|Height||180 cm (5'11")|
|Weight||64 kg (141.1 lbs)|
|Occupation(s)||Captain of the 6th Division|
28th Head of the Kuchiki clan
|Voice actor(s)||Dan Woren|
|First Appearance||Manga - Volume 6, Chapter 51|
Anime - Episode 16
Kuchiki Byakuya is the 28th head of the Kuchiki family - one of the four noble families in Soul Society.
There's not much known about Byakuya's history, except that he often played tag with Yoruichi using flash steps to see who's the fastest, even though he's never beaten her.
Byakuya married Hisana, Rukia's older sister, and broke the nobility rule by doing so. After Hisana died about 50 years before the Bleach story began, Byakuya adopted Rukia into the Kuchiki family by Hisana's request, and therefore breaking the nobility rule again. Later, he swore that he won't break the rule ever again. This is why he showed no opposition to Rukia's execution.
Byakuya's first appeared in Bleach when he was sent to Karakura town with Renji to retrieve and bring Rukia back to Soul Society. The difference in power between a Captain and a Vice-Captain became extremely obvious when he stepped in the fight between Ichigo and Renji.
As the head of one of the four noble families, Byakuya upholds the law to the outmost extremes. This was evident when he caught news of Rukia's execution. Having swore not to ever break the nobility rule anymore, he "turned" his back on the adopted sister.
It's often said that Byakuya is the shining example of a perfect Shinigami.
"Pretty boy" would be the first thing that comes to mind when you look at Byakuya. With his always serious face and stoic posture, he generates a commanding aura that affects those around him. Don't make any mistake though, under that icy appearance there's a soft heart as shown in the two occasions with Rukia and Hisana.
 Powers & Abilities
Senbonzakura (lit. 1000 Cherry Blossoms) has proven to be a very well rounded zanpakutō suited for both close and long range combat. Upon its release, triggered by the command "scatter" (chire), the blade scatters into 1000 smaller, petal shaped blades that appear as cherry blossoms when illuminated in light. These blades can strike an opponent from any direction, and are almost invisible to the naked eye when not directly exposed to light. Senbonzakura can easily be dissipated or reformed into a single blade.
- Bankai: Senbonzakura Kageyoshi (lit. Vibrant Display of 1000 Cherry Blossoms) basically produces a greater effect of Senbonzakura's shikai by increasing the number of blades exponentially. Upon activation, Byakuya drops his sword which sinks into the ground, followed by two rows of giant blades emerging from the ground. These giant blades scatter into millions of tiny blades, which once again, resemble cherry blossoms when exposed to light. Unlike other bankai, Senbonzakura Kageyoshi has four distinct forms, or scenes, which maximize either its defensive or offensive capabilities by rearranging the blades and changing their patterns. Its initial form, which is unnamed, focuses primarily on defense by having the millions of blades automatically repel incoming attacks. Nevertheless, they can still be effectively used as a means of attack by enshrouding the enemy in them which can produce fatal results.
- Massacre Scene: (senkei; Viz: "annihilate"} This form of Senbonzakura Kageyoshi forgoes its defensive capabilities and focuses primarily on executing the enemy. The millions of tiny blades are collected and condensed into 1000 swords that surround Byakuya and the enemy in several rows. Though these swords don't attack the enemy simultaneously, Byakuya can call upon any one of them at any time. Since the swords are the condensed form of millions of tiny blades, their prowess to inflict fatal wounds is several times greater than that of a regular weapon. Byakuya, in his duel with Ichigo Kurosaki, states that senkei is Senbonzakura's true form which he only unleashes on opponents he personally wanted to slay, Ichigo being the second person who has ever witnessed it. In the Bleach feature length film The Diamond Dust Rebellion, it is demonstrated that this form protects those inside it, as Byakuya used it to successfully block a barrage of cero from a group of gillians.
- Pivotal Scene: (gōkei) This form is a newer variation of Senbonzakura's bankai that Byakuya revealed only in the latter part of Bleach in his bout with the seventh Espada Zommari Leroux. The millions of blades are amassed into an enclosed spherical formation around the enemy, which then implodes onto the enemy for an omnidirectional barrage leaving no room for escape. This arrangement is designed to overpower an opponent's defense.
- Final Scene: (shūkei; Viz: "last sight") For the finishing move, Byakuya compresses all of Senbonzakura's blades into a single sword, substantially increasing its cutting power. The blade shines bright white and emits a pure white aura of spiritual power that forms a bird with giant wings and a halo-like ring around Byakuya, hence its name "White Imperial Sword" (Hakuteiken; Viz: "White Emperor Sword").
Credit to mettaur_15 for most of the info on this page.
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