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Seele Schneider
Seele Schneider3
Kanji 魂を切り裂くもの (ゼーレシュナイダー)
English German for "Soul Cutter"

Japanese for "That Which Slits the Soul"

Item Statistics
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Used By Quincy

Seele Schneider (魂を切り裂くもの (ゼーレシュナイダー), Zēreshunaidā; German for "Soul Cutter", Japanese for "That Which Slits the Soul") is a unique arrow weapon used by the Quincy.[1] According to Uryū Ishida, the Seele Schneider is the only Quincy weapon that has a blade.[2]

Function

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Uryū Ishida using a Seele Schneider as an arrow

The Seele Schneider is a weapon much like a chainsaw, with Reishi making 3 million round trips per second around the edge of the blade.[3] The vibrations of the Seele Schneider are not just for cutting. Through its vibrations, the Seele Schneider loosens the bonds between the Reishi of whatever it cuts in order to make them easier to capture. The Quincy fight by gathering the surrounding Reishi and using them as their own personal weapon, and the most powerful manifestation of that is the Seele Schneider. The Seele Schneider is not a sword, but an arrow.[4]

Design

The Seele Schneider is a thin, silver-colored weapon which, when activated, sports a glowing blue blade.

Powers and Abilities

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Seele Schneider absorbing an opponent's Reishi.

Anhäufer (German for "Gatherer"): The Seele Schneider's second ability is to collect Reishi during combat by absorbing the opponent's attacks. The more Reiatsu and Reiryoku they release, the more powerful the Quincy wielding it becomes. It basically allows an opponent's Reishi to become the user's.[5]

Sword & Arrow Functionality: Since a physical high-speed impact can be destroyed by a spiritual high-speed impact, the Seele Schneider can do more damage to someone physically strong when they physically attack than when using a spirit-based attack. This is seen in Uryū's fight against Cirucci Sanderwicci. It mainly cuts through Reiatsu impacts. The Seele Schneider makes for a powerful blade in combat, but can do even more damage as an arrow. Fired as an arrow, it defeated a former Espada in one shot, easily piercing her soul chain and removing all of her abilities. Had it been aimed higher, towards the head, it would have undoubtedly been fatal. The lethality of the Seele Schneider at full power depends not on its power, but the arrow's trajectory.[5]

Gintō Techniques

Sprenger attack

Uryū using the Sprenger attack.

Sprenger (破芒陣 (シュプレンガ), Shupurenga; German for "Explosion", Japanese for "Ripping Grass Formation"): This technique uses five Seele Schneider to create a pentagon-shaped seal which, when activated, creates a massive explosion within its borders. The Seele Schneider function as accumulators, gathering the necessary amount of Reishi to create the explosion, with the liquid inside a Gintō acting as the trigger.[6]


Known Seele Schneider Users

See also

References

  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 257, pages 17-19
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, pages 2-4
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, page 8
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, page 16-18
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bleach anime; Episode 145
  6. Bleach anime; Episode 146

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