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20 January 2010 @ 04:59 pm
The scanlation for chapter 289 is out!  
(Anonymous) on January 20th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's not usual that the chapter is translated when it's released! What a good bleated Christmas gift from the translators!
r0ck3tsci3ntist - sorry, kiddingr0ck3tsci3ntist on January 20th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
Quite a good chapter actually.
hinodehhinodeh on January 20th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I liked it, too.

The theme of Ichigo wanting to do everything himself and accidentally insulting his fellow fighters with that is brought up again, and it seems like Ichigo finally got his head out of his ass. I was actually really touched when he thought that he believes in the captains and vaizard.

I also liked Soi's speech on how they intended to protect, win and survive. That was pretty cool.

Hitsu's reasoning that one should fight out of duty rather than anger and hate was also nice. Too bad he fell for Aizen's taunt and immediately betrayed that credo. Poor ice boy will get pwned for that.

Speaking of pwnage: Shunsui was awesome this chapter, and Koma was once again so sweet. He wanted to avenge Tousen. Awwww.
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_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 20th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)

That was the quickest ever!

One, I'm already over my disappointment over Ishida not being on the spine. If Kubo wants to delay my seeing Ishida until I'm screaming then so be it. This is how he works me into a frenzy and I love it and I hate it! (no Ishida for eight months in the manga now! Wah! The longest ever! I thought his training session with his dad took forever!)

Two, Aizen is awesome. As long as he's talking I'm a happy bleacher. Aizen is one of those villains who's a total bore standing around looking smug but as soon as Kubo sticks some philosophy and poetry into his speech bubbles, things get interesting. This chapter is nice for the little character flourishes--Soi Fong's self-centered sort of philosophy behind fighting, Hitsugaya's bullshit about responsibility being called out and his true passion flaring at the mention of Hinamori, Ichigo feeling insecure because he recalls Nii-sama's words to him, and Shunsui--HAHAHA, SO HAWT. Making his hetereosexuality plain to Aizen there? How he's bored when it's not women talking? I laughed and laughed. I know he dotes on Ukitake's every word, liar.

Three, Shinji has my heart as always but does he too doubt Orihime's fighting ability?
Oh Hime you have to prove all these guys wrong. Everyone thinks you're a wimp on the battlefield and I'm getting tired of it.

Four, Unohana closes her eyes a lot. Which reminds me--GIN? OH GIN? I wonder if when he cut back to Kensei and WW, they'll be done with their bout. We still have to see WW release. I can't believe this arc will end by mid-summer--this could go on another year!

Five, Ichigo looks so innocent. I'm dreading the moment someone gets hurt or this wonderful friendship moment is over and the winged eagles go down and Ichigo loses it...
Ananomoreprinces on January 20th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Three, Shinji has my heart as always but does he too doubt Orihime's fighting ability?

I don't think he's doubting her ability rather her experience. Orihime isn't battle trained. We all know that and agree with that. She panicks under pressure and she doubts herself a lot. She makes a lot of mistakes that someone with experience wouldn't make.

Unohana has likely seen countless battles and knows how to keep a cool head with the shit is hitting the fan.

Think of it like this. Orihime's like a first time mom. Nervous and jumpy and easily frazzled. Unohana is grandma. Been through the whole kid thing at least once knows what to do when the baby starts screaming where as new mama is at her whits end and in tears that she doesn't know what to do.

And this is why grandma's rule. Heh.
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♛ KKdaGreen: vaizardskk2k5 on January 20th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Mentioned Hinamori-kun and captain Hitsugaya gone mad at once XD
Awww... clearly the shape of LOVE is here <3 <3 <3 That's captain Hitsugaya for ya XD
it's green and tastes like licorice.: ichigorionarch on January 20th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Good chapter. All I can really think is that babysitting Yumichika, Ikkaku, and Renji in the real world did nothing for Hitsugaya's temperment.
oh gallant piglet,: giggleaizome on January 20th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaa! Good point. Add Matsumoto's constant teasing, and it's no wonder the kid is grumpy as all get out.
Kashino: Bleach-Ichi-hostkashinosei on January 20th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Ichigo looks so cool on 4, and cute on some other pages^^
peca_06peca_06 on January 20th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
YES HE DOES! He's been drawn so cute <3333. I think Kubo is drawing everyone awesome lately (like Aizen *drools*), but Ichigo looks specially great on last weeks and now this week I enjoyed the close ups on his face, expression, so much detail on his hair, eyes... Right now I am happy to be an artist and an Ichigo fan ^_^ <333
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selenityshiroiselenityshiroi on January 20th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
You know, I didn't actually read last week's chapter until just now, because I was horribly distracted last week by CLAMP fandom.

But with the chapter this week sounding SOOOOOOO good, I read both chapters in a row and WOW.

Aizen, I love how calm and collected you are. And his dialogue is so creepy and powerful.

And SO MUCH LOVE for Ichigo finally getting the 'teamwork=good' message! It's about time! Maybe now he can take that with him into his interactions with his nakama! This chapter has the Ichigo I adore in it, so I'm happy for that.

Oh, Hitsugaya. Even if fandom hates on you, I love you! Even if Aizen knows exactly what buttons to push when it comes to you (of course...EVERYONE knows that Hinamori is his Berserk Button). You're going to get your arse kicked, again, (unless the others hold you back) but I still love you!

And Shinji...YOU TELL HIM! But, yes, at least he brought back Unohana.

Although...Unohana looked a little...cold? When she was looking at Hiyori? That worries me. Because Hiyori has to be fine.

I loved this chapter. It was really all the troops riling together for one last go. It really feels like we're smack bang into this arc's climax, with this chapter.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 20th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)

Although...Unohana looked a little...cold? When she was looking at Hiyori? That worries me. Because Hiyori has to be fine.

Uhohana always scares me a little. She's got something of that Jewish Mama Look in her eye except that you know she's in total control of the situation. I'm sure Hiyori's all right. Unohana was just serious about the gravity of the whole situation. ...
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Anna: Bleachkookiety on January 20th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
'Let's jam'
I do believe that's my favourite bit about the whole chapter. Oh Shinji ♥

Also yay at Hiyori getting healed. Next will be Ukitake, right? (The poor guy is not exactly in the best of health - there's only so much flailing like a dying fish and wheezing out blood while everyone acts like a hero he can do before he really dies.) And then there'll be Unohana being frightening?

A dash of Urahara and Isshin after that would be just heaven, oh yes. A bit of Yoruichi might compel me to purr.

(I am not anticipating to see Ishida for a long, long time - being realistic and all... Reverse psychology? Mhm.)
maryloc on January 20th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, how quick! Thank you! :)I usually don't like much Soi Fong's attitude but that was a really good speech. I also love the way Shunsui says "Capitan Aizen" and Yay! for HitsuHina XD (sorry for the double post! I forgot to log in before and don't know how delete it!)
hinodehhinodeh on January 20th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Just tap the button with the red cross if you want to delete a post you made.
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Kim!spartydragon on January 20th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
That was fast.

Yey! Ichigo's starting to get his priorities straight! Of course, Aizen's probably got some info to make him loose it buuuut at least we know he's not THAT far gone.

How much you wanna bet Aizen's got Las Noches rigged to blow?

Captain Grumpypants is Grumpy as usual. Unfortunately it's probably gonna get his ass handed to him. Or more likely Gin will sweep in to toy with him some more.
Avelera: Fight like a Girlathena799 on January 20th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm less worried about HM and more worried about SS. Who exactly is guarding Soul Society right now?
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Kylara: Lisakarenai on January 20th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
I liked the chapter. It had some lovely art, as usual, and of all the characters involved, so hopefully all Bleach fans got to see SOMEONE they liked.

1. Shunsui~~~ he's so debonair. XD XD XD

2. Shinji is doubting Orihime's ability to properly heal specifically on the battlefield. I don't think he's talking about fighting skills - I think he's talking about traumatic wartime situations. And thus far, quite frankly, I see nothing right now to indicate that he or the originator of this sentiment, Urahara, is incorrect. It's an issue of resolve, after all.

3. Hitsugaya is so damn young in this chapter. I see he annoyed some people, but I felt a little bad for him even though I know he knows better. Whether the feeling is familial or romantic, Hitsugaya loves Hinamori, and fgs this man is the one she chose to prioritize over all others, making light of how he hurt her. Points to Kubo for showing differences in age - contrasting him with Shunsui was beautiful.

4. I loved Soi Fong's speech. She's right - Ichigo doesn't need to feel bad about 'getting them involved' or something with this fight to save the world. It's a fight for survival - they're in the fight no matter what, and he needs to recognize their necessity to be involved (even if they all end up half-dead consequently). Plus, she gave the whole damn speech with one arm and the other stump half-bandaged - I give her points for going on and trying her best even though she's burned out on reiatsu and strength already. AND she left Oomaeda behind again, screeching. *pats Soi Fong, gets hand bitten*

5. Nii-sama sure burns his words into Ichi's brain.


7. Hachi is the one healing Hiyori _at the moment_, but Unohana looks to assist.

8. Aizen saying that a sword without hatred is a sword without wings. What the fuck is his hatred? Or is this him?

Seriously, he's such a damn hypocrite and Hitsu missed a golden opportunity to point that out.
kaibasgirl on January 20th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
XXXXDDDDDDDDROFL!!! Oh gd, you're comment just made me burst out laughing, and that pic is GOLDEN. ROFL!! Thank you <33
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_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 20th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
spines so far

Annie found the pic...

here's the next one in the line... we get Orihime's other boob, a tiny Don Kanjoni, and it turns out all that black was Urahara's cape--you can see his fan and a bit of his hair coming up next.

Grenatescarboucle on January 20th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: spines so far
Urahara is BIG BIG BIG, seriously. It seems that Kubo is putting on the line his importance, heh? XD

I think the spine is stressing out everyone's importance. First, Ichigo, Kon and Rukia as the main, then Chad and Inoue because their role get bigger. Then a HUGE Urahara. It makes sense.
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balladbirdballadbird on January 20th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
1.) It's a good bridge chapter. I'm not sure why Ohana seems so dispassionate about the past couple. They haven't been the stuff memories were made of, but it's a lot of dialogue, and most of it isn't just the traditional macho posturing that we usually get in a bleach fight, so I'm content.

2.) Seems Hiyori will be just fine. I never had the slightest bit of doubt, but I have to laugh at how indestructible the shinigami are, especially in a universe where a particularly violent paper cut is all it takes to turn an arrancar into dust.

3.) The Shunsui/Aizen exchanges reminded me of Starrk, so I'm happy now.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 20th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)

I agree, Ballad, the dialogue has been excellent and the art's been above par and we've been promised a melee fight (I wonder if we'll really see it). Bleach feels like it's moooooving. Me like.
andrew_jpandrew_jp on January 20th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
There's something...weird about Aizen's expression on the last page. His eyes are narrowed, as if he's surprised, or at least thoughtful. Maybe he didn't expect Hitsugaya to react quite so strongly?

This is going out an a limb, but I think that Captain Grumpypants is deliberately overblowing his reaction to make himself a bigger distraction, so that Ichigo or the others will have a better chance to catch Aizen off guard...except he's already seeing right through it.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 20th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)

You may be right--that's certainly in keeping with our Boy Genius' character. Can't wait for next chapter to see if you're right--but woah,
Shiro-chan, how noble nonetheless!

I can't help it--I really liked Hitsugaya in this chapter. First lecturing Aizen like that takes chutzpah. I see a big future for this boy.

Unless he's toast in two panels of course.
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