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Gin Ichimaru

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Gin is fairly ordinary in terms of clothing, and doesn't wear any unique items. His overall appearance, however, is not as normal: his eyes are constantly slitted (earning him the nickname "foxface" wink , he is unusually thin, and he bears unusual silver hair which has a purple tint to it in the anime (his name refers to his hair color; gin [銀] is Japanese for silver). He also keeps a wide smile most of the time, which he has only been known to wipe off on rare occasions. He has also been known to open his eyes only twice, once in a flashback when he and Aizen rescued Momo Hinamori and other students from hollows and again during a battle with 10th Division Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya (he also opens them during the ending theme for episode 27 and the opening theme for episode 91). His eyes are light green/blue in the manga, as seen on the cover for volume 20; however, in the anime they are shown as blood red, because that volume wasn't out at the time and the true color was not yet revealed.

As Gin doesn't display any emotion while speaking combined with his use of sarcasm, he is distrusted by many, most notably Tōshirō Hitsugaya and Rukia Kuchiki. Rukia once commented on how she felt like snakes were wrapping around her neck whenever Gin spoke. Kaname Tōsen notes that Gin has a similar effect on just about everyone when explaining Wonderwice Margera's frightened reaction to Gin. In the anime, Gin speaks with a distinct Kyoto dialect, which is indirect and polite. His English dubbed voice is also formal and polite, but with a rather mocking and facetious undertone.

History

Not much is known about Gin's prior history, except that he once saved 10th Division Lieutenant Rangiku Matsumoto's life. They have been friends since then. Hence, Matsumoto is one of the few people Gin seems to truly care about. It is also known that Gin served as the lieutenant of 5th Division Captain Sōsuke Aizen before becoming captain of the 3rd Division and that he became captain at the same time as Byakuya Kuchiki.


Soul Society arc

After Ichigo Kurosaki defeats the gatekeeper, Jidanbō, in his quest to save Rukia Kuchiki, Jidanbō lifts the gate to give Ichigo and his companions access to the interior portion of Soul Society. Upon opening the gate, Ichigo finds Gin Ichimaru waiting for him on the other side. Gin purposefully exerts just enough effort to keep them from entering instead of killing them as he should have. Later, a meeting of the thirteen division captains is called for him to explain his suspicious actions. Gin, being one of the thirteen captains, should have had no trouble destroying them. Gin merely chalks it up to a mistake on his part.

Upon dispersal of the meeting, 10th Division Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya overhears a scripted exchange between 5th Division Captain Sōsuke Aizen and Gin, which is meant to further increase his suspicions of Gin's foul play; more specifically, the exchange hints that Gin intends to kill Aizen.

As a result, Hitsugaya later warns Aizen's lieutenant, Momo Hinamori, that Aizen's life might be in danger due to Gin and that Gin's lieutenant Izuru Kira, on good terms with her, might also be tainted. The next day, Aizen's impaled body is discovered by Hinamori, who immediately suspects Gin is the murderer; his appearance at the crime scene shortly after the fact and carefree attitude despite the seriousness of the situation only seem to confirm this. Hinamori subsequently decides to attack Gin in a rage but is intercepted by Kira. Lost in her rage, Hinamori proceeds to release her zanpakutō and fire an energy blast at Gin, which harmlessly curves away from its intended target. Kira also releases his zanpakutō in an attempt to stop her, but both are stopped by Hitsugaya and arrested. After they are taken away, Hitsugaya notes that Gin was preparing to kill Hinamori. Gin calmly denies it, and Hitsugaya threatens to kill Gin if even one drop of Hinamori's blood should be shed on his account.

After Gin releases Kira from his cell, Hitsugaya becomes suspicious and confronts the lieutenant and captain together. He is interrupted by Hinamori, who now thinks that Hitsugaya murdered Aizen and subsequently tries to kill him. She grips her sword so tightly that her hands bleed. Hitsugaya acts upon his earlier threat and attacks Gin, releasing his zanpakutō and warning Kira to get out of the way (he suggests at least a twelve-kilometer gap). During their fight, Hitsugaya successfully freezes Gin's left arm, causing him to open his eyes and drop his smile for the first time. Upon being trapped by Hitsugaya, he attempts to kill Hinamori as a distraction, but his attack is blocked by Rangiku Matsumoto, who threatens to fight him if he doesn't stop; Gin relents and disappears without saying a word. Matsumoto remembers that Gin has also disappeared in such a way in the past, leaving her to wonder what he was up to.

Later, as Rukia is being led to her execution, Gin briefly appears on the bridge to tease her by giving her hope that he would stop the execution if she asked, only to admit he was lying after doing so, thus destroying Rukia's hard-built peace over her coming execution and showing just how sadistic he can be. It is at this point that Rukia mentions her fear of him. This serves only to increase suspicions that Gin was the orchestrator of her execution.

When Aizen is revealed to be the mastermind behind the entire conspiracy, Gin is revealed to be nothing more than a subordinate and decoy. As Aizen extracts the Orb of Distortion from Rukia's body, he instructs Gin to kill her. He releases his zanpakutō, but Byakuya Kuchiki appears and rescues Rukia, taking the hit in her place. Aizen, Gin, and Kaname Tōsen are then cornered by most of the other lieutenants and captains. Gin is captured by his friend, Matsumoto. The three escape to Hueco Mundo with the help of the Menos Grande and are deemed traitors to Soul Society. Before leaving, Gin tells Matsumoto he would have liked to be held by her a little while longer, and also apologizes to her (this being another rare moment where he is seen without a smile).

Arrancar arc
Gin's new appearance in Aizen's army.
Gin's new appearance in Aizen's army.

Gin is later shown in Las Noches, jokingly chiding Aizen over his habit of playing around with his subordinates. His outfit, like Aizen's and Tōsen's, has been modified since the three abandoned Soul Society. He now wears a long, white robe over his normal shinigami hakama. The hilt of his zanpakutō is visible sticking out from under the robe through the opening down to his waist.

Later, Ichimaru is seen wearing a white hakama like the arrancar, instead of the black ones he was last seen in. Gin wears his robe open in a narrow 'V' down to his waist, closed to below the hips, then open again to the hem, which falls about mid-calf. His robe has long bell sleeves, into which he hides his hands like one does with kimono sleeves. The lining of the robe and edges or layers of the under-robe(s) appear to be black. From other examples, it is likely he is also wearing black tabi with white waraji. His zanpakutō is not visible with this outfit.

During the anime's adaptation of this arc, Gin replaces Kon's "Shinigami's Cup: Golden" sketch to host "Arrancar Research Time", where he outlines various facts about arrancar. Each sketch starts with one of the arrancar (or their shinigami masters) announcing the name of the sketch, at which point Gin will give a short course on a specific arrancar topic, such as their standard abilities. Once Gin has finished, the person that announced the name shows up to comment on the topic, usually resulting in a humorous retort by Gin.

Hueco Mundo arc

After Chad's defeat by Noitora, Gin is seen operating some sort of control panel. Ulquiorra Schiffer walks in as he does so, wanting to know about the intruders' progress. Rather than answer the question, Gin comments on the fact that Ulquiorra approached him at all, assuming that Ulquiorra hates him. Ulquiorra denies this, and Gin tells him to act friendlier. It would appear that Gin and Luppi were on good terms, as Gin follows up by saying that he feels lonely after Luppi died. Ulquiorra brings the conversation back on track by asking if Gin has been moving the halls from their original positions. Gin denies it cheerfully, saying that he wouldn't do that to "those kids" and that he also hates sad stories.

Sealed Sword Frenzy OVA

Gin, Aizen, and Tōsen are the last three people to be seen in the OVA. They appear after the credits in modern clothing having coffee. Gin gets the last speaking role of the OVA, telling the audience to "go home safely."

Shinsō
Shinsō in its shikai
Shinsō in its shikai

Gin Ichimaru's zanpakutō is Shinsō (神鎗, lit. Divine Spear, Viz: Sacred Spear).[1] It looks like a wakizashi (Japanese short sword) normally and the guard is shaped like an 'S'. Shinsō's shikai is triggered by the phrase "shoot to kill" (射殺せ, ikorose?, English dub: "impale him", Early Viz: "skewer him", Recent Viz: "pierce him" wink ; in the anime, this was slightly changed to ikorosu ("shoot to death" wink .

In its shikai, Shinsō's blade extends at high speed to impale Gin's opponents from a distance. The sword also carries tremendous force when extending, as seen when Gin pushes both Ichigo Kurosaki and the giant Jidanbō out from under the Seireitei gate, despite the latter being firmly braced under it. In addition, he can maintain the extension and swing the activated Shinsō in wide arcs, attacking multiple targets quickly and simultaneously.

While it hasn't been seen in the actual series, various Bleach console games have depicted Shinsō as having additional abilities. In Bleach: The Blade of Fate and Bleach DS 2nd: Kokui Hirameku Requiem, Gin fires Shinsō into the sky and swords similar to Shinsō's unreleased state rain all around him. In Bleach: Blade Battlers Gin shoots Shinsō into the ground and the blade hits the opponent from underneath, whereas in Bleach: Heat the Soul 4, a wave of blades instead shoots up from the ground to hit the opponent.

Other information

Bleach Beat Collection 5: Ichimaru Gin is an album inspired by Gin. It was released in Japan with three unique songs (four total) that include his voice:

* Track: 01 - Sekai wa Sude ni Azamuki no Ue ni (The World is Already Above Deceit)
* Track: 02 - Fuyu no Hanabi featuring Rangiku (Winter Fireworks)
* Track: 03 - Hyōri (Inside and Outside)
* Track: 04 - Sekai wa Sude ni Azamuki no Ue ni (Instrumental Version)

Gin has been a playable character in every Bleach video game to date, except Bleach: Heat the Soul.


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Report | 08/23/2007 9:45 pm

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i LOVE GIN, JUS LIKE AIZEN. YAY EVIL! WELL IM NOT EVIL...BUT STILL YAY! (RANDOM COMMENT) (DONT MIND ME) ^^
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