Gikon (義魂, Artificial Souls; Viz "Substitute Souls") are souls, designed by Shinigami scientists, which separate a Shinigami's spirit from a Gigai, should they be inhabiting one, or evict stubborn spirits from their corpses if necessary. The processes involved in the creation and ingestion of these souls were invented by Kirio Hikifune.
The core theory behind Gikon is to inject foreign Reiatsu into one's body, and for the individual to turn that power into their own. Artificial souls are used by ingesting a Gikongan (義魂丸, Artificial Soul Pill; Viz "Substitute Soul Pills"). The pill forces the soul out of the body and allows the artificial soul to take control of it, operating in a pre-programmed manner until removed by the Shinigami. They can be used on a body which has no soul, such as a corpse, or even an inanimate object, such as a stuffed animal. These artificial souls possess their own personalities, which can be specially designed to fit one's specifications.
Gikon and the means to insert it into a body were invented by Kirio Hikifune. Before she came along, the thought of making artificial souls was a foreign one. She built upon the idea of Gikon and created the artificial pill, Gikongan.
According to Hikifune, the core theory behind the artificial soul is to take the Reiatsu from one source and inject it into a different body, with the intention of turning the introduced power into that body's own.
Gikongan is commonly called Soul Candy (ソウル・キャンディ, Sōru Kyandi) because the Shinigami Women's Association complained that its name was not cute and had it changed. To fit with the more informal name, Soul Candy is contained in toy dispensers, which have the heads of cartoon characters on them. These dispensers come in many varieties, with some being more popular than others. Artificial souls tend to have personalities which reflect traits of their corresponding dispenser's character.
|Varieties of Soul Candy in Order of Popularity|
|Chappy (チャッピー)||Yuki (ユキ)||Pupples (パプルス) or Papyrus||Diana (ダイアナ)||Alfred (アルフレッド)|
|Claudia (クローディア)||Gringo (グリンゴ)||Ginnosuke (ギンノスケ)||Blues (ブルース) or Bruce||Kaneshiro (カネシロ)|
|Steiner (シュタイナー)||Momone (モモーネ)||King (キング)|
- Chappy: The most popular Soul Candy, Chappy has a cutesy personality, and tends to end sentences with "pyon" (Hop! in the English version). Used by Rukia Kuchiki.
- Yuki: The 2nd most popular Soul Candy.
- Pupples or Papyrus: The 3rd most popular Soul Candy.
- Gringo: Has a gangster personality and tends to end sentences with "yorosh" ("Thank you very much" in the English version). Used by Yumichika Ayasegawa.
- Ginnosuke: Has a sly personality and tends to end sentences with "nyah", a meowing sound. Used by Renji Abarai.
- Blues or Bruce: Is easily frightened and tends to end sentences with "uho" ("ook" in the English version). Used by Ikkaku Madarame.
- Momone: Is a pervert and tends to end sentences with "besh" ("Shall I?" in the English version). Used by Rangiku Matsumoto.
- King: Is diligent, but stupid. Talks about "probability". Used by Tōshirō Hitsugaya.
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- Bleach manga; Volume 25, end of volume sketches
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- Bleach manga; Volume 2, page 122
- Bleach manga; Volume 2, omake
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|Anime Mod-Souls||Kagerōza Inaba • Kai • Nozomi Kujō • Kurōdo • Noba • Ririn • Ōko Yushima (Mod Soul)|
|Related Articles||Modified Soul • Gikon • Reigai • Ōko Yushima (Original)|
|Current Members||Mayuri Kurotsuchi (President) • Akon (Vice-President) • Rin Tsubokura (Chief Operator of the C.R.S.) • Hiyosu (Primary Gigai Expert) • Niko Kuna • Torue|
|Former Members||Kisuke Urahara (Founder) • Hiyori Sarugaki • Nemu Kurotsuchi • Kagerōza Inaba • Ōko Yushima|
|Equipment||Gokon Tekkō • Denreishinki • Gikongan • Gigai|
|Related||12th Division • Shinigami Research and Development Institute|
|Combat||Zanjutsu • Hohō • Kidō • Hakuda|
|Abilities||Zanpakutō • Reiryoku • Reiatsu • Reiraku • Konsō • Shunkō|
|Government||Soul King • Central 46|
|Nobility||Kuchiki Clan • Shihōin Clan • Noble Houses • Kasumiōji Clan • Ise Clan • Tsunayashiro Clan • Formerly: Shiba Clan • Ryōdoji Family • Dark Ones|
|Military||Gotei 13 • Onmitsukidō • Kidō Corps • Royal Guard • Gatekeepers|
|Institutions||Seireitei Communication • Shinigami Research and Development Institute • Shin'ō Academy|
|Recreational||Shinigami Women's Association • Shinigami Men's Association • Tea Ceremony Club • Ikebana Club • Calligraphy Club|
|Locations||Soul Society • Seireitei • Central 46 Compound • Nest of Maggots • Sōkyoku Hill • Gin Tonbo • Kuchiki Manor • Central Great Underground Prison|
|Items||Jigokuchō • Gigai • Reigai • Gikon • Modified Soul • Denreishinki • Ōken • Gokon Tekkō|