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This article is about the manifested spirit of Kenpachi Zaraki's Zanpakutō. For his Zanpakutō and its abilities, see Nozarashi.

Nozarashi (野晒) is the manifested spirit of Kenpachi Zaraki's Zanpakutō.

Appearance

It is unknown what Nozarashi naturally looks like. When manifesting itself in front of Kenpachi Zaraki to unlock their Bankai, Nozarashi took on the appearance of Yachiru Kusajishi.

Personality

Not much is known about Nozarashi's personality. During Ichigo Kurosaki's fight against Kenpachi Zaraki, Zangetsu mentioned that he could hear Nozarashi screaming its name towards an ignorant Zaraki.

The one time Nozarashi manifested itself in front of Zaraki, it took on the mannerisms of Yachiru Kusajishi.

Plot

Soul Society arc

During Kenpachi Zaraki's fight against Ichigo Kurosaki, the latter's Zanpakutō mentioned that he could hear Nozarashi screaming its name towards an ignorant Zaraki.[1] After Kenpachi is defeated by Ichigo, he finally attempts to listen to Nozarashi, but is unable to before passing out.[2]

The Thousand-Year Blood War arc

Nozarashi finally manages to communicate with its master.

After Kenpachi's duel with Retsu Unohana has concluded, Kenpachi hears a voice calling out to him, and as he turns, he realizes the voice came from his Zanpakutō.[3]

When Kenpachi is lying on the ground after fighting Gerard Valkyrie, Nozarashi appears to him, manifesting itself as his former lieutenant, Yachiru Kusajishi. Nozarashi tells him that if he uses her properly, he can beat anyone. She touches his hand and Reiatsu starts emanating from it. Nozarashi tells Kenpachi that this is the power everyone calls Bankai. He then activates his Bankai[4] and attacks Gerard, but during the course of the ensuing battle, his arm is torn. Nozarashi notes that she released too much power at once. She apologizes to him, noting that his body is not able to handle so much power.[5]

References

  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 113
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 114
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 527, pages 1-9
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 668, pages 16-17
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 670, pages 10-11

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