[identity profile] thealcoholiday.livejournal.com
Title: Swan Song [Chapter three: Home]
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] thealcoholiday 
Pairing/Characters: Kaien/Rukia, Renji/Rukia, other mentions
Rating: M
Genre: Drama/Romance
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. No copyright infringement is intended.
I only own the OCs.
Summary/Notes: Apologies for the delay, friends. But here it is! Enjoy and again, thanks for reading! ^^

[Prologue] [Chapter one] [Chapter two]

(She listened to the surges of water pull back against the sand, each one lapping her concerns out to sea.)
[identity profile] thealcoholiday.livejournal.com
Title: Swan Song [Chapter two: Red]
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] thealcoholiday 
Pairing/Characters: Rukia/Kaien, Rukia/Renji, other mentions
Rating: M
Genre: Drama/ Romance
Disclaimer: Tite Kubo owns all things Bleach and Arthur Golden with Memoirs of a Geisha. All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. No copyright infringement is intended.
I only own the OCs.
Summary/Notes: This is my first ever written fanfiction. I was inspired by Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha and thought it would be interesting to build a story around it with Bleach characters. Comments are deeply appreciated and would help heaps. Thanks for reading.

[Prologue] [Chapter one]

("Baka na! You almost ripped my hair out!")
[identity profile] thealcoholiday.livejournal.com
Title: Swan Song [Chapter one: Nariko]
Author/Artist: thealcoholiday
Pairing/Characters: Rukia/Kaien, Rukia/Renji, other mentions
Rating: M
Genre: Drama/ Romance
Disclaimer: Tite Kubo owns all things Bleach and Arthur Golden with Memoirs of a Geisha. All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. No copyright infringement is intended.
I only own the OCs.
Summary/Notes: This is my first ever written fanfiction. I was inspired by Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha and thought it would be interesting to build a story around it with Bleach characters. Comments are deeply appreciated and would help heaps. Thanks for reading.

[Prologue]

("You have got a beautiful face, little Rukia." He said as he pushed Rukia's untidy hair out of her face – closing the space she had created between them.)
[identity profile] thealcoholiday.livejournal.com
Title: Swan Song
Author/Artist: [livejournal.com profile] thealcoholiday 
Pairing/Characters: Rukia/Kaien, Rukia/Renji, other mentions
Rating: M
Genre: Drama/ Romance
Disclaimer: Tite Kubo owns all things Bleach and Arthur Golden with Memoirs of a Geisha. All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. No copyright infringement is intended.
I only own the OCs.
Summary/Notes: This is my first ever written fanfiction. I was inspired by Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha and thought it would be interesting to build a story around it with Bleach characters. Comments are deeply appreciated and would help heaps. Thanks for reading.

If she remembered well, the shigatsu moon had poured over celestial torrents of light on the Inuzuri River and lit the beleaguered village a brilliant, lustrous glow. )
[identity profile] unwritten-icons.livejournal.com
Title: Time and Tide (Chapter seven)
Author/Artist: Unwritten_icons
Rating:
G
Warning: None.
Summary:
To this day, Kyoraku Shunsui has never lost a game of shogi.
A/N:
Will start adding chapter links at chapter 10. Chapters need not be read in succession.

At my journal
[identity profile] unwritten-icons.livejournal.com
Title: Time and Tide (Chapter three)
Author/Artist: Unwritten_icons
Rating:
PG
Warning: None
Summary: There's blood on the grass, so much blood.
A/N:
Didn't get any reviews for this on ff.net *sigh*

At my journal

Milestone

Mar. 17th, 2010 06:48 pm
[identity profile] indigosquare.livejournal.com
Fandom: Bleach
Disclaimer: I wish.
Pairing/Characters: Ichigo, Rukia, Kaien, and a somewhat supporting Renji. 
Summary: All it really takes is a single person to change your world. If you're lucky, maybe two.

I think if Rukia spent more time with Ichigo, she'd smile a whole lot more. That'd be nice, wouldn't it? Besides, it's fun to get into her head.

Anyway, I was reading the fight between Rukia and the noveno espada (the guy who looks a whole lot like Kaien) and I came across the two sketches that Kubo-sensei drew after the chapter where Rukia gets impaled and the one with her flashback. The first shows a bird in flight, with the caption "...what is your regret?" (is it just me, or does the bird remind you of the 13th division's symbol?)

At the time, I couldn't really decide who the question was directed at. It seemed more for Rukia, but the panel before the end of the chapter with Kaien really threw me off. I initially wanted to write this in Kaien's perspective, but I didn't think I'd be able to portray everything as well. And I just fell in love with the next one. "There is no heart without you"


It's on days like this that Rukia feels she's made the best decision of her life thus far.  )

Comments are much appreciated (:
[identity profile] nendo-chan.livejournal.com
Perhaps this is my imagination... but look at Ichigo's pendants here.  The bottom one is smaller, but after a moment, it's identifiable as his Substitute Shinigami badge.  But the second one... Is the blade of Nejibana's released form.  Might I add that he's also underwater?  Now, why not Zangetsu?  Clearly, Kubo is trying to tell us something here.  It should also be taken into note that Ukitake was the one who gave him the badge, thus  creating two ties to the Thirteenth Division.  Anyone else thinking a big revelation is coming up about Ichigo and Kaien?

**Addendum**  Hell, even his sleeves and collar look like Nejibana's... puffball thing.  xD

**EDIT** No, I do not believe the reincarnation theory.  Just wanted to clear that up. ^^;;;

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

MANGA SPOILERS THROUGHOUT THESE SPECULATIONS.

There have theories floating around longer than I've been in the fandom and that's a long while. Many of us threw out the Kaien=Ichigo idea when AAroneirro showed up with Kaien's soul-body (there are other possibilities but if Kaien's soul-body was inside Aaro then according to some law of the Bleachverse about reishi occupying the same soul-bodies at the same time, it seems like Kaien couldn't be Ichigo--right?)

Recently, Kubo-sensei revealed in interview that he had a large role in the closing lines of Fade to Black which contained Ichigo's postulating about a previous connection between himself and Rukia.  This is how [livejournal.com profile] melodymix translated the crucial phrase from the novel that was just released to accompany the movie's release:

Ichigo says: 

...なぁ、死が本当におわりじゃねぇんなら、俺たちだってあの出会いが最初じゃなくって...ずっと前か ら繋がっていたのかもしねぇな

"...Hey, if death really isn't the end, even for us maybe that was not our first meeting... maybe we were connected way before that"


What I find interesting is that while some people call this Ichigo's answer to Orihime's Five Lifetimes speech, it's really a very Kubo-esque parallel. Orihime presumes/imagines that she would love Ichigo for her next five lifetimes--note that this is something that hasn't occurred yet; it only exists in her imagination; it is only hopefulness and girlish wishing.

Meanwhile, Ichigo presumes that he and Rukia have already shared lifetimes. The intimacy and connection has already occurred.

If Orihime's words were shown to be unequivocably romantic, then what about Ichigo's?

True, one occurs in the manga and the other in the movie but after Shishou's level of involvement in the movie, his talking about how he fussed over those very lines at the end of the story, how can anyone doubt his intentions?

I really wonder if reincarnation is going to play a part in the Bleach manga. So many of us dismissed the Kaien=Ichigo theory long ago and claim to dislike the reincarnated idea because it somewhat belittles the connection that Ichigo and Rukia built up here in this one lifetime, but given the hints, is it possible that Kubo-sensei may still go that way?

Thoughts?

[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/
[Poll #1323658][Poll #1323658]massive picspam )

Thank you everyone for your amazing kindnesses of the holiday season. I loved all your cards and packages and today I'm framing fanart in my study! Your fandom love has really helped in what has been a tough year for me and my family. Oh Rachel! I got your package just yesterday! Thank you for making me earrings! I hadn't worn any in so long but I promptly put them on because you said they were for good luck in the New Year and I forgot to take them off--I had a strange feeling when I woke up, a sensation of deja vu, a familiar pressure between my cheek and pillow--AH! Remember the days, deb, when you used to come home from the bars and fall asleep on the sofa with your long dangly earrings on? It was a reassurring feeling, a feeling like "oh today I can sleep in." And I can! It's New Year's! Everyone was up last night listening to the firecrackers pop and now is dead asleep and I have the house (and computer) to myself for a while! Sweet freedom! Maybe I'll finish my Ukitake story, my ChizuHime... or maybe I'll just draw Ishida.

Happy New Year to all. Maybe all your hopes turn into happy realities.
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/
A reminder about the SECOND ANNUAL BLEACHNESS BIRTHDAYS CONTEST. The day to post entries is November 6, Ishida's birthday. That's some time after a lot of the Halloween contests some of you may be participating in, so you've got time!

The contest itself is a present to myself for my own birthday later in November--I did it last year and it worked out swell, so I'm trying it again this year with more categories. I provide the prizes--yummy doujin of all ratings, little pins and keychains, and just yesterday I got word from amazon that my advance copies of the Bleach artbook All Colour But the Black (English translation) had shipped, and I'd ordered two--one for me and one for you, whoever wins the art prize.

Take some time to look over the rules on how to post that day. I'm fairly open about what goes and qualifies. If something doesn't quite qualify, post it anyway! We'll have a lot of entries to celebrate Ishida's bday! I'll make the decisions as to what entries meet the contest terms when I make the poll for voters. That will happen sometime after Nov. 6 so keep a watch.

Here are the basic categories and rules:

Don't Forget! )

Guess what I did this morning? I actually watched the Bleach anime, episode 190, in the raw.

Been a LONG time since I've loved both the songs and the animation in the anime OP and ED. New ones are out--they're fun. So many of the characters I love. (And Yumi, Chad and esp ISHIDA are smoking HAWT in the ED!)

New Bleach Anime OP and ED

ETA: HQ VERSION OF OP & ED

I wisecracked last week that the infamous hand-holding scene between Ichigo and Orihime might be wiped out in some sort of postmodern "OOPS" move by Perriot, and lo and behold, it was . The post-filler anime started with the wonderfully goofy scene of Ichigo hoisting Orihime on his back and saying he had to go save Chad and Rukia now--no handholding and staring into a non-existent Hueco Mundo sunset. Haha--I wonder if Kubo-sensei scolded Perriot for that one. The sight of him being picky and correcting voice actors at a FTB recording tickles me--I wonder what a pissy Kubo is like.

Now some fanarts by me.

All work safe. Kaien, Orihime, a random Menos at the DA links here:

Kaien for Justine

Strange Things
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/

* There's an IchiRuki (as in an Ichigo and Rukia romantic pairing) fanart and fanfic contest going over at the IchiRuki FC at Bleach Asylum for Halloween. You can find more details here. This is the contest that is going to break my through my writer's block like a steel ball because I've got my eye set on that fanfic prize--a poster of the phone spread! One of my favorite color spreads by Kubo!

* Oh, and don't forget the Second Annual debbiechan and Ishida's birthdays Contest!  I'll have more details about the rules and neat prizes I've scored for you contestants later. I must clean up after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike (Ike was no biggie--he blew around some lawn chairs and we lost internet for a mere three hours today)and I'll get cooking with promoting that contest. I'm all a-flutter about the RenIshiHime category.

* Today, when the power was out, because my tablet is broken, I drew some more with colored pencils.
Here is a Rukia for Kit's birthday (which was long ago but I couldn't seem to draw anything for it that wasn't cross-eyed---this Rukia is a little better than previous drawings).

Rukia fanart for Kit )

* Lastly, here are some daily noodles. Maybe not the fortifying kind that come in a bowl with lots of seasoning and calories ... maybe the stray kind you find dried up on your lapel an hour after lunch is over ... but I was visiting the forums again (oh, I can NOT help myself!) after my 10 day diet from them (thanks to Hurricane Gustav--I could never have quit forums on my own) and the one ridiculous statement I kept seeing over and over was "when Kubo writes the words, then (fill in the blank) will be canon."  People demand text. Orihime has declared her love for Ichigo; ipso facto her love is canon.  Byakuya told a touching story about his wife that showed his love for her, but his love for her, by these peoples' definition, is not canon--they require text.

Guys, manga is a visual medium. You can't have the story spoon-fed to you in simple sentences. Sometimes the author has to show, imply, infer meanings. (Warning; slight shipping content)

Here are some examples. )


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

Scans are out. Check the Bleach Asylum Chapter Thread for the goodies and throw roses at Spacey's feet for bringing us these weekly spoilers and check out the new playground look of the forum.

Bleach is rated #1 this week in WSJ and I can see why.  There's something to squee about on every page.


Dunno why I'm typing so much of the bad grammar. The cleaning fluids from Passover preps have entered my bloodstream. See ya later, after the seder!'
[identity profile] yasashii-kawa.livejournal.com
A little New Years angst for you all ^_^

Title: Stay
Fandom: Bleach
Pairing: IchiRuki with a twisted Kaien cameo
Rating: R (language, sexual situations)
Spoilers: None
Summary: Rukia has an identity crisis.
Disclaimer: Bleach belongs to Kubo Tite and his peeps.  I own nothing.
AN: I tried my best to get Kaien's features correct, so excuse any incorrectness on that.  And beware the angst in this lil fic! Un-beta'd. Please to report any errors :)
x-Posted: asterisk_plus

Don't know why it's bold.  Wish I did.

[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/
I'm too frazzled and excited to even pretend neutrality. Everyone else has said what I've wanted to say about 270 in LJ essays. So I wrote a weird little story. My love poem to IchiRuki, I guess. Warnings for spoilers beyond 268, the mention of a certain female body part, and real goopy romance stuff.



I know there are all sorts of straightfoward narratives missing from this--at least a half dozen one-shots I could write. But I'm so in love with chpt 270, I just had to get this much out--and I knew I could finish this one.
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/

Chapter 268 was my favorite chapter in Bleach so far. It got me imagining what Rukia's life before she came to the Living World. This story tries to be as canon filler as it can be, given that Kubo-san has not revealed much about Rukia's true past and has only thrown out some details about her life in the thirteenth division.

Oh hope that wasn't TOO sad.

Anyway, next subject-- many of my dear friends are whipping up the Orihime hate lately. Not that I can't understand. Rukia's last thoughts are about Orihime and so far the princess in the tower has only thanked "Kurosaki-kun." Remember--Orihime is love and kindness. She's 16 and sweet. She's (stupidly) in love with Ichigo and she hasn't had her moments of self-realization like Rukia has in 268. She hasn't woken up to the fact that Ishida is there for her.

So please, if you can't be as generous as Rukia was as she fell, bleeding, for Orihime, then try to remember that Orihime's not at all a villain--she's just a girl. And a very flawed girl who doesn't yet know her own strength. She will soon, though. You'll see. She will win your respect one day.
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/
I got it! He's not going to soften one little bit. It's supposed to look that way to readers. What Ulqui is doing is following Aizen's orders and he's going to befriend Hime somehow and let her out and bring her to the Hougyoku--at which point Aizen will pop out and say "surprise!" and tell her that nyah, nyah, nyah, she can''t bring the Hougyoku back to a time when it didn't exist.

[livejournal.com profile] andrew_jp 's idea for the fanart. In the last pic Hime was a wilting flower. Now she's taking lessons from Ulqui.

The Professional

Episode 115? It looked so badly drawn again. :( And Dattebayo translated Rukia's line as "that's the man I know you are" instead of "that's the man I keep in my heart." Or did Perriot change the line? Aizen looked... I dunno... less than the hot overlord he is in the manga.

BTW, I'm still dancing on the grave of the reincarnation theory, and isn't KAIEN THE GOOFIEST? I think I love him.
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_debbiechan_/

First, an illustration! I was really sick of the (damn sexy but) girly Uryuu of the filler arc ( He's so vuuulnerable) so I drew a picture in which he is the hero of the current. I challenge (beg?) someone to write a fic for this. I need more IshiHime to read (says she who started yet another IchiIshi last night....)

If Only

Now onto my Tanabata shipping crisis. I was up too late last night reading the various versions of the Tanabata myth (I've done this before) and trying to weave (ha ha) the various mythological threads here and there into the Bleach story. There's really no doubt that Kubo Tite (originally at least) intended for the story to mean some sort of connection between Ichigo and Orihime. I mean, really-- Orihime the weaver/handicrafts girl and Ichigo (one of whose kanji representations means ox king or something), the ox-puller, the hikoboshi who travels to heaven (hmmm, it was Rukia that he went to "heaven" to save?) to get his goddess woman in a moon-shaped boat (yep, yep, Ichigo is represented by the moon, no one can deny--it's his symbol in Bleach). There's all the damn rain imagery (when rain falls in the Tanabata story, the lovers can't meet), and there's fricken rain all over Bleach. Rukia in the rain with her arms around either Kaien or Ichigo (she really cares for them both--it's heartbreaking--but if Ichigo turns out to be a "bleached" version of Kaien,I'm screaming IT WAS TOO OBVIOUS, KUBO! I'm hoping that the reincarnation stuff is a red herring--the way Byakuya's picture of Hisana looking exactly like Rukia was supposed to make us guess at an unsavory backstory--did he adopt Rukia bc she looked like his ex-love? Did he want to kill Rukia for that reason?) The rain imagery goes on and on--Ichigo's mother dying in the rain, Orihime with her umbrella pining for Ichigo, Uryuu whose name means "rain dragon." At some point, the mythological parallels break down--there's something there, but the pieces don't all make sense.

The Tanabata myth also seems to fit the essence of the Bleach conflict (earth and sky, humans and Soul Society) for a while there. In another version of the myth, Orihime's lover has to weave 1000 pairs of shoes to reach her in heaven, and well, the lover is a weaver/handicrafts feller too (Uryuuuuu?)

But did Kubo's story run away with him? How can characters which have developed one way be squished to fit a mythological paradigm?

 

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