|Affiliation||Gotei 13, Soul Society|
|Base of Operations||Kidō Corps HQ, Seireitei, Soul Society|
Michiko Itō (伊藤 美智子; Itō Michiko) was a member of the Kidō Corps whose zanpakutō ran rampant after battling a peculiar hollow's ability. She devoted much of her time in hunting down her zanpakutō's manifested and wild form.
Formerly a plus from the human world, Michiko was mystified by the powers of the shinigami, likening it to fantasy stories she heard and read in the human world. She often followed humans around, paying attention to what the living was reading for her own entertainment. Found at a library by Hotaru Fujibayashi, Michiko received the traditional soul burial and resided in Rukongai for a while.
Michiko disliked the conditions she had to live in while in the Rukongai, and opted to enroll herself into the shinigami academy. She failed the entrance exams twice, but managed to enter on her third attempt.
In the shinigami academy, Michiko's book-smart approach while in the human world helped her significantly with the study of kidō, though openly disliked dueling with blades. Because of this, she saw herself as a suitable candidate for the Fourth Division, due to its more defensive approach to things. Upon graduation, she was quickly accepted into the Fourth Division.
Power and abilities
Kidō Expert: As a member of the Kidō Corps, Michiko is well versed in the use of a multitude of kidō spells. She has shown capacity to utilize high level spells without incantation (though the strength of the spell significantly decreases, as with any other kidō user). Due to her past affiliation with the Fourth Division, Michiko was familiar with healing techniques, though not necessarily an expert at their use.
Flash Steps Expert: Alongside combining multiple kidō spells, Michiko utilized shunpo in order to increase her own mobility at range, allowing her to evade ranged attacks while firing hadō-type kidō spells of her own.
Main article: Mizuchi
Michiko's zanpakutō is Mizuchi (水父; lit. "water father"). Its shikai release greatly resembles a serpentine dragon and can be used by Michiko for transportation as well as combat. Mizuchi is nimble and intelligent, though it does not seem to be capable of speech. It grew rampant after a life-threatening encounter with a hollow.