Zanpakutou Guide

Zanpakutou: A Shinigami gains their Zanpakutou when they graduate from the academy (central institute of spiritual art). Each Shinigami has their own unique zanpakutou, and it reflects the owner's personality and power. The Zanpakutou has two levels of release - Shi-kai (Initial Release) and Ban-kai (Ban release) which will increase the user's attack power. But in order to do so, they must learn the Zanpakutou's name and gain its cooperation.

Zangestu (Cutting Moon)

Kurosaki Ichigo
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 067, vol. 008
First Ban-Kai: Chapter 162, vol. 019

Normal: Larger than most zanpakutou, but it has little power due to the fact that Ichigo can't control his spiritual pressure. This form of Ichigo's zanpakutou was broken by Kuchiki Byakuya.

Shi-Kai: Zangetsu (Cutting Moon)
Giant zanpakutou as tall as Ichigo, because of Ichigo's tremendous spiritual pressure Zangetsu can never go into it's sealed state.
- - Zangeki: Getsuga Tensho (Moon Fang Striking The Sky) Zangetsu takes Ichigo's spiritual pressure and releases the super high density pressure from the blade and the Zangeki becomes bigger then explodes.

Ban-Kai: Ten Sa Zan Getsu (Heavenly Chain Cutting The Moon)
Zangetsu turns pure black and is much smaller and sleeker than its shi-kai state, it looks very much like a normal zanpakutou. Though it looks normal all the abilities from Ichigo's Ban-Kai are compressed into the small blade and it's highest ability is super-human speed. Ichigo's appearance also changes from normal shinigami garmants to a sleek black outfit with a black tattered cape, much like Zangetsu's outfit. Hollow Ichigo can use a shooting attack called Black Getsuga 'Black Moon Fang'

Zanpakutou's true form: Middle aged looking man in a tattered black outfit.


Benihime (Crimson Princess)

Urahara Kisuke
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 065, vol. 008
First Ban-Kai: Never

Normal: Kept inside of his cane. Because it resides in a cane it's hilt is still the handle of the cane so looks differnt than most zanpakutou's. Urahara's cane also has the ability to seperate souls from their bodies.

Shi-Kai: Benihime (Crimson Princess)
- release command: "Okiro!" ("Wake Up!") and "Nake" ("Sing!")
Changes dramatically as it is no longer in anyway a cane. Benihime can produce a shield and an explosive attack.

Ban-Kai: Unknown


Senbonzakura (One Thousand Cherry Blossoms)

Kuchiki Byakuya - 6th division Captain
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 116, vol. 014
First Ban-Kai: Chapter 142, vol. 017

Shi-Kai: Senbonzakura (One Thousand Cherry Blossoms)
- release command: "Chire!" ("Scatter!")
senbonzakura shatters into one thousand blades that are so small they can not be seen, when those blades take flight the reflections of the light cause them to look like scattered flower petals. They scatter and shread the enemy.

Ban-Kai: Senbonzakura Kageyoshi (One Thousand Cherry Blossoms Brutal Shadows)
Byakuya releases his zanpakutou and one thousand swords apear all around him. They rise from the ground then those thousand swords scatter and countless flying blades peirce through the enemy. No one knows the exact number of blades generated. No one can see the movements of those blades or dodge them, except Kurosaki Ichigo. Byakuya's Ban-kai's final stage is called Hakutieken (White Imperial Blade)


Sode no Shirayuki  (Sleeve of the White Snow)

Kuchiki Rukia- ??? of the 13th Division
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 201, vol. 024
First Ban-Kai: Never

Shi-Kai: Sode no Shirayuki (Sleeve of the White Snow)
- release command: "Mae" "Dance"
Soul Society regards it as the most beautiful Zanpakutou in existence. It's a weapon that's bound to the ice and snow family of Zanpaku. The blade, the handguard, even the hilt, everything about this Zanpaku is pure white.
-First Dance: Tsukishiro, Sode no Shirayuki does not only freeze the land it touches but anything that lies within its circle

Ban-Kai: None


Zabimaru  (Serpent Tail)

Abarai Renji - Vice-captain of the 6th Division

First Shi-Kai: Chapter 056, vol 007

First Ban-Kai: Chapter 141, vol. 017

Shi-Kai: Zabimaru (Serpent Tail)
- release command: "Hoero!" ("Howl!")
Renji's zanpakutou grows larger and has a saw like appearence. Zabimaru can extend and retract at Renji's will. It can be thrown around like a whip and slice threw the enemy.

Ban-Kai: Hihiou Zabimaru (Baboon King Zabimaru)
Renji's zanpakutou turns into a giant snake skeleton and coils around the ground with him in the center. Segiments of Hihiou are connected with Renji's spiritual pressure thus making him stronger. Though bulky Hihiou is a great endurance zanpakutou even if it losses one or two segments it can still fight. Hihiou Zabimaru's attack is much like his Shi-Kai where Zabimaru can extend and lash out. Renji can also shield himself with this form of zanpakutou. Renji's appearance also changes he gets a neclace of teeth/claws around his neck as well as a fur jacket type garmant that goes down only one arm and has a skull on the shoulder. Zanpakutou's true form: Baboon with a serpent tail.


Ashisogi Jizou (Beast-Killing Jizou)

Kurotsuchi Mayuri - Captain of the 12th Division
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 122, vol. 014
First Ban-Kai: Chapter 125, vol. 015

Shi-Kai: Ashisogi Jizou (Beast-Killing Jizou)
- release command: "Kakimushire!" ("Tear off!")
Mayuri's zanpakutou turns into a weird staff like weapon with three prongs coming out the top. Ashisogi uses poison to sever the neural connections that transfer mobility signals from your brain to your arms and legs, it produces this drug all on it's own.

Ban-Kai: Konjiki Ashisogi Jizou (Golden Beaste-Killing Jizou)
Mayuri's Ban-Kai is strange it looks like a giant babyish alien with a ring around it's head and a pile of swords coming out it's chest. It Converts Mayuri's blood into a poisonous fog and spreads two hundred yards in radius.


Habatakinasai  (Flap your wings)

Ikkanzaka Jiroubou - 4th seat of the 7th Division
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 091, vol. 011
First Ban-Kai: Never

Shi-Kai: Tsunzakigarusu (Splitting Crow)
- release command: Habatakinasai! (Flap your wings!)
Jiroubou's zanpakutou transforms into countless knives (shuriken-like) dancing in the air.

Ban-Kai: None


Fujikujaku  (Vine Peacock)

Ayasegawa Yumichika - 5th seat of the 11th Division
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 89, vol. 011
First Ban-Kai: Never

Shi-Kai: Fujikujaku (Vine Peacock)
- release command unknown
Yumichika's zanpakutou transforms into a scythe and spilts into four blades each connecting to the hilt. Final form is demon-arts using and looks peacock tail feathers. it has the ability to drain the enemies spiritual power. Yumichika keeps this kidou ability of his zanpukutoh secret, as it is an embarassment for anyone in the 11th division to have a zanpukutoh that use kidou

Ban-Kai: None


Hoozukimaru  (Ogre Lamp)

Madarame Ikkaku - 3rd seat of the 11th Division
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 087, vol. 010
First Ban-Kai: -/-

Shi-Kai: Hoozukimaru (Ogre Lamp)
- release command: "Nobiro!" ("Grow!") and "Sakero!" ("Split!")
Madarame's zanpakutou transforms into a halbred. While in it Shi-Kai form calling out split causes his zanpakutou to split into links, in which case his zanpakutou is no longer a halbred it's a sansetsukon (three-piece nunchaku)

Ban-Kai: Ryuumon Hoozukimaru (Dragon Crest Ogre Lamp)
Ikkaku's Ban-kai is immense. It is composed of 3 huge blades, two which he mainly uses for fighting, and one above his head. The blade above his head is the most important blade. It has the carving of a dragon. When it's awoken, it releases a red dye, and when it has fully released this dye, Ryuushin Hoozukimaru's full distructive powers are unleashed.


Ryuujin Jakka  (Flame resembling Dragon Godness )

Yamamoto Genryuusai Shigekuni - Captain of the 1st Division
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 155, vol 018
First Ban-Kai: Never

Shi-Kai: Ryuujin Jakka
- release command: "Banshou Issai Kaijin To Nase!" ("Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Dust!")
Oldest and strongest heat based zanpakutou. It's fire can burn anything in the soul world.

Ban-Kai: Unknown


Shinsou  (Divine Spear)

 Ichimaru Gin - Captain of the 3rd Division
First Shi-Kai: Chapter 075, vol. 009
First Ban-Kai: Never


Normal: Shorter than most zanpakutous. Resembles a wakizashi

Shi-Kai: Shinsou (Divine Spear)
- release command: "Ikorose!" ("Shoot To Death!")
Shinsou extends and shoots towards the enemy like a bullet and cuts them.

Ban-Kai: Unknown