As for the dumb poll, just mark the ones you agree with:
Thousand Year Arc Dumb Poll: Check What You Agree With!
Keigo takes Ichigo to BAD SHIELD concert at long last!
Kubo totally forgets that big ass dangling clue of Kiyone mentioning that Rukia made a visit to the Living World with her and NEVER SHOWS THE FLASHBACK.
Akon becomes 12th division captain because guys with horns--totally sexy.
Renji gets a power-up only to get one-shotted in his first fight with a Stern Ritter.
Because Kubo has to out-do the Aquarium Head fight, Rukia won't fight a Quincy fodder babe--she'll fight a really strong Stern Ritter.
Rukia lame-o fight.
Because Kubo is a sadist, Ishida will lose an appendage before he can be truly awesome--probably his second Quincy wing.
Uryuu freaking OWNS Ichigo/stomps on SS; power level fanbois scream PLOTKAI! NO WAY IS URYUU THAT POWERFUL! HE'S WEEEEAK! ASSPULL!
Yachiru ban kai brings Bleach ratings back to number one with its kawaii!!
ONE FULL TEXTLESS PAGE (ALMOST) BLANK OF THE USUALLY ECLIPSED MOON NOW A FULL WHITE MOON ON TOTALLY BLACK BACKGROUND
Grimmjow for King (Harribel dies or abdicates)
Ryuuken is too sexy for this world so he dies taking out some bad guys.
Ulquiorra returns, yes?
Ulquiorra no return, no no no.
Urahara and Yoruichi shown with their kittens in time skip chapter!
I have two predictions, one serious, one kinda cracky.
My cracky one, more hopeful than anything, made on Tumblr: Regarding Unohana, It’s because her ban kai is so…. weird. And we don’t know wtf it exactly does… and because she hasn’t used it on an enemy… that I’m starting to believe she may live (only to die in battle like I predicted long ago).
My serious one, my solid bet one, made yesterday on Deathberry: Ishida and Orihime will be endgame. I wrote this:
I think it might be useful for this thread to narrow down how Kubo in general treats romantic relationships. Skilly_n_Duff is visiting me at the moment and we were discussing romance in Bleach (among many other Bleach things :D ) just today. It does appear that Sensei values relationships that grow from friendships, slowly. Witness canon ones Isshin/Masaki and Ryuuken/Katagiri. There was always a distance between Gin and Ran and it ended tragically. There was a distance between Ulquiorra and Orihime and it was as vast as Arrancar and Human BUT IT COULD BE OVERCOME--the tragedy was that war and time and Ichigo's hollow and Orihime's own selfishness and so many other factors brought the lust arc to the apex where Orihime reached for Ulquiorra's hand as he was reaching for her and that connection LITERALLY dissolved from her fingers. The next time she reaches for a hand (the first time she reached was for Ichigo's in SS in the sky over the Seireitei) she'll have it.
I do believe (OTP promotion time) that Kubo has set up Ishida and Orihime to be end-game. Their relationship started with several romance tropes-spending many days together in SS learning to work together, the "It Happened One Night" curtain separating them when they slept at night, the humor and Ishida blushing at a near nudity scene. Then he has rescued her so many times I've lost count where she ignores him to the point it's become a joke--all the more frustrating for the audience and all the bigger pay-off when she finally does notice him.
Since this is an IchiRuki forum, I'll have to repeat what most people on here already know and that the best attributes of a romantic relationship are enbodied in the IchiRuki relationship. It's NOT YET ROMANCE. Romance isn't hearts and flowers and certainly not the Prince Saving the Princess (it won't be for Ishida and Orihime either--his saving her hasn't made her notice him one tiny bit, have you noticed?) . In fact, Sensei almost takes every opportunity to make FUN of that sort of romance. Ichigo telling Rukia on the bridge that she's supposed to play the damsel and scream "save me" and her telling him to go back and save himself. Their intimacy lies elsewhere and their relationship has grown in ways peripheral to the main story , but in some ways, the IchiRuki bond will always be the core of Bleach. Kubo returns time and time again to it, even if only metaphorically as he did in this Isshin gaiden to show us how a true relationship is slowly formed--with Isshin and Masaki's souls LITERALLY bonded to one another.
So, tell me your predictions in the comments. There may be prizes like doodles, graphics, drabbles if your predictions come true!