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June 7th, 2013, 3:04 pm

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Reply Rip the Hunter, April 27th, 2014, 12:05 am

I realize that I never posted a link to my new project.

http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=136262

If anyone liked the Redux because of my storytelling, rather than just because it was UlquiHime Bleach stuff, then please check it out. It's a really big saga and the whole thing is already planned out, so there's no plot-holes or inconsistencies or Deus Ex Machina crap that pops up out of no where to save the characters. I'm quite proud of it! Please check it out!

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Reply Invidia1988, June 7th, 2013, 10:25 pm

This alone almost brought tears to my eyes. I haven't even started reading the chapter. I already know I'm going to stay in it for the original story you're putting together. You already have my support.

Also you did re-tell the story and you did tell the side of what could have been. As a big Ulquiorra fan as I am I got my closure with that. I did not have that death in canon verse as my ending of the series. And as of now with this I can officially leave my side of the Bleach fandom and resume my normal self as just a fan of a character that has evolved beyond the original telling. You gave him more life than Kubo ever could from the rise of power to the fall into the pit and the crispy-overkill.

I never got that closure in any story, any fiction, or doujin like I did through Redux. He was stopped before he actually developed and that was really disheartening for me. To watch another favorite character get killed off at the pinnacle of his show his shine. I cannot count the many times I've cried over one character's death to another right before you see their potential and this doujin hit me in all the spots I've never seen done in any fan-done thing. This doujin has made me laugh and cry and feel things I've usually laughed off but in honesty it comes from a very amazing story-teller. I'll be looking forward to your comic when you are able to post it out there.

Thank you as a fan for giving life to my favorite character and giving him the shine he deserved.

Invidia1988~

Reply All_But_Black92, June 7th, 2013, 10:34 pm

Suggestion You know what would be awesome, if we as fans decided to all group together and help finish the doujin. If Rip will let us, I think a collaborative effort from all of us to finish illustrating the story would be awesome!

And also, to Rip, I can't wait to see your original stuff! I'll be looking forward to it!

Reply Lightybug, June 7th, 2013, 10:56 pm

I'm not going to lie and say I didn't cry.

Because I cried.

I remember, for the past four years I've been with this doujin, the utter excitement I would feel when I saw an update. Bleach was the third anime/manga I ever watched/read, Ulquiorra is my favorite character in the entire manga, and UlquiHime is my number one pairing. Ever.

Redux honestly gave me so much closure as well as laughs and more tears. I feel like you've given life to Ulquiorra that Kubo completely neglected because of his outrageous number of characters. I love your take on the final battle, I love the Yammy battle, and I admire your ideas to a level above most of the artists I look up to.

Word cannot describe how much I have enjoyed watching your art grow and get better and better. Even chapter 1 of version 3 has been so vastly improved on. I am constantly in awe of your abilities to color your art and your line art. Your diligence alone is a role model for me.

I could never do any of this. I know I lack the creativity, the skills, and the drive, but that's what I liked about this doujin more than anything: the artist.

I always re-read Redux when I'm bored and I hope you'll never take it offline. I could never just stop watching you and giving up on you because you're not doing Redux anymore. In fact, I can't wait to see some of your original art.

This half chapter here feels like a good ending for me. I feel like you've completely reversed the damage the actual Bleach did through Redux. I honestly love what you've done here. The simplicity of the sketches just gave me a feeling of, "Oh... this is the end" and, oddly enough, I feel okay with that.

I always tell myself not to get so emotional over televisions shows or animes or anything, but I cannot seem to help myself but to get overly attached to things.

However, I think I can let Redux go and look forward to new things to come from you.

Thank you so very much, Rip. I wish you the utmost of luck in your future endeavors.

Reply u_queen, June 8th, 2013, 12:11 am

Well, this wasn't completely unpredictable. I knew Redux was an ambitious project (and an unprofitable one, talking of money), it was hard to think you could keep this forever at this pace. Every new chapter you published I was clapping your perseverance and that's something that will help you in further projects.

From all this I only can say thank you. Because you materialized what some fans only dreamt for, and others tried to fo it themselves and failed at the first attemp.

I'll continue following in DA and in fanfiction. I know you will change your stly in the future to make it something less Kubo and more yours, and that's what your followers should be looking forward to.

Reply moontiger5, June 8th, 2013, 3:54 am

I am glad that it is over This sorcery that bound a Gorehound, and kept it riveted outside its natural genre, to the point it forced itself to a diet of starvation in order to prolong each feeding to the absolute maximum, despite the bother and the cost.

This alluring and engaging work, which tantalized with promise --Kibble, Catnip, ChocoCatnip, KABOOM-- and delivered just enough to earn the loyal following of a Beast --moremoremoreMOREMOREMORE, metaphorical jaws slavering, paws scratching at the Kitchen door, maddened by the scent and sound-- the almost-destruction of a world, survival effected only through agency of the Dark Side itself.

This ensnaring artwork that enabled me to inhabit beloved Dark Characters --so masterfully and faithfully depicted within those infuriating genre boundaries-- and journey with them, sometimes in tandem, sometimes ahead, but always as one, ever in their selves the fragments of mine melded, ever their words on my lips, their thoughts in my mind, their likenesses in my reflection, on the road from first to last page.

Yes, I am glad it is over. Because those genre restraints were not holding much longer anyway. That starvation diet was driving Gorehound nuts. And I hate Heroes in general, and Kurosaki with very particular vehemence. The constant taunt that I would come to love Ichigo stopped being a tolerable jest and became a heavy and sour load, tainting the pleasure of Premium Select Kibble. I was in the throes of tearing myself away. Now this ending releases me.

Yes, I am glad it is over. For me Bleach starts and ends with Lord Aizen and milord Ulquiorra. To turn me against a beloved Dark Lord, to the point of emptying a thesaurus of rude epithets into those frothing rants hurled at His Lordship... therein lies proof of Premium Select quality of work. Yet Lord Aizen was honored here, depicted in his bare dread majesty, poised to complete conquest and enact Extinction --I could see through his multiple eyes the world laid waste, the End of Everything but his Divine Lordship, and that night I writhed in Darkest ecstasy, and oh, even as I knew his defeat was crafted I was pleasedpleasedpleased OH YESSSSSSS for what measly shounen author would ever throw such morsel at a Gorehound? It was glorious, and the only thing more glorious would have been a true Dark Victory --which again, this genre and setting don't permit.

And milord Ulquiorra! The character that started it all --a Monster that looks like me, if my own feline Dark Lord and I were poured into one being--, without whom Bleach would've passed away as an irrelevant blip in my radar. In this tale he lived beyond that measly debut and goodbye his original author provided! That alone was worth inspecting this work! But then it went beyond that. I cherished milord Ulquiorra as the perfect Dragon, elite minion to Lord Aizen. Of Aizen's violations to the Overlord List, his dismissal of his own forces is the one most vexing. Against that backdrop of Aizen's failure, I could tolerate milord Ulquiorra's connection to Inoue. I despise her as much as any Heroine, but she is a fixed point I either accepted or went without ChocoCatnip. This tale made her earn my favor, on her own right! I was able to embrace that little c*nt of a Heroine as embodiment of Life's Flame! To put aside my judgment of her as unworthy of being the mate of a Dark Warrior, and instead delight in milord Ulquiorra's own pleasure. Yet even that was progressively fading, and more and more I entertained visions of her dismemberment, along with her Heroic friends to whom she'd always be loyal, no matter bloody what. That is all her character permits, and in here she grew as much she could within those rigid limits. Once again, evidence of Premium Select quality.

I am glad that it is over, though. It was magnificent, unforgettable, delightful, exquisite; it sparked my own inspiration after years of silence; it honored the Dark Side as best it could, but that is just it. As best it could, within imposed limits. For someone with such capacity, gift and promise to satisfy someone like me, the Bleachverse was become a bloody straightjacket. I am glad that you are moving on, my dear Chef.

Because now you may roast me some Heroes on a stick, end me some worlds in crunchy juicy kaboom, avert, subvert, zigzag and make roadkill of genre tropes and conventions, and truly, unambiguously, unapologetically, most absolutely and Darkly, FEED ME.

Of course I will keep in touch. This you have earned. The favor and fondness of a Gorehound and Nightmare Fetishist of over 30 years, a Dark Acolyte and Poet, Woman and Beast. I will follow you to your Kitchen, eagerly anticipating that dinner bell to ring and feast to be served. You provider, I consumer, we are food chain. And, oh, we are also fellow consumers of others' Premium Select Kibble, of course. I am glad above all that I met and connected with a kindred soul.

Thank you for all the yummies, Chef, and much success to you.

NOW DIE, HEROES, DIE!
ALL HAIL THE DARK!

Reply Bojack727, June 8th, 2013, 4:08 am

A Request... As an artist & fan-writer myself, I can certainly relate somewhat to what your feeling. Sometimes we just burn out on something, even if it's something that we loved/love.

Anyway, I'll definitely check out the manuscripts of ff.net, which brings me an important question... How would you feel if *I* were to try and adapt the text in a fan-manga. If I ever got around to it, I'd be sure to credit you for the script and story.

This is just a crazy idea of mine, so I'll understand if this ends up coming across as being way out of line. I don't wont to trod on your work, and I won't do it you don't want me to.

Respectfully yours,

-Bojack727

Reply Last, June 8th, 2013, 6:35 am

This is it I cant really believe whats happening i cried the whole evening,ihope you do your best in your story i will look up for it.

Reply AllyCat13, June 8th, 2013, 8:26 am

Sad Face :( I have been reading this comic for months now and its something that I have been looking forward to every few months. I have loved this Manga so much but since you can't bring yourself to finish it, its perfectly fine. I bet everyone will understand. Hopefully in the future you can bring yourself to finish it but my suggestion is you work on it piece by piece. When you feel the motivation to make another page then you can do it. But when you finish a page, post it. Don't post it by chapter. Hopefully you can still work on it slowly and I look forward to seeing your own ideas come to life. You are a VERY gifted artist and I will still follow your work ^^.

From a fan,
AllyCat13

Reply Yusoko18, June 8th, 2013, 4:02 pm

I will still follow your other works, I'm glad that you shared your version of Bleach with fans of Bleach.

Reply Doodlebot117, June 8th, 2013, 10:16 pm

Please and Thank you I only discovered your Redux a week or two ago and I got to read the entire 29 chapters to great, GREAT enjoyment. You kindly answered my Bleach Noob questions and I have a lot of respect for you that only grew after reading this posted page.

Thank you very, very much for the blood, sweat, tears and love you've put into this. As far as I'm concerned, your redux IS the canon.

And I am very, VERY much excited to read your original work! Will you post some kind of notice on this comic to redirect us to your new original one? How many I happily stalk you and your awesomeness further?

Reply Rip the Hunter, June 8th, 2013, 10:19 pm

@Doodlebot117: Yup, I'll send shout-outs to all the places I normally do when Eidolon gets off the ground. I have to do some major writing overhauls though cuz it's been a while since I opened it up and it's pretty rough around the edges lol

Reply Doodlebot117, June 8th, 2013, 11:01 pm

@Rip the Hunter: Just last week I posted up some stuff on my DA about my own original story I want to give a go on. I've never done my own comic, and I know I'm going to be somewhat terrible but I've seen SO many people start something wonderful with lackluster skills and they improve in leaps and bounds. I want that sooooo badly!!

Though you don't have to worry about that XD You're already Fan-Freakin'-tastic, my friend! Super stoked to get to enjoying Eidolon, with you at the helm I can't see how it can be less than magnificent!

Reply Rip the Hunter, June 8th, 2013, 11:59 pm

@Doodlebot117: Lol, well, I did my time with the 'starting from lowly wallows and getting better over time' stuff. The Redux got rebooted twice and I wasn't satisfied with the art till sometime around Ch25 of this version. So, we all go through it XD

Reply Doodlebot117, June 9th, 2013, 12:59 am

@Rip the Hunter: Jeezy, I know we all gotta start somewhere but I love all yoru stuff!

Reply Stygma, June 9th, 2013, 9:15 am

Well, it's been fun! I was enjoying your story, even the discussions attached to it. I do understand that you feel it's time for a change.

I will stick around to see what is that new project of yours. I'm sure all the experience you gained with Redux will serve you well! :D

Reply GeneralWinter, June 13th, 2013, 4:00 am

Wow. Seriously - you don't have to explain anything. But thanks for taking the time. It's been a really, REALLY good doujin. The best I ever came across. Thanks for doing it. I'll miss it. All good things end, I guess. But I check out your original work, for sure. If this is what you can do with somebody else's story... I'm almost afraid to see what you can do with your OWN! R.I.P. Bleach Redux -__-

Reply MadHatress, April 26th, 2014, 11:57 pm

I absolutely loved this story and I can easily say this, you have gotten yourself yet another person who will greatly enjoy whatever your next work will be.

Reply Rip the Hunter, April 27th, 2014, 12:03 am

@MadHatress: Thanks muchly. I work on an original story that's full-color now called Eidolon. Scifi/Fantasy/Action/Drama type thing, a big saga like LotR or GoT, but high-tech.

http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=136262

Reply Vanila H, May 28th, 2014, 8:54 am

Don't know how I never saw this before...I mean, was I THAT lazy when I was scouring the Internet, trying to find something to piece my shipping heart together when I found out about Emospada's death? Seriously, where have you been all my life? Because this is too...for real, words can't really, fully encompass what I felt as I read your work from start to finish. At first, it was simple--I was curious, glad (that this is about one of my favourite ships), and a bit wary (because I'm not sure how you would handle the characters). But as I kept on reading, I became awestruck at how well you handled their relationship and how each character (not just Ulquiorra and Orihime) stayed true to the original material (or at least, those characters I knew when I watched the anime...and I didn't watch all of it). Then the feels became even more complicated to the point that I have to describe a different situation where I've felt the same feelings...and I don't know any. Maybe because I lack experience or haven't really been out living life to fullest but at this moment, I really don't know. Maybe it's like being in love, or becoming a parent for the first time--it could be any of those situations which involve a whole range of emotions that are blended together so well that people give up discerning each and every feeling but instead label the whole thing collectively as 'love'. Maybe that's it. I love this. I'm happy and overjoyed that you made this, that you finished it...and at the same time, I'm sad and frustrated and annoyed (among other things) at you, at myself, at your work... But please, don't think that I'm bipolar or that I just negated myself because I just found this and now that it's done, I can't help feeling all those things. It's selfish of me to wish that this would go on forever because all stories have to end at some point and you've moved on to working on a story of your own. So I want to thank you for all your wonderful work, for filling my own hollow hole (carved out when Ulqui died), and for finishing what you started. You are incredible both as an artist and as a storyteller and I'm sure that that shows in your current work and in all other future projects. I'm sorry that I won't be joining the others in reading your current comic--for personal reasons--so I will instead wish you the best of circumstances in your endeavour. Ganbatte and keep creating!

Reply Rip the Hunter, May 28th, 2014, 9:19 pm

@Vanila H: Thanks o_O I think.

Reply Deriak27, June 1st, 2015, 5:32 am

Thank You I have to say, this is the best thing I've seen in the Ulquihime fandom since the hand-reach and Unmasked, and it's one of the best comics I've read regarding Bleach, if not the best. I cannot put it in words how much gratitude I feel right now. Especially considering you managed to keep working on it for almost 3 years for no money. Though not perfect in my eyes, it was a very high quality work of art that I very much enjoyed discovering, more than any fanart or fanfic. Maybe after Kubo is done with Bleach, you could possibly return to it as a side-project? I feel like I'm grasping at straws there. But never say never, after all. Thank you again, for your dedication to this project. As much as you alienate yourself from Bleach, I feel like only a true fan could accomplish what you did. It was a wonderful thing that made my day, and I'll make sure to share it with everyone else I know that enjoys Bleach.

Reply Rip the Hunter, June 1st, 2015, 7:36 am

@Deriak27: Thanks, but no. My visceral disgust with Bleach these days is enough that I don't honestly like even being reminded that I did this doujin in the first place. I only keep the thing online because I keep getting yelled at by friends when I suggest taking it down.

Besides, my current project will keep me busy till I'm 60.

I gave folks the fanfic version of how the Redux would've ended had I not just suddenly flipped a switch and hated everything Bleach stood for. That's all I can do. The only reason the Redux turned out as half-decently as it did was because I spent so much time reading and researching everything to make sure it would respect the source material. Kubo's just gotten so awful at retconning his own plotlines, or changing character personalities, and just downright making Bleach so intolerably AWFUL that I've turned down $200 commissions because I couldn't stand to look at it. Someone wanted me to draw that Hollow that Isshin and Masaki fought, and the very idea of looking at pages that suggest Masaki is anything but a normal human just makes me want to vomit. Bleach is terrible. I can't make myself look at it, much less draw from it, ever again.

Reply Kavyle, June 18th, 2016, 4:29 pm

Damn, man, I remember reading this comic years ago when it was still updating. I don't think you were even halfway through at that point, and I'd all but lost interest in Bleach and even in webcomics. Even now, I'm generally uninterested in Bleach, but I had a friend remind me of this comic, and I remembered how much I liked it.

And I still love it, and I'm so glad you kept it up all these years and even provided a written version of how the comic would have continued.

I also hope your current project is going well and not giving you any creative grief.

I'm sorry to remind you about your old work, but I wanted you to know how good your storytelling is, though I'm sure you're aware, and how much your comic is appreciated.

Thank you again! I'll be sure to check out your current project as well, though I'm not sure when. c:

Reply Rip the Hunter, July 4th, 2016, 2:08 am

@Kavyle: Ah, it's all good. I may not like being reminded of the Redux, but I like comments on my work regardless of what work it is, especially when the comments are long and/or thoughtful.

I kind of fell off the Bleach bandwagon a really long time ago. I actually cast it off outright in utter disgust right after the Fullbringer Arc had ended (and to be honest, I only really read the end of it, after the Shinigami returned to fight the Fullbringers...but I didn't even bother with most of that anyway, cuz some of it was just so obnoxious I can't even. Like, everything about video-game-kid and history-hack guy infuriated me because everything about them was so deus ex machina.) I'd heard about all the stupid shit Kubo had done with the story after that, like making the Kurosaki clan a sect of Quincy, and that Ichigo's inner Hollow had actually been a Vasto Lorde or something that attacked Masaki in the real world and Isshin did something to save her. I dunno. I forget all the details at this point. I just remember that the whole thing pissed me off enough that I turned down a commission worth $250 because it would've forced me to draw Quincy Masaki and 'White' as I've been told the Hollow was called.

I took what barely-little I knew of the arc and spliced it into my fanfiction, posted it, and called it a day. Fought with a guy over on ff.net who thought he could turn my comic into a panel-for-panel, word-for-word fanfiction that he claimed was his own brainchild, and didn't seem at all flustered by like 10 people being like "Dude. Srsly. This is the Redux. Stahp. You're not fooling anyone." I don't know if ff.net ended up taking his story down or not, but I remember it being annoying.

Eidolon, my original creation, is actually doing pretty good. It's not nearly as popular as I'd hoped it would be, but I guess I can only blame myself for that. I hate advertising, so I count on word of mouth or random chance for people to find it. Some people just never hit it big...other people get way more popular than you'd ever assume they would be worthy of. It doesn't really matter. There's about 3-5 semi-regular commenters on there and that's really all I need to encourage me most days. I like Eidolon enough to draw it even if I'm the only one who will ever know how it ends. I guess I'll just have to see what happens. It's a pretty long story.

Reply VientoRafaal, March 26th, 2017, 7:17 am

As sad as I am that you stopped, at the same time, I'm kinda happy. Your epic awesomeness was gonna make the universe implode if you drew the entire story all the way to the end! If not the universe, then my head, at least, was gonna implode from the awesomeness of your comic!

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