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四楓院夜一), one of the characters in the manga and anime series Bleach.
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Bleach is a best-selling manga and anime series. The manga, authored by Tite Kubo (
久保 帯人), has been published in a Japanese magazine Shonen Jump since August 2001. It has grown to been very popular to many people around the world. The manga series has a very unique story to it.
The central character of Bleach is a fifteen years old schoolboy Kurosaki Ichigo, who has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts and spirits.
He accidentally gets supernatural powers and is forced to fight with evil spirits aka Hollows (
ホロウ), protect the people and send the souls of the dead in the afterlife ("Soul Society").
From U.S. anime webite:
...he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper who shows up at Ichigo's house on the trail of a Hollow, a malevolent lost soul. Drawn to Ichigo's high level of spiritual energy, the Hollow attacks Ichigo and his family, and Rukia steps in to help, but is injured and unable to fight. As a last resort Rukia decides to transfer a part of her Soul Reaper powers to Ichigo... Ichigo, now a full-fledged Soul Reaper, and Rukia, minus her powers, join together to face the challenges that lie ahead.
Bleach was awarded with Shogakukan manga award as the best shonen ("for boys") manga. The anime series, based on the manga plot, ended with episode 366. In addition, two OVAs, four animated films and several video games were released. To know more about the series, please visit Wikipedia.
Yoruichi Shihouin shows up in manga volume 6, Chapter 51, even though we don't really get to see her face at that time, because she possesses the ability to transform into a black cat. We only get to see her feline form at the beginning. She first appears as her human state in Chapter 116. About 200 years prior to the Bleach storyline, Yoruichi Shihouin, a former squad captain, helped her dear friend Kisuke Urahara (
浦原喜助) in his escape from Soul Society after he had been wrongly accused of treason. She was thus relieved of her high status. Cat form helped her to stay hidden from the world.
Yoruichi Shihouin (
四楓院夜一) is a former squad captain and the former head of the Covert Ops brigade. She is intelligent, playful and witty, and knows a lot about an afterlife, Soul Society (
尸魂界), as she was previously the leader of the Covert Ops corps.
She is also from one of the Four Noble Families (the most influential houses) and thus was highly respected in Soul Society while she was there: she was the first woman to ever lead the noble Shihouin family. Her seiyuu (voice actor) is Satsuki Yukino .
The name and true appearance of Yoruichi's zanpakuto is unknown. In the manga, it was seen in a few panels, resembling a kodachi or Wakizashi short sword. Yoruichi doesn't tend to help directly in battles, but will step in if she thinks her side can't win. Since she is familiar with many of the shinigami due to her history, she can usually be trusted to make this assertion correctly. An excellent instructor, she is responsible for training Ichigo's friends prior to their entrance into Soul Society.
AbilitiesAs a member of a noble family and head of the covert ops, Yoruichi acquired a lot of powerful abilities and artifacts. One of her most important and unique abilities is that she can transform into a black cat at will. Yoruichi can remain in her feline form for a long period of time. It is unknown if this ability possesses any time limit, but it is unlikely considering she used it for so long that she has become unused to and dislikes wearing clothing (much to Ichigo's chagrin). As a cat, Yoruichi is still able to use many of her abilities. Her transformation allows her a complete disguise in multiple ways; in addition to not appearing in a human form, her voice as a cat is deep enough for most to assume that she is male.
A less unique but equally important ability is the flash step (
瞬歩) aka shunpo, which lets her move incredibly fast for short distances with each 'step'.
Although many high-ranking shinigami have this ability, Yoruichi holds the title Goddess of Flash (
瞬神 shunshin), because she can move faster and for longer distances. It's unclear how many steps she can take before collapsing, but we know she needs to catch her breath after 200 steps due to being out of practice for a hundred years.
Yoruichi is a master of hand-to-hand, demon arts, and has learned one of the ultimate techniques that combines these combat arts. The technique is called shunko (
瞬閧, "flash war cry") and allows the user to concentrate high amounts of energy in different parts of their body and blast it at opponents. Later she learns how to transform her mind and body even further. By the end of the manga she can turn into the so-called Beast Battle Form (
瞬閧 雷獣戦形 瞬霳黒猫戦姫), which sheaths her in an aura of electrical energy. The energy forms her hair into the form of cat ears and she grows a tail. Yoruichi's friend Kisuke Urahara is the only one who can control her in this form.
Yoruichi has two items that allow her to fly. One is a wand with a skull atop it that produces a tentacle that acts as a harness, and a single, bat-shaped wing that acts as a hang glider. Flight is triggered using the word tobe ("fly!"). No skill or previous experience is required to fly using this artifact.
The other is the tentouken (
天踏絢 which means "heavenly dancing figure"), a brown cloak with a large draw string closure at the collar, with a large brooch displaying the Shihouin family crest. Like the wand, the tentouken seems to require no skill or previous experience to use. It also seems to be superior to the wand, since it allows one to hover in mid air, and leaves ones hands free. So far, only Ichigo has been shown using this artifact.
[Sees Yoruichi in cat form] "Yes! It’s Yoruichi! You’ve come back! Ha ha ha! Come here you little devil, let me take a look at you! You’re my fuzzy little troublemaker, yes you are!"I think it is clear that they are either very close friends or lovers: Kisuke would flirt to annoy Yoruichi, and there's a scene of her being in nothing but a shirt while sleeping at his place. However after their exile, they didn't see each other for the next hundred years, it seems that they only meet up during times of crisis. There’s no confirmation one way or another.
砕蜂; the official English spelling: Suì-Fēng) as a guard and became her mentor. She taught Soi Fong most of the techniques she knew.
"That's enough, Soifon. You remind me of myself. I even think of you sometimes as my little sister."As a result, Soi Fong succeeded her as head of the covert ops and the captain after Yoruichi's escape from Soul Society. Soi Fong is left with conflicting emotions regarding what she perceives as Yoruichi's abandonment of her. Soi Fong belittles Yoruichi for the abandonment of her title as Commander of the Covert Ops and (what Soi Fong believes is) her betrayal of Soul Society.
四楓院 夕四郎 咲宗) is Yoruichi's little brother, who shows up in manga Chapter 606. He is the next head of the Shihouin family. Yoruichi probably hadn't seen him much since he was very young, but he cares deeply for her.
"If you're going to make fun of my sister, I'll take you on myself!"They have a very typical dynamic with siblings: the older one being annoyed with the younger one.
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