Bleach is a mega-popular shonen action series that revolves around the supernatural. In this universe, the black-robed Soul Reapers are responsible for escorting the souls of the newly dead to the waiting Soul Society. These reapers also kill monstrous Hollows, or twisted souls, in mortal combat. Soul Reapers vary widely in their combat abilities and skills.
Bleach The Soul Reapers also feature a wide variety of personalities and appearances, from the bloodthirsty Captain Kenpachi Zaraki to the gentle Hanataro Yamada and the tough but fair Shuhei Hisagi. Soul Reapers can also be categorized not only by combat power or zanpakuto type, but also by size in imperial and metric units.
ten Captain Gin Ichimaru is 185 centimeters or 6 feet 1 inch tall
Former Captain Gin Ichimaru once commanded Squad 3 and he appeared early in the Soul Society arc as a minor antagonist who kept Ichigo’s group out of the Gotei 13 with his shikai. He was later unmasked as a co-conspirator with Captain Sosuke Aizen and defected from Soul Society.
Gin later fought alongside the Arrancars, but that wasn’t the whole story. He was secretly plotting Aizen’s downfall and gave his life to retaliate against Aizen before being defeated. He died with his old friend, Rangiku Matsumoto.
9 Isshin Kurosaki is 186 centimeters or 6 feet 1 inch tall
Years ago, Ichigo’s clumsy single father, Isshin Kurosaki, was Captain Isshin Shiba of Squad 10, with Toshiro Hitsugaya and Rangiku Matsumoto as his beloved subordinates. He gave up his powers to save young Masaki’s life and they later married and had three children together.
Isshin’s Soul Reaper powers eventually returned – he personally killed the monstrous Grand Fisher before helping Ichigo confront Aizen during the Fake Karakura Town arc. He also taught Ichigo how to perform the final Getsuga Tensho.
8 Captain Sousuke Aizen is 186 centimeters or 6 feet 1 inch tall
Bleach the main villain, ex-Captain Sosuke Aizen, once commanded Squad 5. He was immensely popular during his time there, with his fake charismatic personality causing everyone to let their guard down around him. Lieutenant Momo Hinamori idolized him and he was also known to be a master of calligraphy.
Ultimately, Aizen plotted to reclaim Heaven’s supposedly empty throne to guide the universe, but he resorted to every dirty trick in the book to get there. All of the Soul Reapers have united with various Rogues, such as the Eight Vizards, to defeat Aizen.
7 Lieutenant Isane Kotetsu is 187 centimeters or 6 feet 1.5 inches tall
Lt. Isane Kotetsu looks up to Captain Retsu/Yachiru Unohana as a mother figure, though in later story arcs, Isane is forced to succeed him as captain of Squad 4. In the meantime, Isane has revealed a somewhat shy but capable officer with medical kido skills.
Isane ranks among the greatest Soul Reapers of all – she is also the greatest female among them, which is a source of insecurity for her. She doesn’t like being so tall, but no one else thinks badly of her for that.
6 Captain Jushiro Ukitake is 187 centimeters or 6 feet 1.5 inches tall
Captain Jushiro Ukitake commands Squad 13 and is known for his gentle personality and constant affliction with illness. He has suffered from this condition since childhood, but it didn’t stop him from becoming a highly respected commander of the Gotei 13.
Ukitake is one of the greatest and most experienced Soul Reapers of all, being one of the first graduates of Shin’o Soul Reaper Academy, which means Captain-General Yamamoto is immensely proud of him and what he can do. His subordinates, past and present, include Kiyone Kotetsu, Sentaro, Kaien Shiba, Miyako Shiba, and Rukia Kuchiki.
5 Lieutenant Renji Abarai is 188 centimeters or 6 feet 2 inches tall
Lieutenant Renji Abarai is one of Ichigo’s most vital allies, even though they were actually enemies in Bleachof the first season and at the start of the Soul Society story arc. Renji is also Rukia’s childhood friend and Captain Byakuya Kuchiki’s direct subordinate.
Renji wields a melee-type zanpakuto named Zabimaru whose bankai resembles a skeletal snake that can shoot energy blasts from its mouth. Later, Renji learned the final form of his bankai and used it to kill one of the Sternritter, Masculine’s Mask.
4 Captain Shunsui Kyoraku is 192 centimeters or 6 feet 3.5 inches tall
Along with his friend Jushiro Ukitake, Captain Shunsui Kyoraku is one of the most experienced veterans among all Soul Reapers and Yamamoto considers him almost like a sort of adopted son. Unlike Yamamoto, however, Shunsui is known for his laid-back personality and general clumsiness.
Shunsui doesn’t like fighting, but he knows his duty. He bravely faced the 1st Espada, Coyote Starrk, and unleashed his game-based deadly zanpakuto. Later, Shunsui aided his lieutenant, Nanao Ise, wield his family’s unique sword in battle.
3 Captain Kenpachi Zaraki is 202 centimeters or 6 feet 7.5 inches tall
Captain Kenpachi Zaraki is known for his badass attitude and immense fighting strength, and every member of Squad 11 strives to emulate him. He is also oddly merciful, as he dislikes finishing off defeated enemies. He prefers to let them live so they can grow stronger and challenge him again one day.
Kenpachi assumed some of the Bleach the strongest villains and have won, from the titanic Yammy Llargo to the vicious Nnoitora Gilga and the Sternritter-based imagination, Gremmy. It was during his fight with Gremmy that Kenpachi finally revealed his shikai, Nozarashi.
2 Lieutenant Marechiyo Omaeda is 210 centimeters or 6 feet 10.5 inches tall
Despite being part of the stealth-based Squad 2, Lieutenant Marechiyo Omaeda is a tall, well-fed man, and he’s proud of it. In battle, Marechiyo is much faster and smarter than his looks and dimwitted personality would suggest, which is why he was deemed fit to serve Captain Soi Fon.
Marechiyo can perform a quick lightning step to outsmart his enemies and he is smart enough to trick his enemies into believing he is slow so that they let their guard down, such as during his battle with Nirrge Parduoc. However, his melee-based shikai is a bit disappointing.
1 Captain Sajin Komamura is 288 centimeters or 9 feet 5.5 inches tall
Captain Sajin Komamura is an interesting case. He is a wolf-headed soul who was once ashamed of his appearance, to the point that he always wore a helmet to disguise himself. Eventually, however, he learned to fully accept who and what he is and never wore the helmet again.
Sajin wields a huge bankai called Kokujo Tengen Myo’o, which takes the form of huge samurai in black armor. With this bankai, he easily killed the whale-like Arrancar Poww.
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