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You mean like a physical copy? Plenty of actual bookstores would have them if you are in the US or Canada. I wouldn't know about the europe situation though. In south america they can be rather hard to find as far as I know. As far as copies online, well, just go to the normal manga reading sites.... Not sure where you can download actual volumes and whatnot but I am pretty sure you can find viable options by simply googling is. Not sure if this is what you wanted to hear.
Can someone start up a riveting conversation in here please because the hangout thread is so sad nowadays. I remember when I first joined about a good four years ago How long ago was sophomore year, jfc...oh my god that was six years ago. I joined six years ago. I was a sophomore in high school and this place was bumpin' man. The hangout thread moved through hundreds of pages so fast it was intense and stimulating because the conversations were always so on-point with how interesting and good they were.
It needs to be revived. It's been months now and this edition of the hangout thread is only on its second page. Lame.
Someone needs to vent about why it's taking Ichigo so damn long to get to Soul Society or the Wandenreich or whatever you wanna call it and is Kira really dead and uggggh WILL YORUICHI EVER GET TO USE HER ZANPAKTOU IN A FIGHT BECAUSE COME ON SHE WAS A CAPTAIN SHE HAS TO HAVE A ZANPAKTOU.
You touched on something that has bothered me about Bleach and, to be fair, other manga/animes. As much as women are represented as lovely and some (like Orihime) may be given a hax power, in general, women are not endowed with the kinds of power that the male characters are. Okay, I'll be honest here, what guy doesn't want some hero types to identify with that sweep in, show their strength and save the day. But 'saving the girl' is becoming sort of annoying. Guys can save their bros too. Girls can be strong and save themselves or *gulp* (I feel my 'man card' slipping out of my hand here) a girl can occasionally save a guy (which has a lot of humorous potential).
Yeah, it's Shounen and aimed at guys, but not all guys are the same, just like not all girls are the same.
Here's what I'm getting at...
Ladies with Bankai...
Yoruichi - haven't seen it
Unohana - got to show it once. It was cool as hell, but wasn't even really explained, so it lost some points.
Rukia - We waited over ten years to see it.
Soi Fon - She's got a nuke, which is great, but has almost as great drawbacks.
1) The ones we see/know
Yama, Sasakibe, Rose, Byakuya, Renji, Komamura, Kensei, Toshiro, Ikkaku, Kurotsuchi,
2) The ones we're waiting for
Ichigo, Shinji, Hisagi, Shunsui and Ukitake, Urahara
I just think there is room in this for a not annoying (Yes, I am talking to you Kukakku and Yoruichi!) female who is tough, not overly loud, is pretty, has a bankai and doesn't need to constantly be saved...in fact, gets ticked off when a guy tries to save her. Why? Because it's different, even a little refreshing and can take a guy by surprise. I know I like the feeling of surprise and the little blush I get when a pretty girl I've never seen before pauses as she's going through a door and *OMG* holds it open for me. There's this moment of a) Wow, she knows I'm alive, b) She's different, c) Should I smile back, thank her and accept, because she's smiling and holding the damned door open for me, d) Should I tell her my late mom would scold me in my dreams if I wasn't a proper gentleman and let her go first? e) Is she wearing a wedding ring??? But I could just be a little strange...
The only female character in Bleach who radiates that feeling is Matsumoto, but she is portrayed as pretty, big boobs, but aging and STILL a VC without a bankai. I know Aizen stole a piece of her soul. Maybe somehow she'll get it back and we'll see a bankai from her, but I'm not holding my breath.
Anyway, yes, more balanced representation of genders would be refreshing.
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I'm not trying to promote any kind of ordeals or political beliefs because that'd be inappropriate for this thread so please (and this is directed to anyone reading this) don't confuse this as anything but a relation of topics. lol
I just agree with you, dude, that there should be a better representation of the female gender in the manga because the chicks can seriously kick some ass without the help of anyone else. Yoruichi is my choice for alpha female. Unohana would be the wisest but IDGAF I WANT YORUICHI. She's such a babe.
Last edited by Firebird0ne; February 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM.
Okay so I just wanna pose the idea that Ukitake isn't as strong as he was initially made out to be. I remember thinking he was a definite top tier captain because he was one of the oldest and stood up to Yama-jii with Shunsui, but after all these years of not seeing him do much and him being so frail because of his illness I don't feel like he's such a threat. Yeah his zanpaktou is pretty cool in that it can absorb and redirect the attack but that's all we've seen him do. Until I see him take down a Sternritter, and a powerful one at that, he's nothing more than a middle tier captain for me.
Then again, we have never been shown the extents of what Ukitake's Zanpakutou can do. I'd be surprised if the only thing it could do was to redirect a direct attack. Also, hype in Bleach usually pays off in one way or another, so, I tend to have faith in his power as of now, true.
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