There is a clear difference between getting damaged and being broken/destroyed.
Well, finally got a chance to comment on the chapter.
I am still extremely surprised that someone actually "invented" zampakuto, the idea itself makes little sense to me. I still get the impression that nimaiya simply invented the physical aspect of the zampakuto and by learning shikai and bankai a shinigami simply bonds his soul to it. I do wonder what the previous channel for shinigami abilities was, I hope the manga explains that.
Seeing everything it really does not seem like nimaiya is the leader of the royals though. I guess it is possible the royals simply do not have a clear leadership however that would be a tad strange. Captains are unstable and difficult enough to control as it is, the royals apparently being in a different power category would perhaps suggest they have the same problem except at the scale of the spirit king. The more likely scenario then is that the actual leader of the royals actually made something more important than zampakuto however I have a hard time imagining what that could be. Perhaps the balance of souls itself? Perhaps he even created the position of the king? I guess that perhaps the issue would be that the importance of what was created is not what determines your position among the royals but rather the king himself or seniority. If any of the royals actually precede nimaiya then I can't wait to see how his powers work although technically it should be something weaker or less efficient than a zampakuto.
I found it very interesting that ichigo and renji were actually received by zampakuto. I remembered the part of bankai training where ichigo was fighting dozens of zangetsus.... Perhaps this is the same? Materialized zampakuto who opted to multiply? Or perhaps nimaiya actually has 20 different zampakuto? I think the more likely scenario is that those were actually one zampakuto like during the zangetsu bit however perhaps it is a tad strange that each copy actually has its own look.
As for the training ichigo and renji are about to go through, it is somewhat different from what I expected. The scenario I was picturing was more along the lines of ichigo and renji confronting an EXTREMELY pissed off zangetsu and zabimaru however it seems even that falls short of what they are about to do. If they have to deal with their zampakuto's rage right now then the situation is that they have to fight whatever would normally be inside their inner world with the twist that in this case the room they are at actually forces it to materialize. It does seem like its not just zangetsu and zabimaru, there are a lot of eyes there. Perhaps it is possible for the grieve and anger of a zampakuto to actually take a living form similar to zangetsu and zabimaru themselves? Or perhaps the room itself materialized the anger of the zampakuto into living things?
I guess the more interesting aspect here will be how exactly renji and ichigo are going to fight. Their zampakuto are broken in the real world and currently being held and further destroyed by nimaiya. Perhaps they do not actually have to win by fighting? I guess there is a very real possibility that they simply have to accept all the rage and beg for forgiveness. The training is still too similar to the time ichigo fought kenpachi though, we are just seeing ichigo deal with the resentment of his zampakuto. I also wonder if perhaps a part of the training will involve finding zangetsu and zabimaru among all that rage.
On another note, I do think there is a logical flaw in this entire zampakuto training concept. Overall is the training itself in the best interest of zangetsu and zabimaru? If ichigo or renji die then so do zangetsu or zabimaru so why would zampakuto spirits esentially kill themselves?
As I wrote this post I noticed yet another thing. The room in which renji and ichigo are in which seemingly materializes some part of a zampkuto is actually similar to something we have seen before. I wonder if the room is actually what urahara based his bankai training doll. We know he made his spring based on kirinji's one and the mod soul thing and gigai is also something which would relate him to kirio somehow so it wouldn't be such a strange scenario. Urahara really seems to be way too connected to the royals so far, I really can't help but wonder if he is some sort of secret king agent. The royals did say their prefered method of transportation to the royal dimension was the pillar however if it is the prefered one it implies there are other methods. Perhaps urahara has his own way of travelling to the royal dimension? There seem to be a number of shinigami actually living in the royal palace so perhaps through some connection he was able to go there?
Second- I think the leader of the royals is the spirit king. they all seem to consider him the final authority similar to the captains having fealty to the CCommander. they dont seem to report to each other as far as I can tell so far.
also- I think the training room, and the multiple sets of eyes suggests that there is not just one possible manifestation of zanpaktou- Just like there is not only one manifestation of personality within each of us. sometimes we are shy, sometimes we are bold, sometimes we are devious, ect.ect. I think that they are going to face the different aspects of personality within their respective zanpaktous.
in addition - I suspect that they are going to have to not just beg forgiveness but actually change the energy state within that room. right now they are in a dark room surrounded by hate- Afro san keeps talking about having love for the zanpaktou- perhaps they need to absorb the hate, and then change it within themselves using the reiatsu boost they got from the food, doing that should stabilize the wrath of the zanpaktou and allow them to come to an understanding. when ichigo and renji are both one with their zanpaktou mental states again they wont be getting attacked. at that point they should be able to leave the room, and then (dammit I keep forgetting his name_ ) Nimaiya- can show them how to reforge their zanpaktou into a new blade forged from the new found "love" that the zanpaktou and shinigami have for each other-
kubo got alot to explain with zanpakuto being created by nimaiya but nimaiya created the zanpakuto but after it bonds with it's owner, it will develoded a stronger tide and relationships as obtaining bankai..
next chapter coming out this week or not ?
I'm guessing Ichigo and Renji will be able to go bankai without saying it, and in a splitsecond. Or their bankais will become a lot more compressed, like Yama's.
Yamamoto could control how his bankai would appear to the enemy, and he had several forms of it.
Maybe it's time Ichigo and Renji get new bankai techniques too