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11 November 2012 @ 04:48 pm
HERE I AM! (mod post)  
I'm late to comment on the individual entries for the Ishida contest, but as I told one participant--NOT late to appreciate. The arts have been making me smile for days--even as I was stressed by a horrible cold (yes I'm always sick) and some real life issues (yes I'm always busy--I'm a mom but these days I'm teaching again and my students' composition and grammar issues take precedent precedence over some banal squabble over who owns the King & Queen title in Bleach or whether Byakuya should've been killed for REALZ... That said, I just HAVE to say I TOLD YOU SO regarding Nii-sama. Haven't I been saying for weeks now he'd live?  Geezums, hardcore Bleach fan here--how many years do you have to read Bleach to know what is going to happen next? Kubo can pull off a surprise every now and then, but seriously--no flashback, no color page, Byakuya of all people? You fanbois should've seen this slow tease in play).

Ah, I apologize for being absent during these last crazy chapters and the Ishida contest. I was too feverish and up to my DayQuil-dazed eyeballs in qrading papers to even leave comments at my usual haunt, http://deathberry.com/index.php
But I'm here now, and I want to thank everyone who participated in the annual Ishida contest. You will notice that the entries were screened--that is because all entries to bleachness are still screened. If the original poster of an Ishida contest entry wants to make her entry visible to the general public beyond bleachness members, she CAN go back to the entry and edit it to show to "Everyone" instead of "Members."

The winner of the contest will be announced as soon as the judges can all get together and decide. The traditional announcement is usually made on my birthday, November 19, but it may not be as late as then this year. I thank you for your patience.

And again, thank you all for your participation in  Ishida''s Presidential Birthday Contest. Did all of you catch scuttlebutt/deflect's marvelous shoop on Tumblr? If not, looky: http://deflect.tumblr.com/post/35195611807/remember-remember-the-sixth-of-november-verily

And ahahahaha again about Byakuya being alive. I didn't have math on my side like Nate Silver, but I was surer of Byakuya living than I was of Obama winning the US presidential election!  The bit about Ichigo's mom didn't surprise me either--Ishida folk have been speculating about that for years. As for the possibility that Ichigo and Ishida may be cousins, yee-haw--bring on the hillbilly incest fic!

I don't care what other people do or say--I still enjoy Bleach. Live Journal may be dying and my own fandom participation may be dwindling but I still love the heck out of that stupid fighting manga. Was Shunsui awesome or what in that last chapter? I got chills when he said the Gotei 13 have to move "forward." I don't know if that was an intentional nod to the Obama campaign or not, but the expressions of alll the captains were so beautifully drawn (Sui Feng! My Koma-chan!) and I felt this wonderful one-eyed majesty from Shunsui. Rukia too looked beautiful with one eye. Damn that art--it makes me love those characters more. I can't imagine not ever loving them and can't relate at all to all the people who are letting go of Bleach.... and they are, sad to say. Kubo doesn't seem to be attracting new readers, and only the most loyal are still reading. Count me among them. Bleach's Halcyon Days are past---but I'm still invested in the plot, the characters and dying to see a few ban kais.
Current Mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated
Danielwdboldstar on November 11th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm right there with you on Bleach! I'm pretty damn excited to see if Shunsui takes the Captain-Commander's seat, and what he does with it. I feel a little sorry for Nanao-chan with all that extra work though. I'm excited to see if we finally get to hear Isshin and Masaki's story. I'm excited to see Ishida and Ichigo bickering like family because they ARE family. I mean, seriously, if Maskai isn't Ryuuken's Sister (or at least cousin) I will eat my hat. I'm excited to see that becoming a Captain again hasn't changed Shinji. I am excited to see Kenpachi and Byakuya recovering in thier hospital room and comparing scars (I also want to see Ni-sama give his blessing (whether Ichigo asks for it or not) to Rukia's engagement, dammit. Sorry, had to slip some shipping stuff in there).

I also sort of wonder if Rukia's eye is okay under that bandage. I'd. Sort of be okay with it if it wasn't, because. Eyepatches are cool. Of course, then we have to ask if Kubo-sensei is turning eyes into the new arms.

Haven't really been participating in the fandom lately, but I have been watching, and I'm still here for the long haul. These last few chapters have definitely rejuvenated me.
Adam Eppadam_epp on November 12th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
I haven't been paying attention at all to Bleach for months, but I'm still glad to see you back. Kubo not killing a popular important character doesn't surprise me at all, either.
luminous85luminous85 on November 12th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
YAY FOR BLEACH ALWAYS! I'm so guilty of not participating in the fandom mostly because I landed a full-time job and had to move into my own place(woot). I also haven't had internet in forever(uses phone for everything).

I'm still as attached to Bleach as my lungs are to my heart. This heart is still beating strong, and with every breath I take I'm sure Bleach will pick up. It's like riding a bike up a hill I think. It's slow and tiring to some. You just want to stop even. Once at the top, though, you're practically sailing. <3
nehalenianehalenia on November 12th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm here till the end, too, Deb. Even when Kubo drive me nuts (like, by keeping Ishida out of the manga for six months or more,) I can't let go of these characters. They're all wonderful.

I heard a couple of people complaining about the art in 515, but I thought it was pretty awesome. All the different expressions of grief and rage and pain in the faces of the characters were exceptional, from Isane to Soi Fon to Komomura to Ukitake, and then the very conflicted expressions of the Vizard captains, and of course Rukia, who's beautiful even when wounded.

Bleach is still interesting to me (even if some of the chapters and pacing frustrates me.) I'm glad the battle is finally over, and I HOPE we're about to learn some answers. (OK, I'm definitely going to want to smack Ichigo around if he doesn't go ask Isshin or SOMEONE what's going on about the Quincy stuff. ARGH!)

Also, thanks for having the Ishida event again. It was wonderful to see all the Ishida art, and all the entries were fantastic.
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: badass presidentla_kalaka on November 12th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, Byakuya can't died not without a flashback at least or color page for a major character as him. But yeah, I would love some tragedy for the sake of the story... although it wouldn't be funny for their fans and if I was in their place i wouldn't love any of it xP

I am still for the long haul too with Bleach, gonna watch it till the end. it'as about my favorite character! I CAN SMEEL HIS COME BACK and Kubo gonna surprise us with him!! AND I AM SO READYYYYY!!!

I am working in your present :333333, and... and... I am all happy to see Shunsui taking the command, it has to be him, he is best suited, despite Jyuushirou acting like the most responsible, true is that he is a man too emotionally invested in his people, and his poor health doesn't help. Shunsui when needed can be really serious and down to earth.

I am also excited as the true realtionship between Ichigo and Ishida, cousins? i am all for it, they really bicker like brothers xD

Sad to know Bleach is not attracting people, but i keep reading faithfully <3


Hoping nxt year Uryuu will be in there again!! <3
sleepwalker: bladesleepwalkerrrr on November 12th, 2012 08:34 am (UTC)
I have to admit I was a little disappointed that Byakuya stayed alive (although I like his character, I thought him dying would be a brave and interesting development for story) but then again I realized that many other manga do the same thing. Bleach might be killing less characters than others but from what I've read other shonen, killing these kind of important and central characters is only the case with the more brave than average ones.

While I definitely agree there are a lot of flaws in Bleach I don't feel a need to let it go. Somehow I'm just happy for what I've gotten and what I get occasionally. So far at least. It still feels like although technically it's not that good compared to others it still has something to keep it special for me.
peca_06peca_06 on November 13th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
Great to see you making a post Deb. I'm so happy to see you back *HUGS*. I am a die hard loyal Bleach fan and I won't quit it, even if I'm a bit away from fandom these days. I love this characters and like you, I can't imagine ever not loving them either. They will always be in my heart, even when it is over and long done with in years to come <333. LOL at Byakuya's tease. I was a bit weary, but I didn't think Kubo was going to do it. It sure was sad and nerve wrecking though. Nii-sama is too important.

I agree Rukia is getting more gorgeous, Kubo is drawing them all so pretty lately and I would love Ichigo and Ishida to be related hehe. They have always been such cute friendly rivals or frienemies, but they deeply care and respect one another.
I couldn't participate on the contest this year ;___; , but I promise you I will draw some Ishida soon. Once I have some time to focus. Lots of things going on in my RL right now and my job to really find a moment of peace to draw like I use to. Can't wait for more Bleach soon. We are finally tackling Ichigo's origins and specially his mom. I'm thrilled :DDD !
Silcreepykitty11 on November 15th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
YAY! for been right about Niii-sama XDDDDDD

It gave more hope that you're right about Ulquiorra-kun too!!!! ;3