Discussion Extrapolating Isshin's, Shunsui's and Ukitake's bankai

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- Shunsui :
The theme seems to be a duality between childish, nice guy behaviour (his usual apparent personality, and the first half of the release chant : "the petal storm swirls, the flower god sings") and a darker side (his ruthlessness in combat, the second part of the release chant : "the dark storm rages, the sky demon smirks" - which by the way is officially the most badass chant of all Bleach). Also Ukitake said that his bankai is something that shouldn't be used when so many people are around. That could be meant either that it has a risk of friendly fire, or that it has "tricks" that shouldn't be revealed unless absolutely necessary.

So my guess is this : in his bankai, there are two main modes : "god flower" and "sky demon". By default he is in "god flower" mode, with petty tricks and mainly defensive/immobilization techniques (I'm thinking flower clones, blinding your opponent...). After a while, or specific requirement are met, he gains the possibility of switching to murderous "sky demon" mode, and then unlocks a very destructive technique.


- Ukitake :
His theme is sea and lightning, if his release chant is any indication : "All the waves are my shield, the thunder is my sword". It's easier to make a guess : his abilities are divided among defensive and water-based (bam, you're in whirlpool and can't move, this type of thing) and offensive and lightning-based (not very original). I'm thinking the synergy between him and Shunsui, mentionned by Yamamoto, might be because his powers are reliable and complete, and he can support effectively Shunsui until his more capricious zanpakuto decides to get useful...

- Isshin :
We know his powers are fire-based, and his bankai is a burden on his body. We also know he can apparently use his blood to breath fire in shikai... And he has a version of Getsuga Tenshou which appear to be fire rather than a slash of pure reiatsu.

Given what we have seen of Old Man Genocide's bankai, it's hard to come up with an idea for a fire type zanpakuto which does not scream "sorry I'm not awesome as Zanko no Tachi". Especially since it was so polyvalent. So I've got nothing more than he kind of burns up his blood to raise his power, kind of like Keikoku in Samurai Deeper Kyo (sorry about the aweful reference). That, and he can shoot fireballs.

What are your thoughts ?
 

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