not be, but be
Volume Bleach: Official Character Book 3 UNMASKED
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not be, but be (ノット・ビー バット・ビー, notto bī, batto bī) is a short story about Ulquiorra Cifer included in Bleach: Official Character Book 3 UNMASKED.


Ulquiorra encounters the quartz-like structure.

Ulquiorra narrates his origins: He was born at the bottom of a pit without light along with many other Hollows. However, unlike they who had a black form, he was white. All he had were his eyes. He felt nothing but the "void," but could not hear, bite, smell, touch, or rest. Nothing he saw had any meaning for him and he came to believe that those things he could not see simply did not exist.

He continued to wander until he came across a conglomeration of the same quartz-like material found elsewhere in Hueco Mundo (and was, indeed, their birthplace), which he found extraordinary. Plunging himself into the structure, his mask was torn away, turning him into a naturally-formed Arrancar.

Ulquiorra then awakens from his dream, surprising Orihime Inoue, who is surprised that he (whom she refers to as "Ulquiorra-kun" ウルキオラ君), can sleep. Ulquiorra reprimands her way of calling him, firmly telling her to call him without any suffix and proceeds to reflect upon the source of his nihilism, reasserting that nothing he cannot see truly exists.



  • The katakana used for "but" (バット, batto) is more commonly used to refer to a bat, which Ulquiorra resembles in his two released forms.


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