Isshin Trains Ichigo
For those who watch Japanese Animation, and specifically Bleach, this post is for you. So Aizen finally has done away with all the riff-raff of the leiutenants and scrub captains and even his own Vasto Lorde. Suddenly, the three most enigmatic Death Gods show up: Shihoin, Yoruichi former captin of 2nd division a.k.a. the Onmitsukidō a.k.a. special forces, those who are in charge of investigating and bringing all the other captains and their divisions to justice; Kisike, Urahara a.k.a. Sandal Hat, ( due to him wears a bucket hat and traditional japanese sandals, “geta”), and exiled “candy shop” owner, and is the former captain of the 12th division which is the Shinigami Research and Development Institute; and finally Kurosaki, Isshin the father of Kurosaki, Ichigo, more on him later.
The surprise was that Aizen killed his own Vasto Lordes at the end, before taking on the other captains. Noone could have foreseen that switch. But, we are talking about the most pompous, arrogant, megalomaniac this side of the spirit world. He said that the Vasto Lordes were a disappointment to him, and he regretted ever having created them. It appears that Gueco Mundo’s preparations to fight the Vasto Lordes was successful, because one by one they started to fall. We even got to see Hitsugaya, Tōshirō’s ultimate attack, Hyōten Hyakkaso (literally “frozen sky-hundred flowers funeral”). This attack causes 100 snow flakes to fall from the sky, freezing anything they touch in a flower like shape. When all 100 flakes fall, the life of the one trapped by the attack is ended. He launched this attack against Harribel, Tia, who unfortunately, for Toshiro, got out of it, only to be killed by Aizen, talk about having a bad day at the office.
We were also briefly graced with the capatain commander, Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto fighting Aizen, briefly, as in if you blinked you would have missed it, no bankai, no super duper techniques. Those who watched the fight, might disagree with me here. But, the thing is, there was all this build up that the captain commander, Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, was THE oldest and most powerful death god in the entire spirit world and that his zanpakto was the oldest and most powerful fire element. It is even said that his zanpakto has more attack power than all others in the spirit world. And, yes he used Jōkaku Enjō “Fortress Blaze” which creates an immense wall of flame that surrounds the target and then forms a huge contained sphere of flame in which to imprison enemies. It is shown to be immensely powerful as it was capable of imprisoning three Captain-level Shinigami, Aizen and his two flunkys. And, yes he used Ennetsu Jigoku “Flames of Hell” which creates seven or more immense pillars of flame that surround an area. The intent of this technique is to trap the opponent in the caged inferno and destroy him. The power of this technique is lethal enough to destroy everyone caught in its vicinity, even Yamamoto himself. But, we got no bankai, no ultimate technique and he used kido as much as he used his zanpakto.
After dealing with the riff-raff Aizen is able to concentrate on Ichigo. After he allows Ichigo to take a couple of swings he is nonplussed at his power level and his “progress”. Yes, progress! Aizen then goes into a diatribe telling Ichigo that he is an experiment, OF HIS. When Ichigo claims to be just a human, Aizen is about to reveal that, in fact, he is not. But, he is cut off by the appearance of …
|Kurosaki Isshin as a Shinigami|
We are blind-sided by the appearance of Kurosaki Isshin, Ichigo’s dad, in full Shinigami clothes. However, if you have been paying attention, he shows up in the Grand Fisher arc, as a Shinigami to protect Kon of all people, although the initial introduction of Ichigo’s modified spirit was more powerful than him, he is relegated to comic relief in the form of Kon, the stuff animal lion.
Isshin uses shunpo, flash step, a movement technique that allows the user to move faster than the eye can follow, to get Ichigo far away from Aizen to explain to him who he is and how he was born. However, Ichigo shuts him up and says that he doesn’t blame him for not telling him, and that he knows when Isshin is ready he can tell him.
All we know of Isshin is that for a majority of the animated series, he has been the comic relief when Ichigo returns home. We do know that Isshin has been “training” Ichigo all his life to fight, via surprise attacks. Isshin really doesn’t hold back when launching into a surprise attack against Ichigo. Upon many occassions we see Isshin execute a full fledged front-snap-kick to Ichigo’s face, or send him crashing into a table. Ichigo is not slouch himself, he takes it and dishes it out just the same. We are not aware of what is going on, until Ichigo first goes to train with Urahara and he informs him he’s been trained by his father.
We also know that Isshin used to be a Death God. We do not know which division he was in nor his rank, however, he does wear what looks to be white captain’s robes slung over one shoulder. It is also revealed that he had captain level attack power. But, we learn all this before Bleach 300 – 301. So in the heart felt conversation between Ichigo and Isshin, nothing new is actually revealed. Awww, sad-face!
Aizen vs the Enigmatic 3
|Aizen in Crysalis Stage|
Aizen starts to attack Isshin when he returns from his Father / Son chat, only to be ambushed by Urahara and Yoruichi. Aizen explains that the Hōgyoku actually materializes the hearts around it. In other words, it materializes a persons inner desires. It was invented roughly 101 years before the main events of the story. Meaning Urahara was exiled shortly after invention and Kuchiki, Rukia was assigned to watch over Ichigo’s town. He specifically states that Chad and Innoe both developed powers due to their proximity ot the Hogyoku. (I thought it was their proximity to Ichigo, but apparently it was due to them being very close to Rukia) If you recall, Rukia lost her Shinigami powers when, after being nearly mortally wounded by a Hollow, she transfered her powers to Ichigo. She then received a gigai or physical form, so that she could interect with humans, since she was a spirit. This gigai sapped her of her Shinigami powers. And, the reason? Because Urahara had hidden the Hogyoku inside of her, and by sapping her of her Shinigami powers, noone in the spirit world could detect her, nor it.
The 3 try different techniques and combinations to take down Aizen. All of their efforts are in vain however. They cannot compete with his power level. His spirit power is so huge that they cannot even detect it.
Meanwhile, Ichigo squares off with Ichimaru Gin. Ichimaru, Gin finally shows off his bankai. I was not really pleased at it though. It’s just more of go go gadget extendo sword. *sad face* They try and build it up by Ichigo making a big deal that as quickly as it extends, it shrinks even faster. Big whoop! To me, they just really dropped the ball on coming up with ideas for Gin having an even cooler bankai. So Gin and Ichigo come to a draw, and they are constantly interrupted by Aizen anyway. However, it’s fairly quickly obvious that Gin doesn’t want to really fight Ichigo, as much as keep him busy while Aizen beats the crap out of the other two and Ichigo’s father. This is finally revealed when Aizen shows up and demands what the hell Gin was doing. Gin sheepishly says he was just testing the boy.
Isshin to Teach Ichigo the Real Getsuga Tenshō
Getsuga Tenshō, Moon Fang Heaven-Piercer – During his battle with Aizen in the Fake Karakura Town, Isshin uses Getsuga Tenshō by gathering spiritual energy in his Zanpakutō’s blade and slashing down his opponent. When used against Aizen, Isshin’s blast was able to demolish a large radius of the fake Karakura Town and leave behind a huge crater. During their fight, Ichimaru, Gin notices it and tells Ichigo that apparently the Getsuga Tensho has reached its limit of how much power it can do, since it did not kill Aizen, and the one Ichigo threw at Gin didn’t even scratch him, since he blocked it with his super fast extendo sword.
However, putting two and two together, the problem is Ichigo doesn’t know the full form of Getsuga Tenshō. Also, Isshin alludes to the fact that Ichigo is on a whole other power level than the rest of them, and is possibly equal to the spirit power of Aizen. Therefore, the real Getsuga Tenshō in Ichigo’s hands might prove to be and immeasurable attack. Isshin promises to teach Ichigo the attack, since Aizen and Gin leave the fake Karakura Town to go get the key to Heaven.