Ryuunosuke Kenji

Vice-Captain of the 2nd Division
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Reiatsu Color: Pearl Blue

Physical Appearance:Kenji has black, shaggy hair that grows long in the back into a medium-length pony tail down his neck. His eyes are caught somewhere between blue and grey. Standing at 5'10" he's about average in size, both in height and in build. He does benefit from long limbs, which he somehow manages to keep under decent control most of the time. His Shihakshou is often sewn together and repaired in places, as Kenji can't afford to replace his uniform every time one gets damaged.

Description: Kenji used to joke around that he just joined the 13 Court Guard Squads to meet strong, pretty women; recently, though, he doesn't joke about much at all. Whatever his motivation, it is obviously a strong one, as it has carried him ever since his days through the academy and all the way up to his current position. Though he tries his best to make things look easy, he does now, and always has struggled with most of the skills that all shinigami master. In spite of this, his skills are no worse for the difficulty with which they are acquired, and to Kenji the skills are most certainly acquired only with difficulty. He spends much of his time practicing the same things over and over just to achieve the same level that most people reach with intermediate effort. Still, he doesn't seem to hold this against those naturally skilled around him, even if he does good-naturedly envy their abilities.

In combat, Kenji's (few and far-between) strong suits are situational awareness and battlefield strategy. In the past, particularly during his early days as a non-ranked member, his impressively swift reaction times and out-of-the-box thinking were both praised; however, those praises were quickly drowned out by 'constructive criticism' on how he should improve… everything else. Though his overall skill set has improved dramatically since those days, elevating him all the way to 3rd seat of his entire division, Kenji still often marvels that he achieved Shikai at all— and Bankai? However, he is outwardly confident enough to put anyone else's mind at ease.

Zanpaktou: Suzume no Bara

Sealed Form: Black binding on the handle and polished, black wood sheath. The blade is an inch or two shorter than the Standard Zanpaktou, trading a small amount of offensive reach for increased maneuverability and defensive speed. Worn horizontally across the back.
Sealed Abilities: Not Discovered.

Release Phrase: Gosezu Hanase! ("Speak without words…!")

Shikai Form: Becomes a Chinese-style chain whip, of either three, six, or nine chain links determined upon release (and adjustable by sealing and re-releasing). This Zanpaktou kills with incredible speed and deceptive movements, using a multitude of cuts too small to feel to disguise the final blow straight through the heart. Suzume no Bara appears at first to be a purely melee-type, displaying impressive (but manageable) speed, control, and mobility when released; however, it is in truth a strong Wind-type, kidou based Zanpaktou, which uses the very real threat of its physical prowess to deceive its foes into supposing that it has no Aces up its sleeve.

Shikai special abilities: Wind-based. Is able to launch long, sharp blades of air from the tip of the whip in mid-swing at a target. Also, perhaps the more powerful of its abilities, it allows the wielder to translate kinetic energy from melee attacks through the air particles between him and his target with near 100% efficiency, effectively letting him attack at range with a punch or slash (this effect seems instantaneous, but is defeatable by keeping close track of the wielder's movements and timing the effect correctly; also greater distances exponentially increase the effect of that fraction of lost energy, limiting its range). Finally, minor wind-based abilities like brief, limited force gusts of wind are possible with enough focus.

Bankai: Not achieved.

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