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19 December 2009 @ 08:37 am
Report from Jump Festa--Kubo will not confirm Ulquiorra's Death  
Thank you to Annie and Syn and Pikeish for the scoop. ステージレポート BLEACH ・今のシリーズはもうすぐクライマックス ・元々きっちり構想を練るタイプでないので破面編の結末も具体的には決めていない ・でもこの先あと二篇くらい考えてるらしい ・次のシリーズは短め、その先の構想はある ・ウルキオラの結末は世界的に反響が大きかった ・ウルキオラの生死は断言せず ・破面で人気があるのは平子とひより ・平子はとても描きやすい(絵として) ・昨日もホテルで映画の打合せをした ・1年休んだのでいいものを作りたい pikeish  translation: Stage Report: Bleach + The current arc is soon on climax + He's originally not the type to work out a plan, so he still hasn't decided on a concrete end to the arrancar arc. + But from this onwards, he's told them there's to be 2 more arcs. + The next arc is a short one, and there's an initiative for the next one. + There was a large response for Ulquiorra's death around the world. + He didn't declare whether Ulquiorra was alive or not. + The popular ones among the vizards are Hirako and Hiyori + Hirako is really easy to draw (art wise) + There was a meeting yesterday at the hotel reagarding the movie. + I want to create a good one after resting for 1 year And there's more. Cez is checking out the 2CH thread where onwards from post 280 a lot of people are excited about Ulquiorra. I heard Kubo received a letter in Russian that he couldn't read but only saw the katana for Ulquiorra that kept popping up everywhere. LOL.

OMG! I called this one. From Cez: It says
 Kubo is concerned about the scene where ulquiorra disappeared into ashes
 so that's why he put that kind of comment in Jump that week
 the one where he asks for feedback

More info from a blogger here in a post at BA

eta: and finally we have the Rukia spine! Thank you to ANNIE! and another pic from JumpFesta showing the drawing Kubo did for Jump Bang:

eta: another image found by Mezz from Jump Festa. Can you spy with your little eye the sexy trio?
 
 
 
enisy: Bleach:: Ulquiorra (Everything Divides)enisy on December 19th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing, _debbiechan_! Could I possibly repost this over at ulqui_hime (with credit)?

He's coming back, he's so coming back.
_debbiechan_: 60secondcoming_debbiechan_ on December 19th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)

SPREAD THE GOOD CHEER! (I never doubted he was coming back!) I'm glad that I read that request for feedback about his art as feedback for Ulquiorra (how very Japanese of you, Kubo-sensei) and encouraged the whole Ulquiorra FC to gather arts to send him. <3
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hinodeh: it's strange how it all changeshinodeh on December 19th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
What I said on ulqui_hime, but it applies here, too.

Wow. What a christmas present.

It's very interesting that KT doesn't want to confirm anything on that topic.
I mean, if he wanted it to be made clear that Ulqui's totally dead, he would have just said so and stopped any further speculation.

Still, it could mean various different things.

-KT always planned to keep Ulquiorra alive or dead based on fan responses

-he always planned to resurrect him but at the same time was unsure if this would be well received

-he always planned to keep him dead but was afraid of too much reader backlash

-???
mezzo_marinaiomezzo_marinaio on December 19th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Well, in last year's Jump Festa Kishimoto refused to confirm whether Kakashi was truly dead, and... yeah. ;)

Doesn't mean it will be the same, but Kubo's wording certainly makes one feel hopeful.
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koizumi_miwakoizumi_miwa on December 19th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
RUUKKIIIAAA!!!!

(Sorry--had to do my best Fade To Black I will Call Your Name!Ichigo :)


Only two more arcs of Bleach? Serious? :( But it should be nice to see what's in store!
enisy: Bleach:: Mayuri (Fffffff)enisy on December 19th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
I got the impression that there's only two more he has mapped out, not only two more in general. I mean, he's said before that the next arc is going to be a mini-arc, and the one after that is going to be about Isshin, so there's gotta be more.

Edited at 2009-12-19 03:13 pm (UTC)
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mezzo_marinaiomezzo_marinaio on December 19th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
I spy with my little eye... a SEXY ARM!!! :DDDDDD

There should be more posts tagged kubo tite, rukia and ulquiorra.

Anyway, can this be considered official confirmation that Kubo will be involved in the production of the fourth movie? :D

If so, YAY!
hinodeh: yelling alitahinodeh on December 19th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
If Kubo will take part in the fourth movie I'll be so relieved. I feared that the anime team would make Ichithing into something good and just.
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annie_08annie_08 on December 19th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Ulqui is truly a star this time. Kubo mentioned him a few times. Hell, his scene is what Kubo cares more than Ichigo. Surely the sins arc was meant for Ulquiorra. This Jump Festa made me grinned. Kubo and Morita made me happy for two different reasons XD

My Rukia is adorable in that spine T_T
_debbiechan_: rukia peeking_debbiechan_ on December 19th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)

I can't wait to see her spread in two weeks! Kubo hasn't forgotten his girl! I'm so surprised and pleased that she's getting a New Year's spread! <3
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『ミカオル』 ☆: huuu~mikaoru on December 19th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
OMG THE SPINE IS SO PRETTY. MUST.DO.GRAPHICS.NAO

HUU~ Kubo won't confirm Ulqui's death

I'm excited.
Super Nintendo Chalmers: hi thar ichigostrawberries_85 on December 19th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Rukia new year spread? Oh Kubo, how will I ever thank you for the awesome goodies?

Tehehe, Kubo's beating around the bush when it comes to Ulquiorra. I don't want to get my hopes up, but it makes me a little more relived as I feel that Ulquiorra was not just canon fodder in Kubo's eyes.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on December 19th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)

No not a Rukia spread. See upthread. Annie noticed that the blogger was talking about the double issue which is the one we just got--so the "Rukia inside cover" he mentioned was in fact the spine.

There are color pages announced for all the month of January for Bleach, though, so we can look forward to that!
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tuathafae on December 19th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, Ulqui!! <4

I don't care if Kubo's just being a tease, this made my day. :) Because, gosh darnit, he's just way too awesome (and he needs to teach Grimmjow the power of resurrection by Easter) and any reunion scene between Orihime and him is going to be EPIC. And I love EPICness in my Bleach.
littlemeantiger on December 19th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Why resurreaction? As far as I know, being roughly dumped on a pile of dirt by your boyfriend and left there for 50+ chapters is NOT kicking the bucket.

(It's a Rumiko Takahashi death. -_-')
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 syx: OTPdarksyx on December 19th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Good news for all the Ulquiorra fans ^^.
littlemeantiger on December 19th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I find it very amusing that Kubo received a letter all the way from Russia from a concerned fan of Ulquiorra. Hmmm... looks like the irredemable emo mind rapist is quite popular overseas isn't he? How odd. *strokes chin*

Good thing that fandom's sad panda local batman is getting a little attention, maybe this means that he wouldn't remain ashes for long now. Besides; Dynamitc I'm the Godddamned Batman Entry just in time for Xmas? OH GOD THAT WOULD BE THE BEST PRESENT EVER.
selenityshiroi: ulquihime handsselenityshiroi on December 19th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
*excited squeal*

ULQUIORRA!!!!!!

Oh, Kubo!!! Thank you for fanning my flames of hope! They've always been smouldering but it never hurts to throw more fuel on them!

*squeal*
廚二病chuuni on December 19th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Lawls Kubo. You're being way too obvious.
_debbiechan_: Emo Bear by Manaphyone_debbiechan_ on December 19th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)


Haha, Cez, I want to say "And a Merry Christmas to you too, Kubo-sensei." And add like Tiny Tim "G-d bless us, everyone." XD XD XD
@#¤%figaro_figaro on December 19th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I might be a bit of a pessimist but just refusing to confirm Ulqui's death surely isn't the same thing as saying he'll be back?
_debbiechan_: Emo Bear by Manaphyone_debbiechan_ on December 19th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)

Of course it isn't but there's a precedent for this sort of thing. Hopes are up.
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Shipeachesdjna on December 19th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Hm, how many cries of omg fanservice, or he only brought Ulquiorra back because of the fans will erupt from this? lol.


I'm excited to hear this. If he's a minor, fodder character, why not just confirm his death? Kubo, you sly manga-ka.




_debbiechan_: Emo Bear by Manaphyone_debbiechan_ on December 19th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)

Well, I've already heard that Ulquiorra death was OOC or that his being given a touching death (or a heart--even some fans deny that he was given a heart--they say he was given an UNDERSTANDING of one) was because of the character's popularity and not because of Kubo's original intent. These people overlook all the cues, the "everything divide us" sketch and all the parallels between Ichigo's increasing Hollow-ness and Ulquiorra's increasing humanity to say that Kubo pulled this enormously affecting Ulquiorra end out of THIN AIR ... and that those of us who were predicting such a scene were making stuff up all along. *eyeroll*
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littlemeantiger on December 19th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
What do you mean by that? Axel didn't exactly return from the dead, ya know.

*weeps bitterly*
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