|Height||180 cm (5'11")|
|Weight||74 kg (163 lb.)|
|Position||Third Seat Officer|
|Previous Partner||Yemon Himura†|
|Base of Operations||Seireitei|
|Relatives||Fujiko Himura (Younger sister)|
Daisuke is a tall young man of lean and well-built stature. He has short dark blonde hair and blue eyes. His eyes are set apart somewhat widely, and he has a prominent, square jaw.
He wears a rather tight-fitting variant of the standard Shinigami Shihakushō, which he adorns with a simple white vest worn on top. He also wears a silver bracelet on his right wrist, a gift from his younger sister.
In general, Himura is a quite amiable person. He feels good in the company of his comrades, and is genuinely supportive and helpful whenever his acquaintances are in a difficult situation. He is noted to be exceptionally protective of his friends and the citizens of the Soul Society alike, and he possesses a strong sense of justice. In addition, he is an ambitious hard-worker who shows respect to his superiors and rarely questions their orders.
After the loss of their parents when they were both children, Daisuke has been taking care of his younger sister, Fujiko Himura. He is very caring toward her, and her security was his main motivation for joining the Gotei 13 in the first place.
On the other hand, he is also rather impatient, and may get discouraged or hectic if his efforts do not result in anything palpable after a while. He styles himself as a "natural leader" of sorts and often attempts to order his friends around, but is usually mocked for his relatively meek disposition and lack of charisma. Due to a traumatic event in his childhood involving Hollows, he is irrationally afraid of them, which might hamper him from fulfilling his duties as a Shinigami.
Both Daisuke and his younger sister were born in the Soul Society, in one of the mid-rank Rukongai districts. Their parents were merchants who kept travelling across the settlements and trading various goods, with their children constantly accompanying them. The family was a healthy one, and the Himuras endured through many hardships and near-poverty thanks to their integrity. They were usually travelling with numerous other merchants in a larger group, and Daisuke was known to scuffle with his peers regularly, most often in order to protect his little sister from pestering.
However, one day the family's caravan was attacked by a stray Hollow. The Himuras and their companions were powerless against the monster, and Daisuke's father urged his son to stay alive and protect Fujiko before he and his wife were devoured. Daisuke was paralysed with fear, and kept on holding his younger sister as the Hollow rampaged across the convoy and eventually set its sight on them. Fortunately, a pair of Shinigami patrolling the area finally arrived at the scene, and they were able to fend off the Hollow and rescue the frightened children.
That was a crucial day in Daisuke's life; he had lost his parents, encountered a Hollow for the first time in his life, and had his dormant potential recognised by the Shinigami who rescued him. Both he and Fujiko were subsequently taken to Seireitei, where they were adopted by a foster family. The feeling of guilt due to his weakness and inability to protect his parents, combined with the reveal of his hidden spiritual power, prompted Daisuke to enroll in the Shin'ō Academy after some time.
Powers and Abilities
Swordsman: Himura's skill in sword-fighting is average at best. Even though he feels fairly confident whilst engaging in a sword fight, he lacks the experience and sense required to be considered an expert. His greatest weakness is not the passive nature of his style, but his inability to properly transition into a more active approach when an opportunity to strike back arises. Nevertheless, he works hard to improve his Zanjutsu.
Hakuda Expert: Daisuke is a very competent unarmed combatant. What he lacks in Zanjutsu he compensates for with his undeniable proficiency in Hakuda. He used to brawl constantly with his peers while still being a child, and he developed his unrefined skills considerably during the training in Shin'ō Academy. He is a swift combatant, and makes extensive use of his legs and unpredictable punches to complement the use of his Shikai.
Shunpo Expert: Daisuke is fast, as he is able to keep up with Shinigami of Lieutenant-level in terms of speed. His agility and speed are crucial to his fighting style. As a result, he makes constant effort to remain in top condition.
Kidō Practitioner: He has also received basic training in the art of Kidō. While he does not have any noticeable affinity in this area, he is capable of efficiently using low-level spells without incantations to support his other abilities. He tends to use Hadō spells more often in order to boost his otherwise lacking offensive power.
Enhanced Strength: As a result of intense training, Himura possess a degree of physical strength beyond that of an average Shinigami. It is an important element of his fighting style. Its worth noting that he rarely makes overt use of that strength, and instead prefers to assume a more defensive stance to trick the enemy before he eventually charges at them at full power.
Enhanced Endurance: Arguably one of his more signature traits, Daisuke is known for his unusually high stamina. It takes an extended period of time to wear him down, and even then he might keep standing up each time he is struck down thanks to his surprising staying power, provided he has the determination to do so.
Keen Intellect: Whereas not considered a genius, he has his moments of almost surprising cleverness, and is usually able to make good use of his abilities depending on the situation. He does not work well under high stress, but when given good enough focus he becomes capable of figuring out ways to meet his challenges at a significantly increased pace.
Hoshō (歩哨, "Sentinel"): When sealed, the Zanpakutō takes the form of a regular katana with an oval tsuba and an ivory hilt.
- Daisuke Himura was designed as a "beginner-type" character, inexperienced and with a fair amount of unrealised potential. Furthermore, he was based on the "generic Anime protagonist" template, but modified in several significant ways to diverge from the well-known pattern of character development.
- After the creator felt he had driven himself into a corner as far as Daisuke's depiction was concerned and became disinterested with writing his story, he decided to salvage the character and turn Daisuke into a member of his Gotei 13.
- Daisuke shares family name with Yemon Himura, the former Third Seat Officer of his Division. However, the two are not related.