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There are a series of filler episodes coming up set between when Ichigo defeats Aizen and the current manga story. It is very difficult to have a powerless Ichigo in a potentially significant number of fillers and as the main character, he cannot simply be left out of the story for a protracted period of time, hence the change. The anime stated that at an unknown point in time, he will lose consciousness again and will at that time lose his powers, at which point the anime will return to the manga story-line.
We do not know how long any fillers will be or what they are about.