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07 October 2009 @ 12:30 am
Bleach volume 41: In-between sketches  
Soooo, annie_08 purchased volume 41 of Bleach. This would be the volume that finishes off the Lust arc, and also covers the dissolving of Ulquiorra. Yammy on the cover, with the word HEART.


Thumbnails behind the cut for your perusal <3 Credit to the lovely Annie, of course. I'll try to update with a poem trans when it's out... we wouldn't to miss Yammy's deep thoughts. Yammy's deep thoughts are up!

From chuuni
To plunder that which has been lost,
Blood and flesh and bone and something else.






For easy perusal, from 354:

Annie says Ulqui's hole the page before that cover page lines up perfectly with the 353-354 hole in the inbetween sketch.

That would be this:

Er, I have no comment that I want to put here in the main entry that's in good taste, but suffice it to say that I'm currently pretty durn happy.

annie_08: cuteannie_08 on October 7th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
I meant the page before Ulqui cover. You know? The page with just the word 'heart' written on it and nothing more lol.
Kylarakarenai on October 7th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
OOPS will modify. Sorry Annie. *running around*
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on October 7th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)

Wow. I'd read the descriptions of the doodles but it really tears at the heart to see Ichigo's Shinigami badge being destroyed like that.

Like I said earlier on BA, this reminds me of how before the fight Kubo had Ichigo speaking in in black bubbles with white text but had Ulquiorra speaking in white bubbles with black text. You really can't get any more obvious about what Kubo was trying to do with the switch up here.


I grieve for Ichigo here. I'm just coming off seeing FTB but I'm wondering if the only person who can help him restore his Shinigami identity is the one who gave it to him in the first place. Seems from the current manga spoilers that's where Ichigo is heading but...

will he be able to fight? I'm afraid of angsty!fail!Ichigo.

Annie, thanks so much for buying the volume and scanning. I'm dying for Yammy's poem translation! <3
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on October 7th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)

Also having a field day with "See here it."

Is it Engrish?

Or is it "See, here it is" OR "See the heart, hear the heart."
Kylarakarenai on October 7th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
That's a period after the "see", isn't it?

See. Here it

I interpreted it as one complete sentence and then the beginning of another --> "See. Here it ---- [is]"

The "is" is what I assume would come next, had... certain things not happened to Ulquiboy.

Edited at 2009-10-07 08:00 am (UTC)
廚二病: Ulquiorra from 226chuuni on October 7th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)

Oh, he is SO not staying dead.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on October 7th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)

I know. It's built into the plot as far as I'm concerned. Ichigo has to regain his Shinigami identity. Ulquiorra has to regain his life--NO WAY can he have been slain by a monster Ichigo!
(no subject) - chuuni on October 7th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
pogo: Brucepogo2468 on October 7th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Really, the icon says it all ....

Thank you, Kubo, for confirming that we're reading the manga correctly.
廚二病chuuni on October 7th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
And Yammy's poem is very interesting!

To plunder that which has been lost,
Blood and flesh and bone and something else.

Grenatescarboucle on October 7th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
Indeed, one can not NOT link that to Ulq. I remember thinking that Yammi's reaction to Ulq's fall was very, very interesting, and his poem definitely made me think about his words again.
(no subject) - jenny_jade on October 7th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - karenai on October 7th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
bluffee on October 7th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
I know everyone's noticed that the number four in "354" in the chapter title page for it is written in bold, but, I dunno, has anyone ever noticed that his rank mark 4 could be found just right above the location of the actual human heart? xDD

( Check this out... )

Well, considering that almost everyone here loves Ulquiorra so much, I think you guys already have. ((:
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on October 7th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)

Ah yes, we all know that. We look over Kubo's drawings like crazy close. BTW, I just noticed your PMs in my box. LJ didn't sent me notice. I'll get back to you later.
(no subject) - bluffee on October 8th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
V to the A to the D-E-R (Vader!)jaina on October 7th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
Oh, man, the badge being destroyed is so sad.
jadeded on October 7th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Why is it that those 3 little disintegrating images can bring tears to my eyes? (although mother nature is helping a bit) I swear, I DON'T want to read Bleach, no matter how exciting it is, if I have to watch poor Ichigo crumble into further despair. I can't handle another guilty puppy face from him. *hides behind her eyes* Someone tell me when Ichigo's fixed! I can't watch!

okay I can...but dernit Kubo! You're breaking my heart!
Kylarakarenai on October 7th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
I know, it feels like everything that made Ichigo proud and happy is being torn into little pieces here. D:
(no subject) - mikaoru on October 7th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
_debbiechan_: Ulqui by ariol_debbiechan_ on October 7th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)

To plunder that which has been lost,
Blood and flesh and bone and something else.

Thanks for the translation, Cez.

Something else? Well what could that be? Hmmmm.... HEART? XD
laurie_bunter: mysterylaurie_bunter on October 7th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
I am intrigued. What's being said on the doodle page where Ichigo's all emo? This reminds of the scene where he's all angsty on his bed! Has any kind soul translated that bit yet?
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on October 7th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)

No one's translated but I'm pretty sure that's Kon back home with the Kurosaki household.
(no subject) - laurie_bunter on October 7th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - escarboucle on October 7th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - laurie_bunter on October 7th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - karenai on October 7th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - karenai on October 7th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - laurie_bunter on October 7th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
secila80: Orihime backing upsecila80 on October 7th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Ichigo's badge! So sad. Though, I am totally in love with the symbolism of his shinigami identity crumbling. As with too hardened concrete, there is a limit to how strong you can make something without it turning brittle and falling apart.

Poor Yammy. Plundering the things he has lost. How does Kubo make all of the espada feel so appropriately empty? Contentment is the furthest thing from them. It is no wonder they grab our emotional interest.

Something else?! A puppy? He plundered the puppy?!!
secila80: Orihime backing upsecila80 on October 7th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
Ahooo, I couldn't expand the pictures earlier . . . its buring, not just crumbling. The last image looks like the badge split in two, though. The badge is on fire but not burning and then it suddenly fractures from the heat -- interesting. O.O I guess that it exaclty how it went. There was no gradual meltdown, like with Orihime. Ichigo just broke. Good job him on not being consumed. Bad job him on thinking that burning was the only way fire causes damage.

Have I previously mentioned how much I love Kubo and his poetical-ness? Because I do! (I feel like making up words today ;P)
(no subject) - jadeded on October 7th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀la_kalaka on October 7th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
I LOVE ICHIGO! I love him for all the marvelous character he is, I love his love for her friends and I love him for his family.

Kubo has made me care about him more than never with those chapters, oh dear Kubo I ADMIRE YOU for the deep you give to your characters. I admire the fact that you go further and talk about consequences, that good intentions doesn't meant good things.

And I know you gonna make Ichigo raise from his ashes, in an amazing way. Same for Orihime, same for Ishida, same for everyone.

Being the sinigami badge being torn apart was... moving.
connaka: ichigo/rukia » this is usconnaka on October 7th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Aw, MAN. Those doodles of Ichigo's badge burning up in flames and breaking like that.. that's utterly heartbreaking, that is. ;____;


On a completely separate note, however - and I know that this holds absolutely NO significance whatsoever but - I sort of got a little kick out of seeing how everyone got lined up on the "BLEACH ALL STARS" page there. Lol, XD. Where they're divided up into 2 categories (most likely a coincidence) - characters who were made of 'WIN' (bottom row) this arc, and those that were made of "UTTER FAIL!" (top row).

Um, tbh, don't really care about Yammy. Still, he's been more 'fail' than 'win' in MY book. But mainly, I just liked how the three AWESOMEST characters this arc - Rukia, Ishida & Ulquiorra (♥♥♥) - are lined up together in the same row, which was a nice contrast to the FAIL! Hime & Ichigo above them (as much as it pains me to see how fail they are ATM. Especially, Ichi). Because honestly, those 3 are the ones that made the HM arc bearable for me. :|

Anyway, HUGE thanks to the lovely Annie for scanning and sharing, and to karenai for posting them here. Thanks, ladies! ^^

*goes back to avoiding chapter spoilers*
『ミカオル』 ☆: omgyaymikaoru on October 7th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
CONNAKA-SAN *mega-glomps*
♛ KKdaGreenkk2k5 on October 7th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
i suddenly realized something...the heart of Uilqui is missing due to the hole which is placed at the same spot. that makes sense where the word "heart" lies in the hole of his in chap 354. Ulqui doesn't have a heart. i think that's what Kubo-sensei means. i didn't really noticed much about it now Thanks to you i realised this :D
and thanks for sharing everything
many thanks to Annie too <3