Rinko is a young shinigami struggling with tuberculosis. She ended up using the body of a girl who shared the same name, but with the last name Yoake. She met Hana Hoseki in the Soul Society and the two were banished from the Soul Society. She meets Jushiro Ukitake one day, and when Hana leaves, her tuberculosis got worse.
When Hana, Jushiro and Shunsui leave, Rinko falls into depression.