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14 April 2011 @ 07:49 am
New anime arc, Kubo tweets, Chad!fest regalos  

Studio Perriot and I are re-evaluating our relationship. It has always been a shallow one but it lasted so many years and holds so many memories. I hereby announce that reconciliation papers have been drawn. SP's conciliatory gestures (i.e. fanservice) had been met with suspicion in the past but a new filler arc began and my curiosity could not be checked--

I have to say I'm not holding out a lot of hope to see much of my fave character Ishida or a strong nakama presence in this arc but the IshiIchi ED totally won me over (was Ichigo Ishida's "ray of light" there or WHAT? My IchiIshi friends and I are still replaying that ED over and over and over) and surprise! I actually enjoyed the episode! If the animation quality stays good, I'm looking forward to the fights (my Koma-chan! <3) and maybe I can coast with this filler like I did with the zanpakutou arc, which was an inoffensive enough diversion for me.

I'm already dreading the IchiRuki fanservice, to be honest (I love Kubo's wistful, subtle IchiRuki--SP's seems heavy-handed in comparison) but I have to approach the anime like fanfic--with a measure of suspension of disbelief and separation from Kubo's reality. The stand-alone eps  leading to this filler arc, from what I gathered (I peeked at one and saw screencaps of others) were just awful, but hey I'm game for an actual story and SP has as fair a track record as any fic writer I know plus lots of shinies and background music. Spoilers for upcoming eps under cut.

The green-haired girl is pretty and promptly naked in the first episode. Dance for us, Studio Perriot! Dance! The promotion poster promises lots of Shinigami and Rukiaaaaaa.

The arc seems to be an inversion of what was successful for SP in the past--FTB. Only in reverse. See this translation of an ad at Bleach Asylum.

So far descriptions of the episodes don't have Ichigo losing his memories though, so we'll have to wait and see. There does seem to be a nice plot cooking and I'm particularly excited by the involvement of the 12th Division because hey, they're always fun and disgusting.

Coming up: Rukia busts Ichigo out of jail. The ones who arrested Ichigo are fake-gotei—the real shinigami are trapped in the dangai. Orihime throws a BBQ party?

See here

Some translations from Kubo's twitter yesterday regarding the airing of the first ep of new arc. Translations by mezzo_marinaio 

おっ、宣伝ありがと!ちゃんと自分のことも書いとかないとね(笑)。 RT @HitterNumber8: @tite_kubo 先生お休みなさいですー。明日はアニメBLEACH新章スタート、OP&EDも楽しみですv

@HitterNumber8: "Goodnight, sensei... I'm looking forward to the start of a new Bleach chapter in the anime, and to the opening and ending as well."
@tite_kubo: "Ooh, thank you for the publicity! I should make sure to write about my own work too, right?" (laugh)

原稿が一段落して、やっと今日のアニメBLEACH観れた!すげぇっ!!オープニングはバトルしっ放しだし 本編も工藤さん作監ですげークオリティだし!ストーリーも個人的には今までのアニメオリジナルシリーズの中 で1番ワクワクしてる。ぴえろさんお疲れ様でした!!

@tite_kubo: "I took a break from my work so I could finally watch today's episode of Bleach! Fantastic...!! In the opening they just kept battling, and since Kudou-san was the animation director of the original story the quality was amazing! As for the story, for me it's the most exciting among the anime original series they made until now. Thank you very much, Pierrot-san!!"

@tite_kubo: 俺にもそう見えたから、多分そうじゃないかな。しかしよく観てるね! RT @Saki10SS: @tite_kubo もの凄い集中して観てたんで、今日のアニメに出てきたおばちゃん、あれは織姫のご近所の新村さんだったんでは…?とか凄い細部にまで喰いついてしまいまし た(笑)

@Saki10SS: "I was paying an incredible amount of attention while watching the anime today... wasn't the woman who appeared in this episode Niimura-san, Orihime's neighbour...? Things like that, you know, I really nibbled on the smallest details." (laugh)
@tite_kubo: "It seemed that way to me too, so I wouldn't say that. Still, you really do pay a lot of attention!"

CHAD!FEST REGALO NEWS! Thanks to everyone who managed to post on bleachness for Chad's birthday even though LJ was being so wonky! The goal of the contest was just to get people to post comments. I happy to announce that the mods have chosen imlikat as the winner so she gets the Chad plushie and because we didn't get all that many entries (although all the entries we did have were so full of love), we have one other winner, la_kalaka , and I'm proud to ship her Chad sticker and tattoo all the way to Mexico! Gals, PM me with your addresses!

One last thing--

Tsundere!Ishida.... aw, thank you SP! <3

Current Mood: sickanother damn cold
pony_rocks: pic#84544780pony_rocks on April 14th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
Isn't he marvelous!? The loveliest huff ever! ♥
D: orihimeyah_bish_yah on April 14th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
The quality of the animation in this week's episode was pretty good.
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: Himetubola_kalaka on April 14th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
* The villain looks horrible! x_D, auch!

* Aaaw Kubo, you cute man you xD I love his tweets <3

* Tsundere!Ishida is CUTE we need a macro of this scene <3 <3

* AND... OMG! I win something! XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD <---- i'm touched and happy so I'm getting histerical right now hence the crazy laugh xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD THANKS Debbie and Mods <3! *sends loves vibes from Mexico*
miss_ragdollmiss_ragdoll on April 14th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
I absolutely loved the scene played at slow camera when Ichigo goes bankai and picks rukia kitten like XDDDD it's the nearest to... lovely? XD

On a side note... huge thighs wtf? XD is it just me or are very big body related? ^^U I liked the drawing style though :DD

IchiIshi OMG x3 how cute
andrew_jpandrew_jp on April 14th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
I don't have any beef with Studio Pierrot at all and I skip filler without a moment's hesitation.
_debbiechan_: Ishida startled by Orihime_debbiechan_ on April 14th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)

I'm complicated. *makes Tsundere!Ishida face*
シボ 洋蔥さん: magatama greennijibug on April 14th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥ Love that final screencap foreverrrr = 3=
Ahhh I'd almost forgotten how absolutely adorably tsundere Uryuu was ;u;
The Main Gauche of Enlightenment: Kneesocks is grinnng (trans sequence)velvetsword on April 14th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
The only thing I took away from this filler ep. is that Rukia would probably be okay with a threesome with that green haired chick and Ichigo.

Her "Oh, well golly" face was hilarious.
Dyah_bish_yah on April 14th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
lol, I kept staring at her to see if she'd be at least a little shocked at the green haired girl's nudity.
The Main Gauche of Enlightenmentvelvetsword on April 14th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Shocked? No. Appreciative? Apparently.
和山一朗: derpface!Ichigoburn1ngcha0s on April 14th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Aww Ishida, you awesome drama!Quincy :3
I've yet to see the episode, but I'm hopeful, even for a filler. The villain looks hilariously gay, 'tho xD
shut your mushimlikat on April 14th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
\o/ Hooray! Just got internet back after moving, and I sign on to see that I won a plushie :D So exciting! And thanks again for holding the Chadfest, I really enjoyed it :)

I need to watch that ED :D May skip the fillers though, lol.
myladyblackmyladyblack on April 14th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Although most people hate the fillers.. this one seems to be very interesting, and i'm really looking forward for the next episode!
redgreendressredgreendress on April 14th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm already dreading the IchiRuki fanservice, to be honest (I love Kubo's wistful, subtle IchiRuki--SP's seems heavy-handed in comparison)

This. I've been wanting to say that for ages. I didn't really like FTB because of how heavy-handed the Ichiruki was, in a way that seemed way out-of-character. I thought it seemed to rely on all that shippiness to get away with boring plot, bad pacing and bad animation (better than the TV version, sure, but still bad, IMO). I also hate the anime's tendency to put Rukia in situations where she either has to be saved by Ichigo or Byakuya. If you're gonna make a movie and put her in the spotlight, how about letting her save Ichigo like she does so often in the manga? Better yet, put Byakuya in a white dress and lock him up in a tower. I'd buy three of those dvds.

Whew. That had been bottled up for sometime now. I'm aware of how crazy I am to have been so disappointed in a Bleach filler movie. I mean, what was I, expecting QUALITY or something? Pff, what an idiot.

It's just that my manga!Rukia is sacred and no one should mess with her okay *pouts*
kari_izumi: OH NO YOU DIDN'Tkari_izumi on April 15th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
I also hate the anime's tendency to put Rukia in situations where she either has to be saved by Ichigo or Byakuya.
Seriously. She's been rescued by Byakuya more times than Mokuba from "Yu-Gi-Oh!" gets kidnapped (for those that are unfamiliar with YGO or the abridged series thereof, that's...um, a LOT). It's a wonder it's not some sort of running meme withing the fandom like Aizen Tacos or something. :/
redgreendressredgreendress on April 16th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, Rukia getting saved by big brother got old fast. It's a shame, 'cause when he saved her in the manga and called her his "pride", I cried. Just a little bit. And the difference was, she'd already defeated her main opponent. The anime seems to forget how competent a warrior she is -- it's what drives me crazy.

LOL, aizen tacos. I'd like to know how that first started.
nahlackasexical on April 15th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
I didn't really like FTB because of how heavy-handed the Ichiruki was, in a way that seemed way out-of-character.

What scenes in particular felt out of character to you? Kubo was deeply involved in making FTB, so you can't quite compare it to the mess SP makes of Rukia's character on a daily basis - unless you're trying to say Kubo's own rendition was OOC.
redgreendressredgreendress on April 16th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Oh I know Kubo was involved in FTB, but I don't think he personally wrote the dialogue, or came up with the plot. Even if he did, I'd still consider this an alternate universe like all the other movies, one where the characters don't act quite like their manga selves. But yeah, maybe it wasn't "way out of character", that was frustration talking. It wasn't half as bad as any of the anime fillers, for sure. Mostly, I think it was the story that seemed so unlike Bleach. The creepy twins thing, Rukia just standing there with her mouth agape while the girl used her scythe vodoo, Urahara showing up randomly, the Karakura gang's absence. 

I liked that dialogue at the end with the "I'm not shinigami, I'm Kuckiki Rukia", and Ichigo saying they'd been connected before they met. I don't think manga!Ichigo would've said this, at least not so bluntly, but I know we needed some big declaration before the movie could end, so it made sense to lower his inhibitions for a bit. And I liked the slashy part with Renji and the flashback with thug!Rukia. Not all bad, just not what I expected from a movie centered around my favorite character. 

I wish SP could recapture the vibe the anime had when it began, that dark, urban feel of it, and those quirky moments like the juicebox bit. Now it's more like a high school thing with a lot of fighting, it's lost all charm. 
tuna_sama: fandomtuna_sama on April 15th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
This filler seem interesting, I hope the anime quality is keeping up.

But that damn ED made me confussed! XD

Tsundere!Ishida Banzaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tamzin: ichigoconquistadora on April 15th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
Why does Ichigo always have to rescue a girl? Aka quasiSSarc!Rukia. It's so annoying I'm having trouble focusing on Tsunshida.
(Anonymous) on April 16th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
ichigo didn't loses his memory, it was a mistranslation,