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12 October 2011 @ 08:11 am
Bleach 468 is OUT!  
Bleach 468 is out at Mangastream!

Ah, what a delight to read a chapter without spoilers--I was totally expecting the Rukia/Riruka fight and downright spazzed when I saw we were going to get the Bishie fight.

But please, can anyone tell me what the hell that penis is on page 7? I've only read the chapter once now, and  Sensei's love of extreme close-ups always challenges me.

Tsukishima's cutting of the leaf was thrilling--I anticipated that he would be able to slice up Byakuya's each and every petal from that move--who would've guessed that the man could penetrate into the past of inanimate objects! What a fascinating ability. I'm glad that Nii-sama isn't having such an easy time of it. And Ikkaku's little parable goes on to support the story now being told between Bya and Bookman. We knew from Tsukishima's comments to Ginjou much earlier that Tsuki seemed to not want to kill Shishi. But what's the relationship between Tsuki and his disciple and why emphasize it now? And of course this whole "don't die for someone who wouldn't die for you" begs the question of Kenpachi actually being willing to die for anyone in his squad. I tend to think of Kenpachi as not thinking about dying very much, let alone dying for anyone. But his division is freakishly loyal....

The fullbringers are surviving now. I'm fairly confident that Tsukishima (who looks so awesome with Ginjou on a page of the new anime calendar by the way) will live through this fight. Wondering what Nii-sama has up his sleeves for next week.
Kylara: Surprizen!karenai on October 12th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
You know what I'd like to see? Tsukishima v. AIZEN. Both broken XD
Adam Eppadam_epp on October 12th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Tsukishima: I cut you. You're my bitch now.
Aizen: That was an illusion. You only cut the wall.
Tsukishima: You've only played into my trap. Now I own the wall and now this entire room will attack you.
Aizen: Fool, this entire room is under my hypnosis--it isn't real. This is Bleach--we've really been floating around in white space all this time.
Tsukishima: Your shoelaces are untied.
Aizen: What?
Tsukishima: And now I've cut you while you were looking down.
Aizen: Behind you!
Tsukishima: What?
Aizen: Do you think I do not know my shoes do not have laces? I've been expecting this ruse for hundreds of years. You only hit my shadow.
Tsukishima: And now your shadow has fallen prey to my technique. As a result, I've visited your shadow countless times in the past. I've twisted your shadow's memories to my liking. In other words, your shadow belongs to me!
Aizen: So? It's just a shadow. Shadows are merely areas light cannot reach due to the obstruction of objects; they do not have memories for you to manipulate.
Tsukishima: No, I mean, since I have cut your shadow, your illusions now work for me.
Aizen: Well, in that case, Hougyoku hax.
Tsukishima: I cut it, it's mine, logically.
Aizen: Logic disappears before the Hougyoku.
Tsukishima: No.
Aizen: Yes.
Tsukishima: No.
Aizen: Yes.
Tsukishima: No.
Aizen: Yes.
Tsukishima: No.
Aizen: No.
Tsukishima: Yes.
Aizen: Ha!
Tsukishima: Noooo!

Ichigo's head explodes.

Meanwhile, Urahara takes advantage of their fight by ascending to that empty throne that Aizen forgot about.
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Super Nintendo Chalmers: Make a contract with me - QBstrawberries_85 on October 12th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
I like this chapter. I'm glad that Byakuya has a bit of a challenge on his hands and I'd absolutely love to see more of Tsukishima's mind fuckery. Keep it coming Kubo...please.

Can't say I thought of Kenpachi, but I do want to see what the relationship between Tsukishima and Shishi is. Why is he so loyal?
pcuppy: Annoyedpcuppy on October 12th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Ehhhhh Byakuya can't possibly lose to Tsukishima! At least not this quickly!

Anticipating the next chapter soo hard X
empressmaudeempressmaude on October 12th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Byakuya looks so young in this chapter. Maybe he's loosened up a tiny bit?

I really want to know what happened to Ikkaku that made him have an opinion like that? Did Kenpachi let him down somehow? It's such a huge change from wanting to die in battle before - it seems like he doesn't have that as his ultimate goal anymore. Maybe he's slowly becoming "captain material".
jnotjane on October 12th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Not sure if Kenpachi is who he is referrng to. I can't help but notice that Ikkaku is here without Yumichika. In fact Yumi hasn't been mentioned once by Ikkaku. I don't recall another time when we've seen one without the other. Maybe word got out about Yumi's zanpakto?
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hinodeh: Tsukishimahinodeh on October 12th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am very glad that Tsuki is putting on a good show. I am crossing my fingers hard for him to win. I'll be disappointed if Bya just rapestomps him like the other shinigami did with the FB.

On the other hand, if his sword is now out of it, his next resort is kido, right? Bring it on!

I look forward to see where Tsuki/Shishi is going. I am not as sure about Tsuki turning out to care for Shishi as you are, but as I said in the past, I'd like that. I always had a certain fondness for their relationship.
_debbiechan_: Bookman_debbiechan_ on October 12th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)

Oh I'm not at all sure that Tsukishima will turn out to care for Shishi--right now it does look like Tsukishima is one horrible bastard. But the relationship is fascinating. I wonder why the two hooked up--and why Tsuki let the boy spit on him etc... it's just--amusing.

Cue sympathetic backstory eventually. But I hope Shishi breaks free of Bookman's grasp and becomes a Good Guy.
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(Anonymous) on October 12th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
The "penis" on page 7 is Shishi's thumb and index finger...
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on October 12th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)

Ky just pointed this out to me and scolded me for making her laugh in law class. I can see it now but DAMMIT I STILL SEE A PENIS.
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(Anonymous) on October 12th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
OMG, page 7 almost seems NSFW!! It's actually Shishi's hand reaching out to grab Ikkaku's leg, which he does at the top of the next page. but yea....what awkward close up.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on October 12th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)

Amazing that other people see this so easily but my sick mind could not until I looked like three times after being told.
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jpblackjpblack on October 12th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Damn, what an excellent chapter. This started playing in my head as soon as Senbozakura stepped out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t2SwzV3Fis&feature=related

I really can't tell what that penis is. It seems to be one whole object, with cloth wrinkles on it, I don't see a hand holding it.
jpblackjpblack on October 12th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Running on Coffee and Schadenfreudearcadiasilver on October 12th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
First it was Tousen's arrancar mask, now Shishi's thumb. Kubo's accidental phallic imagery strikes again!

And damn, Tsukishima's fullbring gets more and more broken! People and objects, it doesn't matter, he can mark pretty much anything. And such a lovely mental ploy at the start of the fight, "Is this significant?" A lovely touch for a character who's real skill is mind games.

I love that Kubo gives villains such ridiculous abilities, but their real dangers are not in their swords. Aizen's real problem was in his charisma and ability to deceive (CHA is not a dump stat, folks!). Tsukishima is dangerous because of how he plays mind games and completely willing to drag innocent people as hostages*. Really, their swords just exist to serve those strengths in the end.

If it werent for the plot-mandated exposition of powers, I'd say Tsukishima has read the Evil Overlord's List.
(Anonymous) on October 12th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Don't forget Pesche pulling out his zanpakuto.
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jpblackjpblack on October 12th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Theory: Tsukishima is the Shinigami that gave Ginjo his powers. Has it been explicitly stated he's human? I mean, the rest of XCUTION really just have abilities and items to accompany them. Tsukishima obviously has his bookmark, but it's suspicious that it becomes a Japanese katana.
njxaxsonnjxaxson on October 13th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
This is a very interesting theory. Assuming, of course, that Ginjou's explanation about the shinigami/fullbring interactions, etc., are actually true. It might just be BS.

Still, interesting theory indeed.
kurosaki_anne on October 12th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
OMG!!! I am really grateful to Tite!!! Bykuya looks fresh, young and terribly handsome!!!! This change of look did really suit him. Now, WAAAAH T.T SENBONZAKURA WAS CONTAMINATED WITH THAT STUPID ABILITY OF TSUKISHIMA GRRR KILL HIM BYA-KUN!!! GO GOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! GRRRRRR
Now where is rukia??? and ichigo? hopefully we`ll see them again in future chapters...
peca_06peca_06 on October 12th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
I ... Saw a penis too XDDDDD. Then I thought it could be some object, like a lamp post or something and then I realized it was Shishi's thumb lol, but had to really figure it out and look hard for a few seconds. The phallic imagery is a reoccurring theme in Bleach lol.

There is no way Kubo doesn't realize the "imagery" there lol (does he have a mental hard-on?). I find myself altering things on drawings all the time that could be mistaken for something else XD. What about his helpers? they just don't go, hey sensei, that looks like an obvious cock, let's change it, shall we? XD (aww Mezzo just popped into my mind. I'm sure she has a funny pun/joke about this <3).

Moving on... Tsuki seems to have a bigger bag of tricks than previously thought. I'm excited about the possibilities on mindfuckery. He has such a dangerous ability and has no moral/ethical limitations. Nii sama is going to have a challenge on his hands, which is a good thing. Some of the FB died to easily. I wonder how does Tsuki know so much about Byak's abilities...

I can see a heart warming story about Tsuki and Shishi's strange partnership coming some time in the future. Interesting loyalty talk between Ikkaku and Shi. Let's see where it ends up taking us and what it means for lil Shishi.

balladbirdballadbird on October 12th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
You got no excuse Byakuya. XD He even warned you ahead of time.

Slicing the leaf = cutting your zan

Cutting the ground = shit be real, now.

For being observant enough to not dismiss any action as meaningless, you sure didn't seem to see this coming. XD

SOOOO glad that for once Byakuya's inane posturing has actually bit him on the ass. I don't particularly hate the guy, but he's one of the most coddled of all the shinigami, so seeing him sweat a bit is such a welcome change, especially with early-spoilers bringing out comments like:

"Time for Byakuya to show Tsukishima that he's nothing compared to him" and "no way Byakuya's even gonna struggle against bookman"

Which irritated me endlessly, I cannot lie.
Toriviktorialouise on October 12th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
i've been asking for the byakuya and tsukishima battle since the fullbringers leveled up their powers. now that it's here, it was cut so early. darn!

seems like tsukishima's going to give byakuya some difficulties in fighting. but as a fan, my faith in byakuya's abilities stands firm. he might have not taken into consideration about tsukishima's power working on non-living objects but he'll surpass the dilemma in a blink of an eye. his pride would not let him be overpowered by a mere mortal.

can't wait for the next chapter.
incandescensincandescens on October 12th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Hm. Enjoyed this chapter greatly, but it's also given me a thought.

Byakuya is the logical choice to face off against Tsukishima, because he's the fastest of the shinigami present, and the most important thing when fighting Tsukishima is Not Getting Cut.

But... how do the shinigami know this? How, in fact, did Urahara and Isshin know about what was happening to Chad and Orihime, in time to knock them out and stop them from having mental breakdowns?

This reinforces my theory that the Gotei 13 have information on Ginjo and Tsukishima (though possibly not on the others, who seem more and more to be Expendable Minions).