In Bleach, the Shinigami or Soul Reapers are balancers of the universe. Their role is to purify Hollows that conduct evil deeds in the world. They are also known as Death Gods, but does that mean that Soul Reapers cannot die? If they are not immortal, then where do they go after death? Find out below!
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What Are the Soul Reapers in Bleach?
Ichigo Kurosaki becomes a Soul Reaper in Bleach. He used to be a substitute for Rukia Kuchiki and took over her duties of protecting souls and guiding them to their final rest. But is that all there is to being a Soul Reaper?
Not anyone can be a Soul Reaper. For starters, they must have high Reiryoku and Reishi bodies.
Those who do not have spiritual powers cannot see souls, while others have exceptional spiritual energy. When they train their bodies, they can become Soul Reapers.
Since they have their duties, they also receive salaries. Moreover, they can get a higher amount the more Hollows they defeat.
Those in military duty can retire, just as humans do when they reach a certain age in the Human World.
Soul Reapers are special and should have abilities to combat Hollows. They have enhanced endurance, immense durability, a high level of Spiritual Power, and their own unique weapon.
They also live longer and age slower than humans. So, does that mean that they can die too?
Can Soul Reapers Die?
Soul Reapers are not immortal. But since they live longer, some fans might assume they cannot die. However, this is not the case.
As special entities, they do not die easily but can still experience death through natural causes. There are also instances when a Hollow eats a Soul Reaper, or when a Quincy kills them.
The advantage of Soul Reapers is that their bodies age slowly, so they can still fight and do their duties despite their old age.
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Where Do Soul Reapers Go When They Die?
As mentioned, Soul Reapers are different from humans. Although they both die and receive wages for their work, they do not have the same path after they die.
When humans die, they go to the Soul Society or become Hollows. Soul Reapers, on the other hand, reincarnate into humans.
Members of the Soul Society expect their spirit energy to be reabsorbed by the organization, according to Shunsui Kyoraku.
Do note that in some cases, when the Soul Reaper is too powerful, they cannot reincarnate anymore and are banished to hell. This mostly happens to captains who have too much Reishi.
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