Next in the countdown is one of the most popular shinigami and frequently seen in the series characters, vice captain Renji Abarai of squad 6.
Renji is the lieutenant of Captain Byakuya Kuchiki and best friend of his sister, Rukia Kuchiki. Like Rukia, Renji rose his way up from the slums in Soul Society to make the level of shinigami and eventually work under Captain Kuchiki. He’s the only shinigami with tattoos on his body (they are strange, but its Renji) and he has the bandana he wears as well, giving him a
As a person, Renji is a very proud warrior that marches head on into battles and has a very determined loyalty to his friends. This often gets him into trouble in some fights, but he consistently uses his strength and intelligence to battle back. He is a lot like Ichigo which makes the two characters funny to watch. They are both stubborn, independent, but will do anything to protect their friends. Renji learned bankai, fought his own captain and even when barely healed, still tried to rescue Rukia in the series. Its just who he is. He is also an important the entire series because he is often one of the first shinigami that is thrown into a battle by Soul Society.
His zanpakuto, Zabimaru, is very unique and is able to extend out like a whip with multiple blades. He has shown in the past that he can wrap it around an opponent, and then rip them to shreds if he wants. He is one of only two vice captains (that have been shown in the anime) that has reached bankai in the series (the other will come later in the series) showing how powerful he is. While its not the best bankai, it’s still powerful and has been useful in many battles. He isn’t the best at kido, leading to a lot of laughter when he attempts it.
When the series first started, I wasn’t a fan of him. He just was evil and didn’t have much of a background but as he progressed he became even more important and he grew on me. Now he is one of the characters that shows up and I’m glad to see him joining the fight. He is one of my favorites and ranks highly on my list.