Matsuri Kudō
Race Soul
Gender Female
Professional Status
Affiliation Gotei 13, Soul Society
Profession Shinigami
Position Lieutenant of the 5th Division
Division 5 5th Division
Partner Tomu Kurai
Base of Operations 5th Division HQ, Seireitei, Soul Society
Personal Status
Education Shin'ō Academy
Shikai Kotōmaru
Bankai Ryūkyū Kotōmaru
First Appearance
Japanese Masumi Asano
English Erin Fitzgerald

Matsuri Kudō (宮能まつ梨, Kudō Matsuri) she is the lieutenant of the 5th Division, under Captain Tomu Kurai.


Matsuri has light blonde hair kept in a ponytail on the top of her head. Her bangs are messy and long, leaving a good portion of them in the middle of her face. She wears the standard Shinigami uniform with a headband that has a flower attached to it. Her eyes are bright blue.


Matsuri is a hard-working individual who takes her duties seriously. She frequently scolds Fujimaru when he doesn't take his work seriously. Despite this, she also cares a lot about Fujimaru and gets along with him very well. She also respects Seigen Suzunami, as he is both Matsuri and Fujimaru's guardian. She also cares a lot about Seigen's sister, Konoka Suzunami, viewing her as a mother figure.


Matsuri and Fujimaru were once in danger of being killed by a hollow, but were saved by the 5th Division Captain, Tomu Kurai who took them to be treated at Seigen Suzunami's house. Later, Seigen Suzunami adopted them into his noble family. After six years in the Shinō Academy, they joined the 9th Division of the Gotei 13, under Seigen Suzunami who is their captain.

During this time she was trained by Soi Fon in Hakuda and Kido and eventually Shunko. She and her brother acted on several missions until a large group of Hollows invades the Soul Society. She acted with valour and unlocked her Shikai, she defeated the Adjuchas-class Hollow, Mad Eater which earned her fame around the Seireitei. She used this opportunity to transfer to the 5th Division where a seated officer position opened up. She did this to be close to Tomu Kurai, who she is in love with due to him saving her.

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

Expert Swordsmanship Specialist: Matsuri has shown to be a skilled swordswoman, using her Shikai effectively in battle. She is able to outclass Ichigo, despite the latter's overwhelming force of his swings.

Hakuda Combatant: Though Matsuri is only shown fighting with a sword, she was trained extensively in Hakuda by Suì-Fēng at the request of Seigen Suzunami, her adoptive father.

Kidō Practitioner: Matsuri has shown to have some skill in Kidō as she is able to learn Shunkō, and had knowledge of both Hadō and Bakudō. She is able to use some Kidō spell without their incantations. Matsuri has shown she is a capable healer, as she was able to heal Ichigo's wound sustained from fighting Amagai. Matsuri admits she was trained by her adoptive mother in the art of healing Kidō.

Shunkō (瞬閧, Flash Cry): An advanced technique that combines hand-to-hand combat and Kidō, although Matsuri uses this to amplify the power of her swordsmanship. What is known of it so far is that it can allow her to instantly neutralize an opponent's movement.

Shunpo: Matsuri has shown that she is able to use Shunpo, at least on par with Lieutenant-level Shinigami.

High Spiritual Power: As stated by Tomu Kurai, Matsuri is noted to have a high amount of spiritual power. During her youth she boasts a large appetite, which is a sign of high spiritual power. She was also able to learn Bankai within a short time, similar to Urahara and Ichigo.


Matsuri's Zanpakutō, Kotōmaru (虎淘丸, Tiger Culler), has a rounded-off rectangular guard and a unique rod-like red hilt.


Matsuri's Shikai.

  • Shikai: Its release command is Mow 'em down ('emをなぎ倒す, Em o nagitaosu). Its Shikai resembles a Guandao, as it has a long, pole-like, handle and a double-edged blade. It also contains a small ax-like blade on the top, just above the hilt.
Kotomaru Special Ability

Kosō Renbu

Shikai Special Ability:
  • Ryūkyū Tenshō (竜糾天衝, Dragon-Seeking Heaven-Piercer): At the instant of the slash, Kotōmaru absorbs Matsuri's spiritual energy and releases the highly condensed spiritual energy at the tip of the blade, magnifying the slash attack and then flies forward. The Ryūkyū Tenshō is a powerful technique with great force, capable of causing large-scale damage and destruction. A single strike from it can cause a powerful explosion that can be created powerful gusts of winds.
  • Kosō Renbu (虎陶円舞): Matsuri twirls Kotōmaru over her head and compresses spiritual energy within the blade. Afterwards, she swings it, and the area it is swung in is engulfed in a blue pillar of energy.
  • Rengoku (煉獄, Purgatory; literary. "smelting/forging prison"): Matsuri swings her Zanpakutō forward, causing four geysers of flames to erupt from the ground.
  • Rasen (螺旋, Spiral; literary. "spiral-shell (as of a mollusk) swirl"): Matsuri raises her Zanpakutō in the air and violet energy surrounds her and engulfs anyone surrounding her.

Matsuri's Bankai

  • Bankai: Ryūkyū Kotōmaru (竜糾虎淘丸, Dragon-Seeking Tiger Culler) has a dragon head on her left shoulder and a cape on her waist to foot. On her right shoulder is a piece of gray fur. The blade itself also seems to be composed of a bright pink energy.
Bankai Special Ability: Matsuri's Bankai greatly increases the attack power of her Zanpakutō, as well as her defensive strength.
  • Enhanced Ryūkyū Tenshō:
  • Ryūkyū Zesshō (竜糾虎淘丸, Dragon-Seeking Finishing Thrust): The blade of energy becomes much larger and she uses it to slash all enemies within range of this attack.
  • Energy Shield: A spiral of orange reiatsu can be seen above her left sholder this acts and a shield at times, it rushes to block high powered attacks that she cannot normal defend against. The Shield is near indestructible and doesn't cost her any reiatsu to use.
  • Enhanced Bankai Duration: Furthermore, the fact that all of her energy is "compressed" in her energy blade means that usage of her Bankai doesn't expel as much spiritual power as other Bankai from the point of activation, thus allowing her to use Ryūkyū Kotōmaru at a much longer duration than any other Bankai users of her level.

Creation and ConceptEdit

Matsuri Kudo is based of the character from the Bleach: 3rd Phantom video game of the same name. I wanted to have a replacement for Roydon Mashūzu when he (eventually) becomes Captain. I find her character in the game a great example of a female lead, so I decided to have her in my fan fiction with a modified past so she can fall in love with the main character which will drive her to get stronger. I plan to have her battle an Arrancar, and she will use Bankai and go into Shunkō to fight.


  • (To Amagai) "You are paranoid Amagai, no-one was trying to kill you that device made you think that way, please remember why you became a Captain or i'll be forced to kill you!"
  • "This is my Bankai."


  • She originally going to be an exiled shinigami, but I dropped the idea after playing more of the later chapter of the video game.
  • Her Shunkō is a light blue colour, unlike the clear white that both Soi Fon and Yoruichi Shihōin have.