With Bleach Chapter 560, we saw a very unusual Quincy ability with "The Superstar", and it most likely threw everyone for a loop in one way or another. How does such an ability relate to reishi manipulation, and how could such an odd ability exist in Bleach?
When I stopped to think about it, I now
believe that the individual abilities of the Quincy may tie into what Aizen
mentioned about "Human" hearts in "Deicide":
"...However, it is a
peculiar quality of living beings... // ...that when it comes to achieving
those petty desires that their crude hearts enshrine... // ...they tend to have
remarkable levels of success."
...but living creatures are truly
mysterious, you know?
4: Despite the nature of what they wish for with
their stunted hearts,
5: they are built so that they are able to realize
Before, I only attributed what Aizen said to Fullbring, because
the concept of "fulfilling desires" ties into how Fullbring works flawlessly - a
Fullbring is a power "born form desire", and the kind of power that is
manifested is based on the "desire" of the individual.
Aizen said "living beings" in general, and how "Humans" and "Quincy" fall under
that category, it can arguably be applied to the Quincy as well. True, Royd and
Loyd seem to counteract this argument because they were born with "The
Yourself", but they could have also had "The Yourself" because they were born as
So just as Fullbring is "a power of desire", the power
of a Quincy is "a power of belief". The Quincy all begin with the basic bow and
arrow but, as their power evolves, they shape and create their unique abilities
based on their individual beliefs, as well as a power befitting their own
Currently, it seems no Quincy's power shows this more
clearly than "The Superstar" just because of how unusual it
Alternatively, the Shinigami and the Hollow represent the "inner
self" - the "enlightened" inner self or the "instinctual" inner self
respectively. Shinigami are "born" with their Zanpakuto power, which represents
their "inner selves", while the Hollow is the embodiment of the "instincts" that
exists in all individuals.
This is where the opposition between the soul
types exist, because of the correlation between the two sets of
Shinigami and Quincy are opposite because the nature of their
powers are opposite: while the Quincy form their powers based on "belief/faith",
the Shinigami's Zanpakuto is one of "enlightenment", through the understanding
of one's own soul, and the acceptance of both the good and bad that comes with
"Belief" is trust, faith or confidence in the existence of something
or in someone. This is evidence in the Quincy's monotheistic nature and
symbolism: they hold a "belief" in God, and that "belief" can also be related to
themselves and their powers, as "belief" also encompasses "ideal", often without
proof. "Enlightenment" is the opposite, as to be "enlightened" is to have
achieved understanding and knowledge of something. For the Shinigami, that
"enlightenment" is the understanding of themselves and their own soul through
Humans and Hollow are opposite in the same manner, because
"desire" and "instinct" can be seen as two sides of the same coin. We have not
really seen any pure "Human" power in the series - aside from potentially
Kanonji and the Were-wolf Clan - but Fullbring best represents the "desire"
aspect of the "Human" power.
"To desire" something is to want to possess
something or to want something to happen. A Fullbringer's ability allows them to
"bring about that desire" through their power. "Instinct", on the other hand, is
the primal form of "desire", a powerful motivation carved into the behaviour and
nature of an individual. This is what the body, Mask and power of a Hollow
represents - the primal instincts of the soul.