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You give me too much credit. These days, I'm just a plain old candy-store owner.
~ Kisuke Urahara

Kisuke Urahara is a major character in the anime/manga series Bleach. He is the former captain of the 12th Division, as well as the founder and 1st President of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute until he was discharged from a false accusation by Sosuke Aizen.

He currently lives in the Human World after being exiled, where he owns a small convenience store, "Urahara Shop", which doubles in selling Shinigami items. The shop is maintained by Urahara himself, as well as his employees Tessai Tsukabishi, Jinta Hanakari, and Ururu Tsumugiya. He is also a longtime friend of Yoruichi Shihōin and a mentor of Ichigo Kurosaki.

He is voiced by Shin'ichirō Miki in the Japanese version of the anime, while in the English version, he is voiced by the late Michael Lindsay from episodes 4-214 and Doug Erholtz from episode 231 onwards.

Appearance[]

Kisuke is a tall, lean-built man with light skin and gray eyes. Normally referred to as an old man, he often wears a baggy black jacket with white diamond patterns at the bottom, a green shirt, and a baggy pair of pants. His most notable accessories are his traditional wooden sandals, striped fisherman's hat, and cane. It is apparent that he has no use of the cane as an aide to walk, but we soon find out it is in fact his zanpakuto disguised as a walking cane.

Personality[]

Though usually a laid-back, optimistic, jovial, pleasant and eccentric man, Urahara shows a deceptively cunning and serious side when the situation warrants it. He commonly uses idle conversation and outward concern to distract his opponents. Despite his care-free attitude, he always speaks politely, but is sometimes sarcastic. Yoruichi Shihōin notes he tends to go over the top with whatever he becomes passionate about. He has described himself as a "mere honest, handsome, perverted businessman."

Kisuke is also a pragmatic combatant, believing that using any means necessary in a life-and-death battle is essential in victory and survival, such as forming an alliance with Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez beforehand to defeat Askin Nakk Le Vaar via a sneak attack from behind.

As a former captain of 12th squad, Kisuke shown to be an intelligent scientist when he created Gigais and Gikons. He developed a new Kido that would seal away Aizen. He revealed to Aizen that the Hogyoku no longer acknowledge the ex-captain of the 5th squad as its master.

Background[]

After Rukia Kuchiki transfers her Shinigami powers to Ichigo. Urahara later then gives Rukia a gigai, which later is revealed to be a special gigai that would slowly drain her Reiatsu (spiritual pressure) and turn her into a human. Though this never happens, but it came pretty close. Rukia later buys an artificial soul to take Ichigo's place when he turns into a Shinigami, to make his life easier for the time being.

Later in the series Rukia goes to Urahara for information about the Quincy race. He reveals how the Quincy were hunted to almost extinction due to fear from the Shinigami.

Soul Society Arc[]

Once Ichigo and his friends returned from the Soul Society, Urahara gathered the group on a flying piece of paper and flew them home. He revealed his involvment in the placing of the Hogyoku within Ruki'a soul, and said he didn't tell them because it would change their minds on saving her. Later he apologized for his actions after recieving a elbow to the face by Ichigo, he promises to apologize to Rukia.

Arrancar Arc[]

Urahara and Yoruichi save Ichigo from Yammy. Yoruichi and Urahara Brawl the Espada's Yammy and Ulquiorra before the latter retreat. Sometime later Chad asks to be trained. Urahara later has Renji train him since his Bankai is not fit for training. When Orihime arrives, he shares the details of the coming battle and asks her to refrain from being in the battle due to her lack of means of attack destroyed by Yammy yet Chad disagreed. During another Arrancar incursion, Urahara saves Rangiku Matsumoto from being Impaled by Luppi Atenor. He later on Brawls with Yammy but later on, Ulquiorra captures Orihime while she was in the Dangai, allowing Yammy to Escape back to Hueco Mundo.

Abilities[]

Kisuke was briefly the captain of the 12th Division within the Gotei 13. This is a testament to his skills, intelligence, leadership potential, and powers.

His powers and abilities include:

  • Master swordsmanship: Despite his appearance and laid-back personality, Kisuke is an extremely skilled swordsman who utilizes power attacks and cunning during battle.
  • Shitonegashi (褥返し, Cushion Return): A pinning technique which subdues an opponent and imobilizes them on the ground with Urahara suspending the tip of his cane millimeters from their face after he's struck them
  • Hozuri 頬摺, Cheek Stroke): A simple and light precise slash meant to cause light wounds.
  • Immense Spiritual Power: His spiritual pressure is great enough to create shockwaves that can affect a considerable radius.
  • Shunpo Master: Skilled enough to keep up with Yoruichi, who is generally regarded as the most skilled in Shunpo in Bleach.
  • Kido Master: Being the former head of the Shinigami Research Institute, Urahara has considerable knowledge of Kidō. He is able to use Bakuda spells up to level 79 without incantation. Hado spells up to 91, and able to create his own kido. Powerful enough to seal an immortal being.
  • Kaido: Urahara is proficient enough at healing Kido to heal Ichigo and his friends when battle-worn
  • Kido Creation: Urahara can create high level Kido and has immense knowledge of the art
  • Keikaigi (繫界儀, World-Tying Rite): This technique connects the space of 2 worlds tying them together to produce a Garganta. The opening is generated between 2 large wooden posts jutting out from rock formations. He is able to open the portal silently and whenever he wants.
  • Hakuda Master: Due to his time spent as Corps Commander of the Detention Unit of the Onmitsukidō, he has become very proficient in hand-to-hand combat.
  • Master Strategist and Tactician: Urahara is shown to be a very perceptive and analytical man. He has an has an undeniable talent for thinking things well in advance as well, make decisive and accurate decisions quickly in battle, and able to perceive any situation at hand.
  • Genius-Level Intellect: He possesses genius intellect and is a master scientist and inventor. Acknowledged as the smartest character in Bleach by Souske Aizen.
  • Master Assasin: As a former high-ranking member of the Onmitsukidō, Kisuke has high mastery in the art of stealth combat.

Zanpukto[]

Kisuke's blade is Benihime, the Red Princess. Typically Kisuke keeps Benihike sealed in her cane scabbard and only uses it to push Ichigo out of his body whenever Kon isn't around.

Shikai

Upon the command "Awaken", Benihike will transform. It has various abilities using red energy; typically they are called out with the universal command "Scream".

    • Energy Blasts
    • Energy Shield
Bankai

As Kisuke stated, his Bankai is not suited to helping others train to grow strong, which due to it ability to restructure anything he desires; using thread generated by his Bankai's avatar.

    • Healing: The primary use Kisuke has for Bankai in battle. He can undo injuries to himself in a flash, even blindness and havinf his arm shattered.
    • Object Manipulation: Kisuke can break apart and sew together anything he wishes; the most notable example being helping Grimmjow break into the Poison Ball Delux.

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • In the live action film, he is played by Seiichi Tanabe.
  • His first English voice actor, the late Michael Lindsay, is best known voicing as Kankuro from Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, Agumon for episodes 1-2 from Digimon Adventure, Joe Kido, Greymon from Digimon Adventure/02 and Gotsumon from Digimon Data Squad.
  • His second English voice actor, Doug Erholtz, is best known voicing as Asuma Sarutobi & Kankuro from Naruto series, T.K. Takaishi from Digimon Adventure 02, Daigo Nishijima and Koromon from Digimon Adventure tri..
  • Kisuke is considered the smartest person in the Bleach universe.
    • Kurotsuchi despises Kisuke for always being ahead of him as a scientist; despite making radical advances through his inhumane methods.
    • Aizen, despite all his scheming, admits Kisuke is smarter than himself; hefty praise for someone who masterminded the creation of Arrancar and taking over Hueco Mundo without the Gotei 13 knowing until he was forced to reveal the trick.
    • Yhwach feared him as one of the Five War Powers, due to his incalculable tricks. He couldn't predict anything Kisuke could invent.

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