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"Ichigo, maybe you weren't aware of this, but Zangetsu and I were originally one and the same.
Both Zangetsu and I are your power.
I was a part of Zangetsu.
When many forces influence the body, its appearance changes depending on which force is the strongest.
When life is in control, the person is made of flesh.
When death takes control, he turns into bones.
It's the same concept.
My powers grew, I gained the right to rule, and Zangetsu became a part of me.
And the more you try to draw out Zangetsu's power, the easier it becomes for me to take over your soul."
Nimaiya specifically spells it out. He says, "This hollow... is Ichi-chan's zanpakutou." He said that "White" created by Aizen has the same composition as the Asauchis there. He said that "He's Ichi-chan's true zanpakutou." So I don't agree when you say that neither of them are his zanpakuto, because "White" was his true zanpakutou.
Last edited by NeonX; June 21, 2013 at 01:37 PM.
What we know:
Ichigo has hollow/shinigami/quincy/human powers.
Shinigami powers, Zanpakuto, originate with an asauchi. The spirit in the asauchi is part of the shinigami.
The way I see it:
Ichigo, at the beginning, had an imitation of shinigami powers. It was actually a hollow's powers (Hichigo), guided by the quincy powers (Bach-getsu), and modelled on the shinigami parts inside him (Isshin's bloodline). So his Zangetsu the entire time was an imitation.
Now that he understand this, he has obtained an asauchi (a true zanpakuto), and so can obtain his true shinigami powers. I would honestly expect to see the true Zangetsu appear in Ichigo's inner world, along with Hichigo and Bach-getsu.
Actually, i would guess that his inner world will pretty much be the same... If i had to guess, instead of the old man, it's goin to be his hollow self as the main host... So they will basically just switch places.
its because zanpakutous are made of asauchi silly. simple answer.