First I'd like to take us back to Yamamoto's fight against Juha Bach. Fans view it from two perspectives. It was either epic but sad, or sad but epic. Either way the fact that those were some darn good chapters is not up for debate. But up until recently I always hated Kubo a little for killing one of his most badass characters. Even though it was well done It felt a bit like we were left hanging.
Now fast-forward to chapter 531. During the flashback chapters a key piece of information regarding Ishin was revealed. He carried a fire-based Zanpakuto. After this tidbit of info I couldn't help but wonder what type zanpakuto ichigo had.
Jump ahead to after chapter 541 of bleach. It was heavily implied that Ichigo's Zanpakuto would be fire-based.
Now to why Yamamto had to die:
Yamamto was the best. He's always been the best, and he died the best. He also had the strongest fire-based Zanpakuto. He was awesome.
Now Ichigo has a fire-based Zanpakuto. he's the main character. I think that Kubo knew he'd take bleach in this direction many volumes ago. Imagine if Yamamoto was still alive. Kubo would have to make a tough decision to make ichigo's zanpakuto the strongest fire-based sword and risk Yamamoto being second best. That's not badass at all. His raw epicaucity would suffer a fatal blow. For that reason alone I think Yamamoto had to die. We cant have him be the second strongest fire zanpakuto wielder. It was crucial that he retire at the top. To this day we remember how awesome he was. And he was pretty awesome.
I was really glad that Kubo finally gave old man Yama some good development at the end. I would have loved to see more of the early days with him, Unohana, Kyouraku and Ukitake!
I agree that his exit was storyline dictated. We only got to see his bankai shown once, and it was kind of wasted on that nothing SR guy. Still, he is one of my favorite characters in anime. He was 'old guard' and sometimes I didn't agree with his decisions. But much of what I disagreed with, Yamamoto didn't really like doing either. He was sometimes forced by rule or custom to act a certain way, as happens to people in leadership roles. But when Ichigo lost his powers, it was a matter of honor and a show of gratitude that the old man led the way in ordering the captains and vice captains to lend their spirit energy to the sword Urahara prepared.
RIP Old Man Yama! You will be missed.
well cause i think he is basing this thread from a hypothesis that is based on a hypothesis from a pseudo hypothesis.. what would that be? Ichigo's zanpakutou is not fire based to beigin with, and why would that be the reason why Yama would die...???
so it's like punching the moon here.. nothing can be gained.... nuff said
Now there are two threads discussing this basis of Ichigo's Zanpakutou and both are wrong in saying it will be fire based, regardless of it being likened on to his father's zan. Even if you count the source of those two zangetsus , fire will never be among them, since Juha is a quincy, we can think of light and arrows while the other one is a hollow type which can be cero.. Where will the fire come from?? just because his father's release is "Burn"..? ?That's it?? that's your point in willing the fire theory into existence?
I never say this, but this thread is so misguided I almost passed out finding my way through it...
eat coming off his blade might give you some reason to believe it's fire based.
And then there is this swirl attack which looks an awful lot like fire, don't you think?
And finally, yes his release is Burn. Please find me a Shinigami who's release doesn't match or allude to the powers that their Shikai has. I'll wait while you try and did that up.
As for his "new" powers, his Quincy and Hollow portion influenced his Zan before, and yet it most resembled his fathers techniques, not theirs.
It's not like he can't have all 3 either. Shunsui's Shikai uses Wind attack, but it also has other special abilities. It's entirely possible Ichigo's new Shikai can use Fire and then have other special abilities. Shit, maybe he can shoot arrows made of fire, ya never know.
Fire based means entirely different from shooting arrow that might look like fire..
How do you forge a sword? by freezing it alone? No, by melting it with fire thus they need water to cool it down. For all we know this is just his reiatsu overflowing from his Zan..LOL
Kubo draws that kind of swirl all the time.. Can't be a basis for a conclusion about his Zan.. Fire is not the only thing that can burn, cero will burn you too..^__^
And I didn't say that would be the only thing that would be fire based. Just saying if he can shoot an arrow that will be the nod to his Quincy powers, it would be fire based because his Shinigami powers are fire based.
I'm aware how you forge a sword, but the sword forging process is always the same, the forging causes the heat. In the case of Ichigo's new swords getting forged, the swords themselves gave off heat that didn't come from the forging process, hence why everyone was so surprised.
Show me another swirl like that that isn't supposed to be fire. It's fire, just accept it already. I don't know how much more obvious it can be that it's fire.
I can't tell if you guys are arguing over whether or not Isshin's zanpakutou is fire-based or if Ichigo's is.
If you're questioning Isshin's, you might as well take a break from reading the manga.
i read a comment that reiatsu is the basis for all shinigami powers and it just manifest itself in diffent forms.. not the basis of powers of zanpakutout and even if it is that, fire can never be a base of a zanpakutou it may seem that way for some but it's just how the zan manifest the reiatsu like what Haschwald said for Yama's fire.. that can be applied to what Isshin's.. While Ichigo, there's no manifestation of any from of fire at all.. that's why i still dont' want to believe that KUBO KILLED YAMA FOR THIS UBER UNBELIEVABLE THEORY OF ICHIGO"S ZAN IS FIRE........
Are we sure Hash-brown wasn't tallking specifically about the 15 million degree cloak of fire that was swirling around Yamamoto when he said that?
By this line of thinking, Ryujin Jakka doesn't actually burn anything and Hyorinmaru doesn't actually freeze anything. Harribel was just stuck in a giant obelisk of solid reiatsu.
who knows, that might actually be the case? then again, this defeats the purpose of even having different, unique zanpakutou