Anime DVD Review: Bleach DVD Set Seven

Bleach DVD Set Seven is a three disc set that contains 12 episodes. Each disc in this set includes four episodes and bonus features. The episodes on these discs can be watched either with English dialogue or with Japanese dialogue and English subtitles.

Bleach DVD Set Seven
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: December 21, 2010

The episodes in this set continue the story arc with the Arrancar. There’s a big emphasis in these episodes on the Visoreds, due to Ichigo going to them to try to learn how to control his powers. Orihime and her role in the upcoming battle with the Arrancar is also touched on a bit. We are also introduced to the Mock Arrancar, and Hitsugaya and Matsumoto find themselves tied into that story line. The last couple of episodes in the set are obviously “filler” episodes, but they were amusing to watch. However, I hope that at such a point I can watch the next box set that it won’t be primarily made up of “filler.”

The first disc in the set includes four bonus features. “Production Art” includes 18 pages of line art. “Manga Preview” is four screens that advertise the now-defunct Shonen Jump magazine, Bleach, and other Shonen Jump titles. There’s a textless version of the ending credits, as well as a “sneak peek” section with trailers for Bleach and Naruto-related items that Viz was promoting at the time this set was released. Unfortunately, these are the exact same trailers that play when the disc is inserted into the player.

The second disc has 11 pages of line art in the “Production Art” extra. The “Manga Preview” and the “sneak peeks” are exactly the same as what appeared on the first disc, and there’s another copy of the textless version of the ending credits.

The third disc has six bonus features. The “Manga Preview” and the “sneak peek” are exactly the same as what appeared before, there’s six pages of line art in “Production Art,” and there’s textless versions of both closings that appear on this disc.

In addition to these items, there are two additional features included. The first is “Omake,” which is a collection of all of the pieces that appear after the ending credits in this set. The omake tend to be humorous in nature, although there are occasional ones that are more serious or informative mixed in. The English dub versions of the omake are included in this feature. Like with the Naruto Shippuden boxes, I wish Viz had done the omake extra in a way where viewers could choose which omake they wanted to watch from a menu, instead of only having the omake available as one continuous piece.

The other extra is labeled as “Kon Test.” This is a multiple choice quiz that’s all about Kon. If you get the answer right, you get to see a clip from the series that confirms you made the right choice. If you answer incorrectly, you also see a clip from the series that the question is referring to. In that case, it’s to show that you made the wrong choice.

While I like Bleach a lot, I truly can’t recommend buying this set at full price (which is usually around $50, which is what Viz was charging for the earlier DVD box sets). Due to the changes that Viz made to how they package the later box sets, I think the $50 price tag is a little on the high side. If you’re a Bleach fan who wants to legally own the series on DVD, then I would recommend keeping an eye out for when a retailer has this particular set on sale for a slightly lower price.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Bleach DVD Set Seven that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

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