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27 October 2010 @ 12:35 pm
Bleach 424 is out  
Bleach 424 is out at Mangastream.

Remember NOT TO TWEET KUBO, for the sake of everything holy, about this chapter or using the chapter pics, til Monday.





TIME SKIP. Why do I always make the wrong bets on Bleach. At least it's only a year (and a half). But a year (and a half) is enough for the twins to enter junior high, and Ichigo and his friends to be seniors.

The parallelism to chapter 1 extends from the first page to the color spread. How cute. <3333

Everyone's hair... Yuzu, Karin, Mizuiro, Keigo, and Tatsuki. I think they're all cute, but it makes me wonder if anyone else's hair changed (Orihime, Chad, anyone from Soul Society like Rukia). Ishida's, from the brief glimpse we see of him, looks a little longer. Ichigo's sideburns ... personally, I'm still on the fence about them.

Yuzu is so adorable. (I thought she was Orihime at first, lol.) Karin is so cute, too. So Karin's powers are growing, now that Ichigo no longer has any, but she isn't talking to Ichi-nii about that situation. Karin with the ghosts is cute, reminds me of Ichigo in chapter 1 XD

Ichigo slept-talked, apparently? I don't know about that translation. I heard it's supposed to be Chad and Inoue told everyone else (i.e., Tatsuki-tachi) about Ichigo's powers while he was asleep.

Tatsuki and Ichigo play Tekken XD

Ichigo seems surprised by his shinigami badge being in his bag. And then he goes emo while he stares at it. I'm actually hoping what Ishida noticed about the badge, at the end of SS arc, comes back up in this arc. XD XD

Ishida's helping exterminate the hollows. (I hope his grades remain high :x) Ichigo's look as Ishida runs past is so... sad/emo.

I love how the panel about Ichigo thinking that Rukia hasn't been back once is all white. All-white panels speak volumes. And it takes up half of that page. So much white space for so little text.

Keigo asks about Ichigo's career plans, but Ichigo obviously has not thought about that and says as much. His grades dropped a bit, but he's still apparently ranked fairly high. And then Keigo mentions Rukia ("Rukia-chan"), and Ichigo gets pissed. Ichigo doesn't want to talk about Rukia, and he vehemently denies being lonely. He seems angry, but is he angry at Rukia for not returning or is he angry at the entire situation, his loss of powers included in that?

I love page 18 because Ichigo has his back to Keigo the entire time as he spouts off all these lies he's desperately trying to convince himself of. That he always wanted to be normal (a lie, Ichigo never said he didn't want the ability to see ghosts - instead, he yearned for the power to protect others and crush destiny), that he's fine with peace until he dies (another lie - he enjoys fighting and loved being a shinigami, and after SS arc, he was only too happy to continue being a shinigami), that he never thought to help anyone because of his powers (again, a lie, he wanted the power to protect others), that he never thought to make a living by using his powers (I wonder if that means he thought he'd be a shinigami forever, and that was what he secretly wanted to be when he 'grew up'?), that this is the life he dreamed of (another lie - if this is your dream, then why are you so emo, Ichigo? why are you still fixated on what you lost, even a year later?).

Ichigo's fast skills and strength are still there, yay.

And that new guy... apparently he has his own shinigami badge? Or did he somehow swipe Ichigo's? Mangastream calls it the "LOST SHINIGAMI REPRESENTATIVE BADGE ARC" so it's not clear if the guy swiped Ichigo's or has his own. I think it's his own badge but... we'll see. ETA: Hinodeh and Lucia pointed out the badge that falls out has a chain and isn't cracked like Ichigo's, so it's definitely the new guy's own badge.
 
 
 
Kim!spartydragon on October 27th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Damn! That was fast!

Thoughts:

Not unexpected... not unexpected, lol denial. Poor Ichigo. ISSHIIIIIN! Tatsuki!mullet! Thank you Keigo, for pointing out the lack of BFF and rubbing it in a little. XD

And... is it just me or did Kubo kinda go back to his original style a little? @____@ I LIIIIIIIIIIIKE!!!!!!!!!!!
tsubaki99: Detective Momotsubaki99 on October 27th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Tatsuki reminded me of freaking Kukaku for a second there! xD

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Running on Coffee and Schadenfreude: [Avatar] The world in a new viewarcadiasilver on October 27th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Page Seven:

The Face of Death
kanjo_girl: yoruichikanjo_girl on October 27th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
lol, never thought she could pull it off, but she did. It must run in the Kurosaki blood.
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There's no Love Without you: IchiWTFne_wayz on October 27th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh Bleach, welcome back! How we missed you so...

Everyone looks oh just so sexy! Even Mizuiro with his funny hair cut! And where the hell are Chad and Hime? >< And is that you Keigo? Oh and please PLEASE don't let that be a mullet I see on Tatsuki -_-

Im actually happy for this time skip because they actually get to be 17, which is an age I am more comfortable with than 15. 15 just seems too young...idk

Um, Ichigo, we've been following you for the past what? 10 years? Do you really think we are going to buy that crock you sellin'? A normal life? I don't think so hun...

I just wanna see Rukia with longer hair, thats all. It doesn't even have to be like super long, just...longer...she would look so sexy...hnnngggggg

I'll be in my bunk....
kanjo_girl: ororokanjo_girl on October 27th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, there will be a new look for Rukia. We've all been dying to see her in long hair, since Kubo draws it so well.
honeyhammer: Bleach: Grimmjowhoneyhammer on October 27th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
All I'm going to say is that the time skip makes me excited.
Super Nintendo Chalmers: Ichigostrawberries_85 on October 27th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Copying and pasting my thoughts from Ichiruki FC on BA:

Ah, so Ichigo has that kinda goofy look on his face, like he did during the parting with Rukia. And oooh, his face was hidden and the panel was shaded when he confirmed he's happy with a "peaceful" life. I think we know well by now what such a technique implies, do we not? And then there's the look Keigo gives him in which he doesn't look 100% convinced. So he's become what he's "always dreamed" of, but looks miserable and half-dead? Where's your energy and joy at getting rid of those nuisance powers, huh Ichigo? So who's Ichigo trying to lie to here?
kanjo_girl: shayerakanjo_girl on October 27th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Ugh. A new guy wanting to fight Ichigo because somehow Ichigo revolves around the universe. But that's fine. I like the new development.

The mention of Rukia reminds me of how much of an impact she is to the story of Bleach. I guess I've kinda forgotten how much of her character influences all the others in different ways, especially Ichigo, who seems to never want to think about her. He's in denial, that much is for sure. He wants his friends around and he obviously want to keep relationships going. It's clear he wants Rukia around too. And the fact that he's reaching out and subconsciously trying to find proof that he was a shinigami is unsettling. He's striving to become that person again, despite how he keeps telling Keigo he's "fine" and "wants peace".

Oh, Tatsuki. I love your hair. Give it to me. She hasn't changed a bit, neither has Keigo, which I'm happy for. But what bothers me is the lack of Orihime. Where has she gone?! No mention of her?

But Ishida seems to be taking care of everything. I half expected Ishida and Orihime to become the new Ichigo and Rukia and they'd go off together to exterminate hollows. But, whatever. I mean, there was even a Chad present! Meh, I'm fine with the new arc anyway. I means Bleach will go on for a bit longer.
kanjo_girl: harribelkanjo_girl on October 27th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
there was even a Chad present

*wasn't
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Kona-kunkonart on October 27th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Tatsuki looks almost as Final Getsuga.
(Anonymous) on October 27th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
wow. "Rukia" just got himself a half panel. Kubo is such a tease.
That idea was so important to get that large panel, even if they were just words. <3 Ichiruki FTW!
(Anonymous) on October 27th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
TIME SKIP! I totally called it. =p Nice to see Ichigo hasn't lost his speed and strength but I want to see his vizard/shinigami powers fully restored so he can see and feel RUKIA.

Ichigo totally wants his powers back so he can go back to being normal. Normal being having Rukia and ALL his crazy friends back in his life, lol.
hinodeh: Rukia's elegancehinodeh on October 27th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Nice recap qwirky!

Really? I thought that Ishida's hair looked shorter. (So far I like it more than previously.)

It amuses me that Tatsuki and Ichigo borrow each other beat'em ups. Fitting.

The new guy is really hot. (I made my mind up for good now.)

The new guy has his own badge, I think. Wasn't the color of Ichigo's badge faded while the one of the new guy looked all fresh and stuff?
Shinigami_Luciashinigami_lucia on October 27th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think it's the new guy's own badge. It has a chain on it. Ichigo's badge doesn't have one.
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Avelera: Fight like a Girlathena799 on October 27th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
YAY! New chapter!

Aaaaw, Ichigo is so sad D: I'm sort of hoping he doesn't get his power back in response to this other guy (who I think looks more like Ganju then Aizen personally). I would hope there would be something a bit more epic.

I tend to love angst but I really want to see Ichigo back to his old self. Actually, he hasn't been really cheerful since his Hollow came out after the SS arc soooo....yeah.
peca_06: Ichigo eyepeca_06 on October 27th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
"Ishida's helping exterminate the hollows. Hope his grades remain high :x Ichigo's look as Ishida runs past is so... sad/emo"
I sensed a tinge of jealousy as well from that look XD. Ichigo is not fooling anybody, maybe himself. He is so depressed he even has trouble waking up in the morning -__-.
Is more like a year and a half later and he is still emo about it XDD. Yeap DEEP DENIAL

I hate his sideburns lol. In a hair style like his they don't make sense and they get kinda lost. If he had shaved sides a bit higher, they'll make sense... I dunno, I don't find them all that interesting and they are kinda cluttering :P.

I'm looking forward seeing the gang al together T___T. It almost seems like Ichigo is just hanging out with Keigo, Mizuiro and Tatsuki more, like the old times. I'm also looking forw. to seeing Ichigo kick butt old style. I kinda miss his "karate" moves XD.

That badge thing seems kinda unclear right now... We'll see who this new "greaser" guy really is.

ionadelfinaionadelfina on October 27th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah Ichigo's going to get his powers back pretty quick. Or at least it seems so.
tsubaki99: Switch-Bossun-Himekotsubaki99 on October 27th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Ichigo...and we have the classic "Back Panels" when he says that he's "fine" with having a normal life...

I loved this chapter...but to be honest,I was barely paying attention to the new character until he showed up his badge.He seems like a nice guy though xD...*waits for the next one*
tsubaki99: Himeko smiletsubaki99 on October 27th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Also,Yuzu kinda changed? and I'm not talking about her looks...
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flowerxofxevilflowerxofxevil on October 27th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
lol what's with timeskips lately?
First One Piece and now Bleach? Kubo takes 2 weeks break and does a timeskip, sounds so Oda to me xDDD

Anyway, the chapter was okay I guess, but this arc kinda feels like a filler xD Hopefully it will turn out good.
kohi_no_torakohi_no_tora on October 27th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
They're conspiring together I tell you!