Ichigo has always had a knack for sensing spiritual presence of other humans and can detect the reiatsu (life energy) of spirits.
However, without training he has never been able to sense zanpakuto spirits like Rukia’s shihakusho (cloak).
For years, Ichigo wondered what it would be like to sense them and find out that not all is as it seems.
So, one day Ichigo is impressing his girlfriend (Hinamori), when she suddenly stops reacting to a spirit’s presence.
Her reaction isn’t a bad one in a way, but it shocked him in a way he never would have expected.
While trying to learn what happened to her, the story starts off by showing Ichigo’s meeting with his cousin, Renji.
Renji wants help in stopping an old spirit that has been stalking him and his team mates since the time of their academy days.
Before that, however, Ichigo asks Renji if he can sense spirits and when he replies “yes”, the story begins from there on out.
In the manga, there are several ways that Ichigo is able to sense spirits. In one instance,
he even senses Hinamori’s reiatsu which shocked him to no end. But the only origin of his ability is from a particular soul named Aizen Sosuke.
Aizen was a shinigami who lived during the Edo era and was a soul reaper in the Soul Society at that time.
Sosuke’s mission was to protect Shihouin Yoruichi Shihoin, which started with him being tasked with protecting her from
spiritual threats as he had been doing for years now until Shihouin died from illness.
As for the reiatsu of the zanpakuto spirits, it is explained that they are linked to their wielder and not their individual spirit.
So, when Ichigo was about to fight Renji, he sensed his intimidation and it was because of his shihakusho (cloak) that allowed him to do so.
The only other person on this planet who could sense reiatsu like this was Aizen himself, which made the story more interesting than ever.
What happened to Hinamori after she stopped sensing Renji’s presence and why did she snap out of her shock so quickly?
Well, there were two things: one was because his presence wasn’t completely gone and she had a strong connection with him.
The second was because Ichigo had to take her away from the battle so he could try and help her.
But even when she was in Ichigo’s arms, she still heard Renji’s voice in her head. She couldn’t believe that he was sensing it too,
but then again, she began to wonder if that was the case.
Later on in the story, Yoruichi is brought into the mix after talking with Renji about their team mate’s abilities to sense spirits.
She tells them that Aizen could sense spirits before he banished himself because of his fading spirit energy after resuming his human form.
This is where it gets interesting: Aizen can’t sense spirits because his zanpakuto spirit has been cut off from him
and there isn’t a trace of its reiatsu left. So, Aizen senses reiatsu just as Ichigo can and he has been searching for the source of reiatsu
that he’s sensing as well as why he was sensing it. It turns out that Aizen shared an important secret with Renji
and this secret would shock even the hearts of fan fiction writers.
After learning why Ichigo could see zanpakuto spirits, the story goes through a turn where there’s
a big battle between Renji and a very strong zanpakuto spirit named Hyourinmaru (snow dragon).
But after a long and tedious battle, Ichigo ends up getting injured and receives some very bad news from Yoruichi.
She told him that he may not be able to heal as quickly as Renji does because his reiatsu isn’t as strong as his shihakusho (cloak).
To make things worse, the reiatsu that Ichigo sensed from Renji is actually not his; it’s
At first, this was hard for Ichigo to accept and he didn’t want to believe Yoruichi.
He tried to run away from her and even told her that he hated her. But after Renji told him that
he heard Hyourinmaru’s voice in the beginning of the battle, Ichigo was now able to understand
why Yoruichi kept it a secret. Even though Aizen can naturally sense reiatsu, ichigo can see zanpakuto spirits fanfiction
he himself didn’t know the reason why. He was only searching for clues to find it and this made Yoruichi suspicious.
What happened to Hyourinmaru’s reiatsu is nothing short of a tragedy. Renji sensed its reiatsu shortly after Aizen was arrested for treason.
He didn’t think that there’s a possibility of it being his doing, but after many people came up to him and
said he had been acting different for a while now. They told him about the time when Aizen had