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I have adopted a new pheleon Bleach plushie! My daughter has temporary custody of him at the moment. Ah Gin--I still miss you. The plush will help. It was getting to where I would get misty-eyed every time I passed those persimmon trees in my mom's neighborhood.

Daughter and Gin )

[livejournal.com profile] lady_leia_solo loooooook! Remember your prize-winning entry for the bleachness IchiIshi contest? [livejournal.com profile] la_kalaka drew a doujin for it! Here's the cover!  http://kala-k.deviantart.com/art/Back-to-Back-Cover-308944967

IchiIshi )

Been lazy updating re Bleach goodies--go wander over to http://deathberry.com/index.php for stuffs. I've been working in the yard in the terrible heat and am exhausted all the time. Maybe this week's chapter will get me all pumped up--nothing like impending doom to stir the soul. Looking forward to the destruction of Soul Society and all that spells for Bleach's Final Arc.
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First, I want to say that I've overwhelmed by the quality of beautiful entries for the IchiIshi contest. I really don't know how the mods here are going to choose winners. We're going to seek some outside help from artist friends. As I always like to say, the real winners in contests like these are people in fandom. Everyone enjoyed celebrating Ishida's birthday with all your thoughtful creative contributions.

Next, Gah, I feel so bad for having posted that manip or custom chibi figurine of Rukia earlier that was not commercially available and I'm about to DO IT AGAIN. This is a custom oneofakind plushie Rukia by pheleon that I'm getting for my birthday of vice-captain Rukia! Phel and I are debating adding an unreleased sword right now--sewn into her belt so I won't lose it (I tend to lose things when I play with the dolls--I've lost Ishida's spider bow twice--but found it!--whew!)

Read more... )

 Isn't she gorgeous? I can't wait to play with her! I may be getting older but I still love cute things--just like Rukia does! <3
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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.

scan )

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 <.<)

goodies )

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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[Poll #1753768]

And something else sort of interesting from Sensei's twitter that I was reluctant to post because he was rather vague and I thought there might be over-interpretation. What I gathered from the tweets was that Sensei was having ... uh .. a kinda artistic late night pondering and state of defiance over something. When questioned by fans "you're not talking about Bleach are you?" he claimed to be talking about music, lol, but said that his opinions about manga were the same. And he said that he's just trying to sort out his thoughts on Twitter and to read his thoughts with that in mind.

Kubo says )
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First, a belated birthday present from [livejournal.com profile] enychan  that warms my heart. She was going to save this to post on the weekend fanworks post but I couldn't wait to share it here ... BECAUSE I CAN. XD.  Behold my IshiHime present:

IshiHime EGA by *kala-k on deviantART

Also, the most marvelous plushie maker in the universe, http://pheleon.deviantart.com has completed two more Ishida and Orihime plush dolls commissioned by me  AND YESTERDAY THE POSTMAN BROUGHT THEM TO MY DOOR. They're my cutest Bleach plushies yet! Only 10 inches tall (like my lil Ulquiorra). I'm so in love. A picspam below the cut. Lots of images. SILLY.

warning for cuteness below cut )

OH! One more thing! [livejournal.com profile] mezzo_marinaio  sent me caaaaaaake all the way from Italy the other day and one of the cool things she does is illustrate her letters to me. These IshiHime drawings were too precious not to share.

cute by mezzo )
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You guys know how I feel about pheleon. I hug a lot of her creations to bed every night. I forgot to show you these the other day. Ulquiorra and Orihime in Tanabata yukata: http://pheleon.deviantart.com/art/Tanabata-180664798

So adorable. I love how she did Hime's hair. Commissions are closed right now but she's got some Bleach creations coming up.

Oh and send out good vibes for my little daughter. She goes in for bloodwork again today--and for more vaccinations. She's going to be so full of holes, but she's going to get a lot of candy out of this. XD
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Oh happy day happy day. The amazing amazing pheleon (who has now opened slots for fall commissions) has completed three adorable plushies for me, and I can't wait to pose them in dramatic scenarios in my garden! Ulquiorra will definitely be hanging from a flower tree with his wire-bendy tail!

pics )
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pheleon, plushie maker extraordinaire finished making my beautiful Seaweed Ambassador plushies! There are only three of these in the world and THEY ARE ALL MINE!

Behold their wakame power!

Chire.. . SenbonWakame )

Well, actually they're not going to stay all mine. ONE is. One green soft loveliness is going to a recent winner in the [livejournal.com profile] bleachness "Draw Ishida" contest and ANOTHER is going to my friend [livejournal.com profile] khyata who is such a honey that she sends me Middle Eastern ice cream packed in dry ice in the frickin mail when I'm feeling blue. So she gets some green-ness, yes she does. <3

For more Seaweed Ambassador goodness go HERE

For more pheleon goodness go HERE
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LOOK WHAT I GOTS!  [livejournal.com profile] infiniteviking made him. He's fully posable of course and unlike Manga Ishida has two hands, either of which can grip his sparkly Ginrei Kojaku!

Pipecleaner!Ishida )

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I have some goodies to pass the time while we wait for the inevitable fake spoilers that are going to raise their misshapen heads within the next few hours to try to spook us. I love fake spoilers. They're an art form of their own. I hate being gotten but I love good fakes and I love the game.

Below the cut, you'll find two Renji and Ishi voodoo dolls (that are supposedly official Bleach merchandise) that came from Hong Kong to my mailbox yesterday (and were quickly appropriated by my daughter!), a pic of what I think is amazingly groovy IchiRuki wrapping paper, a new Bleach Nintendo game, a funny fanart, a couple thought-provoking links and my own predictions, for the record, of what's going to go down in Bleach. *Hunches down low while opinions fly*


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Some interesting stats from Annie. I'd heard from Mel and other Japanese readers that Volume 32, Howling, the one with the Grimmjow and Ichigo fight, was doing poorly by measure of reader star ratings at Japan's amazon.com. Apparently, the tankoubon sold poorly too:

Let me show you some random info regarding 2008's Top Selling Manga. I will just post of Bleach tankoubon ranks and their sell then. Here is the link in case you want a confirmation that I didn't made it up.

12. Bleach #34 (ch 296- 305: Captains show up) sold 874,153 copies

17. Bleach #33 (ch 287- 295: NnoiNel flashback and fight) sold 802,692 copies

18. Bleach #35 (ch 307-315: Ken vs Nnoi and Aizen entered the real world) sold 761,802 copies

35. Bleach #32 (ch 279-286 Ichigo vs GJ )only sold 519,631 copies

And right now Vol 36 (turn back the pendulum) has sold at least 751,547 (and this is the record from its second week released).

Why did the Grimmjow Fight Bomb? )

Look, Szayel's been courting trouble around my house again!


Oh and I colored an IchiRuki pic by the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] darkcountessb HERE.

Guys, I'll get that yuri story and yaoi story to you before long but first I need to get them to my trusty beta [livejournal.com profile] vayshti and one of these lifetimes, I swear I'll finish that fic I promised [livejournal.com profile] jaina for her last birthday.
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[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.
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Merry Christmas and I just have to share this very special image with you. This holiday Master Plushie Maker Pheleon gifted [livejournal.com profile] xshelaghx with a tiny six inch Ulquiorra plushie and looky, here he is all dressed up for the holiday!

isn't this the cutest Espada you ever saw? )

The talk session for the Ichigo and Rukia Bleach Beat is available now, thanks to Turtie at BA. Here it is.


I hear this IchiRuki Bleach Beat is SOLD OUT in Japan. Like, sold out.  And FTB continues to rake in the yen at the box office. Merry Christmas to Shishou and all his good elves!

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For the SECOND October in a row I fail you again and don't have the SAME birthday fic ready for you in time, but I'm working on it, I SWEAR. I still have our IM convo from last year and am taking your suggestion about Ukitake's role (haha, I bet you don't even remember it!). Erk, you know it's been a crazy year for me, so thank you for your patience but mostly thank you for your inspiration.

After [livejournal.com profile] utenatai , who Kubo drew in her cosplay as Nel and fawned over so much (LUCKY WENCH!) you have to win BLEACH FAN OF THE YEAR for your interview with Kubo-sensei. Thank you so much for it and for the inside scoop on how truly dreamy his brown eyes are. <3

The fic will be late but in your honor I made a useless!poll


useless!poll manga spoilers! )


And now, to annoy everyone further, PICTURES OF MY DOLLIES! The fabulous news is that the creator of these awesome plushies may MAY be re-opening commissions on Dec. 1 and in any event, she will have some pre-made Bleach plush available then. See http://pheleon.deviantart.com/.

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The spoilers (check BA if you're interested) are out for the latest Bleach chapter and Kubo notes in his author message that this time, for Rangiku's birthday, someone sent him blue roses. He tells fans "Take it easy."
Ha ha ha.

I keep the man in little chocolates and regular fangirl mail but I can't compete with these new fans who send him Dom Perignon, premium sake, and a hundred roses. Kubo-sensei must have some wealthy fans!

Now some recs.

Because I'm a fool for great Ishida fics and especially if they have Ishida break down in character, here--a really powerful drabble about math and consequences: A Rock and A Hard Place (Ishida, rated G) by [livejournal.com profile] vayshti

And looky here. I meant to show these off the other day. [livejournal.com profile] incandescens crafts awesome fic and knits adorable Shinigami too!

behold teh cute )
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MY PLUSHIES ARE FINISHED! (oh and yeah, the new Bleach chapter was released today by OneManga).

I am ODing on teh cute )

Oh, and the new chapter is out, a Sleepy Fans speed scan right here. Lots of people were impatient to get to the IchiUlqui fight but....!

Chapter 329, Raging Rampage )

ETA: I just got trinkets in the mail from [livejournal.com profile] aizome! Where did you find these? These are too adorable! I've never seen these images. Keychains of my other Bleach OTP!

Thank you so much for the cuteness, Aizome! )
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LookingBack7, also known as [livejournal.com profile] r0ck3tsci3ntist here on Live Journal, has the most distinctive Bleach fanart style. It's sexy, textured, full of feeling. It's so ART fanart. She draws the creepiest Ulquiorras and is known for her somber UlquiHimes in a fandom where there's a lot of roses, romance and kawai. She drew an Shinji/Hiyori/record player piece for me once that I swear has been the inspiration behind each and every one of my fanfics since. This latest portrait she's done of Chad, Ichigo, and Orihime is just--wow. Orihime is so tiny, her hands clasped with Ichigo's, and Chad is this pillar of a good guy. The whole picture feels like love and friendship.

LB7'S awesome Bleach Arts )

Her Deviant Art gallery is here. You can find more of her work at y!gallery but you have to have an account there to see the work, which is largely yaoi-themed and largely for mature audiences.

That's all. I just wanted to make an entry to thank you, LB7, for your really different and wonderful Bleach fanart.  Next week, I hope to have my Ishida and Orihime plushies by Pheleon to show off !  I can't believe she's tacking Ishida's new spirit bow--wow. But a plushie maker who can do a released Szayel can do anything!

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Not long ago I was so happy to read Kubo-sensei's remarks to American fandom after his trip to SDCC.

I would be happy if through my work I am able to give you even half the strength you have given me.

Lines like that made me want to wax rhapsodic about the oodles of happy feelings fandom provides but I contained myself. A few capslock comments and squee-noises shared with some buds was enough. Fandom weariness, on the other hand, won't be contained, and I'm so fed up with fandom lately. The fandom blahs want me to be wordy. So here goes:

Okay, I feel a little better now.

Smile. Usually [personal profile] incandescens is putting together words in perfectly crafted fics but looky what she made recently!

The Bleach manga celebrates its seven year anniversary next week. I always forget how long I've been a fan. I started reading before the end of the SS arc--before Byakuya's backstory was finally revealed so I know to be patient. Isshin and Ryuuken and all these guys will get their stories told eventually. The secrets of the hougyoku will be known to me and I will create my master army.... etcetera, etcetera.... There will be plot resolution and I will stand in Heaven.

Sometimes justing thinking that we may get an Ulquiorra backstory before Christmas of this year makes today's laundry piles worth wading through! XD

Recs: Part 1 of Ulquiorra Essay by [personal profile] balladbird

Fanart of Equestrian Ulquiorra by Dessert Moon
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At Bleach Asylum's IchiRuki FC today, Lucia posted some links to translations of Bleach B Station when Kubo and Ichgio's seiyuu were guests. She wrote:

"Btw, I just read something really interesting from Sketch's LJ. Bleach B Station 112's guest was Kubo. He did an interview with Morita Masakazu (Ichigo's seiyuu) during the show last year. In case anyone doesn't know, Bleach B Station is a Bleach-related radio program in Japan. Sketchbaka heard the interview and did a translation of it. There are info about Rukia and where Kubo got her name from. But nothing about the meaning for it. There's also another interview from Fumiko Orikasa (Rukia's seiyuu) last year on Bleach B Station 103 as well. There are some info about Rukia and IchiRuki on it."

the Bleach B Station 112 is here:

This one is particularly interesting because the blogger seems to infer that Kubo listens to fan wishes in determining the course of his manga!

The part I thought was particularly adorable: Kubo said recently his fanletter number decreased. (Morita: "Ok, everyone, please send each a person.") He thought he's not as famous as before so he feels sad. He likes fanletters with handdrawn pictures. He also commented he was surprised to find talented fans in young age (after seeing handdrawn pictures in those fanletters)


the Bleach B Station 103 is here:

Re Rukia's zanpakutou: Morita mentioned that Kubo-sensei told him before that her zanpakutou is the most beautiful. Fumiko added, "He keep telling me he has a 'totteoki' (special/most valued) feeling for it." Fumiko was very happy for it.

There are some other things the seiyuu say that shippers can go to town on but the transcripts are very fun and presented here for your enjoyment.

And look what pheleon has done recently. These plushies are to die for: Two 69 Plushies


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