But I'm not denying the possibility of him having visited the Royal Realm, all I'm saying is that the things the Royal Guard created are regarded as major contributions to Soul Society, which they wouldn't be if they weren't of use to SS. If SS is using them, they exist in some form there, so Urahara could have studied them without going to the Royal Guard's various palaces.
Having said that, there is still the issue of him and Aizen having apparently witnessed the Soul King himself, though it's not like they implicitly said they did. Urahara said they saw "it". "It" could be anything, a book or article describing the nature of the Soul King or depicting him. So whether either of them actually visited the Royal Realm is still debatable.
It doesn't matter if they were Zanpakutos or Asauchis. Still they're materialised. It seems suspicious enough for me, considering authout showed us how Urahara knows quite a lot about RG and SK.Quote:
Well, he could as well go there because of Hogyoku, SK considered Hogyoku VERY useful, made him go to SP, then he saw all that and made it. I don't think copycating BEFORE going to SP would allow him there and be relevant to the story. But we'll see soon enough, I hope.
PS. With the rest I can't really argue, since it is pure opinion and speculation, and we can't say for sure. We both wrote our points, it's up to people reading these, what they'd believe.
What is the place called again? Halls of Pure Souls, or something along those lines? The place where Unuhana and Hitsugaya encountered Aizen and Gin for the first time in the SS arc, below Central 46.
Why exactly is this place so forbidden? Did we never get an explanation for this place? and exactly what purpose could it serve?
What was Aizen doing down there? Was it purely to "hide", or did he actually use the place for something else entirely?
What makes me wonder is that it's so forbidden to go there, could it hold information on the Soul King?
If that is the case, then this could possibly lead to an explanation on what Aizen knows about the Soul King, hell, he could have gone down there a hundred years back with his abilities, disguising himself to get past central 46 without killing them, until when he actually needed to take command.
This is just another theory, but I find it curious that the place is forbidden for anyone and below Central 46, the highest governance in SS.
Urahara on the other hand I find more likely to have been visiting the Soul King, on the fact that the Royal Guard seems to know him on first name terms, and the fact that they seemed to have allowed him to study the Royal Realm.
I think both has seen the SK.
The diratio archive has crucial information including the ouken so it’s not unlikely if Aizen had some assistance from there about the SK. Urahara is a close (childhood)friend of Youroichi and Tessai. Youroichi was the head of shihoin clan and of the stealth force. I wouldn’t be surprise if he had been there because of her. If I am not mistaken, shihoin clan is on the top among the noble’s. In TBTP, the uniform Tessai and Hachi were wearing had the symbol of zero div, so were they from there? And Urahara’s connection with the RG is apparent.
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This place is declared off limits in case of emergency. Where Aizen and Unohana encountered, situated the chambers of the member of central 46. If I recall, he had been there to discover the method of taking out the hogyoku from a spirit being.
The thing that intrigues me, however, is the Hogyoku. I am sure that its connected to the Soul King. My best guess as of now is that the Hogyoku contains a fraction of the Soul King's power, or perhaps this "special reiatsu" that is only found in the Royal Realm. Perhaps they both 'saw' something related to the SK through the Hogyoku during their research.
- the special sword he made for ichigo to regain his powers is similar to hikifune’s food.
- The hole at his training space for ichigo to become a SR again, same as we saw at Nimeya’s place.
- His foot ware resembles the Osho’s one, namely ‘tengu geta’ (from bleach wiki).
Also, we know that even captain commander whos the most loyal/aged shinigami around does not know much about the king, so its really really unlikely that any of the two had met the king by person.
There is so little evidence for any kind of prediction right now. All we have is the comment that Urahara researched the healing hot springs but it was never said if he did this in the royal realm or when Kirinji was still in soul society(provided that was a short enough time ago). But if Urahara saw the soul king then he was probably there... But for what reason??
Aizen is the bigger mystery, when did he get there? Maybe Kyouka Suigetsus bankai had a power that allowed him to actually break in unoticed.
I have a feeling that the possibility of creating the hygoku(orb) granted them the ability to see RR without entering, if indeed it was something that in theory would replicate the SK himself, because if Aizen went to RR he wouldn't of thought 100k souls would help him reach RD again
I don't think the means actually existed for aizen to in any form enter the royal dimension on his own. The royals seem to have the ability to move between dimensions indiscriminately (seeing how ichigo was sent from the royal palace to his house) so if aizen actually saw the king it means that he was either led to him or the king (who should by all intents and purposes be able to travel dimensions as easily as the guards) himself went to aizen. Of course, if the royals are stronger than the entire gotei 13 then the king would have been safe from harm even if aizen got there alone, I don't think even he could win against the 5 of them.
There is never been a why for Uraharas research and his creation of that thing. Was he merely experimenting like a madman? Or did he have some goal?
considering they are both men of science, it is highly probable that they both just dug a little too deep, and thus found out more about the soul king
What tenjirou said was that urahara based the pond at yoruichi's playground based on the one at the royal palace. That is not quite the same as saying that urahara made the same ponds tenjirou had though. The way it worked was ultimately different and I would argue that perhaps tenjorou's had the better long term effect even if the process was more complicated and risky. Urahara's pond did not seem to actually hurt weak people or required a towel to prevent you from having your reiatsu explode out of your head after all.