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#575867 FAQ / Ask the Staff a Question

Posted by Hadz-x on 02 January 2014 - 10:05 AM

Are we allowed to open the parody threads back up then? :aww:
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#497901 Bleach 555 Chapter Discussion

Posted by Damanos on 29 October 2013 - 03:40 AM

Oh no!  Will Goku Ichigo be able to cross the entire snake road Royal Realm stairs with his new power in time before the Saiyans Quincy murder all his friends?!  Find out on the next exciting episode of Dragonball Z Bleach!


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#244781 Why does Naruto get so much hate?

Posted by ArSoNiSt JoE on 12 May 2013 - 01:21 AM

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#532604 Naruto Chapter 656 Discussion

Posted by DaEvilWithin on 27 November 2013 - 12:28 AM

I better throw away my immortality and infinite chakra if I want to win!


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#56335 Downtime, Donations, and Onemanga.com

Posted by Greg on 12 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

Hi guys,

 

As you guys have realized, this is now the second time in three days that we've had significant downtime as a result of a SQL error. Apparently the SQL process on the server keeps on crashing, and do to some convoluted infrastructure I can't even do something like write a cron job that checks if it's up every 15 minutes. Regardless, I'm trying to get to the bottom of all of this with the server people.

 

If we do keep on getting issues, I'll definitely be looking into a better server. Due to cost reasons, I'm a little hesitant about that. I also feel a little wary about asking you guys to donate when I'm not sure what's going on at onemanga.com- if the old forums comes back up and zabi is alive, then that is something we'd want to consider.

 

Regardless, if we don't hear things about OM soon and we keep on having issues, I'll get a better server and open up donations.

 

Sorry about all this, guys. I know that this is annoying, but we'll get it sorted out.


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#657934 [Miscellaneous] Bleach Parodies (Part 4)

Posted by Kinky Deviance on 24 March 2014 - 02:36 PM

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Source: /a/


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#598039 Bleach Chapter 565 Discussion

Posted by PlasmaWolf on 22 January 2014 - 03:40 PM

I'm going to put something out there based on one of the panels in this chapter:

 
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Those are pine trees in the background. It distinctly looks like a pine tree forest, more specifically one you'd find in a Scandinavian country, or Germany. The relevance? Matsumoto. The kanji for the name "Matsumoto" (松本) mean "root of the pine tree," which is only one hint to her past gradually becoming more significant to the story, even without the character herself being mentioned. The name "Rangiku" also uses two kanji: the first, 乱, meaning a "rebellion" or "revolt." The second one, 菊, is the character for the Chrysanthemum plant.
 
The throne of the Emperor of Japan is referred to as the Chrysanthemum Throne, a metonymic term that serves as an illustration for the Japanese hereditary monarch and its authority for the monarch's governing power. There are Japanese emblems called "monshou" that are used similarly to a coat of arms, distinguishing people and individual families. The Imperial Seal of Japan uses a Chrysanthemum crest and is referred to as the Chrysanthemum Flower Seal. The Constitution of the Empire of Japan represented Japanese law until about seventy years ago; one of the decrees within the constitution stated that the only person permitted to use the Japanese Imperial Seal was the Emperor himself, who chose a chrysanthemum with sixteen tips and sixteen petals. Its appearance is like this:
 

Spoiler Chrysanthemum Flower Seal

 
The number sixteen (十六 in kanji; "juuroku") has been alluded to in the past regarding Juhabach:
 
Spoiler Chapter Four Hundred and Ninety-Nine

 
There were at least sixteen individuals during the first invasion of Soul Society as noted by Akon, which in my view does leave open the possibility for thirty-two Stern Ritter in total (which would tie into what Kubo said during the pre-final arc omakes about the enemy numbers starting out small, then increasing in amount later on). In chapter two hundred and twenty-three (entitled, "The Scarlet Creation"), Yamamoto informs Hitsugaya, Matsumoto and Orihime about Aizen's plan to wipe out Karakura Town using the Hougyoku. I would say this is one of the most interesting chapters in the entire series. Matsumoto is featured on the cover, in which the title, "Scarlet" evokes a sense of blood and martyrdom. The Catholic Church even uses the color scarlet as a symbol for/of sacrifice and the blood of Jesus Christ.
 
Of course, it was said in the same chapter that Aizen would require "one hundred thousand" human souls to forge the Ouken (more on that, after), which makes Mayuri's leveling of the soul balance seem tame by comparison (in which he commanded his division to kill twenty-eight thousand Rukongai citizens in order to offset the loss of Hollow souls caused by the Quincines). In that very chapter, however, Yamamoto states (in the raw) that the "location" of the Ouken is passed on by an oral tradition only to the captain-commander, meaning himself; he goes on to say that Aizen wouldn't be able to determine its whereabouts because there isn't a book or chronicling of its location.
 
Although, what if Aizen did figure out where the Ouken was? This is where my post begins to get - as Random would say - "cracky," but follow this for a moment. Yamamoto possessed the Ouken within his arm or body. I'm assuming it was the same arm that Yamamoto used for Ittou Kasou, which coincidentally, didn't inflict much damage onto Aizen. In hindsight of certain events and Juhabach, Ittou Kasou didn't appear to be anything other than a last-ditch effort by Yamamoto to prevent Aizen from obtaining the Ouken, as Aizen himself surmised (indirectly) that Yamamoto was never going to use bankai in that circumstance as the barrier containing Fake Karakura Town was his top priority.
 
I also believe it was the real reason as to why Yamamoto decided to remain amputated after the Winter War and chose not to have Orihime restore his arm. Juhabach supposed that Yamamoto's stubbornness in relying upon a human was his (Yamamoto's) rationale for not seeking out Orihime's assistance in healing his lost arm, but it doesn't add up considering Kubo emphasized Yamamoto's altered personality as a result of Ichigo "changing Soul Society's ways," which Hitsugaya and Rukia mentioned in the Lost Agent arc. Yamamoto practically became the biggest shill for Ichigo during the Lost Agent arc when he deliberately ordered the captains and vice-captains to break Soul Society rules by transferring a portion of their power to a human. This was a man unwilling to ask for the aid of a human? I don't buy it.
 
I don't think Yamamoto's aversion to regenerating his lost arm had anything do with stubbornness; my guess is that he was worried about Orihime's power potentially having re-created the Ouken in his arm (intentionally or unintentionally), and thus, it would have been easy pickings for Juhabach to steal and use for his own benefit. Juhabach himself claimed he wanted to draw out the Royal Guard, but why? Aizen has described Orihime's power as "the ability to intrude upon the territory of God" (I translated the raw a couple of days ago in the previous Orihime thread), which may very well be what Orihime's power is: it's everything, and nothing at all. It can re-create Soul King-level power (my assumption), if she wills the event to occur. It's almost akin to the Hougyoku's power of realizing the desires within one's heart, portrayed as a "wish-granting ability" not unlike a God blessing an individual being's prayers with intelligence, power, immortality, etc. Dat Orihime.
 
Anyway, back to Matsumoto. I definitely think she's connected to Juhabach in some way, and to Urahara. I also think Matsumoto is a noble and/or member of the Royal family. Well, "Rangiku" is, anyway; nobles don't go through the Shinigami academy and we know Matsumoto did (along with Gin), but we also know she's been affected by the Hougyoku during Aizen's experiments with Rukongai citizens' souls. However, we know that Matsumoto survived said Hougyoku experiment, and even went on to become a vice-captain. The databooks also say that Matsumoto was once considered for the vacant captaincy of the Tenth Division, until Hitsugaya was ultimately chosen.
 
So, what explains Matsumoto possibly being a noble clan/Royal family member while also attending the Shinigami academy (which nobles don't normally do)? An identity change, and memory loss. It wouldn't be the first instance in which someone heavily associated with both Urahara and the Hougyoku suffered from apparent memory loss after undergoing a change of surname. Aizen and Urahara are framed as "two sides of the same coin," meaning because Matsumoto served some form of a purpose for Aizen, Urahara probably found some use for her, too. In Norse mythology (continuing a Germanic-theme), the Yggdrasil is an enormous world tree at the epicenter of the cosmological nine worlds. It is described as a tremendous "ash tree" perceived to be exceptionally holy. Matsumoto has an ash-themed zanpakutou.
 
In the Arrancar arc, Matsumoto was about to die against Luppi, but who rescued her in time? Urahara. I'm convinced that was subtle foreshadowing. Kubo, like most shounen authors, adapts the model of traditional Japanese combat fairly straightforward. In other words, Bleach characters (mostly Shinigami) apply their fighting mentalities to an Edo-period style of combat, in which the battlefield is considered to be sacred ground; it shapes the warrior, defines him, reflects on his past, and serves to establish the warrior and his future.
 
In that era, directly intervening in someone else's battle would be taken as an insult. It would be like besmirching the pride and honor of the warrior being saved, which is Ukitake's philosophy to a tee and one that he teaches to his division. There have been many examples throughout the manga when certain characters would reinforce this narrative, such as: Yumichika staying out of Ikkaku's fight with Edorad, Ikkaku refusing to fight Luppi while Yumichika was doing so, Komamura apologizing to Hitsugaya (like the bro he is) for attacking Aizen (Hitsugaya said he didn't mind because he didn't view it as a one-on-one fight, anyway), and Love taking issue with Shunsui stepping in to fight Starrk (to which Shunsui disregarded with his more pragmatic view on war, while claiming the tradition can be left to the mooks).
 
Therefore, for one to "violate" that warrior's pride and honor by interrupting their battle, there had to be a certain justification: a familial bond, a historical connection, a friendly association between the savior and the saved, etc. That's why you'll likely always see Rukia being rescued by either Ichigo or Byakuya, or certain Shinigami being saved by their direct peers (Hinamori and Matsumoto being saved by Hisagi and Kira, for example). In that case, I think there's a lot more to that scene; not Urahara showing up to save Matsumoto when he did, only that it was him. Urahara is sort of like Aizen in terms of planning and being methodical, similar to brilliant/strategic characters in general: they don't prefer to fight whenever they can avoid it, yet the lazy bum of the manga was fully prepared to join the fray.
 
I think Rukia and Matsumoto are meant to be contrasts of each other: the former was a commoner-turned-noble who was eventually chosen by Urahara (we don't know why) to house the Hougyoku within her soul; the latter - if my theory is right - was a noble-turned-commoner who was affected by the Hougyoku, but managed to survive (a feat in itself, and one that illustrates Matsumoto's special nature/unique power).


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#427005 One Piece: Chapter 719 Discussion

Posted by Furinji Saiga on 28 August 2013 - 05:02 AM

I guess this pic that was posted earlier is indeed appropriate.  :lolxg: 

 

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cred to Marcelle


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#102637 [Miscellaneous] Naruto Parodies

Posted by McCree114 on 18 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

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#455234 ArSoNiSt JoE presents: The Voices of OMF Thread

Posted by AYAME on 19 September 2013 - 07:42 PM

:glare:

 

Look at the face, LOOK AT IT. Now listen.

 

http://vocaroo.com/i/s0DR9iqjCcKL

 

Where are all my girls at?


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#266240 Naruto: Chapter 631 Discussion

Posted by Damanos on 22 May 2013 - 04:55 AM

Looks like Kishi saw people complaining that the Tobito reveal was the worst chapter ever.

 

So he was like "Hahaha, **** you.  You think that's the worst I can do?  Watch this."

 

This is just hilarious at this point. :lmao:


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#758128 Naruto: Chapter 685 Discussion

Posted by alekos23 on 15 July 2014 - 04:55 AM

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#598529 Bleach Chapter 565 Discussion

Posted by Milareppa on 22 January 2014 - 09:27 PM

I had a hard time deciding how to approach this because there's so much to explore, I'd be hitting the posting limit and still not have said everything I want to: the philosophy, the religion and mythology, the storytelling issues, etc.

Episteme can handle the philosophical exploration better than I can, usually covers everything I want to say (and better worded, too), and finds extra things I don't have the knowledge to have explored. So, I decided not to go down that road. I'm also not touching on the mythology and religion that much for once either. I've got enough to cover just by focusing on the story itself.

So, the story: the chapter doesn't answer questions, it raises more. However, what it does do is make so many chapters tie in together that it looks like Kubo really is keeping his promise about trying to make the story as internally consistent as he can before it's over.

Spoiler


Anyway, so ends Day 1. Let Day 2 commence!
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#507589 Bleach Chapter 556 Discussion

Posted by Damanos on 06 November 2013 - 03:03 AM

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"That's my girl." 


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#558862 [Miscellaneous] Bleach Parodies (Part 3)

Posted by DaEvilWithin on 16 December 2013 - 11:02 PM

Awful. Terrible. Worst New Post. 0.0 Metacritic. Never post here again.

That hurts me right in

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#532603 Naruto Chapter 656 Discussion

Posted by Damanos on 27 November 2013 - 12:27 AM

"I'M ABSORBING YOUR ABSORPTION BY ABSORBING YOUR CHAKRA WITH MY CHAKRA BEFORE YOU CAN ABSORB THAT CHAKRA MADARA"

 

Hashirama logic.


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#516077 Bleach: 557 Chapter Discussion

Posted by WaffleCopter on 13 November 2013 - 04:56 AM

"My body is nothing but a shell now. It's just a tool to defeat you all."

 

Holy ****.

 

Komamura's a ****ing crazy immortal badass.


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#516076 Bleach: 557 Chapter Discussion

Posted by Damanos on 13 November 2013 - 04:55 AM

Warning: Chapter is so ridiculously manly that reading it will instantly cause you to grow a coat of chest hair rivaling Komamura's.


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#508688 [Miscellaneous] Bleach Parodies (Part 3)

Posted by alekos23 on 06 November 2013 - 03:46 PM

credit to Mist Puppet in NF :)

 

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#266234 Naruto: Chapter 631 Discussion

Posted by Relinquisher on 22 May 2013 - 04:52 AM

Remember this moment everyone

 

Its the moment naruto became a complete joke

 

Remember sasukes character? nah throw that out the window

Remember naruto and sasukes fight to the death? apparently thats a friendly fight now, at some point

Remember how you thought the kage would be cool? nope, invent some random BS seal and trap the 10 tails in one panel

Remember how the 4th was supposed to have cool techniques? Nope, more kyuubi chakara

Remember how hinata was pretty much set up as being with naruto? Kishi says fuck you and your shipping, relationships are a lie

 

so yeah safe to say im disappointed with this chapter <.<


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