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Tetsuzaemon Iba
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Race Soul
Birthday July 18[1]
Gender Male
Height 182 cm (6'0")[1]
Weight 68 kg (150 lbs)[1]
Professional Status
Affiliation Gotei 13, Soul Society
Profession Shinigami
Position Lieutenant of the 7th Division
President of the S.M.A.
Previous Position 4th Seat of 11th Division[2]
Division 7 7th Division
Previous Division 11 11th Division
Partner Sajin Komamura
Base of Operations Seireitei, Soul Society
Personal Status
Relatives Chikane Iba (Mother)[3]
Zanpakutō
Shikai Unknown
Bankai None
First Appearance
Manga Volume 10, Chapter 80
Anime Episode 24
Video Game Bleach: Soul Carnival 2
Voices
Japanese Rintarou Nishi
English Steve Cassling
Spanish Miguel Ángel Jenner (Spain)

"As to why he embarked onto the Path of The Man, to make his mom happy is the reason it seems." - Tite Kubo[1]

Tetsuzaemon Iba (射場 鉄左衛門, Iba Tetsuzaemon) is the lieutenant of the 7th Division of the Gotei 13, under Captain Sajin Komamura.

Appearance

Iba has a distinctive hair cut and wears black sunglasses with his standard Shinigami uniform. He collects sunglasses, his main source being Gin Tonbo (銀蜻蛉, The Silver Dragonfly), the same shop where fellow Lieutenant Renji Abarai purchases his goggles. He also smokes and carries his Zanpakutō as a small blade inside his uniform. He has a large tattoo on his back consisting of a cat on fire and the kanji shōfuku (inviting luck). These features, plus his informal style of speech, are all strongly reminiscent of a typical yakuza. Seventeen months after Aizen's defeat, Iba has a fuller moustache and a new scar above his left eye.[4] His hair is also more shaven, with three hairless lines running through it.[5]

Personality

Iba enjoys fighting, like members of the 11th Division, but unlike many of them, puts his loyalty to his Division above his desire to fight and is not above retreating from battle. Iba tells Ikkaku Madarame that frontal assaults that lead to defeat are meaningless and that he must win however he fights.[6] Iba is very loyal to his captain, though in the week after Kaname Tōsen’s betrayal, he spent a lot of time at the 11th Division headquarters in order to give his captain some space. Preceding their fight, Ikkaku mentions that Iba has become cockier since he left the 11th Division to become a lieutenant. Iba also seems to have recurring stomach problems, which he notes with shame on a few occasions. He and Ikkaku seem to have something of a working relationship, though it consists mainly of them dueling, drinking sake, then dueling again to see who has to get more.

He is also both extremely loyal and decisive, as seen during his encounter with Choe Neng Poww. With Captain Komamura having been knocked out of the battlefield, Iba grabs the injured Ikkaku (his former squad mate) and drags him away from Poww, refusing to abandon Ikkaku despite Ikkaku's protests and reasoning that Iba has a better chance of surviving if Iba would just let him be. When Komamura steps up to counter the Arrancar's attack, he tells Iba not to stray from his side and Iba immediately complied.

The macho-ist lieutenant is president of the Shinigami Men's Association and forces all members to dress like him at meetings, including wearing their uniforms and sunglasses in similar manners to his own. His meetings consistently have him as the butt of the jokes of the Shinigami Women's Association, consistently at odds with their vice-president Nanao Ise on their actions and manners. Iba is seen frequently in the company of the other male lieutenants and officers. He seems to share their penchant for perverted things related to the female Shinigami.

Iba speaks in a Hiroshima dialect and wants to spread its knowledge more, therefore at some point in the past he started a course on his own expense, but had to close it down due to lack of attendance. He currently pens an article in Seireitei Communication "Guys Corner" titled "The Hiroshima Dialect Seminar Brimming with Macho-ism." His favorite food is okonomiyaki, but only if it is done in Hiroshima style, while he detests the one prepared in Osaka style.[7]

History

Iba was originally the fourth seat of the 11th Division and Ikkaku Madarame's superior, but transferred to the 7th Division because getting promoted to lieutenant in the 11th Division was more difficult, if not impossible. It is rumored that he wished to become a lieutenant not out of personal ambition, but to please his mother, Chikane Iba. As a result, his former compatriots in the 11th Division look down upon him, as they deem the other divisions weaker than they are. In spite of this, he has a habit of hanging around their division's headquarters. Despite having left the 11th Division, it is clear he still enjoys a good fight, and during his duels with Ikkaku reveals a maniacal grin much like his sparring partner.[8][9][2]

Plot

Soul Society Arc

Iba sajin

Tetsuzaemon and Komamura on the morning of the execution.

Iba is first seen when he and Renji attend a lieutenants meeting.[10] He makes another brief appearance when Captain Komamura visits the Fourth Division compound with Kaname Tōsen to pay their respects to the deceased Sōsuke Aizen. The morning of Rukia Kuchiki's execution, he is seen using Bukkomi Dogeza (特攻土下座, "Full-Blast Dogeza")[11] to enter the room and apologize to his captain for his tardiness. He invents a story to justify the delay, though the actual reason is because he knows that Komamura is unsure of the decision, and wants to give him time to decide. Komamura sees right through this, but lets it go, understanding it as an act of compassion.[12]

Squad 7 squad 9

The 7th Division and the 9th Division challenge the 11th Division.

Soon after that, Komamura and Tōsen take their lieutenants, Iba and Shūhei Hisagi, to challenge Kenpachi Zaraki because he freed Uryū, Chad, and Ganju from their cell with Orihime's direction and is leading them to Sōkyoku to stop the execution. Yachiru takes control and starts to lead the group ahead to Sōkyoku when the four Shinigami confront them. After Kenpachi claims he can take on all four, Yumichika Ayasegawa and Ikkaku Madarame complain that they want some action, and so Kenpachi lets them have Shūhei and Iba.[13]

Ikkaku and Iba fight

Iba and Ikkaku friendly fighting.

Little is seen of Ikkaku and Iba's fight. In the end, the two end up sharing a bottle of sake. While they are resting from their fight, Ikkaku unwittingly reveals that Iba mastered all elements of Shinigami combat in order to become lieutenant. When Ikkaku mentions that he sounds unhappy, Iba denies it. When Ikkaku goes on to say that Iba has become lieutenant for his mother, Iba denies it again. Iba abruptly changes the subject by pointing out that they've run out of sake. After that they play rock-paper-scissors to see who gets the higher ground. Iba wins the rock-paper-scissors match, and before they begin both of them wonder who Byakuya Kuchiki is fighting on Sōkyoku Hill. Ikkaku states that it is Ichigo. Iba admits that he’d like to fight Ichigo, and Ikkaku tells him he has the spirit of the Eleventh Division. They decide that the loser of the match gets more sake while the winner rests, but remind each other that if either lets up, the other will die.[9] However, the match is interrupted by Isane’s report on Aizen, Tōsen, and Ichimaru’s betrayal.[14]

He later appears along with a majority of the other Shinigami at Sōkyoku Hill to capture Aizen, Gin, and Tōsen. When a beam of light crashes down on Aizen and starts taking him away, Iba attempts to attack and stop him. However, he is stopped by Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, who tells Iba that the beam of light is called Negacion and that the Menos use it to rescue their comrades. He continues to explain that the area inside the light is a completely separate dimension impenetrable from the outside and that as soon as the light came down Aizen became beyond their reach.[15]

Later, when Iba is at the Eleventh Division headquarters, he is hanging out with Yumichika, who notes, with some irritation, that it is awfully loud because of Ikkaku, Ichigo, and Kenpachi. Iba says it has been like that since Ichigo started hanging out with the Eleventh, but it is better than quiet. Yumichika asks why he is hanging out there, and Iba says that Komamura wants to be alone.[16]

Bount Arc (anime only)

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

Fake Karakura Town Arc

When Aizen, along with his top three Espada and their Fracción arrive to attack the Fake Karakura Town, he along with his captain are among the Shinigami seen defending it. He asks his captain if they should take down Aizen or the Espada first. Sajin replied that they should take out the Espada first.[18]

Iba zanpakuto

Iba puts down rods to stop the real Karakura Town from returning.

When Poww defeats Ikkaku Madarame, Iba's Captain Sajin Komamura saves Ikkaku. Komamura calls Iba, and Iba throws some rod items to stop the Fake Karakura from returning to normal. Iba realizes that Poww is almost twice the size of his captain, but when Poww releases his Zanpakutō, Iba is shocked. Komamura tells him to stay behind him as he releases his Bankai and defeats the Fracción.[19] After the fight, Iba reveals that he knows about Ikkaku's Bankai, and admonishes him for allowing the pillar to be destroyed because of his selfish desire not to reveal his true strength, and believing that because he is replaceable, it does not matter if he dies. Iba then tells Ikkaku that if he wants to do things his way, he must become stronger and win, even at the cost of his life.[6]

Ibahelp

Tetsuzaemon attempts a surprise attack against Ayon.

After the fight begins between Hisagi and Ayon, Iba momentarily steps in to attempt a surprise attack from Ayon's rear. He initially assumes that his movements have been successful in surprising the creature as it does not react, however, he is mistaken and he is suddenly blasted away by Ayon's Cero, after it reveals it's eye's true location.[20]

He is later seen lying with the injured others and being treated by Izuru Kira, while Komamura stands by the barrier, after Yamamoto easily defeated Ayon.[21]

After the captains are able to outsmart Aizen and Hitsugaya stabs him from behind, Kira yells out that the captains have finally won. Iba tells him that he should look happier at this fact. All of a sudden, Momo gets up and starts to walk away and Iba and Kira ask her where she's going, but she doesn't answer. Momo then swings her Zanpakutō at them.[22] The two of them are cut down as Momo reveals herself as Aizen and that they were under his complete hypnosis the entire time.[23]

Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc (anime only)

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

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 captains are in a meeting, the lieutenants gather and discuss the situation with the Wandenreich and recent disappearances of Hollows and Rukongai residents. Iba listens as Izuru deduces that Shinigami were likely involved in the disappearance of the Rukongai denizens.[34] When the Sternritter invade Seireitei, he along with his Captain head out to deal with the invaders.[35] After heading out, Captain Komamura soon confronts Bambietta Basterbine, with Tetsuzaemon standing close by. He listens as Komamura explains that observing how the Wandenreich seal a Bankai and devising a way to counter this will be the key to the battle. Because of this, he is instructed to help him find a way to counter the Wandenreich's technique of sealing away Bankai. [36] However, to Tetsuzaemon's surprise, Komamura's Bankai is stolen rather than sealed.[37]

Some point later, he and the rest of the 7th Division are found to be lying on the ground from having difficulty fighting against Bambietta Basterbine. When Captain-Commander Yamamoto is detected to be heading to the front lines, Komamura orders Iba and the rest of the division to stand up. Rallied by Komamura's words on how shameful it is for the members for the Gotei 13 to be lying down while the Captain-Commander is at the front lines, Iba and the other Shinigami quickly rise up.[38]

Some time after the Wandenreich assault ends, Iba accompanies Komamura to a cave outside of Seireitei. While his captain ventures inside, Iba exercises while he awaits his captain's return.[39] Later Tetsuzaemon bears witness to the swift and complete invasion of Soul Society by the Wandenreich.[40]

After Komamura's battle with Bambietta Basterbine ends, Iba goes to his captain's location. He picks up his captain, who is now fully animal after his Humanization Technique expired. Iba then tells Komamura that they are going to defeat Yhwach and avenge Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto.[41]

Powers & Abilities

Expert Swordsman: Being a former member of the 11th Division, which specializes in combat, Tetsuzaemon is a highly competent swordsman. He is also known to spar with Ikkaku Madarame, a master swordsman, regularly.[42]

Hakuda Expert: Because he was working to become a lieutenant, Tetsuzaemon trained to become highly proficient in all forms of Shinigami combat, also becoming skilled in hand-to-hand combatant, only because it made becoming a lieutenant easier.[1]

Kidō Expert: Because he was working to become a lieutenant, Tetsuzaemon also became skilled in Kidō, only because it made becoming a lieutenant easier.[1]

Shunpo Expert: Tetsuzaemon is proficient enough in Shunpo to keep up with his captain, but is most likely of the same level as most lieutenants.

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

Enhanced Strength: Tetsuzaemon was seen supporting Sajin Komamura after the latter had been defeated by Aizen, even though Komamura is more than four times Tetsuzaemon's weight.[43] Iba can cut a building in half with a single slash of his sword.[44]

Zanpakutō

The name and abilities of Iba's Zanpakutō are unknown, as well as its Shikai command. When sealed, it looks like a tantō. Its hilt is red and it has no hand guard.[45] Iba usually keeps it inside his Shinigami uniform with the hilt sticking out.

Tetsuzaemon-shikai

Tetsuzaemon's Shikai

  • Shikai: In its Shikai, Iba's Zanpakutō extends into a falchion or a large bladed scimitar with a pick-like protrusion a short distance below the tip of the sword.


Trivia

  • Tetsuzaemon is author of Overflowing with Chivalry: the Hiroshima Dialect Cram School (漢だまりで男気あふるる広島弁講座塾, Kan da Mari de Otokoke Afuru ru Hiroshima Ben Kōza Juku) for the Seireitei News's feature, Manly Silence.[46]

Quotes

  • (To Ikkaku Madarame) "I wasn't a do-it-all guy in the beginning, but instead of focusing on one thing, being more well-rounded means a better chance of promotion to lieutenant. Since my goal was to become a lieutenant, I decided to be a do-it-all guy."[47]
  • (To Ikkaku Madarame) "When a man gets promoted so quickly, happiness is the only thing he feels."[47]
  • (To Ikkaku Madarame) "Who would want to struggle to become a lieutenant for an old hag?"[48]
  • (About Ichigo Kurosaki) "He's pretty strong, that Ryoka. So nice... It would be so nice if I could fight him once."[49]
  • (To Ikkaku Madarame) "Your task here today was to 'protect the pillar'. However, your pillar was destroyed. Do you know why? It was because you were concealing your power. Now, if you want to get yourself killed concealing that power, that is your choice. However, you should never ignore orders for such a reason! Never cause your division to suffer a loss for your own personal reasons. As long as you are a member of the Gotei 13, your orders are absolute. Even if it means crushing your own wishes and your pride, you must enforce those orders with every fibre in your body!"[50]
  • (To Ikkaku Madarame) "In your condition, you think to openly attack me? There is no meaning to a full-frontal attack if it leads only to defeat! Whether you run or you strike your enemy through, if you do not win, it holds no meaning!"[51]
  • (To Ikkaku Madarame) "If you wish to adhere to your own wishes, then gain the strength to do so. But when you face the enemy, you must win no matter the cost. That is what it means to follow the proper order of things."[52]
  • (To Sajin Komamura) "Let's get going, Captain. Your decision wasn't wrong at all. You have done nothing wrong. Let us do battle, Captain. Let us defeat him, that wretched Yhwach, for Yamamoto Genryūsai-dono."[53]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Bleach Official Character Book Souls, page 181
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bleach The Honey Dish Rhapsody
  3. Bleach Official Character Book MASKED
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 489, page 4
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 497, page 2
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 328
  7. Bleach Official Bootleg
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 139, page 9
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 160, pages 1-7
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 80, page 15
  11. Bleach Official Character Book UNMASKED, page 155
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 138
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 139
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 172, page 14
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 178, pages 10-11
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 180, pages 11-12
  17. Bleach anime; Episode 92
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 316
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 337
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 337, pages 14-16
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 355, page 1
  22. Bleach manga; Chapter 392, pages 8-9
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 392, pages 14-15
  24. Bleach anime; Episode 317
  25. Bleach anime; Episode 319
  26. Bleach anime; Episode 320
  27. Bleach anime; Episode 331
  28. Bleach anime; Episode 332
  29. Bleach anime; Episode 333
  30. Bleach anime; Episode 335
  31. Bleach anime; Episode 339
  32. Bleach anime; Episode 340
  33. Bleach anime; Episode 341
  34. Bleach manga; Chapter 489, pages 2-4
  35. Bleach manga; Chapter 494, page 18
  36. Bleach manga; Chapter 496, page 10
  37. Bleach manga; Chapter 497, page 2
  38. Bleach manga; Chapter 505, pages 9-11
  39. Bleach manga; Chapter 538, pages 14-15
  40. Bleach manga; Chapter 547, page 6
  41. Bleach manga; Chapter 558, pages 16-17
  42. Bleach anime, Episodes 183-184
  43. Bleach anime; Episode 62
  44. Bleach anime; Episode 243
  45. Bleach manga; Chapter 140, pages 2-3
  46. Bleach Bootleg; Page 97
  47. 47.0 47.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 160, page 2
  48. Bleach manga; Chapter 160, page 3
  49. Bleach manga; Chapter 160, page 5
  50. Bleach manga; Chapter 328, page 10
  51. Bleach manga; Chapter 328, page 13
  52. Bleach manga; Chapter 328, page 14
  53. Bleach manga; Chapter 558, pages 16-17

Titles

Preceded by
Unknown
Lieutenant of the 7th Division
? - Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent


Preceded by
Unknown
4th Seat of the 11th Division
? - ?
Succeeded by
None


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