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Rikichi
Rikichi
Rōmaji

Rikichi

Personal Info
Gender

Male Male

Species

Shinigami

Current Status

Alive (Active)

Family

Parents (Deceased)

Professional Status
Affiliation

Gotei 13
Soul Society

Occupation

Unseated officer of the 6th Division

Team

6 6th Division

Base of Operations

6th Division HQ
Seireitei
Soul Society

Voice Actor(s)
Japanese Voice Actor(s)

Masataka Nakai

English Voice Actor(s)

Liam O'Brien

Debut(s)
Manga

Bleach Chapter #59

Anime

Bleach Episode #18

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Rikichi (理吉, Rikichi) is an unseated officer of the 6th Division.

Appearance

Rikichi is a young boy of average height with black hair and grey eyes. He has a tattoo above his left eye, in admiration for Renji Abarai. His hair is parted on the left and fans out at the tips. Also, on the left side of his head, three strands are beaded at the tips. Besides the standard Shinigami uniform, he wears a thin rope sash connecting the supply kit on his back.

Personality

The only reason Rikichi joined the 6th Division was because Renji was his hero. His admiration reached so far that he broke Hanatarō Yamada out of jail to save him.

Plot

Soul Society arc

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Rikichi with Renji.

Rikichi is present at the 6th Division Barracks, badly trying to control a Jigokuchō, when Renji arrives to visit the prisoner, Rukia. When Renji sees him struggling, he kicks Rikichi on the head before advising him to learn more control over the Jigokuchō. When Renji asks about Rukia, Rikichi informs him that she hasn't moved since the previous night.[1] After Renji fights Ichigo and loses, Byakuya Kuchiki orders for him to be imprisoned. When Renji escapes from the 6th Division's barracks, Rikichi is among the Shinigami sent out to capture him, but is the only one not to be injured and wonders why his Lieutenant is attacking his own men.[2]

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Rikichi stands over Renji as he is healed by Hanatarō.

In order to prevent Rukia's execution, Renji fights his captain, only to fall by his Bankai. Afterwards, Rikichi breaks Hanatarō Yamada out of jail so he could heal Renji's wounds. He explains that he knew to get Hanatarō, since he wanted to save Rukia as well, and he would thus help Renji. Rikichi expresses his disappointment in how Renji lost to Ichigo and then broke out of his cell to help him, going so far to attack his own men. He then declares that he joined the Sixth Division to follow Renji in whatever path he chose, so no matter what, he wanted Renji to survive. Giving his Lieutenant a fresh Shihakushō, Rikichi insists that he follow his own path, smiling with Hanatarō begs Renji to help save Rukia. Renji happily agress[3]

Bount arc (anime only)

Note: Events occurring in this arc are only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.


Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc (anime only)

Note: Events occurring in this arc are only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.


Powers and Abilities

Zanpakutō

Rikichi's Zanpakutō has never been shown.

  • Shikai: Not Yet Revealed.
  • Bankai: Not Yet Achieved.

References

  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 59, pages 3-4
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 140, pages 2-3
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 149, pages 13-17
  4. Bleach anime; Episode 87
  5. Bleach anime; Episode 241

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