VIZ’s Bleach Movie to Splash on 300 Screens

He sees dead people. That’s Kurosaki Ichigo, the young hero of the hit anime series Bleach, created by manga artist Tite Kubo, which first began airing in Japan in 2004 and was picked up by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block two years ago. Now thanks to VIZ Media and NCM Fathom, fans of worldwide hit can see Bleach The Movie: Memories of Nobody in more than 300 theaters in the U.S. on June 11 and 12.

This two-night theatrical experience will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the talent behind the characters as well as interviews with the director Noriyuki Abe, producer Ken Hagino and character designer Masashi Kudo.

Advance purchase tickets will be available from May 2-8 to all subscribers of the Shonen Jump e-mail newsletter (sign-up is available at www.shonenjump.com). Details will be included in an upcoming Shonen Jump Newsletter and fans are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase advance tickets before they go on sale to the general public on May 9 at presenting theatre box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theatre locations and prices, please visit the www.FathomEvents.com website.

Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody begins as unidentified beings known as ‘Blanks’ start popping up. They are soon followed by a Soul Reaper named Senna who makes them disappear. Puzzled by these unknown beings and the even more mysterious girl, Ichigo and Rukia set out to learn more, but uncover an evil plot when a menacing clan tries to kidnap Senna. Our heroes will obviously do their best to save the world from total destruction!

‘VIZ Media is very excited to partner with NCM Fathom, one of the nation’s leading theatrical event organizers, to stage this multi-city big screen debut,’ says Liza Coppola, VIZ Media’s senior VP of corporate relations and partnerships. ‘The premiere will offer a rare opportunity to see a brand new story inspired by the successful animated television series Bleach presented in a theatrical setting’the same way the film was originally offered in Japan. For those not yet familiar with Bleach, this is also a wonderful introduction to the characters and thrilling action that have made the property such a hit in North America. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy these events!’

The Bleach manga series has been licensed to more than a dozen countries, and has sold over 50 million copies in Japan alone. In North America the manga has been a sales hit and the popular animated series is viewed weekly by millions in the United States and Canada. This success has further spawned an array of related video games, apparel, action figures, trading cards and other merchandise. To find out more info, visit bleach.viz.com or www.viz.com.