Originally from the photo I posted months ago about my version of the Gotei 13 from Bleach.After a lot of inquiries about the characters, I decided to just give them full profiles, which led to make giving each of them their own photo. I wanted it to be them in action so you can get an idea of who they are and what their powers are like.
So I clearly am not sticking to that "revealing a captain everyday until Christmas" thing only because this week has been insane for me and I haven't been home to draw so....sorry. I was surprised how much I ended up liking this photo because while I was sketching it, I didn't think it would turn out well but I actually like it.
I kept going back and forth with his powers. At first he could summon an acidic mist with the Bankai having like giant phantom beasts in it but that felt kind of boring and generic to me so I went back to the drawing board. I knew it had to have a sweet smelling mist/fog of some kind because I had based so much of his look on plague doctors which lead to me thinking about who Doku is as a person and powers that would match it and I finally found something I'm happy with. Like with Leila, the 'sword' he's holding is his Shikai but the attack he's using can only be done in Bankai but I needed something visual and I wanted you to see what his Shikai looks like.********************************************************************************************(I'm really bad at histories but I'll try and do them asap lol)
Name- Doku Akuihaku
Name Meaning- “Poisonous”; “Evil Doctor”
Age- Appears to be in his early 40s
Birthday- November 23
Weight- 210 lbs.
Affiliation- Gotei 13, Soul Society, (formerly) The Shinigami Research Institute
Position- Captain of the 4th Division
Previous Position- Captain of the 12th Division, 4th President of the Shinigami Research Institute
Division- 4th Division
Previous Division- 12th Division
Partner- Mariko Takeda
Previous Partner- Hiroshi Akira
Base of Operations- Seireitei, Soul Society
Appearance- Doku is a tall man with pale skin. He wears the standard Shinigami uniform with the white Captain’s haori, and white tabi with sandals. His most distinct feature is the seventeenth century plague doctor mask he always wears. He also always wears latex medical gloves and a brown hat.
Under his mask, Doku is a reasonably attractive middle-aged man with blonde hair and gray eyes. He has a mustache and goatee in a dark shade of blonde than his short, light blonde hair.
Before he was a captain, Doku was always seen with a medical mask over his mouth and after the first few years of his promotion, he wore a gas mask.
Personality- Doku is a researcher, personifying the stereotype of the mad scientist and he is displayed as sadistic and cruel. He sees everyone and everything not as a living being, but as an object to be researched. He has a curiosity for the inner workings of the human (and Shinigami) body and how much pain he can inflict on them and how they’re affected. He is willing to use this curious nature to perform unorthodox and highly unethical procedures on people just to see how they tick.
Unlike many scientists who strive for perfection, Doku’s experiments seem to be derived from his need to create an entirely new species. This causes him to attach the body parts of animals and robotics to his subjects and monitor their activity. Because of his extraordinary skill with healing Kido, he’s able to keep his subjects alive longer than they should to monitor them for long periods of time.
Despite his immunity to the pain of others, Doku seems to be terrified of getting hurt himself. He’s also extremely agoraphobic, covering himself everyday in an extremely thin layer of plastic film to keep germs from getting him. He’s always seen wearing gloves and a mask of some sort as he believes the very air is poisonous to him, even though he has immunity to all poisons. If one were to remove his mask or puncture it, he becomes slightly unstable and mentally unhinged. When this happens, he becomes a different person; he becomes erratic and no longer cares about pain or germs.
In battle, Doku likes to toy with his opponent, torturing them little by little until they can hardly stand. Like most thing in life, he sees this as an experiment in how his powers and poisons work on others, drawing the battle out longer than it needs to be. He uses this opportunity to mix different variations of his poisons to create new diseases. Before engaging, though, he will make extensive research on his possible opponents to tilt the chance of winning in his favor, reducing his chances of getting hurt. This is also so he can have comparative results before and after the battle.
Many of the other captains distrust him because he’s not above attempting to use them in his experiments.
4th Division Medical Pack: As a member of the 4th Division, Doku possesses remarkable healing powers. Like most members of his division, he often carries around a 4th Division medical pack on his back. Presumably, it contains medical supplies, including a salve, bandages, and rejuvenation pills. One of the known items in this pack is Shinten, a green liquid which can knock out anyone with weak spiritual power with one drop. It is presumably for use as an anesthetic. He is also known to carry a type of large pill with a skull symbol, which is a supplement exclusive to the 4th Division that restores stamina.
Poisons & Ailments- Doku keeps vials on him filled with a variety of fast acting poisons and ailments. A single vial has the power to do things from inducing bloody vomit to killing his opponent instantly. Doku has trained his body to withstand these things so his illnesses are completely ineffective to him.
Powers & Abilities
Master Healer: Doku is the best healer known in the Soul Society and has become the most knowledgeable on health related matters in all of Soul Society. He is known to be highly proficient in conventional healing techniques and herbal healing as well. His skill is not just powerful but efficient as he’s able to heal wounds quicker than it would take a normal healer. He is also able to heal more than just Shinigami. He has developed an “anti-healing” spell which can reopen any wound inflicted on his enemies even if they’re hundreds of years old.
Kidō Master: Although not as experienced as someone like Monzaemon, Doku has advanced knowledge of Kidō and the flow of spiritual energy. Doku is well-versed in a variety of Kidō, highly masterful in healing Kidō and is able to easily use high-level Hadō and Bakudō spells without incantation.
Master Swordsman: Even though swordplay isn’t his strongest in expertise, Doku is very proficient in swordsmanship.
Shunpo Practitioner: Doku is proficient enough in this skill to be as fast as the average captain.
Hakuda Master: Because he finds himself unarmed quite often, Doku has mastered the art of hand-to-hand combat. He is proficient enough in Hakuda to deflect a sword swing using the back of her free hand to create openings for attacks, and counterattack in a matter of seconds. His skill in Hakuda is especially geared towards knowing his opponents pressure points. Using this technique, he can completely immobilize his enemy or hit a point that causes excruciating pain, or even death.
Immense Spiritual Power: As one of the oldest Captains in the Gotei 13 and therefore one of the most experienced, Doku has a tremendous amount of spiritual power. His Reiatsu is violet.
Keen Intellect: Along with his general skill of healing, he is able to detect the smallest details in his patients at a glance. This aids him in his healing. He can detect anomalies and problems lesser healers would not. He is also a keen analyst with great attention to detail, able to quickly determine how to counteract any ailments a person may have. His powers of perception are so great, he can deduce how many attacks (and where to place them) is needed to kill his opponent.
Master Scientist/Inventor: As the former head of the Shinigami Research Institute, Doku is a talented inventor and scientist, having created a number of devices and techniques to aid him in battle.
Master Chemist: Being the former head of the Research and Development Institute, Doku is an adept chemist. Now that his skills lie in the medical field, he now uses his chemistry skills for biological purposes, specifically in altering poisons and diseases to suit his needs.
Kaorugou (“Fragrant Karma”): In its sealed state, it resembles an average nodashi. The hilt is dark red and it has a rectangular tsuba.
Shikai: Its Shikai command is Bleed (“Shukketsu”). The sword shimmers slightly and lets off a cloud of red mist before it morphs into a rather large syringe, relatively the same size as its unreleased state. The stopper and the base are fused and are used like a hilt and guard and the needle part is extremely long. Despite the fact that the blade is now a needle, it can still cut like a sword.
Shikai Special Ability: Kaorugou releases a red mist when first activate that when inhaled by the enemy, creates an intricate illusion. The mist itself smells very pretty and sweet so to the enemy, the smell is rather fragrant. Nothing changes while the illusion in place except that every time the enemy tries to attack Doku, the damage that’s supposed to be inflicted on Doku is instead given to the enemy. In essence, the enemy attacks himself. The only real drawback to this power is that if the enemy uses an attack that creates a wide radius of attack, Doku is still affected by this. This part of his attack only works on one enemy at a time.
The main aspect of Kaorugou is that every time the enemy damages himself, the gauge along the syringe fills with red liquid. The more damage he takes, the quicker the gauge will fill. When the gauge is completely full, Doku can either attack the enemy or use his Bankai. He cannot use his Bankai unless the gauge is full.
· Shinku Ketsuekiken (“Crimson Blood Blade”): This technique fires particularly strong and destructive crimson-colored, crescent shaped energy blasts. The energy flows out of the blade and fires in the arc of the sword's swing. If the enemy is particularly far away, the blast grows the longer the distance, increasing its power as it goes. Doku can use this technique repeatedly as long as the gauge still has liquid in it.
Bankai: Akugou: Amai Jisatsu(“Bad Karma: Sweet Suicide”): After Kaorugou’s blade gauge is full, Doku is now capable of using his Bankai. After it’s released, Kaorugou morphs back into a sword but the blade is now red. Doku then slowly stabs himself in the chest with his sword but instead of being damaged by this, the sword is absorbed into his body. While it appears to the observer that Doku is defenseless, this is not the case.
Bankai Special Ability: When Akugou: Seikon Jisatsu is activated, the sword becomes assimilated to Doku’s blood, essentially turning him into a living weapon. He can now use his blood as a weapon. Doku can will the blood out (which is painful) or he can use it after an enemies attack (which is also painful) so regardless, he will experience pain. Doku can control the density of the blood, making it extremely hard and sharp but coupled with the fact that the blood contains extremely small bits of his sword, every attack has cutting power. Doku, though, is still using his blood so his Bankai is dependant on the amount of blood he uses. His Bankai does increase his rate of blood production so he can generally use his attacks multiple times without any ill effects. After his Bankai is deactivated, he begins to show signs of extreme blood lose and must take time to recover.
· Akaeda Gunbi (“Bloody Limb Armaments”): This technique allows Doku to create a variety of weapons using his own blood.
o Akaeda Gunbi: Ketsuekiken (“Blood Blade”): His most used technique. This technique allows Doku to create a sword out of his body. The sword is an exact replica of Akugou’s unreleased state. Ketsuekiken also allows Doku to use Shinku Ketsuekiken.
o Akaeda Gunbi: Ketsuekiudeken (“Bloody Arm Blade”): Another version of Ketsuekiken which covers Doku’s arm in blood, turning it into a giant blade. (Pictured)
o Akaeda Gunbi: Tsume no Chishio (“Claws of Blood”): Blood covers Doku’s hands, creating claws of blood. He can cut and slash with them, lengthen to impale his enemy, or release them in concentrated slashes, similar to Ketsuekiken but on a smaller scale. He can also fire them from his fingertips like arrows.
o Akaeda Gunbi: Shinku Hoippu (“Crimson Whip”): Creates a whip of blood from Doku’s index and middle finger. The whip is strong enough to cut through steel but can also be used to grab and grapple.
o Akaeda Gunbi: Ketsuekiyari (“Blood Spear”): This attack summons a long spear of blood.
· Seikon Chikoutetsu (“Stigmata Blood Armor”): Doku’s strongest attack, but also the one that’s most dangerous for him to use. This technique completely covers Doku in an armor of blood. He can still control the armor as if it was liquid but it’s extremely hard and durable. With this armor, Doku can use every single one of his previous attacks, plus the armor allows him to bulk up the armor for strength, cause spikes to erupt for extra protection, or condense it all into a single attack. The danger with this attack lies in its continuous use of a large amount of blood so prolonged use of this technique can kill Doku.
o Chi no Ame (“Rain of Blood”): Doku executes numerous rapid fire slashes against the enemy, each time injecting his opponent with his own blood. After a sufficient amount of blood has been inserted into his enemy, Doku commands it to separate, causing his enemy to explode from the inside out.
Spirit- Kaorugou’s physical manifestation is rather frightening to those who aren’t used to it. She takes the form of a rather tall skeleton. She wears the outfit and hat of a nurse. Her white and pink uniform is smeared in blood but is otherwise pristine. The most noticeable feature though is the swords, needles, and scalpels sticking out of her back like a pin cushion. The only one whose hilt can be seen from the front is the one sticking out of her chest which is a replica of her unreleased sword form that she pulls out to fight with.
Kaorugou is very different from Doku. She’s kind, loving, and warm, willing to do anything to help those in need. She genuinely cares for everyone…unless you get on her bad side. If you were to hurt Kaorugou or someone she cares for, she is vicious and ruthless. Fortunately this side of her is rarely seen.
Inner World- The Inner World where Kaorugou lives is a massive abandoned hospital. When Doku arrives, it’s always by elevator. There are upturned beds in the hallways, broken windows, doors falling off the hinges, and medical equipment strewn across the floor. There is blood spatter everywhere and bloody handprints on the wall. A thick, red, sweet-smelling mist hovers along the floor, making everything look rather ominous. Despite the seemingly dark appearance of the hospital, it does appear to be light outside so the whole place is lit by natural means. Despite this, it’s always raining blood outside.
Kaorugou can usually be found wandering the hallways, checking the charts of patient’s long since dead. She seems to be unaware that she’s the only one in the hospital. When Doku enters this world, he can see through the mist so finding Kaorugou is never a problem for him and even though all the doors work (with the exception of the front door), no matter what floor Doku goes to, it’s always the same floor- 13.
- Doku’s themes are based on him as a medical professional. He wears a Plague Doctor mask, his Shikai is a syringe, and his Zanpakuto’s spirit is a nurse.
- Kaorugou’s appearance is loosely based on Eliza Faust from Shaman King.