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Cirucci Sanderwicci (チルッチ・サンダーウィッチ, Chirutchi Sandāwitchi) was the 105th Arrancar in Sōsuke Aizen's army and a Privaron Espada prior to being killed by Rudbornn Chelute and later resurrected by Mayuri Kurotsuchi.


Her appearance is similar to that of the Gothic lolita style of Japanese fashion. She has short purple hair, purple eyes, black fingernails, light purple lipstick, and a light purple teardrop marking on each cheek. Her outfit consists of a frilly dress with large, poofy sleeves that cut off at her shoulder and a pair of knee-high boots. She also wears fingerless, evening-style gloves, as well as leg warmers that attach to garters at her thighs. Cirucci has wings on her back, however it is unclear whether or not they are a part of her outfit. The remains of her Hollow mask are positioned in her hair right above the left side of her forehead and resemble a spiked hairpin. When asked if she doesn't mind if her underwear shows she states that, despite her puffy dress, they won't be visible and even has armor under it.[2]


Cirucci is rather rude, cocky and blunt. She scoffs at her opponents constantly, and slightly sadistic. However, she has no qualms about pointing out when others have similar traits, as she does to Uryū Ishida. She gets quite bothered if an enemy attacks her while she is talking.[3] She is also very determined, willing to go through any means necessary to defeat her opponents.[4]


Cirucci was once an Espada in Aizen's army, but her original rank is unknown. She lost her rank after being demoted in favor of Aizen's artificially-created Arrancar.


Hueco Mundo Arc

Cirucci fights Uryū.

Cirucci ends up fighting Uryū after he separates from the group in Las Noches, in a zone known as Tres Cifras. Initially, she uses her Zanpakutō like a whip while attacking and forces Uryū to find different ways to approach her. After destroying the pillars that Uryū was using to evade her attacks, she reveals her true ability, which allows her to control the direction her weapon takes at will. With some help from Pesche Guatiche, whose antics annoy Cirucci, Uryū forces her to go into her released state.[5][6]

Cirucci once again takes the advantage in battle due to her wings' ability to vibrate and block attacks. With the help of his Seele Schneider, Uryū is able to cut through several of her bladed wings.[7] Seeing that her wings would no longer be of use to her, Cirucci removes them from her body, stating that doing so is the same as losing a limb. With all of the energy that it had took to maintain the wings now focused into a giant blade of spiritual energy, she proceeds to attack. However, Uryū proceeds to fire his Seele Schneider through her, sealing away her spiritual power in the process, while letting her know that it was not a blade, but an arrow.[8] Uryū decides to spare her, despite it being an insult to her, as he was the victor. Upon Uryū and Pesche's departure, the Exequias arrive[9] and take her to Szayelaporro Granz, who during his later fight with Uryū reveals that he had obtained a sample of his Reiatsu from the deceased Cirucci.[10] Her corpse is later found in Szayelaporro's vault by Mayuri Kurotsuchi.[11]

The Thousand-Year Blood War arc

Cirucci together with the other Arrancar resurrected by Mayuri Kurotsuchi

During the second Wandenreich invasion, a resurrected Cirucci is brought out by Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi to fight against Sternritter "Z", Giselle Gewelle, and the Shinigami zombie army she has amassed.[12] Cirucci points out how she was told that she could fight Uryū, but Luppi Antenor tells her to think about this later. When Mayuri delivers an electric shock to their brains for talking too much, a shocked Cirucci proclaims she knew they could not trust him, only for Mayuri to shock them again. When Giselle asks Mayuri if he believes he can win with only four zombies, Cirucci and the others angrily proclaim they will not lose to Shinigami before rushing forward.[13] As they begin slaughtering the Shinigami, Cirucci confirms Luppi's statement of Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio not needing to dodge the blood of the Shinigami by pointing out how it should not be a problem for them because they are already corpses before cutting a Shinigami in half with her Zanpakutō.[14] When even more zombified high-ranking Shinigami arrive, the Arrancar attack them, with Cirucci taking on Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi.[15]

Powers & Abilities

Expert Swordsman: The sealed form of Cirucci's Zanpakutō is very different compared to those of other Arrancar, yet she wields it with great ease, power and precision. Uryū Ishida commented that although she is an Arrancar, Cirucci is pretty light, enabling her to snap Golondrina fast enough to deflect his Heilig Pfeil.[16]

Adept Strategist: During her fight with Uryū Ishida, she made it seem as though her Zanpakutō was limited to always attacking in a straight line when thrown, and when pulled back. Uryū decided to fire his arrows in other directions as opposed to simply in front of her, and in doing so destroyed most of the pillars. This is exactly what Cirucci wanted him to do, as it created more openings for her attacks. This, coupled with her knowledge of different ranged attacks, showed she was more than decent at devising strategies against an opponent.[16]

Enhanced Strength: Like all Arrancar, Cirucci has demonstrated a superhuman level of strength. While swinging her Zanpakutō, she was able to break down building-sized pillars without much effort, and grind craters into the ground.[16]

High Spiritual Power: As a former Espada, Cirucci has great spiritual energy. As stated by Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio, Cirucci, a Privaron Espada, is one of the most powerful Arrancar in Las Noches, only being outclassed by the current Espada. Her Reiatsu is pink.[17]


Golondrina in its sealed state.

Golondrina (車輪鉄燕 (ゴロンドリーナ), Gorondorīna; Spanish for "Swallow", Japanese for "Car Wheel Iron Swallow"; Viz "Iron Wheel Swallow"): In its sealed state, it takes the form of a whip with a disc-shaped blade looped into it that is capable of deflecting incoming projectiles in addition to its function as a standard whip. Golondrina's path can be curved after it is thrown, but it needs plenty of space to do so. In such conditions, Cirucci can curve Golondrina's path to such a degree that it can follow an opponent.[18] Golondrina is somewhat durable as well, able to deflect a Quincy's Heilig Pfeil with minor effects.[19] Cirucci can use it to cut an opponent in half with a simple flick.[20]

Golondrina in its released form.

  • Resurrección: Its release command is Rip Off (掻っ切れ, kakkire; "Rip" in the English Dub). When she releases it, large wings sprout from Cirucci's back, allowing her to fly, though she is capable of moving them in mid-flight as though they were limbs. They each have ten crescent-shaped blades on them in place of feathers. Her mask becomes a beak-like headpiece with a large, feathery mane protruding from it, covering most of her body and trailing past her legs. She also gains a long, prehensile tail, which emerges from her back. Large pieces of armor that resemble the disc of Golondrina's sealed state form around her shoulders. In addition, her arms become long and slender, with large claws.[21]
Resurrección Special Ability: The spiritual particles around the edges of Golondrina's wings vibrate at a rate of roughly 1,100,000-1,300,000 times per second, increasing their cutting power and allowing them to deflect spiritual particles.[22] However, they can be severed by blades that vibrate at a higher frequency than them.[23]
  • Ala Cortadola (断翼 (アラ・コルタドーラ), Ara Korutadōra; Spanish for "Wing Cutter", Japanese for "Severing Wing"): A technique that allows Cirucci to extend her large wings out like a giant blade to attack targets, cutting through solid objects with ease.[24]
  • Ala Cortadola Dispersion (断翼“散” (アラ・コルタドーラ・ディスペルシオン), Ara Korutadōra Disuperushion; Spanish for "Wing Cutter Dispersion", Japanese for "Severing Wing Dispersion"): Cirucci can detach her blade-like feathers from her wings and fire them through the air.[25] After being launched, Cirucci can beckon the blades to return to her wings, allowing for consecutive attacks.[26]

Cirucci after removing Golondrina's wings and arms.

Body Alteration: Cirucci's wings and arms consume a large amount of her spiritual energy, but she can bypass this issue by removing them from her body. Doing so removes this drain, and allows her to focus the remainder of her spiritual power into a single weapon. While this augments Cirucci's offensive power, because she alters her form without sealing her sword, the change is rendered permanent - she likens this transformation to amputating a limb.[27]
  • Ala Cortadola Hachador (断人“大斧” (アラ・コルタドーラ・アチャドール), Ara Korutadōra Achadōru; Spanish for "Wing Cutter Axman", Japanese for "Severer Great Ax"): The tip of her tail splits in half and projects a large, pink fan of spiritual energy.[28]
  • Ala Cortadola Gradiator (断人“剣士” (アラ・コルタドーラ・グラディアトール), Ara Korutadōra Guradiatōru; Spanish for "Wing Cutter Gladiator", Japanese for "Severer Swordsman"): By transforming the spiritual energy at the end of her tail into a sword-like form, Cirucci can use the weapon to fight sword-wielding opponents from a distance.[29]

Appearances in Other Media

Video Game Appearances
Blade Battlers
Blade Battlers 2nd
The Blade of Fate
Dark Souls
The 3rd Phantom
Flame Bringer
Tasogare ni Mamieru Shinigami
Shattered Blade
Versus Crusade
Heat the Soul
Heat the Soul 2
Heat the Soul 3
Heat the Soul 4
Heat the Soul 5
Heat the Soul 6
Heat the Soul 7
Soul Carnival
Soul Carnival 2
Hanatareshi Yabou
Bleach Advance: Kurenai ni Somaru Soul Society
Erabareshi Tamashii
Soul Resurrección
J-Stars Victory Vs
Brave Souls
Paradise Lost
Jump Force
Novel Appearances
Letters From The Other Side
The Honey Dish Rhapsody
Spirits Are Forever With You
The Death Save The Strawberry
Can't Fear Your Own World

  • Cirucci appears in Heat the Soul 5, 6 and 7, where she can use her Resurrección to either attack her opponent with her bladed wings or with her tail, which can utilize a blade made from spirit energy.[30]

Promotional artwork of a resurrected Cirucci in Bleach: Brave Souls.

  • Cirucci is playable in multiple forms in Bleach: Brave Souls, most recently as her resurrected self brought back to life by Mayuri Kurotsuchi during the Quincy Blood War, which was released as part of the Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World tie-in event and portrays her as having her Resurrección fully restored. In this form, Cirucci is a ranged strong attack character with the "Mind" attribute and the "Shinigami Killer" ability who has a chance to inflict Lacerate with every attack. Her unlockable skills are "Berserker +20%", "Bruiser +20%", "Damage to Lacerated Enemies +40%", "Debilitator +2 secs.", "Devastation +40%", "Frenzy", "Increased Status Ailment Chance Against Heart Attribute Soul Reapers +10%", and "Sprinter +1", while her Soul Trait is "Strong Attack Recharge Time -12%" and her Innate Ability built-in at ★5 is "Poison Duration -100%". Cirucci's special is La Cortadola Hachador (ラ・コルタドーラ”アチャドール”, Ra Korutadōra "Achadōru"; Spanish for "Wing Cutter Axeman"), where she unleashes fan-shaped blades of Reiatsu that inflict immense damage and Lacerate.


  • The theme song that Kubo chose for Cirucci is "Alle Fragen Sind Gestellt" from the musical Elisabeth.[31]


  • (To Uryū Ishida) "Would you mind not attacking me while I'm in the middle of saying something? Jeez, you have no manners, do you, four eyes?!"[32]
  • (To Uryū Ishida) "Arrancar are warriors, and the Espada are their leaders. We are born to kill the enemy and win. There is no such thing as an acceptable loss!"[33]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bleach Official Character Book MASKED, page 168
  2. Bleach anime; Episode 157
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 255, page 16
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, pages 9-13
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 255, pages 12-18
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 256, pages 5-19
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 257, pages 1-19
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, pages 1-19
  9. Bleach manga; Chapter 259, pages 1-7
  10. Bleach manga; Chapter 274, page 6
  11. Bleach manga; Chapter 306, page 16
  12. Bleach manga; Chapter 590, page 16
  13. Bleach manga; Chapter 591, pages 6-11
  14. Bleach manga; Chapter 591, pages 14-15
  15. Bleach manga; Chapter 594, page 6
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Bleach anime; Episode 153
  17. Bleach anime; Episode 157
  18. Bleach manga; Chapter 255, page 18
  19. Bleach manga; Chapter 255, page 15
  20. Bleach manga; Chapter 591, pages 14-15
  21. Bleach manga; Chapter 256, page 19
  22. Bleach manga; Chapter 257, page 7
  23. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, pages 9-11
  24. Bleach manga; Chapter 257, pages 5-6
  25. Bleach manga; Chapter 257, page 12
  26. Bleach manga; Chapter 257, pages 13-17
  27. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, pages 11-13
  28. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, pages 13-17
  29. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, pages 17-19
  30. Bleach video game; Bleach: Heat the 5, 6 & 7
  32. Bleach manga; Chapter 255, pages 15-16
  33. Bleach manga; Chapter 258, page 13