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We all had a feeling that either him, Ukitake or Unohana would be the new around with: “The matter of Captain Zaraki, I trust you can see that through Their relationship early on or is Zaraki clueless that she's the famous First Kenpachi?. Spoilers for the Soul Society Arc. Ukitake x Unohana, background Shunsui x .. You focused on battle, and trusted that Yamamoto-dono would .. Kyōraku's relationship with his Vice Captain had become quite intimate of late. Bleach gets intense as we finally find out the reason Ukitake is always ill, explaining his I think the Captains we will see are Yamamoto, Unohana, Shunsui, Jushiro, Shutara, Ichibei, Oetsu, Kirio, and Tenjiro. He seems to have a good relationship with Yamamoto. But I'm Oh trust me they're will be.
Even to Unohana Restu, who knows her better than she may truly know herself, but Nanao's blinking power and eviction from the eighth has everyone asking questions. Namely her captain and the soitaichou. She knows and she says less than all other shinigami on the subject of relationships among the ranks. Her captaincy of the fourth insures this knowledge of all shinigami. She knows who is who's sister, who has fathered who's child, and who is the child of someone else.
She is a member of the Shinigami Women's Association and hears all gossip of who is dating who, which she does not share, but which prevents her from being entirely shocked when occasionally she meets a patient suffering from something as a result of that relationship. She is meticulously interwoven with every fiber of a shinigami's life through her work, and works equally as hard to insure their privacy outside of the fourth; but what makes her knowledge unique and unmatched is singular and comes only from her acute knowledge of the origins of one eighth division fukutaichou.
A knowledge she holds over even the Soutaichou himself. Fukutaichou of the eighth, Ise Nanao, is Unohana Restu's daughter. It is on the hush-hush between the four eldest captains that Yamamoto is Unohana's father by blood, with a simple name change to extinguish questions which would have, one day, arisen.
It is a relation which landed her in the fourth captaincy to begin with. Her power is old and fierce and anything less than captaincy would be an insult to her efforts, but to say the Soutaichou is not without his faults would be a lie, and it is hard to simply pretend not to care about the possibility of doom one faces in battle.
Strings were pulled with Yamamoto's heavy influence, and to the chagrin of a much younger Retsu, Yamamoto was able to avoid that day-to-day threat by putting her in the only division to deal with the aftermath of such tragedies rather than the tragedies themselves, with the condition that their relationship would also be under wraps, for fear that someone might seek to harm her because of it. This mentality, both knew very well, is what got people killed in times of war, and Retsu was nothing if not immensely intelligent, so she had no choice but to agree.
The Soutaichou could not be weak on account of her. Centuries ago, when Shunsui and Juushiro were just exiting the academy and introducing themselves to the Gotei 13, an organization which Retsu had been a captain in for only slightly longer, the information was so tightly under wraps that one hint and curiosity had prompted Yamamoto's two most favored students to go poking around, and inevitably discover it.
It was decided then, that it was not so important to hide the fact, and was determined as an unsaid law that the four of them would simply not speak of it. In plain sight, no one had discovered the secret since. He is able to gain sufficient ground while trying to put distance between himself and Captain-Commander Yamamoto during their chase through Soul Society.
Immense Spiritual Power As one of the oldest and strongest Captains in the Gotei 13, Ukitake possesses tremendous spiritual power. During his fight against the Captain-Commander, he is not overwhelmed by the spiritual pressure of Yamamoto, though most people would be in such a situation. Enhanced Durability Ukitake has shown himself to be very durable, even by Shinigami standards. He was also able to effortlessly block Lilynette's Cero with his bare hand, though he himself admitted it was not even of Gillian-level power.
Once he completes the incantation, he grasps the single blade with two hands. The blade then transforms slowly, and begins to form two blades. As the blades peel apart, a large red rope-like chain at the base of the hilt lengthens, and silver metal square charms attached to the chain begin to fall, until all five present themselves. The cutting edge of the second blade faces inward instead of outward. It then reverses the attack's original course by firing the same attack from the right sword at full force, making it much more difficult for the opponent to dodge.
Bankai Bleach Anime Soul Society Saga He is first seen in person when he is told of Aizen's apparent death by one of the messengers of Soul Society, being rather shocked when told. Aizen only responds by saying that Ukitake is arrogant, revealing his plan to sit on the throne of heaven.
As thanks for helping save Rukia, Ukitake later gives Ichigo Kurosaki a badge that permits him to legally hunt Hollows in his home town and allows him to transform into his Shinigami state, officially making him a Substitute Shinigami.
He also helps announce the news to the other high-ranking officers about the missing information who probably would not have come in if they knew it was Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi who had ordered the meeting. Ukitake discusses Rukia's friendship with Orihime Inoue. Ukitake says that friendship is a great thing no matter what and further notes that Orihime and her friends aren't normal and may well become Shinigami once they come to Soul Society at the end of their life.
Ukitake then asks Hisagi about his role leading the Ninth Division. Ukitake invites Hisagi to join him for a bit, but Hisagi declines. As Hisagi walks away Ukitake notes that too short a time has passed for hearts to heal.
Orihime attempts to go with her as well, but Rukia states that without a hell butterfly she would just be sent to the waste dimension. However, Ukitake goes over to where they are and tells her that instructions were sent to secure the walls of the waste dimension and that she can pass through freely in a little while.
He tells her that he understands that she's in a rush to get there, but in times like these it's good to be patient. Rukia tells Orihime that she will go ahead and wait for her and leaves. He informs them of how she's vanished and could be dead before he is interrupted by Ichigo and Yamamoto. They commend Amagai for his idea and advise him not to get too upset over other captains feeling uneasy about it.
Ukitake is surprised by how easily Amagai gets drunk and is even more shocked when the drunken captain flattens him with a hug to thank him for his support. They are alerted to the presence of Menos Grande as they are in the middle of completing this task.
Ukitake continues to wonder why anyone would do this and just who could be responsible for it as he couldn't sense the presence of any Menos Grande and could only feel the Reiatsu of the hostile divisions currently roaming the Seireitei. It is then that Yamamoto appears and reveals himself to be the culprit. He explains that he wanted to test the reactions of the Gotei 13 and just how Amagai would deal with the situation.
He appears surprised by Starrk's request to "pretend to fight" and thought Shunsui was going to comply due to his amusement and usual laid-back attitude. This shows that even he is shocked by Shunsui despite them being friends for centuries. Ukitake explains that he can't fight since she looks like a little kid to him.
He further tells her if she tries to fight him, he will force her to leave, and that she should "go home and play with a ball or something. She then tells him she will fight him. Ukitake appears somewhat annoyed at this. He then comments on how he has seen many Cero blasts in his time, and hers is immature at best and not even on par with a Menos. He then tells her to just go home, as he doesn't wish to fight her any longer.
He continually avoids her comical assaults, all the while chiding her for not putting her heart into her attacks. He uses a huge energy blast to negate Starrk's Cero Metralleta. Starrk side steps the blast and wonders if it was a Cero. Ukitake then comments that besides that Shunsui doesn't seem to want to use his Bankai.
Shunsui assures him that he will eventually. Ukitake, however, retorts that it would be best to not reveal his Bankai in front of everyone.
Starrk interrupts by asking Ukitake how he fired a Cero. Ukitake plainly says "who knows, maybe he'll figure it out if he does it again. No sooner does he fire a large Cero, that moments later, it comes right back at him, to which Starrk dodges. He fires again and notices the same result. Ukitake is surprised that he figured it out after only three attacks. Starrk then expresses that he is glad that Ukitake's power isn't to reflect any and all attacks back at his opponent.
Starrk surmises that if Ukitake has to absorb the attack first, there has to be a limit to what can be absorbed. He then tells Ukitake that he doesn't think he'll be able to absorb the attack if he fires 1, shots at once. Then seemingly out of nowhere a Garganta begins to open, surprising the three combatants. Ukitake asks Shunsui if it's someone new. Shunsui responds by asking if Ukitake thinks it's someone who could back up the top three Espada, as he hopes it isn't.
When the Garganta is fully open, Wonderweiss Margela walks through. Ukitake and Shunsui both question who he is while Starrk, just as surprised to see him being accompanied by a huge hollow, simply says his name. While Ukitake's attention is on Hooleer, Wonderweiss attacks him from behind, impaling him in the back and out through his chest with his hand.
You're in love with her. Accept it now or don't, either way is fine. But I think you should buy me a drink when you realize that I'm right. And weren't we going to study now? I'm going to the library. He held to that belief for several years. He graduated from the Academy, becoming a shinigami of some regard.
Whenever he met Retsu Unohana, she was serene and he was polite, and they never spoke on anything deeper than his health and the weather. And then there was war. Yamamoto-sensei said these events happened in cycles, foreseeable but unpreventable.
They pushed back the enemy, but it would only be temporary. His eyes opened to a jagged and holey straw roof; it was a building in the Rukongai, where the main front of the war was staged.
From the quiet he judged it to be removed from the front lines. He listened to his own ragged breathing for a moment, wincing slightly—he sounded bad, but it was just exhaustion exacerbating his condition—it was painful, but not enough to take him out of the war. Below his own gasping breaths he heard even, smooth breathing. He propped himself up on his elbows to look around. A woman was next to him on the floor, her head resting against his thigh, as if she'd been on her knees beside him and collapsed from exhaustion.
He couldn't see her face clearly—it was partially covered by her hair—but he would have recognized her under any circumstances. Had she come to heal him and fallen ill herself? She shot up, coming awake immediately. She brushed her hair out of her face, tying it back quickly. You collapsed on the battlefield. I just need rest. But how are you, Unohana-san? It looks like you fell asleep where you were sitting. I hope I didn't make you uncomfortable.
Please, let me heal you now.
When she brought them to his chest he could see her trembling. How long have you been on the front? When did you last rest?
I will heal you, take another energy pill, and return to do triage on the front. He could see deep, heavy shadows under her eyes, and her face was pale and drawn. Her steely determination shown through the serene expression she wore most of the time. There's downtime now, so please take some rest. You obviously need it. She pressed his shoulder, attempting to get him to lie down again. This time when new wounded soldiers aren't being brought in is critical. We must heal as many of our powerful fighters as we can, so that we can overwhelm the enemy when they strike again.
But there are many other healers working now, aren't there? Ones that have been brought in because of the enemy retreat, ones that are fresh. You can rest for a little while and go back out when you're revived. There was no arrogance in her words or manner—it was an acknowledgement of fact.
There were no healers in Soul Society right now as skilled and strong as Retsu Unohana. I don't imagine anything like that. I don't know you nearly as well as I'd like. But what I do know is what it is to be frustrated by the limitations of my body.
You're at your limit, Unohana-san. I know what it looks like, because I've seen it so many times in myself. Did she want one of the positions? It was very likely she would get one. Do you know how many female candidates there are? I am the only woman being considered for a position.
You are wrong about that. Even though you are a candidate for one of the Captain positions, you didn't research your competition? I don't consider it a competition. I'm sure Yamamoto-sensei will choose the best people for the jobs.
Unfortunately, you are very wrong. This is very much a competition. All of the candidates are competing at this moment, in this war. Your position as Yamamoto-dono's favorite may insulate you from this situation, but that is the reality. The other candidates are not. We must show our worth here. I must show my worth as a healer, instead of as a warrior. He had been arrogant without realizing it. He'd seen the rivalries and the machinations among his peers, but hadn't connected it with the Captain positions in the new Gotei He still believed that, but perhaps it wasn't the same for everyone.
I should have seen that. You were focused on what was important. You focused on battle, and trusted that Yamamoto-dono would make the right choices. I have been working to my limits, it's true, not only for the sake my patients, but for the position as Captain of the new healing division. There's no one else as qualified as you, and regardless of what you think of Yamamoto-sensei, I promise you that he will not be swayed by any temporary show put on by other candidates.
You are the best healer that we have, and you are an excellent leader of troops. There's no one else that deserves the position more. She glanced down at his hand on hers. He felt very self-conscious, but didn't remove it. My training says victory at any price, but I don't believe that is the most ethical choice. I've tried to leave that training behind," she said. Why would you say that you feel ashamed? I've been thinking of how much more I could do with command of my own division, how I could train my subordinates, how important it was that I be given one of the Captain positions.
But you have simply trusted that the outcome of the selection process would be fair, and that you would receive whatever you deserve. If you didn't receive a position, I doubt you would have raised a fuss about it. You are—cleaner than the rest of us, who considered our own advancement even in this time of war.
You've done your best for your patients in this war. Wanting to have a position that allows you to do more in the future isn't wrong. If I haven't, it's not necessarily that my motivations are purer. It's that I have limited resources to spend on things.
I have to focus on what's in front of me now, because my health doesn't allow for much else. How can I plan for a future when I don't know if I'll have one? You must, especially if you aren't sure that you'll have one. That's when it matters the most. But you will have a future. Your condition can be managed, and we will manage it. She was beautiful in her determination, and that he was the subject of her intensity was aweing to him.
They were paler pink than usual, but still full and lush. She had a sensual mouth, one that he'd imagined kissing more times than he'd admit to, even to himself. Unohana didn't speak, just watched him with her dark eyes brilliant in the dim light.
If she knew what he'd thought, what he felt, it didn't show. Her health was important, not only to him, but to her patients, to all of the shinigami. She inclined her head slightly, releasing his hand and moving to the pallet beside him. In an hour I'll get up and heal you, and then we'll return to the front together.
To be honest, I need the sleep," he said, self-deprecation in his voice. You are suffering from exhaustion, as you'd suspected. I don't always stay inside them, but I know what they are. They were very close—he could feel the warmth of her body next to him. It's still the truth now. That's why I've never doubted that you'd obtain a Captain position, even with the state of your health.
The air between them felt heavy with possibility, the way that it had in the hospital. He felt a leap in his heart that had nothing to do with his condition.
It was amazing that Unohana-sempai would say something like that to me. Retsu," she said carefully. Of course you can use my name any time that you want, Retsu-san. He loved the sound and wanted to hear it every day. His hand lifted to her face, stroking the fine skin of her cheek. He started to shift, to reach for her, and she stopped him with a hand on his chest. He was disappointed to miss the chance to kiss her again, but nodded. She leaned down, keeping her weight off him. That this woman, so elegant and beautiful, would allow him to touch her—it was incredible to him.
She kissed him, her lips soft and wet on his lips. He wrapped his arms around her, trying to bring her down against him, but she resisted. She did part her lips for him, allowing him to taste her, and that was more than enough. Retsu's flavor was tea, the bittersweet chocolate of the energy pills, and summer. That was the only name he could give it—she was sunlight and warmth and everything summer—his favorite season. When she broke the kiss he nearly expected to see fireflies flitting around them.
She'd felt the same spark when they'd kissed that he had, he was certain. It showed in the unexpected tenderness of her eyes and the lingering look she gave his lips. She accepted his hold, allowing her hand to be swallowed up in his much larger one.
But they weren't alone for a long time after that. The war dragged on. Even when the forces of Hueco Mundo were obviously outnumbered, they still managed to find new techniques to take on shinigami armies with forces three times their number. Finally the war did end, and life was slowly restored to normal.
It's a representation of your position as a Captain. She appeared in the courtyard, her walk so smooth she seemed to float across the cobblestones towards him. His heart throbbed painfully in his chest.
I knew that already. You don't want to look too eager or nervous, do you? She didn't even look at me, why? But she may not be in love with you. She's not in love with you yet. I can get a woman to fall in love with me. You're charming and handsome and a bit sickly, so you'd need them. Women like to be needed. Retsu met him in the hallway, casting a cool eye over the flowers.
She took them from him, cutting off his greeting by turning to a nurse. Please give them a place of prominence on the front desk," Retsu said. Gestures like that are inappropriate. Please don't do it again. I thought there was a connection between us.
Didn't you feel something like that when we were in the war, when we kissed? I did not come to this position via the Academy, and I have had to do some—difficult things to get here. I will not jeopardize what I've achieved. And I'm sorry if you've had hard experiences on the path to your Captain's chair.
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But I don't understand why you and I can't be together if we both want it. Yamamoto-sensei would make an exception to the fraternization regulations for us. I will accept and follow the rules as they are, even when it's difficult. You don't really know me. I want to know you, Retsu-san. She hesitated before shaking her head. Thank you for your interest in me, Captain Ukitake, but I must decline any sort of personal relationship between us.
I have to be alone. What happened in the war was a mistake. Please accept my apologies for my behavior then. Your kiss was one of the best moments of my life.
Please forgive me for that. I respect your wishes, and I'll go now. He glanced back and the resigned sadness of her eyes almost pulled him back to her. But he respected her wishes, and so he left, nodding to her. But it was difficult to let it go completely. I'm not going to pursue a woman who told me in very clear terms that she's not interested. That wasn't the best choice, given that she's probably quite conscious of being the only woman at the Captain rank.
She always goes alone.
I bought her a drink last night. I spent hours hearing far more about unpleasant medical procedures than I ever wanted to know. I like to listen to women's voices, but my ears were ringing and I felt a little sick when I finally got that information about Unohana-sempai and could leave gracefully. I don't want to make her feel like I'm following her or harassing her.
If you're making a pest of yourself, she will let you know it. That's the kind of thing women want to hear directly from a man's lips, the kind of thing that changes their opinions of a person sometimes. I doubt I could manage a shout. I think I'll go and tell her in the ordinary way instead. Did you think I wouldn't get all the relevant information, Ukitake?
I also know the next duty rotation for all the seated officers of the Fourth. The redhead was quite a talker. After all that I endured for your sake. What do I need to go into the mountains? Optimism might make it easier to make a complete fool of myself in front of her, again.
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He raised his hand in greeting and started to call out, but his throat failed and he leaned his hands on his knees, gasping. What are you doing out here? She led him into a sunlit meadow. At least you brought a blanket. Are you chilled now? She studied him critically for long minutes. I think you overexerted yourself on the hike up here. She sat on her heels in the meadow with her hair tied up, her face serene.
She wore no special clothing in concession to the mountain. Her cheeks were rosy and her skin warmed by the sun. She was utterly beautiful, and his heart sank lower. Why had he imagined a woman like her would want a sickly man as her lover? He could not join her on her hikes; he'd only slow her down. She grasped his hand as he stood. I thought if we were really alone, you might—things might be like they were before. Her hand tightened on his, and he looked down at her in surprise.
Conflicted emotions ran through her eyes. He sat across from her. Do you know me well enough to mean it? I'm sure there are hundreds of things about you that I don't know. But I love you, not for any individual thing that I know about you, but for who you are as the sum of all of those things.
I don't think there's anything I could discover that would change the way I feel. She looked down at her hands in her lap. Her lips touched his in a gentle kiss. He brought his hands up, embracing her. This was more than he'd ever expected, more than he'd thought he could have.
She fell back with him onto the blanket softly, and his senses were flooded with her, his thoughts and emotions filled with Retsu. It was a cold, pre-dawn hour, and she was putting on her clothes quietly.
I'll make you breakfast.