Facts about Yamamoto Bleach, the oldest captain of the Gotei 13

Yamamoto Bleach

Yamamoto is one of the protagonists of the manga series Bleach by Tite Kubo which was first published in Weekly Shonen Jump.

He is captain The oldest Division 1 of the main military organization that most Shinigami join after graduating from Shino Academy, the Gotei 13.

This time we will discuss the founder of Gotei, Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto from anime Bleach. Curious? Come see more in the article below!

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Yamamoto Bleach Facts

As the captain commander of the Gotei 13, Yamamoto is highly respected by other Shinigami including Sajin Komamura.

Known as one of the strongest people in the Gotei 13, here are the facts about Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto!

Founder of Shinigami Academy

Yamamoto Bleach - Founder of the Shinigami Academy
Yamamoto, founder of the Shinigami Academy. Source: Tobias Goulao/X

Did you know that the Shinigami Academy was founded by Yamamoto around 2,100 years ago?

This academy is located in Seireitei and trains people with spiritual powers for the 3 military branches of the Soul Society.

Personally, Yamamoto once taught Shunshui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake who later became captains of Division 1 and Division 13.

Highly Respected By Sajin Komamura

Yamamoto Bleach - Sajin Komamura
Sajin Komamura. Source: Ivan Doktora/Youtube

As the founder of the Shinigami Academy and the Gotei 13, Yamamoto is widely respected by other Shinigami, including Sajin Komamura.

Yamamoto met Sajin Komamura and then offered himself to join the Gotei 13 even though he was not human.

After joining the Gotei 13, he later rose to the rank of captain of the 7th Division and supervised lieutenant Tetsuzaemon Iba.

The Oldest Captain in the Gotei 13

Yamamoto Bleach - The oldest captain of the Gotei 13
The Oldest Captain of the Gotei 13. Source: HDR Anime/Youtube

About 110 years ago, Yamamoto was named the oldest captain in the Gotei 13, followed by Retsu Unohana, Shunshui Kyoraku, and Jushiro Ukitake.

He eventually died in a fight between Shinigami and Quincy. Yamamoto was killed by Yhwach.

Yhwach launches a Reishi attack towards Yamoto and completely eliminates the body of the founder of the Gotei 13.

A Swordsman with the Highest Accuracy

Yamamoto Bleach - High Caliber Swordsman
Yamamoto with his sword. Source: Tobias Goulao/X

Yamamoto is known as a swordsman with the highest accuracy, where he can deliver precise attacks even though he only uses one hand.

In the Bleach manga chapter 156, it is known that Yamamoto fought the two strongest captains in Shinigami history, namely Shunshui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake without the slightest injury.

He usually uses Hitotsume techniques: Nadegiri and Onibi in swordsmanship. Nadegiri itself is a sword slashing technique with extreme speed.

Meanwhile, Onibi is an attack where Yamamoto uses his Zanpakuto in the form of a sealed staff and thrusts it at the opponent. This attack can create a large hole in their body.

Bankai Owner: Zankai no Tachi

Yamamoto Bleach Bankai Zanka no Tachi
Yamamoto Bankai Zanka no Tachi. Source: HDR Anime/Youtube

Yamamoto is the user of Bankai Zankai no Tachi, where his sword will change shape into an ancient katana which is burned by fire.

When activated, the fire that emerges from Ryujin Jakka will be instantly absorbed into the sword. The flames from this sword can burn anything he cuts until it disappears.

Zanka no Tachi has a side effect that causes heat waves which can make the air around it dry.

Even Toshiro Hitsugaya's Bankai "Daiguren Hyorinmaru" couldn't be used because Zanka no Tachi was so hot.

According to Retsu Unohana, the fire produced from Zanka no Tachi is capable of wiping out the entire Soul Society if activated for too long.

First time included in the ranking of the most popular Shinigami characters

Yamamoto Bleach
Genryusai Yamamoto Shigekuni. Source: @notvalclover/X

Yamamoto had never previously received any ranking from a vote for the most popular character in Bleach.

However, in the 5th voting he managed to rise to rank 24th as the most popular Shinigami character.

His legendary fight with Shunshui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake was ranked 19th as the best fight involving a Shinigami in the 9th Bleach survey.

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So, those are all the facts you need to know about Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto from the anime Bleach. What do you think?

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