Yachiru Kusajishi

Yachiru Kusajishi is a anime/manga character in the Bleach franchise
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Yachiru Kusajishi is the Lieutenant of the 11th Division of the Gotei 13 under Captain Kenpachi Zaraki.


Yachiru was a nameless child in the dangerous Roku District's North Alley, Kusajishi. She met Kenpachi Zaraki when she was a toddler, he had killed dozens of men when she approached him without fear. Giggling as she touched his blood covered sword, he adopted her and naming her "Yachiru", after the one person he admired. He took her with him to save her from sure death if she was to stay alone.

Years later, Kenpachi went to the Gotei 13 to take the position of Captain of the 11th Division by killing the previous captain. He appointed Yachiru as his Lieutenant, and they were joined by Ikkaku Madarame and Yumichika Ayasegawa.


BLEACH Vol. 10 JPN (Nov 2003)
BLEACH Vol. 10 JPN (Nov 2003)

The character of Yachiru Kusajishi 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 10, CH. 83 "Come with Me", and her first anime appearance was in BLEACH - Episode 25 "Penetrate The Center With An Enormous Bombshell?". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Hisayo Mochizuki, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is done by Kari Wahlgren.

Tite Kubo has promised to reveal Yachiru's namesake in the manga.

Character Evolution

" I had no name. I had no parents. I was from the 79th District of North Rukongai, Kusajishi. I had never seen anything in colours other than bloody red. But then you appeared, from the 80th District of North Rukongai, Zaraki. Even deeper in the darkness. You demolished the chaotic world that was dyed in blood, then you gave me a name. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be here today. "

Yachiru Kusajishi - BLEACH Vol. 13 Ch. 114

Yachiru Kusajishi
Yachiru Kusajishi

Yachiru's maturity level is no more different than she appears, but is still a recognized member of the Gotei 13. This would not be possible without an incredible amount of Spiritual Pressure. She is a young child who's very strong and fast. She has light-pink hair and dark pink eyes. Rather than remember people's names, she tends to make up nicknames for people on a whim, based upon their appearance. If she ever forgets them, she makes up new ones. She's more driven by her childish impulses for her love of fun and sweets.

While most are brought to their knees in terror by just being in Kenpachi's presence, Yachiru holds no fear of him and greatly admires him. She's giving Kenpachi directions, even though she has no idea where shes going. She tend to enjoy watching battle with intense interest and no fear.

Birthday: February 12

Hair: Pink

Eyes: Dark-Pink

Height: 109 cm (3'7")

Weight: 15.5 kg (34 lbs.)

Yachiru's ultimate loyalty is to Kenpachi. Even after his defeat to Ichigo Kurosaki, she refused to accept it, calling it an unfair two against one. She looks to him with admiration and thinks he's unbeatable. While in Hueco Mundo, she stood facing the Espada, Nnoitra Jiruga, as he approached her. She didn't move an inch and ignored Orihime Inoue's attempt to protect her.

After the seventeen month time skip of the series, little has changed in Yachiru. her hair style appears slightly shorter, and she has a hairpin in the shape of crossed bones.

Major Story Arcs

Soul Society: The Rescue Arc

Yachiru rides on Kenpachi's back
Yachiru rides on Kenpachi's back

The Soul Society and the Seireitei had recently been invaded by four humans, one with Soul Reaper powers. When Kenpachi went after them to find the strongest one to fight, Yachiru leaped from the roof onto his back to guide him. From the ground, they would see the group separated in the air in a flash of light. Yachiru guided Kenpachi on who to follow, but they got lost. Later, they heard that Ikkaku Madarame had been defeated by the human Soul Reaper. He told them his name was Kurosaki Ichigo, and he's strong. Knowing Kurosaki was aiming to save Rukia Kuchiki from execution, Kenpachi waited with Yachiru for Kurosaki to some to them, and he did along with Ganju Shiba and Hanatarō Yamada. She shocked Ichigo with how fast she jumped onto his shoulder, but jumped off to a distant wall to watch the battle between Ichigo and Kenpachi.

Yachiru Kusajishi radiating Spiritual Aura
Yachiru Kusajishi radiating Spiritual Aura

What appeared to be an easy win for Kenpachi quickly turned around to a near even match. As she was enjoying watching the clash of power, one of the Reversal Counter Force from the Onmitsukidō arrived with an urgent message. She first dismissed him but became angry at his instances, letting off a powerful aura. Ichigo managed to win, but he was also seriously wounded. She thanked Ichigo for giving Kenpachi a good fight, then took him away to be treated by Retsu Unohana.

Yachiru later found Makizō Aramaki with young woman, Orihime Inoue. She was a friend of Ichigo, and Yachiru brought her to Kenpachi. Orihime guides Kenpachi, Yachiru, Ikkkaku, Yumichika Ayasegawa, and Makizō to break her friends out of the Gotei 13 prison. From there, they went to find Ichigo with Orihime riding on Kenpachi's back with Yachiru. The group was blocked by Captain Kaname Tōsen and Captain Sajin Komamura with their lieutenants. Kenpachi, Ikakku, and Yumichika stayed to fight so the others could move on. Yachiru ran off ahead to Sōkyoku Hill and watched as Ichigo fought Captain Byakuya Kuchiki fought in the distance.

After Ichigo won this fight, Captain Sousuke Aizen revealed to be the true villain of the recent events. He escaped to Hueco Mundo with Captains Gin Ichimaru and Tousen. The humans were now allies, but Ichigo left before Kenpachi could get his rematch.

Hueco Mundo Arc

Yachiru joined Kenpachi to Hueco Mundo as part of the Gotei 13's assault on Aizen's Espada with Captains Kurotsuchi, Unohana, and Byakyua. They arrived just in time to save Ichigo and Orihime from the Nnoitra Jiruga. She watched as even Kenpachi had trouble cutting this opponent. Nnoitra tried to go after Yachiru when he thought he defeated Kenpachi, but she warned him that attacking her would only make him angry. Kenpachi got back on his feet and cut off one of Nnoitra's arms. She's worried about the injuries Kenpachi suffers in the fight, but was victorious.

The Fake Karakura Town Arc

Yachiru remained out of sight as she watched Kenpachi and Baykuya fight Yammy Llargo. The two bickered about who would fight, but defeated him together when Yammy tried interrupting them. Yachiru then joined the other Soul Reapers as they left Hueco Mundo for the Human World.

The Lost Shinigami Substitute Arc

Ichigo had lost his Soul Reaper powers to defeat Aizen, but the Gotei 13 planned to help him by having several of the Captains put part of their Spiritual Pressure into a special sword. Once again, Yachiru joined Kenpachi to the Human World with Byakuya, Ikkaku, Renji Abarai, Toshiro Hitsugaya. and Rukia Kuchiki. they found Ichogo in battle with a group of Fullbring users called the Xcution. they restored Ichigo's powers, but each Soul Reaper was separated. Kenpachi faced Giriko Kutsuzawa and defeated him in a single strike.

Powers & Abilities

Yachiru's spiritual aura
Yachiru's spiritual aura

Yachiru has shown to have an intense Spiritual Pressure for her small stature and inexperience. Even as a toddler, she approached Kenpachi without any fear. The extent of her ability has yet to be really revealed in the series. The only hint of her power was revealed when a messenger of the Gotei 13 angered her by interrupting her from watching Kenpachi and Ichigo fight. Similar to both those fighters, an aura of pink energy radiated from her. Even grown fighters from her own squad are afraid of making her angry.

  • Enhanced Speed: Yachiru has a skill of incredible speed while running, but this talent goes unnoticed since she's normally riding on the back of Kenpachi's back. This would not be considered similar to the Soul Reaper's Flash Step ability since she can be seen leaving a trail behind her, but only slightly slower.


Yachiru's Zanpakutou
Yachiru's Zanpakutou

The Zanpakutou is the special swords of the Soul Reaper. Each member has a unique katana that can take on different forms once the wielder knows the name of their sword. Yachiru has never been shown to use her zanpakutou in combat. Her zanpakutou us a short straight-bladed katana. The handle is wrapped in in pink cloth and the guard is a five petaled floral pattern. She keeper her sword attacked to a short-strap and looped around her wrist.

Other Media

Yachiru Kusajishi 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.


She is also the president of the Shinigami Women's Association, known to spend the funds on sweets and toys. Her strength and powers are unknown but it can be assumed she is strong due to her not flinching to Kenpachis fully released reiatsu.


In the the Bleach OVA: The Sealed Sword Frenzy where for the whole ova Kenpachi and herself spend the entire time lost, where the others have arrived, defeated the antagonist and returned home again.


As a series based mainly on fighting and battles, Yachiru Kusajishi has made numerous playable appearances in the BLEACH series of games. Yachiru's game debut was in BLEACH: The Blade of Fate (2006) for the Nintendo DS.

(For a full list of games that feature Yachiru Kusajishi, see her profile on Giant Bomb. HERE)

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Name: Yachiru Kusajishi
Name: 草鹿 やちる
Romanji: Kusajishi Yachiru
Gender: Female
1st manga book: Bleach #10
1st anime episode: Bleach #25
1st anime movie: Bleach: Memories of Nobody
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