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Orihime Inoue->Character outline

Orihime Inoue has long orange-brown hair with bangs behind her ears supported by hairpins. She does not remove her hairpins, except when sleeping (she is seen without them in episode 64 after waking up), as they are worn in memory of her brother, and the source of her spiritual energy power, the Shun Shun Rikka [4] while her hair is worn long in honor of the promise Tatsuki Arisawa once made to protect her.[5] Her large breasts are occasionally made the subject of jokes in the series. She also possesses an amazingly hard head, which has injured Uryū, Chad, and Ichigo. The only person who has been able to damage her head has been Yachiru Kusajishi in a comical moment when she is riding on Kenpachi Zaraki's shoulders.[6] Orihime has brown eyes in color pictures of the manga, but gray eyes in the anime.

Orihime is friendly, humorous, sensitive, and kind. She comes off as naive and rather clueless, which is at odds with her exceptionally high marks in school.[7] Apparently, she is hopeless when it comes to technology. One of the members of the Handicrafts' Club remarks that she is not smart enough to use a cell phone, the reason why she does not have one. Additionally, according to Tatsuki, Orihime has the fighting skill of a black belter;[8] however, in the English dubbed version she says Orihime has the skill of a yellow belter.[9]

Her cooking style can be described as very bad, more often strange to the point that aside from Rangiku Matsumoto and possibly Tessai Tsukabishi no one would think it delectable, and is one of the running jokes in the series. Her favorite food in particular is red bean paste, and she likes putting butter on sweet potatoes.[10]

Orihime has a tendency to rush into situations without thinking, sometimes leading to embarrassing consequences. At one point, the schoolgirls ask Rukia if she has feelings for Ichigo. When Rukia denies any such thing, Orihime is disappointed that Rukia does not share her sentiments, because if she had, then it would be two girls against one boy and therefore the girls "team" would win, which makes no sense.[11] She also tends to have an overactive imagination and gets carried away thinking of implausible scenarios, such as portraying herself as a futuristic and apparently highly destructive robot in an assignment asking "How do you see yourself in the future?", when the question refers to what occupation one dreamt of or believes they will become.[12]

Orihime has a crush on Ichigo Kurosaki which develops into love as the series progresses. This leads her to be jealous with the relationship Ichigo and Rukia Kuchiki shares despite her friendship and admiration to both of them.[13] She has revealed these feelings both to Rangiku Matsumoto and to Ichigo himself, though he was asleep at the time and also almost kissing him in his sleep.[14]

Orihime has also demonstrated that she is perceptive, mostly when it comes to Ichigo Kurosaki. She has the uncanny ability to detect Ichigo by scent,[15][16] and sense his spiritual pressure, even when masked by a powerful barrier.

Through her expanding role in the manga, Orihime has become a more complex character than her earlier archetype suggested. Where Orihime was more happy and goofy at the start of the series later arcs deal with her feelings of inadequacy and inner turmoils. She also functions as a second female lead after the Soul Society arc, which was recognized when her character was featured along with female leads from other Weekly Shonen Jump series on a special Shonen Jump cover.[17]

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