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Character Profile: Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai

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Shigekuni Yamamoto-GenryūsaiShigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai (山本元柳斎 重國)Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai (Bleach)Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai (Bleach)
Head Captain YamamotoHead Captain Yamamoto
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Old Man YamaOld Man Yama
Soul ReaperSoul Reaper
Looks 70Looks 70
5'6"168 cm
116 lbs52.6 kg
Captain of squad 1; Head CaptainCaptain of squad 1; Head Captain
"I will not you interfere!""You shall not interfere!"
Michael SorichMasaaki Tsukada
Episode 25Episode 25

Character Description: Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai

Considered to be the strongest Captain out of all of the 13 Court Guard Squads, Yamamoto is depicted as an old man with a long white beard. There are many scars on his torso and head, suggesting numerous battles in the past. He wears a standard Soul Reaper Captain's uniform, but its size is greatly exaggerated. He also drapes his Haori over his back instead of actually wearing it. Despite his old age, he has a very muscular body.

As the Head Captain of the 13 Court Guard Squads, he is highly respected among many Soul Reapers, most notably, Sajin Komamura, who views Yamamoto as a benefactor who saved his life. He has a fiery temper, and like fellow captains, Byakuya Kuchiki, Captain of Squad 6, and Soi Fon, Captain of Squad 2, he believes that laws must be executed for the benefit of the community and despises anyone who breaks them.

Captain Yamamoto founded the Soul Reaper's Academy about 2000 years before the main Bleach storyline. Yamamoto was, himself, a teacher at this academy and personally instructed Captain of Squad 8, Shunsui Kyoraku, and Captain of Squad 13, Jushiro Ukitake. When they officially became captains, he "boasted about them as though they were his own sons."

Yamamoto is first seen during a meeting between captains over their fellow captain, Gin Ichimaru's failure to kill Ichigo and dismisses the meeting after Kenpachi leaves. After Renji's defeat to Ichigo, Yamamoto has the chamber of Central 46 locked up for their own protection. After Kyoraku and Ukitake stop Rukia's execution, Yamamoto follows the two of them and engages in a short battle and comes out unscratched. After three of the Captains are revealed by the Lieutenant of Squad 4, Isane Kotetsu, to be traitors, Yamamoto denounces their positions and orders preparation for a war against them to be commenced.

When Sosuke Aizen's true colours are revealed and the Menos Grande come to his Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tosen's rescue, Yamamoto warned the other captains about the Negocian attack they use to rescue their fellow Hollows.

Yamamoto plays very little role in the Bount invasion. Yamamoto begins to think that Mayuri Kurotsuchi is betraying the Soul Society and has Byakuya get all information he can about the Bount. He later holds a meeting with the remaining captains and tells them about the Bounts invading the Rukongai and the Bount's origins.

Yamamoto has a small conversation with Toshiro Hitsugaya over the Arrancar invasion in Karakura Town, and allows Momo Hinamori to speak with Toshiro. Once the conversation begins to resolve around Aizen, Momo begs Toshiro to rescue Aizen, believing that Gin is manipulating him. Yamamoto cuts their conversation short by knocking Momo unconscious, noting that it is too soon to speak of such.

Later, when Orihime is kidnapped, Yamamoto orders Toshiro's squad to retreat back to Soul Society in preparation for the war against Aizen, and firmly disapproves of the idea of Ichigo and the others going to her rescue, seeing it as a suicidal mission.

After Kenpachi defeats Nnoitra, it is explained that Yamamoto ordered the creation of a replacement Karakura Town so that the captains, lieutenants, and other Soul Reapers can fight at full strength without damaging the city. He is then seen waiting with several other captains as Aizen arrives in Karakura Town.

Yamamoto's abilities as a Soul Reaper are no doubt powerful, as he was able to bring 8th Division Lieutenant, Nanao Ise to her knees and immobilizing her by looking at her and releasing his spiritual pressure.

He was also able to fight on par with two of the most powerful captains, Shunsui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake, for a decent time without any sign of injury, while they both came away with minor wounds.

Yamamoto's zanpakto's name is Ryujin Jakka. It is the oldest and most powerful fire-based zanpakto, and has greater attack power than all other zanpakto in all of Soul Society. In sealed form, it disguises itself as Yamamoto's staff, which disintegrates into a sword upon commander. Its command is "Reduce the whole of creation to smoldering ashes. When released, Rujin Jakka and the area around Yamamoto are consumed in flame. Only powerful Soul Reapers, such as Shunsui and Jushiro can resist it. Even in its shikai, Ryujin Jakka's power is enough to be able to fight against two other captains shikai simultaneously. The name of Shigekuni Genryusai Yamamoto's bankai (if any) is unknown as well as any attacks that it can perform.

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