Anime DVD Review: Bleach Set 25

Bleach Set 25 includes episodes 343-354 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Bleach Set 25

English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: June 23, 2015

Set 25 picks the canon storyline back up after a 17-month time skip. In the intervening time, Ichigo has lost his Soul Reaper powers and is living in peace as a third year high school student. But that peace is soon shattered when Chad seems to disappear and Uryu is attacked by an unknown assailant.

Ichigo finds himself being approached by Kugo Ginjo, a member of a group known as Xcution. Its member are made up of people who were born with or have manifested a Fullbring ability, and it turns out this is where Chad has been. Xcution wants to help Ichigo restore his Soul Reaper powers in order to rid themselves of their Fullbring abilities, but Ichigo wants no part of it at first. But after his younger sister Yuzu is attacked by a Hollow, Ichigo decides to take Xcution up on their offer.

With a new story arc, of course, comes new characters. Obviously, there’s Kugo and the other members of Fullbring. Of the Xcution characters, a lot of focus is also placed on Riruka Dokugamine, the member who takes charge of Ichigo’s training. Her Fullbring is known as “Dollhouse” and allows her to place people into objects that she finds to be cute. With her ability, Riruka places Ichigo into objects like a dollhouse or a birdcage and has him fighting plush animals she brings to life by kidnapping humans and putting them into the plushes. Admittedly, these training battles are on the surreal side for the viewer, but they end up accomplishing what they need to do as Ichigo begins taking steps to learn how to activate a Fullbring. We get to see three other members of Xcution as well, but they tended to not be focused on as much as Kugo or Riruka were.

A new enemy is also introduced in this set, a man named Shukuro Tsukishima who has ties with Xcution. He has a lackey named Moe Shishigawara, but it’s safe to say that this guy’s not very bright. It’s no wonder that he’s Shukuro’s lackey.

Ichigo has a part-time job, and this set also introduces the viewer to his boss, Ikumi Unagiya. She owns the Unagiya Shop, a business that performs odd jobs for its customers. In a lot of respects, her personality kind of reminds me of Kukaku Shiba.

Since there’s a 17-month time skip, some of the characters have received some major changes to their character design. Ichigo, Uryu, and the adults don’t seem to have changed much, but many of the other characters have significant changes to them. Characters like Karin, Yuzu, Jinta, and Keigo look drastically different, while others have noticeable changes that aren’t quite as significant.

There’s also something about the atmosphere of the series that has changed, in addition to the character designs. The overall aesthetics of the animation seem to have noticeably changed, and there also seems to be a change to the feel in the storytelling. Considering that there’s a significant time skip and the main characters have grown up in that intervening time, having this change in the series’ atmosphere makes a lot of sense. But as a viewer, it took me a few episodes to truly adjust to these changes.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the omake are cut off from the end of the episodes and collected together in the “Omake” feature included on both discs. The quality of the omake on this set was poor overall, although a couple of them induced some chuckles.

The bonus features on both discs have the same clean opening and clean ending, since there was only one opening animation and one closing animation that appeared on the episodes in this set. The opening and closing both have options for English subtitles and Romaji subtitles.

“More From VIZ Media” includes the exact same trailers that appear at the beginning of each disc before the menu loads. Not only that, but the trailers used for Bleach Set 25 are the exact same trailers that were used for Sets 22-24. If the trailers didn’t entice me to buy what they were selling three sets ago, they’re not going to convince me to buy them now.

If you’re a Bleach fan, this set is a “must own” if you want to have all of the episodes that include canon material in your anime home video collection.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 22

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Naruto Shippuden Set 22 includes episodes 271-283 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Naruto Shippuden Set 22

Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: April 21, 2015

Set 22 opens with the episode, “Road to Sakura,” which ties in with Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Road to Ninja. While the episode accomplished what it set out to do, which was to introduce the idea of alternate universes that appears in the film, this was kind of painful to watch. The humor used in it really wasn’t that funny, and the episode feels like obvious filler that has nothing to do with the storyline going on in the series. The only thing I truly liked about this episode was actually getting to see Sakura’s parents. Prior to this episode, Sakura had referenced that they existed, but the audience never saw them.

Fortunately, the series returns to the canon storyline after this, and we get a couple of episodes that focus on Ino, Shikamaru, and Choji having to fight against a reanimated version of their teacher, Asuma. These two episodes become very emotional, especially when it comes to Choji. While there are emotional scenes for Shikamau and Ino, Choji gets the most of them. But these two episodes see Choji go through some very important character development, and I found myself feeling sympathy for him as he went through his emotional struggles. For me, these two particular episodes are the strongest and most memorable ones included in this set.

Naruto and Killer Bee receive some focus in this set as well, and there’s two episodes at the end that provide some backstory and character development for Killer Bee and A. I personally enjoyed getting to see the flashbacks featuring these two characters and getting to know the two of them a little better. These two episodes would come right behind the two Choji ones on my list of favorite stories included in this set.

During the Fourth Great Ninja War, we get to see a major development that drastically changes how the Allied Shinobi Forces will have to fight with the Akatsuki. Thanks to this development, it’s going to be harder for the protagonists to be able to discern who is friend and who is foe. I’m looking forward to seeing what repercussions this can have for the canon storyline. There’s at least one filler episode in this set that focuses on this idea, but it had some major plot holes and was on the boring side.

Fortunately, there’s not as much filler in this set as there could have been. Outside of “Road to Sakura,” there were only three other episodes that fall into this category. Of the filler material, I actually kind enjoyed “The Allied Mom Force!!” This episode allowed us to get a glimpse of Ino’s mother, and I also enjoyed seeing the mothers protecting the village from invaders with both their strength and whatever cookware was available for them to use. The storyline with Konohamaru was kind of annoying, but the mothers help make up for that.

The animation in this set is on the weak side, and there are several instances where characters look less defined, almost to the point of looking blobby. While this animation isn’t anywhere near as bad as what appeared in the Invasion of Pain arc, the weakness is still very noticeable. At least most of the stories that appear here help to make up for the weaker animation to some extent.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, there are four bonus features. First are the storyboards for a section of Episode 277, “Unison Sign.” Next, there are “clean” versions of the openings and endings that appeared on the episodes in this set.  There are three versions of the clean openings and endings included: a version without any text, a version with English subtitles, and a version with Romaji subtitles. There are also English credits, along with trailers for other properties that VIZ Media was promoting at the time this set was released.

I was glad to see the storyboards return, since they had been missing from the previous set. However, it’s surprising that the production art hasn’t returned as a bonus feature. I don’t know if there might be issues with the Japanese rights holders involved, or if they weren’t offered or provided any production art for the episodes included in this set.

Naruto Shippuden Set 22 is a “must get” for Naruto fans who want to own the entire franchise in their anime home video collection. The set primarily focuses on canon material that begins to show some progression for the Fourth Great Ninja War, as well as some character development for Choji, A, and Killer Bee. And when it comes to the filler episodes in the set, most of them are at least somewhat tolerable.

Anime DVD Review: Bleach DVD Set 24

Bleach DVD Set 24 includes episodes 330-342 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Bleach DVD Set 24

English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 17, 2015

Set 24 continues the “Gotei 13 Invading Army” filler arc that began in Set 23, and this set includes the final episodes of it.

This set begins with Nozomi, the Mod Soul girl, discovering that she has Soul Reaper abilities when she’s attacked by a Hollow. After this awakening, Nozomi wants to help the others in their fight, but she cannot remember the name or the power of her zanpakuto. Ichigo, Rukia, Uryu, and Chad decide to have Nozomi undergo the training the Ichigo had gone through previously to awaken his powers. While Nozomi successfully awakens her abilities and has some success in battle, Inaba ultimately is able to defeat her and take her with him… but not before revealing a startling fact about Nozomi.

The remainder of the arc sees Ichigo losing his Soul Reaper powers and the attempt to regain them, the attempt to rescue Nozomi, and having to defeat an even more overpowered Inaba. After the conclusion of this arc, there’s one final episode that shows what happens to Ichigo in the wake of the “Gotei 13 Invading Army” arc and sets the stage for the next canon arc that will begin in Set 25.

The episodes in this set did help to make Nozomi a more likable character than she had been in Set 24. However, I still couldn’t root for her as much as I would have wanted to simply due to the fact that I knew she was simply a filler arc character that would never return. And of course, the final episode of the arc “set everything back to zero,” so everything is practically the way it was before the arc started. Probably the best part of this filler was getting to see Kon in a different light, and that there can be more to him than the goofy comic relief character that he normally is.

This filler arc took its sweet time to build itself up with such an overpowered filler character, and then the ending felt rushed. As part of the ending, the reigai turned out to be a “deus ex machina” that could conveniently help to bring the final battle to an end. By the conclusion of the arc, though, I was wondering where Yachiru was, since we see all the other captains and lieutenants but not her. She was also never mentioned once during the arc. This felt like a major oversight to me. While the final episode in the set is technically filler material, I thought it does a good of wrapping up the previous arc and setting the stage for what’s to come. For once, the anime did find a good place to put filler and try to fill in a gap that existed in the manga. Overall, I didn’t think the story was that great, but at least the filler didn’t break into the middle of a major battle.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the omake are still cut off from the end of the episodes and collected together in the “Omake” feature included in the bonus features on each disc. The quality of the omake on this set was a mixed bag; there was an occasional amusing one, but they were more likely to be either stupid or not amusing.

There’s a clean opening and clean ending included on both discs, and it’s the same opening and closing. During these episodes, the ending theme changed, and there are different images for each episode that focused on a particular character. This was done as a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bleach manga. VIZ only used the ending that featured Aizen on both discs in the set, and I was disappointed by that. They could have featured at least two different endings on each of the discs. The opening and closing both have options for English subtitles and Romaji subtitles.

“More From VIZ Media” includes the exact same trailers that appear at the beginning of each disc when it first starts up. Not only that, but the trailers used for Bleach DVD Set 24 are the exact same trailers that were used for Sets 22 and 23. Knowing that there’s usually three months between each set, it would seem like it would be time to change the trailers to more recent items they’re promoting at this point.

If you’re a Bleach fan, I would only recommend picking up Bleach DVD Set 24 if you want to have a complete collection of the series or you want to be able to say that you’ve seen every episode. Casual viewers can skip these episodes and not miss anything.

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Anime DVD Review: Bleach DVD Set 23

Bleach DVD Set 23 includes episodes 317-329 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Bleach DVD Set 23

English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: December 16, 2014

Set 23 begins a new filler arc for Bleach, which is known as the “Gotei 13 Invading Army” arc. This arc runs for 26 episodes, and the first 13 of them are included on this set.

This filler arc begins with the Soul Reapers discovering that the time in the Precipice World is out of sync with the Soul Society. Over the course of the episodes in this set, it’s discovered that Inaba Kageroza, one of the scientists who works under Mayuri Kurotsuchi, is a traitor who’s behind the distortion of time and the reigai (clones of the captains and lieutenants who have been fighting with the Soul Reapers). Inaba is a character who was created specifically for this arc, and by the end of this set, it’s obvious that he’s way overpowered. Of course, if the writers hadn’t overpowered him like they did, this story arc wouldn’t have lasted for 26 episodes. Unfortunately, the more powerful we see that this character is, the more ridiculous the story seems.

This arc also introduces another new character named Nozomi Kujo. Kon investigates a spiritual disturbance and finds a girl covered in rags who is lying asleep in a parking lot. Kon, who is in Ichigo’s body at the time, takes her back to the Kurosaki house. After it’s revealed that Inaba is after Nozomi, Ichigo and the others decide that they need to protect her. But Nozomi stays very aloof for the most part and doesn’t seem grateful for their protection. I suspect that the writers were trying to create some kind of cool and distant character, but with the way she acts and with the things that she says, she comes across as being bitchy and annoying. I can honestly say that I haven’t liked this character up to this point, and it’s going to take something major happening by the end of the arc for me to care about her.

This arc also sees Ichigo trying to do the things that has normally done as a Soul Reaper, even though his powers are fading after his battle with Aizen. Of course, this issue isn’t helped any when he finds himself being framed for the distortion of time in the Precipice World. At this point, Ichigo’s “dealing with his fading powers” is the fact that others keep mentioning it to him or they reference it in action scenes he’s involved in; we don’t actually see him consciously thinking about this himself. There would have been the potential for some good character moments if we saw Ichigo consciously thinking about his fading powers as he tries to help out with the situation. There are still 13 more episodes of this arc to go, so perhaps we might see some of this near the end of it.

For the most part, what I’ve seen to the “Gotei 13 Invading Army” arc hasn’t done much for me. The new characters who are introduced are rather annoying, and there hasn’t been much to the story to truly keep me interested in what’s going on. There are a couple of amusing moments with Kenpachi and Yachiru during this set, but those moments are probably the most memorable parts of the story included in this set. At this point, I’m only going to finish it off this story arc when I watch the next set so I can get back to canon material. Also, I want to be able to say that I’ve seen all of the Bleach anime.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the omake continue to be cut off from the end of the episodes and collected together in the “Omake” feature included in the bonus features on each disc. The quality of the omake on this set pretty much matched the quality of the episodes; overall, they were uninteresting and rather forgettable.

There’s a clean opening and clean ending included on both discs, and it’s the same opening and closing due to the fact that neither song changed over the course of these 13 episodes. They both have options for English subtitles and Romaji subtitles.

“More From VIZ Media” includes the exact same trailers that appear at the beginning of each disc when it first starts up. Not only that, but the trailers used for Bleach DVD Set 23 are the exact same trailers that were used for Set 22. This really made me feel as if whoever put this set together put even less effort into the “More From VIZ Media” feature that usual.

If you’re a Bleach fan, I would only truly recommend picking up Bleach DVD Set 23 if you want to have a complete collection of all of the episodes of the series or you want to be able to say that you’ve seen every episode of the series. Casual viewers can skip the episodes included on this set and not miss anything.

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Anime Film Review: Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse

Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse is the fourth film released for the Bleach franchise.

Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse

Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: December 4, 2012

The movie sees powerful masked spirits known as Sinners attacking Ichigo and his friends while they’re at school. Meanwhile, another group of the spirits goes to the Kurosaki Clinic. When Ichigo gets there, he finds that the spirits’ leader, Shuren, has attacked his sisters. A Sinner named Kokuto, who is not affiliated with the others, manages to rescue Karin; however, Shuren escapes and departs to Hell with Yuzu. Kokuto offers to assist Ichigo by showing him the route into Hell, and they are accompanied by Rukia, Renji, and Uryu. The film ultimately focuses on Ichigo and the others going through Hell and trying to rescue Yuzu, while dealing with unexpected surprises that await them there.

When it comes to Hell Verse, I thought that it relied too much on battle sequences and utilizing various shonen tropes, rather than making an attempt at trying to tell an actual story. Because of all the tropes being used, I found myself just having to go along with and accept what was presented in the story. Due to the lack of a strong story in the movie, I found it hard to remain interested and invested in what was going on. Also, the film relied on the audience having watched the prologue episode that appeared in the Bleach television anime series before watching the movie, because no time was spent on establishing why Rukia and Renji were in Karakura Town at the beginning; this explanation only appears in the prologue episode.

I also found myself feeling very confused near the beginning of the film, because two of the scenes were basically recreations of the first couple of scenes in the first episode of the Bleach television anime series. There were some slight changes made to the details of these scenes, but I could easily tell that the scenes were very similar. At first, I thought they were true recreations of those scenes, until I picked up on the slight changes in the details. To be honest, I don’t understand the point of doing this, especially for the first scene. At least with the second scene, it was establishing the fact that Ichigo’s father would be away from the clinic.

When it comes to the animation, I have to say that what I saw in Hell Verse was on the weaker side for a Bleach film. While it looked a little better than the animation used in the television episodes, it was still quite a step down from the animation in the first Bleach theatrical film. Also, I noticed at least a couple of instances where an attempt was made to utilize computer graphics, but the CG ultimately stood out way too much from everything else and was more of a distraction than an enhancement for the scenes it was used in.

After watching all four Bleach theatrical films, I have to say that Hell Verse was the weakest. There was an interesting concept going into it, but I felt that the film was a little too short to fully develop what little bit of actual story there was.

When it comes to the DVD release, the audio is available with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

There were a total of three bonus features included on this release. The first is a “Production Art Gallery,” which includes 12 pictures; all of the pictures are in color. “Japanese Trailers” includes a total of two trailers for the film; unfortunately, no subtitles are included, so unless a viewer can understand Japanese, it’s impossible to tell what’s being said. The final extra is “More From VIZ,” and all this includes is the Neon Alley trailer that plays at the beginning of the disc when it first starts.

In the end, I can only truly recommend Bleach: Hell Verse to fans of the franchise who want to watch and/or own everything associated with Bleach. Those who consider themselves to be casual viewers can skip watching Hell Verse and not miss anything.

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Anime DVD Review: Bleach DVD Set 22

Bleach DVD Set 22 includes episodes 304-316 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Bleach DVD Set 22

English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 30, 2014

Set 22 opens with two filler episodes. The first is another episode produced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bleach, with some of the characters turned into monsters and supernatural creatures. The Snow Crystal from the earlier filler episode that retold the beginning of the series in an Arabian Knights setting returns, and Ichigo and Ishida’s fathers are monster hunters. Oh dear Lord, this filler episode was extremely painful. Who thought this was a good idea to celebrate an anniversary of the franchise?

The second filler episode sees Hisagi, Rangiku, and Isane investigating mysterious murders in the Rukongai. Hisagi and Rangiku go on ahead, and quite a bit of the episode focuses on the crush Hisagi has on Rangiku. While this wasn’t as bad as the first filler episode in the set, I still didn’t enjoy this episode very much. It relied heavily on a couple of running gags that really weren’t funny. By the end of the episode, I just wanted to return to the canon storyline from the manga.

The next five episodes in the set all contain canon material, and finally bring about a resolution to the Arrancar arc. This particular story arc started back in Set Six, and with all of the interruptions it had due to filler material and filler arcs, it took this long for it to finally finish. It was a rather satisfying ending to this arc, even if it took 200 episodes to finally get here. My favorite part of these final few episodes of the arc was getting to see the backstory involving Rangiku and Gin. I was amazed at how, within a couple of episodes, Gin became a sympathetic character. When I first encountered Gin early on in the series, I never would have envisioned myself ever thinking he could sympathetic. And the resolution of the arc sets something in motion for Ichigo that should become important at such a point the anime returns to canon material.

Unfortunately, the final six episodes on Set 22 are all filler material, with each one being a stand-alone story. The first of these filler episodes sees the return of Karakuraizer, a concept that’s appeared a couple of times in some of the earlier filler episodes. I didn’t enjoy the earlier Karakuraizer episodes, and I didn’t like this one, either. I can only hope that I will never have to see Karakuraizer again in the remaining episodes of Bleach.

The remaining filler episodes are a mixed bag. Three of the remaining filler episodes were actually rather decent, while the other two were just bad. Of the good filler episodes in the set, I would have to say that the episodes focusing on Yachiru and Toshiro were the best, because they were both rather emotional. While the characters who are introduced in these filler episodes will never be seen again, these episodes had such a compelling story to them that the viewer will have an easier time remembering these particular filler characters.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the omake are still cut off from the end of the episodes and collected together in the “Omake” feature that’s included on each disc. Overall, I thought the quality of the omake on this set was decent, although there were a couple of stinkers mixed in.

There’s a clean opening and clean ending included on both discs, and it’s the same opening and closing due to the fact that neither song changed over the course of these 12 episodes. They both have options for English subtitles and Romaji subtitles.

“More From VIZ Media” includes the exact same trailers that appear at the beginning of each disc when it first starts up. Even though this has been the case for the past few sets, it still feels like somebody didn’t want to go to a lot of effort for this particular bonus feature.

If you’re a Bleach fan and want to have all the episodes of the series in your anime home video collection, then you need to get a hold of Bleach DVD Set 22. The main draw of this set for fans is the fact that it contains the final five episodes of the Arrancar arc, although there are two or three filler episodes near the end of the set that are decent and worth watching. Outside of those seven or eight episodes, most of the rest of the set can be skipped without losing anything.

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Anime DVD Review: Bleach DVD Set 21

Bleach DVD Set 21 includes episodes 292-303 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Bleach DVD Set 21

English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: June 3, 2014

Set 21 has nine episodes of the canon storyline and three filler episodes; however, one of the nine canon storyline episodes is an entire episode recounting the various battles Ichigo has had in the canon story. In addition, the subsequent episode spends roughly half of its runtime in this flashback about Ichigo as well. So in the end, there are really only seven-and-a-half episodes that truly progress the story in this set.

But a lot actually takes place in those seven-and-a-half episodes. There’s a major battle with Aizen that involves the vast majority of the characters currently on the battlefield, but Aizen manages to cut them all down. Yamamoto makes a major sacrifice during a battle, Ichigo and Gin end up battling it out, Ichigo learns something shocking about his father, Urahara and Yoruichi show up and join in the fight, and Aizen goes through a transformation. The canon material was actually the most enjoyable part of watching Bleach DVD Set 21, with the only exception being the episode-and-a-half of flashback. For the most part, it felt like the story was actually moving and wasn’t being stretched out.

Unfortunately, the canon storyline was broken up in this set to include filler material. The first time this happens is right when Urahara suddenly appears and attacks Aizen in the fake Karakura Town. Instead of continuing on with this fight, the series shifts to two filler episodes. The first filler was created to promote the fourth Bleach film, Hell Verse. The Soul Reapers are making films for a film festival to raise money to rebuild the Seireitei. It was supposed to be a light-hearted and comedic episode, but I didn’t find it to be that funny. Also, it was frustrating because there’s no way to tell where this episode could realistically fit into the series’ timeline, since many of the characters who appear in this episode are currently unconscious or are badly injured in the fight in the fake Karakura Town. This particular episode felt like a waste of time, and its inclusion frustrated me since it broke the flow of the canon storyline.

The second filler episode serves as a prologue for the Hell Verse film. I can’t really comment on how effective of a prologue it is, since I haven’t seen Hell Verse yet. However, of the three filler episodes included on this set, I’m the most forgiving of this particular one since it ties in with the Bleach film that was released at the time these episodes were being aired on Japanese television.

Bleach DVD Set 21 ends with a filler episode that’s set in the new year, and it’s split up into two stories. The first story sees some of the Soul Reapers playing a game of karuta that ends up going out of control when they start fighting with each other to get the right card. This story was meant to be humorous, but I didn’t find it to be funny; in fact, I thought it was rather stupid. In the second story, Orihime sees her friends celebrating the new year with their families and seems to be feeling alone. She runs into Rukia and Renji, and the three of them go to the Urahara Shop and join them for their celebration. This story had so much potential, especially with Orihime’s angle. Unfortunately, the story spent more time finding ways for Renji to become a “punching bag” and running the gag into the ground. I suspect that this episode aired right around New Year’s Day, but I just felt like it wasted time and kept the viewer away from the exciting canon storyline.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the omake continue to be cut off from the end of the episodes and are collected together in the “Omake” feature that’s included on each disc. Overall, I thought the quality of the omake on this set was a little stronger than the ones I’d seen on the past couple of sets.

There’s a clean opening and clean ending included on both discs, and it’s the same opening and closing due to the fact that neither song changed over the course of these 12 episodes.

“More From VIZ Media” includes the exact same trailers that appear at the beginning of each disc when it first starts up. Even though this has been the case for the past set or two now, it still feels like somebody didn’t want to go to a lot of effort for this particular bonus feature.

If you’re a Bleach fan and want to have all the episodes of the series in your anime home video collection, then you need to get a hold of Bleach DVD Set 21. The only real drawback to this set is the fact that there are a couple of ridiculous filler episodes included. However, if you skip those two episodes and focus on the canon material and the prologue for Hell Verse, then this set will probably be a little better of a viewing experience.

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