Momo Hinamori

Momo Hinamori is a anime/manga character in the Bleach franchise
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Momo Hinamori is the Lieutenant of the 5th Division in the Gotei 13, and childhood friend of Toshiro Hitsugaya.

Origin

Momo Hinamori as she appeared in the Shinigami Academy
Momo Hinamori as she appeared in the Shinigami Academy

Momo grew up along with Toshiro Hitsugaya in the same district. She found him entertaining and became very close friends with him, treating him as a younger brother. The extent to how close they became is shown when it is revealed that they promised to always protect each other.

Momo left the district and joined the Shinigami Academy, she became good friends with Renji and Kira. It was here that she also discovered to be talented in Kidō. When she finished the Academy she was invited to join the Fith Division by Captain Aizen.

Creation

BLEACH Vol. 10 JPN (Nov 2003)
BLEACH Vol. 10 JPN (Nov 2003)

The character of Momo Hinamori is a supporting character of the BLEACH series that was created by Tite Kubo, It first began serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2001. She was first introduced during the Soul Society: The Sneak Entry story arc that began in Volume 9.

She first appeared in BLEACH Volume 10, CH. 80 "The Shooting Star Project", and her first anime appearance was in BLEACH - Episode 24 "Assemble! The 13 Division". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Kumi Sakuma, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is done by Karen Strassman.

Character Evolution

Major Story Arcs

We are first introduced to Momo in the Soul Society Arc at the lieutenant's meeting. It is here that she starts to get worried as her Captain has gone missing. It is soon discovered that Aizen had been "murdered", Toshiro warns her to be careful about Gin since he acts suspiciously. Momo starts to become very emotionally unstable as she idolizes her captain and is very close to him. This all causes her to attack Gin in rage, releasing her Shikai in the process. Gin's Lieutenant and close friend of Hinamori, Kira defends his captain. But the fight is stopped by Toshiro who locks both Kira and Momo in the prisons.

Toshiro threatens Gin that if he ever causes a drop off blood to drop from Hinamori that he would kill him, this shows how close that he is to Hinamori still and how far he would go to protect her, even at this time.

Later on Hinamori breaks out of her cell and finds Aizen, who is alive. It is here that he betrays her, and impales her with his Katana. He leaves her for dead in a critical condition.

Momo being stabbed by Aizen
Momo being stabbed by Aizen

Hinamori doesn't appear in the series again until much later. She makes a brief appearance in the Arrancar Arc where she speaks to Toshiro via a monitor. She tells him that Aizen is not bad and that Gin is manipulating him; she refuses to accept her Captains treachery. This shows how mentally unstable she has become. One can even see how ill she is at this point via her appearance. Her speech is interrupted as she is knocked unconscious by the Captain - commander.

Hinamori doesn't make an appearance again until the Fake Kakura Town Arc. She appears out of nowhere and saves Matsumoto's life from Harribel's three Fraccion. She announces that she now acknowledges Aizen as a enemy and threat to Soul Society, showing that she is slowly getting better. She then reveals that she had hidden her presence using her Kidō and had created a Kidō net around the three Fraccion and Matsumoto. She then uses her Zanpakuto, releasing her Shikai. She uses her blade to cause the Kidō net to explode, "destroying" the three Fraccoin.

Hinamori uses Tobiume to make the Kido net Explode
Hinamori uses Tobiume to make the Kido net Explode

It is then revealed that the three Fraccoin managed to escape alive by using their ressurecion forms. Healing all the damage caused by Momo's attack. The three then summon Allon, a chimera like beast which easily defeats both Matsumoto and Momo in one blow each, leaving them in critical conditions. They are then saved by the arrival of Kira and Hisagi.

Momo taken out by Allon
Momo taken out by Allon

Currently She along with Matsumoto are both in a protective barrier and being healed by Kira.

Zanpakutō Unknown Arc

Hinamori is seen at various points in the beginning in the arc, when Matsumoto is complaining about Haineko saying that she never listens to her, Momo tells her how Tobiume is very close to her and often comforted her during Aizen's betrayal. She is later seen with the other Shinigami on the hill where the rest of the Zanpakutō are freed.

Hinamori is not seen again till much later on in the arc, When Ichigo chases after Byakuya, He is ambushed by Haineko and Tobiume, as they prepare to attack him Momo and Matsumoto intervene. Momo converses with Tobiume, telling her that she missed her, Tobiume replies that she doesnt miss Momo, Momo then tries again and asks Tobiume to return to her which tobiume replies bluntly with No.

Tobiume then begins to taunt Hinamori over Aizen's betrayal which causes Momo to attack angrily, to Tobiume's surprise. Tobiume just manages to dodge Hinamori's slice. Tobiume then charges towards Momo to attack but Momo uses a kido spell to create a star shaped barrier which causes Tobiume to bounce of it and go flying into Haineko. This causes the two to start arguing as Matsumoto and Momo watch them.

Soon after the fighting continues, Hinamori is hit by one of Tobiume's attacks which causes her to scream out. Tobiume tries to convince Hinamori that none of the Shinigami are her friends and that they are pretending and using her, just like Aizen. Hinamori stays calm and begins to chant a Kido incantation as does Matsumoto in the distance. Hinamori fires a binding chain towards tobiume which she easily dodges, she begins taunting that those spells wont work, but that was never hinamori's plan. The chain goes flying past and hits Haineko, binding her, Matsumoto's shakkaho spell flys past Haineko and nearly hits tobiume who just manages to dodge it, but is quickly caught in another chain created by Hinamori, she then swings them both into each other and binds them together, leaving them on the floor completly binded and unable to move, Hinamori then tells Tobiume that they wouldnt understand the bond she has with her friends.

During the battle of Karakura Town, Hitsugya stabs Aizen, only to find out its an illusion and he actully stabbed hinamori, the last we see of her is in Toshiros arms before he attacks in rage, her current fate is unknown

Powers & Abilities

Zanpakutō

Tobiume (飛梅, "Flying Plum Tree")

Momo's Zanpakutō is called Tobiume, in its initial form it looks like an ordinary Katana, Her Zanpakutō is a Kidō type.

Sealed Form

Tobiume in its sealed form
Tobiume in its sealed form

Momo uses the command "Snap" to activate her Shikai, when activated her blade becomes straight, losing the slight curve katana's have. Seven small Cylinder like objects protrude out of various parts of her Zanpakutō Blade. In the Shikai form her Zanpakutō's main ability is to act as a focus for her Kidō, gathering her Spiritual power and focusing the power into the blade, allowing it to release the energy in fireball like blasts.

Shikai

Tobiume in its Shikai Form
Tobiume in its Shikai Form

Tobiume's Materialized form becomes a girl who looks similur to Hinamori in age and height. Her voice and personality are also very similur to Momo's. She has long Dark brown hair and brown eyes. She wears a long white and pink robe with a large pink ribbon flowing around her. Connected to each end of the ribbon is a large bell which seems to be the focus of her powers as it is seen engulfed in fire before sending out powerful blasts much like the ones caused by Tobiume's shikai.

Other Media

Voiced by
Name Movies TV Shows
Karen Strassman
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6
Kumi Sakuma
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14
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General Information Edit
Name: Momo Hinamori
Name: 雛森 桃
Romanji: Hinamori Momo
Gender: Female
Birthday: 06/03/2009
1st manga book: Bleach #10
1st anime episode: Bleach #24
1st anime movie:
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