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07 August 2011 @ 02:52 pm
Bleach Harajuku Bankai Event  
The Bleach 10th anniversary Bankai event, "La Corte", is being held in Harajuku for the next few days, with the first day already over.

Some photos and information are under the cut. These include pictures of Kubo eating Bleach-themed food, a new sketch of Ichigo as a waiter, and photographs of some of the displays.

As always, thanks to Annie and Nacchan of the IchiRuki FC at BA, Poppy_Moon, and other Japanese bloggers who shared their pics and info!

Some photos from Japanese bloggers of the outside banners:

Kubo took a picture of the main building:

Inside the "Soul Society" cafe, there's a new sketch Kubo drew of Ichigo as a waiter:

Kubo took some pictures of himself eating Bleach-themed foods - specifically Kon and Kenpachi - and making the little "gyaaaa" sound effects as he stabs them D:

Some other foods served at the cafe: Hollow Ichigo Yakisoba with Omelette and Sode no Shirayuki shaved ice with Chappy. ETA: The menu from the cafe and information on the food here.

Other displays include manga panels like the nakama vowing to come back to this place; images of some of the characters with their theme songs written on the posters; large timelines of the Bleach series; cardboard cut-outs; and a huge diagram of the relationships in Bleach:

As Annie explained, pink lines refer to "love/like/admiration/adoration." Some of the pink lines are Orihime->Ichigo, Riruka->Ichigo, Rukia->Kaien, Mizuho->Ikkaku, Gin->Ran (may be mutual) Ran->Gin, and Ulquiorra->Orihime (Ulquiorra is the only Espada with a relationship line to any of the nakama). Rukia->Kaien says "aspiring/admiration," Ulquiorra->Orihime says "heart", and Mizuho->Ikkaku says "I love bald dude." (There are obviously a lot of pink lines missing from the chart, like from Renji->Rukia, Ishida->Orihime, and Hinamori->Aizen, but it's busy enough to view as it is!)

ETA: 1) There are NO indications this chart was made by Kubo, was overseen by Kubo, or that Kubo gave input on the chart. 2) People misunderstood when I wrote "Gin->Ran (may be mutual)". The line NEVER said "may be mutual"; that was just me saying the pink line MIGHT be a two-headed arrow because we couldn't tell from the pics then available. However, the chart is apparently just Ran->Gin.

Nacchan explains: "Ichigo received so many arrows (two pink line from Orihime and Riruka, red ones from his family, gray one from school friends and white from Xcution. There's one yellow group-arrow described as "friends" directed toward all six nakama, but the only sole arrow from Ichigo's diagram directed towards Rukia described as "shinigami substitute". ... Rukia's arrow to Ichigo reads "Giving shinigami power to (him)""

Side-by-side view of the very first Bleach spread and the first spread of the Lost Agent arc:

There's also a Kon plushy tied to a toilet, a la chapter 53!

Bleach staff signatures on a wall:

Some more (mostly Ichigo or Rukia-related) pictures at the BleachAsylum IR FC: here, here, and here. :]

At the event, there's apparently some sort of special contest/giveaway with Kubo drawing sketches for the winners.

Japanese bloggers reported that there's Kubo's original hand-written scene of the Ichigo/Rukia chapter 423 good-bye on display. However, photographs of the picture are forbidden, so bloggers can only squee about having seen it. ;_;

The anime seiyuu for Ginjou and Ikumi were also announced:
- Ginjou is Touchi Hiroki, whom Kubo was squeeing/fanboying about for weeks on Twitter (lol, it was kind of embarrassing). Touchi does Bard in Kuroshitsuji, Pantherlily in Fairy Tail, Abel Nightroad in Trinity Blood, and Lasse Aeon in Gundam 00.
- Ikumi is Kaida Yuuko, who does Agnes in Tiger & Bunny and Julia in Blood+.
Astraea: [bleach] ichigo good timelady_leia_solo on August 7th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
This event looks so freaking fun! I swear if I had the money I would have totally flown out to there, even though I can barely speak Japanese. It would have been great to just be there.
qwirky on August 7th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sure the Bleach fans had a blast. Japanese fans are so lucky XD
Kylara: OMG Konkarenai on August 7th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
When you see Kon tied to the toilet, you really realize what a horrible thing Rukia did. XD XD XD
qwirky on August 7th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
She did it out of love!

... It really was terrible XD Poor Kon.
jpblackjpblack on August 7th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Hooooly crap, Ginjo is Ovan. Anyone familiar with .hack//G.U. and everything Ovan does should get why this is an extra brand of awesome.
kaibasgirl on August 7th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha!! There's a WHITE line connecting Hinamori to Aizen!! Oh yessss! Take that AiHina shippers!!!!!!!!
qwirky on August 7th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Comments like this are completely unnecessary.

Furthermore, as I mentioned in the post, there are several pink lines noticeably missing from the diagram, like Ishida->Orihime, Renji->Rukia, Hinamori->Aizen, Kira->Hinamori, and Soifon->Yoruichi. I wouldn't put too much stock in the absence of pink lines.
(no subject) - kaibasgirl on August 8th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
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brightelephonebrightelephone on August 7th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Wait, does that mean UlquiHime is canon now? And of course Kubo-sensei doesn't reveal anything about who Ichigo's gonna end up with. XD

brightelephone: Yumichika: Sparklingbrightelephone on August 7th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, and BTW, does anyone know what the arrow between Tsukishima and Xcution says?
(no subject) - qwirky on August 7th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - brightelephone on August 7th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
산토끼 × san-toki: 『b』 → ukelala sees what you did theresan_toki on August 7th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
This looks like so much fun! I want to eat Bleach inspired food, too! Aww, man.
Vayshti: bleachvayshti on August 7th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
I love the side by side of the First and most recent spreads. Full circle indeed. And yet with so much more to gain from looking at them both together.

Love the demonstrable change in style, and the nakama photos all having turned their back on Ichigo... *hearts*
qwirky on August 8th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's a lot easier to play "notice the striking differences" when they're side by side like that ;_; Ichigoooo.
feé: bleach ◦ death & strawberryryfee on August 8th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)

qwirky on August 8th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
There's a large Kon walking around the event, too. Guess he was in Harajuku preparing for the event. *shot*

Kubo KNOWS Kon exists... did Kon go to Soul Society? D: Is he keeping the Urahara Shoten kids company?
(no subject) - ryfee on August 8th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
林: gigglehaya5h1 on August 8th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
hellooooo Soul Society-themed butler cafeXD


I know where I'll be getting lunch on Friday!
Vayshti: bleachvayshti on August 8th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Oooh. Do give a report!!
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tonyyao82tonyyao82 on August 8th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for putting up these pictures! Oh man, I want that Kon dish! My friends and I were talking about what happened to him! He's the mascot of BLEACH!
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: Chadapprovesla_kalaka on August 8th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Ooooh, thank you very much! *_* Aaaw, the food looks tasty and the sketchy pic of Ichigo is so cute, I love the relationship wall! *0*
kuboism on August 8th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
I wanna try that Hollow-patty thing!
But what lies ahead might still be a dreamexistence_proof on August 8th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Daaaaaaang that looked like so much fun OAO
Kind of wishing they'd do cons like this outside of Japan too.
Nicholas Orin Re: simcasavantnicholas on August 8th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
side-by-side view of the very first Bleach spread and the first spread of the Lost Agent arc
makes me realize that I've been hanging on to Bleach for years
scatter_musescatter_muse on August 8th, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
0.0 I want to go to there....