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Ichigo Kurosaki
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Race Human (Quincy)
Birthday July 15[1]
Gender Male
Height 174 cm (5'8½") (pre-timeskip)[2]
181 cm (5'11½")[3]
Weight 61 kg (134 lbs.) (pre-timeskip)[2]
66 kg (145 lbs.)[3]
Professional Status
Affiliation Kurosaki Clinic, Karakura Town, Soul Society
Position Shinigami Agent
Base of Operations Kurosaki Clinic, Karakura Town
Personal Status
Relatives Yhwach (ancestor)
Isshin Kurosaki (father)
Masaki Kurosaki (mother)
Karin Kurosaki (younger sister)
Yuzu Kurosaki (younger sister)
Orihime Inoue (wife)
Kazui Kurosaki (son)
Education Karakura First School
Zanpakutō
Shikai Zangetsu
Bankai Tensa Zangetsu
First Appearance
Manga Volume 1, Chapter 1
Light Novel The Death Save the Strawberry
Shinigami Agent
◄ Preceded by Ichigo Kurosaki Followed by ►
Ginjō Kugō None
Quote1 I wanted strength. I always...always wanted the strength to protect people. I remembered that...when I lost my power. Rukia...gave me the power to protect when I wanted it. Everybody helped me regain my power when I lost it. That's why I'm...going to protect them and fight you. Quote2
— Ichigo Kurosaki to Kūgo Ginjō[4]

Ichigo Kurosaki (黒崎 一護, Kurosaki Ichigo) is a Human with Shinigami powers, the second Shinigami Agent, and the main protagonist of Bleach. As the son of Isshin and Masaki Kurosaki, Ichigo possesses both Shinigami and Quincy lineages.[5] He also inherited Hollow powers from his mother.[6][7] He lives in Karakura Town in the Material World and protects the town as its Shinigami Agent.

Ichigo first awakened his Shinigami powers after encountering Rukia Kuchiki. When Soul Society arrests Rukia for granting him his powers, Ichigo leads the rescue mission that ultimately sees him master those powers and save her following a climatic battle with her adoptive brother, Byakuya Kuchiki.

He later became a principle combatant in the war against Sōsuke Aizen, especially after Aizen's Arrancar kidnapped Orihime Inoue and spirited her off to Hueco Mundo. His battles there saw him successfully save Inoue and master his Hollow powers. He then directly confronted Aizen and defeated him at the cost of his Shinigami powers.

Afterwards, Ichigo encountered the members of Xcution and began to learn Fullbring in order to restore his lost Shinigami powers. Though they ultimately betray him, officers of the Gotei 13 come to his aid and restore his Shinigami powers, allowing him to defeat Kūgo Ginjō, the first Shinigami Agent.

Finally, Ichigo saved the worlds from destruction by engaging in battle with Yhwach and his Wandenreich, discovering his Quincy lineage and fully mastering his Zanpakutō in the process.

Currently, Ichigo is married to his longtime friend, Orihime Inoue, and the two have a child together named Kazui Kurosaki.

Appearance

Human form

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Ichigo Kurosaki as an adult

Ichigo Kurosaki resembles a younger version of his father, Isshin Kurosaki. Namely, this resemblance consists of short hair, brown eyes, a strong jawline, and a sharp chin. However, he inherited his mother Masaki's orange hair color. Ichigo is extremely tall, as, standing back-to-back, Rukia Kuchiki barely reaches his shoulders. He is also well-built physically.[8]

In his youth, Ichigo was said to strongly resemble Kaien Shiba, to whom he was related. His hair was longer then, and more unruly. He was also considerably shorter and thinner.

Soul form

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A teenage Ichigo in Shinigami attire.

In Soul form, Ichigo wears the standard shihakushō worn by most Shinigami.[8] However, as a teenager, his Soul form and attire varied. After acquiring a Fullbring and merging it with his Shinigami powers, he gained four vertical lines on his forearms, in addition to black bands, which resemble tattoos crossing, over his chest, wrists, and ankles. Additionally, he wore a protective black plate on his neck with white edges.

After training with the Royal Guard, Ichigo temporarily donned Ōken Clothing, crafted from the bones and hair of the Royal Guard. This attire consisted of large black-outlined weights on either shoulder, alongside a double-breasted white cloak, a black sash, a floral patterned strop of fabric and white pants. This was only the first section, as the secondary accouterments beneath were also Ōken Clothing. Worn over his shihakushō, this consisted of two white plates that cross over his shoulders and chest to form an "X." It is this armored attachment which holds both Zangetsu. On these white attachments, they were adorned with three sets of red scales; on his shoulder and waist. In addition, he wore a cloak with black markings around his waist.

Personality

Quote1 The boss has been watching him for a long time now. When faced with Aizen, he despaired. When Rukia Kuchiki was taken away, he cried. When the man named Tsukishima robbed him of his close friends, he cried. But he did not collapse there. First it was Urahara and then it was Rukia Kuchiki; both of them extended their hands and thus Ichigo Kurosaki was able to shake away his fear. Quote2
— Tessai Tsukabishi to Shūhei Hisagi about Ichigo.[9]

History

Story

Shinigami Agent arc

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Ichigo encounters the street thugs.

On Friday, 7:30 P.M., the 15 year old Ichigo Kurosaki is attending to the street-side memorial of a female Soul, when he encounters some street thugs responsible for knocking over her flowers with their skateboards. Scaring them away, Ichigo apologizes to the Soul, encouraging her to find peace, and promising to bring new flowers soon. Ichigo notes to himself his ability to see and speak with the dead, connecting it with the fact that his family runs the local Kurosaki Clinic. Returning home, Ichigo is immediately jumped by his father, who lectures the young man on being late. The two get into an argument, only for Ichigo to realise that yet another Soul has latched onto him. Due to the eccentricity of his father and sister, Ichigo excuses himself to his room without dinner.[10]

Shinigami

Ichigo sees Rukia for the first time.

Ichigo sees a black swallowtail butterfly when he returns to his room, and its appearance heralds the arrival of a young woman in black clothing. Hearing her mutter, Ichigo quickly kicks the woman, mistaking her for a burglar. She is surprised that he can not only see her but kick her. Isshin barges into Ichigo's room, demanding that he be quiet, but the boy claims he's subduing a home intruder. Despite this, Isshin cannot see her, and the woman confirms this to Ichigo, claiming to be a Shinigami. This explanation doesn't fly with Ichigo, who insults the Shinigami, only for the angered Shinigami to bind him with Kidō. She then performs a Konsō on the Soul that Ichigo encountered earlier, and explains key information to him: the duties of Shinigami, and the existence of regular Souls and Hollows.[10]

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Absorbing Rukia's Shinigami powers, Ichigo takes a Shinigami form.

Upon being informed that there is a Hollow nearby, Ichigo demands she go and get rid of it. When the Shinigami admits she hasn't been able to sense the Hollow, Ichigo hears a bloodcurdling cry. Upon seeing his his younger sister in danger, Ichigo forcibly undoes the Kidō despite the Shinigami's warnings, rushing to confront the Hollow. Initially taken aback by its appearance, Ichigo grabs a nearby baseball bat to confront the beast. The Shinigami steps in to save him, allowing him to catch his sister. She explains that the Hollow was looking for Ichigo, who takes this the wrong way and tries to offer his soul to the Hollow. The Shinigami jumps in the way to save him, admonishing him for his stupidity while being grievously injured. She offers Ichigo a chance to save his family — become a Shinigami. Before plunging her Zanpakutō into his body, the two introduce themselves to each other. Ichigo subsequently absorbs all of Rukia's Shinigami powers and quickly destroys the Hollow.[10]

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The Kurosaki family after the incident.

The next morning, Ichigo woke up to an attack from his father, only to counter the man in irritation. Surprised, he asked Isshin what happened to his wounds, yet his father was equally surprised that Ichigo asked about any wounds. Checking outside, he finds his house has been shoddily patched up, and his family remembers the events of the previous night as a car crash. His thoughts wander to Rukia, who is nowhere to be seen, and Ichigo wonders if she went back to Soul Society.[11]

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Ichigo agrees to become a Shinigami.

Arriving at school, Ichigo interrupts Tatsuki's postulating that he might have died in the alleged truck crash. He then encounters Rukia Kuchiki in his class, who threatens his personal safety if he so much as says a thing. After class, Rukia insists to Ichigo that he do her job as a Shinigami, as during the power transfer, he accidentally absorbed the bulk of her spirit energy. Ichigo refuses, only to have his soul completely removed from his body. Rukia drags him off to a park. Ichigo explains to her that a boy's spirit frequents this park, playing around noon. Rukia tells him that, within the next five minutes or so, a Hollow will arrive and most likely attack that boy's soul. As Ichigo jumps in to defend the boy, Rukia stops him, explaining that whether Ichigo is there or not, Hollows will continue to attack souls. As a Shinigami, he must equally protect all souls. Brazenly attacking the Hollow, Ichigo denies Rukia's statements, but agrees that, as he owes her a debt, he'll help her as a Shinigami.[11]


Powers & Abilities

Zanpakutō

Hollowfication

Weaknesses

Energy Expenditure: Zangetsu is noted for its extreme expenditure of spiritual power.[12]

Former Powers & Abilities

Battles

Kills

Trivia

References

  1. Bleach: Official Character Book SOULs, page 34
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bleach: Official Character Book MASKED, page 32
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bleach Volume 51 character profiles
  4. Bleach chapter 475
  5. Bleach chapter 537
  6. Bleach chapter 536
  7. Bleach chapter 680
  8. 8.0 8.1 Bleach Volume 74, cover art
  9. Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Bleach chapter 1
  11. 11.0 11.1 Bleach chapter 2
  12. Bleach: Can't Fear Your Own World Volume #3, pages 329-344
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