Different Forms of Ichigo
Its been a while already since one of the most popular anime series, Bleach has finally been put to an end in its anime series since March 27, 2012, However, the manga series of the said anime hasn't been stopped yet so there might be an upcoming video series release for the manga arc sometime later. Anyway, let us reminisce those great times in the series, and, at the same time, unbox once again the significant different faces of Ichigo Kurosaki.Here are the different forms of ichigo:
It goes without saying that this is obviously the most basic form of Kurosaki Ichigo. Although this is his simplest state, he still possesses paranormal powers which make him completely different from a normal human being. He had supernatural ocular powers and sense such as the ability to see spirits and the dead, and sense them. However, simple as it may seem, Kurosaki Ichigo, even as a human, still has exceptional strength, speed, and agility which is unparalleled to that of an average being. His basic form is commonly seen in the first arc of the series as well as in the following arcs.
Ichigo's Shinigami Form is the second form seen in the anime. It first debuted during the time when Rukia stabbed Ichigo's Soul with the zanpakuto. It was a resort Rukia made in order to save Ichigo's siblings. This instant made Ichigo awaken his spiritual powers inside him. However, his powers, at that time, were assumed to be temporary and borrowed from Rukia's sword. Thus, it was still premature and weak. He was only able to unlock his true shinigami powers after Urahara helped him regain his shinigami powers which were lost due to Byakuya's act of cutting Ichigo's soul link. There are a lot of variations to his shinigami form, and each variation possesses a significant level of shinigami powers.
Fully Awakened Shinigami
Ichigo lost his temporary shinigami powers due to Byakuya cutting his soul link. But it was awakened again through Uruhara Kisuke. This time Ichigo's shinigami powers were quite different compared to the time he first unlocked his shinigami powers. He even had a new form of sword which somehow looked like a huge knife. This was also the time wherein he was able to blow such massive reiatsu with his blow. And eventually, he learned one of Zangetsu's skills, Getsuga Tenshou. This form was also commonly seen in the series.
In a shinigami's zanpakuto, each zanpakuto contains three forms which are the normal form, shikai, and the bankai. Ichigo, as a shinigami, already wears the shikai form of his zanpakuto whenever he transforms in to a shinigami. Shikai, the second form, releases the basic form as well as the skills and power of the zanpakuto. The bankai, on the other hand, was completely on a higher scale compared to the shikai. It was even told in the series that the bankai form of a zanpakuto requires ten years of intense training in order to achieve it. However, it was different for Ichigo. He was able to attain bankai due to his strong will to save Rukia from being killed due to a death sentence handed down by the central 47. Through Urahara, and his will to save Rukia, he was able to achieve Bankai in just a couple of days. His bankai was first seen during his fight with Byakuya at the execution site of Rukia.
Clearly, his bankai is a whole different level. Everything of Ichigo has drastically improved. His strength, speed, agility, reiatsu, power, and etc. is indeed different compared to his Shikai form.
Final Form of Ichigo's Sword
As Ichigo's foes become stronger, Ichigo will also respond to them by being stronger. This form is yet another heightened level up of Ichigo. This evolution is due to his zanpakuto's evolution to its final form. Compare to his other shinigami forms, this is the only time that Ichigo's sword is already attached to him. Besides that, there is also great change both in physical appearance and skills in him. His hair became longer, and his Shihakushō changed. Ichigo's final form gave Hollowified-Aizen the shocks. This form, by the way, was seen on Ichigo and Aizen's final fight.
Final Getsuga Tenshou
If the previous form was Ichigo's final sword form, this one is the final form of Getsuga Tenshou wherein Ichigo, himself, is the Getsuga Tenshou in a limited time. This form also greatly changes the physical appearance of Ichigo as well as his prowess. It is assumed and considered to be the strongest skill and art of Zangetsu. However, this secret technique implies heavy sacrifices in which it would cost Kurosaki Ichigo his spiritual prowess. Thus, it is deemed to be forbidden for it will end his life as a shinigami. The only skill known in this form is Mugetsu which means Moonless Sky.
Soul Forged Shinigami
After that incident that cost Ichigo his Shinigami powers, things have indeed became different. He was once again living his old life as an ordinary human, but it once again changes when he was given again a chance of being a shinigami. This time a special sword was forged from everyone's reiatsu in soul society. A piece of reaitsu on every individual of soul society was embedded on the sword. After it was finally forged, Rukia stabbed Ichigo with the sword, and finally, became a Shinigami again having this form. It is assumed to have mixed powers of shinigami, hollow, and full bring that's why his appearance looks like this. Also, his powers as a shinigami are also on a greater level.
Ichigo's first traces of hollow powers were first found during the time wherein Urahara helped him regain his Shinigami powers after it was being cut by Byakuya. At that time, Ichigo was left with two choices wherein he would become a Shinigami if the process was successful, but he would also become a hollow if it would fail. During the ritual or process, Ichigo had undergone hollowification; however, he was able to put a stop on it, and regained his shinigami powers back. That incident made Ichigo gain also his hollow powers, but it wasn't stable, and something that he could control at first. Later, he was able to control it through the help of the visoreds who were half shinigami and half hollow. However, there are also times wherein he is unable to control such hollowification. But the boost in power and skill is indeed significant. There is clearly a great significant increase in Ichigo's speed, power, agility and skill; however, the boost is only available for a limited time.
After Ichigo's fight with Aizen, Ichigo lost his shinigami powers. Desperate to get it back, he found a way to regain it through fullbring. Although it was completely on a different scale compared to his shinigami powers, his fullbring powers were still able to boost his strength, speed, agility, and etc.
Fullbring resembles hollow powers more than shinigami powers. It was a unique ability of some humans to control the spiritual entity which resides in a physical object.
Ichigo's fullbring powers were first unlocked after Ginjo helped him activate it through a number of tests that will strain his physical and spiritual power. Eventually, Ichigo was able to unlock it; however, he was only able to grasp such power in such a small duration due to Ginjo's betrayal. Ichigo was only given the chance to unlock such powers in order for Ginjo to steal it.