Zanpakutō Spirit Manifestation
Technique Type Zanpakutō Spirit
User Muramasa

Zanpakutō Spirit Manifestation is a technique used by the manifested spirit of Kōga Kuchiki's Zanpakutō, Muramasa.


Muramasa can enter the inner world of a Shinigami and bend their Zanpakutō spirit to his will. This is done by removing the energy stability between a Shinigami and their Zanpakutō spirit, who is left confused and has its negative emotions forcibly released by Muramasa.[1] A manifested spirit of a weaker Shinigami is typically a tangible, shadowy figure,[2] but manifests with greater individuality and power from stronger Shinigami.[3] Initially, a Shinigami whose Zanpakutō spirit has been manifested is left unable to release their Shikai,[3] though they can overcome this by strengthening their resolve.[4] However, as long as their Zanpakutō spirit is manifested and under the influence of Muramasa's brainwashing, a Shinigami cannot perform Bankai until their Zanpakutō spirit returns to them.[5]

The only way for a manifested Zanpakutō spirit to be freed from Muramasa's brainwashing and return to its Shinigami is for its owner to defeat it.[5] However, if someone other than the manifested Zanpakutō spirit's owner defeats them, they will revert to their sword form, which will snap in two afterward, and remain unable to manifest, effectively dying,[6] though Mayuri Kurotsuchi eventually discovers a way to restore the Zanpakutō spirits who were defeated in this way.[1] Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto likens this power to a tapeworm.[7] The only way for a Zanpakutō spirit to resist this power is to have experienced it before and know Muramasa's voice, allowing them to resist its influence.[8] Additionally, Muramasa can use this power to manifest himself into the real world, which he did in order to rescue Kōga Kuchiki.[2]


Muramasa's alternate method of summoning Zanpakutō spirits.

  • Methods: Though he can manifest several Zanpakutō spirits at once by emitting purple energy from his eyes, which causes nearby Zanpakutō to glow blue and release their spirits,[2] Muramasa can also personally draw out a Zanpakutō spirit from a Shinigami by reaching into their chest and pulling out a thread of their Reiatsu while speaking directly to the Zanpakutō spirit in question, after which the Zanpakutō spirit will manifest in the real world. This process will cause a Shinigami wielding their Bankai to instantly revert to their Shikai.[9] Additionally, while inside the inner world of a Shinigami, Muramasa can draw out their Zanpakutō spirit by trapping the Shinigami within an illusion in which they see Muramasa's Spiritual Threads extending from a hole in their chest. When the Shinigami's resolve breaks from the perceived pain of this illusion, their Zanpakutō spirit will manifest within their inner world while wearing a black cloak, which crumbles away. After this, Muramasa can proceed with brainwashing the Zanpakutō spirit.[10] The latter two methods are both very painful to the Shinigami in question.[9][10]

Should a manifested Zanpakutō spirit not be forced into submission when their master is killed, they will enter a berserk-behavior, due to the feeling of emptiness of losing their master and identity. Mayuri Kurotsuchi dubs these as Tōjū.[11]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Bleach anime; Episode 257
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bleach anime; Episode 250
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bleach anime; Episode 230
  4. Bleach anime; Episode 235
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bleach anime; Episode 236
  6. Bleach anime; Episode 241
  7. Bleach anime; Episode 247
  8. Bleach anime; Episode 240
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bleach anime; Episode 233
  10. 10.0 10.1 Bleach anime; Episode 234
  11. Bleach anime; Episode 256


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