Former captain of the 12th Division Kisuke Urahara is one of the fan-favorite side characters in the Bleach anime. His quirky demeanor and laid-back attitude, along with his chemistry with Yoruichi Shihoin provide much comic relief in the series while his cunning makes him on par with Sosuke Aizen. Kisuke Urahara’s Bankai is also a powerful and impactful one just like that of Hirako Shinji.
Kisuke made Kurosaki Ichigo learn Bankai in just three days, a process that takes years to complete, and assisted the Soul Reapers in the Thousand Year Blood War by developing a tool that didn’t allow their Bankai to be stolen. His intellect is also seen in his mastery of binding techniques called ‘Kido’, support attacks called ‘Bakudo’, with the talent of hiding a Kido in a Bakudo.
The striped bucket hat-wearing eccentric owner of the Urahara Shop usually avoids conflicts. If provoked, he unleashes his Shikai, Benihime, which translates to ‘Crimson Princess.’ At this state, Kisuke is able to throw arc-shaped Reishi charges and direct and perform high-level Hados, Kidos, and Bakudos. He planted Bakudo #63. Sajō Sabaku and Bakudō #79 Kuyō Shibari with hand motions and followed it with the Hadō #91 Senju Kōten Taihō by pointing his sword towards the Hogyoku-consumed Aizen.
Given his abilities and powers, it would have taken something special for Tite Kubo to plan a second sword release for the former R&D worker. As it turns out, Kisuke Urahara’s Bankai didn’t leave Bleach fans disappointed. At the tail end of the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc, Chapter 664, barely more than 20 chapters from the end of the arc, Kisuke Urahara finally revealed his long-awaited Bankai, Kanonbiraki Beninhime Aratame.
Kisuke Urahara Bankai: Kanonbiraki Beninhime Aratame powers
Beninhime’s final release leads to the appearance of the Crimson Princess herself. With the Bankai name roughly translating to “modification of The Crimson Princess’ Dissection at the Doors of Avalokiteśvara,” a giant, dark-haired woman wearing a red robe appears behind Urahara upon activation. She is similar to a doll and has strings attached to her hands with which she stitches Kisuke’s wounds together.
Kisuke Urahara’s Bankai gives him the power to restructure himself. Moreover, the restructured part becomes better than the previous one. He uses this overpowered ability against Askin Le Vaar in the Thousand Year Blood War arc, healing his eyes and stitching his fingers together so he could rip Askin’s heart out. Oof!
Kanonbiraki Beninhime Aratame complements Kisuke Urahara’s offensive and supportive purposes. It can also weaken the enemy by restructuring their body parts into weaker forms. Many fans speculate that Urahara did not want the Hogyoku because of his existing ‘god-like’ and ‘broken’ ability but the reality is different.
Hogyoku is similar to a parasite that gives the host immense power based on their nature and needs but takes away their humanity. This is why Sosuke Aizen progressively became more monstrous in the pursuit of power when Ichigo kept pushing him to his limit. However, it remained fused with Aizen even when he was defeated and imprisoned. This means that Aizen is both currently merged with Kyōka Suigetsu and the Hogyoku; a true transcendent being who is also immortal.
Compared to the Hogyoku, Kanonbiraki Beninhime Aratame doesn’t last forever. This means that the changes that took place in Urahara’s body go back to normal after the Bankai’s activation period ends. Thus, Kisuke will have to experience the pain of healing back his eyes and fingers – the modifciations being temporary. The good news is that he isn’t imprisoned like Aizen, deep in the Central Underground Chamber, despite possessing godlike powers.
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