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A Hollywood movie adaptation of interminable Shonen Jump manga Bleach is said to be underway, causing much distress amongst fans fearing another DragonBall or Akira style “adaptation” of a manga classic.

According to the reports, Warner Brothers and Viz Media have concluded a movie contract, and Peter Segal (director of such classics as “Get Smart” and “50 First Dates” and said to be a fan of the series) is likely to be directing.

The adaptation itself would be of the manga rather than the anime, although there are no details as to how faithful to the original it will be.

The adaptation was initially mooted in 2010, but only recently has production been confirmed. Mangaka Tite Kubo has apparently yet to comment on the development.

Given the less than stellar record of Hollywood anime and manga adaptations, there is a certain amount of scepticism as to whether this latest effort will  be any different – although optimists point to the possibility of seeing Kubo sulking if it fails dreadfully.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:29 24/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Please. please USA. OMGWTFBBQ pleaseeeeEEeeeEE~ stop the f*ck up!!! stop trying to ruin my anime/manga with your bullshit crap movie adaptation!! instead.. if USA willingly want cooperate with Japanese then that's good!! OK?!? THXBAI!

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    14:56 24/02/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    America still thinks these kinds of things are just for kids, that's why they keep on degrading quality. The majority America just cannot accept it, that cartoons too can also be a source of actual entertainment not just limited pass times for children *sign*

    Of course if they didn't then Dragon Ball Evolution would have never happened

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 25/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But Bleach IS for kids. It's about as mature as the local pre-school.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 15/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    uh no bleach is not for kids. Go watch in the las noches arc where myuri brings back nemu after he kills szayel

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow once every 50 episodes it actually takes itself seriously!

    Bleach is a mess, there's so many dropped plot threads, ichigo severely suffers from worf effect (where he gets his ass kicked by the new big bad of each arc and then 10-40 episodes later he's managed to get enough power to kill them, frequently via deus ex machina).

    It's a poorly written manga / show and the author probably never thought it would be so successful. Just like one piece, it's typical 'endless' format shounen shit, with no overarching goal (or if it has one it will never get there).

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I doubt kids know who Chow Yun Fat is. I think the problem with Dragon Ball Evolution was that they geared it toward the audience at the time that was watching dragon ball on U.S. channels, teenage to young adult white male losers that seem to go for those types of movie where the loser somehow gets good at something and gets the ethnic girl. It shouldn't have taken a genious though, to know if they cast a white guy as Goku it was going to flop. Ichigo on the other hand....most of that cast has to be white, what can I say? There aren't any blonde, or red head asians. (that type of read head)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Most of Japan thinks that way about manga too...in fact, America might have a better opinion of comics/manga and cartoons/anime. If you actually watch them you'd be surpised. Even with the ones that are actually supposed to be directed at kids it's actually an industry standard to direct it at the kids AND the parents who are SUPPOSE to be watching it with them(rather than having the tv raise them). I always found it funny when I see my nieces and nephews watching fairyodd parents or something and there's a clever but messed up joke about children killing the dreams and ambitions of parents that just flys right over their head...

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:26 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just imagine the stuff Hollywood could do if they openly embrace animation and just give a few million dollars to an anime studio for making an ANIME MOVIE. If they market it right, it'd sell like hotcakes and move a ton of Bluray/DVDs.

    But unfortunately, Hollywood tends to look down on animation and also push an agenda that only good/serious movies are live action ones.

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    17:17 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not just that! No, not just anime but all animation, Last Airbender anyone, I can't believe it became the highest grossing film of all time, the adaptation was so far off (and stupefied) that it might as well have been charged with copyright infringement, they changed bending into interpretive dancing. they'd to several crappy Tai-chi imitations before unleashing their "bending" skills

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:43 25/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Funny thing is, even something as American as Batman is 'white washed' in Hollywood too. Characters with international or ethnic roots were cast as all white characters with actors who can't sell any of their Arabic or Mexican roots, etc. I think I heard that even the Xmen and other comic book movies have the same idea. They even bother to turn British characters into American ones for example. It's just some ridiculous agenda on Hollywood's part.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 25/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There's also the fact that the Academy Awards -- a farce in an ofitself, but one that Hollywood pays big mind to due to the whole 'hurr durr oscar, Academy Award Nominee' bullshittery -- looks down on Animation as a whole; it's widely regarded as 'childlike', or very children-esque, nevermind stuff like Watership Down or much of Pixar's movies.

    So as far as corporate execs think [they don't], animation is a no-go if you want to win an ACADEMMMY AWAAARD, thus it's usually coined as extra risky, so no shareholders or investors end up touching it.

    That being said, the director is at least far more promising than the Akira nobody. Get Smart was a fairly neat adaptation of the TV Show, though the TV show was leagues better.

    .. At least there's no chance of him changing the ENTIRE STORY to fit within the context of HURR DURR AMERICA

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    22:44 25/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    > if USA willingly want cooperate with Japanese then that's good!!

    It seems we are at an impasse...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:20 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a story where some light-haired teenager becomes the best among centuries old Asian martial artists after a week and a half of practice.

    Both Hollywood and Bleach are MADE for this union.

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    Comment by Heigen
    21:49 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bleach can't be ruined, what the hell are you talking about?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    HOLLYWOOD IS SUCKS IN ADAPTATION !!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    As if japan wouldn't, LOL.

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    Comment by Kuro'Base'Neko
    04:38 25/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So far, Japanese movie are still more way lot better in majority of Anime/Manga adaptation.
    IMO Japanese movie are only lack of knowledge when it comes to action genre title. like doing CG, explosion, etc. just not crunchy enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 25/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, it's not America, it's Hollywood. They're doing this because Bleach is popular and when it doesn't make money, the people behind all this can say, "well, shoot, Bleach is popular in the states so it would stand to reason that a Bleach movie would also be popular. I don't know why it bombed." It's the same reason they're making Battleship and Candyland into movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:08 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    my manga? are u kubo?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    THAT ANON COMMENT FROM THE LAST ENTRY HAS BECOME TRUE!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    just don't watch it? It's not like Hollywood has ever effected Japanese anime.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    15:50 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Even if you don't watch it. When somebody says they saw dragonball and you find that they talk about the american version, you can't help but feel bad.

    That's one of the reason I love Touhou BTW.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 26/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Hollywood touches Touhou, it will become the WWIII for sure.

    Hollywood producers don't get enough with ruining Toriyama's work, seriously these guys needs otakus with them, I just forsee an strange plot and out-of-place characters, these are the things that makes japanese thinks bad about us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spice girls? Aren't they Spice middle aged women by now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They need to make a Hollywood Touhou live action film! It could star the Spice Girls. They're still around, aren't they?

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    17:21 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please Hollywood has been messing up titles that have actually have official content, a story to base on and they still fuck up! They'd mess up something as epic Touhou in a blink of an eye

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Touhou characters have very little personality and yet Hollywood would still manage to fuck things up.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's Hollywood you fuckbucket.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Isn't Hollywood in the USA though?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Bleach already did a good job of ruining itself.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Although you got downvoted I think it is true that bleach should have ended a long time ago

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    Comment by Slush

    Dude it is Bleach, you can't ruin something that is already shitty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 24/02/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    YOUR anime? Goddamn, that's why nobody respects the genre. Thxbai? That's why everyone looks down on the genre. Grow up.

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    Comment by warjoke
    10:55 24/02/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Until now I was wondering why the Al-qaeda did not attack Hollywood instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:40 24/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Why would you stop the enemy from making psychological weapons and unleashing it on themselves?

    Comment by Anonymous

    And I'm still wondering.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 24/02/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    because ragheads believe attacking international trade buildings is the easiest way to crumble american society, by "striking their wallet"

    these are uneducated sandpeople, they don't know what they are doing, plus they are closer to the american eastern seaboard.

    soak that in and stop sounding like morons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Striking at their wallet? What the hell are you smoking?
    The "ragheads" did exactly what terrorists do. Instill fear. The economical impact is just an added bonus to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:07 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're the moron here if you think they do not know what they're doing.

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    Comment by Moomoo
    08:53 24/02/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    FUCK YOU HOLLYWOOD

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And whales and dolphins?

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    Comment by kamiru
    13:55 24/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    no its the chicken!

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    14:17 24/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    And the cow, don't forget the cow, it's important.

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    17:26 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both of you look so happy stating the things you hate

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    Comment by Kuro'Base'Neko
    10:58 24/02/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Rock Musical Bleach is more 100x better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:16 24/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    i bet they will put a white guy as ichigo, just like in DB evolution, that movie was shit...actuallu it was shittier than shit

    Comment by Charismatic Vampire
    13:37 24/02/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    A white guy being Goku was the least of the things wrong with DB evolution.
    There was bad acting in general and the story was butchered.

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    15:16 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who ever downgraded this guy, you certainly haven't seen the original have you, as "shonen" as it was it was far better, the Hollywood version was definitely butchered

    Comment by Anonymous

    I stand by my comment when DB evolution revealed that their Goku was white that the whole cast and everyone involved in its production should be kamehameha-ed to oblivion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:44 25/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So where do we get the alien that looks human to play Goku, since he wasn't a human in the first place?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why downvote the truth?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:53 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Who cares what race they are? Goku was an alien.

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    17:28 24/02/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @ 16:53

    Exactly! It was horrible acting, no blue haired Bulma , and a cheapified plot

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    Comment by TC-man
    04:03 25/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Goku in Dragonball Z is still based on the Monkey King in the Chinese myth Journey to the West who's supposed to be Chinese or at least Asian. The alien part thing is an afterthought of the Akira Toriyama, the mangaka of Dragon Ball, for a sequel to DB, namely Dragon Ball Z.








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