You took the words right out of my head STEAL DRAGON. I'm going to go a little further and speak on what a zanpakutou is.
It seems to me that you aren't born a shinigami but a certain amount of spirit power is needed to become one. Studying to become a shinigami most likely entails developing a zanpakutou spirit within you and having its sword materialize. With the zanpakutou spirits...who knows...they could either be developed from within OR they everyone could be given like some sort of empty zanpkutou spirit pill that grew and matured according to the owner OR elaborating on the last statement: they could be an advanced form of a mod soul. Speculation of course.
We've seen Ichigo bring a zanpakutou out from within without being given one so i guess its safe to say that all shinigamis-in-training materialize one at some point. [also i guess the clothes materialize too]
Kubo tite could answer alot of questions by doing some sort of story on the FIRST shinigami...
but i think shinigami are individuals who have developed additional beings within them in battle. But now the question pops up...does the shinigami make the zanpakutou...or does the zanpakutou make the shinigami... ie: is a shinigami's high potential push the zanpakutou spirit to another level or does the zanpakutou spirit push the shinigami by teaching the owner how to use its z. spirit?
This all adds up to what a shinigami is, so plz dont think im thread-jackin.
Last edited by MagoKui; 12-06-2006 at 12:07 PM.
Reason: somehow guy posted before mine could...
Aizen is gangsta for making everyone wear white.
Tousen: "So what are we going to wear anyway? how do we tell each other apart from the shinigami?"
Aizen: "I GOT IT....lets wear exactly what they wear...but make it WHITE!"
Ichimaru: "OH SH*T, now THATS gangsta!"
Tousen: "....even I wouldn't say that..."
Aizen: "Loosen up Tousen...check this out...lets show him Gin!"
Tousen: "... 0_0 ..."