Bleach: What Is the Kaiser Gesang (Emperor Song)? What Is Its Full Version & What Does It Mean?

Bleach: What Is the Kaiser Gesang (Emperor Song)? What Is Its Full Version & What Does It Mean?

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Bleach is finally back with its second cour of episodes from the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc. Now, the continuing conflict between the Shinigami and the Quincy will certainly bring us many exciting moments, and in light of our usual practice, we will be covering the series and its most important moments here for you. As far as the first episode is concerned, it provided us with many exciting moments and expanded scenes, but the moment we talk about here is taken directly from the manga and was one of the most threatening moments in the series. Namely, after launching the second invasion of the Seireitei, Yhwach asked Ishida whether he knew the Kaiser Gesang. Ishida knew it, and in this article, we will also present it to you.

The Kaiser Gesang (Emperor’s Song) is a Quincy poem that tells about Yhwach’s resurrection after 999 years. It tells how Yhwach will regain his pulse after 900 years, his mind after 90 years, his powers after nine years, and, ultimately, how he the whole world after nine days, which is also the full content of the poem. Yhwach intended to destroy the current world in nine days and to create a new one, just like the Kaiser Gesang said.

As you might presume, the rest of this article will be focused on the Kaiser Gesang, the poem we heard in the first episode of the second cour of the current season of the Bleach anime. The Kaiser Gesang is not necessarily an important plot element, as the poem itself is just that – a poem, but it is an interesting one, and that is why we have decided to explore it here and analyze it here for you. We will give you the complete transcript of the poem and tell you its meaning and symbolic value for the plot of Bleach. We must warn you that this article could contain minor spoilers.

The Kaiser Gesang is an old Quincy poem about Yhwach’s resurrection

Now, before we get to the actual explanation, allow us to first present the poem to you:

English translation (official)

The sealed King of the Quincy.

Over 900 years, he shall recover his heartbeat.

Over 90 years, he shall recover his intellect.

Over nine years, he shall recover his power.

And over nine days, he shall recover the world.

Japanese original (kanji)

封じられし滅却師の王は

900年を経て鼓動を取り戻し

90年を経て理知を取り戻し

9年を経て力を取り戻し―――――・・・

9日を以て世界を取り戻す

Japanese original (transcription)

Fūji rareshi Kuinshī no ō wa

900-nen o hete kodō o torimodoshi

90-nen o hete richi o torimodoshi

9-nen o hete chikara o torimodoshi ――・・・

9-nichi o motte sekai o torimodosu

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As you can see, the Kaiser Gesang was somewhat used as a symbolic beginning of the second invasion of the Soul Society, where the Wandenreich replaced the Seireitei, as you could’ve seen.

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The Kaiser Gesang itself is simply a poem, it does not have any particular powers or effects but is an important part of Quincy mythology, and it is closely related to Yhwach himself. The origins of the Kaiser Gesang are unknown – was it created after Yhwach’s original demise at the hands of Yamamoto or before it is unknown, as is its author. But, regardless of its origins, it had a very prophetic nature, as it described, in detail, the resurrection of the fallen Quincy Emperor.

Yhwach was almost killed by Yamamoto 1,000 years ago. The poem states that the fallen and imprisoned (sealed) Quincy ruler would restore his pulse after 900 years, which was correct.

After an additional 90 years, he would restore his mind and his intelligence, thus becoming aware of his surroundings. After an additional nine years, Yhwach would restore his powers, which is exactly what happened after he activated his Auswahlen and drained the powers of the Gemischt Quincy to restore his own.

And finally, with Yhwach restoring his full powers – as per the poem’s full text – he would take the whole world in nine days. And that is the full meaning of the poem and its prophetic content, as Yhwach planned on destroying the world and creating a new one where the people would not have to fear death. Luckily – he was stopped before all of this came to fruition.

The Kaiser Gesang is known among the Quincy, although Ishida found out about it only after reading through his grandfather’s secret studies, which contained only the partial version of the poem. How do we know this? Well, when the second invasion started, Yhwach personally asked Ishida whether he knew the Kaiser Gesand, and Ishida recited the following:

The sealed King of the Quincy.

Over 900 years, he shall recover his heartbeat.

Over 90 years, he shall recover his intellect.

Over nine years, he shall recover his power.

But, when he was done, Yhwach said that that was not the full text of the poem, and then he himself proceeded to recite the full poem as the invasion of the Seireitei was beginning. The full text is thus:

The sealed King of the Quincy.

Over 900 years, he shall recover his heartbeat.

Over 90 years, he shall recover his intellect.

Over nine years, he shall recover his power.

And over nine days, he shall recover the world.

The last verse was not known, and Yhwach stated it, ultimately confirming his intention to conquer the world in nine days. Did it happen like that? Luckily, it did not! The whole conflict between Quincy and the Shinigami lasted for several days, and while Yhwach was, at one point, able to unlock all of his powers and merge with the Soul King, he was unable to fulfill the prophecy stated in the song.

This confirmed, actually, that the Kaiser Gesang was just a normal song and not an actual prophecy, as the events described in the poem did not come true, well – not all of them, at least, which is important for understanding the nature of this poem.

It had an important place in the history of the Quincy and their lore, but it did not affect any of the events. The first verses were a statement of the facts that had to happen regardless of everything – this was Yhwach’s own doing, and he required no one for it, but the last verse depended a lot on other characters, and that is why we cannot state that we’re actually dealing with a prophecy here. Had, theoretically, someone found Yhwach and killed him in the meantime, the poem’s text would look quite silly.

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So, the Kaiser Gesang is a poem that tells us about Yhwach’s resurrection. It is an important part of Quincy mythology, but aside from that, it holds absolutely no power or meaning. It is not a prophecy, and it doesn’t really cause anything to happen. The events described in it happened up to one point, but in the end, the poem’s story did not actually happen as the poem stated.


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