Bleach Manga on 3 Week Break, Kubo Tite Offers Information, Interview

Posted by Bryan Jones
Tags: Bleach, Information, Scans

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The Bleach manga is on a long 3 week break so mangaka Kubo Tite can do a little investigating for the new Bleach arc. Luckily, Kubo-sensei won’t leave us completely Shinigami-less during this time as he offers some information in Shonen Jump to feed our need for Bleach! This segment is titled “Repeat & Reboot Vol 1. Birth” and includes some information we’ve wondered about in the past as well as some insights into the future of Bleach. Scan #1 mentions that the new Bleach arc will begin with Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #11 (which from our understanding is officially released in Japan on February 13, but we could be wrong).


Scan #2 offers a little of history of Bleach.
This includes what Kubo-sensei drew up in his journal as Ichigo and Rukia’s designs during the planning stages of Bleach, before the manga was actually published in Shonen Jump. Kubo-sensei mentions the early design of Ichigo with glasses made him look like a young intellectual and along with a scythe-wielding Rukia, thee two look very different from the characters they are today. The scan mentions that in order to protect his family, friends, and Karakura Town, Ichigo became a Shinigami. Taking Rukia’s place, he fought and confronted the hollow responsible for his mother’s death. Then one day, representatives from another world appeared to take Rukia away.

Scan #2 also explains that each arc has its own theme. The Soul Society arc was about saving Rukia. The Arrancar arc was about saving Orihime. The Lost Agent arc was connected to Chad. And the new arc will be about, well, it leaves us at a cliffhanger!

Kubo-sensei mentions that he had created Hirako before Bleach was published in Shonen Jump, and actually had drew him in the very first color spread of the first chapter, but didn’t introduce him until later in the series. Kubo-sensei’s original goal of the manga was to draw stories about Ichigo’s classmates, so he drew in Hirako as one.

As for Ichigo’s latest outfit, which is pictured at the bottom left of scan #2, Kubo-sensei has sent it to his editor before the start of the Lost Agent arc. The armor around his arms and neck represent how much Ichigo has grown, mixing the look of his Shinigami and Fullbring powers.


Scan #3 talks about the Gotei 13 in an interview-like fashion
The topic is about what happened and what they did during the 17 months between Ichigo’s defeat of Aizen and the start of the Lost Agent arc. The first person of focus is the Captain of the First Division, Yamamoto Genryuusai Shigekuni, who lost his arm due to a sacrificial kido during the Lost Agent Arc. The scan mentions he is a softer, kinder person now, but the question mentioned in the scan is if he has gotten any stronger.

Question: What is the deal on First Division Captain Yamamoto Genryuusai Shigekuni arm?
Kubo:
He only has his right arm.

Question: Is that all that’s changed?
Kubo:
I think Genryuusai wouldn’t change much from his current state even if he trained. Wouldn’t it be strange for someone who’s lived for over two thousand years to change over a period of 17 months? However, he does have unseen, inner changes.

The next person of interest if the Second Division Captain Soi Fon, who changed her hair during the 17 month period, possibly to make her quicker in battle. She lost her left hand during the battle with Barragan, thanks to the healing skills within the Gotei 13, it has now been restored.

Question: What happened to the hand lost to “aging?”
Kubo:
Soi Fon’s left hand has been healed.

Question: What about her change in appearance?
Kubo:
Her hair has changed a little. Speaking of changes, I also wanted to change Yoruichi, but her current look really suits her, so it’s difficult for me.

The third person the scan talks about is the Captain of the Third Division, also a Vizard, Otoribashi Rojuro (Rose). He has returned to the position he held a hundred years ago with Kira remaining the lieutenant of the Third Division.

Question: Rojuro has rejoined the Gotei 13.
Kubo:
Rojuro and Kira suit each other very well, so I decided to put Rojuro into the Third Division. I should add that Shinji returned to the Fifth Division, and Kensei returned to the Ninth.

The fourth and final person of interest in the scan and in the interview with Kubo Tite is the Captain of the Fourth Division, Unohana Retsu. The scan mentions Unohana, will finally use her Zanpakuto against an enemy and enter battle in the up-coming new arc. She is the most senior member of the Gotei 13, after the Captain Commander, and has a special duty of healing others.

Question: Unohana will finally fight?
Kubo:
In the next arc, I’ve decided that Unohana will enter the battlefiled. Her zanpakuto’s true form will also be revealed. I can also add that when Unohana fights, she unravels her large braid.

In next week’s Shonen Jump, volume 2 of the “Repeat & Reboot” segment featuring Bleach and Kubo-sensei, the new arc’s battlefield is described along with information on members of the Gotei 13′s fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth divisions.

Credit goes to Saiyan Island’s NaruHina_fan_girl for providing this information!

  • http://www.ninjamanager.com/teams/16145 Kira

    New Bleach arc Awsome ^^

  • Anonymous

    holy shit !!! We finally get to see unohana use her zanpakuto. NOW WE GET TO SEE WHY SHE IS THE MOST FEARED PERSON IN SOUL SOCIETY !!!

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone who reads the manga please help me understand what the heck happened to riruka at the end of the chapter? I thought she jumped at first, but it looks more like she was melting or teleporting or something…I’m so confused haha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KMVC2AHUM6A6GYY2VMIFBFBGIU SuperdeadlyKing

    BLEACHY =D

  • Anonymous

    this one mention 2 weeks ago lol wow saiyan island is super late

  • http://twitter.com/LeoZeo2 Sanjay Pattani

    Hmm… it may be a fair guess to say that the next arc could revolve around Ishida then.

  • Anonymous

    that makes sense since hes the last guy but ichigo is the only character worth following. i want to know more about his dad

  • Anonymous

    if this was mentioned 2 weeks ago will we see the mentioning of captians of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9?

  • Anonymous

    GRIMM JOWWWWWW WHERE ARE YOU!!!

    …seriously kind of a loose end, he didn’t die. Plus, after Aizen I wanted to be done with bleach, but I hate more than anything not getting a complete ending to a series.

    Tokyo Majin I would recommend not to watch it, it doesn’t have an ending. Tatsuma Hiyuu what happens to you!!!

  • Anonymous

    Grimmjaw will become like a second renji when he’s back. But i can’t wait until he makes another appearance

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U7MU5OUS7FIH575VT4PNZNIDXU jermar

    i thought bleach was going to end with this last arc, but im glad it didn’t because i still have some unanswered  questions, like what happened to nel and grimmjow, and my number one question is WHO IN THE HELL IS ISSHIN KUROSAKI, we know little to nothing about him, but the one thing we do know is that he used the final getsuga tensho (mugetsu) on someone really strong, thus the reason for his lost powers (or something like that)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1116755538 Femi Adams

    The data book say unconfirmed for Grimmjow and Harribel while other arrancar are stated as deceased…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DHDNY75YZZNLLNPY6WM2ENWQZ4 eddie

    and how exactly was the lost agent arc about chad at all??? besides learning the origins of his powers……AGAIN, the entire arc was about ichigo and ginjo. i think im missing something if im the first one to ask.

  • cheater345665

    Imagine this Ichigo is getting beaten up pretty badly by a new enemie and out of know 
    Grimmjows comes and helps ichigo like how kenpachi came to ichigo rescue when Nnoitro fraction was beating the shit out of ichigo

  • Anonymous

    Ichigo is so annoying as a character (reminds me of naruto and luffy). Cool main characters in my opinion are Ippo (from hajime no ippo), Kenichi (Kenichi – another underrated manga), and Gintoki (from gintama), and goku in the majin buu saga.  

    Anyway I can’t wait to see bankais of vizards and ukitate, kyouraku, unohana, genryusai, urahara (my favorite), and yoruichi. Also, I have trouble waiting for more information regarding the 0th division 

    By the way what happeded to the Afro dude (love was his name i think). The other captains regained their previous position. Are we going to get a new squad like the 14th division or something with afro dude in charge or is it something else??? 

    Any thoughts. 

    By the way, the fullbring arc sucked. I skimmed the manga to see the captain fights and ichigo’s growth stuff was as lame as ever – literally gave up on the manga after i saw that. 

  • Anonymous

    i liked barragan better. ulquiorra was my second favorite but I hated his second release form, 1st one was much cooler. 

  • grimmyow123

    you r not XD
    well it was party about him, at the very beginning XD

  • grimmyow123

    I’ve been waiting for grimmjow XD
    I would like to seen nel real soon too

  • http://dhughes60svideogameblog.blogspot.com/ Demarius Hughes

    Honestly, Bleach should of ended when Aizen was defeated. He was the main bad guy of the series after all. 

  • Anonymous

    wait wait wait….First this thing says Yamamoto Genryuusai is the captain of the First Division…I thought he was the captain commander? Why is Unohana the captain commander now? 

  • Anonymous

    She disappeared to lack of fucks. I guess nobody gave one.

  • Anonymous

    Yamamoto is first division captain? and where does it say that bout Unohana?

  • Anonymous

    It originally said it under the question “Rojuro has rejoined the Gotei 13″. It’s been corrected.

  • http://twitter.com/KyuubiMinato Tetsuyama Minato

    That blue link says “had drew”….maybe requires some fixing.

  • József Pálos

    Yup. and also then… What the F* is Orihime? She is not a normal Human, She is not a Shinigami nor a Vaizard nor a Fullbringer nor a Quinshi….
    I believe we will be introduced yet another “human” type soon enough…

  • http://twitter.com/mariannalira Marianna Lira

    the new arc will probably have something to do with Ishida, we already had Rukia, Inoue and Sado, he’s the only one left lol

  • http://twitter.com/AvodRashod1 Avod Rashod

    well we did have ishida in the bount arc

  • Anonymous

    when is vol 2 coming out?

  • Anonymous

    yeah i want to know too. but if history is any indication I would say it would be on this site by Thursday night so i had give it another 10 – 15 more hours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006474802 Damion Cross

    she use her powers.notice that the show a scene of the sky after she’s gone.

  • Thomas Justice

    A year later I’m still waiting for Kenpachi Unohana to go into battle. 

  • Jeny

    They already fought in the manga .I watch it in manga panda.2014

  • Jeny

    If you want to see Nel see the manga you don’ have to wait for the episodes and there is new manna chapters coming on manga panda also new did appear there watch it .

  • Jeny

    Orihime is a friend of ichigo that is a human and has powers.

  • Jeny

    Ishin kurosaki is ichigo’s dad that was or is a captain and in the manga they explain how IShin lost his powers . 2014 .

  • Jeny

    Why? Are you saying that the reason people are here is because they’ve seen Bleach and want to know about Bleach it’s to late to tell people not to watch Bleach. 2014.

  • Jeny

    You spelled his name wrong it’s Grimmjow even ichigo said that in the episodes .

  • Jeny

    I might be able to answer some of your questions because I’ve seen blew ch episodes and I am still reading the manga and don’t tipe knew questions because I might not answer them .2014 Bleach ongoing.

  • Robert Jacobsen

    Why doesn’t Oriheme heal the head captain’s arm, which would take no effort at all?