|This is my take on
who Ichigo really is and why he's so damn powerful. Needless to say it's
filled with EXPLICIT SPOILERS up through
chapter 268 of the manga, so stop now if you don't want to know. The art
and story are of course (c) Tite Kubo, although I took some liberties
editing out some panels, rearranging others, and in general presenting
things in a non-chronological manner in order to most efficiently and
succinctly present my argument. However, I'm sure that those that have
read the manga will find that the essence of the scenes remains intact.
It is above all purely obsessive ramblings (along with
corrections/additions others suggested) and entirely officially
unconfirmed, but I figured it would be useful to organize everything in
one place. My essay is very graphic intensive, so please take a moment
(or several) for the manga panels to load.