History Fridge / Bleach

16th Sep '17 7:31:22 AM darksoul4242
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** It's even more brilliant when you consider Yamamoto's words about Ichigo's bankai. Yamamoto himself claims that, because Ichigo only got his bankai recently, his bankai still has plenty of room to evolve, and that's why the Vandenreich couldn't [[spoiler:steal it]]. It's not just a case of the bankai fitting the owner's needs,it's also the case of Ichigo having an incomplete bankai!

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** It's even more brilliant when you consider Yamamoto's words about Ichigo's bankai. Yamamoto himself claims that, because Ichigo only got his bankai recently, his bankai still has plenty of room to evolve, and that's why the Vandenreich couldn't [[spoiler:steal it]]. It's not just a case of the bankai fitting the owner's needs,it's needs, it's also the a case of Ichigo having an incomplete bankai!
16th Sep '17 7:19:22 AM darksoul4242
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** It also explains WHY no Shinigami ever heard of the "Kurosaki" name even though Isshin is a former Captain...
16th Sep '17 7:15:55 AM darksoul4242
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** 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.

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** 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 rein 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.
16th Sep '17 7:11:55 AM darksoul4242
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* So in this arc, we learn that Yhwach has taken a special interest in [[spoiler:Uryu]] because of the fact that [[spoiler:he's the only Gemischt (mixed-ancestry) Quincy who survived Selektion. You know who else we found out is Gemischt Quincy, who also evidently survived the Selektion process? Ichigo.]]

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* So in this arc, we learn that Yhwach has taken a special interest in [[spoiler:Uryu]] because of the fact that [[spoiler:he's the only Gemischt (mixed-ancestry) Quincy who survived Selektion. You know who else we found out is a Gemischt Quincy, who also evidently survived the Selektion process? Ichigo.]]



* Hm... In 588, the [[BewareTheSillyOnes until then quirky and cute]] Giselle flies into a rage when Yumichika accuses her of being CreepyCrossdresser because she reeks of semen. This can easily seen, however, as Yumi SlutShaming Giselle (because a heterosexual/bisexual woman wouldn't likely smell of semen unless she was sleeping around recently), and/or as him [[spoiler: discovering that she was carrying Bambietta's zombified corpse around; since Bambietta ''did'' have sex with a guy a little before the invasion, it's likely that '''she''' (or better said, her zombified body) was reeking of semen, not Giselle]]. With these details in consideration, Giselle [[LetsGetDangerous going completely serious]] can potentially take a '''completely''' new meaning: in two {{Armor Piercing Question}}s Yumichika misgendered her, caller her a slut, ''and'' [[spoiler: uncovered her secret and probably most powerful weapon.]] Let's see if it's confirmed or {{jossed}}.

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* Hm... In 588, the [[BewareTheSillyOnes until then quirky and cute]] Giselle flies into a rage when Yumichika accuses her of being a CreepyCrossdresser because she reeks of semen. This can easily seen, however, as Yumi SlutShaming Giselle (because a heterosexual/bisexual woman wouldn't likely smell of semen unless she was sleeping around recently), and/or as him [[spoiler: discovering that she was carrying Bambietta's zombified corpse around; since Bambietta ''did'' have sex with a guy a little before the invasion, it's likely that '''she''' (or better said, her zombified body) was reeking of semen, not Giselle]]. With these details in consideration, Giselle [[LetsGetDangerous going completely serious]] can potentially take a '''completely''' new meaning: in two {{Armor Piercing Question}}s Yumichika misgendered her, caller her a slut, ''and'' [[spoiler: uncovered her secret and probably most powerful weapon.]] Let's see if it's confirmed or {{jossed}}.



* All of Yhwach's incredible powers begin to make sense with the revelation that [[spoiler:he is the son of the Soul King]]. He is able to bring out the latent powers of the Stern Ritter through the Schrift, just as the Soul King was able to bestow the Squad Zero members with the Ouken, only the Soul King can also bestow abilities relating to the title he gives the Squad Zero members ("Hot Spring Demon" Kirinji can manipulate his hot spring waters in battle; "King of Grains" Hikifune can grow things from her own body such as the '''Cage of Life'''; "The Monk Who Calls The True Name" Ichibei has power over "Names" that even allows him to heal himself when someone calls his name). While the Soul King's scope of power is not known outside of him being the "linchpin" of all of reality, one can see how [[spoiler:Yhwach is his son]].
** On a related note, there's Yhwach's Schrift, [[spoiler:The Almighty]]. It gives His Majesty [[StoryBreakerPower the utterly devastating, eight ways from Sunday ability]] to [[AdaptiveAbility effectively shut down anything that's been thrown at him]] so long as he has seen it and comprehended the full scale of his opponent's powers. With this in mind, the Vandenreich's interest in three of the known Special War Powers is understandable, as Yhwach knew ''nothing'' about the full extent of their powers: Kenpachi had yet to learn his Zanpakuto's name at the time and thus achieve Shikai or Bankai, Aizen--assuming the Hogyoku were to miraculously start working for him again--could continually evolve to counteract Yhwach's "omnipotence"/"omniscience," and Ichigo, [[ShonenUpgrade being]] [[HeinzHybrid Ichigo]], is a being like no other, one whose very existence almost defies all logic. Comparatively, Yamamoto was excluded from this list not only because he had grown soft(er) in the intervening 1000 years, but because Yhwach knew every trick the Head Captain was capable of, allowing him to NoSell like there's no tomorrow.

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* All of Yhwach's incredible powers begin to make sense with the revelation that [[spoiler:he is the son of the Soul King]]. He is able to bring out the latent powers of the Stern Ritter through the Schrift, just as the Soul King was able to bestow the Squad Zero members with the Ouken, only the Soul King can also bestow abilities relating to the title he gives the Squad Zero members ("Hot Spring Demon" Kirinji can manipulate his hot spring waters in battle; "King of Grains" Hikifune can grow things from her own body such as the '''Cage of Life'''; "The Monk Who Calls The True Name" Ichibei has power over "Names" that even allows him to heal himself when someone calls his name). While the Soul King's scope of power is not known outside of him being the "linchpin" "lynchpin" of all of reality, one can see how [[spoiler:Yhwach is his son]].
** On a related note, there's Yhwach's Schrift, [[spoiler:The Almighty]]. It gives His Majesty [[StoryBreakerPower the utterly devastating, eight ways from Sunday ability]] to [[AdaptiveAbility effectively shut down anything that's been thrown at him]] so long as he has seen it and comprehended the full scale of his opponent's powers. With this in mind, the Vandenreich's interest in three of the known Special War Powers is understandable, as Yhwach knew ''nothing'' about the full extent of their powers: Kenpachi had yet to learn his Zanpakuto's name at the time and thus achieve Shikai or Bankai, Aizen--assuming the Hogyoku were to miraculously start working for him again--could continually evolve to counteract Yhwach's "omnipotence"/"omniscience," and Ichigo, [[ShonenUpgrade being]] [[HeinzHybrid Ichigo]], is a being like no other, one whose very existence almost defies all logic. Comparatively, Yamamoto was excluded from this list not only because he had grown soft(er) in the intervening 1000 years, but because Yhwach knew every trick the Head Captain was capable of, allowing him to NoSell him like there's no tomorrow.



* Gremmy Thoumeaux [[spoiler: died because He tried to imagine himself as stronger than Kenpachi. ]] this is actually justified. Kenpachi's [[spoiler: bankai constantly increases his strength with no defined limit. It's only weakness is Kenpachi himself starts to break down because his body can't handle it. ''Kenpachi'' can't handle the full strength of ''his own bankai''. No wonder Gremmy died. He literally tried to imagine himself stronger than infinity.]]

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* Gremmy Thoumeaux [[spoiler: died because He tried to imagine himself as stronger than Kenpachi. ]] this This is actually justified. Kenpachi's [[spoiler: bankai constantly increases his strength with no defined limit. It's only weakness is Kenpachi himself starts to break down because his body can't handle it. ''Kenpachi'' can't handle the full strength of ''his own bankai''. No wonder Gremmy died. He literally tried to imagine himself stronger than infinity.]]
16th Sep '17 7:02:43 AM darksoul4242
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* A common complaint amongst fans has long been that Ichigo's training seems to bring greater results than others get from theirs, the most common argument being that the Shinigami have trained for over a hundred years at the least, and Ichigo only half a year.[[spoiler: This makes perfect sense after the revelation of Zangetsu's true identity. The nature of Ichigo's power was, from the very beginning, closer to an Arrancar's than a Shinigami's. Shinigami bond and develop their zanpakuto, and grow along with it, achieving more and more power as they grow. Arrancar seal off their full power, and simply release more and more of it rather than grow with it, the exact opposite of what Shinigami do, in precisely the same way that Zangetsu has always sealed off Ichigo's true reiatsu, and only given him as much as he needed at any given time. He's exactly like an Arrancar who's control over their power was governed by a split personality!]]

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* A common complaint amongst fans has long been that Ichigo's training seems to bring greater results than others get from theirs, the most common argument being that the Shinigami have trained for over a hundred years at the least, and Ichigo only half a year.[[spoiler: This makes perfect sense after the revelation of Zangetsu's true identity. The nature of Ichigo's power was, from the very beginning, closer to an Arrancar's than a Shinigami's. Shinigami bond and develop their zanpakuto, and grow along with it, achieving more and more power as they grow. Arrancar seal off their full power, and simply release more and more of it rather than grow with it, the exact opposite of what Shinigami do, in precisely the same way that Zangetsu has always sealed off Ichigo's true reiatsu, and only given him as much as he needed at any given time. He's exactly like an Arrancar who's whose control over their power was governed by a split personality!]]
13th Sep '17 12:19:26 AM darksoul4242
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* A bit of FridgeBrilliance from reading Chapter 461. It explained why ''Rukia's'' actions in the beginning were illegal! Why would transferring one's powers to a human be illegal unless it had done before? Laws are rarely made preemptively. To me, it made the whole series make more sense.
** Fridge brilliance is an accidental interpretation but Kubo's set this information up for a long time so it's not really fridge brilliance, it's more a case of tying up loose ends or at least answering questions some fans have had for a very long time: In Chapter 1, Rukia knew this method of transferring power to a human existed, so it was obvious even then that there had to be a history of it happening. The fact it was against the law simply reinforced that notion. Then there was Ukitake at the end of the Soul Society arc when he gave the substitute badge to Ichigo, telling him it was given to any substitute that proved useful to Soul Society and the badge was invisible to humans because it was dangerous in the wrong human's hands. That immediately told us that Ichigo wasn't their first substitute and it even inferred that they must have had substitutes that didn't prove useful as well as proving useful. Then there's the idea of actually knowing that a substitute's badge is a problem if it falls into the wrong hands, suggesting that it's happened in the past for them to know about it. Yes, Kubo's given a lot of information for fans to ask questions about for a very long time. It's nice to see him addressing it at last.

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* A bit of FridgeBrilliance from reading Chapter 461. It explained why ''Rukia's'' actions in the beginning were illegal! Why would transferring one's powers to a human be illegal unless it had been done before? Laws are rarely made preemptively. To me, it made the whole series make more sense.
** Fridge brilliance is an accidental interpretation but Kubo's set this information up for a long time so it's not really fridge brilliance, it's more a case of tying up loose ends or at least answering questions some fans have had for a very long time: In Chapter 1, Rukia knew this method of transferring power to a human existed, so it was obvious even then that there had to be a history of it happening. The fact it was against the law simply reinforced that notion. Then there was Ukitake at the end of the Soul Society arc when he gave the substitute badge to Ichigo, telling him it was given to any substitute that proved useful to Soul Society and the badge was invisible to humans because it was dangerous in the wrong human's hands. That immediately told us that Ichigo wasn't their first substitute and it even inferred that they must have had substitutes that didn't prove useful useful, as well as others proving useful. Then there's the idea of actually knowing that a substitute's badge is a problem if it falls into the wrong hands, suggesting that it's happened in the past for them to know about it. Yes, Kubo's given a lot of information for fans to ask questions about for a very long time. It's nice to see him addressing it at last.



* In the Zanpakuto Rebellion Arc, Nanao meets the materialized spirit of [[spoiler: Kyokotsu, one of the two spirits of Shunsui Kyoraku's Zanpakuto, Katen Kyokotsu,]] and forms a friendly relationship with her. How is this Fridge Brilliance? [[spoiler: Kyokotsu was created by her "sister", Katen, to house Nanao's Zanpakuto! Nanao was essientially hanging out with her own Zanpakuto Spirit!]]

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* In the Zanpakuto Rebellion Arc, Nanao meets the materialized spirit of [[spoiler: Kyokotsu, one of the two spirits of Shunsui Kyoraku's Zanpakuto, Katen Kyokotsu,]] and forms a friendly relationship with her. How is this Fridge Brilliance? [[spoiler: Kyokotsu was created by her "sister", Katen, to house Nanao's Zanpakuto! Nanao was essientially essentially hanging out with her own Zanpakuto Spirit!]]



* The reason why Ikkaku was never forced to become captain along with Renji right after Aizen's betrayal is because Yama's lieutenant is exactly the same as them. [[spoiler: Yama's lieutenant, Sasakibe actually ''knows'' Bankai, but never took a captain's position]] because he strictly kept his loyalty to Yama and no one else. Yama is no idiot. He would've known Ikkaku had Bankai, but because he was strictly loyal to Kenpachi, he respected his wish because he has a lieutenant who is exactly the same.

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* The reason why Ikkaku was never forced to become a captain along with Renji right after Aizen's betrayal is because Yama's lieutenant is exactly the same as them. [[spoiler: Yama's lieutenant, Sasakibe actually ''knows'' Bankai, but never took a captain's position]] because he strictly kept his loyalty to Yama and no one else. Yama is no idiot. He would've known Ikkaku had Bankai, but because he was strictly loyal to Kenpachi, he respected his wish because he has a lieutenant who is exactly the same.
12th Sep '17 12:46:30 AM darksoul4242
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* For years, fans were wondering why Soul Society puts up with Ichigo. I mean, yeah, he's deciently powerful, but since all he does on a normal basis is kill Hollows, how does that justify them forgiving him for [[LeeroyJenkins running into Hueco Mundo and playing right into Aizen's hands]]? [[spoiler: Turns out, he's the only captain level shinigami who's never seen Aizen release his Zanpaktou, and therefore the only one who's immune to his illusions. Presumably, everyone else with a bankai (Gotei 13 captains, some of the Vaizard, Urahara, Tessai, Isshin) have all seen his shikai and are therefore suseptable to his tricks. Ichigo is literally the only one who can defeat him at this point.]]

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* For years, fans were wondering why Soul Society puts up with Ichigo. I mean, yeah, he's deciently decently powerful, but since all he does on a normal basis is kill Hollows, how does that justify them forgiving him for [[LeeroyJenkins running into Hueco Mundo and playing right into Aizen's hands]]? [[spoiler: Turns out, he's the only captain level shinigami Shinigami who's never seen Aizen release his Zanpaktou, and therefore the only one who's immune to his illusions. Presumably, everyone else with a bankai Bankai (Gotei 13 captains, some of the Vaizard, Visored, Urahara, Tessai, Isshin) have all seen his shikai and are therefore suseptable susceptible to his tricks. Ichigo is literally the only one who can defeat him at this point.]]



* Another long running head scratcher was why Aizen even bothered to retreat after the reveal in the first place -- given his game breaker power why didn't he just finish it then? It only got more confusing as he causally discards the espada who were supposed to be the reason he was spending time building up in Las Noches in the first place. Then finally he owns up in Chapter 393 that Yamamoto actually could kick his ass due to the sheer power of his Zanpakutou -- and his counter? [[spoiler: Wonderweiss -- the Hollow that he is seen completing right before he kicks off events leading to the current attack -- the entire wait was just to complete this counter -- everything else was just a distraction.]]

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* Another long running head scratcher was why Aizen even bothered to retreat after the reveal in the first place -- given his game breaker power why didn't he just finish it then? It only got more confusing as he causally discards the espada Espada who were supposed to be the reason he was spending time building up in Las Noches in the first place. Then finally he owns up in Chapter 393 that Yamamoto actually could kick his ass due to the sheer power of his Zanpakutou -- and his counter? [[spoiler: Wonderweiss -- the Hollow that he is seen completing right before he kicks off events leading to the current attack -- the entire wait was just to complete this counter -- everything else was just a distraction.]]
12th Sep '17 12:42:26 AM darksoul4242
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* About the Narm-King Zommari Rureaux. His powers, on a second thought, are extremely dangerous [[spoiler: If you don't know about that kido-barrier spell anyway]], as he has to look at your head to defeat you, so, why he's just the Septima Espada, Reishi levels besides? Because he's too dumb and careless with his powers, making him a lesser threath than other high-level Espada.

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* About the Narm-King Zommari Rureaux. His powers, on a second thought, are extremely dangerous [[spoiler: If you don't know about that kido-barrier spell anyway]], as he has to look at your head to defeat you, so, why he's just the Septima Espada, Reishi levels besides? Because he's too dumb and careless with his powers, making him a lesser threath threat than other high-level Espada.



* Hitsugaya's team practising bankai in the human world. Yumichika gives up training in frustration at his zanpakutou's refusal to cooperate with him, saying he's incapable of it. But his fights with Hisagi and Charlotte reveal he's hiding his zanpakutou's power from Ikkaku (and others), and the method he uses to achieve this is to call his zanpakutou by a name it loathes to deliberately prevent it from cooperating with him and releasing its power. Now take this knowledge back to that training session and what do we notice? Not only is the training occuring in front of Ikkaku, but Yumichika is using the zanpakutou's loathed nickname. In other words, Yumichika was deliberately sabotaging his own training to protect his secret.

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* Hitsugaya's team practising practicing bankai in the human world. Yumichika gives up training in frustration at his zanpakutou's refusal to cooperate with him, saying he's incapable of it. But his fights with Hisagi and Charlotte reveal he's hiding his zanpakutou's power from Ikkaku (and others), and the method he uses to achieve this is to call his zanpakutou by a name it loathes to deliberately prevent it from cooperating with him and releasing its power. Now take this knowledge back to that training session and what do we notice? Not only is the training occuring in front of Ikkaku, but Yumichika is using the zanpakutou's loathed nickname. In other words, Yumichika was deliberately sabotaging his own training to protect his secret.



-->"Ichigo, I don't know if you understand or not,...but, Zangetsu and I have always been one and the same. Both Zangetsu and I are a part of your spiritual power, and I was apart of Zangetsu! We all share the same body, and whenever the 'dominant' person changes, the outer appearance also changes. When one is dominated by 'life', one is flesh. When one is dominated by 'death', one becomes bones."

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-->"Ichigo, I don't know if you understand or not,...but, Zangetsu and I have always been one and the same. Both Zangetsu and I are a part of your spiritual power, and I was apart a part of Zangetsu! We all share the same body, and whenever the 'dominant' person changes, the outer appearance also changes. When one is dominated by 'life', one is flesh. When one is dominated by 'death', one becomes bones."



** Durin Ichigo's fight with Ulquiorra why did his hollow form attack Uryū and not Orihime? We later find out that his Hollow form is a combination of his Hollow and Shinigami powers, both of which are enemies of the Quincy. It was simply protecting him from a Quincy that it obviously saw as a threat!

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** Durin During Ichigo's fight with Ulquiorra why did his hollow form attack Uryū and not Orihime? We later find out that his Hollow form is a combination of his Hollow and Shinigami powers, both of which are enemies of the Quincy. It was simply protecting him from a Quincy that it obviously saw as a threat!



* Ever wonder why Aizen made Starrk the Primera Espada? While it was obvious that he was extremely strong there is w also another reason. Starrk's aspect of death was "loneliness", and Aizen, being a person who understood solitude, would have made Starrk the number one in his ranks due to their similarities.

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* Ever wonder why Aizen made Starrk the Primera Espada? While it was obvious that he was extremely strong there is w also another reason. Starrk's aspect of death was "loneliness", and Aizen, being a person who understood solitude, would have made Starrk the number one in his ranks due to their similarities.



** alternatively (since it seems unlikely that the Limiter wouldn't be placed on a guy who had been asked by Yamamoto to at least be an interim captain) Ikkaku was willing to fight in such a way so that his Bankai could be broken while Hitsuguya wasn't willing to risk his Bankai and Rengi was scared of damaging his Bankai even more

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** alternatively Alternatively (since it seems unlikely that the Limiter wouldn't be placed on a guy who had been asked by Yamamoto to at least be an interim captain) Ikkaku was willing to fight in such a way so that his Bankai could be broken while Hitsuguya wasn't willing to risk his Bankai and Rengi Renji was scared of damaging his Bankai even more
more, and unused to battling in Bankai.
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*** Doesn't the revelation during the Lost Agent arc that [[spoiler:Ichigo's combat pass given to him by Ukitake was used to monitor him and supress his power]] explain perfectly why Ichigo was weaker during the Heuco Mundo arc.

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*** Doesn't the revelation during the Lost Agent arc that [[spoiler:Ichigo's combat pass given to him by Ukitake was used to monitor him and supress his power]] explain perfectly why Ichigo was weaker during the Heuco Hueco Mundo arc.arc?
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* Ichigo survives a near killing from Byakuya and Renji, the rescue Rukia team lands safely and away from dangers when entering soul society, Ichigo's healing rate is extremely fast, Renji lives from Ichigo's attack, Ichigo lives a sure death battle with captain Kenpachi Zaraki, Gounju lives from Byakuy's attack and Ichigo shows up to save the day, Renji surviving Byakuya's bankai at point blank range, Ichigo masters bankai stops a super weapon beats Byakuya, Ichigo surviving near dissection and Renji and Byakuya living the aizen assault, everyone's extreme luck with no casualties while attacking a super power coincidence no because Rukia [[spoiler: was at the center of it all. And what did Rukia have with herů the hougykou: the magic genie that grants its users will and makes shit happen like save people from certain death and gives power ups ]]

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* Ichigo survives a near killing from Byakuya and Renji, the rescue Rukia team lands safely and away from dangers when entering soul society, society; Ichigo's healing rate is extremely fast, fast; Renji lives from Ichigo's attack, attack; Ichigo lives a sure death battle with captain Kenpachi Zaraki, Gounju Zaraki; Ganju lives from Byakuy's Byakuya's attack and Ichigo shows up to save the day, day; Renji surviving Byakuya's bankai at point blank range, range; Ichigo masters bankai bankai, stops a super weapon weapon, beats Byakuya, Byakuya; Ichigo surviving near dissection and Renji and Byakuya living the aizen assault, everyone's extreme luck with no casualties while attacking a super power coincidence no power... Coincidence? No, because Rukia [[spoiler: was at the center of it all. And what did Rukia have with herů the hougykou: her? The Hougykou: the magic genie that grants its users will and makes shit happen like save people from certain death and gives give power ups ups.]]



* Another piece of fridge brilliance, for those who are pulling their hair out over why Ichigo has been struggling to beat his opponents whereas Captains he'd previously bested were having better odds. You want to know ''why'' the Captains were so late? It was because Urahara had been working on stablising the Garganta (the gate to Hueco Mundo) so that ''Captain-Level Shinigami could pass through at full power.'' So chances were, because Ichigo was so impatient, he used the Garganta before it was ready (evident by Soul Society's initial refusal to participate in the rescue), and thus as a result wasn't able to use his full power in Hueco Mundo. It wasn't BadAssDecay, it was Ichigo's own unwillingness to wait before going off to rescue Orihime that was holding him back. This of course only stands if he regains his badass by going back to either soul society or the human world, so until then...

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* Another piece of fridge brilliance, for those who are pulling their hair out over why Ichigo has been struggling to beat his opponents whereas Captains he'd previously bested were having better odds. You want to know ''why'' the Captains were so late? It was because Urahara had been working on stablising stablizing the Garganta (the gate to Hueco Mundo) so that ''Captain-Level Shinigami could pass through at full power.'' So chances were, because Ichigo was so impatient, he used the Garganta before it was ready (evident by Soul Society's initial refusal to participate in the rescue), and thus as a result wasn't able to use his full power in Hueco Mundo. It wasn't BadAssDecay, BadassDecay, it was Ichigo's own unwillingness to wait before going off to rescue Orihime that was holding him back. This of course only stands if he regains his badass by going back to either soul society or the human world, so until then...
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