Shikai

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Shikai is the first form of a Soul Reaper's Zanpakuto. It's initiated by calling out the release command followed by the Zanpakutos name.

Overview

The Shikai is the first release state of a Shinigami's Zanpakutō. To be able to acquire this form, the wielder must communicate with the living spirit within their Zanpakutō using the art of Jinzen and learn the spirits name and release command. Learning Shikai is a mark to show ones control over their Zanpakutō, many higher ranks such as Seated Officers and Lieutenants require to person to have attained a Shikai in order for them to increase in rank.

The Shikai release of a zanpakutō is unique for each Shinigami, as each one is tailored for the shinigami, and this is due to the nature of how all Zanpakutō are created. This means that canonically there can never be two of the same exact Zanpakuto. Shikai are then subcategorized by the nature they lean towards, such as fire or ice. These unique traits and elements carry over into the Bankai release of a Shinigamis Zanpakutō, as all Bankai share the basic traits of their Shikai.

In order to release ones Shikai, a release command is generally spoken aloud along with the name of the Zanpakutō, causing it to change its form into its true appearance. This allows the shinigami to access the true power of his or her Zanpakutō and use it's unique powers and abilities. Exceptionally powerful shinigami, such as those who have attained Bankai, are able to release their Zanpakutō without the use of a release command, or sometimes omitting the release command and name entirely.

Notable Shikai

Kido Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to access highly unique and odd abilities that can't be classified under any other section.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Benihime
Benihime
Awaken
Benihime is the Shikai of Ex-Captain Kisuke Urahara. In its sealed state, Benihime appears as a Shikomizue, or a cane that contains a hidden blade. When Kisuke releases his Shikai, the Shikomizue transforms into a straight edged sword with an elaborate hilt that curves at the end.
Ruri'iro Kujaku
Ruri'iro Kujaku
Fuji Kujaku = Bloom

Ruri'rio Kujaku = Split and Deviate

Ruri'iro Kujaku is the Shikai of 5th Seat Officer Yumichika Ayasegawa. In its sealed state, Ruri'iro appears as a katana. Unlike most Shikai, Ruri'iro Kujaku has two different states of Shikai. When Yumichika releases his Shikai with "Bloom", the katana transforms into a sickle type sword with 4 individual blades. When Yumichika release his Shikai with "Split and Deviate", it grants him access to the true power of his Zanpakuto.

Kinshara
Kinshara
Play
Kinshara is the Shikai of Ex-Captain Rojuro Otoribashi. In its sealed state, Kinshara appears as a katana. When Rojuro releases his Shikai, it transforms into a segmented golden whip with a flower shaped tip.
Minazuki
Minazuki
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Minazuki is the Shikai of Ex-Captain Retsu Unohana. In its sealed state, Minazuki appears as a Nodachi. When Retsu releases her Shikai, it transforms into a cloud of gas before transforming once more into a giant green one eyed manta ray type creature.
Katen Kyokotsu
Katen Kyokotsu
Flower Wind Rage and Flower God Roar, Heavenly Wind Rage and Heavenly Demon Sneer

Katen Kyokotsu is the Shikai of Captain Commander Shunsui Kyoraku. In its sealed state, Katen Kyokotsu appears as a both a Tachi and a Wakizashi, otherwise known as a Daisho. When Shunsui releases his Shikai, they transform into a pair of large elaborate black scimitar-like blades.

Sogyo no Kotowari
Sogyo no Kotowari
All Waves, Rise now and Become my Shield, Lightning, Strike now and Become my Blade
Sogyo no Kotowari is the Shikai of Captain Jushiro Ukitake. In its sealed state, Sogyo no Kotowari appears as a single katana. When Jushiro releases his Shikai, it transforms into a pair of swords linked by a red rope at the hilts of each blade.
Suzumushi
Suzumushi
Cry
Suzumushi is the Shikai of Ex-Captain Kaname Tosen. In its sealed state, Suzumushi appears as a katana. When Kaname releases his Shikai, the blade remains the same but exhibits different abilities depending on which technique Kaname is using.
Hisagomaru
Hisagomaru
Fufill

Hisagomaru is the Shikai of 7th Seat Officer Hanataro Yamada. In its sealed state, Hisagomaru appears as a katana with a red gauge built into the blade. When Hanataro releases his Shikai, it transforms into a small scalpel with the gauge built into the handle..

Arazome Shigure
Arazome Shigure
Rain Without End
Arazome Shigure is the Shikai of the Mod Soul Nozomi Kujo. In its sealed state, Arazome Shigure appears as a katana. When Nozomi releases her Shikai, it transforms into a long black broadsword with a cross-like tip, the blade itself is trimmed silver in color.
Wabisuke
Wabisuke
Raise Your Head
Wabisuke is the Shikai of Lieutenant Izuru Kira. In its sealed state, Wabisuke appears as a katana. When Izuru releases his Shikai, it transforms the end of the sword in a hook, which acts like a reverse guillotine for beheading his enemies.
Raiku
Raiku
Go Mad
Raiku is the Shikai of the Mod Soul and Ex-7th Seat Kageroza Inaba. In its sealed state, Raiku appears as a Shikomizue, or a cane that contains a hidden blade. When Kageroza releases his Shikai, it transforms into a double bladed voluge type weapon.
Sumitsukigasa
Sumitsukigasa
Seeth
Sumitsukigasa is the Shikai of the Shinigami Oko Yushima. In its sealed state, Sumitsukigasa appears as a katana. When Oko releases his Shikai, it transforms into a double bladed voluge type weapon.

Melee Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user access to powerful close quarters abilities to enhance their strength and outright power.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Zangetsu
Zangetsu
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Zangetsu is the Shikai of Substitute Shinigami Ichigo Kurosaki. It's one of the few Zanpakuto in existence to be in a constant state of release and does not change its appearance outside of Bankai. It appears as a set of normal pure black blades, one the size of a large knife, and the other the size of a standard long/great sword.

Nozarashi
Nozarashi
Drink
Nozarashi is the Shikai of Captain Kenpachi Zaraki. It's one of the few Zanpakutos in existence to be in a constant state of release, however when its true release command is spoken, it transforms into a massive War Axe.
Sanpo Kenju
Sanpo Kenju
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Sanpo Kenju is the Shikai of Lieutenant Yachiru Kusajishi. In its sealed state, Sanpo Kenju appears as a katana. When Yachiru releases her Shikai, the blade itself remains unchanged, however it manifests two entities that fight alongside her and follow the movements of Yachiru herself to ensure all of her attacks hit her target.
Tenken
Tenken
Roar
Tenken is the Shikai of Captain Sajin Komamura. In its sealed state, Tenken appears as a katana. When Sajin releases his Shikai, he is able to summon the limbs of a large armored phantom for devastating use in combat
Zabimaru
Zabimaru
Howl

Zabimaru is the Shikai of Lieutenant Renji Abarai. In its sealed state, Zabimaru appears as a katana. When Renji releases his Shikai, it transforms into a segmented blade with numerous teeth-like spikes protruding from the top of each segment. The blade is able to split apart each segment and extend outwards much like a whip, allowing for ranged combat.

Hozukimaru
Hozukimaru
Grow / Split

Hozukimaru is the Shikai of 3rd Seat Officer Ikkaku Madarame. In its sealed state, Hozukimaru appears as a katana. When Ikkaku releases his Shikai with "Grow", it transforms into a large Yari. Ikkaku can then use the release command "Split" in order to split it apart into segments which are connect by small chains for greatly increased range.

Kazeshini
Kazeshini
Reap
Kazeshini is the Shikai of Co-Lieutenant Shuhei Hisagi. In its sealed state, Kazeshini appears as a katana. When Shuhei releases his Shikai, it transforms into a pair of Kusarigama-like weapons connected together by a long chain
Reppu
Reppu
Rage Violently
Reppu is the Shikai of Ex-3rd Seat Makoto Kibune. In its sealed state, Reppu appears as a katana. When Makoto releases his Shikai, it transforms into a large three bladed weapon, connected together by a large handle in the middle.
Gegetsuburi
Gegetsuburi
Crush
Gegetsuburi is the Shikai of Lieutenant Marechiyo Omaeda. In its sealed state, Gegetsuburi appears as a katana. When Marechiyo releases his Shikai, it transforms into a large spiked flail-like weapon.

Fire Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to create and/or control fire for use in combat.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Ryujin Jakka
Ryujin Jakka
Reduce All Creation to Ash

Ryujin Jakka is the Shikai of Ex-Captain Commander Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto. In its sealed state, Ryujin Jakka takes the form of a Katana, which Yamamoto hides inside a wooden cane that he can "destroy" at will to show his sealed Zanpakuto. When Yamamoto releases his Shikai, the blade becomes coated in flames and a massive amount of fiery reiatsu is released from Yamamoto.

Tengumaru
Tengumaru
Crush Down

Tengumaru is the Shikai of Ex-Captain and Visord Love Aikawa. In its sealed state, Tengumaru take the form of a Katana. When Love releases his Shikai, the blade transforms into a massive black Kanabo, with spiked protrusions along the body.

Tobiume
Tobiume
Snap
Tobiume is the Shikai of Lieutenant Momo Hinamori. In its sealed state, Tobiume takes the form of a Katana. When Momo releases her Shikai, the blade transforms into a straight double-edged sword with multiple prongs branching out along the length of the blade itself.
Raika
Raika
Sever
Raika is the Shikai of filler Captain Shusuke Amagai. In its sealed state, Raika takes the form of a Kodachi. When Shusuke releases his Shikai, the blade transforms into small white blade with a hooked end which can glow red hot, and the hilt transforms into a shell like structure which emit flames from the end.

Illusion Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to cast and control powerful illusions against their opponents.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Kyoka Suigetsu
Kyoka Suigetsu
Shatter
Kyoka Suigetsu is the Shikai of Ex-Captain Sosuke Aizen . In its sealed state, Kyoka Suigetsu appears as a Katana. When Aizen releases his Shikai, the blade appears to shatter into pieces. It does so in order to activate its unique hypnosis effects.
Muramasa
Muramasa
Whisper
Muramasa is the Shikai of Ex-3rd Seat Officer Koga Kuchiki . In its sealed state, Muramasa appears as a katana. When Koga releases his Shikai, the blade glows purple and releases a powerful wave of energy which activates its unique ability.
Sakanade
Sakanade
Collapse
Sakanade is the Shikai of Captain Shinji Hirako . In its sealed state, Sakanade appears as a katana. When Shinji releases his Shikai, it transforms and adds a large ring to the pommel of the blade, which allows Shinji to spin it around in order to activate its halucanogenic properties.

Ice Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to create and/or control Ice for use in combat

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Sode no Shirayuki
Sode no Shirayuki
Dance
Sode no Shirayuki is the Shikai of Lieutenant Rukia Kuchiki . In its sealed state, Sode no Shirayuki appears as a katana. When Rukia releases her Shikai, she rotates the blade in a counter clockwise motion and it starts to transform into a pure white weapon with a long white ribbon connected to the pommel.
Hyorinmaru
Hyorinmaru
Sit Upon the Frozen Heavens
Hyorinmaru is the Shikai of Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya . In its sealed state, Hyorinmaru appears as a katana. When Toshiro releases his Shikai, the blade extends slightly and gains a large chain that extends from the pommel and ends with a small bladed weapon of its own.

Wind Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to create and/or control wind for use in combat.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Taichikaze
Taichikaze
Blow It Away
Taichikaze is the Shikai of Captain Kensei Muguruma . In its sealed state, Taichikaze appears as a wakizashi. When Kensei releases his Shikai, it transforms into a small combat knife.
Mirokumaru
Mirokumaru
Call forth the Twilight
Mirokumaru is the Shikai of Shinigami Senna . In its sealed state, Mirokumaru appears as a katana. When Senna releases her Shikai, it transforms into a khakkhara.

Water Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to create and/or control water for use in combat.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Nejibana
Nejibana
Surge, Water(s) and Sky/Heaven
Nejibana is the Shikai of Ex-Lieutenant Kaien Shiba . In its sealed state, Nejibana appears as a katana. When Kaien releases his Shikai, it transforms into a large trident that spews forth a large amount of water.

Earth Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to create and/or control earth for use in combat.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Tsuchinamazu
Tsuchinamazu
Good Morning
Tsuchinamazu is the Shikai of Shinigami Zennosuke Kurumadani . In its sealed state, Tsuchinamazu appears as katana. When Zennosuke releases his Shikai, it transforms into a single "Wind and Fire wheel"

Lightning Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to create and/or control lightning for use in combat.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Gonryomaru
Gonryomaru
Bite
Gonryomaru is the Shikai of Ex-Lieutenant Chojiro Sasakibe . In its sealed state, Gonryomaru appears as a katana. When Chojiro releases his Shikai, it transforms into a rapier.

Plant Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to create and/or control plants for use in combat.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Benishidare
Benishidare
Bloom Madly
Benishidare is the Shikai of Shinigami Ryusei Kenzaki . In its sealed state, Benishidare appears as a katana. When Ryusei releases his Shikai, it transforms into a large black sword with 5 flowers blooming along the length of the blade and tip.

Light Type

The following Zanpakuto are used to create powerful effects and attacks with pure light.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Nijigasumi
Nijigasumi
Shine Brightly
Nijigasumi is the Shikai of Shinigami Maki Ichinose. In its sealed state, Nijigasumi appears as a katana. When Maki releases his Shikai, the blade begins to shine with a bright light and allows him to use unique light based abilities.

Poison Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to release powerful poisons and toxins to control the flow of battle.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Ashisogi Jizo
Ashisogi Jizo
Rip
Ashisogi Jizo is the Shikai of Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi . In its sealed state, Ashisogi Jizo appears as a katana. When Mayuri releases his Shikai, it transforms into an elaborate three bladed trident like sword with a small golden face near the hilt.

Defence Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to focus on defence as opposed to outright offence or attacking power

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Daichimaru
Daichimaru
Rock
Daichimaru is the Shikai of Shinigami Rusaburo Enkogawa . In its sealed state, Daichimaru appears as a katana. When Rusaburo releases his Shikai, it transforms into a giant pair of black metallic fists attached together by a metal chain.

Projectile Type

The following Zanpakuto allow the user to split their Zanpakuto into smaller projectiles which can then be controled freely by the user.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Tsunzakigarasu
Tsunzakigarasu
Flap Away
Tsunzakigarasu is the Shikai of Ex-4th Seat Officer Jirobo Ikkanzaka . In its sealed state, Tsunzakigarasu appears as a katana. When Jirobo releases his Shikai, it transforms into countless flying bladed projectiles that he is able to control.

Unspecified Types

The following Zanpakuto have no current offical "type", and are therefore uncatagorized.

AppearanceRelease CommandDescription
Engetsu
Engetsu
Burn
Engetsu is the Shikai of Ex-Captain Isshine Kurosaki . In its sealed state, Engetsu appears as a katana. When Isshin releases his Shikai, the blade becomes coated in a large amount of spiritual energy, which starts to trail off the blade itself.
Kinpika
Kinpika
Flash from Illuminating Heavens
Kinpika is the Shikai of Royal Guard Member Tenjiro Kirinji . In its sealed state, Kinpika appears as a naginata. It's currently unknown what transformation takes place with Kinpika.
Haguro Tonbo
Haguro Tonbo
Smash
Haguro Tonbo is the Shikai of Ex-Lieutenant Lisa Yadomaru . In its sealed state, Haguro Tonbo appears as a nodachi. When Lisa releases her Shikai, it transforms into a large pole arm like weapon.
Haineko
Haineko
Growl
Haineko is the Shikai of Lieutenant Rangiku Matsumoto . In its sealed state, Haineko appears as a katana. When Rangiku releases her Shikai, it transforms into a fine ash like substance that increases the cutting potential of her sword.
Itegumo
Itegumo
Run

Itegumo is the Shikai of Lieutenant Isane Kotetsu . In its sealed state, Itegumo appears as a katana. When Isane releases her Shikai, it transforms into a small sword with two smaller blades protruding out of the hilt at an angle.

Kubikiri Orochi
Kubikiri Orochi
Chop Cleanly
Kubikiri Orochi is the Shikai of Ex-Lieutenant Hiyori Sarugaki . In its sealed state, Kubikiri Orochi appears as a katana. When Hiyori releases her Shikai, it transforms into a massive serrated cleaver.
Senbonzakura
Senbonzakura
Scatter

Senbonzakura is the Shikai of Captain Byakuya Kuchiki . In its sealed state, Senbonzakura appears as a katana. When Byakuya releases his Shikai, the blade glows bright pink and begins to transform into countless incredibly sharp and deadly "petals", which he is able to control freely.

Shinso
Shinso
Shoot To Kill
Shinso is the Shikai of Ex-Captain Gin Ichimaru . In its sealed state, Shinso appears as a wakizashi. When Gin releases his Shikai, it is able to control the shape of his blade and extend its length greatly.
Suzumebachi
Suzumebachi
Sting All Enemies To Death
Suzumebachi is the Shikai of Captain Sui-Feng . In its sealed state, Suzumebachi appears as a katana. When Sui-Feng releases her Shikai, it transforms into a black and golden gauntlet with a large stinger like blade covering one of Sui-Fengs fingers.
Ichimonji
Ichimonji
Blacken

Ichimonji is the Shikai of Royal Guard Commander Ichibei Hyosube. In its sealed state, Ichimonji appears as a large calligraphy brush. When Ichibei releases his shikai, the brush section itself disappears and reveals a short bladed end in its place.

General Information Edit
Concept Name Shikai
Japanese Name: 始解
Romaji Name: shikai
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