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Orihime vs Aizen and Soul Society's Sketchiness

So, when I saw the spoiler thread at BA, I started a response with my theories... and got a little carried away.

No objectionable content beyond crazy theories that actually have basis, a bit of NelIchi wishful thinking, and a long mini-essay.

Personally, I want Orihime to take Aizen out. I know, it sounds insane, but hear me out.

First off, he pretty much admits that she's the only one who can take him down. Though Hacchi hints at it, Aizen is the first one to flat-out admit that Orihime has the "power to surpass God", or the "power that trespasses in God's domain". Aizen refers to himself continually as some variation of the word "God" (though I will admit that he never outright says it) throughout the series, starting with his betrayal. True, he revealed that Orihime had been nothing but bait, but stop for a moment. If she was just bait, why did he go through so much trouble to make sure she was broken down?

First off, the walls of her room were not made of sekkiseki, the reiatsu-blocking stone. In other words, she would know that Ichigo and co. came to save her. She'd feel a false hope, only to have it crushed bit by bit as each of them fell. Granted, this only happened to a certain extent with Chad and Rukia nearly dying, but it had the desired effect. In addition, her room was completely unguarded, allowing Loly and Menoly to slip in with ease and harass her.

Speaking of those two, note that they were the ones that escorted Orihime to her private audience with Aizen? If there's one thing that hurts Orihime, it's being spurned and hated. She went through it in middle school, both before and after Sora's death, and it turned her into a wreck until Tatsuki came along. Interestingly, the way she was assaulted in middle school is eerily similar to how Loly and Menoly attacked her- both times, she was thrown against a wall, and something on her being was destroyed- be it hair or clothes. (I'm encompassing both assaults here) Aizen is well-known for being able to read others like a book, and he full well knew the effect Loly and Menoly's hatred and jealously would have on her- and how badly she would hurt, but never fight back.

I suspect he was also well aware of Ulquiorra's curiosity in regards to humanity as soon as Orihime awakened it in him, or perhaps even before that. Playing off it combined with Orihime's kind and forgiving nature, he instilled a sense of sympathy for the Arrancar that even Grimmjow took note of. One also must take into consideration her willingness to forgive Sora even after what he did to Ichigo and Tatsuki, because she knew he was still a person beneath his mask. This mentality about Hollows has been with her since the get-go of the series, and quite frankly, I wouldn't put it past Aizen to have been watching her all this time, aware of her potential.

So then we continue to the infamous scene atop the 5th tower. Now, I don't know how you other girls feel about this, but being Orihime's age, I think I'd be rather disgusted to have a man who'd done so many horrible things come in so close to me and essentially mock my entire personality by telling me to "smile more". Not only is this... well, creepy, for lack of a more serious word, but it's also demoralizing for her to be treated this way, right on the heels of Nnoitora shoving his fingers into her mouth. Aizen can allegedly see everything in Hueco Mundo, meaning he would have witness her being dehumanized. He acted accordingly to that, to further her feelings of being nothing but an object, a "pet". If one also wanted to fall back on one of Bleach's many recurring metaphors, Ichigo is referred to as the "Black Sun" (with Rukia being the "Silver Moon"), and Aizen says "Overcast skies always blot out the sun... And that always brings people's spirits down... So why not let the sun shine... For the time being". He then goes on to explain to all those in Hueco Mundo his reasons for bringing Orihime there, and promises to return and "deal with [them] at [his] leisure"... In other words, he's telling her that once he gets back, he's going to kill Ichigo, the one who all her faith was vested in.

That all seems a bit... excessive for a "useless" human girl whose only purpose is to draw the bigger fish into the net, right? Additionally, this can all be applied to Orihime's side of things as injustices Aizen's committed, not only unto her, but unto her friends, the Gotei 13, and yes, the Arrancar, whom he used for his own purposes with no regard to the tormented states of their souls. Stack that up alongside what Orihime's felt are her on shortcomings, the death of Ulquiorra, Ichigo's transformation, and Uryuu's injury- this may just be the straw that breaks the camel's back, and I suspect Tsubaki is going to see his day very soon.

Kubo Tite has shown himself to be a master of plot twists- Aizen's defection probably being one of the biggest ever in shounen's weapon-slinging history. So here's where we re-enter the partial topic of the thread (hey, this is just a prediction with a shitload of background. xD)- Ichigo versus Aizen. I suspect Kubo's setting us up here- Ichi will hold his own against Aizen for a while, and then, bam, sorry, just an illusion. It's not well-remembered, but Ichigo did in fact fight Aizen on the Soukyoku hill- he says so himself, though Unohana seems to draw him away from the fact (fishy fishy!). Aizen nearly cut him in two, ala Hiyori. And what did he use to do the deed? Kyouka Suigetsu. It's very much possible that while the cut was real, the sword was still released, and thus Ichigo's been unknowingly added to its roster all this time. Which leaves who? The obvious candidates are Chad, Uryuu, and Orihime. I really like the idea of Ryuuken or Isshin (maybe both?) coming in, but I'm sticking to my guns with Orihime.

So Ichigo is essentially screwed, since he's under Aizen's sway as well. Here, he will obviously still try to fight, which may well lead to the Hollow taking over once more- this time completely against Ichigo's will. Pan back to Hueco Mundo, where a patched-up Ishida brings Orihime down from the dome after Kenpachi kicks Yammy's ass six ways to Sunday. The ever-perceptive Sado will instantly notice something is off, but before he can say anything, out comes Yachiru with a new friend... Our little lispy Arrancar, Nel. Harmless banter ensues, until the reverberations of Ichibeast's reiatsu give even those in Hueco Mundo a nice smack. Orihime starts to panic, Ishida demands that Mayuri send them to Karakura... Only to be denied. In the moment of confusion, Nel asks Orihime to fix her mask. Judging by her whisper of "Nnoitora" (said sans any lisp), she has at least a portion of her Espada memories intact, or at least enough to know that her mask needs to be fixed. I can't see Orihime saying no to this, though Mayuri certainly might object, wanting to experiment on her. But I think Neliel will not only make a triumphant return, but also get Chad, Uryuu, and Orihime out of Hueco Mundo with a gargantua of her own. I've always wondered how Neliel would react to Ichibeast (and I know I'm not the only one!), so I suspect she would try to subjugate him, especially considering her philosophy on beasts and warriors. Which leaves us with Orihime versus Aizen... Or so I hope.

Now, on to Soul Society (and the actual topic! xD) I've always thought they were incredibly sketchy, letting Kurotsuchi and even Kenpachi, as someone else said, do as they pleased, leaving the Rukongai to its own devices. Now, I'll bring a rather obscure theory to the table, one that started as crack in the corners of the fandom, but is quickly gaining possible validity: Urahara is no more a 'good guy' than Soul Society, and may even be outright evil. I know, 'not Getaboshi-san!'. But think about it- he just so happened to be around after Rukia lost her powers, and just so happened to have a gigai that was tailored to her form and appearance. He sent Ichigo down to the Shattered Shaft likely knowing that he'd become a Hollow, one that would eventually evolve into the Ichibeast. There are a whole lot of other sketchy things surrounding Urahara, and maybe I'm just a nut. But consider this: Urahara was meant to be executed, possibly even by Soukyoku. And yet Soul Society contracted him to let four taichous into Hueco Mundo as well as create the Fake Karakura Town. So, is he evil, is Soul Society really just that indiscriminate, or are they all on the "dark side"? Your thoughts on this and anything else?

Tags: aizen, essay, orihime
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