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Yūshirō Shihōin
657Yushiro profile
Race Soul
Gender Male
Professional Status
Affiliation Shihōin Clan
Occupation 23rd Head of the Shihōin Clan
Base of Operations Shihōin Manor, Soul Society
Personal Status
Relatives Yoruichi Shihōin (sister)
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 606
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Yūshirō Sakimune Shihōin (四楓院 夕四郎 咲宗, Shihōin Yūshirō Sakimune) is the 23rd head of the Shihōin Clan and the guardian of its sacred armor.[1]

Appearance

Yūshirō is a young, dark-skinned boy with black hair, which he keeps in a thick ponytail. He wears white, fingerless gloves that extend to his elbows, white shoulderpads, and a black garment that covers his torso and legs with a white band wrapped around his waist.[2]

Personality

Yūshirō cares deeply for Yoruichi Shihōin, having gathered many items to help her when Yoruichi contacted him after so many years of separation and tearing up upon learning that she left for the Soul King Palace before he arrived.[3] In conversation, he is very polite, bowing toward and profusely thanking members of the Gotei 13 for taking care of his sister upon meeting them for the first time in several years.[4] He is also somewhat impulsive and oblivious to his surroundings; after entering Wahrwelt, he immediately takes off after sensing his sister's Reiatsu, only to nearly fall off before discovering he can't make Reishi footholds.[5]

Though Yūshirō normally uses boku as his personal pronoun of choice,[6][7] he will sometimes refer to himself in the third person when he is emotional.[8]

Plot

The Thousand-Year Blood War arc

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Yūshirō arrives with the items he gathered.

After Yoruichi Shihōin leaves for the Soul King Palace, Yūshirō leaps from building to building in the Wandenreich City while telling her to wait up. Soon afterward, he finds Kisuke Urahara and the Visored and realizes that Yoruichi left without him. When a tearful Yūshirō explains how he gathered many items to help his sister, Urahara consoles him by stating that they will still be of use to them.[9] Later, when several Shinigami arrive at Mayuri Kurotsuchi's laboratory, Yūshirō greets Suì-Fēng and thanks her for taking care of Yoruichi.[4]

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Renji saves Yūshirō from falling off the Soul King Palace.

Soon after, Yūshirō, along with the Gotei 13 and Visored, enter the Soul King Palace, only to find that it has been remodeled by Yhwach. Sensing his sister's Reiatsu from afar, Yūshirō immediately takes off to go meet up with Yoruichi, only to nearly fall off the city before Renji Abarai catches him. Yūshirō then moves out with the Gotei forces and Visored to reach the enemy's stronghold.[10][11]

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Yūshirō finds Yoruichi.

Soon afterward, Yūshirō tracks down Yoruichi, who is fighting Askin Nakk Le Vaar, and enthusiastically greets her, only for Yoruichi to physically rebuff him multiple times before questioning why he is not with Urahara. When Yūshirō claims that he left because he wanted to save her, an irritated Yoruichi sarcastically praises his growth, only for Yūshirō to take her words literally and burst into joyful tears. Upon being interrupted by Askin, who demeans his sister's technique, Yūshirō overwhelms him with a barrage of punches before engulfing him in an explosion with Shunkō: Bakuen Musō. However, Yūshirō is surprised to see that Askin has survived.[12]

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Yūshirō is impaled after his attack fails.

Despite his sister's warnings, Yūshirō activates Shunkō again and rushes toward Askin. However, his attack has no effect as his back is pierced by Reishi arrows. Collapsing to the ground, Yūshirō is caught by Yoruichi.[13]

Powers & Abilities

Hakuda Master: Yūshirō is the current Head of the House of Shihōin, like his sister before him, and is quite accomplished in the use of his family's fighting style, inflicting a multitude of devastating hits on Askin Nakk Le Vaar within a small frame of time.[14]

  • Shunkō (瞬閧, Flash War Cry): An advanced technique which combines Hakuda with Kidō. This technique surrounds his back and arms with pressurized Kidō. The keisen uniform has no back or sleeves because they will rip apart when it is activated. Apart from enhancing his arms and legs for combat, the technique allows him to instantly neutralize an opponent's movement. The Kidō itself can be controlled and fired at opponents from his body, which creates massive explosions.[15] Yūshirō's version of the technique was developed and studied by instruction from his sister Yoruichi within a small amount of time.[16]
  • Shunkō: Bakuen Musō (瞬閧 爆炎無双, Flash War Cry: Exploding Flames Unparalleled): The pressurized Kidō emitted from Yūshirō's back creates a large explosion of concentrated energy, which engulfs his opponent and heavily damages them.[17]

Shunpo Expert: While not on the level of his masterful sister, Yūshirō is extremely proficient in Hohō; his Shunpo skill is high enough for him to almost keep up with Yoruichi herself.[18]

Quotes

  • (To Askin) "Of course I'm strong! I am the 23rd head of the House of Shihōin, Yūshirō Sakimune Shihōin! How could a mere Quincy hope to best me?!"[15]

References

  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 606, page 9
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 606, page 8
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 606, pages 8-9
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 612, page 12
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 628, pages 4-7
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 657, page 8
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 657, page 12
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 657, page 9
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 606, pages 4 & 8-9
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 628, pages 1-8
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 629, page 5
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 6567, pages 6-17
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 658, pages 2-7
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 657, page 13
  15. 15.0 15.1 Bleach manga; Chapter 657, page 14
  16. Bleach manga; Chapter 657, page 16
  17. Bleach manga; Chapter 657, pages 14-15
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 657, pages 6-7

Titles

Preceded by
Yoruichi Shihōin
23rd Head of the Shihōin family
? - Current
Succeeded by
Incumbent


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