Seele Schneider (魂を切り裂くもの (ゼーレシュナイダー), Zēreshunaidā; German for "Soul Cutter", Japanese for "That Which Slits the Soul") is a unique arrow weapon used by the Quincy. According to Uryū Ishida, the Seele Schneider is the only Quincy weapon that has a blade.
The Seele Schneider is a thin, silver-colored weapon which, when activated, sports a glowing blue blade.
The Seele Schneider is a weapon much like a chainsaw, with Reishi making 3 million round trips per second around the edge of the blade. The vibrations of the Seele Schneider are not just for cutting. Through its vibrations, the Seele Schneider loosens the bonds between the Reishi of whatever it cuts in order to make them easier to capture. The Quincy fight by gathering the surrounding Reishi and using them as their own personal weapon and the most powerful manifestation of that is the Seele Schneider. The Seele Schneider is not a sword, but an arrow.
Powers and Abilities
Anhäufer (アンホイファ, Anhoifā; German for "Gatherer"): The Seele Schneider's second ability is to collect Reishi during combat by absorbing the opponent's attacks. The more Reiatsu and Reiryoku they release, the more powerful the Quincy wielding it becomes. Effectively, it allows an opponent's Reishi to become the user's.
Sword & Arrow Functionality: Since a physical high-speed impact can be destroyed by a spiritual high-speed impact, the Seele Schneider can do more damage to someone physically strong when they physically attack than when using a spirit-based attack. This is seen in Uryū's fight against Cirucci Sanderwicci. It mainly cuts through Reiatsu impacts. The Seele Schneider makes for a powerful blade in combat but can do even more damage as an arrow. Fired as an arrow, it defeated a former Espada in one shot, easily piercing her soul chain and removing all of her abilities. Had it been aimed higher, towards the head, it would have undoubtedly been fatal. The lethality of the Seele Schneider at full power depends not on its power, but the arrow's trajectory.
Sprenger (破芒陣 (シュプレンガ), Shupurenga; German for "Explosion", Japanese for "Ripping Grass Formation"): This technique uses five Seele Schneider to create a pentagon-shaped seal which, when activated, creates a massive explosion within its borders. The Seele Schneider function as accumulators, gathering the necessary amount of Reishi to create the explosion, with the liquid Reiryoku inside a Gintō acting as the trigger.
Known Seele Schneider Users
Appearances in Other Media
In Bleach: The Hell Verse, Uryū uses Seele Schneider for a technique called Geldschrank (封庫滅陣 (ゲルデシュランク), Gerudeshuranku; German for "Safe", Japanese for "Lock Box Destruction Formation"), where he fires a single Seele Schneider at the intended target which stops in mid-air, surrounding the opponent with a high-density barrier of Reishi. Minuscule cuts created by Seele Schneider beforehand cause Reishi to flow out of the target's body as Uryū throws a Gintō at the ultimate Seele Schneider, causing the barrier to implode and culminate in an enormous explosion.
- Bleach manga; Chapter 257, pages 17-19
- Bleach manga; Chapter 258, pages 2-4
- Bleach manga; Chapter 258, page 8
- Bleach manga; Chapter 258, page 16-18
- Bleach anime; Episode 145
- Bleach anime; Episode 146
- Bleach: The Hell Verse