Who Are The 13 Bleach Captains aka “Gotei 13”?

At this point you’ve probably been binge-watching Bleach and have come across the episode the introduces the Bleach Captains. I’m sure you have all kinds of questions like who are the 13 Gotei Bleach Captains? In this article we talk about all 13 of them.

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Who are the 13 Bleach Captains aka “Gotei 13”?

The Gotei 13, or the 13 Division Imperial Guard, refers to the primary military branch of Soul Society responsible for maintaining balance in both the Soul Society and the Human World.

As the title implies, the Gotei 13 is divided into thirteen divisions, each autonomous of one another and with its own hierarchical structure. Each division is led by a captain, whose strength is something that cannot be taken lightly.

Here we will introduce these Gotei captains one-by-one in order to help you get a hint on what awaits you in the series.

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  • 1st division: Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto

Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto is the captain of the 1st Division and also the Captain-Commander of the whole Gotei 13. He was the oldest of all the captains and is the founder of the Shinigami Academy, which was built over a thousand years before the timeline of Bleach.

He is portrayed with red eyes and a very long white beard. In terms of personality, Yamamoto is loyal to laws and regulations. He is very serious in taking his duties and despises those who break them.

Despite his old age, Yamamoto is regarded to be one of the most powerful Shinigamis in the Soul Society. He is a master strategist who is nearly unmatched in hand-to-hand combat as well as swordplay.

  • 2nd division: Suì-Fēng

Suì-Fēng is the leader of the second division. Unlike other captains who tend to be lax on nearly everything, Soi Fon leads her division with an iron fist.

She is portrayed to have black hair and a pair of dark blue eyes. Her expertise is assassinations and also at hand-to-hand combat.

  • 3rd division: Gin Ichimaru

Gin Ichimaru is the captain of the third division. He is commonly portrayed with silver hair, slitted eyes, and a wide mocking grin, gaining him the nickname “fox-face” by Ichigo.

He is portrayed to be very mysterious and has mocking politeness. However, on rare occasions, he can be seen dropping his usual happy facade due to annoyance, shock, or even sadness.

  • 4th division: Retsu Unohana

Retsu Unohana is the leader of the 4th division. She serves as one of the oldest and most experienced captains in the Soul Society, even serving as one of the founding members of the Gotei 13.

Despite her age, Unohana has the appearance of a young woman with blue eyes and long braided black hair. She is also portrayed to be very gentle, soft-spoken, and warm – as opposed to her past reputation, which granted her the title as the most diabolical criminal in Soul Society before becoming a captain.

  • 5th division: Shinji Hirako

Shinji Hirako is the captain of the 5th Division in the Gotei 13. He is shown to have brown eyes and jaw-length blonde hair.

Among all other captains, Shinji is portrayed to be somewhat the most comical, adding a bit of levity to even serious situations. However, despite his attitude, Shinji is quite perceptive and could sense when someone is plotting something.

  • 6th division: Byakuya Kuchiki

Byakuya Kuchiki serves as the captain of the 6th division of the Gotei 13. He is regarded to be one of the noblest and the deadliest fighters in Soul Society.

He tends to act in an aristocratic manner and is seen to be always calm even in the most drastic of circumstances. However, despite this, Byakuya is seen to be very perceptive and rationale.

  • 7th division: Sajin Komamura

Sajin Komamura is the leader of Gotei 13’s 7th division. At first, his identity is fully enshrouded in mystery. He is always shown to be wearing gloves with bracers, as well as a helmet, to conceal his entire body.

However, he was later revealed to be an anthropomorphic wolf with a light-brown fur. Despite his appearance, Komamura is portrayed to be very kind and loyal to his friends, especially to Captain-Commander Yamamoto, whom he owes great gratitude to.

  • 8th division: Shunsui Kyōraku

Shunsui Kyōraku is the captain of the 8th division of Gotei 13. He is portrayed with grey eyes and long wavy brown hair tied in a ponytail.

Overall, Shunsui is seen to be flamboyant and flirtatious, especially to his lieutenant Nanao Ise. He is also commonly portrayed to be drinking or napping in his extra time. However, beneath his seemingly lax personality hides a great power that had earned respect from those who have witnessed his true strength.

  • 9th division: Kensei Muguruma

Kensei Muguruma is the captain of Squad 9 in Gotei 13. He is shown to be a tall man with silver hair and brown eyes.

In the anime, Kensei is portrayed to be blunt, serious, and even aggressive in battles. He also tends to get aggravated by the immaturity of others very often, especially when it comes to his lieutenant Mashiro Kuna.

  • 10th division: Tōshirō Hitsugaya

Tōshirō Hitsugaya is the 10th division captain of Soul Society’s Gotei. Although he is portrayed to be very young, Hitsugaya is regarded to be a prodigy with a mature attitude. Being the youngest among all the captains, he is often sensitive when it comes to his height and tends to carry the duties other captains do not want to do.

Hitsugaya is also the breakout character of the series, gaining the title of being the most popular character in Bleach.

  • 11th division: Kenpachi Zaraki

Kenpachi Zaraki is the captain of the 11th division of the Gotei 13. He is shown to be a muscular man with a wild and aggressive appearance. When it comes to battle, Zaraki tends to go on a berserk and sees injury and death as normal parts of any battle.

 In terms of raw power, he is regarded to be the most powerful of Shinigamis.

Given his war freak nature, Zaraki commands the strongest and most blood-thirsty of all divisions in Gotei.

  • 12th division: Mayuri Kurotsuchi

Mayuri Kurotsuchi is the captain of the 12th division in the Gotei 13. He is shown to personify the stereotype of a ‘mad scientist’ who is willing to do anything in the name of science.

He is portrayed to be sadistic and cruel and has little to no respect for others.

  • 13th division: Juushirou Ukitake

Juushirou Ukitake is the Captain in the 13th division of the Gotei 13. He is a sickly thin man with long white hair and a somewhat emaciated appearance.

Despite his health, he is deeply regarded with high respect due to his strength and morals.

About Bleach Anime

Never heard of Bleach before? No worries let’s get you up to speed. What awaits you is a series of fun and adventure that is sure to leave you fully engrossed and a newly recruited fan.

Recognized as one of the top Shounen anime shows like Naruto, DBZ, and One Piece, Bleach promises an action-packed series that expands beyond the typical coming-of-age and supernatural storylines.

The story follows the adventure of Ichigo Kurosaki, a far-from-the-ordinary high school student who has the ability to see ghosts. One day, Ichigo and his two sisters were attacked by a monstrous lost soul known as a Hollow. Fortunately, a Shinigami (Death God) named Kuchiki Rukia appeared and purified the Hollow straight into the Soul Society (the afterlife).

However, during the fight, Rukia got injured and was compelled to transfer her powers to Ichigo. From there, Ichigo was obliged to undergo certain training and perform duties as a Shinigami to maintain the balance between the world of the living and the world of the dead.


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Who among these 13 powerful Bleach Captains appealed to you the most? Get ready to experience the best anime marathon yet with these unique and spectacular characters waiting along with the series.

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