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Bleach is getting on the yaoi bandwagon?

So, I was watching Diamond Dust Rebellion.  Or, as I have to started to think of it - Ichigo and Hitsugaya's love story.

Seriously Shonen Jump, I think you're a bit confused about your demographic these days!  Not that I'm complaining.  But damn, the amount of innuendo in this movie is really hard to ignore after all that time watching Tenipuri.  Someone tell me I'm not just imagining this!

 




Look!  How adorable is little Hitsugaya?  SUPER-ADORABLE.  As though his fanbase was not large enough already.



Ichigo gets Hitsugaya into his room.  Never mind that - onto his BED.



Hitsugaya is rightly suspicious.



But he's determined to play hard-to-get.



Ichigo presumably has to sleep on the couch.



THIS PICTURE IS SO GOING TO BE ABUSED.



Did Ishida make Ichigo's bedspread or something?  What's with the Quincy design?



The morning after Hitsugaya sneaks out, but leaves a present behind.  May I point out that he leaves his haori with Ichigo, of all people.  I think I've been conditioned by anime to read much too deeply into this gesture.



ICHIGO!  That sounds like blackmail!  Are you that desperate to get Hitsugaya back into your bedroom?



Holy crap this expression.  HE DOESN'T WANT TO FIGHT ICHIGO.  NOT REALLY.



And again, because little Hitsugaya is so cute it should be illegal.



The other guy.  He sort of didn't interest me that much, but I have to mention him because the whole thing was basically him wanting Hitsugaya, and trying to eliminate Ichigo because he was the only wild card in the way of their true love. 



Some guys just don't handle breaking up very well.  Hitsugaya's got to sort him out.





Ichigo is pissed off that he's doing it alone and not sharing things the way lovers friends should.





ASDLJFSLKFJSDKLFJLSJFSKLDJF



THIS SUMS UP A LOT OF THINGS.



Things go a little off the rails at that point as they started divvying up screen time for people's Shikai's and Bankai's based on their rankings in the character popularity surveys.



THE FIRST THING BYAKUYA SAYS WHEN HE ARRIVES ON THE SCENE OF BATTLE?

'Yudan suru na'

Shonen Jump is getting INCESTUOUS.

So when you get to the end, Hitsugaya and Ichigo head to the top to fight together.  Because that's what the leading man and woman are supposed to do.  This is their fight.  It's about Hitsugaya getting rid of old boyfriends and letting Ichigo everyone in.



They celebrate their newfound unity by watching shards of ice fall.  How romantic.



Ichigo's got a nice expression.



And Hitsugaya realises that he really is in love.



NEVER MIND THAT YOU LET HIM CALL YOU TOUSHIROU WHEN HE HAD YOU IN HIS BEDROOM.


I like finding my own stories in these things.

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aventria
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS!!!

*GOES JOIN CONSPIRACY BANDWAGON ANYWAY*

*______________* YOU SHOULD HAVE HEARD TWINNESS AND I WHEN WE WERE WATCHING THIS.

AS IF THE ICHI/HITSU FANBASE WASN'T HUGE ENOUGH. TOGETHER OR EVEN APART! OMG THE MATCHING ANGST SHOTS *____* WAS LOVE.

*REGURGITATES IMGS TO PROVE POINT*




AND OMG. BYAKUYA CHANNELED BUCHOU. I KNOW THE SHARE SEIYUU AND ALL BUT NONETHELESS, I HAZ BEEN GOO-ED SEVERAL TIMES OVER *__________*

BYAKUYA/RUKIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE BLEACH UNDERLYING OTP [ICHI/RUKIA AND RENJI/RUKIA AREN'T UNDERLYING BECAUSE THEY'RE AS LOUD AS YOU CAN GET] AND MY FAVOURITE. I DRAGGED TWINNESS INTO IT. YOU SHOULD JOIN US. *____* FANDOM NEEDS MOAR PRETTY WRITERS.

XDXDXD TOUSHIROU WAS TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT HOW TO GET RID OF HIS EX TO NOTICE HIS UNCONSCIOUS NEED TO BE COMFORTED BY ICHIGO BEING ALL FAMILIAR XD.

*GOES BACK TO POWER-READING ARGOT-LADEN TEXTBOOK*

sinnatious
Sep. 9th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
I AM SORT OF ALREADY IN THE BLEACH FANDOM? BUT I DON'T THINK I COULD WRITE BYAKUYA/RUKIA, EVEN THOUGH I CAN TOTALLY SEE WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM. BUT ASDLFKSA;LKFL; THIS FILM.

I did not realise that the Ichi/Hitsu fandom was that large? It's fun to watch them interact (AS THIS MOVIE PROVES) but it's a lot less obvious than a heap of other ships (UNTIL NOW).

AS FOR BYAKUYA KUNIMITSU.... <3 I ALMOST WONDER IF THAT WAS JUST AN AD-LIB THEY KEPT?

iluxia
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
ALKNGLKSJDGLKJLFDKGJDLKFJGLSKDJF;LSDKFLKSJGLKJ.

Yes, you really should have heard me and twinness when we were watching this. XDD She was screaming "BUCHOU!! BUCHOU!! AAAAAAAAH!!" when she saw Byakuya, and I was simply overstimulated at that point to actually bother. I was just drooling, really.

Oh, and Ken-chan!!! ♥ He's so simple-minded, it's love~ (though we were missing Yachiru in this movie, awww).

OH, AND OH, AND OH, THAT ALSKFLKSDJGLKJKSJDL THAT FACE TOUSHIROU MADE AKSMFKSDHFKJSDFLK. HE SHOULD SO TOTALLY JUST BE TRUE TO HIMSELF, DON'T YOU THINK?! ASLKFJLSKDJTGKJHSWEJTHKLDSJLJKNKLLJKJKL!!

(I used to be a bit on the IchiHitsu and ByakuHitsu sides, but Tria dragged me into ByakuRuki, not that that's a new thing--her dragging me into stuff, I mean. Bet the IchiHitsu fans were just purely ecstatic watching this film. And I think they made Toushirou the focus of this film because he is the most famous of all the characters from the moment he appeared. That would certainly ensure a whole flood of viewers, not to mention that absolutely blinding movie poster screaming IchiHitsu to the rest of the world. I think he tops Ichigo (pun intended) a few hundred, maybe even a thousand votes?)
sinnatious
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
Cynical though it is, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. I'm pretty convinced that was how they allocated each character's screen time, too. Which would explain why Inoue and Chad don't really do much, and Yoruichi takes a comparatively major role for NO REAL REASON AT ALL? Notice that the captains and vice-captains who stayed on the outside were the ones nobody cares about?

The only aberration in the formula in Urahara. He continues to mess up the system. >:|

God yes, it was a fine moment for IchiHitsu fans. *____* I approve of this trend!
iluxia
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
Ooooooooooooooooh, but I care about Kurotsuchi~! In a messed up, sadomasochistic, inane way!! Because he personifies my scientific side, the side that doesn't really care what happens to anything and everything else so long as there's something to learn!

And I would've loved to Kyouraku and Ukitake's zanpakuto in anime battle. Sooooooooo pretty. Have ye seen? ♥ And there's also Shuuhei's zanpakuto too!! @.@ Preeeeeeeetty.
sinnatious
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
Ah, but don't forget that Kurotsuchi had his moment where he hacked the Central 46!

Come to think of it, you're right, Kyouraku and Ukitake's were the only Bankais that WEREN'T animated in lavish detail. They dropped the ball there!
iluxia
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
OMG That hack scene was precious. Honestly. I wonder where Kurotsuchi's psychological anomalies end. He has a disregard for life and humanity in general, he is anti-social, somewhat manic depressive, very anal-retentive about certain things, he's quite narcissistic in his own way, and egocentric, oh yes. *snicker* I like psychoanalyzing anime characters. They're so diverse it doesn't ever get boring!
sinnatious
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
Anime: Making psychological disorders and character flaws cool and interesting since the 80's. :D
aventria
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Twinness and I are in agreement that the seiyuu slipped on that one as well and they kept it since it sounded...well...awesome *______________*
iluxia
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Oh, oh, oh, btw. I just had a two-in-the-morning epiphany.

I BET BYAKUYA'S SEIYUU SLIPPED WHEN HE SAID THAT. BET THAT "Yudan suru na" WAS NOT IN THE SCRIPT. I SWEAR.

Yuuko says there are no coincidences in this world, and Yuuko's word is law. LAW, hear me? LAAAAAAAAAAAW.

XDD Sorry, I'm cracked up on the Byakuya-Kunimitsu thing. They are both so alike in their anal-ness and the poker face aklshflskdjflkdj that they could have may well been twins! Well, fraternal. But hey. Twins are twins!
neko_eileen
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
I haven't watched this anime yet but will certainly make a point to do so in the near future, meaning after exams are over.

For some reason, the punching bit reminded me of Tezuka slapping Echizen...
sinnatious
Sep. 9th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
:D YOU THOUGHT SO TOO?!

Good luck on exams!
umarekawareru
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, Hitsugaya's not even frowning properly when he tells Ichigo to call him Captain Hitsugaya. BET HE SECRETLY LIKES IT WHEN ICHIGO CALLS HIM THAT, OR BETTER, SHIRO-CHAN.

(And Zaraki sooo approves XD)

*dies laughing*

Also, cross-contamination! Byakuya paraphrasing Tezuka! and oh, it's still Okiayu Ryoutarou, this is made of so much win. OBVIOUSLY IT IS YET ANOTHER SIGN THAT BYAKUYA/TEZUKA = OTP OF OTP'S Y/Y :D

OH MY GOD. PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN FIND THIS. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
sinnatious
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
ISN'T IT JUST SO CRACKY?

Dattebayo's subbed it. You can probably find the torrent just about anywhere (or conversely, Dattebayo's website).

ZARAKI SECRETLY THINKS ICHIHITSU IS FREAKING AWESOME?

I have the strong desire to follow Okiayu Ryoutarou around now to see if how many other series he's managed to work that quote into.
umarekawareru
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
HE TOTALLY DOES. JUST LOOK AT HIS EXPRESSION, IT'S CLEAR AS DAY.

That would be kind of awesome. Maybe it's that sentence that causes all the gay. It would explain a lot of things about this movie XDD
missselarne
Sep. 9th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
>| I have homework. Do not tempt me back into Bleach-land. WHY COULDN'T THIS BE HAPPENING DURING SUMMER WHEN I HAD FREE TIME?!! =(((((
sinnatious
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
Sel's Law: The Best Things Will Happen at the Worst Possible Time.
missselarne
Sep. 10th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
>(((((((

Wait, I get a law named after me? \o/
jade_peace
Sep. 9th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
SHOUNEN JUMP IS REALLY AIMED AT SQUEELING FANGIRLS. REALLY.

*__________*

AND AND AND 'Yudan suru na' OH MY GOD BYAKUYA/TEZUKA GAH GAH GAH.

AND HITSU'S ALL LIKE *smirk smirk smirk*

OH GOD.
sinnatious
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
At this rate, all the guys will be forced into reading Shoujo Beat! XD
(Anonymous)
Sep. 10th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
Hahahaha, Byakuya's seiyuu was probably grinning/smirking as he said that. Too fun. I love it when there are weird cross-overs that can happen because of shared seiyuu. XD

Haven't been keeping up with Bleach since...well, after it was revealed that Kurosaki-papa was a shinigami. :/ I'm losing out on good fangirling material, huh?
faire_estela
Sep. 10th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
I WILL NEVER CHANGE.



I totally read 'being coy doesn't work for your dick' :S:S

Edited at 2008-09-10 08:14 am (UTC)
sinnatious
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:24 am (UTC)
LOL. Well... it doesn't.
faire_estela
Sep. 10th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Ichigo's dick begs to differ 8||
gottis_chan
Sep. 15th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
*butts in* ILU ♥♥♥
gwynhafra
Sep. 13th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
lol. I just watched this yesterday. I've always wondered about Ichigo X Hitsugaya pairing coz I really couldn't see the connection between them initially, but after watching this movie, I was hard pressed not to join in fangirling over them. Instead, I was happily fangirling over my not so straight OTP (IchigoIshida) and my straight OTP (IchigoRukia). Ichigo had to be saved by his uke. The embarrassment!

I was so happy over the Byakuya saving Rukia part. He actually made it look easy. XD. Tezuka's soul must have been in Byakuya at that moment. Even against Hollows, you really can't get careless. XD
sinnatious
Sep. 13th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
I empathise with your position. I've always been sort of interested in it, simply because they were my two of my three favourite characters, so I desired to see them interact more. NOW, HOWEVER, I MAY BE A FIRM CONVERT. Thank you non-canon movies!

As for IchigoIshida, are you not at all curious about Ichigo's Quincy bedspread? ;) We know that Ishida likes sewing... :D

I would think ESPECIALLY against Hollows you can't get careless, but I guess Tezuka has different priorities. XD The fact that they share seiyuus is so, so precious.
gwynhafra
Sep. 15th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
Ishida: I refuse to lie on anything that doesn't represent the Quincy pride.

Ichigo: ......*allows Ishida to change his bedsheets the very next day*

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Oh yes. I love Byakuya's char mainly because it's Tez, and we love Tez! I probably wouldn't like him so much if he were some other seiyuu.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 9th, 2014 06:11 am (UTC)
I haven't watched the anime yet, but after seeing pictures of toushirou and ichigo i've been looking out for any possible yaoi relation between them :'D I love your interpretation xD <3
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