Bleach: All You Need To Know About Kenpachi Zaraki’s Zanpakuto Nozarashi!

As all fans of Tite Kubo’s Bleach series know, Captain Kenpachi Zaraki is one of the toughest soul reapers in soul society. Captain of the 11th division, Kenpachi is someone who has a profound respect for strength and perseverance. He is a gigantic man with a crazed look in his eyes, often seen ready to battle any opponent who he considers as worthy of being killed with his blade.

The level of Kenpachi’s power is amazing and it has a lot to do with his blade. You’ve come to the right place if you want to learn about his Zanpakuto!


While still only an untrained kid, Kenpachi imprinted on his blade which formerly belonged to a fallen Shinigami. Kenpachi was the only one of the 13 captains who had no idea about the name of his Zanpakuto before and even after becoming a captain.

It was after his fight with Ichigo that he started wishing to know his Zanpakuto‘s name not only because he wanted to get stronger, but also because the pain of not having a name resonated with him. Later, when he defeated Retsu Unohana in battle, Kenpachi finally was able to hear his Zanpakuto‘s voice.

What Is The Shikai Form Of Nozarashi? 

The release command of Nozarashi is ‘nome‘ which translated, means ‘drink‘. When his Zanpakuto is released, it takes on the form of an enormous axe with a long handle wrapped with cloth, and a green tassel on the top. Nozarashi’s Shikai ability is frightening in its sheer power and destructive attacks.

It can easily demolish a large meteorite with just a single blow. Its cutting ability is unrivalled which gives Kenpachi power to slice through the bodies of his opponents without much effort. In one instance of Nozarashi’s full Shikai release, he cuts a building in half as well.

What About Nozarashi’s Bankai Form? 

His Bankai is unnamed. When it is activated, Kenpachi’s Bankai releases a tremendous wave of energy which is forceful and powerful enough to impact buildings in the near vicinity. Kenpachi‘s physical appearance itself alters into this ferocious image with red skin, several black markings across his face and horns on his head.

As for his blade, it turns into a somewhat similar but also different version of its Shikai form. The blade in its Bankai state is much shorter and more jagged and looks like a rough cleaver. His Bankai provides Kenpachi with endless reserves of energy and physical strength.

The cutting power of his Zanpakuto also becomes frighteningly powerful which allows him to defeat Gerard Valkyrie in a single blow. He also rips him off in one swift motion and slices him in half from some distance. Not only does his Bankai alter, Kenpachi himself becomes an altered and mindless fighter, without any rationality or care for his own life.

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