Anime DVD Review: Bleach Season Four Part Two: The Bount

Bleach Season Four Part Two: The Bount box set is a three disc set that contains 12 episodes. All three discs contain four episodes and bonus features. The episodes are available with both an English dub and the original Japanese language track with English subtitles.

Bleach Season Four Part Two: The Bount
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: February 16, 2010

Since there have been a lack of Bount sightings, Urahara and Renji go to investigate the Bount mansion. Ichigo is sent home with the modified souls to devise Bount countermeasures. Toshiro Hitsugaya orders more Soul Reapers to enter the human world in order to help Ichigo.

Meanwhile, humans in Karakura Town are being attacked by a bitto, which sucks out their souls and reduce their bodies to dust. The bitto return to the Bounts to provide them with purified souls to drink.

A Bount named Yoshi attacks Rukia, Orihime, and Kurodo. Later, they are attacked by a Bount named Mabashi, who uses a Familiar named Ritz to control Rukia. Shuhei Hisagi arrives to help, but Orihime is able to save Rukia.

At the same time, Ichigo is attacked by Koga and his “doll,” Dalk. During Ichigo’s fight, Koga has a flashback about a young Bount named Cain that he once mentored. And just as it seems Koga is going to defeat Ichigo, Izuru Kira arrives and fights with Dalk.

Rangiku Matsumoto finds Chad, Ururu, and Noba fighting against a Bount named Sawatari. Sawatari summons his Familiar, Baura. It takes a couple of episodes for this group to finish their battle with Sawatari and Baura.

There’s another major fight with the Bount, and this set ends with Kariya and the Bount entering Soul Society through a gateway that they created, due to Uryu using his power to open it. Uryu says he did this so they can defeat the Bount in the Soul Society.

The episodes on this set continue the story from where the previous box set left off; however, this story arc does not reach its conclusion at the end of this box set, since it ends on the cliffhanger of the Bount headed into Soul Society. By ending the set with this particular episode, it sets the stage to kick the story up a notch at the beginning of the next box set. I found myself riveted to the screen as each episode in this set came on, and I was wanting to know where the action would go to next.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the first disc includes four extras. The first extra is “Production Art,” which is 13 pages of line art of the characters and locations that appear on the disc. The second feature is “Manga Preview,” which includes four 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 seven pages of line art of the characters and locations 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” are also duplicated from the first disc.

The first extra on the third disc is the “Behind the Scenes of Bleach” documentary. This feature runs for approximately 10 and a half minutes, and includes interviews with the English dub actors for Kariya, Ichinose, Hanataro, Koga, and Lirin. The production art is seven pages of line art of the characters and locations that appear on this disc. The “Manga Preview” is an exact copy of what appeared on the previous two discs in this box set. The “Clean Ending” is the textless version of the second closing theme that appears in this box set. The “Sneak Peek” on this disc is exactly the same as the “Sneak Peek” on the previous two discs in the set.

With how few episodes there were included in this set, I really wonder why Viz Media decided to split season four into two box sets. If the two parts of season four had been released as one set, it would have contained 28 episodes; while this would have been six more episodes than the longest box set for Bleach that they had issued at that point, it would have made more sense to have one set with more episodes.

Like with the first box set four Season Four, I have to give Viz Media credit for packaging the discs in individual slimline boxes.

I would recommend this box set to anyone who is a fan of Bleach in order to have these episodes in their anime home video collection.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Bleach Season Four Part Two: The Bount box set that I gave to my husband as a gift.

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