Unohana to Kyoraku: why you should date Ukitake
Unohana surprises Ukitake and Kyōraku with her presence. where she tells Yasochika Iemura, the 3rd Seat of her division, that the Ryoka do not require help . Fresh out of a bad marriage a heartbroken and angry Zuri meets a very gentlemanly man named Jushiro Ukitake. Jushiro found out about Zuri's bad relationship. Retsu Unohana known formerly as Yachiru Unohana and The First Kenpachi and Former She has a special relationship with Gin Ichimaru, the former captain of the Soul Society's She also inspired Hitsugaya into becoming a Soul Reaper to help protect his loved ones. She is drinking buddies with Shunsui Kyoraku.
Strings were pulled with Yamamoto's heavy influence, and to the chagrin of a much younger Retsu, Yamamoto was able to avoid that day-to-day threat by putting her in the only division to deal with the aftermath of such tragedies rather than the tragedies themselves, with the condition that their relationship would also be under wraps, for fear that someone might seek to harm her because of it.
This mentality, both knew very well, is what got people killed in times of war, and Retsu was nothing if not immensely intelligent, so she had no choice but to agree. The Soutaichou could not be weak on account of her. Centuries ago, when Shunsui and Juushiro were just exiting the academy and introducing themselves to the Gotei 13, an organization which Retsu had been a captain in for only slightly longer, the information was so tightly under wraps that one hint and curiosity had prompted Yamamoto's two most favored students to go poking around, and inevitably discover it.
It was decided then, that it was not so important to hide the fact, and was determined as an unsaid law that the four of them would simply not speak of it. In plain sight, no one had discovered the secret since. Unohana adjusted the kido she was preforming to sedate Nanao as she ended her treatment, and wondered absently that had Yamamoto not been so adamant of her being the fourth's captain, he would certainly have known by now that he had a granddaughter.
No other captain would dare hide such information - not even Shunsui and Juushiro. It was a bit twisted she knew, to put her daughter through the same thing she herself had been subjected to. Unohana had worked diligently and in secret to get the very young girl into the academy, out of the academy and into the only division who's captain she trusted more than any other based on old chivalrous habits about women and battle, and a decidedly poor attitude toward work to make sure Nanao did very little in the way of combat.
She worked even harder to insure Nanao knew nothing of her parents and Yamamoto knew nothing of her. It was an unfortunate stroke of success on Nanao's part that she'd worked her way up to vice-captaincy, and had been completely unforeseeable to Unohana. She was sure at the time when the young girl had been admitted and Yadomaru Lisa had been fukutaichou that Shunsui would never purpose the test be administered to her, even in adulthood, and had half hoped Nanao might fail it when he eventually did, though she couldn't help feeling proud that she hadn't.
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Nanao was capable and there was no denying this. Unohana was relieved then, that Shunsui's wounded heart over Lisa's fate had kept the now Fukutaichou Nanao mostly doing administrative work, though all three were well aware it was a waste of her skill. What Retsu hadn't accounted for when this became the new norm was the closeness the heads of a division tended to share.
To discover later that Shunsui had fallen hopelessly in love with Nanao had been an unforeseeable circumstance, as Retsu assumed Nanao would be forever too young for him; and how could Kyoraku Shunsui ever abandon his womanizing ways to pursue someone as straight-laced and so unbelievably different than himself as Nanao was?
The saving grace to this was that Nanao didn't know he was serious and was also unwilling to sacrifice her heart to him. Unohana wondered if it would last, but ultimately decided that given the current situation, it didn't much matter anymore. He'd brought her in this morning with an insanely high temperature, flaring reiatsu and an unexplainable black-out. She wanted badly to brush her hair back and plant a kiss on her forehead, but knew not to and so didn't.
It made her heart ache silently. Unohana smiled serenely at him, doing very well at masking the underlining sadness, and took several steps toward the door. Shunsui let it be, and turned to his Nanao, who was pale and shaking, and still looked so very, very beautiful. She was a strong women.
He was not surprised she would be fine. Perhaps she'd simply over worked herself. Retsu had been shocked and scared to learn Nanao was spiritually inclined when she had received the letter from her caregiver in the Rukongai a little over a hundred years ago.
She can tell by a simple look what type of medical attention, if any, is needed. She is also a keen analyst with great attention to detail, able to quickly determine how to counteract any ailments a person may have. Her powers of perception were great to deduce that Aizen's elaborate illusion of a corpse doll wasn't real, and that Aizen was perpetuating a much larger scheme. In sealed form, Minazuki is slightly longer than an ordinary katana, and resembles a nodachi.
The tsuba has an oval shape, and the handle is red. Instead of tying it to her obi, Unohana carries her Zanpakuto over her shoulder by a rope strap, or lets Isane carry it for her. Shikai Its release command is unknown. When released in Shikai form, Minazuki will start to morph, turning into a green, gas-like substance before taking the solid shape of a giant, green, one eyed manta ray-like creature with the ability to fly.
Minazuki can be used for transportation, and will change back into the green gas substance before returning to its sword form when its duty has been fulfilled. Shikai Special Ability It is large enough to transport many people on its back at least a dozen, based on its size when compared to those riding it. It seems to act on verbal orders, and when landing it has the ability to somehow create a pair of bird like legs.
Minazuki's main aspect is its ability to heal. When the wounded are placed within Minazuki's mouth, they are swallowed and stored inside its stomach. Minazuki's stomach acids are strong healing medicines and ointments which gradually soak over the wounded, curing their injuries. Currently, it has shown the ability to carry at least six people within its stomach. When Unohana gives the word, Minazuki will regurgitate the people back out of its mouth. When released the blade of Unohana's Zanpakuto liquifies into a thick, dark red substance able to surround her vicinity.
Once the majority of the liquid flows off the Zanpakuto, it reveals the remainder has solidified into a shortened katana, which then can be used for combat, strong and sturdy enough to clash against Kenpachi Zaraki's blade. However she says nothing at this time and remains silent throughout the bickering between her fellow officers. After Sosuke Aizen's apparent death, she exams the body and confirms to Sajin Komamura and Kaname Tosen that he is truly dead.
When Hanataro Yamada is brought before her by the 13th Division after aiding an enemy, she determines that Hanataro must be imprisoned on account of the fact that he is a Seated Officer in her Division and may have accidentally aided in the harm that the Ryoka had supposedly done within Seireitei.
While attending the execution, Isane Kotetsu expresses open regret that Yamamoto lied to Rukia regarding the release of the Ryoka, but Unohana explains to her lieutenant that despite the harshness of such a lie, it also allows Rukia to die peacefully with the idea that her friends' lives would be spared. After Ichigo Kurosaki arrives on the scene and destroys the Sokyoku stand, Sui-Feng orders all lieutenants to follow the fleeing Renji and Rukia.
Isane, concerned about the order, looks at Unohana, and the latter calmly tells her to go, only to see the former lose to Ichigo.
After defeating the lieutenants, Ichigo starts his battle with Byakuya Kuchiki while the captains then head off to their respective battles. Unohana releases Minazuki, even though the actual process is not shown, and saves all those hurt during the initial battle. She keeps Isane with her on top of Minazuki while her Zanpakuto heals the rest of her patients inside of its stomach.
Arriving at the Relief Station, Unohana asks Minazuki to release everyone, and seals it back while calling for her subordinates to tend to the injured personnel for the time being. She then asks Isane to follow her to the Central 46 Chambers. They arrive at the scene in time to see Aizen defeat Toshiro Hitsugaya.
Captain Unohana announces her presence to the traitors while citing her own suspicions surrounding Aizen's staged death. She also goes on to claim that the residence area in Central 46 Compound was the only place he could hide and mentions the use of an elaborate corpse doll on his part.
Aizen then points out the mistakes in her analysis, while also commending her for seeing through his deception. The first was that he was not here to hide, and the second was immediately shown as he releases his Zanpakuto in front of Unohana and explains Kyoka Suigetsu's Complete Hypnosis. He then proceeds to tell Unohana about the third member of his group, Kaname Tosen. He and Gin Ichimaru then teleport to Sokyoku Hill, leaving them behind. Unohana immediately requests Isane to find out his exact location and inform everyone of Aizen's betrayal, including the Ryoka.
She then takes steps to heal Hitsugaya and Momo Hinamoriboth who were fatally injured by Aizen before her arrival. After ensuring that both would escape death for the moment, she leaves them in the care of Isane and travels via Minazuki to the Sokyoku stand, where she tells Yasochika Iemura, the 3rd Seat of her division, that the Ryoka do not require help.
She then settles down beside Byakuya and gently scolds him, saying that he has pushed himself too hard. She then calls Rukia over upon Byakuya's request, during which he reveals his reason for allowing her execution. Bounts arc Unohana is present for a captain's meeting called by Captain-Commander Yamamoto to discuss the Bount invasion, wherein he tells the captains to kill the Bounts on sight.
When the Bounts infiltrate Seireitei, Mabashi uses Ritz to possess Shinigami in order to create infighting. Many who were possessed were brought to the 4th Division's infirmary to be healed.
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However, as she doesn't know how to remove the implanted doll, she orders all those possessed to be restrained and the puppetmaster captured. Unohana expresses relief that someone defeated the puppetmaster. Zanpakuto Unknown Tales arc Unohana is summoned together with all of the captains and lieutenants to Sokyoku Hill as Muramasa and the other manifested Zanpakuto Spirits appear before their former masters, declaring their rebellion.
After that night, Unohana leads her division in healing those who were wounded in the battle the night before, including Komamura. She and her lieutenant are later visited by Lieutenant Nemu Kurotsuchi with a request by Mayuri Kurotsuchi that Unohana come to the 12th Division barracks to determine the cause of the Zanpakuto's rebellion. When both Ichigo and Renji appear before the three captains, announcing that they have both subdued their Zanpakuto, they realize that the only way to restore control over them is to defeat them in battle.
After the Zanpakuto spirits attacked the 6th Division headquarters, Unohana appeared with the 4th division to heal all injured parties. Though she gets into a small rivalry with Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi over the fact that she analyzed and developed a cure to his Bankai's poison. Beast Swords arc After all the chaos involving Muramasa settles down, she along with Captains Jushiro Ukitakeand Shunsui Kyoraku take charge of rebuilding Seireitei. She still is directing the healing of all those were injured from Muramasa's Zanpakuto rebellion.
Soon after, she is made aware of the Toju phenomenon from reports similar to what happened to Rukia Kuchiki. Hanataro Yamada also reports that several of the chickens he was raising have vanished as well. They notice that the thief left tracks leading to the underground waterways. Suspecting it to be the work of a Toju and seeing Captains Unohana and Kyoraku send Nanao and Hanataro, along with Ikkaku Madarameand his Zanpakuto Hozukimaru, to investigate the underground waterways while secretly keeping an eye on them from the Research Department with Akon.
The group makes it back to the surface to report a Toju's death. They also mention that Hisagomaru had been the one stealing the items from the 4th Division. According to them, Hisagomaru explained that he had been manifested by Muramasa at the start of the rebellion, but had no grudge against his master. Despite all he tried, Hisagomaru was unable to return to his bladed form. Driven by despair, he hid in the sewers, secretly salvaging items to help him cope in his new surroundings, including Hanataro's chickens.
Kyoraku asks where Hisagomaru is right now, only for the setting to change back to the manifested Zanpakuto, who had gotten lost yet again. Unohana is also seen with Minazuki, along with a number of other officers of the Gotei 13 and their Zanpakuto, as they confront both Zabimaru and Senbonzakura when they accidentally destroy the buildings of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute.
Her initial appearance effectively stops the approaching Exequias from doing further harm to Yastora "Chad" Sadoin which the leader of the group calmly orders a retreat. She then stops Isane from pursuing them, claiming that they are only there to heal the injured, not start more fights. She proceeds to heal Chad and Gantenbainne Mosqueda, and orders Isane to go to the location of Byakuya Kuchiki as she feels something is wrong with Hanataro, who was originally sent with Byakuya.
She offers to accompany Ichigo back to Karakura Town, claiming to have faith in Mayuri's abilities, but not without adding a remark of how if he fails, Urahara will be disappointed, obviously irritating him.
Before leaving with Ichigo, she orders Isane to remain behind and assist their remaining forces in Las Noches. As they are travelling, she asks Ichigo about his fight with Aizen, when learning that Aizen defeated him without using Shikai, Unohana is somewhat relieved.
She then informs him that he is the only one who can stand up to Sosuke Aizen because he has not seen his Shikai. She tells Ichigo that his advantage is that not only does he have captain-class Reiatsu, but also that he hasn't seen Aizen's Shikai.
She finally warns him not to witness Aizen's Shikai, stating that once he does, the war would be over. Ichigo thanks her and tells her that he will defeat Aizen.
As they make their way back to the living world, Unohana notices that Ichigo is making a path that is weak and brittle and asks that she be allowed to take the lead. Ichigo protests, saying it's unnecessary until she asks again even more politely, scaring Ichigo into submitting to her will. Once Unohana is in front of Ichigo, he comments on how she can make such a clean and sturdy path with captain-class Reiatsu, making note of the difference between them.
Unohana asks him what he is referring to, stating that his Reiatsu isn't so different from her and as his wounds are healed, it is possibly because his Reiatsu is too rough and thus unsuited for the particular task.
Ichigo objects, stating that if his Reiatsu was at full strength, he would be able to do better. Unohana doesn't believe his reasoning until Ichigo explains that the condition of his Bankai's shihakusho is able to give a clear example of how much Reiryoku he has left. Orihime had already healed him, but told him that it would take longer to replenish his Reiryoku, and since he went to help Rukia and the others, his Reiatsu never did get fully replenished.
He then points to his sleeve that he has left and says this is how much Reiatsu he currently has at the moment. Unohana then thinks to herself that it is impossible, as there is not even half of his shihakusho left, causing her to wonder if his Reiatsu is only at half.
Unohana then realizes that she must have mistakenly thought that Ichigo's Reiatsu is at full strength because it was comparable to a captain's. She then asks Ichigo to run in front while she restores his Reiatsu to full strength as they travel. Ichigo questions if she is capable of doing that while they are running to which Unohana answers by explaining how healing Kido works and that restoring the Reiatsu once a body has physically healed is an easy task.
Unohana then acknowledges to herself that if Ichigo's Reiatsu is only at half strength, then he may just be the trump card they need to defeat Aizen. She later makes it back to the Human World and goes to where Hachigen and Hiyori are. Unohana finishes healing Hiyori Sarugaki and tells the Visored that she should be alright for the time being. Lisa Yadomaru asks if that means that she might not survive, to which Unohana explains that healing through Kido is no different from medicine.
Unohana notes that she has finished fixing her physical structure. So as long as Hiyori doesn't give up on living, she will eventually wake up. Whether or not she gives up, is something she thinks Shinji Hirako would know better than her. As she begins to walk away Shinji tells her that he owes her one. Unohana stops and asks him why does he thank her, as she doesn't require thanks for saving the lives of her "allies".
Shinji responds that he never said they were her allies as the Visored look on in surprise making him question what Hiyori would say in the situation. He simply says again that he owes her one. Gotei 13 Invasion army arc Unohana is present for a captain's meeting called by Yamamoto regarding disappearances in the Dangai. She listens to Mayuri's report that there is a time gap in the Dangai, which is expanding and may stop their ability to intervene in the Human World.
Unohana asks him if there is a way to stop it, to which Mayuri replies that it can be fixed immediately, but he requests that a study be conducted to identify the cause. Unohana and Isane walk towards the Senkaimon and Isane says she felt a slight variation in Reiatsu. Unohana tells her to stop then and says they need more time. As the Reigai army meets, Unohana walks out on the streets of Seireitei, conversing with division members.
When Kyoraku is locked up and Ukitake tries to plead with Central 46 to try and get him released, Unohana advises him not to blame them too harshly given that, as they see it, all the evidence is there and points to Kyoraku's guilt. Unohana goes to the Shinigami Research and Development Institute with Isane, who concludes some of the data had been tampered with, possibly by Kyoraku while Unohana disagrees.
She informs Isane that she has traveled to the Daireishokairo in regards to this matter and found that the man responsible is no ordinary Shinigami. Kageroza Inaba appears then and applauds Unohana on figuring out so much but she will have to wait to find out his motives as they will become clear soon enough. When the other captains succeed in getting through the Dangai, Isane attacks Inaba, who escapes only to be followed by the pair to an underground storage facility.
Unohana observes Inaba's short sightedness as Kenpachi defeats his Reigai but Inaba accuses her of the same. Unohana is initially confused until Isane lifts her sword towards her, revealing herself as a Reigai all along who had gotten some samples of Unohana for Inaba allowing him to create her own Reigai counterpart.