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What purpose does the Broken Arrancar Mask serve?


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I'm sure you've all noticed that the Arrancar have broken fragments of their Hollow masks remaining upon their faces. After some thought, I came up with a few ideas of what they could mean.

  1. Nothing. Perhaps Kubo simply liked the idea of designing them that way for stylistic purposes and they have no other purpose other than to mark an Arrancar.
  2. A Final Release. Arrancar are Hollows that have gained Shinigami powers. Shinigami have two releases, yet as of now the Arrancar only have one. Perhaps, in contrast to the Vizard, High-level Arrancar have the ability to temporarily remove their masks in order to gain a Bankai-like state that represents not merely a full release of their Hollow powers, but a perfect fusion of both sets. If this is the case, it begs the question of why it has not been seen. Perhaps there is some condition that must be met, much like the Bankai. Or perhaps only a Vasto Lorde is capable of it
  3. Suicide Move. As we have learned with Nell, her broken mask leaked energy and so she was reduced to a child to conserve it. This implies that the mask plays some role in sealing or regulating energy. Perhaps if it were ever pulled off, all an Arrancar's reiatsu would be released in a single moment, leading to their demise and a powerful explosion.
  4. Power Source. Shinigami have certain spots on their souls that generate reiatsu. If these spots are damaged enough, the shinigami loses all ability to use their powers. Perhaps the masks serve a similar purpose. Perhaps the mask generates Hollow powers. If this is the case, then removal of the Arrancar mask would result in an Arrancar losing at least half of their power, assuming the Shinigami powers aren't sealed as well. This could also explain why damage to Nell's mask resulted in her loss of power.

I'm partial to the Suicide Move personally, but I'd like to hear other thoughts as well.
 

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