5'10", 185 lbs. More masculine facial features.
The headband, glove details, sash, and necklace are a deep orange. His Shihakushō is missing the shitagi, the kosode is sleeveless, and the hakama is replaced by what is seen. His haori is altered in a similar fashion to the vest shown above though retains the usual designs and insignias. The boots are white and also unique to his uniform, the soles having good traction for an increased ability to stand his ground. The gloves are for improved grip to his one-handed Zanpakuto. He only has one Zanpakuto and its wrappings should be red.
His memory stretches as far back as two millenia, but he always remembers a life within the Rukongai. His "family" was stationed within the upper districts and his life wasn't necessarily difficult. He worked as a Dojo instructor for much of his memory and worked on inventing a new type of martial art which he called "Kori no Tate," literally meaning "Shield of Ice."
Though his birth is unknown to him, his mother has always been by his side. His grandmother and grandfather, known only as "Obasan" and "Ojisan," have also been provided for since he was young and even now he visits them regularly and discusses with them what is allowed of him while learning of their lives. He married Etsoku Hana, and they had a son, Kouta, of which has remained young for several centuries now and only appears to be in his late teens. Kouta is slightly taller but has much more muscle mass than Akimoto. He has technically graduated from the Academy but remains in the top tiers of Shihan of his father's Dojo and the Sensei during his father's absences. Many students participate in his dojo for several cycles before entering the Academy. His own abduction into the Academy was very similar in that he was training under the Master of a Dojo and his Reiatsu was notable and, thus, noticed. It's unofficial, but his Dojo is known to churn out future Shinigami.
The community has no problem with this and his Dojo as it is both profitiable and beneficial for the Fifth District of the south, which they call "Ishizue," or "the Cornerstone." With attention from the Seireitei, many are sent to the district to train under Akimoto or one of his "Shihan," or "chief instructors." This being the case, his classes tend to be daily and last long into the evening for himself, though the attention each student receives is minimal. This is to force the students to practice self discipline in learning the kata, philosophy, and techniques during their own time. Speaking of which, Kori no Tate focuses on defense and endurance more than actual attacking power. It's focus is not defeating but, instead, subduing. Of course, its weaknesses lie in one's own endurance, which must be incredibly high in order for the practitioner to take a beating. There are several offensive techniques, but none of them are directly harmful or debilitating to the opponent. The first tenant of Kori no Tate is "there is only a battle between two men when both have not opened their minds to each other and refused to accept their ideals." This makes a Kori no Tate practitioner someone who attempts to talk someone down from fighting while being able to defend against them. The second is "keep one's mind frozen in the fact that you do not know all" and the fifth is "stopping another's actions or prolonging a battle can only give time to help the other learn understanding and open-mindedness."
His time in the Shinigami Academy was longer than the average student partly due to his pacifism learned from the disciplines of Kori no Tate. He was remarkably conservative and refused to spar too aggressively with others. Ironically, he took beatings from others far worse than beatings he would ever dole out. For his fellow Shinigami, it could be argued that he held a kind of weakness for them, a bleeding heart. During missions into the World of the Living, he often put himself in mortal danger so that another might live. Though he was chastised for his passivity, he was respected for his defensive skills and resolve to aid the group instead of just the seniors. He partook in dozens of missions before becoming a Shinigami, though it is rumored it was purely for the sake that he could keep prospective students alive during more dangerous missions.
He rose the ranks regularly within the Fifth Squad. This being the Squad he waited to enter and being the true reason as to why it took him so long to enter the Gotei. He held a sentiment toward the number five, being the district number from where he originated. The Squad's philosophy was also the most fitting for his personality (centering around Sacrifice, Danger, Pure Love, Humility, and Sweetness, all of which he experiences or expresses within himself). Even as part of a Squad, he was called upon by the Academy to assist the more difficult missions. Also, his sense of obligation towards his Dojo also stunted his rise, which was "regular" mind you. With his workload multiplying as the years passed, he managed to fulfill his duties and obligations to everyone.
Now, at the top of its ranks, he works with great diligence and efficiency to accomplish tasks, though it seems all parties respect his relation to the other organizations he's part of and tries to keep his responsibilities reasonably low. He doesn't necessarily notice this, however, as he is always on the go and busy performing some task or another. He holds great respect from most everyone but some still resent his awful habit toward passifism.
He has some difficulty controlling it at times and can increase the temperature around him. If gone unchecked or he allows it to burst out, it can incinerate an area a kilometer in diameter depending on the level of Reiryoku remaining. He is easily sensed from a distance and he finds it nearly impossible to hide his Reiryoku. Many within his own Division have shone difficulty in being around him though it seems those who practice at his Academy have a greater resistance to its potency.
Its visible color is a deep orange. His intense training and diligence towards his personal development and that of his Zanpakuto has developed within him the need to posses a strong defense and a strong energy to combat other's impressive offenses. Few rival his levels and many are quickly overwhelmed by them should he expel too much of it at once. It has a warm quality to it that can easily burn should he will it. Otherwise, it can wrap some in comfort or suffocate them by its density.
Average Kido Power
With his Kido virtually unlearned, any spells he decides to cast from the aid of others would be akin to any learning Academy student progressing well in the arts of Kido. If he was to cast a spell, it would burn regardless of what the spell was supposed to do. Flames would erupt from the energy and, if his focus was to wane, it might explode violently and rendering useless in any skill application of Kido.
Yet to Learn Zanjutsu
Again, strenuous physical exercise has made him a capable duelist, but only on the defense. He has no real talent in this area and any formal lessons taken around this subject has been long forgotten. He translates what he knows of Hakuda into his sword-style but doesn't claim to have an actual within Zanjutsu itself.
Kori no Tate does not focus on Offense, but most of his students know offensive techniques. Regardless, when teaching others, he makes his Shihan use their strength against him instead of attempting to display any kind of aggression on his students. It has been shown that his "Offense" is straightforward and obvious. He very much believes that the best Offense is a good Defense
If he doesn't shrug off an attack purely by countering it with Reiatsu, then he's more than able to block it with his Zanpakuto. The blade will move swiftly around his body or it will cease some strikes against him. His adaptability is high making his Defense somewhat "impenetrable." Kori no Tate absorbs from other techniques and either takes from them or learns quickly how to block or dodge them.
Legendary Physical Strength
His ability to put muscle behind his blade is relatively astounding even for his status as a Captain. He has a firm grip on the handle and he's not been known to have ever had it knocked out of his hand. He's often smashed another Zanpakuto with his blade as well as he can with his hand.
Same as above in most respects. Kori no Tate is open-hand combat which he was only able to apply to the use of Zanpakuto within the Shinigami after much time and practice. His stocky figure wields within it a power few can endure easily. When he attacks and the opponent blocks, they usually become surprised by how much power he possess but more by the fact that he doesn't use or rely on this to win a duel. Grappling with the intention to pin is also a specialty of his.
Again, there is no aggression in his usual techniques. He refuses to strike down or injure another when it can be avoided. Ironically, he teaches that understanding and learning Offense is valuable and even necessary, but he's been challenged several times about his own ability to attack.
He will most often block with his open hand that is not holding his Zanpakuto. The blade is just a tool where his hand, his arm, his elbow, and his shoulder can do so much more than a mere blade, guard, and hilt. Of course, he is not beyond simply dodging attacks and will do so when it's both possible and reasonable to do so. It's unheard of him to become hit or even scratched by another quite adept in Offense.
Legendary Physical Strength
His body has proven to be among the strongest the Seireitei has ever seen. Placing him off balance or in awkward positions does not seem to affect the strength and power with which he's seemed to have acquired after centuries of training.
Yet to Learn Kido
This was a major reason for being held back in the Academy for as long as he had been. He held no skill or talent for this and never sought to improve the skill when he left the Academy. With enough time, preparation, and concentration he is capable of performing moderate-level Kido and Hado spells that are impressively resilient, but he's more the one to negate a Kido spell with his own Reiatsu rather than trying to fight it with his own Kido. It can be said that he's "unlearned" what the academy taught him about Kido.
He does not study academics or even martial techniques. His knowledge is only philosophical understanding of the world around him from what he's experienced, which isn't exactly a lot. He tends to forget about events after a week as he's more focused on his martial arts and running the Academy than keeping track of the other Captains and social affairs.
Interestingly, he can absorb information well enough to make a decision and apply what knowledge he does hold effectively enough to solve a problem quickly and efficiently. He is aware of his surroundings and knows how to employ his own body to combat someone or learn what someone did only from an initial glance or simply intuition.
He's certainly not known for his speed. He can perform long-ranged jumps when necessary, but he will often put himself in front of the punch, blast, strike, etc. rather than attempting to dodge it. He'll never participate in a chase for his position is always that of defense. His goal in combat is not to reach or dodge another, but purely to keep them from advancing. He can keep up with others for the most part but doesn't seem to attempt to do so.
He is flexible and agile enough to move wherever necessary in an extraordinarily short amount of time to reach a target, goal, or person. He is a powerful sprinter and impressive tumbler. It's not common knowledge that he's as flexible and quick as he is. Most of this skill goes into his Defense and keeping himself within the eye of the storm, and he's certainly one to create a storm.
A single punch is launched with incredible power to the body of an opponent. It is capable of demolishing defenses made up of Reiatsu levels close to his own.
Both fists crash into the opponent's body. This technique can disintegrate most defenses and some of the strongest Bakuda spells.
Similar to and arguably stronger than Ikkotsu, but utilizes an elbow instead of a fist. The striking elbow's relative hand is often gripped by the other for additional force and stability.
Similar to and arguably stronger than Sōkotsu, but utilizes both elbows. This is performed by jumping a normal height and lunging downward upon the opponent.
Like Ikkotsu, but utilizes the foot, usually the heel, to strike the lower portion of an opponent's body. It doesn't go much higher than knee-level unless there is a jump or height difference involved.
Like Sōkotsu, but utilizes both feet simultaneously. A quick flip or a jump must be executed for this technique to be successfully be used.
Similar to and arguably stronger than Ikkotsu, but utilizes a knee instead. Naturally, the range of this attack is limited but it's power and speed are notably greater.
Similar to and arguably stronger than Sōkotsu, but utilizes both knees. This is performed by jumping a normal height and lunging downward upon the opponent.
This is a simple technique used for testing and serious sparring. A basic application of this technique would crush bones of an opponent with Impressive Reiatsu.
From extended positions, both hands, horizontal to the ground, are brought together with enough speed and power to decapitate an opponent. This is the most offensive technique but incredibly difficult to perform successfully.
A simple full-body tackle that has behind it the weight of one's entire body. This can be applied with a specific strike or simply as a blunt assault upon an opponent. It will knock back any individual with Incredible Reiatsu when performed seriously.
This is a stance that endures some of the strongest attacks. There are many different applications of this technique, each with their own title, but this term is used as an umbrella term. Since he developed each of the techniques himself, he can use any of them expertly.
Usually used a grapple but more formally a technique which halts movement of both the practitioner and the target. The grip of the user can crush bones under the proper circumstances, which are easily met.
This unique variation of Shunpo makes the image of the user drag across the distance between jumps a significant amount, making tracking the individual much easier. Moving so quickly, the body seems to stretch to an impressive length and effectively creating a wall.
The is the Zanpakuto adaptation to Kori no Tate, and appropriately names. There are few offensive techniques, as there should be. Focusing on deflecting but more often enduring strikes against the opponent, this philosophy is almost solely practiced by Akimoto.
This technique is a type of one-handed grip to strengthen it exponentially while providing increased leverage. The thumb is placed upon the back of the blade. This requires a single-bladed sword and requires strength enough for the thumb to endure incredible pressure.
The most passive offensive ability used, making this the technique used most often. This is used to apply superficial damage, usually cutting a piece of clothing slightly or scratching an opponent's cheek.
One of the more powerful techniques that might be used, this cuts an opponent in half from the jaw. It is most often used in combination with the following technique making this rarely seen in battle.
A strike from the sheath of the sword, this is the most devastating attack that has been used once. He has the ability to easily perform this technique at most any time, but it is not for the sake of Haganenotate.
Taiyō no Fenikkusu (Phoenix of the Sun)
Sealed Zanpakutō Appearance:
The blade is white and looks ashy and more rod-like while the hilt is black with red details. The Guard is also black in the shape of outspread wings. This sword is shorter than regular katana with a shorter hilt for a one handed grip. The overall weight is markedly heavier than a regular katana, though.
Spirit Appearance and Inner Realm:
A small phoenix (3 ft. tall, excluding the 2 ft. tail) which communicates telepathically with a feminine voice. The surroundings of the inside of the Zanpakuto is a single large grassy hill with stark blue skies and scattered puffy white clouds slowly drifting across them. It is simple and serene. Ironically, there is no sun but it is always daylight.
Taiyō no Fujō Fenikkusu (Flying Phoenix of the Sun)
Maiagaru (Soar) [Fires, create life. Ashes, become new. Phoenix of the Sun, soar to protect the Heavens.]
The blade begins to glow yellow and orange, as if it were burning. This is his reiryoku focusing itself through his Zanpakuto, which is immediately noticeable. The Zanpakuto also becomes heavier (about 20kg/44lbs) and the blade rounder and of greater girth.
Iyashi no Namida
Healing Tear (Tear of Healing)
A clear and viscous liquid leaks from the bottom of the hilt and will heal almost any injury completely. This process is slow (an average of 2 posts to seal skin) but happens on its own will when summoned. There is a set amount of liquid that can be produced at any time. These Tears take a significant time to regenerate.
Taiyō no Fenikkusu no Owari (End of the Phoenix of the Sun)
Ima Jōshō (Now Rise) [With new life, let the Phoenix rise again and rid those who wish to harm the ones she deems to protect.]
The hilt becomes ashen white with red details and the blade glows more vibrantly and with reddish hues along with the yellow and orange as more reishi is focused into the blade. Even with the absence of the guard, the sword becomes even heavier (80kg/176lbs) and the blade rounder and of greater girth. The potency of Iyashi no Namida increases significantly and is regenerated more quickly. It can also be used on others to a degree. It is during Bankai that Akimoto's Hohō increases from the level of Practitioner to Master.
This command merges the spirit of the Zanpakuto with Akimoto. The sword fuses with him while his skin darkens as if burnt and the hair lights on fire. His eyes become bright yellow and large majestic phoenix wings of red, orange, and yellow hues sprout from his shoulder blades. During this transformation, all wounds are healed almost completely (depending on severity), at the cost of his short-term memory (from the point he activated Bankai to the point after this technique is executed). The wings will molt throughout the battle, more-so when defending or attacking than just standing there. These feathers turn to ash throughout this technique, and when all have fallen the Zanpakuto regenerates back into its sealed form and this technique ends. His skin has a greater concentration of Reiatsu and can't be easily pierced while the wings are similar if not more resilient. It should be noted that his pacifism is subdued by his Zanpakuto's spirit. When all feathers have molted, Akimoto will have expelled almost all of his spirit energy, leaving him defeated should his opponent endure this state.