There's a treat in chapter 307--no, not the top 10 spread or the omake where Kon goes "Hinamori! What are you doing here! Go home and get some rest!" (still chuckling over that one.... and Ulquiorra's little green scarf in that drawing.... see photo in yesterday's post). In chapter 307 we're treated to a Kubo Tite interview and some shots of his work station. Kubo has very pretty hands, although I question his taste in rings.
Ooops, no that's not really what he's written there. Here's another picture and a translation by melody_mix of part of the interview. Thank you Mel!
About the character. 1 Until Ichigo and Rukia were made
Okay, let’s ask about this months topic “Characters”. First of all, let’s start with our main characters Ichigo and Rukia
“The first Ichigo I drew wore glasses. He wore glasses and had black hair * laugh *
He also had kind eyes… and it looks like a different person from the Ichigo we have now”
Is it true that Rukia’s design was decided before Ichigo’s design?
“Before the story was decided a Shingami uniform popped up into my mind. Unlike the design we have now it was like a uniform from Catholic school where they wore a black jacket over a white blouse with a black bowtie… and they carried a huge scissors. I thought that was what Shinigami was like. After that, to match Rukia’s design I changed Ichigo’s character design. Like Rukia had black hair so it’s best if Ichigo didn’t have black hair.”
SPOILER FOR 307 below:
Meanwhile, I must've caught Guildenstern's passion for proper translation. Free translation is one thing, poetic license is another but it's really bugging me when some of the translations I see on the web take liberties with characterization. For example, chapter 307 has Ishida going "TOO CLOSE TOO CLOSE TOO CLOSE!" in the panel where Nemu's about to suffocate him with her breasts as she holds him down for Mayuri "repair." One scanlator translates the line "Why am I suddenly craving dairy?" UGH. Like Ishida would say such a thing. As if Kubo's adolescent humor isn't bad enough. someone has to make it even DUMBER.
Oh it goes without saying that I and other Bleach fans appreciate the hard wonderful work that scanlators do to bring us the manga but like Guildy always says "no translation is better than BAD translation."
And that's my pissiness for today.
Meanwhile: WOOT! KUBO DESIGNED RUKIA FIRST! And Kubo changed Ichigo to match her! GIRL POWER . GIRL. POWER.