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28 December 2010 @ 07:38 pm

Everyone’s doing their retrospectives and top ten lists so hey why not my own favorite Bleach moments of 2010? I’m not sure mine were the ones Sensei intended to be awesome—I didn’t get as awestruck by Aizen’s transformations or the fusion of Ichigo’s inner world Zangetsu and Shirosaki as I was by smaller character details like Mizuro launching a Molotov cocktail at the arc’s Big Bad. There were panels galore that stunned me—I’d be hard pressed to pick a top ten of those because Kubo’s art blows up my skirt on a regular basis, but what follows are my favorite moments.

(I did this quickly--forgive sloppy image editing)

My Top 10 Bleach 2010 Moments

The year of Bleach 2010 started with chapter 388 “Eagles Without Wings 2" (we got the spoilers way back on Jan. 13 in case anyone wants to anticipate when we’ll get a whiff of our next spoiler for 2011). It featured the promise of a real final confrontation (one that sadly didn’t live up to its promise), some ink spinning and dashing around, battle art with fun and scary perspectives, then that fabulous Aizen mindfuck of Ichigo that ignited the AiIchi fandom, my first golden moment of Bleach 2010:

1) The AiIchi Bad Touch Scene. Tell the truth--it really creeped you out, didn't it? XD

2) Shinji Fools Aizen. Oh Lawls that half smile and the welcome to Uppy Down World feeling for the audience! (If only for a little while! Aizen’s vicious comeback of getting Hitsugaya to stab Hinamori and then taking down everyone was less stirring—although there was that moment before Aizen revealed himself when Ichigo was going “Guys? Guys!” that I almost laughed because I knew what was coming—Aizen always wins, guys!)

3) Her Words Eased Me. The scene on the steps where Rukia says she’ll wait for Ichigo to talk to her has always been one of my favorites in Bleach—one of the scenes that convinced me that Kubo understood the nuances of relationships, and the echo here touched me. The implicit trust, the significance of real love and understanding beneath the bickering between father and son. On the surface Isshin doesn’t win any father of the year awards for withholding information from Ichigo and for headbutting him, but Ichigo thanks him and hey, the man just showed up to save him and the whole universe, ne?

4) Urahara shows up. UNF.

5) Yoruichi’s leg. There was so much hilarity and tenderness here. The affection I have for this pair (UraYoru, as well as catwoman’s legs) is infinite. Then she smacks him for giving her a look over his fan and Isshin is all like “get a room.”

6) Yer All Gonna Die. When Aizen was turning into a pretty butterfly and fighting Ura Yoru and Isshin, Gin was so funny and laid back. I’ve never loved him more. The fact that I was in total fear for his life during these chapters only added to my love for him. The terror, the denial—Gin, Gin, Gin, who are you? Will you survive the Deicide chapters? Will your ban kai live up to its deity killing name? Of course not! Aizen always wins! ARRGH!

7) A palpable hit. Not a great panel or anything but I’m a Shakespeare dork and this cracked me up.

8) Gin grabs Rangiku’s boob. Gah, this page had it all. GinKira undertones while Gin questions Ran about why she’s come looking for him, the most daring touch ever in Bleach history (yes, surpassing the AiIchi badtouch) and the whole thrill of did he or did he not kill her—now that’s sexy stuff right there. That’s why I love Gin so much.

9) An Ordinary Hero. Mizuiro launches a Molotov cocktail at Aizen. An ordinary human doing all he can under extraordinary circumstances. One of the great lessons of shounen manga. Loved it. Loved his expression here. What a badass little dude. And the whole Aizen chasing the kids had a bizarre horror comedy atmosphere that was classic Kubo—not everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it all.

10) The IchiRuki Look. Yeah, it was a tearjerker and damn, just look at them. What a way to end the arc. Kubo-sensei is a master at expressions and these are his champion faces here—the hero and heroine at their most vulnerable and the bond between them at such a turning point.

So, the final battle didn’t move me much and the new arc is just beginning so I won’t pick any scenes from there although I do love the new arc—if I had to pick one scene from it, I’d give Orihime’s sliding down the drainpipe the Honorable Mention as Fave Moment of 2010 even though it feels like it belongs more to the story of the future than to the story we’ve been through.

So, what were your fave moments of Bleach 2010?
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oh gallant piglet,: isshinigamiaizome on December 29th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
We've got some of the same favorite moments there, so I tried to pick ten more:

Self-explanatory. :D

Had missed these two so much, and this scene had them the way I love most: spazzing Keigo, and Tatsuki not putting up with any bullshit.

Don Kanonji is another character I'd missed (never expected to see him again, TBH), but seeing him attacking Aizen of all people, and the reactions to it, pretty much made my year.

Another self-explanatory one. :D

I love how Mizuiro manages to stay so bloody CALM during this whole scene. Everyone else is understandably freaking out, and he's all Mr. Level-Headed Cool Guy. No wonder he has so many girlfriends. XD

Keigo being brave and selfless! And another character I never expected to see again: Zennosuke. Soon after, the best Bleach ship ever - Kanonji/Zennosuke - set sail.

ISSHIN WITH A FULL-ON GRIZZLY BEARD. So much win, the internet can barely contain it.

I cheered out loud here. Finally, someone did what many fans had been wanting to do for over a hundred chapters.

Even though it was sad Puppy!car, it's still Puppy!car.

The triumphant return of DerpFace Ichigo. He never gets to stick around very long, does he?
Super Nintendo Chalmers: Neliel - LOL @ youstrawberries_85 on December 29th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Ahahaha, I locw Derpface Ichigo so much! I want a full arc of Derpface Ichigo! XDDD
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damaged good story.-: pantyambermeetviolet on December 29th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
i don't think i have 10. but i share 3 6 8 and 10 with you.
"Gin grabs Rangiku’s boob." xD kills me.
now....to see the last image breaks me heart u.u i feel like crying...again xD
Issues: Panty-RIGHT THERE!lovely_masoka on December 29th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Sexy icon.
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Issues: Stocking-Heavenlovely_masoka on December 29th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
Hmm...Orihime's reappearance and the missing Hairpin saga.

Puppycar and Yammy moment. I seriously the one moment this year that brought me to tears. ;__;

And IchiRuki goodbye.

Edited at 2010-12-29 03:16 am (UTC)
andrew_jpandrew_jp on December 29th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Aizen’s vicious comeback of getting Hitsugaya to stab Hinamori and then taking down everyone was less stirring—

What!? That and "When did you think I wasn't using Kyoukasuigetsu?" together is Aizen's defining character moment, and is proof that he's a great big troll even if Kubo isn't. Definitely my Bleach moment of the year.
_debbiechan_: Aizen ILLUSION_debbiechan_ on December 29th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)

I'm an Aizen fan myself and his gdmodding wore on me last year. I so knew those moments were coming. I preferred his bizarre paradoxical long speeches (the ones that bored some people) as his defining character moments--like when he explained to Ichigo about Destiny and to Gin about being beyond everything in the precipice world. Those was poetic nice shit for me.

But Aizen himself and his GOTCHA I'M UBER POWERFUL and LOOK AT ME I'M PRETTY I'M UGLY I'M BIG AND BAD was kinda yawn. I wanted more speeches in the end to be honest instead of the sort of typical shounen transformations--I guess Kubo stuck to the genre but I wanted more shifty KS tricks at the end. The one with Hinamori was so not a surprise--jmo.
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shuryoushuryou on December 29th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)

I can't really think of 10 moments, but I can think of 5

5. The Karakura Kids and Kanonji defending themselves against Aizen.

4. Gin's true motives being revealed.

3. Isshin showing up to save Ichigo.

2. The Arrancar Arc ending. (I know I said I was kidding above, but I could really not be more happy that after 4 years of 1 story, a new one was finally happening.)

1. The return to peaceful Karakura life at the beginning of the new arc.
jessi lynn: α ℓσνє sтσry ℓιкє α scєηє ιη α мσνιєtrex_in_boots on December 29th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)

myula: hollow kittymmagnoliastorm on December 29th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Urahara showing up! UNF INDEED! I remember jumping around excited and my fiance rolling his eyes and telling me to get over.

And Shinji, I actually wasn't expecting it...but he was awesome until....what you know what happened after
_debbiechan_: Urahara Too Sexy_debbiechan_ on December 29th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)

I screamed and scared the husband myself, lol.

Yeah, and I wrote Sensei a long crazy ode consisting mostly of ILU THANK YOU FOR URAHARA OMG THANK YOU THANK YOU HE'S BAAAACK! XD XD XD
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シボ 洋蔥さん: What are you writing?nijibug on December 29th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Great picks & commentary, thanks a bunch for sharing! ♥
jessi lynn: ιт ραιηs мє sσ тσ sєє yσυr sмιℓιηԍ ƒαcєtrex_in_boots on December 29th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Great Top Ten ♥ I think my favorite of this year was the IchiRuki look. I'm such a sucker for those two
unwritten_iconsunwritten_icons on December 29th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
*Totally unrelated comment is unrelated*

D: wheeeere did you get the image for your current icon? It's lovely *pets*

I'm making my own list as I..er, type :3
(no subject) - trex_in_boots on December 29th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
◦ a girl like me ◦: Bleach - Soifon & Cat by aziraeafteriwake on December 29th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
The panel around the time Komamura (sp?) thanks Ichigo for stopping him from attacking Aizen, when the remaining shinigami and Vizard are all standing in front of him. I've been dying someone to color that panel so I can use it as a banner ever since it appeared. That was the highest high point for me in all the FKT/Deicide arc. And my honorable mention goes to a small moment from the new arc: Karin visiting Urahara. I love her so much and the conversation they had was interesting. I hope this gets touched on more before the re-power we all know is coming up eventually.
oh gallant piglet,aizome on December 29th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
Complete agreement about Karin. I was so happy to see her again. Yuzu too.
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_debbiechan_: Ishida TIMESKIP CLOSE UP_debbiechan_ on December 29th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'd be so lying if I said that Ishida's new look wasn't like.... a moment that made me just squee forever but like I said I didn't pick any moments from the new arc because they felt too new.... but yeaaaah, oh baby, did Ishida look SO AMAZING.

haha, yes, that moment with Yamamoto was awesome too--not just for the three captains' responses but for Ukitake's sweet expression of fondness for the old grumpy ridiculous man. It was scary and adorable--classic, classic Kubo.

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quaint_twilight: ichigoquaint_twilight on December 29th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I like most of the moments you've highlighted.

My top favorite would probably be all the Isshin-Ichigo moments. The way they interact with each other gives me warm, fuzzy feelings. ♥
kanjo_girl: byayorukanjo_girl on December 29th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
The Tatsuki/Keigo interaction. Self-sacrifice and friendship was clearly shown.
njxaxsonnjxaxson on December 29th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
The "Farewell Swords" / "Bleach My Soul" IchiRuki goodbye scene of parting glances, hands down my favorite. But the "OH____ EVERYTHING'S BACKWARDS" moment was definitely second place in my book.

Good list, debbiechan. :)
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_debbiechan_: 60secondcoming_debbiechan_ on December 30th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)

But that was 2009!
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jnotjane on December 30th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
There were some good scenes to choose from and most of my faves have already been mentioned but here goes:
any scene with Gin, but especially then one where Rangiku finally confronts him
Rangiku telling off Afro-san
Keigo with the sword
Zaraki vs Yammy vs Byakuya - this was my fave (it was in 2010 wasn't it?)