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27 December 2009 @ 10:56 am
Ship Goodies 2009  
hey there everyone, Annie and I were talking ships the other day and counting up the goodies for the major ships in Bleach insofar as bragging rights go, and she came up with the following list for IchiOri, UlquiHime, and IchiRuki. I thought it might be fun if some of us who followed Bleach in 2009 with shipping goggles for other less popular, less contested ships might want to add our own lists or amend Annie's (I'm going to take issue with her saying that IshiHime didn't have much beyond Ishida being grand in the Lust arc in a comment later and show her what the IshiHime shippers saw--and I KNOW IchiIshi shippers can boast CANON PENETRATION!)

I also tried to find some images for Annie but couldn't find them this morning--like the Ulquiorra calendar chibi (I only have colored versions of him!) that was on the back of the Orihime December month on the 2010 manga calendar. So if folks want to contribute shippy images to this entry, feel free.

IchigoxOrihime goodies for 2009


The sins arc. Orihime protects Ichigo with her shield when Ulquiorra gets upper hand. Ichigo enrages over Orihime’s safety. He then asks Ishida to protect her before head off to battle Ulquiorra (ch 341-347)

The lust arc: Ichi heard Orihime’s cry and tries to get up to protect her (ch 350)

IchiThing mumbles he’ll save and Orihime hears it (ch 352)

Ichigo thinks of Orihime while battling Yammy (ch 379)

Ichigo mentions Orihime thrice regarding her healing power (ch 382)

SJ preview picks Orihime as a fan representation to talk about what Ichigo’s hero quality (Naruto used Hinata)

Volume 41 doodles for ch 350-352 is of burning badge. Some interpreted it as “Ichigo’s on fire and kicking ass”. Some mentioned the continuation of the burning badge parallels Vol.27 doodle for ch 232-237 (Orihime’s confession chapter) of flower withering.

Orihime's doodles

Ichigo's doodles


A new year spread: Ichigo, Orihime, Renji and Rukia dressed up to visit a temple where Chad and Ishida await there. Ichigo and Orihime are on the foreground.


Soul Carnival 2: The Lust arc is animated. Ichigo heard Orihime’s cry but only says “Ore ga…” (I’ll….)


Skycord ED. The CD cover is somewhat similar to the scene from the ending.

UlquiorraxOrihime goodies for 2009

Spoiler! <input ... >

The Sins arc: Confrontation between Ulquiorra and Orihime regarding her protecting Ichigo (too late).

He blocks Ichigo’s getsuga tensho when Ichigo about to fire it to Loly who is holding Orihime hostage.

The hands reach scene (ch 353)

Kubo mentioned in SJ note for ch 353 he wished to get responses from fans for his art in this chapter

Ulquiorra gained a heart while Orihime keeps on trying to reach him. (ch 354)

Ichigo thinks of Orihime being in pain over espada’s death more than Yammy. The panel is of her from the dome.

Vol. 40 poem of Ulquiorra: (Translation by Cezaria)

心在るが故に妬み I envy because of the heart
心在るが故に喰らい I glutton because of the heart
心在るが故に奪い I covet because of the heart
心在るが故に傲り I am prideful because of the heart
心在るが故に惰り(あなどり) I sloth because of the heart
心在るが故に怒り I rage because of the heart
心在るが故に Because of the heart
お前のすべてを欲する I lust for everything about you

The true meaning for the last sentence is “I desire for everything about you” but she chose lust to match the sins theme.

Vol. 41 doodles for ch 353-354


Ulquiorra is featured on back page of December month while Orihime is featured from her Christmas spread



Soul Carnival 2 shows the scene when Ulquiorra ask if Orihime is scared of him and she replied, “No.”

Jump Festa 2010

Kubo mentioned fans voted UlquiHime scene (Ulquiorra’s disappearing scene) as most impact scene (of this year)

“I’m not scared” scene was shown on the screen in Jump Festa (to show which scenes fans have voted)

Kubo played coy regarding Ulquiorra’s death.

IchiRuki for 2009

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Ichigo rushes down to save Rukia. Rukia notices something is wrong with Ichigo and is worried about what has happened during Ichigo vs Ulquiorra fight. (ch 378)

Rukia witnesses Ichigo's mask and becomes even more worried. (ch 379)

Some believe Ichigo's doodles from ch 350-352 parallel Rukia's from her memories in the rain mini arc. They both were the only two people who got the black paged doodles. Both for the time they arguably have killed someone. Believing it indicated guilt and dark time the characters are going through

Ichigo's doodles

Rukia's doodles (ch 133-136)

Spread/Extra drawings

The SJ spines

New Year Omake: Ichigo spent time at Kuchiki mansion

Letter from the other side: BlueSky notebook drawing

Zanpakutou poll

IchiRuki drawing on JumpBang program (Sept 18th)

Link to the program


The cover/January mouth for 2010


Flame Bringer: Rukia was possessed by the zanpakutou so Ichigo has to save her. The famous quote is

Rukia: "in your heart, do I not existed?" (to Ichigo)

Soul Carnival 2: hidden conversation

- If you combine one character's soul piece with another, you will get a conversation.

The gamer combined Rukia's with Kurosaki Family members':

Isshin, "I finally have a third daughter!"
Rukia, "Thank you, Otou-sama (father)"

Karin, "Please take care of Ichi-nii (Ichigo)"
Rukia, "I understand."
Yuzu, "Let's go Rukia-chan"
Rukia, "Aah, let's go."

- With Chizuru:

Chizuru, "Good luck on seducing Ichigo!" (she looks like she's having fun)

Rukia, "No... I..." (looks troubled)


Kimi wo mamotte, kimi wo aishite ED

The lyrics sing about loving and protecting someone and will try their best to make that person happy. The animation shows sad looking Ichigo and Rukia in the rain. Then in the end when the sun is shining, she holds his hand and is dragging him to somewhere, smiling

Fade to Black DVD cover

I did not add Fade To Black given it was released last year. But the DVD cover is of this year.

Jump Festa 2010

IchiRuki by Morita and Oririn played a little stunt called "IchiRuki- short comic play"

Morita says Rukia is Ichigo's first time person

"in LAST YEAR'S MOVIE WHEN RUKIA DISAPPEARS, (IN THE CHEST AREA) AS IF THERE WAS A WHOLE OPEN, HE GENERATES A FEELINGS OF UNEASINESS, THE 15/16 YEAR OLD ICHIGO, the voice became suitable for his year then Morita san without noticing says "Rukia is (for Ichigo) the 'first time' person"

I'm too lazy to find the FTB chibi drawing and the Jump Hero land pic where Ichigo and Rukia are drawn for Bleach.

I left A LOT of IchiRuki stuffs out. Like Morita's other fanboying, the novel extra chapter and the CD drama of Rukia saying 'who I am right now is thank to Ichigo'. I figured we have had enough. There is no need for more,

IshiHime didn't get much except Ishida's grand and heroic act during the Sins arc

RenRuki gets nothing but several anime episodes. We could considered the x-mas omake as RenRuki since he was next to her to hand a letter to Yama-jii. And the new year spread....Since Ichigo with paired with Orihime, I guess RenRuki is also given pair as well


hinodehhinodeh on December 27th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Not much of an Ishihime fan myself, but what about that clothes omake? Syn forgot that.

Thanks to Syn for making this interesting list and to you Deb for posting it. <3
_debbiechan_: smile_debbiechan_ on December 27th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)

Annie made the list, not Syn, XD, but yes, IshiHime does its share of anime omake goodies from time to time. That recent omake in the zanpakutou filler where Orihime and Ishida are all excited about being in the upcoming episode and showing Chad their new clothes is really cute, but even I didn't count it as shippy--just really cute. When you're starved for scenes of your favorite pair interacting though, it's a special treat.
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nehalenia: ishida super quincynehalenia on December 27th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
For IshiHime, I think more important than Ishida's heroic acts (some of which were performed for Kurosaki's sake as well as Orihime's) was Ishida's "I'm glad you're all right" internal monologue. We've seen him look at her before when she's unaware of it, and we've seen him think about her before (like in SS arc where he thinks he can't let her see his battle with Mayuri and where she refuses to retreat from the edge of the Ichigo/Byakuya battle field) but when Ishida told Ichigo "You didn't have to tell me to protect her -- I'd have done that anyway" and then him wanting to talk to her -- to start to reveal his feelings -- but hesitating because the time wasn't right, to me THAT was huge.

This is no poke at the IshiHime pairing, but I think Ishida would have caught Orihime one-handed whether or not he was in love with her because that's the kind of guy he is. I think he'd have tried to save any of his nakama in a similar situation. But the way Kubo drew that vulnerable, almost plaintive expression on Ishida's face right here (bottom panel) -- http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/346/07/ -- plus the fact that he almost expressed his caring for her PLUS the 'I couldn't say no line' -- like I said, that's all huge for IshiHime. Granted it's one-sided IshiHime but I'd say it pretty clearly establishes Ishida's feelings for Orihime.
_debbiechan_: destined to be_debbiechan_ on December 27th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)

Ishida would have caught Orihime one-handed whether or not he was in love with her because that's the kind of guy he is.

Of course he would've but what's important here is the author showcasing him saving her at this particular moment. Ichigo has risen, presumably to save Orihime but then his identity is in question when Orihime goes flying and faceplanting among the rocks. Ishida saves her. This is important.

It's important because it's the second time in recent memory that Ishida has saved her instead of Ichigo. The other time is when Yammy asked "Hey can I kill her now, boss" or something of the sort to Ulquiorra and Ishida made his spectacular entrance at the dome by felling Yammy.

Most of the IshiHime interactions last year were decidedly Ishi--> Hime but this happened in the Valentine's Day issue of WSJ, the first time the couple shared a page together in THREE YEARS. Orihime actually seemed to take notice of something Ishida said... that he would protect her with his life no matter what Kurosaki said:

And then there was there brief moment on the surfboard elevator where they shared a moment of insecurities. Orihime seemed to connect with Ishida right then--he is always unusually unguarded around her and she seems to get a lot out of what he reveals. It was a brief albeit intimate little scene:

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Amy: IchiRuki → Shielding Heramy_core on December 27th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)

Dayumn, we sure are spoiled. I'm so glad to be an IchiRuki fan. <3

P.S. Annie, wh-why didn't you add the calendar cover to the IchiOri lulzies "goodies" list?
_debbiechan_: meow_debbiechan_ on December 27th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)

P.S. Annie, wh-why didn't you add the calendar cover to the IchiOri lulzies "goodies" list?

We were counting shipping goodies for manga pairs of PEOPLE, not pairs of shoes. XD
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 syx: sexy Rukiadarksyx on December 27th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ichiruki is so canon it hurts.

Thanks for the lists and the pictures, I haven't seen the Flamebringer cover.
n a o k o || want your rad bromance: IchiRuki- Sweet solitudenendo_chan on December 27th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
woops wrong icon xD
I think IchiRuki wins. If Chizuru supports it, it's true. 8D Personally, I saw the spread as IchiRuki and RenHime, but I'm infamous for my crack!ships... xD

Of course, UlquiHime will always be my favourite. xD

Edited at 2009-12-27 05:56 pm (UTC)
Sea: take me away.khyata on December 27th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Under manga, the best bout omake can be added as well, for IchiRuki no? I'm talking about this one.
annie_08: cuteannie_08 on December 27th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oh It could. But I chose not to bring it up given we have enough XD just two people standing next to each other is not a big deal especially.

But we still are amazing and spoiled <3
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aeri: kurosaki ichigoiluxe_love on December 27th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
I love how IchiRuki's list is so much longer than any other ship's, haha.

I think my favorites out of that list are:
1. The Fade to Black DVD cover
2. New Year Omake (too funny, Byakuya XD)
3. The JumpBang drawing Kubo did of Ichigo and Rukia

I didn't know about the Flame Bringer and Soul Carnival games! Can't wait until Flame Bringer comes out in English!! That is an AWESOME cover.
_debbiechan_: bleach_debbiechan_ on December 27th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)

3. The JumpBang drawing Kubo did of Ichigo and Rukia

This is my all time favorite goodie. As envious as I am of all the things IchiRuki gets, NOTHING beats getting to watch Shishou draw your fave pair live right there on television and make these little pleased noises in his throat when the audiences squees. I loved watching that over and over. I just love watching people draw, but you can tell from the clip how much Kubo loves these particular characters. <3
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littlemeantiger on December 27th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Ishida and Chad are totally up to something up there. They're two single hot guys in the background alone, they must be gay for each other. NO DOUBTS. The hidden coversation of the game was so sweet. Third daughter eh? I wonder what that implies... and Chizuru, lolz!

That poem owned the fandom so hard. It felt like the slap of a gentleman.
oh gallant piglet,: chad/uryuuaizome on December 27th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Hee. If I wasn't hit so hard with the holiday laziness bug, I'd make a list for them. Although I think 2007-2008 had more for them than this year.
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enisy: Bleach:: Ulquiorra (Everything Divides)enisy on December 27th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for compiling this! I was a bit out of the loop re: Jump Festa, and this made me so happy!

Here's the adorable December pair:


I also consider "I've... become more human...?" (followed by a panel of Orihime) and "There you are... woman" 'shippy, but my goggles have been lodged to my face all day today, so I'd need a second opinion.
annie_08annie_08 on December 27th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you!

You're right. I could have added that scene as well. But since it wasn't that obvious (to me) it slipped my mind .__.''
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annie_08: smugannie_08 on December 27th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ohh, Debbie you can smack me for saying IshiHime didn't have much. How could I forget the qnime omake and Anime Rossa OP where Ishida stands next to her? Beside, their panels of when Ishida thought about being glad she's alright was so beautiful.

And IchiIshi IS so canon it hurts. Their little reunion before Ichigo heads off to fight Ulqui was great. And ch 352 was pretty big for IchiIshiwhen Ishida helds IchiThing's hand before stabs him.
_debbiechan_: ICHIISHI DORKY LOVE_debbiechan_ on December 27th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)

The IchiIshi here: http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/352/12/

GUH! I thought I was getting over my IchiIshi love until this page. I want someone to do that for me if I ever start to go down the wrong path. Ishida and his testicles of steel confronting that beast! Not only that his face full of compassion for Ichigo. This is a true nakama. I found myself wondering if my own husband could do something so brave and wonderful for me. I just loved that moment--it's one of my favorite all time Ishida moments and definitely my favorite IchiIshi moment.
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『ミカオル』 ☆: hugmikaoru on December 27th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
HUUU~ I've fangirled beyond comprehension this year ♥
manonlechat: Impatient_kittymanonlechat on December 27th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Reporting for my OTP...
It's been a slow year for GinRan. I'm pretty sure the closest thing to a ship moment we got in 2009 was this page:


If you want to get realllly ship-goggly about it, Gin's smile does seem slightly less than it was in the page immediately preceding (http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/364/15), which may (???) be a reaction to seeing Rangiku (and Kira?) in distress in the top panel.

But yeah, kind of a stretch. 2010 will be the year!
_debbiechan_: GIN_debbiechan_ on December 27th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Reporting for my OTP...

I keep my eyes peeled for GinRan too and noticed those moments. I've started to fret a little but ever since Hitsu questioned Rangiku about her heart before the whole series of FKT fights, I've been expecting a GinRan moment... I mean, look, I waited YEARS for the KomaTousen showdown and WHEN KUBO DELIVERS, HE DELIVERS.

May it be soon!
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sleepwalkersleepwalkerrrr on December 27th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
I lost it how was IchiOri and RenRuki paired in new year spread :S From what I saw they just stand next to each other there
sleepwalkersleepwalkerrrr on December 27th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Aha I see annie already explained. I should read more before posting :D
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: SoSexyla_kalaka on December 28th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's true that IshiHime ship wasn't almost any goddies and we keep having the one-sided love. But despite that I'm OK with Kubo :3 the magic keeps there. Ishida and Orihime keep being nice and better around each other, I enjoyed those chapters and there are those hints about them that make me hopeful :333

I hope Kubo keep working over that bond, I don't ask for more than that.

Ah, yeah a bit moar love for Ishida and his heroic ways ;D


(Althoug IshiIchi had better moments >33333333333333)
not even a petunia: dog -- oh_penguins_ on December 28th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
Hmmm ... that IchiOri new year's spread really just emphasizes how gosh darn alike they look. Look at 'em! They've got the same hair and eye color. *blinks dumbly*

Two reactions:

1) Could they be ... brother and sister?! DUN DUN DUUUUNNN!!!


2) Blaaah, they would look boring together. Clearly, Kubo did not design Orihime to provide contrast to Ichigo. *looks at them some more* Fuuuh, it's like insisting that a beige couch will go wonderfully with beige carpets and wallpaper.

Shallow topic is shallow. I like it.

As good as this year was for IchiRuki, it was just as good for UlquiHime, yes? I mean -

glitter logo - http://www.sparklee.com

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