5th Division (Military Intelligence)

The 5th division is charged with gathering military intelligence and formulating strategy for the 1st division. This particularly means keeping watch on Hueco Mundo, and anticipating any major movements amongst the hollows. After the betrayal of its captain and the subsequent mental breakdown of its vice-captain, the 5th division is currently in a state of crisis, having no officers suitable to fill either seat. It has currently been assumed under the control of 1st division captain Yamamoto, until suitable leadership can be arranged.

Captain: None

The 5th division captain seat has been empty since Aizen Sousuke's betrayal and subsequent banishment. Soul Society is actively searching for Aizen's replacement.

Former Captain: Aizen Sousuke

Former Captain Aizen fled Soul Society after a bid for power which – despite being reported as a "failed coup" – left the Centre 46 dead and the leadership of Soul Society in turmoil. Although Aizen's plan appeared to end at a stalemate – he was not defeated, but rather escaped to Hueco Mundo after the plot was revealed – it seems to have served his goals, and Soul Society's leadership expect him to appear again as an even stronger adversary.

Before his bid for power, Aizen was "known" to be a soft-spoken intellectual, accented by spectacles, who treated his subordinates very kindly. When his ambition was revealed, he was discovered merely to be profoundly deceitful, considering himself above morals and laws, and using those who were loyal to him without the slightest hint of regret.

Aizen was – and in all likelihood, still is – an extremely potent combatant, well above most captain-level shinigami. While the full extent of his power remains unclear, he has implied that he has reached the limit of his shinigami power in all four forms of shinigami combat: zanjutsu, hohou, hakuda and kidou. His mastery of shinigami skills is such that, at the culmination of his plot, he was able to handle several captain-level opponents at once.

Zanpakutou: Kyouka Suigetsu (lit. "Mirror Flower Water Moon")

In its sealed form, Kyouka Suigetsu looks like a normal katana, and its shikai command is "shatter". Its name suggests its illusionary properties; the moon reflected in water and a flower in a mirror are things that can be seen but not held. It is a Chinese idiom for seeing and desiring something that is a dream that cannot be easily grasped in hand, teaching people about temptations.

Kyouka Suigetsu's shikai has the ability to place anyone who sees it under a state of "absolute hypnosis", after which Aizen can make them see whatever he wants. The hypnosis is unbreakable, even if the target is aware that they are hypnotized. The only way to avoid the effect is to not see Kyouka Suigetsu's shikai. The effect seems to be permanent, or at the very least long-lasting, as Aizen used it on nearly all of the vice-captains and captains in the Gotei 13 during a ceremonial release of his zanpakutou well before faking his own death. While the illusions Kyouka Suigetsu creates are quite powerful, they are not perfect; Captain Retsu Unohana was able to detect something was amiss with Aizen's fake corpse, even though she did not realize what until seeing Aizen alive.

Kyouka Suigetsu's hypnotic abilities make it a useful tool in combat as well, as Aizen can quickly create simple illusions to deceive opponents. By creating a decoy of himself, Aizen can hide his own movements and attack with impunity; his opponent, meanwhile, will remain focused on the illusion until it's too late to react.

Vice-captain: None

The 5th division vice-captain seat has been empty since Hinamori Momo's breakdown. Soul Society is actively seeking her replacement.

Former Vice-captain: Hinamori Momo

Particularly young for her former station, former Vice-Captain Hinamori was extremely skilled with kidou, but also rather naïve and emotionally vulnerable. She was promoted to vice-captain by Aizen Sousuke – whom she still greatly admires, even refusing to believe that he intentionally betrayed Soul Society – though in retrospect it is seen that she was promoted only because Aizen found it particularly easy to manipulate her through her affection. Due to the girl's mental state after Aizen's betrayal, Command felt it necessary to remove Hinamori from her position, to ease the pressure while she recovered.

It is known that Hinamori grew up in the first district of Rukongai, along with 10th Division Captain Histugaya Toushirou, and during her time in the shinigami academy befriended fellow vice-captains Abarai Renji and Kira Izuru. Hinamori appears as a typically cute teenaged girl, who wears her hair up in an odango (a bun with a cloth wrapped around it and tied with a ribbon).

Zanpakutou: Tobiume (lit. "Flying Plum Tree")

Its shikai command is "snap"; when its activated, Tobiume's blade straightens and produces several jitte-like prongs along its length. In this form, Tobiume acts as a focus for Hinamori's spiritual power, concentrating it into energy bursts capable of cratering floors and breaching walls. Hinamori can also compress her power into massive energy balls and toss them from the blade's tip.

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