Kenpachi ZARAKI


Alternative names:

Zaraki Kenpachi
更木 剣八
ざらき けんぱち


Badass, Daredevil, Lunatic, Shinigami, Bloodthirsty, Eye Patch, Muscular, No Sense Of Direction, Scar, Sword Fighter, Facial Mark, Eyepatch, Blood, Open Shirt, Katana, Bell, Adult


Gender: Male
Eye colour: One
Hair colour: Anti-gravity
Hair length: To Shoulders
Height/size: 2.02m
Weight: 108kg
11th Division Captain
19th November (Area 80 North)
Height: 202 cm
Weight: 108 kg
Hates: Natto
Hobbies: Fighting strong opponents
Theme Song: "Superpredators" by Massive Attack
Note: The only Captain who didn't take the exam to become a Shinigami and doesn't release Bankai.
Zaraki's surname comes from the district he once resided in, Zaraki, which is district #80 of the North Alley of Rukongai. District #80 is the worst, most lawless region of Rukongai, full of thieves and murderers (whereas area #1 is the most orderly and law-abiding). While residing in District #80, Kenpachi was nameless. During that time, he became proficient in swordsmanship and killed numerous enemies.
At some point during his travels outside of District #80, he found a small girl and named her Yachiru (八千流), in remembrance of the only person he ever admired, after she showed no fear of his sword. Yachiru came from area #79, Kusajishi (草鹿), where her parents were murdered. The two events were apparently quite close. On that day, he also took on a name: Kenpachi, the title bestowed upon the strongest swordsman, the one who has killed the most. The two developed a father-daughter-like relationship.
Also, at some point (before he became a Captain), he fought and defeated Ikkaku Madarame; for this reason, Ikkaku pledged to serve under Kenpachi from there on out (Ikkaku doesn't actually get the chance to do so until he joins the 11th Division), but Ikkaku would still jump at the chance to fight Kenpachi to the death.
After some time had passed, Kenpachi found his way to the Seireitei. He defeated and killed the previous Captain of the 11th Division (whose identity is currently unknown) and gained his seat in the Gotei 13 in this manner. In the anime, his assumption of the Captain's seat caused Maki Ichinose to leave the Soul Society. According to the anime, it is also what convinced Ikkaku and Yumichika to join the Shinigami.
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Related anime:

Bleach TV, 2004
Bleach: The Sealed Sword Frenzy Other, 2005
Bleach Movie 1: Memories of Nobody Movie, 2006
Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody Movie, 2006
Bleach Movie 2: The DiamondDust Rebellion - Mouhitotsu no Hyourinmaru Movie, 2007
Bleach the Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion Movie, 2007
Bleach: Fade to Black - Kimi no Na wo Yobu Movie, 2008
Bleach Movie 3: Fade to Black - Kimi no Na o Yobu Movie, 2008
Bleach The Movie 3: Fade To Black Movie, 2008

Related manga:

Bleach Manga, 2001
Bleach 4-koma: Komaburi Manga, 2011
Bleach: Spirits Are Forever with You Light Novel, 2012

Voice actors:

Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese
David Lodge, English
Patrick Seitz, English
Zoltán Barabás Kiss, Hungarian
Wellington Lima, Brazilian
Frédéric Souterelle, French
Wan Gyeong Seong, Korean
Michael-Che Koch, German