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9th Division
9th Division Insignia
Title Ninth Division
Kanji 九番隊
Romaji Kyūbantai
Captain Kensei Muguruma
Lieutenant Shūhei Hisagi & Mashiro Kuna
Allies Seireitei Communication
Specialty Gotei 13 Security Force, Arts & Culture
Insignia White poppy
Insignia Signifies Oblivion
Division Color Tenné

The Ninth Division (九番隊, kyūbantai; "Squad 9" in the English Dub) is one of the Gotei 13, currently headed by Captain Kensei Muguruma.

Organization

The Ninth Division follows the traditional organization of a Gotei 13 Division. After the defection of Kaname Tōsen the Division was run by the next highest authority in the 9th Division, Lieutenant Shūhei Hisagi. The captain of the 9th Division is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Sereitei News Magazine. Some time after Aizen's defeat, Kensei Muguruma returned to his position as captain of the 9th Division and Mashiro Kuna as Co-Lieutenant alongside Shūhei Hisagi.

Muguruma Commando Unit

An elite unit made up of high-ranking seated officers of Muguruma's 9th Division. Mugurama 9th Division (六車九番隊, Mugurama Kyūbantai) is printed on the backs of 9th Division's Uniform. It was a sign of their chivalry, unwavering conviction, and their unbreakable bond. They excelled in synchronized combination attacks. The unit consisted of Captain Kensei Muguruma his 3rd Seat, 4th Seat, 5th Seat & 6th Seat.[1] The unit was wiped out while investigating the Konpaku Disappearance Case in Rukongai, c. 1900.[2]

Special Duties

The mission of the Ninth Division is to protect the Seireitei. It is always on standby for combat because it is the security force of the Gotei 13. Traditionally, Ninth Division has overseen arts and culture.[3] For this reason it is known to be in charge of the Seireitei news magazine. All the lieutenants of the divisions of Gotei 13 hand in their reports to them.[4]

Barracks

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9th Division Barracks

Like all the other barracks, the 9th Division Barracks house the offices and living quarters of the Shinigami of the 9th. The editing department of the Seireitei Communication magazine is also part of the 9th Division Barracks.

Notable Members

9th Division
Rank Name In Office Status
CaptainKensei Muguruma? - 1901 A.D.
2001 or 2002 A.D. - Current
Active
Co-LieutenantShūhei Hisagi? - CurrentActive
Co-LieutenantMashiro Kuna? - 1901 A.D.
2001 or 2002 A.D. - Current
Active
20th SeatToshimori Umesada? - CurrentActive
Former Members
CaptainKaname Tōsen? - 2001 A.D.Deceased
3rd SeatHeizō Kasaki[5]? - 1901 A.D.Deceased
4th SeatShinobu Eishima[5]? - 1901 A.D.Deceased
5th Seat[5]Kaname Tōsen? - ?Promoted
6th SeatIzaemon Tōdō[5]? - 1901 A.D.Deceased


Recruitment

The ninth division is traditionally an artistic group and have had the responsibility of publishing the Seireitei Communication Magazine for generations. With no captain around, Lieutenant Hisagi is the default recruiter for the Ninth Division.[6]

Recruitment Fair Brochure

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Illustration for the 9th Division Recruitment Brochure[7]

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.[7]

Kaname Tōsen

  • No reply, as his whereabouts are unknown.


Shūhei Hisagi

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Guys with literary talent.

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

We're really a very energetic division!

3. What do you require of new recruits?

There is no smoking inside the editorial department.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

Our circulation and proceeds are rising!! Why not come join us in making the Seireitei News!


Frank talk!! with the 9th Division's lieutenant, Hisagi Shuuhei

Our captain isn't here, but don't worry! My dedication to protecting the 9th division hasn't changed. Right now I'm focusing all my efforts on the unfamiliar editing work, but as one of the "Protection Divisions" and as the "publisher's house", we're doing our best to stay together! For now, I'm welcoming everything you bring me! I'll be waiting for your creative submissions!!

Shinigami Women's Association Aptitude Test

According to the Shinigami Women's Association aptitude test, this division is best for those who are filled with curiosity, noting that many members of the division enjoy reading and exercising the mind.[8]

Trivia

  • Except for Mashiro and Umesada, all known members of the 9th Division wear kosode without sleeves, including the former captains.
  • The kanji on the back of the seated officers who accompanied Kensei reads 六車九番隊 (Muguruma kyūbantai, Muguruma's Ninth Division).

References

  1. Bleach Official Character Book MASKED, page 231
  2. Bleach Official Character Book MASKED, page 250
  3. Bleach Official Bootleg KaraBuri+, pages 102-103
  4. Bleach anime; Episode 138, omake
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Bleach manga; Chapter -103, pages 4-5
  6. Bleach Bootleg, pages 102-104
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bleach Bootleg, page 129
  8. Bleach Bootleg, page 178

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