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19 September 2008 @ 07:16 am
Chapter 326 "Knockdown Monster" and Jaina's Interview with Kubo!  

Read Chapt 326 Knockdown Monster scan here




I'm intrigued by the whole 11th division again--how they don't fit into the Gotei 13 and fight for their own damn reasons, for vanity, for the sake of fighting, how they maintain their personal codes and individuality even while the fate of the universe is at stake.

Yumi's love for Ikkaku was really something here. It was unrestrained--he wasn't calmly standing back and calling SS for a state funeral. He lost it, poor honey.

And when did Kira get so cool? It's like someone injected him with extra testosterone when we weren't looking!

GO KOMA-CHAN!



Ah, and I see someone's transcribed jaina  's interview with Kubo-sensei from Anime Insider already! We were waiting for someone to do that!  Here it is in its entirety.  My favorite response was "it's a secret!"



Is there a reason the manga is called Bleach, or is that a secret?

The Soul Reaper - the color that you associate with the Soul Reaper is black. But "black" is too straightforward. So I thought about "white", but white is too simple. So if you put "bleach", somebody can associate that with white. So that's how Bleach came.

If you become a Soul Reaper, what division would you want to be in?

The fourth [medical], because you don't get hurt there!

One thing a lot of people have noticed is that Bleach has many different female characters, each with a distinctive strength. Is that something you took a lot of care in doing?

Usually, I don't intend to create personality before I draw. Usually I draw a character and then I know which side of her is strong and which side is weak. But sometimes the personality and the design come at the same time. I don’t think that the artists should create the character that you want it to be. I think that the character should have its own character. Let them grow: that’s my belief.

What do you think is the main theme of Bleach?

In my work, I don’t like to impose a message or theme onto the reader. I want the characters to develop on their own and create the story themselves, and it usually turns out very clever. So I tend to do that sort of thing.

Way back in the beginning of the manga, when Ichigo was first using Rukia’s powers, was he also wielding her actual sword, just much bigger? A lot of people have noticed that the marking on it were the same.

The design is the same because at that time he was bearing her power. So yes.

Was the spirit of her zanpakuto in him also?

The outside [of the zanpakuto] has the design of Rukia’s but when he was fighting at the beginning, the spirit was his – Ichigo’s. At one point during some battle, Urahara tells him that Ichigo’s zanpakuto is big, but there’s nothing in it. So at that time he hasn’t really developed his spirit in it, but he gradually starts to.

For a shonen series, Bleach spends a lot focusing on the emotions and different bonds between the characters. I’m sure you’re asked this a lot, but will we ever see any romance by the end of the series?

I don’t really intend to make it a romantic story, but it’s one of the aspects of the series, so I put it in here and there.

In some of the earlier collected volumes, you list a theme song for each character in the character profile. Do you have any songs picked out for some of the newest characters?

Usually when I draw, when I create a character, I’m playing some music in my head and that’s why I assign that music, for example, to Ichigo. So even if I don’t list it now, I do assign it, I just don’t put it on paper. But every character has a theme song.


When did Rukia have the Hogyoku put inside her?

It’s a secret!

From the beginning of the series, the team-up of Ichigo and Rukia was very important to making the series work. How did you plan it out?

Ichigo obviously needed help because he was developing his talent and strength, and here she was, so I thought they’d be a good match to help each other.


Finally, can you tell us why Aizen’s couch is so big?

The bigger, the more beautiful!

ETA: the original transcript is here and Jaina answers some questions in that thread too.

ETA2: a little of the original transcript of one question that Jaina provided in the IchiRuki FC.

posted by Jaina in BA:

Okay, posted by request, because some people have been commenting on how Kubo's answer to the 2nd to last question somehow means Kubo always planned Ichigo and Rukia's relationship to be mentor/student and nothing more, here's a pro-tip: we edit interview ANSWERS only for grammar and removing stuff like excessive "um"s and the like, the actual questions tend to get edited more, to save space and because hey, I am allowed to edited myself since I know what I was asking.

And IMHO, it was perfectly clear to KT that I was asking about the planning of early series Ichigo and Rukia, not asking for a definition of their relationship or whatever, and I went back to dig up the exact transcript from the tape:

Quote:
AI: From the beginning of the series, the team-up of Ichigo and Rukia was very important to getting the job done and making the series work. How did you go about building that partnership? Planning it story-wise and character-wise?

Kubo: You want to know how it played a role?

AI: Like, when you were planning the story back in the beginning, how did you go planning them as characters? Like how they would go together and just building their friendship and partnership?

Kubo: Because Ichigo obviously needed help because he was developing his talent and strength and here she was so I thought that they’d be a good match to help each other.


Me personally, I don't think it has any bearing on the limits of their relationship 300 chapters later.
 
I'm assuming that's Jaina's response to the takes that Kubo's interview PROVES that Ichigo and Rukia weren't meant to be MARRIED TO ONE ANOTHER OMG. Heeeeee. Fandom, you kill me. XD.
 
 
 
V to the A to the D-E-R (Vader!)jaina on September 19th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
XD where's the original transcription? I wanna go see!

Also, I DIED when he answered the couch question. That was actually my opening one, but things get moved around for publication. He laughed! I was hoping for something a little more about the creative process for the Ichigo and Rukia partnership question-like how did he develop them to complement one another-but it was still funny that his answer basically amounted to "Ichigo sucked and needed her to save his ass."
_debbiechan_: meow_debbiechan_ on September 19th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)

Someone put it up in the Kubo Interviews thread at BA. It's making the rounds now in the FCs--with the usual hilarious spins on the romance answers.

I'm still tickled about the hougyoku answer. Tickle, tickle, tickled is me!
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ananosa on September 19th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks debbie and Jaina for the interview


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_debbiechan_: Orihime_debbiechan_ on September 19th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)



Usually I draw a character and then I know which side of her is strong and which side is weak.

The very idea of a whole character evolving organically from a character design fascinates me.
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balladbirdballadbird on September 19th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
If you think you've seen the extents of hilarious romantic spins... wait until I've succeeded in convincing myself that the questions about Ichigo and Rukia were really his way of admiting to Ulqui-Hime. :p


This weeks chapter was pretty straightforward... a lot of character reactions with a little action toward the end. I sincerely hope that next week brings the ants and dragons to a close, however... it's gone on long enough.

Kira is fast becoming my favorite member of S.S. I'm begining to forgive him for snaking Ulquiorra by 100 votes during the last popularity poll.

I've also read that interview on BA... I'm glad I'm not the only one who misread "couch" as "crotch" the first time. ^^
Kim!: Scaryface! :Dspartydragon on September 19th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
ASO;AGHADGSFGSSH/L!!! BANCOUCH!!! XDDDDDDDDDD
Bunnisteffi lay flayrah u silflay.: Hard At Workbunnisteffi on September 19th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
You're right! The 'It's a secret' does tell us that it has something to do with the future!plot! XD
cheese_chan on September 19th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
When did Rukia have the Hogyoku put inside her?
It’s a secret!

LOL, damn you Kubo!

Maybe he has a secret file on that...or hasn't thought it up at all... T__T;;;
bittergourd tea; sugar-free.oymillefeuille on September 19th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
The set of questions asked are pretty good. LMAO:


From the beginning of the series, the team-up of Ichigo and Rukia was very important to making the series work. How did you plan it out?
Ichigo obviously needed help because he was developing his talent and strength, and here she was, so I thought they’d be a good match to help each other.


You know, I only managed to read the underlined part. Shipper mind rotating its gears, here.


Finally, can you tell us why Aizen’s couch is so big?
The bigger, the more beautiful!


HAHAHAHAHA. There you go, it's official that Kubo is a perv.
_debbiechan_: Aizen cruel but awesome by heterogen_debbiechan_ on September 19th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)

Justine, I love you. I utterly love you. This should be Koma-chan's new slogan too for the next chapter--"the bigger, the more beautiful!"

I'm still dancing about the hougyoku question--DAMN YOU KUBO! NOT ONLY IS IT VERIFIED in the databooks that the hougyoku wasn't put into Rukia after she transferred her powers to Ichigo, but the whole gaiden passes by and Rukia fans want to know, to be given one little clue--and in the end of the gaiden we're bashed for having had our hopes up.

KEEP THE MYSTERY ALIVE, KUBO BABY! Sweet torture.

A really good set of questions. furato suggested at BA that we write fan letters to AI to tell them that we appreciate this sort of interview, one with attention to the source material. You have to be a fan and a reader in order to ask these kinds of questions, and these are the sorts of interviews people want to read!
I'm still really proud of Jaina that Kubo was impressed with her questions and enjoyed answering them.
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Laura Bryannanlaurabryannan on September 19th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, as ever, for the chappie and for the interview as well. Very interesting indeed! jaina asked good questions. ^_^
AliasOfWestgate: disarming smile--by BradCaliaswestgate on September 19th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, i agree with you on Yumi's reaction. He NEVER loses his cool, but this time it was entirely different. The fact that Kira HAD to use knockout drops to keep him down? Wow. He's the cool head between him and Ikaku and here he is going off the deep end. The one time when it looks like Ikaku bit off more than he can chew, and he can't dive in and help him. There's reasons why i refer to them affectionately as 'the boyfriends' in this fandom.

(and i'm cheering on Komamura as much as you are. YAY!!!!)
vraieespritvraieesprit on September 19th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Kira is growing on me more and more...it seems like at last the things he's been forced to deal with are making him a stronger character (although there's something colder in how he acts too, since this battle began...would I be wrong to really, really hope at some point for Kira and Gin to face off...??)

I want the characters to develop on their own and create the story themselves, and it usually turns out very clever.

And amen to that :D

Thanks for sharing!

Vraie
Becky: Bleach - Shinji <3gully_moe on September 19th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
I find Yumichika's reaction to be interesting. Before it was like he calmly accepted Ikkaku's fate, yet in this chapter he seems very worried and also wants to be by his side. Why the change in reaction? Has their relationship grown over the last time we saw them?

Also now I am curious about Rukia and the Hougyoku! I always assumed Urahara put it in her the moment we saw them meet. Also I am dying to know what Ukelala and Shinji's themes are!
_debbiechan_: rukia peeking_debbiechan_ on September 19th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)

I think Yumi was surprisingly gracious when Ikkaku fought before--it was odd how he honored him. This time he snapped--I wonder why. Maybe because he was emotionally weakened by his own recent battle.

And yes, Rukia and the hougyoku theories!
I thought the same at first too but then.... See:
http://bleachasylum.com/showthread.php?t=2680
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peca_06peca_06 on September 19th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Wonderful fights on this last chapters. Lots of interesting developments. Kira growing a pair and Yumichika totally loosing it for Ikkaku, wow! o_O I love it!!

The interview is wonderful too. Even though there is not a whole lot, there is a lot said in the silence (like "it is a secret" ^_~). As an artist getting glympses of how another artists minds work (specially that I admire or respect) and seeing the similarities and differences on the process of drawing their characters,etc is better than the best treat I could imagine. I really love the part where he draws the character and then develops the weaknesses and strengths and lets them grow naturally from there... I would've love to be there and pick his brain hehehe, Jaina you are so lucky!!!!
Becky: Bleach - Ishidagully_moe on September 19th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Ya know, there's one question that I would have asked him, and it's been bugging me for a while.

Is Ichigo dead? I mean this should be obvious, yet his chain of fate got cut.

It makes me wonder what Kubo might say to that.
Becky: Godchild - Caingully_moe on September 19th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Another comment because I just noticed the edit. I am baffled by shippers. Just baffled. How do you get out of that question that Ichigo and Rukia aren't meant to be romantically? Yet it answers that they work well together? Buh? XD

Rarely do I poke fun at fandom... but I had to on this one.
_debbiechan_: ARE THE SHIPPERS GONE_debbiechan_ on September 19th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)

Hey, it's shipper mentality. We're reading too much into the eyesmex and panel sizes, they're reading too much into the numbers of the chapters and the rejected Bleach pilot, my bf was rude to me one day so I'm going to glorify some non-existent romance in my tea leaves, my daughter pulled my hair so I'm going to take it out on some faction of shippers I don't agree with--fandom, schmandom, it's really silly but it's also really interesting. Someone needs to call in the social scientists because shippers are really a peculiar lot...
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