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    Getsuga is offline Senior Member Respected Member
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    Well, in all honesty, and since you should know, Shounens do have a trend to be similar. First we start with a person who tends to be abnormal. That person is put into further abnormal situations and comes out on top, while nearly dieing in the process. Furthermore, as the manga progresses, as he/she become stronger, the enemies must also, thus introducing a second stage, or such. And as enemies become stronger, so must the protagonists' potential, thus introducing another stage for him/her (SSJ3/4/fusion, Vizard, 4 Tailed Naruto). And this will continue to happen. It's not the first time it's happened, and it certainly will not be the last.
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    i could go into deep detail at least describing how bleach and naruto are nothing alike, but fortunately that has already been done, so instead i'll talk about shaman king, as suntzu is saying that the shamanic over souls are essentially the same as the zanpaku-to, they are not, and here is why: in shaman king, the over soul is created by infusing any object (it doesn't necessarily have to be weapon of any kind) with a ghost, the spirit of a dead person, animal, or maybe a nature spirit, the zanpaku-to, however, always has a spirit as an integral part of it, is always a sword, unless released, and requires no shamanic energy from the shinigami to simply wield (special abilities not included)

    secondly, an over soul can be "leveled up" only in that a shaman can add energy until they have created a complete manifestation of their ghost,
    the zanpaku-to has three concrete stages: the normal katana form in which it's power is sealed, the first release "kai", and the second release "ban kai", for which the shinigami simply must know their sword's name.

    lastly, as the over soul of a shaman's ghost is imbued with more power, it takes the shape of the ghost, as said before. as mentioned in bleach several times, the shape of the zanpaku-to is the shape of it's wielder's power,

    I believe that Tite Kubo's main inspiration for this, and the spirit in the zanpaku-to, is an extension of the idea that the katana is the soul of a samurai

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    i though that bleach's pretty distinct. A concept of death gods wif samurai swords. I'm sure almost none had this emphasis. I believe that each manga is unqiue in one way of another. (eg shaman king's ending sux like hell)

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    ...not another one...

 

 
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