|“||That bad habit you had of always disappearing without telling me where you are going...still hasn't changed.||„|
|~ Rangiku to Gin|
Rangiku Matsumoto (松本 乱菊, Matsumoto Rangiku) is the lieutenant of the 10th Division of the Gotei 13, serving under Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya.
Powers and Stats
Name: Rangiku Matsumoto
Classification: Shinigami, Lieutenant of the 10th Division
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Flight, Ash Manipulation, Kidō Expert, Spiritual Awareness, Can sense beings with reiatsu, Hakuda Practitioner, Expert Swordsmanship, Energy Manipulation
Attack Potency: Town level+ (Fought Izuru and, although she only gave him light injuries, should be noted that she still defeated him and left him down for a good while. Took on Emilou Apacci, Franceska Mila Rose, and Cyan Sung-Sun three Fraccion level Arrancar whose powers together can summon Ayon a pet that needed Yamamoto to step in to defeat)
Lifting Strength: At least Superhuman
Striking Strength: Town Class+
Stamina: High (Rangiku has been shown to have a high level of endurance. She was able to hold her own in a fight against three Espada's Fracción, was also still conscious after having an entire side of her torso ripped out)
Range: Extended melee range with her unreleased Zanpakutō, several hundreds of meters when released, tens to hundreds of metres with Kidō
Standard Equipment: Her Zanpakutō, Haineko
Intelligence: Rangiku has proven to be quite intelligent when she needs to be, such as in her battle with Nakeem, whom she fooled into believing that she was unconscious in order to request that the limiters be removed more easily. This was also displayed in her battle with Harribel's Fracción, where she caused them to argue with one another as she attempted to defeat them with one concentrated attack. It should also be noted that despite her usually immature behaviour, she is one of the older Lieutenants in the Gotei 13 and looked up to by her juniors, her combat ability and cunning actually being held in high regard.
Weaknesses: None notable
Shunpo Practitioner: While Rangiku's true skill in Shunpo is unknown, she is skillful enough to keep up with her captain. Her skill has proven great enough to easily out-maneuver an Arrancar capable of fighting at lieutenant-level skill.
Hakuda Practitioner: While mainly using her Zanpakutō in actual combat, Rangiku has, on various occasions showed some noticeable skill unarmed. During various missions to the Human World while in a Gigai, she would use well-coordinated kicks and punches on people with perverted advances. Ikkaku has noted that she should hold back more on her strikes, as she tends to knock out the target.
High Spiritual Power: Being a lieutenant of the Gotei 13, Rangiku boasts a high level of spiritual energy. She has manifested her Reiatsu and successfully intimidated both Chad and Noba.
Haineko (灰猫, "Ash Cat"): The Zanpakutō's form is that of a straight-bladed katana. The tsuba is in the shape of a cat's head, with two triangles on the top half curving into ear-points, and the bottom half tapering down into a single point. It has a dark red handle. Rangiku keeps Haineko behind her clipped onto her waist obi.
- Shikai: Its release command is "Growl" (唸れ, unare).
Shikai Special Ability: In its Shikai, Haineko's blade turns to ash, and with a flick of the hilt, Rangiku can cut anywhere the ash has landed on. All the ash that surrounds her opponent(s) might as well be her sword. With simple hand gestures and a thought she can control where the ash goes as well as make it take various forms. Though in this form it takes on the look of scattered ash, each particle is a tiny blade. Rangiku controls the ash to attack from any direction as soon as she moves the hilt, ultimately enveloping and tearing up the enemy. So evidently, Haineko is very hard to fight against in this form. The main attack strength of Haineko comes from how much ash makes contact, thus why it is clumped together. The ash can cut through objects as easily as a sword would, similar in principle to Byakuya Kuchiki's Senbonzakura. Rangiku has shown that Haineko can be a defensive weapon as well by having it take the form of a shield to defend against Apacci's attack.
- Neko Rinbu (猫輪舞, "Cat Round Dance"): Rangiku can create an enveloping cloud which she can then enclose around her opponents, turning it into a deadly tornado. This provides her an advantage while fighting groups of enemies.
- House (ハウス, Hausu): Rangiku can create a multilayer wall of ash. She uses the technique to aid her Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya in the stabilization of his Shinkū Tasō Hyōheki technique.
Bankai: Not yet achieved. Rangiku has not yet achieved the Bankai of her Zanpakutō, though she is trying to learn it. However, Haineko is just as moody, lazy, and self-centered as Rangiku is, making her progress difficult.
Kidō Expert: As a lieutenant, Rangiku has enough of an understanding of Kidō spells to identify them upon sight. Though she is not a common user of this art, she is able to use Bakudō #77 without incantation.
- Bakudō #77: Tenteikūra (天挺空羅, Heavenly Rickshaws in Silken Air; Viz "Heavenly Charged Sky Net"): Transmits one's voice to a large number of people simultaneously. The spell transmits messages mentally to anyone within an area of the caster's choosing. The messages can be spoken either by the caster or by another within the vicinity of the caster.