Captain of the 10th division.
The youngest individual ever to be promoted to the rank of Captain, Hitsugaya is honorable, serious, and fiercely devoted to his friends and associates. He has a close personal relationship with both his childhood friend Momo Hinamori and his Vice-Captain, Rangiku Matsumoto.
Birthday: 20 December
Height: 4'4" (133cm)
Weight: 62 lbs
Tōshirō Hitsugaya typically wears the standard captain attire without any additional accessories. His most distinctive features are his spikey white hair and diminutive stature. Tōshirō is the only captain in the Gotei 13 that wears his sword on his back. But it maybe due to it's size being almost as tall as he is.
Tōshirō is shown to be quite self conscious about his age and size and generally has a short temper when he percieves any insult regarding either subject. Otherwise he maintains a calm and dignified air, and keeps his cool in all manner of situations. He has earned the respect of his squad and is often the most pro-active captain when it comes to volunteering for duty.
He has a soft spot for Hinamori, whom he has known since they were young in Rukongai and generally see's as a sister.
Tōshirō is a child of Rukongai. Hailing from Junrin'an, the 1st district of Rukongai, he lived with an elderly woman whom he referred to as his grandmother. Tōshirō can be considered as a brat and at his most childish whenever he is visited by Momo Hinamori who visited him regularly. Although they constantly made fun of each other, they are close friends and Tōshirō has undertaken it upon himself to protect her no matter what.
Hinamori would enter into the Shinigami Academy, yet still will visit her good friend. Although Tōshirō probably wouldn't admit it, it was comforting that Hinamori was still visiting, as she, along with "Granny" were the only people he was really friends with. The other children who lived nearby and friends other friends of Hinamori would be too scared to get near him due to him being "cold as ice".
Hitsugaya was aware of how other saw him and understood their attitude as he was also aware that there was something about himself that was not "normal". Hitsugaya would have strange dreams of wandering through fields of ice. The dreams would begin to show more depth and would gradually be introduced to a mysterious dragon of ice. This disturbed Tōshiro as he wondered what it all meant. Unbeknownst to him he was gradually making Granny ill, as he slept he would exude a chilly aura.
After 5 years, Hinamori was still in the academy and Tōshirō noticed she was growing as a person and beginning to visit less due to her new commitments.
Tōshirō would meet a young and brash Rangiku Matsumoto whilst visiting a local shop. Knocked down by Matsumoto's large bussom, he was noticed for having an unsual spiritual aura or Riestsu. Before she could talk to him properly, Tōshirō shrugged her away and ran off. Intrigued by this unusual Rietsu, Matsumoto was able to easily track as it was uncontrollled and leaking. Explaining to Tōshirō that he was making his Granny ill, Matsumoto suggested he join the Shinigami Academy.
With Hinamori visiting less and seeing how she had grown as a person, Tōshirō finally decided to enter the Shinigami Academy.
Tōshirō's natural talent quickly saw him rise through the ranks of the Shinigami. Passing in his first year with top honors being directed to him ahead of any other classmates.
Although successful in the academy, it was met with some heartache. The Central 46 had learned that Hitsugaya and Kusaka, another student and good friend to Hitsugaya, had managed to attain the Zanpakutō, Hyōrinmaru. Due to this occurance being taboo within Soul Society, The Central 46 ordered both to battle each other for the honour of wielding Hyō rinmaru. Hesitant at first until the power of having Hyō rinmaru for himself proved too irresistable. Hitsugaya was too strong for Kusaka and he managed to inflict a severe wound on him. Reluctant to deliver the finishing blow, the Military Corps steps in acting out the wishes of The Central 46 and executes Kusaka.
And so, Hitsuaya would enter the Gotei 13 being regarded as a prodigy and child genius. Having mastering Shikai very early on and being gifted with exceptional skill, it ensured a successful career. Soon Hitsugaya would become the youngest ever captain amongst the other Gotei 13 squads.
It is within this arc we are introduced to Tōshirō for the first time. Captain of the 10th Division, his lieutenant is now Rangiku Matsumoto, he is greatly respected by his squad and his peers.
We are witness early on of his acute intuition as he is able to suspect Gin Ichimaru's foul play while others could not.
Despite of the fact that he activated his bankai, halibel activates her resurrection and decides to finish this battle. However, he acknowledges that understimating him would be fatal and halibel cuts off his arm before toshiro could even react. Toshiro then looks shock from the immense power and speed of halibel.
Tōshirō is extremely talented and knowledgeable Shinigami. Referred to as a boy genius, Tōshirō is the one of few to successfully enter into the Shinigami Academy and graduate within a single year. This is made even more impressive due to acheiving the highest overall scores in his class and his young age. Tōshirō's potential is aleady vast, however he is still a child and has plenty of room to grow as he matures.
Tōshirō has an accute intuition that is apparent throughout the series and is seen early on when he one of few to correctly suspect Gin Ichimaru of possible foul play.
Toshiro's Zanpakutō is Hyōrinmaru ("Ice Ring"). While sealed, Hyōrinmaru resembles a normal Zanpakutō with the exception of it's guard, which is shape of a four-pointed star. The hilt and the sheath are light-blue, which matches Hyōrinmaru's ice abilities. Hyōrinmaru's shikai command is "set upon the frozen heavens."
Hyōrinmaru is the spirit of a great serpentine ice dragon, icy blue in appearance with large wings and bellowing voice. Hitsugaya has had an affinity with Hyōrinmaru even before he began training to become a Shinigami. He would often dream of roaming around on an icy vista where Hyōrinmaru would appear. Hyōrinmaru is known as the strongest of all water and ice element Zanpakutō in Soul Society.
Hyō rinmaru is released when Hitsugaya utters the phrase " Soten ni Zase " ("Sit Upon the Frozen Heavens"). During its Shikai, Hyōrinmaru slightly extends and gains a crescent blade attached to the hilt with a chain. Hyōrinmaru allows Hitsugaya to control water and ice. Tōshiro's slashes create an immense amount of spirit energy which spills out from the tip of the blade, creating a great flow of ice shaped like Hyō rinmaru itself. The dragon flies attacks opponents and instantly freezes anything it touches. The chain-blade also freezes anything Hitsugaya traps using it.
In addition, Hitsugaya has the limited ability of controlling the weather around his nearby area. This is known as " Tenso Jurin " ("Heaven's Phase Servitude"). This is due to the amount of power his Shikai exudes and his initial control of ice and water. Still a fledgling ability, Hitsugaya is able to use this in Bankai form, however reluctantly as it is possible that it may result in killing all who get too close to it's vicinity.
Hyorinmaru's bankai, is named Daiguren Hyorinmaru (Literally translated as "Great Crimson Ice Ring"), and causes ice to flow from Hyorinmaru onto Toshiro, forming two large wings and a tail. A dragon's head made of ice also forms around his sword hand, encasing it up to the hilt. His left is covered fully until the wrist where it then spans into claws, leaving his hand and fingers free. Three flowers of ice, shaped similarly to his zanpakuto, are also created behind Toshiro with four petals each, which melt away as Toshiro attacks.
Hyorinmaru's bankai has two known special techniques. The first is "dragon hail flower", which freezes any opponent Hitsugaya stabs, locking them into an ice cocoon and freezing them to their core. Once frozen, Hitsugaya can shatter his opponent. The second is "thousand years ice prison", which forms a multitude of ice pillars by using the moisture in the atmosphere. These ice pillars then envelop the opponent.
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