Oleh: hitsugayafreedom | November 17, 2008
Hitsugaya The Best Captain
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is very young by Soul Society standards. Born in Rukongai, he became the youngest ever to reach captain rank. Thus, he is called a “boy genius” or a “child prodigy” by many. He is short (because of his age) and has white hair, which tends to draw attention in the human world. He wears standard captain’s clothing, save for a green sash around his shoulders, and sometimes walks around in his tabi.
Hitsugaya is generally mature and serious, in contrast to his free-spirited lieutenant, Rangiku Matsumoto. Despite their philosophical differences, he and Rangiku seem to be very close. Hitsugaya is shown to also be easily annoyed by others goofing off or drawing unneeded attention to themselves, as shown when he led a team of shinigami into Ichigo Kurosaki’s school. Hitsugaya hates anything that he deems childish and hates being described as something close to a child. He is overly protective of Momo Hinamori, due to fact that they were old childhood friends. Hitsugaya dislikes summer and warm weather in general.
Hitsugaya is easily annoyed when anyone (especially Momo Hinamori) refers to him by anything other than his title, Captain Hitsugaya. Hinamori has called him by “Toshiro,” and both she and Ukitake have occasionally used “Lil’ Shiro” a nickname meaning “Whitey” in reference to his hair — in both cases without repercussion, Jūshirō Ukitake comically gives Hitsugaya candy and other food because “Jūshirō” and “Tōshirō” sound similar and because they both have white hair, making them both “Shiro-chan.” The first character in Hitsugaya’s given name, Tōshirō, means “winter,” which is appropriate given his white hair and ice type zanpakutō. Ichigo also calls Hitsugaya by his given name, much to Hitsugaya’s annoyance despite his protests, making him one of three captains Ichigo refers to in this manner (the others being Byakuya Kuchiki and Kenpachi Zaraki).
Hitsugaya’s intuition is extremely sharp, and he is one of few captains to correctly suspect Gin Ichimaru of foul play, though he understandably didn’t suspect Sōsuke Aizen of the same.
During his duel with Gin Ichimaru , Ichimaru remarks that Hitsugaya is the embodiment of a heavenly guardian that would be reincarnated once in a while. This is attributed to his given name, which is a homonym for a casual Japanese term meaning “amateur”, possibly referring to Hitsugaya’s young age and inexperience relative to the other captains of the Gotei 13.