The number of epic duels in Tite Kubo’s Bleach is simply amazing and over the years, the manga has provided us with some truly amazing fights. Some of them have even become part of anime history. Now, this duel might not have been what everyone expected it to be, but it still holds an important place in the story and focuses on two extremely important characters from the Bleach franchise. One of them is Sōsuke Aizen, the main villain of the Arrancar Saga, while the other is Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto, the leader of the Gotei 13. In this article, we are going to find out who the stronger of the two is and who would win in a direct fight.
Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto is stronger than Sosuke Aizen and would defeat him in a fight; that much is clear; this is a fact that even Aizen was aware of, which is why he resorted to using tricks and schemes to defeat him, as he was aware that he could not do it by himself. Yamamoto was more powerful than Aizen and could also recognize his Spiritual Pressure despite the ability of Aizen’s Shikai. This is why, had the fight been fair, Yamamoro would have killed Aizen.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer as we will compare Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto and Sōsuke Aizen in more detail. Through several categories, you will see who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is, i.e., why we think that Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto would have been able to defeat Sōsuke Aizen in a fair one-on-one fight.
Even by the standards of a captain, Aizen possesses an enormous amount of spiritual power. Even before the Hgyoku is triggered, he was able to turn Wonderweiss Margela into an Arrancar, demonstrating the extent of his power.
The Hgyoku, according to Aizen, may be fully triggered even in his half-awake state when he temporarily merges with someone with double the spiritual power of a Shinigami Captain’s average level, which he claims to be himself.
He claims to be more powerful than every member of Espada. After spending 17 months confined in the Muken, Aizen is thought to be substantially stronger than he was before being defeated by Ichigo Kurosaki.
As the Captain-Commander of the Gotei 13, Yamamoto has tremendous Reiatsu reserved, which can shock opponents like Nanao Ise, make them lose all faith in victory, and even make it difficult to breathe.
Yamamoto used to say that if he has been the Captain General for 1,000 years, it is because since taking office, no Shinigami more powerful than him has emerged; he also said that there had been no Shinigami stronger than him for more than 2,000 years, and that seems to be more than correct.
In terms of Reiatsu, both Aizen and Yamamoto are characters that have incredibly powerful Reiatsu and are among the strongest in the series. Still, we believe that Yamamoto does surpass Aizen in this category, as Yamamoto was able to see through Aizen’s tricks, whereas Aizen wasn’t able to eliminate Yamaoto regardless of all his tricks.
Points: Aizen 0, Yamamoto 1
As far as his Zanpakutō is concerned, Kyōka Suigetsu is an exceptionally powerful illusion-based Zanpakutō. When in Shikai form, Aizen uses its special Total Hypnosis power to trick everyone around the Zanpakutō and create illusions as he pleases.
Namely, the power is activated when a person simply looks at the Zanpakutō, which makes it exceptionally dangerous, as you never know what is real and what is not. Aizen’s Shikai was so powerful that only Ichigo was not affected by it. His Bankai has not been revealed.
Yamamoto’s Zanpakutō is called Ryūjin Jakka, and in its sealed form, it looks like a normal katana kept hidden inside the old Shinigami’s walking stick. It is a fire-related elemental-type zanpakutō and is the oldest and most powerful of its kind and the one with the greatest attack power. When the Shikai is released, the area around the Captain is consumed in flames, which only powerful captains can resist.
His Bankai is called Zanka no Tachi. From the moment of activation, the whole surrounding environment is affected by a drought condition; moreover, from the thoughts of the commander, one can sense that even his own body would be in danger if the release were to continue for a long time.
The Zanka no Tachi has four distinct techniques, each associated with a cardinal direction, and is one of the strongest Bankai in the series.
And while we don’t really know Aizen’s Bankai, we do know that it only works on those affected by Total Hypnosis, and since Yamamoto proved that he could feel Aizen’s true Spiritual Pressure despite being under the influence of Total Hypnosis, we think that Aizen’s Bankai wouldn’t be of much use, especially when compared to the raw power of Zanka no Tachi.
Points: Aizen 0, Yamamoto 2
In addition to his exceptional fighting abilities, Aizen is a genius who excels at creating new technologies and improving them. He is also a shrewd tactician who consistently thinks ahead of his enemies, even if that means murdering soldiers or fabricating his own demise.
Aizen had tremendous aptitude from birth, but he has since grown very egotistical, giving him a crafty and aggressive appearance that pushes his opponents to the edge. Not to mention, Aizen knows how to encircle himself with the most powerful soldiers.
Yamamoto possesses this legendary strength and is a brilliant teacher and strategist who trained the first generation of the Shin’o Academy or Kenpachi Zaraki in just one day. He has been in charge of the 13 Divisions for a thousand years because of his legendary strength, as well as his extensive combat knowledge and model leadership.
And while we wouldn’t really say that Aizen is smarter in the most direct sense of the word, he was, ultimately, able to plot everything behind Yamamoto’s back, which shows that he is superior in this category.
Points: Aizen 1, Yamamoto 2
Aizen’s sword attacks have tremendous power, although most of them are normal sword strokes, so he easily blocks attacks from all directions and defeats opponents with simple maneuvers. Its sword attacks are powerful enough to slice through many combatants’ bankai, severing limbs or nearly slicing opponents in half.
The real danger of his Zanjutsu is his Kyoka Suigetsu, with which he can control the five senses of his opponents, and anyone who has seen his Shikai will always be under hypnosis. Since his Shikai alone is very dangerous, his Bankai’s power must be particularly great, although nothing is known about it since he never used it. On top of that, he is amazingly fast and is a true kido expert.
Zanjutsu has always been Yamamoto’s strongest ability. He is a specialist in what is known as kendo, two-handed sword fighting, and he also teaches his subordinates that this is the best way to fight with a sword. He is also exceptionally fast, has amazing resilience, and his raw power is absolutely amazing, even in his old age. He is also a Kido expert.
When angry, Yamamoto is a true beast; when he was younger, even he considered himself a monster. He was ruthless and merciless, as well as bloodthirsty, and had Aizen ever faced such a Yamamoto. He would have been killed without a doubt, as Yamamoto’s raw power is unparalleled.
Points: Aizen 1, Yamamoto 3
Yamamoto is stronger than Aizen, even Aizen himself admitted that
As the points show, Yamamoto is the stronger Shinigami of the two, which is a fact. Namely, Yamamoto has been described as the strongest Shinigami in more than 2,000 years, and not even Aizen disputed that fact.
Aizen, being as intelligent as he is, was aware of Yamamoto’s powers and potential, so he was so careful around him. He created Wonderweiss to defeat Yamamoto and restrict his powers, being aware that he could not do it himself.
This became especially evident when Yamamoto told him that he could see through Kyoka Suigetsu’s Total Hypnosis, as he could recognize Aizen’s Spiritual Pressure. This is a major drawback for Aizen, as his illusions are usually his biggest forte in a direct fight.
On top of that, without the Hogyoku, Aizen is not as resilient as Yamamoto, nor is he as fast as the former Captain-Commander. In fact, we believe that Yamamoto is stronger than even Yhwach and that had Yhwach likewise not resorted to vile tricks, the Quincy Blood War would have laster much shorter.
And this is why we’re quite certain that Yamamoto is stronger than Aizen, and Aizen himself was well aware of that fact, which is why he was so careful around Yamamoto in the first place.