Deslie and I had a problem, but that was ok because we had a plan
. Our problem was that volume 12 of the Bleach
manga ended on a horrible cliffhanger (Aiii! No!! Chad!!!) and we didn't think we could last until the next volume came out. Not to mention the volume after that, and the volume after that, and...ok, you get the picture.
The plan was to take advantage of the fact that at this point, the anime is running far ahead of the American manga releases, Deslie has a very nice TV and a DVD player, and we have a helpful co-worker who was quite willing to burn us copies of the Soul Society arc. I don't think I have to fill in the blanks here, do I?
So early Saturday afternoon I show up at Deslie's house with some sparkler radishes I'd bought at the Farmer's Market that morning, a jar of wasabi and a bottle of my famous Green Peony liquor. Deslie had a large plate of nori rolls made, her husband worked that day and she'd arranged for her daughter to have a playdate with a friend that afternoon. ("What time should I bring Kasiya back?" Friend's Mom asked politely. "Oh, you can keep her as long as you'd like," Deslie said. "We don't have anything special planned today." I stared a nothing in particular and concentrated on not snickering. I really didn't mind if Kasiya was around, but I knew from Deslie that she had mixed feelings about Bleach
and I'd been concerned that she'd be bored with me and her mom glued to a TV all afternoon. (And, as it happened, into the night.)
We got from the episode where they launch out of the Flower Crane cannon (love the name!) to where Yoruichi has Ichigo in the cave and intends to start some advanced training. (With clothes on. *snicker*) Minor spoilers to follow; you've been warned. ( Read more... )