|Height||184 cm (6')|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb.)|
|Base of Operations||Seireitei|
|Shikai||Shi no Hōyō|
|Bankai||Sonzai no Yūgure|
|Story Debut||The Exile 2|
|Roleplay Debut||The Exile|
Ikiryō Kuragari (暗がり生霊, "Gloomy Wraith") is an exiled Shinigami and a former member of the Second Division of Gotei 13. He served briefly as a Lieutenant under Captain Suì-Fēng, succeeded by Marechiyo Ōmaeda.
Kuragari is a tall and slender young man with a toned physique. He has a rather pale skin, relatively short, unkempt black hair and pale blue eyes. There is a prominent, deep scar on the left side of his face. It severs his upper lip, goes upward through the cheek, splits the eyebrow and goes through forehead to end somewhere beyond the hair line. It is unknown where and why he sustained it, but it appeared after his exile from Seireitei.
During the early years of Academy he used to have much longer, braided hair and short eyebrows, which denoted his descent from nobility.
He wears a short-sleeved variation of the standard Shinigami uniform which is also less spreading than normal. After his exile he has removed the lieutenant's badge from it.
Ikiryō was initially quite cheerful and talkative, if a rather arrogant person. He came from a mid-rank noble family and his pompous and overly elegant mannerisms were mocked by many of his peers at the Academy, which caused him plenty of frustration.
Over the years spent training and on the missions, he has changed substantially. He has become more focused, serious and sometimes sardonic, with his polite tone now often marked with sarcasm. Most of the time he has a grim expression on his face and his stare is piercing and somewhat unsettling. He stays level-headed even in dire situations.
One of his most prominent traits is reluctance to obey authorities, as he has had difficulties following orders even of people whom he respected. This repeated disobedience was a major factor in his eventual exile from the Seireitei.
He has a habit of addressing most people with the -san honourific. He refers to the captains, both former and current, with the -dono suffix. Notable exceptions include Yoruichi-sama and Suì-Fēng-chan.
It is known he has had some sort of rivalry with Suì-Fēng, and he did not take well the fact he ended up as her lieutenant and not the other way around. However, there appears to be more than meets the eyes as far as their relationship is concerned. Additionally, he seemed to have some feelings toward Yoruichi Shihōin during his time as a seated offier, but he is extremely secretive about this.
Ikiryō hails from a middle-ranking noble family. He has no siblings and as such his father had a specific plan for him to fulfil, yet at some point Ikiryō decided to enlist to the Shinō Academy against his wishes.
Even though he had good results and became well-known amongst the concurrent students, due to his pompous attitude he often ended up as the object of ridicule to his peers. Their mockery had a substantial impact on the development of his personality. People who had once laughed at Ikiryō ended up hastily getting out of his way.
Eventually, he became one of the top students in his class, and soon afterward he was recruited to the 2nd Division. After achieving his Shikai he quickly rose up through the ranks and became a high-seated officer within a relatively short timespan.
Around 110 years ago he served as the 4th seat officer of the 2nd Division, and succeeded Kisuke Urahara on the 3rd seat post following the latter's promotion to captain.
After the hollowfication incident and Yoruichi Shihōin's exile around 100 years ago, he was left severely chagrined at his captain's departure. Anyway, he saw an opportunity to fulfil his dream and become a captain himself, as multiple higher-ranked posts had been left vacant.
He was not ready yet, however. Whilst he succeeded Marenoshin Ōmaeda as the next lieutenant of the 2nd Division, Suì-Fēng had achieved her Bankai before him and became the new captain soon afterward. Sorely embittered, Ikiryō lost almost any semblance of discipline and started acting violently.
Though the immediately following events are not fully known, it is certain that his considerable disobedience resulted in an intervention from the higher-ups, which ended up in a major scuffle that saw Kuragari ultimately exiled from the Seireitei over 60 years from now.
After some time spent wandering in the outer districts of the Rukongai, Ikiryō somehow entered Hueco Mundo. He most likely achieved his Bankai not too long later, as by the time of the Battle of Fake Karakura Town he has already worked on it extensively since several decades. He fought with multiple Hollows on a daily basis, and encountered several Arrancars.
Powers and Abilities
Expert Swordsman: Even though Ikiryō managed to become quite good in swordfighting, according to himself he has never achieved a satisfactory level. His style is characterised by the focus on offence and flurries of rapid cuts and jabs, and its defences are lacking. It is greatly reminescent of Iaijutsu, with prominent Iaidō and Battōjutsu elements.
Hakuda Master: As a former member of the Second Division, Kuragari has been extensively trained in unarmed combat. After achieving his Shikai, he spent even more time to develop his skill, eventually becoming a master-level Hakuda combatant. He can effortlessly deliver series of rapid hits and use his flexibility and agility to surprise his opponents.
Shunpo Master: Ikiryō is incredibly fast. Even though he himself stated he is neither of his former captains' equal, he still can easily outmanoeuvre lieutenant-level enemies and even outpace most captains. He utilises that exceptional speed extensively to evade attacks and to confuse and ambush his foes. He knows several advanced Hohō techniques, like Senka and Utsusemi.
Kidō Expert: Due to his burning ambition and the desire to develop comprehensively, Ikiryō zealously trained Kidō in order to diversify his combat techniques. He can effectively use mid-level Hadō and Bakudō without incantations. His favourite spells are Bakudō #26: Kyokkō and Hadō #32: Ōkasen. He frequently makes use of 60s-level Bakudō spells to quickly immobilise his adversaries. Furthermore, he is capable of using offensive spells of this level as well, up to Hadō #63: Raikōhō, but only with a full incantation.
Enhanced Strength: Because of the importance of unarmed combat in his profession, Kuragari has trained his physical strength enough to surpass an average level by far. He is capable of sending lesser opponents through walls with single punches.
Enhanced Endurance: He is characterised by a great resistance to pain. He can completely ignore light injuries and is capable of fighting practically unhindered even after suffering significant damage.
Master Assassin: Since the 2nd Division became very closely affiliated with Onmitsukidō during his time, Ikiryō has been extensively trained in the art of assassination. Using his Shikai and Kidō in conjunction he becomes a true master of silent elimination, capable of imperceptibly killing even vigilant opponents. That skill earned him the moniker "Spectre".
Keen Intellect: He is a very perceptive and focused person, and he constantly remains suspicious and vigilant. As such, coupled with his above-average intellect, he is highly resistant to various kinds of tricks and he has little trouble figuring out his enemies' weaknesses and secrets behind their special techniques.
Great Spiritual Power: As a lieutenant, he had a high level of spiritual energy. After achieving his Bankai it has increased severalfold, reaching average captain level. Normally of indigo colour, it becomes almost black and "cold" whilst in Bankai.
Shi no Hōyō (死の抱擁, Embrace of Death): When sealed, the Zanpakutō resembles a wakizashi which has a hollowed, circular tsuba with a spiral ornament inside and a dark purple hilt. Its spirit is female, and takes the form of a very elegantly dressed gothic woman.
- His name means roughly "Gloomy Wraith". It sounds similar to Ichigo Kurosaki, but this is a pure coincidence.
- Though the canon age of Captain Suì-Fēng is unknown, Kuragari's creator considers him slightly older than her.
- His Bankai theme is Bleach OST - Enemy Unseen (Violin).