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|Height||136 cm (4'6")|
|Weight||28 kg (62 lbs.)|
Alignment and Character Traits
|Occupation||Captain of the Tenth Squad|
|Affiliation||Gotei 13, Soul Society|
|Position||Captain of the Tenth Squad|
|Partner||Rangiku Matsumoto, Karin Kurosaki|
|Base of Operations||Seireitei, Soul Society|
|Japanese Voice Actor||Romi Park|
|English Voice Actor||Steve Stanley|
Toshiro is a short individual, with turquoise eyes and short, less-spiked, white hair, which tends to draw attention in the Human World. He is relatively young by Shinigami standards and has the appearance of a child. In his Gigai clothing, Toshiro wears a dark blue long-sleeved shirt, with light-gray pants and brown shoes. He mostly wears a brown leather, winter jacket during the winter.
He wears a standard shihakusho and a standard sleeveless captain's haori with a thin chain around his shoulders, held together by a round, star-like chip. The chain holds his Zanpakuto sheath in place on his black and is tied to it at either end. He also wears a long turquoise scarf around his neck.
Hitsugaya is generally mature and serious, in contrast to his free-spirited lieutenant, Rangiku Matsumoto. Despite their personality differences, he and Rangiku seem very close. Toshiro is shown to be easily annoyed by others goofing off or drawing unneeded attention to themselves, as shown when he leads a team of Shinigami into Ichigo Kurosaki's school.
Hitsugaya hates anything that he deems childish as well as being described as something close to a child, such as an elementary school child, a further contrast to his appearance. He is also mistaken for a kid in several of the omake chapters, much to his annoyance. He is overly protective of Momo Hinamori, due to the fact that they were old childhood friends. Hitsugaya dislikes summer and warm weather in general.
Hitsugaya is usually joked about by many of the other Shinigami in Soul Society as well as by his enemies. Despite these jokes, or perhaps because of them, Hitsugaya has developed a cold attitude toward most people; he tolerates these jokes and goes on with his duties. Although he has shown anger toward jokes, he doesn't take action against whomever insulted him unless they are his enemies, but has never overreacted because of them. The only thing he can't tolerate is not being addressed as "Captain Hitsugaya," or an inappropriate use of his name, as he worked very hard for the title so he gets angry when not addressed as such. Coincidentally, though, he does not address any other officer with their title, only their last names. The only people that actually call him by his given name are Ichigo, who is constantly reminded to address him properly, and Hinamori, who is the only person allowed to get away with it. Hinamori tends to call him "Hitsugaya" and both she and Ukitake occasionally use "Shiro" - a nickname meaning "Whitey" in reference to his hair — in both cases without any repercussion.
Toshiro's serious and mature personality might have a few changes, due to his complicated relationship with Karin Kurosaki, Ichigo's younger sister and the second Substitute Shinigami. It has been surmised by many fans that Toshiro may have some romantic interest in Karin Kurosaki, but it has also been noted that many of their interactions are within the fillers.
Powers and Abilities
- Child Genius - Toshiro's most astonishing trait is his intellect and natural talent. He is the most gifted prodigy of the Shinigami Academy since Gin Ichimaru, as shown from him entering the Shinigami Academy on his first try despite his young age, graduating from the academy in a single year with the highest written and performance scores in each of his classes, joining the Gotei 13 shortly afterwards, and then becoming the youngest Shinigami to attain the rank of captain. He has been called many things due to this. Renji and Iba have called him a child genius and Ichimaru has called him the embodiment of the "heavenly white angel that blesses Soul Society once a century". In terms of intellect, Hitsugaya has shown to be equally impressive. He was even the first to suspect Ichimaru of treason and saw that there was more to Rukia's execution than what was being said. Shunsui, one of the strongest Shinigami in history, states that because of his genius, within 100 years, Hitsugaya could surpass him.
- Expert Strategist and Tactician - Despite his age, Hitsugaya has repeatedly shown great instinct and intuition in battle. He is generally aware of everything in his presence, and also able to see through most deceptions. For example, he discerned that Gin Ichimaru was more than he seemed, although he was not yet sharp enough to realize it was all part of Aizen's plot. As a Captain, he is a great battle strategist. He is given missions from Captain-Commander Yamamoto to lead teams into the human world many times to deal with large threats. For example, Hitsugaya led a taskforce sent by Soul Society which reinforced Ichigo's group against the Arrancar, as well as a taskforce. He has shown great instincts against incoming danger as shown from his reaction to Harribel's initial attack after releasing.
- Master Swordsman - Hitsugaya is masterful at swordsmanship, capable of utilizing his size to effectively counter and outmaneuver his opponents. He always strikes his opponents with fast and quick strikes before dealing critical blows in the next few slashes. His skills in swordsmanship are great enough that he rarely uses even his Shikai in battle, of which he has shown great proficiency with. Instead he relies on Hyorinmaru's sealed form, only using its Shikai or Bankai when things get tough.
- Hitotsume: Nadegeri (The First: Killing Stroke)
- Nanbasuri: Kamikaze (Number Three: Divine Wind) - A technique where the user strikes many times in quick, rapid succession; striking with enough force to create whirl strikes upon the blade's edge. When the strikes land, the wind swirls accelerate and lacerate the targets.
- Kido Expert - Hitsugaya is highly proficient in Kido, and is capable of performing high-level kido spells without the incantation.
- Shunpo Expert - Hitsugaya is highly proficient in Shunpo. Repeatedly in battle, he has shown himself able to block and dodge dangerous attacks.
- Hakuda Combatant - Hitsugaya was able to knock out a grief-fueled Hinamori in a single blow while in mid-air. However, he is seen more using his Zanpakuto so his expertise in this field remains to be seen.
- Enhanced Durability - Despite his young and lean experience, Toshiro has shown himself to be a resilient fighter. He was able to withstand several attacks from Shawlong Koufang while fighting at only 20% of his power.
- Immense Spiritual Power - Toshiro's spiritual power has the same effect as his Zanpakuto, as it is an elemental representative of ice. His Spiritual Pressure is said to be very large and "cold". This cold spiritual power of his reflects his attitude as well. He is also the youngest Shinigami to ever achieve their Bankai. His Reiatsu color is light-blue.
Hyorinmaru (Ice Ring) - When in its sealed state, Hyorinmaru looks like a normal katana with the exception of the guard, which is in the shape of a four-pointed bronze-colored star. Its hilt is light blue, and the sheath matches this in a dark blue color. The sheath has been shown to completely dissolve when he draws his sword, suggesting it is part of Hyorinmaru's design. The sword is somewhat longer than most Zanpakuto, at about one-and-a-half meters long. This makes it taller than Hitsugaya, preventing him from wearing it at the hip. Instead, he carries it on his back by his chain sash over his right shoulder.
Hyorinmaru is the strongest of all ice and snow-element type Zanpakuto in Soul Society. As such, Hitsugaya doesn't need water to be present in order for him to use all of the sword's abilities. Hitsugaya's control over Hyorinmaru power is great enough to use its' Bankai attacks while in Shikai, though with medium control over them.
- Shikai - Hyorinmaru's Shikai release command is "Reign over the Frosted Heavens". In its Shikai, Hyorinmaru extends slightly in length, and gains a crescent-shaped blade attached to its hilt by a long metal chain, which can extend greatly if necessary by force of will. The chain itself can be used as an attack or to entangle a target.
Shikai Special Ability - Hitsugaya allows Hyorinmaru to control all forms of water and ice. His slashes create an immense amount of spiritual power which overflows from the tip of the blade, creating a flow of ice shaped like a Chinese dragon. The dragon flies towards opponents and instantly freezes anything it touches. Hyorinmaru can create multiple ice dragons to attack an opponent from various angles. Hitsugaya can also direct his slashes towards the ground and form a wave of ice which rushes over his opponents, overwhelming and freezing them. The chain-blade also freezes anything Hitsugaya traps with it. The power it expels is so overwhelming that in Soul Society (where Hitsugaya is not placed under a limiter), its mere release affects the weather within the immediate vicinity, creating a thunderstorm or a blizzard.
- Tenso Jurin (Subjigation of the Heavens) - One of Hyorinmaru's basic powers and its strongest. It allows him to control the weather in the immediate vicinity, or more specifically, control the water in the surrounding atmosphere. Hitsugaya states that this aspect of his powers is not fully mature and that he doesn't like to use it in Bankai mode, as he is unsure of whether he could control it and keep from killing everyone in the vicinity. The ability is usable in both Shikai and Bankai modes.
- Rokui Hyoketsujin (Six-Clothed Ice Binding Array) - Hitsugaya can lay down a trap by placing five snowflake-shaped ice crystals on the ground in a pentagonal formation. When an opponent steps into the trap, each snowflake sends a line of ice towards them. The space within the pentagon is then encased in a large pillar of ice, trapping the opponent
- Ryojin Hyoheki (Woven-Ice Wall) - Histugaya generates a protective wall of ice by finely weaving threads of ice together
- Hishoryu (Soaring Ice Dragon) - Hitsugaya can transform water into ice and then pierce his Zanpakuto upwards which fires an overwhelming ice dragon several times larger than the normal dragon of his Shikai special ability. Hitsugaya can even create and fire a large number of these dragons to utterly destroy the enemy.
- Bankai: Daiguren Hyorinmaru (Grand Crimson Lotus Ice Ring) - Upon activation, it causes ice to flow from Hyorinmaru onto Hitsugaya, starting at his right arm which ice forms onto in the shape of a dragon's head around sword hand, encasing it up to the hilt; which also changes from the shape of a four-pointed star to that of eight-pointed star. The ice continues forming up over his shoulders with two large wings sprouting from his back and a long tail. The ice forms down his left arm encasing his hand which ends in a claw. Hitsugaya's feet are encased in ice in a similar manner to his left hand which as they to end in claws. These new ice limbs are movable and can be used as an extension of himself to aid in battle. During some appearances of his Bankai, three flowers of ice form floating behind him, each consisting of four purple petals shaped like diamonds. These petals melt away petal by petal as Hitsugaya's battle progresses, leading Shawlong Koufang to speculate that Hitsugaya's Bankai will fade when all twelve petals disappear, assuming that the captain's Bankai was incomplete due to his young age. Following the final battle against Aizen, Hitsugaya trained and strengthened his Bankai considerably, completing its development after eighteen months of hard work. According to Hitsugaya, should his Bankai somehow end up trying to attack itself, the ice would instead be deflected somewhere else rather than actually attack the Bankai.
Bankai Special Ability - Much like his Shikai, Toshiro can freeze objects and areas, though the radius and strength of the freezing is greater. Because the Bankai's ability is much greater, Toshiro can swing his tail around as a weapon to try and freeze objects. Toshiro's Bankai also allows him to gain several additional techniques and can even enhanced his original techniques.
- Bankai Regeneration - Toshiro has the ability to regenerate the lost parts of his Bankai by using the air in the atmosphere to form ice.
- Zanhyo Ningyo (Lingering Ice Puppet/Doll) - Once per activation of his Bankai, Toshiro is able to create and shape a large amount of ice into his exact likeness. It is very life-like as it can appear to bleed. It has yet to be revealed the exact circumstances that limit the use of this ability to one use.
- Shield of Ice Wings - Hitsugaya is capable of wrapping his wings around himself like a sphere, protecting him from any attacks and only receive little damage.
- Hyoryu Senbi (Ice Dragon Swirling Tail) - With this technique, Hitsugaya swings his sword in a linear direction and creates overflowing ice with his blade in the form of a crescent. Hitsugaya can also use this as his signature Shikai attack, but with less control and can be only used at half-power.
- Zekku Kyuto (Void Sheer Soar)
- Zekku Koka (Void Sheer Descent)
- Zekku Kufu (Void Sheer Twist)
- Guncho Tsurara (Icicle Flock) - Hitsugaya can transform water into ice and then swing his Zanpakuto in an arc which fires an array of ice daggers at his target.
- Junzen (Sheer)
- Toshu (Frostbite)
- Ryusenka (Dragon Hail Flower) - When Hitsugaya stabs his opponents, a huge burst of ice erupts from the point of contact between Hyorinmaru and the opponents, encasing and freezing them. Hitsugaya can then proceed to shatter the ice and his opponent with it.
- Sennen Hyoro (Thousand Years' Ice Prison) - Hitsugaya creates many ice pillars which encircle him and his enemy. At his command (when he turns his sword 90 degrees counter-clockwise), these pillars then move towards the enemy, enveloping and crushing it. Though this technique is very powerful, Hitsugaya infers that it takes a considerable amount of time to prepare, and therefore the distraction of his enemy is crucial in successfully completing this attack.
- Hyoten Hyakkaso (Frozen Heaven Hundred Flower Funeral) - This ability is rarely used by Hitsugaya and only is produced under his Tensō Jūrin power. The ability opens up a huge hole in the clouds through which a large amount of snow falls down on to his opponent. Whoever the snow touches begins to sprout ice flowers all over, which instantly freezes them in a pillar of ice. Hitsugaya claimed that when the last of the 100 petals falls, that person's life will come to an end.
List of Moves and Techniques
- Bakudo #63: Sajo Sabaku
- Daiguren Hyorinmaru
- Frozen Leap
- Frozen Judgment
- Frozen Wave
- Guncho Tsurara
- Hado #31: Shakkaho
- Hyoryu Senbi
- Hyoryu Senbi Zekku
- Hyoten Hyakkaso
- Icicle Shatter
- Ring of Ice
- Rokui Hyoketsujin
- Ryojin Hyoheki
- Sennen Hyoro
- Tenso Jurin
- Zanhyo Ningyo
List of Awakenings
- Bankai - Daiguren Hyorinmaru
Main Article: Toshiro Hitsugaya/Relationships
- Unamed Grandmother (Grandmother)
- Hyorinmaru (Zanpakuto Spirit)
- Rangiku Matsumoto (Lieutenant)
- Momo Hinamori (Childhood friend and older sister figure)
- Uryu Ishida (Adoptive Brother)
- Ichigo Kurosaki (Close friend)
- Karin Kurosaki
- Yuzu Kurosaki
- Isshin Kurosaki (Former Captain)
- Rukia Kuchiki
- Renji Abarai
- Ikkaku Madarame
- Yumichika Ayasegawa
- Izuru Kira
- Shuhei Hisagi
- Kisuke Urahara
- Yoruichi Shihorin
- Orihime Inoue
- Yasutora Sado
- Shigekuni Genryusai Yamamoto
- Soi Fon
- Rojuro Otoribashi
- Retsu Unohana
- Shinji Hirako
- Byakuya Kuchiki
- Sajin Komamura
- Shunsui Kyoraku
- Kensei Muguruma
- Kenpachi Zaraki
- Mayuri Kurotsuchi
- Jushiro Ukitake
- Sojiro Kusaka (Former best friend and rival)
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Rouge the Bat
- E-123 Omega
- G.U.N. Forces
- Hakura Otsutsuki
- The Vanderich
- The Kihei
- Sosuke Aizen (Arch-enemy)
- Gin Ichimaru
- Kaname Tosen
- The Espada
- The Bounts
- Maki Ichinose
- Oko Yushima
- Reigai Counterparts
- Sojiro Kusaka
- The Dark Ones
- Madara Uchiha
Background in Other Media
- I'm Captain of the Tenth Squad, Toshiro Hitsugaya! Are you ready?!
- I will defeat you! Now prepare yourself!
- (to Gin Ichimaru) - If you shed even one drop of Hinamori's blood... I will kill you.
- (to Tier Harribel) - Since you were kind enough to lecture me, allow me to tell you something. "'You are in the most danger when you executed a flawless strategy". That, too, is the way in the art of battle.
- (to Tier Harribel) - My Hyorinmaru is the strongest of all ice and snow-type Zanpakuto. All forms of water are my weapon! The heavens are under my command!
- (to Sosuke Aizen) - Your exactly right, Aizen. This blade I wield is out of hatred. I didn't come here to fight. I came here to destroy you and end your reign of terror!
- (to Sosuke Aizen) - As long as I can kill you, I am gladly to abandon my status as a captain here and now!
- (to Vernon Xalver) -
- (to Karin Kurosaki) - I promise you, Karin... I will protect you, no matter what happens to me. Even if I die, you will still live on. That's why I won't let anything happen to you.
- (to Karin Kurosaki) - Because... I'll always love you.
- Toshiro Hitsugaya/Image Gallery
- Toshiro Hitsugaya/Battles & Events
- Toshiro Hitsugaya/Relationships