Koga repeatedly mocks Inuyasha due to his half-demon status, but did he ever consider what he and Kagome's kids are gonna be if he ever DOES mate with her?
As far as I'm aware there has never been a quarter-demon (or quarter-human) in the series. I kind of assumed half-demons were born sterile like ligers or mules, though that's more Wild Mass Guessing.
One of the movies did have children from a village of half-demons. Their parents were also half-demon, and the level of "demon-ness" varied among them. Most likely, there would be an even split in the chance of their kids being either half-demon or human.
One of the major conflicts in the series is that Inu Yasha can't let go of his love for either Kikyou or Kagome, which is justified by the fact that they are essentially the same person in different circumstances. However, every time Koga ever runs into Kikyou, he shows absolutely no interest in her whatsoever. Yeah, she attacked him when they first met, but even Koga admitted that it was in an attempt to save him from being sacrificed to Naraku by Midoriko's will. How strong is his love for Kagome again?
But Kikyo doesn't act like Kagome, smell like Kagome, and (despite a passing resemblence) doesn't look like Kagome. Plus she's...ya know...dead. Why would Koga show any interest in Kikyo?
She does smell like Kagome (plus bones and graveyard soil and minus modern shampoo/soap/etc., admittedly; Inu Yasha had to take a more focused whiff to realize that they weren't one and the same, per se.), and, despite Takahashi's art style, looks almost identical to Kagome, going by Kaede's, Inu Yasha's, Muso's and that one monk who saw his master get (accidentally) killed by Kikyo's reaction to seeing Kagome for the first time. Though admittedly, he never really got to know Kikyo before she died and got a metric ton of angst shoved into her.
There's no way that she smells like Kagome at all. She smells like bones and graveyard soil. Just about every character with super-smell says so. The last time Inu Yasha smelled Kikyo at the time was when she was alive, which is why he said they smelled alike. She may look like Kagome though, at least face-wise. This troper admits to thinking that they were sisters when he was younger. And of course she doesn't act like Kagome. Kagome's personality is one of the things Koga likes about her.
Actually, no. When Inuyasha encounters her for the first time after her revival, he remarks that alltough she has no warmth, the scent is almost the same (if with a layer of earth on it, perhaps, but the original scent seems to have remained at least partially.) Koga just never got to know her/ his supposed love for Kagome was pretty shallow/possesive anyway, he talks about her like he wants her as a pet. I don't see anyone dissing Kagome because Naraku sticks to Kikyo.
It's the miniskirt.
Partly, it's because Kikyo and Inuyasha had the same problem of being born into a role the world expected them to play, her to be a priestess, and him to be a monster. Koga only cares to know Kagome, because of her powers and because she's attractive.
I always took Koga's feelings for Kagome to just be meant as a crush/attraction, and mainly being Played for Laughs, considering all his woe attempts always seem to happen just so we can see Inuyasha get jealous and have some comical verbal fighting between them, rather than supposedly being a deep, true love to challenge Inuyasha's and which should cause him to react to Kikyo as well. (It might be why this troper is apparently one of the few Inuyasha/Kagome fans who have Koga as one of her favorite characters. Kagome never shows an ounce of interest in Koga either, so I never saw any love triangle to be taken seriously.) And heck, if Koga's feelings for Kagome really were deep, would he really be okay with leaving her with another guy (that he can't stand no less) to hang out with 24/7 while he goes weeks without checking up on her??
There's no real reason to expect Koga to have an interest in Kikyou just because he's interested in Kagome, because Kikyou and Kagome are not the same person. There are physical similarities and they have the same power due to Kagome being Kikyou's reincarnation, but in terms of personality they are very different people. Inuyasha is torn between the two of them not because Kagome is Kikyou reincarnated but because the time he spent with each of them, Kikyou before her death and Kagome later on, led him to fall in love with each of them on their own merits. While I also don't think that Koga's feelings for Kagome were ever very serious, his attitude towards Kikyou doesn't signify much either way.
Even discarding the normal complaints about why Kagome doesn't leave any information for herself in the future, one wonders how come no one thought to just have Housenki's son make the jewel they needed and leave it somewhere for Kagome to pick up 400 years after the century it would have taken him to make it.
But how would they know somebody wouldn't find it and take it? Then you'd have a much bigger problem on your hands (and a potential fanfic ^_^).
During the final battle, Youkai Inu Yasha gets possessed by Magatsushi and throws away Tessaiga. Sesshoumaru is forced to fight him with just claws and Tenseiga because even a scratch from Bakusaiga would destroy Inu Yasha, which is just what Naraku wants. However, no one seems to notice that its quite possible that Sesshoumaru might have qualified to use Tessaiga at that point since he was there to save Rin, he'd been protecting Kagome throughout the fight, and seemed to honestly want to save Inu Yasha. Of course, its possible that Sesshoumaru noticed it but didn't want to rely on his father's momento anymore... or admit that he was concerned about Inu Yasha's life, even tacitly.
Full-blooded youkai can't touch Tessaiga, no matter their intentions.
What about Inuyasha's father?
The barrier was probably put on Tessaiga after Inuyasha's father died, since he was leaving it to his hanyou son and knew his youkai son would try to steal it (and in the process protected it from other youkai, too). The only youkai shown in the manga to be able to hold Tessaiga is Totosai, and he's its maker and likely the one who put the barrier in the first place.
Plus, if he was trying to save Inuyasha, why would he use a sword that can cut a hundred demons with one swing?
IIRC, Shippou has handled it without any problem (as has Toutousai and Inu no Taishou, but as its creator and original bearer/source, its feasible that they are immune), although he couldn't use it, and its link to Inu Yasha, shown ability to hold back its full power depending on how hard you swung the blade, and its ability to absorb youki, would all have made it a better alternative to just punching.
The barrier is explained at some point as being ineffective to those who care for humans. Half-demons therefore can touch it, since they are human, along with humans themselves (which annoyed both Inuyasha and Sesshomaru when Kagome effortlessly drew the blade). This is why Totosai can touch it, because he bears no grudge against humans (particularly those offering him contracts for weapons). Likewise, Shippo isn't even much of a demon, in the Japanese translation, he's actually described as a "genie" so apparently, he's considered some harmless breed of youkai (or something). He wouldn't have either the demonic energy enough to activate the barrier, or the intention to harm humans.
The barrier was never explained. How it works can only be inferred by who could touch it. Hanyous could touch it (Inuyasha and Naraku). Humans could touch it (Kagome, Sango, Sesshoumaru with a human arm, a bandit who had just attacked a village, etc.). Youkai can't (Sesshoumaru and Gatenmaru) with the exception being Totosai. And Naraku, Sesshoumaru (at the time) and the bandit definitely didn't care about humans.
How would it have made a better alternative to just punching? At least with just his claws, he can actively/knowingly hold back enough to do the job. If he used Tessaiga it would severly or at least significantly weaken him and slow him down.
Dragonscale Tessaiga has explicitly shown the ability to cure youkai possession by absorbing the possessing soul without harming the possessed one (yeah, the one time IY used it that way was on a human, but Dragonscale Tessaiga has also explicitly been shown to be capable of absorbing human ki as well — a brand of human ki which normally harms youkai, for that matter), and Tessaiga possesses a very powerful barrier. Not to mention that Sesshoumaru only withheld Bakusaiga because it was impossible to use without killing Inu Yasha — he never indicated that he had any problems with the idea of injuring/weakening him since he was pretty sure that he could kill Naraku by himself as soon as Rin was safe.
Sesshoumaru has demonstrated his ability to use Tessaiga in a pinch, even in spite of its barrier (at least in two instances which are admittedly not canon to the manga: "The Woman Who Loved Sesshoumaru" and Swords of an Honorable Ruler). However, he's an enormously proud and stubborn bastard and by that point in the plot he's long since decided he doesn't want Tessaiga. Which means he simply won't lower himself to try to use it, even if that means having to fight possessed!Inuyasha with his bare hands.
And of course, the ending, where Inu Yasha and Kagome were separated for three years because she subconsciously was afraid to go to the past and somehow canceled the time-powers of the Bone Eater's well, and apparently was only able to use it one last time to stay with Inu Yasha in the past. The same Inu Yasha who had gained the power to cut holes all the way into her time period at will during the final battle.
No, Inuyasha inexplicably gained the power to cut holes into the Shikon Jewel not through time. Once the Jewel was destroyed the Well was restored and they both were immediately returned to their respective time periods.
During the third movie, Sesshomaru and a Sou'unga-possessed Takemaru are in very close quarters. Sou'unga knows that Sesshomaru wanted to wield Sou'unga at one point, but also knows that the sword he wields is half of what's needed to stop him. Why, during that battle in enclosed quarters (and before Inuyasha showed up), didn't Sou'unga use the Dragon Twister to take Sesshomaru out? Granted, Sesshomaru's Tenseiga would have protected him just like when Inuyasha gained the Wind Scar, but it would have removed him from the match entirely and allowed Sou'unga to defeat Inuyasha without worry. Then, when Sesshomaru had recovered, Sou'unga could have presented Tessaiga to Sesshomaru to win him over. Granted, the villain was supposed to lose, but that's one major Idiot Ball.
It may simply have been that there wasn't room. It was still Takemaru and Sou'unga rather than Sou'unga acting on its own, and something as massively destructive as the Gokuryuuha would have engulfed everything and brought the castle right down on their heads, seriously damaging Takemaru and potentially burying Sou'unga. Even if Sou'unga was willing to take the chance, Takemaru is at least marginally a better strategist than to do that to himself.
When Kikyou first appeared, she wanted to drag InuYasha's soul into hell with hers, so they they could be together forever. Considering Kikyou's soul is reincarnated in Kagome then if she dies her soul should go back into Kagome. That would mean InuYasha would basically be giving up his life to be alone in hell. What a brilliant idea.
Well, that Kikyo didn't really have a soul. She was a reanimated corpse. And it didn't really seem like she was dragging InuYasha's soul to hell, just him entirely. Did she even like InuYasha at that point in time, though? I thought she was dragging him to hell to leave him there to get her revenge and only said that they were going to be together forever in order to convince him.
Actually even the reanimated kikyo DID have a partial soul, it's just that the soul transfer was interrupted before enough of kagome's soul (kikyo's soul reincarnated in kagome) was taken out to kill her.
It really looked as though she was in full out Yandere mode at that point, especially considering the conversation she had with Kagome prior to it, the kiss she gave Inu Yasha, and sad look she gave him when he went to save Kagome. Still, there's really no indication that Kagome would have gotten her soul fragment (she did manage to keep Kagome from pulling all her soul back into her during their first encounter) back unless Kikyou wanted her to, especially considering how ridiculously skilled Kikyou was at spiritual magics; Even after she did die for good, her soul wasn't shown to go back to Kagome, and at least some portion of her will and power was residing in Kohaku's shard to act as an anti-Naraku booby trap until it sacrificed itself to save him instead.
When it first comes to the attention of the entire cast and Kikyo as well that Naraku was behind Kikyo's assassination, nobody seems to try to argue this properly to the dead priestess, nor does Kikyo seem to remotely care, she still fixes her sight on the falsely accused man of hers. Nobody seems to address this with any more than a brief moment of thought either, simply dismissing that Inuyasha is being tracked by a killer dead girlfriend regardless if he's innocent or not, and it only becomes obvious that nobody seems to pay attention to this fact when they are visited by Kikyo several times throughout the series and care is still not placed. Considering everyone seems to have a consensus that Inuyasha is vital to their quest due to his raw power, you'd think his friends would do something about it.
At the time, Kikyou wasn't willing to listen even when Miroku flat out told her what had happened and they think that she's dead at the end of that. After that point, Kikyou gets the full story from Kaede and starts her various machinations, at which point no one knows where she is. As for not doing anything about her Yandere actions, the problem is that Inu Yasha won't think of acting against her after their history together, and none of them are even remotely capable of finding her unless she wants to be found. Especially when considering that she can casually generate a barrier that none of them can notice and only Kagome can bypass, and Kikyou can generally shut her down at will unless Kagome gets really pissed off.
It’s a little more complicated than that. Once Kikyo finds out about Naraku she understands that Inuyasha didn’t betrayed her and she’s no longer angry with him. The thing is, she repeatedly states that his life belongs to her, implying that she still wants him to die with her, but not because she feels bretayed by him but because she loves him and wants to be with him even in death.
Naraku takes the blame for turning Inuyasha and Kikyo against each other, but no one ever notices or points out that the two were doomed anyway. By the end of the series it's made clear that the Shikon no Tama twists any wish other than "disappear" to its own end. Wishing to be human wouldn't purify the jewel. Kikyo and Inuyasha would only be trapped in a different terrible fate.
Kagome does make an attempt to justify why she wears her outfit, however it goes against typical logical sense. Kagome states that it is easier to clean blood out of her clothes. Blood is red, Kagome's outfit is mostly white. Not only that, practicality wise when someone stops to think about it, the entire rest of the cast wears full clothing down to their legs, however Kagome's legs are fully exposed to the elements at all times. It isn't that she doesn't own pants either, she's clearly wearing some in the first episode.
Well, as for the first part, school uniforms are probably made of more laundry friendly materials than most normal clothes. But mostly, its because IY is the only Takahashi series where she doesn't give the cast much in the way of a variable wardrobe, even though it'd probably be sensible. Maybe she was trying to give Kagome a more unique image, rather than have her be dressed like Sango.
An another note, which could be Fridge Brilliance, kagome looks so much like kikyo that even Inuyasha at first had a hard time telling she wasn't Kikyo, so putting her in a standard miko outfit of the time, which is certainly what Kagome would have been wearing, it would be difficult to tell her from Kikyo. Not to mention Kagome was probably trying to hang onto whatever shred of her identity as a normal junior high student she had left.
Given that they weren't invented in the Feudal Era, how is it that Miroku instantly knew how to ride Kagome's bike when he was saving/kidnapping her back when they first met?
iirc Miroku has been shown to be one of the more clever characters, and is the one who shows the most interest in Kagome's world. It may just be implied he's clever enough to figure it out on his own, plus he saw Kagome riding it.
Won't Inuyasha as a hanyou live much longer than Kagome? Apparently he'll still look the same in 50 years and more, while she will age as a regular human. This certainly gives the ending a more bittersweet touch than the fairly happy one it appears as at first.
Why dosen't Naraku use the Wind Tunnel himself!?! He created it!
Because it is a curse that would eventually kill him. I am guessing even he would have problem removing his own curse.
Is it just me, or does the Sacred Tree look a lot younger in modern day (smaller, neater root system) then it does in feudal Japan (much larger, upturned roots)? Is it like Merlin? Does it age backwards?
For a long while, I was trying to figure out why Namie Amuro's "Four Seasons" was played at the ending of Inuyasha's third movie. It was a sweet song and all, but it didn't seem like it fit with the movie. The song, if anything, was like a love song ... And maybe it was suppose to be. The main villain Takemaru was in love with Inuyasha's mother Izayoi, but she had chosen Inuyasha's father instead. There was first part of the song translated that said "The sweet darkness I find/fumbling around deep in my memories/I can taste the sweetness of the past/Although you're not anywhere/I'll be all right." This could be talking about the love he had for her and the love he continued to have, even up until his death. Another way to look at it is the love between Inuyasha's mother and father. The second part of the song seemed to be more dedicated towards them. "If feelings again happened that way/We'll be all right/If I just believe/No matter how far away you are/Stay with me." Note at how the first part had "I'll be all right" compared to "We'll be all right" in the second one.
I always interpreted the song as Izayoi singing to Inu-Yasha's dead father. That way, it seems as if she's reminiscing on the time they had together and assuring herself that they'll be together again someday. Thus, I heard "I'll be alright" as referring to herself alone, and "We'll be alright" as referring to her and Inu-Yasha.
Agreed. The song really touches on one of the main underlying themes of the movie, which is the love between Inuyasha's father and mother. But it's really open to interpretation, depending on what pair you're applying it to. To a lesser extent, this can be an interpretation of Inuyasha and Kikyo's relationship, both literally and figuratively. In the anime, it's implied that they met in the summer. Inuyasha travels with Kikyo to another village to slay a demon during a snow storm in what was probably winter, and Tsubaki confronts Kikyo about her weakening powers under sakura blossoms in the spring. So it seems they knew each other for about a year before things went south. Also, the boat scene is reminiscent of the one in the official "Four Seasons" music video, sans the kiss between Inuyasha and Kikyo. From a more abstract perspective, this song can be seen as a reflection of each person's desire to see the other. Even though Kikyo has been resurrected, she doesn't travel with Inuyasha (and for good measure at the beginning). Once her Unstoppable Rage towards him cools, it becomes obvious that they do enjoy being in each other's company.
In the movie, Kagome wonders if she and Inuyasha are connected anymore with the beads of subjugation broken. They are, but she puts them back on him at the end anyway.The song can be a metaphor for their temporary separation in the film. More recently,"Four Seasons" can even represent the three-year-hiatus Kagome and Inuyasha have from each other when the well stops working after the Final Battle. It's a hell of a relevant song for the series.
For a while I was confused as to how Jakotsu got away with killing Suikotsu and Bankotsu didn't say anything, but later Bankotsu flipped the FUCK out when Renkotsu killed Jakotsu — enough to kill him. Then a detail hit me like a sack of bricks: the motivations and reasons behind said kills. Not only Suikotsu actively wanted to die (he had asked Kikyou for a Mercy Kill but she couldn't do it), whereas Jakotsu could have possibly been saved if not for the shard removal, but after Jakotsu took Suikotsu's shard, he gave it to Bankotsu without regrets, whereas Renkotsu kept Jakotsu's shard for himself. Jakotsu, for all of his huge flaws, did care for his leader (and might have loved himaccording to some) and put Bankotsu's well-being over his own; Renkotsu, otoh, was totally power-hungry and wanted to be the leader, something that Bankotsu already suspected... and that never ever crossed Jakotsu's mind. And if there's something that Bankotsu valued, it was Undying Loyalty to his companions and himself — Jakotsuwas his friend through thick and thin, and it made Bankotsu happy to the point of Manly Tears; Renkotsu killed a friend for his own benefit, so Bankotsu was pissed.
Keep in mind also that Suikotsu basically betrayed the band by surrendering, and the doctor was never really a member. So technically talking, Jakotsu would be justified in killing him.
Inuyasha and Kagome's attraction at first seems rather arbitrary (ignoring her supposed resemblance to Kikyo) and for the sake of the plot. However, it becomes a little more plausible when one considers that they are both misfits to the show's world, at least the Feudal Era. Inuyasha is a half-demon, a perpetual outcast, a mistake of nature, what have you. Kagome comes from an entirely different time-period and buy all accounts should not be there even by the in-universe rules. Going further on her end, the time-travel and unique experiences brought on by her adventures also singles her out in her own world. Like Inuyasha, she has no place to truly belong anymore. Taking into consideration that they both are inferred to feel this unspoken isolation from everyone around them, it seems quite natural that they should seek some sort of comfort in each other and be drawn to one another.
What does Sesshoumaru eat? When he met Rin, Sesshoumaru said he doesn't eat human food. We never see him eat in-series and his mother even wonders about it.
Specifically, what his mother wonders is not what he eats but whether or not he's keeping Rin and Kohaku around as snacks. However, judging by the painting of Inu no Taisho that's shown the first few times he's mentioned in the series, it's more likely that Sesshoumaru eats large animals such as cattle. Whole.
Miroku presumably has at least a few illegitimate children. Will all the males develop the wind tunnel? Does he warn them?
For all Miroku's big talk, we never, ever see him follow through until Sango, who he scrupulously refrains from consummating with until after Naraku and the wind tunnel are a non-issue. The series is vague on exactly how the curse is passed down, but given that at the very least his firstborn would inherit it upon his death and Miroku is, faults aside, a decent person well aware of how dangerous his curse is, it's hard to believe that he wouldn't keep track of any child he'd sired and ensure that they were properly prepared for that eventuality. Odds are good that his flirty talk is in fact all just talk.
Well the series, while very subtlety, does imply that he’s not just talk, and then Takahashi confirmed it saying he used to have a 90% success rate. Since having a child is a very real concern for him and not just an excuse to be a pervert he wouldn’t shy away from trying to have one (unless the mother is Sango apparently), but also for that same reason he probably wouldn’t just ignore if a child was actually conceived. And about the Wind Tunnel, unless translations got it wrong, it’s never said that only males can get it, and Miroku didn’t have the curse when his father died implying that only one person can have it at a time.
In one episode there's a being known as the Soul Piper which takes angry ghost children to Hell... Considering how it did this during Myoga's time and how it's doing this during Kagome's time period one can immagine how many Ghost Kids got sent to hell...
That's not the worst part... The Soul Piper is stated to be made from the souls of ghost children itself so likelyhood that majority of the Ghost Children sent to Hell have become apart of it is exceedingly high!
Viewing the show as a teenager, Koga wasn't too bad. Viewing the show years later as an adult, the guy's actually pretty scary. Here's a guy that's in love with a girl (who, to his knowledge, already has a boyfriend), or at least says he is as there doesn’t appear to be much of a bond. The girl has told him over and over “I don't like you that way, I like this other guy, you and me are just friends”, which he then proceeds to flat-out ignore. Koga is ether unaware or unwilling to admit that Kagome is just not interested in him that way, completely disregards her lack of consent, still hits on her and pretty much stalks her and he's said a handful of times that he'll murder Inuyasha after which he expects her consent? If this took place in modern times, the man would be slammed with criminal charges at the very least!