To this day, I'm still seeing things like planet level Yhwach, featless Soul King, flow of souls, etc etc. This, combined with the recent fan fiction map of the cosmology have inspired me to make this. I'm not expecting that these things will disappear, no, there will always be people who will simply neglect everything that will follow this and the next sentence, just because they don't like it. All I hope for is that we'll at least have less cases of planet level Yhwach, featless Soul King and the rest of the gems.
Shall we begin?
The terms "Soul Society" and World of the Living"
Back in the day, we didn't have much to work with. Realistically, since we didn't have the context of the novel, we assumed every one of those terms was meant to reference the planets, even though that was never even stated to be the case. It was normal back in the day, because that was all we had. The statement for Yamamoto's Bankai for example should rather mean the planet - he's literally a sun after all. Yamamoto was also vaporizing all the water in the atmosphere. So, saying they meant that he'll destroy the entire realm sounds a bit silly in this particular case. And this basically solidified planet sized Soul Society and World of the Living.
While this is correct, it is also wrong. As the CFYOW novel proves, the terms "Soul Society" and "World of the Living" can also refer to the entire realms, not just the planets. It entirely depends on the context of the scene.
"If they could be likened to planets". Only way it could've been more straight-forward was if it was stated that the realms are literally universes. Why do I mention the term "universe" all of a sudden? Well, let us see:
What does "would have returned to a universe" mean? It basically solidifies their size. If a universe it split in two, the two (or three if you want to count Hueco Mundo) realms would still be universe sized. Both realms having countless stars as well as WotL being based on our irl world should be more than enough proof for that.
Now that this is over with, onto the next topic!
The Garganta is, simply-put, is a void of nothing but Reishi torrents and Kyogoku (dimensions) spawning randomly. One of these dimensions was explored in the Memories of Nobody movie. The Garganta engulfs Bleach's realms entirely. We know this, because of what I said above and because there are no stars in the Garganta. Furthermore, Shinigami can't breathe in space, while in the Garganta they can, under specific circumstances of course. Here's the canon illustration from the manga, which confirms about everything I said so far:
Now, let us get back to the novel.
Soul King didn't simply split the old universe into the current realms. He also created a "boundary". Said boundary is the Garganta itself.
But, hold up! That's not it! Yhwach was stated in both the manga and the novel that he'll destroy the Garganta. On multiple occasions at that.
How do we know that said "boundary" is the Garganta? Well, there are a couple ways to confirm this statement of mine:
- The Garganta is the only thing that has a connection/connects all of Bleach's realms.
- It was directly stated in the manga as shown above that Yhwach was going to destroy the Garganta. The only thing that the novels mention that is akin to the Garganta is addressed as “boundary”.
- It makes sense context-wise in every possible way, shape or form.
I would say this settles the Garganta situation. Now, there are arguments that can be made regarding the possibility of the Garganta being infinite in size, that however in my humble opinion doesn't have enough support as of now.
Flow of souls
Flow of souls, or flow of konpaku was ever hardly a thing. The Soul King was never directly stated to be stabilizing the realms through it on the manga. Soul King was stated to be "stabilizing the realms, where massive numbers of konpaku pass through". This hardly means he stabilizes them through the flow itself, that's basic reading comprehension. Neither was Yhwach ever stated to be destroying the realms using said flow. He was in fact stated to be using his own power.
Have you never wondered? If Soul King is maintaining said flow of konpaku, why do Shinigami have to intervene? Think about it. Each time the flow was endangered, it was not the Soul King who took responsibility, it was the Shinigami. During SAFWY novel, where Azashiro aimed to eradicate all Hollows, it was the Shinigami who had to act. When the Quincy invasion began and Hollows were getting annihilated, it was yet again the Shinigami who stepped in. If Soul King was in fact maintaining the flow of konpaku, he'd be able to balance both sides when one was tilting.
If Soul King was regulating the flow of souls, Shinigami wouldn't need to actively send souls to Soul Society/Hell.
That however has never been the case. Any of it. The reason why? Well, none of this is true. In fact, it's all a lie:
It is also worth mentioning that after Yhwach's defeat, his corpse and precisely his Reiatsu was sealed and used as the new lynchpin to stabilize the world the prevent it from collapsing. This novel quote below directly says that Yhwach's Reiatsu is stabilizing a universe.
This is a nail in the flow of konpaku coffin "argument". Period.
- Soul King is not featless. He split a universe in two smaller universes and created a structure, which completely engulfs said universes and can even be argued to be infinite in size.
- Yhwach was not going to destroy the planets. Yhwach was going to destroy the universes as well as the boundary, the Garganta, in order to fuse them and form the old universe, where there'd no longer be a concept of death.
- The flow of konpaku argument is not even a thing.
With that being said, hopefully I didn't miss anything important. And if I did, I'll make sure to edit the blog and apply it.
Made a google blog with updated stuff. Make sure to check it out. It is more complete that the one above.