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Ichijitsu Kawahiru
King of Souls
Race Kami
Age Ageless
Gender Male
Professional Status
Affiliation Himself, Royal Family
Base of Operations Greater Palace, Royal Palace
Personal Status
Relatives Kamui (Son)
Seireitou Kawahiru(Son)
Zanpakutō
Shikai Unknown
Bankai Unknown
First Appearance
Voices

Ichijitsu Kawahiru (河昼一実, Kawahiru Ichijitsu) is the King of Souls (霊王, Reiō), often simply called the Spirit King or the Soul King; a male Kami and the king of the Soul Society. He is an ageless and timeless individual, living in the Royal Palace, far from his subjects. According to Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, he is indifferent as to the ruling of Soul Society, having given rulership to the Central 46.

Appearance

The king bears a strong resemblance to his son, Seireitou, with long, silver hair, which flows down to about his mid-back, narrow amethyst-colored eyes, and thick black eyebrows. He wears a white shihakushō and a black, high-collar, haori; garb that is the exact opposite, in coloration, to that of the captains of the Gotei 13.

History

According to Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, the King did not always rule absolutely. One thousand years prior to the present day, he ruled alongside Lucifer; a being similar to the king himself.[1]

Duties

It has recently been revealed that the King of Souls' main duty is the guarding of the portal to the Reitoro (霊瀞, Pool of Souls), the location all spirits go, both in Soul Society and in the Human World, to await reincarnation.

Powers & Abilities

Ōken Bestowment: The King of Souls is capable of granting those whom he chooses as members of the Royal Guard with the Ōken, a special tool that allows one to enter the dimension of the Royal Palace whenever they wish. The king achieves this by literally turning the bones of those he selects as Royal Guard members into this Ōken.

Zanpakutō

It is clear that he has some sort of Zanpakutō, though its name and abilities are unknown as of yet. They take the form of two katana with hexagonal guards and green wrapped hilts. He keeps them tied to his waist on a white obi.

Trivia

  • He is an entirely different person than the King shown in the canon storyline.
  • Ichijitsu (一実) means "the one absolute truth" or "the one reality".

References

  1. A Union of Souls 2
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