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Character Profile: Kikyo

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Name
Kikyo Kikyou Kikyo (InuYasha)
Alias
   
Race
Human Human
Gender
Female Female
Age
18 years old(at time of death)(source: Inuyasha Profiles by Rumiko Takahashi, page 136) 18 years old(at time of death)(source: Inuyasha Profiles by Rumiko Takahashi, page 136)
Hair
Black Black
Eyes
Brown Brown
Height
About 5'2"(source: estimated based on InuYasha's height) About 158 cm(source: estimated based on InuYasha's height)
Weight
111 lbs. 50.3 kg
Status
Priestess Miko("priestess")
Quote
"Why did you betray me, InuYasha"  
Voice
Willow Johnson Noriko Hikada
Debut
   
Anime
InuYasha InuYasha
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Inuyasha the Movie Inuyasha: Toki wo Koeru Omoi
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InuYasha the Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island Eiga Inuyasha: Guren no Horaijima
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Inuyasha: The Final Act Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen

Last I checked, this character's cosplay outfit was available at Milanoo and Moon Costumes.

Character Description: Kikyo

Kikyou is a priestess from the Warring States Era. She is a very powerful Miko with incredible archery skills. She once guarded the Shikon no Tama and maintained its purity. Demons from all over tried to steal the jewel from her, but she killed them all. Until one day, a half-demon named Inuyasha tried to take it from her in order to become a full demon. She refused to kill him because he was half-human. So instead, he followed her around, and before anyone knew it, they had fallen in love.

Kikyou was blessed with supernatural powers and therefore, could not live the life of a normal woman. She constantly held responsibility, taking care of everyone, and guarding the jewel. So, she and Inuyasha decided one day that he'd use the jewel to become human, and therefore the Shikon would disappear and Kikyou will be free of her powers, and could live the life of a normal woman, allowing she and InuYasha to finally be together.

But things did NOT go as planned. An evil, shape-shifting demon named Naraku took on the form of InuYasha. He approached Kikyou and struck her down. Of course Kikyou didn't know that it wasn't really InuYasha, so she died hating him for "betraying" her. Then Naraku convinced the REAL InuYasha to break into Kikyou's village and steal the Shikon Jewel. Kikyou, bloodied and bruised, caught up with InuYasha, and with her last ounce of strength, she used her Enchanted Arrow to "kill" him, and she told her younger sister, Kaede, to burn the Shikon with her body.

Obviously, InuYasha was not killed. Rather, he was sealed to the Tree of Time with an arrow which put him in a death-like state, while still preserving his body and soul.

Fifty years later, Kikyou's ashes were stolen from Kaede's shrine, and a witch resurrected her in order to steal the undead Miko's powers. Kikyou saw InuYasha and she tried to kill him, thinking he betrayed her fifty years ago. She eventually learns the truth about her death, and now she's after Naraku.

Note: When Inuyasha is released from the tree, Kaede tells him that he's been asleep for 50 years. Inuyasha then says "That must mean Kikyo's pushing 100", which would imply that Kikyo was over 50 years old when she died. Obviously this is meant as an insult, and not to be taken literally.

I'm told Kikyou's name means "Chinese Bellflower" in Japanese.