History Fridge / Bleach

13th Jul '16 9:42:04 AM WriterGirl2015
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* When Nnoitra restrains Orihime to force her to watch Tesla beating the shit out of Ichigo, he sticks his fingers deep into her mouth to keep her quiet. Though it's not well-known in the West, sticking one's fingers up and into somebody else's mouth is a pretty common kink in Japanese porn (and often seen in hentai). Any doubts about Nnoitra being a MemeticMolester were left behind at that point. This is the culmination of previous scenes where he'd referred to her as "pet-sama" (lady-pet) or "my pet" and implied to Ulquiorra that he should be taking advantage of his postion to take "advantage" (i.e., rape) her. Even Ulquiorra is disgusted. In the anime, Studio Pierrot did catch Nnoitra's throating of Orihime and changed it to him covering her mouth with his hand instead.
6th Jul '16 12:23:20 AM DoctorTItanX
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* The reveal from 668 that [[spoiler: Yachiru is actually Kenpachi's sword spirit Nozarashi has been foreshadowed since we'd first met Knepachi. During his flashback of meeting Yachiru, he asks who she is, and she basically points to his sword. She's also the only individual who's not affected by his spiritual pressure either. Coyote Starrk himself was foreshadowing as well. Both characters were afraid of being alone so they'd either shackled their true power with limiters, and thus both had their zanpakuto's materialize in the real world and could interact with their environments.]]

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* The reveal from 668 that [[spoiler: Yachiru is actually Kenpachi's sword spirit Nozarashi has been foreshadowed since we'd first met Knepachi. During his flashback of meeting Yachiru, he asks who she is, and she basically points to his sword. She's also the only individual who's not affected by his spiritual pressure either. Coyote Starrk himself was foreshadowing as well. Both characters of them were afraid of being alone so they'd either shackled their true power with limiters, and thus both had their zanpakuto's Zanpakuto's materialize in the real world and could interact with their environments.]]



** So far, it has been shown that the "proper" way of achieving Bankai is for the user to fight and defeat their Zanpakuto Spirit in battle and basically beat the spirit into submission. [[spoiler: In Kenpachi's case Yachiru allowed him to go Bankai on his own. In other words, Zaraki, the epitome of brute force and the guy who scoffed the most at forming a bond with his zanpakuto spirit, did the complete opposite. He is actually the one who has formed the closest bond with his spirit (and probably the only one who truly treats his zanpakuto spirit as an equal), and the only guy who has achieved Bankai through kindness and a rapport with his spirit. Yachiru saying "what everyone's been calling bankai" implies that maybe that Zaraki is going to get a far superior version of bankai to everyone else because of the incredibly unique way he unlocked his.]]


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** So far, it has been shown that the "proper" way of achieving Bankai is for the user to fight and defeat their Zanpakuto Spirit in battle and basically beat the spirit into submission. [[spoiler: In Kenpachi's case case, Yachiru allowed him to go Bankai on his own. In other words, Zaraki, the epitome of brute force and the guy who scoffed the most at forming a bond with his zanpakuto Zanpakuto spirit, did the complete opposite. He is actually the one who has formed the closest bond with his spirit (and probably the only one who truly treats his zanpakuto Zanpakuto spirit as an equal), and the only guy one who has achieved Bankai through kindness and a rapport with his spirit. Yachiru saying "what everyone's been calling bankai" Bankai" implies that maybe that Zaraki is going to get a far superior version of bankai Bankai to everyone else because of the incredibly unique way he unlocked his.]]

19th Jun '16 10:38:54 AM Wyldchyld
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* The Quincy extermination. So a bunch of humans who've been around for a short time (50-60 years maybe?) gaining power are labeled a threat by Soul Society. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Quincy being able to completely eradicate a being out of existence aside]], how badass must they have been to need genocide get rid of them? How hard is it to restrain them with kido and harmlessly mess up their soul sleep? How is defending yourself from Hollows due to the Gotei 13 doing a crappy job wrong? -- AverageNOOB

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* The Quincy extermination. So a bunch of humans who've been around for a short time (50-60 years maybe?) gaining power are labeled a threat by Soul Society. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Quincy being able to completely eradicate a being out of existence aside]], aside, how badass must they have been to need genocide get rid of them? How hard is it to restrain them with kido and harmlessly mess up their soul sleep? How is defending yourself from Hollows due to the Gotei 13 doing a crappy job wrong? -- AverageNOOB
17th Jun '16 9:40:48 AM nothinglord
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** I'd say that Yachiru isn't actually Nozarashi. Think about it. Yachiru has her own zanpakutou, and while I don't recall there ever being anything saying that that a zanpakutou can't have one of their own, there's an even better explanation. Yachiru is to Kenpachi as what Lilynette is to Coyote Starrk. Kenpachi wanted to fight strong opponents, and is willing to make himself weaker to have more of a challenge. Coyote Starrk wanted to become weaker so he could actually be around others. While their reasons differed they both wanted the same thing. Its possible that Kenpachi unknowingly split his soul, which lead to the creation of Yachiru. There are also parallels in the way they first "met". Starrk and Lilynette both knew they were originally the same being, and exchanged their names. On the other hand, neither Kenpachi nor Yachiru had names until their meeting.
16th Jun '16 9:26:01 AM DenisK21
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* The true terror of Yhwach's "Almighty" has actually been staring at us in the face (literally) and we never noticed. The "Almighty" allows Yhwach to control what he sees, like how he hijacked Ichibei's kido and turned it on the user. [[spoiler:Since the "Almighty" can see the future, it should've been obvious what the implications of this is.]]
15th Jun '16 2:02:45 PM Wyldchyld
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** This also explains why Giselle's friend Candice [[spoiler: explicitely told her to NOT use blood while [[CombatMedic restoring]] [[AnArmAndALeg her severed arm]]. Candice not only knew the extent of Giselle's BloodMagic powers, but she ''was'' there when Giselle told Bambietta that she'd "help" her -- and likely witnessed what Giselle ''exactly'' did to her, or at least was aware of it.]] She basically [[spoiler: refused to become Giselle's "puppet weapon", like it happened to Bambietta who was in no position to resist due to her injuries.]]

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** This also explains why Giselle's friend Candice [[spoiler: explicitely told her to NOT use blood while [[CombatMedic restoring]] [[AnArmAndALeg her severed arm]].arm. Candice not only knew the extent of Giselle's BloodMagic powers, but she ''was'' there when Giselle told Bambietta that she'd "help" her -- and likely witnessed what Giselle ''exactly'' did to her, or at least was aware of it.]] She basically [[spoiler: refused to become Giselle's "puppet weapon", like it happened to Bambietta who was in no position to resist due to her injuries.]]
13th May '16 4:48:25 PM DenisK21
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*** Likewise, the idea that Zangetsu was holding Ichigo back makes far more sense when you realize that almost every time Ichigo was in danger, his hollow self stepped in to protect him. Zangetsu told him the name of Getsuga Tensho and gave him "bankai" but Hollow Ichigo protected him from Renji's and Kenpachi's attacks, stepped in to fight Byakuya, showed him different ways of using Zangetsu (using the cloth to throw Zangetsu as a flail and using Getsuga in "bankai"), and fought Ulquiorra after Ichigo "died".
** Back to the Final Getsuga Tensho: [[spoiler:it really the true form of Ichigo's power and possibly his Bankai, due to the fact that the true form of Ichigo's zanpakuto is when his inner hollow and Zangetsu are combined. The reintegration of Ichigo's quincy powers into his true zanpakuto allows him to wield its true form -- which exemplifies the two extremes of his nature (shinigami and quincy), represented by the inner hollow and Zangetsu, by it's dual wielding form.]]
*** [[spoiler:In fact, the protectiveness of Ichigo's inner hollow makes sense on yet another level. The Visored's had their hollows implanted by Aizen -- Ichigo's was always there, from the day of his birth and born of his soul, unlike the other inner hollows. While those hollows are basically parasites, Ichigo's is a mere reflection, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of his hollow and soul reaper powers. Those hollows will basically attempt to take over their host's bodies, while Ichigo's will do anything protect him, because he basically ''is'' Ichigo, which is why his status as Ichigo's real zanpakuto shouldn't have been surprising.]]
* Remember during Ichigo's first fight with Zaraki where Zangetsu said he'd try to hold off Ichigo's bleeding? With recent revelations it might have been Zangetsu using Blut Vene.
* I was playing ''Bleach: Soul Resurrección'' today when I realized that the EnemyDetectingRadar might be justified by being a representation of a character's ability to sense nearby sources of spiritual energy.
* White, who eventually became the avatar of Ichigo's Hollow powers, only appeared when it started to rain. Old Man Zangetsu hates rain. Why? Because he is the avatar of Ichigo's Quincy powers, and Quincies hate Hollows.
* Quincies normally favoring bows when Hollow hunting makes perfect sense after it was revealed that they have no resistance to Hollow powers. A single scratch from a Hollow's claw could spell doom for a Quincy. Of course they would use a weapon that doesn't require them to get too close to Hollows. The Vandenreich have no problem using melee weapons/attacks since their opponents are Shinigami.
* Going back to Ichigo's battle with Kenpachi, remember the aura that surrounded Ichigo before the last clash? [[spoiler: It was bright blue and shaped like a Hollow's mask. Not only is the mask a big clue about Zangetsu's true identity, but what is one of the main colors that represents the Quincies?]]
** From the same battle, remember the aura surrounding Kenpachi, and how it was shaped like a skull? Well now we know his zanpakutou's name is [[spoiler: Nozarashi. [[http://irebokuro.tumblr.com/post/21901579200/nozarashi Nozarashi refers to a motif of bones, skulls and/or skeletons]].]] Kubo was foreshadowing the name of Kenpachi's zanpakutou all the way back in the Soul Society arc.
* Remember when Ichigo first met the black-robed Zangetsu? He couldn't hear/understand his name. At first, it just seemed like an attempt to hold off on saying the name "Zangetsu" until the most dramatic moment, but then you find out that the black-robed Zangetsu is a remnant of Yhwach. Yhwach's name is pretty hard for Japanese (and quite a few non-Japanese) people to pronounce, so it makes sense that his real name wouldn't compute to a 15-year-old Japanese native who probably had only a basic grasp of English.
* Back in the Arrancar Arc, Rangiku more or less tells an uppity Ikakku to; "behave, or she'd tell on him to Yachiru." He freaks out and immediately complies. At the time its reasonable to assume that she was referring to Zaraki's lieutenant. But now with recent revelations, Rangiku may have been referring to Unohana.
* A lot of stuff about the Quincies is making a lot more sense with the revelation that Yhwach [[spoiler: is the Soul King's son]]. Think about it: people originally associated Yhwach with God himself. It wouldn't surprise me if when he explained his nature to people [[spoiler: (I am the Soul King's son) they went "Wow! This guy is God's son, he must be the second coming of Christ!"]] And consider the old school Quincy's method of summoning their bows: A cross. Now who does the Cross symbolize? They might have chosen that icon specifically because they equated Yhwach with Jesus. It also explains their holy warrior motif. As far as the original Quincies were concerned, they were serving the son of God. As for why the shift to pentacles over crosses, it was likely for the same reason Yhwach chose that name over YHWH, to differentiate himself from those figures. And the last part that makes the connection even more obvious? How do Sternritters receive their Schrift? By drinking his blood. Now what popular religion regularly makes a ceremony that consists of symbolically drinking the blood of their savior?
* When Kenpachi appeared to Ichigo during his battle against his inner hollow, he didn't seem to know his own name. Kenpachi originally didn't have a name and chose it himself, but he never told Ichigo that. It could be that he found out at some point offscreen, but Ichigo's 2nd fight against Gin reveals that he can 'see the hearts' of the people he's fighting. So maybe he sensed that about Kenpachi during their fight, maybe at the moment when Kenpachi was explaining that his sword doesn't have a name, Ichigo sensed his feelings on the matter.
* Yhwach has the ability to give and take souls, which is what he owes pretty much everything he possesses to. Thing is… separately, giving souls and taking souls are NOT exclusive to him:
** Pluses (and by extension Shinigami) seem to operate on giving spiritually. They give their traits and energy to Asauchi to make Zanpakuto; they can give their output ability to others (like Rukia did in the first chapter); in fact, most of the inventions that one the Royal Guard members their spots revolve around giving soul (the Asauchi thing, giving healthy reiryoku to replace damaged reiryoku and heal wounds, giving reiatsu to matter like foodstuffs, the works).
** Hollows are pretty much the embodiment of taking souls. They form themselves by literally pulling themselves together, then prey upon other spirits to take their souls for themselves.
** When the two are mixed, the giving and taking is mixed as well. Visored give their Hollowfied soul to Zanpakuto, which then take more power from the wielder until he/she takes control over the release BACK by consuming the sword’s Hollow spirit. Arrancar give up their true forms as Hollows to restrain themselves, only to take those forms back with Resurreccion. Fullbringers take souls in matter, souls that were given shape by people’s hearts in the first place. By this concept, it’s pretty clear that whatever Yhwach actually is, it’s something smack dab in the middle between Plus and Hollow… maybe even the sort of “transcendent being” Aizen was shooting for.
* ''Bleach'' contains a lot of parallels and references to Japanese UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}:
** The Hogyoku, like uthe Shikon Jewel from ''Manga/InuYasha'', is derived from the Chintamani Stone, a wish-granting jewel.
** The various afterlives are based off some of the Six Paths of the desire realm: Soul Society = Deva Realm, Hueco Mundo = Petra Realm, Hell = Naraka, and Animal Realm = Animal Realm.
* Toshiro's jokes about [[SelfDeprecation his size]] wasn't just a gag. It was a comically reference to his mastery of his Bankai and[[spoiler:[[OlderAlterEgo growing older as a result]].]]
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* Chizuru's Karakurizer suit is designed to rape enemies. And Mizuiro was supposed to be the fifth member!
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint So.... Mizuiro was supposed to wear a suit designed for a woman! Oh Noes!!]]
* Ichigo's Fullbring has [[spoiler: been given to Xcution]] and Allows any Fullbring to be worn. Thing makes the powers of [[spoiler:Tsukishima]] so much more powerful now that they're not [[spoiler:limited to his sword.]]
** Actually [[spoiler: it seems that they've been given only to the lesser members of Xcution: during his fight against Byakuya Tsukishima still tries to hit him with his sword, meaning that he needs it.]]
** A little bit of extra brilliance here as to why [[spoiler: Jackie Tristan and Giriko Kutsuzawa]] were so easily curbstomped. [[spoiler:Dirty Boots and Time Tells No Lies: both are Fullbring where the focus is already an accessory to be worn. Since Ichigo's Fullbring was a "clad type", instead of the focus being rapidly increasing the POWER of both their Fullbrings, their EFFECTS were altered to be more like Ichigo's (i.e. Jackie is more powerful when her entire BODY is dirty, not just her boots)]].
* [[TheMedic Unohana]]. No, seriously. As pointed out near the top of this page, someone who is particularly skilled at healing would also be particularly skilled at killing. However, since she has a whole squad of healers under her command, and is herself an accomplished healer, [[ColdBloodedTorture you won't die unless she lets you]]. Suddenly, her scaring the shit out of everyone in Soul Society (including squad eleven, whose leader is [[AxCrazy Kenpachi]] [[BloodKnight Zaraki]]) becomes somewhat less [[RunningGag funny]], and a whole lot more terrifying.
** She's to healing what Yamamoto is to mass destruction in Soul Society; one you don't want to anger but can't really do without. Ukitake comments at one point about there being no-one capable of replacing Yamamoto, and it's not far-fetched to think the same applies to Unohana because, in her own area, she is just ''that'' much better than anyone else. Like the old man, she has some recent examples; her helping Ichigo as he traveled to fight Aizen, and then able to save Hiyori from being cut in two. Now, if some villain has sense they'd target the old captains, not the kids...
*** They don't target the old guys precisely because of how scary they are. Kyoraku effectively [[OneHitKill one-shotted]] the Primera with his SHIKAI after two visoreds hadn't hurt him seriously, and after Starrk had shot him point-blank with a cero and gashed his side open. Considering that every other espada kill involved bankai plus other tricks (Byakuya's and Hachi's barriers, Mayuri's operation, Ichigo's hollow) and that those espada were WEAKER than Starrk, we see how scary Kyoraku can be. Yamamoto, even somewhat senile, was so powerful that Aizen made Wonderweiss solely to make him weaker (not even kill him, just make him weaker). Judging by Wonderweiss's size, he was probably a Vasto Lord, and Aizen turned him autistic instead of another espada because he was scared. It's even possible that he left Toshiro and Momo alive ON PURPOSE at Central 46 so that Unohana would be too busy healing them to attack him. Note that he ran right after she showed up.
** [[spoiler:Kyoraku recently revealed that Unohana was the first Kenpachi. Not only that, she outright stated that she learned healing arts JUST SO she can enjoy her fights as long as possible. NotSoHarmless indeed]]
** In a recent flashback one of her subordinates points out a mountain of corpses next to her. Her response? [[spoiler: Ask aloud and sincerely if she made that pile. Granted, she didn't, but really that just makes it worse, since it just shows how much this woman is so accustomed to killing and being around dead bodies.]]
* How long did Riruka keep that guy she "fell in love with" hidden away?
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Ukitake has been sick with Tuberculosis for ''at least a century''. It doesn't seem unreasonable that this would have been considered a seriously debilitating disease at the point he caught it, as it was known to kill people pretty effectively in the past. However, now, [[ScienceMarchesOn in the 21st Century]], TB is ''quite'' curable, and Soul Society has been shown to possess technological advances far beyond the mortal world. So, this leaves FOUR disturbing possibilities:
##Soul Society is so out of touch with the human world that they haven't even bothered to notice that a deadly disease that affects a ''Captain's'' job performance has a cure.
##Soul Society knows this, but decides that curing Ukitake's condition is either impossible or impractical for any number of political/sociological reasons.
##Shinigami [[BizarreAlienBiology physiology is SO foreign]] compared to humans that either a cure wouldn't work or the disease has '''spent a century mutating into something even ''more'' horrific'''.
##People are ''stuck'' with certain diseases after they die, imprinted onto their spiritual body in a constant incurable state for all eternity.
** Those are all very good explanations, but Ukitake was never said to have Tuberculosis. The fans just assumed he did because he coughs up blood, which happens to be a symptom of many diseases -- not just TB. TB is contagious so if it was TB, I wouldn't put Ukitake in a position where he is in contact with a lot of people (like a captain is...). Also, he comes from an aristocratic family and has siblings, so I seriously doubt that he was born in the human world. In the ''Bleach'' character book SOULS, it says that he contracted the disease when he was young, so he wasn't born with it. We also know from the incident with Hisana that people in Soul Society can become sick despite being healthy in the human world. I think it's safe to say that these are diseases unique to Souls, and far beyond what could be cured by human methods. And if Soul Society had a way to cure Hisana, I'm damn sure Byakuya would have used it.
*** In the recent manga, we learn that Ukitake's disease is actually integral to the plot. [[spoiler: As a young child, Ukitake's disease was even worse, and his parents feared he would die from it. There was no cure, so they enacted an ancient ritual where they called upon the Right Hand of the Soul King (Mimihagi), to take away Ukitake's lungs, with the only side effect being the continuous coughing up blood. Later, we learn that if a person has had a part of them taken away by Mimihagi, they can offer up the rest of their body to Mimihagi to give it a corporeal form. In this corporeal form, Mimihagi can protect the Soul King if it's ever threatened.]]
*** Furthermore, some people question why such skilled healers as Unohana, Tenjiro, or hell, even Mayrui, haven't simply stepped in and healed him.[[spoiler: The Mimihagi represents, according to Mayuri, stagnation, or stillness. He's been locked into a perceptual state of stillness or sickness, because it's literally divine intervention that he can't be killed or cured by it!]]
*** I went to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the other wiki]] and found this piece of info: "When people suffering from active pulmonary TB cough, sneeze, speak, sing, or spit, they expel infectious aerosol droplets 0.5 to 5 µm in diameter." Yeah. If Ukitake has TB, his squad is totally screwed. IncurableCoughOfDeath, indeed.
*** But again, it goes without saying that the idea of Ukitake having tuberculosis is widely-accepted {{Fanon}} and nothing more. It's very well possible given his ailment, but whatever disease he's suffering from has yet to be explicitly diagnosed as tuberculosis.
* Soul Society itself is arguably this. While the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Shinigami-dominated system]] isn't so odd in shonen series, stop to consider what we know about parts of Soul Society from [[CrapsackWorld Yachiru's flashbacks]], the occasional [[KillEmAll genocide]] of artificial life forms and the fact that some of the most important captains are actually unrepentent murders. Suddenly Soul Society is more like a military-dominated state that doesn't seem to care much about much beyond keeping itself in power. Heck, if it wasn't for Aizen's [[KickTheDog really dickish actions]] his efforts would seem much more reasonable.
* Ashido Kano. Everything about the man ''screams'' absolute fridge terror. First of all, there's the fact that he's been living inside the FOREST OF MENOS for over half a millennium. Yes. The man's been living in the nesting place of the most powerful hollows in ''Bleach'' for over 500 years, which is longer than some of today's Captains have even been '''alive'''. Then there's the realization of how difficult it's been for him -- all of his friends and allies are dead, and he has to either not use his Release or kill '''absolutely everything that sees him'''. These are Menos, the weakest of which are a massive challenge for even a Lieutenant.
* Aizen claims Wonderweiss gave up his speech, his memories, his emotions, and his sanity to serve the purpose Aizen had for him. He never once even suggested that Wonderweiss did so willingly.
* After Ichigo goes berserk during the last part of the fight against Ulquiorra, he finishes him by planting his foot on his head and hitting him with a point-blank Cero aimed at his head. Then the manga cuts away for some reaction shots and a quick visit to Rukia and the others. Then we return to Ulquiorra, who is inexplicably missing the lower half of his body and left arm. Then you notice that the wounds are straight-edged. Holy shit, was Ichigo carving him up like a Christmas turkey while the two of them were off-screen?
* Tsukishima's Fullbring, "Book of the End." It is an ability that allows him to rewrite the past of whomever [[spoiler:or whatever]] is cut by it. No, not their memories. Their ''actual past'', as in, swapping in an alternate timeline of the wielder's liking. Everything [[spoiler:and anything]] in your past will have been arranged exactly as the wielder desires. Your entire past could be a carefully-fabricated lie, ''and you'd never even realize it''. Now imagine that power in the hands of a [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]]. Or a [[PresidentEvil ruthless dictator]]. Or [[OhCrap AIZEN]].
** [[OhCrap Oh, crap]] indeed. For an even worse bit of terror, imagine if Aizen not only had Tsukishima's power, but was able to use it in tandem with his own Zanpaktou's shikai. Not only would he be able to manipulate peoples senses, he'd also be able to rewrite the past as he saw fit.
*** You know, they never mention his Bankai at all, and it seems obvious that he's powerful enough to have one...
* Captain Hitsugaya's cold personality (and in effect, his Zanpakuto) at first seems pretty standard, nothing really special. It's lampshaded a few times, but even then it really is just your regular JerkWithAHeartOfGold. However, when looking through the series again, I noticed something interesting: Hitsugaya has been in Soul Society since he was a little kid. He still is a kid, actually, but judging by the age of him in his flashbacks it would appear that he's been living there since he was at least a first-grader. But wait, if he lives in Soul Society, wouldn't he have had to have DIED first? It's hardly unreasonable to think that this was the cause of his cold personality. After all, if you live a full life and die happily, you'll be pretty content. But actually dying when you can't even be any older than twelve years old would surely be extremely traumatic.
** At one point, he looks about the age of 9, and it's implied that he had already been with his Grandmother and Momo for a while. With a good parental figure and lots of nurturing, children can continue their lives without any long term effects or suffering from bad experiences. He seemed to be pretty well content with Momo and his Grandmother. Based on how he acts with Momo, I think it's more likely that he just considers himself the 'man of the family' so to speak, and takes things more seriously. I don't think it has anything to do with being traumatized.
** Furthermore, it's implied that he froze to death, which is why his Zanpakuto is ice-based.
** This troper was always inclined to believe that Hitsugaya's cold personality has more of something to do with the fact that he was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized by his entire village]] except for Hinamori and his grandmother. With an experience like that, its not surprising for children to develop cold and aloof personalities. On that note, this troper also believes that its also the reason why he tries so hard to protect Momo, despite whatever fans complain about her being not worth it. In a time where almost everyone he knew disliked him, she was one of the only two who [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments openly cared for him and considered him a friend]]. Naturally, Hitsugaya would easily forgive her despite her attacking him for her captain's sake, because he hasn't forgotten what she's done for him when they lived in Rukongai.
* When Byakuya and Kenpachi are fighting against Yammy, Mayuri is openly expressing a trait of dissecting dead combatants, whether ally or enemy. When Ichigo comes back to fetch Kuugo's body from the Soul Society for burial in the World of the Living, Sui-Feng informs him that out of the Captains that come to greet him, Mayuri and Ukitake aren't present. One can only guess, but....
* Ginjo mentions that Tsukishima's ability allows him to make people believe he is their friend, mentor, cousin, or ''lover''. It gives the term "mind rape" a whole new layer.
* Although the exact mechanics of it haven't been fully explained yet, its been stated that when a Shinigami kills a Hollow, the Hollow is reborn/souls are restored, and they can apparently be reincarnated in a cycle. Quincy, on the other hand, destroy souls completely. If that's the case, ''then that may mean that the shinigami killed by them, are officially gone for good, never to be seen again!''
** Well, since Shinigami are already dead, wouldn't being killed by anything destroy them forever?
*** The soul will just return to the World of the Living to be reborn as a new lifeform. The soul is not destroyed. Only Quincies destroy souls, meaning the soul will never be reborn again because it's gone forever. In other words, not only is a Quincy destroying the life the soul is currently living, ''they're also destroying all the lives the soul will ever live in the future''. It's not one soul = one life that the Quincy has destroyed, it's one soul = countless future lives that will never have a chance to exist.
*** This doubles as brilliance, but this is exactly why [[spoiler:Ryuuken]] never killed [[spoiler:Grand Fisher]], despite obviously having so many chances to do so; doing so would erase [[spoiler:Masaki]]'s soul forever. It HAD to be [[spoiler:Isshin]] who would take their revenge, or else the woman they both loved would be destroyed ''forever''.
** Recent chapters reveal the truth to be even worse, the souls of those slain by the Quincy don't reincarnate not because they are destroyed but [[FateWorseThanDeath because they are]] [[TheAssimilator absorbed by Yhwach.]]
* In Chapter 510, Juhabach states that he [[spoiler:broke into the First Division's Headquarters in order to speak to Aizen, who refused to join up with him. However, he did not clarify what else he did, leaving 3 options: 1. He killed Aizen (good), but it means he's 'that' much more powerful. 2. He simply left Aizen sealed/tied up (ok). 3. He set Aizen free, meaning that Aizen is now currently on the loose with nobody knowing about it (very bad).]]
** Well you can put your worries to rest. [[spoiler:Chapter 514 shows that he's still rotting in jail.]] Of course, this is ''Aizen'' we're talking about...
* In Chapter 511, Juhabach recalls the Gotei 13 before the Quincy extermination, when they were called just "Divisions." They were just bloodthirsty killers who would use any methods to win. The Fridge Horror sets in upon two realizations.
** 1.What happened to the other leaders in the divisions after Yamamoto 'became soft'?
** 2.If the "Divisions" were bloodthirsty and violent before Yamamoto's change, what are the Zero Guard like?
** 3.What exactly does this mean regarding Captain Unohana, whom everybody seems to fear?! She may be one of the original "killers" alongside Yamamoto!
*** Quite possibly, given her true identity...
*** More like has been and always will be the worst criminal. Now remember that Aizen is still in the mind of everyone...
* Throughout the entire assault on the Gotei 13, there was only one brief activation of Vollstandig by one of the Stern Ritter. The Stern Ritter [[spoiler: have crushed the Gotei 13]], '''and none of them used their trump card.'''
* Related to the above mentions of Unohana: unless she's been pulling a Yumichika with Minazuki this entire time and in light of [[spoiler:her recent battle with Kenpachi (currently a CurbStompBattle on Unohana's part, by the way)]], there's a distinct possibility that Unohana didn't learn her healing techniques from Kirinji ''after'' [[spoiler:she renounced her title as the first Kenpachi and 11th Division Captain]], but instead [[spoiler:was a CombatMedic from the very start and used her medicinal knowledge to sadistically and horrifically prolong her fights by ''mending the wounds she just inflicted.'' It'd be a terrifying take on the concept of a MartialMedic[=/=]DeadlyDoctor.]] In 526, she admits that this really is the reason she wanted to learn the healing arts.
** Adding to that, [[spoiler:even if she does learn her healing skills from Kirinji, let's take a second look on Kirinji's fountains of healing. Essentially, the fountains work by ''breaking down the patient's body before reconstituting it, sometimes several times''. What if Unohana's healing work the same way? See, her bankai dissolves the flesh, and after the flesh is dissolved, she probably uses her healing skills to rebuild the flesh.]] Is this perhaps why her Minazuki [[GoryDiscretionShot heals people by eating them]]?
* From Chapter 537, Uryuu's MissingMom died when [[spoiler:Yhwach [[ThePurge purged]] the clan of all Quincies deemed insufficiently [[FantasticRacism "pure"]], stealing their powers for himself]]. But [[spoiler:Kanae]] didn't die immediately -- she slipped into a coma and lingered for ''three months'' before expiring. That's already pretty horrifying, but think about it for a few minutes more and it gets worse: [[spoiler:Ryuuken's a doctor -- he's been trained to dread losing a patient even if that person is a perfect stranger. He had to watch ''his wife'' die for ''three months'' while unable to do anything to help her. Remember [[HeroicBSOD how bad]] he freaked out when ''his cousin'' collapsed in front of him and he couldn't save her? GrayRainOfDepression indeed.]]
** Making it even worse is that [[spoiler:Kanae]] wasn't just [[spoiler:his wife]]. She was also [[spoiler:a [[ChildhoodFriendRomance loyal friend he's known since childhood]]. Ryuuken had to watch someone who's been there for him nearly his entire life die a slow wasting death while he was utterly powerless to prevent it. All because of her Quincy heritage. No wonder he doesn't like being a Quincy.]]
*** It's even worse than that. One of the last things we hear her say in that flashback arc is that she wants to protect him from anything that happens... in the end, he was powerless to do the same for her: not his medical training, not his [[spoiler:quincy]] powers. Nothing. Not being able to reciprocate loyalty like that, making such a vow seem so terribly hollow, must be soul-destroying.
** Going into a bit of WMG here, this gives Ryuuken even more motivation to destroy the Quincies. [[spoiler: Going as far as sending his own son into the lions' den.]]
** The revelation of the full Kaiser Gesang prophecy in chapter 546 turns the knife a little more: [[spoiler:Because of the prophecy, Ryuuken would have known from the moment the Selection took place that Yhwach would be back to full strength in exactly nine years. His days were literally numbered, counting down to the final confrontation. No ''wonder'' he smokes like he's not afraid of lung cancer... he doesn't expect to ''survive'' past 40!!]]
* From the fourth movie, [[spoiler:Kokuto claims that following his sister's death and the death of her murderers, he "set out to make everyone feel the same pain that he did". This probably implies that he was a serial killer that murdered younger sisters or even little girls before he was sent to hell. It also shows with Yuzu; he has absolutely no problem with dropping her into a pool of lava and taunting Ichigo with her dead body.]]
** This would also explain why he ended up in hell in the first place.
* [[spoiler: The fact that Yhwach can control whether he can steal powers from his Quincy brethren]], this puts a creepy, new perspective into the death of a few of the Vandenreich.
* Chapter 540 revealed that [[spoiler: Old Man Zangetsu is the personification of his Quincy powers and he has been using him for most of his fights. Now, does his Shinigami powers allow the spirits to go the Soul Society or does his Quincy powers cause them to be erased]]?
** Not quite. The next chapter reveals that [[spoiler:The Old Man had actually been suppressing Ichigo's Shinigami powers all along in an attempt to prevent him from ever becoming a Shinigami. Every time the Old Man "helped" him he always used Ichigo's Hollow's (his true Zanpakutou spirit) power to do so. Ichigo's Quincy powers only manifested very recently as a side effect of being trapped in a cage of spirit particles. Ichigo has been fighting with a mere fraction of his Shinigami powers throughout the entire series.]]
** Also, Ichigo sent Shrieker to Hell and performed Konso to several souls.
* So Ouetsu Nimaiya is [[spoiler:finally going to forge Ichigo's zanpakuto, giving the boy his weapon back. Hurray!]]. One problem though: [[spoiler:Out of the many bankai users who fight Vandenreich, Ichigo is the only one whose bankai cannot be stolen. The reason is eventually revealed: Tensa Zangetsu is not Shinigami power, but rather Quincy power, and thus is not affected by the bankai-stealing tool. Now that Ichigo will get a real zanpakuto, he will finally be susceptible to the bankai-stealing tool. If Mayuri and/or Urahara can't create a counter-measure against that, Soul Society will be screwed either way.]]
** They most likely will develop countermeasures, because Quincies also have an offensive Blut, made specifically for fighting bankai-wielding enemies. If they won't, then instead of bankai vs. Blut Arterie we'll be seeing shikai vs. Blut Vene for the rest of the series, which isn't cool.
** Ichigo is still shown to have Quincy powers prevalent in his sword, if the shiny new offhand weapon is any indication. He may still possess elements of his original "bankai" when we see his true one. Alternatively, this will be a brand new power for him, meaning that it might not be stealable since Ichigo hasn't learned all there is to know about it. Yhwach may try to steal it during their inevitable showdown, it all depends on who much of a troll Kubo is being.
** Quincies can't handle hollow powers. Meaning they can't take Ichigo's Bankai because it is literally poison to them. But the point about Yhwach may be valid. Is he affected by the Hollow=poison to quincy thing?
*** The reason Hollow is like poison is because Quincies have a TRIPLE imbalance when forcefully Hollowfied (Plus, Hollow, and Yhwach). But if the spirit is ALREADY a stabilized hybrid, like Ichigo, there's no Soul Suicide to worry about, anyway. The scary part is; Yhwach (whose own hybrid status is becoming increasingly clear) himself might not have to worry about Hollowfied Bankai, and we'd better hope he doesn't get bored of Yamamoto's and starts a shopping spree for more.
* Going way back to 226 for this one, but the use of Vollstandig by the Stern Ritter got me thinking recently: The technique Ryuuken uses to restore Uryuu's powers after Letzt Stil requires the subject to be run to physical and mental exhaustion and then shot through a chakra point less than an inch from a major organ. I can buy that Ryuuken personally learned this from some sort of spellbook. But ''how'' exactly did their ancestors discover this combination worked, anyway?? Medical experimentation on par with Mayuri? Friendly fire incident?? ''Botched execution?''
** Mercy Kill?
** And as to why Ryuken himeself would even need to learn such an method? [[spoiler: Because Kanae had her powers stolen from her! Ryuken may have learned it and tried (but failed), in an effort to restore her powers and save her life! Also, since he knows that Uryuu survived Yhawch's selection, then he would be more certain of it working!]]
*** Now that's just making it worse. [[spoiler:Remember that one condition for this power-restoring ritual to work is for the target to be physically and mentally exhausted. Sure, being an IllGirl means Kanae is easily physically exhaused, but mentally exhausted? That's the problem: For Ryuuken to mentally exhaust Uryuu isn't an issue seeing that they hate each other, but for Ryuuken to stress out the woman he loves? Probably he failed to restore her power because he just couldn't bring himself to mentally torture her. Poor guy.]]
*** That also raises Fridge. The manga didn't claim Ryuuken hates Uryuu or being a Quincy, only that Ryuuken is avoiding Quincy issues for unknown reasons and that Uryuu ''thinks'' Ryuuken hates him and Quincies. When Uryuu's unconscious after Letzt Stil restoration, Ryuuken implies his frustration stems from how Uryuu is using his power, which isn't what Uryuu thinks Ryuuken's issue is. In the Mayuri/Uryuu fight, Souken implied Uryuu's wrong, that Ryuuken's trying to protect Uryuu but doesn't want to talk about it. The final arc offers clues about what Souken was talking about. If he's right, Uryuu's going to end up feeling very guilty because that's the type of guy he is.
** How about Souken and Ryuuken knew Uryuu would abuse Letzt Stil and made sure there was a technique for restoring Uryuu's powers? If Yhwach is the guy who created Quincies, how is it possible for any other Quincy to grant Quincy powers? Doesn't that get awfully close to the idea of Quincy creation? What if it's something only the First Quincy and Last Quincy can do? That would mean Yhwach and the Ishida family are different to other Quincies.
* We know that when an Arrancar is killed they souls are purified (or go to hell), now think about what happens to all those souls when someone like Barragan ''kills himself''??
* Starrks's death. Kyoroku simply cuts him down and he falls to the ground, which you wouldn't think would kill the Primera Espada. But he's confirmed to have died. This is even more jarring because Harribel was ''also'' cut down by someone and fell to the ground, but she's still very much alive. But then you think about ''how'' she's alive: Orihime went to the Fake Karakura Town and just happened to run into Harribel's Fraccion, who immediately asked her to heal Harribel. This would mean that Harribel was still alive up to that point, or at least within the margin of saving... Starrk suffered the same fate as Harribel. Starrk may very well have still been alive after he hit the ground. Starrk, probably the least amoral Espada, very likely suffered a slow, painful, lonely death because no one came to help him...
** And thus, he died due to his aspect of death.
*** I always assumed that Kyoraku's shikai just simply did THAT much damage and really killed him with one hit, it only being a "minor" physical injury aside.
*** Which is only logical considering the fact that Kyoraku threw off his cape so that he was wearing his black robe externally while targeting the inside of Starrk's Hollow hole. Black was the most dangerous color for Kyoraku and the least dangerous for Starrk, so a critical hit is to be expected.
*** You do have a point. But then again he's apparently conscious right after as he has time to reflect on his defeat and how his life was as he falls to the ground. Perhaps he ''did'' die immediately afterward, but then again we don't really know since we never see him again after that. Although, now I have to wonder if Kubo's gonna pull another "Grimmjow's Alive" on us...
* Urahara and Mayuri said that if a Quincy is infected with Hollow energy, there is no chance for the Quincy to become hollowified; rather, the Quincy would explode, soul and all. No wonder that when Masaki took an injury from a Hollow, Katagiri and eventually the rest of Ishida household took that issue SERIOUSLY.
* Urahara stabilising the Visored right after Aizen hollowfied them, he stated that it required a Quincy arrow which he must've had in his lab, he never mentions how he got it and as a Soul Reaper, it's unlikely that any Quincy survivor would give him an arrow willing, remember that even Kurotsuchi finds him creepy, the Quincy experiments probably didn't start with Kurotsuchi and they were probably better off with Kurotsuchi doing the experiments.
* Let's have a recap of Hinamori attacking Bambietta despite Bambi having just blasted Hinamori's captain, Shinji. Most people can denounce her as an idiot, but let's see... how many other lieutenants we have seen so far actually engage in a fight ''to help their captains?'' Hisagi fights Mask because Mask ambushes him and not because Kensei is in danger, Renji fights Mask because he ''is'' captain-level, Rukia and Yachiru fights their respective foes because they are attacked first etc. Only person we can compare to Hinamori is Omaeda, who stands his ground (against {{Mooks}}) to protect his injured captain and little sister. So why does Hinamori attack Bambi? Maybe because of loyalty? This is where the horror starts: After having been Aizen's pawn for decades, she may have developed strong loyalty to anyone who treats her kindly, so she may have been fiercely loyal to Shinji who helps her recover from Aizen's machinations. Buuuuut, it seems that Shinji only succeeds in cheering her up without addressing her fierce loyalty issue. And this fierce loyalty issue comes from Aizen. And Aizen is not yet confirmed dead after Vandenreich's invasion. Bottom line is: If Aizen makes a come back, who can say that Hinamori won't jump ship back to Aizen? He's a master of words and deception, and having been with Hinamori for quite a while means he should know which of her buttons to press to make her work for him again. Better hide her until the war is over.
* Giselle can turn anyone who gets her blood on them into a zombie puppet slave. We do not know any threshold for this technique, so as far as we know, a single drop of her blood anywhere on the victim's body can turn her into her zombie slave. A drop such as might be drawn from breaking her hymen, perhaps. She hasn't just weaponized being wounded, she's weaponized sex! And her Healing Factor ensures that this won't be a one-off event. No wonder she's so lewd.
** No wonder she reeks of semen!
* Rangiku is one of the hot ladies in Bleach, she knows that, she is hot and also use it to her advantage, when given the chance. As seen in the omakes. Plus she is also quite the drinker and shopcoholic for dresses and accessories. But what most does not notice or know that in her past in the Rukongai, she maybe a victim of sexual abuse. When you look at this [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130621035959/bleach/en/images/thumb/7/77/Chapter_129vs415.jpg/1024px-Chapter_129vs415.jpg image]] here, based on Rangiku’s posture, appearance, and air of helplessness, it is heavily implied she was a victim of sexual assault in addition to having her Reiryoku taken. This implied event ties into [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/6/67663/2568525-46.jpg Rangiku's]] connection to a real-world figure: [[http://cecilbuffington.com/images/gorgeous-marilyn-monroe-604718_800_1001_399x500.jpg Marilyn Monroe]], who has also suffered the same in her own childhood. Rangiku displays some of the traits associated with being sexually abused as a child: she drinks quite a lot, wishes for compliments on her outfits, and, most importantly, develops a connection, almost an obsession, with another person: Gin Ichimaru.
* No one is safe from Ichibei's Ichimonji. It does not matter what dimension you are in, what race you are, because Ichimonji's power is drawn from the "blackness" in the world - the colour "Black" - and Ichimonji only needs to blot you out with ink to take away your "Name" and "Power". The Resurreccion of Arrancar? Their names are gone. A Shinigami's Zanpakuto? You cannot call its name anymore because it no longer has one. A Fullbringer? Rendered impotent because the object you use lacks its name. Strike you with Ichimonji? A fate worse than death itself. You will lose your "Name", your body will no longer be able to function because its "Name" was taken and its "Power" robbed from it, and you may no longer even remember who you are. What has no "Name" has no "Power", and what has no "Name" has no identity.
* One of the most horrifying things has been around since day one: the zanpakutō. Why? It's due to the way they're apparently created. According to Ōetsu Nimaiya, the creator of the damn things, zanpakutō are forged using a method that melds a multitude of '''Shinigami''' souls together which is similar to the way ''Aizen'' created the Hollow, White. This troper wants to know where the hell Nimaiya is getting all these Shinigami souls from. And, considering over 6000 officers of the Gotei 13 wield zanpakutō, just how many Shinigami have been unwittingly sacrificed in order to create these powerful weapons??
** We've never seen a shinigami reborn in the living world, maybe they are reborn in the royal dimension or their souls are captured to forge zanpakuto.
** We're thinking of the word "souls" too specifically. In this case, it's more likely that "souls" simply means little clumps of reiryoku, possibly donated. Of course, even if that's the case... Aizen did the exact same thing to make his Hogyoku, only much more forcefully in his case (poor Rangiku). So, did Aizen twist the Asauchi concept into something horrific? And if that much wasn't enough for a complete Hogyoku... what the hey was Urahara's version made of?
* In the flashback to Renji and Rukia's past, it's revealed that people with the potential to become Soul Reapers are the only people in Soul Society who experience negative effects from hunger. Now bear in mind that when Rukia collapsed from hunger, a Soul Reaper was there to identify and rectify the issue. But no-one else there seemed to understand why Rukia passed out from hunger. So how many people, potentially children, starve to death in Soul Society without any idea why it's happening and without anyone to help them, just because they weren't lucky enough to be discovered? Especially in the worse districts like Zaraki and Kusajishi where it's every (wo)man for themselves?
** It's even scarier on the flipside, when you think about. If being able to spend reiryoku is what causes hunger, than that means Hollows, who are ALWAYS hungry, are constantly going at full blast, 24/7! Unlike Pluses, who have proper stomachs to fill, Hollows can't ever eat enough to counteract their uncontrollable output. Geez, no wonder most of them go nuts... Hopefully, regaining Plus forms as an Arrancar fixes this.
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[[folder: Fridge Logic]]
* Unohana told Ichigo that he was the best one to fight Aizen because had never used his hypnosis powers on Ichigo during their fight. There are two problems with that. The first is that Ichigo has no idea whether or not Aizen used his shikai during their fight, all he knows is that he doesn't ''remember'' Aizen doing that. The second (and even more odd when you think about it) is that there's nothing that they know of to stop Aizen from using his shikai on Ichigo during the current battle.
** This entire conversation is just loaded with questions. How does Unohana know that Ichigo has never been effected by Aizen's Zanpakuto if it probably isn't possible for Ichigo himself to know that? Why did they bother bringing this plot point up? It never served any real purpose considering Aizen could literally effect Ichigo whenever he wanted and just chose not to.
** Actually, Aizen stated that the condition for being able to cause perfect illusions is that the target must have seen his shikai previously in its true form. Because of this, Ichigo would've at least known whether or not he could be affected by it. Furthermore, Unohana knows Ichigo never saw Aizen's shikai because he flat-out tells her he never used it. The conversation also explains why Yamamoto forbade Ichigo from going to rescue Orihime; being the only captain-level fighter who wasn't affected by Aizen's shikai, he was considered a valuable asset.
* When Ichigo fought Zaraki[[labelnote:*]] before managing to even get his bankai[[/labelnote]] the two were going all out and it ended in a mutual KO. Much later after Ichigo has his bankai and Visored powers he still struggles against Grimmjow who is number 6 among the Espada. How the heck does Zaraki manage to ''kill'' Nnoitra who's number 5 among the Espada? Did he do some secret, off-screen never mentioned before or after training? [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Are power levels just bullsh*t]]?
** His resolve was complete against Zaraki. Against Grimmjow, his resolve was all over the place. Plus, everyone had been getting stronger. Kubo seems to work by the mantra 'that which does not kill you makes you stronger' so his characters are all getting stronger all the time. No-one was at the same level of power as the Soul Society arc, hence the higher levels everyone fought at.
** This is actually indirectly addressed in the series. During Ichigo's fight with Zaraki, Zaraki never bothered to learn about his Zanpakuto, which according to Zangetsu caused both Zaraki and his Zanpakuto to weaken each other. But once the fight is over, Zaraki decides to start trying to forge a relationship with his Zanpakutou. By the time he fights Nnoitra, he may not have learned his Zanpakuto's name, but he doesn't address his Zanpakutou as an 'it' or a tool. Even if Zaraki hasn't done much training, he's now working together with his Zanpakuto, which removes any weakness he might have had before.
** Kenpachi becomes stronger every time he gets close to death. He must have gotten stronger after having his ass delivered to him by Ichigo -- strong enough to defeat Nnoitra.
*** Oh... my... god. Golden power aura, spikey hairdo, zenkai power boost at near-death experiences... Zaraki Kenpachi is a god damned [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]].
* Now, a bit of FridgeLogic: Aizen managed to [[spoiler: survive against Yamamoto's extremely powerful suicide attack and endure his flames.]] So, why he said that he feared his powers, or why did he bother to create Wonderweiss in the first place?
** Perhaps it was intended to test out a) what the old man would do without his zanpakuto and b) whether it was possible to seal an ancient, powerful sword in the first place. Or at least that's the sort of [[AssPull 'explanation']] one could imagine Aizen giving on another couple of test subjects. Yamamoto did genuinely seem to catch Aizen by surprise, firstly by grabbing his sword and secondly by using the spell, indicating (Aizen being uber-prepared as he appears) that Captain Broken didn't know enough about the head captain to face him one on one and be sure of winning. So he threw poor Wonderweiss (he was ''afraid''!) into the ring in order to work the rest out. The flames didn't matter, but maybe getting Yamamoto to provide Aizen more information did.
** Aizen didn't so much survive Yamamoto's explosion as ''flee'' it. It's not like he was able to retain his position and withstand the blast he had to actively escape it as fast as he possibly could -- something he was so flustered and in haste about that he dropped his guard completely enough for Ichigo to finally get a hit in. It's also pure speculation, but Aizen did have the Hougyoku inside him as well and it's only moments later that it heals the wound Ichigo gave him. It's never said, but it's possible the Hougyoku protected Aizen as he fled Yamamoto's power. He completely failed to kill Yamamoto as a result, and Yamamoto was the only captain he had actually planned to kill.
* The Quincy extermination. So a bunch of humans who've been around for a short time (50-60 years maybe?) gaining power are labeled a threat by Soul Society. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Quincy being able to completely eradicate a being out of existence aside]], how badass must they have been to need genocide get rid of them? How hard is it to restrain them with kido and harmlessly mess up their soul sleep? How is defending yourself from Hollows due to the Gotei 13 doing a crappy job wrong? -- AverageNOOB
** Perhaps that choice was made because it would ensure that this group of people with such powers could not grow any larger. Messing with individual souls wouldn't stop their children inheriting the same powers as their Quincy parent/s.
** Point to you Sir or Madam. Wouldn't it have been easier to just explain the effect their powers have? PoorCommunicationKills just screwed over the Quincy. -- AverageNOOB
*** They did explain. Rukia states as much. The Quincy DIDN'T CARE. It is heavily implied that the Quincies' response was along the lines of "Fuck you. As far as we're concerned you are lying your ass off, and even if you're not, SO WHAT? We don't give a damn. If a soul becomes a Hollow, it doesn't deserve to exist." Kubo pretty much states that the Shinigami/Quincy conflict comes down to a question of Justice vs Vengeance, i.e. "Hollows devour souls of Humans, so why must it be that those who harm and kill friends and relatives get sent peacefully to Soul Society?"
** Imagine if, instead of evaporated water condensing into clouds, it disappeared completely. That's esentially what the quincies were doing.
*** You have a point, but...why couldn't they get rid of their powers AND memories. I mean, they have that memory replacer, why couldn't they have come up with something to selectively make them forget all about Hollows and everything to do with the Spirit World. Get rid of all solid evidence and viola! No more Quincies ''ever''. [[spoiler: Which means the Vandereich probably wouldn't have shown up for the finale of course...]]
*** They probably considered that, but keep in mind, a: We've seen Ichigo get past having his soul sleep destroyed (Granted, that was because Byakuya destroyed the powers Rukia gave him, not his own powers) but given that both Ichigo and Uryu have had their powers "permanently" destroyed and brought back, they couldn't be sure that destroying their soul sleeps would actually be a permanent fix, and b: memory replacement doesn't seem to work on people with spiritual powers (Orihime and Karin both remember memories that were supposed to have been replaced) so it makes sense that it wouldn't work at all on Quincies.
*** Elaborating upon the above comment: Uryu's dad knows a method of returning a Quincy's powers after they have been lost. How did he (or any Quincy) learn that method? It's possible that the Shinigamis DID remove the Quincies' powers, but the Quincies developed that method to regain them. After that, the only choice the Shinigamis had was to kill 'em all.
*** With regards to the memory replacer. It might not have worked on quincies. The memory replacer failed to work on Orihime after the Sora incident. She remembered everything but kept quiet about it for a while. Then, when the world was 'reset' after Rukia was taken back to Soul Society so that everyone forget she even existed, Orihime, Sado and Uryuu all remembered exactly who she was. The thing they all have in common is powerful reiatsu (as opposed to Ichigo's other friends who have enough reiatsu to interact with the spiritual world but not to fight it). There's a very good chance the memory replacer wouldn't work on quincies.
* Something recently occurred to me about Ichigo during the final battle against Aizen. It had already been stated that the coat in his Bankai gives a rough estimate of his state: the more exhausted he is, the more damaged his gear gets. It seemed odd to me that he would be able to unleash his full power immanently after three months of training without rest, until I remembered that when he fights Aizen his coat is missing a sleeve, his shoes are gone, and his gear is generally well worn. Ergo, Ichigo WASN'T at full power when he curb stomped Aizen, even before a good quarter of his power got drained blocking an attack just before he used Mugetsu. The sudden jump in power is nothing more than Ichigo learning to focus properly. (Fitting, since resolve is a major theme from the first chapter).
* Why didn't Ichigo ask about Orihime repairing his broken bankai? Her powers are supposedly the ability to reject reality and reshape it to a desired outcome.
** She's currently in Hueco Mundo and Squad 0 just offered him a way to fix it (granted it was after he talked to her but Squad 0 can just forcefully take him with). It's a choice between the girl who's in another dimension or the squad of badasses in front of him.
* Now, there isn't a clear reason why [[spoiler:Unohana would change her name]], but, let's assume that, like Yamamoto, she wanted to forget her violent past. [[spoiler: One has to wonder how she would hide it by re-naming herself something that translates to ''violent''.]]
** [[spoiler: If that's the case, maybe she wanted to hide it from others but never let herself forget.]]
* In the latest arc we find out from Mayuri that if a bankai is broken it can't be repaired, has to be remodeld or reforged. Ikkaku's bankai was said to have been barely slavaged and much weaker because it broke in his only manga fight where he used it. Mayuri says that Renji's bankai is still missing some joints from when Byakuya damaged it. The problem with this is that Byakuya did more than destroy a few joints. He completely destroyed Renji's bankai into several pieces. It seemed beyond saving. How could Mayuri and the lab guys hobble together Renji's bankai that was in pieces, but not hobble together Ichigo's bankai that was only into 2 pieces? Granted Ichigo's bankai probably would be weaker, but Mayuri acts like he can't even save the sword.
** Break the links of a chain and try and push them back together again. The links will always been weaker than they were before and more prone to breaking frequently once they've broken once. Also, if you lost some of the links, it wouldn't even have the same length, although the inherent weakness in the links would be the main problem. That could be the case with Renji's bankai: it's shape allowed it to be 'linked' back together, but the joins of those links are now fragile with none of their old strength. Fortunately, he has a technique that accommodates broken links. Ichigo, however, has a compression bankai and while the sword is snapped in half, it did not drop out of bankai form and Ichigo has remained in his bankai clothes. Since we know his clothes are part of his bankai, Mayuri might be confounded how to reintegrate the broken sword and the power within the uniform. They seem almost disconnected now, given that Ichigo's now wearing his bankai uniform as if it's just a basic uniform. Plus, you don't just weld two solid parts together and hope for the best. It would just shatter again along the breakline the next time it was used and this is implied to be the problem with Ikkaku's bankai. In other words, Mayuri could have done for Ichigo what he did for Ikkaku -- cobble the thing back together so it's a mockery of its former shape, but while Ikkaku insisted on this being done, Ichigo didn't pursue it once he was told about it.
*** Which presents a degree of FridgeHorror itself: Was Ikkaku that impatient/stubborn to just force it to happen, with no care for the Zanpakuto's spirit?
*** Stubborn, probably. He's always tried to force his zanpakutou to fight the way he wants it to rather than the way it's designed to (look how devious and underhand his shikai really is, even his hand-switching tactic is devious; yet he claims to be a straight-forward, honest fighter). Forcing the bankai to be cobbled back together is just more of the same.
*** What I don't understand about this is what happened to Mayuri's Bankai? It was split straight down the middle by Uryu. Surely that would be more difficult to fix than a broken sword...
*** Mayuri has outright stated to have "enhanced" his Bankai. He could've applied a version of Komamura's Bankai (if he heals his bankai heals) to himself
*** Turns out he applied the same kind of soul-cloning science used to make Nemu. It was kinda like if you somehow cloned an arm from your own cells and then attached it to yourself... which, of course, I wouldn't be surprised to see Mayuri doing.
*** Renji's bankai is made of separate joint, connected by his reiatsu. Only destroyed joints is that he shattered himself, by being not able to handle his bankai. He even stated that his bankai wasn't broken, it dissasembled to evade Byakya's attack. So no "weaker links" there.
* Everyone has been saying that the Vandenreich curb-stomped Soul Society, and in a way they did, but...how big a victory was it really? Vandenreich started the battle with approx 18-20 Sternritter, counting Yhwach, both Lloyds, and Kirge Opie; they had stolen 1 bankai. Soul Society started with 13 captains, and Ichigo (& co.) in HM. Zaraki killed 3 sternritter. Yamamoto killed 1, and since that guy had the stolen bankai the quincy presumably lost it when he died. Then he killed the three who tried to jump him, and Royd Lloyd, the other Yourself. Then Yhwach stole Yama's bankai and killed him. In HM Opie got cut in half and Ichigo got to Soul Society as reinforcements, and the sternritter retreated. During the battle they stole 4 other bankai, too. BUT, two of the sternritter who stole bankai were killed killed by Yamamotot, so we assume that those bankai were lost too. All in all the only important Shinigami who actually was Yamamoto, and Soul society has info on how the quincy work to prepare for next time. Meanwhile, the quincy lost a minimum of NINE (Kenpachi's 3 + the Overkill + Yama's 3+ the Yourself+ Kirge Opie=9) sternritter and come out with a total of 3 banks, instead of the potential 6 they could have had. Plus, the changes caused by Yama's death will only make things worse for the quincy in the next battle, as the powered up fighters return to the field.
** There are too many holes in your logic. Yes, Zaraki and Yamamoto did kill a number of Quincy, but they only killed '''FIVE''' between the two of them. One of them is a Special War Potential, and the other is the Captain-Commander; As Nodt and Luchador Quincy showed us how dangerous the Stern Ritter are to not only the Vice-Captains, but the Captains as well, and [[spoiler: Royd effortlessly defeating Zaraki]] shows how high the Stern Ritter's level of power goes. The threat of their Bankai being stolen severely weakens the Captains' combat power, because they cannot use it lest they give their enemy an extra advantage. Yes, Quilge did die, but not before he showed us exactly what the Vandenreich upper ranks are capable of. Of all the Stern Ritter in the Vandenreich Invasion, '''NONE OF THEM''' used Vollstandig to fight the Shinigami. The Glasses Quincy briefly used it, but only for a temporary speed boost that allowed him to completely outpace Kyoraku and shoot his eye out. The Vandenreich also have five Bankai at their disposal, not three, and one of them is Zanka no Tachi. That is why it was such a big victory for the Vandenreich: they turned the Shinigami Captains' greatest strength, the Bankai, into a liability through the threat of it being stolen and used against them, and none of the Stern Ritter used their trump card, the Vollstandig, in battle. This was mentioned already in the FridgeHorror section.
*** Another thing that this troper wanted to point out is the exact numbers of people that were killed overall in the entire war. Okay, so the Shinigami managed to kill 5 of the Quincy invaders. The last number we got on how many SHINIGAMI were killed was from Division 12 stating that around '''2245''' had been killed. This was BEFORE the 12th division was attacked and lost all communication, and the battle was STILL ongoing which meant they were racking up even higher total deaths during the entire time. I remember from the wiki that supposedly Gotei 13 has around only '''3000''' Shinigami at any one point in time. When you count the losses that we were told of you'd determine that as far as we know there would be only around '''755''' Shinigami left in the entire Gotei 13. BEFORE the battle had even finished, which means there's even LESS than that. Not only did they wipe out a ton of the Shinigami, you have to also consider the after-effects of this. This was only a one-time attack, they haven't even attacked AGAIN and already the Gotei 13 is down a ton of soldiers and it's just going to get WORSE when they come back and perhaps actually use their trump card. Then there's to consider the fact that there's only at most '''755''' Shinigami to deal with any and all Hollows that ever appear in the real world. If their response time was ALREADY pretty bad BEFORE all those deaths it's only going to get pure horrifying after that. Imagine Shinigami not being able to show up to kill a Hollow perhaps even WEEKS after it had gone on a rampage through the human world. How many people would they have eaten/turned into Hollows as well during that amount of time? How many Pluses would change into Hollows because the Shinigami didn't show up to send them on to Soul Society? The effects of the first Vandenreich attack itself wasn't just a total curbstomp on Soul Society itself, it was a massacre on their soldier numbers as WELL as completely detrimental to the entire Hollow killing and Plus burial system they'd been using since forever. With just one attack, in which they didn't even use any of their real strength. I'd have to say that compared to the 5 kills Soul Society managed on the Vandenreich, the hands down winner was completely the VR in the situation.
* The Zanpakutou filler arc has become this as Zangetsu was possessed by Muramasa's powers. [[spoiler:The old man is actually the personification of Ichigo's Quincy powers while the inner Hollow, who wasn't affected at all, is the one who ''does'' contain Ichigo's Shinigami powers.]]
** Except that Kubo wasn't the one who wrote that arc, and therefore it's not supposed to make sense storywise and fit the future revelations.
*** Considering some of the revelations and how the anime fillers manage to NOT contradict a lot of stuff I keep thinking that maybe Kubo gave them a list of "people who are not supposed to meet/see each other" and some other hints towards later revelations. Like [[spoiler:Toshiro or Rangiku meeting Isshin]] in the anime wouldn't be that strange, especially as Karin and Toshiro kind of made friends, but it never happened. Similarly, Zangetsu, in the filler arc, was [[spoiler:not seen by anyone who would have recognized Yhwach.]] (Unless I remember it wrong and they DID see him. Then my first point still stands, though.
** How is this fridge logic? I mean, Zangetsu being possessed by Muramasa's power [[spoiler:DOESN'T make sense, since he IS the personification of Ichigo's Quincy Power and the power supposedly works on Zanpakuto, not Quincy Powers... ]]
*** That's exactly what makes it fridge logic. Fridge Logic is when something doesn't make sense if you think about it. Fridge Brilliance, on the other hand, is when stuff makes more sense after you think about it.
** Possibly heading into WMG territory, but since the latest arc showed that Ichigo's "true" zanpakuto is a DualWield that represents aspects of both his Shinigami/Hollow and Quincy powers, it's possible that while "Zangetsu" may not be the actual zanpakuto ''per say'', he's still deeply connected to it. He's shown using those powers in order to teach Ichigo, even though they weren't his. Maybe Ichigo's "true zanpakuto" is actually an amalgamation, with the Old Man and the Hollow being representations of that, sort of like Kyoraku and Ukitake's swords? Alternatively, maybe the Old Man just thought it would be a bad idea if the Hollow/zanpakuto was set loose with absolutely no way to reign him in. After all, the Hollow's deepest desire is to apparently murder and consume all of Ichigo's loved ones (if you believe he was being truthful), making a "freed" version FridgeHorror in itself.
* Yuzu and Karin too survived Yhwach's Auswählen. So they too must have the potential to surpass him in power.
** So did Ichigo, but Yhwach didn't mention him either. Given what Yhwach said to Uryuu, it looks like he doesn't view Ichigo and his sisters as survivors of Auswählen. Were they not selected? Are they not considered Gemischt? Or is Yhwach lying about Uryuu being the only survivor in history? It has to be one of the three.
*** Or maybe it has something to do with their other parent being a Soul Reaper. Most Gemischts are Quincy/Muggle hybrids, but Isshin and Masaki's children are all three Quincy/Shinigami/Hollow hybrids with Fullbring potential as well. Their other powers may have been strong enough to protect them from the Auswählen or to prevent them from being recognizable as "Quincy".
** Neither of the twins had developed Quincy powers at the time. They may have been unaffected by the culling by virtue of the effect only targeting people with active abilities. The series has been pretty consistent about power making one a target, and neither of them have power of note yet.
*** Which still fails to account for Ichigo. He already had enough active power to see ghosts when Auswählen took place, and it's been established that seeing them is enough to make you a target.
*** Karin has also always had a clear ability to see ghosts. Judging by what Yhwach was saying, he doesn't seem to view the Kurosaki children as Auswählen survivors, he seems to not have Selected them at all. Not that we can trust anything Yhwach says, but at the moment he's implying that he doesn't view them as Selection candidates or survivors which implies he doesn't view them as Gemischt. Whether that means he doesn't even view them as Quincies or the reason is something else (such as him lying through his teeth) is a good question.
*** The thing is, Masaki died because she had lost her powers before her fight with Grand Fisher. Katagiri died because she was weak since birth so the sudden power loss killed her. She did die three months after the Auswählen. Uryu is special because he had managed to keep his power despite it. The fact that Karin is spiritually aware doesn't mean anything. Masaki also had to be in order to be able fight Grand Fisher. It's not like she knew at the time that she no longer had her powers. For all we know, both Yuzu and Karin had lost their potential Quincy powers back when they were kids. Doesn't change the fact that Karin could still be spiritually aware. Doesn't really make much sense in Ichigo's case, though, but like Uryu, it could be a reason why Yhwach is interested in him.
*** We don't know when in the fight she lost her powers. She's shown charging right in, arm raised, and that's all we know. The Katagiri thing doesn't make sense because Isshin claims it was because she was weak from birth, but never clarifies what that actually means and implies Masaki would have lived if she'd been depowered outside a fight. However, Yhwach claims it's impossible to survive the Auswählen at all, so Katagiri being weak and Masaki being in a fight are irrelevant, they'd have died anyway, according to Yhwach's version. The two versions don't add up. Also, Yhwach stated Uryuu is the only survivor and that he's the only Gemischt to have survived. If Yhwach cared about any of the Kurosaki children on the grounds of surviving the Auswählen, him claiming Uryuu is the only survivor or the only Gemischt survivor also doesn't add up.
*** Made even more of a problem when several Quincies survive another Auswählen during the war, with Bazz-B even tanking a direct hit by the light pillars.
*** Survive they did, but they were definitely drained, as evidenced by the loss of their Vollstandig. The drainage ITSELF puts a strain on the victim, and the weaker (like Katagiri) would definitely die from it. Others can survive the drain, but while Sternritter like Bazz-B still had enough Yhwach in them to be a Quincy, regular Quincies like Masaki had nothing left to them. The thing that makes Uryu a special case is the fact that he wasn't drained AT ALL as a mere child. This is what Yhwach is interested in.
* So wait, according to Urahara and Mayuri, Hollow as a being is a complete antithesis to Quincy, so much that not only Quincy cannot be hollowified EVER, their souls are guaranteed to blow up if infected with Hollow energy (no wonder Masaki getting hollowified was such a BIG issue; even if Urahara didn't help her, she would either become a hollow because Aizen's White is an unnatural hollow, or explode from hollowification). But we remember that Souken Ishida, Uryu's granddad, was killed by hollows, and that the Soul Reapers arrived late to pick his corpse up. How did his remains manage to survive long enough to become Mayuri's experiment subject if a hollowified Quincy is the most unstable thing ever?
** As seen with Masaki, Hollow infection doesn't kill a Quincy instantly -- Urahara took his time for a long-ass explanation about how Hollowfication works. And since Mayuri knew about Quincies' vulnerability to Hollows, he probably had a means to treat Souken's soul, else he would've lost a rare test subject.
** A much bigger headscratcher is how Quilge Opie was able to absorb Ayon, a Hollow construct, and not suffer from it.
** On that note, how the hell can Arrancar, like Ebern, use Quincy powers? if Hollow powers are negative for Quincies, how does it work the other way around?
** All these questions are connected to Yhwach. He performed Auswählen to steal Quincy power so that he could regain his own. Included in that, was Masaki's power which was chronically hollow-tainted. That didn't stop him stealing her power.
* Aizen becoming immortal at the end of his fight with Ichigo makes a lot more sense now that Komamura's become immortal by a similar method, removing his heart and regaining a human form, which Aizen basically did by becoming a Soul Reaper/Hollow hybrid and then returning to being just a soul reaper. It also explains why the Central 46 were claiming that they could execute him if they still had the Sokyoku, they've used it before to kill immortals from Komamura's clan.
* In Chapter 519 an unconscious Rukia is floating facedown in a hotspring with only her naked ass and the back of her head above the water, yet Ichigo still recognises her... Just how much are we supposed to [[MaleGaze read]] [[DidTheyOrDidntThey into]] this?
** Ichigo can sense spirit energy and identify people with those sensory powers. Though this doesn't explain why he was surprised to see his friends there to begin with.
*** I think his surprise is more due to the fact that everyone's naked in a hot bath all of a sudden.
** Common sense. Ichigo knew he went to the Royal Realm with Byakuya and Renji and that he was in the pool to heal his wounds. Since he'd already seen Byakuya and Renji were in the pool, there was only one person the floating backside could belong to.
* The size of Seireitei makes no sense. I was always under the impression that it's about the size of a city because the ryoka seemed to have covered quite a bit of the place during their time there. But according to Yuriochi in volume 9, it would take 10 days to go from one gate to the other. So assuming 50km a day and that Seireitei is a perfect circle, its diameter is approximately 700 km, which makes its area about 30000 km2. This is about the size of Maryland.
** If what Yoruichi said was correct, it's actually much bigger than that - It's closer to 251,000 sq km, which is the size of Michigan. No wonder it's depicted with sprawling forests and requires the entire Gotei 13 to patrol.
* If arrancar are made from menos-level hollows evolving and one personality becomes dominant over the rest, and the souls that make up the menos can come from all over the world, the odds seem miniscule that ALL of the dominant personalities happen to speak Japanese. Why isn't there a mix of languages? (Not counting the obvious out-of-universe reasons, I mean.)
12th May '16 2:14:18 PM Lunamifan1
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** Lots of what seemed asspulls make a frightening amount of sense after this revelation. Yes, Ichigo power indeed fluctuates wildly, depending on how well Old Man Zangetsu [[spoiler: suppresses it]]. That immense wave of power which has beaten Zaraki back in the Soul Society arc? Apocalypse Hollow Ichigo form which flattened Ulqiorra? [[spoiler: That was the actual level of Ichigo's shinigami power all along. Every time when he struggled against seemingly weaker foes, h

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** Lots of what seemed asspulls make a frightening amount of sense after this revelation. Yes, Ichigo power indeed fluctuates wildly, depending on how well Old Man Zangetsu [[spoiler: suppresses it]]. That immense wave of power which has beaten Zaraki back in the Soul Society arc? Apocalypse Hollow Ichigo form which flattened Ulqiorra? [[spoiler: That was the actual level of Ichigo's shinigami power all along. Every time when he struggled against seemingly weaker foes, hfoes.]]

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10th May '16 7:30:37 PM MJaxon
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** So far, it has been shown that the "proper" way of achieving Bankai is for the user to fight and defeat their Zanpakuto Spirit in battle and basically beat the spirit into submission. [[spoiler: In Kenpachi's case Yachiru allowed him to go Bankai on his own. In other words, Zaraki, the epitome of brute force and the guy who scoffed the most at forming a bond with his zanpakuto spirit, did the complete opposite. He is actually the one who has formed the closest bond with his spirit (and probably the only one who truly treats his zanpakuto spirit as an equal), and the only guy who has achieved Bankai through kindness and a rapport with his spirit.
Yachiru saying "what everyone's been calling bankai" implies that maybe that Zaraki is going to get a far superior version of bankai to everyone else because of the incredibly unique way he unlocked his.]]

Someone made a point that rather than fighting against one's Zanpakutou Spirit to achieve Bankai through force, Zaraki, the known brute of Bleach, did exactly the opposite.

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** So far, it has been shown that the "proper" way of achieving Bankai is for the user to fight and defeat their Zanpakuto Spirit in battle and basically beat the spirit into submission. [[spoiler: In Kenpachi's case Yachiru allowed him to go Bankai on his own. In other words, Zaraki, the epitome of brute force and the guy who scoffed the most at forming a bond with his zanpakuto spirit, did the complete opposite. He is actually the one who has formed the closest bond with his spirit (and probably the only one who truly treats his zanpakuto spirit as an equal), and the only guy who has achieved Bankai through kindness and a rapport with his spirit. \n Yachiru saying "what everyone's been calling bankai" implies that maybe that Zaraki is going to get a far superior version of bankai to everyone else because of the incredibly unique way he unlocked his.]]

Someone made a point that rather than fighting against one's Zanpakutou Spirit to achieve Bankai through force, Zaraki, the known brute of Bleach, did exactly the opposite.
10th May '16 7:29:29 PM MJaxon
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** So far, it has been shown that the "proper" way of achieving Bankai is for the user to fight and defeat their Zanpakuto Spirit in battle and basically beat the spirit into submission. [[spoiler: In Kenpachi's case Yachiru allowed him to go Bankai on his own. In other words, Zaraki, the epitome of brute force and the guy who scoffed the most at forming a bond with his zanpakuto spirit, did the complete opposite. He is actually the one who has formed the closest bond with his spirit (and probably the only one who truly treats his zanpakuto spirit as an equal), and the only guy who has achieved Bankai through kindness and a rapport with his spirit.
Yachiru saying "what everyone's been calling bankai" implies that maybe that Zaraki is going to get a far superior version of bankai to everyone else because of the incredibly unique way he unlocked his.]]

Someone made a point that rather than fighting against one's Zanpakutou Spirit to achieve Bankai through force, Zaraki, the known brute of Bleach, did exactly the opposite.



** Lots of what seemed asspulls make a frightening amount of sense after this revelation. Yes, Ichigo power indeed fluctuates wildly, depending on how well Old Man Zangetsu [[spoiler: suppresses it]]. That immense wave of power which has beaten Zaraki back in the Soul Society arc? Apocalypse Hollow Ichigo form which flattened Ulqiorra? [[spoiler: That was the actual level of Ichigo's shinigami power all along. Every time when he struggled against seemingly weaker foes, he was actually held back from fully unleashing his potential by Old Man Zangetsu.]]
*** Likewise, the idea that Zangetsu was holding Ichigo back makes far more sense when you realize that almost every time Ichigo was in danger, his hollow self stepped in to protect him. Zangetsu told him the name of Getsuga Tensho and gave him "bankai" but Hollow Ichigo protected him from Renji's and Kenpachi's attacks, stepped in to fight Byakuya, showed him different ways of using Zangetsu (using the cloth to throw Zangetsu as a flail and using Getsuga in "bankai"), and fought Ulquiorra after Ichigo "died".
** Back to the Final Getsuga Tensho: [[spoiler:it really the true form of Ichigo's power and possibly his Bankai, due to the fact that the true form of Ichigo's zanpakuto is when his inner hollow and Zangetsu are combined. The reintegration of Ichigo's quincy powers into his true zanpakuto allows him to wield its true form -- which exemplifies the two extremes of his nature (shinigami and quincy), represented by the inner hollow and Zangetsu, by it's dual wielding form.]]
*** [[spoiler:In fact, the protectiveness of Ichigo's inner hollow makes sense on yet another level. The Visored's had their hollows implanted by Aizen -- Ichigo's was always there, from the day of his birth and born of his soul, unlike the other inner hollows. While those hollows are basically parasites, Ichigo's is a mere reflection, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of his hollow and soul reaper powers. Those hollows will basically attempt to take over their host's bodies, while Ichigo's will do anything protect him, because he basically ''is'' Ichigo, which is why his status as Ichigo's real zanpakuto shouldn't have been surprising.]]
* Remember during Ichigo's first fight with Zaraki where Zangetsu said he'd try to hold off Ichigo's bleeding? With recent revelations it might have been Zangetsu using Blut Vene.
* I was playing ''Bleach: Soul Resurrección'' today when I realized that the EnemyDetectingRadar might be justified by being a representation of a character's ability to sense nearby sources of spiritual energy.
* White, who eventually became the avatar of Ichigo's Hollow powers, only appeared when it started to rain. Old Man Zangetsu hates rain. Why? Because he is the avatar of Ichigo's Quincy powers, and Quincies hate Hollows.
* Quincies normally favoring bows when Hollow hunting makes perfect sense after it was revealed that they have no resistance to Hollow powers. A single scratch from a Hollow's claw could spell doom for a Quincy. Of course they would use a weapon that doesn't require them to get too close to Hollows. The Vandenreich have no problem using melee weapons/attacks since their opponents are Shinigami.
* Going back to Ichigo's battle with Kenpachi, remember the aura that surrounded Ichigo before the last clash? [[spoiler: It was bright blue and shaped like a Hollow's mask. Not only is the mask a big clue about Zangetsu's true identity, but what is one of the main colors that represents the Quincies?]]
** From the same battle, remember the aura surrounding Kenpachi, and how it was shaped like a skull? Well now we know his zanpakutou's name is [[spoiler: Nozarashi. [[http://irebokuro.tumblr.com/post/21901579200/nozarashi Nozarashi refers to a motif of bones, skulls and/or skeletons]].]] Kubo was foreshadowing the name of Kenpachi's zanpakutou all the way back in the Soul Society arc.
* Remember when Ichigo first met the black-robed Zangetsu? He couldn't hear/understand his name. At first, it just seemed like an attempt to hold off on saying the name "Zangetsu" until the most dramatic moment, but then you find out that the black-robed Zangetsu is a remnant of Yhwach. Yhwach's name is pretty hard for Japanese (and quite a few non-Japanese) people to pronounce, so it makes sense that his real name wouldn't compute to a 15-year-old Japanese native who probably had only a basic grasp of English.
* Back in the Arrancar Arc, Rangiku more or less tells an uppity Ikakku to; "behave, or she'd tell on him to Yachiru." He freaks out and immediately complies. At the time its reasonable to assume that she was referring to Zaraki's lieutenant. But now with recent revelations, Rangiku may have been referring to Unohana.
* A lot of stuff about the Quincies is making a lot more sense with the revelation that Yhwach [[spoiler: is the Soul King's son]]. Think about it: people originally associated Yhwach with God himself. It wouldn't surprise me if when he explained his nature to people [[spoiler: (I am the Soul King's son) they went "Wow! This guy is God's son, he must be the second coming of Christ!"]] And consider the old school Quincy's method of summoning their bows: A cross. Now who does the Cross symbolize? They might have chosen that icon specifically because they equated Yhwach with Jesus. It also explains their holy warrior motif. As far as the original Quincies were concerned, they were serving the son of God. As for why the shift to pentacles over crosses, it was likely for the same reason Yhwach chose that name over YHWH, to differentiate himself from those figures. And the last part that makes the connection even more obvious? How do Sternritters receive their Schrift? By drinking his blood. Now what popular religion regularly makes a ceremony that consists of symbolically drinking the blood of their savior?
* When Kenpachi appeared to Ichigo during his battle against his inner hollow, he didn't seem to know his own name. Kenpachi originally didn't have a name and chose it himself, but he never told Ichigo that. It could be that he found out at some point offscreen, but Ichigo's 2nd fight against Gin reveals that he can 'see the hearts' of the people he's fighting. So maybe he sensed that about Kenpachi during their fight, maybe at the moment when Kenpachi was explaining that his sword doesn't have a name, Ichigo sensed his feelings on the matter.
* Yhwach has the ability to give and take souls, which is what he owes pretty much everything he possesses to. Thing is… separately, giving souls and taking souls are NOT exclusive to him:
** Pluses (and by extension Shinigami) seem to operate on giving spiritually. They give their traits and energy to Asauchi to make Zanpakuto; they can give their output ability to others (like Rukia did in the first chapter); in fact, most of the inventions that one the Royal Guard members their spots revolve around giving soul (the Asauchi thing, giving healthy reiryoku to replace damaged reiryoku and heal wounds, giving reiatsu to matter like foodstuffs, the works).
** Hollows are pretty much the embodiment of taking souls. They form themselves by literally pulling themselves together, then prey upon other spirits to take their souls for themselves.
** When the two are mixed, the giving and taking is mixed as well. Visored give their Hollowfied soul to Zanpakuto, which then take more power from the wielder until he/she takes control over the release BACK by consuming the sword’s Hollow spirit. Arrancar give up their true forms as Hollows to restrain themselves, only to take those forms back with Resurreccion. Fullbringers take souls in matter, souls that were given shape by people’s hearts in the first place. By this concept, it’s pretty clear that whatever Yhwach actually is, it’s something smack dab in the middle between Plus and Hollow… maybe even the sort of “transcendent being” Aizen was shooting for.
* ''Bleach'' contains a lot of parallels and references to Japanese UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}:
** The Hogyoku, like uthe Shikon Jewel from ''Manga/InuYasha'', is derived from the Chintamani Stone, a wish-granting jewel.
** The various afterlives are based off some of the Six Paths of the desire realm: Soul Society = Deva Realm, Hueco Mundo = Petra Realm, Hell = Naraka, and Animal Realm = Animal Realm.
* Toshiro's jokes about [[SelfDeprecation his size]] wasn't just a gag. It was a comically reference to his mastery of his Bankai and[[spoiler:[[OlderAlterEgo growing older as a result]].]]
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* Chizuru's Karakurizer suit is designed to rape enemies. And Mizuiro was supposed to be the fifth member!
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint So.... Mizuiro was supposed to wear a suit designed for a woman! Oh Noes!!]]
* Ichigo's Fullbring has [[spoiler: been given to Xcution]] and Allows any Fullbring to be worn. Thing makes the powers of [[spoiler:Tsukishima]] so much more powerful now that they're not [[spoiler:limited to his sword.]]
** Actually [[spoiler: it seems that they've been given only to the lesser members of Xcution: during his fight against Byakuya Tsukishima still tries to hit him with his sword, meaning that he needs it.]]
** A little bit of extra brilliance here as to why [[spoiler: Jackie Tristan and Giriko Kutsuzawa]] were so easily curbstomped. [[spoiler:Dirty Boots and Time Tells No Lies: both are Fullbring where the focus is already an accessory to be worn. Since Ichigo's Fullbring was a "clad type", instead of the focus being rapidly increasing the POWER of both their Fullbrings, their EFFECTS were altered to be more like Ichigo's (i.e. Jackie is more powerful when her entire BODY is dirty, not just her boots)]].
* [[TheMedic Unohana]]. No, seriously. As pointed out near the top of this page, someone who is particularly skilled at healing would also be particularly skilled at killing. However, since she has a whole squad of healers under her command, and is herself an accomplished healer, [[ColdBloodedTorture you won't die unless she lets you]]. Suddenly, her scaring the shit out of everyone in Soul Society (including squad eleven, whose leader is [[AxCrazy Kenpachi]] [[BloodKnight Zaraki]]) becomes somewhat less [[RunningGag funny]], and a whole lot more terrifying.
** She's to healing what Yamamoto is to mass destruction in Soul Society; one you don't want to anger but can't really do without. Ukitake comments at one point about there being no-one capable of replacing Yamamoto, and it's not far-fetched to think the same applies to Unohana because, in her own area, she is just ''that'' much better than anyone else. Like the old man, she has some recent examples; her helping Ichigo as he traveled to fight Aizen, and then able to save Hiyori from being cut in two. Now, if some villain has sense they'd target the old captains, not the kids...
*** They don't target the old guys precisely because of how scary they are. Kyoraku effectively [[OneHitKill one-shotted]] the Primera with his SHIKAI after two visoreds hadn't hurt him seriously, and after Starrk had shot him point-blank with a cero and gashed his side open. Considering that every other espada kill involved bankai plus other tricks (Byakuya's and Hachi's barriers, Mayuri's operation, Ichigo's hollow) and that those espada were WEAKER than Starrk, we see how scary Kyoraku can be. Yamamoto, even somewhat senile, was so powerful that Aizen made Wonderweiss solely to make him weaker (not even kill him, just make him weaker). Judging by Wonderweiss's size, he was probably a Vasto Lord, and Aizen turned him autistic instead of another espada because he was scared. It's even possible that he left Toshiro and Momo alive ON PURPOSE at Central 46 so that Unohana would be too busy healing them to attack him. Note that he ran right after she showed up.
** [[spoiler:Kyoraku recently revealed that Unohana was the first Kenpachi. Not only that, she outright stated that she learned healing arts JUST SO she can enjoy her fights as long as possible. NotSoHarmless indeed]]
** In a recent flashback one of her subordinates points out a mountain of corpses next to her. Her response? [[spoiler: Ask aloud and sincerely if she made that pile. Granted, she didn't, but really that just makes it worse, since it just shows how much this woman is so accustomed to killing and being around dead bodies.]]
* How long did Riruka keep that guy she "fell in love with" hidden away?
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Ukitake has been sick with Tuberculosis for ''at least a century''. It doesn't seem unreasonable that this would have been considered a seriously debilitating disease at the point he caught it, as it was known to kill people pretty effectively in the past. However, now, [[ScienceMarchesOn in the 21st Century]], TB is ''quite'' curable, and Soul Society has been shown to possess technological advances far beyond the mortal world. So, this leaves FOUR disturbing possibilities:
##Soul Society is so out of touch with the human world that they haven't even bothered to notice that a deadly disease that affects a ''Captain's'' job performance has a cure.
##Soul Society knows this, but decides that curing Ukitake's condition is either impossible or impractical for any number of political/sociological reasons.
##Shinigami [[BizarreAlienBiology physiology is SO foreign]] compared to humans that either a cure wouldn't work or the disease has '''spent a century mutating into something even ''more'' horrific'''.
##People are ''stuck'' with certain diseases after they die, imprinted onto their spiritual body in a constant incurable state for all eternity.
** Those are all very good explanations, but Ukitake was never said to have Tuberculosis. The fans just assumed he did because he coughs up blood, which happens to be a symptom of many diseases -- not just TB. TB is contagious so if it was TB, I wouldn't put Ukitake in a position where he is in contact with a lot of people (like a captain is...). Also, he comes from an aristocratic family and has siblings, so I seriously doubt that he was born in the human world. In the ''Bleach'' character book SOULS, it says that he contracted the disease when he was young, so he wasn't born with it. We also know from the incident with Hisana that people in Soul Society can become sick despite being healthy in the human world. I think it's safe to say that these are diseases unique to Souls, and far beyond what could be cured by human methods. And if Soul Society had a way to cure Hisana, I'm damn sure Byakuya would have used it.
*** In the recent manga, we learn that Ukitake's disease is actually integral to the plot. [[spoiler: As a young child, Ukitake's disease was even worse, and his parents feared he would die from it. There was no cure, so they enacted an ancient ritual where they called upon the Right Hand of the Soul King (Mimihagi), to take away Ukitake's lungs, with the only side effect being the continuous coughing up blood. Later, we learn that if a person has had a part of them taken away by Mimihagi, they can offer up the rest of their body to Mimihagi to give it a corporeal form. In this corporeal form, Mimihagi can protect the Soul King if it's ever threatened.]]
*** Furthermore, some people question why such skilled healers as Unohana, Tenjiro, or hell, even Mayrui, haven't simply stepped in and healed him.[[spoiler: The Mimihagi represents, according to Mayuri, stagnation, or stillness. He's been locked into a perceptual state of stillness or sickness, because it's literally divine intervention that he can't be killed or cured by it!]]
*** I went to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the other wiki]] and found this piece of info: "When people suffering from active pulmonary TB cough, sneeze, speak, sing, or spit, they expel infectious aerosol droplets 0.5 to 5 µm in diameter." Yeah. If Ukitake has TB, his squad is totally screwed. IncurableCoughOfDeath, indeed.
*** But again, it goes without saying that the idea of Ukitake having tuberculosis is widely-accepted {{Fanon}} and nothing more. It's very well possible given his ailment, but whatever disease he's suffering from has yet to be explicitly diagnosed as tuberculosis.
* Soul Society itself is arguably this. While the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Shinigami-dominated system]] isn't so odd in shonen series, stop to consider what we know about parts of Soul Society from [[CrapsackWorld Yachiru's flashbacks]], the occasional [[KillEmAll genocide]] of artificial life forms and the fact that some of the most important captains are actually unrepentent murders. Suddenly Soul Society is more like a military-dominated state that doesn't seem to care much about much beyond keeping itself in power. Heck, if it wasn't for Aizen's [[KickTheDog really dickish actions]] his efforts would seem much more reasonable.
* Ashido Kano. Everything about the man ''screams'' absolute fridge terror. First of all, there's the fact that he's been living inside the FOREST OF MENOS for over half a millennium. Yes. The man's been living in the nesting place of the most powerful hollows in ''Bleach'' for over 500 years, which is longer than some of today's Captains have even been '''alive'''. Then there's the realization of how difficult it's been for him -- all of his friends and allies are dead, and he has to either not use his Release or kill '''absolutely everything that sees him'''. These are Menos, the weakest of which are a massive challenge for even a Lieutenant.
* Aizen claims Wonderweiss gave up his speech, his memories, his emotions, and his sanity to serve the purpose Aizen had for him. He never once even suggested that Wonderweiss did so willingly.
* After Ichigo goes berserk during the last part of the fight against Ulquiorra, he finishes him by planting his foot on his head and hitting him with a point-blank Cero aimed at his head. Then the manga cuts away for some reaction shots and a quick visit to Rukia and the others. Then we return to Ulquiorra, who is inexplicably missing the lower half of his body and left arm. Then you notice that the wounds are straight-edged. Holy shit, was Ichigo carving him up like a Christmas turkey while the two of them were off-screen?
* Tsukishima's Fullbring, "Book of the End." It is an ability that allows him to rewrite the past of whomever [[spoiler:or whatever]] is cut by it. No, not their memories. Their ''actual past'', as in, swapping in an alternate timeline of the wielder's liking. Everything [[spoiler:and anything]] in your past will have been arranged exactly as the wielder desires. Your entire past could be a carefully-fabricated lie, ''and you'd never even realize it''. Now imagine that power in the hands of a [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]]. Or a [[PresidentEvil ruthless dictator]]. Or [[OhCrap AIZEN]].
** [[OhCrap Oh, crap]] indeed. For an even worse bit of terror, imagine if Aizen not only had Tsukishima's power, but was able to use it in tandem with his own Zanpaktou's shikai. Not only would he be able to manipulate peoples senses, he'd also be able to rewrite the past as he saw fit.
*** You know, they never mention his Bankai at all, and it seems obvious that he's powerful enough to have one...
* Captain Hitsugaya's cold personality (and in effect, his Zanpakuto) at first seems pretty standard, nothing really special. It's lampshaded a few times, but even then it really is just your regular JerkWithAHeartOfGold. However, when looking through the series again, I noticed something interesting: Hitsugaya has been in Soul Society since he was a little kid. He still is a kid, actually, but judging by the age of him in his flashbacks it would appear that he's been living there since he was at least a first-grader. But wait, if he lives in Soul Society, wouldn't he have had to have DIED first? It's hardly unreasonable to think that this was the cause of his cold personality. After all, if you live a full life and die happily, you'll be pretty content. But actually dying when you can't even be any older than twelve years old would surely be extremely traumatic.
** At one point, he looks about the age of 9, and it's implied that he had already been with his Grandmother and Momo for a while. With a good parental figure and lots of nurturing, children can continue their lives without any long term effects or suffering from bad experiences. He seemed to be pretty well content with Momo and his Grandmother. Based on how he acts with Momo, I think it's more likely that he just considers himself the 'man of the family' so to speak, and takes things more seriously. I don't think it has anything to do with being traumatized.
** Furthermore, it's implied that he froze to death, which is why his Zanpakuto is ice-based.
** This troper was always inclined to believe that Hitsugaya's cold personality has more of something to do with the fact that he was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized by his entire village]] except for Hinamori and his grandmother. With an experience like that, its not surprising for children to develop cold and aloof personalities. On that note, this troper also believes that its also the reason why he tries so hard to protect Momo, despite whatever fans complain about her being not worth it. In a time where almost everyone he knew disliked him, she was one of the only two who [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments openly cared for him and considered him a friend]]. Naturally, Hitsugaya would easily forgive her despite her attacking him for her captain's sake, because he hasn't forgotten what she's done for him when they lived in Rukongai.
* When Byakuya and Kenpachi are fighting against Yammy, Mayuri is openly expressing a trait of dissecting dead combatants, whether ally or enemy. When Ichigo comes back to fetch Kuugo's body from the Soul Society for burial in the World of the Living, Sui-Feng informs him that out of the Captains that come to greet him, Mayuri and Ukitake aren't present. One can only guess, but....
* Ginjo mentions that Tsukishima's ability allows him to make people believe he is their friend, mentor, cousin, or ''lover''. It gives the term "mind rape" a whole new layer.
* Although the exact mechanics of it haven't been fully explained yet, its been stated that when a Shinigami kills a Hollow, the Hollow is reborn/souls are restored, and they can apparently be reincarnated in a cycle. Quincy, on the other hand, destroy souls completely. If that's the case, ''then that may mean that the shinigami killed by them, are officially gone for good, never to be seen again!''
** Well, since Shinigami are already dead, wouldn't being killed by anything destroy them forever?
*** The soul will just return to the World of the Living to be reborn as a new lifeform. The soul is not destroyed. Only Quincies destroy souls, meaning the soul will never be reborn again because it's gone forever. In other words, not only is a Quincy destroying the life the soul is currently living, ''they're also destroying all the lives the soul will ever live in the future''. It's not one soul = one life that the Quincy has destroyed, it's one soul = countless future lives that will never have a chance to exist.
*** This doubles as brilliance, but this is exactly why [[spoiler:Ryuuken]] never killed [[spoiler:Grand Fisher]], despite obviously having so many chances to do so; doing so would erase [[spoiler:Masaki]]'s soul forever. It HAD to be [[spoiler:Isshin]] who would take their revenge, or else the woman they both loved would be destroyed ''forever''.
** Recent chapters reveal the truth to be even worse, the souls of those slain by the Quincy don't reincarnate not because they are destroyed but [[FateWorseThanDeath because they are]] [[TheAssimilator absorbed by Yhwach.]]
* In Chapter 510, Juhabach states that he [[spoiler:broke into the First Division's Headquarters in order to speak to Aizen, who refused to join up with him. However, he did not clarify what else he did, leaving 3 options: 1. He killed Aizen (good), but it means he's 'that' much more powerful. 2. He simply left Aizen sealed/tied up (ok). 3. He set Aizen free, meaning that Aizen is now currently on the loose with nobody knowing about it (very bad).]]
** Well you can put your worries to rest. [[spoiler:Chapter 514 shows that he's still rotting in jail.]] Of course, this is ''Aizen'' we're talking about...
* In Chapter 511, Juhabach recalls the Gotei 13 before the Quincy extermination, when they were called just "Divisions." They were just bloodthirsty killers who would use any methods to win. The Fridge Horror sets in upon two realizations.
** 1.What happened to the other leaders in the divisions after Yamamoto 'became soft'?
** 2.If the "Divisions" were bloodthirsty and violent before Yamamoto's change, what are the Zero Guard like?
** 3.What exactly does this mean regarding Captain Unohana, whom everybody seems to fear?! She may be one of the original "killers" alongside Yamamoto!
*** Quite possibly, given her true identity...
*** More like has been and always will be the worst criminal. Now remember that Aizen is still in the mind of everyone...
* Throughout the entire assault on the Gotei 13, there was only one brief activation of Vollstandig by one of the Stern Ritter. The Stern Ritter [[spoiler: have crushed the Gotei 13]], '''and none of them used their trump card.'''
* Related to the above mentions of Unohana: unless she's been pulling a Yumichika with Minazuki this entire time and in light of [[spoiler:her recent battle with Kenpachi (currently a CurbStompBattle on Unohana's part, by the way)]], there's a distinct possibility that Unohana didn't learn her healing techniques from Kirinji ''after'' [[spoiler:she renounced her title as the first Kenpachi and 11th Division Captain]], but instead [[spoiler:was a CombatMedic from the very start and used her medicinal knowledge to sadistically and horrifically prolong her fights by ''mending the wounds she just inflicted.'' It'd be a terrifying take on the concept of a MartialMedic[=/=]DeadlyDoctor.]] In 526, she admits that this really is the reason she wanted to learn the healing arts.
** Adding to that, [[spoiler:even if she does learn her healing skills from Kirinji, let's take a second look on Kirinji's fountains of healing. Essentially, the fountains work by ''breaking down the patient's body before reconstituting it, sometimes several times''. What if Unohana's healing work the same way? See, her bankai dissolves the flesh, and after the flesh is dissolved, she probably uses her healing skills to rebuild the flesh.]] Is this perhaps why her Minazuki [[GoryDiscretionShot heals people by eating them]]?
* From Chapter 537, Uryuu's MissingMom died when [[spoiler:Yhwach [[ThePurge purged]] the clan of all Quincies deemed insufficiently [[FantasticRacism "pure"]], stealing their powers for himself]]. But [[spoiler:Kanae]] didn't die immediately -- she slipped into a coma and lingered for ''three months'' before expiring. That's already pretty horrifying, but think about it for a few minutes more and it gets worse: [[spoiler:Ryuuken's a doctor -- he's been trained to dread losing a patient even if that person is a perfect stranger. He had to watch ''his wife'' die for ''three months'' while unable to do anything to help her. Remember [[HeroicBSOD how bad]] he freaked out when ''his cousin'' collapsed in front of him and he couldn't save her? GrayRainOfDepression indeed.]]
** Making it even worse is that [[spoiler:Kanae]] wasn't just [[spoiler:his wife]]. She was also [[spoiler:a [[ChildhoodFriendRomance loyal friend he's known since childhood]]. Ryuuken had to watch someone who's been there for him nearly his entire life die a slow wasting death while he was utterly powerless to prevent it. All because of her Quincy heritage. No wonder he doesn't like being a Quincy.]]
*** It's even worse than that. One of the last things we hear her say in that flashback arc is that she wants to protect him from anything that happens... in the end, he was powerless to do the same for her: not his medical training, not his [[spoiler:quincy]] powers. Nothing. Not being able to reciprocate loyalty like that, making such a vow seem so terribly hollow, must be soul-destroying.
** Going into a bit of WMG here, this gives Ryuuken even more motivation to destroy the Quincies. [[spoiler: Going as far as sending his own son into the lions' den.]]
** The revelation of the full Kaiser Gesang prophecy in chapter 546 turns the knife a little more: [[spoiler:Because of the prophecy, Ryuuken would have known from the moment the Selection took place that Yhwach would be back to full strength in exactly nine years. His days were literally numbered, counting down to the final confrontation. No ''wonder'' he smokes like he's not afraid of lung cancer... he doesn't expect to ''survive'' past 40!!]]
* From the fourth movie, [[spoiler:Kokuto claims that following his sister's death and the death of her murderers, he "set out to make everyone feel the same pain that he did". This probably implies that he was a serial killer that murdered younger sisters or even little girls before he was sent to hell. It also shows with Yuzu; he has absolutely no problem with dropping her into a pool of lava and taunting Ichigo with her dead body.]]
** This would also explain why he ended up in hell in the first place.
* [[spoiler: The fact that Yhwach can control whether he can steal powers from his Quincy brethren]], this puts a creepy, new perspective into the death of a few of the Vandenreich.
* Chapter 540 revealed that [[spoiler: Old Man Zangetsu is the personification of his Quincy powers and he has been using him for most of his fights. Now, does his Shinigami powers allow the spirits to go the Soul Society or does his Quincy powers cause them to be erased]]?
** Not quite. The next chapter reveals that [[spoiler:The Old Man had actually been suppressing Ichigo's Shinigami powers all along in an attempt to prevent him from ever becoming a Shinigami. Every time the Old Man "helped" him he always used Ichigo's Hollow's (his true Zanpakutou spirit) power to do so. Ichigo's Quincy powers only manifested very recently as a side effect of being trapped in a cage of spirit particles. Ichigo has been fighting with a mere fraction of his Shinigami powers throughout the entire series.]]
** Also, Ichigo sent Shrieker to Hell and performed Konso to several souls.
* So Ouetsu Nimaiya is [[spoiler:finally going to forge Ichigo's zanpakuto, giving the boy his weapon back. Hurray!]]. One problem though: [[spoiler:Out of the many bankai users who fight Vandenreich, Ichigo is the only one whose bankai cannot be stolen. The reason is eventually revealed: Tensa Zangetsu is not Shinigami power, but rather Quincy power, and thus is not affected by the bankai-stealing tool. Now that Ichigo will get a real zanpakuto, he will finally be susceptible to the bankai-stealing tool. If Mayuri and/or Urahara can't create a counter-measure against that, Soul Society will be screwed either way.]]
** They most likely will develop countermeasures, because Quincies also have an offensive Blut, made specifically for fighting bankai-wielding enemies. If they won't, then instead of bankai vs. Blut Arterie we'll be seeing shikai vs. Blut Vene for the rest of the series, which isn't cool.
** Ichigo is still shown to have Quincy powers prevalent in his sword, if the shiny new offhand weapon is any indication. He may still possess elements of his original "bankai" when we see his true one. Alternatively, this will be a brand new power for him, meaning that it might not be stealable since Ichigo hasn't learned all there is to know about it. Yhwach may try to steal it during their inevitable showdown, it all depends on who much of a troll Kubo is being.
** Quincies can't handle hollow powers. Meaning they can't take Ichigo's Bankai because it is literally poison to them. But the point about Yhwach may be valid. Is he affected by the Hollow=poison to quincy thing?
*** The reason Hollow is like poison is because Quincies have a TRIPLE imbalance when forcefully Hollowfied (Plus, Hollow, and Yhwach). But if the spirit is ALREADY a stabilized hybrid, like Ichigo, there's no Soul Suicide to worry about, anyway. The scary part is; Yhwach (whose own hybrid status is becoming increasingly clear) himself might not have to worry about Hollowfied Bankai, and we'd better hope he doesn't get bored of Yamamoto's and starts a shopping spree for more.
* Going way back to 226 for this one, but the use of Vollstandig by the Stern Ritter got me thinking recently: The technique Ryuuken uses to restore Uryuu's powers after Letzt Stil requires the subject to be run to physical and mental exhaustion and then shot through a chakra point less than an inch from a major organ. I can buy that Ryuuken personally learned this from some sort of spellbook. But ''how'' exactly did their ancestors discover this combination worked, anyway?? Medical experimentation on par with Mayuri? Friendly fire incident?? ''Botched execution?''
** Mercy Kill?
** And as to why Ryuken himeself would even need to learn such an method? [[spoiler: Because Kanae had her powers stolen from her! Ryuken may have learned it and tried (but failed), in an effort to restore her powers and save her life! Also, since he knows that Uryuu survived Yhawch's selection, then he would be more certain of it working!]]
*** Now that's just making it worse. [[spoiler:Remember that one condition for this power-restoring ritual to work is for the target to be physically and mentally exhausted. Sure, being an IllGirl means Kanae is easily physically exhaused, but mentally exhausted? That's the problem: For Ryuuken to mentally exhaust Uryuu isn't an issue seeing that they hate each other, but for Ryuuken to stress out the woman he loves? Probably he failed to restore her power because he just couldn't bring himself to mentally torture her. Poor guy.]]
*** That also raises Fridge. The manga didn't claim Ryuuken hates Uryuu or being a Quincy, only that Ryuuken is avoiding Quincy issues for unknown reasons and that Uryuu ''thinks'' Ryuuken hates him and Quincies. When Uryuu's unconscious after Letzt Stil restoration, Ryuuken implies his frustration stems from how Uryuu is using his power, which isn't what Uryuu thinks Ryuuken's issue is. In the Mayuri/Uryuu fight, Souken implied Uryuu's wrong, that Ryuuken's trying to protect Uryuu but doesn't want to talk about it. The final arc offers clues about what Souken was talking about. If he's right, Uryuu's going to end up feeling very guilty because that's the type of guy he is.
** How about Souken and Ryuuken knew Uryuu would abuse Letzt Stil and made sure there was a technique for restoring Uryuu's powers? If Yhwach is the guy who created Quincies, how is it possible for any other Quincy to grant Quincy powers? Doesn't that get awfully close to the idea of Quincy creation? What if it's something only the First Quincy and Last Quincy can do? That would mean Yhwach and the Ishida family are different to other Quincies.
* We know that when an Arrancar is killed they souls are purified (or go to hell), now think about what happens to all those souls when someone like Barragan ''kills himself''??
* Starrks's death. Kyoroku simply cuts him down and he falls to the ground, which you wouldn't think would kill the Primera Espada. But he's confirmed to have died. This is even more jarring because Harribel was ''also'' cut down by someone and fell to the ground, but she's still very much alive. But then you think about ''how'' she's alive: Orihime went to the Fake Karakura Town and just happened to run into Harribel's Fraccion, who immediately asked her to heal Harribel. This would mean that Harribel was still alive up to that point, or at least within the margin of saving... Starrk suffered the same fate as Harribel. Starrk may very well have still been alive after he hit the ground. Starrk, probably the least amoral Espada, very likely suffered a slow, painful, lonely death because no one came to help him...
** And thus, he died due to his aspect of death.
*** I always assumed that Kyoraku's shikai just simply did THAT much damage and really killed him with one hit, it only being a "minor" physical injury aside.
*** Which is only logical considering the fact that Kyoraku threw off his cape so that he was wearing his black robe externally while targeting the inside of Starrk's Hollow hole. Black was the most dangerous color for Kyoraku and the least dangerous for Starrk, so a critical hit is to be expected.
*** You do have a point. But then again he's apparently conscious right after as he has time to reflect on his defeat and how his life was as he falls to the ground. Perhaps he ''did'' die immediately afterward, but then again we don't really know since we never see him again after that. Although, now I have to wonder if Kubo's gonna pull another "Grimmjow's Alive" on us...
* Urahara and Mayuri said that if a Quincy is infected with Hollow energy, there is no chance for the Quincy to become hollowified; rather, the Quincy would explode, soul and all. No wonder that when Masaki took an injury from a Hollow, Katagiri and eventually the rest of Ishida household took that issue SERIOUSLY.
* Urahara stabilising the Visored right after Aizen hollowfied them, he stated that it required a Quincy arrow which he must've had in his lab, he never mentions how he got it and as a Soul Reaper, it's unlikely that any Quincy survivor would give him an arrow willing, remember that even Kurotsuchi finds him creepy, the Quincy experiments probably didn't start with Kurotsuchi and they were probably better off with Kurotsuchi doing the experiments.
* Let's have a recap of Hinamori attacking Bambietta despite Bambi having just blasted Hinamori's captain, Shinji. Most people can denounce her as an idiot, but let's see... how many other lieutenants we have seen so far actually engage in a fight ''to help their captains?'' Hisagi fights Mask because Mask ambushes him and not because Kensei is in danger, Renji fights Mask because he ''is'' captain-level, Rukia and Yachiru fights their respective foes because they are attacked first etc. Only person we can compare to Hinamori is Omaeda, who stands his ground (against {{Mooks}}) to protect his injured captain and little sister. So why does Hinamori attack Bambi? Maybe because of loyalty? This is where the horror starts: After having been Aizen's pawn for decades, she may have developed strong loyalty to anyone who treats her kindly, so she may have been fiercely loyal to Shinji who helps her recover from Aizen's machinations. Buuuuut, it seems that Shinji only succeeds in cheering her up without addressing her fierce loyalty issue. And this fierce loyalty issue comes from Aizen. And Aizen is not yet confirmed dead after Vandenreich's invasion. Bottom line is: If Aizen makes a come back, who can say that Hinamori won't jump ship back to Aizen? He's a master of words and deception, and having been with Hinamori for quite a while means he should know which of her buttons to press to make her work for him again. Better hide her until the war is over.
* Giselle can turn anyone who gets her blood on them into a zombie puppet slave. We do not know any threshold for this technique, so as far as we know, a single drop of her blood anywhere on the victim's body can turn her into her zombie slave. A drop such as might be drawn from breaking her hymen, perhaps. She hasn't just weaponized being wounded, she's weaponized sex! And her Healing Factor ensures that this won't be a one-off event. No wonder she's so lewd.
** No wonder she reeks of semen!
* Rangiku is one of the hot ladies in Bleach, she knows that, she is hot and also use it to her advantage, when given the chance. As seen in the omakes. Plus she is also quite the drinker and shopcoholic for dresses and accessories. But what most does not notice or know that in her past in the Rukongai, she maybe a victim of sexual abuse. When you look at this [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130621035959/bleach/en/images/thumb/7/77/Chapter_129vs415.jpg/1024px-Chapter_129vs415.jpg image]] here, based on Rangiku’s posture, appearance, and air of helplessness, it is heavily implied she was a victim of sexual assault in addition to having her Reiryoku taken. This implied event ties into [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/6/67663/2568525-46.jpg Rangiku's]] connection to a real-world figure: [[http://cecilbuffington.com/images/gorgeous-marilyn-monroe-604718_800_1001_399x500.jpg Marilyn Monroe]], who has also suffered the same in her own childhood. Rangiku displays some of the traits associated with being sexually abused as a child: she drinks quite a lot, wishes for compliments on her outfits, and, most importantly, develops a connection, almost an obsession, with another person: Gin Ichimaru.
* No one is safe from Ichibei's Ichimonji. It does not matter what dimension you are in, what race you are, because Ichimonji's power is drawn from the "blackness" in the world - the colour "Black" - and Ichimonji only needs to blot you out with ink to take away your "Name" and "Power". The Resurreccion of Arrancar? Their names are gone. A Shinigami's Zanpakuto? You cannot call its name anymore because it no longer has one. A Fullbringer? Rendered impotent because the object you use lacks its name. Strike you with Ichimonji? A fate worse than death itself. You will lose your "Name", your body will no longer be able to function because its "Name" was taken and its "Power" robbed from it, and you may no longer even remember who you are. What has no "Name" has no "Power", and what has no "Name" has no identity.
* One of the most horrifying things has been around since day one: the zanpakutō. Why? It's due to the way they're apparently created. According to Ōetsu Nimaiya, the creator of the damn things, zanpakutō are forged using a method that melds a multitude of '''Shinigami''' souls together which is similar to the way ''Aizen'' created the Hollow, White. This troper wants to know where the hell Nimaiya is getting all these Shinigami souls from. And, considering over 6000 officers of the Gotei 13 wield zanpakutō, just how many Shinigami have been unwittingly sacrificed in order to create these powerful weapons??
** We've never seen a shinigami reborn in the living world, maybe they are reborn in the royal dimension or their souls are captured to forge zanpakuto.
** We're thinking of the word "souls" too specifically. In this case, it's more likely that "souls" simply means little clumps of reiryoku, possibly donated. Of course, even if that's the case... Aizen did the exact same thing to make his Hogyoku, only much more forcefully in his case (poor Rangiku). So, did Aizen twist the Asauchi concept into something horrific? And if that much wasn't enough for a complete Hogyoku... what the hey was Urahara's version made of?
* In the flashback to Renji and Rukia's past, it's revealed that people with the potential to become Soul Reapers are the only people in Soul Society who experience negative effects from hunger. Now bear in mind that when Rukia collapsed from hunger, a Soul Reaper was there to identify and rectify the issue. But no-one else there seemed to understand why Rukia passed out from hunger. So how many people, potentially children, starve to death in Soul Society without any idea why it's happening and without anyone to help them, just because they weren't lucky enough to be discovered? Especially in the worse districts like Zaraki and Kusajishi where it's every (wo)man for themselves?
** It's even scarier on the flipside, when you think about. If being able to spend reiryoku is what causes hunger, than that means Hollows, who are ALWAYS hungry, are constantly going at full blast, 24/7! Unlike Pluses, who have proper stomachs to fill, Hollows can't ever eat enough to counteract their uncontrollable output. Geez, no wonder most of them go nuts... Hopefully, regaining Plus forms as an Arrancar fixes this.
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[[folder: Fridge Logic]]
* Unohana told Ichigo that he was the best one to fight Aizen because had never used his hypnosis powers on Ichigo during their fight. There are two problems with that. The first is that Ichigo has no idea whether or not Aizen used his shikai during their fight, all he knows is that he doesn't ''remember'' Aizen doing that. The second (and even more odd when you think about it) is that there's nothing that they know of to stop Aizen from using his shikai on Ichigo during the current battle.
** This entire conversation is just loaded with questions. How does Unohana know that Ichigo has never been effected by Aizen's Zanpakuto if it probably isn't possible for Ichigo himself to know that? Why did they bother bringing this plot point up? It never served any real purpose considering Aizen could literally effect Ichigo whenever he wanted and just chose not to.
** Actually, Aizen stated that the condition for being able to cause perfect illusions is that the target must have seen his shikai previously in its true form. Because of this, Ichigo would've at least known whether or not he could be affected by it. Furthermore, Unohana knows Ichigo never saw Aizen's shikai because he flat-out tells her he never used it. The conversation also explains why Yamamoto forbade Ichigo from going to rescue Orihime; being the only captain-level fighter who wasn't affected by Aizen's shikai, he was considered a valuable asset.
* When Ichigo fought Zaraki[[labelnote:*]] before managing to even get his bankai[[/labelnote]] the two were going all out and it ended in a mutual KO. Much later after Ichigo has his bankai and Visored powers he still struggles against Grimmjow who is number 6 among the Espada. How the heck does Zaraki manage to ''kill'' Nnoitra who's number 5 among the Espada? Did he do some secret, off-screen never mentioned before or after training? [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Are power levels just bullsh*t]]?
** His resolve was complete against Zaraki. Against Grimmjow, his resolve was all over the place. Plus, everyone had been getting stronger. Kubo seems to work by the mantra 'that which does not kill you makes you stronger' so his characters are all getting stronger all the time. No-one was at the same level of power as the Soul Society arc, hence the higher levels everyone fought at.
** This is actually indirectly addressed in the series. During Ichigo's fight with Zaraki, Zaraki never bothered to learn about his Zanpakuto, which according to Zangetsu caused both Zaraki and his Zanpakuto to weaken each other. But once the fight is over, Zaraki decides to start trying to forge a relationship with his Zanpakutou. By the time he fights Nnoitra, he may not have learned his Zanpakuto's name, but he doesn't address his Zanpakutou as an 'it' or a tool. Even if Zaraki hasn't done much training, he's now working together with his Zanpakuto, which removes any weakness he might have had before.
** Kenpachi becomes stronger every time he gets close to death. He must have gotten stronger after having his ass delivered to him by Ichigo -- strong enough to defeat Nnoitra.
*** Oh... my... god. Golden power aura, spikey hairdo, zenkai power boost at near-death experiences... Zaraki Kenpachi is a god damned [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]].
* Now, a bit of FridgeLogic: Aizen managed to [[spoiler: survive against Yamamoto's extremely powerful suicide attack and endure his flames.]] So, why he said that he feared his powers, or why did he bother to create Wonderweiss in the first place?
** Perhaps it was intended to test out a) what the old man would do without his zanpakuto and b) whether it was possible to seal an ancient, powerful sword in the first place. Or at least that's the sort of [[AssPull 'explanation']] one could imagine Aizen giving on another couple of test subjects. Yamamoto did genuinely seem to catch Aizen by surprise, firstly by grabbing his sword and secondly by using the spell, indicating (Aizen being uber-prepared as he appears) that Captain Broken didn't know enough about the head captain to face him one on one and be sure of winning. So he threw poor Wonderweiss (he was ''afraid''!) into the ring in order to work the rest out. The flames didn't matter, but maybe getting Yamamoto to provide Aizen more information did.
** Aizen didn't so much survive Yamamoto's explosion as ''flee'' it. It's not like he was able to retain his position and withstand the blast he had to actively escape it as fast as he possibly could -- something he was so flustered and in haste about that he dropped his guard completely enough for Ichigo to finally get a hit in. It's also pure speculation, but Aizen did have the Hougyoku inside him as well and it's only moments later that it heals the wound Ichigo gave him. It's never said, but it's possible the Hougyoku protected Aizen as he fled Yamamoto's power. He completely failed to kill Yamamoto as a result, and Yamamoto was the only captain he had actually planned to kill.
* The Quincy extermination. So a bunch of humans who've been around for a short time (50-60 years maybe?) gaining power are labeled a threat by Soul Society. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Quincy being able to completely eradicate a being out of existence aside]], how badass must they have been to need genocide get rid of them? How hard is it to restrain them with kido and harmlessly mess up their soul sleep? How is defending yourself from Hollows due to the Gotei 13 doing a crappy job wrong? -- AverageNOOB
** Perhaps that choice was made because it would ensure that this group of people with such powers could not grow any larger. Messing with individual souls wouldn't stop their children inheriting the same powers as their Quincy parent/s.
** Point to you Sir or Madam. Wouldn't it have been easier to just explain the effect their powers have? PoorCommunicationKills just screwed over the Quincy. -- AverageNOOB
*** They did explain. Rukia states as much. The Quincy DIDN'T CARE. It is heavily implied that the Quincies' response was along the lines of "Fuck you. As far as we're concerned you are lying your ass off, and even if you're not, SO WHAT? We don't give a damn. If a soul becomes a Hollow, it doesn't deserve to exist." Kubo pretty much states that the Shinigami/Quincy conflict comes down to a question of Justice vs Vengeance, i.e. "Hollows devour souls of Humans, so why must it be that those who harm and kill friends and relatives get sent peacefully to Soul Society?"
** Imagine if, instead of evaporated water condensing into clouds, it disappeared completely. That's esentially what the quincies were doing.
*** You have a point, but...why couldn't they get rid of their powers AND memories. I mean, they have that memory replacer, why couldn't they have come up with something to selectively make them forget all about Hollows and everything to do with the Spirit World. Get rid of all solid evidence and viola! No more Quincies ''ever''. [[spoiler: Which means the Vandereich probably wouldn't have shown up for the finale of course...]]
*** They probably considered that, but keep in mind, a: We've seen Ichigo get past having his soul sleep destroyed (Granted, that was because Byakuya destroyed the powers Rukia gave him, not his own powers) but given that both Ichigo and Uryu have had their powers "permanently" destroyed and brought back, they couldn't be sure that destroying their soul sleeps would actually be a permanent fix, and b: memory replacement doesn't seem to work on people with spiritual powers (Orihime and Karin both remember memories that were supposed to have been replaced) so it makes sense that it wouldn't work at all on Quincies.
*** Elaborating upon the above comment: Uryu's dad knows a method of returning a Quincy's powers after they have been lost. How did he (or any Quincy) learn that method? It's possible that the Shinigamis DID remove the Quincies' powers, but the Quincies developed that method to regain them. After that, the only choice the Shinigamis had was to kill 'em all.
*** With regards to the memory replacer. It might not have worked on quincies. The memory replacer failed to work on Orihime after the Sora incident. She remembered everything but kept quiet about it for a while. Then, when the world was 'reset' after Rukia was taken back to Soul Society so that everyone forget she even existed, Orihime, Sado and Uryuu all remembered exactly who she was. The thing they all have in common is powerful reiatsu (as opposed to Ichigo's other friends who have enough reiatsu to interact with the spiritual world but not to fight it). There's a very good chance the memory replacer wouldn't work on quincies.
* Something recently occurred to me about Ichigo during the final battle against Aizen. It had already been stated that the coat in his Bankai gives a rough estimate of his state: the more exhausted he is, the more damaged his gear gets. It seemed odd to me that he would be able to unleash his full power immanently after three months of training without rest, until I remembered that when he fights Aizen his coat is missing a sleeve, his shoes are gone, and his gear is generally well worn. Ergo, Ichigo WASN'T at full power when he curb stomped Aizen, even before a good quarter of his power got drained blocking an attack just before he used Mugetsu. The sudden jump in power is nothing more than Ichigo learning to focus properly. (Fitting, since resolve is a major theme from the first chapter).
* Why didn't Ichigo ask about Orihime repairing his broken bankai? Her powers are supposedly the ability to reject reality and reshape it to a desired outcome.
** She's currently in Hueco Mundo and Squad 0 just offered him a way to fix it (granted it was after he talked to her but Squad 0 can just forcefully take him with). It's a choice between the girl who's in another dimension or the squad of badasses in front of him.
* Now, there isn't a clear reason why [[spoiler:Unohana would change her name]], but, let's assume that, like Yamamoto, she wanted to forget her violent past. [[spoiler: One has to wonder how she would hide it by re-naming herself something that translates to ''violent''.]]
** [[spoiler: If that's the case, maybe she wanted to hide it from others but never let herself forget.]]
* In the latest arc we find out from Mayuri that if a bankai is broken it can't be repaired, has to be remodeld or reforged. Ikkaku's bankai was said to have been barely slavaged and much weaker because it broke in his only manga fight where he used it. Mayuri says that Renji's bankai is still missing some joints from when Byakuya damaged it. The problem with this is that Byakuya did more than destroy a few joints. He completely destroyed Renji's bankai into several pieces. It seemed beyond saving. How could Mayuri and the lab guys hobble together Renji's bankai that was in pieces, but not hobble together Ichigo's bankai that was only into 2 pieces? Granted Ichigo's bankai probably would be weaker, but Mayuri acts like he can't even save the sword.
** Break the links of a chain and try and push them back together again. The links will always been weaker than they were before and more prone to breaking frequently once they've broken once. Also, if you lost some of the links, it wouldn't even have the same length, although the inherent weakness in the links would be the main problem. That could be the case with Renji's bankai: it's shape allowed it to be 'linked' back together, but the joins of those links are now fragile with none of their old strength. Fortunately, he has a technique that accommodates broken links. Ichigo, however, has a compression bankai and while the sword is snapped in half, it did not drop out of bankai form and Ichigo has remained in his bankai clothes. Since we know his clothes are part of his bankai, Mayuri might be confounded how to reintegrate the broken sword and the power within the uniform. They seem almost disconnected now, given that Ichigo's now wearing his bankai uniform as if it's just a basic uniform. Plus, you don't just weld two solid parts together and hope for the best. It would just shatter again along the breakline the next time it was used and this is implied to be the problem with Ikkaku's bankai. In other words, Mayuri could have done for Ichigo what he did for Ikkaku -- cobble the thing back together so it's a mockery of its former shape, but while Ikkaku insisted on this being done, Ichigo didn't pursue it once he was told about it.
*** Which presents a degree of FridgeHorror itself: Was Ikkaku that impatient/stubborn to just force it to happen, with no care for the Zanpakuto's spirit?
*** Stubborn, probably. He's always tried to force his zanpakutou to fight the way he wants it to rather than the way it's designed to (look how devious and underhand his shikai really is, even his hand-switching tactic is devious; yet he claims to be a straight-forward, honest fighter). Forcing the bankai to be cobbled back together is just more of the same.
*** What I don't understand about this is what happened to Mayuri's Bankai? It was split straight down the middle by Uryu. Surely that would be more difficult to fix than a broken sword...
*** Mayuri has outright stated to have "enhanced" his Bankai. He could've applied a version of Komamura's Bankai (if he heals his bankai heals) to himself
*** Turns out he applied the same kind of soul-cloning science used to make Nemu. It was kinda like if you somehow cloned an arm from your own cells and then attached it to yourself... which, of course, I wouldn't be surprised to see Mayuri doing.
*** Renji's bankai is made of separate joint, connected by his reiatsu. Only destroyed joints is that he shattered himself, by being not able to handle his bankai. He even stated that his bankai wasn't broken, it dissasembled to evade Byakya's attack. So no "weaker links" there.
* Everyone has been saying that the Vandenreich curb-stomped Soul Society, and in a way they did, but...how big a victory was it really? Vandenreich started the battle with approx 18-20 Sternritter, counting Yhwach, both Lloyds, and Kirge Opie; they had stolen 1 bankai. Soul Society started with 13 captains, and Ichigo (& co.) in HM. Zaraki killed 3 sternritter. Yamamoto killed 1, and since that guy had the stolen bankai the quincy presumably lost it when he died. Then he killed the three who tried to jump him, and Royd Lloyd, the other Yourself. Then Yhwach stole Yama's bankai and killed him. In HM Opie got cut in half and Ichigo got to Soul Society as reinforcements, and the sternritter retreated. During the battle they stole 4 other bankai, too. BUT, two of the sternritter who stole bankai were killed killed by Yamamotot, so we assume that those bankai were lost too. All in all the only important Shinigami who actually was Yamamoto, and Soul society has info on how the quincy work to prepare for next time. Meanwhile, the quincy lost a minimum of NINE (Kenpachi's 3 + the Overkill + Yama's 3+ the Yourself+ Kirge Opie=9) sternritter and come out with a total of 3 banks, instead of the potential 6 they could have had. Plus, the changes caused by Yama's death will only make things worse for the quincy in the next battle, as the powered up fighters return to the field.
** There are too many holes in your logic. Yes, Zaraki and Yamamoto did kill a number of Quincy, but they only killed '''FIVE''' between the two of them. One of them is a Special War Potential, and the other is the Captain-Commander; As Nodt and Luchador Quincy showed us how dangerous the Stern Ritter are to not only the Vice-Captains, but the Captains as well, and [[spoiler: Royd effortlessly defeating Zaraki]] shows how high the Stern Ritter's level of power goes. The threat of their Bankai being stolen severely weakens the Captains' combat power, because they cannot use it lest they give their enemy an extra advantage. Yes, Quilge did die, but not before he showed us exactly what the Vandenreich upper ranks are capable of. Of all the Stern Ritter in the Vandenreich Invasion, '''NONE OF THEM''' used Vollstandig to fight the Shinigami. The Glasses Quincy briefly used it, but only for a temporary speed boost that allowed him to completely outpace Kyoraku and shoot his eye out. The Vandenreich also have five Bankai at their disposal, not three, and one of them is Zanka no Tachi. That is why it was such a big victory for the Vandenreich: they turned the Shinigami Captains' greatest strength, the Bankai, into a liability through the threat of it being stolen and used against them, and none of the Stern Ritter used their trump card, the Vollstandig, in battle. This was mentioned already in the FridgeHorror section.
*** Another thing that this troper wanted to point out is the exact numbers of people that were killed overall in the entire war. Okay, so the Shinigami managed to kill 5 of the Quincy invaders. The last number we got on how many SHINIGAMI were killed was from Division 12 stating that around '''2245''' had been killed. This was BEFORE the 12th division was attacked and lost all communication, and the battle was STILL ongoing which meant they were racking up even higher total deaths during the entire time. I remember from the wiki that supposedly Gotei 13 has around only '''3000''' Shinigami at any one point in time. When you count the losses that we were told of you'd determine that as far as we know there would be only around '''755''' Shinigami left in the entire Gotei 13. BEFORE the battle had even finished, which means there's even LESS than that. Not only did they wipe out a ton of the Shinigami, you have to also consider the after-effects of this. This was only a one-time attack, they haven't even attacked AGAIN and already the Gotei 13 is down a ton of soldiers and it's just going to get WORSE when they come back and perhaps actually use their trump card. Then there's to consider the fact that there's only at most '''755''' Shinigami to deal with any and all Hollows that ever appear in the real world. If their response time was ALREADY pretty bad BEFORE all those deaths it's only going to get pure horrifying after that. Imagine Shinigami not being able to show up to kill a Hollow perhaps even WEEKS after it had gone on a rampage through the human world. How many people would they have eaten/turned into Hollows as well during that amount of time? How many Pluses would change into Hollows because the Shinigami didn't show up to send them on to Soul Society? The effects of the first Vandenreich attack itself wasn't just a total curbstomp on Soul Society itself, it was a massacre on their soldier numbers as WELL as completely detrimental to the entire Hollow killing and Plus burial system they'd been using since forever. With just one attack, in which they didn't even use any of their real strength. I'd have to say that compared to the 5 kills Soul Society managed on the Vandenreich, the hands down winner was completely the VR in the situation.
* The Zanpakutou filler arc has become this as Zangetsu was possessed by Muramasa's powers. [[spoiler:The old man is actually the personification of Ichigo's Quincy powers while the inner Hollow, who wasn't affected at all, is the one who ''does'' contain Ichigo's Shinigami powers.]]
** Except that Kubo wasn't the one who wrote that arc, and therefore it's not supposed to make sense storywise and fit the future revelations.
*** Considering some of the revelations and how the anime fillers manage to NOT contradict a lot of stuff I keep thinking that maybe Kubo gave them a list of "people who are not supposed to meet/see each other" and some other hints towards later revelations. Like [[spoiler:Toshiro or Rangiku meeting Isshin]] in the anime wouldn't be that strange, especially as Karin and Toshiro kind of made friends, but it never happened. Similarly, Zangetsu, in the filler arc, was [[spoiler:not seen by anyone who would have recognized Yhwach.]] (Unless I remember it wrong and they DID see him. Then my first point still stands, though.
** How is this fridge logic? I mean, Zangetsu being possessed by Muramasa's power [[spoiler:DOESN'T make sense, since he IS the personification of Ichigo's Quincy Power and the power supposedly works on Zanpakuto, not Quincy Powers... ]]
*** That's exactly what makes it fridge logic. Fridge Logic is when something doesn't make sense if you think about it. Fridge Brilliance, on the other hand, is when stuff makes more sense after you think about it.
** Possibly heading into WMG territory, but since the latest arc showed that Ichigo's "true" zanpakuto is a DualWield that represents aspects of both his Shinigami/Hollow and Quincy powers, it's possible that while "Zangetsu" may not be the actual zanpakuto ''per say'', he's still deeply connected to it. He's shown using those powers in order to teach Ichigo, even though they weren't his. Maybe Ichigo's "true zanpakuto" is actually an amalgamation, with the Old Man and the Hollow being representations of that, sort of like Kyoraku and Ukitake's swords? Alternatively, maybe the Old Man just thought it would be a bad idea if the Hollow/zanpakuto was set loose with absolutely no way to reign him in. After all, the Hollow's deepest desire is to apparently murder and consume all of Ichigo's loved ones (if you believe he was being truthful), making a "freed" version FridgeHorror in itself.
* Yuzu and Karin too survived Yhwach's Auswählen. So they too must have the potential to surpass him in power.
** So did Ichigo, but Yhwach didn't mention him either. Given what Yhwach said to Uryuu, it looks like he doesn't view Ichigo and his sisters as survivors of Auswählen. Were they not selected? Are they not considered Gemischt? Or is Yhwach lying about Uryuu being the only survivor in history? It has to be one of the three.
*** Or maybe it has something to do with their other parent being a Soul Reaper. Most Gemischts are Quincy/Muggle hybrids, but Isshin and Masaki's children are all three Quincy/Shinigami/Hollow hybrids with Fullbring potential as well. Their other powers may have been strong enough to protect them from the Auswählen or to prevent them from being recognizable as "Quincy".
** Neither of the twins had developed Quincy powers at the time. They may have been unaffected by the culling by virtue of the effect only targeting people with active abilities. The series has been pretty consistent about power making one a target, and neither of them have power of note yet.
*** Which still fails to account for Ichigo. He already had enough active power to see ghosts when Auswählen took place, and it's been established that seeing them is enough to make you a target.
*** Karin has also always had a clear ability to see ghosts. Judging by what Yhwach was saying, he doesn't seem to view the Kurosaki children as Auswählen survivors, he seems to not have Selected them at all. Not that we can trust anything Yhwach says, but at the moment he's implying that he doesn't view them as Selection candidates or survivors which implies he doesn't view them as Gemischt. Whether that means he doesn't even view them as Quincies or the reason is something else (such as him lying through his teeth) is a good question.
*** The thing is, Masaki died because she had lost her powers before her fight with Grand Fisher. Katagiri died because she was weak since birth so the sudden power loss killed her. She did die three months after the Auswählen. Uryu is special because he had managed to keep his power despite it. The fact that Karin is spiritually aware doesn't mean anything. Masaki also had to be in order to be able fight Grand Fisher. It's not like she knew at the time that she no longer had her powers. For all we know, both Yuzu and Karin had lost their potential Quincy powers back when they were kids. Doesn't change the fact that Karin could still be spiritually aware. Doesn't really make much sense in Ichigo's case, though, but like Uryu, it could be a reason why Yhwach is interested in him.
*** We don't know when in the fight she lost her powers. She's shown charging right in, arm raised, and that's all we know. The Katagiri thing doesn't make sense because Isshin claims it was because she was weak from birth, but never clarifies what that actually means and implies Masaki would have lived if she'd been depowered outside a fight. However, Yhwach claims it's impossible to survive the Auswählen at all, so Katagiri being weak and Masaki being in a fight are irrelevant, they'd have died anyway, according to Yhwach's version. The two versions don't add up. Also, Yhwach stated Uryuu is the only survivor and that he's the only Gemischt to have survived. If Yhwach cared about any of the Kurosaki children on the grounds of surviving the Auswählen, him claiming Uryuu is the only survivor or the only Gemischt survivor also doesn't add up.
*** Made even more of a problem when several Quincies survive another Auswählen during the war, with Bazz-B even tanking a direct hit by the light pillars.
*** Survive they did, but they were definitely drained, as evidenced by the loss of their Vollstandig. The drainage ITSELF puts a strain on the victim, and the weaker (like Katagiri) would definitely die from it. Others can survive the drain, but while Sternritter like Bazz-B still had enough Yhwach in them to be a Quincy, regular Quincies like Masaki had nothing left to them. The thing that makes Uryu a special case is the fact that he wasn't drained AT ALL as a mere child. This is what Yhwach is interested in.
* So wait, according to Urahara and Mayuri, Hollow as a being is a complete antithesis to Quincy, so much that not only Quincy cannot be hollowified EVER, their souls are guaranteed to blow up if infected with Hollow energy (no wonder Masaki getting hollowified was such a BIG issue; even if Urahara didn't help her, she would either become a hollow because Aizen's White is an unnatural hollow, or explode from hollowification). But we remember that Souken Ishida, Uryu's granddad, was killed by hollows, and that the Soul Reapers arrived late to pick his corpse up. How did his remains manage to survive long enough to become Mayuri's experiment subject if a hollowified Quincy is the most unstable thing ever?
** As seen with Masaki, Hollow infection doesn't kill a Quincy instantly -- Urahara took his time for a long-ass explanation about how Hollowfication works. And since Mayuri knew about Quincies' vulnerability to Hollows, he probably had a means to treat Souken's soul, else he would've lost a rare test subject.
** A much bigger headscratcher is how Quilge Opie was able to absorb Ayon, a Hollow construct, and not suffer from it.
** On that note, how the hell can Arrancar, like Ebern, use Quincy powers? if Hollow powers are negative for Quincies, how does it work the other way around?
** All these questions are connected to Yhwach. He performed Auswählen to steal Quincy power so that he could regain his own. Included in that, was Masaki's power which was chronically hollow-tainted. That didn't stop him stealing her power.
* Aizen becoming immortal at the end of his fight with Ichigo makes a lot more sense now that Komamura's become immortal by a similar method, removing his heart and regaining a human form, which Aizen basically did by becoming a Soul Reaper/Hollow hybrid and then returning to being just a soul reaper. It also explains why the Central 46 were claiming that they could execute him if they still had the Sokyoku, they've used it before to kill immortals from Komamura's clan.
* In Chapter 519 an unconscious Rukia is floating facedown in a hotspring with only her naked ass and the back of her head above the water, yet Ichigo still recognises her... Just how much are we supposed to [[MaleGaze read]] [[DidTheyOrDidntThey into]] this?
** Ichigo can sense spirit energy and identify people with those sensory powers. Though this doesn't explain why he was surprised to see his friends there to begin with.
*** I think his surprise is more due to the fact that everyone's naked in a hot bath all of a sudden.
** Common sense. Ichigo knew he went to the Royal Realm with Byakuya and Renji and that he was in the pool to heal his wounds. Since he'd already seen Byakuya and Renji were in the pool, there was only one person the floating backside could belong to.
* The size of Seireitei makes no sense. I was always under the impression that it's about the size of a city because the ryoka seemed to have covered quite a bit of the place during their time there. But according to Yuriochi in volume 9, it would take 10 days to go from one gate to the other. So assuming 50km a day and that Seireitei is a perfect circle, its diameter is approximately 700 km, which makes its area about 30000 km2. This is about the size of Maryland.
** If what Yoruichi said was correct, it's actually much bigger than that - It's closer to 251,000 sq km, which is the size of Michigan. No wonder it's depicted with sprawling forests and requires the entire Gotei 13 to patrol.
* If arrancar are made from menos-level hollows evolving and one personality becomes dominant over the rest, and the souls that make up the menos can come from all over the world, the odds seem miniscule that ALL of the dominant personalities happen to speak Japanese. Why isn't there a mix of languages? (Not counting the obvious out-of-universe reasons, I mean.)
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** Lots of what seemed asspulls make a frightening amount of sense after this revelation. Yes, Ichigo power indeed fluctuates wildly, depending on how well Old Man Zangetsu [[spoiler: suppresses it]]. That immense wave of power which has beaten Zaraki back in the Soul Society arc? Apocalypse Hollow Ichigo form which flattened Ulqiorra? [[spoiler: That was the actual level of Ichigo's shinigami power all along. Every time when he struggled against seemingly weaker foes, he was actually held back from fully unleashing his potential by Old Man Zangetsu.]]
*** Likewise, the idea that Zangetsu was holding Ichigo back makes far more sense when you realize that almost every time Ichigo was in danger, his hollow self stepped in to protect him. Zangetsu told him the name of Getsuga Tensho and gave him "bankai" but Hollow Ichigo protected him from Renji's and Kenpachi's attacks, stepped in to fight Byakuya, showed him different ways of using Zangetsu (using the cloth to throw Zangetsu as a flail and using Getsuga in "bankai"), and fought Ulquiorra after Ichigo "died".
** Back to the Final Getsuga Tensho: [[spoiler:it really the true form of Ichigo's power and possibly his Bankai, due to the fact that the true form of Ichigo's zanpakuto is when his inner hollow and Zangetsu are combined. The reintegration of Ichigo's quincy powers into his true zanpakuto allows him to wield its true form -- which exemplifies the two extremes of his nature (shinigami and quincy), represented by the inner hollow and Zangetsu, by it's dual wielding form.]]
*** [[spoiler:In fact, the protectiveness of Ichigo's inner hollow makes sense on yet another level. The Visored's had their hollows implanted by Aizen -- Ichigo's was always there, from the day of his birth and born of his soul, unlike the other inner hollows. While those hollows are basically parasites, Ichigo's is a mere reflection, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of his hollow and soul reaper powers. Those hollows will basically attempt to take over their host's bodies, while Ichigo's will do anything protect him, because he basically ''is'' Ichigo, which is why his status as Ichigo's real zanpakuto shouldn't have been surprising.]]
* Remember during Ichigo's first fight with Zaraki where Zangetsu said he'd try to hold off Ichigo's bleeding? With recent revelations it might have been Zangetsu using Blut Vene.
* I was playing ''Bleach: Soul Resurrección'' today when I realized that the EnemyDetectingRadar might be justified by being a representation of a character's ability to sense nearby sources of spiritual energy.
* White, who eventually became the avatar of Ichigo's Hollow powers, only appeared when it started to rain. Old Man Zangetsu hates rain. Why? Because he is the avatar of Ichigo's Quincy powers, and Quincies hate Hollows.
* Quincies normally favoring bows when Hollow hunting makes perfect sense after it was revealed that they have no resistance to Hollow powers. A single scratch from a Hollow's claw could spell doom for a Quincy. Of course they would use a weapon that doesn't require them to get too close to Hollows. The Vandenreich have no problem using melee weapons/attacks since their opponents are Shinigami.
* Going back to Ichigo's battle with Kenpachi, remember the aura that surrounded Ichigo before the last clash? [[spoiler: It was bright blue and shaped like a Hollow's mask. Not only is the mask a big clue about Zangetsu's true identity, but what is one of the main colors that represents the Quincies?]]
** From the same battle, remember the aura surrounding Kenpachi, and how it was shaped like a skull? Well now we know his zanpakutou's name is [[spoiler: Nozarashi. [[http://irebokuro.tumblr.com/post/21901579200/nozarashi Nozarashi refers to a motif of bones, skulls and/or skeletons]].]] Kubo was foreshadowing the name of Kenpachi's zanpakutou all the way back in the Soul Society arc.
* Remember when Ichigo first met the black-robed Zangetsu? He couldn't hear/understand his name. At first, it just seemed like an attempt to hold off on saying the name "Zangetsu" until the most dramatic moment, but then you find out that the black-robed Zangetsu is a remnant of Yhwach. Yhwach's name is pretty hard for Japanese (and quite a few non-Japanese) people to pronounce, so it makes sense that his real name wouldn't compute to a 15-year-old Japanese native who probably had only a basic grasp of English.
* Back in the Arrancar Arc, Rangiku more or less tells an uppity Ikakku to; "behave, or she'd tell on him to Yachiru." He freaks out and immediately complies. At the time its reasonable to assume that she was referring to Zaraki's lieutenant. But now with recent revelations, Rangiku may have been referring to Unohana.
* A lot of stuff about the Quincies is making a lot more sense with the revelation that Yhwach [[spoiler: is the Soul King's son]]. Think about it: people originally associated Yhwach with God himself. It wouldn't surprise me if when he explained his nature to people [[spoiler: (I am the Soul King's son) they went "Wow! This guy is God's son, he must be the second coming of Christ!"]] And consider the old school Quincy's method of summoning their bows: A cross. Now who does the Cross symbolize? They might have chosen that icon specifically because they equated Yhwach with Jesus. It also explains their holy warrior motif. As far as the original Quincies were concerned, they were serving the son of God. As for why the shift to pentacles over crosses, it was likely for the same reason Yhwach chose that name over YHWH, to differentiate himself from those figures. And the last part that makes the connection even more obvious? How do Sternritters receive their Schrift? By drinking his blood. Now what popular religion regularly makes a ceremony that consists of symbolically drinking the blood of their savior?
* When Kenpachi appeared to Ichigo during his battle against his inner hollow, he didn't seem to know his own name. Kenpachi originally didn't have a name and chose it himself, but he never told Ichigo that. It could be that he found out at some point offscreen, but Ichigo's 2nd fight against Gin reveals that he can 'see the hearts' of the people he's fighting. So maybe he sensed that about Kenpachi during their fight, maybe at the moment when Kenpachi was explaining that his sword doesn't have a name, Ichigo sensed his feelings on the matter.
* Yhwach has the ability to give and take souls, which is what he owes pretty much everything he possesses to. Thing is… separately, giving souls and taking souls are NOT exclusive to him:
** Pluses (and by extension Shinigami) seem to operate on giving spiritually. They give their traits and energy to Asauchi to make Zanpakuto; they can give their output ability to others (like Rukia did in the first chapter); in fact, most of the inventions that one the Royal Guard members their spots revolve around giving soul (the Asauchi thing, giving healthy reiryoku to replace damaged reiryoku and heal wounds, giving reiatsu to matter like foodstuffs, the works).
** Hollows are pretty much the embodiment of taking souls. They form themselves by literally pulling themselves together, then prey upon other spirits to take their souls for themselves.
** When the two are mixed, the giving and taking is mixed as well. Visored give their Hollowfied soul to Zanpakuto, which then take more power from the wielder until he/she takes control over the release BACK by consuming the sword’s Hollow spirit. Arrancar give up their true forms as Hollows to restrain themselves, only to take those forms back with Resurreccion. Fullbringers take souls in matter, souls that were given shape by people’s hearts in the first place. By this concept, it’s pretty clear that whatever Yhwach actually is, it’s something smack dab in the middle between Plus and Hollow… maybe even the sort of “transcendent being” Aizen was shooting for.
* ''Bleach'' contains a lot of parallels and references to Japanese UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}:
** The Hogyoku, like uthe Shikon Jewel from ''Manga/InuYasha'', is derived from the Chintamani Stone, a wish-granting jewel.
** The various afterlives are based off some of the Six Paths of the desire realm: Soul Society = Deva Realm, Hueco Mundo = Petra Realm, Hell = Naraka, and Animal Realm = Animal Realm.
* Toshiro's jokes about [[SelfDeprecation his size]] wasn't just a gag. It was a comically reference to his mastery of his Bankai and[[spoiler:[[OlderAlterEgo growing older as a result]].]]
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* Chizuru's Karakurizer suit is designed to rape enemies. And Mizuiro was supposed to be the fifth member!
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint So.... Mizuiro was supposed to wear a suit designed for a woman! Oh Noes!!]]
* Ichigo's Fullbring has [[spoiler: been given to Xcution]] and Allows any Fullbring to be worn. Thing makes the powers of [[spoiler:Tsukishima]] so much more powerful now that they're not [[spoiler:limited to his sword.]]
** Actually [[spoiler: it seems that they've been given only to the lesser members of Xcution: during his fight against Byakuya Tsukishima still tries to hit him with his sword, meaning that he needs it.]]
** A little bit of extra brilliance here as to why [[spoiler: Jackie Tristan and Giriko Kutsuzawa]] were so easily curbstomped. [[spoiler:Dirty Boots and Time Tells No Lies: both are Fullbring where the focus is already an accessory to be worn. Since Ichigo's Fullbring was a "clad type", instead of the focus being rapidly increasing the POWER of both their Fullbrings, their EFFECTS were altered to be more like Ichigo's (i.e. Jackie is more powerful when her entire BODY is dirty, not just her boots)]].
* [[TheMedic Unohana]]. No, seriously. As pointed out near the top of this page, someone who is particularly skilled at healing would also be particularly skilled at killing. However, since she has a whole squad of healers under her command, and is herself an accomplished healer, [[ColdBloodedTorture you won't die unless she lets you]]. Suddenly, her scaring the shit out of everyone in Soul Society (including squad eleven, whose leader is [[AxCrazy Kenpachi]] [[BloodKnight Zaraki]]) becomes somewhat less [[RunningGag funny]], and a whole lot more terrifying.
** She's to healing what Yamamoto is to mass destruction in Soul Society; one you don't want to anger but can't really do without. Ukitake comments at one point about there being no-one capable of replacing Yamamoto, and it's not far-fetched to think the same applies to Unohana because, in her own area, she is just ''that'' much better than anyone else. Like the old man, she has some recent examples; her helping Ichigo as he traveled to fight Aizen, and then able to save Hiyori from being cut in two. Now, if some villain has sense they'd target the old captains, not the kids...
*** They don't target the old guys precisely because of how scary they are. Kyoraku effectively [[OneHitKill one-shotted]] the Primera with his SHIKAI after two visoreds hadn't hurt him seriously, and after Starrk had shot him point-blank with a cero and gashed his side open. Considering that every other espada kill involved bankai plus other tricks (Byakuya's and Hachi's barriers, Mayuri's operation, Ichigo's hollow) and that those espada were WEAKER than Starrk, we see how scary Kyoraku can be. Yamamoto, even somewhat senile, was so powerful that Aizen made Wonderweiss solely to make him weaker (not even kill him, just make him weaker). Judging by Wonderweiss's size, he was probably a Vasto Lord, and Aizen turned him autistic instead of another espada because he was scared. It's even possible that he left Toshiro and Momo alive ON PURPOSE at Central 46 so that Unohana would be too busy healing them to attack him. Note that he ran right after she showed up.
** [[spoiler:Kyoraku recently revealed that Unohana was the first Kenpachi. Not only that, she outright stated that she learned healing arts JUST SO she can enjoy her fights as long as possible. NotSoHarmless indeed]]
** In a recent flashback one of her subordinates points out a mountain of corpses next to her. Her response? [[spoiler: Ask aloud and sincerely if she made that pile. Granted, she didn't, but really that just makes it worse, since it just shows how much this woman is so accustomed to killing and being around dead bodies.]]
* How long did Riruka keep that guy she "fell in love with" hidden away?
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Ukitake has been sick with Tuberculosis for ''at least a century''. It doesn't seem unreasonable that this would have been considered a seriously debilitating disease at the point he caught it, as it was known to kill people pretty effectively in the past. However, now, [[ScienceMarchesOn in the 21st Century]], TB is ''quite'' curable, and Soul Society has been shown to possess technological advances far beyond the mortal world. So, this leaves FOUR disturbing possibilities:
##Soul Society is so out of touch with the human world that they haven't even bothered to notice that a deadly disease that affects a ''Captain's'' job performance has a cure.
##Soul Society knows this, but decides that curing Ukitake's condition is either impossible or impractical for any number of political/sociological reasons.
##Shinigami [[BizarreAlienBiology physiology is SO foreign]] compared to humans that either a cure wouldn't work or the disease has '''spent a century mutating into something even ''more'' horrific'''.
##People are ''stuck'' with certain diseases after they die, imprinted onto their spiritual body in a constant incurable state for all eternity.
** Those are all very good explanations, but Ukitake was never said to have Tuberculosis. The fans just assumed he did because he coughs up blood, which happens to be a symptom of many diseases -- not just TB. TB is contagious so if it was TB, I wouldn't put Ukitake in a position where he is in contact with a lot of people (like a captain is...). Also, he comes from an aristocratic family and has siblings, so I seriously doubt that he was born in the human world. In the ''Bleach'' character book SOULS, it says that he contracted the disease when he was young, so he wasn't born with it. We also know from the incident with Hisana that people in Soul Society can become sick despite being healthy in the human world. I think it's safe to say that these are diseases unique to Souls, and far beyond what could be cured by human methods. And if Soul Society had a way to cure Hisana, I'm damn sure Byakuya would have used it.
*** In the recent manga, we learn that Ukitake's disease is actually integral to the plot. [[spoiler: As a young child, Ukitake's disease was even worse, and his parents feared he would die from it. There was no cure, so they enacted an ancient ritual where they called upon the Right Hand of the Soul King (Mimihagi), to take away Ukitake's lungs, with the only side effect being the continuous coughing up blood. Later, we learn that if a person has had a part of them taken away by Mimihagi, they can offer up the rest of their body to Mimihagi to give it a corporeal form. In this corporeal form, Mimihagi can protect the Soul King if it's ever threatened.]]
*** Furthermore, some people question why such skilled healers as Unohana, Tenjiro, or hell, even Mayrui, haven't simply stepped in and healed him.[[spoiler: The Mimihagi represents, according to Mayuri, stagnation, or stillness. He's been locked into a perceptual state of stillness or sickness, because it's literally divine intervention that he can't be killed or cured by it!]]
*** I went to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the other wiki]] and found this piece of info: "When people suffering from active pulmonary TB cough, sneeze, speak, sing, or spit, they expel infectious aerosol droplets 0.5 to 5 µm in diameter." Yeah. If Ukitake has TB, his squad is totally screwed. IncurableCoughOfDeath, indeed.
*** But again, it goes without saying that the idea of Ukitake having tuberculosis is widely-accepted {{Fanon}} and nothing more. It's very well possible given his ailment, but whatever disease he's suffering from has yet to be explicitly diagnosed as tuberculosis.
* Soul Society itself is arguably this. While the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Shinigami-dominated system]] isn't so odd in shonen series, stop to consider what we know about parts of Soul Society from [[CrapsackWorld Yachiru's flashbacks]], the occasional [[KillEmAll genocide]] of artificial life forms and the fact that some of the most important captains are actually unrepentent murders. Suddenly Soul Society is more like a military-dominated state that doesn't seem to care much about much beyond keeping itself in power. Heck, if it wasn't for Aizen's [[KickTheDog really dickish actions]] his efforts would seem much more reasonable.
* Ashido Kano. Everything about the man ''screams'' absolute fridge terror. First of all, there's the fact that he's been living inside the FOREST OF MENOS for over half a millennium. Yes. The man's been living in the nesting place of the most powerful hollows in ''Bleach'' for over 500 years, which is longer than some of today's Captains have even been '''alive'''. Then there's the realization of how difficult it's been for him -- all of his friends and allies are dead, and he has to either not use his Release or kill '''absolutely everything that sees him'''. These are Menos, the weakest of which are a massive challenge for even a Lieutenant.
* Aizen claims Wonderweiss gave up his speech, his memories, his emotions, and his sanity to serve the purpose Aizen had for him. He never once even suggested that Wonderweiss did so willingly.
* After Ichigo goes berserk during the last part of the fight against Ulquiorra, he finishes him by planting his foot on his head and hitting him with a point-blank Cero aimed at his head. Then the manga cuts away for some reaction shots and a quick visit to Rukia and the others. Then we return to Ulquiorra, who is inexplicably missing the lower half of his body and left arm. Then you notice that the wounds are straight-edged. Holy shit, was Ichigo carving him up like a Christmas turkey while the two of them were off-screen?
* Tsukishima's Fullbring, "Book of the End." It is an ability that allows him to rewrite the past of whomever [[spoiler:or whatever]] is cut by it. No, not their memories. Their ''actual past'', as in, swapping in an alternate timeline of the wielder's liking. Everything [[spoiler:and anything]] in your past will have been arranged exactly as the wielder desires. Your entire past could be a carefully-fabricated lie, ''and you'd never even realize it''. Now imagine that power in the hands of a [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]]. Or a [[PresidentEvil ruthless dictator]]. Or [[OhCrap AIZEN]].
** [[OhCrap Oh, crap]] indeed. For an even worse bit of terror, imagine if Aizen not only had Tsukishima's power, but was able to use it in tandem with his own Zanpaktou's shikai. Not only would he be able to manipulate peoples senses, he'd also be able to rewrite the past as he saw fit.
*** You know, they never mention his Bankai at all, and it seems obvious that he's powerful enough to have one...
* Captain Hitsugaya's cold personality (and in effect, his Zanpakuto) at first seems pretty standard, nothing really special. It's lampshaded a few times, but even then it really is just your regular JerkWithAHeartOfGold. However, when looking through the series again, I noticed something interesting: Hitsugaya has been in Soul Society since he was a little kid. He still is a kid, actually, but judging by the age of him in his flashbacks it would appear that he's been living there since he was at least a first-grader. But wait, if he lives in Soul Society, wouldn't he have had to have DIED first? It's hardly unreasonable to think that this was the cause of his cold personality. After all, if you live a full life and die happily, you'll be pretty content. But actually dying when you can't even be any older than twelve years old would surely be extremely traumatic.
** At one point, he looks about the age of 9, and it's implied that he had already been with his Grandmother and Momo for a while. With a good parental figure and lots of nurturing, children can continue their lives without any long term effects or suffering from bad experiences. He seemed to be pretty well content with Momo and his Grandmother. Based on how he acts with Momo, I think it's more likely that he just considers himself the 'man of the family' so to speak, and takes things more seriously. I don't think it has anything to do with being traumatized.
** Furthermore, it's implied that he froze to death, which is why his Zanpakuto is ice-based.
** This troper was always inclined to believe that Hitsugaya's cold personality has more of something to do with the fact that he was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized by his entire village]] except for Hinamori and his grandmother. With an experience like that, its not surprising for children to develop cold and aloof personalities. On that note, this troper also believes that its also the reason why he tries so hard to protect Momo, despite whatever fans complain about her being not worth it. In a time where almost everyone he knew disliked him, she was one of the only two who [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments openly cared for him and considered him a friend]]. Naturally, Hitsugaya would easily forgive her despite her attacking him for her captain's sake, because he hasn't forgotten what she's done for him when they lived in Rukongai.
* When Byakuya and Kenpachi are fighting against Yammy, Mayuri is openly expressing a trait of dissecting dead combatants, whether ally or enemy. When Ichigo comes back to fetch Kuugo's body from the Soul Society for burial in the World of the Living, Sui-Feng informs him that out of the Captains that come to greet him, Mayuri and Ukitake aren't present. One can only guess, but....
* Ginjo mentions that Tsukishima's ability allows him to make people believe he is their friend, mentor, cousin, or ''lover''. It gives the term "mind rape" a whole new layer.
* Although the exact mechanics of it haven't been fully explained yet, its been stated that when a Shinigami kills a Hollow, the Hollow is reborn/souls are restored, and they can apparently be reincarnated in a cycle. Quincy, on the other hand, destroy souls completely. If that's the case, ''then that may mean that the shinigami killed by them, are officially gone for good, never to be seen again!''
** Well, since Shinigami are already dead, wouldn't being killed by anything destroy them forever?
*** The soul will just return to the World of the Living to be reborn as a new lifeform. The soul is not destroyed. Only Quincies destroy souls, meaning the soul will never be reborn again because it's gone forever. In other words, not only is a Quincy destroying the life the soul is currently living, ''they're also destroying all the lives the soul will ever live in the future''. It's not one soul = one life that the Quincy has destroyed, it's one soul = countless future lives that will never have a chance to exist.
*** This doubles as brilliance, but this is exactly why [[spoiler:Ryuuken]] never killed [[spoiler:Grand Fisher]], despite obviously having so many chances to do so; doing so would erase [[spoiler:Masaki]]'s soul forever. It HAD to be [[spoiler:Isshin]] who would take their revenge, or else the woman they both loved would be destroyed ''forever''.
** Recent chapters reveal the truth to be even worse, the souls of those slain by the Quincy don't reincarnate not because they are destroyed but [[FateWorseThanDeath because they are]] [[TheAssimilator absorbed by Yhwach.]]
* In Chapter 510, Juhabach states that he [[spoiler:broke into the First Division's Headquarters in order to speak to Aizen, who refused to join up with him. However, he did not clarify what else he did, leaving 3 options: 1. He killed Aizen (good), but it means he's 'that' much more powerful. 2. He simply left Aizen sealed/tied up (ok). 3. He set Aizen free, meaning that Aizen is now currently on the loose with nobody knowing about it (very bad).]]
** Well you can put your worries to rest. [[spoiler:Chapter 514 shows that he's still rotting in jail.]] Of course, this is ''Aizen'' we're talking about...
* In Chapter 511, Juhabach recalls the Gotei 13 before the Quincy extermination, when they were called just "Divisions." They were just bloodthirsty killers who would use any methods to win. The Fridge Horror sets in upon two realizations.
** 1.What happened to the other leaders in the divisions after Yamamoto 'became soft'?
** 2.If the "Divisions" were bloodthirsty and violent before Yamamoto's change, what are the Zero Guard like?
** 3.What exactly does this mean regarding Captain Unohana, whom everybody seems to fear?! She may be one of the original "killers" alongside Yamamoto!
*** Quite possibly, given her true identity...
*** More like has been and always will be the worst criminal. Now remember that Aizen is still in the mind of everyone...
* Throughout the entire assault on the Gotei 13, there was only one brief activation of Vollstandig by one of the Stern Ritter. The Stern Ritter [[spoiler: have crushed the Gotei 13]], '''and none of them used their trump card.'''
* Related to the above mentions of Unohana: unless she's been pulling a Yumichika with Minazuki this entire time and in light of [[spoiler:her recent battle with Kenpachi (currently a CurbStompBattle on Unohana's part, by the way)]], there's a distinct possibility that Unohana didn't learn her healing techniques from Kirinji ''after'' [[spoiler:she renounced her title as the first Kenpachi and 11th Division Captain]], but instead [[spoiler:was a CombatMedic from the very start and used her medicinal knowledge to sadistically and horrifically prolong her fights by ''mending the wounds she just inflicted.'' It'd be a terrifying take on the concept of a MartialMedic[=/=]DeadlyDoctor.]] In 526, she admits that this really is the reason she wanted to learn the healing arts.
** Adding to that, [[spoiler:even if she does learn her healing skills from Kirinji, let's take a second look on Kirinji's fountains of healing. Essentially, the fountains work by ''breaking down the patient's body before reconstituting it, sometimes several times''. What if Unohana's healing work the same way? See, her bankai dissolves the flesh, and after the flesh is dissolved, she probably uses her healing skills to rebuild the flesh.]] Is this perhaps why her Minazuki [[GoryDiscretionShot heals people by eating them]]?
* From Chapter 537, Uryuu's MissingMom died when [[spoiler:Yhwach [[ThePurge purged]] the clan of all Quincies deemed insufficiently [[FantasticRacism "pure"]], stealing their powers for himself]]. But [[spoiler:Kanae]] didn't die immediately -- she slipped into a coma and lingered for ''three months'' before expiring. That's already pretty horrifying, but think about it for a few minutes more and it gets worse: [[spoiler:Ryuuken's a doctor -- he's been trained to dread losing a patient even if that person is a perfect stranger. He had to watch ''his wife'' die for ''three months'' while unable to do anything to help her. Remember [[HeroicBSOD how bad]] he freaked out when ''his cousin'' collapsed in front of him and he couldn't save her? GrayRainOfDepression indeed.]]
** Making it even worse is that [[spoiler:Kanae]] wasn't just [[spoiler:his wife]]. She was also [[spoiler:a [[ChildhoodFriendRomance loyal friend he's known since childhood]]. Ryuuken had to watch someone who's been there for him nearly his entire life die a slow wasting death while he was utterly powerless to prevent it. All because of her Quincy heritage. No wonder he doesn't like being a Quincy.]]
*** It's even worse than that. One of the last things we hear her say in that flashback arc is that she wants to protect him from anything that happens... in the end, he was powerless to do the same for her: not his medical training, not his [[spoiler:quincy]] powers. Nothing. Not being able to reciprocate loyalty like that, making such a vow seem so terribly hollow, must be soul-destroying.
** Going into a bit of WMG here, this gives Ryuuken even more motivation to destroy the Quincies. [[spoiler: Going as far as sending his own son into the lions' den.]]
** The revelation of the full Kaiser Gesang prophecy in chapter 546 turns the knife a little more: [[spoiler:Because of the prophecy, Ryuuken would have known from the moment the Selection took place that Yhwach would be back to full strength in exactly nine years. His days were literally numbered, counting down to the final confrontation. No ''wonder'' he smokes like he's not afraid of lung cancer... he doesn't expect to ''survive'' past 40!!]]
* From the fourth movie, [[spoiler:Kokuto claims that following his sister's death and the death of her murderers, he "set out to make everyone feel the same pain that he did". This probably implies that he was a serial killer that murdered younger sisters or even little girls before he was sent to hell. It also shows with Yuzu; he has absolutely no problem with dropping her into a pool of lava and taunting Ichigo with her dead body.]]
** This would also explain why he ended up in hell in the first place.
* [[spoiler: The fact that Yhwach can control whether he can steal powers from his Quincy brethren]], this puts a creepy, new perspective into the death of a few of the Vandenreich.
* Chapter 540 revealed that [[spoiler: Old Man Zangetsu is the personification of his Quincy powers and he has been using him for most of his fights. Now, does his Shinigami powers allow the spirits to go the Soul Society or does his Quincy powers cause them to be erased]]?
** Not quite. The next chapter reveals that [[spoiler:The Old Man had actually been suppressing Ichigo's Shinigami powers all along in an attempt to prevent him from ever becoming a Shinigami. Every time the Old Man "helped" him he always used Ichigo's Hollow's (his true Zanpakutou spirit) power to do so. Ichigo's Quincy powers only manifested very recently as a side effect of being trapped in a cage of spirit particles. Ichigo has been fighting with a mere fraction of his Shinigami powers throughout the entire series.]]
** Also, Ichigo sent Shrieker to Hell and performed Konso to several souls.
* So Ouetsu Nimaiya is [[spoiler:finally going to forge Ichigo's zanpakuto, giving the boy his weapon back. Hurray!]]. One problem though: [[spoiler:Out of the many bankai users who fight Vandenreich, Ichigo is the only one whose bankai cannot be stolen. The reason is eventually revealed: Tensa Zangetsu is not Shinigami power, but rather Quincy power, and thus is not affected by the bankai-stealing tool. Now that Ichigo will get a real zanpakuto, he will finally be susceptible to the bankai-stealing tool. If Mayuri and/or Urahara can't create a counter-measure against that, Soul Society will be screwed either way.]]
** They most likely will develop countermeasures, because Quincies also have an offensive Blut, made specifically for fighting bankai-wielding enemies. If they won't, then instead of bankai vs. Blut Arterie we'll be seeing shikai vs. Blut Vene for the rest of the series, which isn't cool.
** Ichigo is still shown to have Quincy powers prevalent in his sword, if the shiny new offhand weapon is any indication. He may still possess elements of his original "bankai" when we see his true one. Alternatively, this will be a brand new power for him, meaning that it might not be stealable since Ichigo hasn't learned all there is to know about it. Yhwach may try to steal it during their inevitable showdown, it all depends on who much of a troll Kubo is being.
** Quincies can't handle hollow powers. Meaning they can't take Ichigo's Bankai because it is literally poison to them. But the point about Yhwach may be valid. Is he affected by the Hollow=poison to quincy thing?
*** The reason Hollow is like poison is because Quincies have a TRIPLE imbalance when forcefully Hollowfied (Plus, Hollow, and Yhwach). But if the spirit is ALREADY a stabilized hybrid, like Ichigo, there's no Soul Suicide to worry about, anyway. The scary part is; Yhwach (whose own hybrid status is becoming increasingly clear) himself might not have to worry about Hollowfied Bankai, and we'd better hope he doesn't get bored of Yamamoto's and starts a shopping spree for more.
* Going way back to 226 for this one, but the use of Vollstandig by the Stern Ritter got me thinking recently: The technique Ryuuken uses to restore Uryuu's powers after Letzt Stil requires the subject to be run to physical and mental exhaustion and then shot through a chakra point less than an inch from a major organ. I can buy that Ryuuken personally learned this from some sort of spellbook. But ''how'' exactly did their ancestors discover this combination worked, anyway?? Medical experimentation on par with Mayuri? Friendly fire incident?? ''Botched execution?''
** Mercy Kill?
** And as to why Ryuken himeself would even need to learn such an method? [[spoiler: Because Kanae had her powers stolen from her! Ryuken may have learned it and tried (but failed), in an effort to restore her powers and save her life! Also, since he knows that Uryuu survived Yhawch's selection, then he would be more certain of it working!]]
*** Now that's just making it worse. [[spoiler:Remember that one condition for this power-restoring ritual to work is for the target to be physically and mentally exhausted. Sure, being an IllGirl means Kanae is easily physically exhaused, but mentally exhausted? That's the problem: For Ryuuken to mentally exhaust Uryuu isn't an issue seeing that they hate each other, but for Ryuuken to stress out the woman he loves? Probably he failed to restore her power because he just couldn't bring himself to mentally torture her. Poor guy.]]
*** That also raises Fridge. The manga didn't claim Ryuuken hates Uryuu or being a Quincy, only that Ryuuken is avoiding Quincy issues for unknown reasons and that Uryuu ''thinks'' Ryuuken hates him and Quincies. When Uryuu's unconscious after Letzt Stil restoration, Ryuuken implies his frustration stems from how Uryuu is using his power, which isn't what Uryuu thinks Ryuuken's issue is. In the Mayuri/Uryuu fight, Souken implied Uryuu's wrong, that Ryuuken's trying to protect Uryuu but doesn't want to talk about it. The final arc offers clues about what Souken was talking about. If he's right, Uryuu's going to end up feeling very guilty because that's the type of guy he is.
** How about Souken and Ryuuken knew Uryuu would abuse Letzt Stil and made sure there was a technique for restoring Uryuu's powers? If Yhwach is the guy who created Quincies, how is it possible for any other Quincy to grant Quincy powers? Doesn't that get awfully close to the idea of Quincy creation? What if it's something only the First Quincy and Last Quincy can do? That would mean Yhwach and the Ishida family are different to other Quincies.
* We know that when an Arrancar is killed they souls are purified (or go to hell), now think about what happens to all those souls when someone like Barragan ''kills himself''??
* Starrks's death. Kyoroku simply cuts him down and he falls to the ground, which you wouldn't think would kill the Primera Espada. But he's confirmed to have died. This is even more jarring because Harribel was ''also'' cut down by someone and fell to the ground, but she's still very much alive. But then you think about ''how'' she's alive: Orihime went to the Fake Karakura Town and just happened to run into Harribel's Fraccion, who immediately asked her to heal Harribel. This would mean that Harribel was still alive up to that point, or at least within the margin of saving... Starrk suffered the same fate as Harribel. Starrk may very well have still been alive after he hit the ground. Starrk, probably the least amoral Espada, very likely suffered a slow, painful, lonely death because no one came to help him...
** And thus, he died due to his aspect of death.
*** I always assumed that Kyoraku's shikai just simply did THAT much damage and really killed him with one hit, it only being a "minor" physical injury aside.
*** Which is only logical considering the fact that Kyoraku threw off his cape so that he was wearing his black robe externally while targeting the inside of Starrk's Hollow hole. Black was the most dangerous color for Kyoraku and the least dangerous for Starrk, so a critical hit is to be expected.
*** You do have a point. But then again he's apparently conscious right after as he has time to reflect on his defeat and how his life was as he falls to the ground. Perhaps he ''did'' die immediately afterward, but then again we don't really know since we never see him again after that. Although, now I have to wonder if Kubo's gonna pull another "Grimmjow's Alive" on us...
* Urahara and Mayuri said that if a Quincy is infected with Hollow energy, there is no chance for the Quincy to become hollowified; rather, the Quincy would explode, soul and all. No wonder that when Masaki took an injury from a Hollow, Katagiri and eventually the rest of Ishida household took that issue SERIOUSLY.
* Urahara stabilising the Visored right after Aizen hollowfied them, he stated that it required a Quincy arrow which he must've had in his lab, he never mentions how he got it and as a Soul Reaper, it's unlikely that any Quincy survivor would give him an arrow willing, remember that even Kurotsuchi finds him creepy, the Quincy experiments probably didn't start with Kurotsuchi and they were probably better off with Kurotsuchi doing the experiments.
* Let's have a recap of Hinamori attacking Bambietta despite Bambi having just blasted Hinamori's captain, Shinji. Most people can denounce her as an idiot, but let's see... how many other lieutenants we have seen so far actually engage in a fight ''to help their captains?'' Hisagi fights Mask because Mask ambushes him and not because Kensei is in danger, Renji fights Mask because he ''is'' captain-level, Rukia and Yachiru fights their respective foes because they are attacked first etc. Only person we can compare to Hinamori is Omaeda, who stands his ground (against {{Mooks}}) to protect his injured captain and little sister. So why does Hinamori attack Bambi? Maybe because of loyalty? This is where the horror starts: After having been Aizen's pawn for decades, she may have developed strong loyalty to anyone who treats her kindly, so she may have been fiercely loyal to Shinji who helps her recover from Aizen's machinations. Buuuuut, it seems that Shinji only succeeds in cheering her up without addressing her fierce loyalty issue. And this fierce loyalty issue comes from Aizen. And Aizen is not yet confirmed dead after Vandenreich's invasion. Bottom line is: If Aizen makes a come back, who can say that Hinamori won't jump ship back to Aizen? He's a master of words and deception, and having been with Hinamori for quite a while means he should know which of her buttons to press to make her work for him again. Better hide her until the war is over.
* Giselle can turn anyone who gets her blood on them into a zombie puppet slave. We do not know any threshold for this technique, so as far as we know, a single drop of her blood anywhere on the victim's body can turn her into her zombie slave. A drop such as might be drawn from breaking her hymen, perhaps. She hasn't just weaponized being wounded, she's weaponized sex! And her Healing Factor ensures that this won't be a one-off event. No wonder she's so lewd.
** No wonder she reeks of semen!
* Rangiku is one of the hot ladies in Bleach, she knows that, she is hot and also use it to her advantage, when given the chance. As seen in the omakes. Plus she is also quite the drinker and shopcoholic for dresses and accessories. But what most does not notice or know that in her past in the Rukongai, she maybe a victim of sexual abuse. When you look at this [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130621035959/bleach/en/images/thumb/7/77/Chapter_129vs415.jpg/1024px-Chapter_129vs415.jpg image]] here, based on Rangiku’s posture, appearance, and air of helplessness, it is heavily implied she was a victim of sexual assault in addition to having her Reiryoku taken. This implied event ties into [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/6/67663/2568525-46.jpg Rangiku's]] connection to a real-world figure: [[http://cecilbuffington.com/images/gorgeous-marilyn-monroe-604718_800_1001_399x500.jpg Marilyn Monroe]], who has also suffered the same in her own childhood. Rangiku displays some of the traits associated with being sexually abused as a child: she drinks quite a lot, wishes for compliments on her outfits, and, most importantly, develops a connection, almost an obsession, with another person: Gin Ichimaru.
* No one is safe from Ichibei's Ichimonji. It does not matter what dimension you are in, what race you are, because Ichimonji's power is drawn from the "blackness" in the world - the colour "Black" - and Ichimonji only needs to blot you out with ink to take away your "Name" and "Power". The Resurreccion of Arrancar? Their names are gone. A Shinigami's Zanpakuto? You cannot call its name anymore because it no longer has one. A Fullbringer? Rendered impotent because the object you use lacks its name. Strike you with Ichimonji? A fate worse than death itself. You will lose your "Name", your body will no longer be able to function because its "Name" was taken and its "Power" robbed from it, and you may no longer even remember who you are. What has no "Name" has no "Power", and what has no "Name" has no identity.
* One of the most horrifying things has been around since day one: the zanpakutō. Why? It's due to the way they're apparently created. According to Ōetsu Nimaiya, the creator of the damn things, zanpakutō are forged using a method that melds a multitude of '''Shinigami''' souls together which is similar to the way ''Aizen'' created the Hollow, White. This troper wants to know where the hell Nimaiya is getting all these Shinigami souls from. And, considering over 6000 officers of the Gotei 13 wield zanpakutō, just how many Shinigami have been unwittingly sacrificed in order to create these powerful weapons??
** We've never seen a shinigami reborn in the living world, maybe they are reborn in the royal dimension or their souls are captured to forge zanpakuto.
** We're thinking of the word "souls" too specifically. In this case, it's more likely that "souls" simply means little clumps of reiryoku, possibly donated. Of course, even if that's the case... Aizen did the exact same thing to make his Hogyoku, only much more forcefully in his case (poor Rangiku). So, did Aizen twist the Asauchi concept into something horrific? And if that much wasn't enough for a complete Hogyoku... what the hey was Urahara's version made of?
* In the flashback to Renji and Rukia's past, it's revealed that people with the potential to become Soul Reapers are the only people in Soul Society who experience negative effects from hunger. Now bear in mind that when Rukia collapsed from hunger, a Soul Reaper was there to identify and rectify the issue. But no-one else there seemed to understand why Rukia passed out from hunger. So how many people, potentially children, starve to death in Soul Society without any idea why it's happening and without anyone to help them, just because they weren't lucky enough to be discovered? Especially in the worse districts like Zaraki and Kusajishi where it's every (wo)man for themselves?
** It's even scarier on the flipside, when you think about. If being able to spend reiryoku is what causes hunger, than that means Hollows, who are ALWAYS hungry, are constantly going at full blast, 24/7! Unlike Pluses, who have proper stomachs to fill, Hollows can't ever eat enough to counteract their uncontrollable output. Geez, no wonder most of them go nuts... Hopefully, regaining Plus forms as an Arrancar fixes this.
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[[folder: Fridge Logic]]
* Unohana told Ichigo that he was the best one to fight Aizen because had never used his hypnosis powers on Ichigo during their fight. There are two problems with that. The first is that Ichigo has no idea whether or not Aizen used his shikai during their fight, all he knows is that he doesn't ''remember'' Aizen doing that. The second (and even more odd when you think about it) is that there's nothing that they know of to stop Aizen from using his shikai on Ichigo during the current battle.
** This entire conversation is just loaded with questions. How does Unohana know that Ichigo has never been effected by Aizen's Zanpakuto if it probably isn't possible for Ichigo himself to know that? Why did they bother bringing this plot point up? It never served any real purpose considering Aizen could literally effect Ichigo whenever he wanted and just chose not to.
** Actually, Aizen stated that the condition for being able to cause perfect illusions is that the target must have seen his shikai previously in its true form. Because of this, Ichigo would've at least known whether or not he could be affected by it. Furthermore, Unohana knows Ichigo never saw Aizen's shikai because he flat-out tells her he never used it. The conversation also explains why Yamamoto forbade Ichigo from going to rescue Orihime; being the only captain-level fighter who wasn't affected by Aizen's shikai, he was considered a valuable asset.
* When Ichigo fought Zaraki[[labelnote:*]] before managing to even get his bankai[[/labelnote]] the two were going all out and it ended in a mutual KO. Much later after Ichigo has his bankai and Visored powers he still struggles against Grimmjow who is number 6 among the Espada. How the heck does Zaraki manage to ''kill'' Nnoitra who's number 5 among the Espada? Did he do some secret, off-screen never mentioned before or after training? [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Are power levels just bullsh*t]]?
** His resolve was complete against Zaraki. Against Grimmjow, his resolve was all over the place. Plus, everyone had been getting stronger. Kubo seems to work by the mantra 'that which does not kill you makes you stronger' so his characters are all getting stronger all the time. No-one was at the same level of power as the Soul Society arc, hence the higher levels everyone fought at.
** This is actually indirectly addressed in the series. During Ichigo's fight with Zaraki, Zaraki never bothered to learn about his Zanpakuto, which according to Zangetsu caused both Zaraki and his Zanpakuto to weaken each other. But once the fight is over, Zaraki decides to start trying to forge a relationship with his Zanpakutou. By the time he fights Nnoitra, he may not have learned his Zanpakuto's name, but he doesn't address his Zanpakutou as an 'it' or a tool. Even if Zaraki hasn't done much training, he's now working together with his Zanpakuto, which removes any weakness he might have had before.
** Kenpachi becomes stronger every time he gets close to death. He must have gotten stronger after having his ass delivered to him by Ichigo -- strong enough to defeat Nnoitra.
*** Oh... my... god. Golden power aura, spikey hairdo, zenkai power boost at near-death experiences... Zaraki Kenpachi is a god damned [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]].
* Now, a bit of FridgeLogic: Aizen managed to [[spoiler: survive against Yamamoto's extremely powerful suicide attack and endure his flames.]] So, why he said that he feared his powers, or why did he bother to create Wonderweiss in the first place?
** Perhaps it was intended to test out a) what the old man would do without his zanpakuto and b) whether it was possible to seal an ancient, powerful sword in the first place. Or at least that's the sort of [[AssPull 'explanation']] one could imagine Aizen giving on another couple of test subjects. Yamamoto did genuinely seem to catch Aizen by surprise, firstly by grabbing his sword and secondly by using the spell, indicating (Aizen being uber-prepared as he appears) that Captain Broken didn't know enough about the head captain to face him one on one and be sure of winning. So he threw poor Wonderweiss (he was ''afraid''!) into the ring in order to work the rest out. The flames didn't matter, but maybe getting Yamamoto to provide Aizen more information did.
** Aizen didn't so much survive Yamamoto's explosion as ''flee'' it. It's not like he was able to retain his position and withstand the blast he had to actively escape it as fast as he possibly could -- something he was so flustered and in haste about that he dropped his guard completely enough for Ichigo to finally get a hit in. It's also pure speculation, but Aizen did have the Hougyoku inside him as well and it's only moments later that it heals the wound Ichigo gave him. It's never said, but it's possible the Hougyoku protected Aizen as he fled Yamamoto's power. He completely failed to kill Yamamoto as a result, and Yamamoto was the only captain he had actually planned to kill.
* The Quincy extermination. So a bunch of humans who've been around for a short time (50-60 years maybe?) gaining power are labeled a threat by Soul Society. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Quincy being able to completely eradicate a being out of existence aside]], how badass must they have been to need genocide get rid of them? How hard is it to restrain them with kido and harmlessly mess up their soul sleep? How is defending yourself from Hollows due to the Gotei 13 doing a crappy job wrong? -- AverageNOOB
** Perhaps that choice was made because it would ensure that this group of people with such powers could not grow any larger. Messing with individual souls wouldn't stop their children inheriting the same powers as their Quincy parent/s.
** Point to you Sir or Madam. Wouldn't it have been easier to just explain the effect their powers have? PoorCommunicationKills just screwed over the Quincy. -- AverageNOOB
*** They did explain. Rukia states as much. The Quincy DIDN'T CARE. It is heavily implied that the Quincies' response was along the lines of "Fuck you. As far as we're concerned you are lying your ass off, and even if you're not, SO WHAT? We don't give a damn. If a soul becomes a Hollow, it doesn't deserve to exist." Kubo pretty much states that the Shinigami/Quincy conflict comes down to a question of Justice vs Vengeance, i.e. "Hollows devour souls of Humans, so why must it be that those who harm and kill friends and relatives get sent peacefully to Soul Society?"
** Imagine if, instead of evaporated water condensing into clouds, it disappeared completely. That's esentially what the quincies were doing.
*** You have a point, but...why couldn't they get rid of their powers AND memories. I mean, they have that memory replacer, why couldn't they have come up with something to selectively make them forget all about Hollows and everything to do with the Spirit World. Get rid of all solid evidence and viola! No more Quincies ''ever''. [[spoiler: Which means the Vandereich probably wouldn't have shown up for the finale of course...]]
*** They probably considered that, but keep in mind, a: We've seen Ichigo get past having his soul sleep destroyed (Granted, that was because Byakuya destroyed the powers Rukia gave him, not his own powers) but given that both Ichigo and Uryu have had their powers "permanently" destroyed and brought back, they couldn't be sure that destroying their soul sleeps would actually be a permanent fix, and b: memory replacement doesn't seem to work on people with spiritual powers (Orihime and Karin both remember memories that were supposed to have been replaced) so it makes sense that it wouldn't work at all on Quincies.
*** Elaborating upon the above comment: Uryu's dad knows a method of returning a Quincy's powers after they have been lost. How did he (or any Quincy) learn that method? It's possible that the Shinigamis DID remove the Quincies' powers, but the Quincies developed that method to regain them. After that, the only choice the Shinigamis had was to kill 'em all.
*** With regards to the memory replacer. It might not have worked on quincies. The memory replacer failed to work on Orihime after the Sora incident. She remembered everything but kept quiet about it for a while. Then, when the world was 'reset' after Rukia was taken back to Soul Society so that everyone forget she even existed, Orihime, Sado and Uryuu all remembered exactly who she was. The thing they all have in common is powerful reiatsu (as opposed to Ichigo's other friends who have enough reiatsu to interact with the spiritual world but not to fight it). There's a very good chance the memory replacer wouldn't work on quincies.
* Something recently occurred to me about Ichigo during the final battle against Aizen. It had already been stated that the coat in his Bankai gives a rough estimate of his state: the more exhausted he is, the more damaged his gear gets. It seemed odd to me that he would be able to unleash his full power immanently after three months of training without rest, until I remembered that when he fights Aizen his coat is missing a sleeve, his shoes are gone, and his gear is generally well worn. Ergo, Ichigo WASN'T at full power when he curb stomped Aizen, even before a good quarter of his power got drained blocking an attack just before he used Mugetsu. The sudden jump in power is nothing more than Ichigo learning to focus properly. (Fitting, since resolve is a major theme from the first chapter).
* Why didn't Ichigo ask about Orihime repairing his broken bankai? Her powers are supposedly the ability to reject reality and reshape it to a desired outcome.
** She's currently in Hueco Mundo and Squad 0 just offered him a way to fix it (granted it was after he talked to her but Squad 0 can just forcefully take him with). It's a choice between the girl who's in another dimension or the squad of badasses in front of him.
* Now, there isn't a clear reason why [[spoiler:Unohana would change her name]], but, let's assume that, like Yamamoto, she wanted to forget her violent past. [[spoiler: One has to wonder how she would hide it by re-naming herself something that translates to ''violent''.]]
** [[spoiler: If that's the case, maybe she wanted to hide it from others but never let herself forget.]]
* In the latest arc we find out from Mayuri that if a bankai is broken it can't be repaired, has to be remodeld or reforged. Ikkaku's bankai was said to have been barely slavaged and much weaker because it broke in his only manga fight where he used it. Mayuri says that Renji's bankai is still missing some joints from when Byakuya damaged it. The problem with this is that Byakuya did more than destroy a few joints. He completely destroyed Renji's bankai into several pieces. It seemed beyond saving. How could Mayuri and the lab guys hobble together Renji's bankai that was in pieces, but not hobble together Ichigo's bankai that was only into 2 pieces? Granted Ichigo's bankai probably would be weaker, but Mayuri acts like he can't even save the sword.
** Break the links of a chain and try and push them back together again. The links will always been weaker than they were before and more prone to breaking frequently once they've broken once. Also, if you lost some of the links, it wouldn't even have the same length, although the inherent weakness in the links would be the main problem. That could be the case with Renji's bankai: it's shape allowed it to be 'linked' back together, but the joins of those links are now fragile with none of their old strength. Fortunately, he has a technique that accommodates broken links. Ichigo, however, has a compression bankai and while the sword is snapped in half, it did not drop out of bankai form and Ichigo has remained in his bankai clothes. Since we know his clothes are part of his bankai, Mayuri might be confounded how to reintegrate the broken sword and the power within the uniform. They seem almost disconnected now, given that Ichigo's now wearing his bankai uniform as if it's just a basic uniform. Plus, you don't just weld two solid parts together and hope for the best. It would just shatter again along the breakline the next time it was used and this is implied to be the problem with Ikkaku's bankai. In other words, Mayuri could have done for Ichigo what he did for Ikkaku -- cobble the thing back together so it's a mockery of its former shape, but while Ikkaku insisted on this being done, Ichigo didn't pursue it once he was told about it.
*** Which presents a degree of FridgeHorror itself: Was Ikkaku that impatient/stubborn to just force it to happen, with no care for the Zanpakuto's spirit?
*** Stubborn, probably. He's always tried to force his zanpakutou to fight the way he wants it to rather than the way it's designed to (look how devious and underhand his shikai really is, even his hand-switching tactic is devious; yet he claims to be a straight-forward, honest fighter). Forcing the bankai to be cobbled back together is just more of the same.
*** What I don't understand about this is what happened to Mayuri's Bankai? It was split straight down the middle by Uryu. Surely that would be more difficult to fix than a broken sword...
*** Mayuri has outright stated to have "enhanced" his Bankai. He could've applied a version of Komamura's Bankai (if he heals his bankai heals) to himself
*** Turns out he applied the same kind of soul-cloning science used to make Nemu. It was kinda like if you somehow cloned an arm from your own cells and then attached it to yourself... which, of course, I wouldn't be surprised to see Mayuri doing.
*** Renji's bankai is made of separate joint, connected by his reiatsu. Only destroyed joints is that he shattered himself, by being not able to handle his bankai. He even stated that his bankai wasn't broken, it dissasembled to evade Byakya's attack. So no "weaker links" there.
* Everyone has been saying that the Vandenreich curb-stomped Soul Society, and in a way they did, but...how big a victory was it really? Vandenreich started the battle with approx 18-20 Sternritter, counting Yhwach, both Lloyds, and Kirge Opie; they had stolen 1 bankai. Soul Society started with 13 captains, and Ichigo (& co.) in HM. Zaraki killed 3 sternritter. Yamamoto killed 1, and since that guy had the stolen bankai the quincy presumably lost it when he died. Then he killed the three who tried to jump him, and Royd Lloyd, the other Yourself. Then Yhwach stole Yama's bankai and killed him. In HM Opie got cut in half and Ichigo got to Soul Society as reinforcements, and the sternritter retreated. During the battle they stole 4 other bankai, too. BUT, two of the sternritter who stole bankai were killed killed by Yamamotot, so we assume that those bankai were lost too. All in all the only important Shinigami who actually was Yamamoto, and Soul society has info on how the quincy work to prepare for next time. Meanwhile, the quincy lost a minimum of NINE (Kenpachi's 3 + the Overkill + Yama's 3+ the Yourself+ Kirge Opie=9) sternritter and come out with a total of 3 banks, instead of the potential 6 they could have had. Plus, the changes caused by Yama's death will only make things worse for the quincy in the next battle, as the powered up fighters return to the field.
** There are too many holes in your logic. Yes, Zaraki and Yamamoto did kill a number of Quincy, but they only killed '''FIVE''' between the two of them. One of them is a Special War Potential, and the other is the Captain-Commander; As Nodt and Luchador Quincy showed us how dangerous the Stern Ritter are to not only the Vice-Captains, but the Captains as well, and [[spoiler: Royd effortlessly defeating Zaraki]] shows how high the Stern Ritter's level of power goes. The threat of their Bankai being stolen severely weakens the Captains' combat power, because they cannot use it lest they give their enemy an extra advantage. Yes, Quilge did die, but not before he showed us exactly what the Vandenreich upper ranks are capable of. Of all the Stern Ritter in the Vandenreich Invasion, '''NONE OF THEM''' used Vollstandig to fight the Shinigami. The Glasses Quincy briefly used it, but only for a temporary speed boost that allowed him to completely outpace Kyoraku and shoot his eye out. The Vandenreich also have five Bankai at their disposal, not three, and one of them is Zanka no Tachi. That is why it was such a big victory for the Vandenreich: they turned the Shinigami Captains' greatest strength, the Bankai, into a liability through the threat of it being stolen and used against them, and none of the Stern Ritter used their trump card, the Vollstandig, in battle. This was mentioned already in the FridgeHorror section.
*** Another thing that this troper wanted to point out is the exact numbers of people that were killed overall in the entire war. Okay, so the Shinigami managed to kill 5 of the Quincy invaders. The last number we got on how many SHINIGAMI were killed was from Division 12 stating that around '''2245''' had been killed. This was BEFORE the 12th division was attacked and lost all communication, and the battle was STILL ongoing which meant they were racking up even higher total deaths during the entire time. I remember from the wiki that supposedly Gotei 13 has around only '''3000''' Shinigami at any one point in time. When you count the losses that we were told of you'd determine that as far as we know there would be only around '''755''' Shinigami left in the entire Gotei 13. BEFORE the battle had even finished, which means there's even LESS than that. Not only did they wipe out a ton of the Shinigami, you have to also consider the after-effects of this. This was only a one-time attack, they haven't even attacked AGAIN and already the Gotei 13 is down a ton of soldiers and it's just going to get WORSE when they come back and perhaps actually use their trump card. Then there's to consider the fact that there's only at most '''755''' Shinigami to deal with any and all Hollows that ever appear in the real world. If their response time was ALREADY pretty bad BEFORE all those deaths it's only going to get pure horrifying after that. Imagine Shinigami not being able to show up to kill a Hollow perhaps even WEEKS after it had gone on a rampage through the human world. How many people would they have eaten/turned into Hollows as well during that amount of time? How many Pluses would change into Hollows because the Shinigami didn't show up to send them on to Soul Society? The effects of the first Vandenreich attack itself wasn't just a total curbstomp on Soul Society itself, it was a massacre on their soldier numbers as WELL as completely detrimental to the entire Hollow killing and Plus burial system they'd been using since forever. With just one attack, in which they didn't even use any of their real strength. I'd have to say that compared to the 5 kills Soul Society managed on the Vandenreich, the hands down winner was completely the VR in the situation.
* The Zanpakutou filler arc has become this as Zangetsu was possessed by Muramasa's powers. [[spoiler:The old man is actually the personification of Ichigo's Quincy powers while the inner Hollow, who wasn't affected at all, is the one who ''does'' contain Ichigo's Shinigami powers.]]
** Except that Kubo wasn't the one who wrote that arc, and therefore it's not supposed to make sense storywise and fit the future revelations.
*** Considering some of the revelations and how the anime fillers manage to NOT contradict a lot of stuff I keep thinking that maybe Kubo gave them a list of "people who are not supposed to meet/see each other" and some other hints towards later revelations. Like [[spoiler:Toshiro or Rangiku meeting Isshin]] in the anime wouldn't be that strange, especially as Karin and Toshiro kind of made friends, but it never happened. Similarly, Zangetsu, in the filler arc, was [[spoiler:not seen by anyone who would have recognized Yhwach.]] (Unless I remember it wrong and they DID see him. Then my first point still stands, though.
** How is this fridge logic? I mean, Zangetsu being possessed by Muramasa's power [[spoiler:DOESN'T make sense, since he IS the personification of Ichigo's Quincy Power and the power supposedly works on Zanpakuto, not Quincy Powers... ]]
*** That's exactly what makes it fridge logic. Fridge Logic is when something doesn't make sense if you think about it. Fridge Brilliance, on the other hand, is when stuff makes more sense after you think about it.
** Possibly heading into WMG territory, but since the latest arc showed that Ichigo's "true" zanpakuto is a DualWield that represents aspects of both his Shinigami/Hollow and Quincy powers, it's possible that while "Zangetsu" may not be the actual zanpakuto ''per say'', he's still deeply connected to it. He's shown using those powers in order to teach Ichigo, even though they weren't his. Maybe Ichigo's "true zanpakuto" is actually an amalgamation, with the Old Man and the Hollow being representations of that, sort of like Kyoraku and Ukitake's swords? Alternatively, maybe the Old Man just thought it would be a bad idea if the Hollow/zanpakuto was set loose with absolutely no way to reign him in. After all, the Hollow's deepest desire is to apparently murder and consume all of Ichigo's loved ones (if you believe he was being truthful), making a "freed" version FridgeHorror in itself.
* Yuzu and Karin too survived Yhwach's Auswählen. So they too must have the potential to surpass him in power.
** So did Ichigo, but Yhwach didn't mention him either. Given what Yhwach said to Uryuu, it looks like he doesn't view Ichigo and his sisters as survivors of Auswählen. Were they not selected? Are they not considered Gemischt? Or is Yhwach lying about Uryuu being the only survivor in history? It has to be one of the three.
*** Or maybe it has something to do with their other parent being a Soul Reaper. Most Gemischts are Quincy/Muggle hybrids, but Isshin and Masaki's children are all three Quincy/Shinigami/Hollow hybrids with Fullbring potential as well. Their other powers may have been strong enough to protect them from the Auswählen or to prevent them from being recognizable as "Quincy".
** Neither of the twins had developed Quincy powers at the time. They may have been unaffected by the culling by virtue of the effect only targeting people with active abilities. The series has been pretty consistent about power making one a target, and neither of them have power of note yet.
*** Which still fails to account for Ichigo. He already had enough active power to see ghosts when Auswählen took place, and it's been established that seeing them is enough to make you a target.
*** Karin has also always had a clear ability to see ghosts. Judging by what Yhwach was saying, he doesn't seem to view the Kurosaki children as Auswählen survivors, he seems to not have Selected them at all. Not that we can trust anything Yhwach says, but at the moment he's implying that he doesn't view them as Selection candidates or survivors which implies he doesn't view them as Gemischt. Whether that means he doesn't even view them as Quincies or the reason is something else (such as him lying through his teeth) is a good question.
*** The thing is, Masaki died because she had lost her powers before her fight with Grand Fisher. Katagiri died because she was weak since birth so the sudden power loss killed her. She did die three months after the Auswählen. Uryu is special because he had managed to keep his power despite it. The fact that Karin is spiritually aware doesn't mean anything. Masaki also had to be in order to be able fight Grand Fisher. It's not like she knew at the time that she no longer had her powers. For all we know, both Yuzu and Karin had lost their potential Quincy powers back when they were kids. Doesn't change the fact that Karin could still be spiritually aware. Doesn't really make much sense in Ichigo's case, though, but like Uryu, it could be a reason why Yhwach is interested in him.
*** We don't know when in the fight she lost her powers. She's shown charging right in, arm raised, and that's all we know. The Katagiri thing doesn't make sense because Isshin claims it was because she was weak from birth, but never clarifies what that actually means and implies Masaki would have lived if she'd been depowered outside a fight. However, Yhwach claims it's impossible to survive the Auswählen at all, so Katagiri being weak and Masaki being in a fight are irrelevant, they'd have died anyway, according to Yhwach's version. The two versions don't add up. Also, Yhwach stated Uryuu is the only survivor and that he's the only Gemischt to have survived. If Yhwach cared about any of the Kurosaki children on the grounds of surviving the Auswählen, him claiming Uryuu is the only survivor or the only Gemischt survivor also doesn't add up.
*** Made even more of a problem when several Quincies survive another Auswählen during the war, with Bazz-B even tanking a direct hit by the light pillars.
*** Survive they did, but they were definitely drained, as evidenced by the loss of their Vollstandig. The drainage ITSELF puts a strain on the victim, and the weaker (like Katagiri) would definitely die from it. Others can survive the drain, but while Sternritter like Bazz-B still had enough Yhwach in them to be a Quincy, regular Quincies like Masaki had nothing left to them. The thing that makes Uryu a special case is the fact that he wasn't drained AT ALL as a mere child. This is what Yhwach is interested in.
* So wait, according to Urahara and Mayuri, Hollow as a being is a complete antithesis to Quincy, so much that not only Quincy cannot be hollowified EVER, their souls are guaranteed to blow up if infected with Hollow energy (no wonder Masaki getting hollowified was such a BIG issue; even if Urahara didn't help her, she would either become a hollow because Aizen's White is an unnatural hollow, or explode from hollowification). But we remember that Souken Ishida, Uryu's granddad, was killed by hollows, and that the Soul Reapers arrived late to pick his corpse up. How did his remains manage to survive long enough to become Mayuri's experiment subject if a hollowified Quincy is the most unstable thing ever?
** As seen with Masaki, Hollow infection doesn't kill a Quincy instantly -- Urahara took his time for a long-ass explanation about how Hollowfication works. And since Mayuri knew about Quincies' vulnerability to Hollows, he probably had a means to treat Souken's soul, else he would've lost a rare test subject.
** A much bigger headscratcher is how Quilge Opie was able to absorb Ayon, a Hollow construct, and not suffer from it.
** On that note, how the hell can Arrancar, like Ebern, use Quincy powers? if Hollow powers are negative for Quincies, how does it work the other way around?
** All these questions are connected to Yhwach. He performed Auswählen to steal Quincy power so that he could regain his own. Included in that, was Masaki's power which was chronically hollow-tainted. That didn't stop him stealing her power.
* Aizen becoming immortal at the end of his fight with Ichigo makes a lot more sense now that Komamura's become immortal by a similar method, removing his heart and regaining a human form, which Aizen basically did by becoming a Soul Reaper/Hollow hybrid and then returning to being just a soul reaper. It also explains why the Central 46 were claiming that they could execute him if they still had the Sokyoku, they've used it before to kill immortals from Komamura's clan.
* In Chapter 519 an unconscious Rukia is floating facedown in a hotspring with only her naked ass and the back of her head above the water, yet Ichigo still recognises her... Just how much are we supposed to [[MaleGaze read]] [[DidTheyOrDidntThey into]] this?
** Ichigo can sense spirit energy and identify people with those sensory powers. Though this doesn't explain why he was surprised to see his friends there to begin with.
*** I think his surprise is more due to the fact that everyone's naked in a hot bath all of a sudden.
** Common sense. Ichigo knew he went to the Royal Realm with Byakuya and Renji and that he was in the pool to heal his wounds. Since he'd already seen Byakuya and Renji were in the pool, there was only one person the floating backside could belong to.
* The size of Seireitei makes no sense. I was always under the impression that it's about the size of a city because the ryoka seemed to have covered quite a bit of the place during their time there. But according to Yuriochi in volume 9, it would take 10 days to go from one gate to the other. So assuming 50km a day and that Seireitei is a perfect circle, its diameter is approximately 700 km, which makes its area about 30000 km2. This is about the size of Maryland.
** If what Yoruichi said was correct, it's actually much bigger than that - It's closer to 251,000 sq km, which is the size of Michigan. No wonder it's depicted with sprawling forests and requires the entire Gotei 13 to patrol.
* If arrancar are made from menos-level hollows evolving and one personality becomes dominant over the rest, and the souls that make up the menos can come from all over the world, the odds seem miniscule that ALL of the dominant personalities happen to speak Japanese. Why isn't there a mix of languages? (Not counting the obvious out-of-universe reasons, I mean.)
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