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The Noble Houses of Soul Society have an unclear role in the culture, social and governmental aspects of that dimensions existence. The Four Noble Families carry the most weight and appear to have some influence over the governmental institutions (i.e. Central 46 Chambers) and even institutions outside of the government (i.e. Shin'ō Academy). The military (i.e. Gotei 13, Kidō Corps & Onmitsukidō) have no authority to act against a noble family without evidence that their actions are treasonous to Soul Society.

Four Noble Families

Shihōin Clan

Shihōin family seal

Shihōin Family Emblem

By tradition, the head of the Shihōin family leads the Onmitsukidō. Also known as the Tenshiheisōban (天賜兵装番, House of Godly Gears)[1], they are the Caretakers of the Hōgu (宝具, lit. "Treasure Tool") and Bugu (武具, lit. "War Tool") said to have been bestowed on them by the gods.[2]


Kuchiki Clan

Kuchiki family seal

Kuchiki Family Emblem

There is reason to believe that the captaincy of the 6th Division runs in the Kuchiki family, as at least two members, both of them were family heads, have held the title captain and two other known members have been lieutenant and 3rd seat respectively. Members of the Kuchiki family have been known to wear Kenseikan (牽星箝, lit. "Star-Pulling Insert") in their hair, which symbolizes their nobility as one of Four Noble Families. The Kuchiki family also has a white scarf made by the master weaver, Tsujishirō Kuroemon III. The scarf is made from the Ginpaku Kazahana no Uzuginu (銀白風花の紗, Silks of the Silverwhite Wildflower), a silver-white, windflower light silk, and is a family heirloom that is handed down from generation to generation and is given to each Kuchiki family head. The scarf alone is worth enough to buy ten mansions in the Seireitei.[3] By tradition, the family has been charged with compiling and protecting the history of Soul Society.[4] The family resides in the Kuchiki Family Manor.

Third Great Noble House

No information about this house has been revealed.

Fourth Great Noble House

No information about this house has been revealed.

Lower Noble Houses

Noble Houses
Parent House Shihōin Clan
Family Head Suì-Fēng
Family Seat Seireitei, Soul Society
Affiliation Onmitsukidō, 2nd Division, Gotei 13, Soul Society
Specialty Assassination & Executions

Fēng Family

Traditionally serves the Shihōin family by joining the Onmitsukidō. The family makes its living as assassins and executioners.[5] Any member who doesn't pass the test to get into the Onmitsukidō is immediately exiled from the family.

Notable Members

(† = confirmed death)

Fēng Family
Name Title Relation Status
Suì-Fēng9th Head of the Fēng Family Granddaughter of Suì-FēngActive
Suì-FēngNoblewomanSuì-Fēng's GrandmotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/AssassinSuì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/AssassinSuì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/AssassinSuì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/AssassinSuì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †
Unnamed BrotherNobleman/AssassinSuì-Fēng's BrotherDeceased †

Kyōraku Family

An old, prestigious and high-ranking noble family.

(† = confirmed death)

Kyōraku Family
Name Title Relation Status
Unnamed FatherHead of the Kyōraku Family Father of the Kyōraku FamilyActive
Unnamed MotherLady of the Kyōraku Family Mother of the Kyōraku FamilyActive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman 1st Son of the Kyōraku FamilyActive
Shunsui KyōrakuNobleman 2nd Son of the Kyōraku FamilyActive

Ukitake Family

A low-class aristocratic family.

(† = confirmed death)

Ukitake Family
Name Title Relation Status
Jūshirō UkitakeHead of the Ukitake Family Oldest Brother of the Ukitake SiblingsActive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōActive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōActive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōActive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōActive
Unnamed BrotherNobleman Unnamed Younger Brother of JūshirōActive
Unnamed SisterNoblewoman Unnamed Younger Sister of JūshirōActive
Unnamed SisterNoblewoman Unnamed Younger Sister of JūshirōActive
Noble Houses
Parent House Shihōin Clan
Family Head Marenoshin Ōmaeda
Family Seat Ōmaeda Manor, Seireitei, Soul Society
Affiliation Onmitsukidō, 2nd Division, Gotei 13, Soul Society

Ōmaeda Family

An aristocratic, rich family. The family has a history of service in the Onmitsukidō.[6]
(† = confirmed death)

Ōmaeda Family
Name Title Relation Status
Marenoshin ŌmaedaHead of the Ōmaeda Family Father of the Ōmaeda FamilyActive
Mareka ŌmaedaLady of the Ōmaeda Family Mother of the Ōmaeda FamilyActive
Marechiyo ŌmaedaNobleman Oldest son of the Ōmaeda FamilyActive
Maremi ŌmaedaNoblewoman Sister of the MarechiyoActive
Marejirōsaburō ŌmaedaNobleman Brother of the MarechiyoActive
Mareyo ŌmaedaNoblewoman Sister of the MarechiyoActive

Kira Family

A lesser noble family. The only known living member of the house is:

(† = confirmed death)

Kira Family
Name Title Relation Status
Izuru KiraNobleman Son of the Kira FamilyActive
Kagekiyo KiraNobleman Father of the Izuru KiraDeceased †
Shizuka KiraNoblewoman Mother of the Izuru KiraDeceased †

Kasumiōji Clan

An anime only, high-ranking noble family that is just below the four great noble families in status, commenting that their circumstances are a bit "special." The Kasumiōji family members are well known as master forgers in the art of weapons crafting, making the finest weapons in all of Soul Society. The family is traditionally lead by a female.

Kannogi Family

An anime-only, high-ranking noble family. They are connected to the Kasumiōji Family.

Former Noble House

Shiba Clan

The family was apparently the 5th noble family, having prestige along the lines of the Kuchiki and Shihōin family. For an unknown reason, the Shiba family fell from their high status position after the death of its most prominent member, the former lieutenant of the 13th Division, Kaien Shiba. The family specializes in fireworks.

Appearance In Other Media

Former Noble House

Ryōdoji Family

Once a noble family in Soul Society exiled from their position 1,000 years ago. They are now known as The Dark Ones.[7]

Equipment

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  • Shihōin Shield: the device used by Jūshirō Ukitake and Shunsui Kyōraku to destroy the Sōkyoku. It is a large, shield-like item with the Shihōin family crest stamped on it and a long cord connected to it. When the cord is wrapped around the Sōkyoku and two Zanpakutō are stabbed into two vertical slots running from its top, their Reiryoku flows through the cord and destroys the Sōkyoku. The Shield is normally kept under a seal for some form of protective purposes.[8]


References

  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 159, page 7
  2. "Bleach": Official Bootleg KaraBuri+, page 82
  3. Bleach Official Character Book Souls, page 188
  4. Bleach anime; Episode 88
  5. Bleach: Official Character Book SOULs, page 196
  6. Bleach Official Character book 2 MASKED; Kubo's Interview
  7. Bleach movie; Bleach: Memories of Nobody
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 151, pages 11-16

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  • Komamura

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    • Assuming you mean the Noble Houses, I do not recall any source saying the Komamura's were a noble family. They were banished, but t...
    • They were not of Noble blood, but they were banished.
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