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07 September 2010 @ 12:21 am
Sensei Approves of Anime Filler Scene!  
Stop the presses! Now I've seen it all! I couldn't believe my eyes when the tweet passed before them a few minutes ago but Kubo-sensei watched last week's anime filler scene where Rukia ran past her brother Byakuya and had a moment with Ichigo before he entered the dangai with Captain Unohana, and ...he approved of it. He approved of the filler scene. He called it "beautiful." Color me gobsmacked. Sensei liked a bit of anime that I skimmed over as pure fanservice myself, and it was an IchiRuki eyesmex scene, lol!

Note that there is shippy squee beneath the cut.
First translation by nacchan_touya :
Kubo-sensei tweeted:  Watching the recorded BLEACH episode, this time the animation was done beautifully. In the anime original Rukia was the one who had the last word and I think the scene is very good, I'm glad because in the original work I haven't got the chance to touch Rukia

(deb's note--this is interesting because now we can all speculate about what it means for Sensei not to have "touched" upon Rukia yet)

eta: Pikeish's translation may explain the above--I hadn't speculated on this at all!


"I've watched the Bleach I telerecorded. This time, the drawing was really beautiful. Even though it was an anime original, I thought it was really nice that the last line was directed towards Rukia. Because in the original work, in relation to the (number of) pages, I didn't get a chance to touch on Rukia.

Post from the IchiRuki FC at BA and translation by Mai Tsukishiro 

Post from the IchiRuki FC at BA and translation by Mai Tsukishiro
Thanks, naho for the heads up! I strolled over there to find out, and here is what I got:

This tweet from Kubo-sensei says: "I recorded and watched the new Bleach episode. This episode had a beautiful picture huh? Even though in the original animation Rukia had the last word, it was good as it was. The scene seemed to coincide with the pages nicely, [not to mention] especially Rukia."

I'm guessing when he says "original animation" he means the cut he saw before they completed it. They must have added that bit at the end after he saw it. Looks like he pleasantly surprised

Someone responded to that first tweet,
(debbiechan's note: that would be se-noh aka Ku) which Kubo-sensei retweeted and his words are first before the RT.

The fan responded to Kubo-sensei saying: "Hello! I also saw the new anime scene and was touched. Rukia was in shock and passed by her brother (laugh) If I have [internet] access during my lunch break, I'll be happy to see if Kubo-sensei has responded."

Kubo-sensei's response: "I was also surprised, it must have been sad to be Byakuya then (laugh)."

Seems like Kubo-sensei enjoyed the mini-filler scene. Hmm...

Deb here again. The filler itself was 40 seconds long and a bit of indulgence I thought only shippers would appreciate. The anime had added Orihime healing Ishida on the dome (and that filler scene was met with much dislike by many fans--mostly because of its perky portrayal of Orihime who in canon had last been recalled by Ichigo in mourning, hugging herself in tears). I thought the healing scene on the dome didn't add anything to the characters the way Kubo's manga does and to be honest, even though I liked this IchiRuki scene, I thought that this scene didn't either--although it did emphasize, oddly, that Rukia prioritized her concern for Ichigo over seeing her dear Nii-sama again. Apparently Kubo was tickled and pleased by that. And to call the scene "beautiful?" Hmm, he does love his IchiRuki bond.

For those who don't remember the scene, here are some gifs by amy_core :

This tweet from Sensei strikes me as so significant because he's rarely commented on the anime before, never had an over positive thing to say about it (he's said he understands that it's "different" when many people are working on a project as opposed to one) and when there have been scenes added before such as the healing scene on the dome recently, he was silent on the matter. He's never commented on another scene before.
シボ 洋蔥さん: I want to shine on younijibug on September 7th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)

Just ♥
peca_06peca_06 on September 7th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
ahrgajglalfbjaljgagla o___O OMG! Beautiful huh? no way! hahaha Kubo is going to start fangirling with us one of these days XDDD. It makes me giddy and happy :D .
Thank you so much for this info and thanks to those who translated and pretty gifs <3333 Loves you *chu chu*
Super Nintendo Chalmers: Ichiruki - soulmatesstrawberries_85 on September 7th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
♥ ♥

Kubo you are too sweet. ♥
n a o k o || want your rad bromance: IchiRuki- Givin' me the looknendo_chan on September 7th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)

For both the IchiRuki and Rukia herself, who totally vanished after Byakuya and Kenpachi showed up.
Shinigami_Lucia: IchiRuki04shinigami_lucia on September 7th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
qwirky on September 7th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Kubo-sensei, that's so cute XD I'm glad he approves of the filler scene, with Rukia running past Byakuya (he's like a lone cactus in the desert) because she's solely focused on Ichigo, and then it's followed by the intense, meaningful Ichigo/Rukia gaze... and that Kubo actually SAID to the world he liked the anime!filler scene!
annie_08: smugannie_08 on September 7th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
I know IchiRuki shippers love this episode since it was nicely done. Glad to see sensei agrees with us on that. But I really am surprise that sensei would even comment on that particular filler scene though. When he mentioned anime ep, it's usually just "I've seen it...and laugh" but never anything particularly positive like this. Heck, even UlquiIchi fight ep which I thought has the best animation (so far) didn't get him to comment. As an IchiRuki shipper/Rukia fan, it makes me happy he would comment on this XD

But I also wonder what does he mean by he hasn't get a chance to touch Rukia. Is it about her appearing in manga in general or is it about her concern for Ichigo?
Grenat: ichiruki2escarboucle on September 7th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
Haha it made me squee that Sensei said that about a filler XD Especially one that's blatantly, BLATANTLY IchiRuki XD

2 points on this:
1. As I said many times, Kubo is not on touch with what the anime does. He may discuss some points (last year for the zanpakutou arc, or the design of the upcoming filler) with them, but he's globally like us: watching the anime from his TV and that's it. Here it goes the impression that the anime team "knows" something [I think personally that the only thing they know is about the IchiRuki bond because of FtB and Sensei's heavy work in it].

2. I think that Sensei meant that, at that time, he hadn't had the chance to touch Rukia when Ichigo went to the fake Karakura. And thus, he's glad the anime team did it, and did it well. That's how I understood his tweet - don't worry though, I don't think we'll see Rukia in a while in the manga ~__~
Adam Eppadam_epp on September 7th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Kubo can approve the filler, but I never will. It's impossible for me. Because I'll never watch the filler, no matter what.
sidonzo on September 7th, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
I agree. I stopped watching the anime long ago because there was too much filler. I think it interferes with the story Kubo is trying to create.
_debbiechan_: ulqui gif_debbiechan_ on September 7th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)

LOL, I think the anime itself interferes with the story Kubo is trying to create, but I like to watch the fights animated. XD
quiet: [rukia] i fixed myself up nicewoodwind on September 7th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
I can't help but smile. Damn my shipper side.
敬: IchiRukipikeish on September 7th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
<333 We know Kubo sama, we know <333
Nacchan: ichiruki sepedaannacchan_touya on September 7th, 2010 08:29 am (UTC)
we love what you love sensei~ we really do ლ(^◡^ლ)
manonlechat: orihime will bitchslap youmanonlechat on September 7th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
Glad I'm not the only one who really hated that Orihime healing Ishida on the dome scene. The tone (immediately following Ulquiorra's death) was off.
Cassiemizukagami on September 7th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 So happy!!!!! I'm sitting here at Burger King and I nearly squeed out loud in public!!! This deserves a public squee. I so miss my IchiRuki!
connaka: ichigo/rukia » you changed my world.connaka on September 7th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
WHAAAT? Sensei doesn't mind, and even appreciates this sort of utter fanservice? 8D Well, he's got his fanboy moments too, after all. O/ BUT YESSS WE GET IIIIITT, Senseiiii~♥ ! *_______*

And, as always, he's totes ADORABLE whenever he tweets to gush over Rukia like the proud otou-sama that he is! xD Not to mention how he's got such an OMG!OBVIOUS BIAS towards a certain pairing, yet doesn't even bother trying to be subtle about it AT ALLLLL!! xDD

AHAHA XD, oh Kubo! <3

Plus, lol @ his response at the end there, "..it must have been sad to be Byakuya.." (rofl yes, poor Nii-sama~ D:)
(Anonymous) on September 7th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
'Watching the recorded BLEACH episode, this time the animation was done beautifully. In the anime original Rukia was the one who had the last word and I think the scene is very good, I'm glad because in the original work I haven't got the chance to touch Rukia.

At first I was like: :D :D :D

'The anime had added Orihime healing Ishida on the dome (and that filler scene was met with much dislike by many fans--mostly because of its perky portrayal of Orihime who in canon had last been recalled by Ichigo in mourning, hugging herself in tears).'

.....But then I rage'd.

Oh Bleach, why must you bring me so much happiness amidst so much rage and hatred? Must my soul be eternally divided?


secila80: Rukia smilingsecila80 on September 7th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
My sentiments exactly.
Slipstreme: slipstreme42slipstreme on September 7th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Alas yet another episode that I must wait untold months before they actually air it in the US. *rolls eyes*

At least I got my behind everyone ass caught up in the manga though.

But to know that it is one Kubo approves of makes me really want to see it.
qwirky on September 7th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
You can actually watch it on Crunchroll now: http://www.crunchyroll.com/bleach/episode-286-544156 New episodes are available to watch to everyone a week after they air in Japan. :)
 Lady Camille Catherine Cecily Lloyd-George X: Byakuyaskilly_n_duff on September 7th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
I'll stop for you, Byakuya!

But really--wow, Sensei! Remember how much you love having Rukia in your manga? Could we get some more of that soon? Even if it's just Aizen mentioning her to mock Ichigo...and then Ichigo smacks Aizen. Again. (please?)
Lizzy, a harmless lecher and pyromaniac: Sexy Bitch!wicked_liz on September 7th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
That's actually nice to know that Kubo likes their portrayal of his work - I've always thought of him as being pro-IchiRuki since he's the one that drew the scenes that made me that way (blahblahblah) IchiRuki eyesmex is like my favourite kind XD

I'm guessing what he meant by not having the chance to "touch on Rukia" means he honestly didn't have the time - he has a page limit as part of his serialization, so I guess some parts that may not have been essential had to be overlooked, but in retrospect he would have liked to.

Even though I think of Twitter as an Apocalyptic Omen, I really like that you do little updates ^_^
Evaanimeangel4eva on September 7th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
*Squeaa* Well at least Kubo gets to be happy about SOMETHING in the anime. LMAO. <3 Very sweet indeed!
Becky: Bleach - UlquiHimegully_moe on September 7th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Ooo, which episode is this again? Last weeks?
dark_kathydark_kathy on September 7th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Hell Yeah! At least we know e actually liked the filler scene and that he wanted to touch Rukia's feelings there, maybe we can expect something good from this intention.
sakurahououji_n on September 7th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)

I LOVED that moment and I'm glad Kubo did too. It helped ease the pain of knowing that my Rukia will now soon be missing not only in the manga but in the anime too.
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oh gallant piglet,: SEAWEED AMBASSADORaizome on September 8th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
That cracked me up too. Sometimes it's hard to believe Byakuya really cares about Rukia, but reading something like this from Kubo himself drives all doubt away.
A: ichiruki black & whitelovely_chance on September 8th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Wow, a filler that Kubo approves of? and it's an IchiRuki filler too! XDD