Powers & Abilities


Sakanade (counter stroke) resembles a normal katana in its sealed form. The hilt and sheath are red and its guard is shaped like an hour-glass.

  • Sakanade's shikai form.
    Shikai: Sakanade's release command is "Collapse" (taorero). The pommel becomes a large ring that allows Sakanade to rotate around Shinji's hand without him actually gripping any part of the Zanpakuto. This movement relates to his Shikai Special Ability. The first few inches of the blade are covered by an extension of the crossguard. Sakanade's blade is straight and slim with the tip ending in a slanted razor-like edge instead of being tapered to a point. There are five holes along the sword's length.

    Shikai Special Ability: Sakanade's Shikai ability creates an inverted world (sakasama no sekai). When spun, the sword creates a pink mist and those who smell its pleasant aroma fall subject to an optical illusion. Shinji describes the release technique as something like a trump card. Up and down, left and right as well as forward and backward are opposite. It is not just the sense of direction that is changed; the opponent's eyesight, direction of incoming attacks, and injury locations are also inverted. Shinji claims that countering the damage from the inverted directions simply by processing it all within the mind is not possible. No matter how powerful the opponent, even if one is accustomed to fighting in that particular way, their body will not adapt and will continue to fight by reflex, which causes it to continuously succumb to the power's effect. The effect of the inverted world can be targeted at or neglected from specific opponents, making it ideal for use in group fighting.

  • Bankai: Not yet revealed.


Shinji's Hollow mask strongly resembles a pharaoh's mask, with a short, flowing hood hanging down the back of his neck. When donning his Hollow mask, Shinji's sclera turn completely black and his irises become grey.

  • Shinji's hollow mask.
    Power Augmentation: While wearing the mask, Shinji's Hollow powers supplement his Shinigami powers, giving him a vast increase in both strength and speed.

    Cero: Shinji gathers energy that is displayed in a horizontal line at his fist. He then releases a crimson Cero with an extremely wide arc and devastating force. The power of the Cero from a distance is powerful enough to cause grievous injury to an Espada of at least rank six, even at minimal power.

    Enhanced Strength: Shinji has greater strength while wearing his Hollow mask, which he used to overwhelm Grimmjow.

    Enhanced Speed: Shinji can move much more quickly while wearing his Hollow mask.

Zanjutsu (Master): Shinji is implied to be a powerful combatant, being the unofficial leader among the group and a former Shinigami captain.

Shunpo Expert: Shinji excels in Shunpo. His skill is shown to be great enough to easily outmaneuver Grimmjow, the Sixth Espada. As a captain, before he even became a Visored, he was the first to arrive to save Hiyori even when Lisa had a head-start and all the other Captains left at the same time. Shinji is also very quick at close-range.

Keen Intellect: Despite his childish attitude at times, Shinji has shown himself to be a very insightful and perceptive man. During his time as captain of the 5th division, he was able to see through Aizen's deceptions and some of his illusions. Even Aizen himself admitted to be intimidated by Shinji's cunning.

Immense Reiryoku: As a former captain, he has an enormous spiritual pressure. Being a Visored, Shinji possesses a dual-type spiritual energy, part Shinigami and part Hollow. He is said to have spiritual pressure that is monstrous.

Kidou Practitioner: While never used in battle, Shinji has shown enough proficiency in this skill to, without warning, put Ichigo into a dream state and break Aizen's illusions.