Bleach (live-action film)
Shinigami, Meeting
Theme "Mosquito Bite" and "Milk" by Alexandros
Release Date
Theatrical - Japan July 20, 2018[1]
DVD - Japan December 5, 2018[1]
Theatrical - US July 23, 2018 [2]
Streaming September 14, 2018 (Netflix)[1]

Bleach is a live-action film adaptation of the manga/anime series Bleach. The film was released in Japanese theaters on July 20, 2018.[3] The theme song for the film is Mosquito Bite and Milk by the band Alexandros. The film premiered in North America on July 23rd at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, and was released on Netflix September 14, 2018.[4]


  • “Shinigami, Meeting”


High school student Ichigo Kurosaki has the ability to see dead spirits. One day, his family is attacked by a demonic spirit known as a Hollow that eats Human souls. A mysterious woman who calls herself a Shinigami, Rukia Kuchiki, attempts to stop the Hollow but is injured. She transfers her Shinigami power to Ichigo so that he can save his family, after which Ichigo must fulfill Rukia's duties until she recovers.


Character Actor Dubbed by
LAIchigo Ichigo Kurosaki Sota Fukushi[5] Johnny Yong Bosch
LARukia Rukia Kuchiki Hana Sugisaki[6] Casandra Morris
LAUryu Uryū Ishida Ryo Yoshizawa[7] Derek Stephen Prince
LARenji Renji Abarai Taichi Saotome[8] Richard Cansino
LAByakuya Byakuya Kuchiki Miyavi[9] Greg Chun
LAMasaki Masaki Kurosaki Masami Nagasawa[10]
LAIsshin Isshin Kurosaki Yosuke Eguchi[11] Keith Silverstein
LAKisuke Kisuke Urahara Seiichi Tanabe[12] Doug Erholtz
LAOrihime Orihime Inoue Erina Mano[13] Stephanie Sheh
LAChad Yasutora Sado Yu Koyanagi[14] Kaiji Tang
LAYuzu&Karin Yuzu Kurosaki & Karin Kurosaki Janice Kawaye
LaTatsuki Tatsuki Arisawa Erika Ishii


The live action film adaptation was announced in the 32nd issue of Shuiesha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, shortly after the publication of the manga's 686th and final chapter. The film will be directed by Shinsuke Sato, who is best known for directing two live-action Gantz films as well as Death Note: Light Up the New World. Tite Kubo, the original author of Bleach himself is involved in the film's production.[15]


On its debut weekend, the movie ranked at number four in Japan, selling 99,000 tickets for 135 million yen (about US$1.21 million).[1]

Differences between the film and the manga

Story differences

  • Kon and the usage of Soul Candy is omitted, which leaves Ichigo's body lying lifeless whenever he becomes a Shinigami.
  • During the process of transferring power from a Shinigami into a substitute, the film includes a method to completely reverse the effects by having a substitute thrust their Zanpakutō into the original Shinigami, restoring their powers and returning the substitute back to their original state. In the manga and anime, there is no mention of this being possible.
  • Ichigo meets Renji much earlier than in the manga and anime, and alone rather than with Byakuya. In this scene, Renji attacks Ichigo in his Human body, but is interrupted by Uryū.
  • Uryū's challenge ends prematurely due to being interrupted by Renji and Byakuya, and no Menos Grande arrives.
  • Hexapodus is able to hold its ground during its battle against Ichigo, and Renji arrives to kill it instead. Renji then attacks Ichigo and Byakuya makes his first appearance here.
  • There is a mix of bargains and demands between Byakuya and Rukia/Ichigo. Byakuya commands Rukia to retrieve her powers from Ichigo or she will be executed, and gives her until the next full moon for her to decide. Ichigo then interrupts their meeting and demands that in exchange for defeating Grand Fisher, Soul Society absolves Rukia from her crimes, to which Byakuya agrees. In the manga and anime, there is no negotiation and Grand Fisher is defeated before Renji and Byakuya arrive.
  • Ichigo trains hard and hones his skills in order to show gratitude to the generosity and sacrifices Rukia has made for him, whereas in the manga and anime he only meant to protect those close to him.
  • The Grand Fisher fight has a number of changes:
    • The battle spreads towards Karakura Town's commercial district instead of being confined to the shrine area.
    • Sado and Orihime get a hint of Ichigo's Shinigami powers here.
    • Uryū assists Ichigo during the fight.
    • Renji and Byakuya resume their attacks on Ichigo immediately after Grand Fisher is defeated.
  • Rukia retrieves her powers from Ichigo and wipes his memory of her before departing back to Soul Society.

Minor differences

  • There is a running gag where Keigo falsely claims that Ichigo dies when breaking news to his friends, only for Ichigo to interrupt him showing himself alive and well.
  • Rukia's explanation of Souls and Hollows occurs during school after Fishbone D's attack rather than right after she meets Ichigo.
  • Ichigo learns of Urahara through Uryū.


Name Description
LAKarakuraTown Karakura Town The town where most of the film is set in.
LAKurosakiClinic Kurosaki Clinic The home of Ichigo Kurosaki and the rest of his family. Where Ichigo first meets Rukia Kuchiki.
LAKarakuraHighSchool Karakura High School The high school attended by Ichigo and his classmates.
LARob'sBurger Rob's Burger A restaurant frequented by the students of Karakura High School.
LAUraharaShop Urahara Shop An antiquated store owned by Kisuke Urahara.
LASoulSociety Soul Society The afterlife and home of the Shinigami.
LABridge Bridge The area underneath the bridge and along the river bank is used extensively by Ichigo and Rukia for training.
LATorii Torii This torii is the preferred portal used by Byakuya Kuchiki and Renji Abarai to travel between Soul Society and Karakura Town.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ANN 15-11-2018
  5. Bleach Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2018 Starring Sōta Fukushi
  15. Bleach Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2018 Starring Sōta Fukushi

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