"I talk about the gods, I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth."

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November 2009

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Posts Tagged: 'anime-manga:+bleach'

Sep. 11th, 2009

Weekly manga roundup

TRC: ...for pity's sake, just write a damn /ending/ already.

Naruto: This is getting pathetically boring. The current fight has no draw to it, no magnetism, both parties have gotten downright annoying.

Bleach: *squeaks* Oo! Oo! Maybe they're back?! Also, Starkk rocks.

KHR: *dotes on Gokudera's glee over his explosives* On the other hand, I find it deeply annoying that Amano has reverted to spaz!Tsuna. Total characterization fail, Amano. The prospect of seeing Dino and Hibari fighting is lovely, but clearly only a tease at the moment. *grumps a bit over that*

Apr. 10th, 2009

Weekly Manga Roundup

My response to TRC/Holic is pretty steady these days, and consists of something along the lines of: WTF Clamp?! I mean, the mother named the same thing as the soulmate was bad enough, but now we’re way into the weird spiritual incest and/or masturbation realm. And still no ending in sight. *sighs*

Naruto, on the other hand, is looking interesting, despite the continuing obliteration of the moral and psychological dynamics from the first two-thirds (ie teamwork). It looks like we may be shaping up for a round of “You use that word a lot…”. I am still wondering where the hell Sasuke et al are and how exactly he and/or Madara are going to play into this. I mean, the most emotionally satisfying thing would be for the current trio to break the pattern of the past trios and actually redeem the poor guy, but I’m becoming increasingly unconvinced of Kishimoto’s dedication to satisfying endings.

Bleach… well, now, I have mixed feelings this week. The Ulquiorra-Inoue dynamic got some halfway decent continuation, but little closure. He remains rather a mystery. I don’t actually object to that, but the way that dynamic crossed with the Ulquiorra-Ichigo was… distracting. There’s a lot of development happening, but it all seems to be subterranean. I’m hoping that soon we will get some greater in-action explication.

Jan. 16th, 2009

Weekly manga roundup

Back from the holidays, and all I can say about most of these is “well finally!”.

Naruto )

Bleach )

TRC )

Aug. 8th, 2008

Hollow culture

So, what I’ve been wondering, as we move through the Hueca Mundo arc in Bleach, is: did Aizen create the current culture we see among the arrancar, or did he just take it over?

(Spoilers ahead, of course.)

The fact that Hollows right up to Menos Grande are instinct and hunger driven has meant that the lower levels don’t have much in the way of organized culture or society.  Even the adjuchas seem to organize or group only in small bands, according to what we’ve seen of Grimmjow’s past.  But the arrancar are shown to have organization.  They are still driven by hunger, but they have regained enough mind and individuality to create as well as consume, at least by the witness of Las Noches.

So, is that something they have generated and constructed themselves, over however many thousands of years?  Or is that construction and organization something Aizen imposed?  The question doesn’t seem to me to have been answered one way or another, yet.  If Aizen has been in contact with them for the whole hundred or so years, then the progression we see among the Espada, the ex-Espada and elaborate ranking and numbering, could have been his instigation.  But perhaps not. It’s Aizen who adopts their manner of dress, and those things generally mean something in KT’s writing.

I’m really hoping we get some kind of indication one way or another, somewhere along the storyline.

Jun. 27th, 2008

PSA

For those who love Bleach, I would like to note, IJ has a general Bleach comm, [info]bleach_fandom. It has two quite nice mods and a wonderful lack of pairing wars so far.

And, incidentally, a spiffy new layout I have just made.

So come help keep it sane here, yeah?

Jun. 24th, 2008

Weekly Manga Roundup (a bit late)

Bleach: *fans self* Oh my. Aizen has met his match for top contender in the “badness is hot like fire” sweepstakes. Who knew Urahara could be sexy as hell?

Naruto: *slaps desk* There, now that is a fine issue! Why can’t you write like that more often, Kishimoto? Just the right balance of heart-rending and hopeful, with good, stark shading to complement it. Ditch all these fights with characters who take ten freaking issues to die after being gut-stabbed and write like this more.

Eyeshiled 21: … InaMura, you want to kill us, don’t you? What was that? Three reverses in one issue? My heart won’t take another three months of this!

All in all, a darn good week.

Feb. 23rd, 2008

Byakuya/Renji porn

So, one of the prompts over at [info]porn_battle fed a bunny that's been hanging around forever and sparked a little Byakuya/Renji porn.

I think my muses really have decided that it's the Age of Smut again. A cyclical sort of thing, clearly.

ETA: Polished fic: At Your Feet

Jan. 27th, 2008

Two week manga roundup

Well, the break seems to have made for some nice turning points.

Bleach 206 and 7 )

Eyeshield 21 265 and 6 )

Prince of Tennis 373 and 4 )

And as for Tsubasa... *makes disgusted hand-waving gestures* Yeah, whatever.

Nov. 24th, 2007

Catching up

Well, I certainly picked a fine time to catch up on my Bleach manga: just as we’re starting a new round of battles, one of which involves one of my favorite characters.

Now I’m going to be hanging on the edge of my seat for weeks and weeks, wanting to see how it goes, and howling every time there’s an issue that isn’t about him. Not that Kubo hasn’t been quite nice about that so far… after a manner of speaking.

Incidentally, is it just me, or is most of fandom missing the point about why the Soul Society and Hueca Mundo arcs are so closely paralleled?

It's not like we haven't gotten enough hints. )

So we have this lovely meta-narrative structure building up, facet by facet, sketching out the shape of something big and strange looming at the end of the story, and almost everyone seems to miss it. And then they have the nerve grouse about how boring and unimaginative the story is. Philistines.

But it's okay, KT. Some of us appreciate you.

Nov. 19th, 2007

About Rukia

It distresses me greatly when people say Rukia is useless or wimpy or any of that. So let us talk about all the ways in which Rukia is amazing.

There may be spoilers in here for those who do not follow the manga. )