Thanks to link on DeviantART for the translation of Kubo's interview.
Matsubara-san’s novels allows for me to experience that everytime through her careful writing of the relationships among (the characters) because of her deep insights and affection for the Bleach world and its characters…
It was the same for this particular novel.
‘The Death Save The Strawberry’
As for the reason I have given it a title which is connected to Volume 1’s I think is something everyone who has read will surely know the best.
That it is because it’s a story of acquiring power from the state of nothingness.
That it is drawn to show the interference Soul Society has done externally and internally for Ichigo.
And then because the work, without any doubt is a story about Ichigo and Rukia.
I want everyone to experience with me the work’s nostalgia and at the same time its freshness.
Promo bookmark showing Rukia as the "Queen of Hearts" and Ichigo as the "King of Spades". This particular merchandise hasn't been commented by Kubo.