Q: Speaking of Ichigo's relationships with his friends, there seems to be a love triangle between Ichigo, Rukia and Orihime. Do you delve more into this in later volumes?
Tite Kubo: (laughs) I get asked about that a lot! I don't want to make Bleach into a love story because there are much more exciting things about their personalities and things that they can do instead of getting into the romance aspect of their relationships.
Now, tell me. Anything new revealed here? Bleach is not an afternoon soap opera or K-drama? Other things besides romance will take precedence? Does he deny resolving relationship issues? Does he deny a triangle? Eh, nothing really for shippers to twist their panties over.
And now there's some tidbits from an interview (link below) I didn't know about--I expect people will be raging about how Kubo makes up his story as he goes along and how he forgets what he wrote based on things he said in it. *braces self for onslaught on Kubo criticisms.* Improvisation is part of the creative process, yes, but Kubo does say he's happy when he gets to a scene he's always wanted to draw. I take it as GIVEN that he's a great planner.
I do wonder how much of the criticism about his pacing has to do with mere impatience on the part of fans for the story, the limitations of the serialized form (readers forget the story too--it's difficult to maintain a critical overview), and how much of it has to do with some of us older a little more sophisticated readers not reading for the pow pow fighty fighty as much as the drama and subtext. And Bleach is ultimately a fighting shounen.
Here's the new interview stuffs from Kubo Con (aka SDCC)
FROM HERE, the Shounen Jump Blog and here the lj of a lovely lady who got Kubo-approval for her cosplay as Nel at SDCC, a drawing by Kubo-sensei thanking his American fans: