|Height||173 cm (5'8")|
|Weight||64 kg (141 lb.)|
|Position||Third Seat Officer|
|Previous Position||Eighth Seat Officer|
|Base of Operations||Seireitei|
"You can defend. My blade will reach you anyway."
Chikako is a young woman of above average height and quite athletic physique. She has a dark complexion. The features of her heart-shaped face are rather gentle. She styles her hair in dreadlocks that are kept together in a bun at the back of her head. The colour of her eyes is orange.
Her Shihakushō is modified to include a black vest instead of the kosode and she habitually walks barefoot.
Chikako is a rather strict person with a strong sense of duty. She pays a great deal of attention to various formalities and as such behaves in a somewhat stiff manner most of the time. Additionally, her harsh way of speaking means she is perceived as hostile by many of her colleagues. In the end, however, she does have a soft side of sorts. Although usually in an indirect way, she does care about other members of her Division. She is particularly fond of her Lieutenant, Yuji Akui, whom she treats in a quite motherly manner. Moreover, she genuinely respects her Captain, Teruo Akui, and works hard to help him operate the Division efficiently.
Powers and Abilities
Expert Swordsman: Chikako is a competent practitioner of the most sophisticated form of Zanjutsu, azamukidō, which relies heavily upon elements of prediction and psychological warfare. Combat moves as well as feints and deceit constitute the form in equal measure. Misdirection, abrupt shifts of stance and winding slashes are par for the course, and no strike hits where it is expected to do. An integral part of this form is the ability to anticipate the reactions of the current opponent. Furthermore, she is able to exploit the tenets of this approach to a greater degree thanks to the special ability of her Zanpakutō.
Shunpo Practitioner: Akiyama has a basic skill in the art of high-speed movement. This allows her to manoeuvre at significantly increased speeds and thus keep up with nimble enemies.
Kidō Expert: Moreover, she boasts respectable proficiency in spell-casting. Whereas high-level spells are far out of her reach, she can skilfully employ low-level techniques to supplement her other combat skills. When the opportunity arises she might cast a mid-level technique without an incantation, although this requires increased concentration on her part.
Expert Tactitian: She is a creative combatant who is capable of readily anticipating the actions of her opponents. She is adept at misdirection and psychological warfare.
|Eighth Seat Officer of the Third Division|
1998 - 2007
| Succeeded by|
|Third Seat Officer of the Third Division|
2007 - present
| Succeeded by|
- Chikako was conceived in order to salvage the abandoned concept of a Septima Espada character, Arvienne Hothal. In addition, her Zanpakutō's special ability is a means of including Tràkata in the Bleach universe. The technique has been since incorporated as the maboroshihadō style of Zanjutsu.