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02 March 2011 @ 10:00 am
BLEACH 439 IS OUT! Keen Marker  
BLEACH 439 IS OUT!



Well more like squee than reflections since I've just read the chapter and still high off spoilers.

Second week of Orihime being awesome so I'm fairly breathless.

Dare I hope she's really powering up? Chad noticed something going on with her reiatsu (and hey, didn't the boys strike you as bit callous? I'd figured that Shi Shi or someone was taking the bread but it was Chad all along. Well, finally Ichigo, daayum, suggesting that someone give Hime a call to put her worries to rest! BOYS! Hmph!) Does the change in reiatsu mean that Bookman has attacked her?

I don't think so.

The color page was Riruka and I'm amazed that so many fanartists called that maroon haircolor right.

The stage seems set for an Ichigo and Chad to the rescue except that Ginjou just said that Ichigo can't tax his powers anymore--unless of course he powers up for the sake of Orihime (and as Neha was telling me when the spoilers appeared--he would have to get to her riding Chad like a pony while Chad uses Sonido! XD). And we've seen that before--yep on the dome. When we got Orihime going "why do I always rely on him?"

Seems she's not relying on him at the moment. In fact we may have a repeat of the Orihime's standing up for a nakama like when she stood up for Tatsuki. If this is Bleach reboot, we've had the little mini tale of Ichigo/Ishida competition and working together in the IchiIshi team-up against the thugs like the IchiIshi story with the Hollow bait, then the Chad mini-tale, and now it's the Orihime mini-tale and if you'll recall, Orihime powered up and defended a friend in the first go-round.

She's promised to defend her friends. Maybe she'll defend Ichigo this time around.

I dunno. Uryuu (Rain Dragon) is Orihime's other protector friend. We may see a "Princess and The Dragon 2" chapter if Ishida shows up. Allow me a little crazy speculation--next chapter is coming out for White Day, which la_kalaka reminded me is Ryuuken's birthday--lol, imagine how funny it would be to get a Quincy Papa or a Quincy Papa/son team up on White day, not to mention a little White day gift of Inoue-->Ishida. I'm honestly not being shippy here--I know Orihime doesn't love Uryuu. She's standing up for a friend. I love that. It's what she SWORE TO HERSELF TO DO. And maybe if she causes enough ruckus in the next chapter to shoo away Bookman by himself, it will be awesome but even if someone has to show up or if she goes down with a nasty paper cut from that scary weapon Tsukishima wields, hey, you know what, I'm cool--because at least she tried. She didn't lose her cool and she threw her body right there in front of ShiShi (boy, is he going to adore her from now on or what? XD)

Bookman's fullbring was impressive. Not the book but the bookmark. And the sword looks badass. But looks can be deceiving. And Orihime looks SO determined. When she looks this determined she can DO SHIT. Am I hoping for too much that she actually kick some ass next chapter? I thought it might be too soon but then again I thought it was too soon when the GinRan story looked like it was going to be resolved last arc (I honestly expected it to linger until the very end of Bleach).

I knew it had to come sooner or later. Orihime's dome persona was haunting her so badly. She wanted to protect her nakama and she was faulting herself for asking Ichigo to save her. Is it wrong for me to believe that the story is gong to go differently this time? That Ichigo WON'T save her? That she might actually save her self and do it in the name of protecting/avenging a nakama?

Oh, and the yakuza was funny but ShiShi is funnier and he's gonna be a regular in this arc I bet and I'm glad--here I thought he might be the personification of a the Twitter troll who hated Orihime but it looks like he's his own guy. He's interesting and funny.

Oh and who/WHAT is the keen marker? Obviously Bookman's fullbring but he wasn't too keen reading Orihime, was he?

 
 
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(Anonymous) on March 2nd, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
there was development bur overall.... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Brad C: torin - sheepdeathlike on March 2nd, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Is impossible to follow the story when there's a really hot guy in town. Screw it, what page was I on?
balladbirdballadbird on March 2nd, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
What powers does that sword have, to deserve such an auspicious name, I wonder. You intrigue me, bookguy. You can't be Riruka in terms of pure charm, but as far as the fullbringers go you're my favorite. I hope Kubo lets me learn what makes you tick before he kills you. (my having formally declared a character my favorite is tantamount to a death sentence, you see. XD)

Orihime may be able to kick ass right now, but bookguy has primary antagonist foreshadowing behind him. His will be the tough ass to kick, even for a goddess of rejection.

But fie to my pessimism, I hope the Orihime faithful get at least something resembling what they've been waiting for all these years.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on March 2nd, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)

A little ass-kicking?

Would be nice to see Chad in action. Annie just mentioned to me that his last real fight was against Afrocar. We need to see his fullbring too. Although pitting it against Bookman's would only make Chad's look ... worse.

And yeah, major antagonist in that Ulquiorra way--which means that maybe we can't see Bookman's true powers yet. We've been treated to the mere sight of his weapon and maybe he'll be run off?
redgreendressredgreendress on March 2nd, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Mwahaha, Orihime's reiatsu changed. I think it's because she's MAAAD. This guy attacked Ishida-kun, she's not gonna let him get away. YOU GO GIRL. I can only hope Chad doesn't try to take over the whole thing. They gotta team up, he and Orihime. This guy owned Ishida, he's clearly not an easy kill.

I'm going to take some twisted pleasure in watching Ichigo angst over not being able to save everyone and be the hero. If Chad and Hime tell him to stand back, I bet it'll finally dawn on him - oooh, so that's what it feels like. Even if Kubo pulls a Kubo and has him go Hero in the end, I at least hope he'll get to feel useless for a bit. This fight has MAJOR potential for some long needed character development, from Ichigo AND Orihime, not to mention an opportunity for Chad to win a fight, for once. DON'T DISAPPOINT KUBO.

I can't wait for next week.
oh gallant piglet,: soccerballaizome on March 3rd, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
"I'm going to take some twisted pleasure in watching Ichigo angst over not being able to save everyone and be the hero. If Chad and Hime tell him to stand back, I bet it'll finally dawn on him - oooh, so that's what it feels like."

THIS. So much.
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secila80: Orihime determinedsecila80 on March 2nd, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Inoue's reiatsu feels strange
Yeah, the only way Ishida is not showing up is if Ryukken has him physically restrained.

I will hold to my optimism. Orihime is about to kick some ass and it looks like a few nakama are going to be there to witness it. I'm particularly excited about the possibility of her having to save Ichigo -- it seems like something that would be mentally healthy for both of them. If I'm wrong I'll recover later. Right now, I am satisfied to cheer on Orhime and eagerly await the next chapter. :)
kohi_no_torakohi_no_tora on March 2nd, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the only way Ishida is not showing up is if Ryukken has him physically restrained.

It's Ryukken. I see him having Uryuu restrained as entirely plausible.
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miss_ragdollmiss_ragdoll on March 2nd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
OK, done reading. Honestly, that was short XD not very much information, looks like some betting on the hair colour of Riruka were right: it's purple XD I dunno why but that is strange for me... I would have bet on brunette.

This chapter was, effectively short, I finished reading it very quickly and only got a few interesting things:

First: page 7. look at these eyes. YES, looks like IT IS a big deal to wait some more days for Ichigo. As someone said, eager Ichi is eager XD and he's got to deal with a lot of grieving and painful wait; some more days may stress the hell out of him.

Plus if he has to run to help a selfless Orihime that is stubborn enough to protect people one moment after they yelled at her they wanted to kill her... I don't know how to name it, but sure is a bit different from kindness. If she wants to avenge Ishida and kick his attacker's ass she need to plan how to. Again, she doesn't even know about fullbring, that is dangerous!

But then look at his eyes at the end of the page. Now THAT is a determined look. A look of someone who wants to achieve his goal no matter what. Rukia would be proud of you (?) XDD

Again Chad saves the day XD He feels Inoue's reiatsu changing to battle mode and warns Ichigo. OK Chad, sorry to say this to you, we know you only want the best for your friends but... stressing Ichigo whose powers are not developed yet about how may be dealing Orihime with some danger is not the right thing to do. Not that you should have shut up but hell, you made it look like you wanted ichigo to go and help her... think twice ^^U

And second... Kubo is trolling us. I can't help but feel he's filling us with a lot of unnecesary scenes and then deploying the plot at once. Da Bomb! in some chapters everything is gonna explode, it looks like to me.

No Rukia this time... but again, looks like Ichigo was eager to keep on with his training as far as it may have taken. yay XD
Kylara: hollow!Kirbykarenai on March 2nd, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
Deb, I'm not going to say that you're wrong for believing that Orihime will stand up and protect. Your hopes seem to me quite legitimate in light of the first Princess and the Dragon miniarc, I don't think they're out of left field. I won't personally join in on them, but that's something to do with me and not you.

As for what I am doing, what I'm believing and hoping? It's defined in nots. I am not going to praise Orihime for standing up and not falling over. I am not going to praise her for saying that she won't let Bookguy get away, even if it is for a nakama. I am not going to praise her for making eye contact that is omg!determined! as opposed to terrified/@_@.

There's one tentative moment of belief in me. It's when she steps in front of that other dude. That is an action, that is something real that I can get behind, that is something that makes me think that there's a character worth *admiring* behind the superficial sparkle.

What I've seen in fandom the entire time that I've been in it is what I think of as the Let's Praise Orihime On The Train Of Lowered Expectations. I am not on that train anymore and I am staying off of it because I think it's ridiculous and during Hueco Mundo, it was physically painful to have Orihime cut off my hopes every single time.

I am keeping my expectations the only place where I can and not want to cut myself, which is that Orihime MIGHT *earn* my respect once she does something worthy of it. When she thinks about the hard and necessary things, even the ones she doesn't like. When she stands up and legitimately protects. When she actually gets shit done as opposed to doing shit, I can perhaps respect and take joy in Orihime again.

Anyway, Ramen Dude's speech specifically says that Ichigo will collapse once he hits his power limit. Ichigo hasn't hit his limit, ergo, he will and presumably soon. My guess is he comes to fight Book Dude with Chad and hits his limit during this fight. I doubt that Orihime will fight this guy with Tsubaki and even if she does, I even more strongly doubt that she will win, particularly if Ichigo should show up before the end of the fight.
_debbiechan_: Orihime DETERMINED_debbiechan_ on March 2nd, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)

Anyway, Ramen Dude's speech specifically says that Ichigo will collapse once he hits his power limit. Ichigo hasn't hit his limit, ergo, he will and presumably soon.

I see. This could still all take place after Orihime does something awesome--launching Tsubaki doesn't have to happen now. I admit my hopes are sky-high but it doesn't seem to follow that an Ichigo saves Orihime parallel will happen after the dome example. If Ichigo fights Bookman, Ichigo HAS TO LOSE. Bookman is defintely set up to be a major protagonist--going by everyone's logic, if Orihime can't defeat him, neither can Ichigo, and I don't see why it can't be that whatever Orihime pulls off (or some nakama team action--can't save Orihime--so we don't have a repeat of the whole relying on him horror that Orihime herself dreads.

If you ask me, the symbolism has to be clearer, the parallels more vivid. It wouldn't be Kubo not to make a more stark contrast to another fight. If Ichigo runs in and saves the day, there would be no irony, there would be more Orihime!fail and just a repeat of the same old. I've been stabbed in the gut before by Kubo so I know what it's like to develop some pessimism but in this case...

Orihime's kept my hopes up for two chapters. Two times she's said she's going to fight for Ishida-kun. That means something to me. I don't think we're going to see her go down quick next week. She may actually legitimately protect the actual Uryuu (my highest hope) or do something awesome in his name before Bookman makes his stage exit or fights someone else.

Yeah, I don't think Orihime is going to slice this guy in two. But I think she's capable of showing us her powers. We haven't seen anything significant in forever and new arcs are for showing off people's new stuff (hint hint, we need to see Chad's fullbring so yeah, I can see him fighting)
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miss_ragdollmiss_ragdoll on March 2nd, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
and yay! I knew it! "Bad" hot guy is fullbringer too! plot thickens! now... who's on your side? lets see... ginjou looks more suspicious with every look and word he says (and where was he looking on page 7?) And then bad hot guy is a sadistic unfriendly guy who has some dark purpouses behind Orihime's attack. Uh... I got a bit lost XD
pcuppypcuppy on March 2nd, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Woo canon Riruka colors <333 The hair was what I expected it to be but the outfit color...was not. I'm thinking shes wearing something else >_> In my head canon her dress is black/dark maroon.

As for the chapter....

What I was expecting:
-A follow up to Ichigo hearing that weird transmission with Rukia defending him.
-Orihime defending herself/fighting Tsukishima.

What I got:
-Riruka talking to piggyman for much longer than I could care.
-Orihime was possibly kidnapped.

Guess I'm going to have to be more patient than that huh -_-;;


Hmm. I think Ginjou sent Ichigo home so that he wouldn't get any more weird transmissions from being around stronger fullbring like Riruka. Just a thought.

And about that change in Orihime's reiastu...i'm hoping that its a followup to what Grimmjow and Ulquiorra were taking about in HM. Or maybe even a powerup <3


Expectations for next chap:
Orihime fights/defends herself and maybe even saves Ichigo for a change lol.
miss_ragdollmiss_ragdoll on March 2nd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
+1. we're being trolled with some scenes that are not plot related (Yakuza complaining wasn't even funny) and then the plot around Orihime ends just in the interesting part. Again. Our expectations for quicker development are being tossed around -__-
Please, I don't want ichi to save orihime, please kubo don't! Though... if the alternative is a kidnap 2.0 then FOR G-D'S SAKE SAVE HER ICHIGO!!!
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Dyah_bish_yah on March 2nd, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
I think it's possible that Orihime's powers are different than what we know.(pleasepleaseplease)
It's interesting that Chad says that her reiatsu feels strange and not that it has changed.
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(Anonymous) on March 2nd, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
book guy's face looks pretty similar to Aizen, minus the hair (and maybe a little like Byakuya). just a personal observation.
Astraea: chibi byakuyalady_leia_solo on March 2nd, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Interesting chapter. I really loved the color page of Riruka, I think she's growing on me XD
C.C. Lemoncclemon on March 2nd, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Oh and who/WHAT is the keen marker?

I'm pretty sure this must refer to Tsukishima's fullbring - after all, it's one sharp bookmark!
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on March 2nd, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)

Yes, that's what I meant--it's obviously that. But I was thinking in terms of "marker" being a rite of passage or maybe a turning point. Eh, just being speculative and poetic. Kubo makes me go that way.

The bookmark is a nice symbol. I do like it.

And I have a feeling I'm going to loooooove Bookman once I find out more about him. He already is starting to remind me of Ulquiorra. Not just because of his beauty but because of that whole observant "I won't hurt you yet" attitude and apparent ruthlessness--yeah, chicks dig it but it makes for good villain stuff too.
nehalenia: chad interp dancenehalenia on March 2nd, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Hmm, yeah that did seem like a short chapter. Nice twist with the "Oh, I've heard you're kind-hearted" line where Orihime says "Nope, you hurt Ishida, I can't let you leave". To me, the most interesting thing about this is Tsukishima saying he didn't plan to hurt her. Granted we called that last chapter -- if he'd wanted to attack he would have done so already -- but I why the attack was arranged then? Was it to test Shishi or Orihime or both?

And god, those boys! Geesh, Chad, Orihime's leaving you bread every day and you can't manage to call her and tell her you're okay? *headdesk*
_debbiechan_: Mommy_debbiechan_ on March 2nd, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)

If I WERE their mothers, they would get a talking to from me, I tell you.
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Issues: Orihime-Eh?lovely_masoka on March 2nd, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I can't really bring myself to hope that much with Orihime. Since I feel it might be too early for her to use Tsubaki. Maybe I'm wrong, but it doesn't really fit.

Especially since she's not really using her other powers, like healing and shielding.