After an eight-year absence, the Bleach anime will finally return in 2021 to animate the final storyline in the series. With all the buzz surrounding the return of Bleach to TV, the fandom's passion for their favorite teenaged soul reaper has been reignited. Among the great debates going on today is who was the greatest captain in Gotei 13.
While Bleach began with a small, but humble cast, the (spiritual) world grew immensely in the Soul Society, which is commonly regarded as the best story arc in the series. Fans were introduced to a number of unforgettable captains, such as Kenpachi Zaraki, So Fon, Byakuya Kuchiki, and of course, Sōsuke Aizen. All of which, had their own unique powers. Out of all of these captains - former and current - who was the strongest of them all?
Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai was the 1st Division captain of Gotei 13. While he looks like a helpless, elderly man, Yamamoto was actually an aggressive fighter with a surprisingly muscular physique. He was also a highly respected captain among his peers who passionately believed in the Soul Society. His fiery passion was matched by his Bankai, Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai, which allowed him to control the fires of Hell.1,31445One of the strongest?
Good looks can be deceiving. The ultimate example of this is Sōsuke Aizen, former captain of the 5th Division. Everyone in the Soul Society believed he was one of the greatest captains around; unaware he was secretly plotting their downfall. Aizen isn’t just a looker, he’s also a brilliant tactician and a highly-skilled fighter in magic and swordsmanship. It’s why he’s a fan-favorite villain of Bleach.1,06778One of the strongest?
Kenpachi Zaraki is the 11th Division captain of Gotei 13. True to his intimidating appearance, Kenpachi eats and breathes battles. He enjoys fighting so much he’ll even hold back to make a good match last even longer. Despite his violent fighting nature, Kenpachi will walk away from a match if his opponent is too injured to continue. However, he will deliver a death blow to anyone who stubbornly refuses to give up on a losing match. Kenpachi’s ultimate attack is transforming himself into a red, hulked-out demon.1,368122One of the strongest?
While everyone on Earth might know Kisuke Urahara as a mere salesman, he was actually the former captain of the 12 Division in Gotei 13. Urahara was instrumental in teaching Ichigo his Shinigami powers, while also training his friends after their spiritual powers awakened. While he’s usually polite and laid back, he becomes ecstatic over things he’s passionate about. Fitting for his lascivious nature, his Bankai, the Kannonbiraki Benihime Aratame, takes the form a beautiful giant woman that can restructure anything to his whim.90775One of the strongest?