Eikichirō Saidō
Race Soul
Gender Male
Professional Status
Affiliation Onmitsukidō, Soul Society
Profession Shinigami
Position Shinigami protector of Kagamino City[1]
Division Onmitsukidō
Base of Operations Seireitei, Soul Society
Kagamino City, Human World
Personal Status
Education Shin'ō Academy
Shikai Unknown
Bankai None
First Appearance
Manga N/A
Anime Episode 7
Japanese Takuya Kirimoto
English Kirk Thornton
Spanish Ricardo Mendoza (Latin America)

Eikichirō Saidō (西堂榮吉郎, Saidō Eikichirō) is a Shinigami who was assigned to find Rukia Kuchiki in the Human World. He is currently the Shinigami in charge of Kagamino City.


Saidō is a bit lecherous, commenting on how he had a clear view of a soul's panties,[1] and making up rather lewd reasons for why Rukia Kuchiki decided to stay in the Human World, the main reason being how she was looking for "pleasures of the flesh". Despite this, he seems to be quite level-headed and kind, playing with some children in Rukongai prior to being assigned to find Rukia.[2]


Agent of the Shinigami arc

While he is playing spinning tops with some children, a Shinigami, approaching Saidō, tells him he has come regarding "No. 13", Rukia Kuchiki. Hearing the name "Kuchiki", Saidō, laughing, asks what the "little princess" has done. The other states she has exceeded the time limit for staying in the Human World, and there may be more beneath the surface for Saidō to investigate. He is told to leave right away.[2] Saidō arrives in Karakura Town, where he finds Rukia. Despite being two years Rukia's senior, Rukia states she has never seen him before. Not long after his arrival, he finds himself pressed into service assisting Rukia and Ichigo Kurosaki against Grand Fisher.[3] After being wounded by Grand Fisher, he fell asleep. Witnessing the conclusion of the battle, he sees Ichigo defeat Grand Fisher. After Ichigo loses consciousness, Saidō, commenting on Ichigo's potential, decides to leave Rukia alone.[4]

Fake Karakura arc

Saidō is put in charge of the area around Kagamino City. After a group of Hollows chasing the soul of a young girl are destroyed due to the sheer Reiatsu of the Shinigami and Espada, Saidō, commenting on the beginning of the battle, wonders who will win.[1]

Powers & Abilities

Expert Swordsman: Saidō is a very proficient swordsman, overwhelming an inexperienced Ichigo Kurosaki when the latter first became a Shinigami.[3]

Hakuda Combatant: Saidō displayed respectable skill in unarmed combat during his brief fight against Ichigo, using powerful kicks whenever he found an opening.[3]

Perceptive Combatant: Saidō is perceptive in battle, determining Ichigo's combat abilities, which involved relying solely on brute strength rather than the skill and finesse of swordsmanship.[3]

Spiritual Power: As a Shinigami, Saidō possesses some spiritual power.[3]


Saidō's Zanpakutō is a wakizashi with a black hilt and gray guard.

  • Shikai: Unknown
  • Bankai: Not Yet Achieved


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bleach anime; Episode 215
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bleach anime; Episode 7
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Bleach anime; Episode 8
  4. Bleach anime; Episode 9