Hello, anon from previous post; for meta on the development of ichihime throughout the manga, I'd recommend checking out ichinoue's tumblr. If you have any recommendations of blogs, etc. that provide meta on the development of ichiruki throughout the manga, I'd love to check them out. I ship sasuhina, so I would never tell ichiruki fans to stop shipping, as ichiruki certainly has more legs to stand on than sasuhina,
Just want to let you know, I didn’t ignore your asks. I’ve read a whole bunch of analyses and metas and posts on Ichiruki throughout the past few years, but I never seemed to have saved any of them. I’ve spent the last few days trying to go back through my posts to see if I reblogged any of them, since I do follow some Ichiruki blogs, but I can’t seem to find any either. I haven’t reblogged too much IchiRuki (only recently because Bleach just ended) in the past because I’m a Naruto-based blog. I’m not good at doing my own analysis tbh on anything, even essays, but I’ll try to explain my thoughts at least.
But to sum up my view on the development of relationships in the manga:
Ichiruki had the strongest developments in their relationship/friendship/bond throughout the manga to hint that there could be a romantic relationship in the end, mostly because their more-than-friends feelings (whether it’s seen as romantic or not) for each other were the same. Yes, one could argue that most of it was in SS arc. SS arc was all about Ichigo going to save Rukia. But it was also seen in the HM arc. Ichigo didn’t just go to HM only save Orihime, he went to fight Grimmjow and all the Arrancar, and even then there was a moment where he was all about Rukia.
Then after, Ichigo wasn’t the same after she left. I felt that Ichigo was depicted as just lost in general. After their reunited again, during the Fullbring arc, I kind of felt that Ichigo finally was grounded just by having Rukia back again.
I mean he was always thinking about her. There were a lot of panels where Ichigo’s main concern was Rukia, even when Orihime was around.
I admit, the Quincy arc was a mess of stuff. Ichigo and Rukia weren’t around each other as much as I had hoped. That’s why I thought (like after every other arc) the series of events would lead up to them reuniting once again in the end and battling together and highlight the importance/significance of their bond that had been forming since the beginning of the series in some kind of dramatic and epic way (because I was under the impression when that this series was based on Ichigo and Rukia specifically), kind of like Naruto did (buuuuut that’s another story). But Kubo didn’t do that.
I mean, at least there were poems and art and titles (and the meaning behind those poems/art/titles, etc.) that pointed to Ichiruki the entirety of the manga.
Ichihime was one sided the whole entire time. Yes, she was always a close friend, yes, he protected her cuz he was her nakama, too. But even in the last chapters when Orihime was wearing her cutout boob outfit, people had to tell Ichigo to acknowledge her in a feminine, I’m looking at you as a woman kind of way. Orihime knew herself that Ichigo felt something for Rukia more than he did his regular friends/nakama. Her feelings never changed for Ichigo the whole time, but his nonexistent feelings for her didn’t change either. (Idk by if characters having ‘development’, people mean the two characters were stuck with each other for a certain amount of chapters in the Quincy arc like Renji/Rukia and Ichigo/Orihime were.)
It was as one-sided as Ishihime. At least even Orihime had a hint about what Ishida felt for her.
Renruki. Close bros since they were young. I feel like their development stayed steady throughout the whole manga I guess–their mutual feelings towards each other. After he tried killing her in the beginning. I don’t feel that Renji felt or developed something more towards Rukia or vice versa throughout the manga.
I guess Ichiruki to me were more than friends, like how some people describe them to be–nothing but platonic. They were soulmates. Their bond was something deeper than love, and having something like that can lead to romance. It just goes to show, that in this life, you can get married to someone that you don’t share that with, I guess. Once again, these are my opinions. My points of view. The way I understood the manga based on literature that I have experienced and other works of fiction.
Idk. How can you explain this?
Any Ichiruki bloggers/fans that can help me out here?
(I’m sorry guys, I’m mostly involved with the SasuHina fandom, which is cracky as crack and doesn’t have manga evidence at all lol. I’m seriously not trying to start shit in the Bleach fandom.)
Seriously. If anyone wants to educate me, educate me on your opinions and points of views regarding the ships–don’t send hate. I get enough of that in the Naruto fandom for shipping a crack ship.