Jumat, 13 Januari 2012

About Isane Kotetsu

"The delicate Lieutenant that does not seem as such from her appearance. She cannot sleep after getting a nightmare. Kamaboko?" - picture caption by Tite Kubo[1]  
Isane Kotetsu (虎徹 勇音, Kotetsu Isane) is the lieutenant of the 4th Division, the medical and supply relief division, in Gotei 13 under Captain Retsu Unohana.   
Isane Kotetsu
BirthdayAugust 2[1]
Height187 cm (6'1½")[1]
Weight70 kg (154 lbs)[1]
Professional Status
AffiliationGotei 13Soul Society
OccupationLieutenant of the 4th Division
Team4.jpeg 4th Division
PartnerRetsu Unohana
Base of Operations4th Division HQ, SeireiteiSoul Society
Personal Status
RelativesKiyone Kotetsu (Sister)
First Appearance
Manga DebutVolume 13, Chapter 109
Anime DebutEpisode 46
Video Game DebutBleach: Soul Carnival 2
Japanese VoiceYukana
English VoiceStephanie Sheh
Spanish VoiceDulce Guerrero (Latin America)



    Appearance Edit

    Isane is a tall, young looking woman with gray eyes and short messy silver hair with strands on the right side of her face that are shoulder-length and styled as two thin braids. Some of her hair shoulder-length and is braided on the right-side of her head. She wears a thin dangling red earring on each ear and a standard Shinigami uniform with her lieutenant badge on her left arm.


    Isane is the older sister of Kiyone Kotetsu, one of the two 3rd seated officers in the 13th Division. Unlike Kiyone, she is generally quiet and observant, though she shares her sister's sense of loyalty. However unlike her captain, she can be impatient in the face of an enemy, rushing after enemies she has no chance of defeating, including the seemingly unstoppable Sōsuke Aizen. She looks to Unohana as a mentor and mother figure. It is noted by Unohana that Isane suffers from frequent and recurring nightmares. This is sometimes used as material for jokes, as Isane's nightmares are often odd or whimsical in their contents. For example, she once had a nightmare involvingkamaboko (a fishcake made of pureed surimi), which she intensely dislikes. Her favorite food, on the other hand, is porridge, to the extent that she is capable of eating it as the three main meals on the same day.
    Isane's exceptional height for a female Shinigami is often material for jokes. She started eating porridge when she passed 170 cm in her growth, because she did not want to get any taller (she believes - wrongly - that the nutrient level of porridge is very low). Unfortunately for her, she did not stop until reaching 187 cm, her height being another source of frustration for her.[2] Her height is also mentioned on one of the assemblies of the Shinigami Women's Association, during which she proposes a cell phone sturdy enough to not break if it is dropped from a height of 2 meters, only to be told by Nanao Ise that it is not a common problem.[3] Once, after hearing of how sleeping helps children grow, she decides to not sleep again in order to halt her growth.[4]
    When Isane has time off, she goes to see Kiyone, and vice-versa. They're very close sisters who enjoy meeting up and having fun together. Recently, her favorite place to hang out is the Kuchiki estate, in the "secret base of theShinigami Women's Association". She is a notable member of the latter Association, where her meek nature occasionally gets her in trouble with group activities including getting captured alongside Nemu Kurotsuchi when attempting to take a picture of Byakuya Kuchiki.
    In a recent omake, Isane is shown to have a decent relationship with Jūshirō Ukitake. Ukitake gets lost in the 4th squad's headquarters and Isane helps guide him around. They run into Shunsui Kyōraku who was not as lucky, as he got lost and stumbled into Unohana's bedroom.


    Soul Society arcEdit

    Isane is mostly seen around Retsu Unohana. When Hanatarō Yamada went back to the 4th division after he met with Jūshirō Ukitake, he gets in trouble with his Captain. However, when Isane is walking with him afterwards, Hanatarō asks if what he had done was wrong, and Isane answers he was brave for what he did.

    Ichigo Kurosaki knocks outChōjirō Sasakibe and Isane

    Isane attends the execution of Rukia Kuchiki with her captain on theSōkyoku Hill as well as her rescue by Ichigo Kurosaki. She appears upset by Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto's false promise to allow Rukia's would-be rescuers to leave safely after her execution, but Unohana tells her that he said it so she could die in peace.[5] After Rukia is handed off to Renji Abaraito get away, Isane hesitantly joins with Chōjirō Sasakibe and Marechiyo Ōmaeda after them. She releases her Zanpakutō to fight against Ichigo Kurosaki, but is taken down much lighter than the other two.[6] After her defeat, her sister Kiyone runs over to aid her, but Suì-Fēng intercepts her and knocks her to the ground. If not for the fast action of Yoruichi Shihōin, Kiyone would have been killed.[7]
    Unohana picks up Isane, and when she starts to apologize for failing to defeat Ichigo, Unohana tells her to calm down. After dropping the wounded off, Isane and Unohana quickly head to Central 46.[8] They arrive at the scene in time to see Aizen defeat Tōshirō Hitsugaya. Captain Unohana announces her presence to the traitors while citing her own suspicions surrounding Aizen's staged death. She also goes on to claim that the Offices of Central 46 Chambers was the only place he could hide and mentions the use of an elaborate corpse doll on his part. Aizen then points out the mistakes in her analysis, while also commending her for seeing through his deception. Isane learns of Sōsuke Aizen's betrayal, and reveals that she and the other lieutenants thought Kyōka Suigetsu was a running water-type Zanpakutō, not one with the ability of perfect hypnosis.

    Aizen and Ichimaru escape from Unohana and Isane.

    Isane prepares to attack Aizen, but he and Gin Ichimaru quickly get away before she can get near them.[9] Unohana then instructs Isane to use herKidō skills, both in tracking down Aizen and communicating with the remainder of Soul Society on the emergent schemes of the traitorous captain, as well as the Ryoka.[10]
    After the end of the incident, Isane assists the rest of her squad in healing the wounded. In the middle of the night, she wakes up while having a nightmare about fish paste. She wanders out to get some air while trying to decide what to do, only to be discovered by her Captain, who gently tells her to get some sleep.[11][12].

    Bount arc (anime only)Edit

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

    Hueco Mundo arcEdit

    Isane and Unohana are confronted by the Exequias

    Isane arrives in Hueco Mundo with her Captain, Hanatarō YamadaByakuya KuchikiKenpachi ZarakiYachiru KusajishiMayuri Kurotsuchi, and Nemu Kurotsuchi. When Isane and Unohana arrive, they are met by Rudbornn Chelute and the Exequias, who flee after hearing Retsu Unohana is a Captain.[13] Isane prepares to chase after them, but Unohana stops her. She and Unohana proceed to heal Yasutora Sado and Gantenbainne Mosqueda.[14] She later tracks down Byakuya's location and does not appear until after his battle with the 7th Espada Zommari Rureaux. She then proceeds to heal Hanatarō and Rukia.[15]

    Fake Karakura Town arcEdit

    After Mayuri Kurotsuchi announces that he can get Ichigo Kurosaki back to the Human World with a Garganta, Unohana offers to accompany Ichigo back to Karakura Town. Before they leave, she orders Isane to assist Byakuya and the remaining forces in Las Noches.[16] 

    Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc (anime only)Edit

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

    Beast Swords arc (anime only)Edit

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

    Gotei 13 Invading Army arc (anime only)Edit

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

    Powers & AbilitiesEdit

    Kidō Expert: Isane is shown to be highly proficient in Kidō spells, apparently excelling in chaining multiple spells together for various effects. While being the second most proficient in healing Kidō in the 4th Division, she has good understanding of binding spells as well. She is also shown using Hadō #1 Shō and #31 Shakkahō, revealing that she is skilled in the use of destructive spells as well.[24]
    Expert Healer: As the lieutenant of the 4th Division, Isane excels in healing techniques, being second in the 4th Division only to her captain. She is known for speedily providing medical attention.
    Shunpo: Isane is proficient enough in to keep up with her captain.
    High Spiritual Power: Being a lieutenant of the Gotei 13, Isane boasts a high spiritual energy.


    Itegumo (凍雲, "Frozen Cloud"Viz "Frozen Snow"). In its sealed form, Itegumo takes the form of a katana with a deep blue handle and a pointed round guard, somewhat similar to a snowflake. It is kept sheathed on the left side of Isane's waist.

    Itegumo's Shikai

    • Shikai: Its Shikai command is "Run" (奔れ, hashire). When its Shikai is activated, two smaller blades protrude from Itegumo's hilt at 45° angles.[25]
    Shikai Special Ability: Unknown