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11th Division
11th Division Insignia
Title Eleventh Division
Kanji 十一番隊
Romaji Jūichibantai
Captain Kenpachi Zaraki
Lieutenant Yachiru Kusajishi
Allies None
Specialty Melee Combat: Swordsmanship
Insignia Yarrow
Insignia Signifies Fight
Division Color Lavender

"11th division - the faces in Team Zaraki - the love for fighting to them is like the need for three meals a day!" - Tite Kubo[1]

The Eleventh Division (十一番隊, jūichibantai; "Squad 11" in the English Dub), sometimes called the Zaraki Corps and Zaraki Squad,[2] is one of the Gotei 13, headed by Captain Kenpachi Zaraki.

Organization

The Eleventh Division follow the traditional organization set down by its first Captain Yachiru Unohana.[3]

The Division has no Fourth Seat even though the Fifth Seat, Yumichika Ayasegawa is technically qualified for the position. He wanted to be the Third Seat because he thought the kanji for the Third Seat was the most beautiful. However, due to Ikkaku holding the rank of Third seat, he chose to be the Fifth Seat because the kanji resembles the kanji for the Third Seat,[4] which left a vacant position that won't be filled as nobody is more qualified than himself within the Division except first three seats.

The division is also set up so that to become the Captain of the Eleventh, the candidate must do so through the third method of becoming a captain, killing the previous captain in front of 200 members of the Division, which is almost the entire Division.[5] Upon defeating the previous Kenpachi, the new captain takes on the name of Kenpachi (the best swordsman of each generation). Since the rise to captain status of the current Kenpachi, an unofficial rule has been added that says to be a true member of the Eleventh Division, one's Zanpakutō must be a melee-type.[6]

Special Duties

The Eleventh Division is a direct-combat Division with a specialization in swords-only combat, forgoing the other Shinigami arts and thereby being one of the most specialized divisions in the Gotei 13. As such, it is common practice for members to be carrying their Zanpakutō at all times.[7] The division's doctrine of dominating in battle is what appeals to its members; they believe that fighting is what makes life worth living. This is what separates the 11th Division from the others and makes them the strongest division. Everyone in the 11th Division are highly skilled in fighting. They believe if they are going to die anyway, they have to go down fighting gloriously.[8]

Barracks

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11th Division Barracks

Like all the other barracks, the 11th Division Barracks house the offices and living quarters of the Shinigami of the 11th.


Notable Members

11th Division
Rank Name In Office Status
CaptainKenpachi Zaraki? - CurrentActive
LieutenantYachiru Kusajishi? - CurrentActive
3rd SeatIkkaku Madarame? - CurrentActive
5th SeatYumichika Ayasegawa? - CurrentActive
10th SeatMakizō Aramaki1991 A.D. - CurrentActive
UnknownGoteitaishi? - CurrentActive
Former Members
CaptainYachiru Unohana1002 A.D. - ?Deceased
Captain2nd Kenpachi? - ?Deceased
Captain3rd Kenpachi? - ?Deceased
Captain4th Kenpachi? - ?Deceased
Captain5th Kenpachi? - ?Deceased
Captain6th Kenpachi? - ?Deceased
Captain7th Kenpachi? - ?Deceased
Captain8th Kenpachi? - ?Deceased
Captain9th Kenpachi? - ?Deceased
CaptainKenpachi Kiganjō? - ?Deceased
4th SeatTetsuzaemon Iba [9]? - ?Promotion
6th SeatRenji Abarai? - 2001 A.D.Promotion
UnknownMaki Ichinose (anime only)? - ?Deceased
UnknownSeizo Harugasaki (anime only)? - 2001 A.D.Retired


Recruitment

As the Eleventh Division regards combat as the ultimate law, the atmosphere of the Eleventh Division attracts only stalwart men who live for battle. That's why the Eleventh Division sets the standard for combat for all the other divisions. In addition, while members of the Eleventh Division give the impression of being a band of wild outlaws, the men of the Eleventh brag about being firmly unified under Kenpachi.[10]

Recruitment Fair Brochure

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Illustration for the 11th Division Recruitment Brochure[11]

The following question and answer, plus illustration, was printed in the special issue of the Seireitei Communication that came out straight after the Ryoka Invasion of Soul Society.[11]

Kenpachi Zaraki

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Guys who like fighting.

2. How would you describe the atmosphere around your division?

We get along and have fun.

3. What do you require of new recruits?

They should be strong.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

Strong guys, come and try me!!


Yachiru Kusajishi

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Strong guys.

2. How would you describe the atmosphere around your division?

Eeeveryone gets along~

3. What do you require of new recruits?

No weak people should join.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

I'll think up a nickname for you!


Frank talk!! with the 12th Division captain, Mayuri Kurotsuchi

The 11th Division? I don't know. Why must I introduce people to the 11th Division? It's just a gathering of thugs with pitiful intelligence who fight all the time. Besides, one time that lieutenant of theirs came into my research laboratory, and she climbed onto my chair and spilled disgusting candy everywhere, she touched all my machines with her filthy hands, she erased my data, she got water on everything when she went to wash her face-- Why that wretched brat?! This is all Zaraki's fault.

Shinigami Women's Association Aptitude Test

According to the Shinigami Women's Association aptitude test, those who are "vigorous" are best suited to this division, noting that with each passing year, the division is filled with even more Shinigami who would prefer a fight to a meal. The Association goes on to state that if you believe "might is right" then the Eleventh is the division for you.[12]

Trivia

  • At least two of the current lieutenants belonging to other divisions were formerly affiliated with the Eleventh Division: Renji Abarai and Tetsuzaemon Iba.
  • The 11th division also seem to have close relations with the 8th division, shown in one of the omake where Captain Kyōraku and Captain Zaraki are drinking with their entire squads with them; they look at the "moon" which turned out to be Ikkaku's head.
  • This is the only division in which the main member capable of Bankai is not the current captain; instead, the current third seat, Ikkaku, is the one who has achieved Bankai.

References

  1. Bleach Official Character Book Souls
  2. Bleach anime; Episode 118
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 523, page 19
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 147, page 8
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter -108, page 11
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 147, page 9
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 120, pages 14-15
  8. Bleach Bootleg, page 110
  9. Bleach The Honey Dish Rhapsody
  10. Bleach Bootleg, pages 108-110
  11. 11.0 11.1 Bleach Bootleg, page 131
  12. Bleach Bootleg, page 179

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