The best thing about bleach 661 was Uryuu’s little speech, to be honest. I mean, in all of this IshiHime vs IchiHime shipping frenzy, it seems like we’ve overlooked the absolutely beautiful symbolism it had.
It’s been a good few weeks for Uryuu in the fandom. We found out that he’s still, in Orihime’s own words, that Uryuu is still the same person we’ve always known. We found out that his childhood trauma doesn’t just end with seeing his grandfather slowly die from hollow attacks, but that it includes seeing his mother’s corpse get dissected by his father. We all jumped on the #ProtectIshida bandwagon when that happened, let’s be honest.
Throughout the series, Uryuu’s role has always been exceedingly selfless, and it really does show Kubo’s ability as a storyteller, the way he takes this undoubtedly misguided teenager, too kind and too honorable to actually let people get hurt but hell bent on getting revenge anyway, to this complex and beautiful character we’ve seen develop since soul society. He’s always been put smack dab in the middle of despair. Be it with Mayuri, Ulquiorra, or now, with Haschwalth, and what does he charge into battle with?
With Ulquiorra, this was subtextual. It was less hope and more strategy but it was there. You can’t tell me that Uryuu actually thought he could win against his segunda etapa, but he charged into battle anyway, hoping that Ichigo was still alive and Orihime could still help him and he charged into battle knowing that the only hope they have of winning/taking Orihime home (because he wasn’t there to fight espada, may I remind you, he was there with the hope that Orihime was still okay and that they would save her.) Was if Uryuu could buy them time. Certain defeat meant nothing to him as he charged, not as long as it meant keeping the light at the end of the tunnel alive.
With Haschwalth, the whole theory that Uryuu ‘charges into battle with hope’ has been pretty much cemented. Right now, he is taking on a person on the tier of gods. Right now, Uryuu Ishida is, even more than before, hip deep in the middle of despair. Even Haschwalth implies that there isn’t possibly any way for him to win and that his friends WILL perish. And what does Uryuu do? He scoffs at fate because if the future holds nothing but hurt for his friends he will change their destinies himself and if there is nothing else he can fight with he will fight with hope and he even says it himself, 'this glimmer of hope is all I need’. And this whole concept just puts his character to such a different height because oh my god he has been through so much and he has seen so many things and it would have been so easy for him to fall into a pessimistic, nihilistic state or fall through the despair event horizon like Ryuken but no no no this precious child has grown to be the kind of person who fights for hope and with hope and seeks out a better possibility and a better future than what is and what can be I just