people who refuse to watch anything animated because they think its for people under the age of 10 are living a sad unfulfilled life and i can only pray that one day they will be able to see the light
Yoshinori Kitase - Producer, Final Fantasy X
I’ve heard this theory around a bit but I liked reading it laid out like this.
I fully support the King of Arendelle and the Queen of Corona being siblings.
Kayden’s first time experiencing rain (x)
Thank you! Well first of all, what made Ichigo’s promise so special was that he had already approached Orihime twice beforehand. When he apologized to her at her bedside (and was only shown apologizing to her, no one else):
And then at school when he approached her again before Rukia and the others had even arrived:
He had already apologized to her, so what was he going to say here? Was he going to apologize a second time because he didn’t feel that once was enough? Or was he going to promise to protect her here, but felt so overwhelmed by his guilt for letting her get hurt that he couldn’t bring himself to do it? Either way, his body language is very telling. The pain in his eyes, the dark circles beneath them, the sag of his shoulders. The fact that he couldn’t protect Orihime in particular was clearly causing him pain (and we know it was her in particular that he felt the most guilty about, because she is the one the focus was put on the most).
And so, Ichigo was feeling this pain and guilt. He apologized to Orihime, and then approached her the next day of his own will, all before Rukia arrived.
I feel that Rukia was acting like a mentor to Ichigo in these chapters; she kicked him back into shape, gave him a pep-talk, and the very first thing they did was look for Orihime (and what’s interesting is that Rukia was aware of Orihime’s feelings for Ichigo and she still enthusiastically brought him to her side. I don’t see why she would do that if she had feelings for Ichigo). It really feels like she was playing matchmaker here:
Rukia was not forcing Ichigo to do something he did not want to do; rather, she was still giving him guidance the same way she was giving him guidance in the pages just before this when she gave him the pep-talk. If he were being forced he would have said it and brushed it off like it was nothing because it wouldn’t have been important to him, but that was not the case.
You can tell by the look in his eyes, the nervousness in his speech with all those ellipses (“….”), and his vulnerability, that this was important to Ichigo.
He bows respectfully before her, looks into her eyes, and makes a singular, direct promise to protect only Orihime. He hasn’t done this for anyone else. And we also don’t see them make the rounds to Chad, which sets apart the dynamic Ichigo has with Orihime compared to his other friends. Why was it just her, why is she so special? That implies that she’s special to Ichigo.
And then Rukia starts to walk away, leaving Ichigo and Orihime alone in an intimate moment, but Orihime stops her and thanks her (◡‿◡✿)