I feel like with this series, one may as well relax and enjoy the utter shounen-ness of it. A few highlights and lowlights:



1. No! Tite Kubo! Do not introduce an entirely new gigantic cast of characters! Pay more attention to the ones you already have! Argh!

2. I had thought the Vizards were very sinister when first introduced, but now they don't seem to be at all. Are they Hollows who turned into soul reapers, or Soul Reapers who tapped into Hollow powers, or soemthing else? I think this was explained, but I forgot.

3. When Ichigo shows up at the Vizard Hang-Out, and the head Vizard goes, "Ah, Ichigo, so you have finally come to join us..." I thought, "Wow! Ichigo has finally learned strategy! Instead of just charging in and hitting people, he's going undercover!"

Then I turned the page.

Ichigo: "NO! I'LL NEVER JOIN YOU! I'M HERE TO BEAT YOU ALL UP UNTIL YOU TEACH ME WHAT I WANT TO LEARN!"

Oh, Ichigo.

4. On a similar note, it's a little sad when Renji is the only person with the sense to want to interrogate Urahara.

5. Yay! Rukia is kicking ass and bossing Ichigo again! She has a cool zanpaku-to!

Boo! She's still less powerful and central than a bunch of random people I don't care about.

6. The Shinigami at high school was a hilarious scene. I also cracked up at the pure shounen-ness of the moment when they're all getting their asses kicked by the Arrancar, and then they get a text message from the Soul Society saying their hitherto-unmentioned limiters have been removed, and they're all, "Bwa-ha-ha! Now we go up five levels!"

7. Orihime... argh! Of course the girl character is the one with non-battle-related powers who must be kept out of the fight. I feel really bad for her, but it's so frustrating on a feminist and meta level that when the guys feel the same way, the answer is to train hard and get stronger, but when the girl is weak, she should just stay out of the fight.

On a non-feminist level, it's also frustrating that the Shinigami get their own fights, but Ichigo's human pals just seem to get beaten up and rescued. Of course the Shinigami are powerful, but Ichigo's human too, so it's not that much of a stretch for his human friends to be able to attain at least regular-Shinigami-level strength.

8. On a related note, Ikkaku's bankai was really out of the blue. He was almost the first person Ichigo beat up in Soul Society! Where was his bankai then?

9. I liked when Ulquiorrra reports to Aizen by throwing his eyeball at him. That's what this series was missing, eyeball removal!

10. In conclusion, most shounen moment ever recorded:

Ichigo: Dude, what happened to your arm?

Grimmjow: I TOOK IT OFF BECAUSE I DON'T NEED IT TO KILL YOU!

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10. In conclusion, most shounen moment ever recorded:

Ichigo: Dude, what happened to your arm?

Grimmjow: I TOOK IT OFF BECAUSE I DON'T NEED IT TO KILL YOU!


*cackles madly*

Sometimes I wonder if I should read/watch Bleach. Then I decide I probably don't need to yet, because the summaries and fanart are free, hilarious and short.
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From: [personal profile] oyceter


There is a great head-in-jar moment later on as well. Bleach hits them all!

Also, you have to blog when you hit the "ARGH KUBO TITE WHYYYYY?" moment so I can commiserate and go "ARRRRRRGH" with you.

From: [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com


... wait, there's only one "ARGH WHYYYYY?" moment?

(And yet I continue reading, at least when someone else posts about it.)
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From: [personal profile] oyceter


Well, there are a lot. But I feel most of them are encompassed in one large one.

From: [identity profile] yhlee.livejournal.com


I have to confess there are a number of reasons I sorta fell out of reading Bleach but Orihime is one of them.

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5. Boo! She's still less powerful and central than a bunch of random people I don't care about.

I warned you.

6. The Shinigami at high school was a hilarious scene.

There's a later encounter in the anime that I assume was from the manga. It cracked me up but good. I won't say anything more so you won't be spoiled.

7. Orihime... argh!

This is a plot point that gets explained later. But it still sucks, and note that Rukia was also nerfed for a plot point. I forget, has that happened to any of the guys?

I have to say, I've lost a significant amount of enthusiasm for Bleach. Ok, partly that was maybe my fault for sticking with the anime filler episodes, but even without that, there is much to be disappointed with.

From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com


Are they Hollows who turned into soul reapers, or Soul Reapers who tapped into Hollow powers, or soemthing else? I think this was explained, but I forgot.

It was explained: shinigami who tapped into Hollow powers.

I see [livejournal.com profile] oyceter has mentioned the head-in-jar. You will also encounter just about everything that any shounen hero has ever gone up against. You could probably make up a little song about it, even.

8. On a related note, Ikkaku's bankai was really out of the blue. He was almost the first person Ichigo beat up in Soul Society! Where was his bankai then?

It's explained, but I can't remember if he explained it in the bits you read, or another bit. I can tell you, if you want to know.

And now you can be squicked by yet another fangirl fanfic kink: Arrancar Hollow hole fetishization.

From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com


P.S. Short Youtube video of someone cosplaying Ikkaku's bankai at the AWA Masquerade. XD

From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com


And I quote: Did they (the creators) even have an idea what they were doing when they created Arrcaran holes!! I'm probably the most pervse woman on earth thinking about where they are and what to do with them!!!

From the first of the two anon Bleach kink memes. There may be light spoilers up to current chapters in the requests, but as most of them are MIND-BURNINGLY INSANE you will probably not want to go there unless you are (a) drunk or (b) dared to.

p.s. I dare you!




p.p.s. I just read the prompts, for the most part, avoiding the actual fic. I've been traumatized by some of it.

From: [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com


Wow, I've just resisted a link someone told me not to look at. Two of them, even. It's even possible that I won't be up at 2am mining my browser history for them.

From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com


AAAHHHH, found the prompt I was thinking of when I wrote that. It's so terrifying in its simplicity:

Pairing: Aizen/Grimmjow
Kink: Hole play

From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com


IF YOU ARE NOT NICE TO ME I WILL REPOST IT!

(When Mom and I see an ugly lamp, she threatens to purchase it for me if I'm not nice to her, and I threaten the same thing if I see it first. XD)

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


Ikkaku: you can tell me, I was skimming the more protracted fight scenes.

...but is there a giant robot chicken?

From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com


Ikkaku's only reason for joining the Soul Society was to make sweet, sweet love to fight with and fight under Kenpachi. He doesn't want to be transferred out of 11th Division, and if they know he's achieved bankai, especially now that they're down three captains, he's terrified they'll promote him and make him one.

No giant robot chickens so far. But someone has a power named "fuck" in Spanish (ok, technically "fornication").

From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com


(I see it now: years of life in the 11th as Ikkaku tries to interest Kenpachi, completely failing to note that Yumichika easily thwarts all his plans. THE FIC, IT WRITES ITSELF.)


[livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija: OK, so much of the Bleach kink meme prompts are traumatizing in and of themselves, but sometimes someone with a wicked sense of humor shows up:

Pairing: Kuukaku/Grimmjow
Kink: Sex with only one arm

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


...that one is funny. I think for the sake of my sanity and elbows, I will not look at the rest.
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From: [personal profile] chomiji



>> Live, Ichigo! Live so I can beat you up!! <<



XD



Well, that's slightly less extreme than my beloved Samurai Deeper Kyo, where people are always telling the anti-hero "Don't die, Kyo, because I want to be the one to kill you!"



From: [identity profile] rilina.livejournal.com


I confess I rather like the family dynamics of the Vizards.

Meanwhile, as others have noted, you still have only seen the tip of the shouneness! Even I am getting a bit weary of it at this point, though I keep reading for the occasional bits that make me squee. (There are still a couple that you haven't gotten to, if that's any consolation.)
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From: [personal profile] larryhammer


There's shinigami with Hollow Powers, and hollows with Shinigami Powers. Both of them in groups with large numbers to keep track of.

IOW, #1 is more or less why I stopped reading. Too early, apparently, to get to #10, which might have been worth it.

I like Rukia's zanpaku-to. That's coolness. So to speak.

---L.

From: [identity profile] thomasyan.livejournal.com


I like the little girl Vaizard who kicks ass, but yeah, we totally didn't need tons and tons of new characters. I'm thinking I should maybe take a break from Bleach, to let things pile up, and then catch up.

The hope is to get to the good parts and ignore the bad parts...

...and spend less time stressing about the latter.

From: [identity profile] fourthage.livejournal.com


I think your #1 was the entirety of an email I sent my brother when I first read those chapters. He is an awesome brother because his response was, "Rather than more Tatsuki? That sucks."
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