"Even I don't know the limits of her potential. One day she may strike down the Sun."
- Raizo Shinoda, Tenth Division Captain
Name: Akira Shinoda (篠田 明, Shinoda Akira)
Titles: Eleventh Division Captain, Head of the Shinoda Clan
Actual Age: 2
Appearance: Slender and youthful, Akira is an golden-eyed, black-haired young women. Although she has access to a variety of fine garments as a noblewoman of Seireitei, she dresses simply as a Shinigami. She wears a standard Shihakusho with shortened sleeves. Beneath it she wears a tight black undershirt with long sleeves. She wears a normal sash like other Shinigami, but she often carries her Zanpakuto while it is sheathed, rather than wearing it on her waist.
Color: Blood red
Shape: Appears as an amorphous, flowing aurora around her body, primarily from her back and wrists.
Personality: Confident and strong-willed, outgoing and curious. These are words that define Akira.
Highly assured of her own ability, Akira is not easily dissuaded from a challenge and is excited by the prospect of one. Attempts to intimidate or cow her usually fail. At the same time, her self-assurance make her careless and carefree. She rarely feels the need to grow stronger or take personal precautions.
She is somewhat emotionally insecure about her own nature, despite her rational knowledge of nature. As a unique being, she is already separated from most people. Since she has no real family, home, or past, nothing that is truly hers. In spite of this fact, she is still a generous and kind spirit with a positive approach to life.
Given her feeling of owning nothing, Akira has a strong penchant for collecting beautiful or rare objects, ranging from jewelry to clothing to weapons. She prefers things that she can use, wear, or experience. For example, given the choice between an unusual but worthless stone and a famous and priceless painting, Akira would choose the stone.
She enjoys the prospect of winning anything, be it a game or a battle, and is highly competitive. In combat, she tends to use brute force methods and can be goaded into error.
Biography: Shinoda Akira was born through bio-engineering by Raizo Shinoda, the former head of the Shinoda House. Her body was crafted to be more powerful, quick, intelligent, and resilient using genetic samples from a wide range of organisms. The former Captain of the Tenth Division used his Byakuhou technique to reincarnate into her, beginning a cycle with an unknown future.
She was born fully formed at the developmental stage of a young adult. She had no real memories. Immediately after birth, Raizo reincarnated into her body. This occurred in the Human World - soon thereafter, Raizo's comrade Kumori Shuren arrived. Having been instructed to be there at Raizo's behest, he took Akira into his care.
Upon entry to Soul Society, Akira took her birthright as Head of the Shinoda Clan. She then joined the Second Division at the behest of her father, Raizo. She struggled greatly - despite joining and being given a Seated Officer position quickly, she was unused to opponents she could not simply overpower and experienced a number of defeats.
Combat Style:Akira's preferred style is towards hits that engage her superior strength and stamina. She is an aggressive fighter, highly confident in her own abilities and powers. She blends expert Hakuda and Kido with an average degree of Zanjutsu. She is ambidextrous, but favors her right hand. While some fighters prefer to have a diverse array of skills, Akira will focus on the ones she enjoys the most at the margin. This creates major openings for a skilled analyst of her combat style.
Byakuhou (白鵬, White Phoenix): A technique created by Raizo Shinoda, a master Tennin of historical prowess. It allows the user to preserve their memory and cognitive patterns in the quantum energy frequencies of reiatsu. In effect, this causes the soul to lose its physical form and ascend into an ethereal form outside of the traditional cycle of souls between the world of the living and the dead. This form is not stable, and the user must either reform their body from memory (possible if the user is a master Tennin), or to reincarnate into a newly born body. Akira was born through this process. At the present, she has two other minds within hers (Raizo Shinoda and Tetsuya Sajin). She can only commune with Raizo, but she can access the sum knowledge of both.
Enhanced Physiology: Akira has been specially genetically engineered to be much more cognitive than other beings. Her ancestor, Raizo, took samples from various organisms and synthesized them into a single being with augmented senses.
Akira can see in more wavelengths than normal beings because of additional photoreceptors in her eyes. Her auditory and enhanced olfactory systems are enhanced, allowing her to hear and smell at greater range and with increased precision. Her tongue is equally as sensitive. Like some animals, she can literally "taste" the air and discern the presence of threats or objects of interest. Her sense of touch is augmented to the point that her tactical perception can notice minute textures and changes in atmospheric pressure, allowing her to sometimes feel the air moving in advance of an opponent drawing near. While her brain is not cognitively faster or more intelligent, her neuroreception speed is increased enough to allow her to absorb and process the heightened amount of raw environmental information that her body can detect. This does make her suspect to sensory overload at very high levels of stimuli.