Shirahime Thorne (Shihoin) / Shirayukihime Shinnouhi

Shirayukihime no Tenjou
Shirayukihime Shinnouhi

Shirahime Thorne began her current life as Samantha “Sam” Hawthorne. After traveling to Soul Society, she remembers her past life as Shirayukihime no Tenjou and lives as a shinigami, Shirahime Thorne.

She is property (literally) of the royal family. Her title, Shinnouhi, means that she is the Imperial Princess by marriage.


SpeciesIncarnation or Time Period
GodShirayukihime no Tenjou
Reincarnated God
Yukihime Suzunami
Reincarnated God
Samantha Hawthorne
Human and Shinigami
(Both, not Hybrid),
Reincarnated God
Shirahime Thorne
(until she first challenges Aizen)
GodShirahime Thorne
(after she summons Shirayukihime no Tenjou)


Shirayukihime ShinnouhiImperial Princess Shirayukihime
“Snow White Princess”
Modern Day Title, Shortened Title in Past Life
Shirayukihime no TenjouSnow White Princess of the HeavensName & Title in Past Life
Shirayukihime no Tenjou is both name and title


Name / NicknameMeaningIncarnation or Time Period
“White Princess”Current Incarnation
“Snow Princess”Past Life Incarnation in Third Phantom
(see Nokori Kaze)
Shirayukihime“Snow White Princess”First Incarnation
Shirahime“White Princess”First Incarnation’s Informal Name
Shirayukihime (“Snow White Princess”); Shirahime (“White Princess”); Yukihime (“Snow Princess”)


Aijou (“Beloved Daughter”)Yoruichi Shihoin and Kisuke Urahara
My OneKail (Ichigo’s Hollow)
My PrincessCrown Prince Ichigo, Ichigo Kurosaki, Kail (Ichigo’s Hollow), Crown Prince Shiroyuki, and Yoruichi Shihoin
Shira (Current Incarnation)Ichigo Kurosaki
Shira (First Incarnation)Crown Prince Ichigo

Shinigami Rank

Fourth SeatEleventhPre Blush
Third SeatTenthPre Blush
TaichoFifthPre Toshiro’s Journey
FifthPre After DiamondDust


Unlike many others, Shirahime has two zanpakuto. They are not one zanpakuto split into two, but two seperate entities. She can use then without any release commands or spoken phrases.

Yukihime (Primary) / Yukihime no Tenjou

Yukihime is the incarnation of Shirayukihime’s powers. When speaking the shikai commands aloud, Shirahime will sometimes only use the initial command phrase. Example; “First Revival,” not “First Revival: Ice Barrier.”

Yukihime is also called Yukihime no Tenjou (“Snow Princess of the Heavens”).

Shikai1First RevivalIce BarrierForms ice barrier
Shikai2Second RevivalRaikaBlue lightning shot
Shikai3Third RevivalUnknownIce meteor
SPECIALTarget: ShirahimeLast RevivalUnknownRecovery (See Shiro Shattered)
Zanpakuto part 1
Last RevivalYukihime no TenjouZanpakuto Yukihime reappears
(see Soul of Shirahime)
Zanpakuto part 2
ReformKosetsu RyuZanpakuto Kosetsu Ryu reappears
(see Soul of Shirahime)
SPECIALTarget: ShirahimeFinal RevivalShirayukihime no TenjouSummons her first incarnation
SPECIALUnknownFinal RevivalRevival of the Dead, Shirayukihime no TenjouExact effect unknown, seen in Soul of Shirahime.

Kosetsu Ryu (Secondary)

Kosetsu Ryu’s spirit takes the form of a small ice dragon. His favorite child of Shirahime is Yachiru.

Shirahime often leaves Kosetsu in a released state as the small ice dragon. Its shikai release command is “Prepare for Batttle,” sometimes shortened to “Prepare.” It’s bankai command is “Go to War, Kosetsu Ryu.”

Shirahime commands Kosetsu (dragon) with “Get (target).” She uses this in the DiamondDust story (TBA) during the King’s Seal arc: “Get them, Kosetsu!” Kosetsu pursues and attacks the enemies.

When making Kosetsu Ryu (zanpakuto) reappear, the “Reform” command must follow “Last Revival: Yukihime no Tenjou” and is considered part of Yukihime’s special commands. See Yukihime zanpakuto chart.

Kosetsu Ryu first appears during Another Shinigami as a copy of Zangetsu (zanpakuto) as the Shiro Zangetsu. It is sometimes called either Shiro Zangetsu or White Zangetsu.

Family & Relationships

Children (Oldest to Youngest)

[Yachiru’s First Incarnation]

Yachiru Kusajishi

Reincarnated God
Shirayukihime no Tenjou[Crown Prince Ichigo]

Kenpachi Zaraki
Matsuri KudoShinigamiYukihime SuzunamiSeigen Suzunami
Fujimaru KudoShinigamiYukihime SuzunamiSeigen Suzunami
Daichi Thorne TakeyaGod/Shinigami HybridUnknownUnknown
Raiko Thorne TakeyaZanpakuto SpiritShirahime ThorneNone
Raiko is the incarnation of Daichi’s zanpakuto, Aoi Raiko.

Other Family

Kisuke UraharaReincarnation of Shirayukihime’s father
Yoruichi ShihoinReincarnation of Shirayukihime’s mother
Lafiel Urahara“Twin Sister” Enhanced artificial soul
Haruhi“Sister” mod soul
Soi FonHonorary Sister
Momo HinamoriDaichi’s love interest (Shiro Shattered)
Crown Prince IchigoHusband of Shirayukihime no Tenjou
Ichigo KurosakiReincarnation of Crown Prince Ichigo
Seigen SuzunamiHusband of Yukihime Suzunami

Love Interests

Crown Prince ShiroyukiSince his first incarnation as Prince Kail.Member of the royal family, fiancé. Named Yachiru his heir.
Toshiro Hitsugaya (adult)His interest: Since sometime during Another Shinigami Part 2: The Reincarnation.

Her interest: Sometime before Shiro Shattered.
Yachiru calls him one of her fathers (later part of Toshiro’s Journey).
Byakuya KuchikiSince Fifth Division in the Red.Asked Shirahime to marry him (The Zanpakuto Rebellion).
Mayuri KurotsuchiHis interest: Sometime before Fifth Division in the Red.

Her interest: Unknown.
Creator of Shirahime’s sister, Lafiel.
Kenpachi ZarakiSince his previous incarnation as Sam’s human fiancé.

Their romantic relationship ends sometime before Shiro Shattered.
Shirahime asked him to marry her (After DiamondDust).

Yachiru’s (present incarnation) father.

Love Interests – Previous Incarnations

Crown Prince IchigoShirayukihime no TenjouHusband. Father of her child.
Prince KailShirayukihime no TenjouHer husband’s younger brother who was in love with her.
ZangetsuShirayukihime no TenjouHer husband’s teacher. They loved each other since before she got married but knew they could never be together.
Seigen SuzunamiYukihime SuzunamiHusband.
First Mentioned: White Princess Rebirth (Shirayukihime); Soul of Shirahime (Yukihime)

It’s Complicated (It’s Not Mutual)

Ichigo Kurosaki

Shirahime is rational. She accepts that her past incarnation was married to Ichigo Kurosaki’s past incarnation and that they had a daughter (Yachiru’s past incarnation). It’s a fact. Move on. This does NOT mean Shirahime and Ichigo in their current lives need a relationship.

Ichigo is irrational. He gets confused by memories of his past life and needs to be reminded MANY times of the fact they are NOT married in this life.

Sosuke Aizen

Shirahime’s rivalry with her predecessor intensifies as the series progresses. Not in a way she would have expected.


Shiro to Shirahime, Shiro Sunset:

How have you been?
You mean since Sou Taicho relieved me of duty?  Fine.  Feel my dripping sarcasm.
It’s for your own health.  You can’t take battles like we can.
I’m the reincarnation of a pretty pissed off Heaven Princess, as everyone and everything are so fond of reminding me, and I can’t take battle?
You’re human. You could die.
Been there, done that.  Several times actually.

Shirahime to Shiro, Shiro Sunset:

I seem to be good at picking up children and adding them as my own. Maybe sometime in this life, I’ll actually go through the regular process.

Shirahime’s Introduction, That “Talk” Again:

I’m the reincarnation of a pretty pissed – pretty wronged – Heaven’s Princess, Shirayukihime no Tenjou.

To Kisuke on being property of the royal family, That “Talk” Again:

[Rest is not going to help me] [d]eal with the fact I’m property.  I’m not sure how maybe you feel about that, but the American in me is ready to revolt.
That is your power, isn’t it?
I don’t think you really want me to say it.  After all, you want to keep the shop in one piece?

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