When Tosen fights Kenpachi in the Rescue Rukia arc, Tosen uses his bankai to combat Kenpachi.

A while later, Kenpachi figures out how to defeat Tosen's bankai and smiles. Tosen somehow knew that he smiled (Because we heard his thoughts: "He's smiling?")

However, Tosen is blind. How could he have known?

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When Tōsen attacks with Enma Kōrogi, He is not affected by it as anyone else (he can still smell and hear).
So when he asked why Kenpachi laughs it was because he could hear him laughing.

  • Are you sure he heard him laughing? I was pretty sure he smiled. Feb 13, 2013 at 16:27
  • @MadaraUchiha Yes, He was also laughing. You can see for example in this video in 5:59. youtube.com/watch?v=sPZD320Km7I Feb 13, 2013 at 21:00
  • I still haven't heard him laugh, but I guess if Tosen says.... Feb 14, 2013 at 13:06

According to his page on the Bleach wiki:

Tōsen boasts a great amount of spiritual energy. His skill in the use of his spiritual power is evident, as he uses his spiritual sense to "see".

He uses his reiatsu (spiritual power) to sense things around him, for example, to know where his opponents are during a battle. He should also be able to sense what the others are doing in the same way. It would not be otherwise possible for him to be a Captain-class shinigami.

The heightened sense of what people inside his bankai space are doing could also be one of the powers he gets from the bankai, because he has complete command over that space.

  • It seems he didnt have to. He just could have heard it (so do I). Feb 13, 2013 at 6:52
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    Yes, when Kenpachi was laughing, like you said in the other answer. But at other times, when Kenpachi was just standing idle, he would need some way to know where Kenpachi was otherwise he could not attack.
    – Masked Man
    Feb 13, 2013 at 6:57
  • True. But it was not a question. Feb 13, 2013 at 7:19
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    Yes, fair point.
    – Masked Man
    Feb 13, 2013 at 7:21

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