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Jigokuchō (地獄蝶, Hell Butterfly)
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A Hell Butterfly

are black butterflies used by Soul Reapers to serve a variety of purposes.

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The bodies and wings of Jigokuchō are completely black, except for a small outline of maroon on their lower wings. They guide the Soul Reapers through the Senkaimon when traveling between Soul Society and the Human World, thereby saving them from the inconvenience of passing through the Dangai. Jigokuchō are also used as messengers among Soul Reapers, often carrying important orders. Hell Butterflies are taken care of by Soul Reaper in Seireitei, this task usually being carried out by new and inexperienced members of the Gotei 13. Jigokuchō, like the Soul Reapers themselves, are only visible to spiritually aware beings.

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