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Takashi Sakuma
Takashi profile
Full Name Takashi Sakuma
Kanji 佐久間 孝
Romaji Sakuma Takashi
General Information
Race Soul
Birthdate August 16
Age 25 (physical)
≈150 (actual)
Gender Male
Height 176 cm (5’9")
Weight 68 kg (150 lbs)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Amber
Sign Year of the Ox, Leo
Blood Type A+
Professional Information
Affiliation Gotei 13
Previous Affiliation Sakuma Family
Akiyama Dōjō
Occupation Shinigami
Previous Occupation Rōnin
Team 6 Sixth Division
Partner Byakuya Kuchiki
Megumi Kuchiki
Previous Partner Issei Endō (mentor, deceased)
Renji Abarai
Position 3rd Seat
Base of Operations Sixth Division Headquarters, Soul Society
Personal Information
Education Traditional (privately tutored)
Akiyama Dōjō
Marital Status Single
Family Kenta Sakuma (father, deceased),
Asayumi Sakuma (mother, deceased),
Chieko Sakuma (younger sister, deceased)
Status Active
Zanpakutō
Shikai Aka no Tsume
Bankai None
I may be measured by my failures, but I am not defined by them. Every loss I’ve suffered has been painful to endure, but they provided me with clarity, and a reason to act. In the end, the only thing that can be done after crippling defeat is to walk, and if that is not possible then to crawl forward on your hands and knees until, finally, you are able to stand.

–Takashi Sakuma

"Temperance and severity are revealed in the keen edge of a polished blade."
Character tagline

Takashi Sakuma (佐久間 孝, Sakuma Takashi) is a Shinigami and the current third seat of the Sixth Division under Captain Byakuya Kuchiki and Lieutenant Megumi Kuchiki. He was promoted to the position by the previous lieutenant, Renji Abarai, following the Wandenreich Invasion. Since then, he has proven to be a skilled and dependable officer in his own right who takes his duties as a Shinigami seriously. Considered to be the last living member of the Sakuma Family, a lesser-noble house, Takashi nevertheless reflects more humble origins as he spent a large extent of his years in the Rukongai as a wandering swordsman. At present, his underlying goal appears to be the reconciliation between Shinigami and the citizens of the Rukongai, as he possesses great compassion and empathy for the plight of common souls. Whether on duty or leave, Takashi is rarely seen without his hawk, Kohaku, who is also the vessel of his Zanpakutō spirit.

Appearance

Takashi tone

Takashi's standard appearance.

Takashi has a tall, narrow build and appears to be in his early twenties. Despite being rather lean, he has some definition to his muscles, although it seems as though he is still recovering from his years spent in malnutrition. This often leads opponents to underestimate him, perceiving him to be weak, but he possesses a surprising amount of raw strength that has been honed by the need for survival.

Others often describe Takashi as “having a long face,” but in reality his features are rather delicate. His skin tone is naturally light, but because of his near-constant exposure to the elements it has become tanned and weathered. He has a square chin and soft jaw-line, a small sharp nose, and long, thin eyebrows that slant down towards his eyes. His eyes have a slight curve to them and are amber in color. His pupils are notably small, and they appear to be in a constant constricted state. His most striking feature is the thin, jagged scar that runs diagonally across the bridge of his nose and between his eyes, stretching from his forehead to his cheek.

Takashi has short, light brown hair that has a messy and somewhat “feathery” look to it. He has a slender, shoulder-length braid behind his left ear that he tightly wraps with cloth and weaves feathers into. Before becoming a Shinigami, his hair was longer and much more un-kept. Now, he keeps himself much more presentable as a seated officer. He wears the standard Shinigami Shihakushō along with a leather shoulder pad and gauntlet to accommodate his hawk.

Personality

Takashi contemplates

Takashi contemplates an assignment.

Takashi is a calm and perceptive individual. He is unassuming, both in his view of others and in his bearing. This means that he is generally very respectful of others, whether they are his superiors or his subordinates, and is mild in manner and speech. However, this does not mean he respects them on a personal level, but that he is capable of demonstrating external decorum regardless of his true feelings. Nevertheless, he is essentially humble in disposition, taking pride in the honor of his position but not considering himself above those he has sworn to protect. Because of this, he finds it much easier to interact with the lower ranked members of his division as well as citizens of the Rukongai, as they more readily accept him as one of their own.

Takashi is solemn in expression and serious about his responsibility as a Shinigami. This no-nonsense and sober bearing allowed him to reach the position of 3rd Seat almost immediately after joining the Sixth Division. His keen intelligence also helped him to rise in rank. Although not skilled in philosophy or abstract concepts, he is perceptive of others and easily grasps the true nature of a situation. His intuition as a swordsman in battle is often disconcertingly accurate, enabling him to make critical decisions quickly and strategically. He is also capable of separating his emotions from duty, and is analytical and unemotional during a mission.

This ability to emotionally detach himself from a situation has both negative and positive consequences. It is his automatic response to crisis because of the trauma he experienced as a young soul. When taken to extremes he can lose himself as he becomes entirely consumed with achieving his objective. This psychological distance allows him to become incredibly violent, completely unaware or apathetic towards the consequences of his actions. In the past, this has also led to suicidal tendencies as he would throw himself into battle, heedless of danger.

Fortunately, Takashi has become much more mellow in recent years. This has been in part because he has learned to accept his past. He is generally thick-skinned and slow to anger, but he can be provoked, and when he loses his temper it is difficult for him to become calm again. He has a sharp eye for detail and is resourceful, mainly owing to the way he lived before becoming a Shinigami. He also has a gentle and caring side, as revealed by the manner in which he treats his hawk. Above all, Takashi is committed to achieving the greater good for the most people. He has an immense capacity to empathize with others, and will always but someone else's needs above his own. Because of his ideals of selfless honor and honesty, he has most often been described by others as being “a man of great personal integrity.”

Relationships

  • Kohaku: Takashi gave the name of Kohaku (琥珀, lit. "amber") to his hawk when she was a juvenile and possessed lighter, yellowish chest feathers. He still calls her this even after the spirit of his Zanpakutō came to inhabit the bird. Takashi loves his hawk and has risked his life for her on several occasions, as she has been the most constant companion in his lonesome wanderings. He fondly refers to her as “little one." Most interesting about his relationship with his hawk is that he is able to form a telepathic mind link with her (outside of his Tsubasa Shoji technique), which allows him to see and feel what she is seeing and feeling, and vice versa. This allows him to communicate rather fluidly with the spirit of his Zanpakutō that inhabits the hawk’s body. Additionally, Takashi has a set of calls that he can use to communicate with his bird over longer distances.
  • Byakuya Kuchiki: As Byakuya is distant and apathetic towards other people, Takashi has been unable to bond with him. He serves him out of a sense of duty, and obeys without question. He shows deep respect and deference for his Captain, and always addresses him properly. As a result, it is easy for Byakuya to ignore his Lieutenant, as Takashi always completes his tasks and never offends him. This suggests that Byakuya trusts Takashi to a certain extent, as it has been stated that he feels that "part of a Captain's duty is to make sure that the Lieutenant's responsibilities are taken care of." Takashi also fears his Captain, both because of the power he possesses and because Takashi is aware of the fact that if he loses himself in a battle his violent and uncontrolled actions may not be tolerated. For the most part however, the relationship between Takashi and his Captain is entirely perfunctory and defined by obligation to each one’s duties.
  • Naomi Shirogane:
  • Kishō Hōsōshi
  • Issei Endō:
  • Rue:

History

Takashi was born into the Sakuma family about two hundred years ago. His father educated him in traditional arts, such as Kenjutsu and calligraphy, and they often went hunting together in the forests. It was here that Takashi developed his skills as a tracker and a hunter. His father wished him to become proficient in archery, but for unknown reasons Takashi developed a preference for the sword.

Takashi child

Takashi as a child

When Takashi was a child there was worsening tension between the Sakuma household and the Miura Family. Takashi’s father Kenta, (who had just resigned from his position as a Shinigami in the 9th Division) wanted to broker peace on both sides, but this put him at odds with the Sakuma family’s patriarch. Despite his best efforts Kenta began to make bitter enemies within his own family. They began to take his pacifistic ideals as a sign of treachery, and when Kenta began to correspond with a member of the Miura without alerting the Sakuma, he was deemed a traitor.

When Takashi was around the age of twelve, he and his father returned home after hunting one day and found that the manor had been ransacked. Upon entering the courtyard they found all servants dead, and when they came to the house they discovered that all the members of the Sakuma family who were at home had been murdered. This included Takashi's mother and infant sister. The assassins had stayed to finish off the rest of the family, and closed in on Kenta unexpectedly. Takashi’s father attacked and fought back viciously, but after a desperate struggle he was cut down. Distraught, Takashi picked up his father’s sword and rushed at the attackers. He was taken out with one hit; the stroke that fell across his face gave him his signature scar, and the murderers left him for dead.

The Miura eventually learned of the murders, and used the crime as justification for the complete annihilation of the Sakuma family as they claimed they were bringing justice to a family that had turned against itself. However, Kenta’s murderers had not in fact been from the Sakuma family but were hired by the Miura to exploit the already deep-rooted suspicion against Kenta and incite inner-family conflict by his death.

After the attack on Takashi’s home, he was found and rescued by an elderly friend of Kenta’s, Etsuyu Hotake, who had come to the house to visit and had discovered a massacre instead. Etsuyu took him back to his home, a dōjō in Akakusa District, and there Takashi made a slow recovery. He was bitter after the tragedy, and was always at odds with his foster parents, often storming out on his own to return to the forests that were so familiar to him. It was on one of these occasions that he found his hawk, who had injured her wing and was struggling to free herself from a tangle of branches. Takashi saved her, brought her back with him, and nursed her back to health (although she did more to heal his wounded spirit than anything) and the young bird became his lifelong companion. Nevertheless, he swore to himself that he would one day exact revenge on the ones who had murdered his father.

Takashi began to train under Etsuyu at his dōjō. Etsuyu was hesitant to train him because he knew of Takashi’s angry and reckless nature and feared he would use his style for harm. His concerns proved correct, as Takashi became involved with the Swallow Tails, a gang in one of the poorer wards of Akakusa. He joined in order to test his sword in real combat, and was never involved in much of the gang’s activities, serving as more of an aloof defender of the group.

However, it was through his connection to the gang that Takashi eventually discovered that it had been the Miura —not the Sakuma— who had ordered the death of his family. Enraged, he undertook a solitary mission to the Miura’s head estate. There he challenged the family leader to a duel. During the fight Takashi revealed his true name and the name of his father, but discovered that they barely remembered the Sakuma, which disturbed him greatly. He defeated the leader but offered him mercy in sparing his life, then left. Takashi returned to his family’s house, now abandoned and desolate. He wandered through the rooms, unsure of what he searched for. In the stillness of the house the weight of grief suddenly fell upon him, and for the first time since his family’s death he wept, mourning their loss. But as night descended the Miura, who had waited until dark to follow him, sprang on him in an ambush. In frenzy, Takashi proceeded to kill every man at arms who attacked him. He then set fire to the house, consuming everything within.

Takashi had sustained heavy injuries during the battle. He wandered delirious into the forest, and his wounds eventually caused him to succumb to a fever. During this weakened state Takashi was able to unlock the Shikai state of his Zanpakutō, and the spirit of the sword helped to sustain him and heal his wounds. (It was also this time that the spirit of his Zanpakutō fused with the body of his hawk.)

After recovering Takashi wandered as a Rōnin throughout the rural lands of the Soul Society, travelling for many years. He was always wary of being pursued by allies of the family he had defeated, but his enemies were few in number and he was soon forgotten. Eventually, Takashi stumbled across a detachment of Shinigami from the 2nd Division who were battling a Hollow in the mountains of South Rukongai. Things were going badly for them when Takashi intervened and helped to save the troop. Impressed, the unit leader took him back to the Seireitei, where he was provided a special exemption from enrolling in the Shin’o Academy (due to his already proficient use of Zanjutsu and Kidō) and immediately enlisted into Squad 2 in the Onmitsukidō's Detention Unit.

Some time later, Takashi transferred to the 6th Division after meeting the Squad’s former Lieutenant, Renji Abarai, who was searching for a competent 3rd Seat at that time. He was promoted to the position shortly before Renji and Byakuya Kuchiki left for the world of the living in order to apprehend Rukia Kuchiki.

Plot

Corrupted Shadow

Takashi is first seen in Corrupted Shadow on the veranda outside his office at the Sixth Division's headquarters, drinking tea as he reminisces about his kenjutsu instructor.[1] A Jigokuchō then appears with a summons from Glacies Fidus, the lieutenant of the 13th Division, who informs him that he has been assigned to an official task force that is to be sent to the Rukongai to investigate a mysterious series of murders. After asking the 4th seat of the division, Masaharu Sasada, to accompany him, they meet with the other members of the task force in front of the East Seireimon. Takashi assures Glacies that, while he can vouch for Masaharu's reliability, he cannot speak for the other member of the task force, Tyler Ryūdō, a member of the 5th Division. Glacies tells the task force that the murders were presumably committed by a Hollow, but that a "mysterious presence" had been reported by the common souls living in the district, and so the Gotei 13 had decided to more closely investigate the incidents.

After the briefing, the task force leaves for the East Rukongai. Upon reaching the twelfth district, Nikkō, the squad splits up to gather supplies for the mission and to search out any rumors or information related to the murders.[2] Takashi goes off on his own to ask the Rukongai inhabitants if they have information related to the murders. He meets with little success as he is distracted by an unidentifiable spiritual presence that he notices following him. Finally, he is approached by Naomi Shirogane, the lieutenant of the 8th Division who had been tracking him for some time.[3] Naomi questions him about the nature of his mission, but Takashi is angered that Naomi followed the task force without permission, and tries his best to discourage her from following him any further. In response, Naomi states that Takashi and Byakuya are "perfect for each other" because of their cold exteriors, and insists on calling Takashi by his first name, which greatly annoys him.[3] Naomi insists that she can be of assistance, which prompts Takashi to inform her about the nature of the assignment in hopes that it will satisfy her curiosity. But this results in Naomi becoming even more determined to help in the investigation, and Takashi finally allows her to accompany him.

Naomi tells Takashi that she knows of a good source of information, and leads them to a bakuto parlor where she used to frequent for leads.[3] After they fail to convince the bouncer at the door to let them through, Naomi knocks him unconscious using Shō, which shocks Takashi. After entering the gambling establishment, Naomi searches out Junpei Katsura. A drunk patron directs them to a private room in the back, and Naomi and Takashi enter and begin to talk with Junpei. Junpei, the apparent manager of the gambling outfit in Nikkō, tells them what he knows about the recent murders after Takashi explains the situation to him. He tells them that the common souls in the area believe the murders are related to the legend of the Nageki On'na, or wailing woman, who inhabits the dry riverbed that runs through the area where the murders took place. Takashi, however, realizes that the only reason the murders are related to the strange change in weather is because the farmers are staying out later at night in an attempt to bring in the crops before the rains come, providing the assassin with more chances to strike.

After telling them the rumors he's heard, Junpei demands payment—but with Naomi's former "services" she once provided when she lived in the Rukongai, not with kan.[3] Naomi reacts by kicking Junpei in the face, and the two Shinigami are forced to escape the ensuing battle in the bakuto parlor. Takashi takes advantage of the fight to lecture Naomi about the dangers of reacting with violence to every provocation, at which Naomi tells him to shut up. However, once they escape, they agree that they make a good combat team.

Takashi and Naomi regroup with Glacies at the Emerald Lotus Teahouse, and after the latter scolds both of them, the three Shinigami leave to find Tyler and Masaharu, who did not meet at the agreed-upon time.[4] Their search leads them to the central market place, and there they are attacked by three Rukon souls who seem to be under the control of an external force. After a brief struggle, they manage to subdue the hypnotized farmers, whose names are Anzu, Ren, and Tsuguo. However, the mysterious force possessing them causes them to attack yet again despite their injuries. Anzu surprises Takashi and holds a knife to his throat, causing the fight to come to a halt. However, he is saved by the sudden appearance of Tyler, and is able to break free of Anzu's hold. Switching tactics, the manic woman drives the blade towards her own throat to commit suicide, but Glacies intervenes and prevents her from carrying through with the act. After capturing her, Glacies breaks the woman's hypnosis by dragging everyone into his Bibliotecha.[5]

Anzu finally regains her senses, and tells the Shinigami that the last thing she remembers was washing laundry in the river in her home district. She has no memory of her attack on the Shinigami, nor even how she reached Nikkō. They realize that the farmers are from Bankawa, the district where the murders have been taking place. Anzu offers to serve as their guide, and the Shinigami set off.

Blade without Edge

Extinction

Takashi is on mission in the South Rukongai when the Wandenreich attacks the Soul Society. He is unable to reach the Seireitei in time to intervene in the battle, and knowing this he instead uses his Tsubasa Shoji technique to spy on the battlefield. He witnesses the death of his Lieutenant, Renji Abarai, first-hand. By the time he returns to the Seireitei, Ichigo Kurosaki has defeated Yhwach and the Wandenreich has been defeated. The Soul Society is in shambles. Takashi manages to find his Captain, who had been badly wounded in the fight. The Sixth Division’s forces have been significantly cut down, and so Takashi becomes one of the key players in the reconstruction efforts.

Nine years later, after the Visored are massacred in the World of the Living, Takashi is recommended by Kazuya Kuchiki as one of the members for the investigation task force. He is assigned to the Human World along with Aiken Kuchiki, Ichimaru Fuyutama, and Nisshou Ichijouji.

(To be continued.)

Equipment

Takashi hawk

Takashi's hawk.

Falconer’s Protection: Kohaku closely resembles a Japanese Sparrowhawk, and is on the larger side of the species, being about 30cm in length with a 62cm wingspan. Although she is not too heavy, (Takashi mentions that she weighs almost the same as his Zanpakutō) a leather shoulder pad and gauntlet protect Takashi from being injured by her sharp talons.

Powers and Abilities

Natural

High Spiritual Pressure: As a Lieutenant, Takashi boasts a high amount of spiritual energy. His Reiatsu is a deep crimson. Despite the fact that he is only a Lieutenant and does not possess a Bankai, he has a considerable amount of experience and power that puts him just slightly below the level of a Captain when it comes to raw fighting ability.

Keen Intellect: Takashi is very perceptive, and he often relies on his intuition in battle. He has an excellent memory, able to recall even obscure or easily dismissed details. He is also able to analyze and deduce the basic mechanics behind an opponent’s attacks, quickly adjusting for their strengths and weaknesses in order to counter them. He has also shown creative and nontraditional use of his Shikai, due to its somewhat limited abilities.

  • Skilled Tactician and Strategist: Perhaps due to his use of the Tsubasa Shoji technique, Takashi is an excellent battle strategist. He can judge the general attacks of an enemy force, along with their direction, motivation, and plan from a even a simple overview of the battle. The ability to observe such complicated maneuvers also requires that he be able to utilize the information effectively. Takashi can make astute observations and decisions almost immediately after receiving such information, and can adjust his plans accordingly. He is also skilled in more distant or long-term battle planning.

Special

Master Swordsman: Since Takashi’s primary weapon of attack is his Zanpakutō he is very skilled in its use. He demonstrated natural prowess from an early age, having first learned basic Kenjutsu from his father and later being able to overcome the Miura Clan without a Shikai. As a master, Takashi professes skill in swordsmanship above all else. When wielding his sword his power and determination are evident in both in his movements and in the very edge of the blade itself, which emanates a strong resolve. While he has largely expanded and personalized the form of his sword-fighting he first learned most of what constitutes as traditional technique while studying in the Akakusa Dōjō, where he was trained in House of Hidden Leaves (葉隠流 Hagakure-ryu) style. Originally Hagakure was defined by “the art of dying,” that is, to live as if already dead and to become so focused on cutting through a target not even death can prevent the strike. Its focus is on cutting away to the essence of all things. It is not concerned with “technique” in the rigid sense of the term or even spiritual with finding paths, seeking enlightenment, or communication with one’s sword. It is about striking to kill. All spiritual elements are stripped away, with the exception of one’s complete infusion into the act of attack. Essentially, the user becomes the blade. Devoid of all emotion. Attacking as if already dead. The techniques of Hagakure are incredibly effective due to their bare simplicity. The movements are stripped of all unnecessary additions, as everything is sacrificed in order to cut through a target. There are eight basic forms of Hagakure, and the two most powerful are:

  • Sanbankage: (三番影 “third shadow”) Whatever cut or injury he inflicts on an enemy will triple in effect the instant of impact. Meaning, even if he only makes one cut, the opponent will have been cut three times in total. (The two supplementary cuts or wounds being parallel and congruent to the original.) By concentrating Reiatsu in the cutting edge of the blade, it becomes sharp enough to cut through the very Reishi in the air. This Reishi continues to follow the path of the blade (following the laws of cohesion or attraction) creating two secondary or shadowing “blades” that land a split second after the initial strike.
  • Muyō: (無影 “shadowless”) The Muyo is the ultimate technique of Hagakure. According to the school’s founder “the wielder must become an emotionless vessel to the spirit of their blade, they must become the blade.” Reiatsu is focused in the cutting edge of the blade, so refined and so controlled it has been known to cut through thick steel and even Zanpakutō.

Shunpo Expert: Hohō (歩法, “Step Method”) refers to the combat skill of footwork, its speed and agility can be enhanced and improved through concentration and intense training. The most skilled practitioners of Hohō are often assigned to the Onmitsukidō. As Takashi was a former member of the Stealth Force, he boasts considerable proficiency and skill in the art of Hohō, particularly Shunpo (瞬歩, “Flash step”), which is the greatest expression of the Hohō technique. Shunpo allows the user to move at speeds faster than the eye can follow, and the method is best described by how fast one can move between two points with the least amount of steps. Takashi has trained extensively in the art of Shunpo, both during his time in the 2nd Division as well as currently serving under Byakuya Kuchiki, as both positions demanded that he be able to skillfully utilize the technique. Furthermore, because his Shikai’s abilities focus around speed, he must be able to compensate in control and efficiency. He has been shown to be capable of keeping up with his Captain, who is widely known for his prowess in Shunpo. As Takashi is an expert in the technique he is considerably fast, and can maintain high-speed movement for an indeterminate amount of time, although his speed will gradually begin to decrease with extended use. While not as fast as a master such as Byakuya, he can keep up effectively, and although some may be much faster than he is, his application of the technique is nevertheless highly advanced.

Skilled Hakuda Combatant: Takashi prefers to use his Zanpakutō in combat and rarely, if ever, employs Hakuda. However, due to his position in the Detention Unit of Squad 2 he was forced to become proficient in unarmed combat, as he could not enter the Nest of Maggots otherwise. He can take on average armed opponents and make decent efforts against those many times his size, often supplementing his Hakuda with the use of Hohō. Even so, he avoids such direct hand-to-hand combat as much as possible. Takashi utilizes a form that bears close resemblance to Jujutsu, as such circumstances that required Hakuda would likely mean he had become unarmed during a fight against an armed opponent and would quickly need to reverse the situation. This is usually expressed by “yielding” to an opponent’s attack and manipulating it in both force and direction, allowing the user to control the balance of their opponent and prevent them from resisting a counter attack. The typical emphasis is on redirection, immobilization, and targeting of fatal points, but also includes more general striking and kicking techniques, as well as how to break falls and reduce damage to one’s own body. Understandably, this style is frequently employed by the Onmitsukidō, and as such Takashi was trained in its use. However, he himself has admitted that while he understood the reasoning and the form, and can perhaps predict such movements if used by an opponent, he had little skill in practicing unarmed combat. He has improved to a certain degree over the years, and due to his training and experience now boasts and average level of strength in Hakuda.

Competent Kidō Practitioner: Takashi has been known to use Bakudō to aid in combat, but he rarely uses Hadō functionally. He does not prefer to use Kidō during a fight, as “it takes too much time and effort to be practical.” Instead, he tends to use Kidō in day-to-day operations, such as healing (Kaidō), providing light, or communication. He does not normally use spells, but only because the Kidō he uses is low-level and does not require an incantation to be effective.

Zanpakutō

Aka no Tsume (赤の爪, "Red Talon") The sealed form of the sword resembles that of a normal katana, with a bronze tsuba and a red saya and hilt. He inherited the sword from his father, who was able to utilize similar attacks to the Aka no Tsume, but possessed a different Asasuchi and form. Since the spirit of Takashi’s Zanpakutō has linked with that of his hawk it is able to observe the outside world more directly than other Zanpakutō.

  • Tsubasa Shoji: (翼所持, “Wing Possession”) Over the years the soul of Takashi’s Zanpakutō became linked with that of his hawk, allowing for a “transfer of consciousness.” The Tsubasa Shoji is a technique is used for espionage and reconnaissance (it is not a fighting technique.) Takashi first enters a state similar to that of Jinzen, and instead transfers his “consciousness” to the body of hawk while the spirit of his Zanpakutō acting as the connecting medium. He leaves his unconscious body and can move about in the body of the hawk at will. However, this leaves his own body completely defenseless. He is vulnerable inside the body of the hawk as well, as he is unable to fight.

Shikai

The release command is "Tear" (劈く, tsunzaku). The sword does not change its shape, but the blade edge turns a blood red. Takashi utilizes the Shikai by striking an opponent and drawing blood. Each additional mark after that increases his speed and perception of his opponent in small increments. Eventually, he is able to move at much higher speeds than before and react to high-speed attacks from his opponents. His Shikai also grants him a few additional abilities:

  • Enhanced Instinct: After his blade makes contact with an opponent he can track them anywhere, even if they use Shunpo or concealment techniques. This is even effective if they utilize teleportation, but only up to a certain distance.
  • Karafuru: (降る, "Sky Fall") This is Takashi’s ultimate technique and is rarely, if ever, employed in battle. It involves the complete synthesis of his swordsmanship and Shikai. By infusing his blade and body with Reiatsu, he can, for a split second in time, becomes so keen to his opponent, he can almost "phase out" and deliver an incredibly fast "death swoop," causing a single grievous wound on an opponent, even enemies at full-power. However, if he fails in delivering this technique the results can be crippling.
  • "August Wind" (風を恐れる, kaze o osoreru):

Bankai

Unachieved.

Quotes

(To Kazuo Hanazawa) "My bond to Kohaku is both my greatest strength, and my greatest weakness. I haven’t found a way to protect her while I’m engaged in combat… Hanazawa-san, until I find a way to protect her… may I ask that you attack only me.”
(To Kishō Hōsōshi) "... A Shinigami who fears baring himself to his own sword has no right to bare a sword.”
(To Jurō Henkō) "I was taught long ago that the sword that kills is also the sword that gives life. Meaning is found in death. It may seem meager to you, but in this brief existence called life, the only satisfaction I have found is to protect such fragile life wherever it is found... To live for a cause greater than self-gain."

Trivia

  • Takashi's theme song is Fuyu no Sakura, by the Yoshida Brothers
  • Takashi's given name (孝) means "filial piety." His surname roughly translates to "long-time place of the assistant."
  • The way that Takashi interacts with his hawk is based off of Takagari (traditional Japanese falconry.)
  • Takashi's penmanship has been praised by Byakuya Kuchiki himself, who noted how nice it was to "have a Lieutenant capable of producing legible reports."
  • The first two images of Takashi appearing on this article were created by the author.

References

  1. Corrupted Shadow, The Assignment
  2. Corrupted Shadow, The Rukongai
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Corrupted Shadow, Unexpected Arrival
  4. Corrupted Shadow, Emerald Lotus
  5. Corrupted Shadow, The Appraisal
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