Tite Kubo is one of the most influential mangaka of all time, with Bleach being regarded as one of the most popular shounen titles in history. And with his work getting a live-action adaptation, Kubo finally broke his silence on the film. In a tweet, the Bleach mangaka talked about the movie, and said he’s pretty “satisfied” with it.
Kubo admitted that he hasn’t really been involved in this live-action movie adaptation for two reasons. The first reason is he had a feeling that he wanted to see which part of the mangaka the movie’s director, Shinsuke Sato, plans on omitting. The second is that he was still busy working on his latest manga project. However, he did give a few requests and that’s not to change the relationships between the characters from the manga and not to contradict the characters emotions and actions.
However, he then added that he thinks it’s a “Good-Quality” movie and it has reached a “new level” as a Japanese movie. Kubo also stated that he will not write any comments if he didn’t like the live-action adaptation.
The movie’s staff previously confirmed that popular Japanese actress, Erina Mano, will be playing Orihime Inoue. As for Chad, Yu Konagi will be playing him. Meanwhile, Masami Nagasawa will play Ichigo’s mom, Masaki Kurosaki, while Yosuke Eguchi plays his dad, Isshin. Meanwhile, Seiichi Tanabe will be playing the “mysterious” Kisuke Urahara.
These five new cast members will be joining the the other previously-announced characters in the movie. Souta Fukushi plays Ichigo, while actress Hana Sugisaki as Rukia Kuchiki. They also previously revealed that Ryou Yoshizawa will play Uryuu Ishida, Taichi Saotome will play Renji Abarai, and MIYAVI will play Byakuya Kuchiki.
The movie will be following the “Substitute Shinegami” arc from Tite Kubo’s internationally-bestselling manga, which of course is the very first major arc in the franchise. It features Ichigo doing Rukia’s Shinegami duties after he accidentally “steals” her powers. This forces Rukia to live among humans and even go to Ichigo’s school.
Live-action Gantz movie director, Shinsuke Sato, will be directing the movie. The staff also revealed that it will premiere in July 20, 2018.
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