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- Bleach - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - You know, I don't think I'm being biased when I say that I think this artist's Renji/Rukia illustrations are even better than her Ichigo/Rukia or Gin/Rukia illustrations, somehow they just look... even better. Some of her later illustrations with the latter pairings do look good, but it's really the Renji/Rukia ones that made me wibble with love. However, all her art has a really Bleach-esque feel to it, even when it's not really the exact same style as the series. Her coloring is good, her lines and details are good and she draws a really adorable Rukia (if Rukia can be called adorable >_>) and a gorgeous Renji. There's also a fantastic one of Ichigo, Rukia, and Renji in Shigami clothes and she does great illustrations of just the Shinigami. Her Gin looks great, her Renji looks great, her Ichigo looks great, etc., etc. Very worthwhile to visit the site, I think. ^_^v (Some Ichigo/Rukia, some Renji/Rukia, some Gin/Rukia, some gen.)


- Bleach - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - The gallery proper of this site? The lines are a little off, but the artist's poses/concepts and level of detail really work with the Bleach series. I think it might actually be the scanning and resizing the images that does it more than her lines, because the artist is really talented. It's nice that she does a variety of characters as well, even if they're mostly the Shinigami. However? The real reason you want to go here is to find the b&w sketches and the comics. The b&w sketches are adorable and really fun (there's a beautiful one of Byakuya sitting in a window at night) and the comics... well, there are two of them and they make my growing Renji/Rukia fangirl swoon. They're really well-laid out and detailed, really getting across the quiet heartache of the characters in the first one and a really cool take on the fight between Ichigo and Renji and Rukia's (sort of) reaction to it. (No real warnings/pairings, though, maybe a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle Renji/Rukia.)


- Bleach - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I wound up adoring the hell out of this site, because the artist's style is really quite good, she's got that Kubo-style down really well and the characters felt like themselves, if during happier moments. Which is totally a Good Thing. And the Renji/Rukia stuff just... it reminded me so much of why I fell for them--Halloween illustrations, illustrations from when they were kids and just being such kids and I could have melted into a puddle of the one of kid!Rukia smiling down at a blushing kid!Renji with his head in her lap. Seriously. So freaking cute. Or the current(-ish?) day one where a serious!faced!Rukia is putting her little hands on blushing!Renji's face to pull him closer. And the other Shinigami illustrations are wonderful and if there's anyone out there who doesn't love the one of Orihime and her little sprite-things, I do not want to meet them. That one was so adorable! And the art is actually really good, too; not always perfect, but good and I enjoyed the hell out of this site and think it's probably one of the better ones out there. Especially since there's so much art on the site. ♥ *flutters* (Renji/Rukia, some other het.)


- Bleach - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - *shimmers* Oh, it didn't take long for me to fall in love with this site at all. But, then, I tend to be a sucker for Renji/Rukia fanart, obviously. Though, it was also little things like that the artist has this rough, edgy style that works really well with Bleach, that there were a couple of Urahara/Yoruichi illustration that were cute (I especially liked the one with naked!Yoruichi <3), that there are some really fantastic Zaraki illustrations, and that there's a lot of other art. Just about any dynamic (whether pairing or just friendship) were drawn somewhere on the site, even one Ichigo/Orihime! My favorites were the Renji/Rukia ones, the artist just captured the feel of the pairing (especially whenever Renji's all bloodied up, he looks good, though, the one of her in normal civilian clothes sitting in his lap? SO much love. ♥), but it's also nice to see a site that draws so many of the various characters tucked away all over the site. I really can't express how much I loved going through the gallery of the site--the art may not have initially blown me away, but it was one of those sites where the cumulative effect got to me. The more I saw of the art, the more I started to really kinda like it. A lot. ♥ (Renji/Rukia, maybe a little Urahara/Yoruichi, Shunsui/Nanao, Gin/Matsumoto, occasional potential other pairings at times.)


- Bleach - sou-ka-hen [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - Despite being a little hesitant about this site at first and not really being blown away by the initial illustrations I saw, the artist gets better and better as she goes along and she eventually hit this Renji/Rukia vibe that I really was feeling. It helps that she does good, solid lineart and can do some really good coloring (the illustration of Hitsugaya is a good example of this), but it also really helped that the artist seemed to have a penchent for drawing Renji without his shirt or with his hair down or REALLY CUTE Renji/Rukia, especially the Rukia birthday two-page comic, which was just so cute and so THEM. There was also a really hot Yoruichi illustration, one of the prettiest Shuuhei illustrations I've ever seen, a couple of really good Ichigo ones, and who wouldn't love the one of Renji and Rukia feeding each other with that priceless LOOK on Renji's face? Also, kissing sometimes. ♥ (Renji/Rukia.)


- Bleach - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - This site probably isn't going to be for everyone, Rukia can look a little... ahm, young sometimes, but... hell, she's short and flat in the manga, too, so. And I'm really sort of easily won over by the Renji/Rukia groping! Hell, there's more than groping in several of them (making this site rather not safe for work, obviously), which is very much with the <3, but it's also that there are some really cool concepts on the site. The one of Renji and Rukia wrapped in little more than bandages on a battlefield with Renji's Ban Kai around them was really quite cool and how anyone could not crack up over evil-nurse!Rukia giving Renji a shot in a very sensitive place while he's tied up and looking ready to bolt anyway is absolutely beyond me. Add in some really cute lines, some rather nice coloring, a bunch of oekaki of the other characters and I totally loved this site. ♥ (Renji/Rukia, some graphic content.)


- Bleach - Vinyl Rose [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - There were a handful of illustrations on this site that eventually won me over--the cute Renji/Rukia ones, the Byakuya one with a dragon in the background, and the absolutely priceless b&w comic from Byakuya and Renji's fight, where Renji's getting back up, clothes torn to shreds and completely naked now and Byakuya gives him the best WTF?? look. I crack up every time I go past it in the gallery again. XD *ahem* But it's also that the artist does some really good art, there are a couple of color illustrations of Byakuya or Rukia that look really cool or there are some Byakuya/Rukia illustrations that are absolutely lovely, and I just have so much love for the one of Rukia in a short little red-and-white-polka-dot dress sitting across Renji's hips, complete with their usual antagonistic expressions. Ooh, ooh, or the one where he's carrying her as they run off! Plus, there's also a lot more art in the individual chapters reflections/reactions section--any time Byakuya and Ichigo are fighting, the artist does some really beautiful work and there's this one little parody thing set when Ichigo makes his big entrance at the exection and Byakuya's flying kick to his head is great. Just... much fun here. XD (Some Renji/Rukia and Byakuya/Rukia, maybe.)


- Bleach - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I've been to this site before, but I can't find it on my list of recs, so either I skipped it before or I'm rerec'ing (which would hardly be the first time, of course). I, naturally, went straight for the Renji/Rukia section of the site and starting cooing immediately. The artist's work starts off a little rough, but her more recent stuff is getting to be really good--right around the time of #9, with beaten-up!Renji and Rukia on their knees in the rain, you can sense a tightening up of the art and by the time I had gotten to Renji and Rukia in the snow, where he's given her his coat and she's looking back at him with this classic WTF?? look, I had been completely won over. I also have all kinds of love for the one of Byakuya and Rukia playing a game while he sits there with this absolutely flat expression on his face. Which sort of sums up the whole site--it starts off a little shaky, but by the end I was won over and would love more from this artist. :D (Renji/Rukia, some Ichigo/Rukia and Gin/Rukia.)


- Bleach - Love Drop: B [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I admit, I tended to skip over a lot of the illustrations on this site because they weren't my pairings, but... I wound up having to rec the site anyway, despite the Ichigo/Rukia art. For one thing, there's a lot of art besides that pairing, a decent-to-goodly amount of Renji/Rukia, a lot of single character illustrations or group art, with some especially nice Renji/Rukia/Ichigo trio stuff, but mostly... the art is just really pretty. I have a weakness for artists who can make their colors just about gleam, the way the colors are so vivid without being gaudy. The artist is also really good with making these images that feel really professional, whether because there's a lot of background detail or because the layout of it is really well-put together or what have you. Plus, yeah, okay. The image of Hitsugaya with his face practically smushed into Matsumoto's boobs did help quite a lot. ♥ And, oh my god, the one with older!Karin and Yuzu was hot. Just... one of those sites that was fun to go all the way through and collect all the various art for different characters. (Ichigo/Rukia, Renji/Rukia, some other, and a lot of gen.)


- Bleach - cecile,Adieu! de cafe [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I suspect this site may not be for everyone, it might not even have been something that worked for me... except that I am weak to the Renji/Rukia fanart and I have an appreciate for stylized art, even if it's not my usual thing. The style used (and I've seen it many times before, but I wouldn't have any idea how to actually describe it) is one that works well for characters like Renji and Rukia (and the two or three Aizen/Momo illustrations on the site as well) when they're together, because how anyone could not find Rukia kissing a blushing Renji's cheek to be absolutely adorable, I will never know. ^_~ It helps that the darker reds and raspberries and deep purples work well for those characters as well and I just... yeah, I got my OTP fix from the site. ♥ (Renji/Rukia, some gen.)


- Bleach - FlexibleLovers [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - Oh, man, okay, okay, I give. Normally, I'm not one for super-tiny!Rukia who looks to be about twelve, but when they have her kissing Byakuya in some images or having Renji pick her up and carry her around in others, I get all weak in the knees and cave. Or, or, or. Byakuya leaning his head against her, eyes closed, expression gentle, while she wraps hands around his shoulders and there's all these beautiful shades of blue and light purple. Though, my shippy instincts aren't the only reason I liked this site, there are actually some really fantastic single-character illustrations--Byakuya and Hitsugaya fare extremely well. The artist really does have a way with soft colors and a certain arch to her lines that put stars in my eyes. This site is definitely not going to be for everyone, not with the borderline loli (and actual loli many times) and the adult content in some images, but if you can get past that, it's got some pretty stuff. (Byakuya/Rukia, some Renji/Rukia, some other/Rukia, some graphic content, much of which is lolicon.)


- Bleach - Swansong [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - So I'm up to... what? Four Ichigo/Orihime sites now? And this one is very hit-or-miss, there are a lot of illustrations that I don't know if they'll appeal to everyone, but when the artist did these incredibly stylized ones with these awesome colors? Like the current background page for the main Bleach gallery of Orihime bending over Ichigo, her beautiful hair floating all over the place? Wow. It's just... that's my type of art right there, the colors that practically shine and glow, the long, sweeping lines of her hair and their clothes, the way there are practically sun flares on the images in the way they shine. I love that kind of art. But it's also the Renji/Rukia ones that are so awesomely composed, the one of Rukia draped across Renji's lap with the fall background outside the screen door, where there's all these brilliant autumn colors used? I llove that kind of stuff. Not everything about the artist's style is perfect, but she hits the nail on the head (as far as what I want to see) often enough that I just fell in love. ♥ (Ichigo/Orihime, some Renji/Rukia, a hint of Hitsugaya/Hinamori.)


- Bleach - Coppelia [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - This site isn't going to be for everyone, it does get a little close to being almost lolicon-ish with Rukia looking so small and so young, but... I'm probably easier on Byakuya/Rukia sites because there are so few of them around. But it's also more than that, I honestly think the artist is talented, she does a lot of detail on Rukia's clothing (there's one of her in this big, puffy not-quite-purple dress that actually sort of works very well because the artist does such a fun job with the coloring/shading and the omg so cute!! of Rukia's little hands holding the warm cup she's about to drink out of and all the pretty ruffles and the cute little boots and... yeah, that sort of epitomizes what I like about the site) and it somehow... just comes together for me. Some are better than others, of course, but how could I not love a site with an illustration of Rukia in traditional clothing, holding an umbrella, and a stuffed Byakuya doll? XD If you can get past how young Rukia looks, I think this is a nice site to go through, I appreciate it for the style the artist has and little things like the way she does clothes or body posture. Also, pairing button pushing. ♥ (Byakuya/Rukia, some Renji/Rukia, maybe a little other het, and a lot of Rukia gen.)


- Shaman King/Bleach - Candy Pot [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I'm really sort of unsure what to say about this site, because a lot of the illustrations here are of Anna in the traditionally cute, glowing CG effect that you often see in CG games. I feel like it shouldn't work with the character, that Anna isn't the sort of character who smiles cutely or inspires Yoh/Anna WAFF. But... there's something about this artist's work, the way everything is so cute and she somehow manages to hit my Yoh/Anna buttons that it works, that I end up feeling warm and happy after going through the art. Part of it is that I love the CG coloring that almost sort of glows, part of it is that, omg, Yoh/Anna fluffiness makes me happy, and part of it is that occasionally the artist just nails something. Anna looking serious and surrounded by the beads from her necklace, Yoh helping Anna across a stream with a bright grin on his face, and so on. Or when I went through the impressions gallery and, homg, beautiful art. The Bleach art... in some ways, I think I like it better? The artist's lines have gotten stronger and Rukia is so darn cute and I love the way her hair and eyes look and the further you get, the better the art. There's a colorized one of Rukia with a sucker in her mouth that's just fantastic the way the artist has tightened up her art. Plus, yes, okay, Renji/Rukia is my OTP, it made me squee happily, and all that. ♥ (Yoh/Anna, Renji/Rukia, occasional graphic content.)


- Bleach - [ Japanese Fanart Site ] - I haven't had a lot to say about Bleach lately, which is partly because the new characters haven't really caught me and partly because I've been sinking into my favorite pairing for the series, which is sort of all I've really wanted lately. Ichigo/Orihime is rapidly approaching being a complete OTP for me, so I thought, what the hell, I'll go look for some fanart, see if there are any new sites around. Not much later, I stumbled over this site, which has some fantastic art, it's very much in KT's style but still enough with the artist's own spin on it, that I just love it. The art is so bright and clean and cute, which is almost sort of a necessicity for any happy pairing with Orihime. The artist uses those same shades of warm oranges that both the characters have and makes them really sweet and nice and then draws the characters kissing at sunset or lounging around in a bed together. It wasn't enough that there was Ichigo/Orihime fanart? They actually get to touch each other, too? a;sldalkjslakjsdf HAPPINESS. Though, really, as much as the site touched my OTP fangirl, it's actually really solid, pretty art. (Ichigo/Orihime, a little Ulquiorra/Orihime, a tiny smidge of Renji/Rukia. Some not safe for work content in a small handful of images.)














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