At long last love


Chad looks sad, doesn’t he? You can’t really blame him. You see, Chad is pretty much the only protagonist from Tite Kubo’s Bleach not to be featured in John Jakala’s list of great manga romances. This wasn’t a result of neglect or a lack of affection on John’s part, I assure you. You see, in spite of his redeemed-thug hotness, protective streak, and all-around lovableness, Chad can’t even seem to score a subtext romance. Who, we are left to wonder, is a worthy match for this still-waters-run-deep stalwart?

After an exhaustive search, I believe I’ve found the right person for Chad.


While opposites often attract, I think similarity would work better in Chad’s favor. Hence, the bewitching Sakaki from Kiyohiko Azuma’s Azumanga Daioh. Sakaki’s waters are equally still and run equally deep. Beneath her slightly intimidating exterior beats a loving and loyal heart. I don’t even care to think what would happen if Chad put on a pair of cat ears.

Alas, like so many great romances, this one would be star-crossed. For how can a boy from shonen adventure and a girl from seinen four-koma ever truly be together? Only in fan fiction, my friends.