"I promise that's not what I was trying to do I really just wanted to know if people caught something that I didn't. The more read however the more it seems to me that the author changed his mind wants ichigo with Inoue is trying to make up for that imbalance that is present. What will happend to Rukia? Well she'll probably have to stop living at Ichigo's house for one thing. That could get awakward" When I first started reading Bleach I was surprised at how little there was in displays of attraction between the main characters. I mean that manga is centered around a unique relationship/partnership. (rukia/ichigo) and yet nothing. Even went asked Rukia she felt nothing but friendship for ichigo. Now I know what you are thinking. She was hiding her TRUE feelings but I don't think we have seen ANYTHING that implies that. (in the beginning) We saw a little of Inoue's love (I guess for lack of a better word) towards Ichigo but not enough for it to become an issue. I saw however as the manga progressed really how much Rukia/ichigo/Renji/Inoue/Ishda etc relationship had really progressed. This is also because of many of your wonderful theories and how well all of you analysis their (the characters) situations. Now note this I am not trying to reopen the Rukia/Ichigo, Inoue/Ichigo debate (I think i rather see Ichigo with ...........................................................................................Like I'd really tell you. Hehe) What I quoted above is something I actually wrote a couple of weeks ago. It really seemed to me that the writer had created an unequal balance between the characters who were possibly in a love tri-angle (notice I say possible because we have no idea as to the true feelings of Ichigo or Rukia) I don't know if you know anything about creating a love tri-angle but the characters in question (if you want they to have an equal chance) have to have equal treatment. (That is why Hinata and Naruto, not going to happen endless something changes) If they don't and a romance blossoms; the relationship will seem forced and unrealistic. That what lead me to write the above. It really seemed that now that the story has been going on for 5 years the author wants to change Inoue to a serious love interest of ichigo. At first it seemed that I was right. Aizen's interest in Inoue's powers, her kidnap, her heart warming good-bye (and yes it was very moving) and Rukia's leaving back to Soul Society. It actually looked like I was going to be forced to agree with those who said that Rukia was being slowly cut out, that the imbalance that the author created is being corrected (meaning Inoue and Ichigo are going to get more development) and they will live happyily ever after. (ok maybe not) With this last chapter Renji and Rukia showed up!!! What the hell is that? Seriously!?!?!? Now I ask myself......Self!......Is this significant? How does Rukia and Renji affect the mission, affect Ichigo? affect Inoue? Are the fans reading to much into the relationship development? Is that element of romance brushing pass something that is really there or are people looking for something that's just not present? Do I spend too much time thinking about dumb things when I should be reading my Criminal law and Civil proceedure? Yes (At least to the last one) But I digress. How do you think?