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Rukia is a prideful Soul Reaper (Shinigami) with a particularly beautiful sword. One fateful day, she temporarily transfers her powers to Ichigo to save his family. They have shared a special bond ever since.
Rukia Kuchiki was an infant who died in the Human World along with her elder sister Hisana. Together they were sent to the Soul Society to Inuzuri, the 78th district of Rukon District. Overcome with the responsibility of trying to survive and care for her sister, Rukia was abandoned by the sister she never knew. For the longest time, she grew up in the Rukon District alone and with no family. One day in the streets, she aided a group of young boys her age running from a shopkeeper while stealing food. She tripped up the owner chasing Renji Abarai, and became part of their makeshift family. Several years later, Renji and Rukia were the only survivors. They had impressive skills and Spiritual Pressure, and together entered the Shino Academy to becomes members of the Gotei 13 as Soul Reapers.
Life was still difficult for Rukia and Renji in the Shinto Academy being surrounded by people form noble families and those who never had to live through their hardships. Even after two months, she struggled to fit in. Out of the blue one day, she was approached by the head of the prestigious Byakuya Family and Captain of the 6th Division in the Gotei 13, Byakuya Kuchiki. He came to adopt her into his noble house for unknown reasons. It would mean her immediate graduation and placement into the 13th Division.
The members of the 13th Divisions looked down on the favoritism she was given as a member of a noble house. She was greeted by the 13th Division's lieutenant, Kaien Shiba. He didn't care about noble status, and she was happy to have such an open and real relationship with someone. She became friends with Kaien, Sentarō Kotsubaki, Kiyone Kotetsu, and even admired Kaien's wife, Miyako Shiba. He taught her that it was important to never die alone. When you die, you need someone there to pass your heart along to.
On the night of a scouting mission, Miyako was killed by a Hollow. Rukia, Kaien and Captain Jushirou Ukitake went to it's lair. They discovered that the Hollow had taken control of Miyako to murder her own squad. Kaien faced it alone, but fell under it's control as well. Though she originally followed Ukitake's order to run out of fear, Rukia returned to help. When the possessed Kaine attacked her, she thrust her sword through his chest to finally defeat the monster. The real Kaien came back as he was dying in her arms to thank her for stopping him. The body was returned to his Shiba Family, but she ran away before she could apologizes properly to them out of guilt and fear.
Forty years passed in the Soul Society. Rukia was given a task to go to the Human World in Karakura Town for one month to hunt Hollows. Captain Ukitake asked if she told her brother Byakuya about her mission, but she felt he wouldn't wish to be bothered with such details. Ukitake said he would mention it himself for her, and she left for Earth.
The character of Tatsuki Arikawa 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 Agent of the Shinigami story arc.
She first appeared in BLEACH Volume 1, CH. 1 "Strawberry & The Soul Reaper", and her first anime appearance was in BLEACH - Episode 1 "The Day I Became a Shinigami ". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Fumiko Orikasa, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is done by Michelle Ruff.
Rukia dresses like any other Soul Reaper, wearing the traditional black kimono and pants along with sandals and zanpakuto. Rukia is on the short side as far as she compares to most of the other characters. She also has short black hair that hangs just off of the shoulders and a with one bang hanging between her eyes. When in her Gigai in the early anime Rukia disguises herself as a school student to assist Ichigo in being a Soul Reaper.
Initially born into a lower class, Rukia retains her modesty even as an adopted member of the nobility: she is graceful and "clean", yet chooses to talk to ordinary people. However, her cool and lone demeanor often forces her to hide her personal troubles even from her friends because she does not wish to burden others. However, generally she is a very straight forward person, often speaking bluntly (though accurately) and never sugarcoating. Her maturity and sense of emotional perception is what allows her to get those around her - namely Ichigo - going again and is shown again and again throughout the series.
Despite these traits, Rukia is clueless about the ways of the modern living world. She is initially unable to figure out how to drink from a simple juice box, and learns to speak modern Japanese through the manga she reads. Rukia also likes everything that is rabbit-themed or resembles a rabbit, and her drawings are typically rabbit-like. Rukia is also an accomplished actress, being able to act her way through a number of tough situations, such as getting out of trouble with school teachers or managing to get a room at Ichigo's house. Ichigo is the only one to always pick up on it and accuse her of pretending.
Her attitude towards Ichigo varies: at times she is a bickering adversary, and at other times, she worries about him and dispatches advice like a wise old sage. Despite their quarrels, the two have a deep understanding of each other, often being the only ones able to talk each other out of a funk.
Rukia is the first character shown in the series. After Ichigo returns home one night he is greeted by Rukia in his room. Unable to see her Ichigo attacks Rukia thinking she is a robber. After getting tired of his antics Rukia uses a binding Kido to wrap his hands behind his back. While she has him tied up she explains to him about her mission and how odd it is to meet a human who can see a Soul Reaper. Rukia does her story with the use of illustrations that she has made, which end up being insulted by Ichigo because Rukia uses the cutest possible drawings to explain monsters and death gods. As Rukia is about to leave she is meet with a flood of spirit pressure as she opens Ichigo's door. Outside Karin is crawling to warn Ichigo about a Hollow.
Rukia begins to spring into action, but is surprised by Ichigo's ability to release himself from her kido. After risking her life to save Ichigo and his family, Rukia attempts to grant Ichigo some of her power to finish the Hollow. The plan backfires a bit though as Ichigo somehow absorbs all of her powers. Rukia is left to modify Ichigo's families memories and waits to confront Ichigo about the situation. The next day at school Rukia pulls Ichigo off to side after he refuses to help her do her Soul Reaping duties. She confronts him with a choice and gets his support.Throughout the early stories of Bleach, Rukia is seen trying to teach Ichigo the ways of the Soul Reapers. When Orihime is attacked her brother, Sora as a hollow, Rukia explains to Ichigo that Hollows tend to attack surviving family members first, before looking for more souls to fill their emptiness. Rukia follows Ichigo to Orihime after they are attacked by Sora in Ichigo's room. After battling with the Hollow at Orihime's Rukia reveals that Hollows are in fact human spirits that have lost their heart's connection to this world. Rukia then explains that is the reason Soul Reapers strike for Hollow's face, so they don't have to see the person's face. Rukia then meets a parakeet that has a human spirit trapped in it. Rukia senses the spirit quickly and tells Ichigo that they have to perform Soul Funeral on the spirit so that it can rest peacefully. They find that a Hollow is hunting the parakeet and the person that is guarding it. Unfortunately the parakeet is protected by Ichigo's close friend Chad. Rukia tries to fight off a Hollow that uses lesser Hollows as a weapon.
Since Ichigo is not present when the Hollow first attacks Rukia tries to use her weakened powers to do the best she can to defeat the Hollow. Rukia finds that it is too hard to fight the Hollow in her weakened state and teams up with uber strong Chad to protect the parakeet and Chad. When the Hollow gets some of his projectile Hollows to capture the parakeet he demands that Rukia run from him so that he can enjoy hunting her like he did his victims while he was a serial killer during his human life. While running from the vicious Hollow Rukia learns that the spirit in the parakeet is actually the son of the killer's last victim. The Hollow explains that while trying to kill the child's mother he gets tripped by the kid and falls off the balcony and dies. As his last act of revenge the Hollow attaches the kid's soul to a parakeet. When Ichigo finally arrives Rukia removes him from his body and lets him finish the fight. After the Hollow is finished off Rukia and Ichigo exorcise the boy's spirit and wipe Chad's memories of the events.
Soon after that story Rukia notices that Ichigo and his family are acting rather differently than they usually do. At school Rukia continues to see Ichigo act oddly, and watches when he and his family have a family meeting to plan something. When she decides to ask Ichigo for the reason he explains that his family is gonna have to be left alone for the next day, the day that his mother was killed. Rukia decides to follow Ichigo and get more information from him the next day, but only ends up making him distraught. Rukia hears Ichigo claim that he is the reason his mother died and when she asks if it may have been a Hollow she finally pushes Ichigo too far and leaves him angry and upset. Rukia retreats a short distance and berates herself for her foolishness on the situation and plans on leaving for the Kurosaki clinic when she receives a page from the Soul Society about a Hollow's appearance in the human world. Rukia moves quickly to warn Ichigo, but they are barely arrive in time to assist Ichigo's sisters as the Hollow tries to eat them. When the Hollow reveals that it was the reason Ichigo's mother died, Rukia knew it was a "fight for pride" and that she could not intervene no matter what, for if she helped Ichigo, he may live but his pride would perish. Rukia instead place's Kon's pill in Ichigo's body and moves his sisters to safety, returning to the fight after being begged by Kon to do it to protect him from having to live with Ichigo's family for the rest of his life. When Rukia returns she steps in only when Ichigo becomes too injured to continue. She heals Ichigo and takes Kon back to the clinic.
Trying to get in touch with the human world Rukia goes with Ichigo and some of the others to see the taping of a popular TV series, Spiritual Hotsprings. While watching the tapings, Rukia senses a new threat, a human spirit beginning to turn Hollow. Rukia and Ichigo first decide to return and free the spirit later, but they are shocked as the host of the show, Don Kanonji begins to speed up the process on accident. The spirit turns and Rukia fights to get Ichigo from his body so that he can fight the Hollow. When security jumps on the two of them Rukia and Ichigo are helpless until Kisuke Urahara shows up and releases Ichigo's inner Soul Reaper. After the whole ordeal Rukia and Ichigo leave to wait for the next Hollow.
Rukia starts to worry that things are starting to breakdown when her pager gets bad reports and there is no one in trouble. Eventually the two meet Uryu, a human with high spirit powes called a Quincy. Rukia decides to investigate what a Quincy is and goes to meet Kisuke. Rukia is devastated by what she learns and sets out to find Ichigo. When she finally finds his body she is greeted by Kon. Rukia puts him in a submission hold until Uryu saves them from a Hollow. Rukia is then relieved to see Ichigo arrive. When he goes after Uryu Rukia reveals the story behind Quincys and Soul Reapers. She explains how the Soul Reapers tried to wipe out the Quincies. Rukia sees the Hollows retreat to regroup in the sky and open the portal for the Menos Grande. She then decides that the best course of action would be to call Ichigo off and let them regroup. After Ichigo defeats the Menos, Rukia returns to his house to plan her escape from the human world so the she can return to the Soul Society.
After her last day at school Rukia tries to leave Ichigo so that she can find a way back to the Soul Society, leaving him only a note. As she is running through the city Rukia begins to think back about all the people she is leaving, and how the past months had made her dangerously more human. She doesn't notice when Renji Abarai and Byakuya Kuchiki sneak up on her and claim they are taking her to the execution stand for her felony (giving powers to a human). Powerless, Rukia dodges Renji's attacks until Uryu "coincidentally" stops by to intervene. Unfortunately Renji quickly overpowers Uryu and gets ready for the kill as Ichigo arrives. Rukia can only watch as Ichigo is nearly killed by her own brother after Ichigo tries to prevent them from taking her. In an effort to save his life, Rukia kicks Ichigo's hand off of Byakuya's robe and tells him she would never forgive him if he tried to follow her. Unsurprisingly, he still does.
When Rukia and her captures return to the Soul Society she is kept in a jail cell at first but is informed by Byakuya that her sentence has been hastened and she is to be moved to the Tower of Pentence soon. Rukia is informed by Renji just before her room is enclosed that an orange haired Soul Reaper has appeared out side of the Soul Society, surprising her greatly. Rukia awaits her execution in the tower and is visited by her captain Jushirou Ukitake when suddenly Ganju and Hanataro arrive. While Rukia is awaiting her execution she has two flashbacks that tie into her history. One flashback cover Rukia's childhood where she meets Renji for the first time. During the flashback Rukia is seen as a young child who exists and survives by making friends with Renji and his gang. Rukia and Renji show a lot of talent that could one day be Soul Reapers. They hold off on becoming Soul Reapers until they have outlived all their friends.
In the second flashback Rukia remembers when she was first assigned to Jushiro and meets her lieutenant Kaien. While on a hunt for a Hollow Kaien's wife Miyako becomes infected by a Hollow that can possess it's victim and hide inside of them. When Jushiro, Kaien, and Rukia descover the truth and hunt down the Hollow a duel is started between Kaien and the Hollow. Rukia starts to enter the fight to help Kaien after he sees his wife, but Jushiro stops her. He tells her that there are two things at stakes in a duel, victory and honor. Jushiro tells Rukia that no matter what, she cannot intervene. He states that even if Kaien wins with her help, he will have lost his honor. Rukia watches in horror as the Hollow possesses Kaien. As he plunges towards her, she is forced to kill him. Before Kaien's soul is eaten, he regains his mind and thanks her for letting him defend his honor and that he can now leave his "heart" with her. As the door to Rukia's cell is opened she is greeted by Ganju, Kaien's brother, and Hanatarou. The two agreed to help Ichigo rescue this mysterious woman, but Ganju realizes she is the one who murdered his brother.
Ganju is ready to kill Rukia when Byakuya arrives and attacks Ganju, almost killing him. Byakuya accuses Jushiro of going against the Inner Council's orders. Then Ichigo steps in and tells Byakuya that he will save Rukia. Before Ichigo, who is still recovering from his wounds from Ikakku and Kenpachi, can get himself killed Yoruichi arrives and takes Ichigo to train for his Bankai. Rukia is placed back into the cell until the day of her execution. As she is being transported to the Sokyoku by guards, she is seen by Gin Ichimaru who offers to save her, but the reveals that he was only tormenting her by showing that she had not yet completely smothered her will to live.
As Rukia arrives at the Sokyuko she is greeted by several of the captains that have not decided to help Ichigo. Jushiro and Kyouraku step up first to stop the Sokyuko, while Yoruichi takes out the Military Ops and it's captain and Ichigo finishes off the remaining lieutenants and prepares to duel Byakuya. After Rukia is pulled from the execution scaffolding Ichigo hoists Rukia into the air and throws her fastball style to Renji. Renji manages the catch and flees with Rukia while Ichigo covers their retreat.
By the time the battle between Byakua and Ichigo is over Rukia and Renji make it to the bottom of the Sokyuko, but are captured by Tosen and returned. At the Sokyuko again Rukia and Renji are greeted by Aizen, who reveals his plan to obtain the Orb of Distortion inside of Rukia. the Orb was a device created by Urahara to store up spirit power. Aizen discovered that the Orb was hidden inside of Rukia and was setting up the execution so he could extract it. Since his plans were ruined by Ichigo and the others Aizen just tears the Orb from Rukia's body. After he has the Orb Aizen orders Gin to kill off Rukia since he has already taken out Ichigo and Renji. Gin's attack is foiled and Rukia is saved by Byakuya.
Rukia and the others lick their wounds after Aizen escapes to Hueco Mundo. During this time Rukia learns that Byakuya has been keeping to promises that he made to several people in his life. One promise was to his wife, and Rukia's sister, Hisana that he would not let Rukia know that they are related by marriage. Hisana abandoned Rukia in the outer city because she couldn't take care of her, and then could never find her after she married Byakuya and before she died. However, her last wish was for Rukia to be able to call Byakuya brother, even if she could never call Hisana sister. The second promise was to his family that he would never break the nobles' rules again (like he did by marrying a commoner). Before Ichigo leaves, Rukia tells him that she wishes to stay back in the Soul Society for a short time afterwards to help heal and mend relationships and bodies.
After Ichigo loses his battle to two Arrancar he falls into depression. After a while a group of the Soul Society shinigami return to assist him, and Rukia manages to be the only person able to kick Ichigo back into gear by fighting a hollow the first time after his emotionally crippling defeat. Later, Rukia and Ichigo run into D- Roy, who Rukia makes work of using her Zanpakuto's release form. After Ichigo and Rukia finish off D- Roy, Grimmjow Jaggerjack shows up and asks to fight the stronger warrior. When Rukia warns Ichigo to run Grimmjow punches a hole through her. Rukia is later healed by Orihime, who later confesses of her feelings of uselessness. Rukia tells her that "On the battlefield, the ones who get in the way are not those that lack power, but those that lack resolve" and gives Orihime a pep talk on getting it together. When Orihime is ready Rukia pulls her to the side and takes her to Soul Society to train and improve each other's powers.
Ichigo and the others run into another team of high powered Arrancars, including Grimmjow again, and begin their battles. Rukia is again severely injured by Grimmjow, but is saved this time by Shinji Hirako. With Orihime turning to the Arrancar so that they won't attack her friends anymore Ichigo and the others set off to save Orihime. At first the Soul Reapers are all gathered by Byakuya and Kenpachi, but Rukia and Renji gets special clearance from Byakuya to help the humans.
Later in Hueco Mundo, Rukia faces the 9th Espada Aaroniero Arruruerie who used Kaien's image as an emotional advantage against her in battle. However, Rukia realizes Kaien would not ask her to give up her nakama's lives in return for forgiveness, and ends up killing the Espada. She is one of the few non-Captain level shinigami to defeat an Espada.
Rukia comes to Ichigo's aid at the five towers at the center of Las Noches. Immediately she gets involved with the powerful exquiquas. Rukia at first is able to deafeat them very easily, but then the leader releases his zanpaktou "Arbol" giving proof he couldn't be defeated.She eventually defeats him by freezing his branches he is then so killed by Yammy's striking blow. Rukia, renji, and Chad are all stuck fighting Yammy. After they fight yammy captures Rukia. She tries to fight back but to no avail . She is saved by Ichigo. After seeing Ichigo's attack on Yammy, she realizes that his Hollow mask has changed from its previous form. Sometime after Urahara has sealed Aizen, Rukia arrives in Karakura Town, along with Uryū, Sado, Orihime and Renji. Her arm is in a sling as they greet Ichigo. When he suddenly collapses, Rukia along with the rest of the group run towards him screaming. It was said that in this period Urahara explains what was happening to Ichigo and soon Tier Halibel reveals herself. Ichigo then recovers a month later when Rukia tells him what has happened and he will go through stages for losing his powers. Ichigo has a sad face since he will no longer be able to see Rukia again. She mocks Ichigo's sad face and remarks that she will still be able to see him, much to his displeasure. Rukia then has a private farewell to Ichigo and Ichigo says thank you for all she has done for him.
When trainning with Xcution Ichigo's hears a voice coming from he bade say "Ichigo would never..." he soon realizes it was Rukia's voice. It can now be deducted that Rukia is the mystery shingami who was with Isshin and Kisuke during the session of gibing reastu to Ichigo. Rukia's face is finally revealed after Ichigo loses his new powers. She stabs Ichigo allowing him to regain a new type of shinigami power. Rukia is seen waring a vice captain's badge and looking taller.
As Rukia paces impatiently while the captains are in a meeting, Renji tells her to calm down. Izuru interrupts them by asking about the recent disappearances in Rukongai. As pillars of blue flame erupt across Seireitei when the Vandenreich begin their invasion, Rukia passes them Kiyone and Sentarō on her way to the base of one of the pillars. She hurriedly explains that the enemy is likely waiting at the base of the pillars. Rukia is later notified along with the other captains and lieutenants by Rin Tsubokura that Ichigo is currently heading to Soul Society. She is however later distracted by Byakuya's apparent death, in which her unknown opponent took advantage of and knocked her unconscious.
Rukia is an accomplished Soul Reaper. She finished at the top of her class in most arts, and especially kidou (spells). Throughout the series she uses many different spells (some for blast, some for binding, and some for healing). Like most Soul Reapers Rukia has learned to concentrate her spirit energy to enhance her strength, attack power, ability to walk on air and water, and open portals. Rukia also gains the ability to manipulate ice when she unlocks her Zanpakuto.
Rukia is one of the more accomplished wielders of Kidou (or demon magic). Kidou is a particular blend of magic that can be wielded in three different ways, depending on the wielders skill. The most basic Kidou must be intoned fully before use, and is akin to poetry in its sounding, before finishing with the name of the spell (for example: Blue fire, Crash down, Rukia's signature blast). The second level that can be achieved in Kidou lets it be used with only the name of the spell spoken (for example, Rukia can intone 'Shot of red lightning' using only its name and no intoning of the magic words). the third level of Kidou is master: enabling the use of spells with no incantation. Regardless of the mastery level of Kidou, it is more powerful to intone the spell fully, even if you can use a spell with no incantation. However in the heat of an intense battle, being able to use Kidou magic with no incantation instantly can be a huge advantage. Rukia is of the second level mastery in Kidou: she can cast spells with just the name intoned. Her signature and favorite Kidou spell attack is Blue fire: crash down.
Rukia's zanpakuto Sode No Shirayuki resembles a normal katana when it is sealed. Early in the series Sode No Shirayuki isn't seen much though, but it is considered the most beautiful zanpakuto in all of Soul Society. Sode No Shirayuki is absorbed by Ichigo and reflects his personality when he uses it.
When Sode No Shirayuki is released the sword turns all white from the tip of the blade to the end of the hilt's ribbon. The Zanpakuto's hand guard becomes a circle, the blade changes colors, and a ribbon grows from the end of the hilt. While Rukia is fighting D- Roy her gigai reveals that her Zanpakuto is regarded as one of the Soul Society's most beautiful Zanpakuto. The Zanpakuto has various uses in it's released form.
Rukia's releases are referred to as dances.
Rukia had not yet achieved Bankai. It is likely that she is close to the level, being of vice-captain power.
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