Did THIS really happen?? I haven't watched Bleach since Freshman year in High school (so like 4 1/2 years)..I kinda stopped watching after the Soul Society Ark - dunno, it just began to become redundant and too much filler - but on the otherhand I always felt there was some kind of connection between Rukia and Ichigo...so it wouldn't surprise me if this happened. Owo
The best thing about ichiruki that makes them so great is how they both compliment each other so well in areas they are lacking. Rukia's confidence and strong character helps keep ichigo in check, and always gives him motivation to give it his best. The same can be said about ichigo. Rukia feels a heavy sense of comfort when being around ichigo. If memory serves me well in the beginning of the arrancar arc where hitsugaya and the gang were assigned to the world of the living, and they were planning out sleeping arrangements, rukia ran through ichigos door saying " this is the only place that i can really sleep".That alone i feel has probably had to be one of the most meaningful things rukia has ever said to ichigo regardless of it being said in a passive and jokingly manner, it still holds its weight in gold on how much she trusts ichigo.
Before this turns into an even longer tangent than what it already is, this "pair" is one of the best pairs i have seen in any anime (cannon or not). They both make up for each others weaknesses and both make each other a better person because of it. This is something you rarely find in any couples in manga, kubo really did an excellent job building that chemistry between them which is where many writers hit a wall.
amazing picture, and we all know theres no any other way these two can end up when this anime is all over.