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Live Blog A Fine-tooth Plot Comb vs Fan Dumb! An in-depth Bleach liveblog
Gilphon2010-12-10 20:38:21

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Right now, I'm attempting to make one update of two chapters a day. I don't know how long this'll last, but that's how it is right now. And for those interested in quick navigation: the first page contains my work on chapters 182-192. Read the old thread here, if you like. But for now, we start the show.

Hello everyone, and welcome to my Bleach Liveblog. Youíre probably wondering what motivated this, as Iím hardly a stranger to Bleach and I certainly donít think it needs any more exposure than it already has. And no, Iím not going to be picking the series apart for the sake of comedy, so Iím go ahead and warn that if thatís what you want, this Liveblog is not for you. What Iím going to be doing, to sum it up in a sentence, is picking apart the series for the sake of combating the rather large amounts of Fan Dumb the series has attracted. I really donít think Bleach deserves anywhere near that amount of hate that it gets, and will be pointing out a lot of things the casual viewer/reading might miss and explaining why a lot of things the Fan Dumb tends to attack is more acceptable than it would first appear. That doesnít, mind you, meaning Iím going to be overly positive about every aspect of the series. Oh god no. Thereís some stuff out there that the Fan Dumb happens to be absolutely right about, and will give them credit where and when itís due, as well as pointing out flaws they may have missed.

This Liveblog is mainly aimed at people who are already familiar with the series, but I will try to keep spoilers out where possible so as not to actually ostracise people who havenít caught up in Bleach yet. I will, however, be assuming familiarity with the Soul Society arc and before it.

I will also be placing my opinions, theories and interpretations in when theyíre relevant. Feel free to call me on it if you feel any of those are wrong, or implausible, or if you think Iím just giving Kubo too much credit. Iíll actually enjoy the conflict, so long as itís stated coherently.  *

And just to set up the format, my next entry will cover some general points and a few little things in the SS arc and earlier you probably didnít know about or else forgot, and, since I can now say with certainly what the next few updates will be like, mostly I'll have 1-2 chapters per update.

SoÖ I guess thatís all I want to say for now! Welcome to show, everybody.


Dec 11th 2010 at 11:32:41 AM
I'm going to copy paste over comments now, as they add a certain something to this, and anyway I responded sometimes. To wit:


Ö you've got a lot of work cut out for you. Good luck and godspeed.
Dec 11th 2010 at 11:34:08 AM

Hooray! [grin]
Dec 11th 2010 at 11:34:58 AM

This sounds interesting. I admit that I am a member of the Fan Dumb who has... not been overly enthused by Bleach as of late, and reading this liveblog should be fun. Good luck! And, uh, are you starting from the beginning, or are you going to start somewhere in the middle? Because liveblogging Bleach's entirety is...going to take some time.
Dec 11th 2010 at 11:36:16 AM

This is going to be fun.
Dec 11th 2010 at 11:36:46 AM


@Melloncollie: Thanks, I think I might need that luck during some bitsÖ

@Chubert: I'm going to start from the end of the SS arc, since there's neither all that much Fan Dumb floating around that area or all that much I want to say about it. My next entry will basically cover everything I think I need to (which isn't all that much) from there and that's it.

That's not to say I won't refer to the SS arc, of course.
Dec 11th 2010 at 11:38:11 AM
silver 2195:

^ But Gilphon, wasn't Bleach's first major alleged Ass Pull (Ichigo inexplicably powering up during his fight with Kenpachi), as well as most of the setting-related Fridge Logic, in the middle of SS?
Dec 11th 2010 at 11:39:11 AM

^ That...Ichigo powering was? That was forshadowed to hell and back. There was even a training sequence leading up to it. How is that an Ass Pull?

Dec 11th 2010 at 11:40:28 AM
silver 2195:

A training sequence that abruptly occurs in the middle of the battle when Ichigo is about to lose.
Dec 11th 2010 at 11:42:09 AM

Yeah, but I can't be bothered go over everything and it's mainly afterwards that I have thoughts other people might like to read. Speaking of which - This is the point where I originally posted the second instalment.