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6th Division
6th Division Insignia.png
Title Sixth Division
Kanji 六番隊
Romaji Rokubantai
Captain Byakuya Kuchiki
Lieutenant Renji Abarai
Allies None
Specialty N/A
Insignia Camellia
Insignia Signifies Noble Reason
Division Color Cobalt Blue

The Sixth Division (六番隊, rokubantai; "Squad 6" in the English Dub) is one of the Gotei 13, headed by Captain Byakuya Kuchiki.


The sixth Division follows the traditional organization of a Gotei 13 Division.

In addition, elites are distinguished by wearing a white, sleeveless haori (shorter than the ones captains wear) with purple edges and held together at the opening by a red string, over their standard shihakushō.[1][2]

Special Duties

No special duties have been noted for the 6th Division. The 6th Division is seen as a model division by every Shinigami and is known for its strict adherence to rules.[3]


6th Division Barracks

Like all the other barracks, the 6th Division Barracks house the offices and living quarters of the Shinigami of the 6th. The barracks also contain a division prison ward (隊舎牢, teisharō; Viz "Detention Area"),[4] a wide cell containing a single mattress, window, and ornate chair where prisoners of any division are held[5] until they are transferred to a more secure facility like Senzaikyū.[6] Byakuya's office is notable for having shelves of books lining its walls.[7]

Notable Members

6th Division
Rank Name In Office Status
Captain Byakuya Kuchiki ? - Current Active
Lieutenant Renji Abarai 2001 A.D. - Current Active
9th Seat Mihane Shirogane ? - Current Active
Unseated Rikichi Yuki ? - Current Active
Former Members
Captain Ginrei Kuchiki ? - ? Unknown
Lieutenant Sōjun Kuchiki ? - ? Deceased
Lieutenant Ginjirō Shirogane ? - 2001 A.D. Retired
3rd Seat Kōga Kuchiki (anime only) ? - ? Deceased


Rule breakers are not tolerated in the 6th Division and Captain Kuchiki will make certain members caught breaking the rules will be strictly punished. Members of the division are also encouraged to always use proper greetings as this is the first foundation of a relationship.[8]

Recruitment Fair Brochure

Illustration for the 6th Division Recruitment Brochure[9]

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.[9]

Byakuya Kuchiki

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Men who uphold the law, who can offer up everything for the sake of the division, and who will devote themselves to their practice.

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

If you join, you'll know.

3. What do you require of new recruits?

The same as question 1.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

No comment.

Renji Abarai

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Anyone's good.

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

We're all guys who get along with each other.

3. What do you require of new recruits?

Guys who aim high, guys interested in soccer.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

If you think you can surpass me, go ahead and try it!

Frank talk!! with the 3rd Division lieutenant, Izuru Kira

The 6th Division, huh...? Their captain seems well, I'm a little jealous. It's a good place, isn't it, the 6th Division. And there's a captain, too. And Abarai-kun... We have good memories together, he's a really good guy. Not that bright, though.

Shinigami Women's Association Aptitude Test

According to the Shinigami Women's Association aptitude test, those who believe in law and order are best suited for this division. The Association states that such individuals will have a strong sense of purpose in the sixth division.[10]


  • The division has an active five player kickball team consisting of Renji, Rikichi, the fourth-seat, the eighth-seat, the thirteenth-seat, and a twentieth-seat goalkeeper.[11]


  1. Bleach anime; Episode 250
  2. Bleach anime; Episode 251
  3. Bleach Bootleg, pages 93
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 94, page 5
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 59, pages 4 & 6-9
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 79, pages 1-3
  7. Bleach anime; Episode 241
  8. Bleach Bootleg, pages 93-95
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bleach Bootleg, page 126
  10. Bleach Bootleg, page 177
  11. Bleach Official Bootleg, page 94