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3rd Division
3rd Division Insignia
Title Third Division
Kanji 三番隊
Romaji Sanbantai
Captain Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi
Lieutenant Izuru Kira
Allies None
Specialty N/A
Insignia Marigold
Insignia Signifies Despair
Division Color Spring Green (Magic Mint)

The Third Division (三番隊, sanbantai; "Squad 3" in the English Dub) is one of the Gotei 13. The 3rd Division is headed by Captain Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi.


The 3rd Division follows the traditional organization of a Gotei 13 Division. After the Defection of Gin Ichimaru the Division was run by the next highest authority in the 3rd Division, Lieutenant Izuru Kira. Some time after Sōsuke Aizen's defeat, Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi was reinstated as the captain of the 3rd Division.

Special Duties[]

No special duties have been noted for the 3rd Division.



3rd Division Barracks.

Like all the other barracks, the 3rd Division Barracks house the offices and living quarters of the Shinigami of the 3rd. During his captaincy, Gin Ichimaru is said to have planted Persimmon trees in the barrack grounds and dried the fruits himself to create hoshigaki, which he shared with other divisions.[1] Captain Ichimaru and Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya also fought on the 3rd Division grounds during the Ryoka Invasion.[2]

Notable Members[]

3rd Division
Rank Name In Office Status
Captain Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi 1889 A.D. - 1900 A.D.
2001 or 2002 A.D. - Current
Lieutenant Izuru Kira ? - Current Active
Unseated Inose (anime only) ? - Current Active
Unseated Aida (anime only) ? - Current Active
Unseated Kanō (anime only) ? - Current Active
Unseated Shinta Seko (anime only) ? - Current Active
Former Members
Captain Kinroku Izuhara 1002 A.D. - ? A.D. Deceased
Captain Gin Ichimaru ? - 2001 A.D. Deceased
Captain Shūsuke Amagai (anime only) 2001 A.D. Deceased
Lieutenant Chikane Iba ? - ? Retired
3rd Seat Makoto Kibune (anime only) 2001 A.D. Deceased
Unseated Sugama (anime only) ? - 2001 A.D. Deceased
3rd Seat Rikū Togakushi ? - 2003 A.D. Deceased
5th Seat Taketsuna Gori ? - 2003 A.D. Deceased
6th Seat Asuka Katakura ? - 2003 A.D. Deceased

Little is known of the former Third Division captain other than retirement occurred, which allowed Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi to be promoted.[3]


Members of the 3rd Division are encouraged not to fear Captain Ichimaru, but instead to take delight in his mischievous nature.[4]

Recruitment Fair Brochure[]

BOBThird Division Recruitment Illustration

Illustration for the 3rd Division Recruitment Brochure.[5]

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.[5]

Gin Ichimaru

  • No reply, as his whereabouts are unknown.

Izuru Kira

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

People who don't lie.

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

I wonder. Lately I've been alone a lot, so....

3. What do you require of new recruits?

That they not lie.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

Even if you come, Captain Ichimaru won't be here.

Frank talk!! with the 6th Division lieutenant, Renji Abarai

Since that incident, Kira's seemed pretty down. Well, it's pretty hopeless... Hey, any of you guys who'd think, "Anything's fine! I just want to be helpful to Lieutenant Kira!" -- join here!! Good luck, Kira!!!

Shinigami Women's Association Aptitude Test[]

According to the Shinigami Women's Association aptitude test, those who like pranks and do not want to give-up their "playful side" are best suited for this division as they will learn how to stay that way from Captain Ichimaru, who works hard and plays hard. The Association also assures recruits that while you cannot tell what Captain Ichimaru is thinking, he is well liked by his subordinates.[6]


  1. Bleach Official Bootleg, page 84
  2. Bleach manga; Chapters 130-132
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter -108, Pages 14-15
  4. Bleach Bootleg, page 85
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bleach Bootleg, page 123
  6. Bleach Bootleg, page 177