Nothing But The Rain: The 4th Level Secret Bleach Theory of Zangetsu’s true powers


 Back Once again with the Renegade Master…

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So after nearly a six month Hiatus, our Hero Ichigo is back with us once again in the current Manga arc, looking meaner than ever.

He’s Got new clothes

He’s got new swords

He’s got new training

He’s got new techniques

But he’s got the same old kick ass attitude to go with it.

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The real question is, does he have new powers as well????

My thoughts on this are, we will actually be seeing Ichigo with new techniques and new powers now as well. Specifically his Zanpakuto powers.

You see over the six odd years we’ve had this Manga, I’ve never believed that the powers we’ve been seeing from Ichigo were all he could do. Now that we know that Old Man Zangetsu has been holding back his Swag for all this time, we should  finally get to see him unleash his own powerset.

Let me discuss why I don’t think his current powers are zanpakuto specific and also delve into what his actual powers might be.

Enjoy

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The Getsuga related powers are not Zangetsu’s power set.

Ichigo’s most famous move is not power specific to him and is actually a relatively easy concept to perform if you are aware and your reiatsu is dense enough.

Let’s look at Ichigo’s explanation of the technique. Below is a quote from his fight with Byakuya

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At the instant of the slash, it absorbs my spiritual energy and releases and highly condensed spiritual energy at the tip of the blade. Magnifyig the slash attach and then flies forward, That is the Power of Zangetsu…

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So disregarding the last sentence (Since Ichigo knew nothing about Zangetsu at this time), let’s now look at all the variations of the Getsuga alongside who has been able to complete these technique.

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  • Ichigo Kurosaki revealing details of the technique for the first time

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  • Ichigo’s new variations of these moves

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  • Ginjou Kuugo using the technique when fighting against Ichigo

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  • Ichigo stores the Getsuga in his Blade to make his strikes harder.

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  • Ichigo uses the Final Getsuga Tenshou against Aizen

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  • Urahura Kisuke using the unnamed version of the technique to train Ichigo into learning it.

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  • Isshin using the technique against Aizen’s form

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  • Isshin using it against  Masaki’s inner hollow

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So this is a simple incident that since all of these characters have different power sets, and power types they shouldn’t all be able to perform the same move unless the move itself is a taught generic move, perhaps only capable by a select few or may be some kinda noble family secret.

Who knows.

The Getsuga-move set Technique Resembles a Hollow’s Cero

According to bleachwikia, a cero is described as

The practitioner fires a powerful blast of concentrated spiritual energy at the target.

When we compare this to the comment that Ichigo made about what the Getsuga Tenshou was, then they actually don’t sound too different. Infact, considering its a blast of concentrated reiatsu, one could state they are identical in makeup. The only difference being the region the reiatsu is fired from.

We are also told by Ulquoirra that a black Getsuga Tenshou is very similar in composition to the Hollow technique of the Cero, specifically, the black Cero, or Cero Obcsuras. This is the Cero Form that can be utilised by an Espada that has released their resurrection. One could argue the technique is Vasto Lorde Specific but that is debase for another time

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This makes sense since the first entity to showcase the black Getsuga Tenshou was actually Zangetsu, when he took over Ichigo’s body in his fight against Byakuya.

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The Cero Obscura and the Black Getsuga Tenshou even look similar in composition, with Black Reiatsu with a shimmering of the main colour of the individuals normal Cero Colour (Hollow Ichigo Fires Red Ceros from his fingertips and also from his Horns).

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So if we were to assume that it is a closer resemblance to the cero, then the technique becomes even less unique since there are a whole race of individuals who are able to fire off something similar. As with the hollows, the cero is not generically part of their unique Ressurection abilities but a staple move.

The Getsuga move set can be used in a sealed state, highlighting its not Zanpakuto Specific.

With respect to the Getsuga Tenshou, Isshin has even been able to complete this move multiple times with a sealed blade identifying that it is not a part of his zan’s specific powers (which is fire related with ‘Engetsu’).

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This again provides more evidence that the Getsuga Tenshou it is a generic type move and not a zanpakuto specific.

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The Getsuga-related move sets can be taught

The final getsuga tenshou is also a generic looking move that can be taught as is shown here by Ichigo and Isshin in the Dangai

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What is the Getsuga-related move set?

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To be honest, I believe that the use of the Getsuga related techniques are an old Zanjutsu  fighting style abandoned by the shinigami along time ago, perhaps during Yhwach’s time in soul soceity when he said the Gotei were more ruthless. It was probably abandoned by Yammamoto when he decided to change his ways.

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This makes sense since all the practioners seem to be pretty wise of the past history of soul society.  It also makes sense considering Ichigo learned the moves specifically from his Quincy avatar of Zangetsu who probably had memories of the original members of the Gotei using such a technique and was hence capable of passing on the knowlege while still being able to keep Zangetsu’s true powers dormant.

I’m almost certain that when we finally get the reveal of Ichigo’s true powerset, the history of the getsuga will be explained, most likely by Ichibei in a flashback scene.

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In any case,I’m getting a very specific Satsui No Hadou vibe from it, with alot of paraallels between Ryu and his evil Ryu form and Ichigo and his earlier morally ambigious hollow form. Perhaps Tite Kubo is a secret Streetfigher fan

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So what are Zangetsu’s specific power set?

So based on this, if the technique itself is not particularly unique or character specific, then what are the actual unique characteristics of Ichigo’s shinigami powers

Well we know speed is one, as he inherited from white and is showcased in his Bankai

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  • Ichigo’s speed blitzing against Byakuya

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  • White’s speed Blitz against Masaki

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but what else, surely that can’t be it?

Well in order to distinguish this, there are a few things we have as evidence.

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Squad members and Families in Bleach tend to have similar power sets

The first thing we have is the fact that there is a small connection between either family powers and also squad powers in bleach.

The tenth squad mostly have mele type attacks.

The 3rd squad are dedicated to healing

The first squad were related to ‘heat type’ effects such as fire and electricity

Also relations such as royd and loyd and also ___ and ___ have had similar ‘copycat’ powers at their disposal

So how can this help us.

Well, we can first start off with Ichigo’s relations, specifically his shinigami relations with Isshin Shiba. So we can look at all the other shibas and note if there is indeed a correlation in their powers. We also know form the ‘Everything but the rain’ mini arc, that Isshin was originally captain of the tenth squad before he decided to live his life out as a human/shinigami hybrid. Based on what is shown before, we should be able to also use previous and current squad ten members as evidence .

So for this exercise, we have the following characters to work with

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The Shibas

Isshin ShibaEngetsu – Fire generation and manipulation element zanpakuto

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Kaien ShibaNejibana – Apparent water generation and manipulation element type zanpakuto

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Kukaku Shiba – She has a zanpakuto but we are unaware of its name and skill set, she has been shown to be a fireworks expert though

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Ganju Shiba – He has a zanpakuto but we are unaware of its name or skill set but he is well versed in earth based kido, seppa which can turn anything into sand.

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Squad Ten

Toshiro HitugayaHyourimaru – Ice generation and manipulation based Zanpakuto

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Rangiku MatsumotoHaineko – Ash / air based zanpakuto

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Isshin  Shiba–  Engetsu – ‘fire’ based zanpakuto (As stated earlier)

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So is it fair to say there is definitely a theme going on here with regards to the elements. It would then not be such a stretch to say that Ichigo in theory should have an element type zanpakuto as his true shinigami power set.

The rest of the article is going to be based around this assumption, so if you don’t think it holds water (pun intended), then the rest won’t make sense to you either.

So with respect to this, if Ichigo does indeed have an element based Zanpakuto, is there anyway we can uncover with evidence throughout the book what this might be.

Well I think we can.

Firstly, we can cross off any of the abilities of living individuals we have seen so far from this list so we can say that Ichigo more than likely does not have a

  1. Fire based za
  2. Earth/Sand based zan
  3. Ice based zan
  4. Air/Ash based zan.

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So with that done, let’s see what evidence we can have to determine what type of element based Zanpakuto he may be wielding.

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The relationship between subconscious power release and emotions in bleach

In order to do this, I want to try and use as many clues as we can from the Manga. One of the biggest clues indirectly comes from an additional chapter Tite Kubo wrote called ‘Chapter -17’ which detailed the history of why Toshiro joined the Gotei 13

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Bleach Hitsugaya chapter

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When we first see Hitsugaya, we know that due to his strong latent power, he is able to exude the powers from his Zanpakuto spirit without even having a sword around him. Because of this, he is able to reduce the temperature of his room which causes the lady he refers to as his grandma to get sick. He also does all of this unconsciously without realising while he was asleep.

Based on a chance meeting with Matsumoto, she encourages him to join the Shinigami in order to control his powers.

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So here we see clearly it is possible for a shinigami with a large reiatsu to manifest their zanpakuto abilities without the use of an asauchi being present.

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Other Power releases without a Zanpakuto

Also as highlighted earlier, it is possible for people of significant power to be able to manifest their powers without their zan’s consciously. As highlighted above, Aizen was able to manipulate Yhwach’s perception of time

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The significance of the rain/water in bleach

So we all know that the use of the rain and the moon are used alot to set scenes in the bleach universe. Based off what I’ve concluded in the earlier chapter, perhaps the use of rain by Tite Kubo is not just a metaphor for despair, sorrow, mood setting and artistic signatory flair.

Moreso with the rain, when you look at the times it is either seen or referenced in the Manga, it does seem to appear more around specific characters, plot points and dramatic settings than the moon.

Could it actually be a representation of another hidden secret by Kubo.

Let’s have a look.

Here is a LONG  list of incidents when we have seen the presence of rain or huge bodies of water in the bleach universe. I apologise that this isn’t in any sort of story or published Chronological order but I’m gathered these as they came to me. In order to shorten the list, I will just relate them purely to the characters we have identified in the earlier sections in this piece. So there will be nothing relating to Harribel Tier here (just to clarify).

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  • White first appearance and fight with Isshin

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  • Ichigo vs Grand Fisher

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  • Reported rain with all appearances of white

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  • Masaki death

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  • Ichigo speaks to Isshin about his origins and his mother’s death

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  • Ichigo fight’s relunctance to fight with deadly force after his confrontation with ulquoirra floods his inner world  (inner world unseen)

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  • Ichigo finds out old man Zangetsu is not his Zanpakuto spirit

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  • Ichigo’s fight with Yhwach and his apparent time limit

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  • Ichigo finds his inner ribbon string/shinigami powers underwater

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  • Ichigo trains for the  final getsuga tenshou for three months underwater and becomes significantly stronger

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  •  Kaien’s death

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  • Ichigo retrieves his two zanpaktou

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  •  Ichigo’s body heals dramatically in hot springs while Bankai training

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  • Ichigo’s body healed dramatically while in hot springs and surviving in its harsh conditions easily

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  • Ginjo stealing Ichigo’s fullbring powers and him getting his shinigami powers back

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  • Ichigo meets Urahura for the first time

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  • Ichigo fights Byakuya, loses and Byakuya and takes Rukia back to Soul society

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  • Kaien’s Zanpakuto, Nejibana, is water related and shaped like a trident, like neptune, god of the seas

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  • Ichigo is troubled about his Zanpakuto and Yhwach’s revelation about his mother

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  • It rains rieatsu in heuco mundo when ulquiorra releases Murceialago

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  • Old Man Zangetsu reveals Ichigo’s true Zangetsu Powers Underwater

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  • Ichigo realises Uryu has sided with Ywhach

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So the majority of those scenes have Ichigo in them, with prelude scenes showcasing first Kaien Chronologically and then White having strong connections to the rain/water. These scenes mostly appear to be high emotional incidents that occur in the story.

Hitsugaya’s weather manipulation was at the cause of a high level of duress he was feeling at the time causing his latent powers to manifest

Could the rain / water be a latent use of Ichigo’s/White’s/Kaien’s true abilities in similar times of duress.

Not only this, but could there be a much stronger bond between these three characters that requires some deeper digging?

Well that will be the topic of my next analysis on this.

I just have a couple of things I want to finish up on.

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Old Man Zangetsu hiding Ichigo’s water specific Zanpakuto abilities

As we all know by now, Old man Zangetsu kept part of Ichigo’s powers separate for like forever, could it be argued that he kept the water based abilities of his Znpakuto secret for the act of self preservation.

For this particular point to make sense, you will have to read my theory on Yhwach’s potential weakness to water which I posted here.

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Perhaps the reason Ichigo’s inner world has water in it isn’t due to despair per say but the fact that it is actually supposed to be underwater. Or at the very least 50/50.

It’s also interesting itself that the Zangetsu sword the old man is wielding looks like a burning blade underwater.

Well what happens to water if you boil it, it tends to evaporate and then….eventually….it condenses and turns back into rain.

The 50/50 point also brings up an interesting notion considering Ichigo has two spirits in his inner world. a quincy spirit and a ‘shinigami’ spirit, both which are supposed to be opposites to one another.

It’s just interesting that when you look at orihime’s poem, you get the notion that Ichigo is supposed to be the proverbial rain, the metaphoric entity who will eventually bridge the gap between these two races.

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When you look at it all like that, it all kinda makes sense, doesn’t it.

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The Storm after the Calm

This isn’t a new theory but I thought I would put it together as a springbox for my next topic. It’s also nice to have all your evidence in one place rather than scurrying around all over the next for information. So feel free to use it all for your own theories.

unfortunately, it’s very likely that I am wrong in this case, perhaps I’ve just been watching too much Legend of Korra and enjoy seeing a Water Bending Avatar throw down.

Also any shonen characters of lore have been known to spam the same move over and over and over till the end of their story runs, you’ll see a lot of power upgrades and variations of their spam move but you’ll be hard pushed to see new powers altogether.

Perhaps we are destined to have the Getsuga Tenshou being used forever. Oh well.

Time for another Bleach themed ending.

Toodle pip, until next time

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