Characters: Bleach Visoreds And Exiled Soul Reapers
Characters that appeared in Tite Kubo's Bleach
. This page deals with exiled Soul Reapers
, and Visoreds
. Their origins are explained in the mini arc "Turn Back The Pendulum" apart from Isshin Kurosaki, whose origins remained unrevealed until the "Everything but the Rain" mini arc.Back to the main character index
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"You're making too much of me. All I am these days is the poor owner of a small time candy store."
Ichigo's mentor, at first. Known for usually wearing sandals and hats (so he's called Geta-Boshi
or Hat & Clogs
), and runs a very weird store. His personality may be a bit eccentric and playful, but he's the real deal. Urahara is later revealed as the former President of the Soul Society Research & Technology Center as well as a Gotei 13 Captain.
His zanpakuto is Benihime
, a hidden-cane-sword that can launch energy blasts and raise blood-based barriers.
- Actually a Doombot: Or rather, a blow-up doll that he can swap out in the middle of battle. It's one of his many, many inventions.
- Anti-Hero: Of the Pragmatic Hero variety. He manipulated Rukia into slowly losing her powers in an attempt to destroy the Hogyouku, risked Ichigo's life to use him as a weapon against Aizen, often fails to give his allies crucial information, and breaks the laws of Soul Society and the human world with impunity. To his credit, Kisuke shows legitimate remorse when his deceptions are discovered, even apologizing to Ichigo once he and his friends returned from Soul Society.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Standard for any Soul Reaper Captain, but it's actually in effect twice. His duties as the 3rd Seat of the 2nd Division included being the warden of what was essentially an insane asylum, and it was actually a requirement of the job that he be able to kick the ass of every single person committed to it with his bare hands. Most notably, one of them was Mayuri.
- Awesome, but Impractical: His opinion on his bankai. It's not clear what his bankai is, but the only thing we know about it is that it's "not suitable for training", which considering the other "training" he puts Ichigo through is a pretty high bar for danger.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: As a former captain, and former member of the Onmitsukidou, he boasts some impressive power. But far greater is his genius for analysis that allows him to do things like turn the Arrancar bara technique into a No Sell via perfect cancellation.
- Badass Baritone: In the sub, anyway. While his voice sometimes gets high when he's putting on his Obfuscating Stupidity act, it's fairly deep when he drops the act.
- Badass Bookworm: He looks unimposing and prefers being a scientist over a warrior, but he's also a highly effective combatant.
- Balls of Steel: Hiyori thinks they're made of brass after she kicks him there—or he could just be hiding something in his pants.
- Barrier Warrior: Benihime has a defensive ability that can block attacks from Espada class fighters with ease.
- Beam Spam: Urahara can use Benihime to neutralize the speed based bara technique.
- Benevolent Boss: Not really shown, but his conversation with Shinji demonstrates that this is his attitude as a captain. As a shopkeeper, he's also quite patient and understanding with Ururu and Jinta's mistakes.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He acts like a complete goofball, but he's actually extremely dangerous.
- Bloody Murder: Benihime seems to be a blood-based zanpakuto.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even beyond the deliberate Obfuscating Stupidity, he's got a lot of personal quirks (like sending messages in blood) that people put up with mostly because there IS no one smarter.
- Calling Your Attacks: Benihime has even more named techniques than most zanpakutou. "Nake - Benihime!" ("Scream" or "Cry" in the English dub), "Chikisume no Tate!", "Kamisori - Benihime!", "Tsuppane - Benihime!", "Shibari - Benihime!", "Hiasobi - Benihime - Juzutsunagi!", various Kido spells.
- The Chessmaster: Urahara's long, circuitous plans are matched only by Aizen's own. Aizen perceives himself as Urahara's archrival but the feeling is onesided.
- Characterization Marches On: Urahara's vacillating characterization during the Soul Society Arc makes much more sense now that Kubo has revealed he was originally intended to be the Big Bad.
- Crazy-Prepared: Even though Urahara lost to Aizen when they went one-on-one, he shot a kido spell into Aizen during their fight in the off chance Ichigo would weaken him enough for it to activate. It was a risky gambit but it wound up paying off in the end. Even preparing that trap inside Aizen required him to layer spell after spell inside each other. Aizen didn't even notice until it was too late.
- Creepy Good: He functions as a team mentor, but his secretive mannerisms and tendency to know everything give him an unnerving edge. He knows and enjoys this fact.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Urahara is introduced this way twice.
- He was introduced to Rukia and Ichigo as a sweet-shop owner with unexplained knowledge of the spirit world and a bizarre sense of humour. Even at his most ominious, he was just an Eccentric Mentor who favours Training from Hell. Then it was revealed that he used to be a Gotei 13 captain, is one of Soul Society's most brilliant and notorious scientists, and even the Big Bad is willing to admit that Kisuke is the smartest person in the setting (and is thus very wary of him).
- In "Turn Back the Pendulum", we see him as the newly-promoted Captain of the 12th Squad, being introduced to the rest of the Captains. He's late for his own welcome party and seems every inch the socially inept nerd, not even managing to dodge when Hiyori aims a kick at his privates. And then we find out what his job was before being made captain: policing the Gotei asylum for the criminally insane with his bare hands.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: If you have to train with him, good luck trying to survive.
- Eccentric Mentor: Don't let his goofy, childlike behavior fool you; he can kick all kinds of ass. And despite the fact that he's goofy, shifty, creepy, and believes fully in Training from Hell, Ichigo and his companions rely on him probably more than any other authority figure because, at the end of the day, he does help them.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: The Trope Codifier, no less.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's responsible for a number of Soul Society's inventions such as the gigai.
- Good Is Not Nice: Well, he is affable enough, but he tends to be extremely manipulative.
- Guile Hero: He's apparently as tough as any of the better captains, but he prefers to use surrogates in his conflict with Sosuke Aizen.
- Hat Damage: "I do believe you've killed my hat."
- I Did What I Had to Do: His reasoning for allowing Ichigo to fight Renji and Byakuya while still a mere substitute. Ichigo loses his powers as a result, and it almost ended his life, but it granted the opportunity for Urahara to properly train Ichigo in the ways of the Soul Reapers.
- It Amused Me: "AMAZING HEADBAND OF JUSTICE!!" Also, his screwing with Yammy. And the blood-splatter messages.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: While most characters in Bleach tend to pick a fighting style and stick with it, Kisuke shows the ability to fluidly switch between swordsmanship to hand-to-hand to kido as needed. At the same time, he doesn't appear to have the raw power that characters like Ichigo and Aizen do. Despite that, his skill and great intellect means he can go toe-to-toe with just about anyone.
- Last Name Basis: With just about everybody, regardless of how close their relationship. It's rare when he uses someone's given name.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Urahara is pretty flirty.
- Manipulative Bastard: He only lets people know as much as he wants them to so that they'll fulfill his plans accordingly. He does seem to feel a little bad about it though.
- Martial Arts Headband: ''Amazing headband of justice in place! Amazing armor of justice protect me!''
- Meaningful Name: His name is a pun. While Urahara is an actual Japanese word, it is not a name; the kanji used here are "bank" and "meadow," but it's a play on the Japanese word for "reverse." The kanji used to write Kisuke's given name mean "fond" and "assistance." So the name sounds like "reverse fond assistant".
- Mysterious Backer: Urahara opposes Aizen, but his methods are frequently quite harsh and his reasons for it are rather murky.
- Mysterious Past: Although we've had substantial flashbacks to his past, there's an awful lot we still don't know. We don't know how he came to be raised alongside Yoruichi. We don't know what motivated him to research Hollowfication and the Hougyoku or what he was after by doing so. We don't know why he's met the Soul King when even captains can't do that. We don't even fully understand the origin of his conflict with Aizen or what their ultimate goals really were.
- Never Bareheaded: After his exile from Soul Society, he wears his green-and-white-striped hat constantly. The brim usually keeps his eyes in shadow, and he frequently uses it to help obscure the rest of his face. When someone knocks his hat off, he is quick to put it back on, even if it has been damaged.
- Nice Guy: During his tenure with the Gotei 13, towards his then subordinates, especially a very aggressive Hiyori. However, this tended to make people think he was a pushover.
- Nice Hat: He wears an odd striped bucket hat and a pair of wooden sandals that earned him the in-universe nickname of Mister Hat And Clogs.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Urahara solved your problems for you? Expect this trope to follow.
- In order to hide the Hogyoku safely, he lends a power-sealing Gigai to Rukia, which causes her to lose her powers... and prompts Soul Society to arrest her for disobeying orders. Aizen takes advantage of this by assassinating the Central 46 and changing the order from incarceration to execution. Ultimately, Aizen ends up taking the Hogyoku anyway.
- As the creator of one-half of the Hogyoku, he's partly responsible for Aizen's creation of the Arrancar and the destruction they wreck on Soul Society.
- The Shattered Shaft was meant to reawaken Ichigo's Soul Reaper abilities after they had been sealed by Byakuya. However, it also awoke his Inner Hollow, which destabilized his power and threatened his sanity for hundreds of chapters.
- Urahara was able to use the Hogyoku to stabilize the Visoreds mid-Hollowfication, but he didn't realize until later that this meant they were permanently hybridized. They weren't able to clear their names and return to Soul Society for more than a century.
- He neglects to tell Orihime that Aizen is after her powers. Instead, he tells her that she should stay away because she isn't suited for fighting. It briefly sends her into an Heroic BSOD, until Rukia snaps her out of it by training with her in the Soul Society. Unaware that she's a target, she's then captured and the Hueco Mundo arc begins with some nasty consequences all around.
- For reasons unknown, even to this day, he released Mayuri from solitary confinement and took him in as the 3rd Seat of Squad 12. Years later, Mayuri would gain notoriety as the man who tortured Ishida's grandfather to death. He would also be the same guy that turned several of his subordinates into suicide bombs against Ishida.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Ninja Samurai Gadgeteer Genius Soul Reaper.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's just a simple candy store owner! Honest!
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's more the Soul Society equivalent of an engineer. This contrasts nicely with Mayuri, who is more of a biochemist. This results in Urahara being portrayed as the "eccentric inventor" while Mayuri wears the "mad scientist" hat.
- Omniscient Morality License: He's rather secretive about his culpability in the shadier aspects of the story, and his solutions always carry an incredible risk for everyone involved. Very often characters don't even find out about the risks involved until after they're already deeply involved. He's usually apologetic and forgiven, but people know better than to trust him too far.
- Parental Substitute: He appears to be the only parent figure Jinta and Ururu have, wherever they came from... and whatever they are.
- Perma Stubble: He's pretty lax about cleanliness and appearances, making him look like a perpetually unshaven bum.
- Playing with Fire: One of Benihime's techniques causes a net of fire to appear.
- Replacement Scrappy: In-universe for Hiyori.
- Retired Badass: Doesn't normally fight, but when he gets serious... he does.
- The Rival: Aizen, Mayuri, and Sui-Feng, who may or may not be a romantic rival for Yoruichi. Urahara himself seems to care only about Aizen.
- Running Gag: His dimensional gates always force people to exit high in the sky, causing them to start tumbling to their deaths unless someone has the power, or a magical gadget, to catch them all and help them to the ground safely.
Nel: "Aaah!! The sky! We're up in the sky!"
Ichigo: "Yeah, this is par for the course with Urahara-san's entrances!
Urahara: "Why, I'm flattered you noticed!"
- Say It with Hearts: Has the tendency.
- Science Hero: Responsible for turning the 12th Division into a science bureau and was the original developer of the gigai and other powerful artifacts.
- Sink or Swim Mentor: To help Ichigo regain his spiritual powers, Kisuke just severs his chain of fate and chucks him into a pit. If he can't get out after three days, he'll turn into a hollow and have to be put down. Ururu implies that they would have rescued him if the deadline had arrived with no hope of progress, but Ichigo didn't know that and Jinta kept making snide remarks about how long he had to live.
- Sword Beam: Benihime can launch bloody-looking ranged attacks.
- Trickster Mentor: A lot of his training with Ichigo is rather odd and occasionally quite dangerous.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Tessai and Yoruichi, as they all grew up together, although their full connection is still mysterious.
- Underestimating Badassery: Urahara, of all folks, got shot in the back for seriously underestimating Quilge Opie. Justified Trope insofar as Urahara has likely never fought a Quincy before, and certainly never a Vandenreich member instead of a Ishida-style traditionalist. As soon as he has a chance to study their techniques and equipment, Urahara's back in business.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yoruichi. She constantly gives him a hard time, he pretends to be hurt, and both of them think it's funny.
- The Wonka: In friggin' spades, and likely the best-known anime example as the very strange and very effective shop owner.
- The Worf Effect: When Aizen enters his chrysalis stage, Urahara is one of the three powerful Soul Reapers he effortlessly defeats as a reveal for his new power level.
"Heart and Soul are connected, what is important is where is the heart."
One of the most beloved female characters in Bleach. Yoruichi is the dark-skinned Soul Reaper who acts as a mentor/guide or sorts for Ichigo and friends in Soul Society and later revealed as one of the more powerful Soul Reapers. She was once a member of the Shihouin noble family, and mentored both Byakuya and Sui-Fon. She has the ability to turn herself into a black cat, complete with masculine voice. Also, later chapters reveal her to be the former Captain of the 2nd squad of Gotei 13, preceding Sui-Feng.
- Action Girl: Yoruichi is an excellent hand to hand fighter and developed a special technique to combine hand to hand combat with kido.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is black with a purple sheen in the manga. The anime took the manga's purple sheen and made an entire hair colour out of it for the anime.
- Ambiguously Brown: Just don't bring up her ethnicity unless you want a load of Fan Wank, trust us.
- Badass: Yoruichi has managed to remain one of the top Soul Reapers in the series without any use of a zanpakutou, let alone shikai or bankai.
- Big Eater: Her table manners are disastrous, with the most notable example of her habit occurring after her battle with Yammy where she eats giant-sized portions of everything.
- Bokukko: She uses the personal pronoun 'washi,' which is generally used by old men.
- Cats Are Superior: Yoruichi, upon first appearance, falls under this trope.
- Cat Stereotype: Yoruichi transforms into a black cat. That's some weird magic even by this story's standards.
- Cool Big Sis: Towards Ichigo and Sui-Feng, to a degree.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: In cat form, she sounds male.
- Demoted to Extra: She played a very large role in the Soul Society arc. Not counting the Turn Back the Pendulum arc, her individual appearances afterwards can probably be counted on one hand. The anime at least lets her do something of importance each filler arc.
- Fallen Princess: Heiress to a powerful clan and Soul Reaper captain, abandoned everything to run away.
- Flash Step: Considered to be the most proficient in the art in all of Soul Society. Possibly ever.
- The Gadfly: In addition to being The Tease, Yoruichi likes messing with people in general.
- Gag Boobs: Subjects a teenaged Byakuya to Mashmallow Hell as a way of greeting him in the Turn Back The Pendulum arc, and while her chest isn't as big as Matsumoto's or Orihime's it's still big enough to warrant Yachiru nicknaming her "Boobies".
- I Did What I Had to Do: When Ichigo tries to confront Ukitake and Byakuya at Rukia's prison, Yoruichi intervenes and stabs her hand into Ichigo's wounds to insert a tranquilliser into his body so she can carry him away from the location as quickly as possible. When Ichigo comes round and demands to know why she did that and why she didn't try to save Rukia, Ganju or Hanatarou, she explains that she had to do it this way because Byakuya was too strong for Ichigo to fight and too fast for Yoruichi to be able to escape if carrying more than one person. She also knew Ukitake would protect the others from any consequences of being associated with Ichigo.
- Informed Ability: She is a former captain and should, in fact, have bankai. However, we have yet to even see her sword. She fights exclusively bare handed and nobody has commented on her lack of a sword.
- Ironic Echo: When Byakuya sneers at her Flash Step, she makes it clear he just hit a body double, sneers back at him and runs off.
- Last Name Basis: She's on a First Name Basis with Byakuya, but a Last Name Basis with Rukia. Justified in that she mentored Byakuya when he was a child, but Rukia was adopted into the Kuchiki clan as an adult, long after Yoruichi was officially gone, so Yoruichi doesn't have the same history with Rukia.
- Leotard of Power: Urahara's anti-Arrancar armour consists of a black leotard with gauntlets and greaves intended to augment her punches and kicks, and it's powerful enough to damage Aizen's chrysalis form.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's not only the "Goddess of Flash", she has enough Super Strength to trounce Yammy Llargo, who is known for Super Strength even with his zanpakuto sealed. And we haven't gotten to her Shunkou mastery yet.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's very exhibitionist when it comes to human form. And loves teasing Ichigo about it.
- Naked First Impression: To Ichigo, who almost had a stroke upon seeing her human form for the first time due to this.
- Power Fist/Armed Legs: The Anti-Hierro armor.
- Samus Is a Girl: She laughs at Ichigo for assuming she was male as a cat. Apparently, everyone does it.
- Sexy Mentor: She's played this role towards both Ichigo and Byakuya. Amusingly, neither of them were thrilled with her style of mentoring. In Ichigo's case, it's because of his sexual modesty (she liked to be naked around him), and in Byakuya's, it's because she used to force him with into silly games while he was seriously training (although those silly games were a form of training in their own way).
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She doesn't like clothes. For three reasons: One, she spends a lot of time in cat form in that it's difficult to get used to wearing them. Two, she... just doesn't like them. Three, she can't get enough of Ichigo's reactions to seeing her naked.
- Spoiled Sweet: Despite being the heard of one of the four most important noble clans, being a captain and being the commander of the Covert Ops, Yoruichi was famous for being a down-to-earth person who didn't lord herself over her subordinates. She was highly respected because of this.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Yoruichi's cat form has bright golden eyes. Obviously, she's not a normal kitty.
- The Tease: The first time she appeared naked in front of Ichigo was her genuinely forgetting that she probably shouldn't be doing that, but his reaction was funny enough that she kept doing things like that.
- Token Minority: Well, she is dark-skinned, but we never know her origins.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: As a rather unladylike hand to hand fighter, she has an appropriate hairstyle for not getting in the way.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Tessai and Urahara, as they all grew up together, although why isn't known for now.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Urahara. She constantly gives him a hard time, he pretends to be hurt, and both of them think it's funny.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can transform into a cat. No other Soul Reaper (or other character, period) demonstrates any similar ability, and it's never explained how she does it.
- Waif-Fu: According to the databook, she's 156cm (5ft 2in something) and 42kg (92 lb). And BOY she can pack some punch.
- The Worf Effect: When Aizen enters his chrysalis stage, she is one of the three powerful Soul Reapers he effortlessly defeats as a reveal for his new power level.
General assistant to Urahara around the store who has to occasionally strong arm his boss into looking after himself.
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada
(JP), Michael Sorich (US), Martin Soto (Latin America)
- Badass Mustache: He has a big, bushy mustache and is incredibly physically powerful and a kido master.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: His current fighting style involves pulverizing Hollows with open handed strikes and sheer strength.
- Magic Knight: Used to be the captain of the Kidou Corps division and is the only character to date to have used the highest level of kidou (bakudou number 99) known to be possible.
- Personal Space Invader: Has used this to intimidate both Ichigo and Urahara.
- Simple Staff: Carried one in his days back as head of the magic specialists.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Urahara and Yoruichi, as they all grew up together. Why isn't known.
"Silence! No matter what reason, to he who disrupts this household’s iron harmony, only a punishment of blood can be rendered!"
The father of Ichigo, Yuzu and Karin. He's a doctor at a small clinic and, apart from some rather odd parenting techniques, at first seems to be a normal human who doesn't share his children's spiritual senses. He's later revealed to be a former captain-class Soul Reaper who'd known all along that Ichigo was a substitute Soul Reaper and Kon was inhabiting Ichigo's body to maintain The Masquerade
His Zanpakuto is Engetsu
, which shares some abilities with his son's sword Zangetsu.
- Action Dad: He pretends to be a Supernatural Proof Father, but in reality he's an extremely powerful Soul Reaper.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: As far as Ichigo and (to some extent) Karin are concerned.
- As You Know: Isshin and Urahara have a conversation about the Visoreds and the Arrancar in which they inform each other of much information they both already know, for Kon's (and, in the anime, the Bount modsouls') benefit... which fortuitously also brings the readers up to date. Later on, the "Turn Back the Pendulum" arc reveals that the version of events they shared was only part of the story.
- After one-shotting Grand Fisher in Resurreccion, he says he's captain level and almost pities his opponent's ignorance. Later he goes one-on-one with Aizen and pushes him to his limits as a Soul Reaper.
- During the flashback to how he and Masaki met during the Thousand Year Blood War arc, even with a deep sword slash from Aizen to his back and being unable to use his bankai due to the strain it would put on his wound, he still manages to fight evenly against Aizen's proto-Arrancar and cut its arm off before Masaki ends the fight.
- Badass Beard: He's always had a shadow of a beard, but during Ichigo's three-month Dangai training, this grew into a full beard.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: Enters Masaki's mind to protect her from the Inner Hollow attempting to consume her.
- BFS: Specifically averted. His sword is only cleaver-sized in sealed form, but as he points out, if captain-class Soul Reapers had swords that represented their reiatsu they would be wielding weapons the size of skyscrapers so they learn to condense it.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He was known for this as Captain of the 10th Division, as he managed to out-lazy Rangiku and would often hide to shirk his duties.
- Bumbling Dad: He's normally quite goofy around his children and often picks play fights with his son as well as engaging in a lot of physical humor.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: This guy is a doctor? And a Soul Reaper?
- Calling Your Attacks: Like most of the characters. "Getsuga Tensho!" Notably, the only zanpakutou-based attack to be shared between two Soul Reapers.
- Carpet of Virility: He's one of the hairiest men in the series.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Back when he was a Soul Reaper, he would ogle his lieutenant, Rangiku.
- Cool Old Guy: In Soul Reaper form, always.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The reveal probably counts as a Moment Of Awesome. "Aizen, you talk too much."
- Dr. Jerk: He told Ichigo to butt off while trying to treat Sado. He and Ryuuken also debated who the worst father out of the pair of them actually was. They both agreed it was Isshin.
- Finger Poke of Doom: Points his middle finger at a transforming Aizen and sends him flying through several buildings.
- Flaming Sword: His Shikai engulfs his sword in flaming reiatsu.
- Foil: For Ryuuken, in the same way that Ichigo is for Uryuu. Their stories parallel each other—aloof father with mysterious romantic past who at first seems oblivious to son's paranormal activities then turns up to fix things when he loses his powers—but they are as different as night and day. Lampshaded in chapter 241 when Isshin and Ryuuken debate whose parenting is worse.
- Isshin once lamented how it's rare for Ryuken to call him "Kurosaki." When he married Masaki, Isshin discarded his family name, "Shiba", and took on his wife's family name.
- Urahara had a passing mention that it's been 20 years since Isshin "became human". Not since he "lost his powers". Why those Exact Words? Turns out, Isshin used a Gigai that sealed his powers, and thus turned him into a human, in order to save Masaki from Hollowfication.
- When Urahara asked if he felt any satisfaction at killing Grand Fisher, Isshin said no. While Grand Fisher was the immediate cause of Masaki's death, Yhwach stealing her powers was the ultimate cause. While Grand Fisher was, in one sense, just being a Hollow, Yhwach was human and attacked his own descendants...hence he is the target of Isshin's main grudge.
- Generation Xerox: His interactions with Ryuken are much like a less energetic version of their sons'.
- Heroes Want Redheads: His dead wife Masaki had long reddish hair.
- Hidden Depths: A quirky doctor and father, that's how he was introduced to the story. Then it was revealed he was a captain-class Soul Reaper who was an old friend of Urahara's. Then it was revealed he and Aizen knew each other. And then it was revealed he was powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with Aizen. And Aizen wasn't even surprised. So, who on earth is this guy?!
- Hot-Blooded: Subverted. He plays the part as a human but as a Soul Reaper, he's much more focused and deliberate.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Blames himself for Masaki's death, even though he was powerless to prevent it.
- Jerkass: Can be this sometimes, and he even acknowledges it as well.
- Lamarck Was Right: His own sword is Engetsu, just a character different from Ichigo's Zangetsu, and he has his own Getsuga Tensho. It's possible that he used the Final Getsuga Tensho at some point in the past as well, seeing as he knows what Ichigo has to do to learn it.
- Large Ham: When he's in goofy dad mode he's loud, obnoxious and makes wild gestures.
- The Maiden Name Debate: He took his wife's family name upon marriage. He was formerly the head of a branch of the Shiba clan.
- Meet Cute: Isshin and Masaki's plotline in "Everything but the Rain" is this trope played straight. Also subverted in that it inadvertently breaks Ryuuken in the process.
- Mysterious Past: It took over 500 chapters to finally answer most of the questions about him and his origins and connections to other major figures in the story. This first came into question just after the Soul Society arc when it was revealed he had Soul Reaper powers. Even now, there are some significant questions about his relationship with Ryuuken and Kisuke over the last 20 years.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Isshin tells Kon that he's been able to tell when the Mod Soul was replacing Ichigo all along and that's why Isshin never called his son by name during those periods.
- Odd Friendship: With Ryuuken, rooted in his Mysterious Past. This finally begins to be explained in the Thousand Year Blood War arc.
- Open Minded Parent: He seems to encourage Ichigo to have relationships with girls.
- Papa Wolf: He is this in spades when it comes to his daughters. They don't appreciate it. Slapstick ensues.
- Perma Stubble: He has a perpetually unshaven face.
- Pervert Dad: And when he's encouraging Ichigo, he tends to get a liiiittle worked up.
- Playing with Fire: Isshin's command to release Engetsu is 'Burn' and it causes the blade to be surrounded by flame energy.
- Rescue Romance: His relationship with Masaki began when she used her Quincy powers to save him from a powerful Hollow, and then he bonded his soul to hers to stop her from Hollowfying.
- Retired Badass: He's a former captain-level Soul Reaper of the 10th Division. Unlike fellow Retired Badass Ryuuken, however, Isshin is quite willing to come out of retirement as soon as he regains access to his powers.
- Shrine to the Fallen: Isshin Kurosaki keeps a wall-sized poster of his deceased wife and often makes a show of crying to her over his children.
- Smoking Is Cool: Masaki told him the only time he looked cool was when he was smoking. He only smokes once a year - in front of her grave, on the anniversary of her death.
- The Worf Effect: When Aizen enters his chrysalis stage, Isshin is one of the three powerful Soul Reapers he effortlessly defeats as a reveal for his new power level.
Click here to see his pre-Time Skip appearance
"I swear. I really don't like gettin' involved in Soul Reaper fights. Oh well. When you hear the sound of fighting so close by you can't just ignore it."
The unofficial leader of the Visoreds, he was the one that tried to recruit Ichigo into their little band. He was the former captain of the 5th Division, with Aizen as his lieutenant, prior to his Hollowfication. He is goofy, carefree and tends to get abused by Hiyori, but he is in fact an extremely effective combatant.
His zanpakuto is Sakanade
, an unusually-shaped sword that lets him flip and invert his opponent's perspective and senses.
- Bad Ass: He utterly wiped the floor with Grimmjow and was also the first character to injure Aizen.
- Batman Gambit: He "reveals" his reversing ability to Aizen, without revealing that he can pick and choose which of the three dimensions he reverses. This causes Aizen to think he has him figured out. Cut to him reversing front and back on Hitsugaya's attack, and Aizen never suspecting a thing because Hitsugaya is otherwise unaffected. He also uses said ability to deliver what could have been a One-Hit KO to Bambietta.
- Out-Gambitted: His Batman Gambit gets flushed as Aizen reveals he has been using Kyoka Suigetsu the whole time. Bambietta also survives her attack because Yhwach knew the Soul Reapers would find a way to reclaim their bankai and thus permitted use of Vollständig.
- Blatant Lies: Him referring to any pretty girl he meets as his "first love", including Lisa but not Hiyori.
- Butt Monkey: Hiyori keeps giving him sandal-beatdowns, but he's not gonna leave it at that and take it like a punching bag - just don't expect him to actually punch her back as many times as she's done to him.
- Ceiling Cling: Or more like Air Cling. Shinji pulls one on Ichigo and his gang right before his introduction.
- Chekhov's Gun: Remember, a long while back, when Shinji introduced himself in class by writing his name backwards? Turns out that his Zanpakuto's released power is to reverse his opponent's sense of direction. Down is up, left is right, a cut on the right arm will show up on the left, and so forth. This ability made him the first character to injure Aizen.
- Didn't See That Coming: Sakanade would've actually impaired Bambietta significantly... if her Vollstandig wasn't omnidirectional.
- Early-Bird Cameo: His actual debut was as a student in the first Bleach volume cover. Design was re-worked and he appeared much later as a transfer student, just with a Zanpakuto and a Hollow mask.
- Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He explains his shikai's inversion ability to Aizen, though Aizen had already figured most of it out and Shinji neglected to explain some key points of his ability.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: As a Captain, he had long hair. After being exiled he kept it in a pageboy style. Now after being reinstated as a captain, his bangs over his left eye are now shorter than his right.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: After the time-skip, he wears his fringe in an asymmetryical design.
- Informed Ability: Shinji claims the effects of his zanpakuto are impossible to get used to. It's been used twice, against Aizen and Bambietta Basterbine and neither of them were more than mildly inconvenienced by it.
- Interface Screw: A non video game example in how his shikai works. The target's visual perception is inverted, either in whole or in part. He later trains himself to alter audio perception as well, meaning he can simultaneously explain his powers to the enemy while not actually telling them anything because they can't understand it.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Unlike Gin, this is played for the usual effect.
- Keeping the Enemy Close: He distrusted Aizen so made him his lieutenant so he could keep an eye on him. This massively backfired as Aizen used his position to perform evil experiments and eventually turn Hirako and a number of other high level Soul Reapers into hollows.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: In a completely deadpanned voice and face, he will say flat-out "That pretty girl there is my FIRST LOVE."
- Mysterious Backer: Before his backstory was revealed in Turn Back The Pendulum, he was portrayed as one in the Arrancar arc. Visoreds as a whole were treated like enemies even by people who knew better.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: At first, we think he's just some doofus who gets abused by Hiyori. Then we not only learn that he's the unofficial leader of the Visored, but we see him kick the crap out of Grimmjow seconds after the Espada uses Ichigo's body as a soccer ball. Not to mention, back when almost everyone was fooled by Aizen's Bitch in Sheep's Clothing act, he never fell for it.
- Volleying Insults: He and Hiyori are constantly insulting each other and fighting, which frequently ends with Hiyori using her sandal on him.
- Would Hit a Girl: Although he says he'd rather not, he had no calms at all striking Bambietta when she was unable to adjust to Sakanade's power.
"I really, really hate humans. I really hate Soul Reapers too."
Highly short-tempered, irritable and tomboyish, she's arguably the closest to Shinji out of all the other Visoreds. Once attempted to kill Orihime and Chad to keep them from learning of hers and Shinji's identities. She was once the lieutenant of the 12th division under Urahara, whom she absolutely loathed at first due to replacing her mother figure.
Her Zanpakuto is Kubikiri Orochi
, an enormous cleaver.
- A-Cup Angst: Gets jealous over Orihime's boobs when they first meet.
- Action Girl: She's self reliant and aggressive to the point of being a brash Leeroy Jenkins, but she's more capable of taking care of herself than she looks.
- BFS: Her Kubikiri Orochi is a massive cleaver with quite the impractical design.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Even more so than Jinta or Lilynette.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: If the other Vizards hadn't have intervened, Hollow Ichigo would have slaughtered her.
- Cute Bruiser: Yeah, she's a pain to get along with, but at least she has a pretty face, especially when she doesn't have that frown on.
- Cute Little Fangs: Even says it's her "charm point".
- Fantastic Racism: Privately told Hirako that she hates Soul Reapers, as well as humans in general. Death Save The Strawberry establishes that she chose not to stay in the Soul Society because of how much the Soul Reapers irritate her.
- Girlish Pigtails: She's childish and keeps her hair in two pigtails.
- Groin Attack: Attempts it on Urahara, once he's appointed as her captain and hurts her foot. Apparently, he's quite hard.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Probably the angriest character in the series.
- Half The Woman She Used To Be: Gin slices her in half when her back is turned. It was so fast that the poor girl only noticed when she saw her lower body fly past her. The censored version in the anime has her Impaled with Extreme Prejudice instead.
- I Choose to Stay: In 481 she and Lisa are seen in Karakura, relaxing after going to a bath house. Hachi and Love are stated to have done the same.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Uses uchi as a personal pronoun which is a staple of young women in the Kansai area.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She has a tendency to pick fights with people whether she's really strong enough or not, which is seen as early as her baiting Ichigo into using his Hollow form, which nearly kills her. Even more seriously, running straight at the most powerful villain in the series without regard for tactics or bothering to keep an eye on his The Dragon? Yeah, that sounds like a great plan.
- Meaningful Name: Sarugaki means "monkey brat".
- Momma's Girl: Acted like that towards a woman named Kirio Hikifune, her former captain, whom she adored as if she was her own mother. Which explains why Hiyori hated Urahara so much; he took her place as Squad Captain when Kirifune was promoted into the Royal Guards.
- Perpetual Frowner: Unlike some of the other examples in this series, like Starrk (lazy), Kenpachi (bored), Hitsugaya (grumpy), Ulquiorra (apathetic) or Byakuya (cold), Hiyori's frown leans more towards annoyance, which she has on about half the time, so if she ever actually smiles, remember to sock her in the face.
- Shoe Slap: Her signature move towards Shinji.
- Token Mini-Moe: And not very happy about it, either.
Click here to see his pre-Time Skip appearance
A more serious and decisive member of the Visored, though is easily annoyed and temperamental. He was once the captain of the 9th Division with both Mashiro and Tousen under his wing. In addition, he's the first one to be Hollowfied, which technically makes him the oldest Visored. He saved a much younger Shuhei Hisagi from a Hollow, who became a Soul Reaper to try and be like him.
His Zanpakuto is Tachikaze
, a trench combat knife that can launch wind-based attacks. His Bankai is Tekken Tachikaze
, a pair of armored spiked knuckles.
- Badass: He's built like a heavy brawler and his zanpakuto is a short military combat knife.
- Blow You Away: The Shikai command of Tachikaze is, quite literally, "blow it away". However, it's a subversion: he doesn't manipulate air. When his Shikai makes contact with you, shockwaves burst through your body, which materializes in the form of air coming from the area that he hit you.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Shuhei Hisagi, who became a Soul Reaper to follow his example.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Arguably, he's Mashiro's.
- Combat Pragmatist: More than willing to hit a child. Also see I Am Not Lefthanded below.
- The Comically Serious: Unlike Mashiro, he takes almost everything too seriously.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: See Jerk with a Heart of Gold to see how he comforts a child who's family just died.
- Enraged By Idiocy: What really seems to set him off is stupidity, or childish people.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: While not a boxer per se, he primarily fights with his fists. More or less makes sense, since his shikai takes the form of a trench combat knife, and his bankai something akin to spiked knuckles and armor. The way Tachikaze works is that he sends shockwaves through your body, even if it's just a love tap. Tekken Tachikaze amplifies that to an absurd degree; when punched, it'll feel like your organs are imploding.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: An exchange with him went something like this, though to put in context he's talking to someone who just strolled through an impenetrable and undetectable barrier.
Kensei: "What... did... she... just... say?!"
Risa: "She just asked where the bathroom was! Calm down!"
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy to Mashiro's Tiny Girl.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: "Smile, damn it!"
- Knife Nut: His zanpakutou Tachikaze takes the form of a combat knife.
- Meaningful Name: "Kensei", meaning swords' saint, is an honorary title given to a warrior of legendary skill in swordsmanship.
- Mr. Fanservice: Well built, gruff and with an outfit that shows his chest off.
- Perpetual Frowner: Maybe he doesn't because he can't smile to begin with? His smile during an attempt to cheer up Hisagi ends up being an unintentional evil grin. He does a little better later, but that's it.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's very good at cooking, according to the databooks.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Mashiro is very energetic and easy going. Kensei... isn't.
- Sensitive Guyand Manly Man: Manly to Hisagi's Sensitive.
- Ship Tease: With Mashiro.
- Shout-Out: Looks suspiciously similar to a mix between another Ken and his rival Raoh whenever he wears his Captain coat.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Presumably to show off his more muscle based physique than is normal for the series he wears no sleeves.
- Team Chef: He can be seen cooking for the Visoreds as early as Ichigo's original Hollow mask training and the databooks indicate he's a really good cook.
- Tsundere: Towards Mashiro. The prime example when he saves her from Wonderweiss and then denies that's what he was doing. Then he proceeds to release his bankai to kick Wonderweiss' ass.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Back when he was a Captain, his shirt was constantly open.
- Would Hurt a Child: After he rescues Mashiro, he tells Wonderweiss that he doesn't care if he's a kid, he's still beating him down.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Interestingly, the Pendulum arc shows his Squad having to hold him back while Mashiro bugs him constantly on a mission...but when he's on her own with her and she, sleeping, accuses him of being a pervert, Kensei blushes and half-heartedly tells her, "Don't make me smack you!"
"How dare you. You ripped my scarf. I'll never forgive you."
A youthful Visored noted for her rather childish behaviour at most points. She was Kensei's lieutenant, and the second to be Hollowfied. Her zanpakuto is unknown due to fighting only with kicks. She can hold her hollow form much longer than the rest of the group.
- Action Girl: Kicks quite a lotta ass, considering she was a lieutenant, which is still hard to believe since she's pretty immature when off-work.
- Berserk Button: "How dare you. You ripped my scarf. I'll never forgive you."
- Beware the Silly Ones: Oh yes. Her scenes are usually comical, but she was a lieutenant for a reason.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Okay, so Kensei chose her to be the Ninth Division lieutenant... why, exactly?
- Calling Your Attacks: "MASHIRO KI~CK!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Probably the spaciest of the Vizards.
- Cute Bruiser:
- Fangirl: Of sentai series.
- Genius Ditz: Was able to keep her Hollow mask for 15 hours during her first try. To put it into perspective, during his first try, Ichigo could manage four seconds, tops, and after a month of training he only got it to eleven seconds. The other Visoreds can only last a few minutes with it as well even now.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Her Hollow mask.
- Hidden Buxom: Her jumpsuit doesn't show off her cleavage, but during the Pendulum arc she looks a lot bustier in her Soul Reapers robes.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Kensei's Huge Guy.
- Kick Chick: Her preferred method of fighting, but she does have a zanpakuto that she never uses. All part of her being a Kamen Rider Shout-Out.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Yeah she's strong, but has a total lack of common sense on the battlefield. So much so that when told by Kensei to watch her time limit on her mask. She disregarded the warning, thinking her managing 15 hours was enough to keep fighting. She didn't take into account that her powers will still drain during fighting and, since she was against Wonderweiss, a particularly powerful Arrancar. She wound up exceeding her mask's power and it broke off her face. Mashiro got severely beaten for her trouble, needing Kensei to bail her out.
- Male Gaze: On her ass.
- Ms. Fanservice: She wears a skin-tight unitard, gropes herself when she sleeps and gets several shots accentuating her rather large ass.
- Odd Couple Ship Tease: With Kensei.
- Odd Friendship: With Hachi, getting rather jealous (in a comical way) when Hachi and Orihime bond over their healing powers.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Kensei's Energetic Girl.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Wears a short red or orange scarf as part of her Kamen Rider shoutout design.
- Shout-Out: To Kamen Rider, due to the style of her jumpsuit, habit of attacking with kicks, wearing a scarf, and hollowfied form and mask.
- Sweet Tooth: According to the databooks, Kensei once became enraged when Mashiro the Vizards candy when it was her turn to cook dinner.
- Tareme Eyes
- Trademark Favourite Food: Riceballs.
- Sesame-topped riceballs, to be exact.
- Woman Child: Ditzy, oblivious, tantrum-prone and spacey, even though she looks about 14.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
Rojuro "Rose" Otoribashi
Rojuro "Rose" Otoribashi
What manner of guitar could fail to cry when faced with the deaths of so many men? My guitar is already crying.
A comparatively calm, easy-going Visored, with a seemingly disinterested flair and a thing for music. Former captain of the 3rd Division.
His Zanpakuto is Kinshara
a sound-based whip capable of enveloping his opponents in powerful explosions. His bankai is Kinshara Butōdan
, which uses music to create illusions to harm the enemy.
Voiced by: Shouto Kashi (JP), Christopher Corey Smith (JP)
- Animal Motifs: His Hollow mask resembles a bird.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Was one pre-time skip.
- Calling Your Attacks: "Kinshara Sokyoku Dai Juichiban - Izayoi Bara!", "Arpeggio!"
- Didn't See That Coming: A very avoidable one. No, really, you are going to explain that your Bankai is sound based and hence its own weakness, then act all shocked when he crushes his eardrums?
- Explaining Your Powers To The Enemy: He's far from the only character guilty of this, but it borders on Too Dumb to Live in his case. He could have easily won his fight, had he only kept his mouth shut about how his bankai functioned.
- Good Is Not Nice: Butchers Mask's compatriot and fanboy James, who is unarmed, hardly evil and merely cares about Mask, in order to gain an advantage over the Stern Ritter. He showed zero remorse or hesitance regarding the affair.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His justification of bifurcating James, although Mask de Masculine isn't convinced.
- Logical Weakness: His bankai requires his target to be able to hear sounds, thus it will not work on the deaf.
- Musical Assassin: His Zanpakuto abilities are based around music.
- Oh Crap: First when he realises he and Love are surrounded by Starrk's wolves, which he assumes are Ceroes.
- Later when Mask de Masculine crushes his eardrums and defeats his Bankai.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Love's Manly Man.
- Shout-Out: His Bankai's techniques are named after actual pieces of orchestral music.
- When Kira is possibly killed by Bazz-B, he claims his guitar is crying, a possible reference to the Beatles song called 'While My Guitar Weeps'.
- Slasher Smile: He shows one off while using his bankai on Mask de Masculine. It was eerily reminiscent of the ones given by Szayelaporro.
- Super Power Lottery: Rose is actually right up there with Shinji and Aizen. Rose's Bankai, Kinshara Butōdan, has the ability to generate illusions through sound. As such, so long as the target can hear Rose's music, they will fall prey to the illusions generated by his Zanpakutō. The added perk, however, is these illusions are convincing enough they the target believes they are real, and thus, cause actual, physical damage. Due to controlling sound, these illusions are unblockable unless the user is rendered deaf, which Mask exploited.
- Those Two Guys: Mainly seen with Love.
- Torso with a View: Mask de Masculine shoots his star beam through Rose's stomach.
- The Tragic Rose: He and the other Visoreds got a pretty raw deal.
- Warrior Poet: Given his whole obsession about art in everything he does- His Bankai's abilities are even named after real modern day songs.- he's probably the biggest one in the series.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Mask de Masculine calls him out on slaughtering an innocent and unarmed fan after he tears James into half. He claims to have done so in order to weaken Mask de Masculine.
- Whip It Good: His zanpakuto Kinshara is a whip.
- The Worf Effect: Defeated by Mask de Masculine in order to both show how dangerous the Stern Ritter is as well as how much Renji has improved.
- Would Hurt a Child: Rose isn't above tearing a young boy in half if it means weakening his opponent.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: His bankai uses sound to create illusions of elemental attacks. As long as the victim can hear the sound, the illusions cause actual harm.
Hachigen "Hachi" Ushoda
Hachigen "Hachi" Ushoda
"In Soul Society, there is no being with 'God' in its name other than the Soul Reapernote . That is why we cannot understand the significance of your words... Please forgive our impiety, oh God of Hueco Mundo."
The largest and friendliest of the Visoreds, quite kind-hearted and subservient to the more authoritative members. He was the lieutenant of the Kidou corps, under Tessai's wing. Despite his gentle appearance and demeanor, he is an exceptionally capable combatant.
- Achilles' Heel: He's out of shape, considering he became out of breath after doing a few Flash Steps.
- Badass: You wouldn't know it from looking at him, but he actually has the best combat performance of all the Visored, defeating both the Hollowified Kensei and Mashiro easily in "Turn Back the Pendulum" and being the only Visored to actually defeat one of Aizen's top Espada - the second strongest one at that.
- Barrier Warrior: His speciality is Bakudou (Binding Spells).
- Beehive Barrier: Hachigen's Kikai no Joumon.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's an amazing spellcaster capable of feats so far unparalleled, mostly dealing with support and defensive skills.
- Calling Your Attacks: Various Kido spells.
- Gentle Giant: Within the Visored band, he's the largest and nicest one you'll likely ever meet.
- Handicapped Badass: After several failed attempts by him and Sui-Fon to kill Baraggan, he finally does it by using kido to teleport his decaying hand into Baraggan's stomach, allowing the death aura to spread to him. To paraphrase: "If your power truly is absolute, then not even you can stand against it."
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend! That should be a good enough reason to fight together."
The calmest of the female Visoreds, a bit secretive, aloof and detached, but around as irritable and tomboyish as Hiyori from above. Was the ex-lieutenant of the 8th Division. She seemed to be very caring for Nanao when she was just a child.
Her zanpakuto is Haguro Tonbo
, a lengthy Shaolin spade.
- Action Girl: She favors direct combat and is pretty self reliant.
- Badass Bookworm: In the few fights she's ever been in, she's a pretty impressive swordswoman.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her uniform does seem rather tight, after all.
- Bi the Way: Clearly has Ship Tease with her ex-captain, but reads about bikini-clad woman to the extent where Ichigo calls her a pervert. Then she gets REALLY defensive.
- Blade on a Stick: Her zanpakuto is Haguro Tonbo.
- Braids of Action: Her hair is fairly long, but it's tightly braided.
- Cool Big Sis: To Nanao, back when Lisa was Shunsui's lieutenant and Nanao was a rookie.
- Covert Pervert: She tries to hide it, but she's terrible at it.
"The more hidden something is, the more you want to see it".
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Always fights in one, even as a Lieutenant.
- Hot Librarian: Glasses, curves, silky skin and a school uniform? Sign us up for a quick look — err, book.
- Joshikousei: She wears a Sailor Fuku despite not even being a student.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Like Shinji and Hiyori.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Openly reads pornographic Josei manga and swimsuit magazines, even sharing them with Love and, she claims, Ichigo. The novel Death Save the Strawberry even states that she's opened up a porn magazine shop in the Rukongai, rather brazenly called the "Palace of Porn".
Lisa: I-I'm not a pervert! I-I'm just really curious!
Kensei: (in the background brushing his teeth) Isn't that the definition of a pervert?
- Magic Skirt: Even when she's upside down and spinning her legs around like a helicopter◊, we don't see anything underneath her skirt.
- Meganekko: She wears a pair of serious looking glasses, which generally fits her serious attitude.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has a thing for showing off her legs, her midriff and the curves on her back, due to the sailor uniform she struts around with a lot of the time. Even in her time as a lieutenant, she wore a miniskirt.
- Perpetual Frowner: Like most of her fellow Visoreds.
- She's Got Legs: In both of her outfits, the sailor uniform and the shihakusho, she shows off her legs in full galore with those mid-thigh skirts.
- The Southpaw: She's ambidextrous but seems to prefer to use her left hand to hold her sword.
- Spell My Name with an S: Her name is sometimes spelt as "Risa".
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Her resemblance to Nanao both in terms of looks, personality and the fact that she is Nanao's direct predecessor as Kyoraku's Lieutenant might even push her into Generation Xerox territory. She is a lot more outgoing and less uptight than Nanao.
- Tsundere: She breaks ranks with the other Visoreds to make sure her former Captain, Shunsui is okay... and after seeing he is, kicks him in the head a few times, calls him an idiot, and tells him to stay back and watch while she shows off how strong she's become.
"There isn't anyone that doesn't feel something when their buddy goes down. If they get demoralized, then you exploit that. If they get enraged then you beat them before they can go crazy. Either way... victory comes to those that strike first!"
A laid-back, easy-going manga reader, somewhat carefree with a slight tough-guy feel. Was the ex-captain of the 7th Division.
His zanpakuto is Tengumaru
, a gargantuan spiked club capable of dealing fire-based attacks.