Ganju Shiba

志波 岩鷲
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An outrageous figure Ganju wears a vest scarf bandana and pair of goggles. He is often found with his gang who all ride large boars. Ganju039s boar is named Bonnie affectionately referred to as Bonniechan. The omake sketch after episode 114 implies that Bonnie was accidentally cooked into a stew by Retsu Unohana during a friendly cookout including her Ganju and a few others from the 4th Division. Similar sketches have occurred in the series but Bonnie is always shown alive and well by the next episode. Ganju possesses a deep hatred for shinigami a hot temper and a strong ego. Though he always acts tough he has shown that he also has a softer side easily being cowed by his older sister Kkaku and later develops an understanding to Ichigo Kurosaki with a relationship similar to Ichigo and Renji Abarai039s. The fact that he is not particularly attractive is a running joke in the series and rather than deny this fact he tends to talk around the subject especially when Yumichika Ayasegawa makes note of it. Because of his brother039s Kaien Shiba death at the hands of Rukia Kuchiki when he was still young Ganju holds a grudge against all shinigami. This grudge is slow to dissipate even after he learns the truth of the incident. It is implied that after Kaien and his wife Miyako039s death the Shiba clan lost its status as one of the Noble Clans which include the Kuchiki and Shihouin clans. There now remain only four Noble Clans as the Shiba had been the fifth. Upon Ganju039s introduction he and Kkaku are the only remaining members of the clan. Though Ganju is not a member of the shinigami forces he is of the Shiba clan and can fight on a level above that of an average shinigami but lower than that of the higher ranking seated officers. He has a zanpakut which resembles a meat cleaver or a Chinese Dadao though he never demonstrates the ability to use its initial release. Ganju039s sword skills are limited so he relies primarily on his arsenal of fireworks his agility and his earth magic. Ganju039s earth magic doesn039t seem to operate on the same principle as standard shinigami kid. The one technique he uses Stone Wave seppa? doesn039t need an incantation to work and is unnumbered. The spell can reduce whatever it is aimed at to sand or quicksand. He can even perform it with his feet. This ability proved to be useful to make holes through the walls when running away from Yumichika. Source: Wikipedia
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