Gin's bankai isn't what he said. He "said" it was 1.3 km long and 500 times the speed of sound. Then later to Aizen he said he lied about the speed and length and mentioned it's poisonous aspect.
Mayuri didn't know/tell anyone about that.
Tbh, as I pointed out, he basically HAS everyones powers, the only difference is, instead of being explained as 'You're an empath, when you meet new people you gain powers similar to there's" it's explained as "Err.. yeah your dad is a Shinigami...so you have there stuff... erm.. you turned into a Shinigami a bit late, so now you have hollow powers... Ermm, we wanted you to be one, so now you're a fullbringer and.... err.. your dad.. sorry I mean you MUM is a Quincy, so you can use their abilities"
tbh I prefer the Empath way it's a far clearer explaination and comes off less "you have these powers because you need them for the story"
and don't worry, I'm sure the way he is he can suck others off just fine, he doesn't need powers to help
Reading A Song of Ice and Fire is like playing with an adorable puppy, then someone comes up out of nowhere, shoots the puppy and punches you in the face.
Stands in front of 100 enemies with 10% health left "Myeh, I'll save my potions for when I REALLY need them." - every rpg player ever.
And that he acquired other races powers by absorbing enough of their unique reiatsu that the same energy became a part of him.
In short the longer he even hangs around things the more power he gets.
Yes, that I wouldn't mind, but more like a boost to his powers when he fights someone, is that it? If so, then yeah, something like that would be nice.
Not sure about gaining an opponent's abilities, momentarily, but I guess it could work, but dunno, I just don't like that concept very much because Ichigo isn't the kind of guy who can learn stuff when he gets new powers.
Sorry on phone so had some issues.
Basically the sponge idea covers why he got ALL not just part of rukias powers, why hid dads powers took so long to return(he was syphoning it by accident) why he has nearly limitless power(he's ALWAYS restoring it), why he acquired a bankai so quickly as well as hollow powers(basically soul societies extremely large amount of reiatsu gave him the power to use a bankai easily and he'd fought so many hollows that his reiatsu was tainted/powered up by hollow reiatsu).
Could even explain why his hollow form evolved(hueco mundo and so many hollows gave him even MORE hollow based reiatsu) and so on.
Basically he wouldn't be an "empath" but more like a literal sponge for spiritual power. But the momemt i thought that i knew Kubo wouldn't go that way LOL.
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Maybe write it so it worked like an earth shield variant and for every attack he takes a small amount of it is ansorbed into his own natural reiatsu. Building up more and more till he can utilize their STYLE of powers as well.
While reiatsu heavy areas basically grant him a MAJOR boost by being around so much.
But sadly Kubo didn't think that way. I still remember telling a guildy this idea snd he was stunned at how much sense it made LOL.
As for the Shinigami and Quincy powers, I don't think he could have sponged them, I mean, he just got them because he was born from a person with Shinigami and Quincy powers.
But for the rest, like the Hollows powers, yes, I believe that and I like that idea if that's the case.
As for his bankai, not true, he achieved bankai because of the training that Kisuke invented, yeah, he can use bankai but that doesn't mean he can use it to the fullest, I'm sure Kisuke couldn't too when he achieved it.
Also, I do believe that it is easier to do bankai on SS or Hueco Mundo simply because the air is filled with reiatsu, unlike Earth, that's why Ichigo couldn't do bankai in the Bounto Arc.
Please, don't discredit Mayuri lol. He's perceptive enough to notice everything about everyone's bankais but you don't think he'd notice Gin lying about that stuff?
What does Aizen's shikai do? That's why Kurotsuchi has the wrong information about his and Aizen's bankai.
Also, I don't want to sound stupid, but I have no idea if Korutsuchi even has info on their bankais or not, whether it's fake or true, and I don't even remember him mentioning something like this, unless you mean the last chapter which I saw.
All this that I am saying, is based on logic reasoning, my logic reasoning, you know?
Aizen I can see swindling him, but not Gin.
I'm just wondering why Mayuri didn't warn everyone about Gin's bankai abilities for Operation: Occupy Karakura.
Edit: What do you mean last chapter. I mean the chapter 516. http://www.mangapanda.com/bleach/516/6 Bottom right panels.
Basically as i see it the spong idea woulda been mice for bankai because while he WOULD have gotten it it just made it a little bit easier. Essentially aided his special training.
The quincy powers would've been explained that way because he had only really fought Uryu a few times. But after the amount he got from that run in with them(and basically being trapped in straight up quincy power) he absorbed enough to gain their powers.
Shinigami wise rukia intended to give h SOME power but instead his sponge ability could've made it so when the gate was opened he just sucked it all up.
And actually thinking about it kubo could STILL make this the case considering that Quincy absorb reiatsu it could be that he has ALWAYS had that power running in the background his whole life. And since he lived in dainas apartment he just absorbed a shitton over his life.
At least i hope this is how plays out.
What I said is quite possible, but, it doesn't mean it would be enough for him to be able to use Shinigami or Quincy powers. Like you said, by absorbing someone's power, like Rukia or being near Uryu, would be enough to awake or making him more able to use the power.
So yeah, I agree with you, and I wouldn't mind if it turned out to be like that.
So you're saying Aizen used his illusions to help Gin trick Mayuri about Gin's bankai powers?
So why didn't Aizen himself know about Gin's bankai power when he got attacked and poisoned by it?
What I said still applies. I don't see why it matters if you're talking about it in that chapter or not.
Gin lied to Aizen so he could kill him, simple. Kurotsuchi didn't know both theirs bankais powers because of Aizen's shikai's power. I don't know what else to say. =p