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29 April 2011 @ 06:42 am
Volume 49 endpages etc, Rukia love  

Bleach Volume 49 debuted at number 2 this week in manga sales but some fans have pointed out that the sales figures themselves are low. I'm nonetheless heartened because sales seem to be depressed overall for entertainment these days. I admit that I almost bought the volume for the poem alone (and for the drawing of Ichigo's "sad hair") but in the end decided I needed to save my money for whatever summer goodies may come later--like June's fanbook etc!)

Thanks to ch1mera you can find the cover, volume poem and endpage doodles of Volume 49 scanned here at Bleach Asylum, Keigo's pre-time skip hair styles are most amusing.

I love how the plot summary star for all of Bleach barely mentions the HM AT ALL and focuses on Rukia like the volume poem.

(translation by Nacchan):


Kurosaki Ichigo meet with shinigami Kuchiki Rukia and helped her in slaying the Hollows. Eventually he went to Soul society to stop Rukia's execution, there the dark truths of Aizen manipulation plan was discovered. Aizen who planned to break the boundaries of shinigami and hollows by creating the "Arrancar", leading those creatures and proclaiming war.

With Aizen who keep evolving along with the battles and the falling nakamas, Ichigo who just revived then attained the "Final Getsuga Tenshou" at the expense of his shinigami power. He battled Aizen with an overwhelming power! And after that the hougyoku took away all of Aizen's power... Now the fight is over, Ichigo who lost his power went back to his town, to his friends. And then he started his time separated from Rukia...

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The Main Gauche of Enlightenment: Kneesocks is grinnng (trans sequence)velvetsword on April 29th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
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The Main Gauche of Enlightenment: Scanty is suave (rose)velvetsword on April 29th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
Re: ....Hmm.
To expound on this fabulous Barnaby image--

I'm not really shocked, given the chapters contained in the book and the focus of the poem. It makes sense to drive the point home.

Cruelly disappointed by the lack of mention of Ichigo's tender expressions of loneliness due to the absence of Zangetsu. Crushed. Completely. :(
Super Nintendo Chalmersstrawberries_85 on April 29th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
Re: ....Hmm.
"Cruelly disappointed by the lack of mention of Ichigo's tender expressions of loneliness due to the absence of Zangetsu. Crushed. Completely. :("

It's like a stab to the heart. :( But don't worry, I'm sure the next few chapters will make Ichigo x Zangetsu almost canon. ;)
kohi_no_tora: Shurikenkohi_no_tora on April 29th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: ....Hmm.
I see no Barnaby. Only a Bunny showing off ^_^
Danielwdboldstar on April 29th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Haha. I love how there's really nothing more to say here. If you do not believe it's about Rukia at this point, you're probably straight up in denial.

I mean, I guess you can make the excuse that may Kubo wasn't consulted for that summary blurb, but I'd bet that's either untrue or irrelevant.

S'all about Rukia y'all.

Incidentally, this also makes me feel a lot better about Rukia's eventual return in the manga. Kubo-sensei knows what she means. :)
The Orange Rat: Troll Thread!the_orange_rat on April 29th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
It's a conspiracy. People are going behind poor Kubo's back and writing summaries that misconstrue Ichigo's totally asexual love for his sister/mother/mentor/broseph/puppy. Kubo's just too polite to complain that this keeps happening.
Danielwdboldstar on April 29th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Those damn Ichiruki shippers have infiltrated the manga publishers! Is there no end to their shenanigans?
oh gallant piglet,: flirty rukiaaizome on April 30th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
This. All of it.
peca_06peca_06 on April 29th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I wonder what Keigo and Mizuiro are talking to each other about on those doodles...
Ichigo's lonely, melancholic hair, ruffling on the wind, plus some of those "particles" floating that Kubo does when he "draws the air". Just as poetic and heart wrenching as the poem itself. Beautiful. Love it!

"Cruelly disappointed by the lack of mention of Ichigo's tender expressions of loneliness due to the absence of Zangetsu. Crushed. Completely. :("

(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
The reason why Burimyu this year didn't use HM theme. Could it be because HM arc is ONLY about "Ichigo who just revived then attained the "Final Getsuga Tenshou" at the expense of his shinigami power. He battled Aizen with an overwhelming power"??? XD

Also, it is kind of startled when Bleach was a piece consist of two "rescuing" arc, yet, SS is the one who can't getting erase form the whole story even though it happened, ehmmm....6 years ago? while the other could sum up with a line "He battled Aizen with an overwhelming power", overshadowing KnightIchigo rose in the Hell to save the princess....XD
_debbiechan_: 60secondcoming_debbiechan_ on April 29th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
That's just it--it wasn't a hellknight who rose to save a princess--it was a mindless beast like Allon who rose on instinct, killed an opponent who had already surrendered, stabbed a nakama and was by Ichigo's own admission "not the way I wanted to win." A tragic story, not a hero's story.

You don't exactly make a singing dancing musical out of that!

Edited at 2011-04-29 10:09 pm (UTC)
Grenat: Gehescarboucle on April 29th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
I dunno, they're making a Dracul musical here, so anything can happen.

/gets shot
oh gallant piglet,: sweatdropaizome on April 30th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
WOW. A Dracul musical. Is it weird of me to kind of want to see that?
Grenat: Laughescarboucle on April 30th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Make deb to remind me to post some music from it when it'll air.

I can assure you you won't be wanting to go see it anymore :D
oh gallant piglet,aizome on May 1st, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh! It's that bad, eh? :X
Wynnwinn_12 on May 1st, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
your icon made me lol so much >.>
oh gallant piglet,: KYUUBEIaizome on May 1st, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
XD *arms up*
Grenat: Laughescarboucle on May 1st, 2011 08:50 am (UTC)
French musical all have one strong common point: they're horrid XD
manonlechat: Gin and Rangiku: the last apologymanonlechat on April 30th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
The reason why Burimyu this year didn't use HM theme.

It could also be because the end of HM involved the death of so many characters -- bit part characters and popular beloved characters, such as Ulquiorra and Gin.
jpblackjpblack on April 29th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
45 - 465,713
46 - 548,912
47 - 518,556
48 - 462,154
49 - 425,882

It's a small dip; though any lower, like 399K, and I would get worried...
 Lady Camille Catherine Cecily Lloyd-George X: Rukiaskilly_n_duff on April 29th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
For us, the time separated from Rukia has been 6 months.

Sensei, don't make life imitate art! Please, bring her BACK!
balladbirdballadbird on April 30th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Those sales figures are actually fairly ordinary for a debut-week of bleach. first-week sales of 500k and higher have occurred in the past, but they're more the exception than the rule.

So even the plot summary wishes to forget about the HM arc, huh? XD Such a waste of good characters.
Wynnwinn_12 on May 1st, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
It is confusing for me how Kubo used to make them both main characters and now Rukia is pretty much out of the story. For me she was the main and most interesting character, and now I really lost all interest in bleach whatsoever since Aizen's death. Someone please tell me when Bleach goes back to being about Rukia again... I really haven't read/watched anything since then. :/
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀la_kalaka on May 1st, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Thank you very much *.* for the info and the translations! I LOLed at Keigo's changing hairstyle LOL! XDDDDDDD and BIG HUGS and THANKS to Nacchan for the hardwork
Nacchannacchan_touya on May 1st, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
agh, mistrans at the last part sorry =___=

not "went back" but "protected"... "Ichigo who has protected his town and his friends lost his power"

(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
Life without Rukia is like doing jail time for Ichigo, he's counting the days till his get out of jail card arrives. Oh how long do we have to wait Kubo! & when do we get our Isshin backstory?? And and... I miss KON! he's probably in a deep depression (lol, like father like son), & lonely seeing as Yuzu's probably too grown up to play with him now.