Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion (劇場版BLEACH The DiamondDust Rebellion もう一つの氷輪丸 Gekijōban Burīchi Za Daiyamondo Dasuto Reberion Mō Hitotsu no Hyōrinmaru, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Another Hyōrinmaru) is the second animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series Bleach. The film is directed by Noriyuki Abe, and co-written by Michiko Yokote and Masahiro Ōkubo, and the theatrical release was on December 22, 2007. The theme music for the film is “Rock of Light” (光のロック Hikari no Rokku) by Sambomaster. The DVD of the film was released on September 6, 2008.
To promote the film, the opening and closing credits of the Bleach anime from episode 151-154 use footage from the film. Kubo also published a special manga chapter focusing on Hitsugaya’s past to further promote the film. The English release of the DVD was on September 8, 2009, and it was aired on Adult Swim on December 5, 2009. The official European release of the film was on September 6, 2010 and in the United Kingdom on Blu-ray on May 7, 2012.
The 10th Division, led by Tōshirō Hitsugaya and Rangiku Matsumoto are sent to escort an artifact known as the “King’s Seal” or “Oin”, which is stolen during transport from the Soul Society by an unidentified and masked Soul Reaper and two mysterious Arrancar resembling girls who control fire and lightning. During the attack, Tōshirō corners and seems to recognize the Soul Reaper, who wounds him and leaves. In the middle of battle, Tōshirō abandons his post to pursue him and leaves his squad behind to fend for themselves. After the battle, the Soul Society suspects Tōshirō of treason and orders his immediate capture. The whole 10th Squad is then put under house arrest at which time they can surmise whether or not the division should be abolished.
With the whole of the Soul Society searches for Tōshirō, Ichigo Kurosaki patrols and accidentally stumbles upon 2nd Division Captain Soi Fon, who conducts an investigation of the transport site and informs him of the events happening in the Soul Society and dispels the kido surrounding them. As Soi Fon disappears, Uryu Ishida meets with Ichigo and Tōshirō makes his presence known and passes out in front of them. Tōshirō wakes up in Ichigo’s house, replaces his captain’s robe with the thief’s cloak, and asks Ichigo to step aside. In the midst of their discussion, Ichigo is attacked by the two previous arrancar before he can force the issue. Tōshirō escapes and continues to avoid an attempt of capture by Izuru Kira and Shūhei Hisagi, and things only look worse when the deviated Soul Reaper thief named Sōjirō Kusaka uses Hyōrinmaru, a zanpakutō with identical powers to Toshiro’s, to injure 8th Division Captain Shunsui Kyōraku. The 6th Division is sent in to investigate this attack, with Byakuya Kuchiki confirming it to be done by Hyōrinmaru. Tōshirō’s capture is then made top priority and his execution is approved.
Meanwhile, back in the human world, Rukia meets Ichigo. The group, along with Uryu, Orihime Inoue and Yasutora Sado exchange information, and Rukia reveals rather surprising, in-depth knowledge of Tōshirō’s personality, as well as some rather accurate guesses as to what Tōshirō plans to do next. During the talk, Ichigo realizes what might be troubling Tōshirō and leaves to find him. Through his wandering to avoid capture, Tōshirō eventually manages to track Sōjirō down, where it is revealed that the two managed to manifest the same zanpakutō. Because it is impossible for the same zanpakuto to be wielded in Soul Society, the two were forced to fight to the death by the Central 46 Chambers of Soul Society. Tōshirō did not wish to fight, but was left with no other option as Kusaka attacked, claiming that he was the only one worthy of Hyōrinmaru. In the fight, Kusaka is defeated by Tōshirō and the authorities concluded that Tōshirō was the true owner of Hyōrinmaru, with the Military Corps carrying out his execution. Cursing Soul Society and its authorities, Kusaka died and was reborn in Hueco Mundo, where he became a hollow and started his plans of revenge against the Soul Society. Once he learned of the King’s Seal and its powers, which allows the user to freely manipulate time, space and matter within a small space football retro shirts, he leapt at the opportunity to settle the score with both Tōshirō and the Soul Society.
Using the King’s Seal, Sōjirō teleports Tōshirō and himself to Sōkyoku Hill in the Soul Society, needing the power of Tōshirō’s bankai to break the seal. They are confronted by Ikkaku Madarame, Renji Abarai and Yumichika Ayasegawa. As all Soul Reapers led by Captain-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto appear on top of the hill. They attack Tōshirō and Kusaka, but are thrown back when Ichigo and Rukia intervene bottled water glass bottles, having just arrived in Soul Society. In front of everyone, Tōshirō refuses and Sōjirō breaks the seal himself, having gained enough strength to do so himself, after which he transforms into a giant dragon-like creature made of ice. Kenpachi Zaraki attacks and is defeated by the Dragon Kusaka, who then proceeds to mould the Soul Society’s landscape at will. However, because he lacks the control which Tōshirō possesses, the power goes berserk and threatens to destroy the Soul Society. The Soul Reapers try to attack Kusaka all at once, but are repelled by the immense powers of the King’s Seal. Encountering Rangiku who had recovered his Captain’s Robe from Renji given from Ichigo, he accepts it. Ichigo and Rukia meet up with them and are joined by Renji, Ikkaku and Yumichika. A hoard of hollows appears out of Kusaka’s castle which he had generated out of the Kings’ Seal, and Yoruichi Shihoin and Soi Fon appear to defeat them. The group then splits up into two, and they both scale there. Battling with various Hollows, Menos and Adjuchas, they each formulate a strategy to attack Kusaka who is at the centre of the castle. Ichigo uses his Visored form while Tōshirō activates Bankai and they both storm up to the central tower, destroying Sōjirō’s dragon-like bankai form. In one last clash, Tōshirō impales Sōjirō who asks an incomplete question and finally understands that he really was not worthy of Hyōrinmaru. Tōshirō clears all charges and the King’s Seal is restored, allowing him to finally put his past to rest.
After the credits, he and Rangiku visit Kusaka’s grave, where Rangiku’s lazy nature infers that the 10th Division is reformed.
Tite Kubo, author from the Bleach manga, authored a one-shot based on Tōshirō, prior to the film’s premier in order to promote it. He was also allowed to participate in the making of the film, to design the character of Kusaka. However, Kubo could not add Kusaka to his one-shot due to the fact the original concept came from the manga. In order to promote the second film of Bleach, the trailer had the line “Execute Hitsugaya!”. Kubo admitted that it was his own idea to make everybody be surprised, but he and Masakazu Morita, the voice actor of Ichigo Kurosaki, received a lot of letters from worried fans, causing Kubo to apologize in response.
The film opened in 4th place at the Japanese box office, and held a top ten location until its 5th week.
The DVD release of the film was the first best selling anime DVD released that week, and is now released in many different languages.