Originally Posted by woody_3162
Even the manga steam trans doesn't help clear anything up yet. The one thing that occurred to me whilst reading the last panel ( not that I thing this is where the mange is heading) maybe he's not always been in Shikai but that he's always been in bankai. His ability is that in bankai he won't die, he'll just come back stronger.
I just hope it's not gonna be something as daft as that kubo.
When was it ever said his sword was even in Shikai to begin with? As far as I know he's never known the name of his sword which is a prerequisite for having a Shikai.