I wonder if I can keep up with the speed of the world without you in it!
I think the poem for volume 49 explains better when you phrase it like “I wonder if I can keep up with the speed of a world that has no you in it”, this one is more literal translation but I think it helps understanding it better (I can’t remember who did that translation but I think it was Mezzo san back at bleachasylum).
This is the Ichigo post losing his shinigami powers after using Mugetsu to defeat Aizen. This is a boy who has spent the last 17 months missing his powers, his friends, and specially Rukia. The poem is about Rukia because the last thing you see in the previous volume is Rukia fading from Ichigo’s view and his back staring at the horizon and it also interjects at Ichigo’s own powers, which, again relate back to Rukia, who originally gave him shinigami powers (and will give him shinigami powers again, in chapter 459/460). This is an Ichigo who denies to Keigo missing Rukia but also jumps at the first chance to have powers again and thinks of an impossibly more beautiful Rukia in chapter 436 that Kubo drew for Valentine’s day.
The poem represents Ichigo’s mental state after losing his powers. Those powers are Ichigo’s identity (he identifies himself as a shinigami) and by losing them all that he was is logically questioned. With his powers comes Rukia and all that’s associated to her. On Ichigo’s eyes, Rukia is a pivotal reason of why he became a shinigami.
As a side note: the Fullbringers arc starts with Ichigo on the cover of volume 49 and it ends with Rukia on the cover of volume 54.
A little gift for dear Tenshi http://julientel.tumblr.com/ . She’s one of the best shippers and thanks to her for her inspiration. And thanks for all IR-feelings we shared together. Let the spring give you warmth :o)
cake for Ichigo and Rukia帰ってきてもいいんだぜ