The different kanji come out as getsu (moon), ga (fang), ten (heaven/sky(same thing)) and shou (forgot what this means). Lumping moon and fang together is perfectly acceptable as "moon fang" often refers to a crescent shaped blade (which as we all know the attack is). Personally I prefer Getsuga Tenshou myself as it groups the characters which directly correlate to one another but it can be written all as one word too.
Amusingly my Korean name in hanja which comes out as Cheonseop (going by official romanisation) comes out in kanji as Tenshou
Isn't the Komamura's bankai a "black warrior"? That could have connection to Genbu...
Although I have to agree that animes generally use Japanese folklore, mysticism, and philosophy, I have a biased background against general Japanese
culture. Although I have to say that you are quite accurate in your research.
Interestingly, the dragon gaurdian in Chinese cosmology is the gaurdian of the west and is element metal (synonymous to void), the turtle is still north but
it's water (turtles belong in water not land), phoenix is south and fire, tiger is east and wood.
Ichigo's sword is of the void type, because it literally creates a void in space when exploiting Getsuga Tenshou.
Now I'll try guessing the various captain and vice captain zanpakutous.
1cmd: Old Man: Fire (Buddha's sword)
1vcp: Butler: unknown
2cpt: Lesbian: Void (instakill type)
2vcp: Retard: Earth
3cpt: Smexy: Wind
3vcp: Bangs: Earth
4cpt: Mommy: I think water
4vcp: Bigsis: can't say
5cpt: Mastermind: Void
5vcp: Fangirl: Fire (fireball) or Void (magic)
6cpt: Byakun: Wind
6vcp: Gangsta: Earth
7cpt: Baskethead: Fire
7vcp: Yakuza: dunno
8cpt: Lovable: Wind
8vcp: Nanaochan: dunno
9cpt: Injustice: Void
9vcp: 69guy: ???
10cp: Shirochan: Water
10vc: Pornstar: Wind (probably)
11cp: Berserker: Earth or Fire(if he had a release)
11vc: Sugarbeast: Dunno (probably Wind)
3seat: Pachinko: Earth
5seat: Eyelashes: too weird
12cp: Bastard: Void
12vc: Slave: umm...
13cp: Gentleman: Water
13vc: Kaiendono: Water
You know who the four kings of heaven are? The four gate guardians obv obv.
Interesting theorizing as always. I'm not sure that zanpakuto that are not kidou type actually have elements though. Additionally, are the so called "all-around types" still aligned with an element, or do they bring that into balance as well? Too many unanswered questions.
Pentaelemental: Where did you pull those names from? They were sort of funny, I guess, but seriously, WTF?
Love the names, Pentaelemental. I've actually seen some of them on fanfics.
In Korean mythology the Four Guardians of Heaven have their names translated to:
Black Turtle, Guardian of the North
Blue Dragon, Guardian of the East
Red Peacock/Sparrow/Bird, Guardian of the South
White Tiger, Guardian of the West
Many people lift an eyebrow at the "Red Peacock" and sometimes even bash me telling me it's "Phoenix" but when you translate the Korean "name" of the guardian it comes out directly as Red Peacock, "jakku" being able to be used for peacock. I suspect the "suzaku" is actually "sujakku" as well, jakku literally meaning "sparrow" (or any small bird like a sparrow) but it's sometimes used as a shorter form of kujakku which means peacock. A recent example would be in the latest season of Zoids, there's the Rainbow Jerk. Jerk being a misromanisation of the Japanese characters for "Jakku" and the Zoid is a peacock (or as it says on the box, peafowl).
The other names of the guardians are simply the words for their respective colours and creatures, sei meaning blue and ryu meaning dragon; coming together to make blue dragon.
I'm not aware if they have actual names, this is simply what I was taught growing up.
if hitsugaya is the incarnation of one of the heavenly guardians then when he was fighting Gin and Gin said "So, its that talent that only comes once in a generation." Then Hitsugaya's eyes lit up...... Ichigo's did the same thing so he could be another incarnation. So far those are the only 2 that have done so so it probably isn't something everyone can do
Originally Posted by redrum305