she's been so strong throughout the series

I’m almost too lazy to make this post because God it’s just so self explanatory but my loyalty to Temari runs too deep so here goes: 

They did exactly what I called they were gonna do and made her an over aggressive nagging house wive. This is why I complained over and over again three years ago when I saw they had moved her to Konoha because I KNEW someway somehow they were going to subject her character to this. They want her to be Yoshino 2.0 even though that’s NEVER been who she is because “lmao get it Shikamaru is just like his dad! Parallels!!”. They don’t take the time to think about how her character would actually react because none of that matters now - she exists solely to be Shikamaru’s wife. 

Some people are crying “abuse!” at what she did but I don’t really want to go there tbh. It’s very clear that in the Naruto universe things we find abusive are just par for the course. Calling out Temari in this instance would require we call out basically ever other female character which is not realistic. Domestic violence in Naruto is always played for laughs which is obviously fucked up but not something I think it’s fair to fault the characters for as we’re not intended to see it as abusive (even though realistically it is). No, what I really take issue with is the fact that being an overbearing and strict mother/wife is basically all Temari is given to do. 

This woman was born in one of the most fucked up situations of any character we see. He father was a walking human disaster, her mother was dead, and her youngest brother had a nasty habit of slaughtering anyone who looked at him the wrong way. She has always been strong and confident but throughout the series she softens considerably as she learns caring is not a weakness. She is a better diplomat than either of her brothers and remains calm and collected in even the tensest of situations. Her dynamic with Shikamaru has always been one of mutual respect and understanding which is what makes their relationship work so well (and IMO better than any of the canon relationships we got). Yes, Temari is a take no shit kind of person who probably WOULD chastise her son for his pitiful behavior - but not in the way we’re shown. In Boruto her parenting method basically amounted to “I’m just going to hit you and intimidate you until you get the picture and ultimately just end up listening to your cooler nicer wiser dad.” She doesn’t actually say anything of significance to Shikadai at all - that is reserved entirely for Shikamaru as he’s the influential one in their sons life. Temari is just there to be the ol’ ball-and-chain ~what a drag~ mom whose only dominion is the house she is confined to. THEN there’s the fact that Temari refusing to make dinner inevitably meant neither Shikamaru nor Shikadai could eat - as if a grown man could not make his own dinner and HAD to have his wife do it because it’s her domestic ~duty~. This is extra and dramatic but it actually makes me sick that they’re doing this to her. After everything she went through she would have something worthwhile to add to the conversation other than “bah you’re too easy on him I’m going to withhold meals to prove a point!!!”. She doesn’t treat her brothers like this and they’re consistently shown to value her opinion because her opinion is worth hearing. 

Temari played a crucial role in Suna politics prior to the end of the series. She sat on the council and came with Gaara to all the kage summits/meetings. She was one of the best kunoichi in the series just brimming with potential and strength and ferocity. During the war I began to get annoyed with how much they were making her revolve around Shikamaru’s character because after a certain point basically all her dialogue was in relation to him. That’s when I knew things were about to take a hard left turn for shits-ville and boy was I right. In chapter 700 ALL we see her doing is sitting in a house chastising her son and serving her brothers tea before they head out to a kage meeting without her. We don’t get any indication that she’s still affiliated with Suna, hell we don’t even get any indication that she’s still a ninja. In the boruto manga/movie she doesn’t interact with her siblings ONCE and is not with them in the pit with all the other Kage/advisors. I was happy to see she still had her fan but other than that I left highly unimpressed. Now in the anime she is ONCE AGAIN pictured in a house, serving people drinks and nagging away as if that’s all she’s good for anymore. I know it was played as a joke but that’s exactly what makes me so mad - her character has become nothing more than a trope meant to appeal to the lowest common denominator. The nagging housewive angle truly is the lowest hanging fruit but studio peirrot really could not resist could they.

Nevermind the fact that it would have been way funnier had they subverted the whole “why did you marry such a strict woman” thing by having Shikadai side with his mom instead, saying something to the effect of “why did you marry such an unmotivated slacker”. Can we stop treating Temari like she’s just an overly aggressive loaded gun that’s just one mistep away from going off. I mean I genuinely love Shikatema but I do not think the Boruto anime understands Shikatema. Part of me still wishes they just hadn’t got together because they don’t actually feel like “them” when they’re portrayed like this. No one is being respected as a character. 

Anyway all this to say I’m basically done with the Boruto anime now. I might still watch the next couple of episodes because curiosity is gonna get the better of me but emotionally I have severed all connections. It just comes down to the fact that I cannot handle them so grossly mischaracterizing characters that I have loved since I was 11 years old. I actually don’t mind the new gen when they’re on their own but every damn time they show one of the original characters they manage to fuck them up in some way. We see it with Temari, with Naruto, with Yamato, with Sakura. Hell I can’t stand Sasuke and even I’m mad about what they did to him post chapter 699. I am never going to like the new gen characters more than the original cast so if watching Boruto means seeing them get completely decimated then I’m not gonna watch it. Simple as that. Naruto being an absent father is the worst crime but I have no doubt they’ll continue to top that in future episodes. 

Headcanon: Ciel Phantomhive is NOT a Bizarre Doll; he’s ALIVE

This is what my “Harry is a Horcrux” teaser was about earlier today….

Every time I come up with some odd theory, I get the same reply from someone: If Yana-san doesn’t shove it in our faces and give the same hint a bunch of times, it probably isn’t a major clue. I disagree.

However! This is one of those cases where she does repeatedly shove something in our face: Grim Reapers save people so rarely that they barely even consider it. William says this checking system is a mere formality. And he accuses Ronald Knox of wasting time by letting emotions get in the way.

The official English translation in my copy of Vol VIII:

This has been said, in some form or other, several times… emphasized, reinforced, throughout the series so far. 

It’s like in Harry Potter, how everyone says Avada Kedavra is immediate death; there is no defense against it; if the curse hits the target, that target dies. Well… even the charm spell proficient Lily might not have known what effect it would ultimately have… but when she stepped in between Voldemort and Harry, refused to move, got hit with that curse, and died, her self-sacrifice placed a strong charm on Harry. Voldemort didn’t know, either; the sliver of soul that split from him with that murder awaited the next move. He uses the same curse on Harry, and it reflects back, hitting himself. That sliver of soul slips into Harry, making him an unplanned Horcrux. (Know what else that makes me think of? The Franklin Badge Nippolyte gives to Lucas in Mother3; it’s reflectiveness is what saves Lucas from lightning attacks.) It had never been known to happen before, so people assumed it was impossible.

So, in Black Butler, Grim Reapers don’t expect to find anyone worth saving, and it’s become common for them to focus more on how much time they spend getting their work done, or how overworked and understaffed they are. The scene above is from the reaping of souls at Baron Kelvin’s mansion. William and Ronald are against overtime, plus Ronald has a group date planned for later; they want to hurry up and leave. Also, take note that while the reapers are harvesting souls, Sebastian and the earl are oblivious to the reapers’ presence, focused instead on leaving the burning building and confronting Doll (aka Freckle Face).

Here’s how I see it happening:

Undertaker is Cedric K. Ros–, a Saxon lord (what the Normans called a Franklin) from the late 12th/early 13th century. For whatever reason, he commits suicide and becomes a Grim Reaper. He goes about his “job” for a long time, indifferently, until:

Undertaker isn’t necessarily thinking, right here anyway, about choosing not to cut the record after “END”, but he’s thinking about possibilities for extending the “life experience”.

Then, around 1837/1838, something happens that makes Undertaker leave the reaping profession. It might have something to do with the person mourned with his oldest known locket: Mally G., died Dec. 10, 1837.

It might also have something to do with his scars, since he doesn’t have them when he’s portrayed as a reaper but does have them after quitting.

Think of William and Grell taking their final exam and fighting with a soul that struggles to hang on to life (anime OVA):

At this time, Cloudia Phantomhive is about 7 or 8 yrs old. When she is older(!), Cloudia and Undertaker start a relationship. They have children: Vincent is born June 13, 1851 (That’s a Friday the 13th, BTW)… and Frances is born maybe three years later? But how do you legally marry a guy who died long ago and came back as a Grim Reaper? You don’t. Instead you either marry someone else willing to raise your kids as his own, or you just don’t marry at all. If she didn’t marry, she might have even tried to cover up the fact she bore children out of wedlock. Either way, she’s also the Queen’s Watchdog, so she holds on to her maiden name, Phantomhive. The only other scenario I can think of is that she married into the Phantomhives, her husband was the watchdog and died, and then she took over for him, which widows sometimes did if no one else was eligible to do so. This being said, Vincent and Frances might have grown up not knowing the identity of their biological father.

Cloudia dies July 13, 1866 (another Friday the 13th), age 36, leaving the 15 year old Weston College kid, Vincent, to take up the reins as watchdog. From among his classmates, including at least one fellow P4, Vincent selects individuals to join the ranks of whatever “Aristocrats of Evil” he might have inherited from his mother. Undertaker somehow joins them and becomes an informant for Vincent. Again, Vincent might not know Undertaker is his father.

Around 1882/1883, something happens; Vincent refers to it as the “Windsor incident”; it displeases the queen, I’m sure. Sounds like scandal at the Windsor palace (and the Weston arc just goes to show that the queen hates scandal involving her family). Things seem to be going downhill. Queen Victoria calls for the destruction of the Phantomhives, or at least Vincent’s line of the family. In 1885, a group sets the manor on fire. Vincent and Rachel are murdered (in the anime a deranged angel dismembers them and sews them back up into two bodies, each having parts of Vincent and Rachel), the family dog is killed, Tanaka is stabbed (but somehow escapes the fire and death), and the two boys are kidnapped. They are sold in the human trafficking trade, bought by a cult looking for children, and held captive for later sacrifice.

The events of “THAT DAY”, sometime mid-January, 1886. The cult has had the twins in possession for about a month. Undertaker probably has his own informants within the underworld, and he might even still have a contact within the reaper offices. Since no child’s body was discovered at the manor, Undertaker has probably been scouring the underworld for clues to their whereabouts and keeping track of known traffickers and cults. He arrives at the ritual venue in time to see Ciel on the altar, cinematic record still playing; no one had cut it yet. The younger twin is still in a cage, making a deal with a demon. He doesn’t intervene with that but instead focuses on Ciel and works unobtrusively (like Sebastian keeps reminding the Phantomhive servants to do).

Unlike the typical reaper, Undertaker cannot be impartial, unemotional, and indifferent about the soul of his grandson, Ciel, the rightful Earl of Phantomhive. To him, Ciel surviving will make a difference for the better. And he doesn’t have much time. We know that reapers don’t always show up right away - personnel issues, socializing with the girls from the Administrative Division (I’m looking at you, Knox), etc. - but they will be along soon enough. He doesn’t cut the record after “END”. 

As demon and boy leave the scene, Undertaker takes Ciel away to… somewhere.

With Undertaker’s care, Ciel survives and heals. He intends to return Ciel to society when the time is right. Since the earl calls himself “Ciel”, the real Ciel will be able to reclaim the identity and earldom, as everybody thinks “Ciel” lived and the other boy perished. And, in Mother3 fashion, Ciel and the younger twin can get their final confrontation and reconciliation.

Instead of Ciel ever having the Phantomhive ring in his possession, perhaps the other boy had removed it from Vincent’s hand and kept it hidden from the cult, making only him the cursed one, not Ciel. If that’s the case, then it doesn’t matter whether the boy with the demon contract becomes a demon himself or has his soul devoured. The real Ciel would be able to replace him, reclaim the earldom, marry Lizzie, and (without the ring) live out his life… breaking the curse on the Phantomhive line.

This way, Undertaker still has a direct male descendant amongst the British nobles… actually two: Edward Midford would be, too, but he’s not a Phantomhive. And since Ciel is betrothed to Lizzie, any children they might have would have a greater percentage of Undertaker’s genes (and, apparently, traits only a reaper could pass on):

You could call it Undertaker’s revenge against Queen Victoria, too.

I need to talk about how much I love Pearl and her song right now.

The singing and the visuals are delightful, but I’m especially taken by the lyrics and what they tell us, both about Pearl and about her relationship with Rose.

We have fanfiction for delving into whether or not Pearl enjoyed the “silly game” of fighting with men over Rose’s affection, whether she found it thrilling, or hurtful, or – from a position of knowing she’d always win in the end – titillating.

The “It’s over, isn’t it?” verse is so poignant for Pearl and Rose. It was beautifully sung, and captured the feeling of outwardly accepting that a relationship has ended while still inwardly longing to be proven wrong. In a situation like theirs, that’s particularly complicated and fascinating because Rose is gone… but she’s not. And Greg will, at some point, despite having been chosen by Rose, be gone too, but Pearl will live on. Rose would theoretically live on with her to forget about Greg in time, but she won’t because she’s part of Steven now. But how permanent is that, really?

It’s no wonder Pearl can’t move on.

The lyric, “Now I’ve got to be there for her son,” could have been sung with resentment or resignation, but it wasn’t. It’s undeniable in any canon context that Pearl loves – adores – Steven for himself, even apart from his connection to Rose. A perfect example is her song Strong in the Real Way back in the 20th episode, but throughout the series Pearl has shown that she loves being there for Steven. She wants him to look up to her; she cares about him and his opinion a heartwarming amount. It seems impossible that she’ll ever get Rose back while still having Steven, but I can’t imagine her ever wanting him gone now. So, right, what she had with Rose, it’s over, isn’t it?

Pearl sings about “war and glory, reinvention, fusion, freedom,” and Rose’s attention. These are the things she fought for; they were how she defined her purpose. I think those words were chosen carefully, not just to fit the bars, and I’m particularly interested in the choice of “reinvention.” There are many ways that could be applied – are Pearl’s behaviours and personal goals essentially a reinvention of what a Pearl is? Does it refer to what she did in the Crystal Gems being the reinvention of relationship norms between castes? Does it refer to what the Crystal Gems were trying to do with the planet Earth? It could quite conceivably be all of those, or something completely different, and I’m desperate for them to reveal more. Since her next line is “Out in daylight my potential: bold, precise, experimental,” I think I’m justified in my suspicions. Something about Pearl will be shown to relate to experimental reinvention.

Returning to the point at hand about Pearl and Rose, if the previous two lines were about how Pearl saw herself with Rose, the next one is how she perceives herself without her. Without Rose, Pearl sees herself as petty and dull. She describes herself as having the “nerve to doubt her.” I’m so fascinated by the hints they drop as to what Rose and Pearl’s relationship was like, and Pearl’s lyrics imply that even questioning Rose’s actions would be seen, maybe only by Pearl – but maybe not – as a form of impertinence. One of the reasons I love Steven Universe so much is that this show depicts characters and relationships as multifaceted and complex. Whatever the more intricate details of Pearl and Rose’s relationship, everything we’ve been shown so far clearly indicates that it was (and is) both of those things, and so important to the creation and development of their characters. While I love exploring the many possibilities of what their relationship was like in fandom, every hint they give us in canon makes me so eager to learn even more.

And you can see at the end of this clip that even though she’s aware of her pettiness and resentment toward Greg, she doesn’t want to hurt him. The Crystal Gems are our heroes, and they’re all essentially good people, but it’s the little things like that which have an impact and have made them really grow on me.

Steven is really very lucky that his plan worked as well as it did, but since it did work out, I’ve got to applaud him for his emotional intelligence in this episode. I’m really glad that he gave Pearl and Greg the opportunity to talk their issues out, and I think that Pearl having had the catharsis of actually giving voice to those issues will turn out to be great for her. This is a children’s cartoon, so it’s not totally unexpected for the power of friendship to save the day, but I still enjoyed watching it do so. I doubt Pearl and Greg’s conflicts are fully sorted out by any means, but I do think this episode marks the start of a solid understanding between them, and hopefully a strong friendship. Despite their similarities in how they loved Rose, I doubt they’ll ever be the sort of friends who seek each other’s company just to hang out, but I do believe they’ll bond through understanding, trust, and respect in ways that will make both of them happier. It appears to be what Rose would have wanted, and it’s honestly impressive that Steven’s skill for bringing people together is strong enough to make that happen.

Lucy is a crybaby...

I don’t think so.

That’s so not true anymore.

Chapter 503, Lucy refused to cry when her EYES WERE ABOUT TO BE GAUGED OUT!!!

Chapter 1, Lucy started sobbing when Bora was kidnapping a bunch of gals and shipping them off to Bosco.

Now, keep in mind, tears were reasonable still in chapter 1. I just feel it was written out in a way that made it seem like I thought Lucy was a looser for crying in that scene. No, she wasn’t. Crying over human trafficking isn’t a bad thing.

However, the tension and impending danger wasn’t as great as it was in 503. The tension in 503 with Dimaria was super high!! She was being straddled with a blade right above her eyes, and she didn’t even scream!!!

The development and bravery Lucy had been given throughout Fairy tail is just spectacular! She is a completely different person than the gal you saw flirting up some salesman in chapter 1!!

I really hope people will stop saying “I hate Lucy, she’s such a crybaby” because she isn’t! So many people claim she’s weak, or simply fanservice, but that just isn’t true. She is a vital part of the series, and is a strong female lead!!

TouKen in Aogiri arc

We know TouKen or KaTou is the main couple of Tokyo Ghoul and that the Aogiri arc was a major game changer for the series. So I ask how did the main couple change. Well I think the arc proved that they love each other.

Look at Toka’s response when Yomo and Yoshimura say Kaneki was kidnapped. She looks miserable, she’s been beaten up before. She was angry, not sad. So Kaneki's kidnapping is actually causing her emotional pain. This is proven when we see her again. She is worrying and the news that Kaneki might be dead make her look like this.

The idea of him gone, nearly destroys her. Or how she regained her will. 

In the end, she’ll go alone if she has to. Touka, throughout the series, has shown a very strong sense of self-preservation, unless mad. But here, Kaneki’s life is so important to her. She’ll attack Aogiri, which at least has 200 violent ghouls on the off chance Kaneki is alive.

On Kaneki side, the person he thought about most was Touka. Worrying if she was okay from the attack. Questioning if she was ever as cold as Ayato is. But the point that really convinced me was this

Kaneki at this point doesn’t hold back his punches. He killed three ghouls on his way there. But the only reason he doesn’t kill Ayato is for Touka’s sake. And even then, he is very cruel during the fight. Even saying this.

Proving he cares enough for her to think that even Ayato’s half broken body isn’t enough for the pain Touka suffered. Or even how he smiles to her

 

He looks so alive again.

The last of chapter 79 clenches for both sides. When Kaneki states he isn’t coming back

 Touka is devastated again. When Kaneki is refusing her 

We never see his eyes as he talks. He even has to pause to finish his goodbye. Or the look in his eyes when he says goodbye

 It shows saying goodbye is painful for him as well. 

In the end what stopping them from being canon is their personal problems. Kaneki refuses to let someone he cares so much be hurt because of him. Touka doesn’t follow him anyway is because she wants to him to want her to be with him.  

about fusion

Now, I’m pretty sure someone’s probably already talked about this, but I wanted to just put this down.

I’ve seen people talk about how the number of limbs=the strength of the relationship. I firmly believe number of limbs/mutations=number of gems.

Garnet-has three eyes because sapphire has on eye and ruby has two

Smoky Quartz- has three arms bc steven is only part gem

Stevonnie-no extra limbs/mutations bc Connie is a human and steven, again, is only half gem.

Every other fusion has had as many extra limbs/mutations as there gems.

*note: malachite is an exception due to the fact that she was a toxic monstrosity that never even got to be her own person and the ruby squad was made up of the same gem, and so the rules of different gem fusion doesn’t apply.

Anyway, my thoughts are that the real indicator of the level of the relationship is the fusion dance. The longer and and more complex the dance, the longer and more focus for them to get in sync, the weaker the relationship between the fusing gems is.

Garnet- ruby and sapphire can literally jump into their fusion. They’ve had thousands of years to know and understand each other and it takes more for them to unfuse, whereas other fusions are usually startled out of sync.

Opal-it’s mentioned in the shorts that gems who have trouble collaborating usually have trouble fusing. When we first meet opal, it’s at a point where amethyst and pearl don’t seem to have much regard for each other. Pearl doesn’t know how to mesh her neat meticulousness with amethyst’s fast messy pace and amethyst doesn’t have the patience for it. As their relationship improves throughout the series, so does the way they fuse.

Sardonyx-It seemed to me that garnet and pearl danced more for formality than anything else. They don’t have an incredibly deep and all encompassing relationship, but I think it’s strong enough that it shouldn’t have required such a long dance. And I think pearl likes the formality of the dance because, as a pearl, it would’ve been natural for her to fuse and maybe it’s harder for her to fuse without it. Although, she did take significantly less time for her to fuse with garnet in back to the moon, so my guess is that she can do fast fusion when a situation is dire (not to mention she and are more open to each other than they had been previously)

Sugilite-I like to think that, like pearl, amethyst gets a kick out of dancing with garnet. It also takes time for her to match up with someone else’s pace

Alexanderite-we can see the difference between the first time they fused and the last time. On watermelon island they had been much more open to each other and though the situation was much more direct than the the dinner with Connie’s parents, they managed to hold together better in the fight with malachite.

Stevonnie-Steven and Connie usually fuse by accident. They’re usually as attuned to each other as sapphire and ruby, though it’s not particularly difficult to startled them out of fusion. The only time they’ve fused on purpose was to race kevin and they’re sharing in each other’s angry. I think fusing when fighting jasper wasn’t their intent, but it felt natural to do so in the heat of battle. Their dance consists of little more than spinning and smiling at each other. It p much effortless.

Malachite- again, this was a toxic relationship. Jasper was too eager for power and put little thought into the dance, she didn’t let lapis do much if an of her own dancing. Lapis hated every second of it. If it were healthy and equal, I’m sure malachite would look quite different, but, as garnet said, those two not good for each other.

Rainbow Quartz-again, I think pearl not only is dependent/requires the dance, but actively enjoys in being part of it, of feeling her and her partner syncing up. Especially if it’s Rose Quartz, the actual love of her life.

Smoky Quartz- smoky, I believe, was an accidental fusion like the first garnet and Stevonnie. The thing is, it required almost zero effort. What triggered it? A hug. And in the sneak peak for Know Your Fusion steven and amethyst accomplish it by high-fiving/clasping hands. That’s the level of their friendship. They know each other’s insecurities and relate all too much: not being good enough or strong enough, being the result of a bad thing (the kindergarten and rose giving up her form/dying), not living up to who they’re supposed to be. And while steven’s relationship with Connie is incredible, she can’t relate to him like amethyst can. Same with amethyst, who can’t relate all that well with pearl and garnet’s struggles bc she hadn’t even been around then. And honestly? I’m glad those two finally have someone to talk to about their insecurities.

Okay, I’ve gotta say it: 

Honestly, I’m pretty glad that Kubo-sensei cleared the air on this. Inoue has said many times that she wants to be strong and fight alongside Ichigo, and every time it’s come down to the wire, something has happened and Inoue is either pushed to the side, ignored, blatantly injured, incapacitated, reduced to a spectator, etc. She’s never been expressly made to fight beside Ichigo without being reduced to a walking first-aid kit or basically fanservice. The way this final arc has been progressing, I really didn’t think Inoue would be included like she is now.

This was one of the things that, I feel, Kubo-sensei needed to address when it came to Inoue’s character and her “potential” final development as Bleach comes to an end. Is she ever going to be able to stand beside Ichigo and the others and fight with him, or is she going to be pushed to the wayside again? It looks like she’s gonna fight, which I think, is a good nod to her character development.

On that note, though, I’ve also gotta say that, honestly, I don’t think she’ll be included for long.

If I know Ichigo, I know that he values fairness in battle. He’d rather battle one-on-one with his enemy. He’s just an all around, “let’s keep it civil, even though we’re trying to kill each other,” kinda guy- I think, anyway. Like how he stuck around and tended to Ikkaku’s wounds in the SS arc. He used some of that wound-closing stuff on himself, but he made sure to use some on Ikkaku, too, and I think that pretty much describes his fighting character. And I think it’ll be something similar here. Inoue’s combat value is her healing abilities. However, like we saw in the Fullbringer arc, Inoue has developed more combat-related abilities that can actually come in handy. But, I feel this is a situation in which Kubo-sensei intends to show some new abilities for Inoue, show her growth, and then he’ll push her in another direction, away from the actual final battle. I honestly feel like this is the point in the arc where Inoue’s “character involvement” is on the rise, meaning she’s going to play some integral role for a moment, she’ll finish her development as a character, and then it’ll climax in some way, and finally, she’ll only have a meager role to play until the end. 

This was an integral part of Inoue’s development throughout the entire series. She’s always wanted to stand together with Ichigo and the others as a warrior, a fighter, but because she lacks the basic characteristics of a fighter, she’s always been pushed to the wayside, and it’s really dented her character in my view, since the SS arc because of all that she’s done to try and prove herself. But, I feel like this here is reminiscent of Inoue’s character at the beginning of the series when she wanted to be strong to fight and protect Tatsuki, but throughout the series, she and everyone else, has time and again made it a point to say that she is weak. But, I feel that it’s still too early in the arc to give a definitive say-so on the outcome. There are a lot of loose ends to tie up with several other characters, as well, and I think it’s too early to speculate on how things could happen because of that. Though, I do feel that this is a plus for Inoue’s character development, especially because she didn’t overreact here, didn’t get embarrassed, or any of that jazz: she was genuinely excited and happy that Ichigo acknowledged her in this way, as someone who is capable of fighting alongside him.

I feel like this is an important moment in Inoue’s final character development that really needed to be acknowledged, so here you go.