"Btw, I just read something really interesting from Sketch's LJ. Bleach B Station 112's guest was Kubo. He did an interview with Morita Masakazu (Ichigo's seiyuu) during the show last year. In case anyone doesn't know, Bleach B Station is a Bleach-related radio program in Japan. Sketchbaka heard the interview and did a translation of it. There are info about Rukia and where Kubo got her name from. But nothing about the meaning for it. There's also another interview from Fumiko Orikasa (Rukia's seiyuu) last year on Bleach B Station 103 as well. There are some info about Rukia and IchiRuki on it."
the Bleach B Station 112 is here: http://sketchbaka.livejournal.com/3763.html
This one is particularly interesting because the blogger seems to infer that Kubo listens to fan wishes in determining the course of his manga!
The part I thought was particularly adorable: Kubo said recently his fanletter number decreased. (Morita: "Ok, everyone, please send each a person.") He thought he's not as famous as before so he feels sad. He likes fanletters with handdrawn pictures. He also commented he was surprised to find talented fans in young age (after seeing handdrawn pictures in those fanletters)
KUBO-SENSEI, MY LOVE, I AM GOING TO SEND YOU MORE LOVE AND CHOCOLATES AND DRAWINGS! YOUR DEBBIECHAN HAS BEEN SLACKING!
the Bleach B Station 103 is here: http://sketchbaka.livejournal.com/4032.html
Re Rukia's zanpakutou: Morita mentioned that Kubo-sensei told him before that her zanpakutou is the most beautiful. Fumiko added, "He keep telling me he has a 'totteoki' (special/most valued) feeling for it." Fumiko was very happy for it.
There are some other things the seiyuu say that shippers can go to town on but the transcripts are very fun and presented here for your enjoyment.
And look what pheleon has done recently. These plushies are to die for: Two 69 Plushies