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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.

ETA: ULQUIORRA IN A SANTA HAT IN THIS CALENDAR! OMFG! WEEEEEE!

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
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ETA2: WE HAVE THE SKETCHES!



THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN DRESSING UP RUKIA FOR KOTO'S INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE

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!
Tags: bleach manga calendar, koto's international exchange, kubo tite
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