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Name Gai Nagareboshi
Kanji 流れ星・ガイ
Romanji Nagareboshi Gai
Characteristics
Race Mototsu/Seishin hybrid
Birthday September 10
Age 17 (over 5000)
Gender Male
Height 159 cm
Weight 26 kg
Eyes Magenta within blue
Hair Brown
Blood Type O


Professional Status
Affiliation Himself
Previous Affiliation Soul King
Occupation None
Previous Occupation Enforcer
Team None
Previous Team None
Partner None
Previous Partner Gekkō Utsukushi
Base of Operations Rukongai
Personal Status
Marital Status Single (In the first 20 chapters of "A Certain Unlucky Person"),

In A Relationship (as of TBTP), Married (post TBTP)

Relatives Karen Nagareboshi (foster mother)

Kagirinai Nagareboshi (older brother)

Hizashi Yoshi (wife, post TBTP)

Kachihi Amagase (child)

Education Basic
Status Alive
Zanpakutō
Shikai Gaikaōtori
Bankai Chōetsu Gaikaōtori

"You say that like I give a damn. I might actually give a damn. Who's asking? You? Then I definitely care."
— Gai Nagareboshi, to Mitsuru Inazuma

Gai Nagareboshi (流れ星・ガイ, Nagareboshi Gai, lit. "The Shooting Star of Victory"), also known as Gai Amagase (天ヶ瀬=ガイ, Amagase Gai) and by his twin monikers of the Rising Phoenix (上昇火の鳥, "Jōshō Hinotori") and the White Devil (白魔, "Hakuma") is the only known survivor of the now-extinct Mototsu race, and the Soul King's former tool for destruction before he was deemed a "failure". The story of Gai Nagareboshi is told through "Bleach: Rising Phoenix". A person who is only occupied and concerned with looking after his most important people, Gai thinks nothing of his existence as a "Soul" (he assumes himself to be one) living in Rukongai. Gai cares little for the premise of honor and justice, and he is rather bitter and cynical. Despite this, he has a soft spot for children, and will not hesitate to protect them at all costs. After encountering the "Arrancar" Nika and obtaining the incredibly mysterious, incomprehensibly powerful, and highly sought-after Zanpakutō Kakusei, Gai begins to realize there's much more to himself than he originally thought. Gai is seen as an agent of destruction, usually being called "the devil", a rumor spread by Central 46, who believe the Mototsu is far too dangerous to exist.

Despite being the main protagonist of "A Certain Unlucky Person" and "Bleach: Rising Phoenix", Gai is an anti-hero, a vigilante who is willing to take the law into his own hands. During the events of "A Certain Unlucky Person", Gai develops feelings for Hizashi Yoshi, the former Captain of the 11th Division and the main female protagonist of the storyline. After the storyline and during "Bleach: Rising Phoenix", Gai and Hizashi enter a relationship, before they suffer a messy breakup and Gai gets together with an unknown partner. He is also a major supporting character in "Rising Phoenix: Sealed Scarlet, Corrupt Black".

While Gai, as part of the Mototsu race, is genderless, in addition to "his" inability to master the technique that stabilizes the race's hormones, leaving him genderless, is referred to as "male" due to "his" masculine voice and manner of acting. Later on, it turns out that overuse of Setsura has caused Kakusei to begin to slowly fade away whenever utilized, and after his battle with Eienrai at the climax of Part I of Bleach: Rising Phoenix, Gai loses his Zanpakutō for good. However, he later obtains the Core Zanpakutō Suigetsu, which soon evolves into the "Zanpakutō of Miracles", Kōshinhōō once in the climax of Part II of Rising Phoenix.

Appearance

Gai, despite his androgynously beautiful appearance, is a male and insists that. He is stated to have "the height of your average Japanese schoolgirl" by Nika, and he has a slender, waifish build. Haruko comments that Gai is a "annoying pretty-type character", and Gunha occasionally calls him "girly face"; a member of Central 46 also called him a "pretty boy". Like all Mototsu, Gai's skin is also said to be so white and smooth that it appears almost like he’s made of porcelain. Gai's facial features are very child-like to the point that on the rare occasion that he smiles, he appears exactly like a female. He has short brown hair with a small clump of hair down the middle and white hairclips on each side, and wide magenta within blue eyes. Gai's eyes function similar to a scope, able to select out enemies and lock onto them. Gai wears a small black shirt, shaped like a diamond; the collar is a thin strand of cloth, wrapping around his own neck, and on the sides of the shirt, there are two thin strips that connect around his back, being tied in a small ribbon-like fashion with two red, intersecting belts over his chest. He wears white hakama, with painted golden phoenix wing designs, tied with a green sash. A large piece of black fabric hangs from the center of the sash; embellished with the images of three origami cranes. Gai also bears two strips of blue cloth that drape over either side of his hips, along with a smaller, white strip of cloth tied around his waist, draped in the same manner. On Gai's arms are white bell-sleeves. He also wears black stilettos underneath his hakama.

During Part II: A Nonchalant Lover's Suicide and all subsequent appearances, Gai wears a tight black jumpsuit with red linings that clings to his body. In addition, Gai now wears a white scarf that reaches down to his knees. Gai throws his scarf away when releasing his Zanpakutō, as it is filled with weights. Gai's hair is now splayed out in all directions at the ends, reaching down to his waist. Several large clumps of hair stick out, some curling away horizontally. His bangs frame his face, though they have two 'layers', with the behind layers falling to rest upon his chest. There are a few locks of hair kept in the middle of his forehead, there is a slim curled forelock of hair at the top of his head. As he grows older, Gai's build and facial features remain relatively the same in appearance but the feminine characteristics, already apparent in his younger years, have been further accented.

After Part III: Another Side, Another Story and all subsequent appearances, Gai's appearance has changed slightly. Gai's hairstyle remains the same, though now it reaches down to his knees. Gai's eyelashes have lengthened significantly, and he now wears eyeliner. Gai wears a new outfit; consisting of a sleeveless white overcoat over a black string bikini top with a green metallic pauldron over his left shoulder, the pauldron bearing a phoenix symbol. He wears a long black sleeve over his left arm, knee-high leather boots, and a brown mini-skirt over high-topped black shorts. He has a red pack that hangs from his waist and is strapped to his left leg. In addition, he also has a necklace with a phoenix pendant, two black bands around his right bicep, and a silver navel piercing.

Personality and Traits

"Of course I care what others think! I could love others if I was true to myself."
— Gai Nagareboshi, to Hizashi Yoshi

Gai Nagareboshi is a complex person. While he is disinterested in the affairs of the world around him, he also wishes to change it for the better, though is slightly afraid to attempt to do so. He is rather quiet, cynical, emotionless, and aloof, though people who are close enough to him know that this is merely a facade; as he is actually a kind and caring person though despite his icyness, especially to Kōzuki Yoshi/Gekkō Utsukushi and later Hizashi Yoshi. In the company of those he is fond of, Gai's cold facade shatters completely, as he becomes incredibly shy, unable to look those he has grown attached to in the eye, complimented by a continual stutter. In conversation, on the rare times that he participates in it, Gai has extreme difficulty reading the atmosphere in situations and usually just speaks out what comes to mind in his usual deadpan tone, sometimes making others surprised at his actions.

Gai often misenterpretes what others say and takes some things literally; this usually results in others becoming briefly alienated and Gai feeling ashamed for his horrible social skills, which he constantly attempts to improve so that he can feel the same as everyone else. He is also able to forgive easily; when going up against Hizashi, after finding out about her past, he sympathized with her and promised to help her almost immediately, though it should be noted that Gai told Hizashi this in his usual aloof tone, which Gekkō noted Gai to be "desperately attempting to stay frosty". Gai generally attempts to keep his cool under most circumstances, and no matter what his enemies ever do to him, he can sometimes come up with a retort to it of questionable quality. Despite claiming having "not caring about that justice crap", the reason his adventure started is because he stepped in to protect Hikari and Hitsugaya from Nika.

Gai has a habit of lapsing into internal monologue, which he, naturally having horrible social skills, conveys his thoughts and feelings. It is during these first-person moments he reveals he deliberately acts the way he does to push others away for fear of getting close to them and his insecurities. Also, he shows an inferiority complex that makes him believe he can't do anything right or complete. The main reason behind this is that he had been always branded as a worthless person as a "Plus". Therefore for his seeming lack of power and mockery of Shinigami, he entered in a gang, and used to hunt down Shinigami and steal their blades before killing them. This complex can be seen in his usual internal monologue, as he always complains about the situation but he never says it unless a subject particularly enrages him, at which point he will drop all aloofness and assertively state his distaste, all while keeping a sarcastic tone.

While Gai is usually disinterested and anti-social, he will become uncharacteristically attentive and eager to help if it concerns his personal interests, despite usually having nothing notable in particular to contribute, and enjoys listening to those with similar interests, even if they and he were on previously bad terms. Gai is also quick to agree with certain viewpoints, as he finds them "facinating", though at times, it seems to others that he agrees becuase others he is familiar with support said decisions. If he is unsure of anything, he will immediately ask for the definition when it concerns his favorite subjects, though he will often forget key elements and have to ask again, much to his dismay. Gai tends to apologize profusely, even if he had done nothing wrong due to the fact that he often believes that he has, which occasionally gets on the nerves of others around him. Due to his aloofness and the apathetic air he exudes, very few actively take interest in Gai, whose motto and way of life has become "If you receive a little kindness, give them a large serving."

Over the course of his adventure, Gai had acquired two love interests; Gekkō Utsukushi and Hizashi Yoshi, though he was oblivious to this at first. After Gekkō's death at the hands of Eienrai, Gai and Hizashi became a couple ten years after the main storyline. In his mind, he believed that there was absolutely no chance for him to get a girlfriend, as he replied to Touma's question in Fifteenth Release, that he would not be able to get on the two's good sides- ironically, Gai is the one person who brings out the best in them. Gai has a fetish for older women, as is the case with his current love interest, Hizashi Yoshi, who is physically ten years older than him, when he dreamed of things like her wearing all sorts of suggestive fetish outfits, and asking a kiss from Ayano Kisaragi when they first met.

It should be noted that Gai is bisexual; being attracted to both males and females, a fact that he had discovered only recently. However, Gai prefers women over men, yet he has stated that he loves both genders equally, even continuing "...You people and your quaint little catagories." Gai keeps this a closely guarded secret, due to the nature of his upbringing by his discriminative foster mother and fear of being shunned by others, and would only reveal it in the company of homosexual and other bisexual people, as he feels more comfortable in the company of those similar to himself. Gai is often relieved when participating in conversations after revealing his bisexuality to the other person, and happier to talk about subjects concerning that, though he becomes shy once again when it comes to personal interests, often hoping to end the subject with simple responses due to fear once again, as he believes that his interests may seem "warped" to the other person. Very few males meet Gai's standards; preferring impossibly and improbably feminine men, as he dismisses the rest of them as regular people to converse with and strike up friendships with.

Gai also has a lighter side, willingly crossdressing as a woman in order to help Nika raise enough money for her patesserie shop. He also has a dry, ironic wit, which is usually shown in his reactions to the actions of his less stable companions. In addition, during his internal monologues, Gai usually snarks at the questionable intelligence of his companions, the utter absurdity of situations, and at times, breaks the fourth wall by pointing out plot-holes. Gai adores children, and before he started his adventure, adopted several whom he found on the streets of Rukongai. However, only few children actually become attatched to Gai, despite his "grumpy mode being permanently turned off around them", and those few view him as a "mother figure", which is similar to his role towards the main six characters, such as when he occasionally tries to makes sure that Gunha eats properly due to his scrawny frame, much to the latter's annoyance. He is fiercely protective of them; this is best seen in his interactions with Shion, where the only reason he interfered with her thrashing delivered by Kaori because she was a child, and even before that, Gai defeated an entire royal family due to their cruel treatment of a little girl.

Despite having a large appetite, Gai is a horrible cook, and he is good with sewing, as evident by the multiple "tasteful" costumes he has stashed away in a drawer, which also serves as a hint that Gai is slightly perverted, though he hides this fact well under his chilly facade, yet he occasionally gets flustered by Gekkō and Hizashi's rare flirtatious moments. Gai also has a habit of frequently clicking his tongue when irritated. Gai is also a good actor, as shown by his crossdressing stunt, where he acted as the 'Yamato Nadeshiko' type of female shockingly well. Gai is a terrible swimmer, as he sinks like a brick in water.

History

At the beginning of Soul Society, the Soul King created the Mototsu. Though at first, its creations had slight defects, such as extremely short lifespans, instant death through other supernatural energy, and other flaws. Learning from its past mistakes, including the accidental creation of Fumeina, the Soul King created Gai Nagareboshi as a new Mototsu, far more advanced than anything it had ever created before, with power far superior to that of anything ever before. The Soul King took the time to complete Gai, who it called its "greatest masterpiece". Gai was routinely awakened in a semi-conscious state during his conception, and the Soul King spoke with him, as he, unlike the rest of his kind before, was created with a unique Soul that allowed him to think, feel and act completely on his own, as the Soul King prepared him for the world. However there were more sinister intentions- The Soul King originally planned to use Gai as a weapon of mass destruction against both Yāolù and Aether. However, this never happened, and Gai's former horrifying power was never used for war. Gai was aggressive and disobedient, and because of this the Soul King decided to seal him away underneath the depths of Seireitei, deeming him a "failure", though it later perfected the Mototsu race through learning from its mistakes. At an unspecified date, some time prior to the start of "A Certain Unlucky Person" he was awakened by the then current Gotei 13.

When he was first awoken, Gai destroyed all intruders who had dared to enter his lair. Gai was later cornered by the entire First Division at the time at an unknown location—at the cost of the total loss of said division, however. Not wanting to get any more comrades endangered by the powerful enigmatic being, Isshin Kurosaki himself challenged Gai in a one-on-one battle. Even though Gai quickly gained the upper hand during the battle, Isshin was able to defeat Gai after six white wings of light with galaxies and stars embedded in them erupted from his back, apparently causing the boy great pain, yet at the same time granted him a pheneomenal power increase. Isshin destroyed these wings with the Saigo no Getsuga Tenshō, defeating Gai and consequently causing him to lose all his murderous intentions, memories, and abilities- and he had almost no recognition of the Soul King or his creation, except in traumatic nightmares. Gai had turned against the Soul King's purpose. After the battle, Isshin brought an amnesiac Gai to Karen Nagareboshi, who adopted him as a foster son. After ten years, Karen mysteriously dissapeared, leaving Gai in Rukongai.

Synopsis

Main Article: A Certain Unlucky Person

Twin Bout: Ureshi vs Nagareboshi (100 years before A Certain Unlucky Person)

First Release- Beginnings

Second Release- Gai Nagareboshi vs. Nika

Third Release- Kakusei

Fourth Release- Memories

Fifth Release- Reunion

Sixth Release- Plan

Seventh Release- Unlikely Assistance

Eighth Release- Azure Thunder Knight

Ninth Release- Urahara Shop

Twelfth Release- Void

Thirteenth Release- Defrosting

Equipment

G-Exes (グ・エックセス, "Gi Ekkusesu"): A unique spiritual weapon; said to be one of the Sanshu no Jingi; part of Amaterasu, to be precise. Gai managed to find it in an abandoned warehouse when searching around for a rare cooking ingredient. It possesses two modes: Sword Mode (ソード・モード, "Sōdo Mōdo") and Rifle Mode (ライフル・モード, "Raifuru Mōdo"). It takes the form of a katana, with a blade composed of pure spiritual energy. Along with its principle blade, four stubby beams of spiritual energy are also emitted; Gai's fingers have limited protection from being caught in these beams due to small handguard. Being made of the same energy as the rest of the blade, the guard has the notable potential to stop the foe's blade from sliding down and slicing through the hilt, and by proxy Gai's hands. The rest of the blade is coloured a pure white; with a sparkling emerald gem embedded within the hilt. The unique material that the katana is forged from enhances the power of the sword by converting large amounts of spiritual particles into heat intense enough to melt most defenses on contact. The G-Exes is extremely sharp, and does not rely on the kinetic energy of a high-speed swing to cut through its targets. It is also covered with anti-spiritual energy coating, allowing it to parry Zanpakutō. It should be noted that due to being one of the Jingi, the G-Exes has abilities similar to a Zanpakutō. When switched to Rifle Mode, the blade pivots from the hilt and rotates on its long axis, revealing a targeting sensor. The Rifle Mode can be used in either rapid fire mode, or be charged to deliver a single, high-powered blast for mass devastation.

  • Special Abilities: The G-Exes possesses the ability to emit hyper-accelerated electromagnetic waves that have the properties of spiritual energy. Upon being released, Gai causes a resonance within these waves with his own psychic powers; these forces clashing, causing formation and breaking down of spiritual particles, in addition to modifying the properties of spiritual particles; in addition to being able to create spiritual particles from nothing. Gai is capable of controlling the entirety of the activity of spiritual particles, directing and controlling them with his mind. While this ability is maintained by the G-Exes itself, Gai's psychic powers control the actions of the ability, essentially enabling Gai to become a 'master' of sorts. However, Gai can only impose this ability upon a singular target at one time. Gai can also utilize this technique to manifest spiritual particles from nothing, shape it into spiritual energy, and merge it with his blade, enabling him to utilize various techniques.
    • Shining Onslaught:
    • Exceed Barrier Radius: Swinging the G-Exes forward, Gai materializes a large amount of spiritual particles that quickly combines into spiritual energy, before moulding and solidifying that energy into the form of a medium-sized sphere that envelops his entirety. This sphere retains the G-Exes' ability, granting it special properties that negates the utilization of spiritual energy projectiles, causing them to be nullified and broken down into spiritual particles, which are then absorbed into the G-Exes and immediately projected outwards, strengthening the barrier.
    • Negation: The blade of the G-Exes is coated with the essence of it's ability, causing anything it touches to be sent back to the "starting point", though only if it is composed of spiritual particles. However, against a living being, the spiritual particles will not be completely negated right away as it will take a longer time to fully defeat. It's during this state of disruption that Gai can actually physically touch or grab the foe as well as slash it, negating and disrupting it, rendering it useless for a few moments.
    • Reformation:
    • Reshaping:
    • Materialization:

Nu-Exes (ニュー・エックセス, "Nyū Ekkusesu"): The direct evolution of the G-Exes, the Nu-Exes is one of the most advanced weapons of its time, designed and used by Gai himself. Although its development was only partially completed at the time of its activation, the Nu-Exes is an incredibly formidable weapon. Incorporating the psychic technology secretly provided to the Gotei 13 by Kaede Mikazuki, the Nu-Exes is able to utilize psychic weapons and channel Gai's emotions and mental energies. When combined with Gai's immense skill and experience, Gai wielding this powerful, state-of-the-art weapon is able to almost single-handedly defeat Kaede's forces, this power being put to the test to determine the history of Soul Society.

Powers and Abilities

As a "Soul", Gai held very little ability at first. Despite this, he was able to fight the Arrancar Nika on equal footing with strategy. Despite being the Soul King's "greatest creation", his Mototsu heritage and his Zanpakutō being one of the most powerful, his skills are at best slightly below average, thus resulting in him being less powerful than his harem- and Touma. His raw power and potential, despite being a "relic from a past age", is considerably exceptional, however, when fighting in any form aside from hand-to-hand, Gai is rather clueless, and often makes crucial mistakes despite his 'street-smarts'. He is often overwhelmed by opponents more skilled than himself, though he makes up for it with his rare intellect for pointing out and exploiting the attack patterns and weaknesses of his opponents and their Zanpakutō, in addition to his raw, untrained power. Gai has displayed high degrees of speed, agility and reflexes, enough for him to match melee-specialists of Captain-Commander Haruko Kiseki's calibre in battle.

Expert Swordsmanship Specialist: While Hakuda is his forte, Gai, more often than not, is forced to rely on Zanjutsu in order to combat his opponents. He has recieved no formal training from any source other than what the Soul King implanted within his mind about the way of the sword, and as a result, is severely lacking in the area, at least when compared to his comrades. However, as Mototsu have the ability to learn and improve through observation, Gai's style of swordsmanship is undefined; it borrows from all of his allies' Zanjutsu styles, and is therefore highly unpredictable. All of his experience aside from observation stems from being thrust into a heated battle without a single clue how to even hold a sword, yet for some reason, Gai has been shown capable of competing on equal grounds against the sword masters of Hizashi Yoshi and Kagirinai Nagareboshi's caliber, though in the former case, Hizashi was merely testing him and not fighting seriously, and in the case of the latter, Gai recieved a power boost in order to fight on even grounds with his elder brother. Gai has an incredibly aggressive style: he is constantly on the offensive, and eschews any defensive moves in favor of speed and strength, striking heavy and hard while lightning fast. After losing in a straight-up swordfight, which happens often, Gai immediately resorts to physical brawling. It should be noted, that after he decided to rely on his hand-to-hand combat skills due to them being inheriently superior, Gai Nagareboshi had learned to utilize this techniques with his bare hands or feet.

  • Gurenōka (紅蓮桜花, "Crimson Lotus Cherry Blossom"): An advanced Iaidō technique, Gai grips his blade and draws it from its sheath quickly, before using his natural speed, speeds past the enemy and slices them, before returning Gaikaōtori to its scabbard. The cut only appears seconds after Gai has struck them. This technique throws away defence for a full powered attack, so he only utilizes this 'death-or-glory' attack in life-or-death situations. Interestingly, it also appears to drain him heavily whenever he finishes the attack, though Gai has been known to unleash Gurenōka four-to-five times in quick succession when faced with a truly difficult opponent. It is known that Gai has picked this technique up from his former lover, Hizashi Yoshi.
  • Reiraku Byakuya (零落白夜, "Midnight Sun Faded Glory"): An original and extremely powerful technique developed by Gai in wake of witnessing Chira Tendou's swordsmanship skills, in honour of his worthy opponent. After being struck by the exact same technique over and over again in their final battle, Gai decided to adapt it for his own usage. Reiraku Byakuya is prepared by Gai assuming an unusual stance; dropping into a partial crouch, both knees bend, right arm drawn back and left extended forward while Gai winds up his sword arm. Focusing his spiritual energy into his feet to get a better foothold as well as his left wrist to augment his strike, Gai waits for his foe to draw close, before instantly breaking out of the stance and thrusting at his foe while releasing his sword arm, creating a drill effect with extreme force at high speeds, piercing through many a obstruction and tear through the air itself. The technique is considered quite deadly, as the Reiraku Byakuya has only a precious few blind spots to be exploited. Despite the apparent inflexibility of using one attack repeatedly, it has many useful applications.
    • Reiraku Byakuya Xceed (レーイアク・ビアクイア・クシド, "Reiraku Byakuya Kusido"; "Exceeded Midnight Sun Faded Glory"): During a battle with Masato Nagareboshi, his father, Gai adapts the Reiraku Byakuya to strike immediately, as he cannot utilize it to even so much as touch his extremely nimble foe, who was essentially evading each and every one of his strikes. Essentially, the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid merely thrusts forward with his blade at point-blank range using all of his upper body strength. This version, unlike the original, does not require any prior preparation or footwork; in fact, its power far exceeds the original by a large margin to the point of striking with over one hundred tonnes behind the blade and an even more ludicrous speed. However, a drawback to this technique is that performing these powerful movements in such rapid succession is detrimental to his physical strength, putting a large strain upon his body. For this reason, Reiraku Byakuya Xceed has only seen usage twice.

Monstrous Strength: Gai's only saving grace is his phenomenal strength and his superior hand-eye coordination. In his first fight shown in "A Certain Unlucky Person", Gai effortlessly blocked a punch from Nika, who had shifted the vectors in her arms, giving her a Herculean level of strength. Later on in that battle, Gai punched Nika in the face with enough force shatter her mask remnant and send her flying a good distance. Gai can break free from almost any attack that binds him and prevents him from moving. Gai was able to battle a Vasto Lorde with his bare fists and is strong enough to break an enormous tree and swing it like a bat with one hand. He has enough power to break steel with his bare hands, and break through Nika's Hierro with some effort. During his battle with Yuurei, a single swing of his arm had enough force to level a mountain. He can grab hold of Yuurei's Zanpakutō blade with his Shinseina Kakusei gauntlet without feeling any of the exerted force although that force was capable of doing considerable damage to the surrounding area. He is able to effortlessly break through Yuurei's Amaterasu no Tō, which is composed from sekki-seki with his bare hand. Another example of his impressive strength is when he caught several of his brother's kicks, which were stated to have the same power as a meteor.

Incredible Speed: While he possesses no skill in Shunpo, often stopping short of his destination and crashing into people or objects, Gai has shown to be immensely fast, befitting his small size and waifish build. Thanks to his tremendous raw power, Gai's leg strength allows him to more than make up for his lack of Shunpo, allowing him to move fast enough to instantly close a huge gap of space between him and the opponent and even seemingly disappear from sight. In battle he is able to punch with incredible speed in rapid succession, making it highly difficult for his opponents to find an opening and counterattack. Gai is also shown to be able to outrun several opponents who were using Shunpo, predicting where they would reappear and rushing to that location, before intercepting them, though it should be noted the four times that this tactic proved to be effective was against opponents who had only intermediate skill in Shunpo. Gai has been stated repeatedly that the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid moves at a speed too fast for almost anyone to comprehend.

  • Enhanced Reflexes: Gai possesses tremendous reflexes, agility and speed; which, despite him being severely battle worn, usually enables him to dodge many a powerful projectile while balancing himself on one hand. He is also able to skillfully and acrobatically dodge a barrage of blasts; even by performing a side jump, and if the foe knocks him off a building, he is able to launch himself off of a few small falling rocks back towards his foe with ease.
  • Skilled Acrobat: Small and spry, Gai is known for being highly flexible in battle- able to perform one-handed backflips, somersaults, and mid-air cartwheels with little effort in terms of physical strain. Gai is also known for rolling around on the ground to evade foes' attacks, as well as being able to perform multiple spins and tricks in mid-air.

Kōshinho Expert: After "A Certain Unlucky Person", Gai had started to learn the Mototsu equivilant of Shunpo, Kōshinho (亢進歩, "Acceleration Step"). Despite having only picked up the art, Gai's skill in Kōshinho is incredible; he is able to move enormous distances in the blink of an eye, and can also keep highly fast opponents on their toes with his continuous assaults. He runs with long, elegant strides. The art of Kōshinho resembles inline skating.

  • Kokugenei (剋幻影, "Victory Phantom"): A original Kōshinho technique, Gai first jumps up and down, dragging out the noise so that the sound of his feet tapping on the ground isn't heard until after his feet have left the floor again. Once the sound lag is at its fullest, Gai leaps forward like a bullet, producing a sonic boom that destroys everything in front of and behind himself, propelling himself into his opponent at inconcievable speeds. Because he moves faster than the eye can see, the opponent won't be able to react until after he has already hit them. Kagirinai theorizes that he is faster than light, but Gai claims that he just sped forward when he blinked. In fact, Gai moves at the same speed as he does in the thrusting motion for Reiyaku Byakuya Xceed.
  • Meikyō (明鏡,"Soul Mirror"): A technique invented by Nanaya Wanijima, which was handed down to Gai. Utilizing his Seishin ability of light manipulation, Gai causes bilocation, which causes his foes to view two places at once; this allows him to shift himself towards the enemy's blind spot. Upon noticing the "fake" Gai, his foes become caught under brief hypnosis, causing those under the influence of the technique can be easily outmaneuvered by Gai. However, Gai must stabilize his reiatsu in order for this technique to work; if Gai's reiatsu is thrown out of balance (this is done by rousing his emotions or by being struck by anything outside of the area-of-effect, or even by losing focus while initiating this technique), then this technique will dissipate and Gai will be left stunned. The duplicates formed by this technique function as if they were Gai himself, even able to bleed. After sustaining enough damage, they become miniature phoenixes and rise to the heavens before turning to ash. Gai often makes use of these puppets to utilize some of his stronger attacks and to act as diversions or support in the heat of battle. Meikyō is by far, Gai's most useful technique. These puppets also carry a shocking twist- when defeated, they let out a small explosion which can burn or paralyze his foe in an instant.

Enhanced Durability: Due to his small and waifish build, in addition to his light weight, Gai is sent flying by powerful attacks. An example of this is was Gai was fighting Eienrai the second time, Gai predicted that "one strike, and it's over for me". The only thing that keeps him from perishing against such powerful foes is his willpower; as he is driven by the desire to protect his loved ones, he can continue to stand up again and again. However, thanks to his build, Gai is very nimble and can dodge attacks easily.

High Intelligence: Gaillardia Nagareboshi is a recognized genius; though this only applies to certain subjects, i.e. the things that interest him; which isn't very much due to his narrowly defined interests. While it is obvious that the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid's intellect does not extend to his piss-poor knowledge of behaviour of other beings -either because he possesses horrible social skills or everyone around him needs to see a shrink- in regards to minor things such as little bits of trivia about the most random of subjects. However, looking beyond this, Gai possesses a certain knack for mechanics and has an understanding of the flow of spiritual energy, utilizing this knowledge to design his own unique contraptions. Despite having lost all powers, his great intimacy and knowledge of the G-Exes makes him the most qualified person to utilize the beam saber. Whenever necessary, Gai has shown to be an adept strategist, especially now since he is unable to bulldoze his way through his foes.

High-Speed Regeneration: Due to being the 'perfected' Mototsu, Gai's body has shown to have high-speed regenerative abilities. Gai has mentioned that as a child, he always healed very quickly, which he had initially thought was due to Karen's skills at bandaging him up. His healing rate is so fast that, after getting stabbed in the stomach, he lifted up his shirt only seconds after and showed Hizashi that the wound was already closing itself up. This ability activates whenever he is wounded, though if he is in a particularly difficult battle, it takes its time to slowly patch up his more severe wounds.

Psychic Powers: Gai possesses heightened mental awareness; with an sixth sense. He is capable of telepathically detecting others, and is sensitive to the hostile intentions directed at him by others, allowing him to uncannily react to his opponents even before the offender carries out their intended action; precognition of sorts. It should be noted that these powers are not from the planes of Soul Society, Hell, or the World of the Living, and instead were borne from an unknown source. Whenever in usage, a cyan aura coating summons Gai.

Phoenix Biology: As per his animal motif of the king of birds, Gai has the attributes of a phoenix, such as high speed regeneration. It should be noted that phoenix tears sell for a large amount in Seireitei, leading many of his friends to cause him strife in order to harvest his tears as a sort of "get rich quick" scheme.

Kidō Practitioner: Mototsu are unable to utilize Kidō, at least not without suffering extreme side-effects. However, through sheer willpower, Gai has managed to utilize #68: Gensei to save the life of Yuuki Kaburagi, though in the process his blood vessels and organs were ruptured, his nerves were cut, and blood spewed out of every orifice in his body. After this, Gai had never thought of utilizing the Demon Way again.

  • #68: Gensei (現世, "Present World"): Reishi amasses around the user's arms, before transforming into life energy, which flows into an open wound upon the target. This life energy flows into the target's system to purge it of all wounds. There, the aura expands and covers their systems, causing all wounds to be instantly healed. Incantation: "I am the one who protects my loved ones from the dangers of this cruel world. I am the life giver, the protector of the innocent. With these hands, I shall restore you. I shall free you from your suffering as the source of life flows into your mind, body, and soul. Return to me! Number 68! Gensei!"

Advanced Growth Rate: One of the major reasons why Gai is such a deadly foe is because he possesses a high amount of perception when it comes to training, despite loathing participating in training and becoming sick at the very thought about it. Gai learns through his body; usually, he doesn't understand any explanations, so his tutors more often than not decide to force him to experience the technique he is meant to learn first-hand by smacking him around with it. This way of learning has proved extremely effective, to the point that he can learn even a master-levelled technique after being smacked across the head with it ten times.

Fluctuating Spiritual Power: Gai has been noted on several occasions to have vast levels of spiritual energy well beyond other Shinigami, though it fluctuates wildly, with it being unreadable at its lowest point and at its highest point being as high as Nika's. Retsu Unohana has said that Gai's reishi patterns are similar to that of the Hōgyoku. This works by materializing what Gai wants to happen, which is why he is able to survive incredibly powerful attacks from fearsome opponents despite his terrible defense. His emotions also affect his spiritual energy: when angered, he is capable of defeating Nika before awakening his true power with only his bare hands, but unmotiviated to fight, he could be defeated by a weak Hollow. Even at less than half strength, his spiritual energy is still comparable to a Captain-level fighter. His spiritual energy is rather difficult for him to control as he has no formal training in controlling it. Due to this and that he has far more spiritual energy than his small and waifish body can consciously contain, it leaks out constantly, preventing him from hiding it and effectively making stealth impossible when dealing with other spiritually-aware beings. In his first battle against Nika, his spiritual energy manifested in the form of massive wings of white light, which have galaxies and stars imbued in them. The wings of light combined with Gai's overwhelming power and presence creates a powerful psychological effect on those who see him. However, the wings' enormous reishi output is too inefficient and drains Gai of all of his reiatsu. The wings can also be used as a defense mechanism. He commonly uses his reiatsu to drastically augment the strength of his punches.

  • Demon-Slayer Spiritual Energy: Gai's spiritual energy carries a "demon-slayer"-esque effect; only recently was he able to activate this ability permanently. This spiritual energy acts as a powerful barrier against demonic corruption, as well as darkness-aligned attacks, the former of which is how Gai has been able to stave off the Envoy of Destruction's corrupting influence. This spiritual energy is also apparent within his attacks, which are incredibly effective against corrupted beings, Tenjōgekido, Crimson Sovereigns, Hollows, Arrancar, and Visored; or any individual which has darkness-aligned abilities. This spiritual energy is strong enough to permanently damage a deity, some of which can usually recover from even the most life-threatening damage, which is how Gai was even able damage Kazuma. This "demon-slayer" spiritual energy, along with Renkyotō make Gai a large threat to his opponents. All of Gai's Renkyotō techniques as well as his Zanpakutō carry his spiritual energy, while Renkyotō is already incredibly effective against dark beings, his demon-slayer spiritual energy doubles this effectiveness, in addition to Gai's incredible strength, allows Gai to defeat most dark beings with ease.
  • Anki (暗記, "Memorization"): Thanks to his high intellect and way of learning, Gai can instantly develop new applications of many of his pre-existing techniques to deal with threats as his body dynamically learns from experience. This power is one of the main reasons why Gai is so deadly; as it allows Gai to evolve beyond any limit, which allows him to learn and predict moves of opponents he faces. As Gai fights, he learns from his opponent's movements, attack patterns, abilities, and techniques. This ability gives Gai an increasing advantage over many other foes, as counter tactics can be produced very quickly.
  • Shining Onslaught (炯然躍進, "Keizen Yakushin"): Shining Onslaught is Gai's signature technique, and the most used of all his attacks; the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid has gained access to it to utilize it in any state. With it, Gai is capable of unleashing spinning, 'X'-shaped blasts of golden feather-like spiritual energy. The power, speed, blast area, force, and size of this Shining Onslaught is far beyond any other application of the technique; to point of seriously harming a Tenjōgekido, which are stated to be impossible to harm unless their opponent is the Soul King, a Seishin, or another Tenjōgekido. Gai's tremendous speed allows him to move faster than the Shining Onslaught itself, allowing him to fire multiple blasts from different directions. Shining Onslaught is a powerful technique with great force, capable of causing large-scale damage and destruction.

Hakuda Mastery

Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Gai's expertise in hand-to-hand combat is unparalleled in Rukongai, and he was able to defeat two lieutenants at the same time with his bare hands. Gai's incredible skill in the art is drastically enhanced by his inherent immense strength, giving him the ability to unleash devastating blows with ease. His preferred way of striking seems to be punches, though he has often used kicks as well. He has been shown to take down nearly 10 Lieutenants with only judo throws and powerful haymakers. Gai's fighting style is freestyle and improvised; it follows no particular code of honor at all, and so if necessary, he will actually attack women, hit below the belt, attack even if his opponents have their backs turned on him or are otherwise unprepared or unsuspecting, use allies or opponents as human shields or even bite his opponents. While fighting, Gai can also think on the spot, and come up with creative counterattacks against his enemies. He has been shown taking on the likes of Espada-level Arrancar as when he brutally defeated Maggiore and is even regarded by Yuurei as highly dangerous, and he admits that if he and Gai were to fight in hand-to-hand combat, Gai would win by a landslide.

  • Senshōha (旋衝破, "Spinning Break"): Senshōha is a unique countering defensive Hakuda ability that Gai utilizes against projectile Kidō and certain Zanpakutō abilities, along with several other abilities such as elemental constructs. This is done by Gai utilizing his latent psychic powers to accelerate it more rapidly until it becomes a point. Then he uses his hand-to-hand combat prowess in addition to his psychic powers to "guide" the attack and redirect it. Essentially, taking an attack, but its power is accelerated into a drill that he then guides with his hands, spinning around and returning it the velocity of an projectile just as it contacts with him, before clutching it in his hands. Twirling it around, Gai throws it back at his opponent at twice the speed and force. However, Gai is still subject any secondary effects the attack could have. Furthermore there is always the danger that the attack could explode upon deacceleration as well. It is a "catch-and-throwback" ability that does not break the opponent's attack. Senshō, literally "spin-thrust", is a rarely-used kanji phrase for "spinning".
  • Tsunagarenu Kobushi (繋がれぬ拳, "Unchainable Knuckle"): Tsunagarenu Kobushi is an Hakuda attack capable of freeing Gai from Bakudō and certain Zanpakutō abilities. As such, due to this ability, binds and shields are useless against Gai. This is done by Gai activating his psychic powers the moment the binding spells close in; at the split second of catching him, the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid performs a forward thrusting movement while slapping his hands together, releasing a burst of pure concussive force which is directed and augumented by his spiritual energy and psychic powers to repel the spell and disintergrate it through sheer force.
  • Urāte (裏当て, "Reverse Striking"): An advanced technique created by Gai "on the fly" during his confrontation with his ex-lover, Hizashi Yoshi at her apartment because of the need to defend himself after a major misunderstanding. By focusing his spiritual energy, Gai shifts the point and force of any impact by striking the absolute center of his target, which can range from inanimate to living beings. Gai can transmit the force of impact wherever he pleases; all of this can only be possible as long as there's a medium to transmit his power through. Upon focusing his spiritual energy and striking his target's center, his spiritual energy forms a small hole in his target, before creeping into their bodily systems and reaching the brain, connecting Gai and his foe's minds for the briefest of moments, making the foe believe that Gai has struck them in any other position he wishes—their body acts up and becomes damaged in that position to make such an illusion an reality. Against inanimate objects, Gai can just utilize this technique in its intended manner without any further preparation, resulting in the object of desire gaining the properties and strength of Gai's own spiritual energy, which is more than often enough to deflect many a strike. Urāte is the core of many a spiritual energy-based hand-to-hand technique utilized by the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid.
    • Tashinga (針功牙, "Forged Iron Fang"): A technique invented to supplement Urāte upon realizing its usefulness. Quickly, the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid gathers and converges his rotational force while in motion, before shaping it into the form of a serrated claw superimposed upon his Zanpakutō which is coincidentally also a claw, forged by his own spiritual energy. Without any hesitation, that compressed atmospheric force is focused from that high-speed twirling into a one-way-road from the claw and unleashed in a thrusting motion with a single-hand knife strike by utilizing Urāte, allowing Gai to transmit his own spiritual energy through the air, releasing it in a powerful wave of destruction towards his foe. Gai comically refers to it as a Kamehameha upon the first time he utilizes it, which is the signature technique of Dragon Ball's Son Goku.
      • Gaō Sōhō Enrenshō (我王双歌炎烈掌, "Fang King Double Phoenix Flame Strike Palm"): A combination of Urāte and Tashinga, Gaō Sōhō Enrenshō is one of the most powerful techniques in Gai's arsenal. Relatively speaking, it derives itself from the principles of Tashinga, before the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid applies the ability of Urāte to transmit his spiritual energy throughout the atmosphere. As a downside, this technique requires the same amount of preparation of Tashinga, however, as a plus, it is distinct in its manner of execution, unleashing the rotational energy built up in a twin knife-hand strike instead of a single-hand knife hand strike. The defining characteristic of Gaō Sōhō Enrenshō is in its strength and capacity to transmit Gai's spiritual energy. As a plus, because of Gai Nagareboshi's ridiculous strength, he generates almost preposterous amounts of rotational energy—this, in addition to his enormous reserves of spiritual energy and the force released is equivalent to the ferocity and force of Masato's Full Throttle: Shining Onslaught. Even though Kazuma designed the entire Renkyotō fighting style, Gai is the only practitioner to utilize this technique, partly due to his Seishin heritage, though Gai admits that he invented the technique "on the fly".

Renkyotō

Renkyotō (連虚刀, "Serial No Sword"): Renkyotō is an ancient "sword" style learnt by Gai Nagareboshi, taught to him by Kazuma Nagareboshi. It was first invented by Kazuma during the wars with the Seishin dimension and the Crimson Sovereigns. Renkyotō is known by very few people in history due to the fact that it has only passed on from master to apprentice for two generations, leaving Gai and Kazuma the only users of the style. Upon training in the way of Renkyotō, the user's body and mind limiters are removed, allowing them to utilize their full potential in order to master the style with more ease. Removal of these limiters allows Gai to gain near-superhuman speed and agility, as well as pseudo-clairvoyance which allows him to avoid his opponents' attacks by millimeters with very little effort in order to counter the very instant his foe's strike misses. The average spiritual being uses only 30% of their body's potential strength, but Gai, due to having mastered Renkyotō can tap into the remaining 70% as well. Renkyotō also derives power by using spiritual energy to use the body's full potential as well as to project spiritual blasts from Gai's hands and feet.

While Renkyotō is hailed as a sword style, it is paradoxically is and it is not. Renkyotō prioritizes Gai turning his own body into their own weapon; a blade of sorts. His mind must be focused to see himself as a weapon which cannot be shattered, instead of a being which can be harmed. Going by this mindset, Gai must conduct himself in a similar manner to an autumn breeze; peaceful and calm one moment (i.e. gracefully dodging and evading his foe's strikes), to fierce and relentless the next (i.e. attacking ferociously and in rapid succession, all while keeping the same nimbleness which he possesses while evading). It should be noted, that Gai never strikes with a clenched fist—focusing more on open-palm strikes and knife-hand jabs along with heel blows which are augmented drastically by Gai's cleared mind.

Renkyotō is properly used only when Gai has achieved a clear mind. One of the requirements for a clear mind is through willpower. Another requirement for clear mind is for the user's "mind" to be "clear" psychologically, which means Gai must focus on the battle at hand and nothing else; such a state can be disrupted by the slightest mistake, as well as any taunting. It should be noted; achieving a clear mind channels Gai's own spiritual pressure and forces it into the tips of his fingers, palms, and heels, allowing the user to drive his own spiritual energy directly into an opponent's body through a physical strike on them. This can cause incredible direct and internal damage; it is even capable of damaging someone who is being protected by a barrier, attacking directly at their Saketsu (鎖結, "Chain Binding") and Hakusui (鎖結, "Soul Sleep"), little by little. Renkyotō's more powerful techniques stress two-step hand-to-hand blows in order to ensure that any and all who oppose it are thoroughly slain.

  • Mumumyōyakumu (無無明亦無, "The Absence of Ignorance"): The signature technique of Renkyotō, Mumumyōyakumu involves the user striking the foe three times in rapid succession, using the same hand. It transitions from open palm strike, to elbow blow, to finally a powerful knife-hand thrust, which all seem to connect at the exact same time due to the incredible speed at which the user unleashes these blows. Each time, the user discharges more of their spiritual energy into the foe, which increases drastically with each strike. While it does not inflict any physical damage, the spiritual energy which seeps into the foe's body disrupts their ability to utilize any spiritual powers for brief moments; at which time, their parameters are drastically reduced—the strike also may cause the target to bleed from the mouth, weakening the control of their spiritual energy and depth of perception of reality. It should be noted that "Mumumyōyakumu" is synonymous with any triad of swift strikes, so in essence, this gives it great 'mix-and-match' potential. On weaker foes, this technique is able to incapacitate them without any hassle.
  • Haja Kenshō (破邪顕正, "Crushing Evil, Spreading the Truth"): A departure from the previous technique's quantity over quality, Haja Kenshō is often used as a follow-up to Mumumyōyakumu due to its setup; perfect for ending a chain of attacks. First, the user transfers the spiritual energy they have channeled in certain portions of their body entirely to their left foot, before they use it as a fulcrum for an enormous leap forward towards their foe at incredible speeds. The amount of spiritual energy carried in their foot is accelerated by the velocity that they are moving at; before they strike them with a side kick, sliding past their foe. Upon the instant of contact, the spiritual energy that they had channeled to their foot seeps into their foe's body, utterly destroying their control of their spiritual energy and depth of perception of reality, sealing off their Saketsu (鎖結, "Chain Binding") and Hakusui (鎖結, "Soul Sleep") in one strike. A few moments later, however, their spiritual powers return to them, though by this time, the user may have already defeated them.
  • Kyōkanbōkō (鏡巻暴行, "Mirror Spiral Assault"): Kyōkanbōkō is a technique that is suited for counterattacking; as a foe thrusts forward or charges forward, the user sidesteps them, moving past them; in doing so, the user spins in a full circle, accelerating briefly and adding momentum and centrifugal force to the strength of the next blow, which is aimed at either the foe's back or the back of the neck. Immediately behind the foe's eyesight, the user channels their spiritual energy to either their hands or their feet, before unleashing a knife-handed strike or a somersault kick; both of which inflict incredible damage. The movements of this technique occur in what is perceived to be a split-second by the foe, allowing the user more often than not to take their opponent by surprise without fail. In any situation, Kyōkanbōkō is easily the most often utilized technique of the Renkyotō style due to its purpose and that the user can chain into any other technique—it is also the only technique which Sekiha Tenkyoken can chain into if its initial strike fails.
  • Shinsoku (神速, "Godspeed"): Shinsoku is a forced transformation of the speed techniques which many a race utilize. In essence, Shinsoku is only achieved by the body's limiters being removed while learning Renkyotō; this power augments and transforms the user's speed technique to give the user an overwhelming boost in velocity which far surpasses the swiftness of many speed oriented beings; but as the user usually cannot think at the speed of their movement, their movements are mostly erratic and uncontrollable unless they achieve a clear mind. When moving, even if someone could detect the user's trajectory, it is near impossible to catch them while leaving behind a trail of visible after-images to confuse their enemies. Sparkles trail and shimmer off of the user's feet as they move, making this technique truly a beautiful sight to behold.
  • Baku Kaitenshō (爆回天翔, "Exploding Revolving Heaven Soar"): A projectile attack; the user transfers their spiritual energy channeled into their body into either one of their arms or one of their legs. Then, entirely by willpower, they compress it inside of the end of their fist or their foot, the user throws their hands up in the air, and using the hand which has no spiritual energy, they grab the arm which has collected the spiritual energy, pointing it towards the opponent, before cocking it back in a similar manner to a gun, unleashing all of the spiritual energy stored in a single blast as a titanic wave of spiritual energy which devours anything it touches. Alternately, if they have charged up the energy in their foot, they perform a roundhouse kick in their foe's direction, releasing the wave towards their foe. A fully charged wave can create an explosion larger than a mountain; if the user prefers quantity over quality, then with several rapid movements, they can release the spiritual energy as several volleys of small beams.
  • Sekiha Tenkyoken (関破天虚拳, "Stone Breaking, Sky Shocking Fist"): The secret ultimate technique of Renkyotō, Sekiha Tenkyoken is an extremely powerful technique whose secret lies in mastering the Renkyotō while also discovering both the significance and insignificance of one's life.

Stats

Offense Defense Mobility Reiatsu Intelligence Physical Strength Other
100 50 100 100 70 100

520/600

Zanpakutō

Over the course of his adventure, Gai Nagareboshi has been in possession of four Zanpakutō. His first, Kakusei, was a weapon which all Mototsu possessed; while the second, Suigetsu, was the premature evolution of the Infernox Core. However, Kōshinhōō is his true weapon, and the one most associated with him. However, after Masato Nagareboshi wrested control of Kōshinhōō off him, Gai wielded Masato's own weapon, Aitashoshin for a short period of time before gaining a new weapon.

Gaikaōtori (凱歌凰, "Victory Phoenix") is the name of the Zanpakutō that Gai Nagareboshi evolved from Aitashoshin. Despite looking similar to a Zanpakutō, it is something "altogether different"; as it was not borne from Gai's soul, rather his desire to protect Kurenai. As it turns out, Gaikaōtori is the prototype to Kōshinhōō. Because of its incredible power, the weapon was sealed away in stasis; the other Zanpakutō were derived from it; though the design was simplified, resulting in the other Zanpakutō, as it was considered too powerful for any user, with its variants deliberately downgraded since Kazuma decided that Gaikaōtori was too powerful for anyone to be trusted with. After touching it, Gai absorbed the blade into the Infernox Core. When summoning it, Gai transmutes his entire left arm into a giant broadly bladed sword with carvings and a hollow middle; the weapon's blade's edge displays two phoenix wings, and its hilt bears two angel wings, contrasting the bat wings that comprise Aitashoshin's handle. The pommel is fashioned in the shape of the Kanji for "light" (光), corresponding to Aitashoshin's kanji for "darkness". When it is summoned by Gai, Gaikaōtori emerges in a bright, yellowish-white light. In doing so, his left shoulder is capped with a cross-shaped emblem. It is the first Zanpakutō in existence of its kind. Hence, it is being called "the best Zanpakutō in the world" in its debut.

Appearance: See Nika Kazoraem.

Personality: See Nika Kazoraem.

Shikai: Activated by the phrase, "Let's do it!" (やってヤルゼ, "Yatte yaruze!"), Gaikaōtori becomes a a beautiful sword, having a red crystal in it's hilt, having the kanji for "eagle" across the blade, and an image of an eagle engraved backwards on the hilt, the tail sticking out slightly on the blade, and the head on the handle. The pommel has an emerald in it, and the rain-guard has eagle's wings on the sides. This weapon is also capable of three distinctive modes of function: Sword Mode, Scythe Mode, and Revolver Mode, where the sword transforms and reforms itself to a sword, scythe, or a revolver pistol respectively. It's whole form and construction are unique; it is considered a masterpiece. It possesses the power to repel evil, causing its blade to sparkle with a mystical light. Despite its size, Gai wields the weapon with an unorthodox reversed grip, and he usually carries it in a guitar case, so as not to attract unwanted attention.

During his fight with Hizashi Yoshi, Gaikaōtori takes on its true form; a sleek, thin jet-black arm which is clad in armour and possesses razor-sharp claws. At his scapula-joint, it possesses a cyan, supernatural glow which fashions itself into a large phoenix-like flaming wing. Upon the back of his hand, there is the kanji for "light" (光). It possesses high-speed spinning gear parts around Gai's wrist, which allows acceleration and spinning of his spiritual power to boost his attack power drastically. At Gai's decision, unlike most Zanpakutō, which can be sealed into their original form, Gaikaōtori is always in its Shikai form.

Shikai Special Abilities: Gaikaōtori becomes imbued with Gai's own newly awakened psychic powers in its released stage, granting him multiple abilities, such as telekinesis. Gai has mentioned that he is unsure of the exact workings and limits of Gaikaōtori's powers. Gai uses this ability to manipulate physical objects; he is able to grasp an object and hurl it at his targets great distances with tremendous force. He can also project energy blasts that can bring harm to others and he is able to stun his targets by materializing a sphere of psychic energy around himself. For movement, he is able to manipulate himself by levitating in the air to fly at tremendous speeds which are comparable to the highest Shunpo speeds. He can also teleport short distances, and can control anything at an spiritual level, sans his foes. It should be noted that Gai can still utilize Gaikaōtori's abilities even though it is now part of him; the Power Amplification in particular.

  • Reflection: Gaikaōtori, using telekinesis, is able to move matter with the mind without exerting any physical force upon the items. Mostly, Gai is able to draw many projectile attacks into his reach and reflect them; giving the appearance that he is able to "catch and return" his foe's attacks, but in reality, Gaikaōtori is attracting the projectile to its blade by using Gai's spiritual energy as a "positive magnet", and then repulsing the projectile by reverse engineering Gai's spiritual energy as a "negative magnet", accelerating the speed at which the projectile is sent back to its original caster sevenfold by applying a vector to them.
  • Seiōha Shadanki (星煌刃遮断器, "Starbright Breaker"): Seiōha Shadanki is a variant of Gai's trademark Shining Onslaught (炯然躍進, "Keizen Yakushin"). In its first use, Gai refers to Seiōha Shadanki as "Shining Onslaught—Gaikaōtori version". This iteration of Shining Onslaught is a reiatsu collection attack and thus becomes far more powerful the later it's used, and it is Gai's most powerful attack in Shikai. Seiōha Shadanki is most useful when activated towards the end of a battle between high-level opponents, since the area will be saturated with excess energy from their attacks. It is a recycling of the reishi just used and spread over the battlefield. Therefore, even though Gai has been exhausted from reishi, the ability can still be invoked. Gai condenses stray spiritual energy in the area into his Zanpakutō, in addition to the spiritual energy he has absorbed with Gaikaōtori, as well as Gai's own immense spiritual energy, intensifying the spiritual energy by convergence and acceleration, before unleashing it all in the form of a spinning, 'X'-shaped blast of light-cyan spiritual energy. Gai is also able to charge-up this technique to produce considerably more damage. It is capable of large-scale destruction with high penetrating power. With Gaikaōtori, the power, speed, blast area, force, and size of the Seiōha Shadanki is far beyond any other application of the technique; to point of seriously harming a Tenjougekido, which are stated to be impossible to harm unless their opponent is the Soul King, a Seishin, or another Tenjōgekido. Gai's tremendous speed allows him to move faster than the Seiōha Shadanki itself, allowing him to fire multiple blasts from different directions.
    • Shining Storm (炯然嵐, "Keizen Arashi"): Upon Shining Onslaught's formation, Gai divides the technique into the form of several golden spheres of pure energy and with a single hand gesture, he sends them crashing down upon the landscape in a similar manner to meteors descending to the earth; these spheres cover a wide range. Gai is able to launch them directly at his foes from the original Shining Onslaught; he is also able to converge the spheres into the original, which causes it to grow in size before detonating in a titanic explosion which harms all that is in a fifty meter radius sans the sole exception of Gai himself like a miniature supernova. Shining Storm is most useful when activated towards the end of a battle between high-level opponents, since the area will be saturated with excess energy from their attacks. It is a recycling of the spiritual energy just used and spread over the battlefield. Therefore, even though Gai has been exhausted from spiritual energy, the ability can still be invoked.
    • Shining Onslaught (炯然躍進, "Keizen Yakushin"): Gai's signature attack, adapted for close-range use. Through continuous spiritual energy compression and the spinning loops of his Shikai form rotating at astounding speeds, Gai compresses the energy of Seiōha Shadanki around his fist. In addition, Gai condenses stray spiritual energy in the area into his fist, in addition to the spiritual energy he has absorbed with Gaikaōtori, as well as Gai's own immense spiritual energy, intensifying the spiritual energy by convergence and acceleration, turning his fist a shining golden. This attack promises absolute destruction, which is granted by causing friction with the hydrogen in the air by the sheer ferocity of the blow, generating a medium-sized explosion upon impact. The resulting resonance of the energy-imbued fist can crush the target and is particularly dangerous to spiritual beings of divine origin, such as Seishin, as Masato's example demonstrated. It is capable of tearing through sekki-seki and even through weak Kidō. Visually, this technique is a reference to the infamous Shining Finger utilized by the Shining Gundam in Mobile Fighter G Gundam- Gai even tells his opponent that he was watching "some mecha anime" while creating the attack. To further hammer this fact in, Gai has often declared while utilizing this attack, "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power. It’s burning grip tells me to defeat you! Now here I go, Shining Onslaught!" (この私の手は、圧倒的なパワーを点灯します。それの書き込みのグリップを敗北するよう指示 !ここに行く今、炯然躍進!, "Watashi no kono te ga hikatte unaru! Omae wo taose to kagayaki sakebu! Hissatsu, Keizen Yakushin!"). After Shining Onslaught, Gai can subsequently discharge the remaining energy in an attack called "Blazing Finale", where the energy flies off his fist in a wave of spiritual energy towards his foe.
      • Shining Onslaught Sword (炯然躍進剣, "Keizen Yakushin Ken"): A more powerful variant of Shining Onslaught; Gai concentrates the energy of Shining Onslaught, onto Gaikaōtori's sword form, causing the blade to erupt in golden energy, making it seem as if the blade was made up of nothing but golden energy. The length of the sword increases dramatically, to become five times Gai's size; coincidentally, it becomes similar to Byakuya Senmetsuken in composition and effect, allowing Gai to cut through anything; Gai often utilizes this by slamming down upon his foe, bisecting them. However, this technique is unreliable as the sheer amount of spiritual energy needed often blows up in Gai's face, leading this attack to be seldom seen. Gai can also increase the length of this blade, until it is as large as a skyscraper. In addition, Gai can ride on this blade, before he sends it flying at great speeds at his foe, and attacks them upon the moment of impact.
  • Absorption: The moment that the spiritons are broken down, Gai utilizes Gaikaōtori's psychic powers once again to transform his spiritual pressure into a "positive magnet", though this time, it draws in the spiritual particles dissolved by its Reflection ability as Gai allows his fluctuating spiritual energy to accept the foreign energy, converging it at a single point and consuming it, adding it to his own spiritual reserves. Once Gaikaōtori absorbs the spiritual energy, it becomes Gai's to use against his opponents as he chooses. There are several limitations to this ability; Gaikaōtori cannot absorb too much supernatural energy, or else all the energy absorbed will be expelled and returned to their owners, along with a portion of Gai's own spiritual energy.
  • Instant Analysis of Foe's Capabilities: Through a combination of telepathy and psychometry, Gai is able to instantly analyze his opponent's capabilities. This analysis goes as deep as making an instant record of his foe's powers, personality, and skills. However, this analysis does not extend to revealing his foe's weaknesses and fears, leaving Gai to have to discern his foe's low points by himself; though such a thorough scan does provide more than a few hints. Gai is further capable of analyzing a technique's reishi composition as well as the subject's muscle movements when they use the technique, by simply timing it right he could cancel the technique out instantly by slicing it. However, this only works for "weak" techniques, and has zero effect upon powerful techniques.
  • Power Amplification: An unusual phenomena, minute by minute, Gai's spiritual energy influences his psychic powers, augmenting the powers which Gaikaōtori every minute, doubling it. This is done by applying his spiritual energy to the very core of his Zanpakutō, causing a chain reaction which multiplies its power exponentially. In return, his psychic powers can interact with his spiritual energy and physical power, amplifying that as well, making Gai far faster, stronger, and more resilient as the battle progresses, in addition to increasing his skill parameters sans his spiritual energy. In addition, Gai can transfer the amplified power to any being or object he desires, granting him a decent support role, though Gai being Gai, this is rarely done. However, such a powerful ability has a limit; if Gai's power is boosted too much, then it will revert to the starting point as he has been overloaded. In Bankai, this ability is still retained, however it boosts every ten seconds, and Gai can hold the power for much longer.
    • Transfer (転送(トランスパー) , "Toransufā"): Utilizing the remnants of his psychic powers, Gai can transfer the amplified power to any being or object he desires, granting him a decent support role. Doing so strengthens and augments the target of his choice, granting them Gai's boosted power; though at the time Gai's power is transferred to his target, his own powers are drained to the point that it seems as if he never received these boosts. The transfer is initiated by forming a thin line of spiritual power between Gai and the target; however, it should be noted if utilized against a foe, Gai can use the lines to swing his target around.


Bankai: Chōetsu Gaikaōtori (超越凱歌凰, "Transcendency Victory Phoenix", alternately "Victory Phoenix Excellion"): In Bankai, Gaikaōtori itself does not change, however; Gai himself does. Gai's eyes turn golden, and he wears a white striped shirt, grey pants and has various plates scattered over his arms, legs and hips. His shoulders are bare and have a gear shaped symbols on each side. His upper arms have black, silver and gold rings just below the gear symbols, and his lower arms have black belts just below the rings. He has armoured gloves and shoes, both shine a brilliant white. Six swords of light float behind his back. Similar to his Ruination Break form, there are triangular shaped marks on each side of his face. Specks of light hover around Gai's legs. There is also a blue magical mist surrounding Gai's feet and turns into two light blue wisps, one rising from each foot, when Gai slides across of landscape. These wisps circle Gai in a manner similar to a double helix when he is stationary. Pale yellow sparkles constantly fall off Gai and create somewhat of a streak behind him when hovering. Also, Gaikaōtori, which is floating behind him seems to have deep yellow electricity flowing through it.

Bankai Special Abilities: In Bankai, Gaikaōtori retains the same abilities it had in Shikai, though they are explosively augmented, or rather compressed and refined to the point that he can take down Masato Nagareboshi's Anteishi Setsura, Kūkūten Tenshitō Kōshinhōō. In addition, his psychic powers are increased to the point that it can be speculated that Gai is one of the greatest psychics to ever exist among the Mototsu. In this form, Gaikaōtori is also capable of numerous special attacks, some of which are improvised on a moment's notice by Gai.

  • G-Strider (グーストライダー, "G-Sutoraidaa"): Not really an ability, but a transformation available in Bankai. The armour emits a pulse of spiritual energy, provoking a swift autonomous transformation that forcibly rearranges certain segments of Gai's armour, allowing the parts in-between to emit constant streams of spiritual energy, replicating effects similar to thrusters. The rest of the armour folds in, as spiritual energy is emitted to give the image of phoenix wings; this new form enables Gai to move at thrice the speed of the regular Bankai armour.
  • Nullification and Absorption: Replacing "Reflection", nullification and absorption forces any spiritual attack that touches Gaikaōtori's blade or Gai's fist scatters to the winds. This is done by exerting the full force of Gai's psychic powers upon the attack's very core, causing a chain reaction that reverts the technique to naught as it dissipates upon contact with the weapon, essentially allowing Gai to dispel nearly any type of spiritual energy.
  • Enhanced Bankai Duration: As with its nullification and absorption ability and the fact that Chōetsu Gaikaōtori is constantly absorbing stray spiritual energy from the environment, Gai's Bankai, theoretically, has a near infinite duration. This, obviously, allows him to fight far longer than other foes of his level. Even though this is a small scale application, during his final encounter with Masato, which includes activating his Bankai for the first time, Gai continuously stayed in his Bankai state for six days.
  • Psychic-Assisted Ultra-Speed Combat: Utilizing his psychic powers as a fulcrum, Gai condenses stray spiritual energy in the area into his Zanpakutō, in addition to the spiritual energy he has absorbed with Gaikaōtori, as well as Gai's own immense spiritual energy to its smallest point, intensifying the spiritual energy by convergence and acceleration, before letting out this energy to allow him to move at speeds where the human eye can no longer track him. As Chōetsu Gaikaōtori constantly continues to absorb and compress stray spiritual energy, it can be theorized that Gai can keep up this speed as long as he wishes. It should be noted that the expansion of this energy produces a crimson sphere of psychic power solidified spiritual energy, causing it to become essentially an energy ball that surrounds him as he moves. Gai mainly utilizes this to fly in like a meteor, dealing damage as he moves.
  • Meikyō: Sakura (明鏡桜, "Soul Mirror: Cherry Blossoms"): A drastically augmented and enhanced Meikyō; utilizing his Seishin ability of light manipulation, Gai causes bilocation. However, unlike the regular Meikyō; Sakura allows Gai to alter the foe's perception in order to force them to believe that there are several dozen duplicates of himself before his foe. The number is dependant upon the amount of spiritual energy Gai exerts, so at peak condition, it could be a few hundred duplicates. They think and attack independently of Gai, or if Gai so wishes, they can work at his word. These replicas have many things in common with the real deal; including sharing the exact same spiritual energy as him, so in most cases, it is near impossible to distinguish them from Gai Nagareboshi. They possess all of Gai's abilities, allowing Gai to launch small-scale assaults on his foes. This ability can be utilized in tandem with Gai's speed enhancement, creating a chaotic volley of charging attacks which are random in movement.
  • Erupting Burning Onslaught (爆熱祢津躍進, "Bakunetsu Yakushin"): The natural evolution of Shining Onslaught, one step before the ultimate variation, Noir Onslaught. Erupting Burning Onslaught comes in two flavours; the regular sword beam, and the close range application. It should be noted, that instead of the usual golden or the psychic-assisted cyan, Erupting Burning Onslaught is a feverish crimson that appears to be burning. It focuses all the energy in Gai's body into his hand or his blade, before releasing in a single burst. It has the power to tear through nearly anything, and is easily one of Gai's most powerful attacks. Unlike the rest of Gai's techniques, Erupting Burning Onslaught is able to contain many a highly destructive attack utilized by many of his foes that can destroy a large radius of the surroundings upon. This is because the flaming wing upon Gai's arm absorbs the explosion and use it as kinetic energy, rendering that reality-shattering attack null and void. Like the close-range Shining Onslaught, Erupting Burning Onslaught is a reference to the Burning Finger of the God Gundam in Mobile Fighter G Gundam. It has an incantation, "This hand of mine is burning red! Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory!" (この私の手は、赤い書き込みです !その大きな咆哮勝利を把握するよう指示, 爆熱祢津躍進!, "Watashi no kono te ga Makka ni Moeru!! Shouri wo tsukameto todoroki sakebu! Bakunetsu Yakushin!")
    • Bakunetsu Zantaifū (爆熱祢津軍台風, "Erupting Burning Slash Typhoon"): A variant of Erupting Burning Onslaught, designed to hit from even further away with even more force. After condensing the energy of the Erupting Burning Onslaught further to its utmost limit, Gai swings his sword forward or punches forward, releasing all of that spiritual energy in the form of a vortex of blazing spiritual energy. This attack inflicts wind elemental damage as well as fire elemental damage at the same time; it should be noted that all while the energy that constructs the vortex causes friction with the air, exploding violently every second.
  • Full Throttle: Shining Onslaught (全開・炯然躍進, "Zenkai: Keizen Yakushin"): A tornado of reishi amasses around the blade or gauntlet of Chōetsu Gaikaōtori, which begins to rotate rapidly, creating a shrilling howl. Chōetsu Gaikaōtori begins to swallow, compress, and accelerate wind pressure into a fake space-time dislocation capable of pulverizing any opposition in the form of a crushing torrent, a spiraling arrow-like beam of wind. Grinding at the laws of the universe with its power, it creates a rip in time and space extending from the earth to the sky to pierce the nature of Soul Society itself; an abyss capable of crushing all of creation and returning it to nothingness is opened. The rift created by this attack is said to be a look at the "truth" of what existed before Soul Society. This attack relies on the indiscriminate targeting of Chōetsu Gaikaōtori to track down the opponent's reiatsu. Gai can move the attack in any direction, or stop it in mid-flight and with a snap of his fingers, detonate it any time he wishes. Nanaya has stated Gai's Full Throttle: Shining Onslaught to be the original form of the Shining Onslaught and "The True Shining Onslaught" (真の炯然躍進, "Shin no Keizen Yakushin").
    • An alternate version of Full Throttle: Shining Onslaught is shown during Gai's battle with Demiourgos. Gai focuses the Full Throttle: Shining Onslaught on his person, absorbing the force of the reishi to the point where his power multiplies by several factors. Gai is then rocket-propelled towards the opponent like a missile, striking them with a corkscrew kick, before bursting through his opponent's body. The moment that he contacts with his foe, he cuts off their "Saketsu" (鎖結, "Chain Binding") and "Hakusui" (鎖結, "Soul Sleep"), dealing no physical damage. However, this attack takes a severe toll upon Gai's body, to the point that he needed to rest for several weeks after the battle. After said battle, Gai resolved to never use such a fearsome application again, except he broke it out one more time during his battle with his father, the final fight of Bleach: Rising Phoenix as a decisive blow.
  • Illegal Move Change Phoenix; (不法動き変化鳳凰(イリーガル・ムーブ・チェンジ・フェニックス), "Irīgaru Mūbu Chenji Fenikkusu"): An ability which is activated by utilizing his psychic powers to draw upon memories of the past, rousing memories of his previous Zanpakutō and projecting their properties upon his body, thus leading the properties of said abilities to mix with his spiritual energy and synchronize together, causing an evolution within Gai's body; in order to decide upon his form, his feelings trigger this evolution. For the record, Illegal Move Change Phoenix can only be utilized for five minutes before the spiritual energy of the ability absorbed and Gai's spiritual energy diffuse, causing a chain reaction where he loses control of the ability and the energies which fuelled him scatter to the winds of Soul Society, draining Gai thoroughly.
  • Divine Awakening Sonic Boost Knight (神聖な覚醒の戦車(ヂビーン・アワケニング・ソニックブースト・ナイト), "Dibiin Awakeningu Būsuto Naito"): Based upon Gai's Shinseina Kakusei. Shedding the most vital portions of his armour, Gai covers his body with spiritual energy as black devilish wings that he can use as incredibly sharp blades shoot out of his back. In addition, the gauntlets of his armour become pitch-black and more ornate. The speed gained by shedding the armour grants Gai the ability to move at supersonic speeds; easily outstripping Kaede at her utmost limit. However; in return, his armour is thick as tofu; easily making him vulnerable to particularly overwhelming attacks. Upon activation of Sonic Boost Knight, Starlight announces "Change Star Sonic!"
    • Sonic Boost Knight Special Abilities: Through discarding the most vital and heaviest parts of the armour of Second Liberation, it drastically reduces Gai's weight to the point that it seems as if he is as light as a feather; enabling him to achieve mobility unprecedented in the history of Soul Society. This speed allows Gai to move at speed comparable to or even exceeding Haruko Kiseki, who is noted to be one of the fastest Shinigami alive. However, because of this shedding of the armour, Gai more or less becomes a one hit-point wonder; a good, sturdy attack is more than enough to take him down for the count; and in order to increase his speed further, Gai loses the ability to utilize any ranged attacks.
      • Hyper-Speed Combat: Gai generates excessive amounts of heat, before dissipating the excess heat by shedding the outer layers of the armour; to onlookers, it seems as if Gai utilizes some form of Flash Step; creating multiple afterimages made up of metallic particles while enabling him to move at even higher speeds than before. As the afterimages are composed of metallic particles; they contain mass, and with his psychic powers, Gai can install one movement into them the moment they are formed, such as an attack or defense in order to assault his foe.
      • Arondight (無毀なる湖光(アロンダイト), "Arondaito"): Gai's main armament in Sonic Boost Knight form; it is an anti-giant weapon; it takes the form of a wickedly curved short sword which is pitch-black in colouration. Arondight can cut through most spiritual barriers, though in return, it is rather ineffective against living targets. Gai can increase the cutting strength by using the blade in conjunction with his thrusters. Despite its appearance, the blade is actually really heavy and requires Gai's whole body to swing in order to make the blade swing as well. The blade also requires time to reharden itself after it slices and is not designed to be used for long periods.
        • White Night Annihilation Sword (白夜殲滅剣(ホワイト·ナイト·アニヒラシーオン·ソード), "Howaito Naito Anihirasiion Sōdo"): Sonic Boost Knight's most powerful attack; derived from Kakusei's Byakuya Senmetsuken. Gai amasses stray spiritual energy in the vicinity upon Arondight as well as his own spiritual powerr, which is further enhanced by his psychic powers, causing a unique reaction with each other, forcing the spiritual energy to expand, extending into the form of a gigantic feather of white light before solidifying, gaining overwhelming cutting power. In an instant, Gai unleashes a series of seven consecutive blows; slashing through his opponent several times from different angles at incomprehensible speeds, with each slash causing a fiery explosion, before blasting through them.
  • Divine Chain Water Moon Rigid Tank (天来鎖水月の戦車(ヂビーン・チエーン・ヱーター・ムン・リジド・タンク), "Dibiin Chēn Wōtā Mūn Rijido Tanku"): Based upon Gai's Tenraisa Suigetsu. It is focused around solid defence and strong, ranged attacks. However, in exchange, it is as slow as a snail and it's more powerful attacks take time to charge up and fire. In this form, the pauldrons, greaves, gauntlets, and boots of the armour take upon a crimson hue, before expanding to form bulky armour. The wings contract inwards, attaching to the shoulder pads to form blades. In addition, strips of metal jut downwards at his waist, forming a dress of sorts. These armoured parks constantly emit light-blue spiritual energy. Upon activation of Rigid Tank, Starlight announces "Change Solid Impact!"
    • Rigid Tank Special Abilities: In Rigid Tank form; Gai's physical strength and attack is drastically augmented, even more so due to the bulky portions of armour adorning his figure. In this form, Gai fights in a style similar to a wrestler, utilizing the emitters across his body to enable him to perform devastating physical attacks combining offense and defense. However, his speed in this form has slowed to a crawl.
  • Divine Yin-Yang Rising Phoenix Fang Blaster (陰陽至高の高進鳳凰の牙発破工(ヂビーン・ン・ヤング・ライジング・フェニックス・ファング・ブラスター), Dibiin Yin Yangu Raijingu Fenikkusu Fangu Burasutā): Based upon Gai's Onmyōshikō no Kōshinhōō. It is focused around incredible offence, both physically and in regards to projectiles; though it's speed is second only to Sonic Boost Knight. Upon activation of Sonic Boost Knight, Starlight announces "Change Fang Blast!"
    • Fang Blaster Special Abilities:

Anteishi Setsura: Shinkō no Karehōōtei (安定し雪羅・真紅の赫鳳凰帝, "Stabilized Second Shift: True Crimson Illumination Phoenix Emperor"): In his Anteishi Setsura, Gai gains a long, two-tailed crimson trenchcoat and a white sleeveless striped shirt that splits before his belly button, trailing down into two halves that reaches down to his thighs, with a black and orange mantle adorning his back. He wears purple cargo pants with golden armour on the sides, fanning out into two blade-like extensions. He acquires golden detached sleeves, his upper arms have white, gold and silver rings just below the gear symbols, and his lower arms have black belts just below the rings. He wears armoured shoes. His body becomes covered in scales, and his pupils contract. He also possesses six multicoloured seraphic wings. All in all, Shinkō no Karehōōtei appears similar to Gai's Bankai Chōetsu Gaikaōtori, and Nika's Resurrección, Vectoriales- this is because it was achieved by utilizing Nika's cracked Scarlet Core- her only remains after her death in Gai's arms and scanning it over Gaikaōtori to achieve such tremendous power. It should be noted that Gai only activated Shinkō no Karehōōtei once and once alone; the sheer power it possessed drained Gai's spiritual reserves so thoroughly that it reverted him to a normal Soul after five minutes, though he managed to defeat his foe. When activated, it has an incantation:

"I, who is about to awaken, am the White Devil who has discarded the principle of domination. I shall walk the road of righteousness by having infinite hopes and dreams. I shall become the Rising Phoenix. And I promise you all! I shall show you the future which shines in true crimson light!" ("私は、誰が目覚めるしようとしている 午前支配の原則を廃棄し白魔, 私は無限の希望と夢を持つことで正義の道を歩いてなければならない。, 私は上昇火の鳥となるもの, そして私はあなたのすべてをお約束致します!私はあなたに本当の深紅色の光で輝く未来を提示しなければならない!", "Watashi wa, dare ga mezameru shiyō to shite iru Gozen shihai no gensoku o haiki shita Hakuma. Watashi wa mugen no kibō to yume o motsu koto de seigi no michi o aruite nakereba naranai. Watashi wa Jōshō Hinotori to naru mono Soshite watashi wa anata no subete o o yakusoku itashimasu! Watashi wa anata ni hontō no shinkōshoku no hikari de kagayaku mirai o teiji shinakereba naranai!")

Anteishi Setsura Special Abilities: In Anteishi Setsura, Gai possesses highly enhanced offensive and defensive capabilities; being an amalgamation of all of Gai's previous Zanpakutō that has the properties of all of their strengths, which are naturally augmented, with none of their weaknesses. Unlike any of Gai's previous Zanpakutō, which required him to create a new fighting style to adapt to the situation, Anteishi Setsura excels in various ranges to suit Gai's combat needs and style. To this end, Gai more often than not utilizes its powers in close quarter battles, aided by its high mobility, in order to more easily avoid landing critical blows upon his opponents, instead he only incapacitates them or otherwise prevent them from continuing a fight. The knowledge of this release allows Gai to instantly analyze the opponent's capabilities and weaknesses, before tuning his blade to deal quadruple damage to the opponent, imbuing it to increase its deadliness against said weaknesses. In this form, Gaikaōtori can separate into a large sword and a shield. The blade has the ability to neutralize the regenerative abilities of any foe. Through Gaikaōtori's ability to link Gai's three other blades, Kōshinhōō, Suigetsu and Kakusei with itself, Shinkō no Karehōōtei allows Gai to perform his attacks at quadruple power.

  • Analysis: Utilizing his psychic powers, Gai gains the ability of foresight; the area then connects directly with his mind, flooding him with combat data and possible outcomes. This overload of data could allow Gai to achieve a flawless victory, but it places great mental and emotional stress upon him. If he experiences prolonged exposures to this ability, he can become totally unstable, unable to tell the difference between friend and foe. However, it has been stated that because of his 'simple' mind, Gai can utilize this ability to its fullest, being immune to the effects of it.
  • Anti-Spiriton Armour: When in Anteishi Setsura, Gai's armour possesses specialized mirror coating which is capable of deflecting spiritual blasts or reflecting shots back to their source. Due to this coating, he is able to block many spiritual attacks and is even able to block shots fired from a borderline wave motion gun. However, due to its nature of ablating when defending against great heat, this coating can only tolerate a few hits to the same spot.
  • Light Seekers: A form of remote weapon unique to Anteishi Setsura; a series of blasters in the shape of wings. Circling the area on their own, the Light Seekers can be utilized in creative and strategic ways; they can be used in group formations for multiple barrages, and the actual blast fired by a seeker is also powerful, given that they are emitted by the blaster itself instead of Gai's blade. The Light Seekers also have the ability to generate a unique beam shield, known as a "shining barrier", to provide a defense against both spiritual blasts and solid projectiles with lower outputs compared to the light shield's spiritual energy consumption. Although these seekers prove incredibly effective and flexible in purpose, they are also large, making them easy to be destroyed. With the help of his psychic powers, Gai can utilize the Light Seekers by thoughts alone.
    • Wings of Light (光の翼, "Hikari no Tsubasa"): Another form of the Wings of Light that Arata Yaguruma's Bankai possesses; Gai studied it, and adapted it for use in this form; they can only be activated when the Light Seekers are deployed. Other than a cosmetic feature, however, they serve no other known purpose, and do not cause immense drain on Gai's spiritual energy unlike Arata's. Rather, they are simply due to the fact that the thruster layout on Anteishi Setsura's "wings" is similar to that of Arata's Bankai. However, they do allow Gai to move at supersonic speeds; which is how Gai is able to evade Kaede's assaults so easily during their third battle.
  • Jōshō Hinotori Kōkiarukudō (上昇火の鳥・光輝有る駆動, "Rising Phoenix: Shining Drive"): Gai's final and ultimate attack; the technique with which he utilized to defeat Kaede Mikazuki in the end of Sealed Scarlet, Corrupt Black. In Anteishi Setsura, all of Gai's power is regained; not only that, but all of his most powerful forms are stacked on one another, giving him enough power to unleash this attack only once. It should be noted, that while being the most powerful technique in the Rising Phoenix universe, once used, Gai will then lose consciousness accompanied by intense pain with the loss of his powers following. Then, any remaining spiritual energy stabilizes and he will awaken (sometime later) followed shortly by the loss of his remaining spiritual powers; though in Gai's case, it will return him to a normal Soul. This is the reason why Shinkō no Karehōōtei was only utilized a grand total of once. When in this form, Gai gains a golden hue that manifests around his body.
    • Fūinaka Haitokukuro Goshikihaku Taibi (封印紅背徳黒・越し気迫大尾, "Sealed Scarlet Corrupt Black Overdrive Finale"): Quickly, Gai raises his fist to the sky, as the spiritual energy buildup from Anteishi Setsura expels itself, in the form of two oversized golden phoenix wings that materialize upon his back. Amassing spiritual energy upon his feet, Gai shoots forwards towards his target like a bullet at extreme speeds surpassing anything seen before, impacting upon his foe with overwhelming force using a flying side kick, driving his foe backwards. Spinning around, Gai unleashes a series of fierce punches, which move at speeds which they can no longer be seen, leaving only jet streams in their place. They are capable of hitting the opponent over a thousand times a second, like meteors, even hitting the opponent over long distances. The fists land so fast that, after a volley, they seemingly connect simultaneously. The massive circles of air bursts from the punches surrounding Gai resemble actual meteors; each burning the foe with Gai's vicious light. Gai then leaps high into the skies vertically, touching the clouds, releasing most of the spiritual energy to shoot down like a meteor, delivering a downwards kick that drives his foe into the ground, creating a reaction so powerful that it forms a pillar of golden fire from ground zero upward, high into the atmosphere. As the pillar burns spectacularly, the foe is sent hurtling upwards, where Gai shoots out of the pillar, blasting them with a spinning corkscrew kick, impacting upon them and sending his foe hurtling into the skies. As he shoots through the atmosphere, he splits the sky in half.

Former Zanpakutō

Envoy of Destruction

Due to the nature of his creation and consequent defeat at the hands of Isshin Kurosaki, Gai's full power is sealed within him. In Part V, at the start of Gai's battle with Eimi he lost control of his emotions, so the Envoy's power broke out from his hatred and anger. In this form, he has long brown spiky hair which travels to his mid-abdomen. Red rib-cage like protrusions are pointing at the center of his chest. He also has spiked shoulder-plates which are white and red, and his entire body becomes purely white, with his eyes becoming reptilian and golden in addition to now being slitted in a 'cross-like' look, and he gains blood-red sclera. He wears a tattered white robe, which greatly flares at the edges and has black protrusions coming out of them. With this he wears white hakama with black stripes that are kept fitting with a black obi sash at his waist. Gai also has multiple black rings floating around his head like a halo with multiple Shining Onslaughts floating around him. Gai now has a tail, which is capable of being used as a weapon or to lift and strangle a victim, and seven floating swords of black feathers behind his back. In this form, Gai does not have access to his Zanpakutō, or any of its abilities, instead relying on near godlike power. During his battle with Kagirinai, Gai managed to gain control of the form for a few minutes, but still suffers the strained but he still suffers from the physical strain resulting from the form, and is was at risk of "letting himself go" if he does not consciously keep control. After his defeat by Kaede's hands, the Envoy has been sealed.

Ruination Break

Ruination Break (覆滅休憩, "Fukumetsu Kyūkei"): Utilizing clairvoyance which is an innate Seishin ability, Gai changes his natural offensive spiritual energy into defense, before drawing the spiritual power of all of the Zanpakutō he had once possessed and adds it to his own pool. Nanaya informed Gai that the Seishin clairvoyance is similar to the rain. All the rain drops hit a predetermined place, based on wind and such. They congregate together to and flow; eventually making a stream, according to Nanaya that is fate—Gai can hear the rain, but he can't understand the significance of every drop, and this ability will only show him bits and pieces of possible futures, and he doesn't have the ability to piece together the whole picture, so the best he can do is syphon power from those past and present. Then, Gai is able to modify the flow of spiritual energy throughout his body in order to accept that new energy, while accepting the Envoy of Destruction's power. In doing so, Gai becomes clad in a glistening white armour that possesses somewhat demonic features. Accessing Ruination Break was almost hellish for the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid; he only achieved it as he experienced despair as Kurenai's life was in grave danger, triggering the negated emotions of the Envoy of Destruction, but in all subsequent activations, Gai unleashed it in a much easier manner.

In Ruination Break, Gai possesses drastically augmented strength; speed, endurance, and the power of his techniques have tripled, though due to the extreme force Gai's mere presence exudes, it saps the spiritual energy of Soul Society to use as fuel for his attacks, meaning that he could eventually destroy Soul Society if he overuses this form. Upon first deactivating Ruination Break, Gai lost 99.99% of his lifespan, leaving him with only two months to live, but after Nika's sacrifice and the treatment Kurenai gave him with her psychic powers, Gai had recovered his lifespan and the form no longer has any drawbacks. Ruination Break bestows upon Gai a pair of large, shoulder mounted cannons which can unleash extremely powerful blasts of spiritual energy, and crimson, angelic wings which he can utilize to fly at speeds exceeding Mach One. In addition, any side-effects that his regular attacks had are doubled—for example, instead of creating two illusions, Meikyō manifests four illusions. All in all, it should be noted that despite the initial drawbacks, Ruination Break is superior to the traditional Envoy of Destruction form that Gai possesses; and in a way, it is a substitute for Anteishi Setsura, however, Anteishi Setsura is more powerful.

  • Meikyō: Hangon (明鏡・反魂, "Soul Water: Reverse Soul"): An adaption of Meikyō, which is explosively augmented by Ruination Break's power. Instead of causing bi-location, Gai instead skips to the second part, focusing and stabilizing his spiritual energy, compressing it to its utmost limit. Then, the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid expands his energy outwards in an explosive burst, causing it to flow forth from his very being and solidify, taking the form of perfect duplicates of his own body infused with a portion of his own spiritual energy. While these bodies possess no internal features, allowing Gai to control them with his thoughts, he can bestow upon them thought processes, allowing them to think and attack independently of Gai. These replicas have many things in common with the real deal; including sharing the exact same spiritual energy as him, so in most cases, it is near impossible to distinguish them from Gai Nagareboshi. They possess all of Gai's abilities, and if they are killed, they detonate, causing a medium-sized explosion.
  • Shinzō no Owari (心臓の終わり, "End of Heart"): By manifesting his Zanpakutō in Ruination Break form, Gaikaōtori shows its true form. In addition, Gaikaōtori has received the powers of Kakusei, Suigetsu, and Kōshinhōō, which augment the weapon's potential hundred-fold. This unholy fusion takes the form of a wrist-mounted triangular constructed attached to his left arm. The object protruding from the base appears to be a combination of a broadsword and a bazooka, and therefore, it can be utilized for slashing as well as shooting. Gai condenses stray spiritual energy in the area into his Zanpakutō utilizing his psychic powers, in addition to the spiritual energy he has absorbed with Gaikaōtori's regular ability, as well as Gai's own immense spiritual energy, intensifying the spiritual energy by convergence and acceleration, before unleashing it all in the form of an expanding crimson-coloured energy ball of quintessence which creates a massive explosion, vaporizing anything caught up in its light. After the initial attack, the sphere continues to collapse into itself, using intense gravitational forces to pull in foes that were not destroyed by the explosion, and immediately subject them to a second helping of this attack.
  • Hakka Ryōran (百火繚乱, "Many Fires Profusion"): By vibrating the spiritual energy that composes the armour at supersonic speeds, Gai causes friction within the gauntlets and greaves, setting them ablaze. Unusually, these flames are a ghostly-white, the colours of the soul-evaporating flames of the Envoy of Destruction. When alight, Gai's arms and legs deal twice the damage they would normally output; this fire burns away at his foe's soul with every strike, at a much faster rate than it would if it were a Renkyotō technique. Gai can also unleash waves of fire up to and including fireballs that cause a large amount of damage from his hands and feet on a whim at a rapid pace, allowing him to constantly bombard his foe with a seemingly never-ending shower of flames. Over time, these flames spread upwards, before converging at his back before spreading out and expanding into six phoenix-like wings of flame. At this point, Hakka Ryōran serves as a prelude for the greatest attack of Ruination Break.
  • Izutsu: Ryūseitenge (畏砲•流星雨, "Fear Cannon: Meteor Shower"): As the purgatorial flames upon Gai's back reach their peak, the Mototsu-Seishin hybrid directs them upwards into the sky at high speeds, before they expand and solidify. These flames, now in the form of large spheres, are further augmented by Gai's psychic powers and his own spiritual energy—both of these forces cause a chain reaction which morph them into enormous meteors that multiply into the hundreds range. With a single thought-activated command, Gai Nagareboshi can cause these meteors to descend to the ground at ludicrous speeds. Upon impact with the foe or an obstruction, they detonate in an enormous explosion, some of which are able to level several blocks of a city. Additionally, Gai can manipulate the flight patterns of these meteors with his mind, just in case they don't produce the desired effect; but manipulating more than one at a time is rather strenuous for his brain. Another way of executing this attack is for Gai to converge the flames upon a single palm, producing a large comet, composed of ice and other frozen gases, within one of his hands. However, rather than throwing it towards his opponent, his makes a slashing motion with significant force, using the comet's tail in a similar manner to a sword's blade.

Relationships

Hizashi Yoshi:

Kachihi Amagase:

Gekkō Utsukushi:

Hikari Nakajima:

Nika:

Gunha Teishin:

Kagirinai Nagareboshi:

Karen Nagareboshi:

Haruko Kiseki:

Yuuki Kusakabe:

Eienrai:

Yūrei:

Quotes

  • "Yatte yaruze, Kakusei!"
  • "...I wake up, and then...I realize I have to deal with people." -Gai Nagareboshi, explaining his constant scowl.
  • "Hizashi. Yuuki. Devil woman. Gunha. Haruko. No…I'm not gonna end here. I'm not gonna lose. ...I can feel it. Everybody's voices. Everybody's feelings. It's not only my power. But everybody's feelings are supporting me and… ARE! KEEPING! ME!" STANDING! UP! NOW! MY FRIENDS' POWER IS RUNNING THROUGH MY WHOLE BODY!!" -Gai Nagareboshi, while fighting Kagirinai Nagareboshi
  • "…Hibernation sickness? Is she trying to make a Star Wars reference? Besides, my hibernation ended one hundred years ago. There's no way I'm still woozy, unless I can't tell. But that's beside the point. I need to extract the information concerning her clues from her this instant. What does she mean? What kind of person was I before I awoke? Good and evil…They're just labels that serve to drag us down, hindering our ability to protect those who we hold dear. If I was a saint…If I was a devil…Would it matter? I'm not afraid to face my past." -Gai Nagareboshi, talking to Yuuki Kaburagi
  • "…Damn. So, I'm out of clothes? Great. Just freaking great. So, my choices are to look like an oddball or walk around butt-naked?" -Gai Nagareboshi, to Mitsuru Inazuma upon ageing to 21 years old physically
  • "I need to start doing this. I'm going to keep a journal and whenever I want to do something I know people won't like, I'll ask to hear disagreements in it. Then when people complain later I will show them the journal and ask why they didn't speak up earlier. …I have the feeling that Nika does that while directing Central 46." -Gai Nagareboshi, upon reading Yuuki Kaburagi's diary
  • "Now shut your damn mouth and listen to me! I love you, just I love the rest of my friends. What gave you the arse-retarded idea to try and off yourself!? More specifically, what gave you the idea that you not being in my life would make me happy!? Here's what I want. I want you to stop acting like a damn psycho! I want you to give up on those damn suicidal thoughts! And most of all, I want you to smile for real! Stop giving me that fake smile! Got that!?" -Gai Nagareboshi, upon reviving Yuuki Kaburagi
  • "I'll kill for her! No matter what, I'll kill for her! It'll end, if I kill that bastard to save her! To hell with the rest! Either way, I can't return to the path of heaven. All I can do is think only of going down to hell together with this bastard!" -Gai Nagareboshi, when fighting Chira Tendou, referencing Kurenai Zenshin as the one he wishes to protect
  • "…I know that. I know that I've been stuck in the mud in my whole life. You've reminded me of that, and so I already have no regrets being there. What I'm seeking for isn't there…Enough with this shit! Enough with all of you ganging up and aiming for innocent people. Only you and I are going to hell! Don't you dare drag her to hell, you bastard!" -Gai Nagareboshi, once again fighting Chira and referencing Kurenai
  • "Even if you are a fragment —mine— you're still Kurenai. I don't care if I have to absorb you to become whole, I promise you, I won't do it. Even if you shouldn't exist, that doesn't invalidate the bond I've formed with you. That reason is enough of a reason to exist, right? You're not a mistake; you were meant to exist! You're not Gaillardia Nagareboshi; you're Kurenai, yourself and nobody else. Now, I'm a guy who's ill at ease and who only knows how to fight. That's why…it's been hard for me to say this. …I…I wanna protect you. I want to protect you for the rest of my life… I'm in love with you. I love you, Kurenai." -Gai Nagareboshi, confessing to Kurenai Zenshin
  • "I'll be the first to admit that I got into doing the hero business for all the wrong reasons, but none of that matters now. You're a threat to the entire Soul Society, not just me and my friends. But like it or not, you're still MY responsibility. Because I'm the only one here who's willing to be responsible. You may not be out to destroy the Soul Society, but living under the heel of a walking villain cliché like you will destroy its soul. If I don't beat you here and now, then soon this screwed-up nonsensical world won't exist anymore. There won't be any place left for people like us. So, in summary, it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Anyway, enough with the speeches. Let's get down to brass tracks. Yatte yaruze, Gaikaōtori!" -Gai Nagareboshi, to Masato Nagareboshi

Behind the Scenes

Trivia

  • Gai's title, White Devil (白魔, "Hakuma"), is a reference to the title of Amuro Ray of Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Yet another Gundam reference; the triad of Illegal Move Change Phoenix forms, Divine Awakening Sonic Boost Knight, Divine Chain Water Moon Rigid Tank, and Divine Yin-Yang Rising Phoenix Fang Blaster were inspired by the Destiny, Infinite Justice, and Strike Freedom Gundams respectively from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
  • Gai's stat wheel was created for PersonaSuperiorDeus by SecretGeneration. All credit goes to him, as he rightfully deserves it.
  • Gai's profile pic was drawn by Cayo. Thanks, pal. He rightfully deserves any and all credit for it.

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