For my birthday I treated myself to some self indulgent colored sketches, and they were pretty nice so I’m posting them here! (You may need to click/tap the images for better quality.) (Also I’ve been rewatching Bleach lately and… it’s so good dude…. its so good…)
If you wish to protect each of the heads of the five court nobles, then you must slaughter every foe from under the shadow of the leaves.”
— Excerpt from the old edition of the Shino Academy’s textbook, Shinigami regulations encyclopedia.
“Do not seek the aesthetics in waging war.
Do not seek virtue in death.
Do not think your life is your own.
If you wish to protect the things you ought to protect, then you must strike down the enemy by cutting them from their backs.”
— Excerpt from the latest edition of the Shino Academy’s textbook, Shinigami regulations encyclopedia.
Once, there was a battle.
A great war between those who called themselves gods who governed death and those who extinguished evil spirits.
The conflict ceased in the form of losing their respective ‘kings’ by the end of the feud which spanned a thousand years.
The relationship between the Shinigami and the Quincy hailed a new era as a result of this great loss.
It is said that it was the very same person who killed both kings, he was neither Shinigami or Quincy, but only a small fraction of people are aware of that fact.
There was a young substitute Shinigami boy who was a guest of the Gotei 13, who defeated the ringleader of the “Wandenreich” rebel army which invaded Soul Society —- only that part of the information along with the proclamation that “the Gotei 13 successfully defended the Soul King Palace” was propagated throughout the Soul Society.
In other words, it was to be permanently concealed by those who were the very foundation of the Soul Society, that the Soul King himself was dead, for the purpose of avoiding confusion and disorder.
Even now, many inhabitants of the Soul Society including ordinary soldiers still believe they have their Soul King enshrined at the Soul King Palace.
Those who know the facts is limited to only a handful of Shinigami such as captain ranks and superior officers, or people attached to important posts in Seireitei, they also dare not expose the truth and thus the people’s peace of mind was not disturbed.
From there, the revival of the Seireitei that was left utterly devastated, began.
Whether or not the decision of the higher-ups, who did not deem it acceptable to snatch away the people’s moral support, was right as they had expected — well, it seems that is something to be judged by history 10, or 100 years down the line.
The series of conflicts that would subsequently be known as the “Protection of the Soul King Great War”, ushered in the conclusion to such a state of affairs.
Going back in time to the point immediately following the end of the war.