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13th Division
13th Division Insignia
Title Thirteenth Division
Kanji 十三番隊
Romaji Jūsanbantai
Captain Rukia Kuchiki[1]
Lieutenant Vacant
Allies None
Specialty N/A
Insignia Snowdrop
Insignia Signifies Hope
Division Color Maroon

The Thirteenth Division (十三番隊, jūsanbantai; "Squad 13" in the English Dub) is one of the Gotei 13, headed by Captain Rukia Kuchiki.


The 13th Division's organization is peculiar; the Captain (Jūshirō Ukitake), due to his weakened health state, firstly gave much of his administrative work to his Lieutenant, Kaien Shiba. After the lieutenant's death, no one was chosen to replace Kaien and administrative duties were assumed by the division's 3rd Seat pair. It is also notable that, until the promotion of Rukia Kuchiki, the 13th Division was the only division that operated with two 3rd Seat officers and no lieutenant.

Special Duties

Karakura Town is under jurisdiction of 13th Division.[2] No other special duties have been noted.



13th Division Barracks

Like all the other barracks, the 13th Division Barracks house the offices and living quarters of the Shinigami of the 13th. The Barrack grounds all contain the Ugendō (雨乾堂, Rain Dried Hall) Quarters, which is set aside for use by Jūshirō Ukitake, the captain of the 13th Division. He is known to rest there to recover from his frequent bouts of illness.[3] The pond around the Ugendō Quarters is filled with Koi stolen from the Kuchiki Family Manor by Yachiru Kusajishi.[4] Orihime Inoue trained in one of the 13th Division training grounds with Rukia Kuchiki.[5]

Notable Members

13th Division
Rank Name In Office Status
CaptainRukia Kuchiki2013 A.D. - CurrentActive
3rd SeatSentarō Kotsubaki? - CurrentActive
UnseatedShino‎‎? - CurrentActive
UnseatedRyūnosuke Yuki? - CurrentActive
Former Members
CaptainJūshirō Ukitake? - 2003 A.D.Deceased
LieutenantKaien Shiba1891 A.D. - ?Deceased
3rd SeatKiyone Kotetsu? - ?Promotion
3rd SeatMiyako Shiba? - ?Deceased
6th SeatHidetomo Kajōmaru? - CurrentDeceased


Because of Captain Ukitake's gentle nature, the soldiers of the 13th Division all have a steadfast unity. The 13th Division is also said to have a warm, supportive atmosphere.[6]

Recruitment Fair Brochure


Illustration for the 13th Division Recruitment Brochure[7]

The following questions and answers, plus illustration, were printed in the special issue of the Seireitei Communication that came out straight after the Ryoka Invasion of Soul Society.[7]

Jūshirō Ukitake

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

I'll welcome everyone warmly!

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

We're a division that gets along, and knows how to laugh!

3. What do you require of new recruits?

As long as you have a good attitude, that's all you need!

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

Let's fight together!

Sentarou Kotsubaki

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Guys with guts!

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

It's a great place!!

3. What do you require of new recruits?

I don't have anything like that!

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

Our Captain Ukitake is a great man!!

Kiyone Kotetsu

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Energetic kids!

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

It's a really fun place!

3. What do you require of new recruits?

I don't care at aaaall!

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

My... Our Captain Ukitake is really a great man!!

Frank talk!! with the 11th Division lieutenant, Kusajishi Yachiru

Ukkii? There's always really tasty-looking candy by Ukkii's bedside. And there are reeeally big carp in the pond outside too~ Ehehe, I brought them there.

Shinigami Women's Association Aptitude Test

According to the Shinigami Women's Association aptitude test, this division is popular with those who want a quiet and peaceful life and favored by those who are big-hearted.[8]


  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 685, page 17
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 531, page 10
  3. Bleach Official Bootleg, page 119
  4. Bleach anime, Episodes 197-198
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 230, pages 1-2
  6. Bleach Bootleg, pages 116-119
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bleach Bootleg, page 133
  8. Bleach Bootleg, page 179


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