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Third Division
3rd Division Insignia
Name 3rd Division
Kanji 三番隊
Romaji Sanbantai
Captain Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi
Lieutenant Teruo Akui
Allied Organisation None
Division 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 branches of the Gotei 13, headed by Captain Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi.


The Third Division follows the traditional organisation of a Gotei 13 Division. During the Quincy Blood War the Division sustained several casualties among its highest-ranking officers, and Lieutenant Izuru Kira retired shortly afterward to become a teacher at the Shin'ō Academy. The Lieutenant and Third Seat Officer positions were eventually offered to Teruo and Yuji Akui brothers once Captain Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi deemed them competent enough.

Special Duties

No special duties have been noted for the Third Division.



Third Division Barracks.

Similarly to others, the Third Division Barracks contains the offices and living quarters of members of its designated Division. During his days as the leader, Gin Ichimaru planted Persimmon trees in the barrack grounds and dried the fruits himself to create hoshigaki, which he shared with the rest of Gotei 13. Later on, Captain Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi has had a relatively small concert stage constructed, where he encourages his subordinates to perform and play musical instruments off-duty.

Notable Members

Rank Name In Office Status
CaptainRōjūrō Ōtoribashi1889 - 1901
2001 - Current
LieutenantTeruo Akui2014 - CurrentActive
3rd Seat OfficerYuji Akui2014 - CurrentActive
Former Members
CaptainKentarō Akiyama1001 - 1081Exiled
CaptainGin Ichimaru? - 2001Deceased
LieutenantChikane Iba? - ?Retired
LieutenantIzuru Kira? - ?Retired
3rd Seat OfficerRikū Togakushi? - 2003Deceased
5th Seat OfficerTaketsuna Gori? - 2003Deceased
6th Seat OfficerAsuka Katakura? - 2003Deceased
8th Seat OfficerRyota Watanabe? - 2019Deceased
9th Seat OfficerKoji Saito? - 2019Deceased


The Third Division welcomes prospective Shinigami of all skillsets, and especially those possessed of an artistic soul.

Recruitment Fair Brochure

The following question and answer section was printed in the special issue of Seireitei Communication that came out some time after Teruo Akui was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi:

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Sanguine people you can depend on in times of need.

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

Relaxed and friendly.

3. What do you require of new recruits?

That they are supportive.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

We organise amateur performances and concerts every Friday evening. Feel free to join us!

Teruo Akui:

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?

Strong-willed people who will fight tooth and nail to protect what they cherish.

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


3. What do you require of new recruits?

Diligence, devotion, and loyalty.

4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.

I could use some help cleaning the premises every once in a while...



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