1st Division
1st Division Insignia
Title First Division
Kanji 一番隊
Romaji Ichiban-tai
Captain Shunsui Kyōraku
Lieutenant Nanao Ise & Genshirō Okikiba
Allies None
Specialty N/A
Insignia Chrysanthemums
Insignia Signifies Truth and Innocence
Division Color Deep Purple

The First Division (一番隊, ichiban-tai; "Squad 1" in the English Dub) is one of the Gotei 13, headed by Captain Shunsui Kyōraku.


Under Captain-Commander Yamamoto, the 1st Division followed the traditional organization of a Gotei 13 Division; however, when Shunsui Kyōraku took over, he assigned two lieutenants: Genshirō Okikiba, the lieutenant in charge of practical matters; and Nanao Ise, the lieutenant with the task of following him.[1]

Special Duties

No special duties have been noted for the 1st Division. The First Division is ranked highest among the 13 Divisions. Even subordinate members of the First Division are considered model Shinigami. Emergencies must be dealt with swiftly; quick decisions and quick actions are essential. The division is able to ascertain a situation and mobilize quickly even before an order is issued. That is the true value of the First Division.[2]



1st Division Barracks.

Like all the other barracks, the 1st Division Barracks house the offices and living quarters of the Shinigami of the 1st Division. In addition, due to the 1st Division being the division of the Captain-Commander, the barracks hosts the assembly hall where the captains gather for their meeting.[3] The barracks also has a room set aside for lieutenants' meeting.[4] Captain-Commander Shunsui's office within the barracks commands a wide, sweeping view of Seireitei.[5]

Directly underneath the division's barracks lies the Central Great Underground Prison.[6]

After Yamamoto's death, the shattered and scorched Ryūjin Jakka was returned to the barracks.[7]

Notable Members

1st Division
Rank Name In Office Status
CaptainShunsui Kyōraku2003 A.D.Active
Co-LieutenantNanao Ise2003 A.D.Active
Co-LieutenantGenshirō Okikiba2003 A.D.Active
Former Members
CaptainGenryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto1002 A.D. - 2003 A.D.Deceased
LieutenantChōjirō Sasakibe? - 2003 A.D.Deceased
3rd SeatGenshirō Okikiba? - 2003 A.D.Promoted
UnseatedShin'etsu Kisaragi (anime only)? - ?Deceased


As his leadership unites the Gotei 13, Captain-Commander Yamamoto seeks out soldiers who can serve as an example for every other division. Therefore, being assigned to the 1st Division is a great honor.[8]

Recruitment Fair Brochure

BOBFirst Division Recruitment Illustration

Illustration for the 1st Division Recruitment Brochure.[2]

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.[2]

Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Men with a strong sense of justice, always diligent.

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


3. What do you require of new recruits?

Nothing worth mentioning.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

Even I am still studying.

Chōjirō Tadaoki Sasakibe

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Young people who are willing to cultivate themselves.

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

A Western atmosphere within all the Asian influence.

3. What do you require of new recruits?

Nothing special.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

The 1st Division is more exciting than meets the eye. Absolutely! Also, once a month, the captain organizes a tea party for the whole division.

Frank talk!! with the 9th Division lieutenant, Shūhei Hisagi

Since the captain who leads the 1st Division is the Head Captain Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, your first thought might be that this division is too hard for you. But actually, the captain throws a tea party once a month, and they hold really creative events in the lieutenant's English-style classroom, and it's a lot of fun! Plus, the 1st Division is near the bath house, and lately, the newspaper's been doing a feature on stone saunas, which they also have. So for those of you who want to get stronger, but don't want to get worn out, this is the division for you!

Shinigami Women's Association Aptitude Test

According to the Shinigami Women's Association aptitude test, those who consider themselves "leaders" are best suited for the this division as Captain Yamamoto is a captain's captain and serving under him means that leadership skills are learnt from the very best.[9]


  • Once a month, Captain-Commander Yamamoto gathered the 1st Division together for a tea party in their offices. Yachiru Kusajishi showed up to every one, but only to eat all the tea cakes and then go home.[2]


  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 520, page 13
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bleach Bootleg, page 78
  3. Bleach Anime; Episode 168
  4. Bleach anime; Episode 227
  5. Bleach anime; Episode 185
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 510, page 9
  7. Bleach - The Dagger
  8. Bleach Bootleg, pages 76-78
  9. Bleach Bootleg, page 176


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