Re: Theory: Vasto Lorde
That's not true. Aaroniero said he was the only Gillian Arrancar in the Espada:
Originally Posted by |KirA|
He didn't say he was the only non-Vasto Lorde
Based on the silhouette given by Kubo, Yammy was an Adjuchas. So was Grimmjow:
Considering Grimmjow was #6, I'd bet Zommari and Szayel were also Adjuchas since they were below Grimmjow in rank. I find it hard to believe a Vasto Lorde Arrancar would rank below an Adjuchas. Hell, I'd even classify Nnoitra as an Adjuchas.
If I absolutely had to choose which of the Espada were Vasto Lorde, it'd be restricted to #4 and maybe above. But even then I'd be more willing to call Ulquiorra a Vasto Lorde before Halibel, Barragan, and even Stark. No matter how strong the Top 3 were I still have my doubts
You're right about not all Vasto Lorde resembling the silhouette shown by Kubo, but as far as Ulquiorra is concerned it's a dead match. Plus, think about it. He was apparently the only one that Aizen particularly favored out of all the Espada. Ulquiorra was also, apparently, the most wisest, sophisticated, level-headed and rational of all the Espada. This in itself doesn't prove anything but it does suggest a more higher mental/psychological development from Hollow to Shinigami. My age-old theory is that Ulquiorra was a failed Vasto Lorde Arrancar. Because of this he turned out weaker than his full potential, but he was still powerful enough to rank at #4.
I also don't see any other reason why Ulquiorra was the only one to reach a Segundo Etapa stage:
I admit there could be other reasons to explain this, but the most apparent explanation is a good one to go by - Occam's Razor.
Not to mention Ulquiorra killed Ichigo. Ichigo died. He didn't get knocked out and woke up. He died:
I mean, look, it doesn't matter what kind of Human or Shinigami you are. No one can survive a hole the size of your head in your chest. He died and came back by a plot device a.k.a his Hollow Stage 2. If Kubo didn't want to convey Ulquiorra's exceptional power then he wouldn't have had him kill his main character. Even without Ichigo's death Kubo could still have revealed Ichigo's Hollow Stage 2
I suppose it's always possible for the Top 3 Espada to be Vasto Lorde as well. I'm not denying that (although I do have my personal reservations). I'm just saying it seems like there's a lot more support for the fact that Ulquiorra was a Vasto Lorde than any of the other Top 3 Espada.