Bleach posters

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VIZ Media is releasing a special Shonen Jump “Bleach” Posterzine, which features 11 posters inspired by the manga and animated series created by Tite Kubo.

The $9.99 Posterzine will be on sale starting Dec. 2. Each poster folds out to 16″ x 22″ and depicts Ichigo, his friends and villains. The special publication will also include two free “Bleach” sticker sheets and an iTunes gift card valid for a free download of episode 59 of the animated series and access to an interview with Tite Kubo. (NOTE: don’t think it means you can interview Kubo.)

And for those of you who haven’t heard of the show, here is a synopsis from VIZ: “Bleach” follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a 15-year-old student with the ability to see ghosts. His fate takes an extraordinary turn when he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper who shows up at Ichigo’s house on the trail of a Hollow, a malevolent lost soul. Drawn to Ichigo’s high level of spiritual energy, the Hollow attacks Ichigo and his family, and Rukia steps in to help but is injured and unable to fight. As a last resort, Rukia decides to transfer part of her Soul Reaper powers to Ichigo.

Naruto, Bleach and Death Note: uncut, original and online

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VIZ Media announced that original uncut versions of “Naruto”, “Bleach” and “Death Note” will be available on Hulu.com. For free.

The episodes carry English subtitles. Hulu is an online video service.

“Naruto” and “Death Note” launched in the United States on Hulu this week. “Bleach” and new episodes of each title will be added regularly on Hulu. (I’m assuming “Bleach” episodes aren’t on there yet.)

Here’s a synopsis of the shows by VIZ Media for those who haven’t heard about these series.

“Naruto” (http://www.hulu.com/naruto) Created by Masashi Kishimoto, the series depicts the adventures of a young boy named Uzumaki Naruto who trains to become a ninja. The boy is cursed with the spirit of a nine-tailed fox demon and is forced to live a bullied life discriminated against by his fellow villagers. Naruto is resilient and undaunted in his quest to become a master ninja and his determination often inspires those around him. Through amazing adventures, the young ninja learns the importance of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, creativity, ingenuity, and right vs. wrong. Dedicated website at www.naruto.com.

“Death Note” (http://www.hulu.com/death-note) is based on the manga series of the same name. Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects but is bored out of his mind. All of that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals mysteriously begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to investigate, and he is soon hot on the trail of Light, who must now reevaluate his one noble goal. Dedicated website at www.deathnote.viz.com.

“Bleach” is the story of 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki who was born with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow – a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters a Soul Reaper and absorbs her powers. Now he has dedicated his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured souls find peace. Dedicated website at www.bleach.viz.com.

Ichigo, Naruto and Light via iTunes

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Here’s another excuse for the anime-obsessed to spend oodles of cash. Rent? What’s that?

VIZ Media announced episodes of “Naruto” uncut, “Bleach” and “Death Note” are now available from the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com) This translates to Season I of “Naruto”, two story arcs of “Bleach” and all 37 episodes of “Death Note.”

Bleach movie to be shown in certain cities

Attention “Bleach” fans. (I’m referring to the anime show and manga not the liquid bleach here folks.)

Ahem. Back to the news.

The Bleach movie called “Memories of Nobody” will be shown in 300 movie theaters on June 11 and 12. You can start buying tickets May 9 from the theaters or at www.FathomEvents.com But subscribers to SHONEN JUMP e-mail newsletter can buy advance tickets from May 2 to 8, according to the folks at VIZ Media.

Here’s a synopsis of the movie from the VIZ Media press release: “Unidentified beings known
as Blanks start popping up. They are soon followed by a Soul Reaper named Senna who makes them disappear. Puzzled by these unknown beings and the even more mysterious girl, Ichigo and Rukia set out to learn more, but uncover an evil plot when a menacing clan tries to kidnap Senna.

Banished from Soul Society long ago, the clans leader has sent the World of the Living and Soul Society on a collision course, and Senna seems to be the key to his diabolical plot for
revenge.”

Cue suspense music.

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.