Nanao Ise Zanpakuto


Nanao Ise is the lieutenant of the 8th Division and Vice-President of the Shinigami Women's Association.  She first joined the division when she was a little girl and enjoyed being read to by former lieutenant Lisa Yadomaru. Nanao is a very serious and pragmatic person which is at odds with her captain's silly antics. Despite this, she is extremely respectful of her captain and follows his instructions without hesitation. Nanao is often accosted by her captain, whose teasing takes various forms.


Not much is known about Nanao's Zanpakuto, since she is very rarely seen with it. An illustration in the art book "All Color but the Black" reveals that her Zanpakuto takes the form of what appears to be either a wakizashi or tanto with a rectangular tsuba decorated with diamond shapes in the corners and question-mark shapes on the broad sides, which she seems to conceal within her sleeve. This is confirmed when just before Shunsui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake's fight with Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto, where she reaches in her sleeve only to be overwhelmed by Yamamoto's Reiatsu.

Shikai: Not Yet Revealed

Bankai: Not Yet Achieved

Power and Abilities

Kido Expert: It is later revealed in Kubo's cliff notes on the sides of omake chapters that just like Momo Hinamori, Nanao is also a Kidō expert. She is shown at least skilled enough to perform mid-level spells without incantation.[15]

Flash Steps Expert: Nanao is proficient enough in flash steps to keep up with most lieutenant-level Shinigami.

High Spiritual Power: Being a lieutenant of the Gotei 13, Nanao boasts a high spiritual energy.