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14 November 2008 @ 06:59 am
Chapter 334 "Dregs of Hypnosis"  

Chapter 334 Dregs of Hypnosis at OneManga

He sure was mean to Hinamori and that little look of surprise on his face in this chapter makes my day. HA! Thought you'd destroyed her completely eh? Gin's little merry face is worth a squee too--because I adore the Aizen/Gin, Mr. and Mrs. Hueco Mundo, the teasing couple of Evil.

MOMO! She's back! And she doesn't have bags under her eyes! If Momo can come back after having been so utterly wrecked and used, then there's nothing that should be able to bring me down this week! Kubo--don't be cruel and knock her down again! I see what you're doing there--in having Rangiku showing doubt (more like OH FUCK, SOMEONE LET THE GIRL OUT!) and Hitsugaya remembering how vulnerable she was at their last meeting but...

Momo, prove yourself.

I've waited two years.

If you don't go back to bed a quivering mess, then neither will I! *feminist armpump*

This may strike some people as clique-y and whatnot, but remember, this is MY journal and not some community conceived with a broader goal of serving the larger bleach fandom like soul_society so I can blow kisses to my buds in here when I want. And I want.

Why? Yesterday I was looking over some old art of mine from 2005 with some friends on MSN and laughing over how badly I draw hands and feet and how much I HAVEN'T improved, and I got all nostalgic for my early days (as well as for last week) in Bleach fandom. ..There used to be an active community called bleach_bard where members took prompts from Shakespeare to do fanwork. I drew Ishida as Hamlet and I was so in love with a manga about being and not being called Bleach. ..When I worried about my parenting, I wondered if I was falling more on the Isshin side of the spectrum than on the Ryuuken side. ..Once upon a time I thought Hueco Mundo would be made of snow and ice... I thought Ururu was a robot... I had one friend who'd been in the fandom early enough to have fallen in love with Good Guy Aizen and it was taking her MONTHS to recover from his betrayal--I swear, she was worse off than Kira or Momo. .. I remembered learning what BNF stood for and the fit of self-consciousness that followed. .. I read massive amounts of yaoi and wondered about the depth and breadth of female sexuality. .. I sewed a voodoo plushie doll to look like the one Szayel made of Ishida.

In short, I was a stoooopid fangirl. But I made some marvelous friends along the way. And guess what? We don't talk about Bleach!

ileenka  isn't really in the fandom anymore but I love you, honey, for the vibrant brilliant person you are. hidden_gems has been the most decent, faithful and true person I've known online. And here, let me embarrass vesperh with some vague praise as well. Her friendship has been a blessing. escarboucle has always helped me keep a cheerful perspective and wicked_liz ,laurie_bunter  and metaphore_art  were greater comforts in times of sadness than they know. ananosa , we're friends thanks to Allah and Baruch HaShem. r0ck3tsci3ntist , you're my sensei and thank you for art pencils and soup!  There are some of you I can't thank enough for all you've done for me but I'm just happy you indulge me: sanoiscari , melody_mix ,mezzo_marinaio  laurabryannan  never fails to inspire me and andrew_jp can always make me smile. I know I'm leaving some of you out but I have to stop typing now.  I know that old-time fen know this feeling but I've been in fandoms less than 10 years and I'm boggled by the fellowship at the moment. Thanks, Bleach. Thanks for the cartoon people but thank you for the real people more.

Emily: hero ★ ichigomoochachip on November 14th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
All I could think was "wow" for the last few pages. Hinamori is so kickass♥ Keep it up girl.
Bunnisteffi lay flayrah u silflay.bunnisteffi on November 14th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
*dollops out more huggles* XD

It's hard to believe that two years have passed since Momo last appeared fighting. It's even harder, IMO, for me to believe that her brain has healed even part way. The last time she'd appeared, she broke down so quickly... will Kubo-sensei just let her be for now?

Seems like the focus has switched to the 5th Div/10th Div thing. I WAAAANT MY ICHIGO AND ULQUI FIGHT! I WAAAAANT TO SEE RUKIA AND BYAKUYA FIGHTING! AND!: Where's the IchiRuki renuion that Rukia had promised Ichigo/us?!

_debbiechan_: Hanatarou Capslocking Joy by Distilled_debbiechan_ on November 14th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)

It's only people who are super-invested in other characters who see Bleach as dragging right now. I suppose my super-investment is in Ishida but I think the pace is marvelous--and we're getting resolution to old stories. I love it. I've been in seventh heaven since Swing Back the Pendulum.

The Arrancar flashbacks of HM were fascinating and I'm one of the arc's fans but it does feel goooood to get back to the characters we were most emotionally invested in. OF COURSE, now I love Nel and GJ too and it's going to be another 2 years before we see THEM again, haha.
Laura Bryannanlaurabryannan on November 14th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
*squishies and smurgles*

It says a lot that your personal fiction journal turned into such a busy Bleach community! Go you!
_debbiechan_: meow_debbiechan_ on November 14th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)

It says something. What, I'm not sure. XD
(no subject) - cclemon on November 16th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
cheese_chan on November 14th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Momo, prove yourself.

I've waited two years.

If you don't go back to bed a quivering mess, then neither will I! *feminist armpump*

_debbiechan_: Aizen cruel but awesome by heterogen_debbiechan_ on November 14th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)

I wonder if the pairing is still popular in Japan. It used to be, but I imagine it's died down a bit.
mezzo_marinaio: I will not crymezzo_marinaio on November 14th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)

Eeeh, I don't think Quivering!Momo is gone for good, though it seems we're FINALLY headed for a resolution in that department! ♥

Kira was shown being sad and betrayed, then he was shown being sad and betrayed and recovering, then he was shown being cool and recovered. Logical progression FTW. Hinamori was shown being all sad and betrayed, then ALL SAD AND BETRAYED WITH NO RECOVERING WHATSOEVER GOING ON, then suddenly all cool and recovered and battling for her friends.


Hinamori's warring emotions have been a little too much concentrated upon for the middle step of her recovery to take place off screen and not be referenced to in some way - which is why I personally believe Momo WILL have a relapse, but she will also battle with her feelings and beliefs ON SCREEN and eventually overcome them (well, either that or a flashback, but in shonen manga those kinds of resolutions usually take place in battle, so... ^^).

Hey, it makes for a good story even though everyone might be a little fed up with Quivering!Momo! ^o^ I know I, for one, cannot wait to actually SEE Hinamori give a hard kick in the butt to her Aizen!fangirl self and see the mental process through which she'll finally recover once and for all! ♥
_debbiechan_: Kubo is my boyfriend 2_debbiechan_ on November 14th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)

Yep, I think you've called it.

That's the set-up. Let's sit back and see how Kubo-sensei delivers it.
(no subject) - nehalenia on November 14th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - _debbiechan_ on November 14th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Becky: Bleach - Ulquiorragully_moe on November 14th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I have a new respect for Momo now. Though I still don't care for her character, I'm rather surprised she views 'Captain Aizen' as the enemy now.

What I like most about this chapter is seeing Aizen. What I want to know is what was he really thinking or feeling?
_debbiechan_: Hime Tops Everyone!_debbiechan_ on November 14th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)

The most frustrating thing Kubo has said in recent interview is that we're not getting back story on Aizen for a long time and that he wants him to be mysterious.

So insight into his thoughts or feelings?

That one little look of surprise was enough. I live for the day we will see Aizen truly ruffled, though. I hope it's Hime that ruffles him...the whole "you were amusing" bit he gave to Ichigo at the end of the SS arc tells me it's going shounen formula and someday Ichigo will do something to impress Aizen (oooh, that battle belongs to Shinji or Urahara) but I want to see the girls ruffle him!
(no subject) - gully_moe on November 14th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
vraieesprit: kiravraieesprit on November 14th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
To be fair, we don't really know yet what Hinamori can do as well as we probably should considering her role in the story so far. She's good at Kidou, but she's mostly used it to break herself out of various places rather than to fight. And until this fight she's only really used Tobiume when she's been emotionally reacting against friends - Kira, Hitsugaya.

What got me was the look on her face when she's first shown in full. It's like "WTF am I doing here? WTF have I done?" I don't know whether that's her awakening from the 'hypnosis' as she actually sees the mess that's come about because of Aizen, or if it's because she's really not quite sure how strong she is to face all of this. But I'm glad to see her. And I can't help but think there's more for her to do yet.

I also think she might waver, and that in the end she'll come through. I noticed how she said her insignia as 'leader' of 5-Bantai. That probably means that she's been in that role somewhat since she woke up, it's not token. Which makes me wonder all the more how much Kira and possibly Hisagi too have had to do with that recovery since the others have been in the Real World.

Also, though, when Rangiku's attention was drawn to the insignia, was she thinking "is that a sign of loyalty to Aizen?" or was she thinking "Is that a sign that she's strong enough to regain her rightful office?" Either way Momo immediately interpreted it as doubt regarding her convictions towards Aizen. And I'm pretty sure because she read it that way and so firmly said "Aizen-taichou is now the enemy"...she's still somewhat trying to convince and come to terms with it herself.

But like Kira, Momo is loyal. Heartbreakingly so, on occasion. And I think, in the end, knowing a lot of friends of hers are getting hurt and facing dangerous battles...I can't imagine that, even given her own personal pain...she'd be able to stand back and let them get killed.

(Perhaps in her mind if she can help protect them it means Aizen's crimes are not as severe as if they all were killed?)

Lots of questions still to be answered.

But Aizen's surprise and reaction suggests that he had no prior knowledge of Hinamori's survival or her planned involvement. So whatever she intends to do, she's doing it on her own steam.

Here's hoping for more kickass Hinamori to come!

_debbiechan_: Ishida has to think about it by Distille_debbiechan_ on November 14th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)

(Perhaps in her mind if she can help protect them it means Aizen's crimes are not as severe as if they all were killed?)

That follows.
You know your Momo.
(no subject) - vraieesprit on November 14th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - _debbiechan_ on November 14th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - vraieesprit on November 14th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Solitude Whispers: Battle Cry [Hinamori]winter_yuy on November 14th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hinamori is my absolute favorite female character (aside from Orihime) and I'm so pysched to see her back in action! I danced by my swivel chair when I read the new chapter. She just unlocked the BEAST! Smarter than your average Vice Captain.

Can't wait to see next week (and maybe some HitsuHina!!).
_debbiechan_: Kubo is my boyfriend 2_debbiechan_ on November 14th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)

oh yesss, Kubo's going to work the HitsuHina...I think I've almost forgotten entirely about Stark now. Haha. I'm actually interested in Shiro-chan's little fight.
(no subject) - winter_yuy on November 14th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
oh gallant piglet,: dragonflyaizome on November 15th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Not a fan of Hinamori here, so I was really surprised by my own reaction to this. I'm psyched! Seeing her kick some ass is something I never expected, and it's fun. Now I want to see this happen. (lol)
_debbiechan_: Nel laughing_debbiechan_ on November 15th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)

rotflmao. Yeah, that would be all kinds of spectacular.
Pbrightredglow on November 15th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
I will indulge in a rare moment of unvarnished commentary: I hate Momo.

And especially I hate that she stole Rangiku's moment.

Now that I've got that out of my system, I can go back to being neutral about BLEACH.
_debbiechan_: Matsumoto_debbiechan_ on November 15th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)

HA HA. I used to hate Momo--I hated her while she was down and weak and being all weak and used. People would ask me what character in Bleach irritated me the most and I would have to say it was Hinamori. Then I got used to the idea that Kubo would have to fix her, for the love of women everywhere.

Matsumoto's moment isn't done yet. She's got more to come, you'll see. Her show down with Gin is going to rock.
SilvaNoir: Orihimexilvrin on November 15th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)

I hope Apache doesn't die. That tomboy has really grown on me. Plus she doesn't seem evil. :/
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on November 15th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)

I like all of Halibel's girls. They're damn cute.
Jubilee (There is no 3)starvinbohemian on November 15th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Haha, Aizen and Gin are so the King and Queen of Hueco Mundo. Sometimes, I think they forget that they even brought Tousen with them. Like, "What the-- Oh, yeah, Tousen. You're here, too." XD I don't think they've even talked to him since being encased in the fire/plot ring.