And well, look at this. Kubo-sensei drew a picture of Ichigo in shinigami clothes reaching his hand out to offer assistance to earthquake victims:
(click to see the wallpaper version: http://www.shonenjump.com/j/message/kabegami/bleach_1920.jpg )
I suppose that people who were telling amateur artists and fanartists on dA that it was disrespectful to draw art following Japan's tragedy can just be embarrassed now.
And if you haven't seen it yet, Sensei took a pic of Volume 49--it's Ichigo and oh wow, the style! It's so different and wow, just wow: http://plixi.com/p/86672242 We were all expecting Ramen Guy but it's Ichigo with the title "The Lost Agent" and this puts an emphasis on Ichigo's "lostness" in this arc. Also, emo Ichigo poem? I CAN NOT WAIT. :3