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"Once a guy's comrade falls, the battle gets personal."

Love Aikawa in "KINGDOM OF HOLLOWS"
Overview

Love Aikawa
Love episode 278
Race Soul
Birthday October 10[1]
Gender Male
Height 189 cm (6'2½")[1]
Weight 86 kg (189 lbs.)[1]
Professional Status
Affiliation Visored
Previous Affiliation Gotei 13, Soul Society
Profession Shinigami (Visored)
Previous Position Captain of the 7th Division
Previous Division 7 7th Division
Previous Partner Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi
Jin'emon Kotsubaki
Base of Operations Visored Warehouse, Karakura Town
Personal Status
Relatives N/A
Education Shin'ō Academy
Zanpakutō
Shikai Tengumaru
Bankai Unknown
First Appearance
Manga Volume 24, Chapter 214
Anime Episode 122
Video Game Bleach: Soul Carnival 2
Voices
Japanese Tetsu Inada
English Travis Willingham

Rabu Aikawa (愛川 羅武, Aikawa Rabu), more commonly referred to as Love (ラヴ, Ravu), is a Visored and the former captain of the 7th Division.

Appearance

Love is a tall Visored with brown eyes and a thick black spiked afro which adds further to his above average height. Love sports a green jogging suit and wears mirrored sunglasses at all times. When he was a captain, 110 years ago, his hair was in a classic, rounded afro style with long sideburns. He wore a standard Shinigami uniform with a sleeveless captain's haori and a pair of dark-lensed sunglasses.

Personality

Love is a laid-back and easy-going man, usually reading Shōnen Jump or some of Lisa's erotic manga in his spare time, more often than not, spoiling a piece of the story by quoting lines and explaining what the character meant by it in a dramatic, tough-guy demeanor, almost as if he was an actor rehearsing movie lines. As with most Visored, Love's attitude switches from serious to carefree within a moment's notice. During his time as a captain, Love believed in respect and maintaining the peace, quick to uphold those standards when no one else will.[2]

He also appears to have little love for posturing, as indicated when he slaps the back of Rōjūrō's head, for talking about former enemies, banding together in times of war, in order to fight a common foe, just before they're about to fight Coyote Starrk. True to his more carefree side, right before starting his battle against Starrk, Love makes a manga reference in response to Starrk questioning what happened when Loves' mask dissipated.[3] Despite his comparatively friendly attitude, Love is a rather brutal and merciless fighter, not letting his opponents make a move against him and using his Shikai's special ability mixed with his mask right at the start of his battle with Starrk.

History

Love; Captain

Love as the captain of the 7th Division.

Approximately 110 years ago, Love was the captain of the 7th Division of the Gotei 13. He was first seen knocking Hiyori Sarugaki on her head for attacking Shinji Hirako, telling her to act her age and to apologize. Love asked her why she had to be so difficult. Hiyori yelled at him and asked him who he thought he was, smacking law abiding lieutenants who didn't fall under his jurisdiction. Love calmly replied that seeing as her captain was not there, someone had to keep her under control otherwise she would just run amuck.[2]

Ep206LoveHiyoriShinji

Love keeps Hiyori away from Shinji.

After the incident Shinji asked Love who had shown up for the meeting the captains had been called to, to which Love replied that almost everyone was already there. Shinji stated that he saw no one from the 11th Division show up. Love explained that was his way, as he did what he wanted. Shinji said just because he was the 10th 'Kenpachi' no one had the guts to keep him in check. He went on to say that he couldn't understand why they let such a loose cannon like him become captain. Love tried to ease him explaining that there was no use getting upset over it, as the chosen 'Kenpachi' had always held the position of the 11th Division captain, as it was a sort of legacy and it wouldn't change anytime soon. Love went on to say that if Shinji wanted to complain about anything then he should complain about the fact that the previous Kenpachi's ineptitude made it possible.

Ep206CaptainDiscussion

Captains discuss the changes within the Gotei 13.

The two captains were interrupted by the arrival of Captain Shunsui Kyōraku of the 8th Division being accompanied by his lieutenant, Lisa Yadōmaru and Captain Jūshirō Ukitake of the 13th Division. Shunsui accused the two of gossiping behind others backs. Love was noticeably surprised stating that hell must have frozen over if Shunsui was on time. Shunsui stated that he had no idea what Love was talking about as he was always on time. Love then bore witness to the conversation between Shunsui and Ukitake about who had been captain the longest and what had happened to the previous 12th Division captain, Kirio Hikifune.[4] Love was later waiting in line with the other captains as the newly appointed 12th Division captain, Kisuke Urahara, arrived to the meeting.[5]

Ep210KenseiAttacksLove

Kensei attacks Love.

Nine years later, Love was dispatched with a group of other Shinigami to investigate the disappearance of Kensei Muguruma and the members of his division.[6] Love was the second to show up at the site of the disappearances after Shinji, immediately asking if Hiyori was alright, he then noticed a Hollowfied Kensei and was greatly surprised at his current state. He immediately asked what was going on, to which Rose denoted that while the Reiatsu was clearly similar to Kensei's he had a Hollow mask and he wondered if he was a Hollow. Shinji stated that he didn't know if it was Kensei, but that if they didn't draw their swords they were as good as dead. Love went to attack the Hollowfied Kensei, but was caught off guard by his speed as he easily appeared behind him.

Ep210LoveIsHurt

Love after fighting a Hollowfied Kensei.

Kensei hit him with a powerful punch that produced a lot of smoke in its wake, which attracted the attention of Rose and Lisa. Though Kensei went for a second attack, Love blocked it with his sword. As the smoke cleared Love had managed to withstand the attack despite a significant part of his garment being destroyed and him suffering some burns. Love calmly admitted that he was strong therefore it was obviously Kensei.[7] After Kensei and Mashiro Kuna were subdued thanks to the intervention of Hachigen Ushōda, Love and the others began discussing what to do next when Hiyori attacked Shinji and revealed herself to be Hollowfied as well. Love asked what was going on, but before he could act a darkness fell around the rescue squad and they were attacked by an unseen assailant.[8]

Ep211LoveHollowfies

Love begins Hollowfying.

The assailant was then found to be Tōsen, Muguruma's 6th seat, who was acting under the orders of Sōsuke Aizen who was the one behind the disappearances and Hollowfication experiments.[9] Just as Aizen gave the order to kill the Hollowfied Shinigami, Kisuke Urahara and Tessai showed up and saved them from destruction. Aizen, Gin and Tōsen made their escape and Tessai used Forbidden Kidō to preserve and transport them to the 12th Division barracks. In his lab, Urahara tried to reverse the process using his created item, the "Hōgyoku".[10] Unfortunately, it ended up as a failed process, not having the desired effect Urahara expected.[11]

Ep212VisoredGathered

Aizen's victims in the underground chamber.

The next day, Urahara and Tessai were arrested under the orders of the Central 46. The Hollowfied Shinigami were sentenced to execution as Hollows. But before any of their sentences could be executed, both were rescued by Yoruichi Shihōin, who brought them to a secret underground area.[12] In the secluded area, she had also brought Hachi and the other Hollowfied Shinigami, along with the prototype for the new Gigai that Urahara was working on. With that epiphany, Urahara resolved to make ten Reiatsu-blocking Gigai to aid him, Tessai, and the eight victims escape to the Real World, where they would find a way to undo the Hollowfication process.[13]


Plot

Arrancar arc

Vizards pin Hollow Ichigo to ground

Love and other Visored subdue Ichigo.

Love is present when Ichigo Kurosaki arrives at the Visored's warehouse, planning to "use" them to help him control his inner Hollow.[14] Love is laying back relaxing while listening to music as Ichigo and Hiyori fight.[15] He is alerted when Ichigo's inner Hollow takes over and attack's Hiyori.[16] When Ichigo's inner Hollow nearly chokes Hiyori to death, he, as well as the other Visored, quickly restrain Ichigo before he can kill her.[17]

While Ichigo is training on his own, the other Visored are sitting around. Rose asks Love if he has heard the new 'Prince of Darkness' CD that has just come out, which he replies he hasn't. Love then asks Rose if he has read the newest Shonen Jump while laughing because of how great it is.[18] He later talks with Mashiro about the antagonism forming between Ichigo and Hiyori, noting that he figured Ichigo would have been tired of her a lot sooner.[19]

Love later carries an unconscious Ichigo down into his underground training area.[20] Love waits with the other Visored while Ichigo's inner Hollow emerges to take control over his body. When Mashiro asks whether they should take away his Zanpakutō, Love states that it would be pointless as doing so would needlessly increase the radius of destruction.[21]

Love mask2

Love about to summon his mask.

Love is the third to battle the possessed body of Ichigo after Lisa and Kensei. He is cut on his left shoulder and falls back, when the dust clears Love notes that Ichigo's appearance is that of a complete Hollow and that the fight is going to be rough.[22] Love witnesses as the Hollowfied Ichigo prepares to fire a Cero, Lisa yells to Love that it is a Cero to which he yells back that he is aware of it. He then prepares to don his Hollow Mask, Mashiro asks if he is going to Hollowify, to which Rose states that of course he will as not even Love can defend against that Reiatsu without Hollowfying. But Love as well as the other Visored realize that Ichigo's Hollow form becomes more unstable. Hiyori yells at Hachi to open the barrier and get Love out.[23]

When Hachi becomes alerted when he detects someone has slipped inside his barrier, the other Visored are surprised at the possibility and Love questions whether it is a Shinigami. Hachi explains that the "Hachigyō Sōgai" he erected was something of his own design that he came up with after becoming a Visored, and that there is no way it can be undone by Shinigami Kidō.[24] Orihime Inoue shows up and is revealed to Hachi and the other Visored to be the culprit, they are shown to be quite shocked to see that a simple Human could perform such a feat.[25]

Hacchi and Love

Love questions how Orihime could get past Hachi's barrier.

Shortly after Orihime Inoue leaves after having a conversation with Ichigo, Love makes a statement to Hachi, noting that his barriers are perfect and that there is no doubt about that. But he then poses a question to Hachi "How did that Orihime girl find our hideout and once more, how did she even get inside?". Hachi states he is not sure, but from the impression he got from examining her Reiatsu up close it felt that she has barrier abilities similar to his own. He deduces that's how she came about being able to find the warehouse and slipping inside, but he finds that her being a Human with those abilities is a little hard to believe.[26] Love is later seen leaving the warehouse with the other Visored to fight in the upcoming conflict.[27]


Fake Karakura Town arc

Ep278VisoredArrive

Love arrives with the other Visored.

He is then seen with the rest of the Visored arriving at the Fake Karakura Town, intercepting Aizen, Gin, and Tōsen's release from Yamamoto's fire prison.[28] When Shinji asks his fellow Visored if they have anyone in the Gotei 13 whom they want to speak to, Love states that he doesn't care.[29] When Shinji returns from speaking to Captain-Commander Yamamoto, Love asks him if he is done talking. Shinji responds that he hasn't, but there was no point in wasting time on the Captain-Commander, as the enemy is growing impatient.

Lovefightingmenos

Love ripping a Gillian in half with his bare hands.

When Hooleer spews forth a large horde of Gillian-class Menos from its mouth, Love is among the Visored when they put on their masks to prepare for battle.[30] Love stands ready for battle as the other Visored draw their Zanpakutō and attack the Gillian.[31] Love shows his great strength when he puts his bare hands right through the mask of one of the Gillian and rips the Hollow in two.[32]

Ep279RoseLoveArgue

Rose and Love argue.

When Rose starts to go on about the spiritual bond between those coming together to fight against a common enemy is not a bad habit, but one based on instinct possessed by all living creatures. But before he can finish his speech, Love smacks him in the back of the head, when he asks why Love did that. Love responds that the discussion is over and that Rose should quit posturing and concentrate on what is going on. They both stand and look at Coyote Starrk, with Love commenting on how he looks strong. Starrk then asks if they are sure that they want to take off their masks. To which Love smirks and says that they are Superheroes, so they only last 3 minutes.[33]

282Love vs. Starrk

Love fighting Starrk with his Shikai released.

Shortly after Baraggan Louisenbairn's death, the battle between Love, Rose, and Starrk became more devastating causing Rose to crash into a building below. Love lands on the rubble of the building and tells Rose to get out up out of the rubble, stating that Hachi beat Baraggan. Rose pops a hand out prompting Love to pull him out by his hair, complaining at what a pain Rose is and how he must do everything. Rose states that getting out of the rubble is an art, to which Love responds how about not getting under the rubble in the first place. Rose then comments on how Hachi beat Baraggan even though Baraggan seemed strong. Love agrees stating how he wished he was able to finish Starrk off first. Rose asks why and Love responds that after someone dies it becomes a battle for revenge. Rose responds that it doesn't look like Starrk is the type, Love then explains the reasoning behind battle for revenge and the consequences of battle as it happens. Love then moves to attack Starrk releasing his Shikai.[34]

Love battles Starrk's wolves

Love battles Starrk's wolves.

Starrk fires a volley of Ceros from his gun, but Love's Shikai blocks and dissipates them, prompting Love to say that it won't work. He then proceeds to try to crush Starrk, but Starrk moves only to be knocked out of the air by Love's attack, causing him to crash into the building below. Love tells himself that it seems as though Starrk's responses have dulled, so he must be shaken by Baraggan's death. While Starrk is lying around Rose asks Love if he got him, but Love contends that he really didn't and Starrk is just not moving. He figures that Starrk may be plotting something and that they should take a look. Rose states they should wait until the smoke clears and goes further stating that he can't believe he lost the chance at a second strike because of his own attack. Love tells him to shut up as he hasn't lost yet. Love then goes one on one with Starrk, asking the Espada what took him so long, was he grieving? Starrk responds that it was something like that and they further their distance from one another. Love says he's surprised as he thought Hollows had no hearts to which Starrk states that he's one to talk with that mask he has, he looks like a Hollow himself. Love then dons his mask; he then uses his Shikai special ability only for Starrk to escape the attack. Love is confused as to where the Espada got to and Rose points out that he's up above him. Love looks up to see Starrk with a large pack of wolves.[35] After Starrk orders his wolf pack to attack, Love tries to beat them away with his club, while also using his mask.[36] Upon seeing Rose's whip go through the wolves he comments that the wolves are like flames.[37] When one of the wolves explodes near him, he deduces that the wolves are in fact Cero-based and tells Rose not to let them explode in close combat.[38] However, just as he says this a wolf appears behind him and explodes.[39]

Ep283LoveBrokenMask

Love's mask is shattered while in battle with Starrk.

As he and Rose are trying to recover their breath Starrk informs him that the wolves are fragments of his and Lilynette's soul and that just Cero could not have severely injured people as strong as them. Love then rejects Starrk's offer of retreat.[40]. He stares in shock as Starrk is attacked from behind[41] and as Kyōraku rises from the shadows to reveal that it was he who attacked Starrk.[42]

The battle ends with Starrk's death, and Kyōraku is approached by Love and Rose. Love sarcastically thanks him and states that Kyōraku has not changed and accuses him of having no style, such as by interfering in other people's battles. Kyōraku tells Love that only underlings get caught up in matters of style and lose the battle, and that captains do not have such indulgences.[43] Love is then seen reacting to the Aizen's taunts, but was told by Shinji not to be provoked. [44]

Love is next seen with the several unoccupied captains and Visored planning to protect Ichigo Kurosaki from Aizen and his Shikai.[45]

After Shinji explains that protecting Ichigo is important and that the battle is all of theirs, Love charges at Aizen with Shinji, Rose, and Lisa. [46] He is then seen along with Komamura and Rose as they attempt to attack Aizen at once, but their attacks fail to hit their mark.[47]

Aizen ties up Love

Aizen ties up and defeats Love.

When Rose tries attacking Aizen with his Kinshara, Aizen catches it with one hand and pulls him in, attacking once he's close. Aizen uses Kinshara to wrap up Love and once he is pulled in close enough, he attacks with his Zanpakutō. [48] Love falls from the sky after the attack. He survives the battle and is later seen with his injuries patched up, being informed of Hiyori's status and is also surprised that Unohana would refer to the Visored as allies although they had never referred to themselves as such.[49]


The Thousand-Year Blood War arc

In Karakura Town, Love heads to the store to buy Jump and milk for coffee.[50] When Hiyori is tasked to fix the distortion between the Human World and Soul Society, she drags Love, Lisa, and Hachi along with her to help. Love asks if that means he has to do work, which Hiyori angrily confirms. [51]

Powers & Abilities

Master Swordsman: As a former captain, Love is no doubt quite skilled in swordsmanship. He faces off against a Hollowfied Kensei one on one, without releasing his Zanpakutō. He even managed to block a spiritually charged attack from Kensei with his unreleased blade.[52]

Shunpo Expert: His Shunpo is fast enough to keep up with the other captains when they were rushing to the scene of the conflict, albeit he seems slower than Shinji.[53]

Enhanced Durability: When Love was brutally attacked by a Hollowfied Kensei, with a spiritually charged attack at point blank range, Love sustained only minor injuries and kept on fighting with no signs of faltering.[54]

Great Spiritual Power: As a former captain, he possessed a great-level of spiritual power. Being a Visored Love possesses a dual type spiritual energy, part Shinigami and part Hollow.[55]

Highly-Perceptive Combatant: During his fight with Coyote Starrk the 1st Espada, Love has shown to be very intuitive and can predict the actions an opponent may make and how to counter them.

Zanpakutō

Tengumaru (天狗丸, Long-Nosed Goblin): In its sealed form, Tengumaru is an average katana with a white hilt-wrapping and heart-shaped tsuba (befitting his name). As a Shinigami, he wore it at his waist, but after becoming a Visored, he carries it by a tōju over his shoulder.

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Tengumaru's Shikai.

  • Shikai: His release command is "Crush Down" (打ち砕け, uchikudake; Viz: "Slam"). Tengumaru transforms into a large black kanabō, more than twice the height of Love himself. It is covered with bladed protrusions in a way resembling a cactus, and the handle itself is almost taller than Love. It is also very sturdy, as shown when it blocks, and even appears to dispel, Starrk's Cero blasts with ease.[56]
Shikai Special Ability: Tengumaru possesses the ability to manipulate fire.
  • Hifuki no Koduchi (火吹の小槌, Fire-Blowing Gavel): Love swings Tengumaru up and it ignites itself in flames. He then points it downwards and a huge fireball fires from the tip where upon making contact with the target the fire explodes outwards a great distance with the resulting blast being strong enough to cave in buildings near the center of impact. At the site of impact a huge column of burning flames forms further incinerating anything in the area.[57]


Hollowfication

Aikawa Love Mask (anime)

Love's Hollow mask.

Hollow Mask: His Hollow mask takes the form of a traditional Japanese Oni mask.[58]

Power Augmentation: While wearing the mask, Love's Hollow powers supplement his Shinigami powers, giving him a vast increase in both strength and durability.
  • Enhanced Strength: Love has displayed that usage of his mask grants him brutal physical strength.
  • Kagamibiraki (鏡開, "Mirror Opening"):[59] a technique of pure, raw strength that allowed Love to rip a Menos Grande in half by sticking his bare hands through its head and pulling it apart.[60]
  • Enhanced Durability: Love naturally possesses considerable durability, but it appears he must still Hollowify to effectively counter an attack like a Cero.[61] According to Love, his and Rose's mask time limit is 3 minutes, which he jokingly says is because they are 'superheroes'.[62]


Trivia

  • In the anime, later when he and the Visored aid the Gotei 13 against Aizen's army Love is portrayed with brown hair, despite Tite Kubo's official colorings showing him with black.
  • Because Love wears bright gray colored sunglasses, his eyes are usually never seen because of the light reflects on the lenses. However, the lenses have been shown to be transparent when he wears his Hollow mask, as well as when it starts to disappear after being used.
  • At one point, Love quotes from a manga "you're already dead...haven't you noticed you're a walking dead-man..." Love refers to this as "deep shit" as the character informs someone else of their own death in the middle of combat when they didn't know it themselves.[63]

Quotes

  • (To Starrk, referring to the Visored and their masks) "Oh, mine only lasts about three minutes. I'm a hero, y'see."[62]
  • (After Rose complains about his hair) "Is that right. How about you try and aesthetically not get yourself buried in the first place in the future."[64]
  • (To Rose, about Starrk) "Once a guy's comrade falls, the battle gets personal."[65]
  • (Regarding Starrk's non-avenging personality) "That's what makes him so scary. There's not a guy in the world who isn't affected at all by a comrade's death. If his comrade's death causes him to falter, we take advantage. If his comrade's death drives him to anger, we strike him down before he can let it out. In either case, speed is of the essence!"[66]
  • (To Starrk) "Now that's a surprise! I always thought you Hollow scum didn't have hearts or feelings!"[67]

Battles & Events

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bleach Official Character Book MASKED, page 209
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bleach manga; Chapter -108, page 9
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 367, page 12
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter -108, pages 10-15
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter -107, page 6
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter -102, pages 3-6
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter -101, pages 1-7
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter -100, pages 9-15
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter -100, pages 16-19
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter -98
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter -97, page 3
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter -97, pages 4-14
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter -97, pages 15-18
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 215, pages 7-9
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 216, page 6
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 216, pages 12-13
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 216, pages 16-17
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 217, page 7
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 217, page 9
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 218, page 5
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 218, page 13
  22. Bleach manga; Chapter 222, page 2
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 222, pages 1-6
  24. Bleach manga; Chapter 225, pages 10-11
  25. Bleach manga; Chapter 225, pages 12-13
  26. Bleach manga; Chapter 226, pages 2-3
  27. Bleach manga; Chapter -97, page 19
  28. Bleach manga; Chapter 364, pages 19-20
  29. Bleach manga; Chapter 365, page 6
  30. Bleach manga; Chapter 365, pages 13-19
  31. Bleach manga; Chapter 366, pages 2-5
  32. Bleach manga; Chapter 366, pages 15-16
  33. Bleach manga; Chapter 367, pages 12-13
  34. Bleach manga; Chapter 372, pages 1-5
  35. Bleach manga; Chapter 372, pages 6-19
  36. Bleach manga; Chapter 373, pages 04-05
  37. Bleach manga; Chapter 373, page 9
  38. Bleach manga; Chapter 373, pages 13-14
  39. Bleach manga; Chapter 373, page 15
  40. Bleach manga; Chapter 373, page 18
  41. Bleach manga; Chapter 374, page 1
  42. Bleach manga; Chapter 374, page 2
  43. Bleach manga; Chapter 375, pages 12-13
  44. Bleach manga; Chapter 377, page 9
  45. Bleach manga; Chapter 388, page 19
  46. Bleach manga; Chapter 389, page 10
  47. Bleach manga; Chapter 390, pages 10-19
  48. Bleach manga; Chapter 391, page 2
  49. Bleach manga; Chapter 422, pages 2-4
  50. Bleach manga; Chapter 481, page 1
  51. Bleach manga; Chapter 545, page 14
  52. Bleach manga; Chapter -101, pages 5-7
  53. Bleach manga; Chapter -101, page 1
  54. Bleach manga; Chapter -101, pages 6-7
  55. Bleach manga; Chapter -102
  56. Bleach manga; Chapter 372, pages 4-5
  57. Bleach manga; Chapter 372, pages 14-15
  58. Bleach manga; Chapter 365, pages 18-19
  59. Bleach Official Character Book UNMASKED, page 153
  60. Bleach manga; Chapter 366, pages 15-16
  61. Bleach manga; Chapter 222, pages 4-5
  62. 62.0 62.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 367, page 13
  63. Bleach manga; Chapter 229, page 7
  64. Bleach manga; Chapter 372, page 2
  65. Bleach manga; Chapter 372, page 3
  66. Bleach manga; Chapter 372, pages 3-4
  67. Bleach manga; Chapter 372, page 13

Titles

Preceded by
Unknown
Captain of the 7th Division
? - 1901 A.D.
Succeeded by
Eventually Sajin Komamura


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