F*CK ORIHIME INOUE AMIRIGHT? ....um.
First and foremost, I’m about as big an IR fan as it gets BUT WAIT!!! ORIHIME INOUE IS JUST ABOUT MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE CHARACTER and is free from all bashing and hate on this blog. She is cherished, she is safe, please all Bleach fans read on.
Overwhelming, Orihime seems to garner more hate than love. Hate. Not dislike. not discontentment, but hate. Hate that I’ve tried to find justifiable reasons to understand for eight years.
1. Her beauty for anti/pro purposes.
Anti’s love to call her a “big-boobed bimbo” or “oriwhore” or “the daughter of a whore” (because ob-vi-ous-ly whatever Orihime’s mother was is what Orihime is destined to be), et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
But that boob window dress!
OMG how could I forget?? It almost erases all of Orihime’s modest fashion choices that she’s made the whole series when left to her own accord! It’s almost like a perverted, otherworldly genius disguising himself as a shopkeeper had nothing to do with it? He’s in no way good at manipulation…right?
Orihime is beautiful….duh.
I stand by this point. almost blindly, because Orihime is what inspired me to draw. Her beauty, her presence, her character, her smile pulled me back from ever stopping, and hey! My first drawing was pretty good! It landed in an art show (high school but I digress)!
^I ranted about this because people can’t keep saying that Orihime’s fans are only obsessed with shallow beauty. I don’t waste my time creating surface beauty, everything I love to draw is thought out. So you need to view Orihime not from your unwavering view of hate, but for who the character actually is. If her beauty isn’t your cup of tea….or ocean water, it’s fine! More power to you, but don’t attack her using the basis of “only beauty matters.” You look dumb.
2.Don’t describe her scenes with the smallest amount of detail and background information available and call it an analysis.
Many (not all), but most Orihime hate posts claim the front of “analysis”,but are just mislabeled to an audience who only loves to treat Hime with hate. They are just retelling of the scenes or panels from a COMPLETELY negative and pessimistic viewpoint,in hopes (either purposefully or just as a byproduct) of getting people to view the scenes with the same level of hate and negativity as the writer.
Inoue Orihime HAS FAULTS.Many of them, but Orihime is NOT unique to this. Inoue Orihime isn’t the be all and end all of character faults in this manga. EVERY CHARACTER OF BLEACH HAS FAULTS (sometimes down to the most minor 2-3 panel screen time characters have noticeable faults if your interested in looking). Blowing up every example of Orihime’s makes you an ignorant, far less than credible source.
This is the part where my massive IR fangirl self gets tucked into bed to rest.
Orihime loves Ichigo, yeah? A non-disputable fact, if I’ve ever seen one.
Spare me the common-knowledge arguments against this ship, okay? In truth, if I’m to say the truth and nothing but the truth, no part of me likes this ship besides the fact that two of my all-time favorite characters are in it.
Is Orihime loving Ichigo really so bad? People focus on that fact and often use the evidence they gather for that focus as a second thought. I don’t think the IH fandom would be so upset with arguments against their ship if it wasn’t for the ways the arguments are always displayed.
OMG ICHIGO IS NO GOOD FOR ORIHIME!
OMG ORIHIME IS NO GOOD FOR ICHIGO!
THIS SHIP IS TOXIC!
OH LORD ORIHIME DESERVES BETTER!
LOOK AT THE DYNAMIC OF ICHIGO AND RUKIA!
NOW LOOK AT THE DYNAMIC OF URYU AND ORIHIME!
Stop! How stupid can you be to think the IH fandom would be welcoming of that? I’m not welcoming of that and my two main ships are being supported! If you want to be taken seriously and genuinely understand the opinions of the opposing ship or have an actual argument that doesn’t immediately delve into attacking the person posting the argument/counterargument, be civil! Be wise, don’t pretend that you weren’t ready for a fight when you hit ‘post.’
P.S. If any fans (especially IH!) want to discuss a civil basis to the IH v. IR v. RR v. IsH (Ishihime I don’t know their abbreviation) I’d be very interested!
4. Orihime had potential and it’s been snatched away every time.
To that argument I can agree to a point, and I doubt anybody else in the IH fandom completely disagrees too heavily with that either. Kubo hinted at a lot for Orihime. I.e. Finding a way to destroy the hogyoku, fighting more after training with Rukia, etc.
HOWEVER! She wasn’t stagnant in development all the live-long series. Immediately after getting her powers and you know not freaking out and rejecting them, she mustered up the will and gave up her dependency on Tatsuki’s protection in about two panels to slaughter Crystal Chandelier (name of hollow is correct?). All the while taking a beating from many students, one she considered a friend and one that was her whole source of happiness for a long while.
She also trained with Yoruichi and Sado to be able to run into Soul Society without dying immediately(which to my recollection she never showed any fear or hesitation towards doing), healed a number of beings too high for my brain to recall without a dedicated rereading of the manga), trained herself so her shield became an attack with the magnitude of destruction to meet the attack it received and dish it back out (this doesn’t happen automatically folks,Orihime has to be able to withstand that power herself), defended effectively against Yhwach(remember him and his powers?), lugged her brothers dying, 3x the size of hers body, probably bleeding out on top of her, miles and miles to the Kurosaki clinic, had to face the situation of her beloved brother wanting to kill her and blaming her for the pain he was in probably recently after having gotten over the situation, faced an UNHOLY amount of trauma and misery and still SMILED EVERYDAY WTF? IF THAT ISN’T STRENGTH THEN WHAT IS? IF THAT ISN’T STRENGTH NOTHING, NOTHING,NOTHING IS!
Orihime is smart. Towards the very top of her class actually.
Orihime isn’t dependent on shit from anybody. She’s been independent for most of her life. Where were her parental figures? Two of them weren’t worth the dirt off her boot,and the third (who was her whole life and whole happiness) died the only time she ever showed a bit of something that wasn’t altruistic, all-consuming good.
Orihime isn’t selfish. In love or anything else.
Orihime isn’t a bland, cookie-cutter character. If she was, anti’s wouldn’t have so much to say.
Orihime is strong. If it’s not in the way you would like her to be, analyze yourself first before you judge anything at all.
What has Orihime actually,and I mean ACTUALLY done to deserve any hate (not anything you made up or blew out of proportion to make hating her easier)?
You have a right to hate for sure. As I have a right to love. But I don’t have an obligation to listen and you don’t have any right to spout ignorance peacefully.