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Old 04-24-2012, 04:47 PM
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Another essay... so is this golden week or what?
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apparently.

even though golden week is actually NEXT week.

manga stream still says nothing til early may-ish, but i think they got their weeks wrong and don't realize there's another publication before break.
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At some point the quincy must have been informed by SS of the potential harm their destruction of hollows represented. After that they made the conscious decision to continue this practice at which point SS snuffed them from existence (or gave it their best shot).
If what Mayuri said to Uryu is true, then the SS went well beyond just eradicating the Quincy.

The SS is the bad guy in this to me. It doesn't seem like they sent Shinigami to stop the Quincy that were causing trouble. I imagine that not all of them were all on a hollow killing spree. It sounds like they attempted to end Quincy existence entirely and indiscriminately( and occassionally dissected, tested on, mutilated, and tortured them if Mayuri can be believed.)
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If what Mayuri said to Uryu is true, then the SS went well beyond just eradicating the Quincy.

The SS is the bad guy in this to me. It doesn't seem like they sent Shinigami to stop the Quincy that were causing trouble. I imagine that not all of them were all on a hollow killing spree. It sounds like they attempted to end Quincy existence entirely and indiscriminately( and occassionally dissected, tested on, mutilated, and tortured them if Mayuri can be believed.)
I think it makes more sense for the sadism to have been restricted to Mayuri and perhaps a few of his researchers. When it was decided that the Quincy couldn't be trusted to not kill hollows Mayuri probably just asked Yamamo...you know it's funny I just realized, or maybe remembered, that the Quincy extermination was well before the science and research institute even existed. So for Mayuri to have Quincy to experiment on there had to have been decent numbers running around decades after they should've all been dead. What's more it didn't seem like they were in hiding fearful to come out lest the shinigami find them and finish what they started. Rather they seemed to be more like the dregs of a thoroughly conquered nation.

Anyway my point seems to be that the fact there were enough Quincies to sate Mayuri's thirst for knowledge and pain seems to suggest that either the shinigami were very sloppy in their genocide (letting Quincy run around breeding for over a century) or their intention was never truly to eradicate the Quincy, just to show them that destroying spirits is serious business and make sure they never dared to get seriously organized again.


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And the opposite is possible as well, the balance is a myth created by the Shinigami to justify their rule which is something that's actually happened in real life as well.
I can honestly say this never even crossed my mind before now. And I'm really not sure how I would feel about it if KT pulled something like that.

What would even be the rationale behind such a deception? SS seems authoritarian enough that if they wanted to be the only ones allowed to kill spirits they could just claim that right, but if the balance didn't exist why would they even care who else was taking out hollows? Fear of another organization becoming as strong as them? Maybe, but that doesn't fit Yama's character at all and I'd think he'd have to be involved in a controversy that big.

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it's the systems of control thing, and kubo has been pointing towards it for a long time. ichigo is your classic anti-establishment hero character, and SS is pretty much the embodiment of The System.

Ether's approach is a variation on it though... i've always looked at the balance thing as a "necessary evil" instead of "artificial construct intended for control".

We can only hope kubo tackles that whole thing, and does it well enough to be more than a crappy cliche/matrix spinoff.
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What is also interesting me is not only the quincy/vandenreich backstory and history ( where the hell have they been all these years), but their abilities.

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- The normal soldiers had a quincy cross shaped like a pentacle but without the circle (just like Ivan), while Kirge's has a circle. So obv more elaborate cross = more power, but I wonder if there exists even more powerful crosses.

- I also think tht these guys are so much more than regular quincy in their fighting style. Given what we know about quincy fighting style so far, a bow is the main weapon. However Kirge forges a fully fledged sword (albeit with arrow like projectiles). and it wasn't no flimsy seele schneider either

- Also how did the king kill Ivan and the other dude...its almost like he flicked a finger and BOOM, headshot lol also i just don't see him fighting with a bow for some reason...he looks too badass to even hold a bow lol can't wait to see him actually fighting

- What are these shadows? Doesn't seem quincy like...

- If Ivan was an arrancar, how come he had a bow and medallion. can just anyway get one of those and have quincy powers??

The vandenreich could be extremist/rogue/elite quincy and not the regular quincy we've come to know...then again its still too early to tell

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If Kubo has to stop Bleach due to financial issues, then he'd be better AT LEAST end the story.

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But humans' greed finally got to her, when the Baardard Nikhim, a group of dragon slayers from the East set sail to hunt down the pretty waterhorse dragon. She tried to struggle against them, but humans' arsenal of cruelties finally able to inflict mortal wounds on her. She died along with Hakh'al who tried to help her.
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Are we sure there is no release this week? does anyone know what issue this week's Jump is? Because i'm on the WSJ site and it says One Piece has a Colour Cover and Lead page, and i haven't read a One Piece chapter with a colour page for the past 40 chapters, could it be this week's chapter that has the colour page?

Someone tell me what issue this week's jump is or would have been, or better yet what issue was last week's jump.

Cronik you are probably right, there might be a release this week(hopeful)

(5mins later) Apparently there is no WSJ this week. Sad.

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I think it makes more sense for the sadism to have been restricted to Mayuri and perhaps a few of his researchers. When it was decided that the Quincy couldn't be trusted to not kill hollows Mayuri probably just asked Yamamo...you know it's funny I just realized, or maybe remembered, that the Quincy extermination was well before the science and research institute even existed. So for Mayuri to have Quincy to experiment on there had to have been decent numbers running around decades after they should've all been dead. What's more it didn't seem like they were in hiding fearful to come out lest the shinigami find them and finish what they started. Rather they seemed to be more like the dregs of a thoroughly conquered nation.

Anyway my point seems to be that the fact there were enough Quincies to sate Mayuri's thirst for knowledge and pain seems to suggest that either the shinigami were very sloppy in their genocide (letting Quincy run around breeding for over a century) or their intention was never truly to eradicate the Quincy, just to show them that destroying spirits is serious business and make sure they never dared to get seriously organized again.




I can honestly say this never even crossed my mind before now. And I'm really not sure how I would feel about it if KT pulled something like that.

What would even be the rationale behind such a deception? SS seems authoritarian enough that if they wanted to be the only ones allowed to kill spirits they could just claim that right, but if the balance didn't exist why would they even care who else was taking out hollows? Fear of another organization becoming as strong as them? Maybe, but that doesn't fit Yama's character at all and I'd think he'd have to be involved in a controversy that big.

Sorry for the stream of consciousness (not really).
As Cronik said, the whole thing about Soul Society seeming to be an antagonist or control freak type thing (read: "Designated Hero" Trope) is what Kubo has been pointing to this whole time, seems like. I won't insult you for not realizing it, but still, I did think for a while that it seemed sort of obvious.

And yeah, I agree, it's actually really likely, at least IMO, that Soul Society decided to act authoritative and not wipe out all of the Quincy in one go to show their power and try to say, "Hey, stop destroying Hollows or will eliminate all of you". Mayuri and his researchers seem to have been the only ones who wanted to dissect and torture the Quincy, he did also point out, after all, that he bribed the Shinigami who were coming to save those Quincy, to make them get there late on purpose. So that the Hollows would already have almost killed them by the time they were "saved". Then Mayuri would have his test subjects. It's all Mayuri's doing.

Looking at how the Spirit King has so far been portrayed, and how Mayuri destroyed 28,000 souls just to try to maintain the balance of souls, has me agreeing with Cronik about the "necessary evil" thing, as far as the balance is concerned.

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"Don't believe half of what you hear and don't always believe everything you see."
-Another cliche saying, but this one is also a damn good one.

As Notorious Uzimaki quoted Gandhi in the 3rd Division, "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony". [Uzimaki's explanation of the quote: "too often not the case, rationalizing mis-actions, cognitive dissonance. i always try to remind myself of this quote in difficult situations."


Division I am in:
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Member of:
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[Avatar: The Last Airbender FC (FC is inactive, and there's no working banner atm, either.]


Owner Of:
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Co-Owner Of
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My Zanpakutō:
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Name: Kokuraimaru [黒雷丸 (Dark Lightning)]
Type: Lightning/Electricity

Realm and Spirit:
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The Realm of Kokuraimaru is a huge, wide, endless plain covered with countless craters, gashes, and burn-marks, while also being shrouded in darkness, as it is always nighttime there. There is a faint, eerie glow however, due to there being a group of extremely dense storm clouds present in the sky, from which high voltage lightning comes out to scorch the ground. There are also strong and violent gales that constantly blow in this inner world.

The storm clouds almost always have in them thunderstorms that have black lightning with a dark-blue outline. That black lightning within the inner world is itself Kokuraimaru. He is everywhere within this realm, as an almost omnipresent being.

As he is made purely of lightning, he is actually able to take virtually any form he wants (note: this ability does not translate into Shikai or Bankai; it is Kokuraimaru's ability alone). Whenever I go into my inner world outside of Bankai, Kokuraimaru would take his lightning form out of the other places and present most of it in front of me temporarily in the form of free-flowing lightning (for the amount of time that I am in the inner world).

He was not always a Zanpakutō Spirit. Originally, he was Raijin, the Japanese Shinto god of storms, thunder and lightning. He "died" and later reincarnated as my Zanpakutō with some help from Ouetsu (creator of Zanpakutō) in the process of becoming my Zanpakutō, according to what he's told me. He has a companion wolf made of the same dark blue energy as he is, with his body wrapped in lightning. His name is Kokuraiko ([黒雷子] Dark Lightning Child) and he is an incarnation of Raijū, who is said to be a companion of Raijin in Japanese mythology and Shintoism. Whenever black thunderstorms are occurring, he gets agitated and creates trouble within this Realm. Kokuraimaru has to flex his reiatsu to calm him down. Sometimes, when that is not enough, I have to weigh in with my own reiatsu.

In character, Kokuraimaru is kind and strong-willed, but is sometimes easily angered. When we get into arguments, there are times when he tends to get a little cranky when he is unable to get the last word and/or "win" the argument. He also has a very bad habit of coming off as arrogant without meaning to, oftentimes. Kokuraiko is the same in personality as Kokuraimaru.

When we spar, he takes the form of a man wielding his Shikai sword. When I visit the inner world in Bankai, there is a noticeable change in the inner world to represent that: the complete lack of black thunderstorms due to the fact that, in Bankai, he is permanently in his "human" form, as a master swordsman Spirit that is 6ft in height, has almost no weight due to being lightning, and blue eyes and blue-black hair that reaches down to his waist, hanging loose (untied).

In his "human" form, he is dressed in a samurai get-up that is enough of a darker blue that it looks almost black, except he is barefoot. He wields the same sword I have in Bankai. The belt on the outfit is black, with the kanji for "black" on the left strap of the belt tie and the kanji for "lightning" on the right one. Kokuraimaru is ancient himself, but his "human" form looks to still be in his 20s, and is also seemingly lean and well-built. On his back, with their top sides facing forward, are three black drums with three tomoe on each of them. There are no drumsticks to go with the drums, but they are not needed as Kokuraimaru is able to beat on them with just the force of his reiatsu alone (is translated into Bankai as well; it's not that I do this with my own reiatsu, it's still Kokuraimaru (no Kenshi) himself who does). When Kokuraimaru is in this form, Kokuraiko likes to sit either on his head or on his right shoulder.


Sealed Form: A daicho (Japanese long sword). The hilt of the sword is dark blue, 5 inches long with a black ray-skin under the hilt-wrapping. The cross-guard is circular, with a picture of multiple lightning bolts engraved into it. The blade of the sword is 8 inches long, coming out of a black collar. In the middle of the blade are inscribed two symbols; one being that of Raijū's face, and the other being that of three tomoe. The sheath is dark blue, with the kanji for "lightning" printed on the up-facing part in black color. For a reason that was unknown until Shikai, the sword doesn't seem to have much of a weight at all, and seems to require multiple slashes made at high-speed, as it doesn't have enough cutting power to deal a decisive blow in one slash.

Shikai:
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Release Command Hikare to Shūgeki! Kokuraimaru! [光れと襲撃! 黒雷丸! (Flash and Strike! Dark Lightning!)]

Release Animation: I hold the sword in a guard stance and call out its Release Command and name. There is a loud thunder clap that can be heard, along with a flash of lightning coming from the sword, and in the next instant, the onlooker can see the following changes:

Appearance of Shikai:
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Same daicho as the Sealed state, except with a 1 and a half inch longer dark blue blade coming out of a black collar, with the hilt also being one inch longer. The blade is made of electrically charged reishi that is in the form of a highly conductive metal, tampered to be extremely light (lighter than it was in Sealed State).

As the blade in Sealed State was being covered by an insulated material, the true nature of the blade was hidden and its weight was slightly increased. The Shikai sword still requires the wielder to execute multiple slashes done at high-speeds, as even though it is sharp enough to cut, it is still weaker in power than other swords but can allow for multiple slashes done at high-speeds, the damage of which accumulates to deal high amounts of cutting damage from the blade.


Abilities of Shikai:
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This Zanpakutō has the power to control lightning, electricity and thunder (can create thunder as well). Whenever thunder is created, the tomoe and Raijū face symbols on the blade start to glow with a light that is a slightly lighter blue than the blade itself. When already existing thunder is controlled, only the face of the Raijū glows. The Raijū's face also glows whenever Kokuraiko is helping with the abilities to make them powerful or effective (depends on the nature of the ability).

As long as there are still protons and electrons in the surroundings within a radius of 2-3 inches from both me and the sword, the electricity on the blade will (almost) never run out.

Due to the make-up of the blade, when it cuts the opponent, it also delivers a ticklish-type shock.

Ability 1: Kokuraigeki [黒雷打] (Black Lightning Strike): When I want to use this ability, I have the electricity on the blade produce a strong static charge that is discharged as lightning from the tip of the blade. The power and amount of electricity on the blade, when using this technique, can be controlled at will, so that the lightning produced can be controlled.

Immediately after having used this attack, some of the strong electric charge will be left on the blade, and before it runs out (in 3-4 seconds' time), I'm able to use that to deal a bit more of a zapping effect than normal through my melee attack(s).

Ability 2 (Passive): Raipo [雷歩] (Lightning Step): This is an ability that I have due to the light weight of the sword, as well as the focus in high-speed melee attacks. I can't use Shunpo in conjunction with this. This is a variation of Shunpo that increases my running speed by that of lightning. In Shikai, I get a speed increase of half the speed of lightning in reality, even though it's called "speed of lightning".

Ability 3 (Active): Raiken [雷剣] (Lightning Sword): Whenever there is a thunderstorm occurring near me, and I'm close enough, I can take control over some of the thunder and lightning within it. I have my sword conduct the electricity from the lightning to strike at my opponent(s) with it from the sword, or have it strike them from where it already was to begin with. I can only do this to affect thunder and lightning within a 2 and half mile radius distance of me and my sword.


Bankai:
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Name of Bankai: Kokuraimaru no Kenshi [黒雷丸 の 剣士 (Dark Lightning the Master Swordsman)]

Release Animation for Bankai: I hold my sword with one hand, pointed towards my opponent(s), and call out the words, "Ban Kai!" An almost deafening thunder clap is heard, and both my sword and I release a powerful torrent of reiatsu that looks like black lightning with a dark blue outline. When the lightning fades and my form is once again clearly visible, the appearance of my Bankai is seen. . . .

Appearance of Bankai:
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In Bankai, the Zanpakutō splits into four parts; two gloves that reach up to right below the elbows and two unarmored boots that reach up to right below the knees. The gloves and shoes are both dark blue, and are made of the same electrically charged reishi as the Shikai blade; they are further tampered with than the sword's blade so that they are flexible enough for me to have full freedom and ease of movement in the parts of my limbs that the pieces of tampered metal are on. The Bankai also gives me a shirt and belt that are similar to the ones the Spirit wears in Bankai form. The same sword from the Shikai is also present, though the power and amount of control I have is greater/augmented (explained in detail a bit later). On the arm parts of the gloves are the same tomoe symbols as the blade; the inscription of the Raijū is now complete, showing a mini picture of a whole Raijū.

On my back appear the same three drums from the Spirit description, facing forward so that the three tomoe that are on the top of each of the drums show.

In Bankai, the dark blue outline looks almost pure black. This carries on to the shoes and gloves, making them also appear to be almost pure black, and the blade is also the same color due to being practically made of the same black lightning.


Abilities of Bankai:
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The same abilities from the Shikai are carried over and powered up 5x. In Bankai, the electricity on my Zanpakutō can regenerate as long as there are still protons and electrons present in the surroundings within a radius of 5 inches around both me and my sword.

The gloves and boots, as well as the sword in Bankai, work pretty much the same as the Shikai sword on how to use the lightning attacks. The power and amount of electricity on the surface of the gloves and boots/shoes, as well as on the sword can now always be controlled at will at all times, and the potential voltage and the maximum power and amount of current is 5x greater when compared to Shikai.

The range of the "Raiken" technique's influence is increased in Bankai; it is now possible to control all of the thunder and lightning within any given naturally occurring thunderstorm.

The attacks I can use with this Bankai are possible with either my blade, my hand(s), and/or my foot/feet. I can use either of those at any given time for any of my electrical or lightning type attacks.

The "Raipo" ability is now able to literally increase my running speed that I augment with my reiatsu by that of lightning. It is still impossible to use Shunpo with Raipo.

The tomoe and Raijū inscriptions act up the same way, as well as on the same occasions, as in Shikai. Kokuraiko's help in making the abilities more efficient/powerful is also a greater.

This Bankai has two additional attacks;
Attack 1: Kokuraigeki Jitai no Ni: Kuroi Arashi [黒雷打 代表 の 二: 黒嵐] (Black Lightning Strike Type 2: Black Storm): Basically, I turn existing clouds into cumulonimbus clouds through static energy build-up, then use my own spiritual energy to take control of the thunder and lightning. Thunderstorms created through this technique spread over a 6.5 mile radius around both me and the opponent in all directions (gets bigger as needed when fighting multiple opponents).

Attack 2: Kokuseiryokuhō [黒勢砲] (Dark Energy Cannon): This attack takes all of the electrons from either the sword or one of the gloves, compresses and condenses them, and then fires them at the opponent. Takes a few minutes to maybe a half an hour to regenerate all of the lost electricity.

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