Just for the record, there’s been some confusion about Sensei’s tweets today regarding Orihime and some fan criticism of her. No, Sensei was not addressing Orihime hate in general in Bleach fandom. For some days now a tweeter claiming to be a Rukia fan has been sending Kubo-sensei, Kudo-san and Morita-kun tweets saying horrible things about the character of Orihime and calling for Orihime’s death among other things. A recent tweet said that if Orihime had a large part in the movie this tweeter would not go to the movie. The tweeter linked Kubo-sensei to the Orihime 2ch hate thread. Sensei mildly warned the tweeter not long ago and sent private notes to fans concerned about the messages telling them not to worry. When the messages started up again with more verocity, I tweeted him last night:
I saw cruel tweets to you. I know someone is impersonating a Rukia fan. I pray annoyances go away. The sky speaks language of light and dark and prayers are dark. Sensei answers in beautiful pictures and sometimes in tweets. Thank you for your patience.
Others expressed their concern and a few hours later Sensei responded in a series of tweets:
以上。それでは原稿に戻ります！ about 7 hours ago via Teewee
俺がRTしたことで雑言を見てしまった織姫のファンや、気楽にBLEACHを楽しんでる読者のみんなも、申し訳ない。ただ、他人の意見で俺の描き方が変わ る可能性はゼロなので、そこは心配しないで下さい。 about 7 hours ago via Teewee
それから、下の子のツイート見て、普通のルキアファンは(下の子は「ルキアが好きで、織姫が嫌い」な子です。)ショックを受けるかも知れないけど、あれで 俺の中のルキアファンの心証が悪くなることは無いから安心して下さい。 about 7 hours ago via Teewee
そんなとこかな。あと言っとくことあったかなぁ。 about 8 hours ago via Teewee
KU (poppymoon) summarized the tweets this way:
□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■ Mr.Kubo's words to us □■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■□■
To Rukia fans
ordinary Rukia fan read these tweets and may be shocked. (the kid likes Rukia and hates Orihime)
but the impression of Rukia fans never worsens, because of that tweets. Don't worry.
To Orihime fans and other ordinary BLEACH fans
I'm sorry that I let you guys see that worthless tweets because of my RT.
but please don't worry. I never change my drawing style because of other people's opinion.
please don't worry. I never be angry and never be shocked by these tweets.
even if it is all even if it is a part, drawing manga for liking of reader means that it forces responsibility on reader.
It is my thought.
I just don't want people to get the idea that these tweets from Kubo have anything to do with the ohmygawdOrihimeisFAILbecauseshedoesn't useTsubaki! criticism! one may see in fandom and that in fact it was bleachness members such as Annie and Syn and Amy and myself and others who wrote Sensei appalled by this tweeter's hatred of Orihime.
ETA: mezzo's direct translation of Kubo's tweet (not summary like Ku's--although thank you very much Ku). The first translation made me LOL with its particular colorfulness. <3
Talentless people who don’t make any personal effort and yet complain about the things that they are given – when they can’t drag other, hard-working people to follow their lead – shut their eyes tightly and end up somewhere in a corner, just barely managing to survive by opening their mouth and eating nothing but rain and dust.
So it’s like that, eh? I might have been warned about it before.
Before, when this kind of thing happened by accident, I got some terribly worried letters and replies… but there is no reason to get especially angry or shocked – it’s okay, don’t worry.
In this kind of situation, when every week people from all around the world read your words, no one among the ones who’ve been writing manga every week for almost ten years would be so hasty. Because the timing was just right, I was led to speak a manifestation of my intentions.
And then, after seeing that child’s tweet, normal Rukia fans (the child was the ‘I like Rukia, I hate Orihime’ type) probably were shocked – but that won’t damage the impression of Rukia fans I hold inside me – so please, don’t worry.
I’m truly sorry, for the Orihime fans who had to see such foul language in one of my RT and for all BLEACH readers who enjoy the manga at their comfort. But since there is zero chance that my writing style will change because of other people’s comments, please don’t worry about it.
Be it just in one part or in the entire thing, currying favor with the readers while writing a manga means pushing the blame on the readers. Making other people pay money for something I don’t find interesting from the bottom of my heart would be a fraud.
About that idea, I don’t feel like discussing it. Naturally, it’s great that there are differing thoughts. If someone keeps making something for five, ten years and there are many opinions, that is that person’s way of life as a creator. I’m not denying that. If I read that tweet and it makes me think something, in that moment the tweet’s significance is satisfied completely.
No less. In that situation, I’d return the manuscript!