Gotei 13
Kanji 護廷十三隊
Romaji Goteijūsantai
English Thirteen Division Imperial Guards
Organization Information
Founder(s) Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
Headquarters Seireitei, Soul Society
Leader(s) Shunsui Kyōraku
Other Members 1st Division
2nd Division
3rd Division
4th Division
5th Division
6th Division
7th Division
8th Division
9th Division
10th Division
11th Division
12th Division
13th Division
Other Information
Affiliation Soul Society
Purpose Protect the Seireitei

The Gotei 13 (護廷十三隊, Goteijūsantai; Viz "Thirteen Court Guard Companies"; Literally meaning "Thirteen Division Imperial Guards") is one of the three military branches of Soul Society, as well as Soul Society's primary offensive and defensive military force.


Approximately 2,100 years ago, Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto founded the "Genji School." At some point, he also founded the Gotei 13.[1][2] Nearly 1,100 years later, he became its General-Commander.[3]

Duties & Protocols

The Gotei 13 are primarily charged with defending the Seireitei.[4] To that end, each division is assigned a section to protect. They are also charged with the purification of Souls and Hollows in the Material World.[5]


Most Shinigami must attend and graduate from the Shinō Spiritual Arts Academy to join the Gotei 13.[4] However, there are rare exceptions. For instance, though Rukia Kuchiki attended the Academy, she was exempt from any exams due to her status as nobility.[6] Kenpachi Zaraki joined the Gotei 13 and became a captain simultaneously by killing the previous claimant to the "Kenpachi" title.[5]


The Gotei 13 is composed of approximately six thousand Shinigami.[7]


  • General-Commander (総隊長, Sōtaichō; Viz "Captain-General", English TV "Head-Captain" and "Captain-Commander"): The leader of the Gotei 13 and the captain of the 1st Division.[8]
  • Captain (隊長, Taichō; Literally meaning "Commanding Officer"): The commanding officer of each of the Gotei 13's thirteen divisions. Most have achieved Bankai.[5]
  • Lieutenant (副隊長, Fukutaichō; Viz "Assistant Captain"; Literally meaning "Assistant Commanding Officer"): The second-in-command of each division. Each are talented enough to be considered candidates for captain.[5]
  • Seated officers (席官, Sekikan): The rank-and-file soldiers of a division. They are ordered from 3rd Seat to 20th Seat and seat numbers are determined by talent rather than seniority. Higher seat numbers lead the lower numbered soldiers. Normally, only high-ranking seated officers possess the ability to release their Zanpakutō.[5]


Each division of the Gotei 13 has a speciality. Because of this, some have sub-organizations attached to them that assist with their functions. For instance, the captain of the 2nd Division is also the commander-in-chief of the Onmitsukidō (隠密機動; Viz "Secret Remote Squad"; Literally meaning "Secret Tactics"). Likewise, the 12th Division hosts the Technological Development Bureau (技術開発局, Gijutsukaihatsu Kyoku; Viz "Research and Development Department").[5]


  • The Gotei 13 did not exist when Kubo began writing the series.[9]


  1. Bleach chapter 105
  2. Bleach chapter 504
  3. Bleach chapter 394
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bleach Official Bootleg: KaraBuri+
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Bleach: Official Character Book 2 MASKED
  6. Bleach chapter 134
  7. Bleach chapter 523
  8. Bleach: Official Character Book of SOULs
  9. "Interview with Manga Artist Tite Kubo" on liveaboutdotcom

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