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It's purely coincidental!!!
Ichigo's Quincy heritage (of which Juhabach is the first) is reflected in Zangetzu's appearance.
Ichigo has memories of Juhabach locked inside of him, and they've affected Zangetzu's appearance.
They look similar for a different reason (please state).
I believe that the similarities between Juhabach and Zangetzu may not be merely coincidental. Here's my theory...
I think that Ichigo has actually met Juhabach in the past (perhaps at the time of Masaki's death, or perhaps even at another time), and that a part of Ichigo remembers him. We know that a Zanpakutou's inner spirit is determined by its owner, and I think that Ichigo's memory of Juhabach affected Zangetzu's appearance.
Please share your own theories! Is their similar appearance purely coincidental, or are there reasons behind it???
Kubo draws all his character in a similar way.
So I think that is just a coincidence the fact that he looks like Zangetsu.
But if what you say it's true, then I'll give you the merits you deserve.
I think juhabach looking like zangetsu is also a bit of a coincidence. If there is a relationship between ichigo and juhabach it has to be on masaki's side to begin with. If juhabach having a similar appearance to zangetsu is not a coincidence then it would imply that the relationship of ichigo to juhabach comes from his father's side, not masaki's.
I just dont see it-
First - Juha back only has facial hair on his cheeks and his mustache. He shaves his chin hair completely and it looks kinda like a gay 16 century pirate Imho.
Second- Juha back does not wear sunglasses.
third- Zangetsus beard in shikai covers his whole face and is more closely shaven than juha back... did i mention the sunglasses.
4th.- Just because hes got dark hair and some facial hair and has dark cloaky robes...doesnt make him in any way related to zangetsus cool semi tattered glalctic looking cloak... I dont buy it. I voted for pure coincidence.
Like I said I'm torn on what to think now as for coincidence or not so I'm just playing devils advocate. But one thing that would help would be to see what Engetsu looked like. If his father's zan looked like Zangetsu then I think it's pure coincidence between Zangetsu and Bach. If Zangetsu and Engetsu look nothing alike then this theory can't be proved nor disproved until we find out if Ichigo is indeed related to Bach.
Yeah, I'm somewhat undecided myself. When we first saw Bach, the first thing that popped into my head was that he looked like Zangetsu, but as we've seen more of him I've become less and less convinced. To be honest I think his tattered cape has something to do with it. If he had a normal white cape like the rest of the Quincy I suspect we might have been less quick to draw a comparison to Zangetsu.
But then Bach revealed his sword, the blade of which looks undeniably similar to Ichigo's new Zangetsu. With the implied link between Ichigo/Masaki and Bach and the Quincy, there could well be something to it. As he seems to have inherited a -Getsu zanpakuto and the Getsuga Tenshou from his Shinigami blood from Isshin, it's possible Ichigo inherited other traits from Bach, if he is indeed descended from Quincy. But like Bajan4eva1 said, it might become clearer if we see Isshin's shikai and whether or not it's similar to Ichigo's new Zangetsu.
Their Zanpakto look too similiar to be a coincidence
Yeah thats true, being that his shinigami powers are descended from his father it makes more sense for Zangetsu to be similar to Engetsu but part of me hopes that he's so out of the ordinary that he's influenced by both parents in unusual ways. Sort of like he gets the power from his father but his soul is more influenced by his mother. And yeah I think Ichigo would have immediately stated a resemblance between Zangetsu and Bach unless Kubo is waiting to have Ichigo mention that later.
Agreed, I'm hoping Masaki will have had something to do with Zangetsu's appearance or ability as well, though she probably had little to no effect on it, but it'd be cool. Maybe she affected the growth rate of his powers, or the way the bankai manifests or something.
One thing I don't get is why Zangetsu has sunglasses, you'd think zans are like mythical spirits...but he looks quite modern, much like Ichi himself
I'll be very surprised if it's just coincidence. It certainly seems like something's going on, whether it's Quincy heritage or something else. I guess we'll see.
I vote "It's purely coincidental".
The zanpakuto is a reflection of the user's spirit (It's all Ichigo).