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25 September 2009 @ 01:03 pm
Tribute To the Espada  

Seems timely, doncha think? *takes off hat*
Shall we mumble remembrances and pay tribute to those departed?

10. Yammy Rilago

Okay, he’s not gone yet, but we all know his number is up. In fact, it literally went up from 10 to zero. Yammy went up in everything over the sweep of the Hueco Mundo arc--comic zest, sex appeal, fan adoration. Hell, he even got himself a cute puppy. What’s not to love about Yammy? He’s a marvelous creation. I had no idea from the moment he showed up all Nappa-like alongside Ulquiorra’s Vegeta that he’d be so glorious. I thought he was just the thug who tore of Chad’s arm. Little did I know he’d evolve into the giant in the loincloth who became the talk of the fandom.

9. Aaroniero Arrurerie

I admit it—I still have to look up how to spell his name. Nothing I liked about this guy. He was ewww on every level except maybe when he was in whacked-out schizo Kaien mode. He’s the one who ate Kaien and gutted Rukia. Bad Espada. And he was so ugly. His end was really creepy. Okay, I liked how he died. That was fun in a broken fishtank sort of way.

8. Szayel Aporro Grantz

Ew two? The guy deep-throated his own sword, ate his own fraccion, spattered black gunk everywhere, molested Ishida and raped Nemu and yet somehow he did this all in a way that entertained me. What can I say. I’m a fool for over-the-top Jesus jokes and even though his play went on too long (and I say this as an Ishida fan—the fight was TOO LONG!) there was something unforgettably adorable about the Espada who left in the middle of a fight to change clothes. He’s not dead yet, by the way—he's just stuck in perpetual everlasting torture and I’m hoping he finds his way out of that hell and back into the next arc to torment his haters.

7. Zommari LeRoux

I’m from Louisiana so bring on the voodoo. I was cheering for this guy. The whole business with his deadly attack named "love" was hella fun, because I sometimes get the feeling that Kubo isn't exactly a heart-eyed romantic (no matrimonial canon couple in Bleach has two surviving partners). Also, I happen to like villains who make themselves out to be all put-upon and woe-is-me in their final hours and I thought the bitch-fit Zommari threw against Byakuya was a great case for the injustice of the universe and the fate of Hollows. Alas, his opponent was Byakuya, though, and he was diced pumpkinmeat from the start. No one outclasses Byakuya.

6. Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez

I must be one of the few fangirls in existence who didn’t fall for this guy but then it took me until way after the SS arc to warm up to Renji. The fighty-fight rebellious studmuffins aren’t really my type. The let’s blow shit up final battle with Ichigo was a yawner for me until the flashback and that’s when I started to care. His release still reminds me of a giant prawn. I did shed a tear, though, when Ichigo caught his arm and broke his fall and made a little yaoi-ish eye-contact with his like Hollow adversary.

5. Nnoitra Jiruga

Oh I hated the misogynist creepy looking bastard with the weird Aladdin footwear. I hated him for being so mean to his pretty boy fraccion and for stopping Chad cold right when I thought we were going to get some Chad development and for running around going “I’m the greatest!” but then along came Neliel and some sexual tension and then came the Kenpachi fight and I was enjoying myself. Kubo made me care. Damn you Kubo. You may have pissed off a lot of fanbois with the Kendo business but you hooked me into actually caring about Nnoitra. Awesome death scene. I took off my hat and said so. Little did I know that the death scenes were only going to get BETTER as we went up the Espada ladder.

4. Ulquiorra Cifer

He’s not gone. He’s not gone. He’s not gone. I refuse to believe it. He was and is the greatest Espada. The first introduced, the one whose redemption I foresaw on Valentine’s Day in 2007. I can make a case for his return. He has yet to use his Lanza del Relampago successfully; we don’t know why he kept his second release from Aizen; he was killed by the hero who was in an “evil” form and Shounen heroes can’t have that sort of blood on their hands; his fans want to know more about him, and unless we get a little bit of flashback in Yammy’s fight and even if we do, there’s still so much untold about Ulquiorra that could be worked into the future story. Ichigo’s guilt over “this isn’t the way I wanted to win.” Orihime’s earnest hand-reach across the Great Divide between Hollow and Human that grasped only air. Ulquiorra, I love you, come back.

3. Tia Harribel

She looked awesome. She was cool and collected and faithful to her fraccion. She may still be alive—she was still talking after Aizen slashed her, and he’s got a terrible track record of actually killing people. The biggest damn tits in the manga. I don’t think Kubo-sensei can kill them.

2. Barragan Luisenbarn

Remember when he first showed up and we all thought he was a merman with a trident who was being set up to fight his water element against Yamamoto’s fire element? Wow, we were so off. Barry was one scary, awesome mofo. The unrepentant King of Hueco Mundo. Everything a bad guy should be. Gloriously bad, so scary, Death Himself. Still can’t believe that one Visored magic man outsmarted him.

1. Coyote Starrk Lilynette Gingerback

All of you who wanted to call Ulquiorra a villain until the end, who insisted on bad guys being dimensionless fodder because it’s easier that way and what the hell, this is a comic book not Shakespeare, who wondered why bother for three years with a bunch of Espada who were going to die anyway--look at Starrk. Look at the very essence of humanity. A lonesome cowboy entertaining himself with a song and a story he names Lilynette on a night lit by a crescent moon. Starrk echoes the theme in Kubo’s work of how we don’t die alone if we have friends but the truth is that Hollow have no friends. Starrk created his with his imagination. Starrk and Lily--a yearning for companionship. The very essence of what makes us all alive. He never wanted to fight. It was too much of a bother. He gave his opponents every chance to retreat or give up.

And yet he was cut down.

Goodbye, Lonesome Cowboy.
gokuma: shunsui-redgokuma on September 25th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
I refuse to accept that Stark is dead *starts to create a AU story in her mind* He's not dead! *starts living in denial*
Megan Moonlight: renji/ichigomegan_moonlight on September 26th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
That's why we have Fanon, Love. Fanon will always will be there for us and Stark always will be alive! *cuddles with you*
Becky: Bleach - UlquiHime Handsgully_moe on September 25th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ulquiorra, Nnoitra and Starrk's deaths were the most touching to me. I can't imagine how Lily is feeling, unless she dies with him. That would be cute. Funny how those three deaths deal with another girl. =D
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on September 25th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)

Funny how those three deaths deal with another girl. =D

I take it back. Kubo IS a romantic. He's just all about the EFFING SAD ROMANCE. DAMN HIM.


Oh Shishou, enough with the making the girls cry. Give us something joyous for a change. Like an IchiRuki reunion with bells on. Or Unohana ass-kicking. Something... really fun. Pretty please?
(no subject) - karenai on September 25th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
pogo: Poland <3pogo2468 on September 25th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Call me a biased, delusional fangirl, but I don't think Grimmy is dead. His death was too ambiguous, for me. I mean, if he was out when Nnoitra cut him down, then yea, maybe. But he was conscious (barely, but conscious). I think him seeing Ichigo save him will bring out changes in him. Not drastic changes, hah, but I do think he'll help Ichigo out. But won't join him :p

I think the others are gone, though. I want Ulqui to be alive. He's my second favorite Espada behind Grimmy. His story was so wonderfully done. And his ending was very very tragic. I would love to see him back redeemed and 'heart-bearing,' but I don't see it :'( And Stark. He's my third fav. Guh, Kubo, why do you create such amazing character?!?! :'(
Kashino: Bleach-Starrkkashinosei on September 25th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you ^o^

8. Szayel Aporro Grantz
I like him because of his prettiness (rather his vanity) and wackiness. His fight left deep impression. I thought he looked really pathetic when he faced Mayuri Kurotsuchi. As both scientists, but having vast thoughts.

5.Nnoitra Jiruga
I like him only when he started fighting Kenpachi. Gosh, I love that fight though. And I felt sorry for him when he fell in the end.

6. Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez
No kidding, love him because of Ichigo. XD~

4. Ulquiorra Cifer
I find him getting more and more stunning as the fight progressed. Interesting and the coldness softened.

1. Coyote Starrk Lilynette Gingerback
Coolest and most gorgeous of all of them. I love his outfit. Though he gave me the most humane feel, I thought he'd last until the end. Somehow, he was grateful for the companionship that Aizen gave him. A real regret didn't get to see more of him. He seems to get less show time than Ulquiorra.
oh gallant piglet,: grimmjowaizome on September 25th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
10. Kool-Aid Man! At least he's good for comic relief. And he has a puppy. I hope he goes out with a fittingly HUGE explosion.
9. *nothing nice to say*
8. *less than nothing nice to say* Sorry. No amount of gay pink hair can atone for what he did to Nemu, IMO. I nearly ditched the series because of that move.
7. Second to Grimmjow, he was my favorite before the migration to FKT. Shame his death was so pathetic. I liked how he offered some things to really think about, in terms of hollows and redemption.
6. Not believing he's dead until something concrete is given. LOL Deb, the "fighty-fight rebellious studmuffins" definitely do it for me, especially when it involves rebelling against Aizen). That's what I love best about Grimmjow that, and how he obviously wants to bone Ichigo.
5. Uh. At least he made me care more about Nel, and a little about Tesla? Otherwise nothing nice to say.
4. Was indifferent to him mostly, but damn, his send off was super-sad.
3. If she'd kept her mask, and actually INJURED Hitsugaya, I might have liked her.
2. Scariest. Power. EVER. But also a pompous old windbag. I do wish he'd landed a hit on Aizen before disintegrating.
1. Still mourning, sorry. Not ready to eulogize. );
pogo: Kakashi :3pogo2468 on September 25th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
"6. Not believing he's dead until something concrete is given. LOL Deb, the "fighty-fight rebellious studmuffins" definitely do it for me, especially when it involves rebelling against Aizen). That's what I love best about Grimmjow that, and how he obviously wants to bone Ichigo.

This, lol. And oddly enough, my favorite Espada is the rebelling one, while my second fav is the one who was most loyal to Aizen XXD
(no subject) - aizome on September 25th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
jb_iiijb_iii on September 25th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'm calling it now. When this is all over, Grimmjow will be the only Espada standing and will take his place (left over by Boring-gan and then Aizen) as King of Hueco Mondo/Nachos Tacos (whatever it's called).

Truthfully though, didn't we all figure early on when the supposedly fearsome unbeatable Espada were being killed left and right that they were just cannon fodder? Who didn't know that? It's to Kubo's credit as an artist and writer that he makes us care about characters who (let's be honest) had to EAT hundreds/thousands of other souls to get to adjuchas/vasto lorde level - especially Starrk and Lily - they may perhaps end up being the saddest, most pathetic (in the truest meaning of the word, not a negative one) character/s in the entire manga. Even as he died Starrk apologized to Aizen (can you imagine?) and moments later Aizen showed us what he really is. Sad. I expected Harribel to die too (and to be a "sacrifice") but I did expect a flashback at least.
andrew_jpandrew_jp on September 25th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Much as I am loathe to admit it, because I don't really like him...

If Ulquiorra doesn't come back to life I'll eat my foot.
_debbiechan_: bitches love me by aubreywitch_debbiechan_ on September 25th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)

Your foot is safe, I'm sure of it. I bet fifty dollars that he'd be back before April of 2010 and as slow as this manga moves it may not be then but I do believe in his coming back,

Maybe I should start a religion--Jews for Ulquiorra.
lookoutsunshine: Halibel being hotshynishyshallow on September 25th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
I haven't really, truly liked any of the espada until Halibel appeared or until Ulquiorra's death.

Ulquiorra started to be interesting to me when it was his end already. Pretty sad, but thanks to that I didn't really fan-cried after him.

But Halibel-sama is a different case. D: I-I hope she's not dead that after that slash on her torso! Aizen, IHU, bro. ;_;
I hope we at least count on her flashbacks Y/Y?

Also, just saying, but.
I think you are wrong saying Kubo isn't a romantic: I'd say his idea of romance is nothing but romantic. If we were faced a romance with happy pair of lovers, a sunset in the background, then this would be sentimentalism.
Wrong use of terms here. ;)

Edited at 2009-09-25 07:44 pm (UTC)
_debbiechan_: Kubo is my boyfriend 2_debbiechan_ on September 25th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)

You're right--he's a TOTAL ROMANTIC. I can't deny it. He's all about the HEART and what binds people together and what's left when they go away. He's romantic in that GONE WITH THE WIND epic sort of romantic way.

Damn him.

Kylara: rory cryingkarenai on September 25th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yammy - right now, I only care about him as a platform for the nakama. Yep.

Aaroniero - I loathe him, but he's fun to loathe. He's was evil and cruel to Rukia, and that's why it was so beautiful when she iced him through his gorgeous, stolen face.

Szayel - wasn't that a fitting end? I thought it was pretty scary.

Zommari - I LOVE THIS FIGHT. The guy was drunk off his ass, ranting about the dignity of Hollows and the injustice in the world, and his opponent, Mister I-abide-by-the-rules-of-Soul-Society Kuchiki Byakuya killed him for raising a sword against his "pride", but it wasn't his pride as a shinigami. It was his baby sister *_*

That was when I first liked Byakuya. EVER.

Don't care about Grimmjow or Nnoi. Sorry. T_T

Ulquiorra.... if anyone deserves to come back, it's him and Starrk. Starrk is about to be chewed up and made into a key, so I doubt he will, but Ulqui has a chance. I mostly liked him because Orihime said something other than Kurosaki-kun when he was around her.

Still zero interest in Harribel. She appealed to me not at all.

Barragan: I was bored by him right up until he turned into one of the Nazgul. Then he was really scary.

Starrk: My primary example for my argument that Hollows should never have been, and cannot continue to be the way they are. The suffering he and Lilinette went through, their loneliness and their unwilling murder - they never, ever should have had to suffer like that, and had they not been Hollows, they would not have been so alone. Poor, lovely man.

I think Starrk is my favorite personality, Aaroniero is my favorite fight, Zommari made me like Byakuya, and Ulquiorra has the most potential to come back.
_debbiechan_: kaien friend_debbiechan_ on September 25th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)

Aaroniero - I loathe him, but he's fun to loathe. He's was evil and cruel to Rukia, and that's why it was so beautiful when she iced him through his gorgeous, stolen face.

One of my all time favorite scenes ever in the manga and the one time I truly sobbed (before Ulqui's death, that is). One reason I'll never say the HM arc was pointless. It had that scene and the whole heart theme.

I should thank Number Nine just because we got more Kaien in the manga. More Kaien is pure gold. <3
(no subject) - wicked_liz on September 26th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - khyata on September 26th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
good chaser: aizen-redgood_chaser on September 25th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
I'm happy you made this post :D Nice to see espada-lovin' entry ^_^
The right time after I.. uh, felt sad about 375? D: (Starrk and Harribel T_T)
Kubooo... why you made us love them???? because you're awesome, kthx

I love the Espadas, all of them (except #9, I think >_>;;), I miss them D:
There should be an AU where the espadas and arrancars live happily in HM ! XD;;
Still hoping some of them alive D:
nehalenia: chad interp dancenehalenia on September 25th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
That was a lovely tribute! I feel the same way you do about Grimmy -- the Bad Boys just really aren't my thing; I go for the Geeks (just like you do) -- but I really don't think he's dead. AFAIR, he was alive (or at least not completely dead) last time we saw him when Ichigo saved him from Nnoitra. I think at least some of the Espada still have a part to play, even if it's only Grimmy and Nel. (Tho I too think Ulqui is going to come back.)

It's too bad Ulqui's dead, because it's fun to imagine the scene where Aizen tries to off him and he reveals his Segunda Etapa. Not that I think it would make that much difference in the outcome, but still.

What I'm wondering is if Gin and Tousen are taking a lesson from the way Aizen uses his followers and dispenses with them when he doesn't need them any longer. I fully expect Aizen to turn on them, too. I'm pretty sure Tousen will be shocked, and Gin won't be. If I've read Gin right, he'll be prepared for exactly that eventuality. ;)
_debbiechan_: GIN_debbiechan_ on September 25th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)

Oh, I prepared myself for Ulqui going down and it was painful--I was ready for this chapter but ...

I've been preparing myself for Gin's end for years now and I just know it's going to be the worst. For me and Rangiku both.

Oh Aizen, when your little murderer grows up I hope he gives you his best on his way out. Everyone wants and deserves a piece of Aizen's carcass but something tells me Gin is the one who's going to get it--before Aizen is properly slain by the hero, of course--be he Ichigo or Urahara proper.
karkashan: Thisisitkarkashan on September 25th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
About Szayel..
When you say he "raped" Nemu, are you talking about when sent a few of his cells that multiplied like a cancer, consuming her spirit essence, and bursting out of her like an overly infected postule?

Cause that sounds worse than rape to me. Kinda like the Aliens from...well...Alien.

And I'm pretty sure he's dead. He died in that chapter where Mayuri first stabbed him, but the next chapter went back in time slightly to show a short flashback. (That way Mayuri will continue to haunt our dreams)
_debbiechan_: Espada Nunber Eight_debbiechan_ on September 25th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: About Szayel..

I believe that Mayuri broke his sword before it pierced Szayel's heart and Ishida even commented on the fact that the sword was broken. The whole point seemed to be to put Szayel in an "eternal" sort of hell--or have him go insane, truly insane, before being liberated with the knowledge that he was never going to be pierced through the heart--

But I don't know. I can imagine Szayel getting out of that one. I do think it was an appropriate end for his misdeeds. He tortured therefore he is tortured now but ... it seems unfinished to me.
Re: About Szayel.. - karkashan on September 26th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
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never give up!  ৵  never surrender!: (bleach) ichiruki's okay with thatloquaciousquark on September 25th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
UGH i love this post.

Actually, I loved all the Espada except Harribel. I don't know why, but she never spoke to me. I guess I liked her more with the sharkjaw than the, you know, human jaw. For a lot of them, of course, it was the loving-to-hate kind of love, but I enjoyed all of their screentime. Especially Zommari. I don't know, I thought he made a lot of good points. And I adored protective!Byakuya so, so much.

I also don't think Grimmjow's dead--I was rereading that chapter yesterday and Nnoitra said something along the lines of, "how pathetic, that your life was saved by a shinigami" or whatever. Sooooooooo I'm holding out a little longer.

Nnoitra and Aaroniero I looooooved. YES for not all the Espada turning completely sympathetic. Some of 'em are just evil. And Barragan is creepy as all-get-out. I wonder if Soi Fon will ever get that hand back.

Stark I love just for that Lylinette look.

yeeeeaaah basically i love everything kubo does
ce_lestic on September 25th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
God Dammit, The tribute to Stark did it...All the others had me smiling and "meh" (except for ULQ&Grimm) and then you went down to Stark, my favorite espada so far, me do NOT care what anyone else thinks(2d my ass), and it just hit me. The man who was born out of a little girl (its like reverse Adam n Eve)out of loneliness, managed to bring tears...this is one of those powerful times that I feel Kubo's power as a mangaka to make us feel the depth of a character, who in all honesty, did not last that long..you are an evil, sadistic genius, Kubo.