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First, thank all of you have stuck with this blog even after I neglected it. I apologize for not being around in previous weeks---if you didn’t know, there was massive flooding in our area, eleven dead, thousands of people lost their homes and schools are still out, 170 school buses ruined. Our home was intact even though we have a creek that runs just behind our property and it was in danger of swelling when Bayou Manchac peaked. Our high banks saved us. We were trapped for a while; stores weren't stocked; there was a lot of commotion. In the meantime, Bleach was ending, a series as all of you know meant the world to me. I’d stuck with it to the end, had felt it going off the tracks but had loved so much of the last arc, the character of Askin, two ban kais in particular—Kenpachi’s and Urahara’s—and the beautiful Haschwalth and Bazz backstory. The Memories in the Rain arc was lovely. Flashes of Kubo’s talent were everywhere. I knew he wasn’t listening to editors and by the time the final two chapters came out, I felt trolled.

In the Final Days of Bleach, I only got two hate letters, one persistent teenager calling me “dumb” and “ableist” and “gross” and I promptly answered her as gently as I could and blocked her on Tumblr because I was sure she was getting her information from one familiar source, a person who for years went on a hate campaign against this site, painting it as a sexist place where Orihime hate reigned and where people were mocked. I knew there was a post made in recent weeks by this person on Tumblr maligning this site—why, I don’t know—there’s so little activity here, but the bitterness is there. Like I said to a new Bleach fan, I never expected the bitterness to go away, no matter what outcome in Bleach. In fact, let me copy what I wrote to her, because I know some of you will be dealing with mockery and hate:

“They don’t deserve your graciousness and intelligence. It bounces right off them. They aren’t being celebratory; they are being vindictive and petty. This sort of drama stirs up like dust storms for a short time (maybe reoccurring dust storms for years, lol) but in the end it’s just dust, never anything to advance real understanding. I’ve only seen it expose people for who they are; believe me, few people I’ve observed in fandom have grown up much or changed in the 12-13 years and of newcomers, there are just more of the same. No single one person in fandom, had the ending of Bleach gone this way or that, had all plotholes been satisfied, had Kubo had a solid grip on his final arc and never quarreled with editors, would be that much different–spiteful people would still be spiteful people, those who spread lies and never admitted to being wrong would still be that way, trolls would still be trolls, the casual fans would still be casual, the nice people would still be nice, hysterics would still be hysterics, the analytical would still be analytical, the accusatory would still be accusatory, the petty would still be petty. I actually admire my friends who had the foresight to leave fandom when the train went off the tracks a few years back—but I guess I don’t regret some of the beautiful moments of the last arc– Urahara’s ban kai, Askin’s whole character, Jugo and Bazz, and any and all Ishida.

Don’t waste your precious mind on spiteful, mean, insecure people. Remember I want happy endings for you. Those who try to engage you to shit on you constantly will never get their happy endings in RL, trust me on that one.”

More than hate, I’m grateful for all the amazing kind messages I’ve received from people who I thought had long disappeared from fandom—I got emails, DMs on social media sites, many of which made me cry because they were so personal and kind. Some bonds cannot be broken. Kubo may have betrayed his story but he can never take away my friends, some of the loveliest people I’ve known, some of whom have travelled miles, one even across the ocean, to meet me in real life. Many left Bleach when they grew bored of it, but our lives were always more about pairings or goings-on in a Japanese story. I’m grateful to all of you, acquaintances, lurkers and friends, who were with me for part or all of this journey. I started bleachness as a reservoir for my own fic and art and meta ramblings so as not to annoy non-Bleach fans on my main LJ blog and it became something bigger---so many people misunderstood that, expected it to be an unbiased newscast for Bleach information and my own blog and cast me, of all people, as an Orihime hater, and an elitist. One of the things I answered a note I got on Tumblr was about the inside joke about the English degrees the mods on bleachness had---we liked lit crit; some of those mods are lawyers now; I was an English teacher off and on; the ones who accused us of elitism wrote their own meta even when they said “it’s only a story for 13-year-old boys.” And I will say now for the record I was wrong in interpreting much of the final arc, especially regarding pairings. Kubo at some point went off track, Rukia disappeared totally, he said that “Ichigo was the protagonist of the human side and Rukia was the protagonist of the Shinigami side,” foreshadowing that Ichigo would stay in the human world, despite the Fullbringer arc being all about Ichigo’s identifying with the Shinigami, being heartsick over Rukia. In the end “I can’t keep up with the speed of the world without you” and “the love and destiny Ichigo inherited” was erased. I was wrong. I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong. I do believe I was misled, though.

Deathberry will probably (I’m not sure) go down in a few months, due to lack of interest from the caretakers and because its expensive to maintain—one of the mods pays for it herself. The IchiHime site FLOL is paid for by ads. Fandoms can’t be killed by any author, no matter what he or she does to the canon story—that has long been my observation. I haven’t seen such an outpouring of fic and art in the last week in the Bleach fandom in years. I swore I was going to move past Bleach, but I even wrote one. It was part of my grieving ritual. I was ready to let Bleach go a year ago, but at the moment all this feels like a bad break-up, and I have a few more steps to process before I can truly move on. I’ll leave this site up—it’s a lifetime account, bought when Live Journal was giving those out, so it stays as long as Live Journal stays, which is not a solid guarantee of anything of course.

I’m going to copy a few reactions I posted (and edited for clarity) from other places while I was avoiding my own blog. Thank you to my friends who posted in the chapter thread. It was difficult for me to come here. I have some issues still about this site, some pain. There are reminders here of some of the worst of fandom as well as the best.

I will claim to the end I never hated Orihime so let’s get that out of the way first. I wanted the best for her, and my more cynical friends told me I would be disappointed. I did not believe them. I should’ve. The general sexism of shounen and Kubo’s own tendency to write Orihime inconsistently, his rage when audiences didn’t accept her, his increasing trivialization of her should have been a clue. Orihime’s character degraded from the time she was the adorable girl by the river chasing dragonflies with a best friend to the time she was single-mindedly pursuing a boy; it seemed like a familiar character; I actually thought Kubo was making fun of it; it turns out he rewarded that giddy devotion—I could give so many panels where Orihime didn’t “get” Ichigo’s character but persisted in her love, but I don’t think Bleach is worth my analysis anymore. I can just say that I was wrong; Kubo, who has said in interview that he likes to champion characters audiences don’t like, screwed over the giant IchiRuki fanbase (I saw yesterday the horrified faces of the Burimyu actors who play Ichigo and Ruki holding WSJ covers over their mouths) and rewarded Orihime with the main character.

But he didn’t even do it right. He gave her no romance.

I’ll quote some from other places:

“I don't hate Orihime. I just died a little when I saw her in that apron in the Korean scan (still haven't read the chapter). I guess her big character development was that in 10 years she learned to cook. She wanted to be so many things in her five lifetimes speech--which unlike so many IR fans here, I actually liked--I thought it was poignant and representative of a teenage girl's love. It was the gross fanservice--the hotdogs with the mushroom pajamas and that awful dress that got me later. Her not being able to cook was always an endearing quality to me. I can't cook for shit either but I have other strengths. And I've heard that she uses Tsubaki to babysit her kid---her offensive fairy that was teased for the whole manga and which many expected her to use in battle. Used for BABYSITTING. Yes, this is a feminist issue. And so many bloggers and fanbois going OH MY MY KARIN GOT HERSELF SOME BOOBIES AND OOOH WEEEE WTG ICHIGO GOT THE BOOBS is just .... yeah, no. It's not about boobs. I like big boobs myself. One of my longtime gfs in my life before marriage had huge boobs and a very feminine look, I understand the appeal, believe me. I also expect women to be more than just their mammary glands. I expect them to accomplish their dreams independent of what is expected of them by men and a sexist society. So Orihime got her wish finally to protect Ichigo--that was good, I was ok with that, I was more than happy with that. I was sorry we didn't get to see her fire Tsubaki independently in battle (his being used in training with Ginjou was another tease). Never mind Ichigo not really getting a good fight but that was rushed to the end, bad planning and because of many reasons, mainly how WSJ works and how it’s honored Kubo for this last arc despite their disagreements, I believe Kubo had more than enough time to prepare and wandered in the past six months or a year. Orihime gets little panel time in the last chapter and again, not much interaction with Ichigo---there was never that chemistry there--but whatever. The ship itself isn't as heartbreaking as Orihime never getting any character development and being used so blithely for fanservice throughout the latter part of the series. Matsumoto was supposed to get a backstory and THERE was a mature strong woman--what happened to THAT? Orihime--I'd complained about her development forever and still believed Kubo would resolve her in the end. No, I didn't even hold out hope for IshiHime in the last chapters--there was too much one-sidedness (like IchiHime or RenRuki, I thought) and a timeskip would solve that but be awkward as shit. But the sight of her in an apron almost as a parody of Sakura was a real blow.

Like most things in that last chapter were a real blow. I mean, I used to defend Kubo all the time. Yes, he's a sexist Japanese man. What are his worst sins, I would say--shitty pacing and he likes big boobs. Turns out those were BIG SINS. Wow, his pacing was so bad he couldn't tie up dozens of loose threads, not even a few crucial ones that could’ve explained simple things—like who was the Soul King and how did Aizen get back in the bond chair, and omg, the big boobs thing turned out to be a fetish. I will still remember some of the things I loved about the last arc but Orihime went downhill so fast in Bleach and every time I got hope for her development, I was crushed. Kubo could've even developed her relationship with Ichigo. He could've put something dear and touching between the two, even had Ichigo thank her for fixing his ban kai, something, anything---instead there was that comedic panel in which she was humiliated and cried over wearing that dress and thinking Ichigo thought she was a hentai. That was disgusting and IH loved that as evidence of their pairing. No, they have their canon based on that sort of shallowness.

Orihime was so adorable when first presented. The SS arc was Bleach when Kubo was on a roll. I don't know what happened (well, I actually do know a little but hell if I'll ever tell). The Arrancar arc was spotty and he kept reeling us in with flashes of brilliance and Orihime kept having her moments of fail but her moments like slapping Ulquiorra or realizing that she didn't fear him in the end (one of Bleach's greatest moments, truly) and then the FB arc started and the Orihime jokes like Orihime vision just made me think Kubo was making fun of her. How could anyone in his or her right mind believe she was meant as the "love and destiny Ichigo inherited" after the MITR arc? Ichigo treated her like a nakama whereas Rukia was always more than a nakama... but I've gone on enough--it's really about more than the ship. It's about Orihime being the ideal of the Japanese housewife, and that trope itself is yuck. I have nothing against housewives--I've been one off and on to homeschool special needs kids and I value people who do it, but Orihime had dreams. She had an offensive weapon. Yeah, Tsubaki was used a babysitter. That was.... wrong. Tell me that wasn't a FU.

It’s so much more than the ships–I do believe many people who read Bleach primarily for the ships are projecting their own obsessions onto others. I still believe Kubo had plenty time to wrap up a few key plot details, if given six months or six weeks, but the ending read like a huge FU to his story and fandom–it was so weird. I enjoyed some parts of the final arc even when it was clear it was going off the tracks, but most of my salt is about Mayuri living, SS not changing and remaining the corrupt institution it always was, Urahara–where?, Matsumoto backstory–not necessary anymore but KIRA where? How the hell did Aizen get back in the chair? That could’ve been explained in one line. Was the bro-con with Yuzu comedy really necessary? Wtf was it with her new hair color. Ok, we get it that Karin’s boobs got bigger. Kubo really likes boobs. I was already prepared not to expect an explanation of Rukia’s missing years on Earth or the Soul King backstory or any more Quincy backstory. But I was gutted by Ishida facing away in the CP–I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it would’ve been so easy for him to turn around and smile with his friends or be at the party in the chapter, especially after his nakama speech of all time and after joining the enemy to die and being willing to have everyone believe he was a traitor so he would SACRIFICE HIMSELF to their sake. Ishida alone. Ishida alone. I felt like I’d been personally slapped in the face. ISHIDA SO ALONE.

My grief for Orihime is extreme. People have always called me an Orihime hater. I’ve criticized her character before but I always thought she’d make it. I cheered for her when she was fighting with Ichigo because she’d wanted to do that for years and been sidelined by the plot, but after her initial adorableness is SS arc (the arc that did no wrong) she was used for fanservice more and more and more–and I think I started losing it when she was shown holding a hot dog—and so many people, not just guys oblivious to the concept of the Male Gaze, defended it as “just a hot dog.” Forget the mushroom pajamas. People, her dress in the Arrancar arc had a cut over her crotch and her outfit in the final arc had a boob window. Representations of Orihime’s love in the FB arc seemed to mock her while Ichigo pined for Rukia. Bizarro world. And the sight of Orihime in an apron was gutting–so her achievement was she learned to cook in 10 years? In canon she said she wanted to be an astronaut. A teacher. Is she the ideal Japanese trophy wife? Did Ichigo interact much with her at ALL? Tsubaki, her offensive weapon, who was teased for years, ends up being A BABYSITTER. Oh please. I babysit. I think there’s no holier occupation that picking up a child so a woman can do something else with her useful hands but Tsubaki was supposed to represent Orihime’s KILLING INSTINCT, that which she had to some degree and was used in defense of Tatsuki once and never again to protect the innocent. So Tsubaki is supposed to squash any bug that Orihime’s super-powered baby comes across. No. Doesn’t work like that. We never saw Tsubaki in battle, forget Shinji’s ban kai. Tsubaki had three arcs--no wait four if you count the first time he went down on that roof-top--of build-up.

People have tried to console me with the headcanon that Urahara and Yoruichi went off somewhere because the ending embarrassed them—the sight of Ichigo on his dad’s sofa like Al Bundy. So the tickets being given out to his friends was a tease and Ichigo ended up where he started, sitting on his father’s sofa—what Shounen hero does that? Ends up where he started 13 years later? But it’s the Mayuri still being captain that hurts the most. And Nemu being rebuilt. I heard so many people going “kawaaaiiiiiii” over baby! Nemu and only one dude going OH G-D PLEASE CALL SS CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES. And why was the world, the corrupt SS that Ichigo was supposed to change not changed? And the execution site that he cracked once upon a time rebuilt stronger and bigger? While he’s reset to the very beginning, where he started, back at home—and SS is the same, none of its values changed–Rukia’s speech about he had changed SS completely erased.

I loved Bleach so much once, and that love was erased too."

I'll post a fic later. I still love the characters. More power to all those who are reclaiming them and more power to transformative art, "fix-it" fic and those who love what they love continuing to love. I will always have a special place for Ishida Uryuu and Urahara Kisuke and others in my heart but the canon story--it died for me with the end. I can only liken this end to a divorce. We had some good times, but I have to move on.
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Check 'em out! http://www.kikuchi-megane.co.jp/bleach_straat/index.html

I really REALLY need a new pair and had my heart set on the red-framed Homura glasses from Madoka until I saw Ishida's! I know you can get these fitted with prescription lenses but are the frames one-size fits all? Can you order different sized frames? I hope I can get some Ishida glasses for Hanukah maybe.  Even if there's only one size averaged to the typical Asian face, my face is small so I think I'm probably good ordering a pair--gosh I really want Ishida glasses although haha, the Kenpachi ones look kinda cool too. As much as I love Rukia, her lavender glasses just aren't my style.

Oh! A tweet from Sensei translated by verduistering at the Ishida FC at  deathberry here

10h  久保 帯人 ‏@tite_kubo

おっ、これ発表になったのか。雨竜のやつ監修しました。原作でかけてる形です。RT @brwakame: @tite_kubo キクチメガネさんのHPで第二弾のメガネのデザインが出てましたvv かっこいいです! http://www.kikuchi-megane.co.jp/bleach_straat/index.html

Oh, have they been announced? I supervised Uryuu’s design. It’s designed after the glasses he wears in the manga. RT @brwakame: @tite_kubo: On Kikuchi-Megane’s homepage the new glasses designs have been released. Cool! http://www.kikuchi-megane.co.jp/bleach_straat/index.html


Kubo's supervising these glasses makes them a must-have!!!
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/
Hey, this place has been kinda dead. But then again, so have I been. Sick and busy and .. and... and... but guess who's got a little free time right now? The husband turns in his grades Monday and he's freeeeee SO NEXT I'm going to churn out that Kenpachi/Unohana fic I promised someone over a year ago; I've got an Urahara poem in the works, and I hope to do a yaoi fic for Neha.

But yeah, as soon as I got a minute I drew Ishida.

So where are are all your weekend fanworks? I know you're still waiting for new rules and for me to move the community but don't stop posting here. I know things are kicking over at deathberry too (Honest, I've been spending all my free Bleach time there), and join up if you want exclusive news and translations, including a translation by [livejournal.com profile] pikeish of Vol. 1 of the Bleach novel (by Narita Ryohgo with Kubo sensei) Spirits are Forever With You (scan thanks to Ai_Sherry, and scanlation  thanks to Bad Example) For updates on the latest at DB, check the update thread: http://deathberry.com/index.php?topic=241.msg10457;boardseen#new

Anyway, I drew Uryuuuuuuuuuu!

http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/art/Uryuu-3-301704367

Yes, there are mistakes but I'm learning my chops still and it's been so long since I've been on my old wonky tablet. I had fun doing this. I really love to color skin. If I can ever get around to taking a figures class, I'd draw naked Uryuu all the time, i SWEAR.  :)

Uryuuuuu )

Please post links to your fanworks in the comments section! If you've seen something you've liked that you want to rec or share, please credit the artist/source or don't post.
[identity profile] liaciferlawliet.livejournal.com

Title: Human
Words:  1214
Rating: T/PG-13 A little graphic violence
Spoiler: Up to Volume 48
Disclaimer: Luckily, Bleach isn't mine, otherwise it wouldn't be as awesome as it is. All characters and names belong to Tite Kubo.


Read please )

[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/
I have another stupid cold & fever atm so I hope I don't type anything too stupid. Please remember that the deadline for the IchiIshi fic contest is coming up. [Poll #1814964]

Expand your speculations as to what's up next in Bleach in the comments. I know you wanna. As for me, I'm still excited about all the neon lights the Arrancar got in last week's Jump.
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Oh, again, changes coming w/[livejournal.com profile] bleachness in February. Posting access, Dreamwidth move, that sort of thing. I'll be sure to make any new rules as clear as possible.
[identity profile] renki-chan.livejournal.com
I’m here, I’m here…Am I still in time for the contest? I hope so XD I actually wrote another story before this one but I didn’t like it. Too difficult to write it down in english without making a mess, so today I write a new one inspired by a another fanart, one of my favourite to be honest, I’m sure you’ll understand which is it after reading the fic. I hope you like it even if I’m sure there must be a lot of english mistake..please be kind with that, I tried my best using easy sentences XD

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!!!!! Enjoy the last day of the year and let the next be even better!

Title: Bad taste, Good friend
Fandom: Bleach
Paring: IchIshi (more or less XD)
Word: 1717
Spoiler: volume 48
Disclaimer: Ichigo, Ishida and all Bleach character belongs to Tite Kubo-sensei

Enjoy )
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/

I'm putting together a big ass retrospective post re Bleach manga 2011 while the husband is off work, entertaining the kids and I have some (relatively) uninterrupted comp time ("MOM! Where did I put...?" "Debbie, have you seen my....?") but before I post that, here are some late birthday/Hanukah prezzies to me I wanted to share with you. I got some cute stuffs.

From Eny! She commissioned a chibi Ishida art for me from Alexaclyne: http://alexaclyne.deviantart.com/art/Commission-2-kala-k-271660936

Pheleon always sends cool lagniappe. She included two adorable keychains of Rukia's "suitors" Ichigo and Renji to go along with the newhair!vice-captain!Rukia plushie I showed you earlier:

the suitors )
Her commissions are currently closed but will open up in a few months. Her Etsy shop is here (don't know what's left!) : http://www.etsy.com/shop/pheleon

MY SON ASHER is a budding artist and made me a Deviko out of pipecleaners for one night of Hanukah! <3

DEVIKO IS BADASS )

[livejournal.com profile] mezzo_marinaio always sends the coolest stuff all the way from Italy. She's been known to test baked goods to see how long it takes for them to spoil before reaching Louisiana in a parcel. Max was maybe a little disappointed we didn't get delicious Sicilian treats this Hanukah (lol, we're eating enough donuts as it is!!!) but I was thrilled to get the most unique IshiHime present EVER!

WEE! )

[livejournal.com profile] asmaria sent me a lovely holiday card with my favorite Bleach character drawn on it. <3

who could it be, lol )

I got volumes of Resurrected Souls but have yet to put the 2010 WSJ spine pic posters up in the hallway. That's it--no more Bleach posters or else my house becomes a Bleach museum! Right now pictures of family still outnumber fanarts of Ishida and Bleach posters!

So, what did  Bleach goodies did you get this holiday season?
[identity profile] renki-chan.livejournal.com
Hello wonderful people. May I start the new great contest with my first, for now, fic? Yes you say? Well so here it is and the poem challenge no less XD
Ok, I think this is not Ichigo AT ALL, just too sweet and sappy for him, but I like how the poem turn out so here it is I hope you like it too at least a bit, and forgive me if there are english errors. Let me know and I'll correct them.

Oh and of course I’m not going to tell you which line is which fanart, why don’t you guess? XD
Enjoy and let me know what you think…^__^

Together...is just a wish )
[identity profile] luminous85.livejournal.com
F11GHT! )

I wish I had more time to have made it more complete looking, but it was fun and I really wanted to participate somehow. Happy Birthday Ishida, and Happy early Birthday to Debbie-chan! <333
[identity profile] agenttexas.livejournal.com
Nearly forgot to post my birthday gift for [livejournal.com profile] _debbiechan_(and Ishida)! I've been too busy to do something huge but I made a little chibi Ishida. I really wanted to make him into a keychain but I didn't have the time, hope you still like him~!

Also thank you all for the comments on my entry I'll respond when I can!

Him and his Little Strawberry... )
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Cathegory: Fanart
Title: Onnagata to Shinsengumi
Note: My two favorite subjetcs, ancient Japan and IshiIchi with erotic touch (Shunga art inspires me xD)



He was like opium... )
[identity profile] la-kalaka.livejournal.com
Cathegory: Fanart
Title: United Front 3 - Back to Back
Note: Inspired by the song Back to Back by the hard rock band Pretty Maids



They're fighting hard... Their way of victory )
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/
It's officially Ishida Uryuu's birthday, Tokyo time and nightfall where I am so I'll be opening up the Birthday Contest 2011 (DETAILS FOR ENTERING HERE) soon with some entries that were forwarded to me by people who wouldn't be able to post for themselves.

First, I wanted to show you what Kubo tweeted today! Marley tweeted him in English first and he responded in kind (he's doing that more lately--so polite--and his English is really very good!)

La_IV Marley
@tite_kubo Oh! Happy birthday to Ishida! You must be proud of all your children ♥


and Sensei replied:

tite_kubo 久保 帯人
@La_IV Thank you! I always proud of my children and all my fans.



And I think that Ishida getting a new bow constitutes a birthday present
since that chapter was released for his birthday week--it came out on
Monday Oct 31 and was for the whole week through this Monday including Uryuu's birthday!

I do hope we see Ishida in the next chapter though--in any event, we'll see him soon enough!

Happy Birthday Ishida Uryuu! What a big boy you've grown to be! So handsome and accomplished! We're ALL so proud of you!
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Some stuffs I've been sitting on for a few days. Dawn hasn't broken yet but I have time to post. First, hahahaha, Jackie, Annie has been bothering you enough about this but I won't let it end. THERE'S BEEN A FIGURINE MADE OF ICHIGO'S KAMEN RIDER FULLBRINGER OUTFIT!

Below cut--those guy bracelets are so pricey but they're still more attractive to me than the figurine.

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Next, Resurrected Souls 3 is out with Renji on the cover and poppy_moon scanned the omake just for me because it featured Renji and Ishida and yes, my squees could be heard all over the land.

Estella May posted a translation (from the Chinese) HERE

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And this is cool. From Annie. One of the autographs won by a lucky participant in the 10th anniversary festival at Harjuku. It's a drawing of Ichigo with Sensei's sig!

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FINALLY, indulge me. As some of you know, I have some Ishida and Orihime custom dolls made for me by a special friend. They came in hand-sewn Hueco Mundo arc clothes but I dress them up from time to time. They're all dolled up, haha, for Halloween.

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I know some of you like to make Bleach Jack O lanterns for Halloween so please feel free to post them here!  Have fun this Oct 31! (Also Happy Barnaby Brooks Birthday :3 )
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And now for something completely different!

If you've been a member of this community for a while you know I always celebrate Ishida's birthday and mine with a fanworks contest and usually try to encourage works for my OTP, IshiHime. Well, IshiHime is still my OTP, and haha, my first yaoi ship in Bleach was Renji/Ishida and will always be my favorite yaoi Ishida pairing but damn, recent manga happenings have me craving Ichigo and Ishida works! So this year, as promised--IT'S GONNA BE AN ICHIISHI CONTEST! <3

I know there are plenty of you hardcore IchiIshi fans out there and that it's a marvelously talented fandom. I was around for the heyday in 2006-2007. Even if you're not a yaoi fan, you can still make fics or arts for this contest--buddy or rival works or just anything that features these two nakama in their iconic wonderful relationship is welcome.

It's been a looong time since I myself did much for the IchiIshi fandom, and I do want to return. Some of you new to [livejournal.com profile] bleachness may mistakenly know me as a het shipper or IchiRuki fangirl--haha, I've written dozens of IchiIshi stories and tried my hand at a few arts. Was looking over them yesterday. They continue to be among my most visited work so I know you IchiIshi peeps are out there. I'd hoped for a resurgence of IchiIshi fic after Ishida made his glorious stand (and handclasp!) on the dome but not too much happened--then after the fullbringer arc double-team fight against the thugs, I hoped for more but again.... is it too much to hope for that you guys will come through for me this time?

For nostalgia's sake, just a few fic recs of my own stuff and some old arts:

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And now for the PROPER CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT UNDER THE CUT. Pay attention and if you need to ask questions, ask away! <3

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You have one month until entry posting time! Eh, I would've posted this a little earlier but LJ was being fuuunky!
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Oh I was so looking forward to this! Annie found pix and Nacchan translated part of the 4koma which sounds hilarious--Ishida quizing his friends and arguing with Ichigo. <3

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GOOD MORNING! I've got goodies.  Cel scans from the anime, a (small) Kubo drawing of Ichigo, an IchiRuki tweet from zack_mori. Thanks to Jordi for the first goodie and to Annie, Nacchan, Ku and Mel for the second and third goodies.

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Poppy_moon was so gracious as to show me this scan this morning!  AHHHHH! Ishida looks so pretty in Sensei's new style and my IchiIshi fangirl is flailing over the cover. Also--check out the little Ishida who will appear in the new Colorful Bleach panels.

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I got the loveliest care package from [livejournal.com profile] wtf_ms_bunny yesterday! I've been ill for a while (getting better now!) and it cheered me so up to get these amazing pheleon plushies in the mail along with some GORGEOUS doujinshi and POCKY. I swear I have the dearest friends.  I have two custom Ulquiorra plushies now and a Grimmjow! The little felt bonejaw is so damn cute. Can't wait to play with these (and read my doujin when the kids aren't around <.<)

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By the way, I've commissioned a new hair!vice-captain!Rukia from pheleon for my birthday and I'll be sure to post the pix when I get her near November. Stay tuned for details about the next bleachness contest. It will be IchiIshi this year. :fu

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