hello people. recently it was revealed that this guy is a member of the shiba clan. it was stated that the shiba clan lost its power as one of the now 4 noble clans because of the death of kaien shiba, the head of the familly.
ok, NOW for the topic. i've been thinking that its weird that the death of kaien, who was a lit. rank shinigami, made the familly crumble, while isshin quiting as a shinigami did not effect it at all. before you start with your "isshin was a branch", let me remind you that a noble who is able to use bankai appears once in a generation, so he should have at least as much importance, plus kaien was killed by a hollow (i still cant belive that this dude is the same rank as this guy and this badass woman). from all this, i belive that isshin losing his power and quitting being a shinigami should have effected the familly at least as much as kaien's death did.
P.S: i've reread chapter 518 (mangareader), and in page 16, Kūkaku thinks that "uncle will be sad". could that be that she is refering to isshin? am i reading a bad translation every week? reveal all in the next episode of... the name will be decided till the next episode!