Anime DVD Review: Bleach Season Three: The Rescue

Bleach Season Three: The Rescue box set is a five disc set that contains 22 episodes. The first three discs contain four episodes and bonus features, while the fourth and fifth discs contain five episodes and bonus features. The episodes are available with both an English dub and the original Japanese language track with English subtitles.

Bleach Season Three: The Rescue
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: July 7, 2009

The episodes in this set introduce some more characters in Soul Society: Makizo Aramaki, Nemu Kurotsuchi, Kaname Tosen, Retsu Unohana, Sajin Komamura, Tetsuzaemon Iba, Shuhei Hisagi, Sui-Feng.

During these episodes, Yoriuchi helps Ichigo train with his bankai. Chaos also ensues in Soul Society. There’s also two flashback episodes that provide backstory: one is when Rukia reminisces about her past as a member of the thirteenth division, and one is when Sui-Feng recalls her past with Yoruichi. We also see the characters make it to the execution grounds when it’s time for Rukia’s execution. Right at the end of the set, a major revelation is made in regards to Aizen.

There’s also a “filler” episode, which sees Kon trying to escape from Ichigo’s younger sister, Yuzu. While he’s on the run, he’s found by Don Kanonji, whose television ratings are plummeting. They reform the Karakura Superheroes, with Yuzu and Kon joining the group. Like the filler episode in the second box set, this one is slightly amusing but it doesn’t do anything to progress the overarching story.

When it comes to the episodes on this set, my favorites were on the last disc; there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns in the plot in the last few episodes on the set. As a viewer, I found myself looking forward to where the story would go next, and what secrets would be revealed.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the first disc includes four extras. The first extra is “Production Art,” which is 20 pages of line art of the characters that appear on the disc. The second feature is “Manga Preview,” which includes three pages of advertisements for the Bleach manga, as well as other titles released by Shonen Jump. The next feature is “Clean Ending,” which is a textless version of the first closing theme that appears in this box set. The final extra on the disc is labeled as “Sneak Peak,” which contains trailers for properties that Viz Media was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.

The second disc has production art, which is 18 pages of line art of the characters that appear on the disc. The “Manga Preview” and “Clean Ending” are the exact same features that appear on the first disc. The “Sneak Peeks” on this disc contains different trailers than what appeared on the first disc.

The production art on disc three is 18 pages of line art of the characters that appear on the disc. The “Manga Preview” on this disc is four pages instead of three. The “Clean Ending” is a textless version of the second closing theme that appears in this box set. The “Sneak Peeks” on this disc are different trailers than what appeared on the first and second discs in the set.

The fourth disc has production art, which is 22 pages of line art of the characters that appear on this disc. The “Manga Preview” and the “Clean Ending” are the exact same features that appear on disc three. The “Sneak Peeks” on this disc are trailers for properties that Viz was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.

The first extra on the fifth disc is the “Behind the Scenes of Bleach” documentary. This feature runs for approximately 11 minutes, and includes interviews with the English dub actors for Ganju and Aizen, Female Yoruichi (who is also the Voice Director for the series), Gin, Zangetsu, Orihime and Isane, and Ichigo.

The second extra is labeled as “Kon’s U.S. Tour”; this feature has someone dressed in a Kon suit, and is narrated by Kon. Over the course of this 13-minute feature, Kon is seen in New York before the premiere of the Bleach movie, at the premiere, at the Viz Media after party, at Niagara Falls, at Mt. Rushmore, in Washington, D.C., in New Orleans, at the Grand Canyon, at the St. Louis Arch, in Las Vegas, in San Francisco (at the Viz Media headquarters), and in San Diego (at Viz Media’s booth at Comicon). Honestly, I thought this bonus feature was on the cheesy side.

The production art is 19 pages of line art of the characters that appear on this disc. The “Manga Preview” and “Clean Ending” are the same as what appears on discs three and four.  The “Sneak Peeks” are the same trailers that appeared on disc four.

I would recommend this DVD box set to anyone who is a fan of Bleach anime series in order to include the series in their anime home video library.

I wrote this review of Bleach Season Three: The Rescue that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

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