Discussion On Aizen, the Ou Ken and the nature of the Espada

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In chapter 223 of the manga we have Aizen's objective, as understood by Captain Yamamoto, explained - to recreate the Ou Ken so he can open the dimension/space where the Spirit King lives, and thus be able to get to him. According to this, two things are required to resurrect or rebirth the Ou Ken, the Key of the King:

- an area of high spirit particle density, "a land rich of souls" which is explicitly stated as being Karakura town in this day and age, and;

- one hundred thousand or one million mod souls gathered in this place.

Edited Mangas appear to vary on the latter part. I am reading from M7 and that cites the million figure, but the hundred thousand apepars to show up more often. That is one for the translators, and perhaps an exact or literal translation would be great to have in considering this. Perhaps someone can shed a little light here? The exact figure is not important however, I think, except that it is a large number.

What IS important, vitally so, is the nature of these souls.

Again a precise translation would be a fine thing to have at hand right now! Mod souls are specified, but some Edited Mangas neglect the modified part.

If these couls simply be any souls, Aizen could conceivably unleash his hollows straight on Karakura town at any time, to the specified number, and the expected chaos ensues. This is one approach, but one can safely say that the Gotei 13 would anticipate something along those lines, and be ready to engage. It is not Aizen's way to be so obvious in approach, his is a subtler mind.

Assuming the standard artificial soul now - of which Kon is the dubious example - we can simply imagine Aizen driving through Karakura one fine sunny afternoon with a truckload of soul candy! A fatal blow to all who expected mayhem and confusion! This approach may not prove particularly realistic, however - there was a standing order for all these artifical souls to be disposed of. The Science Division excepted, these would not be readily available to those of Soul Society. Away? Who knows?

Loosening the definition of mod souls a little, what Aizen does have at hand is a ready supply of hollows experimented on, modified and created in his pursuit of the ideal shinigami/hollow hybrid.

All this stands or falls on two points. First, does Aizen have souls of the required type in the required numbers? He probably does. Or will. Second, how to introduce these into Karakura all at once? Soul Society will notice and take measures - thinking they know his intent here, one assumes they will try to put a stop to it.

So what alternative could Aizen possibly have? Menos.

Shipments of soul candy aside, this could be the most elegant solution for Aizen to employ. In his menos he certainly has no lack of souls. (From memory, Aarioniero had devoured something like thirty thousand hollows on his own, and he was only a gillian level arrancar. Would just three or four of these do the trick?) Between applying the hougyoku and his own experimentation, a good argument can be made that most of the Espada, apart from being a multitude of souls right there, are in a sense modified as well. As he is still supposedly gathering the vastolorde level menos together, then this is even more soul potential.

At first glance, it appears that Aizen is fashioning/influencing the Espada largely to face off against Soul Society. It is possible that he is doing to more to make the perfect source material for his creation of the Ou Ken. Given the numbers of ex or privaron Espada we seem to see loitering about, it could well be both! He has Espada to spare, after all - and with the possible exceptions of Gin and Tosen, it is not in Aizen's nature to be particularly troubled about sacrificing his minions, even the powerful ones, along the way.

Well, that's longer than I meant it to be, and again a speculative house of cards that may fall over at any point, bearing on issues of translation and people generally poking holes in it!
 

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