In the world of Bleach, the Bankai is one of the trump cards of the god of death and is usually used only in urgent situations. Some Bankai have abilities that are superior to others in terms of attack power and special effects.
Let’s take a look at the 12 strongest Bankai that appeared until the end of the manga!
12. Soo Zabimaru
Originally, Renji was said to have possessed a Bankai named Hihiou Zabimaru. However, who would have thought that it turned out to be a fake Bankai. After training at the Soul King palace, he obtained his standard Bankai named Soo Zabimaru. When used, the sword will transform into a blade that grows out of the skull of a snake. Renji can lengthen the blade at will and make the sword “dance” like a great snake.
This Bankai is considered very strong in terms of attack as it can destroy Mask de Masculine, who has almost limitless power.
11. Konjiki Ashisogi Jizo
This bankai was first shown when Mayuri first faced Ishida during Rukia’s execution. Its form itself was in the form of a giant caterpillar with the head of a child that would spray poison in all directions within a radius of two hundred meters. In addition, it can also take out several large swords from its mouth to rush at enemies.
The most dangerous thing about this Bankai is that the composition of the poison can be changed at Mayuri’s will, making it impossible for anyone to create an antidote but the user of the Bankai himself.
10. Bankai Zaraki
Zaraki is said to be the captain who finally managed to obtain his Bankai during the fight against Quincy.
His Bankai form is rather gruesome as Zaraki takes the form of a red demon in Japanese mythology with a sword slightly smaller than Shikai’s size. Unfortunately, Zaraki cannot control his Bankai form so he will repeatedly attack whoever is deemed the strongest in front of him.
9. Senbonzakura Kageyoshi
Many argue that Byakuya’s Bankai is perfect in both long-range and close-range attacks as well as defense. By activating Bankai, Byakuya can control thousands of swords in the form of cherry blossom petals. That way, he can attack enemies at various distances or defend himself from enemy attacks.
But this Bankai also has a weak point, that is the safe area of Byakuya will not have any Senbonzakura sword for the safety of its owner. So once the enemy entered this safe area, he could attack Byakuya freely like Tsukishima did.
8. Hakka no Togame
Hakka no Togame is a Bankai that Rukia obtained after training with the Royal Guard. However, Hakka no Togame’s ability does not create ice, but rather lowers the temperature of the surrounding area to 0 degrees. Therefore, touching Rukia while in Bankai form can instantly turn anyone into ice.
The problem is, controlling Hakka no Togame is not easy. Rukia must be very careful about raising her body temperature again. But the problem is, the time to use it is also limited because Rukia can’t maintain it for too long, otherwise she herself will suffer.
7. Tensa Zangetsu
True to the Bankai of the main character, it took Ichigo more than 600 chapters to “draw” out Tensa Zangetsu’s true form. Although it appeared very cool, unfortunately it was broken by the final boss Yhwach in just one frame. Tensa Zangetsu can be considered as a Bankai form that shows the balance in the power of death, the power of Hollow and the power of Quincy that Ichigo possesses.
The original version of Tensa Zangetsu has a large form, it is formed from the combination of a white sword and a black sword, the manifestation of Ichigo’s Hollow and Quincy powers.
6. Kamishini no Yari
You can say this is the simplest bankai and also the fastest bankai ever. Its form itself is not much different from the normal form. The only thing that seems different is that it can lengthen and shorten over a distance of 13 kilometers at five hundred times the speed of sound.
5. Daiguren Hyorinmaru
In Bleach, Hyorinmaru is the most powerful ice attribute Zanpakuto in the Spirit World. When activating Bankai Daiguren Hyorinmaru, Hitsugaya’s body will be covered in ice. Originally, Hitsugaya could only use Bankai for a limited time, as indicated by the number of snowflakes on his back. When complete, Daiguren Hyorinmaru will be less “tank”, instead possessing the ability to freeze more terrible than before.
Daiguren Hyorinmaru allows Hitsugaya to control ice and freeze objects within the attack range. The shortest time for Hitsugaya to completely freeze matter is 4 seconds. Frozen objects will also have all abilities disabled.
4. Katen Kyokotsu Karamatsu Shinju
This bankai is considered one of the horrors in the Soul Society. It is so scary, Ukitake even forbids Kyoraku to use it in battle. Katen Kyokotsu Karamatsu Shinju is known as a Bankai that allows Kyoraku to turn a sad story into reality.
He and his opponent will experience various painful scenes from sharing wounds, deadly illnesses to drowning together in a bottomless ocean. At the last moment, Kyoraku slits his enemy’s throat with a white thread until the target explodes.
Who would have thought that behind the form of Shikai often used for healing, Retsu Unohana’s sword had a very dangerous Bankai. Although it still has the same name, the Bankai version actually means “everything ends”. The moment this Bankai is unleashed, Retsu’s blade Zanpakutō liquefies into a dark red substance resembling blood, and is able to melt anything, including Retsu Unohana herself.
So Unohana must master Kaido’s healing technique, so that she can continue to heal her melted body, as long as her Bankai is active.
2. Zanka no Tachi
Unlike Kyoraku’s Bankai, Genryuusai’s Bankai is much larger in scale and is even capable of covering the entire area of Soul Society. Once Zanka no Tachi is activated, the heat emitted from Genryuusai’s sword and body will increase dramatically and can reach the temperature of the sun, making all water and ice, even Daiguren’s bankai Hytorinmaru will also instantly evaporate.
If this Bankai goes on for too long, the entire Soul Society, including Genryuusai himself, will surely burn to ashes.
1. Shirafude Ichimonji
This Bankai is a bit different as the release does not use the word Bankai but Shin’uchi, which means “real sword”. In this form, Ichimonji’s sword will create a giant circle of white ink floating over Ichibei.
Despite its simple form, this effect is actually very dangerous as it can cause Ichibei to change the target’s name at will. The name given can also affect the strength and level of the target. For example, if the enemy is named an ant, he will automatically lose all his original abilities and become as weak as an insect.
So far, only Yhwach has been immune to the effects of this power. Other beings even as powerful as Yamamoto were also affected.