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21 February 2011 @ 05:39 pm
Lots of Little Bleachness Lovestuffs and some Orihime  

melodymix  found this ad on 2ch. Something's going to happen on White Day (3/14) in the anime? Something about Love & Bleach????

Remember Rookiez is Punk'd self-proclaimed "lovesong" for the current anime ED and the cover art that we were speculating about? The one that featured Ichigo and Rukia among the sakura with just the tinest bit of Orihime's hair and arm in it? Well, yesssss, breaking precedent with other single covers there was another side to the picture and it features, you guessed it, Chad, Ishida and Orihime. And on the front pic, Ichigo and Rukia have been mooshed closer now. You'll see the pictures and the music vid at Rookiez website: http://www.rookiez.jp/

The Bleach episode with the “Bleach My Soul” ending airs tomorrow, Tuesday Feb 22 (my time CST) and there’s a worldwide campaign to get Ichigo & Rukia on Trending Topics on Twitter. I’m not that Twitter savvy but here’s the story: http://bit.ly/e5JJ5N

So much for lovey lovey. I'm hoping for a fighty fight this week.  I'm still on pins and needles trying not to worry about Orihime facing her first opponent for the first time ALOOOOONE in ten years of manga. There's no one for her to defend. There's no one to protect her. Gah, what will she do?  Will she be comedy fodder? Will we learn anything, anything at all about her powers or her motives and state of mind since the traumatizing events of Hueco Mundo? Ryuuken warned her that she'd be targeted and how has she prepared herself?

I'm trying to mollify my anxiety with my eternal trust in Kubo's story-telling and just let the OMGORIHIMEORIHIMESUX fandom commotion breeze past me. Some of my best friends are fed up with the character and asking me why I still love her. My answer to Sea was that my hopes live in Orihime's hairpins and wrestle with Tsubaki daily and are so strong now they can't be destroyed. When I read that some fans want Orihime to be beat up or tortured so a love interest can angst, I--I make mashed potatoes with honey for the soporific, calming effects. Honest to goodness, I love Orihime and her taste in food. If only cupcakes could save her now.

A karate chop or two would be nice, Kubo-sensei. Even if Ryuuken or someone else has to show up to save her from what she can't handle, I just want to see her try. I just want to see her jarred into a sense that she HAS to defend herself. I've been sick of waiting all these years for her just vowing to fight alongside her friends and not doing so and having whole herds of fandom decide that she's a pacifist, destined to be the story's healer (ergo Tsubaki can be lacquered and hung on her booksack with a pretty chain).

No, no, no. Sensei may be taking his time, but Orihime's story is the story of "I will learn to depend less on others to SAVE me and I will learn to try even when I am afraid of failing." She's a self-perceptive girl. When she answers her own questions, she'll live up to her own promises, and shoot Tsubaki. Not this week--it's too soon. But karate? When have we ever seen Orihime save herself? Someone else has always, always saved her. A black belt. A girl whose powers have been said to trespass on the realm of G-d.

Orihime's coming-of-age story began on a rooftop with Ishida in the SS arc when she failed to shoot Tsubaki properly and she looked wistfully at Ishida and wondered what she had been doing with her training while Ishida spent 10 days learning the Sanrei Glove. Then Orihime made her vow before going into battle that she would fight. She failed--she didn't fight in the last arc but we had the beginnings of Socratic wisdom and a telling question: "Why... why do I always rely on him?" (Him being Ichigo) Her last words to herself on the dome. One doesn't ask such a question with eventually coming upon an answer.

So far in this arc we've seen Orihime looking bubbly and beautiful, sliding down a drainpipe and radiating her old charm. But I get the feeling's something's off. Yes, she's still madly in love with Kurosaki-kun. It's not as cute as it used to be. Kubo-sensei even had to give us a warning. The sidetext said "Warning: Orihime Vision" when Orihime worked herself into a frenzy imagining her dreamboy inviting her in for date and then, for comedic effect, she fell on the floor in a spasm of appreciation over Ichigo's supposed kindness when he gave her back some of the bread that SHE had given to him in the first place. Then the phone rang and it was Ishida (well, not Uryuu in the hospital but his father with the eventual warning that all was not well in the sleepy village of Karakura!)

Kurosaki-kun isn't here now. He doesn't have the shunpou or other Shinigami powers to run to her rescue. Will we see a hint of the marvelous Orihime who's to come? It's too early for her BIG MOMENT. But it's not too early for just a little bit, just a tiny tiny bit of promise. Please, Sensei. I've waited so long.

Current Mood: anxiousanxious
sugary_nitemare on February 22nd, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Haha, I saw that. I'm hoping to see the results of the twitter 'raid' [can you call it that?].

Lately, I have been losing a little hope in Orihime. :( I don't know why... I still love her though. I'm probably too infatuated with Rukia right now [haha]. Well, we'll see what happens with her in the next chapter.
gruskek: broshipgruskek on February 22nd, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
That cover! :D They couldn't have mashed them closer together, could they? ^__^

As to Orihime, I still believe in her. Kubo has the habit of making a character fall the lowest (and that was the Dome stuff in this case) before he lets them triumph :) It's probably not the time for her to show 100% of what she is capable of, but something positive ought to happen.

Also claiming that Orihime is a pacifist is rather off. Her powers are part of herself, why would she have an offensive one at all if it wasn't a part of her character? What's more she's shown that she's perfectly capable of fighting. Her recent lack of it is not connected to her beliefs but to her issues with her self esteem.
incandescensincandescens on February 22nd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
And maybe Orihime's coming-of-age story will also involve, "And I will learn to believe that I am worth saving."

I'm fond of her too. :)
myulammagnoliastorm on February 22nd, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
shut your mush: chadishihimeimlikat on February 22nd, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Okay, I clicked on the link to the rookiez site to look at the Chad-Ishida-Orihime picture, and ahhhh, I love it when those three get put together in official art. OT3 hearts in my eyes! XD

And I do love Orihime. She's not perfect, and she has been through some shit. I want to see her fight. She can at least get in a few hits on this thug, right?
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀la_kalaka on February 22nd, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
I want that back cover in big ass resolution! <3
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: Himetubola_kalaka on February 22nd, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
I'm not thinking about it, I'm doing my best to not let my thougs go that far about her. Of course I keep my hopes and my best wishes to her, in her flaws, in her spectacular failing and her struggle and sometimes in that way to deny the cruel reality I felt reflected. I can't help but love her. Is what you do for the people (or characters) you care, and my only worry it's about sensei and how he is managing Orihime. For real, he has took way too much time to give her development, she NEEDS IT!

As Debbie and others have said, this is not BIG AWESOME MOMENT that her fans are waitng for, instead of it we could expect a glimpse of it, or at least a "trying to do something"

Thinking about it (thanks x_D) this is what I expect.
(Anonymous) on February 22nd, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
Its really been too long
I have to say that i personally have been waiting for Orihime to do something for what feels like way, way, way, way longer then it has been. There should be some kind of payoff by now. How is it that after ten years of this series Orihime has never won more then one fight, against a single hollow? Her powers (and by extension her) were hyped in the hueco mundo arc, and... nada. nothing important happened to her. Now we have hit a reset button and her character (possible, maybe, could be there hidden depths that have not yet appeared notwithstanding) is virtually exactly the same as chapter 5 when we started the Sora arc. i mean, there's building up as character and there's lazy writing. i have mostly given up on Orihime at this point, if she actually dies ( lol -implying people die in Bleach ) would be the only thing that could really surprise me. Its nice to see that your still hopeful about Orihime though debbie. Your optimism is a little inspiring.
gruskek: blgruskek on February 22nd, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
I've been checking twitter and quite a few fans are participating in the trending action. Ichigo & Rukia is trending in Brazil :)
_debbiechan_: Bitch by gallo_de_pelea_debbiechan_ on February 22nd, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)

Ichigo & Rukia is trending WORLDWIDE now... but I'm not saying anything about the episode because it was a horrible disappointment. The ending was changed to make way for filler and the IchiRuki farewell was all but ruined. I've really had it with the anime. It's not Kubo's vision. Like I wrote in the IR FC: This is why I only watch the anime occasionally. It's subpar to the manga, always will be. It's not Kubo's vision. It's a collaboration of various points of view and there are usually too many chefs in the kitchen and these chefs are always putting in too much tasteless white rice to make the main dish serve more and I'm tired of WATERED DOWN BLEACH. *MAD FACE*
gorgeous_mothgorgeous_moth on February 22nd, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
in hindsight, I thank the Good Lord I gave up following the anime after that filler with those three modsouls. I only watch episodes that fans squee over. hahaha
gruskek: better than yougruskek on February 22nd, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'm happy that the fans are being so enthusiastic about our couple. I even started contributing myself after several months of not touching twitter at all.

I just watched the episode and indeed it was a travesty :( Way, to go anime team! I know they need filler material, but there were millions of ways of making fillers possible without screwing up the ending of this arc. I've seen plenty of fanfics with better writing than what the filler script writers put forward. Maybe they should ask the fans to write something next time? Probably they'll film the goodbye after this filler arc but it was supposed to happen now. Even the ending theme is connected to it! This makes me think that indeed several people from the anime team have their own not co-relating ideas. Also I wonder if Kubo is pissed or if he'd had to endure so many disappointments from the anime that he doesn't even care anymore.

The only things that make me still check out the anime now and then are the voice acting and music. The rest is terrible :(

eris4: YuukoFumoRosaeris4 on February 23rd, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
I'd like to see Orihime fight and win against that guy, but I'm not convinced she'll be able to do that.
The idea I got from the manga was that she isn't actually making use of her powers. I don't know if this is a vow to Ichigo or not (if that's the case, I wouldn't like it because I want her to do something for herself, not see her give up on a part of herself in order to share Ichigo's pain. He wouldn't want it), but she's not going to use Tsubaki if she's not even wearing the hairpins she was so proud of.

Also, if she's going to beat him up, then I don't understand why the author would have to get her through all those troubles during the HM arc. If she's not over Ichigo, that means she's over nothing at all. Tite Kubo can't make her win if things are like they were at HM. I'm an UlquiHime shipper, so I firmly believe something went wrong with her while she was there. I don't know what, but a part of me thinks she could have been convinced she can't do anything to change things.

So I doubt she can do anything. And if she'll make it, I'd be horribly disappoined. I'd be like "What, Orihime character development while she's not on the stage?". If it turn out she can win, I would ship IchiHime, not UlquiHime, LOL.
eris4: YellowRoseeris4 on February 23rd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
I can't edit the mistakes, dammit.
About the last sentence, I mean I'd think IchiHime is a more believable pairing than UlquiHime.
http://www.google.com/profiles/Alicegaogladhttp://www.google.com/profiles/Alicegaoglad on February 24th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
you and I both- i really don't want her to turn into the permanent damsel in distress- the HM arc has been grounding it in our faces, and though i loved ori's old charm- i feel because of the shipper goggles, she's regressed in some aspects.
the new chap shows that she's certainly regained her original fighting spirit in a sense that we all learned when she defended tatsuki- but damn.

P.S. i'm sorry you had to hear such horrible things from bleach fandom, god some people are screwed up on the internet