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04 February 2011 @ 10:09 am
New ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D CD cover  

warning: shipping

The new CD cover for the ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D song for the anime ED that had IchiRuki fans heats a-thumping amuses me. It's a predictably IchiRuki cover alright buuuuut ... well, look:

The ED was the talk of the fandom--shippy stuffs in Bleach usually are. ( #4 most discussed vid in film/animation Japan and other YouTube stats)

I do wonder if Hime's presence there isn't a deliberate ship tease. No doubt some parts of fandom may read that Ichigo may be looking at Rukia but his heart and the song belong to Orihime XD while the majority will read the cover to read like the famous 4chan post:

Meanwhile, Valentine's Day is coming up--think that Sensei will give it a nod? Last year we got that pretty spread of the boys and their chocolates. The year before last we got Rukia's dewy-eyed "beauty of the heart" color page. The official release date for the next chapter in Japan is Feb 14 and so far there's no announcement of a Bleach color page, only that a new manga will have the lead color page, but I'm so hoping for a glimpse of Orihime hard at work making chocolates for the customers in her shoppe! Or do you think we'll get a Riruka love page? XD

Finally, a couple days ago Sensei retweeted a very cute tweet in which a sixth grader (in an earlier post I'd mistakenly identified her as six yrs old) made put in a question to an advice columnist about how to confess. There was a long answer in whichshe was told that she should know what love is before she confesses. Her love was compared to the feeling she has toward favorite foods or the feeling of sunshine.

Anyway, I do think it's interesting that Sensei seems to be considering the nature of love lately. XD As a perennial shipper, it gives me hope for squee material. I found it interesting that Ichigo seemed to realize that he wasn't "in love" with his Shinigami badge, merely "fond" of it--while Riruka, given her girly penchant for LOOOOVING things (and wanting to be "crushed to death," lol, by them) made them into minatures. Surely Ichigo feels more seriously about his Shinigami identity than Riruka feels about his "hotness!" Maybe this is a commentary on how girls can discount and trivialize something as serious as love. If so... *looks at dolly collection and goes ouch* Maybe there's more to Riruka. After all there's more to me than my dolly collection! *glances at Ishida-lookalike hubby* XD

ETA: Shippiness continues. <3 More about the CD from the IR FC at BA. Translation by melodymix  from infos on the site:

ROOKiEZ is PUNK'Dの新曲は、初のラブソング。ただ一人の女性を守るために、もがき叫ぶ男の心境をストレートに表 現した感動の一曲に仕上がっている。 ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D's new song is their first love song ever. The song has been completed into a very emotional piece about a man who is struggling and screaming his emotions out in a very straightforward manner, in order to protect one woman.
Astraea: ichirukilady_leia_solo on February 4th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
The cover is beautiful. But I do think it's kinda funny they put Orihime in there...
darksloverdarkslover on February 4th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)

Am I the only one who thinks that Orihime is there because the image continues, flipped inside the cover? I expect all the nakama there, actually.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 4th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)

lol, actually I do too. I just find it an amusing cover choice.
シボ 洋蔥さん: magatama goldnijibug on February 4th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
This was what I was thinking too :>
kanjo_girl: orihime: fallingkanjo_girl on February 4th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
I agree, the image is continued. It has to be. It's kinda weird looking otherwise. I expect Uryuu and Chad are on the other side.
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miss_ragdollmiss_ragdoll on February 4th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
yeah, has the looks of a bond different somehow than with the rest of the nakama ^^ btw it's a beautiful cover, love the look they share :3
melodymix: FMA ED approvedmelodymix on February 4th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Same. When I looked at the cover I thought to myself "Chad and Ishida must be on the other side" XD
qwirky on February 5th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
The Bleach single CD covers usually don't work like that though. Maybe this will be an exception - especially since the CD single covers usually aren't Bleach related (usually the Bleach bonuses are inserts and not covers) - but even if the nakama are there, it doesn't change the fact that the cover is focused on Ichigo and Rukia looking at one another and not anyone else. The song's openly been stated to be a love song (even says it in the lyrics), and the ED animation was Ichigo/Rukia, so the CD cover being Ichigo/Rukia fits with that theme. That's why, IMO, having the nakama be present would be irrelevant, so I don't really see the need for the picture to continue.

Edited at 2011-02-05 04:30 am (UTC)
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 5th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)

No nakama on the other side makes the CD cover more damning/friendzoning for poor Hime ... and would disappoint me because I want Ishida so I'm just going to hope there's another side.

There's not another cover, I'm hearing, with the nakama. There are two covers for the single and one features the singer and one is the one you see in the OP above. So... yeah unless there's a wrap-around.
darkslover: AxS Blooddarkslover on February 5th, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, yeah, I get that the focus is on IchiRuki...
darkslover: Alucard Bowingdarkslover on February 5th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)

I don't know whether this "Bleach single CD covers" case exists here, but if it does, then this cover is retarded. OK, the focus in on Ichigo and Rukia, but why is Orihime there? It could be anyone.

And no, "to show that Orihime will always be a FRIEND to Ichigo!!" is not an answer. Official artwork should be focused on something else than trying to prove one ship legitimate and another non-legitimate (unlegitimate? no-legitimage? legitimateless?).
annie_08: LOLZannie_08 on February 5th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
My first thought when saw a cover was to show nakama are there with Ichigo and Rukia but they aren't a focus (something like calendar 2010). If it's Ishida or Chad, how are they supposed to be shown without showing their face?

Well, at least that's my thought without even think of ship being legit.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 5th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)

Official artwork should be focused on something else than trying to prove one ship legitimate and another non-legitimate (unlegitimate? no-legitimage? legitimateless?)

But official artwork has and always will be ship-teasing. Which is why if there's no other side to this artwork, this cover is a really bad bad ship-tease.
darkslover: Pip Addictiondarkslover on February 5th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
But official artwork has and always will be ship-teasing. Which is why if there's no other side to this artwork, this cover is a really bad bad ship-tease.

While I agree, this particular is not just bad ship-teasing. It's awful. Good ship-teasing in an artwork focuses on one couple, not pointing fingers on another as non-legit *as well*. "Orihime is soooooooooooo friend-zone-ized, blah, blah". While I agree that this is the case in this image, it doesn't make it any better.

It just bothers the hell outta me.

Now I REALLY hope there is more to this picture OR it is part of a bigger official artwork that was cropped.

Maybe I'm just too sick and tired from all the bad blood in the shipping fandom.
qwirky on February 5th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
It's really irrelevant whether official artwork should be focused on something or another. As Debbie said, there's been plenty of artwork and merchandise that already focuses on a particular set of characters or a particular "pairing." For example of official manga artwork, see Kubo's 2010 calendar cover/January image (Ichigo and Rukia in white, lying on the ground, with nakama shoes around them) and the 2011 calendar picture (Ichigo and Rukia together, alone, in a resort setting).

The anime ship-teases all the time, too (yes, there's been Ichigo/Orihime merchandise). Since Ichigo/Rukia and Ichigo/Orihime are mutually exclusive - unless Kubo goes with a harem, I guess - focusing on one pairing means the other pairing is going to be considered 'shafted' or whatever, at least for that piece of merchandise. Anyway, anime merchandise doesn't "prove" anything, much less the legitimacy of one pairing over the other.

I don't think this picture is focused on singling out Orihime and laughing at how she's friend-zoned. As Annie said, my first impression was that Ichigo and Rukia are with the nakama, but the focus is on the two of them. Orihime's simply the easiest nakama to show without actually showing her face or much of her body - because her hair is long and a particular color, it's an easy giveaway ("oh, it's Orihime, and she's running off in front of Ichigo and Rukia, presumably to catch up with Ishida and Chad who are probably there also"), as opposed to Chad and Ishida, who have short hair and not many distinguishing features with their school uniforms on (other than Chad being tall? Maybe). Then again, Kubo has done to Orihime what this anime picture's done in the manga itself, so who knows.

Edited at 2011-02-05 05:01 pm (UTC)
marionette71088marionette71088 on February 11th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
And no, "to show that Orihime will always be a FRIEND to Ichigo!!" is not an answer. Official artwork should be focused on something else than trying to prove one ship legitimate and another non-legitimate (unlegitimate? no-legitimage? legitimateless?).

Uhm...why not? Like or not, romance is a part of Bleach, and OTPs are kind of a important part of romance. This song is a love song, therefore a romantic cover is featured, so what? It's not like every other cover is like this.
tamzin: fufufuconquistadora on February 9th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
Basically. lol
lunaaddictuslunaaddictus on February 4th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
No doubt some parts of fandom may read that Ichigo may be looking at Rukia but his heart and the song belong to Orihime

You and I share the same thought!

I was like @________@ XD XD XD and squee-galore when I saw the picture, then I realized, oh, Hime's here too! And that thought occurred to me! But I'll go to my pretty little IchiRuki corner and pretend they don't exist. =)
kanjo_girl: naruto: kubo stylekanjo_girl on February 4th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
I thought Kubo always presented the romantic love concept in Bleach often. Such as Uryuu's crush (or UNDYING LOVE because that's how I see it) on Orihime, which is a theme. Orihime's love for Ichigo, which he seems to remind us of often. Rukia's admiration for Kaien. Kira ---> Hinamori. Hinamori ---> Aizen. And my shippy side screams that Ichigo and Rukia have UST all the time.

But maybe this 'fondness' thing will be more addressed with Ichigo regaurding Rukia and others. At least, I hope so.

Edited at 2011-02-04 04:41 pm (UTC)
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 4th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)

As you know, I ship Ishida and Orihime hard but I'm not sure he's acknowledged his feelings for her as love yet--I'd hardly call their relationship more than a very fond friendship with a lot of touchstones, hardly undying love. For Uryuu to declare it as such would be on the level of naive overstatement as Orihime's "five lifetimes, one love" declaration for me, putting the cart before the horse. One doesn't make that sort of declaration honestly until feelings are mutual and experiences have been shared. Otherwise it just doesn't ring true. Same with Riruka declaring her "love" for Ichigo and other things she crams into her box. XD She doesn't love them. She's ... fond of them.
kanjo_girl: ishida: lie down for awhilekanjo_girl on February 4th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, I was kidding about the undying love part. XD I'm sorry, I should've stated I was joking. But I do believe he has a crush on her. It's pretty obvious to me he has feelings for Orihime.
dana_1107: Bleach my Souldana_1107 on February 4th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
His gaze is to Rukia ♥_♥ (as always), it's all what matters to me and for my ichiruki heart *-*.
(Anonymous) on February 6th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
his gaze was, is and always be on Rukia!!!! I mean he is always looking for her. Since she appeared showing through the window, he was always looking for her. When renji and byakuya-sama came to get her, when saving her, when depressed his gaze fell on rukia, again showing through the window, in HM when she was fighting against kaien,when fighting against yami, when his father showed and he couldn´t think in other´s word but rukia´s, finally when losing his powers and til the end his gaze was on rukia. I mean ¿, it will be pretty disappointing if they don´t end up together. I wouldn´t be surprised if rukia showed again appearing through the window... waaah!! rukia where are you??!!!! SHOW YOURSELF!!! AND BE BY ICHIGO´S SIDE!
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Eva: LMAO - [BLEACH]animeangel4eva on February 4th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
//For some reason I thought, "What if that isn't Orihime... but rather IchiThing in a school girl uniform?"//

Oh gosh, what a cracky way to look at it! Cross-dressing now is he?
ROFLMAO!!!!!! Now I can't stop laughing!
oh gallant piglet,: HICHIROARaizome on February 4th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Someone needs to draw this. Right now.
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midoringomidoringo on February 7th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
OMG. I read this last night and couldn't stop laughing for a while! And I read the idea of fanart and thought, "Why not?" :D

oh gallant piglet,: HICHIROARaizome on February 9th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
I love you. *faved*
marionette71088marionette71088 on February 11th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
I logged on to DA for the first time in years (probably) just to fave this XD
midoringomidoringo on February 13th, 2011 10:34 am (UTC)
Lol. Thank you x)
The Main Gauche of Enlightenment: Scanty is displeased (with guns)velvetsword on February 4th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Flag on the play, repeat first down.
Isn't Orihime's arm there....because there's nakama on the other side of the cover?


The ED got discussion in places I never would have expected to see it, such as one of my video game forums. It's pretty stupidly popular. Many, many キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!! were posted that day.

...Admittedly the interior structure I refer to as my 'heart' was rendered down to a vague tapioca-like consistency the first time I watched it too, so I understand why it's a hot topic of discussion.
Grenat: <3escarboucle on February 4th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Flag on the play, repeat first down.
Also, where are you? You should come more on MSN. Woman!
Sugary_nitemare: Rukiasugary_nitemare on February 4th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
In a way, I find it kind of mean [if you could put it in that way] to put Orihime in the background of the same picture [sight of view] with Ichigo and Rukia acting like 'that'. I don't know how to put it'-___-, maybe a 'third-wheel' kind of feeling. Not exactly, but I can't explain it. Orihime's in love with Ichigo, but then she's put in the same sight of view as Ichigo and Rukia when they're being 'lovey dovey' [Haha I wish].

Anyways, enough about my pointless thoughts. I died when I saw ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D new CD cover. It's sweet and sugary. Now I REALLY can't wait till "Song For..." comes out. I LOVE that song. :)

I've been shaken up a little, I love Riruka, but I have this other feeling of wanting to skin her alive. Yes, violent, I know. I can't help it... I love her girly lolita side, but HATE her Ichigo fangirl side. :(
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 5th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)

And I'm mean? O_O I don't get this wanting to skin Riruka alive thing but I have heard about it from other Ichigo fangirls! XD I'm a little close to shipping them myself but I tend to want to ship almost everyone. XD
annie_08: LOLZannie_08 on February 5th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
I don't get Riruka hate either. I ship IchiRuki hardcore but the hate Riruka gets just because of her crush is pretty scary even to me.
(Anonymous) on February 5th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Beautiful cover and it featured IchiRuki in their own world with their big smile. I love it....^ ^

As for Orihime's part of body, I just think it is a symbol, emphasize that she is part of IchiRuki's *love* story dynamic, despite IchiRuki themselves have no relation with her feeling towards Ichigo. This cover, as same as chapter 423, as if told us "this is the couple (IchiRuki) and there is third party which is Orihime who still held her feeling towards a party aka Ichigo". What made me think, why did they choose Orihime's arm and hair in this cover, not her face, as same as Kubo in chapter 423? They refused an eyesmex for Ichigo-Inoue and reinforced the idea that eyesmex is an exclusive think just for IchiRuki? LOL
redgreendressredgreendress on February 6th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
LOOOOOOL. I see some people are arguing this could have been unintentional, since the artwork continues on the other side? It's one helluva coincidence though. I don't buy it.

It's just so funny, though. It's like they threw a grenade in the middle of the shipping wars battlefield and ran away giggling. Naughty artists. I know that this was probably a sincere attempt at portraying the big "love triangle", but I can't help but see it as clever teasing. Like that time Ichigo and the 'hime held hands in the anime filler. Ship teases sell like hell, no matter what side they tease.
luminous85: Contentluminous85 on February 6th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Inoue's body language doesn't seem to express anguish of any kind in the cover. If anything she appears to be sprinting forward--passing them playfully or something. This leads me to believe that the artist didn't intend any negativity regarding her appearance alongside Ichigo and Rukia. Actually it kind of looks like she's maybe moving on. That leaves me feeling kind of hopeful actually.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 6th, 2011 08:57 am (UTC)

You know, you're right--it's a really happy pic. Like the fulfillment of that last line in the song "I promise I will make you happy."
luminous85: Excitedluminous85 on February 9th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
YES! Once Inoue gets past her own insecurities, I think she'll find what makes her happy, too.
loverofstoriesloverofstories on February 7th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Agreed with this. <3 *is hopeful too*
tanabataorihime on February 11th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Makes people go hmmm, why put Orihime in the cover if it was meant to br romantic between Ichigo and Rukia?