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Surviving in the 78th district of South Rukongai was tough. When you were a ten-year-old girl with a baby to take care of, it was even harder. Getting reincarnated as Kuchiki Hisana after dying of cancer was never part of the plan.

Walk Two Lifetimes is an ongoing Bleach Self-Insert Fan Fiction by Coolio101 [1] [2]. It is available on both AO3 and

Doctor Christina Dalton dies of cancer and is reborn in Japan, a little over a hundred and fifty years before Kurosaki Ichigo would meet Kuchiki Rukia and become a Shinigami to defend his family. Yukimura Hisana, who in one world would become Kuchiki Hisana before dying of illness, is born with enough spiritual power to see souls and hollows as well as fuzzy memories of maybe the first two or three Bleach arcs. The same year her younger sister a Rukia is born, when Hisana is ten years old, a tsunami strikes their village and Hisana wakes up in the 78th district of South Rukongai with a baby to take care of.

Walk Two Lifetimes has a companion fic in the form of a collection of extra scenes and snippets going by the title Sidewalks, on both AO3 and


Walk Two Lifetimes contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: A plethora of them, including Hisana herself in later chapters.
  • Action Survivor: Early on, Hisana was this.
  • Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Akiyama straddles the line between them.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Hisana, when Akiyama tortures/experiments on Eiji, resorts to begging him to stop - which played a large part in why Eiji forgave her for working for his captor.
  • Almost Kiss: Between Hisana and Byakuya in chapter 19.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Hisana grows into this over time in Seireitei, being an Academy student and an intern in the 4th Division with the duties and influence of a Lieutenant.
    • It comes to an end in Chapter 35, when Unohana officially makes Hisana her Lieutenant.
  • Annoying Patient:
    • Hisana has to deal with a lot of these during her internship in the Fourth Division, as Unohana intentionally assigned her the difficult patients. They don’t keep their attitude long if Hisana has to deal with them.
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    • Ironically, Hisana is one herself, as she always tries to leave before being allowed and insists she is fine.
  • The Apprentice: Miwa, to Hisana.
  • Asexuality: Hisana is probably a demi-sexual as she admits to rarely feeling a physical desire to somebody.
  • The Assimilator: Khimaira. Hisana, in their mindscape.
  • Back from the Dead: Hisana, technically, as benefitting her phoenix motif.
  • Badass Adorable: Hisana, Rukia and Yachiru are the most notable examples.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Kazuki and Kaori, as well as Hisana and Byakuya.
  • Beneath the Mask:
    • Hisana is always putting up a mask when talking to Yakuza bosses, people she immensely dislike but have to play nice with, and Aizen, though Gin glimpsed beneath it and her fear of that man during their first meeting.
    • When Hisana takes control of Khimaira, the first person she sees is Gin. Being unprepared, she doesn’t quite manage the role of Khimaira, though Gin thankfully doesn't realise what actually happened.
      It was only later that [Gin] realized it had addressed him by -san instead of -sama.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not insult or disrespect the medical profession in front of Hisana, and hurting her family is a surefire way to earn her animosity, especially if you hurt Rukia.
    • Do not insult Hisana in Byakuya's hearing.
    • The Visored become this for Rukia and Byakuya, following Hisana's death.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hisana, in spades. Gin even notes, she can be just as ruthless as him.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Hisana has a big sister instinct towards Rukia and Renji, most notably.
    • Kaori, Kazuki, and Mitsuo also displays this protective instinct towards their family.
    • Kaien has a bit of this towards Hisana.
  • Big Damn Heroes: One of the first examples of this is when Hisana comes to the rescue of Renji and a young girl with high spiritual energies, electrocuting the man attempting to kidnap them.
    • When Hisana first activates her Shikai, she ends up on the back foot after faltering when a dizzy spell hit her. Before the Hollow ends up taking advantage of her slowing Healing Factor, Gin appears and kills it for her. Hisana is displeased.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Hisana tackles and kisses Byakuya after he finally talks to her about the courtship, which is the start of their official romantic relationship.
  • Big Eater: Hisana. Renji.
  • Blatant Lies: When Hisana claims that Shirai is not drunk to Tsukabishi's face despite both of them reeking of alcohol.
    Tsukabishi: Are the two of you intoxicated right now?
    Hisana: No, sir.
    Tsukabishi: You reek of alcohol, girl.
    Hisana: It makes an effective mosquito repellent, sir.
    Tsukabishi: A mosquito repellent. And him?
    Hisana: There are a lot of mosquitoes after him, sir.
    Tsukabishi: And the clothes aren’t enough of a deterrent?
    Hisana: They are very determined bugs, sir.
    Tsukabishi: So they are.
    • Technically, she is truthfull as she used kido to rapidly break down any alcohol in their blood just before their superiors showed up. So they're not drunk.
  • Blue Blood: The Kuchiki, which causes problems when Byakuya starts courting Hisana.
  • Break Them by Talking: While Gin is the one who does this for fun when he’s not just messing with people, Hisana also has quite a few instances to do this although with a different intention.
  • Broken Bird: Chiyo had become this when Hisana meets her as one of Akiyama's prisoners.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Rukia has a noticeable love for bunnies, including having pet bunnies.
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    • Kaien has difficulties admitting to Miyako that he loves her at first, and just rambles due to how flustered he is when talking to her.
    • Byakuya towards Hisana, at first.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Shirai.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Hisana has one in Chapter 16.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Several, some fired and some not.
    • The knife given by Tatsuyu to Hisana is used to kill Akiyama.
    • The fact that Hisana and Hanatoro missed Aizen's demonstration during the opening ceremony at the Academy.
    • The barrier kido that Hisana's study group is developing was supposed to be used to contain the Visored during their rehabilitation.
    • The Kuchiki plaque that Hisana receives as Byakuya's fiancee doubles as a key to their personal Seikamon. Hisana gives it to Yoruichi in case she needs to rescue the Visored.
    • The walkie-talkie/cellphone. Hisana used it to record Gin and Aizen's attack on her, Aizen's confession about the experiments and the plan to frame the Visored, and send the massage to Urahara's phone. Too bad it was left somewhere in 12th Division labs...
  • Chekhov's Skill: During Chapter 15, Hisana reads a book about inner worlds, mentioning exercises that allow a person to alter them. Come Chapter 36, she's able to completely take over Khimaira's mind and kill them without anyone noticing.
  • Combat Medic: Hisana is the main example of this as the main character, but she is not the only one.
    • In fact, her influence means that some members of 4th Division decide to improve their combat skills. And even ask 11th to train them.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Hisana, with one of the primary examples being her throwing a spider at her sparring partner.
    • Gin has absolutely no problems with playing dead and then stabbing his opponent in the back. Isn't that right, Hisana?
  • Cradling Your Kill: Hisana cradles Akiyama in his dying moments.
  • Creepy Good: Hisana can be this at times and so can her idol Unohana.
    • Now that Hisana's a Hollow, it's likely to increase by several factors.
  • Damsel in Distress: Byakuya, when he first meets Hisana.
    • Eiji, Hiro, and Chiyo, when held captive by Akiyama. Hisana, when forcefully in the employ of Akiyama.
      • Damsel out of Distress: Hisana, when she gets the opportunity to turn on Akiyama by tipping off Kaien about the location of the Shinigami he was sent to save.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The offensive ability of Hisana's Shikai. It rapidly rots anything its flames touch, so if the user doesn't put out the healing fire first, they can accidentally kill themselves.
  • Deep Sleep: Often as a response to reiatsu exhaustion, Hisana may fall into a deep sleep to recover. It extends to a coma when she nearly kills herself through reiatsu exhaustion to save Rukia from high-level Hollows.
  • Defiant Captive: Hisana, Eiji, and Hiro.
  • Determinator: Hisana, in spades. Best shown in Chapter 36.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Hisana accidentally wondered if Aizen's chest was made of bricks out loud, right in front of him, as their first meeting.
  • Difficulty Spike: From dealing with Tatsuya to Akiyama to Gin to Aizen, Hisana has a very steep difficulty curve with the kind of dangerous people she’s dealing with.
  • Dirty Business: Having been part of a gang, Hisana also healed anyone who came to her door, no matter who they were or what they had done.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Gin. Unohana. Aizen. Hisana.
  • Double Meaning: Hisana's conversations with Aizen, most obviously during their chess game.
    Hisana: I don’t know if I’ll ever beat you. But you don’t know that I won’t.
    Aizen: That’s true, you may surprise me. You already have. Either way, I look forward to our game.
    Hisana: As do I. I hope that when the time comes, Aizen-fukutaicho, I prove a worthy opponent.
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: Hiro almost guts his mother when she startled him, and draws a blade on Hisana for the same reason.
  • Dramatic Irony: Oh yes.
    • It takes Hisana long time to realise she's friends with Matsumoto Rangiku. In turn, Rangiku has no idea that "Yuki-chan" is the Yukimura Hisana from 4th Division.
    • Rankigu thinks that Hisana would get along great with that one friend of hers.
    • Gin has no idea that Hisana and Rangiku even know each other.
  • Dropping the Bombshell: Hisana revealing to Rangiku who exactly she is, after Rangiku had repeated several outlandish rumours about her to Hisana's face.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: While upset with Byakuya for starting courtship negotiations with his clan without asking her first, Hisana decides to go drink her concerns away.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Byakuya, according to Rukia and Renji.
  • Eaten Alive: Hisana, kinda, since she was Only Mostly Dead when Aizen fed her to one of his experiments.
  • Eating the Enemy: Hollows, and Hisana as of Chapter 36.
  • Elegant Classical Musician:
    • Christina was a violinist and as such Hisana can play very well once she gets her hands on a violin.
    • Rose is one as well, even prefering Western instruments over traditional Japanese ones.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Byakuya-hime.
  • Embarrassing Rescue: Hisana's rescue by Gin and then carried back to Soul Society by him in chapter 21.
  • Everyone Can See It: Kazuki and Kaori's feelings for each other; Hisana and Byakuya; Kaien and Miyako.
  • Evil Counterpart: Akiyama for Tatsuya. Gin for Hisana.
  • Exact Words: Used by Hisana when she can't lie outright.
  • Extranormal Institute: The Shinigami Acadamy, with Hisana, and later Rukia and Renji joining.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Akiyama. Hisana's second death.
  • Famed in Story: Hisana, the Angel of Inuzuri, was famous in as well as the darling of Inuzuri District.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hisana has two: her devotion to people and her low self-esteem.
    • The first one means that she always tries to help others, even when it's not really her business and to the point of harming herself and actually risking her life.
    • Her inability to see how much people value her means that she's unintentionally hurting them, either because they worry about her (Byakuya) or because they feel overshadowed by her (Rukia, Isane).
    • Comes to head during the Visored crisis. Hisana gets involved in trying to save their lives (despite knowing that Yoruichi wouldn't actually let them be executed), which puts her on Aizen's radar. Then she's killed and her death is blamed on Kaien, turning her into a martyr and ensuring that the exiles would be hunted down with extreme prejudice.
  • First-Name Basis: Aside from Gin, who calls Hisana by her first name despite her protest, Hisana quickly gets on a first name basis with Byakuya and later gets on first-name basis with many Shinigami of varying rank, including Kaien.
  • Food as Bribe: Hisana uses quality fish to try and capture a talking black cat for Kaien. Gin tries to bribe Hisana with persimmons to help him with some tasks at 5th Division. Hisana once bribed Urahara with steak.
  • Foodfight!: During a birthday party at 11th, a foodfight started. Hisana had to leave when Ikkaku ducked an egg she threw and it hit Zaraki Kenpachi in the face.
  • Force Feeding: Akiyama threatened with it when Hisana informed him the Shinigami he held captive wasn’t eating.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Hisana is in coma, Ganjo asks if she will sleep for 100 years like in the story. She doesn't but once Aizen feeds her to a Hollow, she ends up trapped for a century in its inner world.
    • In the same chapter Aizen muses that Hisana seems to have made many friends and became dear to many people. He uses this to turn the Gotei 13 against the Visored, by killing her and framing Kaien for her death.
  • For Want of a Nail: Hisana causes more than a few ripples in this fashion.
    • Hisana never leaves Rukia, meaning that the girl grows with a family that cares for her and not on the streets. Later on, Renji also joins them.
    • Hisana and Byakuya (probably) meet under different circumstances than in canon.
    • The Shinigami Women Association is created by Hisana earlier than in canon as much more... respectable group, in part also as a support group for them to deal with various traumas.
    • Treating Ukitake means that Kaien is less worried about his health, so he goes as reinforcements instead of Lisa and is turned into a Visored.
    • Aizen killing Hisana and framing Kaien turns her into a martyr and makes sure that the entire Soul Society wants to kill the Visored, Tessai, Urahara and Yoruichi.
      • All the convicts need to go into deep hiding, using reiatsu supressors and gigai. At the same time, Gotei 13 is actively hunting them, leading to multiple skirmishes between both parties.
    • Since Kaien became a Visored, he and Miyako never got married, instead falling apart when he escaped.
    • When Isshin defects, he gets a gigai that alters his appearance to improve his chances of hiding from Gotei 13.
      • After Masaki dies, the Hogyoku is sealed in Ichigo to drain his powers, while Isshin leaves to work as travelling doctor so his returning reiatsu doesn't draw anyone to his family.
    • Lot of people end up in completely different Divisions than in canon, including: Rukia in 2nd, Renji in 11th, Rangiku in 6th and Nanao in 10th. Also, Isane never becomes a lieutenant.
  • Frame-Up: Aizen framed Kaien for Hisana's death.
  • Friendly Enemy: Hisana and Gin's relationship is a mixture of this and Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Functional Magic: Expands on the functional magic of canon.
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: The cause of Hisana and Rukia's death, along with the rest of their village.
  • Girlfriend Bluff: When a guy who cannot take a no starts hitting on Hisana in a bar, a woman appears, pretending to be her girlfriend. Hisana plays along and after he leaves, she strikes up a friendship with the woman who turns out to be Matsumoto Rangiku, there to celebrate her promotion with Gin - who never showed up.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Shirai curses by using food.
    Shirai: Soggy biscuits! Cold pea soup! Sour prunes!
  • Grade Skipper: Implied with both Rukia and Renji, who graduated in three years.
  • Groin Attack: Hisana at ten years old manipulating a Rukongai citizen into a position to do this to him and knock him out with a brick to steal his possessions was what drew Tatsuya's attention to her.
  • Gut Punch: Hisana's death, and everything connected to it.
  • Healing Factor: Hisana's Shikai grants her a really potent one, even allowing her to heal lethal wounds.
    • Later, it becomes one of Khimaira's main abilities.
    • Good Thing You Can Heal: Hisana would be dead several times over if she had not activated her Shikai and had her Shikai not granted her a potent Healing Factor.
  • Healing Hands: Healing Kido, duh.
    • Hisana's healing technique is a subversion as she uses a complex cellural manipulation to accomplish the same effect.
  • Height Angst: Downplayed. Hisana really wishes she was taller, and is often teased about her height.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Hisana has to correct people on this in regards of her and Byakuya enough that in her narration she thinks she could recite the speech in her sleep.
  • Hellhole Prison: Where Eiji, Hiro, and Chiyo was kept under Akiyamas care.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tenshi no Tsubasa sacrificing herself so that Hisana can survive in Khimaira's soulscape.
  • Hope Spot: It looks like Hisana will manage to sway Central 46 to pardon the Visored. Then Aizen and Gin kill her and frame Kaien.
  • Horror Hunger: Hisana develops one of these after being fed to Khimaira.
  • Implied Death Threat:
    • Hisana sometimes gives them to people that annoy her, such as reminding her patients that she knows several ways to get rid of a corpse without a trace left.
    • Gin delivers one to Rukia, after Hisana's rescue of her sister lands her in a coma. She either gets stronger soon or she might have an accident.
    Gin: To toughen [people like Hisana], all you have to do find the weak spots in a person’s life and remove them. Either by ironing them out so that they’re as strong as the rest of the soul or, if need be, by cutting them out entirely. Either way, any weaknesses should be eliminated. Don’t you agree, Rukia-chan?
  • Impossible Task: Kaien sets one for Hisana - to catch a talking black cat with the promise of a pet pig and getting his sister to teach her to make fireworks if she does. Since she knows the cat is actually captain Shihuin Yoruichi a.k.a. the Goddess of Flash, her chances are nearly nil. She actually manages to succeed after Byakuya walked up on her alongside Yoruichi, who thought her set-up was hilarious.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: A few times.
    Rukia: Nee-chan, you’re friends with this guy?
    Hisana: I know. I can’t believe it either.
    Ikkaku: Oi! I’m still here!
    Hisana: I’m aware.
    Rukia: Your point?
  • Incurable Cough of Death: With the death part being subverted and the incurable cough being justified. Ukitake as per canon, with Hisana eventually pinning it down as an autoimmune disorder caused (probably) by genetic defect and devising a treatment method to mitigate symptoms.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite all changes Hisana brought with her, some things stay constant.
    • Hisana and Byakuya hook up, though this time she dies before a wedding.
    • Aizen still created the Visored, framed Urahara and Tessai, and forced them to flee from Soul Society.
    • Rukia and Renji had a falling-out though not as severe as in canon.
    • Isshin leaves for Human World, marries Masaki and has his canon kids.
  • Insult of Endearment: Rukia and Renji calls Byakuya “Oni-sensei”.
  • In the Back: Gin stabs Hisana in the back with his Bankai while she's distracted by Aizen.
  • Invisible to Normals: Ghosts, Shinigami, and Hollows alike.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Hisana has no idea not everyone can treat Captains and Lieutenants or even highly seated officers as if they were equal, especially not when you are an Academy student.
  • It's Personal: The hunt for the Visored, Urahara, Tessai and Yoruichi became personal for a large part of the high-ranking Shinigami after Hisana's death.
  • I Warned You: Gin tried to warn Hisana away from trying to save the Visored.
    Gin: I tried to warn you.
    Hisana: I know.
  • I Want Grandkids: Byakuya's grandmother continually tries to set Byakuya up with noble girls in hope he finds a future wife to give her great-grandchildren with.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Hisana in regards of Byakuya.
    Hisana: Love him, like him, care for him—it doesn’t matter. They’re just labels. I want him to be happy, that’s all. And if he’s happy with me being his friend, that’s what I’ll be.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Rukia gives a non-romantic version of this to Kaien when he is to bring Hisana to Seireitei.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Masami when she points out to Byakuya that Hisana will not be accepted by nobility as the next Lady Kuchiki due to her background.
    • When Gin says that Hisana is a lot more ruthless than she likes to pretend. He's also right that Rukia needs to shape up or Hisana will get hurt trying to protect her.
  • King Incognito: Byakuya tries to pull this off during his first visit to Hisana, but his body language, speech patterns and that he hides his sword gives him away instantly.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's hard to discuss later developments without mentioning that Hisana went to Seireitei to become a Shinigami.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
    • Byakuya doesn't want to talk about his second meeting with Hisana.
    • Hisana ended up demanding that those who knew how she ended up succeeding Kaien's Impossible Task.
    • A completely serious example, Hiro tells Rukia that the fact she was the one who (accidentally) brought the Hollow bait outside of the Twelfth Division, which led to it being activated, stays between them.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Hisana and Kaien.
  • Locked Up and Left Behind: Hanataro was a victim of this kind of prank, causing him and Hisana to miss Aizen's demonstration as Hisana picked the lock to help him out.
  • Love Epiphany:
    • Hisana has one of these, or rather a “crush epiphany”, as she practices sensing reiatsu with Byakuya.
    • Byakuya has one of these much later, when Gin decides to take the opportunity to troll him and Hisana in one go.
  • Love Informant: Hisana learns that Byakuya wants to convince his clan to allow him to court her from Kaien, who was unaware that he had yet to tell her.
  • Mad Scientist: Akiyama, Urahara, Kurotsuchi, even Aizen has shades of it.
  • Magnetic Hero: Hisana, something which Aizen lampshades as he prepares to kill her and turn her into a martyr.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Aizen, Gin, and Urahara, all with different goals and intentions.
  • Master Actor: Aizen, but Hisana also has her moments.
  • The Medic: Hisana, Miwa, Unohana, Iemura, and the entirety of the 4th Division.
  • Meaningful Name: Khimaira is a transliteration of Chimera, the monster which famously was a combination of several different animals and had a fire breath. Aizen makes this Hollow from thousands of other Hollows, Shinigami, Pluses and even animal souls, with the dominant one belonging to Hisana who has a fire motif.
  • Mental World: Every Shinigami has an inner world, as do Hollows, and Hisana survives in Khimaira's mind for a century as she prepares to usurp control of their body.
  • Metaphorically True: Hisana uses these kind of lies both to avoid Aizen catching onto her being onto him, to explain how she knows things without giving away her reincarnation or to mess with people.
  • Moment Killer: Hisana's family, including Hisana, have a habit of vetting/scaring off potential love interests of the others before it gets anywhere. This includes Hisana introducing herself with her hands still dripping with blood from surgery, Kaori chasing Kazuki around with an axe, Rukia throwing her least behaved rabbit at a girlfriend that was allergic to rabbits, and several of them volunteering to make food and making the love interests food absolutely terrible.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Rukia when she realizes she was the reason the Hollow bait was outside of the 12th Division lab and allowed for the accident that had it activated, leading to Hisana ending up in a coma.
  • My Greatest Failure: Early on, Hisana is driven to improve as a healer after failing to save Tatsuya and Horio.
  • Nausea Fuel: In-Universe. Upon finding Tsukuda Ayame crying after being harassed by a patient, Hisana takes over and makes him a cake that looks like his head but bleeding from every orifice and makes a wet squelching sound when Hisana cuts into it. He and his friends ended up shell-shocked, horrified, and/or looking like they were going to be sick.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Hisana tries to help the Visored and sway the Seireitei in their favour. When she's killed and Kaien is framed, it destroys any goodwill the Visored had and ensures the Gotei 13 wants to hunt them down.
  • Noodle Incident: There are noodle incidents aplenty mentioned in the main story, some of which are expanded on in Sidewalks.
    • The time one of the girls Tatsuya was flirting with turned out to be a cross-dressing man in disguise.
    • Whatever had Hisana use up all the Fourth Division's wasabi, which in Sidewalks is revealed to be tricking at least one Eleventh Division Shinigami to eat a mouthful of it.
    • The tranquilizer incident that had Iemura actually ban Hisana from having Gin as her patient, though it gets explained in Sidewalks.
    • The time Hisana accidentally-on-purpose set Matsushita-sensei on fire for slapping Isane, getting herself banned from Kido classes.
    • The time Hisana set off fireworks inside of Kukaku's house.
    • The time Rukia and Renji set loose a bunch of black cats in the Academy the day Yoruichi was supposed to visit.
    • Apparently Hisana "accidentally" put itching powder in Kurotsuchi's make-up kit.
  • Not a Morning Person: Renji.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Hisana, due to being a healer and an asexual.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Chapters 35 and 36. Up to this point we followed Hisana's life in Soul Society. After she is killed by Gin and Aizen, we end up following a number of people in all three worlds, and our protagonist tries to piece back their shattered mind while slowly turning into a soul-devouring monster.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Downplayed, but Hisana hides how good she is with Healing Kido in Inuzuri, showing only enough skill to keep people alive rather than heal serious injuries fully.
  • Oblivious to Love: Hisana and Byakuya to various degree, especially towards each other.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Gin attempts to carry Hisana this way in chapter 21, after coming to her rescue, and Hisana bites him to get out of it.
    • He proceeds to do it anyway, with Hisana bound into ropes like a caterpillar, as revenge when she turns out to have stolen his money when he dropped her from the previous attempt to carry her.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: How Rukia often feels in comparison to Hisana, and what happened to Miwa as a healer in Inuzuri.
  • Pass the Popcorn: At some point, Hisana starts carrying small bags of popcorn with her for precisely this trope. It makes its first appearance when she gets Iemura drunk and sends him into a game of capture the flag in the Eleventh Division.
  • Physical Fitness Punishment: Rukia and Renji are at the receiving end of this more than once from Byakuya.
  • Playing with Syringes: Akiyama used a variety of drugs injected in his victims on top of other methods in his experiments.
  • Precision F-Strike: While she is prone to use creative swears, Hisana has dropped these when she feels especially heated about something.
  • Promotion to Parent: Hisana, at the age of ten, is forced to take on the role of mother for Rukia after their death.
  • Rags to Riches: Hisana goes from a street urchin to a respected and loved healer to a promising but poor Academy student to being courted by a nobleman from the richest Family in Seireitei.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Two Shinigami of Third Division putting down and treating Hisana's senpai Iemura as a servant rather than an equal and then proceeding to insult the Fourth Division and her occupation. Hisana decides to chew him out and nearly breaks his arm when he tries to hit her for this.
    • When Iemura scolds her for it not long after, she proceeds to go off on him as well.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Everyone in the afterlife, more or less.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gin is especially fond of these, often combining it with a Breaking Speech.
    • Hisana gives several, too.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To a large part, the Shinigami Captains.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: How Tatsuya got Hisana and Rukia into his little gang.
  • Reincarnation: How Christiana ended up as Hisana in the first place after dying of cancer.
  • Rescue Romance: Downplayed, although it evolves into a romance later on, between Hisana and Byakuya.
  • Retired Outlaw: Techically every member of Hisana's family except Rukia and Renji. They used to thieve around Inuzuri District, only giving it up after Tatsuya and Horio's deaths.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Aoki is killed for betraying Hisana by Akiyama, the one he is betraying her to.
  • Right Behind Me: Rukia vents to Renji how she feels coddled by Hisana, only for Renji to urge Rukia to turn around because Hisana is right behind her.
  • Sadistic Choice: Akiyama gives Hisana a choice of helping him with keeping his captive Shinigami alive willingly for him to torture further, or having him target her family to have her cooperate.
    • Hisana gives one in a hypothetical scenario during the recruitement presentation: the student must decide between saving a life of a superior officer or a long-time friend, knowing they have enough reiatsu to heal only one of them.
  • Sadist Teacher: Matsushita-sensei has definitive shades of this.
  • Secret Test of Character: Yoruichi and Kukaku sets one up for Hisana when she and Byakuya start courting.
  • Selective Obliviousness: A downplayed version with Hisana, in regards of many sexually suggestive comments.
  • Self-Insert Fic: Played With. While Hisana is a reincarnation and remebers the manga, Word of God is that she wasn't based directly on the author.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Akiyama uses this kind of threat towards Hisana's family combined with one of his men holding Miwa with a knife to her throat to get Hisana to cooperate.
    • Gin also gives threats to that effect.
  • Shapeshifting: Khimaira, and now Hisana.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While Hisana is by no means unattractive, when she is dressed up in formal wear by the end of Chapter 25, Byakuya finds that there is something almost ethereally beautiful about her and doubts that even the most critical of his clan elders could find anything wrong with her appearance.
  • Shock and Awe: Early on in the story, Hisana uses a medical Kido technique to electrocute a man to death.
  • Shout-Out: Several.
    • "First rule of the Kido Corps is that you do not talk about the Kido Corps.”
    • During an argument:
    Gin: I’ve been lookin’ for you everywhere.
    Hisana: What a coincidence, Ichimaru-san. I have been avoiding you everywhere.
  • Side Bet: Happens a lot, nearly always with Yoruichi and/or Kaien being involved somehow.
  • So Proud of You: Kaori is proud of Hisana's aproach to bothersome patients, Yoruichi is proud of Soi-Fon and Byakuya, and Hisana expresses how proud she is of Hanataro, Miwa, and Rukia.
    • Unohana to Hisana:
    Unohana: Handle it? You already have, Hisana. Look around you—ever since you came, interest in the Fourth Division has skyrocketed, recruitment has increased… and as for the healers already here, you've helped them find their pride. Just look at Ayame; she walks with her head held high again. You were able to reach them, connect with them in a way that I couldn't, and for that—
    Hisana: I just…are you sure?
    Unohana: They already follow you, haven't you noticed? I doubt our division would even accept anyone else, at this point. That badge was always going to be yours, Hisana. It was just a matter of when.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Kaien, Miyako.
  • Spotting the Thread: Several people have noticed that Hisana knows a bit too much for somebody who came from the worst districts in Soul Society.
    • Kaien thinks it's unusual that she knows how to fluently read and write kanji.
    • Specifically, both Unohana and Urahara are interested in her medical and scientific knowledge.
    • Rose knows that Hisana knowing how to play violin is very unusual.
  • Stern Teacher: Grumpy-face, aka Niijima-sensei.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Akiyama intentionally works to invoke it with Hisana, and one of the Shinigami coming to the rescue of Eiji, Hiro, and Chiyo are worried they have developed this in regards of Hisana.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Gin and Hisana think that Seireitei has a "shameful security" on their records.
  • Street Urchin: How Hisana and her family in Rukongai all started out.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Hisana and Rukia, as per canon.
    • Also Ichigo and Kaien, which draws Seireitei's attention to Ichigo in the hunt for the Visored.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Hisana develops a love for understanding and experimenting with Kido.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Tenshi no Tsubasa, Hisana's zanpaktou spirit, and later Hisana as Khimaira.
  • Supernatural Sensitivity: Each person has a unique reiatsu signature that allows those trained to sense reiatsu keep track of people without relying on seeing them.
    • Unohana knows the signature of every member of the 4th Division, which is how she identified Hisana as Byakuya's friend in Rukongai and the one who healed Nakano Rin when she came with Eiji, Hiro, and Chiyo despite Byakuya never telling her Hisana's name.
    • Shirai, being a sensor, is extremely sensitive to reiatsu.
  • Sweet Tooth: Hisana.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Hisana empathizes with Akiyama and relates to his reasons for his actions, even when she could never agree with his methods.
  • Take a Third Option: When Hisana is found out by Shinigami as capable of healing kido, the group of Shinigami was split between killing her and leaving her be, with Hisana instead volunteering to become a Shinigami.
  • Team Chef: The role Hisana found for herself in Tatsuya's gang before she grew into the role of the medic.
  • Team Mom: Kazuki takes this role after Tatsuya dies, and Hisana often plays this role to those around her.
    • Shinji unwillingly becomes this to the Visored after their escape.
  • Teen Genius: Gin. Hisana counts in the eyes of those around her.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Akiyama uses these towards Hisana as well as flirting with her the entire time they know each other.
  • Terrible Artist: Rukia, as in canon.
    • Byakuya is just as bad.
  • They Would Cut You Up: Not only Kurotsuchi, but also Akiyama if you have enough spiritual pressure for him to be interested in you for his experiments.
  • Think Nothing of It: Hisana never asked for payment for her healing services in Inuzuri, which only made people more willing to give her things she needs instead of money as repayment.
  • Time Skip: Several. The biggest one is during Chapter 36, from the Pendulum Arc to right before the Karakura Arc.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tsutsui splits from the group, against orders, while fighting all to engage a second group and almost gets killed in the process but also leads to Hisana almost getting killed when she saves him and he runs away. All because he wanted to show off for his crush.
  • Too Much Information: Kazuki gives a bit too much information about his and Kaoris sex life when he starts gushing about her in Chapter 11.
  • Training from Hell: Rukia and Renji's training under Byakuya, and Kaien gives Hisana one to get her ready for the Academy's entrance test.
    • Hisana's training under Niijima-sensei as part of Kido Corps' recruits.
    • Rukia's training under Soi Fon.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Hisana keeps Tatsuya's dagger on her for over fifty years after his death, only letting go of it, and him, in Chapter 14 when she kills Akiyama with it.
  • Tranquil Fury: If Hisana gets angry, she grows cold.
  • Triple Shifter: Hisana, who ends up sleeping only four hours each night.
  • Troll: Gin delights in messing with people, especially Hisana.
  • True Companions: Hisana and Rukia's family in the Rukongai.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Literally everyone, as they either don't know all the facts or are blinded by their preconceptions and prejudices.
  • Uptown Girl: Gender-inverted. Byakuya the noble from Seireitei falls in love with Hisana the Rukongai commoner from one of the least respectable districts. His grandmother and elders do not approve.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Gin and Aizen takes an interest in Hisana, much to her annoyance.
  • Volleying Insults: A majority of what happens when Hisana and Gin talk to each other.
  • Wake Up Fighting: Chiyo, after her experiences under Akiyama's care.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 35: Hisana tries to help the Visored and it looks like she is gonna succeed, only for Gin and Aizen to kill her and frame Kaien. The Visored, Urahara, Tessai and Yoruichi end up with a kill-on-sight as the entire Gotei 13 hunts them. Tenshi no Tsubasa dies.
    • Chapter 36: The Hogyoku is sealed inside an 8-years-old Ichigo. Hisana manages to take over the body of Khimaira.
  • Wretched Hive: Inuzuri, which has no real law and only becomes safe for Hisana and her family when Hisana makes herself invaluable.
  • Yakuza: Hisana dealt with plenty during her time in Rukongai.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Kuchiki Masami's reaction to her grandson wanting to court a girl from Rukongai.
    Kuchiki Masami: You cannot possibly be serious.


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