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Shikai: Zangetsu
English Slaying Moon
Romaji Zangetsu
Kanji 斬月
Other
First Appearances
Manga Chapter 67
Anime Episode 20
Video Game Unknown
Fanfiction
Information
Technique Type False Shikai
Used By Ichigo Kurosaki / Zangetsu

This is the false Shikai form of Ichigo Kurosaki's Zanpakutō, Zangetsu.

It's release command is unknown. This Shikai form of Zangetsu resembles an oversized khyber knife instead of a formal katana. It has no tsuba and no proper hilt. What Ichigo holds is the cloth-wrapped tang. The sword is about as tall as Ichigo is and has a black blade with a silver edge. The cloth wrapping on the tang seems to react to Ichigo's will, changing length at a thought or twining about the blade in an impromptu sheath. When in combat, the cloth falls away when necessary, shrinking back to a manageable size. The cloth can be used to swing the weapon like a flail and to toss it at opponents for mid-range combat, as well as bandage wounds, but these are done rarely. Ichigo has, on more than one occasion, used Zangetsu's wide blade as a shield from incoming attacks and for deflecting energy attacks. Unlike most Zanpakutō, which can be sealed into their original form, Zangetsu is always in its Shikai form. Yoruichi Shihōin has stated his Zanpakutō is a full-time released form type because of Ichigo's vast but uncontrollable spiritual energy upon generation of it, implying it is simply a type of Zanpakutō which, without proper control of his spiritual energy, remains in Shikai form once in said state.

After being influenced by the remaining traces of Ichigo's Fullbring, Zangetsu's appearance changes slightly, giving the blade a silver hilt with gray wrappings and a short length of chain at its base. The blade itself becomes slightly reshaped, curving inwards at the backside of the tip, similar to a trench knife. When stored away on Ichigo's back, the former cloth still materializes to act as an impromptu sheath.

Known Users

  • Ichigo Kurosaki: Ichigo first showed use of his Shikai after crawling out of the Shattered Shaft.
  • Zangetsu: Being a Zanpakutō, Zangetsu itself can use its Shikai form.
  • Old-Man Zangetsu: The manifestation of Ichigo's Quincy powers is able to create a Spirit Weapon identical to Ichigo's Shikai to fight with.

References

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