|Height||158 cm (5'2")|
|Weight||50 kg (110 lb.)|
|Position||7th Seat Officer|
|Base of Operations||Seireitei|
Asuka is a young woman of Japanese descent. Average in terms of height, she has got a lithe and fit physique. Her complexion is fair; she has got faint freckles on the bridge of her nose and her cheeks. Her face is oval, with high cheek bones and a snub nose. She wears her rather long, black hair in a simple ponytail, tied with a light grey ribbon. The colour of her slanting eyes is light brown.
Most of the time she wears a feminine variant of the typical Shinigami Shihakushō. More form-fitting than usual, it also boasts a skirt and white tabi that reach above her knees.
Asuka is talented - and she knows that. Overconfident and somewhat arrogant, she is prone to boast of her abilities and quick to berate others for not living up to her high standards. She is diligent and a dutiful officer, if a bit too eager when coercing others to work hard as well. Regardless of their rank, in fact. Moreover, she is outspoken and frequently veers into brutal honesty when voicing her opinions about various subjects. Whilst at heart she means well and voluntarily cooperates with her fellow Shinigami, she is rather harsh to interact with owing to her condescending, sometimes petulant disposition.
In addition, she is a music lover. Shimizu often requests to patrol cities of the World of the Living as a way to incidentally procure more records and update her immense collection. She is often seen with a modern smartphone and headphones, listening to music whether she is doing the paperwork or relaxing off-duty. Her favourite genre is progressive rock.
Powers and Abilities
Expert Swordsman: Like many Shinigami fresh out of the Academy, Asuka is primarily a practitioner of chūyōdō, the Way of Moderation. However, whilst others commonly train solely this balanced combat style before they select one of the more derived ones to focus upon, she prefers a more meta approach. As such, in a display of proficiency remarkable even for a Lieutenant, she incorporates multiple moves from the more specialised forms of zanjutsu into her bladework. That grants her a significantly improved degree of flexibility in battle. Depending on the way the situation unfolds Asuka may readily switch between vicious offence or stalwart defence, strike vital points or quickly inflict numerous shallow, enfeebling wounds and perform clever feints to outmanoeuvre the enemy. Swordsmanship is definitely her major asset and she might be considered a fledgling master in this art.
Shunpo Expert: Supernatural mobility is one of the essential requirements to become a high-ranking officer of the Gotei 13. Even though neither her physical strength nor her durability are particularly outstanding, Shimizu has trained to compensate for those relative shortcomings with excellent agility. She is notably fleet of foot, capable of manoeuvring about the battlefield with nigh-acrobatic grace and consistently high velocity.
Kidō Expert: The art of spellcasting is an expansive one, complex and difficult to truly master. Nevertheless, one needs not be a specialist to benefit from this vast collection of utilitarian techniques. Asuka is quite an adept practitioner of magic in spite of her young age and lack of combat experience. She is capable of swiftly casting low- and many mid-level spells even during battle. While hadō provides her with increased attack power, she is more fond of the supplementary techniques contained within bakudō. She has not practiced any of the more advanced spellcasting techniques, although her ability to slightly alter her spells with the use of her Shikai allows her to surprise many an enemy.
Expert Tactician: Lacking in the brute force department and boasting a versatile Projectile-type Zanpakutō, Shimizu relies upon cunning to win. Homing and omnidirectional attacks, distractions and feints let her circumvent enemy defences altogether, or perform a successful ambush. She is rather creative about the usage of her Shikai. The number of different applications she can employ helps her maintain a degree of unpredictability that allows her to keep up with stronger opponents. She is eager to overwhelm them not in a contest of power, but wit and skill.
High Spiritual Power: Undoubtedly a gifted individual, Asuka possesses a large amount of spiritual energy, qualifying her for the upper echelon of Seated Officer ranks. When visible, the emanations of her energy exhibit a prominent amaranth hue. A distinct glittering aura not unlike a mirage appears whenever she exerts her spiritual pressure.
Wareta Kagami (割れた鏡, "Broken Mirror"): When in sealed state the Zanpakutō is a normal katana with a rectangular guard, and a jet black hilt.