Spoiler images and text out for this week, will update when translated. For now there's a page with Kenpachi, Ichibei and Aizen, several of Urahara, and the final page is Yoruichi in a crouching cat pose with lightning ears, claws and tongue. Plus a tail.
EDIT: Seems the 5 Special War Potentials were Ichigo, Kenpachi, Ichibei, Aizen and Urahara. Urahara arrives at the scene of Yoruichi's fight.
Title : "Dog vs Cat"(I think?)
Inuarashi and Nekomamushi encounter each other and begin fighting with weapons in their hands.
Actually Raizou is in Zou!
Franky and the rest wake up and realize the samurai have gone past them
A bell goes off with a strange "kakakan" sound
Bariete tells Inuarashi about the samurai, Nekomamushi finds out about them too
Momo reunites with Kin and Kan
Straw Hats meet the samurai and tell them to go back to Sunny
Inu and Neko meet face to face
Images include Inuarashi and Nekomamushi standing together. Them sitting with bowed heads facing Momo, Kinemon and Kanjuro, declaring Raizou is safe. Franky, Robin and Brook scrambling to catch up with Kinemon and Kanjuro. Chopper, Franky and Usopp pinning down Kinemon and Kanjuro with the other Straw Hats there. We usually don't get this much info until tonight so while I'm not expecting it, chapter might come out a bit earlier.
Not really. I'm used to the dark. When I come home from work, if I didn't have my SO here, I wouldn't bother turning the lights on. Ever. The glow from my laptop, the TV, or my phone is about all I've ever needed. I would get a little creeped out here and there, because I would feel something moving or hear something shift, but I was never afraid of the dark. I embrace the dark. I was usually alone in my house most days growing up, so I got used to being in the dark. I welcome it, I was born in it (I was a night baby), I pretty much always want to return to it.
Okay....I'm going to try this. I apologize ahead of time for it sounding like a laundry list of grievances against King George or like a giant windbag, but you asked what I think, so here it goes:
I would like you to add the old emoticons. Especially the smiley indifferent. I NEED it. It's my motif and schtick, man. The smileys and emoticons on here right now are simply atrocious and NOT [AS]. You guys were the only place I knew that had those type of smileys, and it was nice. Those little 16 pixel-by-16 pixel smileys were great accents to this place because they were so unique and fun. They didn't need to be animated or have some gimmick, and they showed more personality than any emoticons out there.
Also, I'd like to see a change (or, specifically a complete destruction of) is the upvote/downvote system. I doesn't necessarily have to go in total, but in its current incarnation as a system to keep you from posting or post flooding, it needs to go. That kind of system doesn't breed good posting habits or debate. It empowers trolls to screw with posters simply to keep them from posting over and over, and lets spammers spam with infamy. It also starts a popularity contest among posters akin to high school, rather than a democracy. How do I know? Ask Reddit, they could tell you all about it. (Myself, as well, because I'm also a member of Reddit).
I liked the rank system, too. I know that sounds superficial and elitist, but I liked the fact that I was such a high rank here. I've been here since they belonged to Prospero before Lithium. When ranks were instituted, I was a little against, it, but with time, I embraced them, and actually participated more because of them. I felt like I was getting rewarded for posting here with a higher rank. In some cases, it wasn't higher, but a fun temporary rank (re: Valentine's Day or April Fool's Day ranks). The fact that we kept a list of people who would hit high ranks (I was Owl #38 when that was new), was fun and interesting. The group of posters that I would converse with (outside of the boards) would joke about which one of us had no lives because we spent so much time and brain power on this place. It's true, though. This place was a mental retreat from the world, yet one of the greatest places to come for advice, comedy, and overall fun. It lost a lot of its luster after the last Presidential election. I blame Tim and Eric style comedy mentality. It felt corporate, stark, and bland. Not the wacky, offbeat, experimental feel of the original boards.
I'd also like to see the folders back. I know some of them had nearly no activity, but it was nice to leave one part of the boards to go to another. Not only that, it was a great way to mentally switch from goofy mode to conversation mode. Also, each folder had its own unique personality and morale. Having a single, joined boards doesn't grant myself and posters that luxury. It's nice, because we can have reactions like "Who the hell is this poster?" It's also kind of a pain in the ass, because there are some posters we intentionally avoid by going to another folder (knowing they won't post in it) so we don't get banned for flaming, trolling, etc. Folders also let the personality of the boards, and Adult Swim as a whole, come out to play, and shine. This is also true in the icons, colors, banners, links, ranks, and even the profanity filters. That feel simply is lost with a unified bulletin board style.
I'd also like to see the font colors change back to their original states and forms. Not hard to code, and certainly can be impliment in less time than it takes to make powdered chocolate milk mix. Realistically, the fact that I had a choice of either HTML or WYSIWIG Rich Text editors for my posts was nice. It encouraged me to learn HTML for some of my everyday stuff. Hell, it was nice just to be able to know something that other people didn't know how to do. Yes, I did use this to my advantage once in a while (Ask Odin about the Great Walls of Indifference that nearly killed his computer and boards), but not abuse it. It was kind of cool to have both options, as well. This was also the only place that would let me have (relative) freedom to put HTML where I needed it. It was controlled, yet free.
I'd like to see marcos put back in place, too. I know this sounds stupid, but I used them a lot for some canned responses. I also used them to house some of the more complex HTML/ASCII things that I had so I wouldn't have to re-type them constantly. It made posting life a lot easier. This variation on BBCode is just a great annoyance. It doesn't make me want to post. Opposite, in fact.
Get rid of the switch to change the board color in the top right hand corner. That. NEEDS. To. GO. Like....away from this damn solar system go. The boards are HIDEOUS in white. They've always been in black. That's the feel. That's the personality. That's the identity.
If you ask me, the notifications HAVE to go. Those are annoying as Hell. I get enough notifications on my computer from iTunes, other tabs I have open, my clients and significant other messaging me, and other programs that need my attention. I don't need a mini-Facebook/Reddit style notification system here. It's simply superfluous and extraneous. It doesn't need changing or fixing. It needs murdering. There were NEVER any notifications in the boards. Be it new threads, replies, or otherwise. Any notifications or news was done with a simple bolding of the text on refresh. Simple. Elegant. Instantaneously branded. Noticeable.
Seeing the original sign up dates of posters would be nice to have, as well. Being able to tell how old someone is doesn't change how I post to them or think of them, but it does help me understand some of their habits, as well as see if they are an alt or simply a troll or special account. I know you guys (read: the Moderation Panel) look a something like this when doing bans and other considerations. If you do it, why can't we?
I know this may sound like a giant "rabble, rabble.....change on boards is BAD" speech, but it's not. I embrace change. I welcome it. This is a case of "if it's not broke, don't fix it", however. You had a wonderful system that we organic, robust, and people loved, and the rug got swept away. It is akin to "upgrading" from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Yeah, there's a new look, and it's supposed to be "the future", but it has fewer, less useful features, it doesn't work with basic knowledge I already have, and it's a step backwards from progress. Rather than a step forward. Some of the things that were implemented even before the boards went away from Lithium were making me not want to post here. I've been here for a long time, since 2003. I originally signed up here because I wanted to get on TV on one of the bumps. I wound up staying here because of the community, comedy, and overall morale and pace. This place kept me sane during some of my teenage years. This place was here when things were going bad at a previous job. This place was here when my parents split. Hell, I even met a couple of my girlfriends via this place.
This place is a big part of my life, and I keep posting here because of its feel and the time I've already invested in it.
I can wait to see changes made and things get added. I think it will be fun. I look forward to see what you guys do.