As requested by allmanette. :)
What would the Bleach universe be like, if Unohana….never existed at all?
1. There would be no Squad 11 as we know it (and no Kenpachi).
Unohana was the founder of Squad 11, and the first Kenpachi. She joined the Gotei-13 back when Yamamoto was in his “hiring murderous psychopaths” phase. So with no Unohana, Squad 11 wouldn’t have its bloody start, and “Kenpachi” wouldn’t stand for “the strongest.”
Yamamoto: Welcome to the Gotei-13.
Yamamoto: We have the ninja squad, the science squad, and…..the other squads.
Yamamoto: Really it doesn’t matter which one you pick if you are not a ninja nor a scientist.
2. Kenpachi wouldn’t have that name.
Kenpachi named himself after Unohana. And then named Yachiru after Unohana too. Because Unohana just made that big of an impression on him. So with no Unohana in his life, he would have a much harder time picking names.
Kenpachi: I’m calling myself Zaraki. After the district I’m from.
Kenpachi: And my first name will be……….Killer. Becuase it’s my hobby.
Kenpachi: You can be Kusajishi. Because that’s where you’re from. And, uh……..Pink. Because your hair.
Kenpachi: Man. Names are super hard.
3. But Kenpachi would still join the Gotei-13.
Kenpachi would still join the Gotei-13, of course. For the same reason Unohana originally joined: because that’s where you go if you like to kill things. He just wouldn’t join in the hopes of running into Unohana again.
Kenpachi: Hey. You. You seem strong. Can you be my mentor / nemesis?
Yoruichi: Uh………..why me?
Kenpachi: I don’t know. It seems like a woman’s job.
4. Kenpachi wouldn’t suppress his power.
Unohana also inadvertently taught Kenpachi to suppress his power. Without that formative influence, Kenpachi wouldn’t have his eye patch or those particular issues.
Kenpachi: Hi, ryoka! I’m gonna kill you!
Ichigo: OH MY GOD HE HAS A GIANT FUCKING AXE
5. There wouldn’t be that “you can kill to be captain” rule
In canon Bleach, one way to become captain is to kill one of teh current captains. To be fair, I don’t have any proof that that rule was invented by Unohana, who wanted to guarantee that Squad 11 would always be led by the strongest shinigami. But I choose to believe that it was.
Kenpachi: Also I have a bankai.
Ichigo: I’m going to die, aren’t I?
6. It would take the Gotei-13 longer to develop a healing squad.
Unohana also started Squad 4. I think. It’s not clear, but I like to think she did: she’s the only captain-level person who has a healing zanpakuto, and also nobody else seems all that interested in healing. So maybe it would take a lot longer for somebody to come along willing to devote their whole squad to healing.
Shinji: Look, Urahara, I don’t know you, but you should be true to yourself. Make your squad whatever you want it to be.
Shinji: But maybe consider making it a healing squad, ‘cause we kinda need one of those.
Urahara: I was thinking of research.
Shinji: Perfect! Think of all the sick people you can do research on!
7. Or maybe there would be healers in every squad.
Or you know what would make a lot of sense? Just have healers be members of every squad. So that people can be healed in battle by their own people, rather than wait around (often forever) for Squad 4 to show up.
Kira: Shit! My torso - !
Kira: But…..it’ll be……okay…..
Kira: The Squad 3…..healers…….will come……
Kira: ……oh wait……I’m……the Squad……3 healer…..
8. The third captain sent to Hueco Mundo would be Hitsugaya.
In canon Bleach, Yamamoto sends Kenpachi, Byakuya, and Unohana to Hueco Mundo to help out Ichigo. Everybody else goes to fake Karakura Town. But if Unohana didn’t exist, then somebody else would need to be sent. I think it would be Hitsugaya. He’s the other captain who has a relationship with Ichigo, like Kenpachi and Byakuya (that was the requirement for being sent…right?).
Hitsugaya: Kurosaki, it is time for us to go to fake Karakura Town.
Ichigo: Oh, because you need me to beat Aizen?
Hitsugaya: What? No! That’s my job!
Hitsugaya: Don’t you take that away from me!!!
9. Orihime would need to visit fake Karakura Town.
To give Soi Fon her arm back. And heal the visored.
Shinji: I-I knew if I shouted Ichigo’s name loudly enough, you would come, Orihime!
10. Kyoraku would need another way to make his first day as head captain memorable.
Since he wouldn’t be able to send two captains into an arena to kill each other.
Kyoraku: I’m thinking…..change the uniforms. Short skirts for everyone!
Nanao: ……….but no.