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Series 9 - Part 2


Starring (voice): Fumiko Orikasa, Masakazu Morita, Hiroki Yasumoto and Kentarou Itou
Manga Entertainment
RRP: £24.99
Certificate: 15
Available 06 August 2012

Bleach sets seem to be coming thick and fast this month, it has only been a matter of weeks since the first half of season nine has been release and here we are with the second half.

The story continues the story of Shūsuke Amagai, the new squad captain of squad three. This season doesn’t follow the manga so comes directly from the talents making the anime. The two disc DVD set contains episodes 179-189. The show was directed by Noriyuki Abe.

By this point in the story squad three are growing in coordination, but are still viewed with suspicion. Amagai’s requests to train jointly with other squads is refused and worse still, when hollows invade the soul society, the other squads appear to be uncoordinated. Amagai takes control and his successful defeat of the Hollows gains his squad permission to play with the others.

Like the first half of this season the story is split between Amagai, back in the Soul Society, and Ichigo’s shenanigans with Lurichiyo on earth, who continues to have her assassin problems. There are missed weddings, attempts to take over Lurichiyo clan - all of this means that the fights, for which the show is justifiably famous, just keep coming. The two disparate stories slowly come together by episode 184, with a surprise turn of events for Amagai, which pits him in a lengthy fight with Ichigo.

The show continues to be presented with a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen picture and audio options for Either a DD 2.0 English dub or the Japanese original, with subtitles. The extras are restricted to the clean opening and closing sequences.


Charles Packer

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