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29 July 2011 @ 03:24 pm
Dumb Poll, Dumb Rumor, Bleach chibi comic, musical update  

LJ's back. Shit, it feels weird to be able to post on my own fanblog again.

Poll #1765358 Next Bleach Chapter!

So, what's gonna happen next chapter? Check as many as options as ya want.

Ginjou's sword just sucks out power & does no physical damage--kinda like Tsuki's--so Ichigo is still alive but powerless again.
47(10.7%)
Ichigo is DED. Human bodies don't survive swords in the chest. Dun Dun Dun.
41(9.3%)
Shirosaki/Hichigo/IchiThing/Something Hollowish emerges from Ichigo meanwhile Ginjou inherits Kamen Rider costume
47(10.7%)
The nakama make a last stand against the evil duo of Facebook and Ramen but yeah, no dice.
21(4.8%)
Hey, Orihime actually DOES "heal it all" like she said she would.
25(5.7%)
Time for Urahara and Isshin because they've been strolling over this way long enough
86(19.5%)
NO Urahara and Isshin because we're all expecting them! NEW MINDFUCK this week!
43(9.8%)
Rukia (to coincide w/harajuku and Annie's birthday)
55(12.5%)
Carnage! Tsukishima slashes people back to themselves and there are wounded, depressed characters lying around everywhere just as WSJ goes on holiday break.
39(8.8%)
Surprise color chapter (maybe fact 10th anniversary fact sheet thrown in for fun--like Tsuki's blood type and Ginjou's fave ramen flavor)
37(8.4%)

If you didn't get to type up your reaction to the big happening chapter last week while LJ was wonky, here's your chance.

I enjoyed it---even though I saw Ishida's fall coming and like lots of people here, called most of it--Ginjou's betrayal, the stabbity of Ichigo with Ginjou's Cross of Scaffold, the Ginjou/Tsuki partnership (sexy!), Ishida in his civilian clothes (Ishida fans are wondering if the boy is using a sacred object anymore? There's been no sign of his Quincy cross all this arc) and the utter emotional devastation of Ichigo. The chapter being called "The End of All Bonds" tells me we're near the finish line and we're not going to get a series of numbered chapters like with Deicide. It seems too easy to call that Urahara and Isshin are up next, though. I almost expect something like a live fist to come at me from the pages after this recent horror show.

Speaking as an Ishida fan,(warning: extreme Ishida bias to follow) even though Ishida's appearances in this arc were short and sweet, it thrilled me that it was revealed in this past chapter that Ishida was indeed targeted to spur Ichigo to join Xcution (because as Jackie joked, Ginjou's ramen just wasn't enough XD). Not talking yaoi fantasies here--this is canon manga. It's said that it's usually a female love interest who is attacked in order to get the hero's attention to protect, but if there's one thing this arc has shown it's that Ichigo wants to protect ALL his friends and family. Yeah, Ichigo would've rushed to the hospital for anyone of his friends but it was Ishida who triggered his desire to recover his Shinigami powers and in the end, it was Ishida who was the only one not bookmarked by Tsukishima and who was Ichigo's only true ally.

As a fan of the Karakura gang, I was glad to see them all again--even briefly before they were "taken" from Ichigo, and in true story telling form, the bonds were all given increasing dramatic importance as they dissolved. First, Ichigo's sisters, always less relevant to the plot of Bleach, turned on him, then Ichigo's friends Mizuro Keigo and Tatsuki. Then, in a surprise twist, his new boss Ikumi.

His comrades Orihime and Chad, who had so recently revealed how they'd trained for 17 months to fight by his side, turned next, and then,  Ishida's arrival on the scene was singled out and given the kind of ooo-wee tension that makes fangirls like me wiggle in our computer chairs. Kubo's gorgeous irony was at work here again--because Ichigo so trusted his "new" bond with Ginjou, Ichigo didn't trust Ishida. Ishida, the one who had proven himself the Golden Boy of Friendship on the Dome (I could seriously get all choked up if I recount it! ). A whole chapter where you couldn't see Ishida's eyes--his glasses were white reflections like when he first showed up in the manga--so much tension but now with that added history of trust and kizuma. The white backgrounds, if you notice, came back--Kubo treated the whole encounter with much care (Chad and Inoue had each received some sad exchanges with Ichigo but not so much tension as this!) Then BAM! Down goes another surprise bond--Ginjou! Ishida too! Sliced by Tsukishima!

Damn it, it was so good. I was telling Neha that I felt ashamed that I didn't predict Ginjou having sliced Ishida (that bit about Ginjou having said someone other than Tsukishima must've done it had me suspecting everyone from ShiShi to Yoruichi, lol) but the best part was just being able to say YEY, I TOLD YA SENSEI PLANS SHIT. Screw those WSJ rankings. The Lost Agent Arc is a great one--and Sensei wrote it the way he wanted to and planned it every bit of the way--you got to take it all, doorknob close-ups and donuts and obscure heavy metal album references to get to the final door. Sensei never fails to deliver.  /truefangirl

Okay, change of subject. As for the rumor that because of this year's low WSJ rankings (yes, the reviled donut chapter had Bleach in the bottom 3 again last week), Bleach is being moved to a monthly, Jump Square, I have one word: BULLOCKS. Seriously, no way. Bleach still makes too much money; there's no way the anime could keep up with a monthly manga and the anime is still good business; can you see Sensei writing a monthly with his big ass panels?

No, just no.

Here's something you may find cute. Courtesy of Annie, a color ad for Saikyou Jump featuring chibi Kon, Ichigo and Rukia in the 4-panel comic called "KomaBuri."  I showed you these chibis before. Bleach chibis not drawn by Kubo still scare me a little. XD MOST people think they're cute. Can't wait for the comic, though--



Oh and the cheesy cheesy Bleach musical keeps on releasing clips. Shows evolve and apparently cheesier changes were made in Osaka. Everyone I know, including hardcore IchiRuki fans, who watched http://rmbleach.com/video4.html the closing bit of act one where Ichigo clings to Rukia's body as all this fighting (and singing and dancing) go on around him, were frankly embarrassed. Kubo-sensei has tweeted, though, that he can't wait to see the show again. I watched Fashionista in a solo clip this morning--he can really sing nice! http://rmbleach.com/video5.html

I'm looking forward to next week. Now that Ishida's injured and on the ground again I'm weirdly relieved. It's like his bit is done. And Ichigo's been fucked over SO BADLY. Things can only go uphill now for Ichigo... right? <.<  Right? ._.
 
 
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nehalenianehalenia on July 29th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
I voted for carnage mostly because I love that kind of angst but also because Kubo's been emotionally abusing Ichigo so mercilessly the last few chapters and the only way I see to up the angst-ante is to spread it around. Also, Ginjou & Tsuki obviously enjoy toying with and tormenting Ichigo's friends & family so it seems like something they'd do.
 Lady Camille Catherine Cecily Lloyd-George X: Ichigoskilly_n_duff on July 29th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
I started laughing when I read the theory about Ichigo being powerless AGAIN because that would be just too awful. Imagine, Rukia shows and he still can't see her. Looool forever.

On the other hand, I would LOVE to see Ginjou going for the kamen rider suit and instead getting a nasty face full of Hichigo.
Kim!spartydragon on July 29th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hichi showing up'd be pretty awesome.
Kim!: Mushroom Mushroomspartydragon on July 29th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm... here's what I WANT to happen:

Ginjou steals Ichigo's fullbring, then stereotypically leaves him to die without finishing the job. Ichigo woozily and helplessly watches as all of his friends are neutralized and dragged out of the room. He lays there in a puddle of his own blood for a while, thinking about all of the stupid shit he has done. Mystery!shinigami steps in front of him. He only see's feet for a few moments, doesn't immediately process what's going on.

Then the shinigami kneels and reveals herself to be Rukia.

Ichigo: Been a while.
Rukia: Yeah. Do you know where you messed up.
Ichigo (a few key panels of flashback): Yeah.
Rukia: You ready to fix it?
Ichigo: Yeah.
Rukia: Good. You owe me a trip to the Chappy World Headquarters.
Ichigo (grins): Over my dead body.
Rukia: (also grins) That's the idea.

Chapter ends with Rukia drawing an Extra Special Zanpakutou of specialness that may or may not have something to do with what Isshin and Urahara were up to earlier.

What will likely happen:

Ginjou explains everything over the course of six chapters while Ichigo stands there in shock, reacting accordingly.
selective style, reckless mindstarsxsonatas on July 30th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
what you want to happen sounds glorious. you should write the manga for the next couple of weeks.
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onlycookie: Kyubei ( Gintama )onlycookie on July 29th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think Kubo planned getting Ishida attacked to make romantic situations. Unlike in Naruto, Reborn even Bakuman or other series, I have always seen Ichigo's and Ishida's complicated friendship as a true bond of bffness not as 'Let's get in each other's asses ' in the intent of the author.
I don't mind fangirls fantasizing that but calling it cannon is way out of the border, more being because Kubo is an equal opportunity kind of person; so the damsel in distress can be anyone Boy, Girl or Charlotte. And more knowing how hard does Kubo Ships IchiRuki I highly doubt it was his intention to really pair Ishida and Ichigo even as a fanservice.
Ship 'em all you want but cannon?

Ichigo is just a worrywart and loves his friends equally and too much but that doesn't mean he wants to fuck them lol. That is the same for Orihime, Chad, his Sisters , Ginjou and anyone he knows, he even worries for Aizen! Ichigo is a Disney princess he just loves the world a lot. However, the only ONE he has acted more than just "ah is because it's my friend" is with Rukia.
I'm not even the biggest shipper of IchiRuki I prefer Rukia with Renji he ain't the most handsome guy in the patch but God knows Renji is a romantic mofo.
In the Hotness department I prefer Byakuya of course indirect incest = hot.
But I know IchiRuki is a hard hard rock to break and I would never call the others canon because Rukia has really never shown that kind of interest in them I just ship 'em and that's how it should stay.

I know ppl will tell me to calm mah tits but whatevaaaaaaa

I won't calm 'em, I feel PMSy today.
It's my opinion Ichigo x Ishida = BFF's
Anyone would have triggered Ichigo's volition in joining xcution because he always does:

Ichigo's record

Chad Bullied: Become real punk, Destroy Punks, ???, Profit
Rukia kidnaped : Become a real Shinigami, Destroy Soul Society, Destroy The High rank of soul society, ??? , Profit.
Orihime Kidnaped: Become Hollow, Destroy Hueco Mundo, Destroy High rank Arrancars, ???, Profit
Ishida Attacked: Become Power Ranger, Destroy Nakama Trust , ???, Profit
Nakamas Brain washed: Become Power Ranger again, Destroy Sanity, Destroy Full bringers, Go ballistic, ??? ...Profit?...

The difference was that it was Ishida's turn to be damsel in distress just that.


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OKAY to be kawaii again ^_^

- I couldn't agree more, SCREW rankings this is an amazing and original arc!
The characters were so human everyone. I want to know more and I want to know Tsukishima's emo past because we all know he wasn't born evil he just became evil because nobody is really bad in bleachverse lol.

- Orihime will never heal anyone OTZ , or maybe she'll heal Ichigo and leave Ishida there to die for the 10th time lol.
Why have you healed moar villains than ishidas Gurl!? U kno I have loved that but poor Ishida seriously

- @Rumor - It's either Mago or Reborn. I put my bets on Mago tough, because Bleach sells well, too well not only in Japan but internationally. Rank is just really a very limited number of people that doesn't really reflect reality. Bleach is always in Oricon and other Sales Ranking. It would be silly-billy to move it to jump SQ


- Ginjou absolutely stealing Ichigo's power and becoming a Power Ranger
Also I don't think Ginjou is really cooperating fully with Tsuki, I think he just used Ichigo to Kill Tsuki himself. then just specula.

- I have hope Mystery!gami Appears next to save the day. Otherwise Ichigo and Co. Are screwed bad.

- Missing Rukia bawwww
산토끼 × san-toki: 『g』 → epic nosebleedsan_toki on July 29th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
If your tits are flexing like that, plz to never calm them.
_debbiechan_: ICHI ISHI EXISTENCE by ediblewoodwinds_debbiechan_ on July 29th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)

ER, chill plz. I didn't say IchiIshi was yaoi canon or even yaoi fanservice. I said what you did.


Anyone would have triggered Ichigo's volition in joining xcution because he always does


I was just spazzing over the IchiIshi bond.

LOL tits.
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oh gallant piglet,: bicker bickeraizome on July 29th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
It was really hard not to click every option you offered.
ldzetc on July 30th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
I really want to see Ichigo's hollow take over and kick some ass. I'm sick of seeing Ichigo's bitch face every week. Let's get some cocky smiles and some good ole fashioned slaughter to breathe some life back into the series, ne?

As far as the rumor goes... I call bullshit. Low rankings or not, Bleach still sells well and moving it to SQ would definitely kill it. I don't think Kubo would go along with it either. Bleach just isn't the type to work as a monthly series... If a series is getting moved, I think it would be Nura. It would compliment Ao no Exorcist nicely in SQ and probably help it pick up more fans.
(Anonymous) on July 30th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
As far as the rumor goes, I'd say it's fairly obvious that it would be Hunter X Hunter. It averages about 10 chapters a year anyway, and what with a new anime coming along, Shueisha might want the manga to have a slightly more consistent presence, and monthly sounds possible (maybe) for Togashi. When D.Gray-Man got moved, it was in a similar situation. Hoshino had taken more than one lengthy hiatus, and I guess it was clear that weekly was too much for her.

Besides, lower rankings aside, Bleach still sells well and there's still an anime that needs new material FAST. And even if it were true, it wouldn't be SO bad. Jump SQ isn't some kind of manga ghetto. For my money, all the most interesting new shonen of the past few years have come from SQ. Weekly Jump hasn't had anything new worth following in a loooong time. Kubo might even do better in a monthly format. I'd be perfectly fine with it, actually.
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: WTFla_kalaka on July 30th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
*spazzing over the IshiIchi bond*

Well, Ishida cornered and attacked byt the bosses from Xcution, quite the honor :D but I'm not that relieved with Ishida being down, I'm sad ;3; why Kubo? why?
karkashan: Zetsubokarkashan on July 30th, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
I was feeling feelings of despair that LJ wouldn't work this week.

I was depressed mostly because I thought it had something to do with my ISP.

Glad that's over with.

Now then....

Finally, we see Ginjo's Substitute badge after all this time! And it even became part of his fullbring! My first guess was (kinda) right.

Oh, and you didn't have a "Kenpachi shows up" option up there, so I didn't vote for anything.
tick-tocking: BLEACH ☂ just as plannedscuttling on July 31st, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Haha, I don't even dare wish for the last one. I want to say Urahara and Isshin, SOMETHING big before the break. I hesitate because it's so obvious right now... but then, the only reason I hesitated to 100% call Ginjou a villain was how obvious it'd be, so HMM.

I think the only thing I didn't anticipate in this chapter (if not to be revealed specifically in this chapter) was that Ginjou cut Ishida. And I'm also kind of kicking myself for it! Also...

having a huge...

crisis of faith...

identity as Ishida stan shaken to the core...

I totally didn't notice the lack of a sacred object. omg wtf what. HUH. That'd be a surprising but awesome development. He has been labeled a genius. Now I need to go back and see if Ryuuken had one. He didn't use the last Quincy necklace thing for that purpose, so hmmm. I have wondered if the full potential of what a Quincy could possibly do was always being exercised, or what limits there were... like with say, ransoutengai. Can he use that to move/bind other people? BUT THAT

is very off topic.

I love your tl;dr though. Baw, this chapter for Ishida, and the dome call back. How to phrase it... I wanted to hope, before this chapter, that with all the build up, he'd do more. It kind of stinks that first thing he did was get cut down when the shit started, and first thing he does on recovering and going back into action, is get cut down. Arrows didn't do a damn thing to impede Ginjou. I wanted to hope, but didn't, cos like you, I pretty much expected that with the mood, titles, and necessary progression to the arrival of Ura, Isshin, & Rukia, he'd definitely go down.

Hopefully we'll get some good reaction shots, at least! Orihime and Chad, too, and they don't all just fade into the background.

(Anonymous) on August 2nd, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
theory
Urahara and isshin have been planning this.

http://www.mangareader.net/bleach/446/15 - when I first saw ginjou use this I thought damn that looks alot like a gutsuga tenshou.

http://www.mangareader.net/bleach/457/12 - and then Ichigo dose almost an identical looking thing and calls it by name. Isshin is the only one to ever use getsuga besides Ichigo.

So my thinking is that Ginjo must have taken Isshins fullbring/shinigami linked powers. then with that in mind I looked at whats been shown, with everything taken as a whole, ALL of ichigo's people are now gathered in one place... to see him "die".

This I think, is Isshin being a bad dad and teaching Ichigo to not be so trusting of strangers, to lose his 'chocolate' "you like chocolate?, thats cute"

Its already speculated that Rukia is the mystery shinigami, now I do agree, because that is the one person that Ichigo would never fully doubt, who he would willingly let stab or probably even kill him.

It was Ginjous words of 'I make a hell of a villain' when he was, as speculated, not yet cut the first time, that sealed it for me. Tsuki could have so obviously easily killed everyone Ichigo cares about, but all he did was muddle their minds -and- bring them together.

I think "your sons future" meant literally his future 'as a human', with all those witnesses to his 'death'(Ichigo is already dead, see chapters 55~60) Ichigo's human body is going to have to die, as it was the only thing about him that was really 'alive'.

"spiritual powers are easiest and highest raised when the soul is in danger of being destroyed" well folks, Ichigo's in that boat again. It just remains to be seen how the elders react, if they knew of Ginjo or if they are -all- in this together. sad as it is I hope its the later, otherwise Isshin is a -really-really- shitty dad.

-Rok
I hope this was coherent...