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The North American distributor Viz Media has announced that it has licensed Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody, the first theatrical anime spinoff from the Bleach television series, in the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. The television series itself is an adaptation of Kubotite's Bleach manga about Soul Reapers (Shinigami or Gods of Death) who protect humans from the "Hollow" spirits that prey on them. Viz plans to release the film in theaters in major North American cities this summer and on DVD in the winter of 2008. Viz released Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, another movie based on a Shonen Jump manga franchise, in a similar fashion.
Like the Naruto movie, Memories of Nobody is an original story not seen in the earlier Bleach television series or manga. It ran in Japan in December of 2006, and a second movie, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion - Mō Hitotsu no Hyōrinmaru, has since opened in Japan last December. Memories of Nobody centers around previously unseen "Blank" entities that also threaten mankind.