Random reflections on costuming in Bleach
Got caught up with Bleach today. (It feels like I'm committing a sin to be watching anime WITHOUT a pile of handsewing to madly work on for eBay or commissions or spring cons. ^^;; Working on training self out of the reflex, slowly...)
I was wondering why there seems to be a ton of Bleach slash running around, since while I can see Ishida getting pegged as "queer as a three dollar bill" between the Sasuke-voice, the looks, the sewing club, and the walking around in what's basically a dress with a shawl for his friggin' battle costume, Ichigo just doesn't quite fit the type to me. (Not that fanon hasn't done a fairly decent job of slight-character-warping to make it fit without major damage -- I just can't see canon Ichigo going along with it.) So I was wondering where the idea got started, and hadn't come up with anything better than "some people slash anything that walks, and then somebody who could actually write must have picked it up from there." ^^;;
Then I realized that Ichigo's wearing a woman's kimono-- even after he becomes a shinigami in his own right. (You can see the slits under the sleeves in a bunch of combat shots. Where the white nagajuban shows through under the sleeves? That only happens in women's kimono; men's sleeves are sewn shut, because men don't have half a dozen inner layers of ties and supports they need to rearrange before wearing an obi that covers half the torso. If women's sleeves weren't open, there'd be no way to put the things on without making a lumpy mess. Anyhow...)
Of course, most of the people writing the slash wouldn't have noticed this, or recognized the gender difference in kimono cuts even if they did.
But hey, Ishida wears glasses, maybe he forgot to clean the glasses after the latest dust-raising explosion du jour or something... ^^;;;