he was just an your average kind of guy before he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (死神 Shinigami?, literally, "Death God") —a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newfound powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife.
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the Soul Reaper assigned to patrol his city, Karakura Town. These powers come at the cost of Rukia's own, and as a result, Ichigo concedes to work as Rukia's stand-in, fighting to protect people from evil spirits called hollows and sending good spirits, wholes, to Soul Society.
Aizen spent much of his career in the 5th Division, eventually becoming its lieutenant under the former captain, Shinji Hirako. Shinji kept an eye on Aizen during this time because he felt there was something dangerous about him; his distrust valid yet was ultimately exploited by Aizen so he can carry out his agenda in secret with Shinji unaware until it was too late. One hundred years before the series' setting, Aizen's experiments on Soul Reaper/hollow hybrids. Aizen framed Kisuke Urahara for the hollowfication process and forced him to leave Soul Society.
First Division: Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
is the captain of the 1st Division and the leader of the Gotei 13. He is an old man with a very muscular body. There are many scars on his torso, head, and arms, suggesting numerous battles in his past. Yamamoto believes that laws must be upheld for the benefit of the community and despises those who break them. He founded the Soul Reaper Academy about 1,000 years before the main Bleach storyline, where he personally instructed Shunsui Kyōraku and Jūshirō Ukitake whom he treated as if they were his sons. Yamamoto claims that no Soul Reaper born in the last one thousand years is stronger than he is.
Yamamoto's Zanpakutō is Ryūjin Jakka (流刃若火?, roughly "flowing blade like fire", Viz "flowing flame blade"). When released by the command "All things in the universe turn to ashes" (万象一切灰燼と為せ banshō issai kaijin to nase?), the sword consumes him and the surrounding area in flames. It is the most powerful Zanpakutō in Soul Society, and the sheer power of the flame can disintegrate almost anything the sword is waved at. Yamamoto is an exceedingly powerful fighter, able to easily combat two captains, as well as several arrancar, with Ryūjin Jakka's shikai. He is also a skilled martial artist in hand-to-hand combat; when Ryūjin Jakka's powers are negated by Wonderweiss Margera, Yamamoto proceeds to kill the Arrancar with his bare hands. Ryūjin Jakka is a primary plot element in the anime's "Zanpakutō Rebellion" arc, sought by Muramasa to use for his own purposes. Unlike the other Zanpakutō spirits, Ryūjin Jakka doesn't have a solid form and is mostly seen as intensely hot flames.
Chōjirō Sasakibe (雀部 長次郎 Sasakibe Chōjirō?) was the lieutenant of the 1st Division. He is the least seen of all the lieutenants, not being named in the manga until long after his first appearance. Unlike most other lieutenants, he is often present during meetings between captains.
His Zanpakutō is Gonryōmaru (厳霊丸?, roughly "solemn spirit"). Its shikai command is "Bite", which transforms into a rapier. Its special abilities remain unknown. However, the materialized Zanpakutō in the Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc of the anime is able to manipulate lightning. He uses storm clouds and rain in order to increase the strength of his lightning attacks. Gonryōmaru's Zanpakutō spirit form is a ronin. While his materialized Zanpakutō is fighting against Suì-Fēng with the help of Sajin Komamura's materialized Zanpakutō, he shows his anger towards his master for not standing out enough. He was the only Soul Reaper that participated in the battle for Karakura Town that did not fight, guarding the fake town with a large barrier. In an omake it shows that due to a mission in the real world he enjoys growing tea leaves and making his own tea. He, alongside 106 other Shinigami, was killed during the Vandenreichs first invasion of Soul Society. It is revealed after his death that although he was only a lieutenant, he had already achieved bankai status though due to his loyalty to the Head Captain had never used it, or even offered to be a captain. His bankai is unknown, but it is said that the only time he has used it was against the Vandenreichs, before being killed.
Shin'etsu Kisaragi (如月 信越 Kisaragi Shin'etsu?) is a Soul Reaper who is a member of the 1st Division and the father of Shūsuke Amagai. When Central 46 denied Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto's request to investigate the Kasumiōji Clan Compound upon the clan's manufacturing of the Bakkōtō, Yamamoto sent Kisaragi to infiltrate the Kasumiōji Clan Compound where he was caught by Gyōkaku Kumoi's men as Gyōkaku Kumoi forces a Bakkōtō on him. Using the control of the Bakkōtō, Kumoi forced Shin'etsu to return to the person who sent him. Shin'etsu ends up fighting Yamamoto who ends up having to kill Shin'etsu in self-defense. Shūsuke finds his dying body and hears his father's last words "Beware the Bakkōtō".
Second Division:Yoruichi Shihōin
Yoruichi Shihōin (四楓院 夜一 Shihōin Yoruichi?) is the former captain of the 2nd Division, the Onmitsukidō. She held the title during the Turn Back the Pendulum gaiden. She abandoned her post to aid Kisuke Urahara and Tessai Tsukabishi in leaving Soul Society. In her first appearance as a black cat, she is shown greeted by Kisuke Urahara saying that Yoruichi is his best friend. Her black cat form is male, therefore earning her the nickname 'Mr. Yoruichi' from Kisuke. She later stays at Urahara Shop. Yoruichi was originally thought to be only a cat at first when she first met Ichigo Kurosaki, Orihime Inoue, and Uryū Ishida. Yoruichi is known for her shunpo also called the Flash Step in the soul society. During her fight with Soi Fon, she argues that she has not relinquished her title of "Flash Step Goddess" after knocking out the stealth force. She is extremely powerful and is even faster than she is strong. She used to be Soi Fon's mentor as well as princess of the Shihoin family. She also possesses superhuman strength and agility.
Suì-Fēng (砕蜂（ソイフォン） Soi Fon?), born Fēng Shaolíng (蜂 梢綾（フォン シャオリン） Fon Shaorin?), is the captain of the 2nd Division and also the current Commander in Chief of The Secret Remote Squad (隠密機動 Onmitsukidō?). She is a hard worker who believes strongly in following orders. She is also outwardly antagonistic to her underlings as she believes this keeps them on their toes. During her childhood, she served as a bodyguard and eventual protégé of Yoruichi Shihōin with whom she developed a close relationship. When Yoruichi left Soul Society, Suì-Fēng was crushed by the fact that Yoruichi did not take her with her. When Yoruichi returns to Soul Society a century later, Suì-Fēng engages her in battle yet did not manage to defeat her. After asking the question of why she was left behind, to which Yoruichi's answer is not heard, the two make amends. Their relationship has become somewhat of a running gag: Suì-Fēng likes anything resembling a black cat (a form Yoruichi can assume at will) and displays jealousy should Yoruichi be in someone else's company. Suì-Fēng also appears to apply battle techniques similar to Yoruichi which are to engage the enemies by using hand-to-hand combat with Shunpo abilities.
Suì-Fēng's Zanpakutō is Suzumebachi (雀蜂?, literally translated as "Hornet"). When released by the command "Sting all Enemies to Death" (尽敵螫殺 Jinteki Shakusetsu?), it shrinks into a stinger that is worn on the middle finger of Suì-Fēng's right hand. Whenever it stabs an opponent, a butterfly-like symbol called a hornet's crest (蜂紋華 hōmonka?) spreads from the point of contact. The crest bears four wings because the Hornet has two sets of full-size wings located on its thorax. Due to her training, this mark can be kept there for as long as she desires. Should Suzumebachi stab the same location again, the opponent dies This also holds true if an internal organ is pierced in the same location, regardless of the point of entry into the body. Furthermore, if Suì-Fēng is infected with a foreign poison, she can stab herself with her zanpakutō to counteract the new poison with her own, neutralizing it. Suzumebachi's Bankai, Jakuhō Raikōben (雀蜂雷公鞭?, lit. "Hornet Whip of the Thunder Immortal") composes of a greatly enlarged version of the shikai form that encases the entirety of Suì-Fēng's arm, which she mentions as being bulky and incapable of concealing, and thus unsuited for use in missions requiring stealth. In this form, Suzumebachi becomes a long-range weapon and looks like a large rocket launcher; its main offensive capability allowing Suì-Fēng to launch a high-speed projectile that resembles a large missile. The thunderous recoil produced by the weapon requires Suì-Fēng to be anchored to a nearby stationary object via an enhanced cloth-like material (which doubles as armor) called Ginjōtan (銀条反?, lit. "Stripe of Inverted Silver"). Suì-Fēng notes that normally she can only use her bankai once every three days; using it more than once in a day drains considerable amounts of her spirit energy. Suì-Fēng is also well known in the Soul Society for her high speed movement, shunpō and also the Flash Release technique, shunkō. Suzumebachi appears as a freed Zanpakutō spirit in the Zanpakutō Unknown Tales anime arc, resembling a tiny flying hornet-like girl with agility to match Suì-Fēng's high speed movement.
Marechiyo Ōmaeda (大前田 希千代 Ōmaeda Marechiyo?) is the lieutenant of the 2nd Division and Captain of the Special Forces Patrol Corps. He comes across as arrogant and dull. In an omake he is shown to come from a rich family, where he is revealed to have a ridiculously long name: Marechiyo Yoshiayamenosuke Nikkōtarōemon Ōmaeda (大前田 日光太郎右衛門 美菖蒲介 希千代 Ōmaeda Nikkōtarōemon Yoshiayamenosuke Marechiyo?). Other characters suspect that he received his position as a lieutenant because of his family's influence. Despite his dense and foolish attitude, he is a skilled tactician, is not above putting himself in danger for his duty, and only feigns weakness and stupidity to lull his opponents into underestimating him, using this to aid in his near victory over one of Aizen's arrancar.
Marechiyo's zanpakutō is Gegetsuburi (五形頭?, roughly "five heads"), and is released by the command "Crush" (打っ潰せ buttsubuse?). It transforms into an oversized flail that can be thrown to inflict great physical damage to foes. Gegetsuburi appears as a freed Zanpakutō spirit in the Zanpakutō Unknown Tales anime arc, resembling a shirtless, obese man who blames Marechiyo for his appearance.
Third Division: Rōjūrō Otoribashi
Rōjūrō "Rose" Otoribashi (鳳橋 楼十郎 Ōtoribashi Rōjūrō?) is the captain of the 3rd Division during the Turn Back the Pendulum gaiden. He leaves Soul Society after becoming a Vizard. After Aizen's defeat, he's allowed to return to Soul Society, and becomes the 3rd Division captain again. In the Lost Shinigami Substitute Arc, he appears standing next to Captain-Commander Yamamoto when Ichigo shows up to request Kugo's body.
Rose's Zanpakutō is named Kinshara (金沙羅?, lit. gold shala). His shikai transforms the blade into a long, plantlike whip with a flower at its tip. Prefaced as Kinshara Eleventh Sonata (金沙羅奏曲第十一番 Kinshara Sōkyoku Daijūichiban?), Kinshara's technique, Izayoi Bara (十六夜薔薇?, lit. "Sixteen Day-Old Moon Rose"), causes this tip to discharge an explosion of energy.
Gin Ichimaru (市丸 ギン Ichimaru Gin?) is the captain of the 3rd Division at the start of the series. He joins Sōsuke Aizen for whom he was once a lieutenant in the 5th Division, in defecting from the Soul Reapers at the conclusion of the Soul Society arc. The reason Gin became a Soul reaper was to avenge Rangiku Matsumoto; he mentioned that he never wanted to see her cry again.
His Zanpakutō, Shinsō, has the ability to extend a great amount at high speeds to pierce his enemies, but its true power involves turning to dust momentarily while it secretes a deadly poison capable of breaking down cells. He releases it with the command "Shoot em dead". The truth about his zanpakuto is seen in chapter 414 (Episode 307). Gin's personality is aloof and sarcastic, and seems to be the type of person who likes to rile other people up - not because of what he says, but rather, because of what he doesn't say. Gin is someone who can insult you without actually uttering anything but pleasantries. Early on he is played up to be the antagonist of the series, and many characters comment that they feel uneasy around him. Gin is almost always shown with a large self satisfied grin on his face, no matter the situation, only dropping it when he must feign concern, or he is confused. Gin is shown to be a childhood friend of Rangiku Matsumoto and Gin's defect from the soul reapers causes her considerable confusion and emotional hurt. It is eventually shown that Gin is not so bad after all, but merely determined and a little misguided. He witnessed Sōsuke Aizen (then a lieutenant) with a group of Soul Reapers stealing spirit energy from members of the Roukon district, and feeding that energy into Aizen's incomplete Hōgyoku, and Rangiku Matsumoto was a victim, as he saw her lying on the ground, almost lifeless. It was this act that Gin used as a reason to enter the Thirteen Court Guard Squads and also why he wished to protect Aizen...he wished to be the only one to kill him to repay him for hurting Rangiku Matsumoto.
Izuru Kira (吉良 イヅル Kira Izuru?, romanized as "Iduru" in Bleach Official Character Book SOULs and other Japanese sources) is the lieutenant of the 3rd Division. He is also formerly a member of the 5th Division and 4th Division. He is a friend of Momo Hinamori and Renji Abarai from their days in the Soul Reaper academy, and the three often spend their free time together. Though Kira is loyal to his friends, he often places his duties as a lieutenant above them. He defends his captain, Gin Ichimaru, from a grief-stricken Hinamori, and later calls himself a "monster" for raising his sword against her. He subsequently comes to regret helping Gin Ichimaru to defect from Soul Society, and develops more of a depressed and pessimistic demeanor. During their fight against Arrancar, Shūhei Hisagi states that Izuru was once in Squad 4.
Kira's Zanpakutō is Wabisuke (侘助?, roughly "The Apologizer", translated in the English manga as "the penitent one"). The shikai command is "raise your head" (面を上げろ omote o agero?). When released, Wabisuke takes the form of a khopesh that has the ability to double the weight of whatever it strikes. The effect is cumulative, so each following hit exponentially increases the weight of the target. Thus, after seven or eight blocked attacks, his opponents are unable to lift their own swords or even move their body, leaving them on the ground with their head bowed as though asking forgiveness. At this point Wabisuke's released form, a blade bent into a squared hook, comes into play, being used to decapitate the kneeling opponent, denying them forgiveness. Wabisuke appears as a freed Zanpakutō spirit in the Zanpakutō Unknown Tales anime arc, as a long-haired and darkly clad emaciated man carrying a large ball and chain and a slab of concrete on his back which explains the Zanpakutō's abilities.
Shūsuke Amagai (天貝 繍助 Amagai Shūsuke?) is introduced as the captain of the 3rd Division during season nine of the anime. He does not appear in the manga. He has an unkempt appearance and is usually bright, lively, and unpretentious, and can become drunk on a single drink of alcohol. Because Amagai spent most of his Soul Reaper career away from Soul Society as part of a patrol group, the members of the 3rd Division are mistrustful of him when first meeting him. As such, he spends the episodes following his introduction trying to prove himself to them and the rest of the Soul Reapers by promoting teamwork between all the divisions. As the anime progresses Amagai is quickly revealed to have ulterior motives, with his friendly attitude only being a means to further his plans. He joined the Gotei 13 in order to exact revenge upon Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto for killing his father to keep the bakkōtō a secret. After his various accomplices are slain in Soul Society, Amagai takes the nuclei of their bakkōtō and engages Yamamoto in battle. He ends up fighting Ichigo Kurosaki while Rukia and the others Rurichiyo Kasumioji (who Amagai abducted after killing Gyokaku Kumoi) and is defeated by Ichigo. Upon learning the truth about his father's death, he takes his own life to atone for his misdeeds.
Amagai's Zanpakutō is Raika (雷火?, roughly "fire started by lightning"). His zanpakutō's shikai command is "sever" (断ち切れ tachikire?). When released, it takes the form of a white hook sword with curved pipes that form the hilt. He can focus fireballs into the crux of the hook and, by slamming it into the ground, create large fissures of flame to attack enemies with. Raika's Bankai, Raika Gōen Kaku (雷火豪炎殻?, literally "lightning flash flame shell"), enlarges the blade and creates a giant conch-shaped guard worn across Amagai's arm, with the handle of the blade hidden inside it. This form gives him greater control of his fire attacks, his most powerful technique creating giant dragons of fire to encircle and crush his foe. His Bakkōtō, a twin-bladed tuning fork-shaped weapon, creates black-plated armor across Amagai's right arm and a green energy sword emitting from the weapon when activated.
His Bakkōtō (獏爻刀, roughly "tapir crossing blade") negates any other active Soul Reaper zanpakutō abilities, forcing opponents to rely on other powers.
Makoto Kibune (貴船 理 Kibune Makoto?) is added to the 3rd Division as the 3rd Seat during season nine of the anime. He has brown hair and purple-rimmed glasses. While he outwardly appears friendly towards his subordinates, he is highly intolerant towards failure, calling those who fall in battle "trash". When in training at the Soul Reaper academy, Kibune stood out as a highly gifted student, but his inability to function in a team prevented him from attaining rank in the Gotei 13, leading Kibune to join the patrol squads under Shūsuke Amagai instead. Around this time, he became a servant of Gyōkaku Kumoi and gained a bakkōtō. Though it gives him the necessary power to wreak havoc on Soul Society, he eventually loses control of the Bakkōtō and is killed by Izuru Kira as Mokoto's body laid on the ground in flames.
Kibune's Zanpakutō is Reppū (烈風?, literally "gale"). When released by the command "rampage" (荒れ狂え are kurue?), it takes the form of a large, two-bladed weapon. When combined with his Bakkōtō, Makoto can telekinetically control the sword, allowing him to attack enemies from any direction and spin the blade like a saw blade.
Inose (猪瀬 Inose?) is an anime-exclusive Shinigami of the 3rd Division during the tenure of Shūsuke Amagai as 3rd Division captain.
Aida is an anime-exclusive Shinigami of the 3rd Division during the tenure of Shūsuke Amagai as 3rd Division captain.
Kanō is an anime-exclusive Shinigami of the 3rd Division during the tenure of Shūsuke Amagai as the Division's captain.
Shinta Seko (Seko Shinta) is an anime-exclusive Shinigami who was the new recruit and non-seated officer in the 3rd Division during the Kasumiōji Conspiracy. When it came to an incident with Mayuri's Hollow pit, Shinta was grabbed by a Hollow. Makoto Kibune tried to kill the Hollow with Shinta in it only to be intercepted by Izuru Kira. Shinta was badly injured from the attack and his current fate is unknown.
Fourth Division: Retsu Unohana
Retsu Unohana (卯ノ花 烈 Unohana Retsu?) is the captain of the 4th Division. She is a soft-spoken lady who never displays distress even in the most perilous situations and when situations prove demanding, she usually responds with sharp-minded thinking. She uses honorifics when addressing everyone, including her subordinates. Shunsui Kyōraku and Jūshirō Ukitake treat her as their senior, implying that she may have been involved in Gotei 13 longer than themselves, the first of the Captain Commander's trainees to be appointed captains. As the captain of the 4th Division, Unohana is commonly healing and treating the most severe injuries and performing major surgeries, normally on the captains and if necessary, vice captains. Though she is always polite to her patients and subordinates, her mere presence will scare her charges into submission if they try to leave her care before they are fully healed. She is also shown politely intimidating two brutal-looking members of the 11th Division (who are known throughout Soul Society for their brutality and violence) in the Rukia Rescue arc. Unohana is shown to be quite reluctant to discuss her age or if heard, she will give cold yet polite remarks to those who might want to guess her age. Kyōraku and Ukitake appeared nervous when she overheard them discussing her possible age in the Gaiden arc and Ichigo has been "advised" not to discuss women's ages in front of them by Unohana as she stated it is rude and unwise to do so. She was one of the captains that took part in the reinforcement that had been sent to Hueco Mundo to assist Ichigo and his friends in order to retrieve Orihime from Aizen's grasp. She was last seen at the Battle of Karakura Town, presumably healing the wounded captains and the vice captains along with other soldiers.
Unohana's Zanpakutō is Minazuki (肉雫唼?, roughly "purify the flesh"). When in its sealed form it resembles a curved tachi. In its shikai, the entire sword transforms into a gigantic, flying, one-eyed creature resembling a manta ray. It has the ability to heal people by swallowing them and recuperates them in its stomach. When Unohana reseals Minazuki, it dissolves into green mist and reforms into the sheath of her Zanpakutō. Her zanpakutō is still under debate because it is not clear whether her gigantic manta ray is her Minazuki's bankai or shikai. However, readers have been shown a glimpse; when she was about to unsheathe her sword and probably release her zanpakutō, a greenish aura of her spiritual pressure (resemble her Minazuki's colour) appeared around her in order to save the heavily wounded Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya after he received a deadly blow from Aizen in the Rukia Rescue arc. Minazuki appears as freed Zanpakutō spirit in the Zanpakutō Unknown Tales anime arc with Minazuki's form being a mute figure in a hooded robe, pretending she or he was imprisoning Yamamoto.
Unohana's prowess is rarely shown throughout the series except that she is a skilled healer as well as a keen strategist. However, Aizen acknowledged her prowess as the only Soul Reaper who accurately guessed his hiding place after she managed to discover his hoax corpse, including expecting her to arrive at any moment to confront him during the Rukia Rescue Arc. Unohana is the only remaining captain that has not yet been involved in any direct battle or fighting scene herself, although in the Season 15: Gotei 13 Invading Army of the animation version, she has shown her prowess in battle, both in kido and swordsmanship when she engaged both her duplicate gigai and Yamamoto Genryūsai in fierce kido battle.
Isane Kotetsu (虎徹 勇音 Kotetsu Isane?) is the lieutenant of the 4th Division. She is the older sister of Kiyone Kotetsu. Unlike Kiyone, Isane is generally quiet and observant and taller than average, though she shares her sister's sense of loyalty to her captain. Unohana notes that Isane suffers from frequent and recurring nightmares. This is sometimes used as material for jokes as Isane's nightmares are often odd or whimsical in their contents. For example, she once had a nightmare that ended with her screaming "fish paste."
Isane's Zanpakutō is Itegumo (凍雲?, literally "frozen cloud", translated in the English manga as "frozen snow") her shikai command is "Run" (奔れ Hashire?). When released, two smaller blades protrude from Itegumo's hilt at 45° angles. Its special abilities, if any, remain unknown. She was last seen in Hueco Mundo ordered Unohana to assist Captain Byakuya Kuchiki and Captain Kenpachi Zaraki in battle against Espada Yammy Riyalgo.
Yasochika Iemura (伊江村 八十千和 Iemura Yasochika?) is the 3rd Seat Officer of the 4th division and the leader of its first relief team serving under Retsu Unohana. Despite his high rank, he has to call the other division's 3rd seats with a -sama suffix as he comes from the weakest division in terms of combat. Iemura meticulously keeps a diary, which he sometimes defeats the purpose of by narrating what he's writing in it, particularly when lamenting something. He is quite proficient in the use of healing Kidō and his speedy treatments are known to rival those of his Division's lieutenant, Isane Kotetsu.
The name and abilities of Iemura's Zanpakutō are unknown. Iemura was only seen using his sword once in the manga against a 4th Division member after the latter annoyed him. It resembles a regular katana with a square shaped guard.
Hanatarō Yamada (山田 花太郎 Yamada Hanatarō?) is the 7th Seat Officer of the 4th Division and the leader of its 14th Relief Squad. Hanatarō is very timid and nervous, mostly he isn't thinking about what he's doing. He tends to be clumsy and easily duped. Despite his character, he is shown to be very talented in healing and treating including even displaying boldness at times as he risks his position as a Soul Reaper to help Rukia Kuchiki escape execution while healing Ichigo on several occasions. Instead of his zanpakutō, Hanatarō usually carries the 4th Division medical pack on his back that he uses to heal others in the battlefield. Because he has strong relationships with Ichigo, Rukia and Renji, he is part of the reinforcement sent by Gotei 13 to infiltrate Hueco Mundo in order to assist his fellow Soul Reapers in battle, presumably healing them once the battle is over. In Hueco Mundo, Hanataro was assigned with Captain Byakuya Kuchiki instead of his captain, Unohana. While there, he was briefly injured by Rukia who at that time was under Zommari Leroux's control but made full recovery and immediately resumed his duty. He is also known as the "Lil' Creepy Medical Kid".
Though he does possess a Zanpakutō, named Hisagomaru (瓠丸?, "gourd"), he tends to misplace it as he rarely needs to use it. When it strikes an opponent, Hisagomaru heals their wounds rather than causing them damage. A red gauge on the blade then fills depending on the severity of the healed wounds. Once the gauge is filled and it is released with the command "Fill" (満たせ Mitase?), Hisagomaru transforms into a scalpel and changes its name to Akeiro Hisagomaru (朱色瓠丸?, "crimson gourd"). In this state, Hisagomaru unleashes a reiatsu-based attack (similar to kido or cero) equal to the severity and amount of wounds that has been healed. The proportional of its strength, if the energy is enough stored, is nearly strong enough to decapitate a Menos. However, upon releasing the energies, Akiero Hisagomaru retains its scalpel form, rendering it effectively useless in hand-to-hand combat. He can also release the current amount of energy before it is filled, although this is only mentioned and not actually seen. Hisagomaru appears as a materialized Zanpakutō spirit, appearing as a large klutz-toy-like robot with the ability to produce a giant laser cannon to fire his signature energy blast.
Hanatarō was one of the selected higher officers who has been ordered to transfer a partial of their own reiatsu to restore Ichigo's Soul Reaper power, although the order is only applicable to captains and lieutenants. It is best concluded that Hanatarō is on the par at the lieutenant's level.
Harunobu Ogidō (荻堂春信 Ogidō Harunobu?) is the 8th Seat of the Fourth Division as well as the second leader of the first relief team.
Fifth Division: Shinji Hirako
Shinji Hirako (平子 真子 Hirako Shinji?) is the former captain of the 5th Division during the Turn Back the Pendulum gaiden. Shinji is taken out of the Soul Society by Yoruichi after Central 46 rules that he and the other captains and vice captains are affected by the Hollowfication experiments and will be killed like any other Hollow. Shinji is the leader of the Visoreds and lives with the others in the living world hidden from the Gotei 13. After the 17-month skip following Aizen's defeat, he's allowed back into Soul Society and reinstated as 5th Division captain. He is present when Ichigo returns to Seireitei to ask for Kujo Ginjo's body. He asks Ichigo if he can forgive Kujo for what he did.
Shinji's Zanpakutō is named Sakanade (逆撫?, lit. Counter Stroke). When released, five holes line the blade's length, and a large ring forms at the bottom of the hilt. The blade releases a scent that inverts and reverses the enemy's visual perception. Shinji claims that it is impossible to comprehend the attack directions, as the more experienced one relies on instinct to fight, causing one to inevitably fall prey to Sakanade. Shinji is also shown to be quite comedic, engaging in rivalry fights with Hiyori and getting punched in the face or kicked when she is annoyed with him. Quite often a comedic sounding soundtrack is played during his entrances, particularly his entrance to save Ichigo from being killed by Grimmjow. Shinji is also very strong, fighting on par with Grimmjow in his unreleased form without using using his hollowfication. When in Hollow form, Shinji is much more powerful than Grimmjow, and shows this by almost defeating him. Shinji can also shoot a powerful cero.