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27 February 2011 @ 04:43 pm
Orihime's Gonna Fight? Outcome Poll  

I haven't been so excited about a Bleach chapter in ... forever! Since TBTP and the Lust chapters? Orihime is facing TWO opponents all by her lonesome--two opponents. She's never faced opponents by herself in the manga, not in ten years. Sure she's exhibited this sort of "knuckle down" determined attitude before but omg, this is just rich for an Orihime fan! So, even if she gets KO-ed in one panel in the next chapter, I'm good. We've found out where those hairpins of hers are AND she's shown that fire in her eyes again. Nevertheless, I'm greedy for more infos about her powers, and I've been double-guessing myself into imaginary numbers in the quantum realm for days trying to predict the outcome of this fight. So, guys, whatcha think? Choose as many answers as you wish.

Poll #1711106 Orihime Fight Poll

So whatcha think is going to happen in the confrontation between Orihime and Tsukishima/ShiShi?

The Beauty Attack won't prevail because Bookman doesn't swing that way.
ShiShi will come to Orihime's defense if Bookman attacks her!
No fighting. If Tsukishima wanted Hime dead she'd be dead already--he just wants info and there's only going to be talk, talk, talk.
Tsukishima is going to fullbring that book and give Orihime a nasty paper cut!
There will be a love triangle of never-before-seen Kubo innuendo once the fighting starts and Bookman and Hime and her fanboy start kicking!
Bookman threatens Hime and somehow Ichigo arrives from another city with his shunpou and main character status recovered!
Bookman threatens Hime and Ishida arrives with Quincy flashstep, ready to fight with puppet-string technique and bust his stitches for Orihime!
Ryuuken arrives to either rescue or scold someone or both!
Isshin arrives! Why not? He's been missing for a while and it would make an awesome dramatic entrance!
Unexpected coda to the Arrancar arc: TSUBAKI MAKES AN APPEARANCE!
Tatsuki! Because BBFs need more panel time!
Urahara! Because he never explains anything but somehow manages to move the plot!
Visored! Hey, we're all wondering where they are so it would seem to follow!
Other (tell your tale in a comment below)
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Danielwdboldstar on February 27th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
I tend to believe that we're going to get a talk, with Bookman explaining why we should hate the (other?) Fullbringers. It was nice to see Hime act with conviction and strength last week, but I'm not sure this is the time that she fully breaks out yet. There will be some reveals/accusations. I'm not against that, a little exposition might be nice right about now.

Now, I'd honestly love if she bought out Tsubaki and beat some people up, but I don't think that's in the cards. Not yet, anyway.
kaibasgirl on February 27th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Ulquiorra will show up out of nowhere, and reclaim Hime for himself.

That's my theory, and I'm sticking with it >(
Geek Grrl Wannabe: Tachikoma!ravenlore on February 27th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
_debbiechan_: 60secondcoming_debbiechan_ on February 27th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)

I think it's way too early for Ulqui myself but I'd love to be proven wrong. Ulqui or Tsubaki. I'd pee myself and then go rehydrate w/champagne if either showed. XD XD XD
self-proclaimed cookie monsterxxboo_radleyxx on February 28th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Thats my undisclosed desire as well.
nehalenia: chad interp dancenehalenia on February 27th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I'm trying not to get excited about this chapter already. (I have a full day on Wednesday and absolutely cannot cut class to rave and squee about Bleach all day. Gah! I'm evil, but for my sake, I hope it comes out late. XD)

OK, since I successfully predicted some of what happened last week, I'd like to think I'm on a run, but I fear that was probably a one time thing. Honestly, I'm not even sure what I want to see happen. I would, however, put money on there being some talking going on, since Book Guy showed up in a non-aggressive attitude (he's just sitting there, so far.)

So, talking? Yes. Orihime fighting? Well, she was going for her pins, for sure, but I'm not sure what she was going to pull out. Her resolve makes me think she's been training, so I think we'll see some fancy shield work -- possibly even her shields used in an offensive manner, or to trap one of her opponents.

As for rescue? Hmmm. I don't think she can take both these guys down on her own. Even if she attacks and flees, she can't outrun Tsukishima, since she's the only nakama who doesn't have some sort of flash-step/sonido/hirenkyaku. I therefore think there is bound to be some kind of interference, if not outright rescue. It would be, after all, a perfect moment for someone to step in.

Who, tho? Well, Ichigo would have to be able to sense what's going on and get there in time, so while I wouldn't count it out, I don't see a real high chance. Shinji or some other Vizards? That would rock pretty hard (especially if he showed up in a really smooth outfit) and we'd finally get to see if they were still poking around KKT.) Ishida? He's fast, he's got the strongest reiatsu sensing abilities, and if the Dome is any indication, wounds don't stop this guy so I wouldn't be that awfully surprised to see him show up. Ryuuken? Also a possibility. Isshin? Like I said, it would be a perfect moment to reintroduce someone. I just don't think that someone is gonna be a Shinigami. (Kubo has surprised me before, however, so nothing's off the table.)

What I don't want to see happen? Kubo using it as an opportunity to introduce yet another new character. :P Please, enough already.

So, some talking, some defending, maybe some fleeing, and most likely another interruption, followed by yet another cliff-hanger. That's my prediction.
shut your mush: ishida cloudsimlikat on February 27th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
You know what I think would be awesome, and not *entirely* unlikely? If Ishida did appear, still wounded but ready to fight, and they took on Bookman together. But he's strong, and his fighting style is totally unfamiliar to them, and Ishida's still badly hurt, and they falter. Then Ryuuken shows up :D The foe is vanquished, or at least retreats, and Uryuu gets chided for undoing Ryuuken's hard work, then he gets stuck back in the hospital.

Yeah, I totally do not know what next chapter will bring, but that's fun to think about, anyway XD
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 27th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)

I already imagined that scenario and squeed my brains out over the mere possibility. XD
shut your mushimlikat on February 28th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
I didn't think of it until I read nehalenia's post :D But man, wouldn't it be great! Even if it doesn't happen in the manga, it is still going to happen in my head, lol.
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀la_kalaka on February 28th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
THIS, this would be epic awesomesauce and the mere though of 2 Ishidas for the price of 1 chapter, UNF! <3

Besides, the scenario is in the realm of the possible *_*
nehalenianehalenia on February 28th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
I've been wanting Ishida and Orihime to join forces and use their powers together since the Dome. As you can probably guess, I don't allow my brain to have those sort of hopes any longer. :P As for both Ishida's showing up... I would be so embarrassed for poor Ishida if Ryuuken had to rescue him (especially in front of Orihime) soooo... how about everything happening like you say, but then Isshin showing up to rescue both of them? XDD (Since we're dreaming, who else can we have show up? Grimmjow? Ulqui? Ganju and Hanataro? XD)

Edited at 2011-02-28 01:07 am (UTC)
Danielwdboldstar on February 28th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
I would sort of love this scenario to death, I won't lie. Orihime and Ishida working together to fight off the enemy? Yes please. They have needed a good teamup since forever, and it might be a great time to get into some of the leftover emotions from the Dome for both of them. How does Ishida feel about what he saw of Orihime on the dome? Has Orihime allowed herself to acknowledge what bravery and sacrifice Ishida showed on the dome? Hell, has she allowed herself to feel ANYTHING about what happened on the dome or has she all filed it away somewhere in her head?

Hell, cut the Ryuuken rescue. I want them to fight them off and have a heart to heart chat!
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: Chadapprovesla_kalaka on February 28th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I'll put money on that too, some talking, a bit more info about Tsukishima and his purposes (wether if those are his true intentions or mere lies).

shut your mushimlikat on February 27th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I have NO IDEA. But I look forward to seeing what happens next, very much :D I loved seeing that look in Orihime's eyes (right after the sparkly beautiful panel, oh my~) and Bookman is incredibly interesting to me, and I want to know what's up with him.

I'd love to see Tatsuki show up, or Ishida, or Ryuuken, or Isshin. Knowing that Orihime was at least ready to open a can of whoop-ass makes it totally okay for her to have help, imo... because that's what friends are for, to help each other :) I think it's too early in the story, the way it's being set up, for Tsubaki, sadly.

I need an Orihime icon, jeez XD I don't know why I don't have one yet!
 Lady Camille Catherine Cecily Lloyd-George Xskilly_n_duff on February 27th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Aaaah, started clicking every single box...I don't know what
s going to happen this chapter, I just want it to COME OUT ALREADY! Aaaah!
shuryoushuryou on February 27th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I definitly think that there will be no fight and just talk talk talk.

At the same time though, I'm thinking if a fight will happen, Isshin or Ryuken may appear, but after Orihime puts up a fight.

Lastly, I think that ShiShi will defend Orihime, but not now, perhaps in the upcoming longer arc if he's involved in it.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 27th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)

I want to see ShiShi again--I really like him. I thought he was hilarious.
oh gallant piglet,: konaizome on February 27th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
I was hoping there would be a fun poll before this chapter. XD
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: Himetubola_kalaka on February 28th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)

I want that SO BADLY *_* (and my panties gonna fall if I get it xD) but I'm betting on Tsukishima doing some talking before we step into action and then Tatsuki/ Ryuuken / Uryuu appearing to help.

andrew_jpandrew_jp on February 28th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
If this guy one-shotted Ishida, Orihime doesn't have a chance of even putting up a fight for long unless she powered up a lot offscreen, which is a possible but unlikely, in my opinion.

That "Ishida, then Ryuuken arrive to help" scenario described upthread strikes me as a fairly logical progression, but then we all know Kubo's writing doesn't have a whole lot to do with logic.
Kylla: devil duckyeriss on February 28th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
I think she'll really put a fight.
luminous85: Contentluminous85 on February 28th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
It would be SO AMAZING if Inoue stepped up to fight. It's odd how inspired this character makes me with so little as a determined glare. I have been on the move all this past week because of it(thank you Kubo). lol A fight does seem unlikely, though. *hopes still* As it is Tsukishima didn't seem to be pursuing Ishida when Ishida came after him. You coooould argue he was fighting in self defense. I can't believe I'm even considering that. -_-

If a fight did go down, I do hope Ishida would come to help. It's like Nehalenia said about him above. What I would like to see is her healing him after the fact. It would be a sweet way for Kubo to incorporate that heal scene between them and bring Ishida back to action.
dekinai_yodekinai_yo on February 28th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
Ishida shows up, busts his stitches, and THEN Tsubaki appears. Can't Wait
balladbirdballadbird on February 28th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
I foresee talking. there's dire need of exposition from bookguy's point of view, and I can think of no more captive audience than Orihime.
Geek Grrl Wannabe: shinigami meravenlore on February 28th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
What I simultaneously love and hate about Orihime:

She has the power of a goddess (love) and doesn't fucking OWN it(hate)

That's all she has to do. Accept her power and OWN it. And nothing could stop her in a fight. It's endearing that she does not wish to cause harm, but her inaction causes harm to others. She knows this, and yet somehow she cannot bring herself to own her power.

_debbiechan_: orihime 341_debbiechan_ on February 28th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)

AAAAAmen. She knows she's hurting others but then she turns around and denies that reality because the fact hurts her. But that's not selfish--hear me out while I defend her:

Laying claim to her true power before she knows how to use it would be so dangerous. She's stuck between a rock and a hard place. Between Fantasy and Reality. She's such an interesting character for me. I can't hate her, really. I can't. She drives me CRAZY because she can't won't doesn't act and so often denies and rejects REALITY but this is part of who she is. And she has to grow up, little by little, bit by bit, into her powers and into truly owning them.
Geek Grrl Wannabe: Loungin dollravenlore on March 1st, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
I totally get where you're coming from. My philosophy has always been the exact opposite: That she cannot grow into her power until she accepts it and owns it.
candy_003candy_003 on February 28th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Ulquiorra is going to obviously rescue her. Duh.
eframepiloteframepilot on February 28th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
Other. Tsukishima won't attack Orihime because he arrived to watch her fight Shishigawara, as a test of both of them.
(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
ORIHIME = Prisoner
My honest opinion is that she will be held captive as she was back in hueco mundo.
(Anonymous) on February 28th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Chekhov's gun
i always wondered what happened to the bracelet Ulquiorra gave Orihime. like, did she get to keep it? if she did that would be really useful. invisible,(was that part of its powers anime only? im not sure)impossible to sense except by arrancars and able to move through solid objects. Im hoping Orihime kept it after the war, and uses it now to escape. that would be unexpected and tie into kubo going back to some of the plot points of HM (he said that right? that this arc would follow up on some of the points from HM? i heard that somewhere). Anyway, thats my hope, but i doubt that will happen
secila80: Orihime determinedsecila80 on February 28th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
Orihime was CONFIDENT for FOUR panels! She hasn't seemed truly confident since the Princess and the Dragon chapters - I cannot help but expect something wonderful. Immediately, I expect some talking. After that, yes, I dare hope for some fighting. I think Bookman showing up when he did suggests he sensed something when Orihime's aura changed. I'm hoping he wants to see what she can do, allowing the possibility of her fighting unassisted even if her opponent is stronger (not that we know that for sure, Ishida was caught off-guard, imo).

I'm hoping/expecting Kubo to reintroduce a Tsubaki-wielding Orihime in much the same way he introduced her powers initially - in defense of her friend (Ishida this time?!? OMG the IshiHime!!!), on her own (HM arc was enough Orihime-rescuing for me for a while, I'm ready for her to do some saving!), and with her displaying some wonderfully illogical and fruitful confidence.
_debbiechan_: smile_debbiechan_ on February 28th, 2011 10:49 am (UTC)

I'm hoping/expecting Kubo to reintroduce a Tsubaki-wielding Orihime in much the same way he introduced her powers initially - in defense of her friend (Ishida this time?!? OMG the IshiHime!!!)

Omg, you've done it. YOU'VE MADE MY HOPES SKYROCKET! That makes perfect sense! And you know what? She showed confidence early in this arc when she said "I'm going to rescue Kurosaki-kun!" AND ISHIDA STOPPED HER. If he shows up to rescue her and gets rescued BY her, it would be perfect karma for him and teach him a lesson AND advance their relationship

nehalenianehalenia on February 28th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Since Kubo likes to reuse chapter names, I have long hoped that we'd get another "Princess & Dragon" chapter, but that this time it would be Orihime defending Uryuu instead of Tatsuki. ;)
See you Space Cowboy.: Birth by Sleep!chocobojockey16 on February 28th, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
I think a Tatsuki Orihime team up would be even more exciting than Ishida and Orihime but I'd love to see either! I don't want talking I just wanna see Orihime fight but either talking or rescuing is probably the most likely thing to happen. Can't wait for it!!
SunRises6sunrises6 on February 28th, 2011 09:21 am (UTC)
I ticked...the funniest choices.

I chose "other" as well. I can see why people think she has a very slim chance to defeat Tsukishima as this is the guy who knocked out Ishida. Ishida was caught off guard though. Even when Tsukishima did beat him, I still think that doesn't mean Orihime can't win against him. I know Orihime is weaker than Ishida but who knows if her power is the natural enemy of Tsukishima's. Now, that'd be fun.

I still want Ishida to appear though.
redgreendressredgreendress on February 28th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
I'm telling you, 'hime's about to kick some serious ass. She supposedly spent time in SS doing combat training with Rukia -- we still haven't seen the results from that, because of the whole HM drama. That girl's got a lot to prove, Kubo knows it, I don't think he'll let this opportunity pass.

...Is my optimism annoying?

_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 28th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)

It's catching!
loverofstoriesloverofstories on February 28th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't think they actually want to kill her, and Bookman might have showed up to say they don't need to fight her anymore. They might just talk. But I'm hoping we'll get to see some of Orihime's shun shun rikka anyway. <3 Maybe Bookman will test her a bit?
Phoenix Hawk's Deep Corefmphoenixhawk on March 1st, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Other: Panty raid!
saiechan: Working Girlsaiechan on March 1st, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
Chapter 438 had me squealing, gasping, and losing the majority of my control. I do not know which is better: Having Hime kick some antagonist arse. Hearing Rukia's voice through Ichigo's shinigami badge. I have my hopes and dreams; I don't think Kubo-sensei could be THAT sadistic.

...He did kill Ulqui.

...I still say Ulqui is wandering somewhere in Hueco Mundo. His soul shall return in the form of a human...or something like that...not entirely sure. Sum it up: HE AIN'T DEAD!! My heart bleeds for him.

Tsubaki should come out. I haven't seen those eyes in Hime in some time, and there was a spark in them, A FIRE!!!