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Character Profile: Sesshomaru

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Name
Sesshomaru Sesshoumaru(殺生丸) Sesshomaru (InuYasha)
Alias
   
Race
Dog demon Inu-youkai("dog demon")
Gender
Male Male
Age
At least 500 years old(appears about 20-ish) At least 500 years old(appears about 20-ish)
Hair
Silver(looks white) Silver(looks white)
Eyes
Golden Golden
Height
5'10"(source: InuYasha Anime Magazine, 2006 Edition, 7th Version, Volume 4, back page) 178 cm(source: InuYasha Anime Magazine, 2006 Edition, 7th Version, Volume 4, back page)
Weight
167.6 lbs(source: InuYasha Anime Magazine, 2006 Edition, 7th Version, Volume 4, back page) 76 kg(source: InuYasha Anime Magazine, 2006 Edition, 7th Version, Volume 4, back page)
Status
InuYasha's older half-brother InuYasha's older half-brother
Quote
"When it comes to humans, I, of course, bear no such weakness."  
Voice
David Kaye Ken Narita
Debut
   
Anime
-- listed below -- -- listed below --

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

Character Description: Sesshomaru

Sesshoumaru is InuYasha'a older brother. He appears to be very cold and emotionless. Emotions are difficult for him, but his own journey (originally to hunt and kill InuYasha) will have very special plans for him.

He, too, possesses a sword given by his late father: this one forged from the right fang. It's known as Tenseiga, and there is an odd twist to it. Whereas InuYasha's Tetsusaiga (Tessaiga in Japan) can slay 100 demons in a single swing, Tenseiga's stroke can save 100 souls. It is a sword of life rather than death, and the cold Sesshomaru finds the sword to be quite worthless.

But Tenseiga sticks diligently to its destiny of saving lives. Once InuYasha managed to discover the secret to Tetsusaiga's power, a stroke from the sword almost killed Sesshoumaru, but Tenseiga stepped in and spirited Sesshoumaru away. The truth is that the unique swords are a twist of fate designed by his and InuYasha's father to ensure that neither brother can overcome the other.

For a while, Sesshoumaru couldn't make a weapon that could overcome Tetsusaiga, but then again, with Tenseiga in his possession, not even Tetsusaiga can strike him down. Tenseiga, however, will play a role in Sesshoumaru's personal journey, as he learns the truth about its powers of life.

In the meantime, Sesshoumaru finds another way to challenge InuYasha. Learning of the fallen demon Goshinki, who had managed to bite Tetsusaiga in two, he consults a twisted disciple of Toutousai named Kaijinbou, who takes a fang from the fallen demon and forges a new sword: Toukijin. Despite all the evil embodied in that sword, Sesshoumaru is able to overcome it and master the sword, finally gaining the chance to face his brother on equal terms.

In the manga, Sesshomaru receives a new sword, Bakusaiga, and his left arm is restored. It's explained in chapter 519 by Totosai that the sword is proof Sesshomaru can stand on his own as a daiyokai (greater demon) and has lost his obsession for his father's blade, Tetsusaiga. His arm returns for the same reason.

I'm told Sesshoumaru's name means "Destruction of Life" in Japanese.

Although the anime has not yet introduced Sesshoumaru's mom, she has appeared in the manga (though she has yet to be named).

Fluffy

I'm told a lot of fans have nicknamed Sesshoumaru "Fluffy" because of the fluffy thing on his shoulder. Many fans guessed that it was his tail or part of his cloak, and one fan contacted me saying Rumiko Takahashi said that it is actually a parasitic demon.

However, in the 2007 edition of "The InuYasha Profiles" the author, Rumiko Takahashi, clearly states the fur is part of his body. This can be further addressed by the fact that the mane also appears over the same shoulder in his dog shape. Sesshoumaru apparently has control over it, whatever it is, as in one episode he uses it to bind InuYasha.

Sesshoumaru's Height

I'm told that it was specified in the series that Sesshoumaru is 7 feet tall, though that would contradict other information given about his height, including visual information (he does not look that tall!), so if you know exactly when and where this is stated in the series, please contact me. The Beckett Yu-Gi-Oh Collector: The Unofficial Guide lists Sessoumaru's height as 6'1", which would contradict information supposedly giving in InuYasha Anime Magazine. So on one hand we have The Beckett guide which is definitely real but unofficial, and then on the other hand we have the InuYasha Anime Magazine which would be official except that I have not been able to find a copy or even a scan of the page which specifies his height.

Character Description: Sesshomaru

Sesshomaru is InuYasha's half and older brother. Unlike his halfbreed brother, Sesshomaru was born all demon, no half of another such as a human. Although he wants to end InuYasha's life and take his powerful sword of destruction given to him by their father, he really could be a nice guy deep down.

He saved a human child, Rin, with his sword of healing after she tried to take care of him when injured. He gave back that favor in feeling sad when he saw the human child dead and with a loving soul (the only way to activate the sword) he brought her back to life.

In some ways Sesshomaru and InuYasha, by working together, have a chance to defeat Naraku, and in times Sesshomaru does "look after" his brother.