The following episodes are anime-original content which you should skip if you aren't interested in filler. Some of the other episodes include original elements or reference events from filler episodes, but these do not impact the story in the long run so you can safely ignore them. The ones based on manga omake are noted as such.
Compactly, the fillers are:...
Answer to first question:
A. Just in case.
Ulquiorra’s a pretty careful guy. He likes to make plans. And stick to them. So it’s possible that he hides his second release just because he knows that it’s good to have an ace in the hole, just in case he ever needs it. Not that he’s planning to use it for any nefarious purposes - he just figures, why ...
The reason why the author uses the different languages with different groups is because he feels that will attach uniqueness to that group. In one of his interviews I have read, he stresses that for him, characters are very important and he draws the characters first.
In his interview in Germany, when he was asked the same question he replied as below
Because he wanted to finish Aizen for good.
Even Urahara states (later in the same chapter), that it is "nearly impossible" to kill Aizen while
So I'd say Ichigo had to use it because he saw it as the only way of truly defeating Aizen.
Yhwach is Ichigo's father in spiritual meaning. He was the first Quincy and he has the ability to give a part of his power to others. By giving that power, the other person would turn into a Quincy as well. Long story short, those Quincies married, and had offsprings. Since Yhwach was the one who made them Quincy, it can be said that Yhwach is the one who ...
Ok, I found the omake that mentions Grimmjow:
In the bottom-right corner, it reads:
Q: Will there be characters that appear in the role of a friend?
Kubo: Ulquiorra has already turned to ash. Grimmjow might become a friend...
So yes, Grimmjow is alive.
For Matsumoto Rangiku's shikai:
When released with the command "growl" (唸れ unare?), the blade dissolves into ash. In combat, Matsumoto can control the movement of the ash, and cut anything it lands on by moving the hilt. The ash is also solid enough to be used as a shield to block enemy attacks
For Kuchiki Byakuya's shikai:
...Senbonzakura's blade ...
There are many THEORIES as to what happened to her Zanpakuto. I'm not sure if I can ANSWER your question as definitely as you'd like, but I can list some possible answers. It's up to you to find the one that you believe most plausible. Or we can wait til old Tite Kubo gives us the answer.
She gave it up when she left the Soul Society.
Yoruichi is a part ...
Vasto Lorde are the top of the Hollow species. However, they are Hollow, not Arrancar.
Arrancars are Hollow which, using the power of the Hogyoku, removed the boundry between Hollow and Shinigami, and achieved a greater power, usually by removing their masks and sealing most of their power into a sword.
Espada, are by definition the top ten Arrancar. They ...
Well, one of the main differences is most likely that chakra in Naruto seems to be a power exclusive to living things (like animals, plants and humans) while reiatsu in Bleach is more of a general form of energy (as all of Seireitei is made of reishi). Also, chakra can only be used through a medium (a body, tool etc.) while reishi can just be collected from ...
I would like to start off by saying that their race hasn't been explicitly stated in either of the Anime/Manga, so we can only theorize what race they might be from. Most of the evidence points to them being either Enhanced Artificial Souls/Humans.
Here are the possible theories, the facts supporting them and the facts opposing them:
Theory 1: They are ...
As of today's (16-04-2014) manga chapter (chapter 577) we got to know how Zaraki Kenpachi's Zanpakuto looks and what its name is.
The name of his Zanpakuto is Nozarashi. Also, in order to get into Shikai state the keyword seems to be "swallow".
How it looks:
At the main story, the movies are never mentioned because they are like fillers and not canon to the main story. But it's possible to verify when they occur by some facts, by some situations that we saw in the movie:
The first movie, Memories of Nobody: Ichigo is able to use his bankai in the World of the Living, so it happens after the Bount Invasion arc ...
As of yet, Urahara's Bankai has never been revealed. We know that he is capable of it, but he has never actually used it on-panel.
Back when Ichigo was still working to attain his Bankai (Chapter 132), Yoruichi informed Ichigo that Urahara gained his Bankai using the same training method, and did it in three days.
Later (Chapter 224) Sado comes to him for ...
The very last page of Bleach #668 gives a few clues.
Yachiru suddenly appears out of nowhere and says to Kenpachi:
She then touches him, which causes:
She ends the exchange with explaining to him:
All of these suggest the following:
It's actually relatively simple for the "standard shinigami". They will wear:
a Shihakushō (死覇装, Garment of Dead Souls), the black .. thingy which comprises of:
a white shitagi (下着, under clothing)
a black kosode (小袖, small sleeve)
a black hakama (袴, "trousers")
white tabi (足袋, foot pouch / socks)
and waraji (草鞋, sandals)
The dog is a smaller version of Sadaharu from Gintama
The colour of the dog is of course Pikachu.
The sword is the Shikai form of Zangetsu, Ichigo's sword from Bleach.
The Zanpakuto article in Bleach wiki says that Bankai is written 卍解. The Bleach article in Wikipedia Japanese also mentions lots of 卍解, but no 卐解 found. Both 卍 and 卐 can be read Man/Ban in Japanese.
The 卍 is read Sauwastika in Sanskrit and is more common in Buddhism than Hinduism. In Buddhism the left-facing sauwastika imprinted on the chest, feet, palms of ...
The only explanation I can find is on bleach.wikia.com, which says:
One never gets hungry (if she or he doesn't have spiritual powers) and aging is slowed to a great extent, with lifespans of 2000 or more years not being unheard of, though such ages are limited to Shinigami or other Soul Society dwellers with high spiritual power.
There is also an ...
Bleach episode 539 has some answers.
Komamura is talking to his great grandfather:
Bleach 556 has some further information - in a flashback to his previous encounter with his great grandfather, who says:
From the Wikia article on Gotei 13:
Lieutenants function as executive officers for their division, taking care of or supervising day-to-day operations. Along with their captains, they are not assigned to one specific squad. They generally only know the Shikai of their Zanpakutō but they are still the second strongest in their division. In the case of a ...
Aizen does not insert the Hōgyoku into Rukia's body. The deed was actually done by Urahara Kisuke when he makes a deal with a powerless Rukia for a human gigai into which he places the Hōgyoku for safety and secrecy.
Rukia by coincidence happens to patrol Karakura town on the day the hollow attacks Kurosaki family, the Hōgyoku belonging to Kisuke is hidden ...
The answer lies in Ichigo's existence. At the end of the battle between Aizen and Ichigo, Ichigo noted that Aizen's sword is filled with loneliness. Before Ichigo, there was no one of the same level of spiritual pressure as Aizen. This is proved in the conversation between Ichigo and his father, Kurosaki Isshin, on episode 301 of the anime.
That wasn't the ...
It has not been disclosed in the manga yet and no one knows it except for the writer Tite Kubo.
It probably won't be revealed real soon though... I speculate that first Ichigo will master a new power to fight the Quincy king and then there will be a fight between Kenpachi and the king again.