15 Interesting Things You Probably Didn't Know About Ichigo Kurosaki

Along with Naruto and One Piece, Bleach is one of the original Big Three shonen anime. Just like its counterparts, it still has tons of fans today, including those who love its protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki. But even Ichigo's biggest fans may not know all the trivia and small details that there are to learn about him. 

One cool detail that you may not have known is that Tite Kubo assigned Ichigo a theme song - News From The Front by LA-based punk rock band Bad Religion. Also, according to Kubo, his gigantic Zampakuto sword isn't heavy at all because it comes from inside of him - but if someone else tried to lift it, they'd struggle. 

Vote up the things you didn't know about Ichigo that you found most enlightening. 


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    He Wasn't Originally Going To Be The Main Character

    At first, Ichigo wasn't going to be the protagonist of Bleach. That role was intended for Rukia Kuchiki. As the story developed, Kubo decided to create Ichigo, and make Rukia into an important side character instead.

    Initial Ichigo designs had glasses, a gentler expression, and dark hair. But Kubo decided that he wanted Ichigo's appearance to contrast more with Rukia's, so he gave him orange hair, a permanent scowl, and better eyesight. 

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    His Sword Isn't Actually Heavy

    During an interview with Shonen Jump, the publisher asked Tite Kubo how Ichigo could possibly swing such a heavy sword. The conversation went as follows:

    "SJ: How can Ichigo swing a sword that looks heavier than he is? Is he secretly working out at home?

    TK: Well, no. To begin with, a zanpaku-tou isn't something you'd swing with your muscles. Ichigo's zanpaku-tou comes from inside him, so he wouldn't find it heavy. If Ichigo tried to wield Renji's zanpaku-tou, Zabimaru, he'd find it heavy.

    SJ: So it depends on the person?

    TK: Yes. Zabimaru looks pretty heavy, too. Ichigo wouldn't be able to wield him. Renji would probably find the same thing with Ichigo's zanpaku-tou, Zangetsu."

    Basically, while there's no denying that Ichigo is strong, he isn't necessarily a body builder. 

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    His Strength Is His Weakness

    When asked about Ichigo's strengths and weaknesses in an interview at San Diego Comic-Con, Tite Kubo said that his strengths and weaknesses were one and the same.

    "His strength is that he is always considerate and thoughtful. He always thinks about other people's needs. That is a great strength, but it's also his greatest weakness, because worrying about his friends puts him in danger too, sometimes."

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    His Name Has Multiple Meanings

    Many anime characters have straightforward names, but Ichigo's has a complex, multi-layered meaning.

    Let's start with the first possible meaning. When this kanji (苺) is used, Ichigo means strawberry. Though rarely used by real Japanese people, this cute name is frequently used by female anime characters

    But while strawberries are referenced several times in the manga, that's not all there is to his name. Ichigo says that his name is derived from "ichi" or "first prize" and "go" or "guardian angel." His father has a different view - he says it means "he who protects." 

    His name can also be read as "one-five (一五)" which is why he has a 15 on his bedroom door and often wears clothes with the number 15 on them. We also meet him when he's 15, but that's more of a transitory thing. 15 also appears in his birthday - July 15th.