When quincies first attacked SS to declare war, they addressed Yamamoto using honorifics. I don't think VR leader is former CC, I would expect someone to be very old to be CC 1000 years ago, it seems to me that VR leader respects Yamamoto which may indicate he was a subordinate of Yamamoto at one point. It would also explain why he failed to kill VR leader and why he was so harsh on Shunsui & Ukitake in SS arc.
It's quite an interesting thought. Maybe he wasn't only one of his subordinates, but was also one of his first students along with Shunsui and Ukitake. Or maybe he was his student even before these two.
Still, the thing that is interesting isn't actually why he couldn't kill him, but why this guy actually attacked if he was a Shinigami?
I bet Yamamoto knew the VR leader ever since the guy was a kid.
Also, maybe the leader dude is the Soul Prince or something - kinda like many of us were wondering about Aizen and Ichigo. Either way, I'm pretty sure Yamamoto has known this guy for quite some time, even before they fought.
Last edited by Cyrs; July 15, 2012 at 12:27 PM. Reason: stuff
So I started watching the anime just for the heck of it and got an interesting idea about Buckbeard and his relationship with Yamamoto. Earlier in the series they were talking a good bit about the four noble families in Soul Society. The Kuchiki clan and the Shihoin clan was explained specifically and a third Shiba clan was mentioned in passing as one that fell out of nobility in shame (or something like that).
This still leaves out a fourth noble clan of Soul Society yet to be mentioned. It may be possible that both Ichigo's father, Yamamoto, and Buckbeard may have been a part of this clan giving them specialized spirit natures/abilities that are maybe stronger and have different properties than the usual Soul Society Shinigami. This would also mean they wouldn't necessarily have had to have been a part of the Gotei 13 at any time even though they were captain class+ shinigami. I guess I may be opening a new can of worms but I wonder if anyone else had thought about this before.
Yamamoto and Johann were both pioneers in the spirit world. At this time shinigami had just begun to exist, and there wasn't an order in death. On one side Yamamoto decided it would be best to accept all the souls into Soul Society, and cleanse the rest, including hollows, indiscriminately. Johann accepted this idea, but didn't like the part about cleansing hollows. Why would they save souls that kill others? So they both separated. Yamamoto created Seireitei and the Shinigami, Johann created the First Reich and the Magic Hunters.
For a long time they didn't have a real conflict with each other, but then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Av- killing hollows altered the balance of the worlds. And after many warnings about stop killing hollows, Yamamoto engaged in a serious conversation with Johann, which ended in a dispute. Maybe it was violent, and there was a fight. Maybe Johann simply vanished and Mayuri meant that Yamamoto should have killed him. For 1000 years, the Quincy continued until their final warning, and were all exterminated.
Taking into account JB and Yama's flashbacks, JB was extremely powerful back then. So strong that Yama was forced to sacrifice his troops to get a win. Eventually Yama unlocked Bankai. He slaughtered many quincy, but his powers started going out of control. He had a choice, fight Bach and risk burning down all of SS or let him go and gain control of his bankai. Obviously JB was a formidable opponent even back then, so he had no choice but to let him go.