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PostSubject: Priestess Kikyo   Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:03 pm


Kikyo was the Shinto priestess entrusted by the Yōkai Taijiya (Demon Slayers) to guard and purify the fabled Jewel of the Four Souls (Shikon no Tama).

Kikyo had slain many yōkai that tried to gain possession of the jewel; however, she could not force herself to kill InuYasha, a hanyō who is half-human and half-Inu yōkai (Dog Demon). She felt as though InuYasha was isolated from his kind, as she was from hers. On several occasions she would immobilize InuYasha when he attempted to steal the jewel, and had brief conversations with him. InuYasha had followed her for a long period of time. Soon they spent more time together, and the two of them began to have feelings of love and compassion for each other. Kikyo told InuYasha that the Shikon Jewel could be used to make him completely human, as opposed to his original intention of becoming a full yōkai. Kikyo speculated that if the jewel were used to turn InuYasha into a human, it would be purified and vanish, which would free Kikyo from her duty to protect the jewel and she could then live as a normal woman with InuYasha. He agreed, believing this was the better option.

The following day, Kikyo arrived at the area where they had agreed to meet, but InuYasha was not present. When she went out into a field to attempt to find him, she was attacked by Naraku, disguised as InuYasha. She collapsed to the ground as he escaped with the jewel, proclaiming that he had "absolutely no intention of becoming human" and that the jewel needed to "absorb even more bitter blood", thus effectively framing InuYasha for the evil deed. Kikyo limped back to the village in pain, only to find that the real InuYasha, who was also tricked by Naraku in thinking that Kikyo wanted to kill him, had attacked the village and was escaping with the Shikon jewel.

Drawing on her last strength, Kikyo fired a sealing arrow (Fūin no Ya) at InuYasha to seal him to the Sacred Time Tree (Goshinboku). She collapsed the instant after InuYasha was sealed, and instructed her younger sister Kaede to burn the Shikon no Tama with her body to assure that none can exploit the terrible powers the jewel holds. With that, she died.

In the anime (but not in the manga), this tragic fate of Kikyo was foretold through a curse laid by Tsubaki, (a powerful Miko and Kikyo's rival) when she told Kikyo that "a priestess must abandon her heart to achieve power ... this includes love as well" and "You must extinguish love. You must never hold a man dear," or else she would "suffer an untimely death."

Traveling with Kohaku

Naraku stated how the shard in Kohaku's back radiated such "dreadful purity" and if that shard were taken and combined with the nearly completed Shikon jewel, then both Naraku and the Shikon Jewel would be purified at once. It is for this reason that Naraku returned to Mount Hakurei to reclaim his negative heart as a countermeasure to Kikyo's plan.

Naraku uses his human heart's power to send webs after Kikyo that would corrupt her. Kikyo was eventually overpowered by Naraku's malice and, to protect Kohaku, she sent him away with Asuka and Kochō; however, they were easily dispatched as their powers proved useless against Byakuya. Sesshomaru interferes, however, and Byakuya is unable to capture Kohaku.

When InuYasha and Kagome arrive, Kikyo discovers Naraku has also corrupted Kagome with his webs in order to render them both unable to purify the Shikon Jewel and Kagome unable to purify Kikyo, as the girl had been able to do in the past. To rectify this, she sends Kagome to recover a sacred bow from Mt. Asuza that can be used to purify her shouki wound, but while Kagome and InuYasha are gone, Naraku reappears and captures Kikyo along with Kōga, Miroku, Sango, Shippo, and Kirara. However, Kikyo notices that the Shikon shards in Kōga's legs were purified as part of Midoriko's will, meaning that she could use his shards to purify the Shikon Jewel just as she had attempted to do so with Kohaku's shard.

Final Moments

At the end of chapter 462 of the manga, Kagome is shocked to find that the Jewel is now inside of Kikyo's body. In chapter 463, with the help of Kagome's sacred arrow, Kikyo purifies the Shikon Jewel, and fires the arrow out of her body and at Naraku. His miasma is only able to corrupt half of the Jewel, and Kikyo's spiritual power and Naraku's evil aura begin to battle within the jewel.[9]

However, Naraku's darkness proves too powerful and overcomes Kikyo's power, completely corrupting the Jewel. Seeing that her resurrected life is practically over, Kikyo weakly tells Kagome that the rest is up to her, and that the bow from Mt. Asuza now belongs to Kagome. Shocked, Kagome asks what Kikyo means, but before the priestess can continue, Naraku claims that Kikyo has lost to his evil aura and he strikes out at her with one of his tentacles. InuYasha slashes through it before it reaches Kikyo and Kagome, but Naraku merely laughs and tells InuYasha that he'll need to start thinking of how to defeat him without Kikyo, and leaves.

Sesshomaru, in an overgrown field with Kohaku and Rin, comments that the scent on the wind has changed, and that it is too late. Kaede also notices some sort of change, noting that the sunset is the color of blood.

With Naraku gone, a crushed InuYasha holds the dying Kikyo in his arms. InuYasha then asks the others to leave them in private. Before leaving, Kagome has her face in her hands, attempting to hide her tears as she laments over being unable to save Kikyo. In thought, Kikyo wishes for Kagome not to cry, for she feels her soul has finally been saved.

Alone together, Kikyo asks InuYasha if he recalls her wish to become an ordinary woman when the Shikon Jewel had vanished. InuYasha replies that he does, as he had planned to use the Jewel to become fully human and spend his life with her. His eyes tearing up, InuYasha tells Kikyo that since his birth, she was his first love. As his tears fall on Kikyo's cheek, she comments that it is the first time she's seen him make such a face and cry.

This prompts InuYasha to cry out in lament that he was unable to save her. But Kikyo continues to soothe him, saying that he came for her and that his effort was good enough. As InuYasha gazes at Kikyo's face, he sees what is perhaps her first genuine smile since her tragic resurrection. Sharing one last kiss together, Kikyo calls out InuYasha's name in her thoughts as she takes a final tear-filled look at him.

Her soul finally at peace, Kikyo's body disappears into a bright cluster of souls and light, which the soul collectors swirl around as the light illuminates the group. Shippo says that it looks as if her soul is bidding farewell to them all, and Kagome notices a surprising warmth to it. The soul collectors then carry Kikyo's soul into the star-filled sky.

InuYasha is still saddened as he looks to the sky, but says that Kikyo is free of her suffering, and that her soul wouldn't want them to mourn her passing.

Abilities and Techniques

Sacred arrow (Hama no Ya) (破魔の矢)
The magic arrow of a shrine maiden, though Kikyo is actually an exception her purifying powers (like Midoriko's) are unique to her and Kagome (her reincarnation) other mikos do not have the same extent of purifying ability to destroy demons. Kikyo can slay demons using her arrows enchanted with her spiritual powers. Usually demons are completely obliterated when struck.
Arrow of sealing (Fūin no Ya) (封印の矢)
She used this arrow to seal InuYasha to the Sacred Tree (Goshinboku) after Naraku tricks her into believing that InuYasha attacked her.
With a simple touch is able to paralyze her victims (e.g. Kagome).
Pit of Hell
Kikyo once attempted to bring InuYasha to hell with her as her souls and soul collectors, were drawn into a hole that she was creating, possibly meaning she is connected with the afterlife by bringing enemies to hell, as she is a spirit.
Being the powerful shrine maiden that she is, Kikyo has the ability to purify anything she touches (i.e. the Shikon no Tama, minor yōkai, or possibly spirits). In the case of minor yōkai, Kikyo is capable of annihilating them with a touch, as shown in episode 15 (Return of the Tragic Priestess, Kikyo). This ability is shown again later on in the series when she destroys an emissary of the afterlife who was crawling over a wounded soldier by touching it.
Kikyo created two girls named Kochō and Asuka. They usually hold her bow and arrows. She created these due to being weakened by Naraku's miasma. They also carry messages and perform other tasks. Another shikigami created by Kikyo was St. Hijiri, who served as a distraction for Naraku while Kikyo recovered from being poisoned by Naraku's miasma at Mt. Hakurai.
A spell requiring enormous spiritual power it lures and purifies (destroys) demons of a specified type. For example, Kikyo used a twig to channel her spiritual powers as she drew a pentagram and planted the twig inside of it. In a matter of seconds, the twig grew into a tree reaching the clouds. A horde of rat-demons were lured to it where they climbed to the top and were purified.
Miko Powers (Hama no reiryoku)
In the chapter where Kikyo is resurrected, she uses some type of power. It is different from the purification, as it is used as an attack. Kikyo killed Urasue and hurt InuYasha with this attack.
Spiritual barrier or shield (kekkai)
Kikyo is able to create a barrier, which aids her in hiding her aura. Sometimes in periods of weakness, e.g. when her life was being threatened by the miasma that Naraku inserted into her body back at Mount Hakurei, it erodes away to the point of exposing her even to those with little to no spiritual fortitude.
Reflection powers
Kikyo used these against the dark priestess Tsubaki. It bears a slight resemblance to InuYasha's backlash wave. Kikyo traps the opponent's power in a barrier created by her bow, and then sends their own demonic power back at them.
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