A Tribute to Old Man Zangetsu
If you haven’t heard of the legendary warrior known as Zangetsu, then maybe you’ve been living under a rock. Or perhaps you’re just too young to recognize what he represents. Oh, who am I kidding? You probably have no idea who this guy is! But don’t worry, I’ll help you out.
Zangetsu was a Huntsman who lived during the Great War. His accomplishments were legendary, and he fought bravely for his village. Those within his faction always joke about how much stronger he would have been if he’d only been able to use his Aura.
what does zangetsu mean?
Zangetsu (斬月) is the name of a character in Bleach. The original kanji used to spell his name means ‘slaying moon’. It’s also important to note that Zangetsu (斬月) is NOT A FANMADE! He was created by Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach.
The first time Zangetsu made an appearance was in Chapter 495 of the manga. He first appeared to be a young man with long, white hair wearing tattered clothes. His eyes were black and he had a dead serious look on his face. Ichigo Kurosaki thought that this man’s appearance was familiar, but couldn’t really remember where he’d seen him before.
Introduce Old Man Zangetsu and explain his importance to Ichigo.
Old Man Zangetsu is an alternate personality of Ichigo Kurosaki. He appears when Ichigo loses his resolve to fight for whatever reason, typically after losing a battle with another character. When this occurs, Old Man Zangetsu will appear and offer Ichigo the power needed to win.
If Ichigo accepts these powers, he’ll take on a different form which increases his powers drastically. In this form, Ichigo appears as a tall man dressed in black garb with long black hair and chains wrapped around his arms. He also wears a large piece of white fabric across is face similar to the one worn by Zangetsu
Describe the events leading up to Old Man Zangetsu’s death
When Ichigo finally fought the Hollow known as Quilge Opie, he was losing. This battle happened within Quincy territory during a snow storm, so Ichigo’s power had decreased significantly since his earlier fights. His resolve to win began to fade that night because of all the pain he’d experienced in his past battles. If it hadn’t been for Old Man Zangetsu’s intervention, Ichigo would have lost this fight.
Old Man Zangetsu helps Ichigo win the battle against Quilge Opie. Unfortunately, after this fight is through, Old Man Zangetsu dissipates into thin air and never returns to help Ichigo again.
Analyze Ichigo’s reaction to Old Man Zangetsu’s death
The loss of Old Man Zangetsu was painful for Ichigo. He had come to rely on the power granted to him by his alternate personality, and now felt powerless without it. Ichigo realized that he couldn’t rely on his powers alone to help protect those around him. He needed the courage and willpower necessary to defend them as well.
Discuss the symbolism behind Old Man Zangetsu’s death
Old Man Zangetsu’s death is symbolic of the fact that Ichigo needed to grow up and stop relying so much on his powers. He finally had to take responsibility for himself and those around him, meaning he couldn’t just rely on power-ups provided by his alternate personality anymore. There were also quite a few fans who believed that Old Man Zangetsu died because he’d served his purpose. Ichigo was now strong enough to continue protecting everyone, so Old Man Zangetsu’s time had come to an end.
You can read more about this topic here: Tite Kubo Answers Questions Regarding Bleach’s Ending. You can also read our review of Bleach here! Let me know if you have any questions! Thank for reading, bye-bye!