"Back in the real world, Ichigo and the gang have returned to eliminating normal hollows, but new dangers await them. After being attacked by strange white spirits known as "blanks", Ichigo and friends are saved by the female shinigami Senna – but she's no ordinary shinigami. For Senna cannot remember her squad number, yet retains memories of the past; and she is sought after by Ganryu, the leader of a group known as "Dark Ones", who was exiled from Soul Society. Ganryu is trying to attain an item known as the "Memory Rosary" in order to take his revenge on those who struck him down, and he needs Senna to do it. Who is Senna, and how does she fit into Ganryu’s nefarious plans?"
Bleach: Memories of Nobody is the first of three movies residing in the Bleach universe. If you are a Bleach fan, you'll be mildly entertained. If you are not a Bleach fan or have no idea what Bleach is, don't even bother with this anime.
To say the least, I was not exactly pleased with Bleach: Memories of Nobody's story. The biggest problem being that it falls into the trap that tends to plague all movies based on a series. That is, they managed to just copy and pasted 4 regular episodes together to make a movie. While this isn't exactly bad, Bleach must be doing something right considering it is still running after 250 episodes, it doesn't really have the polish that I would expect from the increase budget of a movie. It’s the safe way to do a movie, but also the least inspiring.
Another problem with the story is that it gives you almost no Bleach background information. I understand that when you make a movie based on a show, it is common to expect the viewer to have some experience with the series. However, they typically give the viewers enough background information that they can at least follow the movie. I promise you right now that if you have never seen Bleach before, you will have no idea what the hell is going on, and thus, you will be asking yourself "What is this XXXX?"
On the plus side, the pacing of Bleach: Memories of Nobody is respectable, and the ending managed to get a little emotion out of me. By little, I mean very little. Also, as stated above, 4 Bleach episodes slapped together doesn't make for an awful story, its just nothing to write home about. The amount and length of the fight scenes were completely rediculas and entertaining just like the series.
Frankly, I thought the animation of the movie looked exactly the same as any other episode of the Bleach franchise. Characters are unique and well drawn, and the backgrounds are slightly above average. Like the series, the fight scenes are especially well done. So why a 6? Its because it has the same damn animation quality of any other Bleach episode. I expect a noticable increase in quality in animation for a movie, and it just wasn't happening.
Like the lack of polish in animation, if you have heard the sound from one Bleach episode, you've heard all the sound you'll get from this movie. Intro and ending songs are nothing special. Like I stated before, I expect more from a movie, and as such, I judge the sound of the movie much harder than if it were just from the series.
You have all the returning characters... with no good explanation on who anyone is. God help you if you haven't seen a Bleach episode before. However, I have always liked the Bleach characters, and felt that this movie showed at least some growth, especially in Ichigo.
The bad guys were forgettable, but newcomer Senna impressed me. She manages to pull off the cute, but not annoying, female character. I found her fresh, and she was really the only thing that reminded me that this is a movie and not just another episode of Bleach.
The biggest problem is the lack of polish I would expect from a movie based on a series. However, if you like and watch the Bleach series go ahead and enjoy this mediocre movie. It takes the safe route, and sticks to the tried and true method that has entertained fans for years. While there is nothing special to be found, you'll definitely find it at least mildly engaging. If you have never seen a Bleach episode, stay far away from this one.