Most Interesting Theory on Muramasa:
(Sob) Muramasa is Kenpachi's Zanpakutou - he is allegedly Kenpachi's would have been Zanpakutou - too bad the guy doesn't know how to release it - that's why he is rebelling (bo-ho). He's bored and felt useless.
First Impression of Muramasa:
Emo. What goth rock band does he play in? LOL. Why are bad guys so cool (at least in looks)? Asked an anime fan. Bad guys have all the fun some people say but good guys win in the end - that's all that matters.
My Theory on Muramasa
I don't want to predict as its the easiest way to getting PAWNED but...maybe he is a maltreated Zanpakutou out to deliver his vengeance on the Shinigami or self-styled Freedom Fighter who got sick of what he perceives to be Shinigami oppression of his kind. Any theories on Muramasa's origin is acceptable right now but come next episodes I hope more info will be available about him. This is assuming he is a Soul Slayer too.
Ichigo will most likely go back to Soul Society (again) and fight the Zanpakotou rebels with Kenpachi (he can fight without releasing his sword anyway). Ichigo to the rescue!
Notes On Materialization of Zanpakutou:
Rukia has the most beautiful humanoid Zanpakutou as she has the most beautiful Soul Slayer in all of Soul Society.
Tobiume (Hinamori's Soul Slayer) resembles a Jigouko Shoujo character and looks compassionate but enjoys harming people.
Kazeshini & Houzukimaru are doing most of the damage in the first episode of the arc and seems to love violence. Kazeshini & Hisagi are complete opposites and Houzukimaru and Ikkaku are made for each other.
Haineko has the same personality as her wielder Rangiku Matsumoto (lazy, impatient etc.,)
Ashisogi Jizou looks creepy....mommy
Ukitake's Soul Slayer is a twin kid. Hmmmm
Suzumebachi is like Tinkerbell...a straight one.
Mr. Tite Kubo - this is one interesting filler arc! More filler arcs like this sir! (In the future of course, as I want to see Ichigo vs Ulquiorra.) Most likely it will be twenty plus (20+) filler arc episodes again or a span of five months one episode a week. So the anime will return to the main story in November-December 2009? I don't know but I do hope it will be shorter than the Bounto and Amagai fillers. If this filler arc is that GOOD, then I won't mind. In fact, as of now, I excited about the next episode.
Bleach is available both in manga (comics) and anime (cartoon). Created by Tite Kubo
Muramasa famous Japanese swordsmith of the 16th century. Remember Mifune of the Land of Iron? They are based on real life people or inspired by them.
My bad, I typed swordsman instead of swordsmith -- Thanks Chris.
I'm still waiting for Bleach Fade To Black I Call Your Name, are you too? I hope our long wait will be worth it.