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5th Division
5th Division Insignia.png
Title Fifth Division
Kanji 五番隊
Romaji Gobantai
Captain Shinji Hirako
Lieutenant Momo Hinamori
Allies None
Specialty N/A
Insignia Lily of the Valley
Insignia Signifies Sacrifice, Danger, Pure Love, Humility, Sweetness
Division Color Pale Turquoise

The Fifth Division (五番隊, gobantai; "Squad 5" in the English Dub) is a division in the Gotei 13. The 5th Division is headed by Captain Shinji Hirako.

Organization

The 5th Division follows the traditional organization of a Gotei 13 Division. After the defection of Sōsuke Aizen, the division was run by the next highest authority in the 5th Division: Lieutenant Momo Hinamori. Some time after Aizen's defeat, Shinji Hirako once again became captain of the 5th Division.

Special Duties

No special duties have been noted for the 5th Division. The members of this division are all highly skilled, having been trained by a captain who excels at everything, including battle readiness.[1]

Barracks

5th Division Barracks

Like all the other barracks, the 5th Division Barracks house the offices and living quarters of the Shinigami of the 5th. While a captain, Sōsuke Aizen's room in the barrack was on the second floor.[2] In contrast, Shinji's room, while he was a captain was on the first floor and, notably, contained a turn-table.[3] The barracks also contain at least one "Special Confinement Gaol" (特別拘禁牢, Tokubetsu Kōkinrō ; Viz "Special Detention Cell") for prisoners of considerable power, such as lieutenants.[4]


Notable Members

5th Division
Rank Name In Office Status
Captain Shinji Hirako ? - 1900 A.D.
2001 or 2002 A.D. - Current
Active
Lieutenant Momo Hinamori ? - Current Active
Former Members
Captain Sōsuke Aizen ? - 2001 A.D. Discharged
Lieutenant Sōsuke Aizen ? - ? Promoted
Lieutenant Gin Ichimaru ? - ? Promoted
3rd Seat Unnamed Man ? - 1891 A.D. Deceased
3rd Seat Gin Ichimaru 1891 A.D. - ? Promoted
Unknown Kaname Tōsen ? - ? Promoted
Unknown Renji Abarai ? - ? Promoted
Unknown Izuru Kira ? - ? Promoted


Recruitment

The Fifth Division has been raised to have a gentle atmosphere, where every member gets along well with one another. The division is also said to excel at nurturing soldiers of immense talent.[5]

Recruitment Fair Brochure

Illustration for the 5th Division Recruitment Brochure

The following question and answer, plus illustration, was printed in the special issue of the Seireitei Communication that came out straight after the Ryoka Invasion of Soul Society.[6]

Sōsuke Aizen

  • No reply, as his whereabouts are unknown.


Momo Hinamori

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Enthusiastic people.

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

The captain is gone and there are still a lot of days when I have to stay in bed, but essentially it's a very peaceful division with a wonderful atmosphere.

3. What do you require of new recruits?

People who wouldn't betray anyone...

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

Let's protect the 5th Division together!


Frank talk!! with the 8th Division lieutenant, Nanao Ise

H... Hinamori-san, is your health better now? If you have any troubles or concerns or that sort of thing, you can talk to me any time, just ask for me! Let's read together again sometime.

Shinigami Women's Association Aptitude Test

According to the Shinigami Women's Association aptitude test, those who are intellectual, claiming that Shinigami who want to be both wise and skilled in the martial arts can do so by training under the captain, Sōsuke Aizen, who is both.[7]

Trivia

  • It is notable that three of the current lieutenants, as well as two former captains, were once associated with the 5th Division, having been personally recruited by former Captain Aizen after their graduation from the Shin'ō Academy. However, two of the three (Renji and Izuru) both found themselves leaving for other divisions before moving to their eventual lieutenant position. Only Momo Hinamori remained and rose to her position in the same division as her initial recruitment.
  • Once a month, former Captain Aizen held a calligraphy class for the 5th Division members to learn the basics.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bleach Bootleg, page 90
  2. Bleach anime; Episode 34
  3. Bleach anime; Episode 206
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 103, page 1
  5. Bleach Bootleg, pages 90-92
  6. Bleach Bootleg, page 125
  7. Bleach Bootleg, page 177

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