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But that would require me to not flit back and forth between several favorite fandoms long enough to finish one idea. Which is pretty unlikely when I keep finding new fandoms (well, not new so much as fandoms I wasn't in before because I hadn't read/watched what the fandom is for), but... blah.

Anyway, this is not a post about me having the attention span of a squirrel on crack. This is a post about Bleach.

You see, I've recently started reading the manga (after two or three years of swearing I'd get around to it eventually, because it's awesome and pretty much everyone I know who likes manga likes Bleach, including two of my best friends who have very brilliant taste in manga and have never steered me wrong). And so I have spent three days neck-deep in Bleach on onemanga.com, and I CAN'T PICK A FAVORITE CHARACTER. This is clearly a sign of a new Epic Fandom (for reference, my Epic Fandoms until now have all been more western stuff- Harry Potter, Supernatural, Stargate, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel The Series).

Of course, it helps that there's a new Bleach rant at fanficrants about once every other day, so I can go into the series with a good idea of whose fic is good to read and whose opinions I can trust for recs, and hopefully avoid badfic as much as possible. (I kind of love reading the Bleach rants, there's three or four people who seem to know each other fairly well on ffrants in Bleach fandom and there's always at least one interesting conversation about the series between them that makes me really want to read their fic because they seem like fun, smart people with good handles on characterization and good insights into the characters, which are always things I appreciate in any fan author and which tend to lead me to trust their opinions pretty highly and have much fondness for their fic.)

Also, as a random fact, I have a mad crush on Byakuya. And a bit of a crush on Ishida Uryuu, and a itty bitty crush on Chad. And that's just the characters I've actually gotten far enough to read bits with them in them- I'm betting Grimmjow, Kenpachi, Yumichika, and several others will also quickly work their way onto my long list of favorites. (Yumichika is really frickin' pretty, by the way. Of course.) [Yes, I have been looking up random pictures of people I see mentioned a lot in between long bouts of reading. It's fun.]



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Jan. 21st, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
Hey there :)

And so I have spent three days neck-deep in Bleach on onemanga.com

I won't lie: I do prefer it much better when people start with the manga ;) The anime is its own kind of awesome, but I find that it tends to 'flatten' things a bit: the characters get a bit more stereotypical, the interactions don't always have the same multiple subtilities, and so on. So yeah, good on you for starting with the manga ;)


:D I see you've already discovered Bleach's greatest asset: its multitude of equally interesting characters. The human kids, the shinigami, the Espada, the Vizards: so many fascinating characters! So much so, in fact, that this has become Bleach's most commonly agreed-on blessing-and-curse: Kubo spends so much time giving so many characters their turn in the spotlight that it often brings the plot to a crawl, and it can literally be months or years between two significant appearances of any given character - including the main ones! But when one of your favourites does get to shine... Man, it makes it all worth it :D

I have a mad crush on Byakuya

Just wait until you discover his backstory: if you think you have a crush on him now, what will it be then :P ?

(Yumichika is really frickin' pretty, by the way. Of course.)

He sure is :D !

So anyway, welcome to the fandom :) ! It's a really nice fandom most of the time, as long as you don't get caught in the Ichigo-shipping wars (unless shipping wars are your thing, of course :P ) We have our lot of power-scale fanatics as in any shounen fandom, of course, and most of the many fics put out every day are of no better quality than in most other fandoms (Mary Sues galore, atrocious SPaG, OOC by the ton, gratuitous fangirl Japanese and so on), but on the flip side this fandom is amazingly welcoming to any and all crack!pairings, we don't really have obnoxious BNFs or cliques, and as far as I know, new members and beginner writers/artists are not looked down upon at all. We also have a few nice and useful comms if you want to get more involved; you can take a look around bleach_news for a start: that will give you an idea of which comms are most active, and where to find what.

So anyway: good continued reading, and I hope you have fun in this new fandom :D !
Jan. 21st, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)

*grin* Glad I started with the manga, then, if the characters are somewhat deeper. I really only did it because it's more convenient to sit down and read something than sit down and watch something for me, though I do tend to prefer manga versions of manga/anime series in general.

Just wait until you discover his backstory: if you think you have a crush on him now, what will it be then :P ?

*is now very excited about getting to that part* I may not have a favorite character... but Byakuya comes pretty damn close.

Ichigo-shipping wars

*shudder* Ah, shipping wars- the one thing in fandom that I will absolutely never be able to understand. I'm a serious multi-shipper and a fan of OT3s as a solution to ship wars.

So anyway: good continued reading, and I hope you have fun in this new fandom :D !

Thanks! I hope so too. (I'm sure I will. It seems like an awesome fandom to be in.)
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