The double dose of Bleach continues with the Hell arc special chapter. The fourth Bleach movie aims to use Hell for its story after the gates of hell appeared during the story once before. This chapter’s purpose is to get us all excited about the next Bleach movie and to raise a tip of the veil. Karakura Town is once again invaded by spirits called the Unforgiven and Rukia & Renji leading the investigation. Of course, once Ichigo finds out that his family is the target, things get a little heated. This fourth installment for Bleach named ‘Hell Chapter’ seems to take place shortly after Ichigo’s fight with Ulquiorra, which is a fight that takes place before the final fight with Aizen. Of course if you’re not the avid Bleach fan such as I, then you may be confused with what I have just said.
From start to finish this movie offers a lot to the viewer. Since most of the series takes place away from Ichigo’s family, this movie shows just how much he actually cares for his family, and the length he would go just to keep them safe. In turn, this provides plenty of emotionl scenes and drive the story further with gusto. This movie captured Bleach’s tragic villainy really well, I agree. Kokuto’s problem was that he crossed the line–the moral line. I feel like killing the murderer is one thing, but I also believe that killing the murderer with a sadistic smile and an evil laugh is a completely different thing altogether. Vengeance alone would probably have been ok in Hell’s books, but once you go sadist about it, they probably considered it a big no-no. I don’t agree with Hell’s policy, but I can understand its reasoning. Unfortunately, treating evildoers really badly will only make them more evil and cruel, making it even worse when they break out. Kokuto was probably the victim of such a transformation; he may not have been too bad when he first entered, but going through hell probably changed him for the worse.
I first caught wind about this movie about a year or so ago and now that the story has taken a complete turn, it should be refreshing to see Bleach in a Hueco Mundo-era light again. As with most movies, there will be a lot of flashy scenes and all of that stuff but I think the main pitch for the movie is to bring back all of the fallen hollow, arrancar, and everything in between to full circle. Of course, production values are high and animation is fluid. So without beating around the bush, is the film good? I would say it sets out to accomplish a furthering of an arc and it does a good job of it. Still these types of films are notorius for neglecting newcomers, so avid fans should be the only demographic.
In any case this film does stand out from the rest, as it seemed to solely focus on Ichigo’s fight with his ‘inner self’ that he has a struggle with. It focuses on his powers, his control on it and the effects that his powers can cause when he cannot control them as he should. He goes on an emotional roller coaster throughout the movie, whilst being the classic Ichigo in the way he deals with those sorts of situations, so it all feels very natural throughout. Solid film that just makes me anticipate more episodes from the Bleach universe.