Ikomikidomoe (已己巳己巴) was the name given to an ancient Adjuchas-class Hollow that was sealed inside a Zanpakutō by Ōetsu Nimaiya.[1][2][3]

Appearance

In his sword form, Ikomikidomoe is a pure white, almost glowing, large broadsword with black spots on it.

In his Hollow form of his second release, Ikomikidomoe is a giant, humanoid creature with a long torso and elongated arms which reach almost to the ground. His forelimbs end in large claws, while his legs are much shorter. Ikomikidomoe does not have a visible neck; instead, his head is an extension of his body. His forehead is covered in hexagonal markings, while a structure extends from his nose back across its cheeks, ending in large circles just beside the hexagonal markings. A long beard extends from beneath his small Hollow Mask.[4]

Personality

Ikomikidomoe is quite prideful and arrogant, and is insulted when regular Shinigami even voice the possibility of being on the same level as his current wielder.[5] Likewise, Ikomikidomoe ridicules the mere idea of an Arrancar as young as Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez wanting to be the ruler of Hueco Mundo.[3] Despite this, Ikomikidomoe does have respect for Baraggan Louisenbairn to some degree, and was mournful when he heard the other Hollow had perished.[4]

Ikomikidomoe also appears to have misogynistic beliefs, as he instantly assumed Tier Harribel and Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck were mere "mistresses" of Baraggan, rather than the powerful rulers they actually are.[4] He is also vengeful in nature, as he swore revenge against the Royal Guard for defeating him millennia prior.[6]

Despite being turned into a Zanpakutō, Ikomikidomoe has no true loyalty towards his wielder, and is only forced into obedience by their immense Reiatsu.[7] The moment Hikone Ubuginu's Reiatsu was lowered to a level beneath Ikomikidomoe, the Zanpakutō tried to devour them.[6]

History

In the primeval days of Soul Society, the Hollow that would become Ikomikidomoe was an exceptionally powerful Adjuchas Hollow. Due to this Hollow's potential and power, he was respected by even Baraggan Louisenbairn, and the two made a pact to never interfere with each other.[3]

At some point in the past, before the Shinigami had access to Zanpakutō, this Hollow attacked Soul Society and even defeated a young Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto before attempting to devour the Soul King himself. However, the Hollow was defeated by Ichibē Hyōsube, who used Ichimonji to erase the Hollow's name. Since the Hollow contained too many consumed Souls to purify at once, Ōetsu Nimaiya sealed the Hollow inside a Zanpakutō, and Ichibē used Shirafude Ichimonji to rename the Hollow as Ikomikidomoe.[3] It was hidden away by Nimaiya in the Hōōden until the Wandenreich invasion of Soul Society, when Tokinada Tsunayashiro stole the sword during the chaos.[1][8]

Plot

Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World

Powers & Abilities

Infinite Evolution: Similar, though not identical, to the ability of Aaroniero Arruruerie, Ikomikidomoe has the potential of limitless evolution through consuming the power of other beings. Even though Ikomikidomoe remained an Adjuchas, his power continued to grow to such an extent that even Baraggan Louisenbairn, one of the first Vasto Lorde, acknowledged Ikomikidomoe's strength.[3] Upon devouring a few Soul King fragments that composed Hikone's being, Ikomikidomoe gained the ability to break free from the curse Ichimonji placed upon his name.[6]

Immense Spiritual Power: Ikomikidomoe is repeatedly noted to have colossal amounts of Reiryoku that surpasses even Arrancar born from Vasto Lorde.[4][2] His levels of Reiryoku impressed Baraggan Louisenbairn, a very powerful Hollow in his own right.[3] Likewise, this level of power allowed Ikomikidomoe to even defeat a younger Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, albeit before the Shinigami had access to his Zanpakutō.[3] However, Ikomikidomoe's power is still inferior to that of Kenpachi Zaraki, who killed the powerful Hollow with a single strike from his Shikai.[3] The Reiatsu of Ikomikidomoe is said to trigger a primal fear in Shinigami and Quincy.[4]

Descorrer: Like all Hollows, Ikomikidomoe can freely open Garganta portals to travel through. Even as a Zanpakutō, he can do this either on command, or on his own violition, such as when he feels his wielder's life is in danger.[9]

Sonído Master: Despite Ikomikidomoe's bulk, he has demonstrated incredible speed in battle, allowing him to easily perform powerful hit-and-run strikes on other fast opponents such as Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez or Tier Harribel.[3]

Cero: Ikomikidomoe can fire powerful Cero from his single eye.[3]

High-Speed Regeneration: By absorbing Reishi from his surroundings, Ikomikidomoe can rapidly regenerate almost any injury.[3]

Release Forms

Due to its unique nature, being a Zanpakutō forged from a Hollow, Ikomikidomoe has numerous release commands that each draw out certain amounts of his power. Resembling Shikai commands, each subsequent release draws out more of Ikomikidomoe's true power.

  • Orbit the stars, Ikomikidomoe! (星を巡れ、已己巳己巴!, Hoshi o megure, Ikomikidomoe!): The first release command; the blade of Ikomikidomoe transforms into a massive Hollow arm that can attack foes on its own initiative.[10][4]
  • Jot down their funeral, Ikomikidomoe! (葬送り記せ、已己巳己巴!, Okuri shiruse, Ikomikidomoe!; Viz "Mark their Funeral, Ikomikidomoe!"): The second release command; Ikomikidomoe transforms into a gargantuan Hollow noted to be around the size of the Espada Yammy Llargo's Resurrección or the Gillian spouting Hooleer.[4][7]
  • Enhanced Roar: In this form, the mere roars of Ikomikidomoe can shake and devastate a part of the Rukongai.[7]
  • Hollow Spawning: In this form, Ikomikidomoe can spawn numerous and varying Hollows to overwhelm opponents. These Hollows are said to resemble Adjuchas in both appearance and power.[7]
  • Hatch out and be ruined, Ikomikidomoe! (孵り亡べ、已己巳己巴!, Kaeri horobe, Ikomikidomoe!; Viz "Hatch and perish, Ikomikidomoe!"): The third release command; Ikomikidomoe transforms into a large, humanoid Hollow; though smaller than his previous release it is still the size of a house. While this form resembles an Adjuchas, its power is greater than an Arrancar born from a Vasto Lorde.[2]
  • Reiatsu Blast: In this form, Ikomikidomoe can release a massive blast of Reiatsu, strong enough to injure three Espada even after the attack was blocked.[2]
  • Ikomikidomoe Hōraku Hakkei (已己巳己巴・鳳落八景, Ikomikidomoe Eight Picturesque Sights of the Fenghuang's Fall; Viz "Ikomikidomoe, Eight Views of the Fall of the Phoenix."): Said to be the true, full name Ichibē Hyōsube granted Ikomikidomoe with. This form, which Hikone compares to a Bankai or Resurrección, allows Ikomikidomoe to fuse with his wielder and draw out both their maximum potentials.[3] When used by Hikone, the blade of Ikomikidomoe remains the same, while Hikone's own appearance starts to resemble that of a Hollow. The sclera of Hikone's eyes turn black, while a third eye resembling one of Ikomikidomoe's Hollow form spouts on their forehead. A black striped pattern is now present on Hikone's face while black hexagonal markings appear on their shoulders and their fingernails turn into sharp talons. Hikone's Shihakushō turns white while black Reiatsu pours over their arms and legs. Ikomikidomoe's Hollow mask and beard are also visible on Hikone's lower back.[11][3]

Weaknesses

Conditional Wielding: Due to being a special, inherited Zanpakutō, Ikomikidomoe can only be wielded by select individuals. Specifically, only powerful hybrids such as Ichigo Kurosaki or Hikone Ubuginu can use Ikomikidomoe's power.[5] If any regular Shinigami were to attempt to use Ikomikidomoe, they would be killed by the ensuing "Soul Suicide".[2]

Name Curse: After having his original name erased by Ichibē Hyōsube's Zanpakutō, Ichimonji, Ikomikidomoe's power was significantly weakened, and he was rendered unable to speak its original name aloud anymore.[7][3] Likewise, after being renamed by Shirafude Ichimonji Ikomikidomoe was bound into servitude by whoever held his blade.[3]

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


Ikomikidomoe appears in Bleach: Brave Souls during Hikone’s ultimate attack; Hikone uses Ikomikidomoe’s second release and summons his giant Hollow form, releasing a large burst of energy that creates several tornadoes.[11]

Trivia

  • The name "Ikomikidomoe" is not actually an existing word, but rather a combination of Kanji. Ikomiki (已己巳己) refers to things that are "similar" or "the same", while Tomoe (巴) refers to the shape of a comma symbol.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bleach novel; Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Prologue 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Bleach novel; Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Chapter 20
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Bleach novel; Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Chapter 21
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Bleach novel; Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Chapter 11
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bleach novel; Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Chapter 8
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Bleach novel; Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Chapter 24
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Bleach novel; Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Chapter 14
  8. Bleach novel; Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World, Chapter 18
  9. Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World Chapter 5
  10. Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World Chapter 3
  11. 11.0 11.1 Bleach video game; Bleach: Brave Souls

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