It’s just - it’s not okay that there was no closure.
It’s not okay that the whole thing was presented this way.
Thing is, he didn’t have to die, y’know? I’m happy that Rukia is a Captain now. That’s well-deserved, and that makes sense, and that’s very, very good - but he didn’t have to die for that to have happened. He could have retired permanently to Ugendō, or he could have taken up a non-combat, advisory position at the First, or he could have opened a teahouse in the Seireitei - anything, really, as long as the way was clear for Rukia to wear that haori.
His death was a choice.
And we didn’t even get to see the man’s face again.
No parting words. No last, little smile. No reassurance to the Captain-Commander that everything will be all right - nothing.
We got… nothing.
And I know he’s a secondary character, and I know I’m biased because he’s my favorite, and I know that we can’t expect Kubo to treat all of his beautiful, beautiful creations with the same exact amount of respect and panel time, but… this…
This wasn’t quite the way to do it.
It came close. It wasn’t going to be easy, no matter what. And the moment we did get with Kyouraku was nice enough. (But I sort of think that moment was about Kyouraku. Not about - about - his friend.) But I wish we’d gotten something more.
I wish that I felt sad, but satisfied.
As it is, I… just feel sad.
Rest in the greatest and most extraordinary peace possible, Juu-chan. Breathe easy, for the first time in two thousand years. Watch over those you love, and those who love you.
Mugetsu Ichigo dancing a spicy salsa with Bankai Rukia.
So, this is my contribution to the DWSW tumblr meme. And now it’s in color. Still learning to color with digital. This is only my fourth piece. I still can’t really do backgrounds so I just splash color around.
Kubo literally said Ichiruki was platonic, verbatim.
“To say their relationship is just friends is wrong, but calling them lovers wouldn’t be quite right also.”
“Their relationship is special.”
“Rukias’ name comes from the latin word Lucia. She’s always been a ray of light to Ichigo.”
“I’ve promised that I’ll save her. I’ve promised.. TO MY SOUL!”
-Ichigo & Renji.
“When Rukia-san was here, Kurosaki-san, all she talked about was you.”
“She’s not just a friend. To Kurosaki-kun, Kuchiki-san is the one who change his world.”
“The bankai in my hands… was gained for her sake!”
-Ichigo to Byakuya.
“It seems that pride you speak of leads to killing Rukia. If that’s the case then I will trample your pride.”
-Ichigo to Byakuya.
“The power of feelings, is stronger than steel.”
“I feel odd! Even without Rukia, the world just keeps going.”
“I can’t die in a freakin place like this….I have to save Rukia!”
“That chemistry with Kurosaki-kun.”
When Kuchiki-san returned, she made Kurosaki-kun feel better.
Back when Kurosaki-kun was feeling down, she lifted his spirit in one go.“
-Orihime to Rangiku, chapter 199.
“I want people to focus on the change of Ichigo and Rukia feelings in this movie [Fade to Black].”
“From your eyes, from your words… I can feel Ichigo’s power, flowing to me… You’ve become stronger, Ichigo…”
-Rukia, chapter 152.
“Thank you Rukia. Thanks to you, I think… the rain has stopped…”
-Ichigo, chapter 181.
“I remember now… the reason why… I wanted to save you so much…”
-Ichigo, chapter 181.
“That’s the kind of man you have been in my heart, Ichigo!”
-Rukia, chapter 196.
“The rain drags Black Sun down, but the rain dried by White Moon.”
-SOULs and VIBEs covers.
“I have nothing to ask. If you didn’t tell me until now, you probably have a reason. And that’s your problem. I don’t know how to ask about that. I don’t know a good way to ask without trampling over and putting to shame your feelings. That’s why I’ll wait. Until you feel like you want to tell me, until you feel it’s alright to tell me. Until then, you don’t need to. […] It’s all second hand. I was told something similar before, and I just remember how much it put at ease.”
-Ichigo quotes Rukia’s phrase, chapter 398
“This is farewell, Ichigo”
“What? Don’t look so sad. Even if you can no longer see me, I can still see you”
“What? That doesn’t make me happy at all! And I wasn’t making a sad face, either!”
“…Tell everyone I give them my best”
“Bye, Rukia. Thank you”
-Ichigo’s and Rukia’s conversation before her departure, chapter 423.
Quotes from the FTB movie that Kubo was very proud of:
“Rukia… is the one who changed my world!”
“You idiot! Memories aren’t everything! You can’t destroy that bond we share!”
“Times goes on, but these bonds will never break” - Tite Kubo
“I wonder if I keep up with the speed of the world without you in it” - Ichigo about Rukia
*Ichigo quotes Rukia again about despair*
*Ichigo lists losing Rukia as one of his top 2 most despairing moments*
Bleach characters in the “finding someone in a crowd” meme
As requested by anon. :)
Oh how I love meme posts! In this meme, one character can’t find another in a crowd, so character one must shout something which will ensure character two’s reaction. What would happen if we tried this with Bleach characters?
Keigo: *can’t find Chad in a crowd*
Keigo: *using hands like a microphone* Oh man! What an adorable kitty!
Chad: *appearing suddenly* I want to pet the kitty.
Keigo: There he is!
Chad: *can’t find Orihime in a crowd*
Chad: *uses hands like a microphone* OH NO MY ARM
Orihime: *charging in at a run* DO YOU NEED HEALING BECAUSE I WILL HEAL YOU
Chad: There she is.
Orihime: *can’t find Tatsuki in a crowd*
Orihime: *using hands like a microphone* ORIHIME SUCKS
Tatsuki: *crashing through a wall* WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU SAY ABOUT MY PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL AND FANTASTIC BEST FRIEND?!
Orihime: There she is!
Tatsuki: *can’t find Urahara in a crowd*
Tatsuki: *uses hands like a microphone* I THINK IT’S TIME FOR A FILLER EPISODE
Urahara: *appearing behind her* I have costumes!
Tatsuki: There he is.
Urahara: *can’t find Grimmjow in a crowd*
Urahara: *uses hands like a microphone* Oh man, this feathery jingle-ball toy would be PERFECT for Grimmjow!
Grimmjow: *crashing through a wall* I’M NOT A FREAKIN’ KITTY
Urahara: There he is.
Grimmjow: *can’t find Ichigo in a crowd*
Grimmjow: *uses hands like a microphone* Well I guess I’ll kill Kurosaki’s friends, then!
Ichigo: *appearing behind him in bankai* NOBODY HURTS MY FRIENDS
Grimmjow: There he is.
Ichigo: *can’t find Aizen in a crowd*
Ichigo: *uses hands like a microphone* Wow! I sure didn’t see THIS coming!
Aizen: *appearing suddenly* IT’S ALL PART OF MY PLAN
Ichigo: There he is.
Aizen: *can’t find Hitsugaya in a crowd*
Aizen: *coughs quietly*
Hitsugaya: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING AIZEN I AM HERE TO VIOLENTLY KILL YOU
Aizen: There he is.
Hitsugaya: *can’t find Matsumoto in a crowd*
Hitsugaya: *uses hands like a microphone* I SURE WONDER WHAT KARIN IS UP TO THESE DAYS
Matsumoto: *bursting through the door* Are you talking about your GIRLFRIEND, Captain??
Hitsugaya: There she is.
Matsumoto: *can’t find Kira in a crowd*
Matsumoto: *using hands like a microphone* I’M HAVING FEELINGS ABOUT GIN
Kira: *appearing with sake in each hand* Me too let’s get drunk.
Matsumoto: There he is!
Kira: *can’t find Hisagi in a crowd*
Kira: *using hands like a microphone* Captain Muguruma’s hair sure is dumb!
Hisagi: *slamming through the door* HIS HAIR IS PERFECT AND SO IS HE
Kira: There he is.
Hisagi: *can’t find Yamamoto in a crowd*
Hisagi: *whispers* Help.
Yamamoto: *crashing through the wall* I’LL PROTECT YOU HISAGI