I was reading the Bleach Wiki page on Bleach and noticed in the trivia the origin of the name of Bleach and the original concept for the series. When it mentioned that Rukia was originally going to wield a scythe I remembered back to Fade To Black and the fact that Rukia's alternate form Dark Rukia wielded a scythe. So in a round about way one of Kubo's original plans for Rukia came true...for about 10 minutes. Another nice little irony is the fact that Ashido was supposed to appear in the Manga but was dropped for time reasons. But the Anime used him in a brief side story. Sure it was to kill for more time so that the Manga could spit out more issues for the Anime to adapt, but the fact of the matter is he still made it in the story just not canonically.