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VIZ Media's publication of the Tite Kubo's BLEACH series may be trailing behind when compared to ONE PIECE and NARUTO, but VIZ has been releasing two volumes a month all this year to catch up. Seems like fitting time seeing how the series is entering the finale in Japan. With the change comes a brand new cover design. They are replacing their original red lower border with a black design as the story enters the time skip.

BLEACH Vol. 48 US (Oct 2012)
BLEACH Vol. 48 US (Oct 2012)

The BLEACH story will be reaching the close of the Fake Karakura Town story arc as Aizen faces Ichigo one final time. In that same month, readers wont have to wait to see the beginning of the series first time skip, the beginning of the Lost Shinigami Substitute Arc, and the introduction of the Xcution.

BLEACH Release Dates:

  • BLEACH Vol. 48 & 49 - Oct. 2, 2012
  • BLEACH Vol. 50 & 51 - Nov. 6, 2012
  • BLEACH Vol. 52 & 53 - Dec. 4, 2012

All of these volumes are currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

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Overview

Welcome to another weekly Fairy Tail report! It's another episode in the Fairy Tail time skip arc. This episode has a different mood than the last one. Let's get on it.

Plot

The Empty 7 Years
The Empty 7 Years

While the Fairy Tail gang find out what has happened with their guild members these past 7 years and Lamia Scale comes over for a visit, Lucy feels a void of emptiness that these long years have left. She gets a big surprise when her giant landlord kicked her out of her apartment for not paying the rent. It turns out everyone's savings have been ransacked to pay the rent for the guild. Lucy decides to pay a visit to her father with Natsu and Happy tagging along. The surprises don't stop there for dear little Lucy.

Verdict

Beware of spoilers!

Good

Juvia's Love Triangle
Juvia's Love Triangle
  • Looks like Lyon is intruding in Gray and Juvia's relationship. We got a strange love triangle going on. Juvia loves Gray who doesn't lover her back; Lyon immediately falls in love with Juvia who is so confused.
  • Natsu and Happy are good friends. When Lucy is down, those two cheer her up. I love the scene where Natsu and Happy yell at those ugly, snobby brats for talking ill of their fathers.
  • Lucy's character shines in this episode. She finally loved her father and cries it all out.

Bad

  • There's not much bad stuff. There are no answers provided about what Jura, Lyon, and Bisca tells Makarov, Gray, and Erza respectively. We'll find out those answers soon enough.

Bizarre

Wendy looks fine
Wendy looks fine
  • Erza gets so flustered when Alzack and Bisca told her about their marriage and their child, Asuka Connell. I feel bad for Erza who missed their wedding. I bet she wanted to be the best lady (or maid of honor).
  • Wendy is pretty self conscious about her breast size. She shouldn't worry. Some men out there don't care about size.

Overall, this episode is great and a good change to the constant action and drama. Good news, we got some filler episodes on the way.

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It's been a long wait, but some news has finally reached the Western shores via the internet about what will be happening in One Piece after the time skip that will be taking place this week. It was one month ago I wrote about the one month break in the manga. Now, we finally get our first glimpse at what is coming our way for the Straw Hat Pirates.
 
I thought it important to share with the community to start up a conversation about this change in one of the larger manga series out.
As a personal quirk. I always enjoy analyzing things. Probably, one of the main reasons why I so enjoy detective series. I thought I would point out my own observations from this image and see if you in the Anime Vice community had some to share, as well. Now, let get at it. 
 
Looking at the overall image. the first thing that catches my eye is the similarity of this picture to the very first splash page of One Piece Volume 1 - Chapter 1 "Romance Dawn". Only Luffy and Nami are in the exact same pose. In both versions, Nami is holding a string of blue gems in her hands, and there are seagulls flying about. The differences are just in the outfits. 
 
I'm pretty pleased to say that nothing looks very dramatically different. That was one of my biggest concerns about this time skip. Other Shonen Jump series, such as Dragon Ball and Naruto, had rather dramatic alterations after their time skips.
 

Luffy-

Luffy is the captain. So, let's begin with him. For a two year skip, Luffy doesn't look much different. When One Piece began he was 17, but now he's 19. The only thing that I really notice is the giant X-shaped scar on his chest. That's probably the result of the attack by Admiral Akainu.  His clothes give me a sort of Shanks vibe from them, but still keeping the classic color scheme. Seems odd to me thought that they will now have two characters with large scars on their chest.

Zoro-

Zoro also looks more or less the same. He is now sporting a scar over his right eye. That reminds me a lot of Silvers Rayleigh, the man who was training Luffy in Haki. Some people have made comments that it looks as if Zoro is missing an arm, ala Shanks; but I'm not sure that's the case. I do notice something about his swords. That does look like the Shuusui in his hand, but at his waist. That doesn't look like the Wado Ichimonji or the Sandai Kitetsu. Zoro may of acquired a new blade while training on Gloom Island with Mihawk.
 

Nami-

Nami's biggest change appears to be her hair. She used to have the short hair cut, but now the orange locks are down to her back. She has "developed" considerably since she first appeared in the Chapter 1 splash page, but that's been going on in the manga ever since Skypiea. That's not really new. I'm not sure how I feel about the new hair, but I also don't see any new tattoos.
 

Usopp-

Usopp is a bit hard to judge in this image. The most notable thing is that he's lost all that weight he gained back on Bowin Island. He is wearing such a large hat. It's hard to tell much else about him.
 

Sanji-

Sanji looks a bit more macho than I remember, and his beard looks more prominent, as well. His suit is pretty much the same, but there is one huge difference. You might not realize it, but Sanji is finally showing off the mythical left eye. As far as canon of the manga goes. He has never shown his left eye. The only time it's been seen was in animation mistakes for the anime and movies. Now, we can see why he's been hiding both his eyes. The swirl on his brows go in the same direction.
 

Chopper-

Chopper looks like....Chopper. I'm a tad disappointed. He was 15 when he joined the crew. Now, he's 17. I was expecting to see some kind of change in him. The only difference I can see is a change in hats, but he's worn different hats in the past for the movies.
 

Robin-

Robin doesn't seem to of changed much. The only real change I can see in that she no longer has her hair in bangs. She was 28 before the time skip. Now, she will be 30.
 
Franky- 
Franky appears to have the most dramatic change, but after the 'incident' on Mechanical Island. He really did need the most literal work done. I do notice some large scars going down Franky's shoulders. His eyes remind me of Bartholomew Kuma, but that could just be sunglasses. While it appears he might now be bald. The most dramatic alterations appears to be his arms. Though he was a cyborg, they always appeared human. Now, they look completely mechanical. I'm pretty sure he did some major upgrades while in Vegapunk's lab.
 

Brook-

Brook is another obscure character in this picture. He's holing an electric guitar and wearing a feathered boa. Looks as if Brook has gone from classical musician to rock music. That or he raided Donquixote Doflamingo's closet.
 
Well, these are my observations. If you have noticed something. Feel free to share it. This has been a long four weeks. I hope you are looking forward to this chapter as much as I am. Looks as if the Straw Hats are ready to break into the New World, and I can't wait to see the results of the very first training arc in One Piece history.

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