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My take on the Zanpukto thing is that maybe before Nimaiya came along, Shinigami used to use Kido or a special form of "Kido" that manifests itself as special powers. So, in Yama's case, before the Zanpukto, he'd have to use special Kido that allows him to manipulate fire.
Nimaiya came in and decided to investigate why every shinigami had a special, unique technique of "Kido" to themselves. He realized that this power had to do with their souls and then developed a way to manifest this power in the form of a sword.
All this Zero Squad talk brings me to a question though:
Let's say Isshin was part of the Zero Squad, what could he have possibly contributed to the SS history?
I think perhaps he's the one who took the Zanpukto stages 1 step further and developed the Final Stage (e.g. Ichigo's FGT)
That doesn't make it a bad chapter by any stretch, since the arc has set gigantic standards of quality.
I loved the way Kirio was drawn.
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I'm still a little irked by the fact that they chose to take Renji and Rukia (Byakuya I understand because he's a captain and nobility) to the Royal Palace. I know they're important to Ichigo, but what gives them the right to enter the esteemed Royal Palace, and perhaps the chance to meet the Soul King? They are vice captains for Christ sake . That bearded guy was probably alluding to them when he said run of the mill Shinigami don't get to enter here. I'm assuming they weren't only taken because they were badly wounded, but to have audience with the Soul King as well for whatever reason. Do they hold some type vital importance to the war considering their level of strength? I think not...still the both of them being taken here irks me.
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I don't know about the weakest one. IMO it was definitely the one that revealed Byakuya was still alive even after his supposed departure. That chapter disappointed me greatly
IF the Third guy, discovered zanpakutou, probably the fourth or fifth, discovered bankai... But all of them were taught by Yama they just specialized in their own different way....
If those 2 have any other purpose, we'll know soon.
Yea I know that chapter pissed a lot of people off. I can see why, considering we were given so many indications he was going to die.Quote:
I dunno, personally, it didn't seem that bad to me, maybe coz I was too relieved that he was alive. Man his defeat chapters shocked me so much.
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Bleach just isn't bleach without Byakuya
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If so please post links or just drop it.
As it has already been pointed out, shinigami existed BEFORE Yama and his squad and the most of the Royal Guard for all we know are older than Yama.
The guy who created the zanpakuto comes to mind as someone who is most likely older than Yama.
But Royal Guards' ages aren't something we know of, so we can't just say for all we know they are older than Captain-Commander.
And there is no reason to think you need a zanpakuto to become a Shinigami. Captain-Commander had mastery over all of fighting styles, so, he might have been using a regular katana for his fights.
It would actually explain why there were so many scars in his body. If he had battled with Ryuujin Jakka and Zanka no Tachi since the very beginning, it would have been a whole lot harder to injure him, but he was probably engaged in lots of close combat battles.