The fourth Bleach movie Bleach: Hell Verse is a quick paced straightforward action movie. Like most Shounen films, Bleach: Hell Verse can best be described as a compilation of several episodes of a miniature filler arc.
The movie opens up with the ending of the battle between Ulquiorra and Ichigo Kurosaki in Huenco Mundo where Ichigo transformed into a new powerful Hollow to win the fight. The movie then flash forwards to sometime after Aizen’s defeat but before the Full-bringer Arc. Ichigo Kurosaki meets with Renji and Rukia. Ichigo’s school is unexpectedly destroyed. Ichigo goes to investigate the damage to the school. He is attacked by souls from hell. They kidnap Ichigo’s sisters and demand that he use his powerful Hollow form to destroy the gates of hell.
The movie follows the spirit of the TV show on operating on “The Rule of Cool” where several elements of the movie make little sense applying any degree of critical thought. Renji and Rukia are both given a flimsy motivation to be in Karakura Town at the beginning of the film. Ichigo is given a convenient power up when the plot demands it. I have to give the movie credit though it was self-aware on how lame Ichigo’s costume became with his power up. A great example of Bleach showing a self-deprecating sense of humor.
Renji, Uryu, Chad, and Ichigo are the core of the movie. However, the movie does contain minor appearances of Yamamoto, Orihime, Hitsugaya, Byakuya, and Rangiku. Even for minor roles I was glad the movie acknowledged its supporting cast. Bleach: Hell Verse is a great popcorn flick and a fast moving story.