Give Credit Where Due

The reason I’m writing this post today is because I wanted to speak a little bit more on some inspiration for Black & Red.

In the story, there are various characters who use weapons; mainly swords. Within these swords and these characters are the ability to “hear” the voice of the weapon.

Part of this was taken as inspiration from Tite Kubo’s Bleach, a long-running manga series in Japan.

Bleach tells the tale of Ichigo Kurosaki who is a teenager that can see ghosts. Through a series of events he becomes a ‘shinigami’ or ‘death-god’ and obtains a zanpakuto or ‘soul sword’ (as I’ve seen it translated). All Shinigami have these zanpakuto and each zanpakuto has a ‘soul’ which reveals itself to the user in various forms and ways in order to unlock various levels of power and attacks.

I won’t say anymore about the series in order to avoid spoilers, but I have adapted the concept of having a sword or weapon with a ‘voice’ or ‘soul’ into my work with Black & Red. It’s not exactly the same, of course, but when I actually publish if people who read my story are fans of this manga, I wanted to give a nod to the awesome mind of Tite Kubo as there is a brief similarity there.

Otherwise, I am getting back at the editing game today now that I have some more time since I’m recovering from being sick. New goal: May 2013. Hopefully nothing else goes wrong so I can keep this self-imposed deadline this time!

Posted by Sarah Jayne

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