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?
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