Quick Look: Bleach – Series 16 Part 1
20/07/2015 Leave a comment
A new series, a new storyline and yet everything else about this DVD release of Bleach – Series 16 Part 1 is very familiar. So what can you expect from this instalment of the ever-continuing but nearly concluded series; well lets take a quick look and find out.
For starters Series 16 Part 1 follows the ‘current norm’ of having a selection of episodes spread out across three DVD discs; in this case episodes 343 to 354 with 4 episodes per disc. Thats not the only thing thats the same either; as just like with the recent releases this set once again features shilouettes of characters from the show as disc artwork – with fan favourite Ichigo being the most obvious. Yet again its a hit-and-miss approach as while Disc 2 looks good the remainder are a bit bland; especially Disc 1. It’s not much different on the disc itself either; as while the episode content has changed we still have the same old menu layout with individual episode listings and audio options being listed across the entire screen.
Basically not a lot has changed on the outward appearence of this release – and KAZE still refuse to number their discs as well – but when it comes to episode content then this is where things get interesting. It takes place a year after the events of the previous season, whereby Ichigo (once again) lost his Soul Reaper powers, and despite leading a peaceful life for the past year he finds himself wanting to help protect his friends from a new enemy threat. Ironically his only saving grace is a new character known as Kugo Ginjo, but can he be trusted? Unlikely especially when he makes Ichigo fight a group known as the Xcution. In essence troubled times lie-ahead for Ichigo and for him it’s one decisive battle after another – all of which will, hopefully at least, help him retrive his lost powers.
Forget Hollows and Espadas – this is a new storyline which sets Bleach on a downward sprial to its conclusion; but change is good and it makes this series a refreshing break from the past 300 plus episodes of the franchise. Of course we aren’t reviewing this DVD; but as i mentioned before its pretty much the same as past instalments – just different episodic content on the disc and a slightly different artwork; which is all you can really ask for when it comes to a long-running show such as this. Bleach – Series 16 Part 1 is now available on DVD within the UK.