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Bankai
BankaiRenji
Kanji 卍解
English Final Release
Technique Statistics
Type Zanpakutō release
Used By Shinigami

Bankai (卍解, Final Release), originally known as Shinuchi (真打, True Strike), is the second and final form of a Shinigami's Zanpakutō. It is the ultimate technique of Captain-class Shinigami. Those who achieve it are said to be in possession of an "evolved Zanpakutō" (進化した斬魄刀, shinkashita Zanpakutō).[1]

Overview

To achieve Bankai, a Shinigami must typically train upward of ten years to both subjugate and materialize their Zanpakutō spirit in the real world. Afterwards, they must complete additional training to fully master their Bankai before it is useable in combat.[2][3] The spirit learns Bankai at the same moment as its Shinigami wielder,[4] but it can withhold power from its Shinigami if it deems them to be unworthy.[5] Recently obtained Bankai can continue to evolve as their Shinigami grows until the Zanpakutō is completely mastered.[6]

Bankai typically create a large effect, though this is not always the case, such as Ichigo Kurosaki's Tensa Zangetsu. They also typically increase their wielder's strength from anywhere between five and ten times their base level.[7] A Bankai's form and power will only disappear if a Shinigami wills it or if they are on the verge of death.[8]

Weaknesses

Breaking: A broken Bankai can never be naturally returned to its former state. Even if one cosmetically fixes their Bankai, the resulting power loss can never be amended. A few Bankai are an exception to this rule, such as Sajin Komamura and Raian Getsueikirite's Bankai.[9] Broken Bankai that are not finished evolving can seemingly be fixed by completing them, such as in the case of Renji Abarai and Ichigo Kurosaki.[10]

Variations

Modified Bankai (調整卍解, Chōsei Bankai): Some Shinigami scientists, like Mayuri Kurotsuchi and Sadaharu Urahara, can modify their Bankai to produce additional effects.[11]

Hollowfied Bankai (虚(ホロウ)化卍解, Horōka Bankai): By introducing a Hollow's Reiatsu to a Shinigami Bankai, such as with the inventions of Kisuke Urahara or Sadaharu Urahara, a Shinigami's Bankai can temporarily Hollowfy, granting them immunity from Quincy techniques and, in some cases, Hollow powers.[12]

References

  1. Bleach chapter 609
  2. Bleach chapter 127
  3. Bleach chapter 142
  4. Bleach chapter 219
  5. Bleach chapter 564
  6. Bleach chapter 509
  7. Bleach chapter 120
  8. Bleach chapter 143
  9. Bleach chapter 516
  10. Bleach chapter 522
  11. Bleach chapter 639
  12. Bleach chapter 522
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