Retsu Unohana is Captain of the 4th Division in the Gotei 13. She is gentle and polite. She helps both enemies and allies when they are injured after battles.
At some point in the past, she named herself Yachiru Unohana. Unohana was a founding member of the Gotei 13 and thus one of its first generation members. She was the 1st Kenpachi of the 11th Division, but before Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto brought together the Gotei 13 and brought her in as a member she was and always will be the most diabolical criminal to ever exist in Soul Society. Some time after becoming a captain, she undertook a mission to eliminate the warriors on the edges of Rukongai. Having lost interest in fighting, Unohana wandered from place to place in search of something that would please her sword and came across a young Kenpachi Zaraki. He attacked and injured her and she enjoyed their fight, but she was weaker than him. He unconsciously sealed his power to allow them to fight and lost to her.
It is said that she had been consistently a captain alongside fellow captains Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, Jūshirō Ukitake and Shunsui Kyōraku. It is stated that the four of them have been Captains of the Gotei 13 for at least 200 years as of 110 years ago before the current time. This makes her one of the oldest captains among the Gotei 13, despite her rather youthful appearance. Ukitake also refers to her as "Senpai" denoting her seniority to both him and Shunsui.
Retsu Unohana has been a Captain for the 4th Division for the past 200 years in the Soul Society. Much of her past before that is unknown, but she holds the highest respect from her fellow Gotei 13 Captains and all who served under her in the Medical Corp.
Nine years after Kisuke Urahara was appointed as Captain of the 12th Division, a string of suspicious disappearances were spreading among the Soul Reapers higher ranks. At the Captain's meeting to discuss the mission 9th Division squad members, Unohana volunteered her 4th Division to treat any wounded at cite, but Chief-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto refused her request due to the unknown source of the threat. Those Captain and Lieutenants that were sent to investigate were infected by some unknown force that transformed them into Hollows. Urahara was blamed for this incident, and the infected were sentenced to death. He escaped captivity at his trial with the help of 2nd Division Captain, Yoruichi Shihoin, with the victims of this Hollow infection. They all disappeared into the Human World.
Retsu Unohana 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. Creator Tite Kubo is quoted in BLEACH: Official Character Book SOULs as describing her as "Genuine elegance.".
She first appeared in BLEACH Volume 10, CH. 81 "Twelve Tone Rendezvous", and her first anime appearance was in BLEACH - Episode 24 "Assemble! The 13 Division". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Aya Hisakawa, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is done by Kate Higgins.
"While it is good to be energetic, please remain quiet inside the hospital. As long as you are still inside this building, your lives are in our hands. Please do not forget that."
Retsu Unohana - BLEACH Vol. 21 Ch. 180
Retsu Unohana is a beautiful and youthful woman who is actually over 200 years old. Her level of calm maturity is reflected in her age. Though she isn't without her own eccentricities. She has long black hair that she braids to the front and has blue eyes. She is known to of been a Captain for as long as other Soul Reapers such as Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, Jūshirō Ukitake and Shunsui Kyōraku. Though, Shunsui has been know to call her "Senpai", which is a honorific denoting a level of seniority. Unohana's personality is enigmatic. Even with a smile and gentle tone, she can cause nearly anyone to relent to her wishes. Similar to a young child backing down from the requests of their mother. She has been shown to be unaware of this level of influence.
Birthday: 21 April
Height: 159 cm (5'2½")
Weight: 45 kg (99 lbs)
Several weeks after the capture Rukia Kuchiki and her sentencing for execution, Retsu Unohana was called to an emergency Captain's meeting for the Gotei 13 by Chief-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto to discuss an invasion of the Soul Society by for humans who were coming to rescue Rukia. They had been repelled at the gates of the Seireitei, but escaped. She was calm and quiet as the captains around her bickered.
A few days later at the captain's meeting, Yamamoto altered them about the human's breaking into the Seireitei and warned them that this could lead to a full scale war., The next day Unohara was brought the dead body of the murdered 5th Division Captain, Sosuke Aizen. The circumstances of his death had raised suspicion, and she inspected the body to confirm his death. After a failed rescue attempt of Rukia, a member of her 4th Division, Hanatarō Yamada, was brought to her to be disciplined for aiding the invaders. Issues became more complicated when the execution date was abruptly advanced. She found and saved Renji Abarai after staging his own failed rescue against 6th Division Captain, Byakuya Kuchiki. This delayed her arrival to the execution of Rukia at Sōkyoku Hill.
Before the execution could be completed, the invader and Soul Reaper, Kurosaki Ichigo, stopped the Sōkyoku before it could strike, and Ukitake and Shunsui Kyōraku destroyed it completely. Ichigo freed Rukia, and 1st Division Captain Soi Fon ordered all lieutenants to give chance. Isane Kotetsu joined the pursuit, but all were were effortlessly beaten by Kurosaki bare handed. She released her Minazuki's Shikai to gather all the wounded and leave the battlefield while Kurosaki fought Byakuya.
Isane wasn't as injured as the others and she joined Unohana to the Central 46 to investigate her suspicions. Her instincts proved true when they entered the forbidden chambers of the Central 46 to find the members murdered, and Sousuke Aizen battling 10th Division Captain, Toshiro Hitsugaya. She realized that the living quarters of the Central 46 had been his hiding place, and he revealed the corpse she was shown was actually a hypnotic suggestion fed to her with the Shikai of his Zanpakuto. He had been aided by captains Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tousen. They teleported out of the chambers, Unohana instructed Isane to spread the word of Aizen's betrayal, and she tended to the injured Hitsugaya and fatally wounded Momo Hinamori.
Aizen managed to escape with the Hogyoku to Hueco Mundo, the Hollow world, with his allies. While Unohana instructed the the 4th Division on caring for all the injured, she witnessed the unique unique healing powers of Orihime Inoue, one of the human invaders and now ally. With Aizen's betrayal revealed, Hanataro was released, and she convinced the aggressive members of the 11th Division to cease harassing her members.
Unohana was once again summoned to a captain's meeting to discuss the appearance of powerful humanoid Hollow's called Arrancar. Several Gotei 13 lieutenants were sent to Earth under the command of Captain Hitsugaya.
Unohana and Isane were among the reinforcements sent to Hueco Mundo with Captains Kenpachi Zaraki, Mayuri Kurotsuchi, and Byakuya Kuchiki. She saved Sado Yasutora from the Arrancar Exequias. She started to heal Sado with Gantenbainne Mosqueda and sent Isane to support Hanataro.
Victory had been won in Hueco Mundo, the the Gotei 13 were only just starting the battle at the fake Karakura Town in the Human World with Aizen and his top ranking Espada. Mayuri Kurotsuchi created a portal for Ichigo to arrive at Earth and je joined in on the trip through the Garganta. She convinces him to lead the way and explains to Ichigo that only he can beat Aizen since he's the only Soul Reaper who has never seen Aizen's Shikai hypnotic form before. When she realizes his power is far greater that she imagined, she requested he take the lead so she could restore his Spiritual Pressure and start the next battle at full strength.
While Ichigo and the other Soul Reapers battled, Unohana tended to the wounded Visored members, the missing Gotei 13 members that had Hollow-esque powers. Despite the past, they were still her allies. She then went to tend to the other injured Soul Reapers. Though Sosuke escaped to the Soul Society, Kurosaki followed and defeated him at the cost of his Soul Reaper powers.
Retsu Unohana is a Captain of the Gotei 13 and has most likely trained at the Shino Academy in the various Kido and in swordsmanship. Her 4th Division is dedicated to support and healing, and her combat skills have never truly been put to the test in the series.
The Zanpakuto of Unohana is named the Minazuki (肉雫唼), which translates as "Purify the Flesh". It looks to be a regular katana, but transforms upon release as a healing creature capable of flying. It's Bankai form has never been seen.
The sealed for is the first stage of the Minazuki. In this form it merely appears as an elegantly crafted and decorated long-katana with a curved blade. The guard is a oval shape. The handle is wrapped in red cloth. Unohana is the only Soul Reaper who carries her zanpakuto with a strap over her shoulder.
The Shikai is the first released stage of the zanpakuto. It's only released when the user speaks the name of the blade. This is when the zanpakuto takes on it's most unique formations and becomes far more deadly. In Shikai, the Minazuki completely evaporates into a green cloud that reforms into a giant, lime-green, one eyed manta ray like creature. This form is self away and capable of flight. Anyone that Minazuki carries in it's mouth is both protected and heal. The stomach acids are actually a highly potent medical fluid. At most, it's been shown to be able to carry five people within it's belly.
The Bankai is the alast released stage of the zanpakuto. It can only be attained through dedicated training. To reach Bankai is to reach the level of a Captain of the Gotei 13. Unohana's Bankai has yet to be seen.
Retsu Unohana is a popular 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.
Unohana has never been shown to take part in the Soul Society's Women Association meetings often shown int the Shinigami Cup omakes.
There have been several movies based on the BLEACH story, Retsu Unohana's first movie appearance was in the second BLEACH movie, BLEACH: Memories of Nobody(2006).
As a series based mainly on fighting and battles, Retsu Unohana has made numerous playable appearances in the BLEACH series of games. Her first game appearance BLEACH: Shattered Blade (2006) for the Nintendo Wii, but not as a playable character. Unohaona's first playable appearance was in a Tactical RPG game BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom (2008) for the Nintendo DS.
(For a full list of games that feature Restu Unohana, see her profile on Giant Bomb. HERE)
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