"You're all members of this organization now, which makes you all teammates. No matter what comes your way, you need to cooperate and face it together. But that doesn't necessarily mean you all have to think the same way. You each have your own thoughts, feelings, and opinions. And that's the real source of your strength. Well... certain people might disagree with me. But I think it's fine that way. I'll watch your backs if you're lost or worried, so you guys just focus on looking forward."
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Defending the Human World
Basara (戦想 (ばさら), Basara; Japanese for "Battle Thought"), otherwise known as the "Gotei Branch" (護廷支隊, Gotei Shitai; literally "Court Guard Branch Division"), is a group of High-Spec Humans from the Human World organized by Soul Society representatives, having formed right around the start of the Sainen Period. In other words, it can be considered an organization composed entirely of Ryoka allies. It serves as a branch division of the Gotei 13, which was founded by Captain-Commander Shunsui Kyōraku, but operates independently of its parent organization. In order to deal with the growing dangers in the Human World and to compensate for the severely reduced ranks of the Gotei 13 in the aftermath of the Thousand Year Blood War, Basara was formed in order to recruit humans with supernatural abilities and train them to defend the material world from all manner of threat. It is run by Suzaku Kawahiru.
Ever since the events that followed the defeat of Sōsuke Aizen at the hands of Ichigo Kurosaki, the idea of having high-spec humans as allies became increasingly more popular among the Gotei 13. There was real value in having them serve as affiliates of the Soul Society so as to make the protection of the human world a far easier task. However, to many of the veteran Captains at the time, especially Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, it was still a very controversial idea. In particular, Yamamoto personally detested the idea of relying upon humans for missions that are a Shinigami's responsibility, even to the point where he refused restoration of his missing arm by way of Orihime Inoue because she herself is a human and thus has no business meddling in the affairs of the Shinigami. Despite the gratitude felt toward Ichigo for his help in defeating Aizen, enlisting humans as allies was still something greatly rejected by many.
However, in the months that followed, and the eventual death of Yamamoto followed by the succession of Shunsui Kyōraku as Captain-Commander, the majority of Gotei 13 staff had been eradicated by the Wandenreich. With their forces spread thin and recovery still out of reach, the notion of enlisting high-sped humans once more entered debate. It was argued that not only would forming a task force of humans with supernatural abilities as allies be a benefit for them, but also, given the previous incident involving Xcution, it would possibly act as a deterrent toward these very same human beings from attempting aggressive actions toward the Soul Society. Furthermore, the case was supported by the fact that most Shinigami are unfamiliar with the human world, and having humans work on their behalf, even to the point of joint cooperation, would make for a far easier approach toward safeguarding the world of the living.
Though it remained in the planning stages for quite some time, up until at least thirteen years after the Quincy Blood War, with the project name "Gotei Branch" identifying it, Kyōraku requested that Suzaku Kawahiru, a former Captain of the Ninth Division, serve as the organization's commander. This organization was later christened with the official name, Basara.
Originally, the organization was centered around a handful of people from the Soul Society that could recruit humans with supernatural abilities; instructing them in being able to harness and control their unique talents, while also putting those powers to good use in helping to defend the Human World. Among those who first joined at the organization's conception, Minato Kuramoto, Hinata Kusuhana, and Saiga Mizukuri in particular hail from Rukongai, becoming the first Ryoka to become allies to the Soul Society since Ichigo Kurosaki. Over the course of two years since its establishment, a significant number of high-spec humans had joined Basara's ranks, with its current membership ranging somewhere in the thirties.
Similar to its parent organization, Basara is devoted to a series of specific duties that make up its mission.
- Protection and first-line defense of the human world.
- Investigation into spiritual incidents within the human world.
- Training and enlisting humans with supernatural abilities.
- Monitoring spiritual activity and phenomenon within the human world.
Unlike its parent organization, Basara consists of a single division that works toward the singular goal of defending the human world. Because the Gotei 13's ranks were so severely diminished in the aftermath of the war waged by the Wandenreich, it became difficult to manage their duties in the Soul Society, much less the material world. It is for this reason that the organization is composed almost entirely of Humans who possess spiritual awareness and subsequent abilities that allow them to fight against threats such as Hollows.
The entire organization is run by a "Commander-in-Chief" (総司令官, Sōshireikan). This position has been held by Suzaku Kawahiru since the division's conception.
Training of prospective Basara members is conducted by the "Vice-Chief" (副長, Fukuchō). In addition to that, Rangiku Matsumoto had signed on to serve as an instructor and advisor for the organization and its potential candidates.
While every member of Basara is considered to be of equal ranking and status among one another, save for the Commander-in-Chief and the Vice-Chief, their duties are dependent upon Suzaku's assessment of each individual's capabilities and strengths as well as their shortcomings. He determines which cases are best suited to which members and assigns them accordingly. These are eventually sorted together, allowing Suzaku to create makeshift teams and assign team leaders based on the information he analyzes. Although these teams are often temporary constructs, meant to satisfy the need to complete a specific task and then will be disbanded, there are some that remain as permanent teams within Basara. Team Kuramoto would be such an example. These permanent teams usually form on their own, occurring when certain members of the organization become familiar with one another and opt to work together more frequently on future assignments.
As an organization that strives to create a bridge between the Soul Society and the Human World, Basara possesses a number of contacts and affiliations. They can serve the purpose of providing information on circumstances in the world of the living, assisting on certain cases (either helping a specific Basara team or handling a case as an independent contractor), or even establish relations with another organization. All direct affiliates with the organization usually go through the division staff channels.
Given that Basara is an organization directly tied to the Gotei 13, they possess an insignia of their own placed within a black rhombus. It seems to resemble that of a five-leaf clover placed within the center of a standard flower with five petals surrounding it. According to Suzaku, the clover holds great meaning that is associated with each of its leaves.
Behind the Scenes
The term, "Basara" (ばさら), is used in Japanese aesthetics associated with the challenge of traditional ideals during the Muromachi period. It is meant to represent the challenging of previously maintained traditions. During the command of Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, it was considered improbable that the Gotei 13 would ever seek the assistance of a Ryoka in their own private affairs; much less the help of a Human. However, the involvement of Ichigo Kurosaki led to a historical change in Soul Society's otherwise unyielding perspectives. As the successor to Yamamoto, Shunsui Kyōraku chose to embrace the benefit of having High-Spec Humans and capable warriors from Rukongai serve as allies to the Soul Society.