Wild Theory: Kenpachi Zaraki uses Ki

Blockinlick

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This pairs with a Dragon Ball theory I have: that Ki is universal and is just concentrated kinetic force.

When Gohan trains Videl, she questions whether or not she's even capable of controlling Ki and he reassures that any living being actually can.

My theory also asserts that Ki is merely kinetic energies that can be channeled. That said, it could possibly exist in any universe.

As for Kenpachi, he is an anomaly in the Bleach universe. He has an immense amount of power, despite not even having a Shikai. The more feats Kenpachi displays in the series, the more you need some kind of explanation for how he's that powerful without unlocking his Zanpakuto.

Also, people in the Soul Society can sense and measure spiritual power. However, if you pay attention to his pre-captain back-story, he's always underestimated and his power exceeds his opponent's expectations.

Then, throughout the series, all of his opponents, despite sensing his spiritual power, are caught off guard by how strong he actually is.

The anime actually implies that Kenpachi is the strongest of all the captains. And yet, none of the other captains are intimidated by him.

I believe that Kenpachi is tapping into some other source of power and no one in the Bleach universe reads or recognizes it... and it could quite easily be Ki.
 

India Actual

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Reishi in Bleach is their own in-universe explanation for ki or chi. Ki/Chi is energy generated by all living things and the self mastery of utilizing it is deeply based in the martial arts. Genki is live force itself so when you see Son Goku use the Genki Dama or Spirit Bomb, he's gathering life energy from living things.

So, in closing Bleach like many Shonen titles that came after Dragon Ball is tapping into the grand daddy of them all for source material. Bleach is DBZ with swords and ghosts.
 

Blockinlick

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Reishi in Bleach is their own in-universe explanation for ki or chi. Ki/Chi is energy generated by all living things and the self mastery of utilizing it is deeply based in the martial arts. Genki is live force itself so when you see Son Goku use the Genki Dama or Spirit Bomb, he's gathering life energy from living things.

So, in closing Bleach like many Shonen titles that came after Dragon Ball is tapping into the grand daddy of them all for source material. Bleach is DBZ with swords and ghosts.
I'm aware of Reishi, but my interpretation of Reishi distinguishes it from Ki.

For instance, the fact that there are physical objects made of Reishi (Seki Seki) is a distinguishing property that Ki has never had.

There are similarities between the two and what Uryu does with it does resemble it, but only loosely.

Other characters using Ki can only form basic shapes like balls, beams, or discs with Ki, because it's a flowing & fluctuating kinetic force like water.

What Uryu does with Reishi defies this property. He can literally craft complex shapes with it like it's clay.

Clearly it has distinguishing properties from Ki.
 

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