List of Inuyasha characters

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From left to right, Kirara, Sango, Shippo, Kagome, Miroku and Inuyasha.

The Inuyasha manga and anime characters are created by Rumiko Takahashi. Most of the series takes place in a fictional version of Japan's Warning States period with occasional time-travel/flashback elements to modern Tokyo or the Heisei period. The setting and plot incorporate many elements of traditional Japanese folklore and religion; its main characters (both protagonists and antagonists) include a Shintō priestess, a Buddhist monk and several types of yōkai (usually rendered as "demon" in English-language translations of the series).

The story begins with Kagome Higurashi, who after being pulled down a well by a demon, finds herself in the Warring States period of feudal Japan, where she learns that a powerful jewel known as the Shikon Jewel (Jewel of the Four Souls) has been reborn inside her body. After the Jewel shatters in an attempt to retrieve it from one of the many demons who are after its power, Kagome joins forces with the half-demon Inuyasha -also after the Jewel's power- to track down the Shikon shards before the demon lord, Naraku uses it.

Concept and creation[edit]

According to interviews with the author, the style for Inuyasha's clothing was based on "priest's garb" of Japan's Warring States period. The series was conceptualized as a "hakama story" historical drama, a genre which Takahashi had not yet attempted as an entire series. She described the initial concept as "a melodrama, something with a strong storyline" with less focus on comedy than many of her previous series such as Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura.[citation needed] Inuyasha himself was envisioned as "someone who hates to lose", a complex character with "a tense and conflicted personality" rather than being "cheerful and refreshingly straightforward." In contrast, Takahashi wanted "to show [her] readers that Inuyasha's opponents are this bad and do these kinds of to gain their understanding of his actions" and "portray what Inuyasha is really angry at, not just that someone is no good because they are evil." She originally planned to make Jakotsu a woman to give the Band of Seven "more diversity" but changed her mind, saying, "when I started thinking about it, I didn't feel comfortable having Inuyasha fight and defeat a girl."[1]

Protagonists[edit]

Inuyasha[edit]

Inuyasha (犬夜叉 "Dog Forest Spirit"?) is the male protagonist of the series. His exact age is unknown, but in Swords of an Honorable Ruler, it is revealed that he is over 200 years old, despite having the appearance of a teenager. Born to a dog-demon father and a human mother, Inuyasha is a dog demon/human hybrid who initially wanted to use the enormous power of the Shikon Jewel to become a full-fledged demon, like his older half-brother, Sesshomaru. Fifty years prior to the main era of the storyline, though, Inuyasha fell in love with the priestess Kikyo, who was given the task to protect the Jewel. Inuyasha changed his mind, and instead, wanted to use the Shikon Jewel to become a human so that he could live with her, however, Naraku (an evil half demon) manipulated the both of them into believing they had been betrayed by one another. Being a shape-shifter, he used Inuyasha's appearance to deceive and attack Kikyo. Before Kikyo died, however, she shot the real Inuyasha with a sealing arrow that bound him to the Sacred Tree. Inuyasha remained there for 50 years, until Kagome Higurashi (Kikyo's modern-day reincarnation) pulled out the arrow and broke the seal (something she did only as a last resort to save herself from a demon centipede). A few days later, in an attempt to stop a crow demon who escaped with the Shikon Jewel (which had previously been embedded in Kagome's body), Kagome shot an arrow at it and accidentally shattered the Jewel into thousands of fragments that scattered across Feudal Japan. Inuyasha and Kagome then travel together to retrieve its shards.

At first, he is hostile and uncooperative, but Kikyo's younger sister, Kaede, now elderly and the priestess of the village, gives Kagome a necklace that restrains Inuyasha from trying to steal the Shikon Jewel. Whenever Kagome gives the simple command "Sit!", Inuyasha is forcibly pulled face-first to the ground due to the strong spiritual power the unbreakable necklace contains. In the beginning, Inuyasha was cold and aloof towards Kagome, merely seeing her as means of recollecting the Shikon fragments.

As the story progressed, however, he begins to fall in love with Kagome, and yet is strained by the unexpected reawakening of Kikyo by another demon. He is extremely protective of Kagome and always worries about her safety. He often blames himself when Kagome is in danger because he feels that she would be safer if she was not with him. Because of this, he sometimes tried to force Kagome to stay in her own world. During these times, he was physically weaker without Kagome by his side. Throughout the series, his feelings for Kagome become undeniable (also obvious to his friends and enemies who often point this out), but at the same time he can't get over Kikyo, causing some indecisive behavior from him. After the reincarnated Kikyo's death, Inuyasha finally moves on and realizes that Kagome is and always was his one and only true love.

He is constantly rude and prone to bursts of violence in retaliation to the slightest thing that upsets him. He gets along with his fellow companions Shippo, Miroku, and Sango; however, he yells at Shippo, for his naive comments, and Miroku, for his lecherous tendencies. He has a great hatred for Naraku because of the trap he ensnared him and Kikyo in, wishing to kill him and avenge her. Due to the beads of subjugation, Inuyasha fears Kagome's anger, which will cause her to give possibly several "Sit" commands. Eventually, Kikyo finally passes away (despite Kagome's best efforts to save her) and ascends to Nirvana. As the series progresses, Inuyasha falls completely in love with Kagome, realizing that she is the sole reason that he is no longer lonely or unhappy. During the final battle within the Shikon Jewel, he states that she was born for him and he for her. In the anime adaptation, they share a kiss. After Kagome wishes the Jewel away with him at her side, they are separated for three years. However, Inuyasha and Kagome are eventually reunited, and later married. The name Inuyasha means "Dog Yaksha".

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese), Richard Ian Cox (English)

Kagome Higurashi[edit]

Kagome Higurashi (日暮かごめ Higurashi-Sunset/Kagome-Birdcage?) is the female protagonist and narrator of the series. At only 15 years old, she is the youngest of the core group who is a beautiful, bold, kind and warm-hearted girl. She goes out of her way to help people and teaches Inuyasha to display kindness. She is emotionally and spiritually the strongest in the group and often uses her powers when her friends are in danger. She invited Miroku, Shippo, Sango, Kirara and even Kagura (who declined), to join her and Inuyasha on their quest to collect the Shikon shards and defeat Naraku. She is extremely tolerant in dealing with Inuyasha's pettiness, though the two argue quite a bit. Her kind attitude resulted in many men (Koga, Hojo etc.) strongly falling romantically in love with her. Her heart is pure, although a speck of darkness is found later in the series that is caused by her jealousy of the priestess Kikyo, who Inuyasha loved. Despite this, Kagome always saved and showed kindness to Kikyo when given the chance. She becomes much more strong and skilled in archery as the series progresses, and eventually learns to master her immensely strong spiritual powers.

In the extra epilogue chapter after the manga's end, Kaede notes that Kagome has developed her powers so much that she no longer needs any assistance from Kaede nor the late priestess Kikyo.[2] Aged 15 at the start of the series, she is a junior high school student born in the fall of 1982 in modern Japan. She is the reincarnation of the deceased (and later reawakened) priestess Kikyo, and thus resembles the priestess in looks. Kagome has the Shikon Jewel unknowingly hidden inside her body until her 15th birthday, when a demon pulls her into the Bone Eater's Well at her family's shrine and takes her 500 back through time. They emerge in the Feudal Era about fifty years after Kikyo's death, where the demon tears the Jewel from Kagome's body. She releases Inuyasha from his seal, and he defeats the demon, but after the awakening murder, attempts to slaughter Kagome for the Jewel. Kaede, Kikyo's younger sister, uses her great spiritual power to force a necklace of subjugation onto Inuyasha, so Inuyasha and Kagome are bound by the artifact. The Jewel's power proves to be a very strong lure for evil. When the Crow Demon seizes the Shikon Jewel, Kagome attempts to stop it with a longbow and arrow, but in doing so, accidentally shatters the Jewel into numerous fragments that disperse throughout Japan. She agrees to help find them, as she can sense the presence of nearby shards, and Inuyasha comes along as protector and companion (and, ostensibly, so he can steal the jewel from her when it's complete, though he makes no secret of this).

As the series progresses, she begins to deeply fall in love with Inuyasha, and finds herself competing with the revived Kikyo for his romantic love and affections. Near the end of the series Kagome finds herself trapped in the Shikon Jewel. She has to make a decision that could make or break the world that she knows and loves, with just one final wish. With the help of Inuyasha by her side, Kagome wishes away the Jewel saving the world around. She is separated from Inuyasha and is sent back to her own time. Three years later, 18-year old Kagome completes her Senior High School years and is finally granted access to Inuyasha's world after wishing to see him again before returning to the Feudal Era to meet up with Inuyasha. As a result, she marries Inuyasha and becomes a priestess to live with him for the rest of her life.

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese), Moneca Stori (original series, movies, games), Kira Tozer (The Final Act) (English)

Shippo[edit]

Shippo Shippo (七宝 "The Seven Treasures"?) is a 7-year old orphaned young fox demon, who attempts to steal the Shikon Jewel from Inuyasha and Kagome, wanting to become stronger and avenge his father's death. Though his plan fails, Inuyasha and Kagome aid him after hearing his story, and he becomes their companion for the rest of the series. Shippo normally appears to be a young boy with certain fox-like features: his legs, feet, ears, and tail. He can shape-shift, but his other forms (such as a large pink flying balloon) are temporary and often ineffective, usually given away by his lingering fox tailand and 2 5'' in height. He can also create illusory duplicates of himself, as well as weak fox-fire magic and toy-based tricks such as his giant spinning top attack. Naively observant, he often directs cheeky comments to Inuyasha, earning a smack on the head. To Kagome, he is the child she would like to have. To Miroku and Sango, he is the friend they always needed. To Kirara, he is a playmate she likes to have. To Inuyasha, he is the little brother he never wanted in the first place. Because of his small size, Shippo often rides on Kirara or the shoulders of others. His actual age is never stated in the series; according to the official InuYasha guide by Rumiko Takahashi, his appearance is equivalent to that of a seven-year-old boy.[1] He often bears crushes toward the little girls in the village and strives to protect and impress them, and usually works; Kagome believes Shippo has picked up some of Miroku's habits. Though he is the weakest member of Inuyasha's group, Shippo gradually becomes braver during the series and is dedicated to his friends. Despite Inuyasha's attempt to stop Shippo from joining their final battle against Naraku, Shippo goes anyway in hopes of helping his friends in the ways that he can. At the end of the Final Act, Shippo resides in Kaede's village, but often leaves to train and take the kitsune demon examination.

Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe (Japanese), Jillian Michaels (English)

Miroku[edit]

Miroku (弥勒 "Maitreya"?) is a Bhikkhu Buddhist, lecherous monk, age eighteen, who travels the countryside performing spiritual services such as exorcisms and demon exterminations, although sometimes he deliberately falsifies these to earn comfortable rewards. Miroku can attack enemies with his holy staff ("Shakujō" used as a medium for barriers) and sutra scrolls, but his greatest weapon is the Wind Tunnel (風穴 Kazaana?) embedded in the palm of his right hand - which is actually a hereditary curse originally inflicted upon his grandfather by Naraku. Though the Wind Tunnel is extremely powerful because it can suck in almost anything in its path, it grows larger over time and with continuous use; it will eventually consume Miroku, as it consumed his grandfather, Miyatsu, and his father. Miroku is able to seal up his wind tunnel with the prayer beads that is a wound on a plam of his hand, but the curse can only be broken by killing Naraku who also curses his hand to make a time when he fakes his death seem authentic and place it back on, as seen in the second film. Miroku first meets Inuyasha by stealing the Shikon Jewel, causing them to fight one another until Kagome leaps between them. After Miroku explains his situation, Kagome asks him to join her and Inuyasha, given their mutual goal of wishing to destroy Naraku. He reluctantly complies, though he soon becomes one of Inuyasha's most trusted companions.

However, Miroku remains notorious for his recurring lechery, usually manifesting as shameless flattery, semi-surreptitious groping, and asking every woman he meets to bear him a child, except for Sango, who eventually does. While he learned these bad habits from the monk Mushin, who raised him after his father was engulfed into his own wind tunnel, Miroku also has the more serious motive of wanting an heir to follow him if he dies without defeating Naraku. Over time, Miroku's feelings mature and he begins focusing his affections more exclusively on Sango. However, because of his love for her, he fears that he cannot love her as an ordinary woman and hopes that if his Wind Tunnel consumes him, she will not die alongside him. He later proposes to her (though in a bit unothodox manner), which she accepts, though their relationship takes longer to solidify since Miroku is still prone to flirting with other girls, but expresses jealousy when other men act the same way towards Sango. When Naraku is finally killed near the end of the series, Miroku's Wind Tunnel disappears, freeing him from the curse. In the end of the Final Act, Miroku marries Sango and has three children with her, twin girls and a boy. He supports his family financially by exorcising demons with Inuyasha; however, according to Inuyasha, the payments he asks for a little more than what he deserves ("You were always greedy, but this is a whole new level."), but Miroku defends this as he has to provide for a family.

Voiced by: Kōji Tsujitani (Japanese), Kirby Morrow (English)

Sango[edit]

Sango (珊瑚 "Coral"?) is a 16-year-old demon slayer who hails from a village of professional ones. Of her broad repertoire of tools and tricks for fighting demons, she wields her most powerful weapon, Hiraikotsu (飛来骨 "Flying Return Bone"?), a massive boomerang made of purified demon bones. Her other weapons include a concealed sword and poisons. She accompanies with the demon cat, Kirara into battle and was ranked as #44 in a survey conducted by Newtype Japan for Favorite Anime Heroine in 2002.[3] Sango is first seen when she and her family and companions were on a mission to slay an evil demon, while another demon had actually possessed the lord of the castle.

The demon possessing the lord ends up controlling Kohaku, Sango's younger brother, and causes him to slay all the demon slayers except Sango. Realizing a demon was possessing both the lord and Kohaku, Sango attempts to attack the lord, but she and Kohaku are shot by the lord's retainers and assumed to be dead and buried at the orders of the lord's son, Kagewaki Hitomi. Naraku later tricks Sango into attacking Inuyasha by deeming him responsible for her village's destruction. When the plot fails and Sango joins Inuyasha's group, Naraku revives Kohaku, controlling him as a pawn to manipulate Sango's emotions. While Sango seeks revenge against Naraku, her primary goal is to rescue Kohaku from Naraku's influence and save his life. Sango is often the victim of Miroku's lecherous tendencies and gives him a loud slap for it, though she eventually falls in love with him. While she accepts Miroku's proposal of marriage, she requests that Miroku stop his lecherous actions and not to flirt either. He gradually acquiesces to her request, focusing his attention on her exclusively. At the end of series, when Miroku loses his Wind Tunnel, Sango marries Miroku, using the next three years with Miroku and form a family with a pair of twin girls and a baby boy. The two move into a larger home in Kaede's village.

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Kelly Sheridan (English)

Kirara[edit]

Kilala (雲母 "Mica"?) is Sango's faithful demon-cat companion who usually appears to be a small kitten-sized feline with two tails, but can become large enough to carry several passengers (usually Sango, Miroku and Shippo) whenever the need arises. Her full-sized form has more prominent fangs, flames around her feet and tail, and enough power to fly through the air fast enough to keep up with Inuyasha's top speed. In her small form, she is small and cute, with no fangs, wide eyes, and two tails. Because of her cuteness, Kirara is often the victim to one of Kagome's dress-up games. It is made apparent that Kirara once belonged to Midoriko when they go to her cave for the first time. When Kohaku's memory returns, Kirara is the first character to find out. Following the destruction of both Naraku and the Shikon Jewel, Kirara became partners with Kohaku on his quest to slay demons for those in need.

Voiced by: Tarako

Antagonists[edit]

Magatsuhi[edit]

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (Japanese), Michael Dobson (English)

Magatsuhi (曲霊?, "Devious Spirit") is the incredibly powerful dragon Yokai created from numerous demons from ancient time that battled the priestess Midoriko before forcing the priestess to trap their souls in what became the Shikon Jewel. As a result, Magatsuhi became the evil corrupting presence within the Shikon Jewel that caused various events in the series that include both the birth and actions of Naraku. Magatsuhi's existence is eventually made known to Inuyasha's group when Naraku gave him a temporary human-like body to act through to assist in the restoration of the Shikon Jewel with the personal goal to completely defile it. As it would later be revealed, Magatsuhi is responsible for sealing Kagome's full spiritual power out of fear of girl being a threat to him. After losing his body, Magatsuhi resorts to bodily possessions before being dispatched by Seeshomaru during the final battle against Naraku. It was only after Naraku's death that a reconstituted Magatsuhi reveals his intention to trap Naraku and Kagome alongside Midoriko within the Shikon Jewel to continue the jewel's internal conflict while he regains his corporal form in the real world. However, with Inuyasha holding off Magatsuhi, Kagome destroys the demon for good when she made a selfless wish for the Shikon Jewel to be erased from existence.

Incarnations of Naraku[edit]

Naraku[edit]

Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (first appearance), Toshiyuki Morikawa (formal form) (Japanese), Paul Dobson (English)

Naraku (奈落 "Hell"?) is the main antagonist of the series, having caused the misery of most of the main cast. He was born fifty years ago from the desires of a gravely burned bandit named Onigumo ("Oni Spider"?), who was found by Kikyo and his wounds tended to. In the anime, it was explained that Onigumo's injuries are from a near-death experience when his scheme to take over a band of bandits by sending the bandit leader Rasetsu on a suicide mission backfired. As the injuries had severely crippled him, Onigumo forms a pact with the surrounding demons attracted to his darkness to consume his body in return for his soul to occupy a new body created from their merged bodies so that he could satisfy his frustrated lust for Kikyo. However, with Onigumo buried deep in his subconscious, the newly born Naraku acted against his human self's desire as he arranged for Kikyo's demise and her falling out with Inuyasha in the expectation that events would corrupt the Shikon Jewel. But when Kikyo had the jewel burned with her corpse, causing numerous events while waiting, Naraku bides his time until the Shikon Jewel is brought back to the feudal era by the priestess's reincarnation Kagome. Naraku also learned of Inuyasha freed from his seal and traveling with Miroku, attempting to enlist Sesshomaru's help before revealing himself.

While Naraku originally appeared in the form of a hooded figure wearing a robe made from a baboon pelt, his face hidden from view, he later permanently assumed the guise of Kagewaki Hitomi while using Sango to fight for him. After his body was heavily damaged by Kagome when he attempted to use Sango's brother Kohaku against her, Naraku healed his body by locking various demons in a mountain and engage in a death match before absorbing the winner after it assimilated its defeated opponents. Soon after, receiving Shikon Jewel Shards from Kikyo while she speculated that he desires to be a full demon, Naraku gained the ability to create his incarnations. Eventually, after losing the Hitomi clan castle, Naraku takes refuge in Mount Hakurei and tricks the priest Hakushin into creating a powerful, holy barrier around the mountain to conceal his presence from his enemies while resurrecting the Band of Seven to hold off them off. By the barrier around Mount Hakurei is dissolved, Naraku appears in a new form while having removed his heart and splinter it into two pieces: his physical heart placed within the newly created Infant while his human soul is left within the ruins of the mountain. This act enables Naraku to mortally wound Kikyo without Onigumo's presence to hinder him and with power nearly equal to that of a full demon. The removal of his heart also rendered Naraku invincible, unless harm comes to the Infant as he conceals the infant while personally go after the remaining Shikon Jewel shards.

But having subjected the Infant would turn on him, having absorbed a barrier-destroying demon known as Yomeiju, Naraku allowed the Infant and his vessel Moryomaru to do as they will before tricking the latter to devour him so he can absorb his heart. But when Naraku learns of Kiyo's intent to purify him and the completed Shikon Jewel, knowing his human self's darkness would be a countermeasure, Naraku is forced to reabsorb Onigumo's soul before Kikyo finally dies in the battle that ensued. With only Kohaku's Shikon Jewel shard left, ignoring the speck of purity within the nearly completed Jewel, Naraku focuses on getting the boy while enlisting the aid of Magatsuhi. Once completely restoring the Shikon Jewel, Naraku creates a giant spider-like body around himself as he attempts to have Inuyasha's group and Sesshomaru destroy whatever speck of light remained in the jewel. It was during the final battle, as it concludes around Kaede's village, that Naraku uses the Shikon Jewel to become demonic version of himself. After his body was destroyed by Inuyasha's multiple barrage Meido Zangetsuha attacks, both Inuyasha and Kagome asking him what he was after and his methods to sever bonds between people, Naraku realizes that he desired Kikyo's heart before the jewel is purified and his body destroyed. Reduced to a head and near death, Naraku makes a wish that Magatsuhi desired to bring himself and Kagome into the Shikon Jewel's world to become part of it once the girl makes a selfish wish to complete the act. Luckily, Kagome uses her wish to have the Shikon Jewel cease to be with Naraku fading with the jewel and its trapped occupants.

Naraku's basic abilities are shape shifting and absorbing his opponents, later gaining new abilities as he enhances himself over the couse of the series. Unlike other half-demons, Naraku can choose what time of the month he loses his demonic powers where he is reduced to a human head attached to multiple demons, using that form to remove demons he considers weak from his body as part of his self refinement. But, to his distaste, Naraku possesses a spider-shaped birthmark on his back that is a constant reminder of the humanity that constitutes his being. Naraku also possesses the ability to produce poisonous Miasma (瘴気 Shōki?).

Kanna[edit]

Voiced by: Yukana Nogami (Japanese), Janyse Jaud (English)

Kanna (神無 "God of Nothingness"?) is Naraku's first detachment. She appears aged ten with hair and clothing in white. As a "concealed incarnation" of Naraku, Kanna has no scent of demonic aura, making her undetectable to Inuyasha's senses and immune to demonic aura-related effects such as the Hakurei-zan barrier. Kagura seems to be jealous of this. Kanna is the only person that Naraku trusts with important information about his actions, allowing her to give orders in his place. She also is nice to Kagura and informative of Naraku's warnings. She is immune to the Infant's ability to read hearts to know what someone is truly thinking, but possesses thoughts and feelings of her own. Kanna carries a demonic mirror that can steal souls of those reflected in it. Once a soul is trapped by her mirror, she can control that person's body to carry out her bidding. However, the mirror can be overwhelmed by an especially powerful soul such as Kagome's, forcing Kanna to release all of the trapped souls before the glass shatters. The mirror can also create a glass demon to copy the abilities of whatever it reflects, though Kanna herself suffers damage when the glass demon is wounded. In her last battle, Kanna is ordered by Naraku to commit suicide, shattering herself and her glass demon into thousands of tiny shards. Driven by Kanna's final thought, one of the shards hits Kagome's right eye and gives her the knowledge of how to destroy Naraku. Kanna told her that the small bit of light in the Shikon Jewel will kill him.

Kagura[edit]

Voiced by: Izumi Oogami (Japanese), Janyse Jaud (English)

Kagura (神楽 "God-Entertainment?) is Naraku's second detachment, although she is introduced before her "elder sister" Kanna. As a wind sorceress, Kagura uses a fan to enhance her powers; she can create a blade-like tornado or use wind to animate dead bodies. She can also use her feather hair-ornaments as transportation, enlarging them to ride in the wind. Though initially cold and calculating, Kagura despises Naraku more than his enemies due to him possessing her heart and using it as a means to punish her or remind her of her place. As a result, Kagura's desire to be free leads her to covertly aid both Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, developing feelings for the latter, in hopes that they can kill him for her so that she can reclaim her heart. As time goes on, Kagura becomes much more sympathetic and caring toward Inuyasha and even more hostile toward Naraku and his minions. After Kohaku's memories return, she becomes increasingly protective of him; she shares information with him about Naraku's weaknesses. When Hakudoshi attempts to take the Shikon shard that keeps Kohaku alive, Kagura openly aids Inuyasha's group in helping Kohaku escape while telling them that Moryomaru holds Naraku's heart. Soon after, Kagura is found by Naraku as he mocking awards her the freedom she desired by placing her heart into her body before impaling her with Miasma-injecting tendrils. Ending up on a flower field and found by Sesshomaru, who knows she is beyond Tensaiga's power to be saved, Kagura spends her final moments with Sesshomaru before her body dissolves into the wind as Inuyasha's group arrived.

Goshinki[edit]

Voiced by: Masaharu Satou (Japanese), Michael Kopsa (English)

Goshinki' (悟心鬼 "Perceiving Mind Ogre"?) is Naraku's third detachment, a large purple skinned demon with red eyes and two horns extending from its head, as well as spikes protruding from his elbows. As such, he is a powerful oni yokai who is not only strong, but extremely agile for his size; however his most dangerous ability is reading minds, which he uses to avoid dangerous situations and exploit his enemies' weaknesses. However, when Goshinki damages Tetsusaiga, he unknowingly allowed Inuyasha's demon linage to take over. This causes Goshinki to read the now feral and blood-lustful Inuyasha before he is completely ripped aparts with only his head remaining. Soon after, Goshinki's head was found by Sesshomaru who momentary revived the demon so his fangs can be used in the creation of the cursed blade Tōkijin, which is eventually abandoned by Sesshomaru after its blade got shattered while he battled Moryomaru.

Juromaru and Kageromaru[edit]

Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English)

Juromaru (獣郎丸 "Beast Perfection"?) and Kageromaru (影郎丸 "Shadow Perfection"?) are respectively Naraku's fourth and fifth incarnations, but are extremely dangerous. While the more human-like Juromaru is more like a berserker who is normally shackled with a mask covering his mouth, the parasitic Kageromaru used his sickled-arms to kill Naraku before being placed in his brother's stomach. Acting through a puppet, Naraku later removes the restraints on Juromaru so he and Kageromaru can slaughter Inuyasha's group and Koga. However, the two demons are destroyed by the Wind Scar.

Muso[edit]

Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (Japanese), Paul Dobson (Onigumo), Brian Dobson (Muso) (English)

While technically Naraku's sixth incarnation, Muso (無双 Musō?) who is actually Onigumo himself. Originally faceless and without memory of his past, Onigumo took the face and name of a wandering monk named "Muso". Eventually, with Kagura watching on Naraku's order, Muso ventures to Kikyo's former village and regains his memories of Onigumo and desires for Kikyo. He sees Kagome with Inuyasha and fights in order to possess Kagome. However, as the demons composing his body are beginning to break away because his human aspect is removed, Naraku is left with no choice but to reabsorb Muso back into his body.

The Infant and Moryomaru[edit]

Voiced by: Ai Kobayashi (Infant), Masaki Terasoma (Moryomaru) (Japanese), Chiara Zanni (Infant), Ross Douglas (Moryomaru) (English)

The Infant (赤子 Akago?) is Naraku's heart and seventh detachment, appearing in the form of a human baby yet can speak fluently and control people with the darkness in their own hearts. It is later revealed that the Infant's appearance was intentional by Naraku as he expected the detachment to be as devious as himself. His goal was to use Kagome to find the remaining shards of the Shikon Jewel. He finds her jealousy of Inuyasha's feelings for Kikyo, but Inuyasha saves her before the Infant can control her. Because the Infant possesses his heart, Naraku had the infant placed under much protection. But overtime, the Infant and Hakudoshi conspired to destroy Naraku while making themselves the dominant aspect of his being. To that that, Hakudoshi provides the Infant with Moryomaru (魍魎丸 Mōryōmaru?), a 100-foot-long (30 m) demonic golem created from demons. While Moryomaru was originally puppet, he gains a mind of his own when the Infant is placed inside of him. Acting as a medium of the Infant's will to become a dominant aspect of Naraku, Moryomaru goes to absorb different demons to increase his power to the point of nearly defeating most of Naraku's enemies when they ganged up on him as he destroyed Tokijin before running off. However, Moryomaru meets his end when tricked into absorbing Naraku, enabling him to reabsorb the Infant and consume Moryomaru from the inside out.

Hakudoshi[edit]

Voiced by: Ai Kobayashi (Japanese), Chiara Zanni (English)

While technically Naraku's eighth detachment, referring to himself as the embodiment of his "essence", Hakudoshi (白童子 White Child?) is actually created from the right half of the Infant when he was severed in half by the power of a dying monk and matured into a boy who extremely dexterous and also proficient with a halberd and other handheld weapons. As they were originally one, Hakudoshi possesses many the Infant's abilities while unable to be killed directly as he does not possesses Naraku's heart. Hakudoshi also acquired the demon horse Entei before the steed was killed by Inuyasha. Like Naraku himself, Hakudoshi is sadistic and loves to cause chaos; however, unlike him he doesn't mind getting his hands dirty and doesn't flee as quickly. Eventually, seeking to betray Naraku, Hakudoshi creates Moryomaru to house the Infant and make his other half the more dominant over their creator. However, Naraku discovered their traitorous intentions and had the Saimyosho leave Hakudoshi to be sucked into Miroku's Wind Tunnel.

Byakuya[edit]

Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese), Michael Adamthwaite (English)

Byakuya (白夜 White Night?) is Naraku's ninth and final detachment, meant to replace Kagura, Hakudoshi and Kohaku. Like Kanna, he appears loyal to Naraku, doing as he is ordered. Originally, his purpose is to observe Inuyasha and Moryomaru's growing powers and report back to Naraku. Byakuya is a powerful sorcerer, usually employing the use of illusions; however, he has many others powers as well: he can possess people with paper soldiers, summon vines to entrap his enemies, teleport others to different dimensions, turn his left eye into a winged demon for recon, and much like Naraku, the Infant and Hakudoshi, fly in a barrier. He travels on a giant crane-shaped origami in a similar fashion to Kagura's expanding feather ornament, despite being capable of flight without it. While linked to Naraku like Hakudoshi and the Infant, Byakuya's connection is strong to the point that he loses parts of his body whenever Naraku does. He carries a blade-less sword, meant to absorb the power of Inuyasha's sword and use it against his foes. After taking the power of one slash of Inuyasha's Tessaiga, Byakuta slashes Kagome to inflict her with a time delayed Meidou before being absorbed by Inuyasha's Meidou Zangetsuha.

The Band of Seven[edit]

The Band of Seven (七人隊 Shichinintai?) are group of mercenaries who were killed a long time ago. They were resurrected by Naraku through Shikon Jewel shards to hold off his enemies during his time at Mount Hakurei.

Kyokotsu[edit]

Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese), Mark Gibbon (English)

Kyokotsu (凶骨 Kyōkotsu?) is a giant who happens to be both the largest of the Band of Seven and the weakest despite still being formidable foe armed with a giant iron ball attached to a flail-like long chain. Though human, Kyokotsu had developed a taste for demons. Kyokotsu terrorizes wolf-demon tribes before being defeated by Koga in battle, allowing Koga to pull out his Shikon shard and kill him instantly.

Jakotsu[edit]

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Jenn Forgie (English)

Jakotsu (蛇骨?) is the Band of Seven's third in command and Bankotsu's dear friend, androgynous in appearance and having a habit to flirt with his male opponents and sadistically killing them as a sign of his affection. Jakotsu is armed with the whip-like Snake Sword or "Jakotsu-To," has segmented retractable blades that curve out across a great distance, making it difficult for an opponent to calculate his next move. When Inuyasha and his group arrive to Mount Hakurei, Jakotsu battles Inuyasha until he was defeated. The fight left Jakotsu severely weakened with Renkotsu using the opportunity to steal his Shikon shard. As he dies from the shard's removal, Jakotsu says he is happy because he got to fight the battle he wanted.

Mukotsu[edit]

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Trevor Devall (English)

Mukotsu (霧骨?) is a short man who is the Band of Seven's poison maker, concealing his face behind a veil. He abducts Kagome out of lust, attempting to rape her while the anime depicts him initiating a wedding ceremony before Miroku and Sango come to their friend's aid. Though he succeeds in poisoning the three, Mukotsu is killed by Sesshomaru, who is immune to poison.

Renkotsu[edit]

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Brian Drummond (English)

Renkotsu (煉骨?) is the second in command of the Band of Seven, an expert military engineer skilled in machinery, explosives and incendiary devices like the flaming oil that he can spew from his mouth. While not a fighter, Renkotsu is a gifted strategist and secretly acted against Bankotsu by stealing their comrades' Shikon shards for his use. When Bankotsu learns of this, he kills Renkotsu.

Ginkotsu[edit]

Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese), Mark Gibbon (English)

Ginkotsu (銀骨?) is a cyborg-like member of the Shichinintai and was Renkotsu's assumed best friend, since the two were hardly ever apart. Renkotsu built Ginkotsu's mechanical body and kept it running throughout the time that Ginkotsu had it before it was blown up by Inuyasha. Renkotsu then rebuilt Ginkotsu's tank body in a cave with a whole new variety of weapons, making Ginkotsu a walking arsenal. Eventually, Koga caused Ginkotsu to self-destruct by clogging his cannon with a piece of Renkotsu's armor. Ginkotsu's jewel shard was subsequently used by Renkotsu to heal his wound.

Suikotsu[edit]

Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (Japanese), Michael Donovan (English)

Suikotsu (睡骨?) was originally a physician who developed a blood thirsty second persona as the result of trauma he endured, armed with long-bladed iron claws. After being revived, Suikotsu attempted to live a normal life before his alter ego assumed control. Suikotsu returns to his former village with his normal appearance, but still violent and willing to kill. After taking Rin as a hostage, he is beaten by the combined strength of Sesshomaru and Kikyo's sacred arrow, and asks them to remove the Shikon shard from his neck to let him die peacefully. Respecting his wishes, Kikyo reaches for the shard but is stopped by Jakotsu, who takes it to Bankotsu.

Bankotsu[edit]

Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (Japanese), Matt Hill (English)

Bankotsu (蛮骨?) is the leader of the Band of Seven, also its youngest and strongest member. Though a skilled mercenary who killed many people; Bankotsu retains a sense of honor and compassion where his comrades are concerned. Bankotsu carries the Zanbatō-like halberd Banryu, a weapon he later reclaimed as he proceeds to kill everyone in the surrounding area. After his fight with Inuyasha, which cracked the blade, Bankotsu gains the ability to deflect Inuyasha's "Wind Scar" attack after repairs Banryu with the jewel shards Renkotsu stole from Kagome. When Inuyasha's group reaches Mount Hakurei, Bankotsu learns of Renkotsu's treachery and kills him. From there, Bankotsu adds his comrades' shards into his body to avenge them in his final fight with Inuyasha. While the manga has Inuyasha gradually cutting jewel shards out of Bankotsu before bifurcating him, the anime has Bankotsu reaches Banryu's quota of 1,000 yōkai and 1,000 warlords to enable the weapon to convert its owner's hated into demonic energy. This proves to be Bankotsu's downfall as Inyasha crushes him with his Backlash Wave, which shatters Banryu. Both versions end with Naraku spiriting Bankotsu away to confiscate the last shard from his remains.

Supporting characters[edit]

Kikyo[edit]

Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese), Willow Johnson (English)

Kikyo (桔梗 "Chinese Bellflower"?) is a priestess who lived fifty years prior to the events of the series. A very vengeful woman and quite cautious of who she trusts, Kikyo was given the task by the Taijiya clan to guard and purifying the Shikon Jewel. She strongly falls romantically in love with Inuyasha, having consider using the Shikon Jewel to turn him completely human so it would fade and she could live with him as a normal human. However, having had an indirect role in his creation, Kikyo is mortally wounded by Naraku posing as Inuyasha and believed the real Inuyasha betrayed her. Kikyo finds Inuyasha, who also fell for Naraku's deception when he assumed Kikyo's form to antagonize the half-demon into attacking the village, and seals him to Sacred Tree. Though Naraku had expected her to use it to save her life, Kikyo dies after requesting to have the Shikon Jewel be burned with her body on the funeral pyre. Though Kikyo intended to keep it save within her soul, the Shikon Jewel is brought back to the feudal era through her modern time reincarnation Kagome Higurashi.

Kikyo is brought back to life when a demon sorceress named Urasue captures Kagome and transfers a fragment of her soul into a clay body made with graveyard soil and Kikyo's ashes, killing Urasue. Due to her new nature, finding herself more free as she lacks emotions, Kikyo requires the souls of dead women to prolong her new life. Kikyo initially intended to kill Inuyasha before learning the truth that Naraku played them against each other, her feelings for Inuyasha rekindled a bit as the series progress while expressing some jealousy towards Kagome as she took her place in Inuyasha's. Regardless, Kikyo focuses her full attention on Naraku, who regards her as a threat yet could not harm her due to Onigumo's influence. But once Naraku managed to cast out Onigumo's soul, having witnessed the demon's heart being taken away from Mount Hakurei, Kikyo is mortally wounded and sent falling into a river of Miasma. Though Kagome manages to heal Kikyo, the lingering effects of the Miasma remain as she uses a fragment of Midoriko's soul to restore her body.

When Naraku learned that Kikyo was intending to destroy him the moment he completes the Shikon jewel, he attempts to kill her again after absorbing Onigumo's soul to maintain the jewel's deviled state. Kikyo's wounds begin to spread throughout her body, obliging Kagome to go to Mount Azusa to retrieve a sacred longbow with special spiritual abilities of its own to heal Kikyo. However, Kikyo conceals the fact that she sent Kagome to Mount Azusa to purify her of the miasma Naraku had tainted her with. Kikyo shares her last moments with Inuyasha and finally dies in his arms peacefully. Her unusually strong willpower is then transferred into Naraku's shard showing a tiny speck of purity in the darkness. When Naraku kills Kohaku after he finally had the will to live after apologizing to Sango, Kikyo's light within the shard decided to save Kohaku's life instead. In the end, she left the task of purifying the Shikon Jewel to Kagome, leaving herself to finally be a "normal woman". Before Kikyo died, her soul came to her sister Kaede in a vision, apologizing for everything that happened.

Sesshomaru[edit]

Voiced by: Ken Narita (Japanese), David Kaye (original series, movies, games), Michael Daingerfield (The Final Act) (English).

Sesshōmaru (殺生丸, Sesshomaru, "Killing Perfection") is a powerful dog daiyōkai and feared throughout the feudal world as the ruler of the western lands. He was the half-brother of the half-demon Inuyasha and the successor to the Inu no Taishō, their father. Unlike many other demons, he had no interest in possessing even one shard of the Shikon no Tama to enhance his powers. On his journey, he was accompanied by a two-headed dragon named A--Un, a demon imp named Jaken, and an orphaned human girl named Rin.

He was the son of the Great Dog Demon and his mate. He saw his father as the ultimate opponent, wishing to defeat him in combat and take his two legendary swords, Tessaiga and Sō'unga, to begin his reign of Supreme Conquest. He talked with his father following the battle with Ryūkotsusei, demanding the two swords be handed over to him. However, when questioned if he had anyone to protect, Sesshōmaru told his father that he did not; little did he know, Sesshōmaru needed to have someone to protect as it would teach him the compassion needed to wield the Tessaiga. After his father died to protect his new half-demon half-brother, Inuyasha, and his human mother, Sesshōmaru began hating them. He was given the Tenseiga instead of the other two swords, to teach him compassion.

Humanoid form Sesshōmaru appears as handsome and frail-looking at the same time and fairly tall and lean-built. He was light-skinned with pointy ears, golden amber eyes and knee-length silver hair with short bangs. He has a Prussian blue crescent moon on his forehead that can be seen beneath his bangs. There are two magenta stripes on each cheek and on the sides of his wrists, as well as one magenta stripe on each of his eyelids. However, when he regained his left arm, the magenta stripes are not there. Most of the time, Sesshōmaru appeared in this form.

True form Sesshōmaru's true form is a giant white dog with markings similar to the ones he has in his human form. He transforms surrounded in a bright red/pink aura or has a tornado circling around him. His sclera becomes red, and the pupils blue; the yōkai marks on his body widen and become more apparent the stripes on his cheeks which are usually smooth become jagged and change into a somewhat fiercer color. He has acidic saliva, so when he breathes out, he spreads poison in the form of mist, melting anything nearby. He only fully transforms to his original form three times: during a battle with Inuyasha which results in the loss of his left arm, when he meets his mother, and during the battle against Magatsuhi which eventually leads to his arm regenerating and the formation of his sword Bakusaiga.

Sesshomaru (殺生丸 "Destruction of life"?) is Inuyasha's older half-brother, an extremely powerful full-blooded demon and the anti-hero of the series. While a powerful fight, Seeshomaru can transform himself into a giant Inugami. Though the heir and successor of his father, Sesshomaru bared a grudge on Inuyasha for being named by their father to have ownership of Tetsusaiga while he inherits Tensaiga. However, as Tensaiga can bring back the dead once rather than harm living beings, Sesshomaru kept the weapon as a decorative piece on his person that he uses on occasion. When Sesshomaru attempted to steal Tetsusaiga from his father's resting place, he lost his left arm fighting Inuyasha. Seeshomaru continued to battle Inuyasha to obtain what he considered to be his birth right. By chance, Sesshomaru encounters Rin and ends up becoming her guardian while gradually becomes more sympathetic and caring. This also led to Sesshomaru to have a shaky truce with Inuyasha as they both have a mutual enemy in Naraku, who attempted Sesshomaru by using Rin as a hostage.

Prior to the events at Mount Hakurei, Sesshomaru gained Tokijin, a sword created from Goshinki's fangs, as his primary weapon before it was damaged beyond repair by Moryomaru. But due to his growing compassion, and his feelings for Kagura's death, Sesshomaru began to use Tensaiga after it was reforged by Totosai to use the Meidou Zangetsuha ("dark path of the dawn's moon blast") ability to open a portal to the underworld. To fully master the Meido Zangetsuha so Kagura's death would not be in vain, Sesshomaru seeks his mother's aid as she was entrusted with the Meido Seiki. Kohaku and Rin are then taken to the underworld by a hellhound. Sesshomaru pursues them but Rin stops breathing during her captivity. In an attempt to save her, Sesshomaru kills the Underworld Master, but still cannot revive her. Realizing the pain of losing someone important, Tenseiga reacts to his compassion and purifies the underworld and brings them back to the world of the living. Sesshomaru does not desire his new Tenseiga as it came with the cost of Rin's life. His mother, despite shown as cold and heartless, says "don't expect me to do this a second time" and brings Rin's life from the Meido back into the world of the living. Concluding with "all this fuss over a little human girl.. you inherited the most unusual traits from your father." Sesshomaru would later have a final fight with Inuyasha that doubled as a means to enhance Tetsusaiga to use the Meido Zangetsuha.

During the final battles with Naraku, Sesshomaru gains his own blade that is a manifestation of his own power: Bakusaiga, which has the power to negate an opponent's ability to regenerate while inflicting damage after initial impact. The creation of Bakusaiga also restores Sesshomaru's arm, which Totosai explained to be the result of Sesshomaru finally letting of his obsession over Tetsusaiga and truly surpassed his father. In the series epilogue, Sesshomaru continues to travel while often visiting Kaede's village to bring Rin gifts.

Kohaku[edit]

Kohaku (琥珀 "Amber"?) is Sango's 11-year old brother who, like his family also slays demons. Disguised as a young nobleman, Naraku summons Sango's family and companions to slay a false demon on Kohaku's first day, then controls him with a Shikon shard and makes him kill all of the other demon slayers (Sango survives solely by sheer luck). While Kohaku is seemingly killed by the castle's guards, Naraku resurrects him as an amnesiac puppet to use against his sister using a shard from the jewel. After several encounters with Sango and her friends, Kohaku begins to recover his painful memories, and is aversive to confronting the memories. Kagura helps him escape from Naraku, and later joins with Kikyo. When being with Naraku, or with the Band of Seven, Kohaku was allowed to be free-willed. After being freed from Naraku's grasp with a Jewel shard embedded in his back, traveling with Kikyo, and several encounters with Sango, he decides to stay with Kikyo because staying with her soothes his soul. When Kikyo was tainted with Naraku's spider webs, he was forced to leave in order to prevent his shard from being tainted. Kohaku also has a good relationship with Rin, becoming fast friends after meeting, and became protective of her in the Final Act. At the end of the series, even if he and Rin are still friends, Kohaku travels with Kirara to continue his demon-slaying job and saying that he was not going to return because the house was getting "crowded" with his brother-in-law, Miroku, and his two nieces and nephew.

Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Japanese), Alex Doduk (original series eps. 24-101), Danny McKinnon (original series eps. 102-167, movie 2, games), Aidan Drummond (The Final Act) (English)

Koga[edit]

Koga (鋼牙 Kōga?) is a 15-year old leader of the eastern wolf-demon tribe, who was nearly wiped out by Kagura and Naraku. He first meets Inuyasha as an opponent in battle, but becomes a reluctant, occasional ally despite maintaining a strong sense of rivalry with the "useless mutt" about their relative combat strengths as well as his persistent courtship of Kagome. He fell in love with Kagome (shortly after he kidnapped her) because of her kindness and beauty. Inuyasha always felt uneasy and jealous during Koga's visits because he worried that Kagome might have feelings for Koga. In this way Koga has often been the source of Kagome's and Inuyasha's fights. Koga, like Inuyasha, is very protective of Kagome and has a strong sense of when she is in danger. Koga later wields a most powerful weapon named Goraishi and carries a sword that he does nott use it often, only in chapter 340 against Moryomaru. In the same chapter, he reveals that he took the sword from a human as "decoration," and he did not think he uses it. After suffering serious wounds, Koga is partially restored by three Shikon Jewel shards embedded into his legs and right arm. The shards are eventually taken away from him by Naraku, gravely weakening him; he leaves and disappears from the manga, after telling Kagome that she may leave Inuyasha and come to him at any time. In the epilogue of the anime, it is revealed that Koga united all of the wolf demon tribes and married Ayame, the wolf demon girl he had long ago promised to marry "on the night of the lunar rainbow," a promise he had seemed to have completely forgotten when she appeared earlier, but evidently eventually had to keep.

Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno (Japanese) (Japanese), Scott McNeil (English) (English)

Miscellaneous[edit]

Kaede[edit]

Kaede ( "Maple"?) is Kikyo's younger sister and assists her with various tasks such as gathering herbs or holding her quiver of arrows. After Kikyo's death, Kaede becomes an unusually strong shrine priestess in her own right and defends the village against demons. When Kagome arrives, Kaede recognizes her as the modern-day reincarnation of Kikyo. After Kagome frees Inuyasha, Kaede puts the "Subjugation Beads" onto him to give Kagome the ability to control him with a mere spoken word-"Sit." Kaede is highly respected by the villagers and the members of Inuyasha's group, and she often advises them about demons and other spiritual anomalies. Though Inuyasha is easily annoyed by her, he listens to her when necessary and doesn't hesitate to protect her from a threat. Kaede loses an eye sometime during her life. In the manga, her eye appears to be freshly bandaged and bleeding when Kikyo was trying to defeat the demons with her sacred arrows; supplementary information states that she "lost her elder sister and her eye in an incident fifty years ago."[1] In the anime, she loses her eye while helping defend the village from a demon attack shortly before the Shikon Jewel incident. Kikyo's powers weakened after falling in love with Inuyasha and in her state, she still tried to defend the village during a demon attack. A demon began attacking Kaede from behind and Kikyo fired an arrow the demon. The demon broke into pieces from the arrow and a piece of the debris pierced Kaede's eye. In the Final Act of the Series, Kikyo's spirit came to Kaede before she died. Kaede, during the vision, returned to her younger self, right at the time of Kikyo's first death. Kikyo apologized to her, saying that Kaede suffered much because of her. Kaede, in tears, says that was never the case. Kikyo vanishes forever and, when the vision ends, Kaede is still in tears, thinking of all the years she lost with the sister she loved so much, and not being able to do anything to help her. In the English dub, she was depicted with an archaic tone and vocabulary, such as "ye" even extra-grammatically as an accusative and dative. However, this is dropped for her appearances in The Final Act.

Voiced by: Hisako Kyoda (Japanese), Pam Hyatt (original series, movies, games), Linda Darlow (The Final Act) (English)

Myoga[edit]

Myoga (冥加 Myōga?, "Divine Protection") is a flea demon who appears randomly and gives Inuyasha information on current events, foes, and the shards of the Shikon Jewel. Assigned to protect Tessaiga's hiding place in the grave of Inuyasha's father, the Dog General, he runs away when Sesshomaru comes there in search of the sword. Myoga often flees before or during a battle, which the others recognize as a sign of pending danger; his mere presence in any area is enough to determine its safety. Myoga enjoys drinking demon blood, and actually saves Inuyasha's life at one point by drinking a spider demon's venom out of his blood. He can save the others in a similar manner, but often gets slapped for drinking their blood without permission. In the anime, he is engaged to another flea demon named Shoga, but continually runs from her to avoid the marriage.

Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (Japanese), Paul Dobson (English)

Jaken[edit]

Jaken (邪見 "Evil point of view"?) is a small green imp-like yōkai who is extremely loyal to Sesshomaru, often praising his master's greatness although Sesshomaru usually ignores and sometimes abuses him. Jaken himself is not especially powerful, but he wields the Staff of Two Heads, a fire-throwing staff that Sesshomaru gives. The manga explains little about Jaken's past, but the anime shows that Jaken was once a lord among similar demons. During battle with another yōkai tribe, the enemy leader had Jaken by his neck when Sesshomaru appeared in the middle of the battle and told the demon to move out of his path. When that was disobeyed, he destroyed the yōkai with his poison whip. Out of a sense of obligation, Jaken followed Sesshomaru, who allowed him to become a servant if he could use the Staff of Two Heads. In the epilogue, he still travels with Sesshomaru. After hearing Kagome call his lord, "brother-in-law", Jaken threatens to kill her only to be shut up again by Sesshomaru.

Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima, (Japanese), Don Brown (English), Miggs Cuaderno (Tagalog)

Rin[edit]

Rin (りん?) is an eight-year-old orphan girl who finds Sesshomaru in the woods beneath a huge tree, after Inuyasha hurt him with the wind scar. During this time, after her entire family was slaughtered by night robbers, Rin never speaks, only communicating with hand gestures and friendly smiles. Later, various wolves are sent by Koga, killing and eating the villagers. Recovered from his wounds, Sesshomaru finds Rin's lifeless body and revives her using Tenseiga. After that, Rin starts talking again and remains in company with Sesshomaru, Jaken, and a two-headed dragon Ah-Un. Throughout the series, she is known for her kindness and loyalty to Sesshomaru, even though he's a cold and uncaring demon. She believes that men are more evil than demons because human robbers killed her entire family. In the Final Act, she causes grief and great sadness to him when she dies so in a way, Rin brings out the best in Sesshomaru who never shows to other people his feelings for Rin, but he does have them. Rin also has a good relationship with Kohaku, as she tells him what about her family's murderous death. Kohaku tried to kill her when under Naraku's mind control, but once free, he became Rin's best friend and protects her along with Sesshomaru. She is able to fully control Ah-Un and is recognized as his main master, as shown several times in openings and episodes that Jaken cannot fully control the beast, even though he got him first. It may either because Rin showed him kindness that he protects her and lets her ride him, or he may just like her better than Jaken. She is seen riding him the most often. Besides that she has no special abilities except in the third movie she uses Sesshomaru's sword as a protective barrier. At the end of the series and either ten or eleven, Rin is adopted to live with Kaede, although Sesshomaru is shown often visiting her and bringing her gifts. Inuyasha stated that she is in the village to practice to return to a human village or whatever she chooses.

Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Brenna O'Brien (English)

A-Un[edit]

A-Un (阿吽?) is a two-headed dragon demon and Sesshomaru's beast of burden who is one of two yōkai in the series and is explicitly stated to be a herbivore, like Totosai's ox. Despite traveling with Sesshomaru for centuries, he has no name until Rin gives him one, calling the right head "A" and the left head "Un" (the Kanji symbols 阿吽 together translate as "Alpha and Omega"). A-Un can fire yōkai energy from both mouths. The right head shoots blue beams of lightning, while the left shoots green lightning that can control clouds and possibly the weather and has the ability to fly like Sesshomaru. A grey cloud-like gas trails from his legs in flight, similar to Kirara's flames. He seems to respect Rin more than Jaken therefore she is recognized as his true master. On their journeys, Rin and Jaken often rest on his back to fly over great distances. When Sesshomaru leaves Rin in a safe place, A-Un stays with her as her protector. He saves Rin from a group of lesser demons while she is collecting herbs to save Jaken from being poisoned by Naraku's Saimyosho. A-Un also defeats many of Setsuna no Takemaru's zombie warriors in InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler.

Totosai[edit]

Totosai (刀々斎 Tōtōsai?) is an elderly blacksmith yōkai who appears to specialize in weapons made from demon, which inherit their power from said demons. As such, he forged Tessaiga and Tenseiga from the fangs of his old friend, The Great Dog Demon, who entrusted him to help his two sons. As Inuyasha grows stronger and Sesshomaru grows more compassionate, they become more capable of mastering their respective swords, which Totosai strengthens accordingly. He spends most of his time at his forge inside a volcano, but sometimes travels elsewhere on a flying three-eyed ox named Mo-Mo. Totosai often appears to be a cowardly, absent-minded old man, but he has the strength to pause an attack from Sesshomaru long enough to allow Inuyasha to get away; he can breathe fire and his giant forge hammer can open large fire pits in the ground. At the end of the manga, he continues his role as a blacksmith as seen when giving Kohaku a new weapon.

Voiced by: Jōji Yanami (Japanese), Richard Newman (English)

Jinenji[edit]

Jinenji (地念児?) is a half-human, horse-demon hybrid who lives in a hut with his human mother. Together they grow a variety of medicinal plants, including some known for being powerful against poisons. He is first seen when Kirara is poisoned by Naraku's miasma and Inuyasha and Kagome travel to the village to find a cure. Because of his demon blood, the villagers falsely suspect him of killing people, but Jinenji is a gentle giant who is scared of humans because of the way they treat him. He is surprised when Kagome is not frightened by his appearance at all and willingly helps him collect herbs. Jineji also holds a crush on Kagome and loves Kagome's warm smile. Shunned and abused by humans during his own childhood as a half-demon, Inuyasha attempts to convince Jinenji that he needs to be more forceful towards the villagers, especially after he rescues them from the demon who really committed the murders. In the end, Jinenji decides to continue his more gentle approach, giving healing herbs to the men injured during the demon attack. Like Inuyasha, Jinenji becomes fully human once a month. During one of these times, Rin visits his home searching for the same cure to heal Jaken, who was poisoned by the wasps while protecting her. At the end of the anime series, Jinenji was seen helping Kagome.

Voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese), Michael Dobson (English)

Sesshomaru's Mother[edit]

Sesshomaru's Mother (殺生丸母 Sesshōmaru no Haha?) is a powerful yōkai just like her deceased mate, the Dog General. She is the mother of the great dog-demon's full yōkai, first son and heir; Sesshomaru. She is a dog demoness and thus, can transform into a giant dog demon as well as bear a more human appearance like her mate and son. She is the Lady Mother (formerly Lady) as the mate of the deceased Dog General; as such she resides in a large palace. She holds the mystical Meido Stone, which was given to her by the Dog General. He told her that if Sesshomaru were to come by, to use the Meido Stone and not feel fear or sadness if it put his life in danger. This was apparently another of the dog demon's tests for his son. In demeanor she is similar to Sesshomaru, albeit with a certain playfulness; observing Rin and Kohaku following Sesshomaru, she inquires casually if he is planning to eat them. Observing Sesshomaru's trial after activating the Meido Stone, she seems at best only casually concerned about the possibility of his death, and after he refuses the escape route she offers, she seems mildly offended, complaining that, unlike his father, he "completely lacks any charm." However, she does feel concern for her son's well-being, as seen when she brings Rin back to life using the Meido Stone after witnessing his reaction to her death, and later when she questions Jaken in whether or not Sesshomaru was happy now that Rin was brought back. By showing him that death is immutable, she helps her son understand the value of life and sacrifice. This is an important lesson for Sesshomaru who has always little valued the lives of others and, upon obtaining the sword Tenseiga, assumed that he could conquer death itself. In showing him that life is fragile and that those he cares for need to be protected, his mother helps him take the final step in his maturation, a prerequisite for him becoming a great demon on his own, and obtaining the sword Bakusaiga. Although she is a powerful demon, she is shown to have a good heart, chiding Sesshomaru for seeking to perfect the Tenseiga as a weapon of death and destruction rather than a weapon of healing and life. She also lectures him about the qualities of the wielder of the Tenseiga, emphasizing the need for compassion, love and a pure heart. It appears as though she bears no grudge towards her deceased mate for having an affair with the human woman Izayoi; rather, she still harbors deep feelings towards him. This would be in keeping with the customs of that era, as it was common for high lords to have secondary wives and concubines, in addition to their primary consort. She makes her first appearance in chapter 466 of the manga and the ninth episode of the anime InuYasha: The Final Act.

Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara

Inu no Taisho[edit]

The Dog General (犬の船長 Inu no Taisho?) was an extremely powerful yōkai lord who ruled the Western Lands, and was known throughout Japan. Never formally addressed with a name, he fathered two sons by two different mothers: Sesshomaru from his consort, a dog demoness, and Inuyasha from a human woman named Izayoi. The Dog General is first mentioned in chapter twelve of the manga as Inuyasha's father, "a demon dog that prowled the lands of the west." The Dog General's major foe in the manga was the dragon Ryukotsusei, whom he could not kill but sealed onto a cliff face with his claw; Myoga calls this battle the "cause" of his death. The gateway to his tomb is hidden in a black pearl (a mystical gem that creates a path between the mortal and spirit worlds) inside Inuyasha's right eye. Within the pearl, their father's body is shown as an enormous dog skeleton in a suit of armor: his true form, according to Myoga. The sword Tetsusaiga, forged from the Dog General's own fang, rests inside this cavernous skeleton, protected by a barrier that repels any non-human with malice toward humans. Because of this, Inuyasha inherits the sword rather than Sesshomaru.

Voiced by: Akio Otsuka (Japanese), Don Brown (English)

Izayoi[edit]

Izayoi (十六夜?) was a gentle, beautiful human, the daughter of an impoverished noble house. She loved the Dog General and was saddened that the young Inuyasha was shunned for his half-demon status. Little else is revealed about her family, age, or even how she died, with Inuyasha only noting that she died "a long time ago" and that her manner of death "wasn't her fault." Upon her death, Inuyasha inherits the Robe of the Fire Rat, which the Dog General gave Izayoi to protect her on the night Inuyasha was born, and a shell containing Izayoi's favorite lip coloring which he gives to Kikyo.[4][5]

In InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler (not directly based on the manga series), on the night of Inuyasha's birth, she was a captive of Takemaru of Setsuna and his samurai, who plan to lure the Great Dog Demon into coming to rescue her so they can kill him. Izayoi pleads with Takemaru to leave and save his own life, but Takemaru claims he loves her and stabs her through the chest with a spear. Before dying, she gives birth to Inuyasha. The Dog General, being injured by Ryūkotsusei, fights his way through Takemaru's men and the burning building to reach his dead lover and his newborn child. He uses the "Tenseiga" to restore her to life, then covers her with the Cloth of the Fire Rat and orders her to flee. Before Izayoi names her son InuYasha and flees, the Dog General fights against Takemaru to the death.

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Alaina Burnett (English)

Hosenki[edit]

Hosenki (宝仙鬼 Hōsenki?) is an oyster-demon who cultivates a variety of magical jewels. He created the black pearl in Inuyasha's right eye that enabled Sesshomaru to travel to his father's grave and try to steal Tessaiga, the sword his father willed to Inuyasha. Needing to return to the netherworld later in the series, Inuyasha's group seeks out Hosenki, but learn that he has died and his namesake son cannot make the gems yet. He tells Inuyasha that he must wait a hundred years before he can make the gems. They find another path to the netherworld where they find the departed Hosenki sitting among the bones of the Dog General's body. However, he has been corrupted by a tainted shard of the Shikon Jewel and attacks Inuyasha. After Naraku reclaims his shard, Hosenki returns to normal and gives Inuyasha the use of Adamant Barrage, an attack gained by Inuyasha's loyalty to his friends and lack of greed.

Voiced by: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Japanese), Dave Pettitt (English)

Kagome's Family[edit]

Kagome's Mom (かごめの母 Kagome no Haha?) is the mother of both Kagome and Sota. She is very supportive of Kagome and welcoming to Inuyasha. She doesn't appear to mind Kagome spending long periods of time in the Feudal Era.

Voiced by: Asako Dodo (Japanese), Cathy Weseluck (English)

Sota Higurashi (日暮草太 Higurashi Sōta?) is Kagome's younger brother who has a typical brother-sister relationship and looks up to Inuyasha as an older brother figure.

Voiced by: Akiko Nakagawa (Japanese), Saffron Henderson (Original series Seasons 1-5, Movies 1 & 2), Rebecca Shoichet (Original series Season 6, Movie 3, The Final Act) (English)

Grandpa (じいちゃん Jiichan?) is the grandfather of Kagome and Sota and Kagome's mom's father-in-law. Grandpa often covered for Kagome's prolonged absences at school with interesting, and often absurd, excuses, which make Kagome's friends worry a lot about her.

Voiced by: Ginzo Matsuo (Original Series Seasons 1-2, Movies 1 & 2), Katsumi Suzuki (Original series Seasons 3-6, Movie 3, The Final Act) (Japanese), French Tickner (English)

Hojo[edit]

Voiced by: Yuuji Ueda (Japanese), Matt Smith (English)

Hojo (北条 Hōjō?) is a school friend of Kagome who has a very large crush on her. Kagome's school friends think that they should be together, but Kagome, while she is attracted to him, never took the dates he asked seriously even though she agreed and every single time would either forget or bail out on the dates so that she could go back to the Feudal Era to be with Inuyasha. Hojo is always under the pretense that Kagome has a fatal illness, due to the excuses Kagome's grandfather tells in order to keep Kagome out of school for long periods of time while she is in the Feudal Era. Because of this, Hojo is frequently seen giving Kagome traditional remedies and supplies for her various fictional illnesses. Sometimes her grandfather uses the gifts from Hojo on himself. When Hojo shares his family tree, they notice that one of his ancestor's name is Kagome In short, Kagome is attracted to Hojo, but in a friendly way. He seems to be a girl magnet. In the ending of The Final Act, Hojo is seen dating his college classmate after the series ended.

Kagome's Friends[edit]

Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu (Yuka), Nami Okamoto (Ayumi), Yuki Masuda (Eri) (Japanese), Jillian Michaels (Yuka), Cathy Weseluck (Ayumi), Saffron Henderson (Eri; Original Series Season 1-5, Movies 1 & 2), Rebecca Shoichet (Eri; Original Series Season 6, Movie 3, The Final Act) (English).

Yuka (由加 Yuka?) is one of Kagome's three best friends from the modern era. She has neck-length brown hair, being the most outspoken of the three and often expresses concern over Kagome's relationship with Inuyasha.

Ayumi (あゆみ Ayumi?) is one of Kagome's three best friends from the modern era. She has shoulder-length black hair, being the naive, gentle one of the three and the only one of the group to express support for Kagome's relationship with Inuyasha.

Eri (絵理 Eri?) is one of Kagome's three best friends from the modern era. She has shoulder-length black hair, very outspoken like Yuka, well concerned with Kagome's relationship health and never hesitates to give her opinion on Kagome's potential boyfriends (Hojo and Inuyasha).

Reception[edit]

In 2001, Inuyasha won the Animage Grand Prix for Best Male Character.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Takahashi, Rumiko (2007). InuYasha Profiles. Viz Media. ISBN 978-1-4215-1346-1. 
  2. ^ Special Last chapter of the manga
  3. ^ Newtype USA, Vol 2 - Issue 4. April 2003.
  4. ^ "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny (Part 1)". InuYasha.
  5. ^ "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny (Part 2)". InuYasha.
  6. ^ "Animation 24th Grand Prix [June 2002 Issue]." Animage. June 2002. June 24, 2008 "Animation 24th Grand Prix June 2002 issue(In Japanese)