The true form of Senbonzakura Kageyoshi is created by Byakuya's blood, which glows and turns into spiritual energy, mixing with the tiny blades of his Bankai. This unites the scattered petals into complete glowing swords, numbering in the thousands, which form four rows. These rows float just above each other and circle around Byakuya and his opponent in a continuously moving, column-like array. It abandons defense in favor of a concentrated offense. Though visually menacing, this form is not meant for attack from all sides; rather, it concentrates Byakuya's power into fewer blades, thus increasing his attack power. While Byakuya can mentally control these swords as he does his regular blades, he commonly calls them to his hands for actual melee combat. When in his hand, they lose their glow and take the form of his sealed Zanpakutō. While they seem solid in this state, the swords can just as easily dissipate into the multitude of tiny blades which they are made up of. It seems to take fewer blows from a Senkei blade to gravely injure an opponent than the multiple cuts needed from the unfocused Bankai. Senkei cages Byakuya in with his enemy, allowing neither combatant to move very far from each other, though the area is still large enough for maneuverability. The effectiveness of Senkei lies in it allowing for use of all the swords at the same attack level, making it highly versatile as a way to effectively defeat an enemy unaware of the danger of the situation. It is extremely rare for Byakuya to use this ability, doing so only when he has sworn to cut down the opponent with his very own hands. Ichigo Kurosaki is the second being to ever witness the ability.
After Byakuya's training in the Royal Palace and the resulting dramatic increase in the number of blade petals his Zanpakutō can produce, Senkei is composed of at least six rotating rows of swords; additionally, all the swords can now be used at once for a concentrated attack, in contrast to Byakuya's inability to do so during his final battle with Ichigo.
Ikka Senjinka (一咬 千刃花, One Bite, Thousand Bladed Flower; Viz "One Bite Thousand Blade Flowers"): After summoning the swords of Senkei, Byakuya sends them flying toward his target all at once, impaling them with thousands of blades.
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 144, pages 1-3
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 165
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 671, pages 16-17
|Bankai||Gōkei • Senkei • Ikka Senjinka • Shūkei: Hakuteiken|
|Other||Senka • Utsusemi|