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17 February 2011 @ 08:25 pm
Bleach 437 is Out  
Bleach 437 is out at MangaStream.

As usual, tweeting to Kubo about this chapter or using icons from this chapter in your tweets to him == Bad Idea. Unless you wanna get blocked by him, anyway.

Awww. The soul of Ichigo's badge remembers Ichigo's battles. <3333

Ichigoooo. *hugs him* It's nice to see him battling and learning to understand his new powers through trial and error and thinking. Unlike what some people initially assumed based on the spoilers, Ichigo's Fullbring powers don't fail here - it's just that the form of his Fullbring powers are different from his shinigami powers. But I suppose we'll see what other forms, if any, his Fullbring powers can take later on. And hopefully we'll learn why he even has Fullbring powers and how that'll help him become a shinigami again.

Ichigo realizes that his Fullbring power feels like Getsuga Tenshou. Ginjou notes that Ichigo's demeanor changes instantly in that moment, and Ichigo starts to fight with a cool head. Old Ichigo, please be on your way back in. <3333 And I guess that Ginjou is hinting at Ichigo being instinctively good at fighting.

I wonder if nehalenia is right in her prediction, that the guy who's found Inoue is just some random street punk of no consequence. He doesn't look supernaturally dangerous. If that's the case, then maybe we won't learn anything about Inoue's hairpins - surely Inoue can handle this guy on her own without the need for her powers.

On the other hand, if he is more than what he seems - and he's another Fullbringer or enemy - then I honestly don't think Inoue will do much, if anything, to save herself. At most, we might learn where her hairpins are, but that's about it. Based on how Inoue has been characterized so far this arc - i.e., serious character regression - it seems unlikely she's been using her powers or that she'd whip them out if placed in danger.

Re: the whole OMG SWASTIKA thing

I don't know why people are freaking out about this like six years later, but yes, this is a swastika. Deal with it.

One of the kanji used in "bankai" (卍解) is "manji" (卍) or the swastika, so every time that a character says "bankai" in the manga, "manji" or the swastika is on that page. "Manji"/swasitka also appears on some anime Bleach TV commercials (usually when Ichigo says "bankai", of course).

As well, the swastika is the guard for Ichigo's Tensa Zangetsu, so it makes sense that the symbol would appear for Ichigo's Fullbring. The swastika symbol in Bleach is nothing new.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika and other websites (or encyclopedias, etc.) have information on the symbol and its uses in different cultures.

There's also some info on the two different swastikas, omote manji and ura manji, in this comment from the last chapter post. The swastika used in Bleach is omote manji, while the one used by Nazis is the reversed ura manji.

ETA3: The thug IS apparently just a thug.

escarboucle and some others pointed out that the thug in this chapter is probably from the same school as the gang who came after Ichigo early on this arc. "Miyakou" may be short for "Miyashita Commercial" (the "kou" used is 工). Also the school uniforms look the same, from what we can see.
oh gallant piglet,aizome on February 18th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
LOLOLOLOL WHAT. Chad went and shaved while Ichigo was in the box? XD Kubo...

Fun chapter though. Glad it really was all about Ichigo fighting the plushie until the last two pages. So great to see Ichigo's confidence coming back!
_debbiechan_: CHAD DEAR KUBO_debbiechan_ on February 18th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)

omg, Alex--page 17. You're right. CHAD SHAVED!
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D: hinatahiyahyah_bish_yah on February 18th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
I'm starting to think Orihime may actually be able to take this guy.
Phoenix Hawk's Deep Corefmphoenixhawk on February 18th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Interesting. Though, how this will get Ichigo back to his reaper powers is still a mite fuzzy.
chalitychality on February 18th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Nice chapter. I had to look up "flange", and was even more confused after I read the definition. Could MS have translated that as "guard", or do I have my sword terminology mixed up?

I was thinking that the panel of Ginjou lurking in the background on p.18 looked ominous, but the emergence of an apparent evil group of Fullbringers makes me think that he and his group might just be Vizards version 2.0.

Speaking of the evil Fullbringer (?), I hope Orihime takes this opportunity to show us where her hairpins have been hiding and puts them to good use. It could just as easily be a chance for Ichigo to swoop to the rescue with his new powers (provided he regained some spiritual sense and can detect what's going on), but I'll hold out hope until the spoilers hit next week, at least.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 18th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)

I had to look up flange too. XD WTF--flange?
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tick-tocking: BLEACH☂ don't love you like we love youscuttling on February 18th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
You gotta wonder, how does random punk know her name?

Well, she is an idol at Karakura High... but seems unlikely we'd have a random dude step in given all the other set-ups.

lol KT I love you but your panels really are unnecessarily huge at times. Now that I've noticed it, I can't unsee it...
nehalenia: keigo runningnehalenia on February 18th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
I'm calling it right now: he's a member of a rival karate team that got skunked by Tatsuki and Orihime. Remember how a few chapters back Tatsuki is now the assistant coach at the dojo, and Orihime was her "student"?

That really low bow he gives her reminds me of the low bow they do in karate tournaments.

Also, this guy looks way less thuggish than I was anticipating. He just looks like a HS student with a buzzed mohawk. FWIW, I don't get the feeling that this guy is a real threat.

That doesn't mean there isn't still a threat out there, though.
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(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
hell yeah ichigo! way to go!! I´m really proud of him! I mean he was just hopeless and then he overcame the difficult situation of course with memories of rukia to help... MUAHAHAHAHA I do really hope that rukia appears soon.. ichigo needs her in order to overcome and face together the new problems! and inoue.. well better if I don´t say anything because inoue´s shippers will kill me...
(Anonymous) on February 18th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Wait, what? What did Ichigo do with the flange thing? it looks like he did a swirly getsuga tenshou that ate UberPorky's face then popped away. Although it kinda reminds me of Ishida's bow/shield.
Combo this with Zangetsu and we got ourselves a black knight. Huur :B

Average street punk looks average. When I saw him I thought back to the group that got owned by the Kurosaki/Ishida tag team and Lady Eel and Cap. Although looks can be deceiving. He could use fullbring to turn his Mohawk into a lethal weapon.

gruskek: hotgruskek on February 18th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
I snorted at the fullbring Mohawk :DDD
_debbiechan_: ORIHIME TONGUE_debbiechan_ on February 18th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)

I have to admit--the wait between Ohana's spoiler and this chapter had me so hyped (no pics, no chapter summary) that I was expecting too much so I was let down. The art didn't move me, nothing moved me after all the fandom speculation about Orihime's dilemma, Ichigo actually won against the big plush as expected last week (why were we thinking he lost according to the spoiler--because his Naruto move didn't work?)

I think Neha may be right and this guy threatening Orihime is just a thug. I don't dare hope--I'm trying to keep my expectations low because I'm so scared and I want so much for her. I want answers, a whiff about her powers, answers about her hairpins. I know she can't take on a Fullbringer or anyone in the league of who took on Ishida but I want to see her TRY to take on anyone. And because Ichigo's powers don't seem anywhere near back, he won't have the reiatsu-sensing ability or the shunpou to get to her to rescue her in time--my money is still on Ryuuken showing up.

But man I would love it if Orihime pelted that dude with a baguette!

I still can't help but wonder if Kubo drew the twitter troll asking for Orihime to die. XD He looks like the high school doofus type who would want Orihime dead. But like Jackie said in the OP, that could be just to throw us off...

oh it's going to be a loooong wait until the next chapter and more on Hime!
Dyah_bish_yah on February 18th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Honestly...and I know looks are deceiving, but that guy doesn't look very menacing. He looks like a common thug, but then a common thug wouldn't want her dead, he'd just want her money (or her bread :p).
I don't think it's impossible for her to take on a fullbringer, especially if they underestimated her.
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oh gallant piglet,aizome on February 18th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Also it's kind of sad that you had to add that second edit in. Like you said, this is not a new thing at all. *sighs*
qwirky on February 18th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
I think we cleared it up for a lot of people last week, but just in case some people didn't see those conversations (and I already saw new wank elsewhere -_o), thought it'd be good to repost it so everyone here is clear~ <3
Running on Coffee and Schadenfreude: [Bleach] A battlefield romancearcadiasilver on February 18th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Incoming fandom shitstorm over the chapter title incoming.

That aside, I wonder why they insisted on using flange instead of tsuba or cross guard. It seems like an odd word to use.
The Main Gauche of Enlightenment: Kneesocks RAGEvelvetsword on February 18th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Hypothetical rage incoming




Fucking hell, I'm going to defenestrate the first person I see seriously having the vapors over this

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『ミカオル』 ☆: Bleach: badassmikaoru on February 18th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
I love me some badass!Ichigo in this chapter :D

And so much for failing, lol ~

I'm with Neha on this one, I think Orihime is gonna take down the guy and that he's just no one important. Or so I hope XD
melodymix: ColoLalmelodymix on February 18th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
That guy in the end looks more like a comic-relief than a serious enemy (from the way he acts and talks). I don't think anyone needs to rescue her or anything and it will just end in a humorous way LOL (That means Rukia won't rescue her awww....)

Ichi's power still sounds like it needs developing. Can't wait for him to get his power back and when he does you know what that means~ RUKIA :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on February 18th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)

That guy in the end looks more like a comic-relief than a serious enemy

yep, then Neha called it first before we even saw his picture. And I scolded her for giving me hope that Hime might actually be able to take on this guy. XD Well, now I've got hope. And dread too because Sensei loves to screw with me as well. THANKS GUYS. GAH.
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The Main Gauche of Enlightenment: Scanty says stopvelvetsword on February 18th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
People seriously get freaked out over the manji symbol? Isn't that kind of.....2005?


yah senbest: ichii no heart warming storiesyah_senbest on February 18th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
no shit -that shishigawara might be an anti-inoue fanboi.

stupid(but fun)-ichi is back!! lol at him throwing that badge like a boomerang. just be glad there's no ukitake to 'suggest' weird usage for it though ^^;
oh gallant piglet,: cluelessaizome on February 18th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Anyone know what's up with mangastream's latest tweet?

"Apologies for a hidden (faded) inappropriate message on one of the Bleach pages. It slipped through our QC, the staffer will be dealt with."
qwirky on February 18th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Page 6 (or 7) has a faded message on it: 'kara-san suck my balls'. I guess some person on MS thought it'd be funny to include. Harrrrrrrrrr.
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