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12 November 2009 @ 07:33 am
2010 Manga Calendar Cover by Kubo, Message from Koto about Cultural Exchange  
The new art from Kubo-sensei for the 2010 calendar cover is as gorgeous as expected.... it's also breathtakingly IchiRuki.

Click here and keep clicking to enlarge

Here's a MQ version:

At first glance it looks like Ichigo and Rukia are wearing the same scarf. Are they? Well, to be honest, one can't be sure since the scarf goes off screen but the point is that it looks like they are, and wearing the same scarf is such a lovers thing among Japanese couples. And the drawing says what we all know about Ichigo and Rukia--we can assume that they're off together in their own sanctified place while everyone else (the colorful shoes and boots) stand around, but we can't exactly be sure of the connection... haha, the scarf is really implied.

As for the shoes, they have to be the nakama. Annie is calling the green boots Orihime's. The red boots are obviously Renji's, the blue jeans with the big shoe belong to Chad and the narrow yellow shoe has to belong to Ishida--right? Kubo always draws Ishida's foot small and narrow.


Thanks to Annie for the info beneath the cut and to Cez for the translation.

I got this info and information from some blog. Seems like Kubo drew cute gags at the back of each monthly spread for 2010 calendar. And here is the list for both spread and the back doodle. Credit to Cezaria for her translation:

January: Front: Ichigo and Rukia. Back: Yammy, with an orange on his head and sitting atop a pile of mochi snacks

Feb: Front- Rukia's valentine spread. Back- Nnoitora snatched Tesla's chocolate and is eating it.

March: Front-Bikini spread. Back- Aaro is in kimono with a fan and there's some kind of lantern he's wearing on his head.

April: Front- Hitsugaya. Back- Nel is wearing a knapsack.

May: Front- Zanpakutou spread. Back- Grimm is inside a Carp flag (WHAT)

June: Front-Ishida rainy spread. Back- Harribel has an umbrella and on it, there hangs decorations in the form of her 3 fraccion.

July: Front- Boxing spread. Back- Probably wonderweiss in the Milky Way.

August: Front- Beach spread. Back- Stark is sleeping with a watermelon on his head and lillinette is preparing to chop down on it with a sword.

Sept: Front- Renji. Back- Barragan sits atop a crescent moon, before the moon there are dumplings (traditional food for moon-festival in Japan)

October: Front- Shunsui/Ukitake. Back- Szayel playing ball-tossing.

November: Front- namaka representing seasons spread. Back- Zommari with a bucket on his head, being a snowman.

December: Front: Orihime Christmas spread. Back: Ulquiorra seems to be eating a turkey, has knife and fork in his hand, wearing a santa hat.

I really want to see the scan <3




Koto thanked me personally for sending along her message and here in the IR fanclub at BA is a post from pikeish giving an update on where you can view the new gallery Koto has made for the works. She also gives a short message there to contributors. She's putting up new works this Friday but there's really no deadline to submit your Rukia art, so keep them coming!
pony_rocks: pic#84544780pony_rocks on November 12th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I still have not finished Rukia. Will have to do it tonight and scan it tomorrow.

The cover looks really good. Uryuu and his small feet... ♥
yl_ylyl_yl on November 12th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm squealing. I'm squealing so much I don't care who are the shoes. Haha.It's just exploding with cuteness.
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_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on November 12th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)

not too late!
kchanlpkchanlp on November 12th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, that cover is great! I just hope the red shoe belongs to Renji and not Byakuya 8D~

I would've like do participate in Koto's Exchange, but I don't know what is Brazil's typical clothing (imo is ragged jeans and t-shirt, but oh well... 8D)... G_G
The Main Gauche of Enlightenmentvelvetsword on November 12th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)

...Seriously, that's a nice calendar picture.

I really like it.
Shaima: happy ichirukiylla19 on November 12th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Kubo-sama never fails to make me float in air. >w<

I can't be sure if Ichigo and Rukia are wearing the same scarf, though I wouldn't care if they're not. They're both in white, amidst the others who are in dashing colors. Dx I am thinking Renji owns the red shoe, Orihime the green one, Chad the violet one. But I can't be sure about the yellow shoe. :|

BUT DARN. THE COVER!!! I wonder why they're laying on the snow though. Hmm...

And about the Koto exchange, I really love the idea behind it. >w< It was good to see Rukia wearing different national costumes. I would've liked to draw her in a traditional Filipino clothing, but unfortunately I can't draw something out of my head too well. :p
Becky: Bleach - IchiRukigully_moe on November 12th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! It's been so long since they've been in a spread alone together. Yet they aren't exactly alone. XD

EDIT: Mind if I link your photo to other IchiRuki communities? If this hasn't been shared yet? Just so I don't have to take the time to reupload it myself.

Edited at 2009-11-12 04:11 pm (UTC)
Kylara: ichiruki = bleachkarenai on November 12th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
And if IchiRukis want to know where to buy the calendar, you can send them this way:


Because it's going to be January ALL YEAR in my home, thank you very much.
(no subject) - _debbiechan_ on November 12th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
nehalenia: six hearts animatednehalenia on November 12th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hee! I called the shoes the same way. Those laced oxfords look exactly like something Ryuuken would wear in a much more conservative color. And damn I want to see Renji in those red boots. Heh. (My IchixIshi fangirl says we can't see Ichigo's hand because he's grabbing Ishida's pant leg. My Renishi fangirl says that Ishida doesn't even notice because he's staring at Renji's boots and about 30 seconds away from jumping him. My six hearts fangirl is just happy to see all the nakama together, even if 4 of them are only implied.)

For some reason, I could swear I've seen either a fanart (maybe even a KT art) where all the nakama are wearing one scarf. Wish I could recall where I saw it.

And I wanna see the Rukia gallery but I can't figure out how to get into it! I click on the link but it just takes me to a main page. Is there something else I'm supposed to be clicking? (I still wish someone would draw Cowgirl!Rukia.)

That's such gorgeous calendar art. I want to see all of it.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on November 12th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)

The gallery is to the left of the page--all the Japanese on the left are links to the art--just start clicking stuff and art pops up. That's what I do on all Japanese sites anyway, LOL.
peca_06peca_06 on November 12th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
I am so in love with that calendar cover <3333333 I love Kubo's subtle "lovers scarf" hehe. Ichigo doesn't seem too happy of being somewhat surprised taking a nap on the snow with Rukia lol Who took the "picture"? XD I agree with the nakama feet. I guessed like you said on the entry and that is Ishida's foot, it fits him perfectly. Usually colors are the ones used to make something stand out, but here is in reverse, Ichigo and Rukia are the center and they are in a very subdued white and it just makes it all so pure and tender in its simplicity. They are in their little Universe, their proximity, the linking scarf (very clever Kubo XD) and they look like they are drunken with love (I recognize it ^_^, being there before), since everyone else is awake and walking around haha. The implications are so great XD!

OOOOOH, I hope I can finish my Flamenco Rukia T______T. POOOOH! So many things so little time :(.
Kylara: ichiruki = bleachkarenai on November 12th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oooooooooooh my dear god. I just idly opened up my tabs this morning, and what is this madness? It's so sweet.

Shoe calls: I mean, we'll never know for sure, but yeah, Orihime in green, Ishida in yellow, Renji in red, and Chad in blue - though you know what, I think Chad is standing facing out, and he's keeping an eye out.

You always know who Renji is because you look for the tackiest clothing in a crowd and there he'll be :P :P :P what is with those boots?

Ah, I'm so happy with this picture. <3
marionette71088marionette71088 on November 12th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
You always know who Renji is because you look for the tackiest clothing in a crowd and there he'll be :P :P :P what is with those boots?

Yeah totally lol~he especially stands out since Kubo's style is a bit conservative prep for Japan. Works well on Renji and in spread but totally WTF in real life.
Styx667styx_uchiha on November 12th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I finished my !Napoleon and !Marie-Antoinette Rukias but I have to wait for my sister to scan them T_T I hope I'll make it in time ;_;
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on November 12th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)

There's no rush. I ammended the post. Koto said she was going to add some arts to the gallery this Friday but I don't think that means she's stopped taking submissions. I'd keep sending them!
(no subject) - styx_uchiha on November 12th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
gokuma: paragokuma on November 12th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I want to see October *____*
Lily: fangirlfoodisverygood on November 12th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)

They're sharing the same scarf and Ichigo's the person taking the picture from his cut off right arm slanting up like that. YES TIS TRUE BC I SAY SO (not to mention he's looking straight at us, we all know he wanted a picture of him and sleeping Rukia >3)

I wonder how Rukia can sleep so soundly w/ Renji's smelly feet in her face? JK Renji I <3 you too
(Anonymous) on November 12th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Agh. Yellow shoe is Orihime, Red shoe is Renji, Green shoe is Ishida, and Blue is Chad.

Just wanted to say.
Kylarakarenai on November 13th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
The tragedy of this spread: we'll never know for sure

(Though I think everyone is in consensus that the pimp red boot is Renji.)
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Bluishorbsbluishorbs on November 12th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)

I love Kubo's spreads, they're amazing. The colouring on this one looks lovely! Ichigo and Rukia always look great together. :)

I love how Renji looks like he's standing almost protectively in front of Rukia....of I love Renji! <3

what a fangril-y post!