Bleach Season Five: The Assault box set is a four disc set that contains 18 episodes. The first two discs in the set contain four episodes and bonus features, while the remaining two discs in the set contain five episodes and bonus features. The episodes can be watched either with English dialogue or with Japanese dialogue and English subtitles.
Bleach Season Five: The Assault
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 8, 2010
The episodes in this set work at concluding the story arc about the Bounts. While I enjoyed most of the episodes that appeared in this set, I was rather disappointed by how this story arc ended. Basically, the story arc is built up, and then it reaches its conclusion in a rather anticlimactic fashion. While I understand that the Bount arc is a “filler” storyline, since it’s not part of Tite Kubo’s manga series, it was still disappointing to see that everything is essentially reset to the way it was before the start of the story arc. I also suspect that the new characters that were introduced in this filler arc will never be seen or referenced again in the anime series.
When it comes to the DVD set itself, there are four extras on the first disc. The first extra is “Production Art,” which is 11 pages of line art of the characters and locations that appear on this disc. I noticed that one of the pages had the line art sideways, which made it really hard for me to see what it truly was without trying to crane my neck in an awkward position. Next is “Manga Preview,” which has four pages of advertisements for the Bleach manga, as well as other titles released by Shonen Jump. “Clean Ending” is a textless version of the first ending that appears in this box set. The final extra on the disc is labeled as “Sneak Peek,” and this contains trailers for several releases that Viz Media was promoting at the time this DVD box set was released.
The second disc has 13 pages of line art of the characters and locations that appear in the episodes on this 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 third disc has 11 pages of line art of the characters and locations that appear in the episodes included on the disc. The “Clean Ending” that appears on this disc is a textless version of the second ending that appears in this box set. The remaining bonus features are exactly the same as what appeared on the first two discs in the set.
The final disc has a “Squad Roster,” which is an interactive guide of the 13 Soul Reaper squads; the guide includes profiles for the captain and lieutenant for each squad. However, there were some entries in this guide that appeared to be out of the date for the point in the story that the episodes in this disc take place at. The “Production Art” on this disc includes 10 pages, and several of these pages are sideways; this makes it very difficult to see what those images are truly supposed to look like. The “Manga Previews” and the “Clean Ending” are the same as what appears on the third disc. The “Sneak Peek” section on this disc has some different trailers when compared to the same feature on the previous three discs in the set.
While I’ve come to expect a relative lack of bonus features in the Bleach sets, I still can’t help but feel a little disappointed by how little effort was put into what few bonuses were included. The worst thing to me was the fact that Viz Media made no effort with the sideways line art to turn them right side up for viewers to be able to see them better. However, I do 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 and wants to have all of the episodes in their anime home video collection.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Bleach Season Five: The Assault box set that my husband gave to me as a gift.
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