It's been brought to my attention that IchiRuki fans have been senselessly crowing about chapter 314 because Ichigo seemed to have no romantic interest in rescuing Orihime and was ready to head to Karakura until Ken-chan stopped him. Odd. My conversations with IchiRuki fans included some shippy gloating that yes, touched upon how hilarious it was that Ichigo wasn't moping over Orihime as SOME IchiOri shippers predicted he would and that he didn't flashback on Orihime's last sad over-the-shoulder look (in fact, this chapter included Ichigo's first flashback of the HM arc to date--and it was of old man Yama! XD) but we were mostly excited, as were other Bleach fans, about the mere fact that Aizen's lips were moving in this chapter and words were appearing in bubbles.
What a relief from months of fighting!
Unlike most of you HM arc haters, I sing praises for the return of the plot but I don't think the previous chapters were a waste. I've loved the HM arc--of course I may be the nuttiest Kubo-lover around but the art alone gets me off and the glorious sick masterpiece of horror and humor that was Szayel was worth all those over-chaptered fights for me.
Anyway, sometimes I feel bad for feeling smug, but do I deserve a moral scolding for being happy that I called Ichigo's character right? That I predicted that there would be no "IchiOri" romance stuff in 314? After being a visible presence in fandom for a while now, I've learned that being called batshit insane is par for the course. Yaoi shippers have sent me hate mail for writing het. Het shippers have sent me hate mail for writing yaoi. People have been surprisingly overwhelmingly kind, freakishly stalkerish, annoyingly demanding (last week: "YOU HAVEN'T POSTED A NEW STORY IN TWO AND A HALF WHOLE WEEKS!"), but one complaint I keep hearing over and over is variations on the theme you're conceited, you're smug, I don't like your attitude.
Fine. I won't argue with your perceptions of me (or my crowing IchiRuki friends) but there's a big difference between I don't like your attitude and you don't have the right to have that attitude. Look, haven't I always been a champion of friendly reasonable shipping debate? Haven't I always said "attack the argument, not the arguer?" Haven't I always maintained that REAL PEOPLE matter more than two dimensional drawings and that's why I have little patience or understanding for the BASHING of "character-bashers" and why I'm great friends with the greatest "batshit insane" Orihime-hater of all-time, ileenka , a person who hates (I don't really believe she does, lol) my favorite Bleach character? LIGHTEN UP, PEOPLE.
It's fun when people argue power levels in Dbz characters. It's fun when one person says the Visored are on Aizen's side and another says hell no you're crazy. It's fun when one person says Ichigo was just being logical by thinking of Karakura first instead of Orihime and someone else says if Ichigo was being logical he would've realized that there was no way out of HM. (note--the most reasonable IchiRuki fan I know, syneiam said that Ichigo would OF COURSE even choose Karakura over Rukia in this situation--that didn't stop the scene from being decidedly anti-IchiOri. Kubo could've had Ichigo say Inoue's name, added a flashback, a worried look, anything, to emphasize the romantic dynamic of the relationship). When fandom STOPS being fun is when people start running around making judgements about other peoples' MORALITY based on how they enjoy an effing manga.
1) people are not their ships and gross generalizations are just that--GROSS
2) people are more important than drawings; the person on the forum with the spelling problem has feelings; the character whose shikai glory you want to defend DOESN'T
3) no one has the high ground--get over it. Fandom is insanity.
And now it's time for another perfectly useless poll.
What's to love about chapter 314 besides Ichigo ignoring Orihime on White Day?
Tenteikuura looks HAWT on Tousen
Little tiny panel of adorable widdle Hanatarou <3
PAGES AND PAGES of beautiful expository text and NO FIGHTING
Renji and Ishida wearing matching garden hoses
CHAD SPEAKS (okay, it's only "Wha--?" but that's SO CHAD! <3)
After nearly two years of no canon interaction, IshiHime shippers can go wee because Ishida spoke Inoue-san's name!
POSSIBLE GIN RAN FIGHT AHEAD! Love and Death? What wickedness awaits?
Captains, captains, look at all those captains--! Nanao must be the one left in charge of SS!
(for deathlike) CHAPTER 314 stands for March 14, which is White Day, the day boys pay attention to girls' Valentine offerings of one month ago and this means Aizen is hawt for Szayel XD
Ken-chan still looks unruffled and he's still not wearing a shirt
Rukia looks so pretty
Tower Five--go to town with that parallel and the implications of FIVE OMG!
Orihime has nowhere to go but up from "useless"
Byakuya doesn't open his eyes during the whole chapter--this means he is teh uber cool
My friends who were bored of Bleach are POSTING AGAIN! WEEE!
UM, okay, anything else?