Kenpachi Kiganjō
MASKEDKiganjo profile
Race Soul
Birthday October 5[1]
Gender Male
Height 221 cm (7'3")[1]
Weight 316 kg (695 lbs.)[1]
Professional Status
Previous Affiliation Gotei 13, Soul Society
Profession Shinigami
Previous Position Captain of the 11th Division
Previous Division 11 11th Division
Base of Operations Seireitei, Soul Society
Personal Status
Relatives N/A
Shikai Unknown
Bankai Unknown
First Appearance
Manga Chapter 527 (flashback)
Japanese N/A
Spanish N/A

Kenpachi Kiganjō (鬼厳城 剣八, Kiganjō Kenpachi) was the 10th Kenpachi. A century ago, he was the captain of the 11th Division and the predecessor of Kenpachi Zaraki. Prior to becoming the Kenpachi, Kiganjō's name was Gosuke Kiganjō (鬼厳城 五助, Kiganjō Gosuke).[1]


Kenpachi Kiganjō was a big man, with a dark complexion, dark hair, and dark eyes. He had two spiked piercings below his lips, and had a very rough appearance, with chipped fingernails, facial hair, and body hair.


Little is known of his personality other than he was quite lazy. Shinji Hirako comments on this when he fails to show up for a captains meeting.[2]


Just like every other captain of the 11th Division, Kiganjō became the captain and the new "Kenpachi" by killing the previous captain of the 11th Division, the 9th Kenpachi.

When Kiganjō failed to turn up to the captains meeting called to introduce Kisuke Urahara, Shinji Hirako stated Kiganjō was a slacker who, as usual, was not listening to what he was told. Shinji, claiming he was a "pain in the ass", wondered why "such a piggish guy" had been allowed to become a captain. Love Aikawa points out it couldn't be helped, given that the 11th Division is set up differently, and if anyone is to be blamed for Kiganjō's presence among them, it is the previous Kenpachi for dying to Kiganjō.[3]

Kiganjō was not present during the captains meeting which was called to respond to the emergency surrounding the vanishing soul incident when Kensei and Mashiro disappeared.[4]

Later, he was killed by Kenpachi Zaraki in front of 200 members of the 11th Division.[5]

Bount arc (anime only)

Note: Events occurring in this arc are only in the anime and do not constitute canon material.

Maki Ichinose mentioned Kiganjō as a man who believed in justice much like himself. Maki was deeply attached to Kiganjō.[6]

Powers and Abilities

Master Swordsman: As a former captain of the 11th division, which specializes in swordsmanship, Kiganjō had highly capable skill in this art, enough to kill his predecessor. However, it was not nearly at the level of Zaraki, who took him down in a single strike.

Great Spiritual Power: As a captain of the Gotei 13, Kiganjō possessed a large amount of Reiryoku.


  • Shikai: Not Revealed
  • Bankai: Not Revealed


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bleach Official Character book 2 MASKED
  2. Bleach Manga; Chapter -108, page 10
  3. Bleach Manga; Chapter -108, pages 10-11
  4. Bleach Manga; Chapter -102, page 01-17
  5. Bleach Manga; Chapter 146, page 01
  6. Bleach Anime; Episode 77


Preceded by
9th Kenpachi ?
10th Kenpachi
? - ?
Succeeded by
Kenpachi Zaraki
Preceded by
Kenpachi ?
Captain of the 11th Division
? - ?
Succeeded by
Kenpachi Zaraki


Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.