i will never get over the fact that the entire final arc is the most blatant “fuck you” from kubo to the ichiruki fanbase
-ichigo doesn’t even know that she achieved bankai. so much for the whole ~whitesun/blackmoon~special bond.
-during ichigos moment of despair, he has rukia run straight to orihime. she does nothing to help ichigo. that entire scene looks like one couple helping another couple.
-didnt even let rukia go with ichigo instead of renji to the final battle. he could’ve given them a mini tag-team, but nope lmao. instead kubo has renji go with him(who gets knocked tf 2 seconds into battle) to obviously let us know that renruki was happening lmao. like there was no other reason as to why renji was picked over rukia.
-literally recycles one of their most beloved scenes(aka the fb scene where rukia gives him back his powers) but with fucking tsukishima. kubo does this again by recycling the exact words ichigo told rukia when he saved her-except this time hes talking to fucking kenpachi lmao.
-has them interact twice this entire final arc.
-ichigo isn’t even at her captain ceremony. yhwach starts forming during that moment-a moment where ichigo is back in the human world happily married to orihime/raising kazui with her & rukia is back in ss, with renji by her side/a mother since ichika is already born.
-last chapter is titled “death and strawberry” aka the most popular ship name for them. a chapter where ichigo and rukia are living in different worlds, happily married to other people and raising a family with their respective spouses.
-takes the most popular ship name and literally gives it to kazui and ichika-who happen to look so much like BOTH their parents. ichika has renjis flaming red hair, and kazui is all orihime in the face.
-last interaction between ichigo and rukia is them fighting over their parenting skills. another nail on the coffin as to why they just wouldn’t work together-renji/rukia are lax parents, while ichigo/orihime are more protective(fairies follow kazui around, ichigo tells at rukia to find her daughter)