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4th Division
4th Division Insignia
Title Fourth Division
Kanji 四番隊
Romaji Yonbantai
Captain Vacant
Lieutenant Isane Kotetsu
Allies None
Specialty Medical/Supply/Janitorial
Insignia Bellflower
Insignia Signifies Those Who Grieve Are Loved
Division Color Puce (Dusky Pink)

The Fourth Division (四番隊, yonbantai; "Squad 4" in the English Dub), is one of the Gotei 13, formerly headed by Captain Retsu Unohana.

Organization

The 4th Division follows the traditional organization of a Gotei 13 Division.

The Division is further divided accordingly into Advanced Relief Teams, whether or not the relief squads are determined by Healing skill or area is unknown.

  • 1st Relief Teams = Yasochika Iemura (leader), Harunobu Ogidō (co-leader)
  • 2nd Relief Teams =
  • 3rd Relief Teams =
  • 4th Relief Teams =
  • 5th Relief Teams =
  • 6th Relief Teams =
  • 7th Relief Teams =
  • 8th Relief Teams =
  • 9th Relief Teams =
  • 10th Relief Teams =
  • 11th Relief Teams =
  • 12th Relief Teams =
  • 13th Relief Teams =
  • 14th Relief Teams = Hanatarō Yamada (leader)

Special Duties

4th Division Medical Kit

The medical backpack carried by members of the 4th Division.

NurseUniform

Nurse Uniform

The 4th Division is the medical/supply division. They are responsible for both treating the injured and doing most of the manual labor, such as cleaning the Seireitei. The 4th Division is further divided into teams that have specific assigned jobs. Other division members use their spiritual power only for fighting. Members of the 4th Division possess spiritual powers that are used to tend to wounds and provide relief. They use these special powers and the benefits of their daily training to act with precision and speed to aid injured comrades. 4th Division administers emergency first aid to injured division members and transports them to the General Emergency Relief Station.[1]

In addition, the nurses who work in the Sōgō Kyūgo Tsumesho (綜合救護詰所, the coordinated relief station) have special Shihakushō (死覇装, Garment of Dead Souls) that are pink in color with hats that are reminiscent of nurse uniforms of the Human World.

They are looked down upon by the 11th Division who usually bully them around because they believe that the 4th Division are just a weak medical team, as opposed to the 11th Division, which is combat-focused, although most members of the 11th Division are afraid of the Captain Retsu Unohana.


Barracks

4thBarracks 259

Sōgō Kyūgo Tsumesho (綜合救護詰所, the coordinated relief station)

Like all the other barracks, the 4th Division Barracks house the offices and living quarters of the Shinigami of the 4th. However, the 4th Division Barracks also houses the Sōgō Kyūgo Tsumesho (綜合救護詰所, the coordinated relief station), which is the primary medical facility of the Seireitei and Soul Society at large.


Notable Members

4th Division
Rank Name In Office Status
LieutenantIsane Kotetsu? - CurrentActive
3rd SeatYasochika Iemura? - CurrentActive
7th SeatHanatarō Yamada? - CurrentActive
8th SeatHarunobu Ogidō? - CurrentActive
Former Members
CaptainRetsu Unohana? - 2003 A.D.Deceased
LieutenantSeinosuke Yamada? - ?Unknown
UnknownIzuru Kira? - ?[2]Promotion


Recruitment

The members of the 4th Division are trained to use their spiritual power to perform healing and also routinely receive other training to give them the ability to act swiftly, so that they can cooperate and apply fast relief when casualties break out.[3]

Recruitment Fair Brochure

Squad4RecruitmentFair

Illustration for the 4th Division Recruitment Brochure[4]

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.[4]

Retsu Unohana

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

I don't mind whatever kind of person wants to join.

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

It's really a very harmonious environment, don't you think?

3. What do you require of new recruits?

People who are Kidō specialists would be good, yes.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

I will be waiting to meet you.


Isane Kotetsu

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

We're not particularly picky.

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

Since we double as the infirmary, we get a lot of people coming in and out who need to be hospitalized or treated medically, so I think that gives us kind of a unique atmosphere, a little different than other divisions.

3. What do you require of new recruits?

I need to have requirements?! Even just one person is fine, but if a lot of people join it would really be a big help.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

Let's try our best together! Also, once a month, the captain organizes an ikebana showing!


Frank talk!! with the 13th Division's third seat, Kiyone Kotetsu

Nee-san's division is sooo busy! Sometimes I go there to pick up Captain Ukitake's medicine, and I get the feeling that everyone is working hard with no rest! And Captain Unohana-- ahhh, if you see her get angry it's pretty scary! --That's what Nee-san said, anyway.

Shinigami Women's Association Aptitude Test

According to the Shinigami Women's Association aptitude test, those who consider themselves the "ideal Japanese woman" should join this division as Captain Unohana, who is strong but beautiful, epitomizes the ideal Japanese woman.[5]

Trivia

  • Members of the 4th Division are not allowed in the Human World.[6]
  • Because members of the 11th Division claim that the 4th Division is "weak," the 11th Division despises them and presses members of the 4th Division into doing all the cleaning and other odd jobs.[3]
  • Since Captain Unohana's hobby is ikebana, once a month she gets the 4th Division together and holds an exhibition in the ikebana classroom (attendance not required). Yachiru Kusajishi also attends, but during the recesses she goes out and eats candy until it's time to go back.[3]

References

  1. Bleach Official Bootleg KaraBuri+, page 89
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 337, page 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bleach Bootleg, pages 87-89
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bleach Bootleg, page 124
  5. Bleach Bootleg, page 176
  6. Bleach manga; Volume 13, Chapter 111, end of chapter sketch

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