thoughts about a manga you probably don't read or care about

anonymous asked:

In my opinion I think that Tanaka may have actually known that "Ciel" wasn't the real Ciel, I don't think anything in the manga actually supports what I'm saying, but like he was with them since they were young and I think he was bound to be able to tell them apart in my opinion, but who knows I could be wrong 😂

Hello Anon and don’t worry, there might be no hints to this but it’s something I and @thedarkestcrow actually talked about more than once, including right after we read ch129. xDD

You came to my askbox Anon, so I’m afraid I’ll have to ramble because it is one of my favorite subjects and also one of my biggest fears when it comes to how Yana intends on using several secondary characters, such as Tanaka and Frances, for the main plot.

You mentioned Tanaka being able to differentiate the twins and I think that yes, it is likely to be the case, if just because Tanaka took care of them since they were born and, if Lizzie herself had doubts (the Easter chapter for example), I’m pretty sure that he had some as well over the years. 

Besides Tanaka, I actually think it’s likely that Frances might have known as well, just like Red (except that Red is dead and irrelevant to the current arc so I won’t expand on her), and the reason none of those 3 actually said anything if they realized is probably because they suspected that the reason behind the lies was very grim. 

Only one of the boys came back after all…

…and he looked like as if he had been through hell, so they probably didn’t want to ask too many questions (for the same reason, Tanaka didn’t tell Ciel anything about the culprits while he might have a few hints to share).

It’s all without hint from the manga again, but I like to think that everytime Lizzie came by the manor to visit “in secret”, Frances actually knew and encouraged her, because it was her way to make sure that bright and cheerful Lizzie would try to keep Ciel’s mind off work from time to time, since he’s still a young teenager who went through a lot.

We’re talking about a woman who spent half of her life as a Phantomhive and thus who knew very well how harsh the Watchdog duty could be so, while she would stay out of his business (unlike Red, who wanted to help), I like to think that she still kept an eye on him through allowing Lizzie to visit him often and through maybe Tanaka going back to the manor.

Because did you notice? Sebastian never asks Tanaka to do anything, he only helps in case there is an attack or in case Seb isn’t around…

…which is why I like to think that the only reason he went back to the manor was to keep an eye on Ciel, probably because he wanted to but also maybe because Frances asked him (she does dislike Seb after all xD).

Anyway, between Tanaka’s constant supporting presence and how Frances was depicted in ch14…

…I really would like it if they knew that our!Ciel wasn’t the real one from the moment he came back, saying nothing because they could guess that Real!Ciel died in a horrible fashion.

So in regards to Tanaka’s absence in ch129, I would like it if he was actually in cahoots with Frances the whole time and warned her that Real!Ciel, who was supposed to be dead, showed up at the manor. 

It’s definitely a crack theory because no one has hints, but we’ll see if somehow this gets confirmed or denied in the next chapters! :D

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and have a nice day Anon!

anonymous asked:

Have you seen the head cannon where Kiri is the dragon Blasty has in the new bnha ending? (Love your work btw)

That’s kinda hard to miss, is it? Everyone and their grandmothers are making fanworks for it haha which I’ll be forever grateful for, actually, dragons are my #1 weakness and the more dragon!Kiri I have the happier I am (best version of it I’ve seen yet is syb’s but lbr she’s my fav artist and I’m weak) (also requirings has an ongoing comic series with those premises!!!! I’m living for it)

Anon said: Hey I loveeeeeeee your bnha fusion au and I was wondering if bakugou and midoriya’s fusion is so unstable why do they even fuse in the first place? Sorry for bothering and thank you for being so great!!!

I mentioned this in the tags under that specific post already, but I guess repeating it won’t hurt, so! It happened during the End of Term Exam! (this is gonna be spoiler if you’re only watching the anime) All Might put them in the position where they ended up being forced to try, but it lasted less than 30 seconds before they broke apart - to set in somewhere in the canon exam… after Deku pulled Bakugou away but before their combined attack. Like, when they were coming up with a strategy to take All Might out they first tried fusing, but it just didn’t work and their time was too limited to try and force it.

Anyway if they were to try again now they’d probably last way longer, but at this point neither of them has felt the need to give it a try just yet haha 

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anonymous asked:

i've been watching anime-manga commentary lately, and one of them was about naruto as a whole series (the flaws and the good) and now i'm wondering, what was your initial thoughts about the canon naruto? like, what did you like about it and what were the flaws that you wanted to fix upon in dreaming of sunshine (unless it's gonna be a spoiler, then you don't have to tell everything haha) - and also, what has changed in your impression of naruto since you started making dos and now? thanks!!

 Oh gosh. So, this is a massive topic. And I don’t want to really get all ranty about it or anything but that’s probably going to happen. >.>

I started watching Naruto… years and years ago. I mean, DOS was started in 2011, so that might give you a hint, but I’m pretty sure it was before Shippuden. A quick google tells me the Shippuden anime started airing 2007 (japanese) or 2009 (english). The manga dates are a bit earlier, but I didn’t actually start reading that until I wanted to ‘catch up’ later on, and even then I gave up reading during the war arc and only really picked up the last few chapters when the series ended.

So almost immediately I think we can tell my attraction to the series is rooted in the early installment stuff and not the later DBZ powergaming. I liked the Wave Arc. I thought Haku and Zabuza were interesting antagonists, with provoking backstories that were great mirrors to the protagonists and provided an interesting mirror image. I liked Gaara, who (again) was an interesting mirror to Naruto. I liked the world that we started to see around all these characters - flawed and complicated, with a lot of players moving in the shadows. I liked that Naruto wanted to change it all.

I thought we would get more character arcs with the side characters. I thought we would get Sakura development. I thought things were building to a Sound-Konoha war and we’d get to see a lot of Tsunade-Orochimaru-Jiraiya stuff - interactions and backstory and development. And I’m a little disappointed that most of that never really happened.

(And then timeskip. Personally I just don’t like time skips. You lose connection to the characters. Either nothing happens (and therefore things are weirdly the same) or you miss out on great content. Still, that’s a personal opinion.)

Overall I think the series has serious problems with its female characters and giving them, yknow, actual character. I think the epilogue is so full of holes that it deserves to be struck off completely. I think the ‘man-behind-the-man-behind-the-man’ of the war arc was so extremely tiresome. (99% of Uchiha characters make me have a kneejerk ‘no’ reaction now and the only reason Sasuke escapes is because I write him in DOS, not because his canon self is any better.)  I think that including the Sage and Kaguya did the series no favours and things got ‘too big’ in a way that made it difficult to care about the characters involved - how many thousands of people died in that final battle? And yet the only meaningful ones were Neji and the Ino-Shika parents.

But there are people who have presented those opinions in better and more thoughtful ways than I can. These are all discussions that have been around.

And okay, all these rants make it sound like I don’t actually like the series. I do! I wouldn’t still be in this fandom if I didn’t. I’m perfectly capable of putting books down, turning off movies and walking away. I actually really like Naruto. I like core of the series and the themes and ideas it sets out in the first part. And there was a lot of cool fanfiction that kept me invested.

DoS was mostly (okay it was a little bit a ‘fix it’ fic) about ‘well why did these things happen’. Not about changing them, not about being some ‘rationalist’ take on it all. I can’t understand why people read DoS and complain about how silly things like sending a team of genin after Sasuke are. That’s canon. It happened.

But I mean, things have changed. Some of them I planned, some of them I didn’t but they seemed logical when it happened, and some of them are just because I got sick of people asking and kinda regret now. Thems the breaks. I think if I ever actually finish writing DoS I’ll do a massive rewrite and cull everything down like this is a sprawling first draft. But who knows. I may not ever actually finish writing.

-Silver Queen

anonymous asked:

So Bakugou and Todoroki's hero names didn't get decided early on I think because they're each gonna get their own little mini arcs that get em to decide them, but I kinda wanted to know your opinion on what they might end up being? 'Course they'll probably be derived from future plot that we don't know right now, but I wanted to ask anyway!

!!!! I’ve never really thought about Todoroki’s, tbh? So I have no clue, honest, but as far as Bakugou goes I’ll keep on holding onto Ground Zero until Horikoshi officially and unequivocally tells me he 100% definitely scrapped it, my friend - it’s such a cool name??? I read it and I nearly cried when I realized that probably it’s not gonna be his actual hero name rip

Anon said: You need to draw Bok.uro more (i love them so much,(you to of course)

I’m sure you didn’t mean anything bad by this ask anon, but as I’ve said more than once I really, really don’t like the word need. I don’t need to do anything, no one’s paying me for this. When I’ll want to draw more bokro it’ll for sure happen, so don’t worry about that~

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anonymous asked:

Sorry if this is a dumb question but why was Hiyori so traumatized about the kiss from Fujisaki? Like it was basically sexual assault because she didn't give him permission. But also she doesn't know that he's evil yet, and they were kind of on a date setting and she seemed to like him?? I don't read the manga so I don't really know what's going on.

Well, for several reasons.

  1. First of all, it wasn’t really a “date”. More like a bunch of high school kids (yes, 3 boys and 3 girls) going to a theme park. Yama did say it was triple-date, but I don’t think Hiyori (or Ami) thought about it that way at all. They were just doing Yama a favor (telling her she looked girly, etc). Then there’s also the fact that Yama was supposed to be hooking up with Fujisaki, but ended up going with Abe. As soon as she started fangirling with Abe about their favorite visual kei band, it seemed like it was no longer a date.
  2. Fujisaki didn’t ask for consent. Consent doesn’t only mean “can I kiss you?”, but also reading the signs of the other person. Hiyori never once flirted with him. Yes, she’s a very nice and innocent girl, but she never intended to flirt with Fujisaki (hell, she was too busy trying to remember Yato and Yukine). I’m sick of guys assuming that just because a girl is nice/smiling (we are taught to be that way), that means we are into the guy. I can’t remember how many guys have mistaken me being nice to them for me hitting on them (and then they wonder why we’re so rude when turning them down!)
  3. HIYORI WAS CRYING while it happened. It was obvious that she was distressed. Fujisaki was either stupid in not seeing it, or he didn’t care and took advantage of it. Many guys take advantage of girls who are feeling sad and vulnerable. I remember by the time the episode aired, someone defended Fujisaki saying that “he probably thought that a kiss would cheer her up” (sigh).
  4. First kisses are a big deal in Japan, much more than in the West. It’s similar to sex. For them, kisses are a BIG deal (I remember an episode in Detective Conan where Ran could barely say the word “kiss” because she was so embarrassed). First kisses are a very romantic thing that they prefer to save for “the one”.I’m sure that, even if Hiyori wasn’t consciously aware of it, she wanted her first to be Yato, not that creep that she barely knew. 

Him being evil doesn’t have anything to do with it, and it’s really not necessary that she knew it for her to be upset either. What Fujisaki did was wrong, no matter who he really was. In fact, I’d say that Hiyori would feel some relief when finding out that he’s actually Yato’s Father and that he had some secret intentions (making her forget about Yato), rather than just being a random fuckboy.

anonymous asked:

How do you feel about Bulma suddenly having a sister shoe-horned/retconned into the DB universe? IMO, it feels forced and awkward and I don't think I'll ever get used to it. We've gone the entire series with Bulma as an only child, then suddenly POOF, sister! It's kind of how I felt with them shoe-horning a brother for Vegeta out of nowhere. Thoughts?

Right. I certainly can understand if people have trouble accepting Bulma having a sister. I was quite shocked myself at first but it didn’t take me long to grow fond of Tights. She’s just such a lovable character. I think that’s probably because she’s created by Akira Toriyama. No matter how I felt at first I’d always end up loving all that were created by Toriyama. Such as Super Saiyan Blue, not really a big fan of the hair changing when it was first introduced but I freaking love it now. Also because Jaco the Galactic Patrolman is simply awesome. I don’t think I’ve talked about it before. The truth is I love the manga so much I bought the Japanese version of the manga and I’ve read it countless times by now. I generally like all the characters in this manga. And the more I read it the more I feel Tights really is a Brief. Look what she says here,

“Even though I’m adorable I needn’t worry an old man and an alien would do anything funny.” “……” (I’m so glad you didn’t meet master Roshi, Tights. T^T)

Sounds familiar? She is Bulma’s sister after all. ^o^

Not too mention she also traveled around the world all by herself. And she chose to ride a dangerous rocket because she wanted to see the universe. Bulma’s sister or not I just love this type of person.

It seems Tights is not good at cooking as well. I don’t know why but I just love it. XD

I also love how Tights is from the richest family on earth but she never brags about it, neither does Bulma. They never really show off their wealth nor have a sense of superiority over others at all that when they first appeared in the manga I just assumed they were like any normal rebellious teenage girls. Who would’ve thought they were literally princesses. When I read here I always wonder what would these people think if they knew they were talking to the daughter of the world’s richest and most intelligent man.

But apparently the Briefs don’t care. They just keep being strange and awesome and all. (LET ME WORSHIP THEM)

I can’t help but love Tights even if her being Bulma’s sister seems forced or something. She’s a precious princess. 😎

As for Tarble I like him too! Just not as much as Tights. Probably because he only appeared in an OVA which has little to do with Akira Toriyama. For me I’m glad both Vegeta and Bulma have siblings.

anonymous asked:

There is one thing I don't get? Why did UT accept to leave the lockets? I know he intends to get them back but if what's the point of leaving them with Ciel? Also, about Ciel's eyes, I know you mentioned him having special moments like his aunt but what about his cousins? And what do you think triggered Ciel's eyes at that moment particularly the first time?

Hmm~ so many questions. :)

Why did the Undertaker let Ciel have the lockets?

(he smiled)

This is probably because:

  • He’s a deserter and after the Campania, he probably guessed that many Shinigamis would be sent after him, so considering the lockets are his treasure, not having them with him would mean Will and Co would never take them away from him (if the lockets contain souls, it’s even more important because that means those souls were stolen from Shinigamis on the job and Will could want them back, so it’s better for UT if he doesn’t have the lockets on him)
  • One of those lockets is Claudia’s and she’s Ciel’s grandmother. In the Circus arc, UT mentioned how the advice he gave to Ciel is one he also gave her long ago and Ciel’s also the watchdog like she probably was so UT probably thought that it would be interesting for Ciel to take care of his grandma’s locket for a time.
  • Considering how Ciel and his butler just got owned by UT during the Campania and also how UT was probably a “pawn” Ciel trusted more than another because he was already around when his father was the watchdog, UT leaving him the lockets is kind of a promise that there is no need for Ciel to run after him. Indeed, UT will come back when he’s ready to take those lockets back, that’s a side of the bond between UT and Ciel.

What triggered Ciel’s “eyes” in ch103:

Could be several things:

  • Seb’s “wake up call” a few hours before this scene (a thing that never happened between them before): it doesn’t matter whether you think Seb intended to eat him or not, the scene was probably traumatizing enough for Ciel in both cases, but the supernatural side of the trauma might have triggered a reaction if Ciel’s lineage is indeed related to something or someone supernatural too. 

I really think this is the main reason but you can associate it with two other things that probably contributed to triggering his “eyes”:

  • Wolfram almost killing Ciel: strangling him and almost shooting him when Diederich intervened (yay Dee!), I’m pretty sure that even if Ciel knew Seb would ultimately not leave him to die because of the contract, this gotta be extremely stressful, especially since fear for your life is a natural and primitive reaction. So after Seb’s wake-up call, it probably didn’t help Ciel to calm down.
  • The panzer: for similar reasons to the part with Wolfram.
    Ciel came close to die several times the few hours after Seb’s demonic wake up call, so he was probably all stressed up, acting on adrenaline and pushing himself to survive body and mind in what literally resembled a war zone.

=> that’s no wonder for me that it eventually triggered something if his lineage, as the German Shinigamis described it, is related to a supernatural something or someone. 
You can even compare it to your usual “power up” trope in manga/animes: Ciel almost got eaten by a demon (from his own point of view) and then he almost got killed twice, so that was the ideal moment for Yana to allow him to step up in his game by giving him something that could certainly turn out to be useful in the future. :) 

For Lizzie and Edward:

I’m thinking that you can more or less say that something supernatural might have happened for those two as well (not as obviously as Ciel however), even though this is only my personal interpretation of two scenes and I wouldn’t be surprised if some people were to say that this is “reading too much into things”. Still you asked, so here goes:

  • Elizabeth

It seems she was able to sense Bizarre Dolls coming from behind her during that fight…

And she also sensed the ones approaching behind Ciel even though she had her back to him at that time…  

For me it counts even though it’s not exactly “eye” related, so see if that’s your thing too or not. :)
Basically Ciel’s moment in ch103 is initially a sixth sense kind of vibe even though he ended up seeing something he shouldn’t have been able to. Lizzie however has the sixth sense thing it seems, but not the eye thing (or I missed it, it’s not impossible). 

  • Edward

It’s more tricky for him because I only have one moment in mind: do you remember the cricket match? 

He copied Cheslock’s move perfectly even though he saw it only once.

Once again, whether you take that as a hint or not is up to you. :) On its own I believe it’s not really enough to say that Edward had an “eye moment” but it’s definitely something to keep in mind in case Edward shows other weird little abilities (since he’s a part of the current arc, maybe we will have more possible moments of that kind with him in future chapters :)).

For now, Frances remains the only one in the Midford family who had obvious “eye moments” a little similar to Ciel’s, so we’ll just have to stay tuned for Lizzie and Edward, just in case (especially for Liz since she has a strange strength + possibly something close to a sixth sense when she fights, so when she’s in hyper-aware mode with all her senses in alert). 

Hope it answers your questions! :) 

What kind of Touken shipper are you?

Are you the Ishida, Hinami, Ayato, Yomo, Yoriko, Hide, Nishiki or Tsukiyama type?

(Take it with a grain of salt)

  • The Ishida

You love touken as much as you love angst. As if the manga wasn’t painful enough you probably hurt yourself with heartbreaking fanfictions and headcanons. You’re probably amongst those people who came back to life with TG:re chapter 72 (of course you know which chapter I’m referring to without even looking it up). As much as you love pain you still want your otp to be canon and are very dedicated so you’re writing all those meta posts, analysis and draw beautiful fanarts. People just know if they’re the Ishida type of fans and others can easily recognise them. According to the legend, this type of fans were named after the author for he was rumoured to be the #1 fan of the ship. 

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I’ve seen a lot of gsnk fics that address a possible first kiss for Nozakura as him trying to practice as reference for the manga, which could work that’s totally fine, but I sort of wanted to take that idea and maybe try and make it a bit different?  Sorry if it sucks.

1,931 words.  Fluff.  First kiss.  Nozakura.  Nozaki x Sakura. Rated K+.

Though her heart beat hard in her chest and her stomach danced until she thought she might be sick, her thoughts were much more rational.

“Eh, you…you want to what?"  Sakura asked, her grip on the pen began to shake.

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Guys, I’m so shaken up over this new movie and chapter 700. I’m absolutely livid at kishi for queer-baiting his fans with all this sasunaru/narusasu, just to take it away and make everything he’s written so far worthless. I thought that this manga was going to be different from the others. The whole series has pointed to sasunaru/narusasu, yet he’s going to end it in naruhina because shonen doesn’t have the balls to have two gay men be the main characters. I’ve definitely just lost faith in humanity. This has practically ruined naruto for me. My life for the past five fucking years has been dedicated to naruto. I practically shipped sasunaru/narusasu ever since I started reading the manga and watching the anime back in 2009. This whole thing has been a major fucking slap in the face for me. I was expecting them to AT LEAST have an open-ending, but no, let’s just ruin everything with a fucking love story between a girl that naruto has never showed interest in and a guy that cares more about his “best friend” than anything in the world (who is obviously fucking gay for said “best friend”). This is complete bullshit. Also, let’s not forget that the majority of Japanese fans wanted sasunaru/narusasu. I understand that he is the author and that he can do what he wants, but I feel like my fucking heart has been ripped out because of how obviously canon sasunaru/narusasu was. I don’t even know if I’m going to watch the new movie. I may not even read chapter 700. I don’t know if Masashi Kishimoto just wrote the manga to be sasunaru/narusasu unconsciously and meant for it to be hetero in the end, or if he’s just doing what his anime team and editor wanted him to do. I mean, the english voice actors of both naruto and sasuke ship sasunaru/narusasu, and fucking naruto’s and sasuke’s japanese voice actors ship it as well! I swear to god if this thing ends in naruhina I’m going to be a fucking angry bitch for the rest of my life. I don’t think you guys understand how fucking anxious and upset this has made me. I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, and I can’t even fucking sit still. I’ve been working on this post for a fucking hour because I have to keep stopping and just breathe to myself. There is so much fucking evidence of sasunaru/narusasu that I can’t even begin fathom why you would ship anything else. They were MEANT TO BE TOGETHER. I swear to god, kishi better be fucking trolling everyone about this new movie and last chapter or I’m going to be incredibly spiteful towards him. He probably wouldn’t even care if he knew though since he completely fucking ignored how large the sasunaru/narusasu fan base is. If kishi is a smart man, like I thought he was, he wouldn’t do this to his life’s work. Another thing, I ALWAYS ship the obvious pairing in an anime or manga. It’s always been that way. Call me unimaginative or whatever. Anyways, I never believed that sasuaru/narusasu was a crack ship. It was, and is, the absolute most obvious pairing to me. Naruto is what introduced me to yaoi for fucking crying out loud. I have never been more disappointed and angry than I am now. If kishi isn’t trolling us, he just lost a very loyal naruto fan because I’m going to be fucking out of this fandom. I’ll still ship sasunaru/narusasu but I’m no longer going to call myself a naruto fan. Sometimes I think to myself, maybe naruto really was just trying to get his friend back, but then I talk to people outside of the manga for their point of view and they see it as gay also. My best friend, who was a big naruto fan in 2009 but got bored with it, talked to me about naruto last night because of how upset I was. I told her what was going on and she knows enough about naruto to understand the things I’m talking about and the characters personalities enough to give me an informed opinion. But she also isn’t into naruto anymore so she could give me a very OBJECTIVE opinion as well. She told me that naruhina and sasusaku make absolutely no fucking sense. She said that kishimoto was just straight up queerbaiting everyone and that he should’ve left it as an open ending. And let me tell you, my friend is very honest and she would not lie to me to spare my feelings. That’s how our friendship is. She told me that from the outside looking in sasuke and naruto appear to be extremely gay for each other. She doesn’t ship sasunaru/narusasu and even she can see it. If I had known that kishi was going to do this, I wouldn’t have gotten into this fucking ship in the first place. I literally could NOT see naruhina and sasusaku becoming canon. I put ALL of my faith into sasunaru/narusasu. I’m not going to put all my hopes up for kishi trolling us, because I don’t think he is, but on the VERY SLIM chance that he is, everyone in the naruto fandom can come and send me hate and call me a fucking bitch because I will definitely deserve it after the things I said about kishi. I would love for everyone to come to me and tell me about how fucking wrong I was for thinking how naruhina was going to happen and how bad it was for doubting kishi. Kishimoto, please don’t ruin everything you’ve worked for. Please.

Anyways, I’m sorry if this offended anyone, but this is really how I feel about it. As you can tell, I am VERY emotionally invested into naruto. If you want to send me hate about this rant, then do so, but it won’t stop me from feeling this way.

anonymous asked:

Hello! So as someone who has never read bleach and is very much interested in Rukia, I would like to get to know her a bit better. I already know she's awesome and pretty and overall amazing, but I don't really know her character? Would you mind, describing her a bit? all the love, x.

Well I guess I did quite stated how awesome and pretty she is in most of my posts about her ^^,

Well , if I have to describe Rukia it’ll be that she’s unique and refreshing of a heroine (she’s actually the kind of heroine that I was long searching for). Typical heroines would be that cheery innocent type or bossy serious type, right? She is neither. A mixture of both, maybe?

She is the kind of character that gives the vibes of a straight A student, but she is definitely not stuck-up or haughty about it. She’s very modest and humble but she won’t shy away from doing what she think is right. The girl lacks common sense though (probably due to her being a shinigami and an anti-social in the her world, Soul Society). Her way of learning “modern language” is by reading horror novels. And she’s also the type to do the trolling/teasing to her friends (mainly to Ichigo and Renji). The beginning of the manga is really interesting as her interaction and dynamic with Ichigo and his classmates are mischievous and fun. She’s a quirky character.

But I guess that’s just the exterior of her character, an “act” as she liked to say (though I like to think that funny and quirky character of hers is also her true self she was forced to suppress as her harsh past forced her to mature up). She is actually a very serious and mature character. She takes her job as a shinigami seriously as for her, it’s about saving people. She’s also very selfless. She’s the type to force herself if it’s for the sake of someone and ready to jump to death without second thoughts (Chapter 1 This girl doesn’t care about her life at all). She’s also willing to  disregard rules and orders if it’s for her friend’s sake.

But I guess her selflessness is also her main downside. As she cares more about others than her, she has the tendency to blame things on herself. Her main coping mechanism when experiencing pain is to close off her heart and disregard her emotions. She’s the type to feel awful about herself if she thinks she hurts someone or drags down others, but her breakdown point if she fails on saving a love one (*ahem*Kaien*ahem*).

In my personal opinion, she’s like a shonen hero … except it’s female version. xD

“She talks and acts like a boy …  but whatever she do, there’s always a “gentle” aura around her” is how Renji (her childhood friend) described her. Which is strangely true, she does talk and act like a boy (if you act like a wimp she won’t be afraid to hit you to straighten you up), but she’s definitely a girl… probably thanks to her “cute” drawings, innocent demeanor and love for sweets. Whatever she does, it’ll feel natural and not forced like what you’ll feel on other heroines. 

And her denseness is the kind that will rival other shonen heroes. And no, this is not the kind of heroine denseness where she’s “innocent” in romance. It’s the kind of denseness (usually find in male protags) where she doesn’t care about it at all. She even beat Ichigo when it comes to it! Despite it all though, she’s very sensitive to other people’s feelings. She’s very good at understanding and empathizing when her friends are hurt or feeling sad (probably because she went through the same situations). 

Her design is that of which that will contrast the main hero, Ichigo. I guess she’s unique in the sense that her character doesn’t serve as a mere foil for the hero, rather, she really is his partner. In Bleach, the Hero and Heroine’s partnership is like two sides of the same coin.

And because they are partners supposed to stand on equal grounds, they each get their own individual development. The author like separating the two of them, and then reuniting them again later. But this also means that we usually get to see less of Rukia (very much, it’s to the point that haters think they can use it against her) as the whole manga is mainly about Ichigo and his journey to finding power and fighting.

One more thing, she may be a fighter… but she’s not a power fighter.

Meaning, don’t expect her to handle big fights (you’ll only be disappointed) like Ichigo. As I’ve said earlier, they contrast each other (as much as they complement each other), fighting is Ichigo’s role

Rukia is more of an all-rounder kind of character, unlike Ichigo who is a powerhouse. She can heal, fight, and support. Her stats is that of average to above-average. 

Ichigo is the Blade, the one that fights to protect. Rukia is the Heart, the one that fights to save. Although similar, there’s a difference on the two.

Ichigo always searches for power in order to be able to protect. There’s this inner warrior in him that lusts for power. Meanwhile, the warrior in Rukia is more gentle and kind. She doesn’t lust or wish for power. In fact, she wants to lose it. But she’ll pick up the blade if it meant that she can save someone. 

Ichigo will turn wimpy and such if he can no longer fight (when his heart turns weak due to despair). Meanwhile, Rukia is usually the level-headed one there to serves as the anchor. Her heart is among the strongest and most beautiful to behold. And she is the one who strengthens his heart if he feels weak. Meanwhile, Ichigo will be the one who will protect and save her if she can’t save herself. Well, to put it simply, they catch each other if one of them falls.

In a nut shell,

She’s a unique and refreshing heroine. Aside from her character, she’s not your ordinary heroine you’ll usually find in other mangas as her character is not used as a foil for the main lead. She is made to stand in equal grounds as the hero. 

And on a side note: What I love about her is that she’s not the one who chases (very usual and annoying trait I find in shonen heroines). It’s the other way around! It’s the hero is the one who chases and longs to see her (include us audience too). Well, Bleach is not on a romance genre anyway, so romance is subtle (though quite blatant, I dare say). Whatever their relationship is though, it’s always mutual. Rukia is just the type who never thinks for herself but the world around her (her most desire is to be treated normally and stay at the side of her friends). 

I guess all these traits of her is what makes her an exemplary heroine.

Kaneki’s Tragedy and the Fate of Sasaki Haise

So, Kaneki declares, straight from the very first chapter that “if you were to right a story with [him] in the lead role, it would certainly be a tragedy”. The chapter’s even called tragedy.

There are a lot of ideas about what a “tragedy” is, and the meaning has definitely changed too over the centuries. But, if we’re talking about classic, Aristotelian tragedy, it’s usually* something along the lines of an inevitable downfall due to a fatal flaw in character - a hamartia.

“…the character between these two extremes - that of a man who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty.

- Aristotle on the nature of a Tragic Hero.

Another key element of Aristotle’s model, is the peripeteia - a sudden change of events, reversal of circumstances. For Kaneki, I believe this was probably his change in the Aogiri arc that took him from one unwilling to harm others to willing to do anything to “protect” the people he cares about.

Kaneki’s “hamartia”, is one he shares with his mother - he overextends himself under the guise of “protecting” the people he cares about, but it’s really rooted in a selfish fear of loneliness. He’s not really helping them. Touka calls him out on this first:

It drives him to cannabalise to “protect” his allies.

But he ultimately harms them as a direct result instead:

Even when in his insane kakuja mode, the mantra of “protect” is still what drives him:

…and you can see that this desire to “protect”, that started off sounding like your typical mc speech, is sounding more and more like a mantra of madness, and is what’s driving him to his downfall. It’s inevitable that it’ll lead to his ruin; that’s the nature of tragedy.

Then comes the fatal mistake, the one that leads to his “death” at the end of Tokyo Ghoul- his decision to fight in the raid on Anteiku despite literally everyone warning him not to, again, as a result of his selfish, unrealistic desire to protect.

They were right - it was futile. He didn’t really help anyone - he didn’t make it to help the manager, despite his efforts Irimi and Koma died anyway at V14, he severely injured Amon, and very possibly Hide, his best friend, too as a result. He screwed up, again, and achieved nothing. 

Again, his crazed ramblings to “protect”, entwined with his desires to kill and the mistakes, showing again that the two are inexorably linked, and leading to his ruin.

And then, of course, the downfall: he meets his own death at the hands of Arima in V14. 

And finally, lying dying on the floor with holes in his brains and both his eyes stabbed out - he realises Touka was right all along. This moment of realisation, anagnorisis also fits into the classic Aristotelian model of tragedy.

Only, it’s all too late now - right? 

(From Chapter 139). And so ends the tragedy.

As quick a side note: I also recently realised how the Clowns so resemble the Witches in Macbeth, a classic Shakespearian tragedy - they yearn to see the downfall of the protagonist and help engineer it like puppeteers behind the scenes, taking pleasure in it and are almost an audience proxy.

For the most part, Tokyo Ghoul was a tragedy in the classic sense of the term. However, I believe Ishida said that Tokyo Ghoul:re was not a tragedy, but a the story of a legend.This may be why he made :re it’s own sequel, and maybe - so he could stay true to his original promise of a “tragedy”, while not ending it as a tragedy - he story of Kaneki Ken may have been a tragedy, but the story of Sasaki Haise may not be.

Now, tragedy!= pain and suffering - Sasaki will almost certainly go through his fair share of suffering before the series ends. Inevitability is a key part of tragedy, it doesn’t look like Sasaki has escaped Kaneki’s fate:

Sasaki’s already shown Kaneki’s line of thinking, obsessing over “protecting everyone:

He’s got 4 subordinates to protect now - in some ways, he’s even more walking in his mom’s shoes more than ever, acting like a single parent, he’s in the perfect position to overwork himself like her.

I think the difference between the two that will make Sasaki’s different will be that Sasaki will realise his mistake  - he could break the pattern and end the tragedy. I still think :re could very well have a “downer” ending, and end in Sasaki’s death, I just don’t think it will be one caused by the same, inevitable fatal flaw that has driven him so far.

*It’s been a while since I studied English Lit, and I’m just a comp sci student, feel free to tell me about any errors I made. Or just share your ideas or thoughts on it or whatever

Eren and Mikasa didn’t even interact in this chapter??!

This is a reply to maggzdaspaz post

I thought I would put it on a separate post because I know that’s not the only insecure and disappointed eremika shipper out there :)

First, I totally understand your worry! :)
And I would have agreed with you If I didn’t see how things happened in this chapter and their context !

Eren and Mikasa didn’t interact for months

TRUE . Only it’s because Eren has been kidnapped for all these months!
(and I have to remind you that it’s not “actual months” it’s just few days, the monthly release of the manga can reallydeceive us sometimes huh :D)

Tbh I can’t understand feeling insecure about Mikasa not showing feelings to Eren. If I remember well, the chapter where they did experiments to Eren, Mikasa was constantly by his side, even disobeying orders to retrieve him from the titan which was necessary that time because Hanji might exaggerate sometimes! She wasn’t afraid to retort on levi to defend Eren, and honestly she has been lifeless this whole time Eren wasn’t around, I’m sure her deep concern for Eren is still just the same!

Now to this chapter

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

You mentioned before that Japanese people have a different history/view on gay rights? I was just wondering if you could possibly tell us what hey are? If you don't feel like it or don't want, I can google it but I wanted to hear from someone who could probably explain it better than a web page, haha.

Anonymous said to akumadeenglish:
Hello :) I read your thoughts on Grell, and you wrote to the previous Anon that “Japanese people have different history of / views on LGBT as compared to Western people/culture/history.” Could you elaborate on it, please? How is it different? I’m from Europe, and I have very limited knowledge of Japanese people/culture. I hate to admit it but pretty much all I know comes from manga and anime. I’m sure that’s not how things work in real life though.

Hi, sorry for the late reply! I wasn’t sure if I should answer your question or not, since this is a highly delicate topic. Anyways, please keep in mind that I’m in no way an expert in Japanese history or culture, much less in LGBT issues! The following is just my personal opinion! (x_x)


About history: Ancient Japan traditionally used to be rather tolerant of same-sex love. It was called ‘danshoku’ and it wasn’t really a taboo, people back then seem to have been quite open about that. However, with the influx of Western culture and values in the 19th century, it was gradually regarded as something ‘wrong’ and this way of thinking still persists among the old generations. (I’m pretty sure though that conservative old people exist everywhere and not only in Japan!) That being said, I think the majority of Japanese people, especially the young generation, noawadays have no problems accepting same-sex love, at least I’ve never met a homophobic young Japanese in my life =D

About people: Imo Japan is not that conservative, nontheless there still is a big difference in the level of public and individual concern as compared to Western countries. Western people seem to take this topic very seriously and there are a lot of discussions, campaigns and political movements (as lately in the US) regarding LGBT rights, whereas in Japan there’s very little awareness. If you interviewed random Japanese people on that topic, most of them would probably say “I don’t care.” or just “I don’t know.”. I bet many people have never even heared of the term ‘LGBT’. This general lack of interest and knowledge leads to the fact that most people here neither oppose nor support LGBT rights actively.

About culture: As I mentioned in this post, there is a unique culture(?) of okama (オカマorオネエ系キャラ) in Japan. They are specific type of gay people who use the characteristic okama-language, the oldfashioned, overly feminine way of talking. They often appear in TV shows and even though they aren’t comedians, they are often treated as such. Okama is a well-established culture in Japan, so if you asked me whether I regard Grell as a ‘woman’ or ‘man’, I’d simply answer “Grell is an okama.” and this is why Grell’s gender never really becomes an issue in the Japanese Kuroshitsuji fandom (unlike in the Western fandom).

Some famous okama celebrities: top right - Matsuko Deluxe, top left - IKKO, bottom right - Mitz Mangrove, bottom left - Chris Matsumura

To sum it up, if you were gay and lived in Japan, it wouldn’t be hell (since same-sex love is not illegal and noone would offend/hate/discriminate you for being gay), but it wouldn’t be the paradise either (since same-sex marriage is still illegal and noone would truly understand/support/care about you). Okama celebrities are generally accepted and popular, but like I mentioned before, they are specific gay people, i.e. not every gay in Japan is automatically an okama, so I’m doubtful whether their acceptance among the audiences truly reflects the status of LGBT people. All in all, the problem in Japan is not homophobia, but the unconcernedness, i.e. the majority of Japanese people accepts same-sex love, but they do not support it actively.


So that was my take on this issue! I’m so exhausted after writing this essay, so if you have any further questions or if you want to know more about LGBT rights in Japan, please check these news articles:

Same-sex marriage unlikely to become legal in Japan anytime soon

Same-Sex Marriage in Japan: A Long Way Away?

Thanks for reading! =D

anonymous asked:

I read your reply to the whole "destiny" and "love" thing and I love it, makes total sense! I would like to know your thoughts about the poem "I wonder if I can keep up with the speed of the world without you in it" . Unfortunately I think it was about Rukia, but still I don't know what to think.

Thank you very much! I’m glad it’s received positive feedback– since I know that it’s sort of a loaded opinion to have given how the fandom really likes to take mentions of “love” and immediately turn them romantic.

To answer your question, I undoubtedly think it was about Rukia, which isn’t a bad thing at all! Yes, it speaks volumes to how important she is to him and how much he cares about her; she “changed his world” and helped him grow a lot as a person (and he, in turn, did the same for her). Their relationship is built off that sort of symbiotic vibe. They helped each other grow and learn about themselves and their potential, and I think that it’s unfair to dismiss that just because you might feel that could be threatening to your ship (not that I’m saying you’re doing that– I’m just speaking generally).

However, and I’ve said this before, just because Kubo emphasises that Ichigo and Rukia are important to each other, doesn’t automatically mean their relationship is romantic, nor does it mean that the emphasis implied romance in the first place. 

I firmly believe the Ichigo/Rukia relationship can be validly read as platonic, even with the very vehement backlash one might receive for doing so. I’ve always read Ichigo and Rukia’s relationship as one that’s mutually beneficial, and much like a master/protégé. Though in this case, they tend to swap roles fairly often, because they teach each other a lot of things and learn from each other as well.

I think the problem is in a lot of media as a whole, but also particularly Western media, it’s pretty rare to see a close, meaningful relationship between a man and a woman portrayed as purely platonic. We’re socialised to believe that men and women, when presented together or in close regards to one another, will inherently become a couple. In addition to sort of reaffirming gender roles, this also tends to be pretty homophobic because it establishes man/woman romance as a default –but I won’t get into that because it’s a bit off topic. The point I’m trying to make here is that the reason a lot of people tend to read Rukia and Ichigo’s interactions as inherently romantic (even if unintentionally), is because we’re socialised to believe that a man and a woman in close proximity with each other will inevitably develop a romance. Kubo has, of course, gone on record to say that one of the things he loves about Bleach is Ichigo and Rukia’s unique relationship; how it isn’t common to see a relationship like theirs between a man and woman, because the default man/woman relationship portrayal we tend to see is romance. To me, this assertion of his has always reaffirmed what I said before: that we typically see the relationship between a man and a woman portrayed as romantic, and are thus socialised to believe any relationship between a man and a woman will be romantic. Kubo says pretty clearly that he likes Ichigo and Rukia’s relationship because it’s out of the ordinary (the ordinary being “romantic”) and emphasises that it’s a unique relationship between a “man and a woman” which just leads me to further believe he was referencing the fact that they are platonic, because he specifically mentions what’s expected of a “man and a woman” in most media (again, “romance”).

Another funny thing about the normalisation of certain beliefs being learned through media is that romantic love is sort of seen as “the highest level of love”, which is untrue. Yes, it’s a powerful type of love, but it isn’t superior to platonic love, and isn’t necessarily “stronger” than platonic love –it’s just a different type of love. But because it’s often depicted as the “highest level of love”, we’re socialised to believe that it is. This is part of the reason why people get so angry when you imply that Ichigo and Rukia’s relationship is platonic, because according to what we’ve been taught, romantic > platonic.

Acknowledging that Rukia and Ichigo are important to each other in a non-romantic/strictly platonic context by no means diminishes the importance of their relationship, and I think that this is something a lot of IH fans can understand and agree with. I know a lot of us really like the relationship that Ichigo and Rukia have, because it’s a very sweet and mutually beneficial friendship and they make a great team together.

Another thing you have to take into account about manga as a medium in general is that in the shounen genre, it’s pretty typical for characters (and the protagonists especially) to speak and think in ways that are very poetic and embellished and flowery. I’d say this goes double for Kubo, given how keen he is to include fairly rich symbolism and poetry in his series. That said, characters of shounen manga tend to have times where they speak very… differently than one might expect. Their lines aren’t unbelievable per se, but some of the things that the characters say probably wouldn’t be said too often by a real person. Kubo especially seems to like his characters speak about their feelings and their relationships (which is typical of shounen, of course), and so they end up being very honest and poetic in the narrative. And again, when we see people use sort of strong language like this, there is an implication of deep feeling behind the words. With what I mentioned before regarding socialised norms about man/woman relationships, it’s very easy to read these feelings and words across as romantic. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong to read them as romantic if that’s your prerogative, but it also doesn’t mean it’s wrong for them to be read as platonic either.

–This turned into a long post, but basically what I mean to say is that yes, the poem is about Rukia and it really gives us insight to how important she is to Ichigo. However, her being important to Ichigo doesn’t necessarily denote romance (which has been, and will continue to be one of the big reasons why I don’t see Ichigo/Rukia as a “threat” –there is nothing explicitly romantic about their relationship imo). There isn’t anything wrong with reading their relationship and this poem as platonic, because it’s a valid take on the relationship.

anonymous asked:

Thank you! I'm sorry if this question is already out there, but someone told me that Yuu//noa will probably happen because Shinoa's feelings are blunt and out there as for Mika's feelings aren't really confirmed.. I don't know.. I think they have a point, but does that really mean anything? I really appreciate :)

Hello there! I could see where the person who told you that is coming from but at the same time, I have to disagree somewhat. Because Shinoa never once actually mentioned that she herself loved Yuu. No, Guren did that for her, and before that…there was hardly if ever indication that she had romantic feelings for Yuu. In fact, did she not tease Mitsuba about having a crush on Yuu? Like, her feelings weren’t confirmed or even acted upon until Guren said what he said.

And, if you consider that outward and blunt, then…I’m pretty sure almost every other character who has shown concern or care for Yuu is in love with him.

Never once does Shinoa herself outwardly mention that she loves Yuu, and honestly, she doesn’t even outwardly allude to it. Idk, her feelings may be blunt because they’re forced but at the same time, she herself never outwardly goes out of her was to show, or really imply that she has love for Yuu.

And I should add at least,  not the way I see it.

Because if we’re comparing her to Mika, then I’m going to have to say that his feelings are a lot blunter and more confirmed than Shinoa’s.

Idk if you’re friend or whoever is reading, or watching the same manga/anime—but seriously, to deny that Mika’s feelings towards Yuu aren’t really confirmed is false.

Does it even have to be brought up that Mika is always thinking about Yuu? In the manga/anime whenever we are shown parts with Mika, he’s always thinking about Yuu. The mere thought of Yuu is enough to bring him to tears, it’s enough to make his heart hurt inside, and it’s even enough to make him smile. Keep in mind, up until now, Mika hasn’t smiled or cried since childhood (from what we know), so, the fact that just the thought of Yuu is able to evoke such emotions, proves that his feelings are confirmed. (Plus the thought of Yuu gives him home)

And if people still don’t believe that Mika’s love for Yuu isn’t genuine because he doesn’t flat out say it, then take it from Ferid who basically confirmed for Mika that he was in love with Yuu. And Mika didn’t shut the idea down at all. And I guess you’re thinking “WELL…That’s like Guren telling Shinoa that she loves Yuu right…?” Well, not it’s not, because Shinoa hardly ever acted on Guren’s revelation afterward (when she does happen to by chance, it looks very odd and forced. It just feels uncomfortable).  

Mika’s feelings for Yuu were pretty much confirmed before Ferid pointed them out. And I’m just going to add, that’s another difference between the situations with Guren and Shinoa. Shinoa never once showed any romantic feelings or even alluded to it before Guren said what he did. However, long before Ferid even brought it up, Mika was already giving us enough evidence by his actions and thoughts to prove that he had some type of feelings for Yuu. He didn’t need Ferid to point that out for him in order for him to actually feel something for Yuu and act upon those feelings–He felt something for Yuu long before Ferid even mentioned it. Shinoa didn’t feel anything romantic for Yuu until Guren said something. You see the difference?

Mika had shown tons of signs, beforehand.

And whether those signs were shown from his actions, or inner thought dialogue, or word of mouth they pretty much confirmed that he loved Yuu. Even if he never flat out said that he loved Yuu, it was pretty easy to tell that he did.

And speaking about actions as a sign of confirmation…

The recent chapters have pretty much given us a solid confirmation that Mika loves Yuu. If we’re not talking about the first time they met when Mika basically asked or better yet told Mika to abandon everything and runaway with him (like…okay, that is as blunt as I don’t know what), then we should probably bring up the more recent chapters, where Mika once again asks Yuu to elope with him so they could live on the country side together, and then later on Yuu actually agrees (though he wants to save the squad + guren first which is understandable. And yes, that is called eloping what they’re doing.) …

Or, we could highlight the part where before Mika and Yuu are able to finally escape the battle field (before Mika becomes a full vampire), Mika is trying to get to Yuu and is basically running into the enemy lines risking death (he is stabbed various times) all to see Yuu one last time before he possibly dies…and just a note, during that part of the manga Mika was literally about to die. At a point, it no longer mattered that he needed to speak to Yuu…I think with the knowledge that he was probably going to die, he just wanted to see Yuu one last time…this is how I take it at least.

If these aren’t blunt, outward, signs of romance or emotions then I don’t know what to tell you.

Personally, I think Mika’s feelings are a lot more confirmed, genuine, and visible than anyone’s towards Yuu’s so far.

And maybe this is just me because I ship Mikayuu (HURR DURR), but I mean…I don’t see how anyone can look at how Mika acts, thinks etc….and say that he doesn’t love Yuu or that his emotions aren’t genuine.

And to be fair, Mika has been through a lot. Showing emotion does not come easy for him, and so far, Yuu has been the only reason he’s been so emotional as of recent.

So I hope this helps, and eases your qualms.

Sorry for the long delay—I was contemplating on going in the manga to get some manga panels but I hope you get the point. Plus, it’s midnight here and I’m tired, but I’ve been so eager to answer this.

Also, I think that your friend or whatever should kind of take into perspective that Yuu and Mika’s relationship is supposed to mirror Romeo and Juliet’s, where understandably, the two couldn’t be so open about their love for each other, for obvious reasons. But they thought of each other all the time, and they lived for each other…and even if they didn’t say it, it was evident the two were in love.

Love doesn’t have to be mentioned for it to be love!!

huffle-fluff  asked:

So judging from your Bleach posts, it looks like you ship IchiHime! I personally don't, but don't get me wrong, I'm really interested in knowing what your opinion on their relationship is. Especially since I know you like analyzing characters and their connections. I love reading your thoughts on the stuff happening in SMC btw!

Hi!  ♥  I do indeed ship IchiHime!  I started with a “Oh, that’s cute, I guess….” feeling when I first picked up the manga, but it steadily grew over time until I became the diehard OTPer you see before you now.  ;)

I don’t mind when other people don’t ship it, no ship is going to be for everyone, and we’ll get along fine with other things we talk about.  But if you’re interested in why I ship it/how I feel about it, WELL, LET ME TELL YOU.  :D  :D  :D   I’ll admit ahead of time that I haven’t caught up in a couple of years, but I vaguely keep on top of the IchiHime stuff and not much character romance stuff has been progressed since I was last actively reading, so I think my views are basically still good.

I started shipping IchiHime because I’m just pretty much entirely here for Orihime, she’s my girl and her character speaks to me the most.  She has this incredible power and yet has the strength of character to continue to remain herself, to not use it to hurt people or fight like she could, because she doesn’t want that.  Her feelings for Ichigo have remained constant throughout the series and every time she looks to him for inspiration, she grows stronger.  Her feelings for Ichigo, whether they’re requited or not, have made her a stronger, more resolved, more caring person, because she has vowed not to let him and her friends get hurt anymore, she’s vowed to be the one that helps and heals them.

After all the suffering Orihime has been through in her shitty, abusive childhood, instead of being angry or bitter, she is this incredibly loving, sunny person who sees the best in people.  She has all these wonderful friendships and she’s kind of loopy because she likes being that way despite that she’s actually really good in school.  She’s been through shit and came out still believing in people, still wanting the best for others, still wanting everyone to be happy.  That’s real strength.

SHE did that, herself.  Her feelings for Ichigo have helped her, but she’s not just copying him or devoting her life to him.  She’s inspired by him, but she does her own thing and does it for her own reasons.  SHE’S THE MOST WONDERFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD, I WILL HEAR NO ARGUMENTS.  XD

On the other side of things, Ichigo is very… he’s emotionally constipated and tends to be cranky with about 99% of the world, because they annoy the shit out of him.  That doesn’t mean he doesn’t care for them, he cares very much about his friends.  He’s cranky with much of his family, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love them deeply, you know? But there are a handful of people that he’s calm and actually pretty nice to—characters like Yuzu and Chad and Orihime.  These are the people that don’t annoy him, those that he actually likes in a non-cranky way.

The way he treats Orihime is so markedly different from some of the other characters, the way she’s flighty and silly and he never minds any of it, he is calm and almost gentle around her.  (Occasional exceptions, like when she’s shimmying down the drainpipe and he freaks out, etc.) You understand why he’s like that with Yuzu and probably even Chad, because they’re close to each other, they’re siblings or good friends. But Orihime… he’s not bffs with her, so why the extra care for her?

Then you have moments like when she was abducted off to Hueco Mundo and Soul Society said they were going to leave her behind and Ichigo FLIPPED HIS SHIT, because they were going to leave her there and not go after her.  In fairness, Ichigo would do similar things for all his friends, but this seemed extra intense a reaction.

And eventually they got to Hueco Mundo and he rescued her and CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD FOR HER, because he heard her voice, because he was just SO DRIVEN to protect her and help her. Ichigo is definitely emotionally constipated, but he absolutely cares very deeply about her and even when she basically agreed to go to Hueco Mundo to try to save them all, when she tried to do this on her own, he never really yelled at her for it, he just scooped her up and was going to bring her back and even smiled at her.

I honestly think, if Bleach is going to confirm any pairing by the time the manga finally ends, it’s going to be Ichigo/Orihime.  The little touches are there in the manga, they’re not always blatant (though, some very much are), but they’re consistent and they’re such an adorable, sweet couple!  They make each other stronger and they complement each other and they’re hilarious together and basically I just REALLY LOVE THEM A LOT, OKAY.  /feelings