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Overview

Noba
Noba; Mask
Race Modified Soul
Gender Male
Professional Status
Affiliation Urahara Shop
Base of Operations Urahara Shop, Karakura Town, Japan, Human World
Primary Skill
Signature Skill Teleportation
First Appearance
Anime Episode 64
Voices
Japanese Tomokazu Sugita
English Roger Craig Smith

Noba (之芭, Noba) is a Bount sensor created by Kisuke Urahara.

Appearance

Noba plushie

Noba as a plushie.

In his Gigai, he has the appearance of a young man, wearing a fur coat and a zippered mask, revealing some of his soft red hair and green eyes.[1] On his back is a blue shield, which is used in conjunction with his powers. After fighting the Bount, Sawatari, he is revealed to be thin, with only a few natural muscles.[2] His overall attire makes him look somewhat like a ninja. When out of his Gigai, he inhabits an anthropomorphic turtle plushy in gray dress trousers and a white ruffled shirt with a red bow tie, which Chad purchased specifically for him. [3]

Personality

Similar to his partner, Yasutora Sado, Noba is unusually shy and quiet. When around women, he will zip his mask (whilst in his Gigai) or pull his head down into his shirt (in the plushy) to show emotion.[2] This trait is due to Noba's shy and "innocent" nature. One such example of this is when Rukia Kuchiki picks Noba up in his stuffed animal form and holds him close to her face, he is seen to blush at the close contact and lowers his head into his shirt. When he works together with Rangiku Matsumoto while fighting one of the Bount, he changed out of his Gigai because they had to touch.

Compared to his far louder and more verbal teammates, Noba is very uncomplaining and easy to get along with. He normally fades into the background, and doesn't annoy anyone, both humans and Shinigami alike. One such instance is when Renji Abarai spits coffee on the table, prompting Noba to clean it up, and sugaring it, without saying a word.

Plot

Bount arc (anime only)

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

Chad in the Hourglass

Noba appears alongside the other Mod Souls.

Kisuke sends Noba and the other Modified Souls to test Ichigo and his friends. As the Mod Souls move out, Noba was instructed to "kidnap" Orihime Inoue and Yasutora Sado. As they successfully pass Ririn's test, she reveals that one of them is an imposter. In order to win, they must figure out who it is. As Yoruichi surprises the fake Sado by climbing up the side of the wall. The final game involves rescuing the real Chad from an hourglass before a giant gate, created by Noba, swallows them. Ichigo, relying on his Bankai, loses the game. Kisuke then takes the group and the Mod-Souls back to the Urahara Shop, where he explains the danger of the Bounts.[3]

Sado and Noba team up

Sado and Noba are partnered together.

Each one of the Mod-Souls are assigned to a Human, and Noba is partnered with Sado. Shortly after, he is implanted in his plushy body and they encounter a Bount, Ryō Utagawa, but let him get away. He proceeds to attack Uryū, who is taken to the hospital by Ryō's adversary, Yoshino Sōma. It was there that Hō and Ban's water dolls' attack. Due to Noba's new body, though, he is only able to teleport about two meters meaning that he can not get them out of safety.[4] Despite this, he manages to disperse the dolls by severing the twins' telepathic connection. Ganju Shiba then appears and uses fireworks to defeat them.[5]

The group prepare to face Sawatari

Noba faces off against the Bount, Sawatari.

Ichigo sparks the idea that Noba, Ririn, and Kurōdo can inhabit Gigai any time they choose, if they help each other. Noba, Sado, Ururu Tsumugiya and Rangiku encounter the Bount, Sawatari.[6] His doll Baura and Noba use similar methods of bending space, so Noba can sense when the doll will surface instantly before he does, leaving him just enough time to dodge and protect his friends from attack. Ururu, though, still gets swallowed by Baura. In order to save her, Rangiku and Sado distract him long enough to push him through Noba's shield. However, Sawatari fights his way out, ripping off Noba's shirt and knocking him unconscious. Rangiku then takes out his soul candy and combines Noba's Bount tracking ability with her Kidō. With that, they were able to attack Sawatari just as he surfaced. Afterwards, Sawatari retreated, saying they would finish it later.[7]

When the Bounts break through to the Soul Society, Noba follows Sado through, hanging on his back and watching the fights. When they return to the Human World, they decide to live with Kisuke, as the Bounts are now gone and they are of no use to their partners anymore.[8]

Arrancar arc

Noba attempts to aid Kon in his escape from the incomplete Grand Fisher alongside Ririn and Kurōdo, before being saved by Isshin Kurosaki.[9]

Noba cut down by Yylfordt

Noba cut down by Arrancar Quince, Yylfordt Granz.

Noba also intervenes during Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez's assault on Karakura Town, in which he and his fellow Mod-Souls assist Renji Abarai in his fight against Yylfordt Granz. Their efforts, however, are in vain, as Noba and the other Mod-Souls are then saved by the timely arrival of Ururu Tsumugiya.[10]

The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai arc (anime only)

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

Noba and the other Mod-Souls are seen arguing with Enryū, who is refusing to let them enter Urahara's Shop.[11]

Beast Swords arc (anime only)

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

Noba blushes at the sight of Rangiku's pictures

Noba blushes upon seeing Rangiku's pictures.

In the Human World, it is learned that several Zanpakutō Spirits were brainwashed to betray their Shinigami partners by a rogue Zanpakutō Spirit named Muramasa. Although Ichigo and the Shinigami are able to stop Muramasa restore most the spirits, several of them had already succeeded in killing their masters, resulting in them transforming into what are known as Tōjū. While Captain Hitsugaya comes to aid in the situation, his lieutenant, Rangiku, is more interested in having fun, including taking flirty pictures of herself and her Zanpakutō Spirit, Haineko, in photo booths, which Noba blushes at the sight of it and apparently blows a fuse.[12]

Gotei 13 Invading Army arc (anime only)

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

Noba can be seen with Urahara and the others as Urahara has not yet detected Ichigo's Reiatsu after he disappeared in the Dangai, Kon reassures everyone that he will be fine.[13]

Powers and Abilities

Skilled Tactician: Despite being unusually shy, he is somewhat analytical and adept at strategic combat. When fighting the Bount Sawatari with Rangiku, the two formulated a plan of diversion that worked temporarily against their opponent.[2]

Advanced Reishi Sensors: Like Kurōdo and Ririn, Kisuke Urahara created Noba with the ability to detect and locate Reishi from great distance of various types, including the unique nature the Bounts or their dolls generate.[3]

Teleportation: Noba has the power to teleport himself and others to any location. He can also use his spiritual sense to teleport to the location of those with spiritual powers. When he is in his plushy, his teleportation range is limited to about two meters.[4]

Ep68Womhole

Noba redirects Zabimaru.

  • Wormholes: He can create wormholes to redirect ranged attacks, both physical and energy based, back at the enemy. He does this by utilizing the shield on his back as a focus. Also, he is able to "erase" other objects by sending them to another dimension. [14]

Noba's Dimension: Noba has a dimensional space he can move freely through and control. Noba can trap his opponents within the dimensional space, once trapped he can fully manipulating whatever objects within that space (as seen in this battle with Sawatari & Baura).[15]

Enhanced Durability: As a Mod Soul in a Gigai, Noba cannot die, regardless of what happens to his body, as long as his Gikon is not damaged.[16] Noba is durable enough to survive separate assaults from Hollows, Shinigami, Bounts, and Arrancar.[17] [18] [19]

References

  1. Bleach anime; Episode 64
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bleach anime; Episode 86
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bleach anime; Episode 69
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bleach anime; Episode 72
  5. Bleach anime; Episode 74
  6. Bleach anime; Episode 82
  7. Bleach anime; Episode 87
  8. Bleach anime; Episode 108
  9. Bleach anime; Episode 111
  10. Bleach anime; Episodes 117-120
  11. Bleach anime; Episode 174
  12. Bleach anime; Episode 257
  13. Bleach anime; Episode 328
  14. Bleach anime; Episode 68
  15. Bleach anime; Episode 86
  16. Bleach anime; Episode 84
  17. Bleach anime; Episode 76
  18. Bleach anime; Episode 120
  19. Bleach anime; Episode 137

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