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17 August 2011 @ 11:10 am
Bleach 460 is out  
Bleach 460 is up at MangaStream.





I'm so glad Bleach got the WSJ cover for its 10th anniversary - and it's of Ichigo looking proud with new!Zangetsu in hand. I think the text on the cover says something about the power to protect his nakama, but I'm sure someone who knows Japanese will correct me. Anyway, Ichigo looks so strong and confident.

That color spread. Ichigo and Rukia together again. <3333333 The text is lovely, underscoring how deep Ichigo and Rukia's bond is and how unbreakable it is, even after 17 months of separation. Also: RUKIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH. She looks so cute! And she's still so tiny compared to Ichigo. <3 (Ichigo's Fullbring remnants, or whatever they are, even extend to his feet.)

"Deathberry Returns 2" ;____; Ichigoooo. You're really back.

Despite the serious situation, Ichigo sets Zangetsu down so he can turn to speak to Rukia. Rukia is smiling at first and compliments him - then kicks him in the face so she can yell at him <33333333333 The return of Ichigo/Rukia tough love. <33333333

A note that MangaStream uses "sissy," but Nacchan says: "[Rukia] called him 'nasakenai' which translated into 'sad' 'pathethic'." Nacchan notes this is the same exact word Chad used early on in this arc. (Just wanted to throw that in there since some people are trying, in their apparent bitterness over her return, to characterize Rukia as a shrewd, uncaring bitch who mocks Ichigo's feelings.)

Urahara knew about Tsukishima's power, so I guess the reiatsu sword was the "oh, shit, Fullbringers" response plan?

Rukia tells Ichigo that it doesn't matter if his past was changed - his bonds with his nakama can be rebuilt. As usual, Rukia is giving Ichigo encouragement and confidence, and Ichigo, after he gets over his surprise (his derp face is adorable) is touched by her words, as seen in the small panel of his smiling face. As escarboucle said, this speech (and the color spread text) is reminiscent of Ichigo's Fade to Black speech.

Ichigo interrupts Rukia (Rukia gets her own adorable derp face here) to correct her that his past wasn't changed, and she swipes her bladeless reiatsu sword at him. Apparently Ichigo didn't realize it lacked a blade because he freaks out about how dangerous her actions are. Rukia tells him what we already knew - this was the sword Urahara created to restore Ichigo's shinigami powers. :3

Not that it was a state secret that Rukia had transferred her shinigami powers to Ichigo, but it suggests that Ginjou really took his stalking of Ichigo seriously and learned everything he could about the boy.

And the shinigami appear with their new looks to say that they all contributed their reiatsu to the sword to restore Ichigo's shinigami powers.

SHINIGAMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!
Renji got hot! Flowing hair, I approve. Nii-sama lost the scarf and the hair pieces and gained a collar. He's beautiful as always. Toushirou got hot (I feel conflicted about this development) and is sporting a scarf. Kenpachi lost the bells in his hair. Ikkaku got even more of a rape-face, wtf.

Rukia says that Ginjou only stole a small part of Ichigo's power, and that Ichigo has shinigami power deep inside of him (gushing out of him). Whatever that means. But hey, you can't take Ichigo's shinigami power from him. Rukia's being literal, but I also feel it has a metaphoric meaning as well (i.e., Ichigo will always identify as a shinigami and be proud that he's a shinigami).

Rukia then gives Ichigo more encouragement - telling him that this type of despair is nothing to Ichigo, that he's already faced far worse despair (the dome? IchiThing?), and despair can't stop Ichigo. T__T Rukia always knows exactly what to say to Ichigo to instill self-confidence in him, to give him the strength to believe in himself and to fight and to be the man in her heart. T___T Rukiaaaaaaaaaaa.

Ichigo just says "aa", but isn't it a typical response of his? He's not one for showing emotions and gratitude; his simple "aa", followed by strong and decisive action, is enough to show how much Rukia has affected him. It's just how Ichigo and Rukia work.

So Ichigo's "practice swing" was enough to make Ginjou think it was his Getsuga Tenshou. :3 Of course it wasn't - Ichigo's Getsuga Tenshou is forthcoming.

I really hope Ginjou and Tsukishima aren't overpowered and defeated here. They need to give an explanation for what they've been doing! :yell
 
 
 
Karis: Clowny Houseyburnbook31 on August 17th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
OMGGGG IT'S FINALLY OUT I WAS DYING FROM WAITING SINCE LAST WEEK OMGGGG
 Lady Camille Catherine Cecily Lloyd-George X: Byakuyaskilly_n_duff on August 17th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
SO MUCH CRACK FODDER IN ONE CHAPTER.

-NiiSama was tired of his cheap haori so designed his own--complete with tassles.
-Shinigami are missing eyepatches, hair clippies, badges, scarves, etc. because they were playing strip poker before coming "on screen"
-Byakuya is losing strip poker despite having the best poker face.
marvellous monsterfikuz on August 17th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
-Rukia's gloves are made of Byakuya's scarf
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STRIP POKER - skilly_n_duff on August 17th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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_debbiechan_: Rukia new hair_debbiechan_ on August 17th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)


"Time goes on but these bonds will never break"

*HAPPY SIGH*

I've loved you for seven years or so, Bleach, and I'll love you forever.

Bonds to family, friends, and the Shinigami. Ichigo's identity is Shinigami yes YES YES in the title "DEATHBERRY 2" (though, my word, what are ALL of them Shinigami doing there--isn't that a bit of overkill for the poor fullbringers who haven't done that much harm--at least not even as much as the Quincy in days of old, lol! Are they going to drag Ichigo back to SS! I'm dying to knooooow)

Rukia's speech to Ichigo is so touching--as is Ichigo's tender look and insistence that his past wasn't changed. You go girl and tell him what I've wanted to tell him all this arc! He doesn't have to cry--the source of his strength has been inside him all the time. (It just always seems to take Rukia to stabbity that strength right out him XD. Love the man in my heart speech 2---and the bit about Ichigo overcoming despair brought a tear to my eye--*sniff*)

And pardon me while I stare at Renji some more because damn, he looks so fine. He's not a pineapple head anymore and he must've been dipping into Nii-sama's conditioner.

I can wait for the explanations--like, why did Ichigo just lop off the top of the mansion (wasn't that where Riruka and other FBs were?) and where Kenpachi's bells and eyepatch and Nii-sama's scarf went... I can wait for my nakama. I guess Urahara is healing Ishida? Oh my, I'm on cold meds and I can't stop staring at Renji. He's not wearing a captain's haori (didn't think he'd make captain) but he doesn't have a VC badge either (Kubo forgot to draw it?

The colorspread looks exactly like what I expected--and all's right with the universe now that Ichigo and Rukia are back together. Bleach reboot feels right. I FEEL ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, SENSEI.

Vayshti: bleachvayshti on August 17th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
isn't that a bit of overkill for the poor fullbringers who haven't done that much harm

While the Shinigami have a habit of treating humans as inferior and have had little angst about offing them, the same cannot be said of Ichigo.

I really hope their human status doesn't get forgotten here - and/or the 'No one dies' rule gets brought back - because it won't seem right if Ramen and Book guy get barbecued by Getsuga.

+1 on all your other points.
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jpblackjpblack on August 17th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
I hate Hitsugaya's new look. Hope he does not talk for very long next chapter.

Other than that, great!
kaibasgirl on August 17th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Really?? I had the opposite reaction! I thought it was so cute on him, and made him look just a tad bit more mature!
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Super Nintendo Chalmers: Ichiruki ch. 4569 IIstrawberries_85 on August 17th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thoughts:

1. Ichigo looks good on the cover. He reminds me so much of someone I know when he's drawn smiling like that. XD

2. The colour spread is so simple, yet so beautiful and powerful. "Time goes on but these bonds will never break." HELL YEAH! My little Ichiruki heart fluttered a little, but I think it also goes way beyond that and it makes me think of the nakama and then I'm all "awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww". Again, so powerful.

3. Rukia looks incredible in each and every panel. I knew Kubo would make the new haircut look so cute and sexy.

4. That little panel of Ichigo's eye just before he butts in to Rukia's speech - such a tender look. ;____;

5. Byakuya and Renji. Hot damn! Byakuya seems to lack hair noodles and obviously, the scarf...is it too early to say he's become a little more relaxed? Renji's hair looks so much better now, thus, Renji looks better. That's all I can say about the shinigami because...eh, I think you know. XD

6. Rukia's motivational speeches...what can I say? Honestly, there's not much...I can see why she's Ichigo's ray of light.

7. Ichigo's still spamming getsuga tenshou like it's nobody's business, but I guess some things never change.

8. Once again, Rukia looks incredible in each and ever panel.
kuzhikuzhi on August 17th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
5.Byakuya has adopted Hitsugaya into the Kuchiki family and hand over the head position to the poor little kid. That's why Hitsugaya is wearing the scarf and look so sad. Imagine all the additional paperwork. ^^

Ichigo's reaction is so much more mature than his previous ones. No excited look or cocky grin. More like the one before the final GT.
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_debbiechan_: Ichigo Scarf_debbiechan_ on August 17th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)

oh yeah. ONE THING about the chapter I can live without. GT. I love Ichigo's shinigami look and his identity in full swing but GT is... yeah. Well, look at it chop off the top of a building Whoopee.

See ya next week. LOL.
Adam Eppadam_epp on August 17th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Does the move ever even actually help Ichigo win a fight? That's what's lame about the beam spam attacks in Bleach: they're all useless and just waste time/ panels.
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ruinin fuckin' everythingallelujah on August 17th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Wow even I'll admit Renji looks better. Still a damn frog head though.

Anyway.

Wow. Welcome back to top 5 Bleach.
Super Nintendo Chalmersstrawberries_85 on August 17th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Frog head? XD
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jpblackjpblack on August 17th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
OH SHIT GUYS THEORY

YACHIRU IS NOT THERE, AND IKAKKU IS (maybe)VC

SO
YACHIRU IS NOW A CAPTAIN OF ONE OF THE VACANT SQUADS(my money is on 5, so happy-go-lucky Yachiru can whip pushover Momo into shape)

I WOULD BE SO OKAY WITH THIS
산토끼 × san-toki: 『b』 → ikkaku is one sexy mansan_toki on August 17th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
THAT WOULD BE...A FANTASTIC THING!
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tamzin: rukieyesconquistadora on August 17th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
THERE ARE NO GIFS, SPARKLES, EMOTICONS TO EXPRESS HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS CHAPTER

I'm just SO HAPPY right now... feels like I've gotten my hands on the herbal or a fine glass of wine after several weeks of drudgery and hard labor. /tearstearstears

Everyone looks so cool yet so themselves--Niisama got a better, not-cheap outfit and Renji is sporting MANLYMANEOFSMEX. If I'm not mistaken, Toushirou grew a little. Rukia's hair looks a lot better from a different angle. Her comedic kick-to-the-face was needed so much I felt nothing but relief the moment I got to the second/third? page.

No way Ichigo just gave a killing blow. He couldn't even kill Aizen (on purpose or not). He's not going to kill. I'm wondering if Tsukishima will abandon Ginjou here and let up on his power in exchange for being set free. I don't think any of the Shingami are going to bargain with him/Fullbringers though if that's what he's thinking. They messed with Kurosaki. They'll be luck to get away with their lives/souls.
balladbirdballadbird on August 17th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
I would forsee him doing the opposite. If his striking his victims with his sword the second time is the only way to undo his powers, or even if it's not, he can always bluff that if he's killed his powers will never fade. Ichigo will have to live forever with the hatred of everyone he ever loved because he arranged to have Tsukishima killed.
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Destinie: Rukia: mellow beautytouched_venus on August 17th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
This chapter was quite a pleasure for me. As I mentioned in another post, I have missed the old cast and I'm happy to see some of them back. I look forward to hopefully seeing the others soon. <3
danieladeecaffeinated on August 17th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Omg everybody's hair looks so soft and silky!

Like I said in the Spoilers post, I'm still just hugely relieved to see Ichigo's determined eyes again. And Rukia, hnnnngggh, she just looks so lovely in every panel. Her speech! So many tender Ichiruki eye panels!

Where did Tsukishima go?
aryastarkxaryastarkx on August 17th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I love that Rukia isn't sugarcoating him being a total sissy. I LOVE YOU RUKIA AND I MISSED THIS, WELCOME BACK!
Her hair looks even more amazing. SHE IS AMAZING.
산토끼 × san-toki: 『70s』 → hippie freakoutsan_toki on August 17th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Rukiaaaaa! You go girl! I liked the colorspread, did not care for the bg colors. I love how sly Rukia looks and it seems she has some uber calm expression she learned from Byakuya. I love how she is always returns Ichigo's strength when he needs it.

Renji got layers to his hair~~ Nice styling buddy.

Byakushi must have used sebonzakura to trim his hair, too.

Kenpachi looks kind of awesome with his hair all wild like that.

Aaand I'm going to go out on a limb and say Hitsugaya's hair looks pretty cool. Like a throwback to when he was younger.

That being said, I can't wait for things to slow down and Rukia/Ichigo have a chance to catch up.

And I realized why I like Rukia's hair. She totally got a soccer mom hair! XD!
Danielwdboldstar on August 17th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oh man. Rukia, I missed you so much. Please never leave again. <3

One thing that I really like about having the other Shinigami there is that it implies that, in fact, Isshin isn't just sweeping his past under the rug and Urahara is, perhaps, less of a persona non-grata. They're working with the Shinigami now and that is p. awesome. Gives me hope we'll hear about Isshin's past soon too.

Then again, maybe our Shinigami friends are once again rebelling against SS to help Ichigo, which brings up yet another whole interesting set of questions. Is Yamajii still that dense and set in his ways? And hey. Where ARE the Vaizards?

Those questions aside though, I love it. I even loved see Getsuga Tenshou again. Rukia's back, Ichigo's out of his funk, and all is right with the world.

(Also, totally seconding the "Yachiru is captain of the fifth" crack theory. XD)
Sian: gtfo hot renjinessskyspat on August 17th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Renji was always my #1 Bleach crush but he just got even hotter. I need air!!!

The page where Ichigo stops her mid-speech, smiling at her in that fond, knowing way, and she gets this adorable little look on her face.... just gahhh!

And her arrogant little smile on the cover, so cute!

I'm SO happy that my manga's finally back. Now I can barely wait a week to read it.

NOW LET'S ALL GO BACK TO SOUL SOCIETY TOGETHER AND STAY THERE.