List of zanpakutou

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The zanpakutou is the standard weapon seen in use by most characters of Bleach. A zanpakutou, in its initial form, is merely a katana, with its length and tsuba shape dependant on the reiatsu of the user. A zanpakutou in this state has no special abilities to it.

Zangetsu(Kurosaki Ichigo)

Ichigo's zanpakutō is named Zangetsu (斬月, literally "cutting moon").Unlike most Shinigami, who can seal their zanpakutō after releasing it, Ichigo's zanpakutō is always in its shikai form. This is most likely due to Ichigo's high reiatsu. Zangetsu takes the form of a large crescent shaped sword with no hilt or guard, the 'handle' being the end piece of a sworwd wrapped in bandages. Zangetsu's special ability is the Getsuga Tenshō (月牙天衝, literally "moon-fang slices the heavens", translated in the English anime as "piercer of heaven"), a wave of spirit particles released from his blade's edge. Correspondent to the name, the wave is shaped like a crescent moon.Zangetsu's bankai, named Tensa Zangetsu (天鎖斬月, literally "heavenly chain cutting the moon") shrinks the sword down to a fully black one while his uniform also changes to an outfit similar to Zangetsu's. Ichigo's bankai is a compression of his spiritual pressure, rather than a vast expansion as is usually the case. By compressing his power, Ichigo can move at incredibly high speeds, though the form puts tremendous strain on his body.

Sode no Shirayuki(Kuchiki Rukia)

Rukia's zanpakutō, Sode no Shirayuki (袖の白雪 or 袖白雪, literally "sleeve's white snow"), is released with the command "dance" (舞え, mae). In its released state the blade becomes completely white and a ribbon forms from the pommel, earning it the recognition as the most beautiful snow and ice zanpakutō in Soul Society. Sode no Shirayuki utilizes ice to attack, each of its three abilities being labeled as "dances" by Rukia. "First dance, white moon" (初の舞・月白, some no mai, tsukishiro) denotes a circular area around Rukia's target and freezes everything within the circle from the ground upwards until it reaches the sky."The next dance, white ripple" (次の舞・白漣, tsugi no mai, hakuren) fires a massive wave of ice from Sode no Shirayuki's blade."Third dance, white sword" (参の舞・白刀, san no mai, shirafune), her final ability reserved only for when her blade is broken, reforges her zanpakutō with ice particles, piercing through any object in its path and freezing anything in the vicinity.

Benihime (Urahara Kisuke)

Kisukes zanpakutuo, Benihime(literally red princess) is released with the command awaken. It then tranforms out of its cane shape and into that of a normal sword. So far its only known defence is blood mist sheild caused by the command breathe.

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