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Nemu Kurotsuchi
Race Artificial Soul
Birthday March 30[1]
Gender Female
Height 167 cm (5'6")[2]
Weight 52 kg (114 lbs)[2]
Professional Status
Affiliation Gotei 13, Soul Society, S.R.D.I.
Profession Shinigami
Position Lieutenant of the 12th Division
Division 1212th Division
Partner Mayuri Kurotsuchi
Base of Operations Seireitei, Soul Society
Personal Status
Relatives Mayuri Kurotsuchi
Shikai Unknown
Bankai None
First Appearance
Manga Volume 11,Chapter 93
Anime Episode 28
Video Game Bleach: The Blade of Fate
Japanese Rie Kugimiya
English Megan Hollingshead
Spanish Adriana Nuñez (Latin America)

"Lieutenant Kurotsuchi Nemu is an artificial entity created from the Gigai technology and Gikon technology by Captain Kurotsuchi. The same blood flows in Nemu and Captain Kurotsuchi, hence be it interest or how to spend free time, she will have many similarities as Captain Kurotsuchi." - Tite Kubo

Nemu Kurotsuchi (涅 ネム, Kurotsuchi Nemu), also known as Nemuri Nanagō, is the lieutenant of the 12th Division of the Gotei 13 serving under Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi.


Slender and youthful, Nemu is a well-endowed woman with green eyes. Her black hair is pulled back into a long braid, with slightly parted bangs. Her uniform consists of a short black kimono, which extends to mid-thigh, with a white nagajuban underneath. The sleeves of her kimono are not as wide as those worn by most Shinigami, and the upper parts of the sleeves are puffed. She wears a traditional wide white obi, fastened with a red cord. On her left sleeve is her lieutenant's armband. She wears white gloves, which only cover the back of her hands and wrists, and a dark red choker.[3][4]


Because she was abused and mistreated in every possible way by her "father/creator", Mayuri, Nemu is a very shy, withdrawn, and introverted individual, preferring to stay silent in her captain's presence. Her expression is almost always melancholic, and it is rare to see her smile or show any real joy in her distinctive green eyes. Despite Mayuri's seeming lack of care for her existence, she is very loyal to him, willing to badly injure herself just to give him an advantage in battle.[5] Unlike her "father", however, she seems to have compassion for others, saving Uryū Ishida's life as thanks for not killing Mayuri.[6]

Being the daughter of Mayuri, they share several similar traits. One such trait is their food preference. Nemu, just like her father, likes pike fish and dislikes onion. They share an interest in Human experimentation and their main free-time activity, which is reading every single character published in Seireitei Communication.

Nemu is being considered to be the next vice-president of the Shinigami Women's Association, supposedly because she carries out President Yachiru Kusajishi's orders just as faithfully as those of her father. Such orders included building hidden tunnels and a hideout on the Kuchiki grounds for the members of the association to use. Surprisingly, Nemu shows great joy at the prospect, displaying otherwise repressed emotions.


Little is known about Nemu besides that she is the artificially created "daughter" of Mayuri Kurotsuchi. He used a combination of Gigai and Artificial soul technologies to bring her into existence.[1]


Soul Society arc

Nemu is seen alongside Mayuri during an interrogation of Ikkaku Madarame after the latter loses to Ichigo Kurosaki. Though saying nothing, her father tells her to keep quiet prior to the two of them being interrupted by Kenpachi Zaraki, who is also in search of Ichigo.[7]


Nemu watches as Mayuri sacrifices his subordinates.

Later, when Mayuri is tracking Uryū Ishida and Orihime Inoue, he sends some of his subordinates to escort them, only to detonate bombs planted on them (unknown to the subordinates themselves) once they have located them and 11th Division member Makizō Aramaki, who had been interrogating them.[8] After Makizō and Orihime flee, Uryū battles Mayuri. In the initial stages of the battle, Nemu, grabbing Uryū's spirit arrow, tackles him as a distraction while Mayuri tries to strike him down. She is only partially successful, as Mayuri strikes Uryū's arm while simultaneously cutting a large gash in Nemu's back. Due to the injury, Nemu lets go of Uryū, prompting Mayuri to scold and beat her for doing so. Nemu apologizes to him, but Mayuri dismisses it, stating he did not expect much of anything from her anyway.[9]

Mayuri is interrupted when talking to Uryū as Nemu begins to cough, finding it hard to breathe, and pleads with him to give her Hojiku-Zai, as she thinks her lung is wounded, and if it stays that way, her vital systems may stop functioning. Mayuri, walking over to her, begins stomping on her prone body, causing Nemu to scream out in pain. Mayuri yells at her for trying to play him, as he knows her body will not fail from that level of injury. When Uryū pleads with him to stop, Mayuri explains he knows what she is capable of, as he created her using Gigai and Artificial soul technology. He goes on to say she is his daughter, and no one gets to tell a father how he should treat his own daughter. He slams Nemu's head against the wall, prompting Uryū to yell at him to stop. He leaves Nemu alone, who, lying motionlessly (since Mayuri's Zanpakutō paralyzes the individuals it cuts) during the duration of Mayuri and Uryū's battle, watches them fight.[10]

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Nemu assisting Uryū out of gratitude for sparing her father.

At the conclusion of the battle, she witnesses Uryū, in his Quincy: Letzt Stil, nearly kill Mayuri, only for the captain to liquefy himself and escapes. as Uryū begins to feel the poison from Mayuri's Bankai taking over again, Nemu, calling out to him, tells him the antidote can be found on her left arm under her lieutenant badge. Uryū asks her if she would feel more comfortable laying down, but Nemu tells him she is fine how she is. He tells her she should take the antidote first, but she says it is okay, as, having the same blood as Mayuri, she isn't affected by the poison. When Uryū somewhat hesitates while taking the antidote, Nemu asks him if he thinks it is a trap, and if so, he should give her some first to prove she is telling the truth. Uryū plainly states that is not the issue, as it makes no sense to poison a dying man. Nemu thanks him, as if he had aimed for Mayuri's head, he would have surely been killed. Uryū states it was an accident, and he had intended to kill him. Nonetheless, Nemu, thanking him again for sparing Mayuri, says the antidote is just a small gift of gratitude. Uryū tells her he doesn't get it, asking wouldn't it be better that someone like him does not exist. Nemu states she does not know, but when she saw Mayuri still alive, she was happy. She cautions him to leave quickly, as after sensing Konjiki Ashisogi Jizō, members of her division will be on their way. Uryū, thanking her for the antidote as he sets it down, bids her farewell.[11]

When Sōsuke Aizen, Gin Ichimaru, and Kaname Tōsen are revealed to be traitors, both she and Mayuri have recovered from their encounter with Uryū, and she asks her captain if he will assist the other captains in capturing Aizen. Mayuri tells her he has no interest in doing so.[12]

Bount arc (anime only)

Note: Events occurring in this arc are only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.

Hueco Mundo arc


Nemu is captured by Szayelaporro.

She is brought along by Mayuri to Hueco Mundo, invading the world with her father, Kenpachi Zaraki, Yachiru Kusajishi, Hanatarō Yamada, Byakuya Kuchiki, Retsu Unohana, and Isane Kotetsu.[16]

While there, she is one of the people who face-off against Szayelaporro Granz, and is seemingly injured at some point in the battle. When Mayuri calls for her, Szayelaporro is angered that he cannot understand why Mayuri lives, to which Mayuri explains how he is able to counter his ability. After realizing he cannot harm Mayuri, he takes Nemu hostage with one of his tentacles/wings. Nemu states Szayelaporro has made a mistake, and capturing her will not make her a hostage. In response to this, Mayuri calls forth his Bankai, Konjki Ashisogi Jizō, to eat Szayelaporro.[17]

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Nemu affected by Szayelaporro's Gabriel technique.

After having his Bankai eat the Espada, Mayuri proceeds to argue with Uryū before Nemu interrupts, apologizing, asking if Mayuri can help release her. Mayuri ignores her until she begins to scream out in pain, focusing everyone's attention on her. As Nemu's stomach begins to expand, they hear a voice ask if Mayuri actually thought he had killed him, and realize it is Szayelaporro, who explains his most important ability, Gabriel, which allows him to be reborn through anyone he is touching. He sucks the life from Nemu, causing her face to wither, as she is drained of her body fluids and he is reborn anew from her mouth.[18] As Nemu's withered body lies upon the ground, Mayuri, walking over to her, inspects her current state.[19] However, one of the many poisons inside Nemu drastically enhances Szayelaporro's state of mental perception, to the point where one second feels like an eternity to him, and she is critical in bringing about his defeat.[20]

Mayuri calls to her, but, remembering she is incapacitated, he restores her through questionable and quite possibly very explicit and erotic means, given Nemu's utterances and Renji and Uryū's expressions, though Mayuri insists Renji and Uryū are being quite perverted to jump to such conclusions, and orders her to open the door to Szayelaporro's laboratory, where the group discovers two bodies hanging from the ceiling.[21][22]

Fake Karakura Town arc

Nemu Pushes Mayuris cart

Nemu pushes Mayuri's cart.

Nemu is seen with Mayuri, pushing a loaded wagon behind him, as they arrive at the battle against Yammy Llargo. After a short conversation, where Mayuri explains he has discovered the technology required to open a Garganta, Mayuri tells Nemu to ready the Garganta device so they can send Ichigo back to the World of the Living. Nemu immediately begins setting up large pillars single-handedly.[23] She is seen alongside Mayuri, atop the pillars, acting as the focus points to open the Garganta.[24]

Beast Swords arc (anime only)

Note: Events occurring in this arc are only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.

Gotei 13 Invading Army arc (anime only)

Note: Events occurring in this arc are only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.

The Thousand-Year Blood War arc

While the lieutenants discuss the situation with the Wandenreich and recent disappearances of Hollows and Rukongai residents, Nemu listens as Izuru deduces Shinigami were likely involved in the disappearance of the Rukongai denizens. When he asks Nemu what her captain is hiding, she states Mayuri did not give her any information on that case. Izuru indicates he will report his conclusions to Captain-Commander Yamamoto, prompting her to reply she is certain Mayuri did not do anything wrong.[33]


Mayuri and Nemu working on something.

When the Wandenreich return to invade Seireitei, Nemu is with her captain as he curses his fellow captains for not waiting until he had finished his analysis of the enemy's ability to seal Bankai.[34] Following the Royal Guard's visit, Nemu goes with her captain to his room, where they lock themselves in and deactivate the surveillance bugs. They start to develop something that no one else in the SRDI has seen before.[35]


Nemu and Mayuri emerge from within the captain's room.

Later, during the Wandenreich's second invasion, Nemu emerges from her captain's room alongside Mayuri and into the transformed SRDI wearing bizarre outfits. She remains silent during Mayuri's explanation of creating a room with absolutely no shadows.[36]

The next day, Nemu accompanies Mayuri when he confronts Giselle Gewelle.[37] When the zombified Bambietta Basterbine begins launching bombs at them, Nemu pulls Mayuri away as he tells her to use "that". After being told to use a setting of three seconds, Nemu throws several spherical devices at the bombs.[38]


Nemu observes Kenpachi attacking Pernida.

While the other members of the Gotei 13 head through the gate towards the Soul King Palace, Nemu accompanies Mayuri through the gate to a separate location. Both of them are unknowingly followed by Kenpachi, Ikkaku, Yumichika and Hanatarō. When Ikkaku decides to leave behind the bickering captains, Hanatarō questions Nemu's opinion on the matter but she stoically replies that she hasn't got one.[39] She follows her captain and Kenpachi through Wahrwelt when they encounter Pernida Parnkgjas. When Kenpachi hastily attacks the Quincy, interrupting Mayuri's explanation, her captain asks her if she was about to say something but Nemu denies this.[40]


Nemu binds Kenpachi's arm.

As Pernida begins to attack Kenpachi's already mangled arm, Ikkaku expresses regret about losing his chance to assault the Quincy. Nemu, however, agrees with Yumichika's assertion that neither of them need to get involved in the battle. When Ikkaku insists that it is strange that she voices her opinion on the matter, Nemu wonders about this before maintaining that Mayuri orders her not to move unless she is called to do so. Assessing the situation, Nemu decides that her captain is not struggling enough against Pernida to warrant calling for her aid. Upon Ikkaku's query, she states that it is the same for Kenpachi as well.[41] After Kenpachi tears off his arm to prevent Pernida from killing him, Mayuri orders Nemu to bind the captain's wounds to prevent further blood loss and she does so immediately.[42] When her captain stabs Kenpachi in order to save his life, Nemu warns the others to cover their ears, otherwise Mayuri's Fear Factor 4 would cause them to go deaf in four seconds.[43]

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Nemu saves Mayuri from Pernida's Heilig Pfeil.

After deducing Mayuri's ulterior motives in having Kenpachi attack Pernida, Yumichika tells Nemu that her captain is always the same, only for Nemu to state that she hopes so and refuse to clarify what she means.[44] When Pernida states that it does not understand Mayuri changing its name, and Ikkaku seconds it, Nemu states that she understands.[45] Soon afterward, as Mayuri seemingly defeats Pernida, Nemu watches from afar with concern.[46] When Mayuri is overwhelmed by Pernida's Heilig Pfeil, Nemu intervenes by grabbing an arrow aimed at him and cutting off her own arm, prompting Mayuri to grab her before bringing them both to a safer location. When Mayuri berates her for acting on her own judgement, Nemu admits that she does not know how or why she did this before agreeing to only die when Mayuri tells her to.[47]

Powers & Abilities

Enhanced Strength: Nemu has a substantial amount of strength, even by Shinigami standards. She effortlessly excavates Szayelaporro's hidden laboratory using only her bare hands. She can throw large blocks of stone with ease.[48] She can catch a Quincy spiritual arrow with her bare hand.[49] She can effortlessly lift a large column over her head.[50]

Hakuda Expert: As Nemu normally does not carry her Zanpakutō, she relies on her hand-to-hand combat skill in battle. She is a very swift attacker when fighting, and commonly employs kicks as her main combat skill.[51] She defeated her Reigai with one strike to the chest, showing she can defeat enemies quickly by targeting a weak point.[29]

Body Modification: Much like he has done his own body, Mayuri has implanted various modifications and chemicals within Nemu to use against his opponents. She possesses within herself an augmentation chemical which ultimately results in Szayelaporro Granz's defeat. [52] Nemu is mostly immune to the poisons used by Mayuri, including the deadly one used in his Bankai.[53] It is these modifications which allow Mayuri to revive her when she is in a deathlike state.[54]

  • Tedoriru (手ドリル, Hand Drill): She can twirl her hand and forearm like a drill and move her arms at excessive speeds. This technique is capable of breaking through solid rock.[55]
  • Enhanced Endurance: Her body was designed by Mayuri to have much more endurance than that of a normal person. She can take wounds which would be fatal to another person and survive, as she demonstrated upon being stabbed by Mayuri during his fight with Uryū. Mayuri himself noted she was designed to take much more punishment than any normal Human or Shinigami could ever sustain.[56][57]

Chemistry Expert: Though not as knowledgeable as her father, Nemu does know many things regarding the chemicals used by Mayuri in his work, enough to keep an antidote in case anyone becomes poisoned by him.[58]

Shunpo Expert: Nemu can move at high speeds, as seen when attacking Uryū Ishida to determine whether he still has his Quincy powers.[51] When Bambietta Basterbine launched bombs at her and Mayuri, Nemu quickly grabbed Mayuri and moved him outside the range of the explosion without either of them being harmed in the process.[59]

High Spiritual Power: Being a lieutenant of the Gotei 13, Nemu boasts a high spiritual energy.



Nemu holding her Zanpakutō in her right hand.

Nemu's Zanpakutō takes the form of what appears to be a thin katana with a green hilt and a seemingly warped guard.[60] However, she does not usually have it on her person.

Appearances in Other Media

Nemu is a playable character in Bleach: The Blade of Fate and Bleach: Dark Souls. She appears in Bleach: The 3rd Phantom, where she can use Kidō. Nemu is a playable character in the Bleach: Heat the Soul series from the third game on-wards.


The method of Nemu's "death" and Szayelaporro's revival in the anime was seriously toned down from the version in the manga. In the manga, Szayelaporro pierces Nemu's naval and bursts out whole from her mouth, while she rapidly withers away. In the anime, Szayelaporro exits Nemu's mouth as a cloud of pink vapor before reforming, while Nemu's skin color turns pale gray.[61] [62]


  • In an omake, it is revealed that when taking photographs, Nemu says "butter" instead of "cheese."


  • (To Szayelaporro Granz) "It would appear that you are making some kind of mistake. Attempting to use me as a hostage will achieve nothing."[63]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bleach Official Character Book Souls, page 158
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bleach: Official Bootleg KaraBuri+, page 112
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 93
  4. Bleach anime; Episode 28
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 122
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 126, page 10
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 93, pages 8-12
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 120, page 21
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 122, pages 14-19
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 123, pages 5-11
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 126, pages 1-11
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 172, pages 16-19
  13. Bleach anime; Episode 87
  14. Bleach anime; Episode 88
  15. Bleach anime; Episode 102
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 298, page 16
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 303, pages 8-19
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 304, pages 13-18
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 305, page 8
  20. Bleach manga; Chapters 306, pages 1-10
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 306, pages 11-18
  22. Bleach anime; Episode 200
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 380, pages 15-16
  24. Bleach manga; Chapter 381, page 3
  25. Bleach anime; Episode 263
  26. Bleach anime; Episode 317
  27. Bleach anime; Episode 319
  28. Bleach anime; Episode 320
  29. 29.0 29.1 Bleach anime; Episode 322
  30. Bleach anime; Episode 323
  31. Bleach anime; Episode 325
  32. Bleach anime; Episode 339
  33. Bleach manga; Chapter 489, page 5
  34. Bleach manga; Chapter 497, page 8
  35. Bleach manga; Chapter 539, pages 2-4
  36. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, pages 15-16
  37. Bleach manga; Chapter 590, page 1
  38. Bleach manga; Chapter 590, pages 8-10
  39. Bleach manga; Chapter 629, pages 7-10
  40. Bleach manga; Chapter 635, pages 13-14
  41. Bleach manga; Chapter 636, pages 1-2
  42. Bleach manga; Chapter 636, page 8
  43. Bleach manga; Chapter 636, pages 13-14
  44. Bleach manga; Chapter 637, pages 3-4
  45. Bleach manga; Chapter 638, page 3
  46. Bleach manga; Chapter 639, page 17
  47. Bleach manga; Chapter 640, pages 16-20
  48. Bleach manga; Chapter 306, pages 13-15
  49. Bleach manga; Chapter 122, page 14
  50. Bleach manga; Chapter 380, page 14
  51. 51.0 51.1 Bleach anime; Episode 89
  52. Bleach manga; Chapter 305, pages 19
  53. Bleach manga; Chapter 126, pages 2-3
  54. Bleach manga; Chapter 305
  55. Bleach manga; Chapter 306, pages 11-15
  56. Bleach manga; Chapter 123, pages 5-11
  57. Bleach manga; Chapter 303, pages 8-13
  58. Bleach manga; Chapter 126, pages 1-3
  59. Bleach manga; Chapter 590, pages 8-9
  60. Bleach artbook; All Color but the Black
  61. Bleach manga; Chapter 304, pages 8-18
  62. Bleach anime; Episode 199
  63. Bleach manga; Chapter 303, page 13


Preceded by
Hiyori Sarugaki
Lieutenant of the 12th Division
? - Present
Succeeded by


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