One of the many things I’m loving about Bleach is that it opens up so many different perspectives. Each character has a story, has their reasons for doing what they do and even if you can’t sympathise, you can still understand the motivation. It’s not like contemporary novels or shows where the cliche ‘everyone is gray’ concept is rampant now. I haven’t watched a lot of anime shows but the few that I have actually enabled me to put myself in the characters shoes and see things from their perspective. Their actions might be wrong but their intentions aren’t always evil, sometimes they are even noble. For example, in Death Note, Lite uses the death note to rid the world of evil which is a pretty noble thought. And you can’t not pity Johan from Monster.
Stark is one such character who breaks stereotypes about those in power. Power isn’t always evil, and those who possess it aren’t always cruel. They are just as capable of love and sacrifice as anyone else. How many times have we decided to stay away from a person based on their appearance or abilities? It stands very true for me; being a loner, I tend to stay away from people who I think are different and I won’t get along with. I pass my judgement without ever making an effort to understand them. Stark is lonely because he is powerful. No one would consider him a friend because he is physically superior. In the end, all he has is his soul: Lilinette.
Through Stark’s character, Bleach has brilliantly put across the point that strength, physical or mental, does not exempt a person from human insecurities. Nothing makes you immune from loneliness. At the end of the day, we are all part of a community.
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