Thursday, 12 July 2018

Bleach Analysis - Burn the Witch?

Ladies and gents, the saga is not over. After almost a year without him, Tite Kubo is returning with a new one-shot, titled Burn the Witch.
Female Byakuya?

Now at this point, this could be a fresh start for Kubo, and why shouldn't he start anew, right? Bleach has its novels, gatcha game, and live-action movie, but this could be something new. 

I was pretty interested in seeing what he was going to create, not in a wholly negative way, just....with a new approach and learning from his mistakes, maybe Tite-san can make something....well, awesome, y'know?

My excitement was dampered when I saw some spoilers.

The story is set in London.
Dragons are not fictional but they're also not living creatures.
People on Surface London cannot see dragons, the ones who can see dragons are those who live in Inner London
Legend says that 72% of deaths in Europe are caused by dragons. Rioting dragons will bring harm to humanity.
So it's the job of Inner London residents to manage, control, and protect the dragons. The organization established for this purpose is WB.
The black hair female MC on the surface world is a normal highschooler, likes wearing uniforms, likes Japan/Japanese things, has never been to Japan but gave herself a Japanese name. Her phone ringtone is the intro of Dragonball.
Male MC is the female MC's childhood friend and likes her, but the female MC ignores him.
Male MC accidentally saw the female MC walk into a telephone booth and disappear.
Always thinks about female MC's panties.
Dragons are not only a danger, but they're also a resource.
Only witches and magicians can come into contact with dragons. The female MC is a highschooler on the surface world, but in Inner London she's a first class protection officer.
>纖維龍 雷電龍 礦石龍甚至還有食用的龍。故事的這一天女主和金毛是“收穫”的工作,去採集養殖的龍資源。
Fiber dragons, electricity dragons, ore dragons, and even dragons meant for eating. One day in the story the female MC and blondie are doing "havesting" work, gathering dragon resources
On the way they get news that a black dragon appeared on Surface London. Their job changes to extermination.
Black dragon: After coming into contact with humans, it is a dragon that has received nagative emotions from people. It has higher intelligence, knows human language, and will harm people. Black dragons in the surface world need to possess a living creature that has died.
The black dragon that appeared in Surface London is the male MC's close friend (older brother figure) and pet dog.
It turns out that when the guy was 7 years old, he died to save male MC, and it was that time that he got possessed by the dragon. The pet dog was found by the male MC two months ago, and it was already dead at that time.
The negative emotions that the pet dog absorbed was the male MC wanting to see the female MC's panties. The reason for the close friend dragon is to eat witches and to not let them live long.
Male MC cannot see dragons, but he saw the blond girl in danger and went to save the blond.
>基友:看到新妹子就動心了、你不是喜歡女主嗎! ?
Close friend: You see a new girl and you're already tempted, didn't you love the female MC!?
Male MC: I'm not doing this because of her, but because of you. These past ten years you're the one who have always played with me. When seeing a friend killing someone how can I be indifferent?
The close friend says you must be stupid.
The female MC appears, says the male MC was a little cool, and then ruthlessly wipes out the close friend.
>非魔女和魔法使與龍接觸是要死刑的。但是男主因長時間與龍接觸被龍附身、已經是龍了 是保護對象、在保護官的職責內接受管理不會被殺。
Non-witches and non-magicians who come into contact with dragons are supposed to get the death penalty. But because the male MC who has spent a long time being in contact with dragons and possessed by dragons, is already a dragon. He's thus a target to be protected, and is within a protection officer's obligations to be managed and not killed.
The one that possessed the male MC is the pet dog black dragon, and the negative emotion is wanting to see the female MC's panties.
This is the western branch of Soul Society. And the world will not end------


where do i b e g i n

First off, it's cool that the setting is London, it's a little more fantasy-esque and creative than sticking to regular Japan. Not that a series can't work, but when you have brand new worlds like in One Piece, Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, Dragon Ball, Toriko, etc. it can be something exciting.

But.....these "dragons" seem a little too close to Hollows for comfort. They're not living? They attack people? Normies can't see them? It already opens with a death connected to the MC.

And it tops off with a blatant Soul Society name drop.

And it's not fake.

What does it mean? It soft confirms Bleach and Burn the Witch as being part in the same universe. This wasn't just a cute easter egg, the one-shot concludes with this.
Granted this could be like eons after Bleach's events happened (where society kinda flatlined in terms of evolution, but bare with me)

I'm honestly torn on this. In a way this is sort of worldbuilding for Bleach, something it really needed once we got stuck in the same three locations for events. And it's a one-shot, which does not mean transition to a full series. Shonen Jump could pass on this, and Kubo could just have to start over.

I can't even say that it contradicts anything in my Soul Society post since's just a one-shot.

But if the idea is to build the series with WB in mind, then Burn the Witch will just be stuck in its older brother's shadow as it progresses. It's very easy to compare to Bleach from art alone, but the premise is nearly identical, with some bells and whistles. Given Kubo's fashion sense, I always expected him to go a little more outthere with fancy supermodels or something.

and yet...

Perhaps the idea is to do what Bleach was founded on, but iron out the rough edges. Can I truly be opposed to that, when....that's kinda what I did?

I dunno. At least Mashima, with his "shonen tropes 101" style of writing has at least NOT made his new series Fairy Tail in space, even though it kinda looks like Fairy Tail but in space.
But it's a fresh start for Kubo, and I do wonder where it all leads.

Thanks for reading all. And remember.

The heart

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