 to 2012. It primarily followed the adventures of 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager from Karakura Town who can see ghosts. It is a gift that leads him to befriend a Soul Reaper called Rukia Kuchiki, and through her Ichigo earns the ability to fight terrifying, evil spirits known as Hollows — becoming a Soul Reaper himself. We are then introduced to the Soul Society, Chad, Zangetsu and the much-loved Ulquiorra, among a multitude of other characters and storylines spanning the 74 volumes and 366 episodes.
Even if you have never heard of Bleach, you have likely seen cosplayers dressed in the long black and white Soul Reaper robes if you've ever attended any kind of comic book convention.
Bleach is one of several popular animes that have received the live-action treatment, most notable of which is Death Note, which was first turned into a Japanese-language movie 2006. It has since been (controversially) adapted for #Netflix, but set in San Francisco with an American cast. Attack on Titan, Akria, Ghost in the Shell, Nana and most recently Fullmetal Alchemist have all — for better or worse — hit the big screen, but the 21-second teaser trailer above gives little away as to whether or not this adaption will remain faithful to the series.
As a Bleach fan, I haven't been so pumped for an anime adaption since 2006's Death Note. The movie is thought to hit Japanese theaters in summer 2018, but there is yet no word on an international release. However, given the anime's success overseas, a subtitled (or even dubbed) release is likely to be available at some point in 2018 or even 2019.