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Shukai (主解, Mastered Release) is the third and final upgraded form of the Zanpakutō. It is the form of the Zanpakutō that displays both the Shinigami and the Zanpakutō's true form and power. Like with Bankai, the Zanpakutō recieves a new name based on its upgraded abilities. However, unlike with Bankai, the Shinigami themselves also recieves a new name.
- 1 History
- 2 Overview
- 3 Requirements
- 4 Attainment
- 5 Known Users
- 6 Appearances in Other Media
- 7 Trivia
- 8 See also
- 9 References
According to Soul Society legend, thousands of years before the Gotei 13's foundation and the rule of a Spirit King, a line of Shinigami existed that possessed the inborn ability to use Shukai; an ability beyond the traditional final form of the Zanpakutō — Bankai. It seems a user of Shukai appeared around the time the three planes of existence (the World of the Living, Hueco Mundo, and Soul Society) lost their balance of souls. The Shukai users have saved the worlds from the disaster caused by this imbalance each time.
After the formation of the Gotei 13 and the current order of the Spiritual World, Shukai users stopped appearing and, over the centuries, began to be regarded as merely a myth. However, shortly after the foundation of these spiritual organizations, a woman from Rukongai gave a prophecy of a "final" Shukai user that would come into existence and once again stop a calamity from befalling the universe.
Ōetsu Nimaiya, the first user of Shukai, and the creator of the form as the Zanpakutō's creator, disavows the genetic lineage of Shukai, claiming that it is only a coincidence. Shukai is only reserved for few Shinigami because of its strict requirements. Being the form beyond the Bankai, the first and most noticeable difference between Shukai and Bankai is the power increase. Similarly too how Bankai is ten times more powerful than Shikai, Shukai is ten times more powerful than Bankai (one hundred times more powerful than Shikai). Ōetsu notes that both Shinigami and Zanpakutō, upon achieving Shukai, stand on a plane high above other Shinigami and Zanpakutō.
Keeping true with its name (mastered release), the Shukai is the completed form of both the Shinigami and Zanpakutō. Ōetsu has noted that, no matter what form the Zanpakutō previously took, a Shukai will always take the form of a weapon that magnifies the power of the Shinigami's ability to the fullest. For example, Raian Getsueikirite's Shukai takes the form of a large war fan, as his ability is wind. According to Ōetsu, the weapon in Shukai is literally the manifested form of a Shinigami's soul and, therefore, unlike Bankai, cannot be broken by any means. Additionally, the abilities in which the Zanpakutō wielded in both Shikai and Bankai are mastered to finality.
Like with Bankai, in Shukai the Zanpakutō gains a new, longer, name which reflect its new abilities and personality. Unlike in previous release forms, however, the Shinigami themselves actually receives a new name, reflecting the very nature of their soul.
Unlike Shikai or Bankai, Shukai's release seems to be finite. After usage, the Shinigami who used it eventually loses the ability to use it ever again. While this time varies between users, it was shown that four months after his first usage of Shukai, though he had used it several times within this gap, Raian had lost his Shukai completely.
- Achievement of Bankai: The wielder must have achieved and mastered their Bankai forms.
- Materialization of Bankai Spirit: As with the achievement of Bankai, the wielder must be able to manifest the physical spirit of their Zanpakutō's Bankai within the real world.
- Genuine Affection for the Zanpakutō: Ōetsu has stated that Shinigami such as Suì-Fēng, who is known to hate her Bankai, are genuinely incapable of performing Bankai. In the same manner, Shinigami such as Ichigo Kurosaki are also completely incapable of obtaining Shukai, due to the fact that he does not possess true love for his Zanpakutō. He claims that it is this requirement that makes Shukai such a rare release, as it is truly rare that a Shinigami feel a genuine connection to one's Zanpakutō.
There is only one method of Shukai obtainment. It is known by only by Ōetsu Nimaiya and can only be administered by him in the Royal Palace city of Tenkyūden. The ritual is known as the Ketsurui (血涙, Tears of Blood) and takes place at the Kōruihora (紅涙洞, Cave of Bitter Tears).
- Using the unique powers of the Kōruihora, the Zanpakutō spirit, in its Bankai state, is completely split from the Shinigami, making them two completely separate beings. Following this, a unique Reijutsu is activated, materializing the supreme fears of the Shinigami and the Zanpakutō into a mirage, which takes the form of a single entity; the culmination of their fears and nightmares.
- Both the Shinigami and the Zanpakutō then must defeat this entity. However, there is a catch; the entity is incapable of being defeated unless the Zanpakutō and the Shinigami are completely synchronized emotionally and are united in a single purpose. According to Ōetsu, this is another reason that Shukai is impossible for Ichigo Kurosaki, as both Ichigo and his Tensa Zangetsu have different things they want to protect. In order to defeat this dark entity, both the Shinigami and their Zanpakutō must learn each others strengths and weaknesses and fight together as one entity, despite being physically separate, and be united in their desire, in order to defeat the darkness within. Ōetsu explains this better by saying they must be like two rivers that merge perfectly and become indistinguishable from one another.
This ritual is extraordinarily dangerous and deadly. Once started, Ōetsu is incapable of stopping it, regardless of the outcome. To survive, the Shinigami and the Zanpakutō must kill the dark entity that results from the ritual, or face death themselves.
Appearances in Other Media
According to the author, Shukai will have a major role in Bleach: Reverse of the Moon.
- The members of the Getsueikirite Family are noted to have a particular affinity for this ability.
What is a Shukai? ›
Shukai (主解, Mastered Release) is the third and final upgraded form of the Zanpakutō. It is the form of the Zanpakutō that displays both the Shinigami and the Zanpakutō's true form and power. Like with Bankai, the Zanpakutō recieves a new name based on its upgraded abilities.What is above Shukai? ›
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The theory is that his Bankai has the power to make the impossible a reality (i.e. Yhwach tries to alter the future and shatter his Bankai again and it only cracks, a seemingly impossible accomplishment).Can a bankai be stolen? ›
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8 Shikai Stronger Than Bankai: Zangetsu
Zangetsu has proven capable of taking on highly trained combatants without much damage to either itself or its user, Ichigo Kurosaki. However, the double Zangetsus, incorporating the young Shinigami's inner Hollow and Quincy, form a far stronger Shikai than ever seen before.
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Why is Bleach called Bleach? ›
After that, the series was meant to be named "Black" due to the color of the Soul Reapers' clothes, but Kubo thought the title was too generic. He later tried the name of "White", but came to like "Bleach" more for its association with the color white and that he did not find it too obvious.What is Ichigo new Zanpakutō? ›
The Thousand-Year Blood War arc
Later, during the forging of Ichigo's new Zanpakutō, Nimaiya reveals this happened because Zangetsu is Ichigo's real Zanpakutō, for the inner Hollow inherited from his mother fused with his Shinigami powers and became his Zanpakutō.
After getting stabbed and accepting the spirit's blade, Ichigo is finally able to achieve the Final Getsuga Tensho, which he revealed to Aizen was to become Getsuga itself.What is Ichigo's final bankai called? ›
Ichigo's Bankai is called Tensa Zangetsu, and he obtained it through a special but dangerous method of training.How many forms does Ichigo have? ›
Despite Ichigo Kurosaki being incredibly popular among the Bleach fanbase, not everyone knows about all ten of his transformations.Is there a fire Bankai? ›
Bankai: Zanka no Tachi (残火の太刀, "Longsword of the Remnant Flame"): In its Bankai, the blade takes the form of an ancient and worn katana, severely scorched by fire. Zanka no Tachi Bankai Special Ability: Upon activation, any flames produced by Ryūjin Jakka are absorbed into the blade.What happens if a Bankai breaks? ›
6 Bankai Are Somewhat Fragile
Worse yet, with few exceptions, a broken bankai will never regain its former power or shape, and it is ruined for good. So, anytime a captain uses such a weapon in combat, they must make sure that they are not exposing their trump card to extreme danger.
Bleach's Captain Aizen was never seen using a bankai. However, with his shikai, he could convince everyone that he had one. Bleach was one of the "big three" of its era, and will return in October 2022 with the anime's "Thousand-Year Blood War" story arc.Who is the God of Bleach? ›
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Yammy is also "Espada Number 0", as the "1" on his tattoo flakes off through his Resurrección, and thus the most powerful Espada. Yammy primarily uses his brute strength, along with bala and Cero blasts, in battle, taking little interest in using his sword unless he is overwhelmed.
Who is No 1 in Bleach? ›
1) Yhwach. The Son of the Soul King, Yhwach, is the most powerful character in Bleach.Who is the #1 Zanpakutō creator? ›
Master Swordsmith: Nimaiya is the creator of the Zanpakutō and therefore the foremost authority on its history, construction, and capabilities.Who is the most powerful Zanpakutō? ›
1) Ryujin Jakka
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Ryūjin Jakka is known as being the oldest and most powerful fire-type Zanpakutō, and has greater offensive power than all other Zanpakutō in Soul Society.What is the fastest Zanpakutō? ›
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Originally, Aizen carried a zanpakutō called Kyōka Suigetsu (鏡花水月, literally "flower in the mirror, moon on the water").Who is the oldest Soul Reapers? ›
Yamamoto looks old because he is old; in fact, he looked as though he was in his early 50s when he founded the Gotei 13. He is more than 2,100 years old, which makes him the oldest known Soul Reaper.How many years can a Soul Reaper live? ›
Soul Reapers are not at all human, despite their appearance. They are powerful souls with long life spans, and they can live for centuries while aging slowly but surely. The oldest is Yamamoto, who is over 1,000 years old, and Captain Byakuya Kuchiki is probably at least 200 years old.Who is the 2nd strongest Soul Reaper? ›
2) Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
Yamamoto was the Captain Commander of the Gotei 13 over a millennium, because no Shinigami were stronger than him.
What is Zangetsu's true name? ›
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Rukia's Bankai, Hakka no Togame, is still a bit mysterious because it has only been used once. When using it, Rukia's hair and body turn completely white, and she is dressed in a pure white kimono, looking much like the mythical Yuki-onna (snow woman) of Japanese folklore.Who is Ichigo sister? ›
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After the Great Soul King War, Halibel returned to Hueco Mundo along with Nelliel and her friends. With Aizen gone, she became the ruler of Hueco Mundo, but when a child with Spiritual Pressure different from either Soul Reapers or Hollows attacks, she makes her way to the Soul Society.Why is it called Ichigo? ›
Korea and China, Japan's old trading partners, have their own proper names for strawberry. It is supposed that the word 'Ichigo' came from 'Ichibiko', the common name of what seems to be Rubus, Potentilla or Duchesnea described in a history book in early 8th century.Why was Bleach canceled? ›
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Zangetsu is Ichigo's Zanpakuto, and when he first spoke to his master, Ichigo's inner world was full of skyscrapers.Why is Zangetsu a Hollow? ›
He is the result of Ichigo inheriting the Hollow known as White from his mother Masaki Kurosaki, as well as his Shinigami powers from his father, Isshin Kurosaki.What does Zangetsu mean in English? ›
Written as 斬月 (literally "Moon Cutting"). A sword used by the character Ichigo Kurosaki in the Bleach series. Written as 斬月 (literally "Slaying Moon").
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What is Ichigo's bloodline? ›
His father is a "Shinketsu" (真血, Pure Blood, Viz "True Blood") (member of a noble clan, born in Soul Society) soul with captain-class Shinigami status, and his mother was a pure-blood Quincy. This makes Ichigo rare, for he is a mixed-blood Quincy with Shinigami powers.What is Ichigo's mask called? ›
The Hollow mask was originally a sign of Ichigo's possession by the Hollow within him, but after his training with the Vizard it has become indication that he is merely utilizing his Hollow powers.Who is the Quincy King? ›
The Quincy King Yhwach is the primary antagonist of Bleach's Thousand-Year Blood War arc. He is the biggest threat to the sustained existence of Soul Society, and in the past was able to go toe-to-toe with a prime Captain Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto at full power and live to tell the tale.What is Renjis bankai name? ›
During the events of the Thousand Year Blood War, Renji begins training under the leader of Squad Zero, Ichibe Hyosube, who eventually reveals the true name of Renji's Bankai: Soo Zabimaru.Why did Ichigo's sword change? ›
Gaining fullbring powers affected the form of his soul, so even though they were taken away, when he regained his soul reaper powers, the effects manifested in his bankai and his sword also changed.What God is Ichigo? ›
What God is Ichigo? Ichigo has often been referred to as a Primal God or Ancient by the Elves, this refers to a powerful spirit, often an animal, that lives in nature.What is Ichigo a hybrid of? ›
Ichigo was way more than he seemed to be at the beginning of the series, and it was later revealed he was actually the son of a Soul Reaper captain and a full-blooded Quincy, the latter of whom held the Hollow known as White within them.Who created Getsuga Tenshou? ›
Hanzei Kurosaki, the first known member of the Kurosaki family, used a primitive version of Getsuga Tenshō, called Mugetsu Tenshō (無月天衝, "Moonless Sky Heaven-Piercer"), which laid the foundations for Getsuga Tenshō to be developed.What are the 3 stages of a Zanpakutō? ›
Zanpakuto only have 2 releases (though you could say they have 3 forms/states: sealed, Shikai and Bankai).What is bleach bankai called? ›
Bankai (卍解, Final Release) is the second and final upgraded form of a Zanpakutō. Prior to Ichibē Hyōsube giving this form its name, it was known as a Shinuchi (真打, True Strike), and when a Shinigami achieved it, they would possess an "Evolved Zanpakutō" (進化した斬魄刀, Shinkashita Zanpakutō).
What does Rukias Bankai mean? ›
When Rukia's Bankai was first introduced in the manga, fans learned its name is White Haze Punishment. The power-up allows Rukia to extend the reach of her frosty powers and bring the surrounding temperature down to absolute zero.Does Kenpachis Zanpakutō have a name? ›
Nozarashi (野晒) is the manifested spirit of Kenpachi Zaraki's Zanpakutō.Who is the most powerful Zanpakuto? ›
1) Ryujin Jakka
Genryusai Yamamoto, Captain Commander of the Gotei 13, unquestionably possesses the most powerful Zanpakuto in Bleach: Ryujin Jakka.
The speed at which the sword extends and contracts is originally said to be 500 times the speed of sound (171,500 meters per second), reaching its full length in less than 1/10 of a second, making it the fastest zanpakutō.What is the strongest sword in Bleach? ›
- 1 RYUJIN JAKKA. The devastating flame Zanpakuto of the former Captain Commander of the Gotei 13, Genryusai Yamamoto.
- 2 KYOKA SUIGETSU. ...
- 3 KATEN KYOKOTSU. ...
- 4 SAKANADE. ...
- 5 ZANGETSU. ...
- 6 SENBONZAKURA. ...
- 7 NOZARASHI. ...
- 8 BENIHIME. ...
Being the form beyond the Bankai, the first and most noticeable difference between Shukai and Bankai is the power increase. Similarly too how Bankai is ten times more powerful than Shikai, Shukai is ten times more powerful than Bankai (one hundred times more powerful than Shikai).What is the longest Zanpakutō? ›
Lumino Taishou (虹霞, Shining General) is Kakashi's zanpakuto. It has been dubbed the longest zanpakuto in Soul Society, as when he stands it up, it is even taller than he is. It has a long golden sheath, a yellow hilt and a gold guard. It's release command is "March forward".Which Bankai is the weakest? ›
1 INCREDIBLY WEAK: Ichigo Kurosaki — Tensa Zangetsu
Ichigo's original Bankai might've been visually pleasing in a very minimal, but the Bankai's power paled in comparison to some of the top dogs in Soul Society.
Byakuya's Bankai, named Senbonzakura Kageyoshi (千本桜景厳, literally "Vibrant Scape of a Thousand Cherry Blossoms"), is essentially a much larger version of Senbonzakura's Shikai. To activate it, Byakuya drops his sword. The sword passes through the ground and two rows of giant blades rise up from the ground.What is a broken Bankai? ›
A broken bankai can be repaired to LOOK the same, but when a Bankai is broken, it loses A LOT of power.
What is Ichigo sword name? ›
His sword, Zangetsu, also ranked third in the Zanpakutō popularity polls. In the 2007 Japanese Newtype magazine poll, Ichigo was ranked one of the best male anime characters.Who was the 2nd Kenpachi? ›
Kenpachi Shūjo (醜女 剣八, Shūjo Kenpachi) was the second captain of the 11th Division in the Gotei 13. Her lieutenant at that time is unknown.Is Yachiru a bankai? ›
"Yachiru represents a form of Kenpachi's Bankai that was separated from its main body, and which gained the power of a Shinigami upon receiving a name from Kenpachi. The true embodiment of Nozarashi is that of a grown woman.What is Ichigo's true bankai name? ›
Ichigo's Bankai is called Tensa Zangetsu, and he obtained it through a special but dangerous method of training.