Summary:

Having returned to her apartment, Inoue is writing out some housekeeping instructions for Rangiku and Hitsugaya. On her wrist is a bracelet from Ulquiorra that makes it so that only Arrancar can recognize her existence while also allowing her to pass through any substance. In addition, Ulquiorra had given her 12 hours to say goodbye to only one person, and that person isn’t allowed to realize the truth. Around this time, over at Urahara’s underground training area, Ikkaku and Yumichika are making a lot of noise while getting bandaged up for their wounds while Hitsugaya watches over them. Noticing that Urahara has been deep in thought ever since the Arrancar left, Hitsugaya considers how lucky they were to get out with only this much damage against all those Espada. He knows that the Arrancar preparations are already complete, so they have to hurry with their own preparations. Unfortunately though, they’re having trouble contacting Soul Society.

Inoue meanwhile is walking through the streets when she accidentally bumps into someone, but that person is unable to see her. She then notices that she has no reflection in a store window and that she is able to pass her hand right through it. Still thinking about who she’s going to say goodbye to, Inoue heads to school and stares at Ichigo’s desk. When she hears some students coming, she hides in the front of the room, but accidentally knocks over Ichigo’s chair in the process. The two students turn out to be Mizuiro and Keigo, and seeing the knocked over chair causes them to start talking about how Inoue, Sado, and Rukia have all been absent. When Keigo thinks that he and Mizuiro been left out of something, Mizuiro suggests that they’re probably not the only ones and cites Tatsuki too. This causes Inoue to start thinking about her memories with Tatsuki, and she sees Tatsuki walking with the karate club a short while later. Tatsuki senses something when a soccer ball gets kicked towards Inoue and passes through her head, but Tatsuki gets called away by her club before either she or Inoue can act.

Later that night, Rukia is having trouble contacting Inoue who she still thinks is in Soul Society. Rukia is currently in Ichigo’s room watching over him as he rests after Hachigen had used a spatial regression technique to repair him. Since she’s been kept in the dark, Rukia is left wondering who the Vizards are, what power Ichigo is trying to obtain, and why the Arrancar suddenly stopped fighting and left. She’s thinking about going to Inoue’s apartment when she hears Yuzu and Karin outside the room, and she finds that the two have brought dinner. After eating, Rukia washes her plate and has a brief chat with Ichigo’s father who thinks that Ichigo got beat up by students from another school. She then leaves for Inoue’s apartment, but unbeknownst to her, Inoue arrives at Ichigo’s house soon after. Using her bracelet power to pass through his window, Inoue enters Ichigo’s room and tells the still-sleeping him that she’s come to say goodbye even though there are a lot of other people she wants to say goodbye to too.

Noticing Ichigo’s sisters sleeping on the floor beside his bed with the dirty dishes beside them, Inoue guesses that they wanted to eat with him in his room after he had been gone for so long, and this makes her realize that this is the first time she’s come to his room by herself. With Ichigo’s smell all around her, Inoue bends down and tries to kiss him, but she stops just short and starts crying instead because she can’t do it. Taking a step back, Inoue admits that she had a lot of things she wanted to do, including becoming a teacher, becoming an astronaut, running her own cake shop, going to the doughnut shop to order everything, and going to the ice cream shop to order everything. She thinks of how nice it would be to live her life five times over so that she could be born in five different places, eat five different things, and have five different jobs. For all five times though, she feels that she would fall in love with the same person. Inoue then thanks Ichigo and bids him farewell. Back in her own room, on the notebook she had been writing in earlier, Inoue had signed off with the words “good bye. halcyon days.”

 
 
 
They stretched one chapter into an entire episode, but it was animated much better than usual, and the last scene was everything I expected it to be. I’ve said before that I’ve been waiting for them to get to this point, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. One of the reasons I like this part of the story so much is that it solidifies the romance element that’s been relatively absent from this series. That’s not to say that I want Bleach to become relationship drama heavy or anything, but the story gets a bit stale if it’s all fighting all the time, so I welcome stuff like this.
The main thing I still don’t understand though, is why Ulquiorra even gave her twelve hours to say goodbye to someone. He doesn’t seem like the kind of person who’d have any sort of sympathy for her, and the only logical reason I can think of is that he knew she’d go see Ichigo and that he could predict what Ichigo would do when he found out. Or maybe Kubo Tite just needed a way for Inoue to say a memorable goodbye to Ichigo. Anyway, the next two episodes look like they’re going to be continuing the manga story (for now), though the anime will be taking a break on Oct. 10th before coming back for episode 144 on Oct. 17th.

92 Comments

  1. WOW! Great episode! I have always liked Inoue with Ichigo, since well she actually admits that she loves him. I like Rukia, but only as a good partner with Ichigo, heck the way they interact with each other is hilarious. (I always remember Rukia’s bunny drawings, and Ichigo’s reaction, speaking of which i haven’t seen for quite awhile)

    Finally it’s moving on! I hope they wont throw anymore fillers and actually just stick with the manga, I’m fine if they extend or modify the manga a bit in an episode, rather than watching an entire unrelated episode.

    Nagasumi
  2. this has to be the most emotional Bleach episode to date… the episode with Ichigo’s mom would be a close second. =)
    i [HEART] this episode… the existence of Ririn, Cloud, & Nova bring a refreshing twist to the manga’s storyline. the very last scene was a bit unexpected for me… this has to be the first time the anime included the manga chapter’s title in the episode. i guess, that means after a string of random filler episodes (and 1 stupid cake episode LOL) Bleach is making a comeback. ^_^
    and just about in time for the holidays too… (d’you think they purposedly make all those fillers to set the whole winter thingie? LOL i am trying to avoid spoilers)

    YamadaShun
  3. @RevyFTW
    For one i don’t tink so…yes it had its ups and downs but the plot twists. And i still think that the paralels in that arc were drawn on purpose ;]

    As for episode – it was perfect. Perfectly perfect. Animation was good i loved the scene and Inoue got to shine…

    InoueXIchigo ftw~!

    Unknown Voice
  4. Inoue is way better, at least in my mind, over Rukia. It was clear from the start that she liked Ichigo, but never said anything which sucks imo. And the whole thing with her being an “idiot” is BS, she acts that way most of the time to make everyone else cheer up. The girls got more brains than is shown in the manga and anime both.

    GP
  5. Ugh. Disappointing news. I hear that between now and Hueco Mundo theres gonna be filler until Winter.

    Still, nice to see this episode was done right. I have been swearing for a week now that if this chapter wasn’t exact to the manga then the anime was dead to me. ^_^

    Camon
  6. my only hope is that the studio who’s producing bleach will never again come back on HS like the bontou stupid story.Every1 is praising that episode im looking for the the next episode to be in this quality,I ONLY HOPE .if not i will be disgusted!! :/ .

    Til then sayonara

    Neos
  7. And yet the hate for fillers begins even before the airing of them…People seriously, straighten up…If it will be in quality of the very last “arrancar civil war” filler episode, then i will be happy. And hey that arc will be in hueco mundo, so they may do something cool…

    Unknown Voice
  8. @Omni
    Um..its called “free decision to chose” ;] He gave her an ability ” to chose”, although there was only one option available. Thus Ulqi successfully took out “suicide” option and other stuff. Seriously, if He would have tried to get her to there by force, there is no idea onwhat would have happened – she would have sliced her neck or something. The ability to chose was the best way to deliver the “tool” undamaged

    Unknown Voice
  9. I hate this kind of charater.(inoue) inoue is everywhere. The hero end whith the good girl again and again. this kind is good but not in every manga. It’s boring. horor the nice girl wins, romance again the nice girl, fighting the nice girl again….

    Cafard
  10. “The main thing I still don’t understand though, is why Ulquiorra even gave her twelve hours to say goodbye to someone. He doesn’t seem like the kind of person who’d have any sort of sympathy for her, and the only logical reason I can think of is that he knew she’d go see Ichigo and that he could predict what Ichigo would do when he found out.”

    ~Here be manga spoilers~
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Dae
  11. “I hate this kind of charater.(inoue) inoue is everywhere. The hero end whith the good girl again and again. this kind is good but not in every manga. It’s boring. horor the nice girl wins, romance again the nice girl, fighting the nice girl again….”

    Ichigo doesn’t really like inoue that way…its one sided

    8ghosts
  12. Small addition to my preceeding post. Basically, take any series with a so called tsundere lead. Most of the time she’ll act like a bitch towards the lead, but for some reason or other (mostly because she was declared winner by the author at the beginning), we’re supposed to look past those “little personality shortcomings”, which range from random shouting to physical abuse, and then should celebrate the little sugar she dishes out once in a while, since this couple is “meant to be”. So, no, the nice girl does not always win.

    Ovirath
  13. I read the last one of suzuka(166) one manga against the others.
    Like every manga the first girl is always the nicer and always win the man so I hate this. There are a lot of girls around them and the suspense is dead. We already know who win and it’s sucks.

    Cafard
  14. since arrancar arc started studio Pierrot is doing great jop they jumped with animation quilaty and gave each chapter its justice
    even madhouse or Bones may not do it the way Pierrot have done it
    thanks Pierrot
    BUT WHATs UP WITH NARUTO YOU #####

    qwertypoiuy
  15. that is so sad to see. T-T
    but it won’t change my opinion of pairing. i wonder about ichigo though. who does he likes? he didn’t show any preference. he just want to save everyone.
    orihime’s love is still one-sided at the moment. poor thing.
    Ichigo!!!! Give us a answer.

    Jess
  16. blah Show Spoiler ▼

    I’m not a fan of InoIchi but I don’t care… I actually watch Bleach for the battles and plotline… the rom,ance does not interest me a bit, I would really hate if this developed in some kind of shoujo anime…. ^^’

    RickaZ
  17. “You know, when Keigo barged into the classroom saying ‘I forgot something’, it INSTANTLY reminded be of Taniguchi’s ‘WA WA WA WA 忘れ物~~~~'”

    Same here. I LOLed.

    Keigo = Taniguchi (+ manic)
    Mizuiro = Kunikida (+ pimp)

    quigonkenny
  18. Personally I am dispointed with Orihime, Tatsuki was a friend who stand by her for years and protected her and she got dumped for Ichigo. I guess Orihime is the kind of girl who would ditch friends for a boy even if the boy hasnt shown any particular interest in her. Personally I think Orihime is the worst choice for Ichigo and just because She has spoken of her love doesnt mean she deserves his love. When you get to HM you’ll know what I mean. Rukia may have not verbally spoken about her love for Ichigo, she has proven her love through her actions unlike Orihime who is all talk and no action (not to mention self obsess) If KT is stupid enough to go for Orihime – Ichigo relations that would be the end of Bleach for me.

    Bleachfan
  19. I like this episode..even it has a big amount of fillers but they did a good job..the animation and art r so good..orihime looked so pretty .. so is rukia

    It’s so obvious that was a one sided love orihime>>>ichigo..and it’s also obvious who ichigo loves **rukia**.. he showed more interest in rukia than her(rukia)..ch 213/ep 121 his facial expression tells us how deep he cares for rukia when she was injured..if u denied that ..then it means u know nothing about art (I’m an artist so I know how much his face was drawn in such a deep emotional appearance that has a mix feeling of affection and worried emotions) anyway the chance between orihime and ichigo is near zero.. I won’t spoil what’ll happen next but when u reach these chapters u will know what I’m talking about ^ ^

    @Bleach fan I completely agree with u .. I liked how filler anime used miziru to remind orihime of her best friend whom seems to forget about ( if they didn’t mention her she wouldn’t think about her) and yea making an action is better than just saying some beautiful words >_> rukia is and will be always the best girl for ichigo ^ ^

    @nightseer.. I don’t think rukia has the same weak personality as orihime who lets her emotions moves her around.. and in rukia’s case is different from orihime’s..renji did abandon her in ss when she asked him to accept kuchi’s family request or not ..since that day they didn’t contact alot and because of ichigo ..their friendship has returned to the way before but not exact the same.. ichigo’s now became an important part of rukia’s life..can’t blame her since he was the one who rescued her from death in ss.. in orihime’s case ..tatsuki didn’t abandon her once..she was protecting her since middle school. And because of her ..orihime was able to know ichigo from distance.. then she fall for him.. and her mind became all about kurosaki kun.. In the end she chose kurosaki(her love)over her best friend tatsuki ..

    hananon
  20. “Good bye. halcyon days.”
    “Halcyon was a bird, now believed to have been the kingfisher. It was supposed to have a calming influence on the sea at the time of winter solstice. Folklore held that during the “halcyon days”, from seven days before the solstice until seven days after it, storms would not occur at sea. By extension, halcyon has come to mean the best period of one’s life or career, or a period of great happiness.”

  21. @hananon: It’s not obvious who Ichigo loves. He shows no love for any girl only deep friendship. And the relationship between Renji and Rukia recovered after the SoSo [Please… don’t write ‘SS’, it’s creepy for germans like me ~_~] arc. And Tatsuki knows about Orihimes feelings for Ichigo. I think she would understand her decision. But… that’s just me talking. Ask KT. xD

  22. Well what proof would you need? Manga had the best proof for “power of love” as cliched as it was Show Spoiler ▼

    That part was best proof that inoue is source of his resolve at that moment…maybe ichigo, being an emo he is, still does not understand how he feels, but he will understand soon i think….

    I see ichigo and rukia only as comrades/friends. They both believe in each other as a team. IN a sense Rukia was a first mentor-relationship for Ichigo. I can’t see romance there…

    Unknown Voice
  23. @nightseer..I mentioned one example only of how ichigo cares for rukia deeply.. there are many other examples.. like when he looked so surprise and happy at the same time to see her again after soul society arc (I won’t write ss ^ ^”) and the way she convinced him to become stronger and made him get a rid of his depression so fast indicates how deep their relationship is.. there r many many but I’m just tried to write them .. in soul society arc also it showed us how he was focused on saving rukia (unlike orihime arc.. he seemed more focusing on fighting) and some of later scenes I can’t say it coz I don’t want to spoil it for others (I dunno how to use spoiler tag here)

    Ichigo is the type of person who uses his body language to express his feeling like scrubbing his head when he’s embarrassed or nervous…kubo’s always making sure to cover his face or half of it (not letting us reader to see his facial expression) when his emotions involve an important event.. so observing his behaviors from manga shows us that he has a feeling toward rukia.. it’s not hard to notice ..it just some people ignore that fact and keep on believing something else..

    //And the relationship between Renji and Rukia recovered after the SoSo//

    And that’s because of ichigo ^ ^ but it’s too late for renji now

    hananon
  24. I’d consider myself a Rukia/Ichigo fan, and never really got the appeal of Orihime/Ichigo.

    I’m still rooting for Rukia/Ichigo, but after this episode, I can at least understand what Orihime/Ichigo fans see there.

    Brian
  25. saaaa weeet! orihime should’ve ripped his clothes and straddled him! lmao!! no one would’ve been able to see her with that bracelet?! what!? i can’t wait till Ichigo wakes up, finds out, and goes ape sh!t. wtf happened to chad and “robin hood”? they kinda dissapeared. I need to read the manga, i bite off my finger nails to the bone every week in anticipation for another episode. i’m not gonna have any fingers soon!!

    diablito
  26. Man, this episode hurt me. It was very well-done and was able to manage spreading an entire chapter out over one episode–then again, Oofuri does that all the time and it feels more natural, but it’s not as fast-paced as Bleach.

    Diablito, just keep watching, you’ll see some cool stuff soon enough.

    Show Spoiler ▼

    Anonymooo
  27. That final scene was great I am only into watching the episodes but man waiting every week is just killing me! Does anyone know the song name at 18:30 the flash back scene with orihime the bleach music is so great I just can’t seem to find all of it.

    Explode
  28. hey omni, actually it says in the manga that ulquiorra said that by giving her a 12 hour reprieve it meant that she was doing this out of her own choice, and so after it seems to everyone that she betrayed them because she was not taken by force thus making soul society less anxious to save her

    blaho
  29. @explode this music one of the new osts that’ll be introduced in OST 3 (hopfully) so we don’t know its name yet.. in addtion to it, there are many cool music like Spanish osts for action scenes and many other awesome osts.. hopefully we’ll get to hear most of them in ost 3

    @blaho..it’ll better if you have used a spoiler tag coz there are many anime watchers here only .. so please try to pay attention to the situation more ^ ^’

    hananon
  30. It’s the worst when OST misses my favourite songs I hope they have all the cool music since the last one included. Or they could at least release the names of songs that they couldn’t fit 😀 thanks for the information though.

    Explode
  31. It’s because nothing’s creepier than a man with a ponytail debating the validity of his preferred romantic relationship between cartoon characters. It’s just plain funny.

    I do strongly believe that Ichigo and Rukia’s relationship is just them seeing each other as cool FRIENDS and ALLIES and CO-WORKERS (“nakama” would work just fine here), but nothing romantic. Then again, Bleach horribly half-asses its interpersonal relationships, claiming they’re important but only touching on those connections when they’re important to the story and ignoring them every other time. Still nice to see it, though.

    Anonymooo
  32. @hananon
    ITs indeed very clear that their relationship is heading nowhere…I am happy that i am not blinded by fanboy/fangirl state…

    Its yet to be seen if it will be Nelliel or Orihime or any other girl but Rukia is already out of the list. She is a mentor/ally. And its the same as to say that Ichigo will end up with Ishida or Chad…Rukia is at the same role as these two now as her char development ended. If anything I see Rukia ending up with Renji.

    Honestly i can’t see anything “lovey dovey” about ichigo and rukia(Its the same as to say that Ichigo is currently in hot love with Tatsuki…), while this ep added up very much to Ichi/hime relationship.

    Unknown Voice
  33. @ Explode
    if you want the music I found it all! Check out ensips.com and sign up pretyy straightforward, when you do type in: Kane-One in the search and click on the user then look at his playlists he has ALL the bleach OST’s everythign its nuts EVERYONE LOOK I FOUND ALL THE BLEACH MUSIC, to sign up all you have to do is input your email and make a name ^^
    to make it mega easy here:
    http://www.esnips.com/profile/52fcfab4-5efb-4ce3-9b0f-1ca77ecf6b78
    also the title of the song thats playing at 18:30 right when shes about to kiss him is called Will Of The Heart

    Operation D.o.o.d.l.e.b.u.g
  34. @unknown voice..You said their relationship is heading nowhere when bleach is all about them O_o you sure are reading a different version of bleach.. all the first arc, soul society and after soul society arc have mountains of ichruki moments and most of them has romantic shoujo elements.. like memories in the rain, bridge scene ( so shoujo)and in the execution chapter ..ichigo came to rukia as her knight which strongly considers to be a shoujo element.. not to mention how anime has focused on showing their relationship in more obvious way (including fillers ep) and what about bleach rock musical .. it’s so ichiruki show and kubo was very happy about it ^ ^

    If rukia was out of the list as you said or saying that she’s in the same category as ishida and chad of their relationship toward ichigo ..then tell me why did kubo make rukia a FEMALE character not a MALE .. if he wanted to create a story of a nakama or ally relationship only he would have make her as a male -_- and you are saying orihime has more chance than rukia ..then I’ll say she isn’t even a close friend to ichigo how can that be possible.. chad and ishida are more closer to ichigo..EVEN nel is more closer to him.. read the manga carefully please >_> and look at the chapter of this week it proved that ichigo has no feeling for orihime (friend is a big word for them actually) -__-

    It’s so sad to see some people can’t see the obvious truth in front of them coz of their blind love for other pairing like ichiori or coz of their concentration in the fights only.. but I’m glad the majority are supporting ichiruki not only in Japan and but also in other countries.. Not to mention ichiruki always win the three top places in the popularity couple poll of Japan (ichiori was # 50) and never were below that which shows how many people understand and know how to the manga very well..

    In the end I’m not trying to convince you.. I’m just stating the facts and what’s happing in the manga .. believe or not is up to you… but remember that kubo is the plot maker ..he knows what he’s doing..he won’t waste 270 chapters for nothing.. something big will happen soon..u just wait and see ^ ^

    hananon
  35. @hananon
    Only real ichiruki moments were during first two arcs. Even in PreSS arc it was pretty minor stuff. IN SS we saw the “caring”. Yes they are allies they care for each other, Ichigo feels that he is at fault for her imprisonment and so goes on to save her. Ofcourse anime was more focused on these parts and of course kubo was happy for it – fanservice adds up to popularity. However IchiRuki is not canon. Neither Rukia neither Ichigo has stated anything about deeper relationship.

    Of course Kubo made her a female, as to atract female audience…Its a a really shallow thinking to think that every female is just for romantic relationships…If to think so – well then Yuruichi, soifong, unohana, tatsuki, “lesbo schoolgirl” and so on would be males?…

    The Popularity polls do not mean a thing. IN naruto popularity polls “NarutoXSasuke” is at top, but that does not mean that 100% of jp population is yaoi fans or that Kishimoto is going to do it canon.

    There is no such thing as “majority” support. Every side with their subjective way of thinking will think that it is supported by majority.

    If to talk about IchiOri moments, the very first moment were in the very first chapters where the story about orihime’s brother took place.

    Ichigo has no Feelings? Of course he has no feelings. He is an emo currently. That means that he feels everything but love. Thats why its shonen – main character is always blind guy who “sees” the truth only by the end.

    Talking about manga, lets compare where is orihime and nel now and where is rukia? XD

    Unknown Voice
  36. //@hananon
    Only real ichiruki moments were during first two arcs. Even in PreSS arc it was pretty minor stuff. IN SS we saw the “caring”. Yes they are allies they care for each other, Ichigo feels that he is at fault for her imprisonment and so goes on to save her. Ofcourse anime was more focused on these parts and of course kubo was happy for it – fanservice adds up to popularity. However IchiRuki is not canon. Neither Rukia neither Ichigo has stated anything about deeper relationship.//

    Don’t forget their moments didn’t stop here..they continue after ss arc and even in hm arc..if kubo wanted to obliterate those pairing ..he wouldn’t make rukia returns to human world again.. his chance to finish their relationship perfectly was when rukia stayed in ss and when ichigo left..then why did he return her and focuse on her relationship with ichigo again..in ep 115 shows how rukia’s importance means to ichigo..he’s useless without her .. her only 5 minutes speech has returned ichigo back to his normal self..she affects him so much..even orihime noticed that and felt jealousy of rukia because she sensed the happiness covers ichigo’s face.. orihime loves ichigo and when she got jealous of rukia that indicates there’s something more than a friendship between ichiruki.. and ichigo didn’t save rukia out of debt .. it was just an excuse..he said it in the end (before leaving ss) that he remembered why he saved her in the first place because of the moment he saw her tears just before rukia’s leaving the human world to go to ss (ep 17 I think) he wanted her to be happy again and continue on living..that’s why he agreed to let her stay in ss too because she wants that which’s the best choice for her ..

    I wasn’t talking about the anime only but also about bleach rock musical.. it focused on ichigo wanting to help rukia from death (ss arc)..it has so ichiruki moments and they’re showing an obvious feeling of ichigo toward rukia.. kubo supported them too ^ ^

    I didn’t said they’re canon .. they’re going to be though ^ ^ not confessing their feeling is not necessary because they don’t need to..they understand each other perfectly and they express their feeling mostly by action not only by words.. they know how much each of them is important to the other ..so words of love not essential ^ ^

    //Of course Kubo made her a female, as to atract female audience…Its a a really shallow thinking to think that every female is just for romantic relationships…If to think so – well then Yuruichi, soifong, unohana, tatsuki, “lesbo schoolgirl” and so on would be males?//

    you said before if ichigo ended up with rukia .. it’s like saying ichigo will end up with ishida or chad .. do you understand what’re implying here? .. you consider rukia’s relationship with ichigo like a male relationship.. how can that be applied to a female character.. then that means kubo was supposed to write rukia as a male but accidentally made her a female.. to create male and female as a main characters opens an absolute door for love and romance.. he didn’t do it to attract female audience only but also to give us a sense of romance and affection between those two in the manga so that it’ll not be all about fighting or else no female will try it

    //The Popularity polls do not mean a thing. IN naruto popularity polls “NarutoXSasuke” is at top, but that does not mean that 100% of jp population is yaoi fans or that Kishimoto is going to do it canon.//

    Naruto is different from bleach completely (don’t compare these two again please >

    hananon
  37. //The Popularity polls do not mean a thing. IN naruto popularity polls “NarutoXSasuke” is at top, but that does not mean that 100% of jp population is yaoi fans or that Kishimoto is going to do it canon.//

    Naruto is different completely from bleach (don’t compare these two together please >

    hananon
  38. So says the heretic that has never read a single manga in his lifetime: This was a beautifully scripted episode and though I’m no judge of animation, the script itself and the scenes that accompanied it were, without a doubt some of the best I’ve seen in the Bleach series thus far. In a word: Well f**king done!!

    Tiercel
  39. Unlike bleach, naruto has not awesome female characters like bleach.. even sakura who must be the female lead loses to hinata I believe.. however rukia won the first place in several female popularity polls in bleach and even in other anime females .. how can say Popularity polls are mean nothing when it express the audience response about bleach.. it’s so important for both the anime and manga.. the evidence for that because toshiro has won the second place ( not sure how many though) in the best bleach characters poll .. they anime and manga decided to focus more on him by giving him more scenes and panels, because they want to have a good business which won’t disappoint their customers and continue their supporting to the project. But still ichiruki are doing with or without the polls.. They’re the leading characters after all

    //There is no such thing as “majority” support. Every side with their subjective way of thinking will think that it is supported by majority.//

    It’s so obvious who’re the majority with .. I don’t even need to mention it, it just the minority side won’t admit it

    //If to talk about IchiOri moments, the very first moment were in the very first chapters where the story about orihime’s brother took place.//

    Is that consider to be an ichiori moment .. I don’t recall some kind of signified connection between ichiori has happend..it was just about rescuing her form her brother hollow..kubo even used rukia to comfort her..it wasn’t only centered in ichiori

    //Ichigo has no Feelings? Of course he has no feelings. He is an emo currently. That means that he feels everything but love. Thats why its shonen – main character is always blind guy who “sees” the truth only by the end.
    Talking about manga, lets compare where is orihime and nel now and where is rukia? XD//

    I was saying he has no romantic feeling toward orihime.. don’t twist my words please -_- and ichio became a gentle person lately..it seems you don’t know how to analyze a character..

    When I said something big will happen I was talking about rukia ^ ^ because of her situation..it’ll influence the whole bleach soon of course ichigo is included .. just wait and see..rukia the heroine of bleach after all ^ ^

    hana_reply
  40. Well I don’t see any development in ichigo’s character since the first time he got smacked up by ulquiorra ;]. He seems to only be bitching about his situation, et cetera et cetera…HOwever the last chapters have shown at least some sincere emotions in him, and why? What did happen? Of course everything went around orihime, and beganwith grim spitting a bit of truth into ichigo’s face. It was like a revelation for him, reinforcing back the very reasons on why he came into there ;].

    Naruto and bleach does not differ that much, just that Bleach is a lot more graphically pleasing and actually develops characters. The main idea and “template” is the same as thousands of other shonen manga.

    Rukia can’t be considered a “heroine” as there is only one “omg superpowered politically-correct goodie”. What basically is gonna happen is that they all will yet again get saved by reinforcements and return to earth. Rukia had the moments to shine already (and it was best place to kill off the character, but it was not used, it will be interesting to see on how Kubo plans on to get rid of at least some characters as I don’t see Winter ending up without losses).

    Of course this discussion could go on and go on and go on, as it seems that we both see the events in different colors, of course only time will tell which one is right(or maybe none of us are right and Ichi end up in yaoi pairing or with some random girl >.>).

    Unknown Voice
  41. Re : Ichigo x Orihime

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    becky
  42. about ichigo character development..Actually it started to be noticeable..since the beginning of hm arc.. he did show his gentle side to many ppl mostly to nel XD.. his relationship with rukia become more gently.. They aren’t fighting like before anymore.. he’s more obvious about his feeling to rukia now than before ..as for orihime, he always shows his kind self in front of her because he’s not close to her.. and that because of her fragile personality, ichigo seemed to be handling it hardly by putting the gentle mask of his ..he wants to finish his conversation with her as soon as she’s starting to talk to him coz he’s not comfortable in dealing with her( ep 126 when she went to vizard palce to told ichigo about the king key) ichigo was more comfortable with hiyori XD her friends said they are getting a long very well together .. ichigo prefers strong and honest women who are easy to deal with.. However, he’s different now with orihime.. he started to see her as a nakama not more than that..

    Rukia is not a heroine of bleach!? Haha you made me laugh..just because the focusing on orihime now doesn’t mean kubo has forgotten about her.. you said yourself ..rukia had her shinning moments even when we are in ORIHIME ARC .. her moments was one of the most important things that happened in hm arc..not even orihime has shined once at least in her own arc XD kubo is really doing a good job in developing rukia and making sure whenever she appears..she’s shinning in her words and actions..she’s the plot mover after all..look at the story of bleach in latest chapters.. it seems it’s going nowhere ..

    Rukia is the heroine of bleach from the beginning and she’ll always be whatever the circumstances are.. kubo is not stupid to remove her out of bleach characters list.. bleach is nothing but a screwy fighting all the time like other shounen without her ^ ^

    Yah this discussion is endless.. but at least I gave some proofs and examples from the manga/anime that happened already.. and not only focused on stating my own opinions.. I think some ppl have already seen what’s the true story of bleach and I really respect honest ppl of ichiori fans who admit that rukia is more than a friend to ichigo even if they didn’t like their relationship..they are atleast not blind about their shipping

    Anyway.. hope to see this arc is ending soon.. I’m really bored with it.. bleach is losing its shiny days day by day >_>

    hananon
  43. I’ve always preferred IchiRuki since it seems a far more equal relationship than IchiHime could ever be. Rukia stands on her own, as fare few other female shonen manga leads do, whereas Inoue’s character is almost entirely centred around Ichigo thus, the IchiRuki dynamic has more to it, isn’t just some girl trying to be loved and utterly devoted to her man. Granted, there’s more to Inoue than there is to the usual shonen manga bimbos but her love for Ichigo is the main source of *conflict* for her and that’s what makes her interesting for me. I like the fact that it hurts her to love Ichigo, that her love (for the moment – no matter what happens in future arcs) is one-sided and that Rukia has had more of an impact and is able to reach Ichigo in ways Inoue can only dream of.

    In the end, I’d like to see IchiRuki because of how much the two have changed the paths of each others destinies, how much they’ve given one another, how much stronger they’ve made each other. However, more than that, I’d like to see Inoue (and Renji from the Rukia side of things) move on from their respective loves as I feel that such an end conveys a far more uplifting, realistic message – that there is no one true love and that you can move on to eventual happiness no matter how much it might hurt to do so at first.

    Catherine
  44. The opening sequence currently playing here is all about this episode. I’m sure of it. The empty classroom, and the other locations, stood for the point in the story where Orihime was invisible. They tend to animate opening sequences with plot points that, at the moment they first appear, are spoilers (eg, the image of Rukia being imprisoned only appeared at a time when she was still in Karakura). But that’s a minor thing.

    That said, this is one of the best episodes of Bleach. Not THE best, I don’t think anyone will make a good answer for which one was the best by now.

    The one thing I don’t get is why Orihime always chooses the safest way to do things, even when she knows better. As likable as she is, she’s had her moments where I thought she was simply unreasonable with herself. If she wants to become stronger, she’s gonna have to grow up and act upon guts instead of contemplating everything. Of course, the fact she goes to Hueco Mundo by force is NOT her fault, so I won’t question that.

    Elf
  45. I am a Ichigo-Orihime fan. But who knows who Ichigo will end up with, if anyone. He hasn’t really showed any romantic feelings towards Rukia or Orihime. I like Inoue and i don’t think she is weak as others characterize her. For crying out loud, the girl can bring back someone from near death with her ability! The girl has potential and remember not everyone is born to fight.
    Anyways, this was a great episode! It’s nice to see a little bit of romance in bleach without it been overdone.

    AnimeFan

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