So we all know that Orihime, unlike Rukia, can’t get through to Ichigo, right? How, unlike Rukia, she can’t cheer him up and make him see her as someone special. But it just hit me that it’s worse than that - it’s worse than this unlike Rukia, the words that we IRs tend to repeat like a mantra.
Because what about Orihime in comparison to… herself? Now here’s where lies the true tragedy and perhaps the biggest anti-I/H argument. After all, so what if she can’t connect two hearts together like Rukia can, she could learn it in the future, right?
Wrong. Because Orihime Inoue already knows how to reach out to people.
I mean, this girl was able to get through to some of the most emotionally unavailable characters in the series - Ulquiorra and Riruka (also Loly in the anime, but let’s stick to the canon).
[I’m not including Uryuu, another seemingly cold person who opens up to Ori, because he’s in love with her, therefore you could say it’s not her making. Although I would still say it is, as her character is the reason he fell for her.]
This isn’t a coincidence, it’s a theme. A theme that is Orihime being able to make even her enemies change for the better, simply by showing them her caring side. Ulquiorra changed his whole life philosophy because of her. And Riruka? That case is even worse, if we talk anti-I/H, because well, Orihime made her feel loved again. Meaning she is perfectly capable of touching others with her love - in fact, she may be better at it than most of the other characters.
She can’t get through to Ichigo.
Ichigo, who’s her friend from almost the start of the series. Ichigo, who does have a tsundere side to him, just like Riruka, therefore you can’t say oh he’s just not the type she’s good at reaching out to. Ichigo, who’s best friends with Chad, a cinnamon roll just like Hime, therefore you also can’t say that well Orihime’s not the type of person he likes to open up to. No! Look at how much Ichigo shows that he cares about Chad, especially in the first arcs, at all the smiles and puppy eyes he gives him. Chad got through his tsundere side even before Rukia, but Orihime?
She can’t do that.
And that makes her, the girl who changed so many lifes, think she’s not good enough. Do you see how toxic it is to her?! It seriously makes me, an Orihime fan, so sad - to see my girl make a damned nihilistic hollow understand human emotions… and then be desperate enough for Ichigo’s attention to wear a boob window dress. Girl, you already accomplished so much more than having Ichigo’s attention! So. much. more. Why is this Ichigo guy still the measuring stick for your worth, so important that you’re willing to be uncomfortable for him?!
Really? The guy who wouldn’t notice you if you performed a miracle right in front of him because he’d be busy looking at what’s behind you?! Like I’m sorry if this sounds harsh, but I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with Ichigo when he’s interacting with Hime, other than Kubo wanting to shut down I/H at every cost. Because I’m also an Ichigo fan, and seeing him become a cardboard cutout - as someone desribed it accurately - every time he has to talk with her when they’re by themselves, is depressing. I don’t really think Ichigo would continue to be so… out-of-politeness-nice to her, not after all they went through together. He should be more at ease around her by the time of the Fullbring arc, missing Rukia or not. But Kubo apparently thought that shouldn’t be the case. Maybe to not give I/H fans any false hopes?
and then the ending lmao
I don’t know. I have no idea what is it about Orihime that would make Ichigo act so distant, but apparently there’s gotta be something… It just feels wrong to see both of them become shadows of themselves because of each other.
And that’s exactly why I/H is my NOTP.