Kūkaku Shiba is an ill-tempered fireworks expert that lives on the outskirts of Soul Society with her family in ridiculously-themed houses (which she changes in design and location regularly). She is a personal friend of Yoruichi Shihōin. She is also the somewhat authoritative older sister of Ganju Shiba and younger sister of Kaien Shiba .
Kūkaku is youthful-looking woman of average height with long messy black hair she usually wears bandages over. She wears a white skirt and provocative red robe exposing her bosom. She is missing her right arm, which in the anime is replaced with a prosthetic limb, the reason for the loss remains unknown. She has a tattoo on her left arm.
Kūkaku is the acting head of the Shiba family, which fell from the status of nobility after her brother, Kaien Shiba, died. Because they knew only that Kaien was killed by a Shinigami, both Kūkaku and Ganju are distrustful of Shinigami when first introduced. After Kaien's killer, Rukia Kuchiki, explains how he died and apologizes, the Shiba make amends. Kūkaku seems to have some kind of relationship with the Urahara Shop, knowing Yoruichi Shihōin and claiming to have worked with Kisuke Uraharain the past.
Kūkaku is known to be violent and very aggressive, often scolding and beating her younger brother Ganju. Ganju is not the only victim of Kūkaku's aggressive nature, as she has also scolded, threatened, and beaten others, such as the various members of Ganju's Gang, and Ichigo Kurosaki. Kūkaku has also been known to change the location of her house without warning and without leaving any information as to where she changed locations.
Powers and Abilities
- High Spiritual Power
- Keen Intellect
- Kido Expert
- Fireworks Expert