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Version: Original (Anime)
Name: Ishida Uryuu
City of Residence: Metropolis
The only child of Ishida Ryuuken, and only grandchild of the late Ishida Souken, young Uryuu is the last in a line of warriors called the Quincy, a once great clan of spiritually aware humans who were nearly exterminated by the Shinigami 200 years ago due to a difference in their methods of operations. For instance, when a Shinigami defeats a Hollow, the soul is cleansed of all sins committed as a hollow and is sent on to Soul Society (or Hell, if the person's actions while alive called for it). A Quincy, on the other hand, does not do this; they simply destroy, which in turn, upsets the balance of souls flowing between the Human World and Soul Society.
Although, as the story goes, the Shinigami had tried to negotiate with the Quincy to get them to stop from battling and killing Hollows, negotiations had broken down and the order was given to exterminate the Quincy.
However, some managed to survive, leading to the Ishida family in modern times. And while Souken was recognized officially as the last living Quincy, both his son and grandson are able to use the abilities as well. Ryuuken, however, has seemingly turned his back on his heritage, instead concentrating on his work as a doctor, telling his son that he would rather "concentrate on the living and not the dead." He also forbade his son from learning the Quincy arts, an order that was disobeyed as Uryuu met with his grandfather in secret so that he could learn to utilize the powers he had been born with, because he found himself not being to stand idly by while he could see, and hear the Hollows and the souls of those they planned on making their victims.
Souken didn't hold this against his son, however, even as he proceeded in training Uryuu, only telling the boy that he would understand his father's reasoning soon enough. But Uryuu finds that he can't, because his sense of justice and his pride cannot wrap around the idea that one does nothing with the power that they are given, especially if that power will allow you to help another.
And so, Uryuu learns how to use his abilities in secret, while his grandfather shares stories of their clan's history and how he has been trying to work out a proposal so that instead of being enemies, the Shinigami and Quincy should instead, work together in their common goal, to protect those who cannot protect themselves from the Hollows, by using the Quincy as a type of advance force who can keep the Hollows at bay until the Shinigami could arrive and purify the soul.
And it was this belief that guided Souken, and that he, in turn, tried to pass onto Uryuu. And Uryuu, believed in his grandfather's words, right up until that fateful day. The day that Ishida Souken died, killed by Hollows who had slain him as he attempted to hold them off until help arrived from Soul Society, help that arrived three hours too late.
And at the end of the day, young Uryuu no longer believed that the Shinigami were able to do their jobs. Because of this, Ishida vowed to himself that he would show the Shinigami how much they needed the Quincy, and went about training himself further in the arts. This, of course, grew into a point of contention between himself and his father, leading to Uryuu moving out of his father's home and into a flat of his own, in the Kitakawase section of Karakura.
Everything goes well for a while, until high school. As a student at Karakura 1st Public School, Uryuu finds himself in the same class as Kurosaki Ichigo, Karakura's resident ghost magnet and reiatsu spilling machine. Of course, this might not mean much, except for that fateful day in May when Ichigo meets one Kuchiki Rukia, and receives her Shinigami powers. And now, Ichigo is a Shinigami, and someone that Uryuu finds himself directing his anger towards.
And so it goes, until Uryuu finally makes contact with Ichigo and Rukia during one of their Hollow hunting excursions, which, in turns, reveals himself as being spiritually aware and able to kill Hollows as well. In order to prove the Quincy's worth, Uryuu challenges Ichigo to a little game: by snapping Hollow Bait, Uryuu calls a swarm of Hollows to Karakura, so that he and Ichigo can see who can kill the most Hollows in a set time period. Of course, this, in turn, attracts the attention of a Menos Grande (which almost sounds like a drink a Starbucks).
Using their abilities, the two fight off the Hollows and Ichigo is able to repel the Menos, but this cases his spiritual energy to go haywire, and Uryuu steps in to try and bring it under control by absorbing it and releasing it as arrows into the sky. This works, but it causes Uryuu's arms and hands to be covered in cuts and blood, showing up for school the next day in bandages, with the excuse that he fell down the stairs, and Uryuu and Ichigo begin an uneasy friendship.
The arrival of the Menos Grande, however, catches the attention of Soul Society, who send two Shinigami to the real world to retrieve Rukia. Uryuu, who claimed he just happened to be out shopping at the local 24-hour dress making store, Sunflower Seams, arrived and attempted to stop them, only be defeated. After Ichigo's arrival and subsequent defeat, Rukia returned to Soul Society, and Urahara Kisuke arrived. Telling Urahara and his crew to watch over Ichigo (as Ichigo would be the only one capable of saving her), Uryuu leaves. This has caused him to realize he wasn't as powerful as he thought he was, and that he was going to have to do train more to become stronger.
To do this, he donned the Sanrei glove, and trained for a week to master it, before appearing at Urahara's shop with Inoue Orihime and Sado "Chad" Yasatora to accompany Ichigo to Soul Society to rescue Rukia. They arrive there safely (although, Uryuu was almost caught by the soul cleaner and had to be carried by Chad, which resulted in his cape being torn. No worries, however, as the cape was promptly replaced with a spare as soon as they landed in Soul Society). After an unsuccessful attempt to break into the Seireitei, the group regroups with Yoruichi and heads to find Shiba Kukaku, who gives them an alternate way in, by using her fireworks cannon and allowing the group, plus Kukaku's younger brother, Ganju, to break through the protective barrier surrounding the Seireitei.
It works, although the group is separated and Uryuu finds himself wandering the streets of Seireitei with Orihime. He vows to protect to and does so, taking down a seated officer before Orihime has the bright idea of knocking out some Shinigami and "borrowing" their uniforms so that they can blend in better. This works for a time, until they encounter Kurotsuchi Mayuri and Nemu (the Captain and Vice-Captain of the 12th Division). Mayuri takes a special interest in Orihime, who Uryuu hands off to a member of the 11th Division to carry out of harms way, and battles the Captain himself so that the Shinigami has time to take her away.
During the course of their battle for which, at the beginning, Uryuu finds himself outmatched by the Captain, Uryuu finds out the lengths to which Mayuri will go, such as using his own vice captain to disable him. Mayuri's treatment of Nemu, plus Mayuri's own admission of experimentation on Quincy Souls, especially that of his last one, one Ishida Souken, spurs Uryuu to use ransotengai, which then allows him to remove the Sanrei Glove and trigger the Quincy Letz Stile to battle. While this form proves more powerful then Mayuri and his Bankai, Uryuu is ultimately unable to defeat him, as he is poisoned and Mayuri has escaped by turning into a pile of goo. Nemu gives him the antidote as a thank you for not killing Mayuri and Uryuu wanders away, realizing that he's lost his Quincy powers, before running into and being knocked unconscious by Tousen Kaname.
He awakens, healed, in a cell in the 4th Division with both Chad and Ganju, where he sits until they are freed by Zaraki Kenpachi, the Captain of the 11th Squad and reunited with Orihime, before heading to the execution grounds, wherein they await of the conclusion of Ichigo's battle with Kuchiki Byakuya. Following this, they witness Aizen Sosuke's betrayal of Soul Society and departure to Hueco Mundo. Following this, they return to the Real World after spending several days recuperating.
Following their return, all is quiet for a short time, before Urahara decides to put the group through their paces to see how well they work together. After this, Urahara is the one that lets slip that Uryuu had lost his powers in Soul Society (and that Ichigo can't go Bankai in the real world, but since this app isn't about Ichigo, who cares?), and explains to the group gathered why he conducted these tests: in order to see how well prepared the group is for the next enemy: the Bount, a group of people, not exactly humans, who feast on the souls of humans to survive. Although the Bount normally feasts on those dearly departed, it seems as if they are now feeding on the souls of those still living.
With the added bonus of the three new Bount detectors, created by Urahara, the group is informed that Urahara believes that they will be seeking out those with spiritual energy, which, of course, leaves Ishida off the list, as he no longer has his Quincy abilities. This turns out to be one of those rare times when Urahara is wrong, because the Bount are pursuing the Quincy for their needs. This starts a few episodes of "Who's Got the Quincy?!," which concludes with the death of Soma Yoshino, a female Bount that Uryuu found reminded him of his mother, and Kariya Jin's plan to send little things called Bitto, to drain the souls of humans and condense it into a liquid for the Bounts to drink (apparently, it gives them SUPER STRENGTH!).
Following Yoshino's death, Uryuu goes out into the forest in an attempt to regain his powers while the others choose to go after the Bount, but fails, only to be met once again by Nemu, who hands him the Quincy Bangle, an unstable Quincy artifact that will allow him to use his powers again. Joining up with the others again, Uryuu uses his Quincy abilities to allow Kariya and the Bounts into Soul Society, believing that they will be easier to defeat there. Of course, this is not true, but it does not keep the group from following the Bounts to Soul Society, where many battles take place as the Bounts invade Soul Society. Kariya puts into motion his plans to invade the Seireitei and destroy it, using crests that been sealed all over various parts of the Seireitei. During this, Uryuu and Ichigo run into Ran'tao, the shinigami responsible for the Bounts' creation and one who has been exiled from Seireitei.
After Kariya and his fellow Bounts break into the Seireitei, Uryuu and the others follow, and what results is a series of battles where the Bounts are taken out by various Captains in Soul Society, except for one, Yoshi, who is taken out by Uryuu and his unstable abilities. During this battle, he is injured and after he recovers from being healed by Orihime, he sneaks out while the others are sleeping, and seeks out Ran'tao, who has managed to get into the Seireitei and is going after Kariya.
While Ran'tao manages to injure Kariya, this in turn makes her reiatsu go out of control. Uryuu, with the choice of either saving Ran'tao or taking out Kariya, opts to save Ran'tao, thereby causing the Quincy Bangle to reach its limit and disintegrate while Ichigo arrives to take on Kariya. Uryuu takes Ran'tao to safety, meeting up with Orihime and Chad, and then heads to the execution grounds, where they meet up with Renji and Rukia and await the outcome of the final battle between Ichigo and Kariya. Following Ichigo's win, the group returns home.
Shortly after their return, Uryuu is attacked by two incomplete Arrancar and while he attempts to use the Ginto to defeat them, is ultimately unsuccessful, it's only due to the timely arrival of Ryuuken, that he is not killed. Disappointed by his son, Ryuuken offers him a choice: the restoration of his powers, on the condition that he no longer associate with the Shinigami. After several days of thinking it over, Uryuu agrees, and begins training in his father's secret underground training area, while the Arrancar continue to attack the town. While, at first, Uryuu doubts his father's methods of restoring his powers (basically, run while I shoot at you. Oh, and don't get killed), it proves ultimately successful, as the only way to restore them is to be first mentally and physically exhausted, then shot with a spirit arrow 19 mm to the right of the heart.
Following the restoration of his powers, Uryuu is visited by Urahara, who informs him that Orihime has been taken by the Arrancar. Upon discovering that Soul Society has abandoned Ichigo on his quest to rescue her, Uryuu agrees to accompany both Ichigo and Chad to Hueco Mundo to rescue her. As far as he's concerned, since Soul Society has abandoned Orihime, Ichigo is technically not acting as a Shinigami and thus, Ishida is not working with them, giving him a loophole in his promise to Ryuuken.
And they enter the gate, on their way to Hueco Mundo, although his final destination is not what Ishida Uryuu expected.
For the most part, Uryuu is a quiet, well mannered, polite boy who has probably been described as shy more than once. However, he does have a tendency to try and act cool while around others (usually Ichigo and the others), and has been noted as being characterized by dramatic speech. He also calls his father by his first name, which is considered very rude in Japanese society.
He tends to operate by a code called the "Pride of the Quincy, " and will go to great lengths to protect his nakama, even if it's only because he just happened to be in the area, really. Or that their interest just happens to be the same as his. Seriously! It does happen. And while his relationship with Ichigo borders on rivalry, he gets along fine with both Chad and Orihime, and, despite once protesting hatred of their very existence, he seems to harbor no ill will towards most Shinigami, especially Rukia and Renji, who seem to be included in their circle of nakama.
He's also very chivalrous when it comes to the ladies, and will go after men who mistreat or abuse them, such as Renji and Byakuya when they come after Rukia (after two Shinigami after an unarmed girl?) and again Mayuri, when he uses Nemu to get at Uryuu during their battle, and seems to care very little for her, even treating her as less of a person.
Also, while fighting, he tries to avoid using lethal force, unless he absolutely has to. If he can find a way to win without killing someone, he will do it, such as cutting their soul chain and soul sleep, as he did to the one Shinigami who attempted to harm Orihime.
He's also rather proud of his sewing abilities, which had landed him with the moniker the "Four-Eyed Sewing Machine," and as president of Karakura 1st High School's Handicrafts Club. He's mostly known around school for fixing various plushies (including Kon) and he's designed and created all his Quincy attire as well. Of course, to this end, he hates buttons and prefers to use fasteners in his designs.
He also hates procrastination (which may be a factor in his school ranking of #1 among the first year students) and his favorite food is homemade mackerel miso soup.
As a member of the Quincy clan, Ishida has many powers, the biggest one being his ability to absorb reishi from his surrounds and use it to form a bow and arrows (known as reiyoku manipulation) using the Quincy cross he wears on his right wrist. At present time, his bow, called Ginrei Kōjaku (Lone Sparrow on a Silver Cliff), resembles a spider web and can fire 1,200 arrows in succession without stopping. It is also possible for him to curve the part of his arrows after firing them, although it is not known how long the arrow can be controlled and how many it will work on. Arrows can also be used to negate attacks as well. Also, as a spiritually aware human, Uryuu has the ability to see and interact with spirits, Hollows and Shinigami, and can sense reiatsu, which is the physical force a person's reiryoku creates when released.
Even though Quincies usually use bows and arrows to do battle, it doesn't mean that they don't have other tricks up their sleeves as well. There are several other weapons and techniques at their disposal as well.
- Licht Regen - Uryuu gathers a large amount of spiritual particles at a point on his left shoulder and lets them fly in a volley of 1,000 arrows at a single target.
- Seele Schneider - A thin, long metal bar, it resembles a sword most of all, wherein the blade is actually made of reishi, it can also be used in conjunction with a Quincy's bow as a arrow as well. The blade of the Seele Schneider acts almost as a chainsaw, there the blade vibrates at ultra-high frequencies, which, in turn, loosens the molecular bonds between spirit matter, so that any freed spirit particles can be absorbed by the Quincy in turn and used for combat.
- Ginto (Silver Tubes)
Little silver tube-shaped canisters that store spiritual energy, they are used by the Quincy to perform spells, which are activated by using various commands.
There are currently three spells that are known:
1. Haizen - which creates a transparent, rectangular beam of energy that can slices through the opponent. It is activated using the following command: "Feel the wrath of battle and accept this sacred chalice - Haizen!"
2. Gritz - This forms a man-sized pentacle symbol which envelops it's target. It is activated using the following command: "A silver rod strikes the five-fingered stone bed - Gritz!"
3. Wolke - Creates a large blast. Can also be used to cushion the impact of a fall. It is activated using the following command: "Tilt the Goblet to the West - Wolke!"
- The Ginto can also be used in conjunction with the Seele Schneider to perform Sprenger, where in the five Seele Schneiders are used to create a pentagram-shaped seal, which is then activated by pouring the contents of a Ginto on one of the Seele Schneiders. Also, if the object or person inside of the seal stands in the middle of the pentagram, the placement of the fifth Seele Schneider can cause trap them by binding their legs to the ground with spirit particles. The combination of the trigger energy from the Ginto and the energy that the Seele Schneiders absorb causes a massive explosion within its borders. However, due to the time it takes to set up this maneuver, it can prove ineffective, unless you have a partner who is able to stall the opponent and buy time.
Hirenkyaku - the Quincy equivalent to the Shinigami's flash steps, it is the method used to travel long distances in a short period of time. A version of this can be used to create platforms of spiritual particles under a person's feet and ride them to a desired location.
Ransotengai - when a Quincy is either old or somehow becomes incapacitated and can longer fight or use parts of their bodies, they can form strings of spirit energy controlled by their brain, and control their body as one would a puppet, allowing them to move freely despite paralysis, injury or anything else that could impede normal movement. This technique is rare, so rare in fact, that the Captain of the 12th Division, who has studied 2,661 Quincies, has never encountered a Quincy who could use it before Uryuu.
Sanrei Glove - This artifact can be used to significantly enhance a Quincy's power. The glove requires a week of intense training to use, because it repels spirit particles, thus making harder for a Quincy to summon their bow. After a week of training, a Quincy who is able to successfully use their powers while wearing the glove can reach much higher levels of powers, as they are now more skilled at collecting reishi. However, once donned, removal of the glove should only be as a last resort, as it triggers the Quincy Letz Stile (Final Form). It also causes the user to lose their Quincy abilities.
The Quincy Letz Stile - A last resort, it is triggered by the removal of the Sanrei Glove. In it, the Quincy will be experience an abrupt increase in power (and usually a wardrobe change too, go figure). In this form, abilities are heightened, as the Quincy is gifted with extreme strength and speed, the arrows' powers are drastically increased, "dominance" over reishi (to the point that Uryuu was able to absorb spiritual structures, such as buildings, in Soul Society), vast spiritual power and a much faster version of the Hirenkyaku. This form was enough that Uryuu was able to take on a Shinigami Captain and live to talk about it later.
However, this skill isn't without its consequences. By using it, the wielder pushes their body beyond what it can handle, and the body will seal off all spiritual power, thus leaving a Quincy without the ability to use their powers. It is possible for a Quincy to regain their powers after using it, but it requires a second Quincy, and for the effected Quincy to first exhaust themselves both mentally and physically and then be shot with a spirit arrow exactly 19mm to the right of their heart. A pentacle shaped scar appears at the point of impact and the Quincy will once again be able to use his or her abilities.
Quincy Bangle - An artifact created to help a Quincy with weak spiritual power and is designed to mimic a Quincy's powers, by forcing reishi to gather and then amplifies the, allowing the user to use them in battle. However, this is not without its drawbacks, as there is a stress problem, by continuously drawing reishi, even if wielder does not will it. Of course, said artifact can only be used until it reaches it limit, and then it will disintegrate. If arrows are fired at maximum power, without the wielder learning how to control the energy output, there is also the strong possibility that the artifact will explode, taking the user and everything within a sizable radius, with it.
Also, he's an absolute god when it comes to sewing. So much, in fact, that he was named president of Karakura 1st Public School's handicrafts club in his first year and is known as the "Four Eyed Sewing Machine."
Uryuu is also smart, being the first ranked student in Karakura 1st Public School's first-year class and is also multi-lingual, as he understands the Spanish terms used in Hueco Mundo and has spoken some himself and German as well, as some of the Quincy weapons and spells use German names and phrases. It's possible to think that he might know some English as well.
*** Because of how his powers operate, it's probably safe to say that only those who have higher reiatsu (spirit energy) then most people would be able to see it. Think about it this way? If your person can see beyond what's there or can see ghosts for example, then they will more then likely see Uryuu's spirit bow. To others however, they will see what looks like a Japanese boy mimicking holding a bow and arrow and the destruction that would happen if the arrow hits something over than its target and/or the spells of the Ginto. In other words, you don't see the cool stuff, just the aftermath. XD ***
For one, Uryuu suffers from low blood pressure, which mostly just leads to lightheadedness or dizziness, although not often (and apparently not in the series, although it is mentioned on his character description page in Volume 5 of the manga). His eyesight is bad enough that he requires glasses to see.
As a Quincy, his ability is only hampered by the amount of reishi he can absorb and his ability to absorb it. Also, as Quincy are primarily archers, while an expert at long distance combat, are at a disadvantage when it comes to close combat.
Other than that? Uryuu is your regular, normal, every day person who can be killed by sickness, massive injury, etc. Although, massive injury probably has to be rather extensive, since he survived having his stomach destroyed and very possibly other, extensive internal damage by the 8th Espada later in the series (and don't forget the missing hand courteous of the 4th Espada and Zanpakuto through the abdomen thanks to Ichigo!).
This is strange. Certainly isn't Hueco Mundo and it does not look like I ended up back in Karakura either. I wonder if there was something wrong with Urahara-san's gate... hm. I doubt it, the man might be rather suspicious at times, but I do not believe he would steer us wrong now, especially now that Inoue-san has been taken.
It does not help that I cannot feel either Kurosaki or Sado-kun's reiatsu either.
I suppose the most I can do now is attempt to figure out where I am and how to return home.
It hadn't taken him long to figure out that he wasn't where he was supposed to be, unless Hueco Mundo was a gritty city inhabited by everyday normal humans. It appeared to him that he was in someplace in America, judging from the accents and usage of English. Grateful that he had, at least, some basic understanding of the language, even if his actual speaking English probably came across heavily accented, Ishida had managed to find a local newspaper and scan it, searching for clues. Finding nothing, he had tried seeking out Kurosaki's reiatsu again and had found nothing.
Growing frustrated, his fingers twitched, wishing that he had something to either sew or shoot at the moment. He didn't even know who was out there he could ask, and how was he supposed to explain that one moment he was supposed to be heading into the World of the Hollows to rescue a kidnapped friend, but had somehow ended up here instead? It sounded insane and if it world hoping through gates hadn't become something of the norm for them, he would probably think himself crazy too.
Knowing that nothing was going to get done standing around, Ishida headed off to find a place, maybe a library of some sort, that would at least allow him to gather information before attempting to figure out a way back to where he was supposed to be. At the moment, it was the most he felt he could do.