11th Division (Military)

Whilst the entire Gotei 13 is required to be capable in combat, there is no argument that the 11th Division enjoys it most. Known by all to be the most violent and warlike of the squads, division 10 have a reputation for being barely-controlled loose cannons, kept in check only by a mutual admiration for their captain. They also consider the 4th division weak and often bully them, although many members noticeably fear the 4th division's captain.

Captain: Zaraki Kenpachi

Formerly of the hardest district in Rukongai, Captain Zaraki claims that he has forgotten his original name along with everybody else. The name he wears now is a combination of the district from whence he came – Zaraki – and the ceremonial name given to the best fighter of a generation, Kenpachi. This goes a long way toward describing his personality; Kenpachi lives for battle, and enjoys a good fight more than anything – he even weakens himself in an effort to make any fight last longer. He also claims that injury and death are nothing but the price one pays for a good fight. Kenpachi is unique amongst the captains in that he did not come to his rank via promotion, but rather by killing the former captain of the 11th division, after which the law said he had won the position.

Despite heading the most bloodthirsty group in the Gotei 13, Kenpachi does have a code of ethics (though different from the set rules of Soul Society) and has been shown to care for his subordinates, particularly Vice-captain Yachiru. He is suspected by some to be more complex than his obvious nature suggests. Those who know him see a wide range of traits; lackadaisical abandon, reckless blood lust, peculiar sentiments of affection toward his subordinates, and even indications of wisdom in the form of terse pep-talks usually given to opponents just before or even during battles.

Kenpachi has a wild and aggressive appearance, fitting with his personality. He wears his captain's jacket without sleeves, and with a more ragged look to it. He styles his hair into spikes with bells at the tips and wears a special eye patch on his right eye created by the 12th Division to absorb the bulk of his power. Both of these are meant to give enemies an advantage so that he can have even fights with weaker opponents. He has a huge scar on the left side of his face, and is one of the tallest individuals in Soul Society, towering at 202cm.

Despite his phenomenal strength, Kenpachi is known to be completely unable to use kidou.

Zanpakutou: ?

Kenpachi does not know the name of his zanpakutou, and is the only captain in the history of the Gotei 13 who cannot perform bankai. Despite not knowing its name, his zanpakutou is constantly released due to his immense spiritual pressure. The sword's appearance is a reflection of Kenpachi's own practice of weakening himself to fight: it is a seemingly worn-down and dull blade with a guard that extends inward from its centre. The blade is much longer than that of a standard zanpakutou.

Vice-captain: Kusajishi Yachiru

A tiny girl with a cheerful personality, Vice-Captain Kusajishi is childlike in most respects. She is generally seen latched onto the back of her captain, to whom she could not be more different – though she can be surprisingly intimidating at times, especially when annoyed. Like 8th division captain Kyouraku, Yachiru has a casual attitude toward her peers and superior, even giving them affectionate nicknames, though it is assumed to be tolerable because of her childish personality. Vice-captain Yachiru is also the president of the Shinigami Women's Association.

Essentially nothing is known about Yachiru's background, except that she showed up in Soul Society along with Kenpachi and has been with him ever since.

Despite her child-like appearance, Yachiru is apparently quite strong, since she is the current vice-captain of the combat division within Soul Society. She is one of the few people who are completely unaffected by Kenpachi's reiatsu. She is strong enough to lift Kenpachi and leap between buildings while carrying him. Yachiru is also incredibly fast despite her size, running from the ground-level area of Seireitei to the mountain that holds the execution grounds in a fairly short period of time. She is also capable of emitting a large amount of spiritual power when angry, which forms into a large, pink, angry cat face.

Zanpakutou: ?

The name and ability of Yachiru's zanpakutou are both unknown. In sealed form, it is an almost comically short sword with a childish flower-shape as the crossguard. She tows it around behind her on a loose cord, the sheath having been fitted with a pair of wheels.

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