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Pairing: Ichigo Kurosaki/Rukia Kuchiki
Alternative name(s): Ichiruki
Gender category: Het
Fandom: Bleach
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Common
Archives: ichi_ruki LJ comm, sane_ichiruki
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Ichigo/Rukia is a popular het pairing in the Bleach fandom.[1] Ichigo and Rukia meet during the first chapter of the manga, and their relationship quickly moves from mutual dislike to a strong, if snarky, friendship.

Ichigo and Rukia in Canon

Ichigo and Rukia in Fandom

Hollow!Ichigo and Rukia

Rival Ships

Inoue Orihime has strong romantic feelings for Ichigo in canon; he is oblivious to her feelings. While Rukia and Orihime are friends, Orihime has expressed jealousy over Rukia and Ichigo's friendship. There is much conflict between Ichigo/Orihime fans and Ichigo/Rukia shippers; this conflict sometimes leads to character bashing of both female characters. It's more common to see IchiRuki fans bashing Orihime than it is IchiHime fans bashing Rukia, though the latter has certainly taken place. There are also fans who appreciate both Orihime and Rukia, whatever their pairing affiliation may be.

Abarai Renji is Rukia's childhood friend. Whether or not his feelings for Rukia are romantic in nature, it is clear that Renji cares deeply for her. There is quite a bit of ship bashing and Renji-bashing from IchiRuki fans, people who claim Renji "abused" Rukia during the Soul Society arc and "lost his chance" by letting her go, thinking he wasn't good enough for her at the time.

Some people write Ichigo, Rukia, and Renji as a threesome.





Communities and Resources


  1. ^ A comparison of the LiveJournal Comms dedicated to three big het ships: ichi_ruki, Archived version: 3,202 Journal Entries, 27,250 comments received, Created on 2005-03-07; ichi_hime, Archived version: 480 Journal Entries, 1,979 comments received, Created on 2005-07-27; renji_rukia, Archived version: 734 Journal Entries, 5,067 comments received, Created on 2005-03-08. Stats as of Oct. 31, 2009