To watch or not to watch on the big screen ….

Saturday night found me at the local moviehouse scarfing down popcorn and preparing to watch “Kung Fu Panda” when a promo for the June 11 and 12 showing of the “Bleach” movie flashed on the screen. I wanted to cheer but no one else seemed to recognize Ichigo and the gang. Too bad.

“Memories of Nobody” will be shown in 300 movie theatres on only those two dates which fall mid-week by the way. I’m proud to be an anime geek but I still have to collect a paycheck to pay for my anime and manga addictions. Unfortunately, I don’t have any rich relatives who lovingly fund my hobbies. Sigh and double sigh.

I doubt if I can make it to the showings. Work ya know. I just might have to wait for the DVD to come out.

On a side note, I really liked “Kung Fu Panda.” It’s funny, there’s a decent plot, the animals all look furry and cute and Jack Black is good as Po the Panda. I can’t believe I just said that since I’m not a fan of the guy. But give credit where credit is due as my old man often says.

Yeah I’m not just an anime junkie. I’m into all types of animation. I’ve been a cartoon fan since I was a little brat and even dreamed of a career in animation once. But I digress…

Bleach movie licensed

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Here’s the latest news from the land of “Bleach”, the popular action anime about soul reapers.

VIZ Media based in San Francisco has secured the license for “Bleach the movie: Memories of Nobody!! According to the company’s press release, the film will have a limited theatrical release in major cities throughout North America this summer with the DVD release to follow in the winter.

“Bleach” is a popular ongoing shonen series in Japan which is based on an equally popular manga by Tite Kubo. In America, the anime airs on Adult Swim.

“Bleach” has also spawned several video games but I haven’t played those so I can’t tell you how they rate with me.

Do I like the show and manga? Hmmm. The main character, Ichigo Kurosaki, is on this blog’s design, my car’s rear window sports Ichigo’s temporary soul reaper logo and dangling from my bag is the character Kon who is a modified soul kept in a stuffed toy. Yeah I like “Bleach.” A lot.

If ya need more info, the “Bleach” Web site is bleach.viz.com or www.viz.com.