Ichigo Kurasaki

Ichigo Kurasaki


Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up… in Karakura, Japan, with his mother, father, and two little sisters. Ichigo could see ghosts from an early age, and drew attention to himself by talking to people no one else could see. He was extremely close to his mother, but she died when he was a kid, and ever since Ichigo has had to care for his family. He’s very devoted to protecting his sisters, saying: “Big brothers…you know why they’re born first? To protect the little ones that come after them.”

Living… with his family near the Kurosaki Clinic, which his father runs. Ichigo also attends the local high school, where he is a strong student, despite often getting into fights due to his hot temper.

Profession… high school student andsubstitute Shinigami. A Shinigami is a being responsible for taking care of the souls of the dead as well as dispatching ghosts and malevolent spirits. Because Ichigo can see these spirits, he got tangled up in a fight between a Shinigami and an evil ghost. The Shinigami, Rukia, was forced to save him, but in order for them both to survive, she gave him her powers. Now, under her guidance, he’s working to become a full Shinigami, mastering combat and magical powers.

Interests… karate and school. Ichigo’s been training in martial arts since he was little, and he studies diligently. He also spends a fair amount of time trying to help unhappy spirits, as well as fellow living misfits.

Relationship Status… single. Ichigo is focused on his friends and family. His friend Orihime wants to be more than friends with him, but he doesn’t seem to care about romantic love. Instead he cares very deeply for the people around him, and feels responsible for their safety.

Challenge… defeating evil spirits and dealing with the bureaucracy of the Shinigami authorities. They’re not all happy that Rukia gave her powers to a mere human. Ichigo has his hands full learning how to fight while not revealing what he’s doing to his family or his friends.

Personality… hot-headed and competitive, but loyal. Ichigo has admitted he can’t help but fight when provoked. But he does fight with honor, and is determined to succeed even with the odds stacked against him. He pretends to not care about what other people think, but his gruff exterior never truly hides the depth of his concern for others.


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