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18 May 2012 @ 06:48 pm
Stupid poll time--this time with a romantic metaphor!  
Much to my amusement, I heard friends of mine recently describing their relationship with Bleach as "the world's longest one night stand." That is, Sensei has this habit of delaying gratification--as with the mysterygami episode and now with the invasion of the Seireitei, he sets us up to expect something and then switches modes. One friend compared it to a lover who gets you all hot and bothered and suddenly goes ADHD and tries something else (like Allon being Allon, a fugly fodder Quincy who no matter how much he reveals about the Quincy is still fugly fodder, and new characters no one really cares much about). Damn it all--audiences want to see the destruction of SOUL SOCIETY!

Anyway, I was wondering about how people view their relationships with the manga vis a vis romantic metaphors.

Poll #1841169 My Relationship With Bleach

How would I describe my relatioship with Bleach? I'd say--

Bleach and I are MARRIED. Love it 4ever.
Worst relationship I've ever loved. I'm M to Kubo's S, baby
The thrill is gone. In it for the sake of (his) children--the characters.
I play the field and have other interests but Bleach can stir some nostalgia and an occasional late night booty call sort of inspiration. <.
I'm curious as to how it's going to end. I don't walk out of movies before the end or climb out of windows on dates or give up on manga after a mere 10 years.
Other (describe in comments)
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Astraea: ichirukilady_leia_solo on May 19th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I'm not as invested as I was four years ago, but I always come back for it XD
noir: Bleach | Mayuri | Devillaerkstrein on May 19th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
I will never leave my series. It's kept me happy, invested, and inspired since it's release in 2001, and I will never let it go.
nehalenianehalenia on May 19th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
I'm definitely married to it, but as in any marriage, it has its ups and downs. There are times I'm wildly happy and times (like this week) that I want to kick "Hubby" to the curb but it's mostly enough to keep me from walking out the door.
_debbiechan_: I am SILVER_debbiechan_ on May 19th, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)

Haha, I'm more a "roll your eyes" sort of wife. I can't remember the last time I got raging mad with the series although it may have been over the Orihime in the mushroom pajamas with the hot dog in her mouth... maybe I wasn't mad then so much as I was with the fandom memes. Without Kon around, Kubo's love of boobs isn't as self-mocking as it is with his mutilated arms. I'm currently only a little sore about Kon's absence and not mad about anything at all.

I didn't even get mad with the Szayel Rape of Nemu. I found that whole period perversely fascinating and revealing. I found the Szayel clones fight horrifically boring and POINTLESS and the same with other fights--so yeah, I'd characterize my marriage as periods of high, constantly re-instigated romance with a soulmate (I "get" Kubo--I don't crave fast plot and I love his art and poetry) and periods of blah.

Currently I'm too blissed out with the very idea of a Quincy arc to be bothered by much, but I do understand peoples' frustrations with the series--I just don't feel them because I love Bleach that deeply. I get into other fandoms and series but I feel really *married* to Bleach.
vince_moon: Bleach Rukia Kuchiki 1vince_moon on May 19th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
Bleach has touched me in a way that I have never felt before. I can't really describe my feelings for it, for it is something very deep inside me. There were times I had doubt in the series, but I always look back to when it was perfect. Bleach will be at my side. Always.
Aquat1c F1sh: Bleach - Good Morningaquat1cf1sh on May 19th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Used to love it. Now I'm just one of the ones who's reading it just to keep up with it and see how it ends; I don't walk out of movies halfway through, etc.
◦ a girl like me ◦: Bleach - Grimmjow: Plot by biodamperafteriwake on May 19th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
The booty call choice is so apt. Only now it kind of feels like I'm cheating on my boyfriend (Wholock) when I have that booty call with Bleach.
oh gallant piglet,: chopperaizome on May 19th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)
LOL yeah, I feel the same about One Piece now. I don't like being critical of Kubo, but then Oda consistently puts out well-paced chapter after well-paced chapter. It's hard sometimes.
(no subject) - _debbiechan_ on May 19th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
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infj23: surrenderinfj23 on May 19th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I feel like I’m in that relationship where the significant other keeps telling me, “I’ve changed! I’ve changed!” I go back. It’s good for a while and then it falls back into the old patterns. I leave again, and then the cycle renews.

I picked “Other” because the other options involve caring. I don’t want to care anymore. I don’t want to be touched, caressed, comforted…nothing. I know all the tricks and I want the relationship to end.

But, I go back.

I wish I could stay in the acceptance phase longer, but as I manage through this process, but I revert to denying, bargaining, and becoming depressed and angry over and over and over and over….
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on May 19th, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)

I lol-ed for real. I know you're not the only one.
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Kylla: squee!eriss on May 19th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
I thought I had the perfect relationship with the perfect fandom. However, a new fandom moved in, swept me off my feet and left me in a puddle of ecstasy. I now find myself thinking only of this new fandom. I know it won't last, but god, it feels so good.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on May 19th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)

Oh there are better FANDOMS--like the Tiger & Bunny fandom was so amaaazing after the horror of the Bleach fandom. And it's one of the few series I still miss in my life now that it's over, even if I've loved other series more. A fandom can make a difference!

Bleach is where some of my dearest most wonderful friends are--that's part of the appeal, but even they don't love the manga the way I do. I'm like a serious Bleach wife. I've gone beyond "Kubo's gf"... yeah, I'm gonna start calling myself BLEACH WIFE from now on. Need icon.
Laura Bryannanlaurabryannan on May 19th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Voted other. I stopped reading somewhere during the Hueco Mundo arc. Never ending foreplay without an orgasm or two gets irritating after a while. That said, I follow this comm because I'm still curious about how it will all come out.
_debbiechan_: Isshin warm and cozy_debbiechan_ on May 19th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)

Your devotion to this community is touching. :)
Danielwdboldstar on May 19th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
Rukia, Ichigo, Ulquiorra, Tatsuki, Kenpachi, Yachiru, Coyote Starrk, Unohana... The list of favorite and beloved characters Bleach has given me is endless.

I think after 10 years, I just sort of want some closure, though. I just want Ichigo to grow up a few years, get old enough to Marry Rukia, maybe have Ulquiorra come back from the dead and be a proper broody antihero, that kind of thing.

I still love Bleach, I still love the world Kubo has created, but I'm not as much into the stories he's telling right now. But I'm keeping on because I admire his work, I still love the universe, and damn it, I want to know what happens.
_debbiechan_: 1200_debbiechan_ on May 19th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)

You no excited about Quincy arc, dear friend?
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liaciferlawlietliaciferlawliet on May 19th, 2012 05:38 am (UTC)
Married! Married for ever. It's hard for me to hate Bleach. I love Sensei's art, his characters and his story. There's been times when I've banged my head on the desk (Deicide arc, anyone?) but divorce is completely out of the question. Me and Bleach 'Til death do us apart T^T
kohi_no_tora: Lafiel & Jintokohi_no_tora on May 19th, 2012 09:24 am (UTC)
Voted "I'm curious as to how it's going to end. I don't walk out of movies before the end or climb out of windows on dates or give up on manga after a mere 10 years."

Yeah... I'm still waiting for an end for the X/1999 manga! Compared to that Bleach is a walk in the park. We at least get somewhere, however slowly.
Super Nintendo Chalmers: Ulquiorrastrawberries_85 on May 19th, 2012 10:55 am (UTC)
The thrill is gone applies at times, but most of the characters I really loved are dead or they won't really be in the spotlight again, I think. I guess I'm in it for the Ichiruki relationship though, but my passion for Bleach shipping does waver considering how often Kubo seperates the potential lovers.

I think I'm somewhere between "worst relationship I ever loved" and "I play the field." My passion with Bleach started fizzling out after the Lust arc and though there are moments of reignited passion and nostalgia, it's never been the same since.
Shinigami_Lucia: IchiRuki_Ch423shinigami_lucia on May 19th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
I don't follow Bleach as much anymore. I still checked on it once a week to see if there's any Rukia in the chapter or anything pertaining to my favorite pairing. But every week I just came out feeling disappointed. Kubo's plot just bores me to death without my favorite characters in it. God knows when he will bring them back into the story. Perhaps it will be different later on, but right now, it doesn't work for me anymore. It's a such a shame really :(