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"I don't care what they're calling themselves. I'll destroy them like I did the first if they keep getting in my way."
—Kentaro on the resurgent Imawashī.[src]
Imawashī
The Seven Imawashii
Kanji 忌まわしい
Romaji {{{romaji}}}
Organization
Headquarters Reikai
Affiliation Kikkashō
Purpose Destroy the Reikai

The Imawashī (忌まわしい, lit. The Damned), known alternatively as Shinzō's Elite, are a group of spiritually-aware beings active throughout the Reikai who work in conjunction with the Kikkashō. The group serves as the main visible antagonistic force in Bleach: Cataclysm following the Collapse, showing a considerable interest in Kentaro Hiroshi and Ryan Kuchiki.[1]

Although known as Shinzō's Elite the title is empty; Shinzō was killed by Kentaro sometime prior to the Collapse, making the Imawashī's leader unknown. They have however taken orders from Kurokawa Kōhai,[2] and seem to answer similarly to Dastan Shiba.[3]

Known members of the resurgent Imawashī include father-son duo Hiden and Eiji Shinzui, who were both active during the Engelhaft Gewitter's attack on the Seireitei.[1][4] Others include former trainees of the Ryū Order, with others assembled from the populace of Kohai Tochi.[5] As a whole the organization, counting Dastan, has twenty-seven members as twenty-six then-unknown individuals attempted to stop Kensei and Shūhei from fleeing their domain.[3]

The group are recognizable through their armbands, which are of a red colouration with a sun-crest emblazoned upon them.[1]

Organization

The Imawashī employ twenty-seven core members split between three divisions, with numerous agents comparable in strength to average Seated officers.[3] In addition Dastan charged Arata with the creation of a Soulless army, dubbed their "Immortal Legion", but progress was slow.[6] There seems to be little tying the group together other than a very loose connection to Oda Kōhai, seemingly built upon a foundation of fear rather than respect. Naoko Izuru, who spied on the organisation for quite some time, discovered that Kurokawa Kōhai was Oda's right-hand, with Dastan Shiba and Hiden Shinzui offering leadership and stability.[7]

Six Directions Counter Force

This particular unit comprises nine members, with six Captain-class combatants and three Lieutenant-class combatants.[3] Of the three units this is the only one so far whose members have been fully identified. The leader of this unit, known as the Trickster, is actually Kentaro's thought-to-be-deceased fraternal grandfather,[3] while Hiden and Eiji are also part of this group.[8] Following numerous battles with the Six Directions membership has fallen to include only seven.[9][10] Overall the membership is as follows:

Jōren Subjugation Force

Gotei Remnant Relief Squad

The members of the Gotei Remnant Relief Squad began with a very different function, and where specifically tasked with recruitment of promising individuals to the Imawashī's side; specifically Garrett Sheppard and Tiffany Henderson.[12] Garrett and Tiffany refused and very nearly killed Ichiro and Gina,[13][14] whilst Lloyd and Randy Jones nearly killed Hitoshi.[15] At the same time the groups leader, Rōjin, was swiftly killed by Shinrei Kurosaki immediately prior to The Collapse in Grat.[16] He was replaced by an unknown Captain-class individual by the time the entire Imawashī attempted to kill Kensei and Hisagi of the Six Directions,[3] because Dastan was aware that Kenji Hiroshi was active once more and felt vulnerable.[17]

Naoko Izuru discovered that the Imawashī had entered into a formal alliance with the Gotei Remnant,[7] which was later revealed to be a separate team to that previously encountered by the Six Directions. It was the existence of the so-called Gotei Remnant Relief Squad and the alliance between them and the Gotei Remnant which caused both Tōshirō Hitsugaya and Shūsuke Amagai to defect to the side of the Six Directions during the Second Battle of Nishiendo.[9]

Hikaru, who was a member of the team assigned to oversee the disposal of the Six Directions, revealed the membership of the Relief Squad to Riki Nagakura, alongside a physical description and personality briefing of each respective member. Hikaru, prior to this, had resolved to join both Riki and Kentaro on the condition they help him save Akane.[11] Hikaru further claimed that every individual member of this team where affiliated with the Onmitsukidō sometime prior to the Collapse; the sole exception is Sanji, who was affiliated with the 5th Division in the Gotei 13. Kentaro also recognized some as having once been members of Katashi's now-defunct drug-running organization.

The membership is as follows:

References & notes

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