…but this scene will always get
to me. Just look at the
confusion, pain and disorientation in Momo’s eyes, and the absolute
shock and horror in Toshiro’s, which is snapped the moment Momo asks him
so weakly ‘Shiro-chan…Why?’ Why did you do this? Why are things like this? At the
time, she doesn’t know of course that Toshiro was manipulated and we
may never know at what point Aizen traded places with her.
Regardless, the scene is made all the more heartbreaking
by the fact she uses his nickname. It’s not just a
term of endearment that Toshiro constantly tried to correct her on; it’s
their past together, a symbol of their bond and how much weight it
holds for both of them.
Also, on a side note, if you’re watching the English dub, you may notice that when Aizen
stabs her, she also asks him ‘why’. Even though it wasn’t intended by the translators at the time, for me that just adds more weight to this scene.
I think the moment she asked him ‘why’ is when it fully hits him (and
for me personally as a fan and reader). This is Momo, the one person he
was willing to give his capataincy up for just to avenge and to abandon his
principles [of swinging one’s blade out of duty rather then hatred] for; the one person he forgave instantly; the one person
outside of his Grandmother that accepted him for who he was as a child
and wasn’t fearful of him,and above all else, the one person he swore
to protect no matter what is dying in his arms. His reason for becoming
stronger (and dare I say one of his reasons to live in a world that once treated him so harshly) is in his
arms slowly fading away because of him.
But then I get even more emotional when I think that about what happens after this: even after all of this, not only did Toshiro find the strength to press on (only ten days after Aizen’s defeat) and not lose his will to protect Momo and become stronger for her, but if chapter 659 is any indication, their bond is well and truly intact. They chose to move on and stay by each other’s side despite the tragedy that is in their past. I love them and their bond so much, it’s incredible!
Dear those who have been following my Todomomo comic strips,
First of all, thank you very much!
If you’ve noticed, I added a number in front of each of my comics, indicating their age when I set the event to happen.
I spend too much time to think about Todomomo, especially about their future that I already have a timeline thought out, including the start of their careers, engagement (a legit one will be made someday aside from the lighthearted one I made a while ago), marriage (already done, but may elaborate on or doodle a little on the newlyweds), the coming of a litTLe Todoroki (this is potentially dangerous for a sad being like me because it may actually kill me), family fight (it happens guys)….
I’m definitely not someone who follows things chronologically (and I prefer not to if given the choice, ultimately). I like giving stories from random timeframes so that it feels like I’m always filling in gaps.
Those of you who know me surely also know I will make 70% of my works angstily sweet. I’m not much of a pure shojo creator.
Also, feel free to send me HCs or little thoughts or prompts/ideas on Todomomo! I’d love to see them to get inspiration.