Monday, September 17, 2018

MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Bleach (2018)

Run Time:
1 hr 48 mins
Release Date:
July 20, 2018 (Japan)
September 14, 2018 (U.S.)

Based on the Manga series by:
 Tite Kubo

Directed by:
 Shinsuke Sato

Warner Bros. Japan, New Line Cinema, TX Network, Shueisha, Pierrot, UMG Japan, Dentsu, Ken-On, KDDI, Pony Canyon, GYAO!

Warner Bros. (Japan)
Netflix (U.S./Worldwide)

Sôta Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryô Yoshizawa, Erina Mano, Yû Koyanagi, Seiichi Tanabe, Taichi Saotome, Miyavi, Masami Nagasawa, Yôsuke Eguchi

Plot Summary:
When high schooler Ichigois suddenly given reaper abilities, he really wants to give the powers back. But he'll have to reap some souls first.


*My Thoughts*

The original allure, action, and mood of the anime and manga Bleach are brought back in the Bleach (2018) live-action movie, but could we fix Rukia Kuchiki’s’s hair or majority of the character’s hair. Their hairstyles would look weird, but Bleach isn’t exactly normal when we think about ghosts, spirits, and hollows running around. The live action version brought back slicing up hollows, shooting arrows, and the shōnen feel of Tite Kubo’s popular manga series thanks to Kubo’s involvement in the movie’s production. As a Bleach fan, I can’t complain about the storyline of the live action movie because of how closely written it is to the anime and manga. The world of Bleach was easily introduced by explanations from the characters and demonstrations of power such as when Uryu Ishida revealed his Quincy powers to a recently made substitute soul reaper Ichigo Kurosaki. The concept of hollows and lost souls were introduced in a familiar fashion for faithful fans of the series but also broken down into its simplest components for new viewers. Bleach (2018) kept the original humor in Ichigo’s repetitive interactions with his classmates, particularly who I assumed was one of Ichigo’s friends named Keigo. In a short summary, Ichigo Kurosaki got help from a soul reaper, befriended them, and the story follows his intense battle scenes to protect his friends.

The live-action film also kept the personalities of these characters, save for the short appearances of characters like Keigo. Ichigo Kurosaki was an average high schooler with a big heart but a lot of fight in him, Chad was a silent and protective giant, Orihime still had an unrequited crush on Ichigo, and Rukia Kuchiki was a serious soul reaper but was naïve to modern Japan and its trends. The Rukia of Bleach (2018) was as mysterious as manga Rukia when she was first introduced. But her relationship with her elder brother was made clear despite only a few moments of screen time together because of the sincerity of Hana Sugisaki’s performance as Rukia Kuchiki. Sugisaki’s Rukia respected Byakuya much like her manga counterpart. As Bleach’s (2018) main character, Ichigo was given the most backstory and character development for his skills and abilities. It may have seemed rushed, but the message got across. But other characters fell flat in comparison. It was easy to tell Chad and Orihime were familiar with Ichigo but they never surpassed being his classmates despite Chad and Orihime being main characters later in the original series.

When talking about Bleach, we need to keep in mind the sword clashes, monsters, bloodshed, and destruction of buildings. My commentary on the action from the movie is “it’s not cheesy.” I did not see a slow motion, in the air choreography. It felt like real-time life or death situations. Renji’s Zabimaru, the released version of his katana, flowed, retracted, and clashed with Ichigo’s over-sized katana with fluid motion. Grand Fisher was a large and destructive hollow, but it looked more plant-like rather than a hollow covered in fur. Bleach (2018) covers the most important aspects of the first arc and I’m not wholly disappointed. After Ichigo met Rukia, I wished the movie had more content like showing Chad and Orihime’s abilities. Considering it was one arc of the anime and manga condensed into a movie, the Bleach (2018) team had to wrap up the Agent of the Shinigami arc in the too short amount of a time. If they wanted to continue into the Soul Society arc, other characters could have been fully introduced and their personalities expanded upon.

My rating:

NERD BLAST: The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest

We are thrilled to kick off this 5-day Nerd Blast + Giveaway for Laurie Forest's The Iron Flower, book 2 in The Black Witch Chronicles! Check it out and pre-order your copy now!!! The Iron Flower releases September 18, 2018!!! 

Young Adult
The Black Witch Chronicles, #2
Publish Date:
September 18, 2018
Harlequin Teen

Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs, but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm-wide Resistance against Gardnerian encroachment. As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council, Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be safe if Gardneria seizes control of the Western Realm.

With tensions heating up in Verpacia, more and more Gardnerian soldiers continue to descend upon the university…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the newly rebuilt Fourth Division base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to wandfast to her, convinced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a darkness inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.


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Praise for THE BLACK WITCH Chronicles 

“Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice.” —Booklist, starred review

“Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review


**About the Author**
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Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch (Book 1.0, The Black Witch Chronicles – OUT NOW) & Wandfasted (Book 0.5, The Black Witch Chronicles Prequel) are her first published novels. Coming in 2018 are Light Mage (Book 1.5, The Black Witch Chronicles) & The Iron Flower(Book 2.0, The Black Witch Chronicles). She is currently ensconced in the woods, hard at work on The Shadow Dryad (Book 3.0, The Black Witch Chronicles).

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RELEASE BLITZ: The Final Life Series by Rose Garcia

Today, we are celebrating the release of Rose Garcia's The Final Life Series Box Set with this 3-day blitz! To celebrate this release, we have a book trailer and cool blitz-wide giveaway to share! Not only that, this box set is on sale with a special release price of $0.99, but this pricing is only for a limited time only! So... Check it out and grab your ebook set now!!!

Young Adult
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Science Fiction
The Final Life, #1-3
Publish Date:
September 17, 2018

This box set includes the first three books of The Final Life Series: Final Life, Final Stand, and Final Death. A complete story, the saga of Dominique's quest for survival will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Final Life: For seventeen-year-old Dominique, nothing sucks more than moving across the country during senior year. Angry and feeling alone, she thinks things can't get worse, until her new neighbor pressures her into playing a psychic card game. The cards spark a vision of a red desert where a malignant presence hints at past lives and threatens to kill her...again. If Dominique is to put an end to the evil pursuing her, she must push through her fears and discover the secrets of her past. If she doesn't, she'll be dead. For real.

Final Stand: Dominique is still alive after facing Tavion, the Tainted who's hunted her for lifetimes. Yet her protectors still fear for her life. They force her to flee Houston and abandon the friends she loves, but they can't protect her from herself. When Dominique starts hearing Tavion's voice in her head, she realizes that her personal connection to the Tainted still exists. And when her car is ambushed, she discovers another frightening truth...someone close to her is a traitor.

Final Death: Dominique has conquered the evil within her, only to find her one true love has to kill her. Desperate to spare her friends and loved ones from sharing her same fate, Dominique ditches her companions in an effort to protect them. Her new mission is to kill before being killed. With time running out, Dominique is hell bent on finishing what was started nine lives ago, or finally face her final death.



**About the Author**

Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who’s always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she’s been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Final Life Series—a Young Adult science fiction/fantasy series about people who have the ability to control the energy in and around them. Rose is known for bringing richly diverse characters to life as she draws from her own cultural experiences. Rose lives in Houston, Texas with her awesome husband and two amazing kids. You can visit Rose on her website.

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