Chapter 540: The Sword Five
Captain show-off is making one little dance to call out his five Asauchi helpers. They all hate his show-boating as the pretty all stomp him somewhere on his body as they descent onto the workplace.
I love Ichigo’s Asauchi’s expression here. Even he is like ‘wUt?’. Oetstu plays it cool calling out Ichigo go Asauchi over to the party. The Asauchi quickly loses its humanoid form and transports itself into the water.
I guess the first one heats we see heats up the place. What all the others ones are doing is a bit hard to see. The last one…
right, the one who pulls out one of her teeth. And she seems to turn into a giant hammer for Oetstu to start forging Ichigo’s Zanpaktou with.
For the first time since we met him he took off his sunglasses and starts getting to work. It seems forging a Zanpaktou requires quite a bit of work.
I love the dialog between Oetsu and Ichigo here. Being a true craftsman he looks with protective gear to keep an eye on his work. Then the interesting part begins.
“The reason why this Asauchi, turned whiter than snow on your touch.”
Ichigo is as dense as ever. Not really noticing or wondering about why his Zanpaktou is the way that it is. ‘it just like the hollow within me’ Oetsu finishes Ichigo’s thoughts for him. The hollow is Ichigo’s true Zanpaktou.
Ichigo doesn’t know how to respond as Oetsu continues his explanation. The Hollow ‘white’ entered Ichigo when he was growing inside Masaki’s belly. So, oddly enough, the hollow is the true source of his shinigami powers.
Which means. That all this time. The old man inside his soul was not his Zanpaktou. Never has been, never was. It just has been pretending he was. With the info we received from Ishinn’s tale it all makes sense.
Ichigo’s goes into his inner world to find the old man we have not seen in a long time. Not having seen him for this long I failed(I gues everybody else aswell) to see a resemblance with what the old man truly represents in Ichigo’s soul.
His inner Quincy… THe old man has the face of the young Yuha Bach. It makes sense because Ishinn explained that Juha Bach is where the Quicy began and his blood flows through all Quincy (so, yes. Even within Ichigo). I don’t think the old man carries order from Juha bach, but simply moved to keep Ichigo true shinigami powers from destroying his Quincy self. So, I believe the old man Zangetsu did want Ichigo to get stronger, but he did not want to die.
Will Ichigo finally get a white blade as the hollow carried. Because somehow that thing looked awesome. I also wonder if the shape will evolve once more.