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01 April 2010 @ 07:05 am
Chapter 398: Back From Blind  
Mangastream out right here: http://mangastream.com/read/bleach/398-93/1

Direct download here: http://mangastream.com/download/bleach/398-93/

The spine pic (from SpaceCat at Bleach Asylum) is this:

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Kylara: story of destinykarenai on March 31st, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, words cannot express how much I love this chapter. Daddy is an awesome, amazing man and the Surprizen! was delicious, who didn't love seeing Aizen FLICKED OFF into a building?

Rukia's panels are from Memories in the Rain chapter 20.



YEAH, RUKIA IS MAKING ICHIGO INTO A MAN. That's positive influence on someone's life, and as JadeRent said in the FC, she can cheer him up even when she's not around. Power.

The conversation between Aizen and Gin heavily reminded me of this conversation between them here in 174. Except this time... well hell. Aizen looks like he was genuinely irritated at Gin.

Spine pic reminds me very much of this:

and Kubo's explanation of it here.
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Lastly, EEEEEEEEEEE ~ Isshin!
Silvia: damn kidsnightshade_ave on April 1st, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
If that last picture is not evidence that Kubo puts a lot of thought into each spread he draws, then nothing is.
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Danielwdboldstar on March 31st, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Rukia's eyes <3

Ichigo being awesome. <3

Daddy being awesome and probably think what a great daughter-in-law Rukia will make when Ichigo told his story. <3

The Kurosakis being badass.

Gin being his flippant self.

Aizen getting pwned.

I want to make love to this chapter. I have not been this excited about Bleach since the SS days, and I actually LIKED the HM arc.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on March 31st, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)

I'm exhausted. I've been online with friends chatting about the chapter and also on the phone arguing with various govt agencies about this and that ALL FREAKIN DAY SO more from me tomorrow ...

BEST CHAPTER EVER.

*dies*
karkashan: aizenkarkashan on April 1st, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Wait, you argue with government agencies about Bleach chapters? Or is it that you talked about the chapter with people and also had "interesting" conversations with government agencies?
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Vayshtivayshti on March 31st, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
This. This is why I started following the manga.
semicolon abuse hotline: i fancy thishallowd on March 31st, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
All right, Kubo, you are forgiven for everything ever.

How much do I love how strong Ichigo is here? How much do I love PAGE TEN I WANT TO COMPOSE ODES TO ITS MULTITUDINOUS GLORIES? How much do I love ISSHIN, period?
Kylarakarenai on March 31st, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Page 10 Ichigo is so beautiful he took my breath AWAY.
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Kim!spartydragon on March 31st, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Isshin. Isshin wins forever and always.

"I didn't punch you Son, I headbutted you." XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
oh gallant piglet,: isshinigamiaizome on March 31st, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
LOL IKR?
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Grenat: omgyaiescarboucle on March 31st, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Agfhaghavsbvahgefnqs.

Erm.

As I was saying.


Freaking awesome, yo.

mlaklkfnzjehgrzjba.
mezzo_marinaiomezzo_marinaio on March 31st, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
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aentee: rukia; fufufuaentee on March 31st, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
LMAO! XD
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So.... I made Icons of it afterall XDD - conquistadora on April 1st, 2010 08:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
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aentee: ichiruki; the chant and the promiseaentee on March 31st, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Guh! I am incoherent with the beautiful IchiRuki-ness in this chapter fdgfgsgfsgf! There was so much tension as Ichigo repeated Rukia's speech. And his face on page 13 ♥! This chapter was just so awesome overall I LOVE YOU KUBO-SENSEI ♥
selenityshiroiselenityshiroi on March 31st, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah...this is the Bleach I fell in love with.

This is the Ichigo that made me speed through 304 chapters in 10 days (on top of work).

Thank you Kubo! I love it when you focus on the characters!
 Lady Camille Catherine Cecily Lloyd-George Xskilly_n_duff on March 31st, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
BEST. CHAPTER. EVER. Been re-reading volume 3 at least a dozen times today and squealing over the MitR.
qwirky on March 31st, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
This chapter was wonderful. SO wonderful. Better seeing it in HQ scans than the cam scans. Really beautiful. I love Ichigo. I love Isshin. I love the influence Rukia has had on Ichigo.

I love Isshin being proud of Ichigo - I think as readers, we can't feel anything BUT proud of Ichigo for being so mature, such an adult, when we would have expected Ichigo to flip out, just as Isshin initially did. Isshin, your son grew up, and you're proud to see that.

And then... Ichigo saying Rukia's words to Isshin. He's embarrassed, but he says them anyway, because Rukia's words to him put him at ease, and he remembers both that feeling - the look in Rukia's eyes when she tells him that speech - and the words themselves. He remembers both months later and is able to share them with Isshin, this time putting himself in Rukia's role. How can anyone NOT see the profound, deep impact, FOR THE BETTER, that Rukia has had on Ichigo? Not just giving him her powers, protecting him and his family - but as an individual, helping him become a better, mentally stronger, more mature person?

Aaaah. My OTP~! *clings hardcore to it*

And Aizen/Gin tiff was interesting since Aizen seemed genuinely annoyed. And Aizen being owned by Isshin giving him the finger, literally. <3333333 And Ichigo's dorky faces in the beginning. So cute.
シボ 洋蔥さん: magatama greennijibug on March 31st, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Isshin giving him the finger, literally. <3333333

You said it, I can only echo it. ♥
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oh gallant piglet,: kurosakiaizome on March 31st, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm probably going to copypasta this response everywhere, but here:

People can say what they want about Kubo's writing, pacing, etc. (and they have), but the thing that keeps me reading from week to week is the balance between serious tension and comic relief. So many times I would have been tempted to go off in a corner and mope for a while (lack of Grimmjow, Starrk and Lily's deaths, WW's death), but there has always been SOMETHING to break the boo mood and make me remember why I got into this series in the first place: the lulz.

Thank you, Kubo. After Tousen and WW and (possibly) YamaJii, this is just what I needed. Like what Ichigo said, "Thanks for punching me," and Big Daddy's response. It's like being Ichigo a little bit, but as a reader. Second wind has hit!

/sap
V to the A to the D-E-R (Vader!): isshin incognito [scathachdhu]jaina on March 31st, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
This makes me so happy. Such a change in Ichigo from Aizen's mindfuck of last week--I think having his dad there helps. Because no matter what a loon Isshin is, and no matter how much Ichigo's grown up, Isshin is still Daddy, and there's comfort in your parents. And that's really wonderful to see.
Kim!spartydragon on March 31st, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Also Isshin is nuts. Having very powerful crazy people on your side is always reassuring. :3
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silverkun2silverkun2 on March 31st, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Can someone tell me why they translated the same words entirely differently between this chapter and the previous one?

In 387 it was: "a shinigami and a..."
http://mangastream.com/read/bleach/397-80/18
In 398 it's: "a human and a..."
http://mangastream.com/read/bleach/398-93/2

Now there's no possible way (surely not?) that Kubo could change his line to one with an ENTIRELY different meaning from one chapter to the next... So Binktopia has apparently failed very, very hard at translating somewhere along the way. Either that, or the first is what Aizen said and the second is what Ichigo heard and Ichigo has very, very bad hearing. Or perhaps because of Isshin he couldn't hear it right and it was hard to understand what exactly Aizen heard. =/

However, looking at it this way, it makes it appear that he was going to say "a shinigami and a human." That would make sense.

Also...
http://mangastream.com/read/bleach/398-93/14
"Reiatsu erasure? He must have put up an extremely strong barrier."

The only thing we have here to tell us who Aizen's talking about is the word "he." It looks as though Aizen's talking about Gin or Isshin here, and even though I think that Isshin is the far more likely choice, I can't be sure. This is strange.

And another thing, I really can't believe just how much of the pages was taken up by pictures of faces and such. I mean, it's like DBZ where all the characters did was stare each other down... It's like Kubo is doing this just so he can take up space and drag things out.

The IchiRuki was heartwarming, but well... There was already a very good chance that it was Rukia who would get him out of his funk anyway, so her help in the matter wasn't a surprise. What was a surprise, however, is that it was those particular words of hers that got to him in this situation.

I mean, come on, anyone who knows Ichigo would immediately think that he would do something like this upon seeing Shinigami!Isshin:
1. Stare with a "!!!" and/or "???" look on his face for at least a few panels.
2. Yell at him and possibly attack him.
3. Begin throwing millions of questions at him.
Etc. But he decided he didn't even want to ask under these circumstances.

However, that maturity, as well as the entire page dedicated to "kinda feels like... it brought me back" basically means that we can be certain he's at least mostly out of his funk now... It still doesn't mean he can grasp his strange new hollow powers though and he will probably still be afraid of them.

The way Gin unleashed said "bankai" at the end of the chapter makes me wonder if it will suffer the same fate as Tekken Tachikaze - the entire fight, including the display and explanation of the bankai will be avoided completely.

Given that the characters involved are Ichigo and Gin (who are more important characters to the plot), though... We can probably say that this won't happen. Still, I worry. I just have to wonder what on earth Kubo was thinking not even showing a little of Kensei vs. Wonderweiss after that point. I mean, why would he depict the bankai and then not even bother with the smallest of explanations? It's just so strange.
silverkun2silverkun2 on March 31st, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Few errors I made that I need to correct (still can't find the edit button, not really sure how that system works):
1. At the beginning of my post I meant to refer to chapter 397, not 387.
2. I meant to just say "The way Gin said "bankai"" instead of "The way Gin unleashed said "bankai.""
3. The display of Tekken Tachikaze was shown, so it was just the explanation and the rest of the fight that was gone... However the display of Gin's wasn't even shown... Which is another reason why I believe that it's more likely that Gin's bankai will be properly explained soon.
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