Bleach chapter 241 – “Silverflame” September 7, 2006Posted by Lupus in Manga, Review.
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Instead of TJ’s “Become Kyouya” program, I’m going to start my own “Become Ishida in 365 days” program. It’s much easier because 1) I don’t need to be re-born into a rich and powerful family and 2) it’s much easier to acquire a bad taste in fashion than extreme intelligence and cunning.
As Ichigo, Ishida and Sado runs through Hueco Mundo, Sado mentions Ishida’s promise with his father to never associate with Shinigami again. Ichigo asks why Ishida is there with them, so Ishida explains why he joined them.
Urahara broke into Ishida’s home, and told Ishida about Orihime’s kidnapping, and about how Ichigo plans to go save Orihime by himself, since the Soul Society has abandoned Orihime. Ishida said that he will go save Orihime alone, but after realising that Ichigo is going by himself, he asked Urahara to get him out so that he might join Ichigo.
Ishida explains that he was able to join them because Ichigo is a “Temporary Shinigami” and that he has been abandoned by Soul Society, so he is neither a Shinigami nor associated with Shinigamis. Back at Ishida’s house, Kurosaki (father) and Ishida (father) chat with each other about their children and what horrible fathers they are.
At Hueco Mundo, Orihime frets about getting hungry. She thinks about what she had done up to this point, and wonders whether it was really a good idea to come here and heal Grimmjaw. A strong presence was felt throughout Hueco Mundo when Ichigo and co. enters. Ichigo wonders at the solidity of the place, but before they could plan their next move a giant shadow looms over them threateningly.
Not much going on here, mostly a transition chapter explaining the presence of Ishida and giving a few more hints about the adults. It seems that Ishida’s father (whose name I forgot) knows Isshin, and at some point in time Isshin lost his powers. He’s regained it, which causes us to wonder how – the same way that Ichigo did? That would also make him a Vaizard.
Aizen expects Ichigo; that’s probably part of the reason why he kidnapped Orihime.
Really, other than that I can’t find much to talk about this chapter. I can speculate on Ishida’s (father) and Kurosaki’s (father) past, but there’s simply not enough we know right now. What does Aizen want with Ichigo? He seems interested in Ichigo for some very strange reason… maybe it has something to do with the Hollow inside him. Can a Vaizard be turned into a hollow? Ichigo’s hollow warned him to be careful about being taken over, and he mentioned that Zangetsu, the representation of his Shinigami power, and the hollow power are two sides of the same thing; so I think that’s a possibility that a Arankaru can be turned into a Vaizard and a Vaizard into an Arankaru.
A point that is sorta related to the above point of Vaizard vs Arankaru – All hollows seems to be evil, but not all Shinigami are good. The same apply to the Vaizard and Arankaru – all Arankaru seems to be evil, though that remains to be seen with the Vaizard. But Vaizards are more akin to Shinigami than Hollows, so if there can be evil shinigamis, it’s likely that there are evil Vaizards. The balance of good vs. evil in the Bleach world seems a bit tipped, dontcha think?
Bleach Chapter 240 – “regeneration” August 31, 2006Posted by Lupus in Manga, Review.
Finally, Kubo explains Orihime’s power. Not far from what I had guessed.
This is a reply to part of Drm’s Fansubs and YOU. This is an unresearched discussion on why using licenses as a basis for when to stop fansubbing is silly. It’s also my selfish indulgence as a law student based on what little I’ve learnt in my Intellectual Property Law course… which I haven’t even finished.
Bleach Chapter 239 – “Winged Eagles” August 23, 2006Posted by Lupus in Manga, Review.
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I love Kubo Tite’s coloured pages. They show his characters in a variety of out-of-character attires and situations, but never-the-less manages to keep them cool. I’d like to see some of the less popular characters though – can’t argue against Ichigo, since he’s the protagonist, but Renji and Urahara appears too often. Where’s my Soi Fong, Uruu-chan, or Isshin?
Contrary to popular believes, Pigeon Blood is actually not alcoholic. Pigeon haters and bums worldwide mourn the day when their dream was shattered by cruel reality
Bleach Chapter 238 – “Eagle Without Wings” August 23, 2006Posted by Lupus in Manga, Review.
Manga First Impression – Jun’ai Tokkou Taicho August 19, 2006Posted by Lupus in First Impression, Manga.
The author of Power!! (called Girl Got Game by the English licensee) brings to us another high octane romantic comedy with plenty of mis-understanding, abnormal girls and really, really funny faces.
She needs to wear a bell, not because it would be cute, but because people needs to know when she’s around
7 Reasons Why the 21st Century is Making You Miserable August 15, 2006Posted by Lupus in Off-Topic.
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Interesting article I came across today. It has absolutely nothing to do with anime, but hey, this site is called “Everything and Nothing” right? And for everyone who uses the internet, especially anyone who spends a lot of time on the net instand messaging, this article is really worth a read. There are also really cute illustrations, if that’s any incentive.
The first two about annoyance are kind of “Meh”, but then the article goes on to talk about the new methods of communication that are unique to the 21st century, and I agree with all the things that are said. Face-to-face communication is irreplacable. No matter how well you think you know someone, no matter how well you think you understand them over the internet, it is impossible to fully comprehend what is being said, because important things like body language and tone are missing. When you’re reading something on IRC, Live Messenger or AIM, the tone of voice you’re hearing in your head is most likely not the tone of voice that the person talking intends.
The next point on the media is also kind of “Meh”, but the last point about the actual interaction with real life friends also really hits home, especially in a society where popular culture celebrates selfishness in the guise of “individual freedom”.
Two quotes summarise the main points very well, if you don’t feel like reading the entire article.
On text communication and criticism
With text, you can respond when you feel like it. You can measure your words. You can pick and choose which questions to answer. The person on the other end can’t see your face, can’t see you get nervous, can’t detect when you’re lying. You have almost total control and as a result that other person never sees past your armor, never sees you at your worst, never knows the embarrassing little things about yourself that you can’t control. The unspoken but shared quirks and humiliations and vulnerabilities that real friendships are built on.
On physical interaction
It ain’t rocket science; you are a social animal and thus you are born with little happiness hormones that are released into your bloodstream when you see someone else benefitting from your actions. You can line up for yourself a spread of your favorite liquor, your favorite video game, your favorite movie and your favorite sex act, and the sum total of them won’t give you the same kind of lasting happiness you’d get from helping the cranky old lady down the street drag her garbage to the curb.
I’m working on some articles that are actually related to anime and manga, including the Bleach 238 review. I’m also going to start reviewing a larger range of manga, and maybe even write summaries – summaries, not putting entire chapters into words. Unfortunately I won’t be able to update regularly unless I’m on holiday, but that’s not too far away. Look forward to a return to the regular scheduled programming soon!
Tales of Legendia Review – Part 1: Why the battle system needs to be thrown away and burned in the fires of the deepest circle of HELL August 7, 2006Posted by Lupus in Gaming.
If you’re wondering what I’ve been doing – and you have – I’ve been two things. 1) I’ve been sick (my throat is killing me) and 2) I’ve been playing Tales of Legendia.
Totally related to anime, Hung, it’s totally related to anime
Bleach Chapter 237 – “Goodbye, Halcyon Days” August 1, 2006Posted by Lupus in Manga, Review.
First thing first: Orihime would make the best wife/girlfriend.