Maki is a tall and lean-built man with brown eyes and short raven black hair that is not parted; a large portion of it hangs in the middle of his face. He wears a Shinigami uniform that he later modified to a sleeveless one, similar to most members of the 9th Division and a hooded shirt underneath. Back when he was still a member of the 11th Division, he did wear a uniform with sleeves.
Ichinose is a man with a strong sense of duty and justice, believing strongly that those with great power should use it for more noble causes than just self-satisfaction. It was because of this trait that he could not embrace the current Kenpachi as his captain, since the barbaric captain viewed combat as only a means of entertainment. When he meets Jin Kariya, who inspires Ichinose in a way similar to his previous captain, Ichinose decides to serve under him and without question follow his orders. Despite convincing himself that he has moved on from his past, his anger towards Kenpachi still remains, as shown from his arduous training to grow stronger and when breaking his vow to Kariya to fight Kenpachi instead of stopping Ichigo and his friends as he was expected to.
Ichinose was originally part of the 11th Division, serving under Captain Kenpachi Kiganjō. However, his captain was challenged by Kenpachi Zaraki in front of 200 Shinigami in an attempt to become new captain of the 11th Division. During the battle, he and Kaname Tōsen could not stop the fight and Tōsen commented on how he felt that Zaraki was dangerous. After the battle, Kiganjō was killed and Zaraki became the new captain. When Ichinose confronted Zaraki later, he challenged Zaraki to a duel. Zaraki refused, but said that he might consider battling if Ichinose managed to injure him. Ichinose took the initiative, but just as he prepared to use Nijigasumi, Zaraki knocked the sword out of his hands. Zaraki then advised Ichinose to stand for himself. Later, Ichinose told Zaraki and Lieutenant Yachiru Kusajishi that he was leaving the Soul Society. After leaving, Ichinose wandered about until he came across a village under attack by a Hollow. He saved a little boy, but the Hollow proved to be too powerful for him to handle. However, he was saved by the appearance of Jin Kariya and Gō Koga. Kariya allowed Ichinose to finish off the Hollow and then recruited him. Ever since then, Ichinose became completely loyal to Kariya.
Bount arc (anime only)Edit
Note: Events occurring in this arc are only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.
As Ichinose sits down and reads a book in the Bount Mansion, the Bount Gō Koga enters the room and they talk for a bit. Later, Ichinose and the rest of the Bount are shown together. Kariya enters the room and Ichinose welcomes him back. Kariya informs the group that he has located a Quincy and then asks for their help in capturing the Quincy for him. Later, Ichinose is shown walking outside the mansion and Ryō walks up to him. They talk about Kariya and what he might be planning to do with the Quincy.
Later when Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends infiltrate the Bount mansion, Ichinose is ordered to guard the prisoners Uryū Ishida and Yoshino Sōma. He soon confronts Rukia Kuchiki and the mod-souls and after revealing himself to originally be part of the 11th Division, he takes care of the mod-souls. Rukia then uses Kidō to attack but her blows are easily deflected. Rukia then asks Ichinose why he's with the Bount and Ichinose explains that when Kenpachi became captain of the 11th Division by killing his former captain, everything his former captain fought for was lost. He states that because of this he lost his reason to live, but Kariya has given him new reason and that's why he'll serve under him. He then prepares to fight Rukia, but he suddenly senses Kariya in trouble and heads to his location.
Upon reaching his destination, he finds Ryō betraying Kariya and trying to become leader of the Bount. Ichinose simply releases his Zanpakutō and kills the traitorous Bount. Ichinose then notices Ichigo and prepares to fight him as well. The two begin battling each other but before their battle can be decided Kariya stops them and states that he's become interested in Ichigo. Kariya easily takes care of Ichigo and prepares to leave, but Ichigo gets back up to fight. Ichinose decides to finish Ichigo off, but the mansion is suddenly attacked by Ururu, Jinta and Yorucihi. Ichigo and the others end up escaping, along with Uryū and Yoshino. Later at night Ichinose and the other Bount watch as the mansion burns down in flames.
After the flames in the mansion burn out, Ichinose tells Kariya that he'll find a certain tool needed to fix the old clock that they have, but Kariya states that he'll find it himself. The next day, as Kariya tries to fix the clock, Ichinose informs him that he sent the other Bount to the rendezvous point. A bit later Kariya begins fighting Yoshino as part of his plan to create the bitto and Ichigo and Renji arrive. However, Ichinose and Koga appear and they hold off the two of them for a while. Kariya eventually kills Yoshino and is successful in his ceremony for creating the Bount. With his job done, Ichinose stops fighting and watches the bitto form from a distance. Later Ichinose and the other Bount head into a cave that they have frequented many times and Kariya shows them how the bitto can increase the strength of the Bount by taking out a vial from one of the bitto and drinking the contents inside it.
Later Ichinose apologizes to Kariya because he had let Mabashi accidentally slip away from him. He then goes out and saves Mabashi's life from the Shinigami Shūhei Hisagi and he takes Mabashi back.Ichinose then heads into Soul Society and uses the light from his Zanpakutō to turn himself invisible. After getting into a brief struggle with Ikkaku Madarame, Ichinose continues going through Soul Society and deletes information from the Department of Research and Development. Later when Ichigo confronts the Bount, Ichinose helps out with activating the world-connecting gate so that they can head into Soul Society. Uryū later arrives and he uses his Quincy powers to activate the gate, so Ichinose and the Bount head through the gate and into Soul Society.
While in Soul Society Ichinose, Koga and Kariya talk with Tōba in an attempt to recruit some people from Kusajishi to help them in stopping the Soul Society. The people are initially skeptic, but Koga and Ichinose are able to eventually convince them in helping them in their cause. Ichinose and Toba later talk about how large a gathering has come and Ichinose remarks that there's a large dislike for Seireitei. Kariya later comes back after battling Byakuya to help promote the cause of the Bount and Ichinose tells him that he sent the other Bount to observe Seireitei.
Soon some Shinigami begin to head towards the location of Ichinose and the Bount, so Ichinose decides to stay behind and hold them off while Kariya takes the people of Kusajishi and attack Seireitei. Ichinose is soon confronted by many opponents and he prepares to fight them. After battling a bit, Kenpachi arrives and tells Ichinose that he'll only battle him if he lets everyone else through. Ichinose does so even though this hurts Kariya's plans and he begins battling Kenpachi. Ichinose nearly defeats Kenpachi with Nijigasumi, but Kenpachi takes off his eye patch to save himself. Furious that all his efforts to beat Kenpachi have failed, he charges the mighty captain with blind rage, voicing his disdain for Kenpachi, who counters with a critical hit. Kenpachi, taking pity on how much Ichinose has fallen, makes Ichinose realize that, ever since he left the Soul Society, he has been desperately clinging to Kariya and following his dreams because he lost faith in his own path. Realizing that Kenpachi is right, Ichinose is determined to finish the fight for his own sake, only to be struck down in the final clash. 
Later, a still injured Ichinose intervenes in the final fight between Ichigo and Kariya. Surprising both men, Maki points his blade at Kariya, insisting that he use the power of the Jōkaishō to change the Soul Society for the better rather than pointlessly destroy it. Annoyed, Kariya impales Ichinose and kills him.
Powers & AbilitiesEdit
Highly Perceptive Combatant: Unlike most fighters from the 11th division, Maki first gauges his opponent's abilities and strength level before going all out. He is also a capable analyst, able to understand the basics behind his opponent's techniques.
Kidō Expert: While it is unknown how well-versed in this art Maki is, he is able to use this skill to create a passage for the Bount to safely enter the Soul Society (albeit it still required Quincy powers for it to be complete).
Great Spiritual Power: Appearing to be a unique multicolor, Maki's spiritual energy is great enough to not be overwhelmed by Kenpachi's (though Kenpachi keeps his eyepatch on throughout most of their fight). Using Saigyoku Nijigasumi, this is heightened.
Template:Translation: an average katana with a simple rectangular hand-guard with a circle around the blade and two inward curved lines stretching to each corner the long way and greyish-blue hilt.
- Shikai Special Ability: When Nijigasumi is drenched with his spiritual energy, it is able to create limitless amounts of light. When Nijigasumi shines, it melds with all other light. When he releases it, he can use that light to take control of shadows and attack his opponent with them. Nijigasumi’s ability also allows it to manipulate light for other various effects, such as:
- Invisibility: Ability to make Maki invisible to the naked eye, by surrounding him with light.
- Blinding Light: Ability to create a large area of light around opponents, disrupting their visual perceptions, causing confusion and decreasing their chance to fight back against attack.
- Illusions: The light released from Nijigasumi reigns over the dimensions that surround the opponent and alters them, thus creating this alternate dimension of light. His ability is to use this light to alter another's perceptions, allowing him to make his opponent see what he wants him to see.
- Blade of Light: Dissolves his actual blade and replaces it with a blade made of pure light. If the blade is broken, it can completely cover it to allow the battle to continue. He can also create blades of light separate from his Zanpakuto, using them as projectiles to fire at his enemies.
- Template:Translation: Causes a multitude of twinkling lights to appear, which then form together around an opponent, creating a huge sphere which engulfs everything within a significant radius. Anyone within that radius will potentially get caught in it. Immediately following that, the sphere collapses in on itself, using the compressed light to crush everything within it. Only a strong enough spiritual pressure can push back and destroy this power.
- Bankai: Not Achieved
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Bleach anime; Episode 77
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Bleach anime; Episode 98
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 74
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 73
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 74
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Bleach anime; Episode 76
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 78
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 79
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 81
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 85
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 87
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Bleach anime; Episode 90
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Bleach anime; Episode 91
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 94
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 95
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 96
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 107