[Application] Hidekawa, Takahiro

Hi! So, I have a spoiler here in which my application is stored, but I figured I should do a more in-line formal character pitch right here.


Hidekawa, Takahiro
東河,孝大
(Great Man of the East River)

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SHINIGAMI
Fifth Seat/Sixth Division

Personnel File

Age:
160
Birthday: July 4th
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Japanese

Physical Specifications
Height and Weight:
5'9"
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Light Brown
General Appearance: Takahiro is a lithe man of average height (or perhaps a bit above average by Japanese standards). While his physique borders on muscular, the degree to which this is visible largely depends on whether he's clothed or not. He's certainly not a burly or thick-necked man. As such, he appears skinny to most passerby viewers. Additionally, his long legs and similarly lanky arms add to this appearance significantly. Taka's face is young, as is he; with the exception of a light scar that runs along the left side of his neck, he appears clean and composed. His light hazel eyes compliment his softer features nicely, and his long, tied brown hair always looks well-kept, with the exception a few single strands that drip over his forehead, much to the man's annoyance. Topping off his face is his pointed, albeit not-too-lengthy nose. As far as his clothing is concerned, Taka always wears his Shihakusho with a white belt, his equally white scabbard always tied to his right hip. When off duty, Taka likes to relax in grey cloth slacks and a red cloth robe with a black undershirt. Takahiro is a largely calming presence; he doesn't wear stern features on his face, which bears few wrinkles if any at all, and while he maintains good posture, is not foreign to allowing himself to slouch a tad. His voice isn't too deep, neither is it particularly shrill, but it carries a casual weight that indicates that whatever words he is speaking, he means.

Psychological Profile
Hidekawa Takahiro isn't a complicated man on the surface. He likes his tea green, his meat spicy, and his teeth clean. When conversing with him, he is polite, well-spoken, but not afraid to tell a joke. Put simply he's relaxed. Any hyperactivity comes from how eager he is to show his motivation to his superiors. Often, one might find him tidying up whatever area he's in for any extended period of time, simply out of a desire to keep things pretty. That isn't to say he's superficial; quite the opposite. Takahiro genuinely does derive joy from the smiles of other people. He only means to keep others happy, and the easiest way to do that is to eliminate whatever is causing issues. This goes for dirt on a plate out of the Division's galley just as much as it goes for the criminals he apprehends. While perhaps not a member of the Old Guard himself, Takahiro has come to view the current populist uprising as nothing but one enormous source of discontent for everybody; the populists themselves included. Thus, he spends his days rooting out insurrectionists, threats to the Gotei themselves, as well as swiftly dealing with any lesser troublemakers who happen to be doing something they shouldn't.

Unfortunately, calm as he appears, Takahiro has something of a secret. That is to say; he loves his job. Perhaps a little too much. Taka was originally placed in the 11th Division as soon as he was released from the Academy as his instructors observed in him what they called a "penchant for violence". A century in the depths of the East Rukongai molded him into an unwillingly ruthless man, and it has taken the last fifty years of service to the Seireitei to break that same, spiny shell. As such, Taka spends much of his mental energy suppressing the instincts he developed, the murderous mentality that kept him alive in the past. In combat, he struggles with this even more, but it is that same suppression that makes him so effective. By having been morally forced to learn self control for not just himself, but those around him, Taka has become an exemplary representation of the perceived stability a Shinigami must display to do good on the name of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads. By redirecting this violent energy into that of necessary punishment, he enables himself to have a form of release, all the while serving his division faithfully. He's not happy that he has to repress this side of himself, but at the same time, that fact in and of itself bothers him, so again, he represses that unhappiness. With so much happening under the hood, Taka has been known to want to simply shut it all off once in a while. As such, he drinks. And then drinks some more. And then some more. Hidekawa Takahiro is, regardless of whatever else, an alcoholic. Finally, it is important to emphasize that, while he works to control, is aware of, and even detests the fact that he experiences such bloodlust, Taka's moral compass still relies on an external force. That force, being loyalty. By thrusting himself into blatant loyalty for a cause he, at least on a surface level, believes in, he keeps himself steady. Unfortunately, this has the side effect of blinding him to the darker side of those organizations he remains loyal to. The day Taka achieves the ability to guide himself, his world will change forever in the wake of realization.

Positive Traits

Empathy
- Takahiro is an empathetic person; he seeks, more than anything, to help. As such, he often takes on the hardships of his fellow Shinigami, both literally and emotionally.

Levelheaded - Takahiro, having learned the art of the sword formally both in life and in death, is a calm individual, even in the face of danger.

Hardworking - Takahiro is motivated to change for the better. Whether that means he spends time honing his skills with his sword or improving his interactions with other people, he enjoys growing as a person.

Introspective - Takahiro spends a large amount of his time meditating, contemplating mindfulness and cultivating his understanding of himself. As such, he is aware of his flaws as a person.

Negative Traits

Disingenuous
- With very few exceptions, Takahiro never allows himself to truly open up around others. Most of the time, his persona is trapped somewhere between being a front, and a genuine attempt at being a decent person.

Bloodlust - This is a trait Taka acquired unwillingly. His first years in the Rukongai were a painful lesson that taught him one thing; the world was kill or be killed. Unfortunately, over the century or so he spent there, he acquired a distasteful enjoyment for the bloodbaths he caused. Taka is constantly at odds with this part of himself.

Anxious - Takahiro, calm as he seems, is always on edge. Nervous about himself, nervous that he's let his superiors and comrades now, nervous that a girl he's taken a liking too noticed that he forgot flatten his Shihakusho this morning, there's always something eating at Taka's brain. This leads him to..."unfortunate" coping mechanisms, such as-

Alcoholism - Being a person who keeps so much of himself bottled up, it makes sense that Taka lives by the bottle itself. He's never drunk on the job, or during meetings, but much of his free time is spent drinking. It's the one way he can just stop thinking for a while, and being a person who spends so much of his time inside his head, battling with himself, he has all the more reason to thirst for that escape.

Zanpakuto - Yureihasu/Ghost Lotus

Zanpakuto Spirit and Inner World

Yureihasu takes the form of a tall, white-haired ghost of a man, who is often clad in an equally white robe. His eyes are grey, his lips are pale; there is no color to him. Naturally, the world it inhabits would be contrary to this. The vast majority of the landscape is taken up by a knee-deep blood-red lake, all of which surrounds a single small, tranquil, and grassy island at its center. Adorning the island is a small, walk-in Shintō shrine to a long-forgotten God. This shrine is where Yureihasu usually dwells. The spirit himself speaks lightly, as if he is being very careful to maintain decorum and an air of tentative, if not forced kindness. His interactions with Taka in this form are largely very calm, relaxing conversations. This all changes when the sword the spirit inhabits begins to draw blood. While being used in a sealed state, Yureihasu can contain its mania, but if released, and especially if turned invisible, the spirit has been known to dance in the red lake surrounding its home, displaying an almost childlike joy in ruining its clothes before going back to sleep as if nothing had happened; often, it takes naps, not interacting with Taka whatsoever for days at a time after having been released. This part of Takahiro’s soul represents his deepest struggle; the disparity between his desire to keep peace and that of his learned instincts; to kill or be killed. Having grown up in the Rukongai, that was of course, the way things were. Despite this though, Takahiro is naturally a peaceful man; hence the fact that his sword dislikes being drawn if it is not absolutely needed. The price of blood is not entirely one of desire, but a reminder that a weapon is to be used only when necessary. As the spirit reflects this part of Taka's soul, its emotions often mirror his, and thus his relationship with the spirit goes from that of mutual peace and respect, to that of mutual aggression. It is worth noting that, as he spends a very large portion of his time practicing both mindfulness and self-awareness, Takahiro spends a similarly large portion of that time inside his Inner World, conversing with Yureihasu and building trust with him, as their relationship, so dependent on Taka's emotional state, was initially very fragile.

Sealed Zanpakutō
Taka’s sealed zanpakuto is about simple in appearance as they come. Held in a lightly decorated white sheathe on his right hip, the scabbard is positioned perfectly for Iaidō (quick-draw) strikes, a hallmark of Takaoaka’s very samurai-like swordplay. The blade itself is a Muromachi-era 75-centimeter Katana (2.5-ish shaku, a common measurement for sword length in feudal Japan), with a straight Hamon design running across the top of the edged side of the blade.

Shikai Appearance
"Aku Wo (O) Miruna, Yureihasu"

"See No Evil, Ghost Lotus"


Yureihasu, contrary to what might be expected of a released zanpakuto, initially bears little change in appearance to its original counterpart. The only differences are that the sword’s scabbard grows significantly longer, increasing to about 120-centimeters in length (approximately 4 shaku). Despite this, upon drawing the blade, the sword itself appears to remain the same.

Shikai Abilities
Of course, the above only applies when Taka isn’t using his Shikai’s ability. By quickly touching a hand to his scabbard, Taka can turn the usually white item into a dark-red-colored equivalent. If Yureihasu is drawn from the scabbard when red, its blade is invisible to all but Takaoaka himself. The handle and tsuba remain visible, but the sword itself appears to have completely vanished. While invisible, Yureihasu’s blade takes on the form of, you guessed it, an enormous 120-centimeter Odachi sword. This blade has the same physical presence of a normal sword, and is able to interact with both other objects (I.E strike other swords) and living things; it simply has no visual presence. To mitigate the problem of drawing such a large blade, it extends into this form as it is being unsheathed, thus only reaching its full length after being fully removed from the scabbard.

Almost twice the length of the average Japanese sword, Odachi were often used as anti-calvary weapons; not to strike down a horseman, mind you, but to strike down the horse. Despite the seemingly overwhelming advantage provided by an invisible, utterly enormous blade, there are two ways through which an opponent can mitigate this ability. First and foremost, an opponent exceedingly skilled in Reiatsu Perception (Advantaged compared to Takaoaka’s Zanpakuto Resonance), can visually perceive the blade as a sword-shaped mass of white energy. Secondly, if Taka’s opponent manages to touch his scabbard while the blade is invisible, it will immediately return to a white color, the sword will once again become visible, and the scabbard will not be able to be turned red until the next time Yureihasu is released. Last but not least; Yureihasu is a “hungry” sword. Whether that hunger be for justice or simply violence is yet to be determined, but in any case, it has two restrictions on its usage. If the sword is re-sheathed after being turned invisible, it will immediately revert back to its sealed state. Second, the sword cannot be re-sheathed after being drawn while the scabbard is red until it has “tasted” blood of some kind.

Notably, Takahiro hates his Shikai. Having spent his entire career as a Shinigami trying to learn to abide by the warrior's honor that he (unknowingly) lived by during his human life, he sees an invisible sword as something of a dishonorable ability. Because of this, very few people have seen the man release his sword, and among those who have, even fewer have ever seen him dye his scabbard red.

Documented History
Prologue

Born to a Samurai and his consort, Hidekawa Takahiro was named for the land of his birth and the type of man his father wanted him to be. With a name literally meaning "Great Man of the East River", his father clearly had high expectations. Thankfully, Taka spent his early life living up to these standards quite nicely. At six he began learning to wield a sword through his father, and by fourteen he could best him; needless to say, Taka had a natural talent for the art of killing. Unfortunately, great as he may have lived to become, Taka was born into a period not of peace, but of war. Riding into battle for the first time at sixteen, he watched his father fall from his horse, an arrow lodged through his skull. Takahiro spent the rest of that battle slaughtering any man holding a bow who he could find, all in the hopes of bringing honor to a man who he knew, even then, that time would quickly forget. His second battle went much better, a decisive victory for his liege lord in which Taka played a heavy part, slaying the enemy general himself. High off of the glory of victory, Taka died an hour into his third battle, his head separated from his shoulders by an opponent wielding an Odachi, a Northern weapon of tremendous size which he had never encountered in his seventeen years of life. Nonetheless, Taka's last thoughts were of confusion, and then of annoyance; he knew he shouldn't have gotten cocky.

The next thing he knew, he found himself lying on the ground of a forest in tattered robes, a line of people who seemed just as disoriented as he did stretching out in front of him. After rubbing away a mysterious, faint pain in his neck, Taka joined the line. This was, as Taka came to know it, the Rukongai, and would be the man's home for the next century or so. Takahiro was unlucky enough to be sent in the direction of the 70th district of East Rukongai, a place that reminded him of the late Heian-Era towns he'd seen depicted in paintings from his father's youth. Who was his father, again? And how did he get here in the first place? Questions for later. Questions that, as the years went on, went unanswered, and eventually became un-asked. In their place, Taka was far too preoccupied with trying to stay alive to worry about such trivial things.

The 70th district of East Rukongai was close to as bad as things got in the Soul Society, Taka soon found. His first day there consisted of wandering about, trying to address an aching in his stomach, hunger, that nobody else seemed to possess when he asked them about it. Eventually, after asking what he thought to be a simple request for water and meat at a strangely empty local tavern, Taka found himself cornered by a trio of burly men who claimed that all the food in this area belonged to them. Takahiro went to bed bruised that day. The next day was worse; he made the mistake of telling the trio, very publicly, that their control over the district was unjust and should come to an end. The resulting beating left Taka worse than bruised; he had cuts of all sorts, and wounds that would have been fatal to any man...provided he hadn't been saved. Taka woke three days later in the home of an old woman, who as it turned out, happened to be the only person to offer any help to him after he lost consciousness that day. Over the next month, she nursed him back to health, and even provided him with food! She was a healer of sorts, and as such, was one of the few who both needed and possessed any sort of material sustenance. As he recovered, Taka's eyes kept drifting to an item above the woman's mantle; a Katana. The woman, when asked, informed him that it had belonged to her husband, who had passed away when a rogue hollow had struck the town. Confused as ever, Taka asked what a hollow was. This was his introduction to the concept of a Shinigami.

Nevertheless, as he left the woman's house, healed, Takahiro asked a favor of the woman; he wanted to borrow the sword, feeling an almost instinctual tie to it. Obliging, the woman gave him the blade and told him to keep it, as she neither had use for it or particularly enjoyed looking at it as a grim reminder of her husband's death. That day, the three men who had struck him down before found themselves impaled. It was kill or be killed in the Rukongai, Taka had quickly realized. Unfortunately, killing the criminals, while providing joy to the townspeople, did little to actually solve the problem. More bandits came, then more, and by the time that group had been dealt with in its entirety, Taka was something of a bandit himself. When he couldn't get what he needed to survive, he took it, and eventually, he started taking what he wanted . A delirious red haze engulfed him for near a century, and the only thing that brought him out of it was the sword of another; the first blade to sink into his flesh in years. This man was a Shinigami, and he was here to take Taka, whether he liked it or not, to the Shin'o Academy.

Relevant Background
Takahiro maintained little from his previous life as a human in his death, but the two things he did keep were his appearance and his unnaturally keen talent for swordsmanship. This did not go unnoticed by his teachers, who were fully aware of his background. With the exception of a single scar along his neck which they knew to have been left by the Shinigami who had recruited him, Takahiro's body bore no evidence of previous cuts or any other wounds. On the flip-side, those who tried to teach him the wisdom associated with Kido and its various forms met a brick wall; Taka had, even at his worst, valued an honorable duel, and had a strange disdain for weapons which struck from outside of melee range. Hado, and by extension, even the more passive Bakudo, didn't interest him. Despite this, the other skills of Shinigami were quickly imparted unto him, as Taka began to find purpose in displaying his growth for the others around him. Additionally, while no longer in an environment that required him to be so violent, going so long without seeing a clean sword had warped Taka. At first, he wasn't sure how to talk to people without fearing they wanted something from him. Over the course of his first year, this awkwardness diminished, but the man remained on edge. Even after graduating the Academy and being placed in the Eleventh Division, he struggled with repressing the bloodlust he had acquired over time.

Thankfully, he didn't have to work at it alone. Amano Yuu, a former Eleventh Division member and current Sixth Division seated officer acted as a guiding light to Taka when he desperately needed one. As a man who took special interest in fresh graduates, Yuu both nurtured Taka's skills as a Shinigami and his way of thinking as a person. With his help over the course of a decade, Taka acquired both a lifelong friend and the will he need to calm himself down. He knew, above all else, that he detested the violence he was capable of, and even more so detested the fact that the enjoyed it. So, Taka took upon the desire to keep the peace, and when the time finally came, he transferred to the Sixth Division himself, working alongside Yuu to rid the Seireitei and the Rukongai of crime, so as to create a world where "kill or be killed" didn't need to be the mentality people lived by. This transfer proved to be a catalyst for Taka's growth in and of itself. While his previous company had been known for promoting violence for its own sake, the Sixth gave a defined purpose to such actions, and often emphasized a lack of lethality. This was healthy for the man, as it put into practice not only the restrain that he had learned, but began to give way to a safer form of release for that same lust. That same release gave way to another; the release of Taka's Zanpakuto. For years, he had conversed with a quiet, ever-increasingly peaceful man dressed in white inside his sword. This increasing peacefulness was directly representative of Taka's suppression of his desire to kill. By then redirecting that desire, he grew in a way the spirit deemed necessary to give Takahiro its name; Yureihasu.

With this development in his past, Takahiro spent his next three decades learning to wield this new power, honing his swordsmanship, and rising steadily through the ranks of the Sixth Division, where he now sits as the Fifth Seat; a single position behind his mentor, Yuu. They now work side by side to rid the Seireitei of crime, and now, more than ever, this job has become important. In his fifty-first year as a Shinigami, unrest in the world of the living has left Takahiro pulling himself in ten different directions. The Rukongai is overflowing and shortages of resources have left bandits as an ever-growing force, and on top of that, the Seireitei is internally experiencing a schism. Drawn to the old guard but not quite a member of it himself, Taka seeks, more than anything, to return things to a state of relative peace. He tries to accomplish this by rooting out any and all populist insurrectionists who he can find. This puts him at odds, not only with other members of the Gotei 13, but with other members of his own Division, many of whom believe their job as peacekeepers has become nothing more than a symbol of the Nobility's power over the commoners. Little by little, Taka seeks to do good by his sworn responsibility, all the while ignoring the disparaging and outright heretical words of some of those around him. Yet, an ache in the back of his mind tells him that perhaps, he isn't doing all the good he could be. Perhaps, he really had become a dog of the nobles and Central 46.

As he'd said more than a century ago; those were questions for later.

Stats, Skills, and Powers
Stats
Reiatsu:
115
Strength: 40
Defense: 40
Speed: 20
Spirit: 15

Skills
Zanjutsu: Expert
Hakuda: Beginner
Shunpō: Novice
Reiatsu Perception: Novice
Zanpakuto Resonance: Expert
Art Of Killing: Proficient

Hidekawa, Takahiro
Sixth Division - Fifth Seat
Age - 170

Takahiro Hidekawa is a man who long lived his life both in death and mortality under a single maxim; kill or be killed. As a mortal, he was the son of a samurai with an aptitude for the blade that surpassed his father's. In death, he was a starving, rabid dog of a bandit who killed so he might be able to eat at the end of the day. The Shinigami who rescued him from this pit changed all of that. See, it turns out that when his environment is a little more peaceful, Taka himself is actually a pretty pacifist guy. Or rather, he tries to be. One hundred and twenty years of blood and steel make it hard for a man to tell whether he loves what he does or whether he's doing it for a reason. Put simply, Takahiro is a man who has grown to hate that he loves a good-old battle to the death.

Straight out of the academy, Takahiro was dropped into eleventh division on the basis of his "unique talent" for murder. Even now, surrounded by those as crazed as he was, Taka knew he hated the part of himself that had grown to enjoy such behavior. The man who helped draw this vigor, this urge to change, out of him, was none other than Yuu Amano, then still only a minor officer in the Sixth Division. With the older Shinigami's help, Taka not only grew as a Soul Reaper, but grew as a person. At fifty years into his career as a Shinigami, he has managed to wrestle his bloodlust under control and direct his frustrations towards criminals. Particularly, the political kind. Following a transfer to the Sixth Division, Taka rose through the ranks quickly as he threw himself into his work, smart enough to know that he needed an external compass of sorts to guide him down the right path. Even now however, Taka still struggles. As diligent in all aspects as he is, he hasn't erased his bloodlust; nothing somebody spends that long living with ever really goes away. But he sure tries; the result is a disingenuous man who tries to please everybody except himself. Very rarely is a smile on Taka's face real, as his mind is pulled in so many different directions at any given time that he doesn't let himself just be.

In reference to the current conflict at hand, Taka has found himself, largely guided by his friend and mentor Yuu (who he sits directly beneath at Fifth Seat of his Division), to be a fighter for the ways of the Old Guard. In his eyes, the populists cause not only trouble for the Gotei, but for everybody. The gospel they preach, regardless of reason, amounts to a force of destruction and discontent; a message Taka very genuinely disapproves of. So, he spends much of his time apprehending conspirators, exposing potential problem-children in the Court Guard, and hunting down all those who would do harm to the institution that he has allowed to become his moral compass. Some say he enjoys his work a little too much; as it turns out, the embers of bloodlust are very easily ignited when one's job often amounts to confrontation.

Taka's Personal/Self-Oriented Goals:
-Overcome his bloodlust; not suppress it, but to live without having to know that it is something he loves indulging in. To live in a state in which he is happy with himself.

-Surpass Yuu Amano as a fighter; Yuu has, in this last half-century, become somebody Taka opens up around and holds quite dear. He is also a great source of motivation for Taka, and acts as something of a friendly rival.

-Learn to worry less, and open up genuinely (instead of just being nice to everybody) around more people.

Taka's Plot-Related Goals:
-Destroy all of those who might upset the balance the Thirteen Court Guard Squads have maintained across time, regardless of political affiliation. Partially self serving, as believing in the Gotei as a moral authority helps keep Taka sane.

-Root out Populist Sentiment amongst both the populace itself, and amongst the ranks of Shinigami. This means setting a fine example of a dutiful Soul Reaper who serves his oath to the Soul Society as promised, capturing and punishing criminals to provide something for the public to rally around; something to restore faith in the Gotei. As for how he eliminates these views amongst the Shinigami themselves; they tend to be the criminals he ousts.
 
dope connections to specific characters and institutions in the Gotei. why do you think takahiro loves fighting to the death?
dope connections to specific characters and institutions in the Gotei. why do you think takahiro loves fighting to the death?


Good question!!! He loves it, as I stated, out of circumstance. That's why he hates it so much. Psychology has taught us that, while humans are not INSTINCTUALLY violent, their circumstances effect this tremendously. He was forced into a violent lifestyle, and doing it for so long basically convinced his brain to provide him with dopamine for it. He's a naturally anxious guy, so he spends lots of time in his head, and it's something of an, ironically, self-perpetuating cycle as a result of that, because by expending so much energy suppressing it, he doesn't trust his own morals enough to guide him.
 
To add to that; @Anselm Yamanoue , the other thing is that Taka is living in the Soul Society now. He's in a job that lets him release that bloodlust through another channel of aggression, which is of course, the pursuit of justice in the eyes of the Gotei. He worries that without that motivation, it'll just become his nature again. So perhaps his struggle is best described as a fear in trusting his own judgment, the idea that he hasn't changed as much as he (in actuality) has.

This personality write-up, if you'd like to read it, describes it better.

Hidekawa Takahiro isn't a complicated man on the surface. He likes his tea green, his meat spicy, and his teeth clean. When conversing with him, he is polite, well-spoken, but not afraid to tell a joke. Put simply he's relaxed. Any hyperactivity comes from how eager he is to show his motivation to his superiors. Often, one might find him tidying up whatever area he's in for any extended period of time, simply out of a desire to keep things pretty. That isn't to say he's superficial; quite the opposite. Takahiro genuinely does derive joy from the smiles of other people. He only means to keep others happy, and the easiest way to do that is to eliminate whatever is causing issues. This goes for dirt on a plate out of the Division's galley just as much as it goes for the criminals he apprehends. While perhaps not a member of the Old Guard himself, Takahiro has come to view the current populist uprising as nothing but one enormous source of discontent for everybody; the populists themselves included. Thus, he spends his days rooting out insurrectionists, threats to the Gotei themselves, as well as swiftly dealing with any lesser troublemakers who happen to be doing something they shouldn't.

Unfortunately, calm as he appears, Takahiro has something of a secret. That is to say; he loves his job. Perhaps a little too much. Taka was originally placed in the 11th Division as soon as he was released from the Academy as his instructors observed in him what they called a "penchant for violence". A century in the depths of the East Rukongai molded him into an unwillingly ruthless man, and it has taken the last fifty years of service to the Seireitei to break that same, spiny shell. As such, Taka spends much of his mental energy suppressing the instincts he developed, the murderous mentality that kept him alive in the past. In combat, he struggles with this even more, but it is that same suppression that makes him so effective. By having been morally forced to learn self control for not just himself, but those around him, Taka has become an exemplary representation of the perceived stability a Shinigami must display to do good on the name of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads. By redirecting this violent energy into that of necessary punishment, he enables himself to have a form of release, all the while serving his division faithfully. He's not happy that he has to repress this side of himself, but at the same time, that fact in and of itself bothers him, so again, he represses that unhappiness. With so much happening under the hood, Taka has been known to want to simply shut it all off once in a while. As such, he drinks. And then drinks some more. And then some more. Hidekawa Takahiro is, regardless of whatever else, an alcoholic. Finally, it is important to emphasize that, while he works to control, is aware of, and even detests the fact that he experiences such bloodlust, Taka's moral compass still relies on an external force. That force, being loyalty. By thrusting himself into blatant loyalty for a cause he, at least on a surface level, believes in, he keeps himself steady. Unfortunately, this has the side effect of blinding him to the darker side of those organizations he remains loyal to. The day Taka achieves the ability to guide himself, his world will change forever in the wake of realization.
 
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Fifth Seat,
First Division
Reiatsu
120
Strength
30
Defense
30
Speed
30
Spirit
30
Character Sheet
minor point but I would probably say "political criminals" would fall under the purview of the Second whereas the Sixth are now like traditional MPs
 
minor point but I would probably say "political criminals" would fall under the purview of the Second whereas the Sixth are now like traditional MPs

You'd usually be right; the 2nd deal with criminals inside the system (who work to further agendas of larger groups). The difference is, they do so secretly; Taka makes a show of it. That said, he's not exclusively targeting them; the point is that he does his best to give the public, who might witness military police activity, a villain. I appreciate the mention though @Hazuki Tsukimiya
 
Unseated,
Eleventh Division
Reiatsu
50
Strength
10
Defense
5
Speed
20
Spirit
15
Nothing jumps out as particularly bad or doesn't jive well with what we have going on. I wish I could offer you more meaningful insight about Takahiro as a person, but he seems pretty straightforward.

Perhaps what you have here could benefit from you thinking about he acts in a typical day. How does he interact with people? Besides Yuu, does he have any close relationships? Your personality write-up paints him as a bit stoic, albeit caring to those he feels strongly for, but it's hard to see what sort of person who cross the line of "someone close to him."

But, eh, even that is a little too in-depth for a character pitch to be honest. Just things you might want to keep in mind if you're given the greenlight to start your application proper.

Also, minor gripe, but the personality quote you have in one of your posts could do with a grammatical read over. That second "paragraph" should be, like, four. Makes it hard to read when there's a massive block of text.

Also also, update your display name, you pleb.
 
Nothing jumps out as particularly bad or doesn't jive well with what we have going on. I wish I could offer you more meaningful insight about Takahiro as a person, but he seems pretty straightforward.

Perhaps what you have here could benefit from you thinking about he acts in a typical day. How does he interact with people? Besides Yuu, does he have any close relationships? Your personality write-up paints him as a bit stoic, albeit caring to those he feels strongly for, but it's hard to see what sort of person who cross the line of "someone close to him."

But, eh, even that is a little too in-depth for a character pitch to be honest. Just things you might want to keep in mind if you're given the greenlight to start your application proper.

Also, minor gripe, but the personality quote you have in one of your posts could do with a grammatical read over. That second "paragraph" should be, like, four. Makes it hard to read when there's a massive block of text.

Also also, update your display name, you pleb.
That's a good point. The spacing on that is a little whacked out; as for the insight about him as a person, I'd say much of his day is broken up into three things. The first is his duties as a Shinigami; hunting criminals, attending meetings, filing arrest reports. During this part of the day, he bounces from person to person, very smiley and cheerful, if a little bit reserved. He tries to inspire his subordinates to pursue justice as if it's a moral responsibility and not just a job. The second part would be the time he spends meditating. A large portion of his day is dedicated to hanging out with his Zanpakuto Spirit and just learning more about himself. This time for mindfulness is something Yuu inspired inside him, and he's allowed it to become a matter of routine. As for the third thing; this is the stress relief period. It is dominated by sleeping, and drinking. Taka drinks a lot, because after a long day, he often finds that when he's alone his brain gets wrapped up in all these internalized existential issues. What if I'm not pursuing the right goals? What if I didn't use the Gotei 13 as my moral compass. Can I trust myself? Does everybody hate me? Do they know I'm a freak? He's a really anxious guy, so he literally drinks away the sorrows.
 
I see Hidekawa Takahiro as a character with two opposing extremities: the wanton violence spawned from necessity and the obsession of being the dutiful pacfist - I like that. It opens up a lot of path depending from the outside influences.

Would Takahiro have any sort of quirk that display his sense of want for bloodlust, like biting his lips or punching wall or even someone else? I feel having bloodlust and anxiety would make him easy to stress and prone to outburst. I understand he self medicate, but it's seems unfeasible that he can do on the job, and he doesn't drink on the job so how can he relieve the pent up stress as a fifth seat member of division?

-Root out Populist Sentiment amongst both the populace itself, and amongst the ranks of Shinigami. This means setting a fine example of a dutiful Soul Reaper who serves his oath to the Soul Society as promised, capturing and punishing criminals to provide something for the public to rally around; something to restore faith in the Gotei. As for how he eliminates these views amongst the Shinigami themselves; they tend to be the criminals he ousts.

Eh. Personally, I don't like this. The setting is in 14th century and the plague is said causing all kinds of havoc. While noble have certain privilege that exempts them from patrolling on earth during the abmysal years, I don't think any one would be pointing their fingers at them straight away. Though I could potentially see the slow resentment build up going into the second arc.
 
Eh. Personally, I don't like this. The setting is in 14th century and the plague is said causing all kinds of havoc. While noble have certain privilege that exempts them from patrolling on earth during the abmysal years, I don't think any one would be pointing their fingers at them straight away. Though I could potentially see the slow resentment build up going into the second arc.
Except the entire political upheaval thing is caused by the Black Death and IS a part of the first arc

I doubt we'd timeskip 200+ years into the future and have shinigami going "hey remember that black death thing? NOW is the time to get pissed about it"
 
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injustices have a habit of sticking out

revolutions have a habit of occurring during crises

I don't see the problem at all
 
injustices have a habit of sticking out

revolutions have a habit of occurring during crises

I don't see the problem at all
Yeah no, I appreciate what you said @Au Hano but that last point doesn't seem totally valid with the setting we're in. If it was just "ah yes times are peaceful and the Rukongai do not care about anything Shinigami related at the moment" then sure, but the black death is happening and 65% of europe just decided to be like "how about we just stop being alive and become ghosts" so people kind of rally around any source of potential faith and hope