Ichigo grew up in Karakura Town and was raised by his mother and father, Masaki and Isshin; and he was the older sibling to his twin sisters, Karin and Yuzu. For as long as Ichigo could remember he could see ghosts. One rainy day, Ichigo rushed to try and stop who who thought was girl falling into the flooding river, but this had just been a ghost. When he woke up, he found his mother dead on top of him. He would spend hours alone walking along the area there his mother died. The child who smiled all the time was lost. He blamed himself for his mother's death and the suffering it caused his family. He then dedicated his life to protecting his sisters.
When Ichigo was 15 years old, a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki walked into his room through a wall. At first he refused to believe Rukia's story, but the family clinic was soon attacked by a monster called a Hollow. Yuzu and Karin were both injured, and Rukia told him that the monster was there for his soul. Ichigo was ready to sacrifice his life, but Rukia jumped in the way and was seriously injured. She made an offer to Ichigo to transfer some of her powers to him by piercing his heart with her sword. Ichigo inadvertently took all of Rukia's powers and destroyed the Hollow with his own zanpakutō.
Ichigo Kurosaki (黒崎 一護, Kurosaki Ichigo) is the main protagonist of the BLEACH series that was created by Tite Kubo, It first began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in August 2001.
He first appeared in BLEACH Volume 1, CH. 1 "Strawberry & the Soul Reapers".
Major Story Arcs
Agent of the Shinigami Arc
Ichigo's time as a Soul Reaper put him through various trials that challenged his dedication to protecting others. Rukia had joined Ichigo in school as a classmate and lived in his closet until she could regain her powers. He didn't care about the duties of a Soul Reaper that Rukia would preach to him. He was just determined to help people when he could. One of Ichigo's more earth shattering threats was when his family went to visit his mother's grave on the anniversary of her death. In this fight, Ichigo fought against the Hollow known as Grand Fisher, the monster who had tricked Ichigo as a child and murdered his mother. Ichigo suffered serious injuries in this fight becasue he had used his humanoid lure to take on the form of his mother. He did eventually stab Grand Fisher and it fled before it could be killed.
The second greatest challenge Ichigo faced was when he was challenged by Uryu Ishida, a Quincy, to a battle for who was the better. Ichigo thought this was going to be a one-on-one, but he was shocked as Uryu released what he referred to as Hollow bait. Hollows were flooding into the city that were attracted by the bait, but they were far more than Uryu had anticipated. Ichigo and Uryu killed countless Hollows, and they had to band together to stop a Menos Grand that appeared. Ichigo ultimately managed to injure the Menos by deflecting it's Cero blast with his zanpakutō.
Soon after the incident with Uryu, Ichigo found Rukia missing form the closet and Kon had been bound and gagged. She was trying to protect Ichigo from the Soul Reapers from the Soul Society that were coming to arrest her. Ichigo rushed her aide and battled with Renji Abarai and Byakuya Kuchiki. Almost immediately after Ichigo won against Renji, Byakuya both sliced his zanpakutō in half and pierced his body before he could even see him. To save Ichigo's life, Rukia agreed to return to the Soul Society to face her own execution. He was soon found and saved by Kisuke Urahara.
Soul Society: The Sneak Entry Arc
The injury Ichigo had suffered from Byakuya had robbed Ichigo of his ability to become a Soul Reaper, but Urahara offered to train Ichigo in a way to both regain his powers in order to rescue Rukia. In this training, Ichigo regained his powers and unlocked the powers of his zanpakutō by learning it's name, Zangetsu. The rest of the time preparing was in combat training. Before leaving, Ichigo was joined on this mission to the Soul Society by Uryu, Yasutora " Chad" Sado, Inoue Orihime, and Yoruichi Shihōin, a talking cat who was acting as their guide.
Soul Society: The Rescue Arc
Hueco Mundo Arc
Fake Karakura Town Arc
Lost Agent of the Shinigami Arc
The Thousand-Year Blood War Arc
Powers & Abilities
Soul Reaper Powers
The powers of the Soul Reaper (死神, Shinigami) is to take on an astral body form of his soul that is removed from his original body. Ichigo's powers are unique in that he is a living Soul Reaper. He was the child conceived from a Soul Reaper in a unique Gigai body, and it's most likely that these powers were pass down to him as an inherited trait. After the death of Ichigo's mother, the Hollow that had been sealed within her transferred to Ichigo, and it bonded with Ichigo's latent Soul Reaper powers to become his zanpakutō, Zangetsu.
Soul Reapers are normally sent to the academy to train to fight and use the Kido magic. Ichigo was trained to fight by Kisuke Urahara, a former Captain of the Gotie 13. He has never been trained to focus his power to use most of the offensive Kido magic.
- Flash Step (瞬歩, shunpo): Flash Step is a high speed technique used by the Soul Reapers. Ichigo has mastered this technique under his combat training and experiences. His technique rivals or even surpasses those of Byakuya Kuchiki.
Final Getsuga Tenshō
The Final Getsuga Tenshō (最後の月牙天衝, Saigo no Getsuga Tenshō) is a process by which Ichigo melds his entire power to his body and literally becomes the embodiment of the Getsuga strike that he normally fires from his zanpakutō. Though he appears to have zero spiritual energy in this form. What he does have is a far enhanced physical power. The cost of using this technique is to lose all Soul Reaper powers and spiritual awareness.
- Mugetsu (無月, mugetsu): Mugetsu is the final technique to be used while bonded to the Final Getsuga Tenshō. Ichigo forms a blade blade of his spiritual energy. Upon swinging this blade at an enemy, black spiritual energy to erupt from the ground toward the target. It darkens the very sky and causes untold amount of damage on whatever it strikes. The energy continues to rise until it dissipates into the sky.
The ability known as Hollowfication (虚(ホロウ)化, Horōka) is a unique power that melds the abilities of the Hollow with a living soul it's bonded with. This is normally achieved through the experiments of Sosuke Aizen on several of the Gotie 13 Captains, but Ichigo obtained this skill due to the unique situation of how he gained his original Soul Reaper powers.
To use Hollowfication, the person must first fight and tame their inner Hollow. This will then give the Soul Reaper the power to summon their Hollow mask for a set amount of time. Using the mask gives an artificial boost of power to all of the current abilities.
If the Hollow is allowed to overtake the use and bond with the zanpakutō, this begins a process called Resurrección (帰刃 (レスレクシオン), Resurekushion). While in this form, the inner Hollow ahd completely taken over Ichigp's body and he had no control over of his actions.
- Cero (虚閃 (セロ), Sero): Cero is an energy blast consisting of large amounts of compressed spiritual energy that is used by powerful hollows, such as Meno Grande and Arrancar. This energy explodes upon impact, and is even more dangerous at close range. The Hollowfied Ichigo has shown the ability to fire a Cero from his finger tips, and he's fires one from between the horns on his head.
- Sonído (響転 (ソニード), Sonīdo): Harribel is a master of the Sonido super-speed technique. No knowledge or training is required for an Arrancar to use Sonido. While this technique is similar to the Soul Reaper's silent Shunpo, it creates a strong booming sound.
The Fullbring (完現術(フルブリング), Kangen Jutsu (Furuburingu)) ability is a unique power that is used by a very select few humans. This ability is gained by humans who's mother was attacked by a Hollow while pregnant with them. Part of the spiritual power is imparted onto the child. This gives them an ability to manipulate the soul that exists in all things, including inanimate objects.
By using an object that holds a certain level of personal pride to the user, a Fullbring user can call forth a new form of power or ability. Each is unique to the one who wield the power. Ichigo used his Substitute Soul Reaper Badge, and he could fire an energy blast that was similar to the Getsuga Tenshō, but had the form of the Zangetsu sword guard while in bankai form.
Ichigo was trained in using Fullbring by the XCution group with the promise it could be used to return his lost Soul Reaper powers. His Fullbring was similar to his original bankai, in that is clothed his body with his power. Though he completed his Fullbring, this power was stolen from him by Ginjo Kugo and shared among the other members of XCution to enhance their own power. It's unknown if Ichigo retains any of these abilities.
Blut (血装 (ブルート), Burūto) is a special technique of the Quincy. This power is in the very blood of all Quincy, and using it gives them super human defense and offensive powers.
- Blut Vene (静血装 (ブルート・ヴェーネ), burūto vēne): Blut Vene is a defensive technique performed by directing the flow of Reishi directly into the blood vessels. Ichigo was completely unaware of how to use this power or even of his Quincy heritage when he did. He activated it completely by accident in his first fight with Yhwach. It was this ability that saved him from being killed from Yhwach's sword to the throat.
Weapons & Equipment
The zanpakutō is the primary weapon of all Soul Reapers. While normal Soul Reapers are given a base asauchi (浅打ち, asauchi) to impart their soul onto, Ichigo's zanpakutō was manifested from his very soul. This is the first time in history that has happened. The name of Ichigo's zanpakutō is Zangetsu (斬月, Zangetsu).
Zanpakutō have three separate forms, but the final two can only be obtained through strict training. Not every Soul Reaper is capable of activating the final two forms.
Shikai is the first of the seals on a zanpakutō. Activating this power is gained by learning the name of the sword. This is done through extensive training. Upon speaking the name of the zanpakutō, it will take on a new form with unique abilities.
Ichigo obtained the shikai form through his training with Urahara. In this form, Zangetsu takes on the appearance of an oversize, black cleaver. It's been described as looking like an unfinished blade, and has never returned to the sealed form after it was released.
The shikai form of Zangetsu was altered after Ichigo's Soul Reaper powers were returned to him by the Soul Society, after losing them in his fight with Aizen. Zangetsu's entire form was generally altered from before, and appeared to be a completed blade.
- Getsuga Tenshō (月牙天衝): The Getsuga Tenshō attack is formed by Ichigo swinging Zangetsu. The sword then absorbed Ichigo's own spiritual energy and magnifies them as a crescent moon-shaped blast fires from the blade. Knowing the name of the attack can increase its potency.
Bankai is the final seal of the zanpakutō. Normally, training to use bakai can take many years. Ichigo obtained this ability with a period of a week using a specialized training technique that was developed by Urahara.
Zangetsu's bankai is known as Tensa Zangetsu (天鎖斬月). In bankai form it essentially compresses and clothes Ichigo in his own power. By compressing his power Ichigo is capable of movement at such high speeds and velocities. This makes Ichigo’s even more potent and extremely difficult to dodge. The sword itself changes shape to a long, black katana.
As the shikai form changed when Ichigo's powers were returned, the bankai form was also changed. The sword remained black, but the style of the blade was altered, and three serrations are formed at the top of the blade near the tip. Though far more powerful that before, this form of Zangetsu was broken by Yhwach, and a broken bankai can never be revived.
- Getsuga Tenshō (月牙天衝): The Getsuga Tenshō attack is still used in bankai form, but the intensity of the power is increased twenty fold. The energy blast in this form is a black wave of destructive force that Ichigo has much more control over.
Substitute Soul Reaper Badge
Birthday: 15 July
Height: 5'9" (174cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Blood Type: A
he BLEACH animated series is a direct adaptation of Tite Kubo's original manga. It's produced by Studio Pierrot and first began airing in October 5, 2004. Ichigo's first anime appearance was in BLEACH - Episode 1 "The Day I Became a Shinigami". His character in the Japanese series is voiced by Masakazu Morita, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is performed by Johnny Yong Bosch.