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Fade to Black
on 29 May 2012
The third movie for the Bleach anime, Fade to Black is probably the best one so far. The movie sees Mayuri Kurotsuchi conducting an experiment when he is attacked by a mysterious figure that erases a part of his memories. While the experiment subsequently goes out of control, consuming a third of the Seireitei, the mysterious attackers kidnap Rukia and remove her from the memories of the entire Soul Society. Back in the world of the living, Ichigo is the only one who remembers Rukia and travels to the Soul Society to find out what is wrong only to discover that nobody remembers him either.
Fade to Black was a very entertaining movie and one that any Bleach fan would enjoy. While there are places that the plot may seem like an excuse to fight against the other Soul Reapers once again, it is nonetheless still quite interesting with some nice emotional moments as well as some nice action. The animation for the movie is very good and the voice acting for the English dub is generally on a par with that of the series proper (the Japanese version is included as well of course). The villains for the movie were nicely done and surprisingly sympathetic as well once you discover their motivations.
Fade to Black is a very good film and one that is well worth a full five stars.