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PostSubject: ----Inuyasha   Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:05 pm

Age Appears 15
Species Inugami Hanyō
Known relatives Inu no Taishou (father, deceased)
Izayoi (mother, deceased)
Sesshomaru (half brother)
Weapon Tessaiga, claws

InuYasha is a brave but naive Hanyō (half demon), the result of a relationship between a powerful inu yōkai (dog demon) general and a beautiful human woman. Orphaned at a young age, InuYasha is rejected by humans because of his yōkai side and looked down upon by yōkai because his human blood supposedly taints his superior yōkai blood. Thus, before InuYasha met, and consequently fell in love with, the powerful miko, Kikyo, he found it very difficult to trust anyone else, and even more to find anyone who accepted him as a hanyō.

Since the Jewel of Four Souls (Shikon No Tama or Sacred Jewel) was powerful enough for InuYasha to become a full yōkai and Kikyo was the protector of the jewel, InuYasha was motivated to follow Kikyo. However, the two fell in love, and eventually, Kikyo talked InuYasha into becoming human, instead. A human, named Onigumo, plotted to take the jewel for himself. He was once a bandit who was obsessed with Kikyo and became jealous that she had fallen in love with InuYasha. Unable to take any other action, Onigumo gave his body to a horde of demons for power. Their union is Naraku. Naraku disguised himself first as InuYasha and then as Kikyo to deceive them into betraying each other. InuYasha broke into Kikyo's village and stole the sacred jewel. To defend the village and to keep him from escaping with the jewel, Kikyo shot InuYasha with a sacred arrow pinning him to Goshinboku. Moments later, Kikyo collapses from a wound she received from Naraku and gives final instructions to Kaede, her sister, to burn the jewel with her body so it would travel to the afterworld with her.

Fifty years later, InuYasha was released from the Goshinboku by Kagome Higurashi. Kagome is Kikyo reincarnated in modern Tokyo, 500 years after the time of the story. She unknowingly carried the Jewel of the Four Souls within the left side of her torso. A centipede called Mistress Centipede from the Bone Eater's Well attacked Kagome for the jewel so she could obtain more power, dragging her into the well which transported her back to the time of the story. After InuYasha kills Mistress Centipede, he tries to steal the Jewel but ends up with the Beads of Subjugation around his neck. When Kagome says "sit" (お座り, "sit"?) the necklace plunges to the ground taking InuYasha with it.

InuYasha becomes more civil as time progresses, losing some of his more childish qualities and becoming much more mature. He always tries to take the most direct route possible in solving any problem, which usually involves violence. He maintains a crass, rude attitude towards everyone except Kagome and Kikyo, and to a lesser degree the rest of his companions except Shippo.

InuYasha speaks with pretty harsh Japanese. He never uses honorifics and when talking to people he does not like, he uses "temee" and "kisama", both of which are often translated as "you bastard". He does, however, stick with the standard "omae". He uses the tough masculine pronoun "ore", which suits his personality and strength.[3] He also does not show respect to his elders, often calling them "-baba" or "-jiji", which translates as "old hag" or "old geezer", respectively.

InuYasha is offended when someone calls him a mangy mutt, puppy, half breed, or otherwise suggests that he is inferior to yōkai, due to his human parentage. Although InuYasha should be weaker than full demons since he is a hanyō, he tends to remain the victor in fights largely due to the fact he wields Tessaiga, [4] and his heritage being from that of a dai-yokai (grand demon) thus allowing him to take a humanoid form like Sesshomaru, Naraku and Koga giving him a great deal of power.

Being a hanyō, InuYasha loses his demonic powers periodically and is turned into a normal human boy with black hair. For him, this "time of weakness" occurs during the first night of a new moon. His team members try their best to protect him at that time, and keep this vulnerability secret from others. Despite their efforts, however, some of InuYasha's adversaries, including Kagura, learn of this weakness. However, Kagura does not use it against him.

According to interviews with the author, the style for InuYasha's clothing was based on "priest's garb" of Japan's "Warring States" period. It is roughly similar in general appearance to the clothing worn by Kagome's grandfather, Kikyo, and Kaede; all Shinto clerics. The red garments are made of the legendary "Fire Rat (Hinezumi) hair" which is said to be fireproof and "stronger than poor armor". From canon, we read 「火鼠の毛で織った衣だ、下手な鎧より強いぜ」 "Hinezumi no ke de otta koromo da, heta na yoroi yori tsuyoi ze"; the literal translation is: "It is clothing woven from the fire rat's hair, stronger than poor armor." These claims are substantiated in numerous incidents throughout canon. The historical reference can be found in the ancient Japanese folk tale "Taketori Monogatari", or "The Bamboo Cutter's Tale." The "Robe of the Fire Rat" allows InuYasha to resist fire and to some extent, blades. It also works on others to whom he lends it if they need it more than he does. The robe loses its armor-like qualities during the new moon, just as InuYasha loses his yōkai powers.

Originally, InuYasha's fire-rat kimono was not red; in the first color picture of him drawn by Rumiko Takahashi, it was pink. The bright red color is now the accepted standard. InuYasha's garments are a hakama (pants) bloused at the ankles, a jacket with "separated" sleeves, kosode (shirt), and obi (belt).

Pants: clearly Hakama, quite likely the Sashinuki style.
This is a style of the Heian Period (795-1192 CE). The show and manga take place in the Sengoku Period (1467-1615 CE). Of course, InuYasha does not span the entirety of the Sengoku Period, however, since InuYasha's outfit comes from his father, who was an ancient demon, it makes sense that it has been matched up with the "Hitoe" (below). His Hakama and Hitoe are both made of the Cloth of the Fire Rat.

Jacket: Hitoe
Often mistaken for a common Kimono it is clearly not long enough. Some believe that InuYasha's jacket is Hitatare but since the jacket is shorter than this, and his jacket is tucked into the pants, it appears to be a Hitoe with the sleeves modified to the kariginu style, commonly called "bell sleeves". The Hitoe is an unlined robe, traditionally it is either a kurenai (orange-red) or rarely a pale green color. The sides are not sewn shut, and the sleeves are only partially sewn to the body. The collar is long and open. It is two panels wide, and so is very large; a double fold, like darts, made in the back at the time of donning, enable one to wear the garment. It is worn tucked into the pants (whether ōguchi or sashinuki). The red-orange color and the mention of the partially attached sleeves reinforce this theory. The partially attached sleeves allows the white shirt (Kosode) worn underneath to be seen clearly. (Jackets worn by the characters Jaken, Kikyō, Kaede, and "Grandpa" all have the same feature.) The sleeves are extremely full at the wrist, as wide as the shoulders of the garment, and have a ribbon or cord sewn through the hem of the wrist. This can serve at least two purposes: it allows the sleeve to be gathered at the wrist (like the Hakama at the ankle) and it is often used to gather the material for easy folding for storage. Neither of these features is seen in canon. The jacket falls to at least InuYasha's shins (as apparent when he uses it as a blanket in the episode "The Wild Thief:Onigumo's Secret"), however his undershirt(Kosode) shows through the side Hakama slits instead of the jacket. It is likely that, when on the body, the front of the jacket is tucked back to allow more freedom of movement. Interestingly, InuYasha wears a black cord across the chest from the right shoulder to the left hip, tied in a simple bow. It is not a sword cord, but appears to be holding the excess fold of the jacket in place. In the Anime/Manga, this particular Jacket is also known as 'The Robe of the Fire Rat' also known as a type of cloth stronger than any armor. InuYasha mainly uses this to either protect himself from hot surfaces, or to protect his traveling partner and love interest Kagome from any danger.

Shirt: Kosode
Kosode were commonly worn as underwear during the Kamakura era, at which time they became legitimate garments in their own right and became more dressy and full, with less sculpted sleeves. The undergarment kosode of Heian and Kamakura Periods was invariably white. An important point that must be made is that kosode (lit: “little sleeve”) weren’t just so called because the sleeve was small; they were given the name because the sleeve opening was small (especially when compared to other garments of the period, which were often termed ōsode, or “large sleeves”). The slits in the side of the Hakama show the white Kosode (shirt), and the openings at the sleeves and shoulders of the jacket show it as well. This is a deliberate fashion effect.

The Beads of Subjugation (言霊の念誦, Kotodama no Nenju?) are the beads around InuYasha's neck. They are activated when Kagome says "Sit!" (おすわり, Osuwari?).[5] Kagome is the only person who can activate the Beads of Subjugation,[6] as Kaede intended them for Kagome's use when she first put them around InuYasha's neck. The force of the spell is so great that upon activation InuYasha plunges face first into the ground. Although originally made by Kikyo for this purpose (with the phrase "beloved" instead of "sit"), she decided against giving it to InuYasha and never used it.

Strength
InuYasha's yōkai blood gives him superhuman strength. No upper limit has yet been shown in the canon, but he is at least strong enough to easily lift a boulder with a diameter greater than the height of his body over his head with one hand, and then run vast lengths with it. Such a boulder would weigh perhaps eleven tonnes. He is strong enough to punch through solid steel with his bare hands, as seen in the manga version of the battle with the Noh Mask.[10]

Speed
InuYasha's speed has been shown to easily exceed that of a normal horse; Faster than any normal land or water animal. Due to the speed he can accumulate in his runs, added with his incredible strength, he is able to cross great distances with a single jump. Altogether, this creates the illusion that he is flying every time he leaps. The Ōgikaiden says he can reach the top of tall cliffs with a single leap as well. He is frequently seen carrying Kagome on his back as a means of transportation around the Sengoku Jidai.

Stamina
InuYasha's stamina likewise far exceeds human standards, possibly derived from the fact that his yokai blood is that of a dog, dogs naturally having great stamina. He is shown to be able to run vast distances at extreme speeds with minimal effort, and is often seen complaining about how his comparatively weaker human companions always slow him down by needing to rest so much every day. He is also able to endure a great deal of physical pain, as was once demonstrated in an early battle with his brother Sesshomaru, when he continued to fight even after being impaled in the stomach.

Senses
InuYasha's senses are highly developed, and in some ways, appear to be super-canine rather than superhuman. His senses of hearing and smell are quite likely his most powerful — he is shown to be able to hear what people are whispering from great distances, as was the case when, while perched on a tree, he overheard Akitoki Hojo hiding in a bush and quietly praising Kagome under his breath. His ability to hear is sometimes used for comic relief, as when he overhears Shippo whispering insults about him to Kagome. Likewise, his sense of smell is shown to be extremely sensitive - he can smell hints of blood from Kilometres away and can detect the presence of people by smell long before they can be seen. This is also sometimes used for comical purposes, such as in the episode "The Cursed Ink of the Hell-Painter" where he could be temporarily knocked out by the strong smell of the black ink. His nose is also his method of detecting yoki, and thus he uses it in several of his techniques, such as locating the Kaze no Kizu (before he was able to throw it at will, of course), finding youketsu to slash and, recently, using the scent of the outside world to pierce Sesshomaru's final Meido. He has been also able to catch a whiff of Naraku's power from many miles away as soon as he lets down his barrier, with at least as much accuracy as Koga, despite the latter being a full yokai. On the other hand, his sense of smell seems to be notably inferior to Sesshomaru who, as a full-blooded daiyokai, had much greater ease detecting the Kaze no Kizu and was even able to tell the events of InuYasha's entire battle with Goshinki just by sniffing the battle field at least several hours, if not days, after the fact.
Not much is explicitly said about his other senses. One can however speculate that his eyesight is somewhat enhanced at night, due to the fact that his eyes sometimes are shown to glow, and appear to share some characteristics with cat eyes. The fact that his robes are bright red (one of the colors dogs cannot see) suggest that InuYasha's visual spectrum is at least similar to that of humans. His sense of taste may also be heightened, considering how affected he is by curry.

Besides wielding Tessaiga, which neither Sesshomaru nor most other full-demons can do, InuYasha can perform the following techniques:

Iron Reaver Soul Stealer (散魂鉄爪, Sankon Tessō?, Soul-Scattering Iron Claws)
InuYasha's basic attack, which channels his yokai powers through his claws, and is powerful enough to tear apart iron, making it easy for him to rip his enemies in half. Interestingly, despite being InuYasha's most rudimentary yokai-powered attack, it is particularly powerful against demonic entities whose powers have been boosted by the Sacred Jewel, as demonstrated when he quickly disposed of the Mistress Centipede, who just attained possession of the Jewel from Kagome.

Blades of Blood (飛刃血爪, Hijin Kessō?)
InuYasha's blood, when combined with the "Soul-Scattering Iron Claws", does damage when thrown. With this attack, he is able to attack his enemies from afar instead of in close combat. InuYasha splashes his own or other's blood on the end of his claws and flings them like multiple shuriken comprising of red-colored yokai energy to cleave his foes in two.
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