12th Division

The 12th Division is one of the Gotei 13, currently led by Captain Kisuke Urahara.



Under Captain Urahara, the 12th Division follows the traditional organization of a Gotei 13 Division having a single Lieutenant. The current Lieutenant of the 12th Division is Mayuri Kurotsuchi.  

Special Duties

The 12th Division develops new technology and spiritual tools and has been the home of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute for over 100 years. The link between the division and the S.R.D.I. was formed by current Captain Kisuke Urahara. As such, technological and scientific research has become the full measure of what the division involves itself in primarily. Members are tasked with research and collection of data and samples, something both the current captain and lieutenant are very enthusiastic about, though not to the same extreme.  


Much like the other barracks of the Gotei 13, the 12th Division Barracks house the offices and living spaces of the Shinigami of that division. Captain Urahara converted bart of the 12th Division into the Shinigami Research and Development Institute. Since then, new buildings appear to have been erected for the S.R.D.I., complete with its own gate.   Lieutenant Kurotsuchi also runs a cosmetic surgery clinic called Charismatic Dr. Mayrui Kurotsuchi's Magical Clinic from the buildings controlled by the 12th Division.  


The 12th Division has been turned into the center of progress, experimentation, and science within the Soul Society. This setting attracts the brightest minds and uses their ideas to light the way for the rest of the world with all manners of inventions to include weaponry, state of the art spiritual technology, biochemistry, and artificial soul research. This division is known as one of the most well funded but also one of the most difficult to excel in if you intend to rely on mere talent.  

Recruitment Fair Brochure

The following questions and answers were printed in an issue of the Seireitei Communication.

Captain Urahara

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?
Those with bright minds and incredible imagination that enjoy long hours.   2. How would you describe the atmosphere around your division?
Often quiet and then noisy, sometimes overflowing with hazardous chemicals and there is the odd runaway experiment at the end of each week.   3. What do you require of new recruits?
Brilliance is secondary to work ethic, if you have a will then I can make you succeed.   4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.
Don't get me wrong, this is going to be excruciating but you'll be better for it.  

Lieutenant Kurotsuchi

1. What kind of individuals are you seeking?
Those with a high tolerance for pain, an interest in spiritual biochemistry and a lack of Trypanophobia.   2. How would you describe the atmosphere around your division?
From here on all things are to be considered experimental to include interviews, interactions with outsiders to our division and you should consider yourself to be part of an ongoing experiment conducted by my magnificent design.   3. What do you require of new recruits?
Willingness to sign a waiver.   4. Some words for the Shinigami recruits.
None are needed, many are often speechless in my presence.  

Shinigami Women's Association Aptitude Test

According to the Shinigami Women's Association aptitude test, those have "dedication" and little regard for the hours that they work are suited to this division. It's said that there is a rivalry between the Captain and the Lieutenant, the subordinate constantly seeks to outdo the superior and it creates a fun environment of competition though if you are opposed to needles, being a test subject or scare easily you may not find this to be your fit.

Vengeance, Strictness, Independence

Kisuke Urahara
Mayuri Kurotsuchi
Research & Development of new Technology and Spiritual Tools
Division Color
Olive Green
Military Order
Alternative Names
Squad 12
Parent Organization
Frank Talk! with Tetsuzaemon Iba
Now that's a scary place filled with a bunch of eggheads. Don't get me wrong, they can turn out some interesting toys but when it breaks down to it most of them are worthless for anything but long hours devoid of social life. I still wouldn't recommend going around there at night, the second in command doesn't sleep and he won't hesitate to walk out from behind the paint on a wall or tap on the storm drain that your walking on. Something about the eyes and the paint, it's not natural, he's always watching for something and it can't be good. I could provide several other suggestions if you're looking to make a name for yourself.


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