The most incongruous of logic prevails in the IO fandom. They say their failboat is not one-sided, and yet they cannot give a good rationale why Orihime has never seen Ichigo’s pledge to protect her in ch 196 as romantic.
They celebrate how Ichigo promised Ori that he would protect her, but they ignore that she reacted negatively in private. They don’t want to talk about her feelings of jealousy and discomfort. They ignore what Ori has thought to herself so plainly:
“Yokatta! It’s Kurosaki-kun’s old self..!”
Ori was referencing Kurosaki-kun’s old self. His old self is not as ~simple~ as having his confidence regalvanised for the sake of his friends in general! Orgs cry. It must be something more!
It doesn’t matter to them what Ori herself was saying. They imagine that the pledge is something new and revealing of his never-expressed before feelings for Ori. They translate that scene as Ichigo having the desire to protect Ori more than anyone else. And they try to pass it off as fact.
They claim their failboat is not one-sided, and again, they cannot logically explain why Oreehee did not read Ichigo’s hollowfication to save her as a reciprocation of her feelings. They outright ignore and reject what she said completely:
“It’s because of ~me~ that Kurosaki-kun became like this.”
She has understood that she was the cause for Ichigo’s hollow awakening. But she never took that protectiveness as his way of signifying anything special. Ori recognised that.
Not Orgs. They staunchly believe otherwise. She was the cause, and therefore it must be ~romance~. They see it that way. Each and every single one of them. And here lies the contradiction.
Her fans will tell you that she is a good reader of Ichigo’s feelings. “She knows him better than anyone!” However, she has never, not even once, read Ichigo’s kind and protective gestures towards her as romantic. She knows that Rukia is a very important person to Ichigo. She knows that Ichigo and Rukia share an unbreakable bond. Yet these fans outright reject everything from Oree’s perspective. They refuse to read Ichigo’s feelings the way Ori has read it. So either she is wrong, or her fans are the ones who are wrong. B-but Ori knows him BETTER than anyone! Except them, of course. Orgs know him better than Ori does. And don’t forget Rangiku. Rangiku knows Ichigo better than Oreehee does. This is the kind of circular logic Orgs operate on.
It’s mystifying. They don’t want to understand Ichigo, and they don’t even want to understand Ori. No matter how much they claim they relate to her OR worse, want to be her, they ignore her interpretation when it does not favour their beliefs. All they want is to fulfill their self-projected fantasies and live vicariously through her where an eventual happiness in being with the one you love is attained.
When challenged, Orgs garbled and sputtered with irrational excuses to explain why their ‘romantic arc’ ended with Ichigo Ori being cut-off in a panel. They ignore when Ichigo remarked in the poem of vol. 49 at the start of the FB Arc how much he could not keep up with the speed of the world without
Rukia OF COURSE IT WAS ABOUT ZANGETSU, fuckers. Because we all know that Ichigo talks sexy with Old Man Zangetsu within the shadowy depths of his soul: “Yo, old man Zan, y u no visit me in 17 months? Oh I forgets. I lost muh power.”
Not only that, Orgs cannot logically explain why in the 17 months Ichigo and Ori did not get together. If it was so ‘clear’ to them that both characters already have ‘feelings’ for each other, especially if they believe that RAWR! I WILL PROTECT U! IMA FRANKENSTEIN moment was a declaration of his love, why didn’t they get together? Ichigo was instead shown to withdraw into himself, pensively thinking about Rukia, jumped at Keigo’s mention of Rukia, dreamed of Soul Society and Rukia and had his FB activated by merely thinking about Rukia.
"I swear to my soul."
"She makes me feel so much better."
"I gained this power for her sake."
"You’re so noisy, you’re always worried about me." (Ori worries about you all the time too, Ichigo.)
"This is the second time I say this, I have come to save you, Rukia.” (Y u never said it to Ori in HM even once? And to Rukia you had to say it twice?)
"In 17 months she did not come and visit Karakura even once." (so what? Your love, Orihimeh is by your side! You know, the one you ~declared~ your love for by hollowfying? Y r u having secret thoughts about another girl?)
"I will make sure you kneel down and apologise to Rukia."
"Urahara-san, you should apologise to Rukia." (what, Ulquiorra and Grimmjow y they no need apologise to Orihime?)
All of Ichigo’s direct naratives are actively and deliberately ignored by Orgs. They prefer to see things that aren’t actually there. They mould Ichigo’s character into someone they believe to harbour feelings for Oree.
He is angry? That’s not because Ichigo is frustrated when he failed to protect his friends. To Orgs, that’s because he really has these feelings for Oree.
He is irritated at someone? That’s not because he is suspicious of Shinji’s ulterior motives and the potential danger he may pose to his friends. To Orgs, that’s because he’s jealous Shinji touched Oree.
He’s kind to Oree? That’s not because he is a kind boy at the core. To Orgs, that’s because he has feelings for Ori.
An Org’s mind will neither fathom nor remotely consider the inconsistencies in their beliefs. The less they think about IchiRuki, the better their boat floats on the clouds of delusion. And while they’re at it, they WILL take revenge on others who call them out on their bullshit by making up lies about real people on Fandom Wank, laughing at people on Encyclopedia Dramatica and TV Tropes, and acting as if they are victims/angels/Princess Zelda’s peachy ass. Best of all, some of them do these things under the false pretense of social justice when they were simply feeding the grudges they hold against IR fans. Others make up Tumblr accounts to bash IR fans, but unwittingly ended up with derogatory URLs that bash Ichigo instead. Some of these losers, after getting banned by YouTube for making up videos after videos of screaming shipper rage, start to harass other fans by inboxing them with rape threats, then lie about them. Is it any surprise that these shitbags are liars?
When they’re not doing despicable shit, they fumble around with irrational explanations without taking the entire story and Ichigo’s core characteristic traits into account. If he gets angry because Rukia, Chad or anyone else was hurt, it’s friendship. But if he gets angry over Oreehee, it’s love. They cannot and will not see it any other way. Because how could any man reject Failhime? Why would they? There are normal people who adore her. And then there are Orgs who adore her. And Orgs want Ichigo to adore her the way THEY adore her.
Sometimes I think Orgs force themselves to imagine all these nonsense just to compensate for the fact that there has never been one single moment when Ichigo has thought, “This girl has done so much for me. She has given up so much for me. She has willingly gotten herself abducted because of me. She would die for me. She is so amazing, my life has changed forever. She has made me feel so much better.”
Okay. Nevermind. All those monologues have been spoken either directly or indirectly by Ichigo, but they all referenced another girl. And it’s not Ori. Because it’s not Ori, these Orgs dismiss them and say, “Well, it’s just bromance. He can’t like her. She’s old. I mean he said to Ikumi that he hates old women. And she’s so much of a boy. And flat-chested. And Kubo said they’re unique. They won’t be lovers. KUBO SAID SOOO!!! KUBO SAID SOOO!!!”
Post-Soul Society Arc, Kubo said he never thought he would be writing Bleach for more than 5 years. And he continued Bleach. He came up with the HM Arc. And in 2004-2005, he said that Ori would be important. She ended up having her own arc, but was dispensed by Aizen as bait. And Kubo also said he would never consider a live-action movie for Bleach. As of 2012, it was reported that Warner Bros. is developing a live-action film and Kubo has been in talks with Hollywood. Yes, so much for ‘Kubo said.’ Because Kubo never made any mistakes in any interviews. He never changes his mind about anything. Nope. Authors in general never change their minds or made mistakes. Authors are infallible! Right?
They will never be able to accept that even if Ichigo does not end up with Rukia, their bond remains the most central and most steadfast in Bleach. Ori and her five times love will never be able to overcome it. Ori and her five lifetimes love will never reach the same level as what Ichigo and Rukia share, and the only way Orgs make themselves feel better is by misinterpreting the manga, make up shit and imagine Ichigo’s concern for Oree is every indication of his covert feelings of love other than mere friendship. I mean, pfft, friendship? That’s a term that best describes IchiRuki, derr. Not IchiOri/ IchiHime! Love will ruin the IchiRuki friendship, but that does not apply to IchiOri!
In the fandom of the Orgs, they reject every fact they do not like. If Ori said something they cannot accept, they make up shit to mitigate the attack from the spear KT has lampooned towards them. If Ori said something they like, they exaggerate and magnify it as if it’s the only thing that matters. The only way they can cope is by chanting the same mantra of BS over and over: Orihime loves Ichigo, Ichigo loves Orihime, their interaction is romantic, their interaction IS romantic IS romantic IS romantic. Despite all evidence pointing to the contrary, they flail about like friars in a trance. And that is how denial keeps you going, people.