Rock Musical BLEACH is a rock musical jointly produced by Studio Pierrot and Nelke Planning, based on the Bleach manga by Tite Kubo. The musical is directed by Takuya Hiramitsu, with a script adaptation by Naoshi Okumura, a veteran of the Japanese theater scene. The music is written by playwright Shoichi Tama; the music in the show is completely original and not taken from the anime soundtrack. The initial performance run of the Bleach musical was from August 17 to August 28, 2005 at the Space Zero Tokyo center in Shinjuku. To date, there have been five musicals and two "Live" Bankai Shows.
The first musical centers around Ichigo Kurosaki becoming a Shinigami, Rukia Kuchiki going back to Seireitei, and the trio of friends arriving in Seireitei, ending when Abarai Renji is defeated by Ichigo. The second musical has only minor differences, a slightly larger stage, a few new songs, and adds the new cast member, Eiki Kitamura, to portray Izuru Kira.
It is not to be confused with Bleach Soul Sonic 2005, the seiyū event that featured a small preview of it.
The Dark of the Bleeding Moon adds Kumiko Saito to portray Yoruichi Shihōin, Kohei Murakami to portray Hanatarō Yamada, Harumi Inoue to portray Rangiku Matsumoto, Shogo Suzuki to portray Kenpachi Zaraki, and Takuya Usui to portray Ikkaku Madarame. They cut Yousuke Ito, Rei Yoshii, and Naofumi Yoshida from the cast. The musical features Ichigo Kurosaki meeting the 11th squad, to Rukia Kuchiki who is about to be executed.
The Live Bankai Show Code 001 is not a part of the Bleach storyline, but does mention the events taking place. The musical is more for fun and features a few new songs. Naoya Gomoto portrays Shūhei Hisagi for the first time. Harumi Inoue who plays Matsumoto Rangiku was not in this musical because she was pregnant with her son at the time.
No Clouds in the Blue Heavens takes place at Rukia's execution. Asuka Sekine and Masahiro Kuranuki are added to the cast to play Soifon and Kaname Tōsen. Kohei Murakami and Harumi Inoue are not able to play Hanatarō Yamada and Rangiku Matsumoto in No Clouds in the Blue Heavens but they both will be in the next two musicals.
The All was the next musical and was simply all the musicals in one, it was basically the whole Soul Society arc. It ran in the Spring of 2008 on March 24, 25, 26 and 30.
Live Bankai Show Code 002 was the second Live Bankai Show and ran on March 27, 28, 29, and 31. These two musicals had every cast member in them excluding Yousuke Ito, Rei Yoshii, and Naofumi Yoshida. These two musicals concluded Rock Musical BLEACH.
This is a recap of all shows. + a karaoke version of the LOVE song
Language - JAP