Name: Katsuo Shibata
Personality: Katsuo is an incredibly cheerful and vibrant shinigami, always seen with a smile on his face or laughing about something or another. He has been noted as one of the kindest captains in the Gotai 13, offering the men of his division more comforts than other divisions might, and regularly hosts parties for his fellow captains, even if they don't want them. However, this cheerfulness and happiness hide Katsuo's true nature as the master of fear, a shinigami who originally fought in the Onmitsukido. During his time in the Onmitsukido, his laughter echoed on any battlefield he was on, laughing at the pain and terror of those he struck down.
Since the loss of his eyesight in the traditional sense, he has tried his hardest to hide his true nature, going so far as to alter the form of his sealed zanpakuto and swearing off the use of his bankai unless it is absolutely necessary. When alone, he laments his time in the Onmitsukido, and hopes that one day he can finally repent for the sins of his past.
Bio: While there are shinigami that are still alive from the time before Katsuo became a captain, their numbers have been dwindling in recent years, and those left feel it is best not to speak of those times. Instead, Katsuo looks towards the future, happily training the next generation of shinigami in the ways of peacefully leading souls to the afterlife. He is often seen walking around seretei with the aid of his cane or sipping tea in his division's head quarters, and rarely turns down the company of his fellow Gotei 13 members. Since his division currently lacks a lieutenant, he has been looking for a replacement from the various divisions, often discussing the matter with the other captains in passing. Since the loss of his eyesight, he has been regarded by the lower ranks as the weakest of the captains, due to his handicap and his relatively pacifist nature, though they quickly realize this isn't the case if they ever see him sparing. Sparing is the only activity from his past that he still relish in, and is the only time his lust for battle reawakens normally.
Rank: Captain of 13th Division
Weapon name: Kaminari no Akuma (Thunder Demon)
Sealed appearance: Kaminari no Akuma takes the form of a katana in a shikomizue mounting. The wrapping on the hilt is a light blue silk, and on the shaft of the "cane" is a laughing demon's head with lightning coming from it's mouth. The wood of the cane is a dark blue lacquer. It's blade is straight with a single edge and rounds to a point on the back edge.
Shikai appearance: A mengu mouth covering in the form of a demon's mouth with bared teeth, clawed gauntlets and greaves, as well as a new form for his sword. His sword has a wide, solid blade that is two and a half feet long with a curved hilt wrapped in blue leather. When he says the word strike, the blade shortens while the hilt extends out to become a spear. The blade of the weapon arcs with blue lightning at all times
Shikai powers: Kaminari no Akuma transforms at the command of "Laugh", engaging it's shikai form. When transformed, Kaminari no Akuma has the ability to strike an opponent with fear. When struck by the blade of Kaminari no Akuma, an opponent's deepest fear is imprinted on the blade. When the blade is licked by the mask of the shikai, Katsuo can then control it, making it appear that what the person fears is what they are experiencing. While it is not impossible to overcome the powers of the shikai, it's effects are so real to those experiencing them, they rarely look past the faults in the illusion.
While it's illusory abilities are it's primary method of defense, it's offense is nothing to laugh at either. As Kaminari no Akuma is swung, it builds a greater and greater charge of electricity along the blade, stored within the hilt until Katsuo wishes to use it. The uses of this electricity can range from a bolt of lightning striking out from the tip of blade to increasing the force of each strike, to even stunning an opponent momentarily.
Bankai: Sandai Majin Warai (Laughing Thunder Demon); a Katana made of pure electricity in both of Katsuo's hands, his hands covered in a metalic, clawed gauntlet that extend up to his shoulders. His eyes are covered by a dark blue cloth blindfold while his mouth is covered by a sinister looking laughing demon mask. Hovering over his back are two rings, one inside the other, both spinning in opposite directions. The rings are constantly crackling with electricity, as are his eyes under the blindfold. Katsuo's uniform changes to have a light blue haori with a dark purple cloud pattern on the bottom.
Bankai powers: Whenever one is cut by Sandai Majin Warai, they hear a constant diabolical laughter ring in their ears, and see the mouth of the Katsuo's mask move as if making that laughter. The more they are cut, the louder the laughter becomes and the more demonic Katsuo appears, horns appearing to grow from his head made from lightning bolts, his eyes glowing through the blindfold with black instead of white and an impossible blue for irises. Each time the person is cut as well, they fear they feel towards Katsuo increases, though a true shinigami or well trained fighter can fight through this.
The true power of Sandai Majin Warai is in fact the spinning rings on Katsuo's back, creating an unlimited supply of electricity for Katsuo to focus through his gauntlets, which he usually uses to form his swords. This allows him to alter his strikes angle at a whim by dropping the electrical blade only to grab another out of thin air and continue his assault. This causes his fighting style to become a flurry of slashes. He can also cause the blades to explode in a burst of lightning.
Extra feature: Katsuo is physically blind after the death of his closest friend in the Onmitsukido at his own hand while being controlled by a hollow. The hollow took control of him using eyesight, and Katsuo electrocuted his own eyes using his zanpakuto to break the control. Since that time, Katsuo has learned to see in other ways, using sound and reiryoku. According to the fourth division, his eyesight should be fine, but he is still unable to see in the traditional sense, due to his reliance for so many years on his ability to see reiryoku in it's true form. This ability has also turned his eyes crimson.