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Hello Everyone!

I’ve been meaning to start posting again for a while, but it looks like Bleach is about to start getting really interesting for me soon, so I decided that I should come back if only so I can spam you all with my theories and musing instead of just harassing nerdowl and spikykun! :D

I know I attempted to delurk the beginning of last semester and that lasted, like, two days, but to give myself some credit, last semester ended up being a hellish semester. This semester will not be. However, I don’t guarantee I won’t be sporadic with my posting. I’m planning on updating pretty frequently; we’ll see how that goes.

Now for Bleach talk! The plan was to type up all of my thoughts about all the information we learned from Kubo during the hiatus, but then I realized that it was incredibly hard to get all of my thoughts together, my brain is teeming with ideas, and that no one would read it because it'd be ten pages long. So I'll probably be posting chunks of rambling theories and speculation over the next couple days.

If you haven't seen the new information, you can find most of it on the first page of this thread. This page isn't up on the first page yet, and we're waiting for the "official" translation of one more page.

So the thing I think is confusing me the most at the moment is the Royal Guard. Kubo’s dropping all kinds of things about the Shinigami like “Rangiku’s past will be important! Shunsui’s haori and its history will be important! Mayuri’s research will be important! Kaien and Ichigo’s resemblance will be important!”  and just the fact that he spent all three weeks giving us updates on all of the shinigami, and that the whole manga seems to come back to the shinigami. To me that says the Shinigami are going to be Very Important in this next arc.

But then Kubo more or less says that the Royal Guard wasn’t at all bothered by Aizen, and yet the Shinigami needed Ichigo to defeat Aizen.  Kubo then says he needs a situation where Soul Society is basically in ruins for the Royal Guard to finally get concerned and enter the picture. Believe me, I’m really excited for this plotline, I’ve had many a Soul Society-is-in-rubble plotbunny, but…
The mystery surrounding Shunsui, Ukitake, and Unohana’s bankai- and other people, I suppose, like Urahara’s bankai… has been all hyped up, and then some enemy is going to come in and destroy Soul Society and the Captains like they’re all small fry and then the Royal Guard has to come in and be the main fighters? That just doesn’t seem to fit with how he’s hyped the importance of the Shinigami.

How is he going to reconcile the important of the Shinigami to the power level he’s implying the Royal Guard and this unknown enemy is going to have?

Does anyone have any ideas or a different perspective on this?

I have a feeling I might not me phrasing this well, so let’s rephrase the question: If the Royal Guard is so much more powerful than the current Shinigami, how are the Shinigami going to be still relevant to the plot once they enter the picture?

Or do you think Kubo is going to not make them relevant any more?

I only have some vague ideas. Like, maybe the Royal Guard is powerful, but isn’t necessarily more powerful than regular captains- maybe they have some sort of special ability. Or maybe some of the Captains are incapacitated in some tricky way while the enemy is destroying Soul Society and so the Royal Guard has to step in. Besides that… I got nothin’.

Anyone have some perspective?

Another thing that’s confusing me is who the enemy is going to be. It sounds like there’s a good chance that the enemy that’s about to appear in the manga is the Quincy. But from the fact that they were massacred by the Shinigami, even if some of them did get away, it seems to me that they shouldn’t be powerful enough to leave Soul Society in ruins. But some of Kubo’s comments make it seem like there’s only going to be one main enemy.

So I’m thinking that maybe the Quincy have, like, allied with Hell, or something? My other theory, that doesn’t really follow the only one enemy plotline, is that first we’re fighting the Quincy, but the Quincy have thrown off “the balance” and so that disrupts Hell and things from Hell escape.

Or there’s something totally different going on with the enemies!


Edited to add: yeah, there was a mention of Aizen and Kubo wanting to draw him in chains. I knew that Aizen would enter the picture again somehow, but I'm not not sure what his role will be, or how significant a role he's have. Thoughts on that too?

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Feb. 3rd, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)

My co-worker keeps nagging me that I should return to reading Bleach, but ugh. I haven't read the manga in like two, three years. DX
Sometimes I wish I had more time so I could re-read it from the very beginning.

I've long since moved onto other shounen titles.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, yay! I hope to continue updating! It's good to talk to you guys again!

Haha, I understand. I've only been vaguely keeping up with it for probably the past ~2 years. Now I'm back into it because it looks like it's about to go in a direction that I'm interested it.
I know a lot of people didn't like the direction it had been going and stopped reading, but I'd highly reccomend to those people to keep an eye out on the new arc that's about to start up. But of course Bleach isn't for everyone! :D And it's certainly not my only fandom!
Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Especially after I saw in nerdowl's journal that the new arc may have Unohana finally revealing her bankai. o____________o

Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, exactly. Take a look at all of the teasers Kubo has given us this past couple weeks. Both nerdowl and I have linked to it. It sounds like everybody is going to be involved in some crazy stuff. It's going to be intense. Who were your favorite characters?
Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Several! Pretty much ALL the females, plus Ikkaku and Yumichika, and most of the Vizards. :T
Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
Well off the top of my head, as far as the girls go, as you've heard Unohana will probably be fighting, and he's said that Matsumoto's past will be important in this arc. It's implied that we'll find out about Yoruichi & Urahara's past (before TBTP). And if Masaki counts, he said there's something about her death that we still don't know.
Kubo said he's considering giving Yumichika a bankai!
And since you haven't been reading the manga, we actually just found out a chapter ago that some of the Vizard have taken up positions within the Gotei again- Shinji, Kensei, and Rose. In the teasers he's said we'll find out what the other Vizard are up to.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
My co-worker who keeps up with the series did mention that part about the Vizards, as well as some folks on Facebook!

Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
I figured! Especially the Rukia thing is rather significant! :) Anyway, I'm just interested in where Kubo is going to take all of these characters.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, and we found this out a little while ago, but if you didn't know, Rukia is now a vice captain :)
Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
That, too!
Feb. 4th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
I don't wanna sound like I bitch or anything but... I have zero hopes for the new arc, I think Kubo lost his mojo years ago >_> The only reason I'm still reading is cuz it's a habit x)

Taking 3 weeks of like this I think points to him finaly admitting to himself that he've written himself into a corner, mentioned too manny things without really knowing how to bring it all together and slightly paniking cuz of it.

I do think I scrolled past a bleachness post that said that some of the Espada are comming back? Grimmjow and Nnorita was among them? If that's so, then I think I'd be happy, just as I'll be if he manages to focus on the shinigami we already know which seems to be the plan. At least we get to see some good ol' faces and some humor :)
Feb. 4th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Haha, well, we'll see. I'm being optimistic because I like a lot of the stuff he's done, but I'm aware that this coming arc might disappoint. So I'm trying not to get too excited, but it's hard to because I love the Shinigami so much!
Eh, he said that the espada MIGHT come back. That's much less sure than most of the other things he said. But I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case.
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
I hope you're right, I do love the shinigami's too and yeah, I should have more faith in him after all these years x)

I wanna see them come back, mostly cause Kubo's drawing style has changed quite a lot since then and it'd be nice to see if he falls back into the more pointy style or not but yes, I'm aware that the odds aren't the best ones x)
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