The Captain of the 8th division in the Gotei 13, and successor to Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryusai as Captain Commander of Gotei 13.
Birthdate: July 11
Height: 6'3" (192 cm)
Weight: 192 Ibs (87 kg)
Kyouraku is also a laid back spirit and unapologetic womanizer, much to the evident annoyance of his 2nd in command, Nanao Ise. He and Juushirou Ukitake , a fellow captain, are the only soul reapers seen to wild dual shikai swords. Throughout the series they are seen fighting together frequently, most notably against their master, Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryusai, himself.
He is one of the strongest captains from the 13 squad captains. He is close friends with Jūshirō Ukitake. Jūshirō Ukitake and Shunsui Kyōraku are the oldest captains excepts for Squad 1 captain General Yamamoto. Even though he is very strong, he always tries to talk his way out of fighting. Only because he is a man of peace though. He's the second son of the Kyōraku family. Which is one of the honorable 4 noble families. General Yamamoto said that Shunsui Kyōraku and Jūshirō Ukitake are the strongest out of all the captains.
He is the Division 8 captain, he has shown his Bankai form but he has never used it in combat. So no one knows what his zanpakutō.
Shunsui appears before Sado from above like some kind of angel. He tries to get Sado to withdraw or either sit and share a drink. Sado refuses and wants to get by him. Shunsui reveals disliking combat despite being one of most powerful shinigami. Sado requests that the captain remove himself from his path. Shunsui cant as it would be against his orders not to let anyone pass. Sado attacks but Shunsui easily blocks all advances. Shunsui repeatedly tries a peaceful solution to the matter. Sado refuses to back down and forces the captain to strike. Sado survives and continues his attack. Shunsui decides to use both his swords and Sado doesnt get back up. Nanao comes down wanting to kill Sado. Shunsui points out wanting the human alive for questioning later on. He tells his reluctant assistant to get Sado to the 4th squad headquarters for healing. Shunsui proceeds to the execution grounds. Nanao questions what Shunsui was going to do. Shunsui reveals it was something was going to get him in trouble very soon. He meets Yamamoto,Soifon, and their subordinates to begin the execution. Ichigo Kurosaki arrives to interfer by saving Rukia at last. Shunsui stands idle as Ichigo takes out minor characters. He reveals planning to destroy the Sokyoku with the help of Ukitake . They use the Shihoin Shield to destroy the Sokyoku. Shunsui ends up pit against Yamamoto with Ukitake. They decide to flee knowing Yamamoto would pursue.Nanao follows them to a remote grounds. Shunsui is forced to remove Nanao as she cant withstand the vast spiritual pressure released from Yamamoto. They all prepare to duel when a message is sent across all of Soul Society revealing that Aizen was a traitor.
Once Aizen and his Army of Espanda invanded the fake Karakura Town. Yamamoto decides to face Aizen, Gin, and Tosen ot of the fight so the Espada could be dealt with first. Shunsui yells for Ukitake to get down, when he realizes Yamamoto is about to release his Shikai. During the battle against the Arrancar, Shunsui matches himself with the #1 Espada Starrk. Though Kyōraku agrees with Stark's attitude and tells him that he would have preferred "fake" fighting, but he says that avoiding the fight is not an option this time.
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