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Kay ([personal profile] sincere) wrote2011-05-25 04:12 pm
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I had to share this with my journal as well as my plurk. Orihime has become so badass. I am absolutely in love with her character development. And now I shall talk about it.


What I love the most about this character evolution is that she's not changing as a person. We don't see Orihime becoming less Orihime because "Orihime" doesn't match our shounen ideals of strength or coolness. She still loves Ichigo quietly. She's still a huge derp. She still flails geekily and imagines things in her head.

I think a lot of people started thinking that in order for Orihime to "grow up" she had to stop being Orihime. She had to become serious or angsty or consumed with self-loathing [more than she was BEFORE and DURING the Hueco Mundo arc, which was already a lot]. But this is so much better.

She's gained a ton of confidence in her abilities. She doesn't flinch from conflict; she isn't scared of getting hurt, or getting other people hurt, or hurting others herself, to the point of inaction and paralysis. She's still the same girl who will heal and protect her enemies, but she won't run from a fight anymore, and she won't take shit. If you threaten her friends, if you threaten her, she will very gently but firmly put you down.

And I love that her new technique is a combination of a technique she was already very good at and a technique she was afraid to use, because she was really scared of hurting someone. So she never used it; and when she did it was half-hearted, and everyone knew it.

So instead of futilely trying to become a standard Action Girl and kick ass, she refined her barrier technique to incorporate her attack technique. And now she's not afraid to use it because the only time it's going to hurt people is when it HAS to. When they're attacking her, or someone she's trying to protect. A powerful deterrent rather than aggression.

She's playing to her strengths instead of trying to be someone she's not. I love it. ;;


On a related note, I love that she's formed this bond with Chad to compensate for their past ugly experiences with feeling useless; I love that they came together because they don't want to burden Ichigo. I always liked Chad/Orihime but now I liiiike it. :D

And I want to canon update her in Marina, but baww, there are still so many unanswered questions, and she's physically changed the most of all of them, so it'll be ages before she has as many beautiful icons as she does with her Soul Society/Hueco Mundo look. ;;;; And I'm so fussy about icons. Bawww.

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