A Closer Look at Several Inuyasha Characters

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Inuyasha is a popular manga/anime series that many enjoy for its diverse selection of characters, supernatural adventures, and the romantic story underlying it. It’s a classic that gave birth to a handful of movies, a novel, and video games. 

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Inuyasha follows the journeys of high school student Kagome Higurashi and the half-demon Inuyasha as they hunted for the Shikon Jewel shards,. Inuyasha has introduced us to many unforgettable characters, both good and bad.

The series has brought us highs and lows in its close to 200-episode run. Inuyasha has several fascinating and diverse characters who unite for a common purpose. Have a closer look at some Inuyasha characters next.

A Closer Look at Several Inuyasha Characters
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Inuyasha

The titular main protagonist of the series is Inuyasha. He has the look of a fifteen-year-old boy who is always barefoot, born to a dog-demon father and a human mother. 

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He had a challenging and isolated upbringing as a half-demon because demons and humans hated him for his hybrid bloodline. 

Bound to a tree by Priestess Kikyo, Inuyasha was unscathed and unharmed under her spell for 50 years, before Kagome released him to beat Mistress Centipede.

He wears a red garment called the Robe of the Fire-Rat. He’s got dog ears, claws, superhuman power, and other demonic skills. Inuyasha also wields a mighty demon sword called Tetsusaiga.

Kagome Higurashi

She establishes a close friendship with Inuyasha over the course of the series. She is a courageous, kindhearted girl who believes in never turning her back on anyone in danger.

Kagome Higurashi starts to fall in love with Inuyasha during their mission to collect the Shikon shards and beat Naraku. She sees herself vying for his affections with the resurrected Kikyo. 

While physically frail, as the series progresses, she becomes more and more competent in archery and ultimately learns to control her incredibly powerful supernatural abilities.

Kagome is a fifteen-year-old junior high school student at the start of the story, born in contemporary Japan in 1982. She is the reincarnation of the priestess Kikyo, who died (and later resurrects), and so resembles the priestess’s appearance.

A Closer Look at Several Inuyasha Characters
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Shippo

Shippo is a young orphaned kitsune who tried to rob Inuyasha and Kagome of the Shikon Jewel, trying to become tougher and avenge his father’s death. 

While his attempt fails, after hearing his story, Inuyasha and Kagome aid him, he becomes their friend. Typically, Shippo tends to be a young child with some fox-like characteristics: his feet, ears, legs, and tail. 

He can shape-shift, but his other manifestations are fleeting and sometimes useless (such as a large flying balloon), generally given away by his lingering foxtail. 

He can also generate illusory duplicates of himself and create weak Foxfire magic and toy-based tricks like his giant spinning top attack.

Miroku

Miroku was a monk who joined the adventures of Inuyasha and others. The Kazaana, or “the wind tunnel,” was handed down to him because Naraku cursed his grandfather. 

He had to make frequent use of the power not to be consumed by the tunnel, compromising his life in the process. While recognizing that he would be poisoned for sucking in Naraku’s miasma, he proceeded to do so by fighting against him.

He was one of the toughest people in the series and, besides, might have dragged Sesshomaru into the tunnel back in the series’ 18th episode, were it not for the fast reflexes of the latter.

A Closer Look at Several Inuyasha Characters
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Final Words

Inuyasha is one of the greatest anime series out there. It brought its audience to a fantasy world in feudal Japan. It offers a thrilling journey full of demons and plenty of characters who are well prepared to meet challenges.

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