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02 February 2010 @ 07:17 pm
Useless Poll, 999 members, Ship Teases and Ulquiorra Teases  
I really hardly ever look at the userinfo page but TODAY I DID AND this community is at 999 members, none of whom are bots, some of whom may be socks, and all of whom are certifiable, so here have a useless poll to celebrate:


Okay, boys and girls, so what's going to be the great climax of this Hueco Mundo arc (or Arrancar arc as Kubo-sensei calls it) when it wraps up in mid-July?

The appearance of the Daddies! Glorious Papa Isshin with Reluctant Arrow Dad in tow!
Aizen defeats Ichigo in Hollow form, escapes to Royal Realm!
Karakura Town Destroyed! Orihime whisked away as Bride of Aizen and unable to restore it!
Something wicked involving Mayuri and the resurrection of Espada!
Rukia battles IchiThing and has to stab him a la Hollow Kaien? OHNOES!
Orihime grows a pair and does some impressive work on the enemy! (killing, healing, raising from the dead, outfitting with new wardrobes, whatever)
Urahara comes back but Hacchi puts him in a box!
GinRan scene of tragedy!humor!betrayal!
Yamamoto kicks the bucket. Koma-chan for President!
Yammy deflates and his loincloth falls off.
Other! (say what in comment)

In other news,

the anime filler just WON'T end even though the zanpakutou arc is over. I just saw the new ED and it looks like a blizzard of sakura and seems like an IchiHime ship tease! Something about Ichigo stepping through a rain puddle and a really tiny tiny Orihime in the far distance who appears to be waiting for him on a bench. Definitely IchiHime although not as shippy as the IchiRuki EDs with the handhold and "love you, love you" lyrics and such, but definitely further evidence that the animators have caught ship fever as well all the fandom and are in need of some HARDCORE OVERT ROMANCE IN THAT THERE STORY NOW ARE YOU LISTENING KUBO-SENSEI?

Ah, the Ulquiorra's return teasing is bad too. I've read a couple blogs by Japanese fans who went to Jump Festa and reported Morita's asking Kubo "Is Ulquiorra really dead?" but this last one I read went into detail about how the seiyuu were joking about ways Ulquiorra might return. Kubo-sensei was described as acting mysterious and suspicious about the topic and wouldn't confirm Ulquiorra's death. Onosaka (Shinji's seiyuu) asked if it would best to collect the ashes, and I had to wonder if he'd seen KawaiiS art. The seiyuu continued joking so much and agitating the audience that finally Onosaka had to say that they might be wrong and didn't want to cause ill effects to the fans by getting their hopes up too much. And apparently there was an Ulquiorra drawing by Kubo on display at this past December's Jump Festa so anticipation about Ulquiorra was at an all time high, and this blogger (Soul Love) was very hopeful about the popular character's return.

It's nuts being a Bleach fan but we do know for sure that we're getting an Isshin arc and that this long long HM arc is ending in mid-July (or thereabouts, Shishou said so) so it's not like we're swimming entirely in uncertainties here. Some things never change. Kubo's artstyle will always evolve and so will the story but you can always count on big boobs, big swords, sentimental backstories ... and what else in Bleach? You tell me the old reliables. My personal fave is Ichigo and Ishida snark. <3

45¢ and an Almond Joyconjure_lass on February 3rd, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm of the opinion that its going to be a combination of the daddies (along with Urahara and pals) showing up right AFTER Ichigo gets his ass handed to him and all hope looks lost. I mean, Aizen still has to go to Soul Society and make the key, right? Unless Yamomoto is a traitor (which I think would be brilliant).

Or unless the key is a person and not a thing, or that the key is hidden inside a person (ala rukia) and Aizen finally figures this out. Who knows. All I know is Ichigo and company are all about to get a serious beatdown.

_debbiechan_: iNSaNITY is ReLaTIVE_debbiechan_ on February 3rd, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)

Yeah, Ichigo's beatdown seems inevitable but we're all hoping for a glimpse of his hollow beast again and I really expect it will show up and whoop up some damage and look scary before Aizen finally pwns it.

The key business may be solved by Mayuri for all we know. I want to get back to HM for Mayuri's deviousness and to find out what he's gleaned from Szayel's lab as much as I want to get back there to see Ishida and Orihime.
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never give up!  ৵  never surrender!loquaciousquark on February 3rd, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Call me late to the party, but we're getting an Isshin arc? :D
_debbiechan_: Isshin_debbiechan_ on February 3rd, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)

Oh yes, Kubo said so. First at SDCC he said that there definitely will be an Isshin backstory, and then at his more recent appearance on Jump Bang, he said that there will a short arc following this end of this one (in mid summer) and then there will be a longer arc in which Isshin plays a significant role. <3

It's just wonderful having Isshin to look forward to--IMAGINE! How he met Masaki and Ryuuken! How he left SS!
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oh gallant piglet,: yammi's dogaizome on February 3rd, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm terrified at the thought of Yammi's cloth falling off, but considering we've already seen more than we ever wanted to see of what's under there, I don't doubt it will happen at some point.

Also I'm really hoping one of the old reliables is NOT Chad continuing to power up with no decent wins. Same for Renji. But yeah, Ichigo/Ishida snark is my favorite constant element in the story. Second favorite is Rukia beating Ichigo with the clue bat. XD
nehalenia: papa lovenehalenia on February 3rd, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Woo, big ol' YES to both of those! How much do I miss Rukia dragging Ichigo around by his head and calling him 'baka'. Sigh. (Yeah, I have a weird view of friendship, affection, and romance.) And there can never be enough IchiIshi snark, but I have a feeling Ichigo's going to have to resolve some guilt issues before they're bitching at each other again.

I also want to see the Daddies fighting, but I'm really unsure if I want them in this arc. I feel bad enough for Ichigo and Ishida already in this arc, and having their dad's see them at such a low point would be totally humiliating. I'm already dreading the beat down Ichigo is sure to get and that would just make it worse.
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manonlechat: crapmanonlechat on February 3rd, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
this last one I read went into detail about how the seiyuu were joking about ways Ulquiorra might return. Kubo-sensei was described as acting mysterious and suspicious about the topic and wouldn't confirm Ulquiorra's death. ... The seiyuu continued joking so much and agitating the audience that finally Onosaka had to say that they might be wrong and didn't want to cause ill effects to the fans by getting their hopes up too much.

Aw, crud. So what does that mean?

My Ulquiorra-fangirling nerves can't take this.

Aizen defeats Ichigo in Hollow form, escapes to Royal Realm!

Aizen will totally win this round but I'd be surprised if he goes hollow form yet. In terms of bad guy reveals, we'll probably see Gin's bankai and/or hollow form first. It would be anti-climactic to show off the Most Evil Dude's abilities before the Second Most Evil Dude's.

Edited at 2010-02-03 01:53 am (UTC)
_debbiechan_: Emo Bear by Manaphyone_debbiechan_ on February 3rd, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
I know, right. I didn't mean to antagonise the fans--I'm just reporting the news! LOL. Actually, as an Ulqui fan myself, I was hoping to give some cheery news.

Well, I've never doubted in Ulquiorra's return even as I read the chapter in which he blew away in the wind--I have various reasons for believing that but I think the seiyuu joking around is really telling good for Ulqui fans. You don't tease a fanbase than much and then go PSYCHE! Kubo doesn't operate that way, and manga are full of characters coming back from the dead--I for one see Vegeta's return from the ashes written all over Ulquiorra.

Edited at 2010-02-03 01:55 am (UTC)
n a o k o || want your rad bromance: IchiRuki- Sweet solitudenendo_chan on February 3rd, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Hm... In response to the new ED, I see it as a "failed response" to Sky Chord, where Orihime was in that exact same pose, but stood up and walked on her own two feet at the end in synch with the line "so let's take the first step". (I think that's the line- I haven't watched it in a while, and I always confuse the TV size with full length. xD) But here with Ichigo, she's sitting still, stagnant like the puddle. So if the animators really are doing ship teases, they're saying so long as Orihime is waiting for Ichigo, she'll never go anywhere. And IchiRuki still has its canon cards stacked with FTB and their hand-holding, tragic-glancing EDs. Just my 2 cents.

Also: Yammy loincloth = DNW, Isshin Arc = DO WANT.

Edited at 2010-02-03 01:54 am (UTC)
the cosplayin' cat ladymochavalentino on February 3rd, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
What I want to happen before the arc ends is the reappearance of forgotten characters who HAVEN'T died, i.e. Grimmjow, Nel, etc.

Also, THE RETURN OF NNOITRA!!! Call me biased, but I feel there are other other espada who haven't gotten closure other than Ulquiorra, but then again Ulqui's definitely the one that has the fanbase.
payroopayroo on February 4th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
THIS. So bad! I can't accept that a character with a big a fan following as Grimmjow can just bleed to death off-screen. Nnnnngh!
kawaiisdreal1: Happykawaiisdreal1 on February 3rd, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
I want Orihime to kick some ass!!
But really, it could be a mixture of everything up there...dammit Kubo you're killing us. @___@

The ED: I didn't notice the tiny Orihime on a bench *.* Yep, total ship tease for IchiHime right there. The animators seem to fluctuate between IR and IcH A LOT. When will we have UlquiHime and IshiHime you bastards?!?!

And OMG! Even more teasing about Ulqui coming back?! The voice actors seem to want him back as well?!?!?!?! *dies* Kubo deliver please!! <33
Someone....has to get that Ulqui drawing Kubo made....

Lol, my pic~ I should have tried harder. XD
n a o k o || want your rad bromance: Neliel- Body Image Failnendo_chan on February 3rd, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm guessing the UlOri and IshiOri will come with the Lust Arc EDs? They'd better! If Ulquiorra is down for the count, and none of my crack!ships come to fruition, I'm eying you to keep IchiHime away, Uryuu!
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nehalenia: cute mayurinehalenia on February 3rd, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
Heaven forbid there should be ANOTHER Orihime resque arc, but I just couldn't resist the "Bride of Aizen" scenario.

And Mayuri doing something wicked and nasty is just sort of a given, isn't it? That's an awfully big wagon there he has there, and I'm honestly worried that Pesche and Dondo might be in it somewhere. (Oh lordy, you KNOW it's bad when *I'm* missing Pesche and Dondo! PLEASE Kubo, PLEASE go back to the HM and the dome and let us see what's going on!)

ETA: I looked at the new ED and WTF? I can't tell WHAT's going on. Is that snow falling all over everyone or a shower of petals or what? I couldn't tell who anyone was. It completely obscured the characters.... wait... snowflakes? Completely obscuring characters? *snerk* Gotta go. LOLing.

Edited at 2010-02-03 03:13 am (UTC)
oh gallant piglet,: giggleaizome on February 3rd, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I see what you did there.

But it's odd: the sub is out, but there's still no raw (not counting youtube). Looks like folks are going to have to wait a while for screencaps. I need to sleep. :/
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kohi_no_torakohi_no_tora on February 3rd, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
While not logged in to comment I've got to say Isshin and Ryuken showing up is the most likely.

However... Orihime grows a pair and does some impressive work on the enemy! (... outfitting with new wardrobes, ...)

OBJECTION!{/Phoenix Wright}

Wardrobe and costuming is Ishida's job, not Orihime's.
nehalenia: ishida what am I wearingnehalenia on February 3rd, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
They could make it a joint project. :)
Adam Epp: Shin Asukaadam_epp on February 3rd, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
You know, I wouldn't mind ALL OF THE ABOVE. Just let something happen, please.
Kylarakarenai on February 3rd, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
I anticipate Orihime failing. I may be alone in this, but I quite nearly demand it.

Ichigo is meant to fail. His hero complex blew up in his face big time on the dome. He hasn't acknowledged what happened there. He's pretending it didn't happen.

And Orihime is somehow excluded from this? She made a huge effing mistake on the dome, I haven't seen her acknowledging it other than mourning Ulquiorra, and I haven't seen an emotional realization from her yet. Granted, her flaws are amplified when she's around Ichigo, but since the worlds need to reunite for End of Hypnosis 2.0, I'm expecting that they'll all come around soon enough.

So. I still don't expect her to grow a pair and do something amazing; what I want most from her is to think.

Other than that, bring on the end of this arc.
Seakhyata on February 3rd, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
You're not alone, my love. You know that. <3

I think its a bit too premature (and frankly nonsensical) for her to simply turn around, be A-ok and start kicking arrancar butt. What I would like from her is some REAL introspection, some REAL soul-searching removed from Kurosaki-kun fixation i.e. not treating the rest of the nakama as Hueco Mundo garden fixtures, and acknowledging them as real living beings would be nice.

And for crying out loud, a heartfelt thank you to poor, armless, bleeding from the gut Ishida-kun is long overdue.
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kaibasgirl on February 3rd, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
WHAT?! Where is the glorious reunion between Hitsugaya and Hinamori that's been anticipated ever since Hinamori reappeared in the battle in FKT?!

Those two are going to have some epic stuff going down by the time July rolls around >(
>Kat<: [Until Death Do Us Part] Safetanya_lilac on February 4th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
This, so much. ^^
pcuppy: pic#88318854pcuppy on February 3rd, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)

My choices were:
-The appearance of the Daddies! Glorious Papa Isshin with Reluctant Arrow Dad in tow!
I'm interested in Ichigo's reaction.
-Orihime grows a pair and does some impressive work on the enemy!
She tries to undo the hyougoku.
-Urahara comes back but Hacchi puts him in a box!
Aizen goes back to HM, stops hime from destroying the hyougoku, retrieves it, and goes to the royal realm.

As for the new ending, I have mixed feelings. I like the song a lot, but...MEH. I kinda hope it doesn't last for the Lust arc eps. That would kind of be shitty timing. To see Ichigo and Orihime's idiotic actions animated, then followed by that ending...seems contradictory really. Eh w/e though. Every fandom needs love.... *cough*ulquishihimeOP*cough* orz
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 3rd, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)

No, there's supposed to be a new ED for when the anime returns to the Ulquiorra fight.
maryloc on February 3rd, 2010 09:33 am (UTC)
I really want to see the appearance of the Daddies! :) But I've got to say that Hacchi enclosing Urahara in a box intrigues me. Why would Hacchi make that promise if Kubo doesn't intend to do anything with it?