Nanao Ise is the Lieutenant of 8th Division in the Gotei 13, under Captain Shunsui Kyōraku.
Much of Nanao Ise's origin is unknown. It was 100 years ago she was a young Soul Reaper in the Gotei 13's 8th Division. She would come the first night of ever month to meet Lieutenant Lisa Yadōmaru so she could read to her. Lisa was sent on a mission on the night they were suppose to read on a mission. Captain Shunsui Kyōraku ensured the disappointed Nanao that Lisa would return tomorrow, but she never returned after that night.
After several years, she grew up to take Lisa's role as Captain Shunsui's Lieutenant in the Gotei 13. She's a dedicated and disciplined hard worker for the lazy Shunsui.
The character of Nanao Ise is a supporting character of the BLEACH series that was created by Tite Kubo, It first began serialization Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2001. She was first introduced during the Soul Society: The Sneak Entry story arc story arc that began in Volume 9.
She first appeared in BLEACH Volume 12, CH. 102 "Nobody Beats", and her first anime appearance was in BLEACH - Episode 36 "Kenpachi Zaraki Approaches! ". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Hitomi Nabatame, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is done by Kate Higgins.
“ Don’t worry. I will stay several steps behind you, so as not to get caught in trouble, but I will follow. "
nanao Ise BLEACH Vol. 16 Ch. 138
Nano Ise is a serious and pragmatic woman. She dresses modestly with long black hair she styles styles by pinning it back and up. She has blue eyes, and wears glasses. Her resemblance to Lisa Yadōmaru is remarkable, but they are not related. Lisa was someone she looked up to when she was much younger. It's likely that Nanao idealized Lisa and styled herself after her. She's strict about her duty and often becomes impatient with Captain Shunsui's antics. As frustrated as she becomes with Shunsui, she is loyal to her captain, but not shy about scolding him.
Birthday: July 7
Height: 164 cm (5'4½")
Weight: 48 kg (106 lbs)
Nanao has never actually taken part in battle, but this is not out of fear or avoidance. She wanted to try and help Captain Shunsui and Ukitake against Chief-Commander Yamamoto, but couldn't withstand Yamamoto's intense Spiritual Pressure. Despite her admiration for Lisa Yadōmaru, it's unknown if Nanao is aware that she's still alive and among the Visored. She was a child when Lisa went missing, and Captain Shunsui possibly kept some of the details from her.
Tthe Seireitei of the Soul Society had been infiltrated by four humans who were after Rukia Kuchiki. Nanao reluctantly assisted Captain Shunsui Kyōraku in his dramatic introduction to Sado Yasutora by throwing flower petals from the roof, but lost patience and dumped the remainder on his head for teasing her. She remains out of Shunsui's battle, which he wins. As they are informed that 5th Division Captain Sousuke Aizen had been murdered, Nanao noticed Yatsutora was still alive. She offered to finish him off, but Shunsui elected to spare him on the chance he had answers about Aizen's death.
As Rukia's execution neared, she found Captain Shunsui sleeping on the roofs. He was uneasy about this execution. He was considering something drastic, and asked her opinion. She knew he was going to just do what he wanted anyways, but promised to follow. Captain Shunsui and Jushirou Ukitake joined forces to destroy the Sōkyoku to end the execution. She tried join the two in fighting Chief-Commander Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryusai, but she was overcome my Yamamoto's spiritual pressure and felt suffocated. As she collapsed in fear, Captain Shunsui caught her and took her away for safety before going back to the fight.
Captain Aizen was soon revealed to be alive and had been the cause of recent conspiracies. He took the Hogyoku from inside Rukia's Gigai body and escaped to Hueco Mundo with Captains Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tousen. The human invaders were now the Soul Society's allies for the coming war with Aizen.
Nanao, Sentaro, and Kiyone assisted Captains Shunsui and Ukitake in raiding Aizen's files to try and discover what his final agenda was. They discovered that he planned to create a copy of the King's Key by destroying Karakura Town in the Human World.
Nanao possesses exceptional skill and power as a lieutenant in the Gotei 13. She's formally educated and most likely graduated the Shino Academy as a young child since she was seen as a little girl in the 8th Division. She holds a high Spiritual Pressure among the Lieutenants, but no where near the level of most Captains.
The Zanpakuto is the unique sword of the Soul Reaper. Though, not much is known about Nanao's zanpakuto since she's rarely seen with it. It's believed she keeps her sword hidden up the sleeve of her cloak. When she attempted to help Captains Shunsui and Ukitake, she was reaching up her sleeve before being overcome by Yamamoto. Her zanpakuto only appears in the BLEACH art book "All Color but the Black", but is mostly obscured.
Nanao Ise is a character in BLEACH and has made numerous appearances in the different products based on Tite Kubo's original manga. These include the anime, animated movies, and video games.
In the original anime that aired in Japan of Tite Kubo's BLEACH series, Nanao is a popular character that's made brief appearances in even filler arcs. In the Shinigami Cup omake's, she is shown to be a the Vice-President of the Shinigami Women's Association, under Yachiru Kusajishi.
As a series based mainly on fighting and battles, Nanao Ise has made numerous playable appearances in the BLEACH series of games. Nanou's game debut was in BLEACH: Heat of the Soul 3 (2008) for the Sony PSP. In the Heat of the Soul series, she's shown to use a book both offensively and defensively.
(For a full list of games that feature Nanao Ise, see her profile on Giant Bomb. HERE)
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