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30 September 2010 @ 03:48 pm
Bleach 422 is Out  
Bleach 422 is out at Mangastream.

Usual Drill: No tweeting to Kubo about this chapter, or using art from this chapter in tweets to him, until Monday.

Mayuri's Mayuri, of course.

Hiyoriiiii. You'll be okay (probably) <333333333 (Risaaaa!) It's sweet that Unohana thinks of the Vizard as her "allies"/"nakama." Also sweet that Unohana knew Shinji understood Hiyori the most, and Shinji coming up with what Hiyori would say XD XD

Kenpachi and Byakuya are so blase, lol. Covered in blood but still so chill, despite their injuries. Yachiru! <333 And Kenpachi saying the fight was boring. XD

Puppycar! Seriously, don't eat Yammy. ;_;

I really like the panel of Ichigo looking at the sky.

Urahara looks so tired and serious. And also like Ichigo's secret dad.

The kids went home first since they had no idea how to approach Ichigo to talk? :/ Giving him space, I guess. Ichigo's smile ;_; ;_; His relief at not having to hide being a shinigami - or a former shinigami - anymore.

Seriously, the 46 will decide what to do with Aizen? Sorry if I have low expectations regarding that.

Urahara and Ichigo talk. Ah, so much angst and sadness. *hugs Ichigo tightly* Urahara feels really bad for Ichigo, huh. Is Ichigo saying that Aizen wanted someone to reach his amazing level, and when Ichigo finally did, Aizen was like, "Okay, now eff that, I want to be a shinigami again"? So then Aizen wished himself to be parted from the hougyoku, rather than rejected? Hmm, khyata said: "I thought Ichigo was saying that since Aizen was lonely at his amazing level and had no one to relate to, he might have actually wanted to be an ordinary shinigami." That makes more sense.

THE NAKAMA ARE BACK, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!1!! *clings to them* Okay, so they're all bandaged, Rukia's half-naked, and Ishida's hand is bandaged, too, for some reason, but THEY'RE FINALLY REALLY BACK, OMG. YAAAAAAAAAAY1!1!

And Rukia is, of course, in the center of them. I know some people are trying to dismiss Rukia's placement in the center as meaningless, but all you need are eyes to see that she's made the focal point of that panel XD

Ichigo's so happy to see all of them! <3333333333333333333 And he worries about them, and Rukia says to him, "That's my line" (the correct translation, and it matches up with how Spacecat at BA translated Rukia's words), which is a parallel to what Ichigo thought to Rukia at the end of Soul Society arc? XD

... And then Rukia gets interrupted by Orihime's crying and that face. ... ... Well, what Ichigo says is "Geez, what a face you're making, Inoue!" I think that sums up what everyone is thinking. Orihime's face is really childish-looking - others have said that Orihime looks like a little kid crying to her dad or brother in tears of relief that he's okay. Meanwhile, Rukia looks on smiling but exasperated (the puff of air she lets out), and Ichigo is also exasperated (his words, the look on his face, the little spit/sweat next to him). Ichigo and Rukia look like mature adults saying, "Oh, kid..." to Orihime. Why Orihime is making such a face is anyone's guess. Or why she's commenting rather inanely on Ichigo's hair. Perhaps she's so thankfully relieved he's not dead that she starts crying nervous, silly tears.

Then Ichigo collapses!!1!1 Everyone is shocked!11! Ichigo screams, apparently in pain, as everyone rushes to his side. What's wrong, Ichigo? ;_; ;_; Well, I personally think it's unlikely to be Ichigo's hollow coming out. Tensa Zangetsu and Shiro were merged when they said goodbye; plus, Shiro is a part of the same power as Zangetsu, just a different aspect of that power. I don't think just the 'shinigami part' of Ichigo's whole power can disappear while the hollow portion remains intact. But who knows. Other theories are his last bit of shinigami power is disappearing, or the reiatsu is starting to crush him.
The Main Gauche of Enlightenmentvelvetsword on September 30th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)

First fucking thing.

I'm going to cut and never, ever stop.

In other news, the last minute humanizing of Aizen, Yammy dies offscreen, and, shockingly, Rukia doesn't call Ichigo an 'idiot'.


shinigami_1nabe on September 30th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
When I read the "Kurosaki-kun!" I just about died laughing in exasperation. Sheesh.

I think I've just about lost all hope that Kubo will ever redeem Inoue in they way that would do her justice. She's back to square one in this chapter -- naive, ditsy, childish and still Kurosaki-kuning. And I kinda hate that she interrupted a meaningful reunion with the rest of the nakama with her blubbering. I found it selfish that she made it all about her feelings ("I knew... I thought...") and putting herself in the position of having to be comforted yet again. Ask the guy you supposedly love how he is, for goodness sake!
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_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on September 30th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)

First, I'm so happy Ky was wrong and that puppycar didn't eat Yammy. But I'm sad that puppycar is sad.

I'm... still upset about Orihime's face. I don't care if people want to call me an Orihime basher for saying that--that's one of the weirdest faces I've ever seen her wear and I know it's supposed to be comic relief but this Orihime fan didn't find it funny. Ichigo going "geez what's with the face" was a little funny in context but not much so. I guess I wanted a little more touching stuff for a reunion but I suppose I'm about to get my DUN DUN DUN seriousness in the next chapter. Poor Ichigo looks like he's having a convulsion. I don't even want to speculate. I've read all the speculation in forums all yesterday.

Oh my Ishida why are you bandaged?

I do believe Kubo just forgot to draw Orihime's hairpins. Sensei does that. He forgets to draw things.

I'm so worried for Ichigo.

Shinji angst was nice. He's so pretty when he worried about Hiyori. I'll try to be patient--we'll eventually find out about Kensei and Hinamori and Hitsugaya and Grimmjow et al and Kubo did promise the bodies in the lab would be an important plot point. THE HM ARC IS OVER. OMG, I'VE BEEN WITH BLEACH SINCE 94-95. This is so significant for me.

I should be blubbering like Orihime I suppose but I'm not. XD

I'm just a little happy and excited and as usual, next week can't come fast enough.
The Main Gauche of Enlightenmentvelvetsword on September 30th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
I do believe Kubo just forgot to draw Orihime's hairpins.

Why should he remember to draw them when we apparently will never see them used in the story ever again?

Yes, I'm mad. So butthurt. So disappointed. Q_Q etc
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karkashan: FinalGetsugakarkashan on September 30th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Three cents that turns out to be Isshin "greeting" his son.

Though that thing that Ichi said about Aizen, kinda in a way makes sense, ya' know?
There's no Love Without you: Rukia purplespreadne_wayz on September 30th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Alright here we go:

I can't remember the last time I was this excited about a chapter release. The people from Mnagastream keot teasing me through Twitter with there "It's almost out" tweets -_-

Anyways, Ichigo looks just stunning in all of these panels I mean UUUUNNNFFFFF. And that panels where he tells Urahara that he wants to talk to his friends? *droolz He looks super hot, even in his angst.

Is it me or does Urahara seem kinda off? While he explained I couldn't help but read it with a robot voice. He seemed so weird to me, I dunno. He obviously knows more that he lets on...

RRRRRUUUUUUKKKKKIIIIAAAAAA HAVE YOU EVER EVER EVER LOOKED MORE GORGEOUS!!! And that panel!!! OMG she looks beautiful even with Hime bawling next to her (although to me Hime looks super cute XD)I was just breathtaken with that panel...*sigh of pure joy

And then Ichigo's scream. As many here I also thought it was something to worry about, but that last panel was super scary, and everyone's face was just like mine, I big WTF. But I dunno what to think of it. Is it his hollow taking over? He did say that the moment he faltered a bit he was going to take over so, now that Ichigo doesn't have Zangetsu, does he still have whitey? Or maybe it's the fact that he's human now and he's in SS? *shrugs I guess we'll see...
Catwoman & bitch extraordinaireelfishscallywag on October 1st, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Is it me or does Urahara seem kinda off? While he explained I couldn't help but read it with a robot voice. He seemed so weird to me, I dunno. He obviously knows more that he lets on...

I couldn't agree more. Even when Ichigo was smiling and being relieved, Urahara just had this look in his eyes, like he was sorry for what's going to happen. There's definitely something going on here and I think it might tie into why Ichigo's on the ground, screaming right now. I'm guessing Urahara knows from when it happened to Isshin as well. And it's not just a dramatic angst I-lost-my-powers-scream, there's something seriously wrong here.
marvellous monster: footfikuz on September 30th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Um... the art looks really, really weird. 0___0
(Anonymous) on September 30th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
My guess that what ever our dear and beloved mad scientist was doing in the beginning may be having some bad side affects on our poor Ichigo...:(

Also OhMahGawshIchigo...no boy....no...you will not making be feel sorry for Aizen after all that he has done to every one! Not even if you have that ridiculously adorable sad face...and talk about the "solitude" in his blade.... and how he just wished to be normal in the end... No!

descrimedescrime on October 1st, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
My guess that what ever our dear and beloved mad scientist was doing in the beginning may be having some bad side affects on our poor Ichigo...:(

Oh, good call! I though it was the reitsu of the group was now overwhelming Ichigo.
Jennyla_geni on September 30th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Urahara and Ichigo are both fucking emo as hell, specially Urahara.

There's something up. Urahara doesn't make that face just because. Not mister, I'm-number-one-at-keeping-a-bored-expression-on-my-face.

Dammit, now I want to know what's up.

n a o k o || want your rad bromance: Byakuran-  69100 on my computer?!?nendo_chan on September 30th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Still pretty disappointed with the Orihime face- it's OOC enough that I can really only blame Kubo. There's a difference between being a lighthearted and variably naive person and being that ridiculously overdramatic. As for the hairpins, this isn't the first time they've been hard to see- in fact, they've generally been getting less and less prominent in time with Orihime's downwards spiral. Maybe I'm just reading into things, but OIC what u did thar, Kubo. Sexy Rukia is still sexy, so that was a plus. Bonus points for Lisa and Uryuu being hot and bandaged and in the same vicinity- will he finally meet his mother lookalike?

I guess both Aizen and Yammy were given bids for sympathy, and while Puppycar cracked the ice just a sliver for a character I've always found bland and obnoxious, the Aizen bit really didn't affect me. Don't try to pull a Byakuran with him, Kubo. -_-

As for Ichigo, it may well be reiatsu troubles, but I've also heard guesses that Mayuri is starting his "retribution", which I'd like, provided it comes later so that a fully rested Uryuu can kick his ass once and for all.
shinigami_1nabe on September 30th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
I didn't find Inoue in this chapter OOC at all. She hasn't been light-hearted for a really long time now. Not since she started getting jealous of Rukia (I don't mean that in a shippy way, just as a point of reference in the story; and I truly believe that she hasn't smiled since) ...

This could possibly be the worst way Kubo could have written her right after the dome. No growth, at all.
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tamzin: awakened-ichigoconquistadora on September 30th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)

Umm... first thing that went through my mind: RESCUE AIZEN ARC. >.>

I'm still loving Ichigo's talk about Aizen this chapter. So many emotions being understood and accepted, yet so simple and pure. And it's thanks to Ichigo that we get a glimpse of little Aizen! And he's all alone. T-T Dammit, Ichigo.

Urahara is definitely coming off as Big Brother this chapter. He's giving Ichigo some very suspicious looks. He usually has a darkness around his eyes when he's serious, but now is a bad time to be eying the supposed savior like that...

And where the hell did he go? He was just standing there and then poof, gone. He could have at least said goodbye or he was off to do something. Him disappearing right before Ichigo collapses is fishy. Or maybe it's a continuity error on Kubo's part.

I hope to see some creepy Shirosaki next week, but I'm afraid of what that could mean for Ichigo since he's in SS and there is a new Chamber 46 lurking around.
(Anonymous) on September 30th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
I think Urahara not being in the panel might be an artistic thing. Emphasizing the nakama and all that.
gokuma: deszczgokuma on September 30th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Okay, but:

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tamzin: tensaconquistadora on September 30th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Indeed. His trying to reassure Ichigo was unsettling.
Kim!spartydragon on September 30th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
@_@ *munches popcorn*

Wow, haven't made a popcorn munch type thing about Bleach in a looooooooooooong time! :O
selenityshiroi: ichirukiselenityshiroi on September 30th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)

SHINJI/HIYORI, ICHIGO THINKING THINGS THROUGH (but, jeez, get a haircut, Ichigo...or at least grow it out PROPERLY! The 80s are over!), RUKIA WITH HER BIG EXPRESSIVE EYES, NAKAMMMMMMAAAAAAA...


Now to find all the Deicide chapters and read them through, now that that fight is over and will be less annoying in one lump...
Adam Eppadam_epp on September 30th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
All right, let's get a new arc rolling. This last one was a disaster.

Anyway, this sort of chapter was much needed. It's been years since Bleach has had a chapter where the characters could relax for a moment.

Also, I call bullshit on Ichigo's analysis of Aizen, post-battle. It's too little too late to make that villain seem like not such a bad guy. And what Ichigo says is totally contradictory to Aizen's actions. He wanted an equal opponent so he did all that he could to make himself stronger? Uh, wut?
Adam Eppadam_epp on September 30th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
And one last thing:

If Kubo could gloss over Byakuya and Kenpachi's the fight against Yammy, why didn't he do the same to the other Shinigami's fights with Espada?


Stupid Fake Karakura arc...
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