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If Ichigo's family were nobles or whatever then wouldn't everyone in his household be able to see hollows and shinigami really well because they have royal blood?
the facts about ishin are all mystery, the only things we know until now is that he is a shinigami and that he is a strong one at that, he knows urahara kisuke, and thats all we know about ishins shinigami life pelias.
ichigos family are able to see ghosts, it is mentioned in both the first chapter in the manga and the first episode in the anime.
but their abilities vary and his sister karin's abilities grow a bit during the anime and manga.
I'd say the spirit king took the remains of Kaien's spirit after the hollow incident
and brought him back in the form of Ichigo. That's why Ichigo has hollow powers and why everyone says hey Ichigo resembles Kaien. Also Isshin would be part of the royal family/guard.
And the spirit king is messing with everyone in soul society by doing this.
it isnt about just having royal blood or not its about how much spritual power the person has remember ichigo only started seeing the ghosts so much at the beggining of bleach maybe their powers just havnt come to built up as much more ichigo just inheritited his fathers power more then anything else o-oOriginally Posted by Light
After serious thinking (and a rather provoking fanfic I recently read), this theory actually seems very much plausible. o.OOriginally Posted by me
Alright. When the name Kurosaki was mentioned, I remember Ikkakku (or someone >.<) somehow slightly recognised the name. But when Ikkaku went to the real world, none of them recognised Isshin. (probably hiding from Ichigo, but..I dunno XD)
So what if the name Kurosaki had been famous in SS or maybe known around (and may have been passed down to Ikkaku's generation, or whatever) in the Gotei 13.
But they never really knew who the man was (which would probably explain why none of the Shinigamis in earth recognised Isshin). Is it possible that Royal Guards are well known, but rarely seen? Their job is after-all to protect the Royal Family. And I'm thinking the best way to protect them is by not making themselves known.
Now, reason for why the name Kurosaki is known, is maybe because of Urahara, or blahblahbalh. His name was called aloud, or something normal like that.
Why would Kukkaku be so willing to help anything to do with Urahara? From my quote, I put up a rather far fetched theory that it had something to do with Isshin.
Now back to the thread title.
Is it possible that Isshin, is related to the Shiba clan, as close as siblings to Kukkaka, Ganjyuu and Kaien? (VERY FARFETCHED I KNOW HAHAH XD) Why was the Shiba clan disowned? What if it had something to do with the eldest sibling (Isshin) disowning the family to become a Shinigami or furthermore, a Royal Guard? Thus, changing his name? Bringing the whole family to shame, and sending them to the outskirts of Rukongai.
Then after a few years, Kaien follows his brother's leads, and you know how the story goes.
If you think about it, the whole family is hot headed. I mean, Isshin isn't as hot headed as Ichigo, but Urahara did once mention that he was very similar to his son.
And what is Ichigo famous for? His hot headed-ness. Kukkaka? Being a hot headed female of Bleach. Ganjyuu? Just as much as his sister. Kaein's a happy go lucky guy, but I somehow sense a hot headed vibe from him too.
Really. >_>;; I know this thoery has so many goddamn holes, that I could'nt fill, and also no proof at all. But it's a theory nonetheless. ^_^
I think that the similiarities between Ichigo, Kaien and the rest of the Shiba clan are too great to dismiss. He's one of them, definitely, but is still definitely Isshin and Masaki's son. What's been bouncing around in my head is that, with all this experimentation of Hollow and shinigami mixing, somehow Kaien and the Hollow's "unified spirit" was harvested before Kaien died. Sure, Rukia stabbed him but how many times have we seen similiar injuries being survived by other shinigami? It rather boggles the mind that one would go down THAT easily but I could see the temptation of a mixed soul being too great to ignore. How it got into Isshin and Masaki's son could be easily explained. For all we know, Ichigo could've been stillborn (born without a soul) and Isshin sought out Urahara to keep Masaki's heart from breaking. Like the hougyouku, Urahara might've been very amenable to hiding it within a human body and it influenced Ichigo's growth (like a faux body). Farfetched, I know, but it would explain the strong similiarities that Ichigo has to Kaien and the rest of the Shiba clan but still remaining Isshin and Masaki's child. Heck, it could've been this reason why Urahara put the stone in Rukia and tried to make her a human. Rukia loved Kaien and Ichigo would be the one thing that would make up for her loss of being a shinigami in his mind.
what if isshin had 2 sons? kaien is obviosely older then ichigo, and isshin is older then kaien probably. so when isshin was in soul society as a shiba clan member, he became a shinigami and met the love of his life. they had kids, KAIEN, kukakku, and ganju. Something happened, and his wife died when their kids where very, very young. kaien was the oldest, im pretty sure, and because he knew that kukkaku and ganju did not understand what happened, he decided to hide it from them. isshin knew that he couldnt live on, and faked his death, then ran away with urahara and yorouchi at the same time because they were good friends. in the real world, he started a new life and met masaki, who looked similar to his previous wife.( i heard when you die in soul society, you are reborn as a new person in the real world in order to maintain balance. so this couldve really been his real wife.) he started a new life with her, and had 3 more kids. when she died, he was devastated, but hid it from his children. all the years when he was in the real world he regretted leaving his children in soul society. he decided to stay, and make life good for his 3 kids in the real world, for the sake of masaki. that is why ichigo looks like kaien and why he has high spirit energy.
i think that fills all the gaps!! this is just my theory.
That's an intriguing theory, but there are some things that I don't get.Originally Posted by nippyer
What do you mean when you say that he couldn't live on? And if he did die, then how would he have been snuck out of Soul Society in the first place? And why would they even bother sneaking him out if he would be brought back to life in the real world when he died, anyway? And what difference would it make if he had his memories or not if he never planned on seeing his children again, anyway?
i dont know... i just thought up of that while i was righting. i dont know, maybe something else happened. im good at making theories but everyone knows its hard to fill up the things that dont make sense
Well, I think that the only sticking point is the part about Isshin being near death in Soul Society--without that, I think it COULD be possible, even if it probably isn't the case. I wouldn't worry about it too much, though; like you said, it 's just speculation.Originally Posted by nippyer
personally i think Ichigo's relation to the Shiba clan and Kaien in particular will end up being the central issue that ties together all of the great mysteries of Bleach. This issue bugs me because Kubo seems to be dancing around the subject. He keeps leaving hints that do not seem to connect in any way at all, but instead open up mysteries of their own. the only common thread seems to be the fact that Kubo is intentionally laying groundwork for a future development that will profoundly impact the story.
here are those hints
-Isshin is a captain-class shinigami
-The Shiba clan suffered one of the worst disgraces in Soul Society history
-Ichigo bears strong resemblance to Kaien
individually those matters seem completely unrelated, but all three were extremely shocking pieces of info that directly connect to Ichigo, Kaien or both yet were left completely underdeveloped by Kubo. I think that Kubo is setting up for a huge revalation in the future regarding Ichigo and Kaien's appearance. while that fact wil be schocking enough, the real effect will be gained by the realization that all those mysteries are related and explained by one event.
then again, i have no actual proof that these are connected except for my own interperetation of Kubo's storywriting strategies
in short...yes, i do believe that Ichigo is related to the Shiba family in some way, but i believe that the reasoning behind it is one of the most intricate and hidden mysteries in the whole manga
I could buy it, but I definitely don't think that Kubo was planning this early on. I interpret his style of storytelling as setting up loose ends deliberately just to tie them all together with one or two big twists much later on. Aizen's betrayal is an example of that--you're theory could be another one. But it could just as easily be something else, because I honestly don't think Kubo knows yet, either.
This is also my theory, Kaien, kukakku, and Ganja are Isshin's first three childern born in his time in SS as a shinigami and Head of the shiba clan. There was an event that drove Isshin to flee SS with the Shiba clan in disgrace (maybe helping/with urahara). Back on earth Isshin starts a new life in a false body thats saps his powers, marries and has three more childern.Originally Posted by nippyer
IMHO it would be cool to link the Shiba clan and Ichigo.