Shunsui and Nanao vs Lille! Shinken Hakkyouken – Bleach 652

Bleach 652 shows the true relationship between Shunsui and Nanao, after her mother gave him the Hakkyouken sword, she was executed. Nanao recruited into Squad 8 when she finally realized that he’s the man who talked to her mother, the man with the hair pin and pink kimono. Nanao is able to use the Shinken Hakkyouken to cut Lille when Shunsui aids her in this battle.

Bleach 652 begins as Nanao faces forward with her Shinken Hakkyouken, Lille asks what sword she has. All Lille can see is a tacky, shiny sword as he’s unable to see the true form. It shines so brightly that one cannot even see the blade. Nanao is glad as the sword reflects the ability of the God it’s facing off against.

If it’s reflecting the light from his eyes, it means that it’s diffusing the light that he’s emanating. Lille doesn’t understand but he’s happy that she refers him to as a God. Nanao steps forward as tries her best to strike him. We go to the past where Nanao’s mother talks to a man, she mentions that the sword she holds is something that will only respond to the Ise House.

No misfortune will fall on him, there is only this man who she can trust except for those in the Ise House. She tries to give him the sword as Nanao listens quietly from inside the house. The first thing she notices was the hairpins on this man. People talk about this man who is a captain and visits the head master often.

Nanao notices that she watches him from afar, he always wore a cloak with a woman’s kimono, it was a common pattern that you could find anywhere. The only sentiment was that she knew her mother had a similar one. She also notices that hairpins, they were just like her mothers.

Nanao once day notices that she has been proposed to join the 8th Division of the Gotei 13. At the time, she was living with people who were friends of the Ise family, after her mother had died. They treated Nanao like their own daughter. Still, Nanao was unable to make the Asauchi that was provided, she did not have a zanpakuto, thus she had thought she could get into the Kido Corps.

However, somehow she was assigned to the 8th Squad. Nanao went to meet her captain when she quickly noticed that it was the person with the hairpin. Shunsui had changed his haori and removed the hairpins, Nanao quickly noticed that it was him. It was Shunsui who had accepted the Shinken Hakkyouken from her mother.

We return to the present as Nanao strikes and cuts Lille’s arm. Lille however parried the attack and quickly learned that this sword could be a problem later on. Thus he charges up an attack where he plans on attack Nanao with. It gets brighter and brighter as Nanao notices that it’s going to be a big attack.

Lille mentions that he shall not let his guard down as a God. Shunsui remembers that he had always blamed himself, he learned about the execution a day late when the Central 46 put out an order to execute Nanao’s mother due to the loss of the Shinken Hakkyouken. We move onto when Shunsui’s brother gave him the hairpins.

Shunsui realises that those who give him precious things eventually die, it’s a heavy burden and one most difficult to bear. He thus asks Nanao to forgive him for taking charge of her own sword, and that she shall take the weight off his shoulders. He mentions that he shall protect her. Shunsui appears from her shadow and tells her that it’s time to go. Bleach 652 ends here.

A magnificent chapter, so much awesomeness was incorporated into this crazy chapter. Like other chapter which seem short, this one was definitely not. Nanao and Shunsui will definitely kill Lille, I think. And the past about Shunsui’s hairpins and cloak have been revealed. Can’t wait for next week’s Bleach 653 when the battle intensifies further.

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  1. nickdunnaquatic

    So I guess the time line isn’t messed up after all. Nanao is pretty old than. Shunsui and Jushiro were the first Shinigami that graduated the Academy to become Captains. They even mentioned Shinji and Aizen as Captain and Lieutenant of 5th Division. Her skill in Kido is amazing. So basically, her now Zanpakuto Shinken Hakkyouken, has the ability to reflect the power of a celestial being or god, and can cut that being. Sense she did cut off Lille’s left am. Just shows how corrupted Central 46 is for executing her mother. This Zanpakuto must really be a curse, because the elderly couple that took Nanao in had an elderly man. He didn’t die when marrying his wife. Unless they aren’t married and just a couple.

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  2. Trinin ninja

    I expected nanao to have shunsui’s assistance in dealing with lille. She actually manages to do some damage to lille. I like how his arm was dispersed into the 8 directions like the legend of her sword says. But lille is still an elite sternritter so it was obvious that a vice captain would not end the battle by her loneself. I’m expecting the finishing blow to dealt to lille probably next chapter. Either way like I said before I don’t see how this fight is going to go past chapter 655.

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    1. nickdunnaquatic

      This fight will end soon. But I believe it will end in 653 or maybe 655. Now That Lille knows what her Zanpakuto can do, he’ll be more aware. I’m glad Shunsui is helping. It makes it more realistic sense he’s a Schutzstaffel.

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        1. nickdunnaquatic

          Also, did you notice how Kubo kept pushing the time for the flashback? I mean, first Shunsui sees her mother when he’s older but not a Captain when Nanao was a child. Than she enters in the 8th Division right before the the events with the Visord. Than we go to her mother being executed right when Shunsui and Jushiro graduate the Academy. I guess these two aren’t as old as I thought. I’m having my doubts that Shunsui and Jushiro were part of the original Gotei 13. Maybe they became Captains right after they graduated? Which was 1000 years ago? That means Nanao is older than she seems.

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  3. rahmaru

    there is contradiction over here…as we know Ise still a child like Kusajishi in 103 years before…
    and Shin’o Academy was founded in 2000 years ago and Gotei 13 in 1000 years ago, yet this chapter shows us that Ukitake and Kyoraku are not wearing captain haori, means that Gotei 13 still not exists…
    if so, means that Ise is more than 1000 years old, yet after 900 years has past she still in child form???
    i confused, when Kyoraku run into Yamamoto’s room when he was kid, Yamamoto also didn’t wearing captain haori, shows us that Gotei 13 still not exists at that time…or maybe i am wrong…

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    1. nickdunnaquatic

      Is it possible that Shunsui and Jushiro are under 2000 years old? I mean Chojiro isn’t. I don’t actually remember the flashback with Chibi Shunsui and Yamamoto at his Academy. I’ll look back at the chapter and see. It seems clear that Nanao isn’t that much younger than Shunsui. This would make way more sense if Kubo just made Nanao look the same as she does now 100 years ago and have this flashback of her as a child graduating from the Academy. Like all the Visord look the same.

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      1. rahmaru

        i said so because in Turnback Pendelum Arc, Ukitake’s said only four of them (Yama, Unohana, Kyo, and him) been a captains for more than hundred years, in which exclude Kuchiki Ginrei in the count when Ginrei also a captain at that time…
        but the problem is Nanao still a child in 103 years ago while Ukitake and Kyoraku already looks like they are in the middle of their age in Pendelum Arc, yet this chapter shows that Nanao is STILL a child for at least 203 years ago (before Uki/Kyo become captains and they are so young)…what i’m trying to say is how come Kyoraku aging so fast just in 100 years but Nanao kept her child state for more of hundred years?

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        1. nickdunnaquatic

          I have no idea to be honest. I don’t know why Nanao ages so slow but in 100 years she’s a grown adult. It actually wasn’t stated that Shunsui and Jushiro were only Captains for 203 years. It was only stated that when Hikifune was promoted, Shunsui, Jushiro, Unohana, and Yamamoto were the only ones that were Captains for over 100 years.

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          1. rahmaru

            yup when Hikifune was promoted to RG, Ukitake and Kyoraku already becomes the captains for at least 100 years at that time,,,plus with 10 years after Urahara became a captain (Nanao still a child)…then plus with 100 years after Vizard incident…then plus with 3 years after Aizen was defeated…then if we total up, Kyoraku became captain for at least 213 years (100 +10 + 100 + 3)

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            1. nickdunnaquatic

              Oh ya fair enough. I should have done the math myself. Thanks dude 🙂 if Shunsui and Jushiro became Captains for at least 213 years, how come Shunsui as a child was with Yamamoto at his Academy with his appearance from 1000 years ago? Also, the whole Nanao age thing is so weird. I was thinking maybe she just ages longer like Hiyori. But I was wrong. Before she became a Visord, Hiyori was around Toshiro’s age, so was Akon, Nanao, Rangiku, Gin, and Shuuhei. While they all grew to be adults, Hiyori didn’t. The Hollowfication stunned her growth.

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              1. rahmaru

                maybe Kubo also bit confusing at that time…haha
                1st: the period when Kyoraku is not a captain until he’s became captain is taking at least 100 of years but Nanao keep her child appearance during that period…
                2nd: the period when visord incident until Aizen incident also 100 of years, but Nanao grew drastically…
                if Nanao have genetic like Hiyori, its fine, but she clearly not…

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                1. nickdunnaquatic

                  Hopefully this is something Kubo can answer in the next chapter. If not than the flash back from 1000 years ago would help. I want to know if Shunsui and Jushiro are original Captains. Do you remember the novel The Spirits Are forever with you? Kubo said that novel is very close to being canon. More so than any filler arc. In the novel, Shunsui said he was friends with Kuruyashiki, the 7th Kenpachi, over 300 years ago as Captains, he along with Jushiro, Unohana, and Hikifune were already Captains. Shinji said he was not a Captain. If this is true, than Shunsui didn’t become a Captain 203 years ago, he became one longer. So that means whatever is wrong with Nanao’s growth is more unusual.

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                  1. rahmaru

                    yup i’m also believe that Kyoraku and Ukitake become captains for more than 200 years….they are the first graduates to become captains…and Shin’o Academy was exists way before Gotei13 was founded Yamamoto…where i believe that Gotei13 was establish to eliminate the Quincy

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                    1. nickdunnaquatic

                      So that means Nanao is almost or is 1000 years old. Wow how strange. Well I believe that too. Shunsui and Jushiro were 8th and 13th, Yamamoto and Unohana were 1st and 11th, Ichibei maybe 5th, Shutara and Oetsu 3rd and 7th, and Hikifune and Tenjiro 12th and 4th. The others are up in the air.

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  4. Trinin ninja

    Is it not annoying how the girls need help to defeat their enemies (nemu, nanao, etc) except for yoruichi? Why can’t the girls defeat their enemies for a change? I can’t remember a single time where a female defeated a male in bleach other than rangiku beating that arrancar. If there were other times I would like to hear them because this is getting ridiculous.

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    1. nickdunnaquatic

      Ya I’ve noticed that too. Although Rangiku isn’t the only one. Sui-Feng defeated Ggio. I believe she’ll have a rematch with BG9 and he will kill Omeada. Also, Liltotto Killed Pepe by herself, as well as Meninas. Pernida defeated Zaraki. (I know she’s a hand for now, but I believe Pernida is female.) Giselle Zombified like four Captain level opponents. To be fair, they are just lieutenants. In fact, I look at it as Nemu and Nanao needed to help Mayuri and Shunsui because Pernida and Lille are too powerful For them.

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      1. nickdunnaquatic

        Oh ya I forgot. Nelliel defeated Nnoitra many times when they were Espada. The reason she was struggling against him when she transformed was because her mask kept leaking Reiatsu, making her weaker the longer she stayed in her true form. Now that Kisuke gave her that bracelet that fixed this program, she’s good to go. Bambietta also defeated Shinji with her Vollständig. Candice and Meninas defeated Zaraki. Riruka used Rukia as a human container. Does that count as a win? Cause Tsukishima injured her with his Book Of End. Shutara killed Nianzol Weizol. And finally Unohana defeated Zaraki so many times for 3 days straight, using her healing Kido to revive him over and over until he reached his full potential.

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        1. nickdunnaquatic

          Man me and my brain farts! Rukia defeated Aaroniero and Rudbornn. She also defeated As Nodt. Yes she has help from Byakuya. But I believe she would have killed As without his help.

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    2. rahmaru

      Unohana is the criminal before, so she killed thousand of people in the past and also Zaraki…..Matsumoto also beat Kira in the past…Kusajishi overpower the fake sternritter V (also forgot his name, but something with Lee)…

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  5. Trinin ninja

    Thanks you guys for the refresher but still why can’t kubo make more females defeat strong characters. I’m not saying they should defeat the elite sternritter one on one but maybe they could beat them after the captains wear the Quincies down a little. I’m just saying that I wouldn’t mind seeing a female deal the finishing blow to a powerful opponent.

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    1. nickdunnaquatic

      Fair enough. I understand. If this helps , I have a feeling Yoruichi is going to be the one to fight Askin one on one. She’s the 2nd Strongest person in Ichigo’s Group and she’s also the smartest. After Askin defeats a few people (most likely Grimmjow and someone else) she will step in. I also believe when Pernida returns, she will be in her human form and will take on one of the returning Royal Guard. I believe she will take on Shutara. That’s just what I think will happen.

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  6. Josephia Jeremiah Bhwanah

    forgive me if i rephrase back abit since i didnt get to contribute sooner to this thread but i dont think Shunsui & Jushiro were part of the original gotei members & we dont know for sure that they were actually 13 squads before the introduction of the new gotei which i believe was the one that came along with the structure of 13 squads since i remember reading somewhere that the 13 squads were introduced in the new gotei to add to its efficiency unlike the old original squads were ther wasnt specilized squads within it..All we know is that the was something acting as the gotei but it was nothing like the current gotei with 13 squads, & another thing what we know is dat the first captains of the current 13 gotei were
    1.”Yama”(who likely also was part of the old gotei)
    2.”Unohana”(not so sure she was, since its only said Yama recruited her so as they can start the shiro academy from wat i have gathered & its said that she was a diabolical criminal before then, not so sure she was part of the original gotei)
    3. Jushiro & 4. Kyoraku( first graduates from the Shiro academy)
    & again, we dont know for sure if they started off all out with 13 captains or they this followed afterwards, but wat i can tell u straight its that if ther were other captains then either from the original gotei or from the academy graduates i dont think Kubo could have missed mentioning them, the fact that Jushiro & Kyoraku are actually mentioned as the first graduates one of first captains of the gotei 13 only proves that they actually were the first captains from the Shiro academy & the rest were the founders(Yama & Unohana) which could only mean the rest of the captains that made the new 13 gotei came from no other place other than the Shiro academy..with most of “known” captain level of the old gotei being part of squad zero(Ichibei, Oetsu, Shutara & Tenjiro) atleast the ones we know of with exception to “Yama”
    & i also dont think that Shunsui & Jushiro were ther in the first quincy war since Yama gave the story about Yhwach to Shunsui wen he was just a boy at the academy when he accidently entered at Yamaji’s office & saw a picture on the wall about the first quincy blood war & asked Yama abt it..
    I dont know if truly the shiro academy started 2000yrs ago since i believe during the first quincy bloodv war it was the old gotei members(Yama, Ichibei, Oetsu, Shutara, tenjiro & Unohana thou in Unohana’s case i dont know if she was in the war as the member of the old gotei or she was caught in the crossfire & fought her way thru) that fought in this war & i believe its after this war that later the shiro academy started which led to the formation of the current gotei 13, which could also mean that Jushiro & kyoraku couldnt have possibly be captains for 1000yrs..they probably must have been Captains for atleast 400yrs(if we also consider events on the novel “spirits are forever with you”) & not more than 900yrs(since they wouldnt have possibly been ther in the first quincy war since Shunsui was shown to be young & at the academy past the events of the quincy blood war talking to Yamaji abt it)

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    1. nickdunnaquatic

      Very nice response. I don’t mind if you take a while to reply. I will however correct you about Unohana. She was confirmed to be an original Gotei 13 Captain like Yamamoto. She is the first Kenpachi and made the tradition the 11th Division holds over 1000 years later. Go back to the chapter when Shunsui speaks about Unohana and Zaraki fighting to the death. Now for Shunsui and Jushiro, I have my doubts that they are original Captains or not. I’m not sure but your statements to shed some light on it. Especially with the current events about Nanao and how she’s not much younger than Shunsui. Its also possible the Royal Guard are original Captains as well. Ichibei for obvious reasons. Shutara because she’s met Yhwach and he’s only been active 1000 years ago and the current time
      Oetsu for his creation of the Zanpakuto. He also recognized Zangetsu as Yhwach younger. Tenjiro for being the best healer and teaching Unohana, who replaced Tenjiro as the 4th Division Captain when he go promoted and after she fought Zaraki. Hikifune is probably one as well.

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  7. Josephia Jeremiah Bhwanah

    the timeline is really confusing in bleach, i have tried to make sense of it but not with nanao’s situation..i have done some digging & founded out that the shiro academy actually was founded 2100yrs ago, & 1000yrs later, the gotei 13 was formed around the same tym as the first quincy blood war..& it is also at the same tym that Yamamoto sought out Unohana to join up as one of the founding members of the first gotei 13 as wel..i assume Ichibei & Oetsu must have been part of the first gotei 13 as wel even thou given their inventions, i believe Ichibei & Oetsu together with Yama must have served the soul society long before the formation of the gotei 13 & the oldest shinigamis so far than any one else..as for Shutara & Tenjiro i cant really tel, they too might perhaps be older or one of the first captains of gotei 13 1000yrs ago…Shunsui & Jushiro couldnt have possibly be among the original gotei 13 given the fact that Shunsui as a youngster was trespassing in Yamamoto’s quarters only to be chastised by Yamamoto & then asked about the painting in his room, and Yamamoto replies that it was a monster that caused strife when it was around(refering to Yhwach & the quincy blood war), so given the fact that Shunsui was still young at the academy after the formation of the gotei 13 & the quincy war, he & Jushiro who started at the academy around the same tym couldnt have possibly be part of the original gotei 13 bcoz the original gotei 13 was formed before they were Captains & its members fought in the first quincy blood war with Yamamoto as captain commander..Shunsui & Jushiro are said to be the first captains through the Shiro academy which i believe it was after the quincy war & the formation of the gotei 13(which i find odd since it would only mean that they was no graduate other than them for more than 1000yrs since the Shiro academy was founded) so, for Yamamoto, Unohana Jushiro & Shunsui to be referred to as the oldest captains of the gotei 13 could only make sense if the other founding captains of the first gotei 13 either died during the first quincy war with some joining/forming the squad zero(most likely Shutara,Tenjiro,Ichibei & Oetsu by the tym since its likely that they might as wel have bn part of the original gotei 13), therefore making sense as to why Shunsui & Jushiro myt have served as captains under the gotei 13 longer even thou they werent part of the first gotei 13, apart from Unohana & Yama ofcoz..Which means, apart from squad zero members, yamaji & Unohana, Shunsui & Jushiro are the oldest remaining captains, which could also mean that the rest of the captains that came along then found Yamaji, Unohana, Shunsui & Jushiro as captains hence why they are considered the oldest captains of the gotei 13 IMO, i believe Hikifune too must have found them as captains before she too became captain & later joined squad zero given the events in the novel wher she wasnt refered to nor was she potrayed as one of the oldest captains in the gotei 13..It is also likely that after Shunsui & Jushiro becoming captains, most captains also came through the Shiro academy hence why their also refered to as oldest since they wer first graduates of the shiro academy unlike with the original members of the first gotei 13 atleast thats wat i think

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    1. nickdunnaquatic

      Yup the time line is strange. Regarding Hikifune, when she was promoted, Shunsui and Jushiro were talking about which Captains were left that have served the longest. He said it was only him, Jushiro, Unohana, and Yamamoto. That means Hikifune was portrayed to be as old as them. Tenjiro is an original because he taught Unohana Kiado. Shutara and Oetsu are original because they both have met Yhwach before we even invaded the Royal Realm. I can only concluded that Nanao is much older than she seems. Or that your right, Shunsui and Jushiro weren’t original Captains.

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      1. Trinin ninja

        Maybe hikifune was a genius that was promoted to squad zero because of her skill. I think shunsui said something along the lines of them being the only captains who haven’t changed positions in over 100 years. Which means its possible that other captains were changing positions but still older than most captains.

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        1. nickdunnaquatic

          Makes sense. Our of all them, Unohana is only one that changed her position, not rank. She was the 11th Division Captain, but after meeting and defeating Zaraki, she asked Tenjiro, the first 4th Division Captain, to teach her Kiado. Than when Tenjiro created the healing hot springs, he was promoted to the Royal Guard and Unohana switched to the 4th so Zaraki could be a Kenpachi.

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          1. Trinin ninja

            Yea you’re actually right so I guess kubo or someone messed up big time when dealing with all this fictional history crap. I just want to see battles and backgrounds of characters. I no longer care about the timeline.

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            1. nickdunnaquatic

              Me too. Its too confusing to get my head around at the moment. That’s why I hoping for a Lille flashback. At least half a chapter. Sense we are moving to Gerard, it is possible that Shinji will get a flashback. Maybe when he became and Captain and became friends with Hikifune.

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    2. Trinin ninja

      It’s pretty obvious that shunsui & jushiro wasn’t part of the original captains simply because they were students of Yamamoto which means the only captains who were part of the original for a fact are ichibei, yamaji, and onohana. They probably weren’t students of his. Maybe the entire royal guard were captains. Yamajis students are the oldest captains currently besides unahana so in order to be a part of the first captains means that one have to be close to yamajis age but he only looks that way because of the nature of his job which is being a captain commander which in turn causes much stress.

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      1. nickdunnaquatic

        This seems very possible. Considering these flashbacks. Is it possible that Shunsui and Jushiro Weren’t Original Captains but were just Lieutenants? Chojiro is older than them and he was there during the first blood war as the 1st Division Lieutenant. Sense they weren’t the first Captains of the 8th and 13th Division, I wonder who was? In this chapter, we saw that Chojiro’s brother and his wife were in fact Shinigami. His brother is wearing the black uniform and his wife kills Hollows for a living. Maybe one of them was the first 8th Division Captain? And when they died he became the Captain? For the 13th Division I believe someone from one of the five noble families is the original Captain. Like Yoruichi’s relative for the 2nd Division and Onmitsukido, and Ginrei (just guessing cause he looks the same age as Yamamoto). Remember when Kukaku was training Ganju, Ginjou, Tsukishima, and Girikko? She said her uncle would be upset that Ichigo is going to the Royal Realm. Maybe this Shiba guy was the first Captain of the 13th Division? Also, remember the former 3rd Seat and now Lieutenant of the 1st Division Genshiro? He looks as old as Yamamoto and he even survived Yhwach’s destruction of the 1st Division Building when he met Aizen. He seems like a possible original. Also, every perceptive of you to notice how much Yamamoto has aged in the last 1000 years. Ichibei is portrayed to be just as old but he looks younger. Hell, Unohana, Oetsu, Shutara, Tenjiro, and Hikifune don’t even look that old. Yhwach even looks younger but he certainly aged as well.

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  8. Josephia Jeremiah Bhwanah

    Im only into bleach now coz of the battles & coz i want to see it through to the very end, dont really care abt the story coz Kubo has already messed it up for me to even care dat much abt it,jst want see the rest of the shinigamis bankai’s who i havent yet seen & get thru with the band wagon to the very end..watever Kubo has installed for us good or bad im willing to let him surprise me or disappoint me further..

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