Shi-Kai: Tobiume (Flying Plum)
- release command: "Hajike!" ("Snap!")
Hinamori Momo’s zanpakutou becomes a rod with bent prongs extending at intervals. Her zanpakutou’s power is based in kidou, the Demon Arts. This makes sense, as Hinamori is a master of kidou. Her zanpakutou is very powerful, though we only saw her use it in a brief moment against Kira.
Hinamori Momo was the utterly devoted vice captain of Aizen Sousuke of the Fifth Division. Aizen’s betrayal to the Soul Society essentially broke Hinamori, and his attempt on her life has had thus far unknown effects on her psyche. Last time she was seen, she was still bedridden in the Fourth Division headquarters. Because of the massive amounts of physical and psychological damage done to Hinamori, it should not be assumed that Hinamori is acting captain of the Fifth Division.
Hinamori wears standard shinigami robes and her dark hair is pulled into a bun held in a tied cloth. When in her shinigami robes, she wears the Fifth Division’s vice captain badge. We saw her in her pajamas, a plain kimono, and her hair was tied in a loose ponytail. When she attended the Shinigami Academy, she wore the red students robes assigned to the girls and her hair was in pigtails tied at the base of her neck.
Hinamori has good friendships with many of the captain and vice captain shinigami. Her friendship with Kira Izuru and Abarai Renji began back in the Shinigami Academy on a standard field exercise to the real world to practice performing the konso. The exercise was led by Hisagi Shuuhei. Everything went well until a group of huge hollows attacked them. Shuuhei told everyone to run, but Hinamori turned to see Shuuhei being attacked by multiple hollows. She ran to help him, and was followed, somewhat reluctantly, by Renji and Kira.
Backup arrived in the form of Fifth Division Captain Aizen and then Vice Captain Ichimaru Gin. Hinamori began idolizing Aizen from that moment. He knew that, and manipulated the system to make sure that Kira, Renji, and Hinamori were all sent to his division upon graduation. He perceived Renji as a threat to his scheme and had him sent out of the divisions he controlled, but sent Kira to the Third Division, which was now captained by Gin. He kept Hinamori in the Fifth, and she worked her way up the ladder to be Aizen’s vice captain.
When we are initially introduced to Hinamori, she is the first to arrive to the vice captains’ meeting, and is sitting on the floor. She asks Renji if he’s seen Aizen anywhere, and when she admits that she’s noticed him acting weird lately and is near tears, Renji lies and denies the fact that he has just had a conversation about Rukia with him.
Hitsugaya Toushirou, who is captain of the Tenth Division, has been one of Hinamori’s close friends since they both lived in Rukongai. She still calls him “Hitsugaya-kun” sometimes, and only once does she call him her old nickname for him, “Shirou-kun,” and that is when she is under severe stress. He is worried about Hinamori, and warns her to watch out for Gin before Aizen’s “murder.” As a result, Hinamori attacks Gin when Aizen’s body is discovered, and is countered by Kira. She actually releases her shikai when Kira refuses to let her kill his captain. Hitsugaya arrives and stops both of them in an instant. He orders them to be restrained, and orders them to be imprisoned.
Hinamori is desolate over the death of Aizen, but his last letter to her reaches her through Hitsugaya and his vice captain, Matsumoto Rangiku. Matsumoto points out that if the letter had been found by any of the other captains, she wouldn’t have been allowed to see it. The letter holds Aizen’s “secrets” and his knowledge of the conspiracy. However, it is a sham letter meant to blame Hitsugaya for everything, including his “death.” When Hinamori escapes from her cell, she goes after Hitsugaya, and Gin, who has arrived on the scene, merely laughs. Hitsugaya attempts to deal with Gin, but Hinamori tries to stop him. He hits her much harder than he means to, and in the fray with Gin that follows, Gin traps Hitsugaya in a situation that is either be killed or let Hinamori die. Hitsugaya realizes this too late, but fortunately Matsumoto reappears to stop Gin’s sword. Hinamori is put back into a cell and a spell is put on her cell to keep others from attacking her. It is very difficult to break from the outside, but very easy to break from the inside. However, Hitsugaya didn’t count on Hinamori’s determination to avenge Aizen and break the spell from the inside. She hides her presence and follows Hitsugaya and Matsumoto and is shocked to find the Central 46 massacred. She is reunited with Aizen briefly, but she is betrayed by him. He stabs her through the heart and she nearly dies.
When Hitsugaya returns to the Central 46 building, he sees Hinamori’s body, and attacks Aizen. He is easily defeated. The two of them are saved by Unohana Retsu, the captain of the Fourth Division.
Aizen’s reasoning behind killing Hinamori was that he built her to not be able to live without him. He claims to have done her a favor by killing her. He tried to get other people to kill Hinamori, but that failed, so he was left with no choice but to kill her himself. Fortunately, even that failed, and he abandoned Hinamori and Hitsugaya once Unohana showed up on the scene at the Central 46.
Hinamori is a sweet soul who is willing to give anything for the people she cares about. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and cowardice and sense. She is a master of Kidou, and was a part of the top class in the Shinigami Academy.
Her best friends are Hitsugaya, Renji, and Kira. Those who know Hinamori only want her to be happy. When she is worried, others try to make her feel better.
She is a good person and a strong shinigami when she needs to be. She has untapped wells of anger hidden in the depths of her soul, and only goes there when she must.
Right now it is impossible to tell what Hinamori will be like the next time we see her. As stated earlier, Aizen’s attempt on her life has damaged her soul irreparably. She will probably never be the same sweet, innocent girl she was when she was first introduced. However, we have yet to see if that will really come to pass. She is still in Soul Society, and it is assumed she is in a stable condition, or else Hitsugaya probably wouldn’t have gone to the material world.
**Recent developments vis-à-vis Hinamori’s condition** Hinamori has recently been confirmed as conscious. After Yamamoto debriefed Hitsugaya on Aizen’s plan concerning the Ou-ken, he allowed Hinamori to surprise Hitsugaya and let her talk to him. Hinamori still looks a little worse for wear, and has apparently not been sleeping well since regaining consciousness. After she apologizes to him profusely for not believing him and attacking him, Hitsugaya pokes fun at her for her baggy eyes and small breasts, trying to make her laugh. Hinamori abruptly asks him if he’s planning on killing Aizen, and when he tells her yes, she begs for Aizen’s life. As she enters a hysterical state, she is knocked out again, and Yamamoto apologizes for Hinamori. It is obvious that Hinamori is not in a stable condition mentally, and there is some speculation that she will try to find a way to rejoin Aizen at a later date. Hinamori’s mental state isn’t entirely unexpected. The psychological damage she’s suffered at Aizen’s hands is nothing short of incredible. It can only be hoped that Hinamori will recover enough to see the truth about Aizen eventually.