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:...
Kubo himself has commented on this. Below I've taken the quote from Bleach Answers Wiki:
The title wasn't Bleach when Tite Kubo decided to draw a story about Shinigami. This was before he drew the one-shot manga that appeared in Akamaru Jump. The weapon wasn't a sword, but a scythe. Only Rukia had a scythe and the other characters used guns. At that point,...
As SingerOfTheFall pointed in his answer Captain Byakuya stated that:
Even the four noble families, whose members are always exceptionally
talented, have only a member capable of bankai every few generations.
At wikipedia states that:
Only 4 non Captains in the Gotei 13 to have achieved Bankai
Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto (山本元柳斎 重國 ...
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
From the Bleach Wiki:
The Human World and Soul Society are parallel to each other and are two sides of the same coin. Families separated by death are rarely reunited in the Soul Society unless they arrive in Soul Society together. People live nestled together like a family of strangers. One never gets hungry (if she or he doesn't have spiritual powers) ...
Both White Ichigo and Zangetsu are a part of Ichigo's being or soul. Hence, they can freely communicate with each other. The most important thing about Bleach power-ups is that they follow the basic principle of "know thyself" and thus, Ichigo himself is unaware of their true capabilities until he pays attention to them by training.
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.
Here is a compiled list of the noble families compiled from the Bleach Wiki
They are currently 4 greater noble families, but only 2 have been revealed:
The Shihouin Clan are tasked with taking care of various treasures and weapons. Yoruichi was formerly the head of this family. The head of this family typically served as the head of the Onmitsukidou.
It was likely a situational fact.
Ichigo had resolved the fight between him and Kenpachi, so he was physically weak. He wouldn't have been capable of fighting Byakuya in that state.
Yoruichi hadn't been in battle in over a hundred years. While she (somewhat) maintained her Flash Step, she couldn't have engaged him in a head-on battle.
It was very unlikely ...
Hollows are not like normal living creatures. Don't forget that they are born from human souls, not from flesh and bones. In chapter 433 it is explained that
Also, don't forget what happens when they are killed. Their bodies simply vanish, leaving no corpse, no anything. So, taking that into account, we can say that
And I guess that since they are spirit ...
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 ...
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 ...
Because a shinigami's sword isn't based on their spiritual ability alone.
It also depends on the amount of control they have over their power. Ichigo's sword was larger, but it was also brittle, out of focus if you may.
According to the Bleach Wiki,
Yoruichi Shihōin has stated that his Zanpakutō is a full-time released form type because of Ichigo's vast but uncontrollable spiritual energy upon generation of it, implying that it is simply a type of Zanpakutō that, without proper control of his spiritual energy, once in Shikai form, remains in said state.
Because her power is limited.
Rejecting the Espada's creation would mean changing very powerful things, beings with extreme spiritual power would vanish.
She doesn't (yet) have this kind of power. She can't reject events of that magnitude.
She can reject an injury (and even that to some degree, as shown with Ichigo's cero-inflicted wound by Ulquiorra, she ...
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:
No, captains are not the only ones that are able to us bankai. Do not mix the reason and the consequence: it's not like they have bankai because they are captains, but rather they are captains because the have bankai, achieving which is one of the requirements to become a captain through showing one's proficiency.
Except for the current and former captains,...
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)