This post is more or less a reaction on the last chapter of Bleach. I tried to restrain myself from posting two entries about the same manga in a row, but I couldn’t ^^’ So here it is.
Chapter 608 is devoted to the fight between Yhwach and the leader of the zero squad Hyousube Ichibei. During this fight Hyousube reveals one of his many abilities – to control all “black” in this world:
And if you are tuned in to Kubo’s madness this makes perfect sense to you. See, this is a black and white manga, almost no shades of gray. So an ability to control black, in other words, half the colors there are, that is a terrifying ability. One little problem is, if you are not tuned in, if you for example are clinging to the images that were created by the anime version, where the color pallet is richer, then there is a chance you’ll wonder what is going on here exactly. Why Urahara, who is wearing white and green clothes is shown to be affected by this power? What does “controlling black” even mean? Obviously it is a power that only makes sense in a manga. It two dimensional static environment, driven forward by text you can get away with power such as “blotting out names” and “giving new names” (both belong to Hyousube as well). It is not meant to be translated into other media. And that is what made me write this post.
Just this little thing makes it clear that Tite Kubo is writing this manga as a piece of art disconnected from any other incarnation of this story. He is not making a script for future anime adaptation, he is not making a story that would be connected to the existing anime material. Well, if you want to be completely honest, it doesn’t seem like he makes a story connected within itself. Every little arc looks like a separate story, something you can read and enjoy without looking at what had been going on before. And you will probably be better off not looking at what was before, really.
Take this fight for example. First thing Hyousube does is he takes away Yhwach’s voice. Yhwach grants himself voice once more. Then Hyousube takes away half of Yhwach’s power. Yhwach bestows himself with his full strength again. Hyousube takes away Yhwach’s name and names him “black ant”, then stomps him. Yhwach somehow shatters this spell and gets back on his feet. Does it sound awesome? Yes, if you forget that it is a part of Bleach. Cause this fairy story kind of fight have nothing to do with what Bleach battles used to be – a straggle between two reiatsu, as Aizen has put it. And don’t get me wrong, I like this fight a lot. But I don’t try to glue it together with the rest of the manga, it lives its own separate life.
So, to answer the question that I’ve put in the title, I’ll say that in all probability Kubo doesn’t think about the anime at all. And I don’t think he should. The way the manga is developing it may give birth to something unique. Kubo has the talent to make something new, and I hope he uses it right. Even if his story will turn out impossible to animate, whatever, I’ll be fine with that.
That is it, see you next time (^_^)/