|HELLO! LIVING INSIDE SKIN IS A HUMAN ACTIVITY, CORRECT, YOU FRIENDS? BODIES ARE NOT CURRENTLY SNATCHED|
For all Ichigo interacts with his friends, this would seem perfectly normal to them
No, I'm talking about Ichigo's greedy assimilation of essences!
STAGE 1: PUNY HUMAN
|I keep getting these prank-ass calls from somebody claiming to be my "real" dad. Ahahahaha, I HAVE LIKE FIVE OF THEM ALREADY|
It's hard to believe, but for the majority of his life Ichigo believed he was merely human, and in fact did not know of any other beings besides the souls of dead people. Then through the most monstrous Shyamalan twist of all time, Ichigo would come to unlock all the goodies inside of him to transform from a relatively happy teenager to a miserable messiah.
STAGE 2: HUMAN SHINIGAMI
I wanna be a firefighter
That's good, Amanda
Well I wanna be a superhero
Teacher, I wanna be a space ninja
I wanna be a GOD OF DEATH
...Jimmy, go see the counselor
|Don't you be forming spikes at me, man, I promise this time I'll REALLY get to you know before I break you|
Though given the ability to access the powers of a death god from someone else, this did not make his need to foster a relationship with his own sword spirit any weaker. And it was only through his cooperation with the man who suffers the rain when Ichigo is sad that he took down one of the biggest threats to rescuing the woman who saved him.
Call his name, Ichigo!
I MEAN YUUHABAHHAAAAAAAA!!
STAGE 3: HUMAN HOLLOW SHINIGAMI
|Ichigo sit still for your eye exam|
|Quincies hate Hollows but have no qualms with absorbing them|
|I'm here for the support group. I admit I have a problem.|
|Whiling your days in a dark warehouse must have some upside I'm overlooking|
STAGE 4: HUMAN FULLBRINGER (HOLLOW?) SHINIGAMI
Ichigo sacrifices Zangetsu (and maybe his Hollow self??) to take down Aizen once and for all in a heavily sedated climax that no one could take seriously, rendering Ichigo into a puny human once again--but with a scrap of his old powers intact? Honestly it's very muddled from here on out, and it's not going to get any less confusing by a long shot.
As a stepping stone to regain his shinigami powers for the second time, Ichigo is persuaded he needs to unleash his inner fullbringer capabilities. Ichigo summarily proved that his true power is to be cloaked with power. Dude, if you want a "garb of power" just join the clergy or break it big on Wall Street or something
|If only mommy could see me now|
|Can't be a Fullbringer without a little eyeball mutilation!|
STAGE 4: HUMAN QUINCY FULLBRINGER HOLLOW SHINIGAMI
Fullbringers are made when a mother narrowly escapes a Hollow attack. Ichigo's mom was particularly unlucky in that she evidently narrowly escaped a Hollow attack and then ended up dying to one anyway--this time with her fullbringer son watching! Or was Ichigo only a fullbringer due to the scrap of hollowness in him? Who can keep this shit straight anymore. The point is that while Ichigo was a shinigami from BIRTH from his father's side, he was also a QUINCY from BIRTH from his MOTHER'S side. (He was presumably also a human from birth, future retcons notwithstanding).
Let's plug in his grand Quincy heritage
|When I first looked in the toilet after a particularly arduous dump and discovered an energy cross floating there, I should have taken it as a sign that I was Quincy by blood. What a fool I was|
Don't look now, Zangetsu, but with this influx of powers pretty soon Ichigo won't miss you!
I'm very happy about my favorite aspect of the series (Zampakutou and their relationship with shinigami) being retconned and cast aside so Zangetsu can have only ever amounted to cheap twist. You see, Zangetsu was Bach all along!!
There's many, many inconsistencies I could bitch about here, but I'll leave it to the Daz to avenge me while I die from lameness.
I will, however bring up one thing. If he was only ever biding his time in Ichigo's soul to kill him the moment he developed shinigami powers, suppressing him all the while, but then he came around, then why continue hiding his true identity? That means Ichigo and Zangetsu were never REALLY in sync. They never REALLY trusted each other. In the end all Zangetsu was, was a stranger. Well I hope he was delicious when you swallowed him, Ichigo. I hope you're happy YOU'RE the blade now. Even though the last thing you need is more loneliness.
AND ANOTHER THING: WHERE DID THE NAME "ZANGETSU" EVEN COME FROM THEN!? FUCK YOU KUBO
STAGE 5: HUMAN QUINCY FULLBRINGER HOLLOW SHINIGAMI FOX PERSON
As long as we're throwing everything to the wind, why the fuck not? Kubo's pulled the rug out from under us so fast I don't even think there's a floor anymore.
|Congratulations, Ichigo. You're a fox person now.|
|NO NOT EVEN THAT AMOUNT OF FOXNESS|
|Can I be another person please. I have a D20|
|GINJOU IS COMIN' FOR MAH RAMEN, WHERE'S A SWORD|
I guess sometimes you have the gag expression too, but it doesn't count unless one of these days by some miracle of miracles Kubo stumbles upon a joke that's funny (whatever you do don't take pointers from Kishimoto, the king of painful forced humor).
In conclusion, Ichigo may be a blade, but he ain't the sharpest one, and he may want to level up his other classes before gaining yet another one.