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Nigeki Kessatsu
Nigeki Kessats
Kanji 弐撃決殺
English Death in Two Steps
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Technique Type Zanpakutō
User Suì-Fēng, Suzumebachi

Nigeki Kessatsu (弐撃決殺, Death in Two Steps) is the primary technique of Suì-Fēng's Shikai, Suzumebachi.

Description

As its first step, Suì-Fēng stabs her enemy with Suzumebachi's blade. In addition to creating a rather deep wound, the attack leaves a butterfly-shaped stamp on the victim’s body. Spreading from the center of the wound, known as Hōmonka (蜂紋華, hornet's crest; Viz "Bee Crest Flower"), this stamp becomes the target of Suì-Fēng's second attack. If struck in the same spot that was hit the first time, the person will inevitably die, and thus illustrate "Death in Two Steps."[1] When the ability takes effect, a larger crest quickly spreads out from the two smaller ones, completely destroying the victim's body.[2][3]

The crests are maintained by Suì-Fēng's will, and are impossible to remove unless she wills it; when Yoruichi Shihōin was still in charge of the Onmitsukidō, Suì-Fēng could only maintain the crests for half an hour.[4] However, for a target of superior Reiatsu, such as Sōsuke Aizen, the crest can be forcefully removed.[5]

Nigeki Kessatsu

An explanation of Nigeki Kessatsu's mechanics.

The mechanics behind Suzumebachi's ability take effect not through the point of entry, but rather the point of actual surface contact.[6] This ability is caused by a venom that Suzumebachi secretes. When it enters the target's body, it spreads throughout their body in a matter of minutes, if not seconds, destroying it without a trace.[7] The effect of the poison takes slightly longer to work for those who have enhanced spiritual power.[8]

Trivia

  • Before the visual effects of Nigeki Kessatsu were shown in the manga, it was presented in a different manner in the movies in which it debuted. When Suì-Fēng makes the second strike on Benin and Yang, they simply disintegrate and crumble apart, respectively.[9][10]

References

  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 158, page 4
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 333, page 10
  3. Bleach anime; Episode 233
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 158, page 8
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 319, page 15
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 333, pages 8-11
  7. Bleach anime; Episode 100, This is only confirmed in the anime.
  8. Bleach anime, Episode 100. The counter-poison ability has not been confirmed in the anime.
  9. Bleach: Memories of Nobody
  10. Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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