"Ichigo and Rukia are not friends." - Kubo Tite. Loads of IchiRuki moments here and more - canonically by Kubo Tite. Fade to Black movie, "the change in their feelings." by Kubo Tite.
IchiRuki is not friendship. But idk, what about Ichihime? Who is Orihime to Ichigo? Starting with “F” and ending with “D”, oh I know:
Ok, first saying us IchiRuki must be plain girls to ship Rukia with Ichigo, failed, and then: “Shipping IchiRuki is an perfect example of fans that can’t let male/female friendship be just friendship and start shipping them.”