November 16th, 2004, 10:22
For what should come as major news to fans of the weekly Japanese magazine Shonen Jump, a game based on one of its popular manga series, "Bleach," is making its way to the PSP. [br][br][br]According to the latest issue of the magazine, Bleach is being developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It will play as a 3D fighting game that uses the now-popular cel-shading art design. While the game doesn't have an official title, it is slated for release in the spring of 2005 in Japan. [br][br]Bleach is one of the most popular mangas currently running in Shonen Jump. The manga has also started to run as a TV anime series in Japan, and an action game for the PlayStation 2, based on the manga, is currently on track for a winter 2004 release. [br][br]The Bleach backstory concerns Ichigo Kurosaki, a normal boy who can see ghosts. After his family is assaulted by an evil ghost known as a "hollow," he and his family are saved by a shinigami, or ghost slayer, named Rukiya. Ichigo himself becomes a shinigami, which is where the game's story begins.