I stumbled upon this aesthetically stunning picture, featuring Renji, Ichigo, Tooshiroo, Ikkaku, Sado, and Ishida. This is really visually catchy, and I am glad that in this illustration the 14cm difference in height between Renji and Ichigo is now discernible. See my previous post about the “height issue.”
Also, today it suddenly came to my mind to compare a few characters in Bleach and Naruto. I know this is kind of far-fetched, but I do find certain similarities. For example, my favorite characters, Renji and Naruto, share the same boldness (and sometimes humorous sexiness). They are compulsive, daring, and strong, but at the same time they cherish and pursue what they believe is right. Other characters I find similar:
1) Urahara Kisuke and Hatake Kakashi: they are both laid-back, humorous, and sexy. And in fact they are super strong (Urahara Kisuke was the captain of the 12th quad, director of technology development, whereas Hatake Kakashi was former member of ANBU, and currently one of the top Jounins in Konoha).
2) Ishida Uryuu and Uchiha Sasuke: they do not like the main characters (that is, Ichigo and Naruto) at first, but eventually learn to appreciate them. Also, both of them think about revenge all the time. Ishida Uryuu hopes to avenge his teacher/grandfather, and Uchiha Sasuke wants to avenge the collapse of the Uchiha clan and seeks to gain power in order to fight against Uchiha Itachi.
3) Kuchiki Rukia and Haruno Sakura: both are somehow useless, but ironically both are the “main character” of the series. I haven’t really seen Kuchiki Rukia doing much, except for her habits of nagging. She lacks strength, and she does not even work hard for it (albeit being part of the Kuchiki family). Same with Haruno Sakura. Before the Shippuuden story arc she is basically useless. She does not even have her own speciality, but then she is lucky enough to be trained by Tsunade (one of the Sannin). In the later volumes (post volume 30, I think), she does become stronger, but only in physical strength. She still possesses the nagging nature similar to Rukia’s, at least that’s what I feel.
(Written on December 20, 2006)