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04 July 2011 @ 03:41 pm
Orihime Fanart and general excitement for upcoming chapters  
So I drew an Orihime fanart on my broken tablet but I liked how it came out, sketchy as it is.

The DA link: http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/art/Orihime-2011-216637184

And I wrote this in the Ichigo FC at BA this weekend. I'm pumped about the upcoming chapters.

I'm pretty excited about upcoming chapters. It seems the training arc part is over and the climax of story is here. Ichigo probably has a few more surprises ahead of him at the mansion and I'm sure that we'll see Chad and Orihime (because they've been bookmarked and we've been teased so long with what the effects of them could possibly be for so long) before we see Ishida. Then we'll see what Urahara and Isshin are up to--I hope by August and before Jump goes on its usual summer break. By then it will be time for Bleach's official 10th anniversary so it will be just the right time for something really big to go down.

That sword that Isshin is carrying looks like its got Ichigo's name on it and Isshin looks ready to stab Ichigo with it. Of course that's what Kubo wants us to think so it could be something completely different that he intends to do. The absence of Rukia has been so telling throughout the whole arc but since she spoke to Ichigo in the beginning of the arc in his dream, spoke through his badge in the middle of the arc, I'm quite sure that she'll turn up at the very end of the arc and I'm very curious as to what possible role she could play in this drama. Her words through the badge: "Ichigo would never...!" still intrigue me....

Ichigo would never what? Agree to the plan Isshin and Urahara are cooking up? Hang with guys like the Fullbringers? Murder a guy like Tsukishima in cold blood?

The funny thing is that all characters, given the right circumstances, can be driven to act out of character. I think that's what Kubo has done with Ichigo in this arc. Without his powers in the beginning he was not quite his "old self," the boy he was before he was a shinigami. He had already seen and done too much. His desire to regain his powers led him to trust too easily and as we saw when he wanted to fight Tsukishima when the guy first entered the hideout and Chad had to STOP Ichigo, Ichigo was willing to go on a suicidal mission because of pride--the pride to avenge his friends overrode the will to protect them, really. Later, his anger over what Tsukishima had done to his family drove him to thoughts of murder--killing Tsukishima without first trying to get to the bottom of what might reverse the memory implantation puts all of Ichigo's loved ones at risk.

Ichigo's not thinking; he's on a homicidal mission; this is GREAT STUFF. Can't wait to see what happens at the mansion--probably a nakama reunion and who knows what will go down between Tsukishima and Ginjou (my bet is that they're in on it together!)
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Astraea: [bleach] orihime shieldinglady_leia_solo on July 4th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Orihime looks heavenly in this art Debbie!

I honestly don't know what to think about Ichigo. But I'm excited to find out what happens next!
hinodeh: Rirukahinodeh on July 4th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Something's seriously wrong with Orihime's right hand, but her facial expression is great. She looks very pretty and mature.

As to the next chapter, you forgot about the role that Riruka seems to be set up to play in this drama. Of course, KT could drop it like the "Orihime destroying the hougyoku" plot, but we'll see if he is indeed brazen enough to drop such blatant foreshadowing after having introduced it not long ago.

I personally really hope that Ginjou and Tsuki are working together. It seems like the most interesting plot possibility right now.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on July 4th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I didn't sweat either hand. Foreshortening is HARD. XD

I sincerely wish that something's up with Riruka just so I can say those donut pages weren't a waste after all. I'm also curious about the Love Gun but I ship Tsuki and Ginjou more. XD

I'm actually pretty pessimistic about Ishida's role and doubt we'll see him this week and think that when we do he'll have a good part but fall like he did on the dome. I see everyone showing up and then dropping sort of like Urahara, Yoruichi, and Isshin did at the end of Deicide if this is indeed "the final battle." Maybe Ichigo will be the one to take on the challenge at the end and not need rescuing...

but it sure does look like he's gonna get stabbity stabbed. It seems so obvious though that I wonder if Kubo's got something else planned?
hinodeh: Rirukahinodeh on July 4th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Ishida falling is also what I personally see happening. It's possible that he'll manage to make some meaningful difference before that occurs, but like you, I don't get the feeling that he'll fight successfully with Ichigo till the arc is over and the villain(s?) defeated. Though maybe him getting hurt will fire Ichigo up a bit.

Hahahaha, Riruka/Tsukishima. As it is, I dunno how it fits into things, if that scene between them was indeed meant to hint at some deeper connection, but eh, I still prefer it over Tsuki/Ginjou, which IMO has much more of a leg to stand on. Chalk it up to the fact that m/m slash rarely moves me, unlike f/f and good old het.
mezzo_marinaiomezzo_marinaio on July 4th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh, that reminds me of an Orihime chapter cover we once used as banner at the IshiHime FC! :D

Love the hair and the pose, debbie... and also her shiny lips! XD

I wonder who will show up first at the mansion, the Isshin/Urahara combo or Ishida...? (Rukia will probably be kept last for extra drama.)

P.S. I was... pondering Tsukishima's powers yesterday, and a thought came to me. If his power really is simply that of INSERTING himself in other people's memories, but he can't actually erase them... then I don't see how Chad and Orihime could possibly be fooled? I mean, the both of them rememeber being stabbed by him, Orihime knows he's hurt Ishida, and Chad has actually SEEN him 'attack' the Fullbringers' base... wouldn't that be kind of difficult to reconcile with the memory of Tsukishima suddenly being their long lost BBF?

Tatsuki, Karin, Yuzu and the others had never seen Tsukishima before being attacked, so it's okay... but for Chad and Orihime it should be different. (And indeed it seemed to be, at least initially...)

Or did I understand this one wrong and Tsukishima can actually erase memories too?
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on July 4th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)

Someone mentioned this earlier--his inserting himself in the FULLBRINGER memories means he would have to compete with his other selves in their memories... so it DOES NOT COMPUTE. It made me think Ginjou is lying but yeah.... how can Orihime and Chad reconcile their REAL memories of him with their newly inserted ones?
mezzo_marinaiomezzo_marinaio on July 4th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah... the Fullbringers did cross my thoughts too - but like you, I'm going with the assumption that they are probably feigning it. XD

I guess all this could be leading to a scene of Chad and Orihime being conflicted, and eventually managing to break free of the mind control... but still, why would Tsukishima run into this obvious risk when he could have so easily avoided it? *confused* It doesn't make sense!

Lol, the idea first crossed my mind when I read someone's comment that Tsukishima's shadow in Orihime's panel seemed to be replacing Sora... and I thought 'Oh, yeah... because that's gonna fly so well with her OTHER memories of him dying and everything'! XD

Not that I think he was actually replacing Sora, mind you... 'replacing someone important' is on a whole different level than 'inserting himself as someone important', and as of right now that's not what we've been led to believe Tsukishima's powers are. But still, the thought led me to ponder the inevitable contradictions that some new, positive memories of Tsukishima would raise in Orihime's mind, and then my mind turned to Chad, and... well. XD

I'm still confused.
Adam Eppadam_epp on July 5th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Concerning the Fullbringers' memories, can we say for certain that they actually have a history with Tsukishima that isn't artificial? Or have they been victims of his abilities from the very beginning?
oh gallant piglet,: hmaizome on July 5th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Good question. I second the asking.
(Anonymous) on July 5th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
That doesn't explain why Yukio saved Ichigo to his console instead of Tsukishima.
nehalenianehalenia on July 4th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
I already told you I think your Inoue is lovely there, but I don't mind reaffirming that. :)

I'm going to go against the tide of opinion and say I don't think Ishida's going to fail. Kubo's obviously building to something with him or else why put in the "cold shadow in his eyes" panel and the single page in the last chapter? Also, Ishida usually succeeds before he runs into an opponent he can't defeat. It's been so in every arc so far. In SS arc, he defeated Jirobou, then took down Mayuri before being captured by Tousen. In HM he defeated Cirucci before Szayel got him, and after his Big Damn Heroes entrance at the start of the Lust arc, he neutralized Yammi before running up against the immovable force of Ulquiorra and then getting stabbed by IchiThing.

This situation is a bit different because he went down so fast to Tsukishima. Unless you count the fight with the school gang as a real battle (and I don't, I felt that was just characterization and exposition), this arc has proceeded differently for Ishida since he got cut down so quickly.

Do I think he's gonna take down Tsukishima? Eh, not likely, but I do think he's going to do something that makes a difference in this "final battle". Orihime showed us some a new power so I can't imagine that Ishida won't have something new up his sleeve.

Also, I feel like the cuts back to him are similar to the cuts to show what Isshin and Urahara are doing. There's a very similar feel there so I'm thinking that if Isshin and Urahara succeed in their plan (whatever it is), then so will Uryuu. As for what Uryuu's "plan" might be, I submit that it could be him just showing up in a new outfit (which is hopefully as good as or better than his last one) and playing "Exposition Boy" as he tells Ichigo what he's figured out about Tsukishima and Fullbrings, etc.

I dunno, maybe my brain is just resistant to the idea of Ishida (and the rest of the nakama) going face down on the floor yet again, but I just get the feeling it could play out differently this time.
pony_rocks: pic#84544780pony_rocks on July 4th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
I agree... though I cannot shake off the fear that something serious is going to happend to Ishida (I guess I have never got over the Dome). I very much hope I am wrong and that he will simply do as you mentioned without being badly hurt in the process.
_debbiechan_: Ishida TIMESKIP CLOSE UP_debbiechan_ on July 4th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)

Oh I agree w/Neha that Ishida's going to do something BIG, but when I say "fall" I mean eventually.

I disagree that he has to follow a pattern of defeating an enemy before getting to a big opponent because this does appear to be a final battle and this does appear to be the short arc that Kubo promised before the so-called Isshin arc.... and there's no time for defeating enemies or following a pattern like in SS or HM.

And anyway, Neha, you said there that you didn't expect Ishida to defeat Tsukishima anyway so what else does Ishida have to do but fall?

Like Alex said elsewhere, I do hope he's cool (how can he not be <3) and gets to shoot the remote out of Yukio's hand or something equally wonderful. I DO EXPECT AN ICHI-ISHI MOMENT, DOGGONE IT. I want Ishida to fight for Ichigo's humanity again if not against Tsukishima, even though by all rights Ishida should be all RAWR because Tsuki tried to kill him and hurt Orihime and all that.... but Ishida's awesome and is going up to that mansion with the sole intent of saving Ichigo and nonething else, forget payback.

But yeah, I have a bad feeling about Ishida... just because Kubo loves to torture him so. :(

_debbiechan_: HERO ISHIDA!_debbiechan_ on July 4th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)

Oh I don't think he'll be in a new outfit -- just my guess. He's already dressed in civilian clothes. Everyone's been in street clothes in this arc. I don't think he got new Quincy duds at the hospital.
pony_rocks: pic#84544780pony_rocks on July 5th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
He does indeed.
And I'd actually hate Ishida being sacrificed in any way just to resore Ichigo's humanity or common sense again...
oh gallant piglet,: ishida hipsaizome on July 5th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
I hope you're right. At this point I'd be thrilled if Kubo started wrapping up most of this FB stuff so we can finally get to Isshin's back story (and Rukia coming back, of course). But I don't claim to be unbiased, either. I was equally lukewarm toward the Vaizards until TBtP, and unless these FBers all have something to do with Isshin, I can't see them ALL getting that kind of back story without slowing the story down immensely. Bottom line: I'm tired of waiting for the main characters to get to finally kick ass successfully after the tar pit that was Hueco Mundo.

(Oh boy, sorry for ranting on you there Neha. <3)
Adam Eppadam_epp on July 5th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Hmm, there's a potential that the next few chapters will be good. The one thing I'll give Kubo some credit for in this arc is that I just don't know what's going to happen. In that sense, I need to keep on reading to find out how things will turn out. (The main problem is that I don't care about the Fullbringers in general).