news culture Netflix Bleach: 7 anime to see before the release of Thousand-Year Blood War in France
Since this fall, Bleach is back on your screens. Since it is impossible (for the moment) to see this sequel legally in France, the editorial staff of JV offers you 7 anime available on Netflix which remind us of the adventures of the famous red-haired swordsman… Ichigo Kurosaki.
- Blue Exorcist
- Demon Slayer
- Record of Ragnarok (Valkyrie Apocalypse)
- Shaman King
Let’s start with Blue Exorcist. In this anime produced by A-1 Picture, studio behind Fairy Tail, we follow the adventures of Yukio and Rin. The latter are the sons of the most powerful of demons, Satan, and dream of killing him. A decision taken after the “God-demon” took possession and killed their adoptive father and the most powerful exorcist in the world: Shiro Fujimoto. This beginning of a macabre story precedes Rin’s training as an exorcist. Small detail, the latter has inherited the characteristic blue flames of Satan. His brother Yukio is already a renowned demon hunter. Released in 2011, the first season spans 25 episodes.
In Claymore, we follow the adventures of Claire. The latter is a half-human, half-demon warrior named… Claymore. Its goal ? Defend the villagers against the incessant attacks of the various monstrosities. Like Ichigo in Bleach, one of the heroine’s hallmarks is the gigantic sword she carries on her back. Another similarity with the work adapted by Studio Pierrot, the half-human, half-demon aspect of Claire. A personality that is reminiscent of the half-shinigami, half-hollow appearance that Ichigo reveals in the various climaxes of the series. If you are still not convinced, know that the two series, both from a manga, had appeared in the Weekly Shōnen Jump. This manga preprint magazine is best known for publishing Naruto, One Piece, and Dragon Ball.
If you liked the Hollow, Vizard and other Arrancar from Bleach, you will like the demons from this anime Made in Ufotable. The famous Japanese studio, recognized for its always exceptional animation, offers dantesque combat scenes between demons and swordsmen. We follow the adventures of Tanjiro, a young man whose family was killed by Muzan, the original demon. The latter has the power to transform whoever he wishes into a bloodthirsty beast. This terrible curse will affect Nezuko, Tanjiro’s sister and the only survivor of the massacre. In an attempt to free her, Tanjiro sets out on a quest to kill Muzan by becoming a Demon Slayer (Demon Slayer). An atmosphere that will undoubtedly remind you of the fights between Hollow and Shinigami of Soul Society. A common point between the two works is also present in the series. Indeed, the numbering of the Twelve Demon Moons, the strongest subordinates of Muzan, is reminiscent of those of the Espadas, antagonists of Bleach from the eponymous arc.
The most powerful fighters in the history of mankind united in a fight? And no, you’re not dreaming, you didn’t have to wait for the release of Valkyrie Apocalypse (see below) to see this synopsis on your screens. If you are a fan of Japanese culture, it is impossible for you to have missed the Fate saga and its most famous opus Fate/Stay Night. This universe, initially from a visual novel, recounts the confrontations between magicians capable of summoning heroes known from storybooks or history. The latter use their power to obtain a sacred object supposed to grant any wish: the Grail. In 2011, Ufotable (them again) released the excellent Fate/Zero. Directed by Gen Urobuchi, father of Psycho-Pass and Puella Magi Madoka Magica, this anime adapts the prequel to Fate/Stay Night. He gives us the adventures of different clans of magicians during the fourth Grail war.
Record of Ragnarok (Valkyrie Apocalypse)
Violence and fights are not the preserve of Bleach. In Record of Ragnarokalso found under the name of Valkyrie Apocalypse, power and fighting are law. With a tournament offering various fighting styles, the series has a dozen episodes. In this series, we learn that a Council of Gods (ranging from Shiva to Aphrodite) meets to decide the fate of humanity every millennium. One day, they decide to eradicate humans. However, Brunhilde, a valkyrie, offers to decide the fate of mankind in the Battle of Ragnarok. An event that takes the form of a tournament with 13 gods. They face as many excellent human fighters, from all periods of history. Humanity will be spared if it wins. With a first season of 12 episodes released in 2021, Netflix has confirmed the release of a second season for 2023.
If I talk to you about weapons with their own personalities, each of which has its own specificities and a name? You will answer me Bleach! But as you’d expect, that description suits the combat system of Shaman King. Adapted from the work of Hiroyuki Takei, this anime had the right to a reboot released between 2021 and 2022. In this world, we follow the adventures of Yoh Asakura, a lazy high school student descended from a Shaman family. Thus, this genealogy allows him to see and communicate with spirits. A very precise timing since the story takes place at the time of the Shaman Fight. This fight takes place every 500 years and offers the title of Shaman King to its winner. The latter also receives the Great Spirit, a supreme spirit that grants wishes.
Did you know that there was seen a black-skinned samurai in the 16th century on the Japanese archipelago? This story, which is a historical fact, is freely adapted in the fantasy anime Yasuke. With a length of 6 episodes, we follow the adventures of this former slave who became a samurai with Oda Nobunaga, one of the greatest warlords in Japanese history. Far from being a history lesson, the anime takes place in a Japan combining medieval and steampunk aesthetics, all embellished with a few mechas. To shine in social evening, know that this character was a real colossus. Indeed, according to Rfi, this man was the first foreign samurai in the history of the archipelago and was nearly 1.90 meters tall. A size more than consistent when you know that the average height of a Japanese at that time was 1.60 meters.
- All about Yasuke on AlloCine.