The upcoming BLEACH novel "Spirits Are Forever With You" will be released on June 4th. The novel is divided into 2 volumes.
The novel takes place in the 17 month gap after the Aizen arc.
Four previews have been published in Jump so far:
Summary: A captain meeting takes place. Apparently the name Kenpachi is passed on to every new 11th division captain. And former captain, Azashiro Kenpachi, who was imprisoned in the Muken has disappeared.
Summary: After his defeat Aizen was imprisoned in the Muken. There Aizen talks with Azashiro Kenpachi and a woman in a white kimono.
thanks to mangateers
Summary: Don Kanonji runs into a female Hollow at an abandoned hospital. Unbeknownst to him this meeting will lead him to a path full of danger.
thanks to Minerva @BA
translation thanks to verduister
Last edited by Pat; June 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM. Reason: added new translations
(the previous posts will stay in the hangout, I want this pretty post to stay as the OP )
The other stories also sound interesting, if they get translated to english (or I actually learn japanese by that time) I'm most looking forward to the part with Aizen
I'm sorry I kind of miss him
...oh wait, this is Narita. The stories will have some sort of a connection that will become clear at the end.. could the female hollow from the abandoned hospital be the underling of Azashiro Kenpachi?
Also love the covers ^___^ The arrancar (?) on the second volume reminds me of Cross's Grave of Maria
Translations of the first 3 previews are somewhere in Bleach Asylum's thread about the novel. I'm too lazy to dig them up to be honest
I'm not even going to try to understand the Szayel situation before reading the whole book lol. I heard Narita's storytelling is usually quite confusing.
edit: I changed Vol.2's summary a bit. I reread it and the underling thing was more my assumption than actual fact >.<
Last edited by verduister; May 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM.
Don Kanonji, who is the main character of this novel, isn't one of my favorite characters but nonetheless it will be an interesting read. I wonder if Narita had a consultation with Kubo before he wrote this novel, there're confusing parts like Szayel thinking he died in living world. Aizen's talk with Azashiro Kenpachi is another part I'm curious about, can it be that Kubo is foreshadowing Aizen's escape?
New Bleach light novels, some of the premises some interesting. That Kenpachi would probably make a decent OVA.
Last edited by cracker; June 02, 2012 at 02:17 PM.
what i have read about the books is interesting the powerful kenpachi who had to be stopped by zero squad looks interesting and had no sword. and the one with Szayel coming back.
From Bleachasylum forum:
Originally Posted by Lunar
Oh. My. God! What a surprise! It's published earlier than we thought and we thought wrong
Hmm, so many info. There's something about Hitsugaya, Rukia and mention of Zaraki fighting the 8th which means, that man challenged and know Azashirou Kenpachi!?
Because from what we got, it's:
● 7th Kenpachi: The one that looked like Ginjo and has a Bankai with soul sucking ability and he's the one mentioned talking to Kyouraku about Vasto Lorde and their ability.
● 8th Kenpachi: Azashirou Souya or the one with the materialized Zanpakutou, Uro Shakuro (maybe water and rock-based Zan with fusion-like Bankai? Thanks to Ishida).
● 9th Kenpachi: The vice-captain to Azashirou? And killed by the 10th, Gorosuke Kiganjou.
● 10th Kenpachi: Kiganjou Kenpachi, the lazy-ass 11th division captain (I think he's the first with the bad habit, even Zaraki is decent in attending meetings and obeying old man's orders).
● 11th Kenpachi: The cool elder guy we came to love today, Zaraki Kenpachi.
Many more is coming coz novels are already out right now and they are working on some translations.
BTW anyone knows if that stuff is aproved by Kubo himself???
And we have some more of stuff from novels
*I understand why Shunsui drinks. To live that long and to have friends die around seems more like a curse. 250 yrs ago He witness his friend 7th Kenpachi die. 101 yrs ago his VC Lisa goes MIA.
*Kenpachi has gotten stronger since his fight with Nnoitra and Yammy. His new eye patch absorb 20 times the reiatsu than his previous one. Kendo can defeat anyone(lol).
*Azashiro was so powerful that the Royal Guards were task with capturing him the first time, but he was defeated by kendo
*Shino Academy teaches bad and out dated info to its students. They made all their students believe that only Royal Guard members could defeat a Menos Grande.
*the 7th Kenpachi was invited to become a Royal Guard but he turned down the offer.(Damn he would still be alive if he did)
*Nurse arrancar has a spider-woman resureccion
*Szayel has a new resureccion form(sequnda etapa of some sort) and was privaron espada long long time ago
Last edited by vagabond87; June 04, 2012 at 12:30 AM.
There's another novel in the making, written by Matsubara Makoto. (She also wrote the Honey Dish Rhapsody novel.)
Here's an excerpt of it:
thanks to Fendi @BA
The excerpt is about Rukia deciding to cut her hair the day before her promotion to Vice-Captain.
FYI, this new novel and Spirit Are Always With You are part of the Missing Link Project.
Last edited by verduister; June 06, 2012 at 07:20 AM.
Oh my sweet God a novel (or a short story?) featuring Rukia as the main character, now my life is complete
Are they books or manga?
Velius(@BA) uploaded Spirits are Forever with You Volume 1 here.
Now I don't have to wait for my copy to arrive~
Last edited by verduister; June 07, 2012 at 03:37 AM.
To those who can't read Japanese don't bother going to that link on BA and downloading the novel.
^ There are some nice sketches included though.
Velius uploaded Volume II as well, here.