i have a question , Which is what most attracted the attention of rukia of other female characters , And why do you think that despite the years never falling in The popularity survey
Virtues include(d) loyalty, domestic ability, wisdom, maturity, and humility.This is a Japanese ideal, so it might seem strange to westerners, but don’t be fooled; the nadeshiko is a wildflower at heart. A properly done yamato nadeshiko will show a subtle, but definitely present, touch of iron, in that she is unwilling to let circumstances hurt the ones she cares about or distract her from her goals or missions.
Some 130 years later, the Yamato nadeshiko still has an allure that goes beyond mere sexuality. She exudes a subtle exoticism and quirky mystery. She also sports a steely resolve that comes with the conviction that romantic love — that all-important concept imported from the West — is vastly overrated. The Yamato nadeshiko lives for many things but she very rarely lives for romance.
Is this starting to sound familiar?
Rukia is so popular because she is, at the same time, an embodiment of this concept, and a unique spin on it. She’d modest, dutiful, loyal, reserved, humble, and skilled, yet also shows these wildflower attributes, and definitely carries that backbone of steel. (Indeed, one of Ichigo’s many particular talents, is getting her to show it and be free, in a way that’s not typically seen.) Her poll numbers confirm this:
- Ichigo (1st, 9742), Rukia (2nd, 6804) … Orihime (5th, 2413) … Tatsuki (8th, 949)
- Ichigo (1st, 7388), Rukia (2nd, 5943) … Momo (9th, 1852) … Orihime (12th, 1289)
- Ichigo (1st, 8370), Rukia (3rd, 6122) … Yoruichi (7th, 3744) … Orihime (10th, 2901)
- Rukia (2nd, 7895), Ichigo (3rd, 7829) … Momo (6th, 4102) … Orihime (7th, 3975)
Other female characters came and went, based mostly on appearance. Compare Yoruichi (1: 15th, 471; 2: 19th, 321; 3: 7th, 3744; 4: 28th, 752). Yoruichi’s placing in the 3rd poll was clearly because it was taken after it revealed she was a kick-ass lady, not a cat, but it didn’t help her in the 4th poll (because she hadn’t shown up in so long.) Rangiku is even more instructive (2: 39th, 40; 3: 17th, 1377; 4: 21, 1666). The readership obviously didn’t agree with Kon: just being attractive, or having a large chest, or even being a skilled fighter, isn’t enough.
Rukia’s popularity stems from the fact she was and is a unique embodiment of Japanese virtue, in a way that no other character in the series is.