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12 August 2011 @ 06:52 am
Something Captivating this way comes & More Festival links  

melodymix  spied an interesting tweet from Sensei yesterday that I couldn't help get excited about. It seems that Kubo showed an upcoming chapter to a higher-up who was "captivated."

From here, Mel says: Kubo just tweeted on his twitter account


Got a reply from my Tantou (A term referring to a person in charge) who I sent the name (rough draft of the up-coming chapter) to saying "I was captivated!".

Hell, it could be anything right? Some eyesmex between Ginjou and Tsukishima? I expect some exposition from Urahara. Also, Ichigo and Rukia haven't exchanged words yet....

Quoth a friend, “My dictionary also renders うっとり as 'to be transported', 'entranced', and 'spellbound'. This is apparently one hell of a chapter. XD”

There's more from Annie about the Harajuku Event. Follow this LINK and you'll see more of what was on display there as well as some scans of the really cute comic featuring chibi Ichigo and Rukia that was featured in Saikyou Jump. (Thank you for the scan to poppy_moon) Apparently, one of Rukia's arts gets to be featured in a gallery display!

You can find larger pics of some Harajuku Ichigo pics from maxcora at BA HERE

Minerva has some LINKS to blogs w/more pics from the event, including some rather uninspiring t-shirts (imv) that were on sale, a nice pic of IchiThing going RAWR and the sketchy recent color page of Chad from this year’s arc on display.  It must have been a real thrill to see the art close-up. I'm so envious. I can make my own Kon curry but I will never get a chance to see Kubo's copic strokes that close. *sob*

Now that all the flailing about the recent chapter has quieted a bit (well, except for fanbois and shippers who run on RAEG), I offer my humble synopsis of The Lost Agent Arc. It's not over, no, by no means, but looking back over early blog entries (as have others--this week I've been getting comments to entries I made when this arc started) I see I predicted some stuff dead wrong but got 1) Ginjou is bad guy and 2) Ichigo's powers will return with Rukia.

That's what the arc was about--Mugetsu, the absence of the moon. Ichigo's powers being hidden and Rukia, whose absence was made tangible by so many teases from Sensei (the dream, Ichigo's denying he missed her, the cryptic voice from the badge, the hidden face in the colored mysterygami panels) and how those powers, almost embodied as a kind of esoteric knowledge, come and go with one person in this story. Kubo begins the new 10 years the way he started the first 10 years--with a human boy being pierced with a supernatural power by a tiny death goddess.

For all the criticism about how the nakama got nerfed in this arc, I say their stories are wide open. We have yet to see Chad's fullbring and what it LOOKS like let alone what it can do; we were only given a hint of how Orihime can use her fairies in combinations, and we didn't even see Ishida FIGHT (we saw him fall, prettily, alas, my fellow Ishida fans, but the boy has more panel time a-comin' I swear to you). This arc may have lingered on the nakama somewhat but it was a training arc after all.

A training arc for sure but in reverse. Instead of a hero gaining powers bit by bit, it showed a hero losing trust bit by bit. And losing his friends. Ichigo did learn a lesson, though. The idea that he put forth in the VERY beginning of the manga, what he told us the audience that all he wanted was to not see spirits and to live a normal human life NO LONGER HELD.

Or, going by chapters 00, it was a lie. Ichigo has always wanted the power to protect. And this arc proved to him that he wanted to be a shinigami. Hmm, what other lie did Ichigo tell in this arc? He told Keigo that he didn't miss Rukia. I wonder if he'll get around to that he doesn't miss her--and I wonder how he'll do that. :fu

See ya next time. I'm really REALLY hoping the color page coming is nakama-centered but my heart is telling me it's going to be IchiRuki. I want nakama. As long as its not another one featuring the fullbringers (I love Riruka and Yukio amd especially my lanky friend Tsukishima but enough, I miss those nakama spreads)


Super Nintendo Chalmers: Ichiruki ch. 4569 IIstrawberries_85 on August 12th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
I want to be at the Bleach festival! *Cries*

I'm really shocked that people are whining about Rukia coming back and "outshining" the nakama. But hey, bitter shippers will try to use any little opportunity in their favour, especially when Rukia is getting in the way of them getting what they want.

As frustrating as this arc was at times (and may still be, who knows), I think the purpose of it was quite clear. While there might have been some small chance of Orihime/Chad/Ishida having their moment, it was never set up to be their big nakama moment. This arc was all about Ichigo and it's not difficult to see why. It was setting up the stage for the next ten years as it should be - starting with Ichigo and Rukia.
 Lady Camille Catherine Cecily Lloyd-George Xskilly_n_duff on August 12th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
I actually really enjoyed this arc! It's only been about 10 months long (and while that was FOREVER to wait for Rukia, that was sort of the point)

I feel like this arc was Ichigo leaving behind being human once and for all. I stubbornly hold to the theory that "taking away his future" involves taking away his normal human life. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he ends up going to Soul Society full time.

Also, I am super-duper freaking out over the next chapter. ALREADY. As long as Rukia says ANYTHING I'll be captivated.
Silviasilverarmada on August 12th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
I thought Chad's powers were his fullbring, i.e. we've already seen it dozens of times.

There is so much upcoming in Bleach it's crazy. I don't know what to hope for except for some answers and some IchiRuki because I'm certain I will get some of both of those. What I really want is a flashback where Rukia chops her hair off with Sode no Shirayuki because she's traumatized that she's away from Ichigo and can't help him at all (girls tend to chop off their hair when big things happen in their lives that they don't like--even I did it once).
_debbiechan_: Chad tatoo_debbiechan_ on August 12th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)

I've seen him punch some stuff--but I want to see him fullbring his whole skin. Like, you know, FULL BODY ARMOR... but that may just be wishful thinking. We haven't seen Chad go all out yet.
(Anonymous) on August 12th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'd also like to see him use the general fullbring abilities, like air hopping and such. I think when the battles started happening in midair, Chad and co were kind of taken out of the equation. Maybe now with that ability he'll be able to take part in the higher level fights.
mezzo_marinaiomezzo_marinaio on August 12th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
I want to see him fullbring his whole skin. Like, you know, FULL BODY ARMOR

...but debbie, that would just mean that the ENTIRETY OF HIS BEAUTIFUL SKIN would be covered.

peca_06peca_06 on August 12th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)

*mirrors your pouting*
oh gallant piglet,: chadaizome on August 12th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
THIS! lmao
The Main Gauche of Enlightenment: Saya is thrilled to eat cakevelvetsword on August 12th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
Rukia 4-koma is adorable!
qwirky on August 12th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thiiiis. So cuuuute.

I love her holding her school book upside-down and looking confused. And then her artwork of a soul with the chain popping out from its body (and it being called "A Dream", lol T_T) being displayed. Rukia, your talent is gaining recognition!

Chibi Ichigo's very cute, too.
jpblackjpblack on August 12th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Who is the last person on those shirts? Ichigo?

And I guess there's no scans coming of that 4koma...
qwirky on August 12th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
There were some 4koma scans provided by Poppy_Moon and posted by Annie to the IchiRuki FC, as linked above.

If you're asking for complete scans, that's something to bring up to the scanlation groups? The 4Koma appears in a separate magazine from WSJ, so their raw suppliers might not buy it. You can always buy the magazine yourself, as well.
_debbiechan_: Ichigo in the rain_debbiechan_ on August 13th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)

Estella May posted in IR FC that if you go to SJ's page you can download the first page--here it is, lol, chibi!Ichigo on the toilet! http://bleachasylum.com/threads/18865-v57-Death-amp-Strawberry-FC-The-Story-of-Destiny-Begins?p=2837707&viewfull=1#post2837707
oh gallant piglet,: chibi chadaizome on August 12th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
NGL, this arc so far hasn't been the easiest to remain patient through. I like Riruka, Yukio, and Jackie, and I've been LOVING all the panel time Chad's been getting, but I've never had much patience with emo!Ichigo. I'm glad that's about to change though. He's been a complete wreck in this arc, and the food jokes were not lightening the mood for me.

Really hoping the mentioned chapter has something to do with Isshin's back story. Been waiting for years and years and years for that!

Thanks for all the links and info! :D
_debbiechan_: Isshin_debbiechan_ on August 12th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)

starts chant again for ISSHIN! ISSHIN! ISSHIN!!!!!
(Anonymous) on August 12th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Even though some people are expecting IR-ness next chapter, I think there will be more fighting than anything, lol. I just hope Ginjou and Tsukishima don't get wiped out right away, that would...be a complete waste.:/ Although it probably won't happen, so yeah, probably nothing to worry about. Maybe the next chapter is captivating because more questions are answered?:D (but not through boring exposition)

For the upcoming colorspread the nakama would be nice, perhaps another picnic or bank robbers type spread, those are always fun. But I predict it will just be Ichigo showing off his new threads.XD

The chibis...hm, Kubo's are actually a lot cuter... - mojave green
needaccount: IchiRukineedaccount on August 13th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Aww, I've been loving all the pictures and stuff from the festival. It looks so much fun~

About Kubo's tweet, do we know for sure to which chapter he is referring? I've heard he draws and writes the chapters a couple of weeks before it goes out. Anyway, I'm excited. :D I actually have enjoyed this arc so far, despite the lack of Rukia and abundance of Emo!Ichigo.

So looking forward to colorspread. Maybe it'll be nakama with an IR focus? Whatever I just wanna see Rukia's new look in color.
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: Chadapprovesla_kalaka on August 13th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for the info and the links (OMG! Annie, Maxcora and Minerva are my heroines! *_*)

Seeing the chart I can see Ishida got a gray line in it, I would like to know what it's saying ?_? and it looks like it's connected with orihime, Is that line for "classmates"?
_debbiechan_: aim high_debbiechan_ on August 13th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)

I'm getting more than frustrated with people trying to interpret the chart! XD Minerva interpreted the GRAY lines to mean "enemies" since there's one between Nnoi and Nel, Grimmjow and Luppi!

There was some controversy yesterday about what Orihime's line had written next to it. I know for a fact that Orihime's pink line to Ichigo says "good will" and that Ulquiorra's to Orihime says "heart" but I really don't think fans should hurt themselves trying to figure out what this all means--we have the manga to hurt our brains over, nevermind a decorative piece that wasn't made by Kubo.

I posted in the Orihime FC yesterday:

Just to clarify things, since you know me, I dislike rumors or misinformation (or especially people saying my friends are lying) but in regards to the relationships chart displayed at the Harajuku Event celebrating Bleach's 10th anniversary, it was reported that the pink line from Orihime to Ichigo said good will. Others have disputed this and said that the word is love. Now, guys, canon is canon, and we don't need Cliffs Notes for it and we're all aware of Orihime's feelings for Ichigo but the word on the chart is indeed "good will":

See this fanblog (an IchiHime fanblog, btw) http://t.co/kLv5I3F: it says: "織姫さんからは「好意→」の矢印がでてますが" "好意" means "good will" or "courtesy"

People on 2ch referred to the "good will" phrase frequently.

The chart was obviously not made by Kubo Tite and people have remarked that many of the relationships have been marked dubiously or that certain relationships were left out altogether (no line between Yoruichi and Urahara, friendship or otherwise; likewise Renji and Rukia, among many others), so no one should really be getting his or her knickers in a wad over the chart.
Astraea: [harry potter] draco/hermionelady_leia_solo on August 13th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Lmao at the cliff notes reference. I already said it in your shoutbox on BA, but that made me laugh so hard for some unknown reason XD
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: ishichila_kalaka on August 14th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Calm down, calm down don't eat meeee! xDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

I asked out of curiosity, I can't help but want to know about it, and what a way to read a chart from me, LOL XDDD It was so obvious those three were connected to Tsuki not with each other, DAW, Idiot I'm xDDDDDDDD

"Enemies" :3

and thanks for the reposting of that piece of info *3*
_debbiechan_: KUKUKU_debbiechan_ on August 14th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)

*puts down Eny's head and picks up bag of chips instead* :)
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: Himetubola_kalaka on August 15th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
*sighs with relief* :_D