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22 September 2010 @ 05:49 pm
Bleach 421 is out  
Bleach 421 is out at Mangastream.

As always: Don't go tweeting to Kubo about this chapter until Monday, and if you want to tweet him 'bout something else, then don't use art from this chapter in your icon.





The color spread is pretty but... but... Ichigooooooo. ;_; ;_; ;_; ;_; ;_; Waaaaaah. Ichigooooo. T_T T_T T_T *cries for him*

"Farewell, Ichigo" <-- The ;_; began at that point. (Oh, and Zangetsu has blue eyes behind the shades.)

Ichigo's faces during this chapter. ;_; ;_; Someone needs to give him a hug. Someone other than Aizen, anyway.

Aizen's frothing at the mouth, even at the end of the line. 'I'm a winner, you're a loser, blah blah, let me say more things that are totally wrong and that I made up.' Okay. At least he loses some of his freaky features and goes back to relatively normal-looking.

Uraharaaaaaa. So he outplayed Aizen this round. Not that it was hard, what with Aizen becoming unhinged, both due to his super annoying arrogance and his eroding humanity/sanity/intelligence due to the hougyoku. But as others said in the spoiler thread, sealing a villain is never a good thing - they tend to become unsealed at a future point.

Apparently Urahara did know much more about the hougyoku than he let on, if he was able to predict that the hougyoku would no longer think of Aizen as his master once Aizen weakened. It's okay, hobaby, go back to mama Rukia. But it looks like the hougyoku is being sealed WITH Aizen? I wonder how that'll work out. (My Feeling: Not well.)

So the Spirit King keeps the spirit world together? Hmmmmm. Guess we'll learn more about that in the next arc. Aizen: 'Graaah, why do you listen to that "thing"!' <-- Why the venom, Aizen?

Ichigo looks away at the end as Aizen's being sealed. I wonder if it was because Aizen's rantings became too embarrassing or difficult to handle, coupled with Ichigo's exhaustion; or if Aizen's words that winners think not of how the world is, but how it should be, reminded Ichigo that he's lost his shinigami powers. We saw in the prequel chapters that Ichigo longed for the power to crush destiny; now he no longer possesses that power. Ichigo... ;_;
 
 
 
andrew_jpandrew_jp on September 22nd, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
So the Spirit King is some kind of monster?

This is sort of a disquieting way for Aizen to be defeated, assuming he has been defeated, because he's right. It is right to try to change the world for the better than to accept the status quo, and I think Ichigo would agree. Will the future see Ichigo on the other side from Urahara?

With this revelation, Aizen and Gin seem a lot alike-people who tried to do morally right things, from their perspective, but through the most assholish and opaque means imaginable.
qwirky on September 22nd, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
I don't think Aizen was actually saying he wanted change the world for the better. He simply wanted to change it, period, to suit himself. You can change the status quo to something worse, after all XD And Aizen wanting to become god would definitely upset that status quo. I can't see anything morally right in what Aizen was doing.
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Kim!: Mmm... Jump...spartydragon on September 22nd, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
That chapter went by way too fast. I DEMAND SORACHI DRAW BLEACH FOR THREE WEEKS SO WE CAN ACTUALLY GET SOMEWHERE.

Love the color spread though. Bruuuuuuush stroooooooooookes!!! ^______^

I wonder if the Hogyoku is gonna roll over to Ichigo now and go "oh hai" even though he lost his powers.

Hmm, I wonder how long Ichigo will survive in SS without his powers. Shouldn't they be high-tailing him back to Karakura so that he can pop back into his body?
qwirky on September 22nd, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
The Hougyoku looks like it's still in Aizen, so I wonder if it'll be sealed away with him. >_>; I can't think of that being a good thing, even if it no longer thinks of Aizen as its sugar daddy... or is it the other way around. I guess the Hougyoku was Aizen's sugar daddy.

Hmm, I wonder how long Ichigo will survive in SS without his powers. Shouldn't they be high-tailing him back to Karakura so that he can pop back into his body?
NO, THERE IS MEANINGFUL LOOKS TO BE HAD. D: It's a glorified gigai already, right? He's already dead, I can't think of it being that bad for him... but I'm only speculating XD
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(Anonymous) on September 22nd, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD
OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD

Aizen: "Why does a man of your intellect sit idle?! Why...Why do you allow yourself to be controlled by that THING?"
Urahara: "That 'thing'? You mean the 'Spirit King'?"
Urahara: "....Oh. So you saw it."

OH SHIT, MY 'The King of SS is an eldritch monster and the Royal Realm is meant to contain it' THEORY JUST GOT A LOT MORE PLAUSIBLE

OH SHIT, OH SHIT

--G

Kim!spartydragon on September 22nd, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: OH MY GOD
HAIL CTHULHU!! 8D
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There's no Love Without you: Rukia silencene_wayz on September 22nd, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Well I have to say there are some psychics up in this comm. Wasn't it Debbie who called Aizen going back to his original self? Or Annie? I dunno who but when I read that page a laughed 'cause I was like "yeah someone in Bleachness guessed this would happen" Can you guys gimme the lotto numbers? XD

That last Ichigo panel, when he looked away from Aizen, what was that about? It confused me...And are we finally going to see this Spirit King person/thing? Kubo as usual has us waiting...
_debbiechan_: urahara hat_debbiechan_ on September 23rd, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)

Twas I. I've been batting 1000 for the past two weeks--called Ichigo having to make a sacrifice for his Final GT, said the Final GT wouldn't work and said Aizen should revert to his former pretty and live again to do mischef in the next arc. *blows on nails*

But Ichigo. *sobs* Page 21--that look. Oh how sad. I knew he couldn't defeat Aizen now, not after his wrongdoings on the dome. Poor boy--he's got a lot to overcome. So sad.

Urahara is awesome though. And hoo-wee, we got a mention of the Spirit King--we're on the bring of the RR arc. Exciting.

I'm excited.

Also since when has a seal ever held anyone--pretteh Aizen WILL be back.

Urahara, you are so wonderful. <3

Gotta go be a little sad for Ichigo now though. I feel the angst ahoy.
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Iselin: 13 gardeniselinka on September 22nd, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
I second Ichigo's reaction. This is just ... sad.

I'm really hoping for them to explain exactly how does the world function since the Spirit King and his 'keeping the world together' has been mentioned. Ichigo will probably want to know more and I hope that Urahara says something new.
qwirky on September 22nd, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I think that kind of discussion will be left off for much later. I don't think Ichigo's in a position to really process any of this information, especially when he's lost his shinigami powers and probably won't be considered much use until he regains them. Also, it's Urahara, who, like, NEVER explains anything to Ichigo. XD XD XD

Ichigo T_T *hugs him*
sidonzo on September 22nd, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Aizen's face on page thirteen gave me a start at first glance.
シボ 洋蔥さん: magatama silvernijibug on September 22nd, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
bring back the nakama bring back the nakama bring back the nakama bring back the nakama
oh gallant piglet,aizome on September 22nd, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
THIS, PLEASE.
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Kona-kunkonart on September 22nd, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Can Ichigo enter his physical body without his powers?
oh gallant piglet,: uraharaaizome on September 22nd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Bottom of page 10: WHOA there, Ichigo. Lookin' like a Shiba, bigtime. All he needs are the bottom eyelashes.

And THANK YOU URAHARA for finally hitting the mute button on Aizen. Please Kubo, let this break from all that arrogant blah blah be a LONG break.
qwirky on September 22nd, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Bottom of page 10: WHOA there, Ichigo. Lookin' like a Shiba, bigtime. All he needs are the bottom eyelashes.

...
You should have seen karenai's comment. SHE'S TRYING TO SCAR ME AND escarboucle WITH TERRIBLE THOUGHTS AND IMAGES. *cries*

And THANK YOU URAHARA for finally hitting the mute button on Aizen. Please Kubo, let this break from all that arrogant blah blah be a LONG break.
Amen. If Aizen comes back, fine, but not for SEVERAL MORE YEARS, please.
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aentee: the kurosaki boys; cigar blues mixaentee on September 22nd, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Ichigo's face on the last panel of page 11... ;___;
Capellaakai_gekkou on September 22nd, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Okay, I have to admit I was one of the few who didn't like Tensa!Ichigo's appearance too much, but damn that spread is lovely! *_*

A kido inside a kido, of course, why didn't we think of that?! XD That's so out of left field that it's almost on the same level as Yammy's status as Espada 0 (no, I still haven't got over that).

I'm glad about Ichigo being identifiable as Ichigo again, though, for some panels his long black hair made him look a bit like Byakuya.

And even Aizen gets to be pretty again! Not that it's any help to him of course.
But geez, "the magic ball of doom has decided I don't need a sword!!!!!eleventyone!!" Delusional much, Aizen?

Enter stage left: Urahara! Well that was a sudden appearance.
If Urahara's there, does that mean we can safely assume that the rest of the group (a.k.a. Yoruichi and some others) have also arrived in Karakura?

What excited me the most, though, was Aizen's line:

"Why do you allow yourself to be controlled by that thing?!"

Excuse me, that thing? Well, if that doesn't sound mightily ominous. The predictions of the Spirit King being some kind of monster keep becoming more likely, me likes!

Does this mean the fight is over (for now)? :D
Will we get closure on the status of all the others now (Giiin!!)? I'm actually a bit fearful of that prospect.

Also, this is the first in a long time that I get the feeling again that Aizen's idea of overthrowing the Spirit King is truly the right decision (Aizen's motives and way of going about it are something entirely else, naturally).

Sounds exciting, I'm ready for the next arc!
Vayshti: bleachvayshti on September 22nd, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
A kido inside a kido, of course, why didn't we think of that?! XD

One of the entries in capslock_bleach just got real. (In thread here - posted by infiniteviking.
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(Anonymous) on September 22nd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
MMMMMMRRRRRRPPPHHH!!!! >_<
Ichigo! Casting Getsuga from his long luxurious hair! AND THOSE ABBS!!! Mmmm yeah boi! ;D

Zannngetsuuu! this is the last time we will see you (and Shirosaki since your both still fussed when saying goodbye) for a loong while...I don't care how much of a piece of eye-candy you turned into your still old man Zangetsu in my heart. :')

Watching Ichigo's powers chip away bit by bit is sobering but the whole "Crap- my powers" thing kind of ruined it Mr. Kubo, a simple exclamation point would have sufficed.

(Oh and Ichigo has almost looked as angsty as his future brother-in-law Baya-kun in one panel. o_o)

Pfffft! Aizen got practically launched into orbit! XD
Seeing him lying prone on the ground with his back split open was almost satisfying...until he got up...

Aizen just because something about you changes (like your sword disintegrating) it doesn’t always make it a "transformation" nor does it always mean it's a good thing! >:(

Aizen: Oh look my hair line is receding! I't must be a NEW STAGE OF EVOLUTION!!!11ONE

Also...woah, for Aizen to call the Spirit King a "Thing" he must be an interesting sight to behold after all the "makeovers" we have seen Aizen go through...
secila80secila80 on September 22nd, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Zangetshiro . . . omg . . . "goodbye" and that face . . .I about cried.

I think Urahara one-uping Aizen would feel better if Urahara didn't look so freaking unhappy about it. Why does Urahara always look unhappy when he is fighting Aizen?!? WHYYYYYY?
Geek Grrl Wannabe: Loungin dollravenlore on September 23rd, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Same reason Ichigo looked away at the end...it's unpleasant to see someone so bright and talented come to this end.
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n a o k o || want your rad bromance: Byakuran-  69100 on my computer?!?nendo_chan on September 22nd, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, God. That was epic as fuck, but Mugetsu!Ichigo's faces at the beginning were damn scary. It's like he wasn't even himself anymore... I know a lot of people have been catching the Urahara → Ichigo parallels, but here, they had some of the exact same faces, down to the look of the eyes, the angle, everything. Brrr.
it's green and tastes like licorice.rionarch on September 22nd, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Uhh,

can Ichigo even see this battle anymore? I mean granted right now his body is that of a rukongai spirit, probably, but what does this loss of power mean to his life in general?