I know, I know. It sounds like the weirdest statement ever, but consider this: psychology courses. Like most forms of television and media, Inuyasha is practically dripping with examples of psychological issues; but is also a story about overcoming them and not letting themdefine you for the rest of your life. Because you are more than just your disorder. Let me say it again.
You are so much more than your disorder.
And so are all of these characters in Inuyasha.
The most glaringly obvious character to me is Inuyasha.
Inuyasha himself suffers from an inferiority complex. Granted, it is developed in him through years of emotional and probably physical abuse by his peers. By his peers. Are you guys catching that? Peers. Because abuse doesn’t just come from your family; your friends, your classmates…they are all capable of it and no matter what you tell yourself they still hurt. Inuyasha is an example of that; he shows how long those vicious statements that probably mean nothing to them stick with the one they are hurled at.
Think about how much it must have taken him to simply sit next to Kikyou: a being that was raised from birth to kill his kind. Inuyasha had probably encountered mikos before. He knew the danger they posed, but he decided to trust her. After all of the things he had suffered in his life, he decided to half-way open himself up to her. I say half-way because, well, from what little we saw, they didn’t seem to have the same understanding of one another that we see Kagome and Inuyasha have. At that point in his life, I don’t think Inuyasha was ready to talk about the things that had happened to him…and he likely was afraid that Kikyou would agree with the people who had hurt him.
Then Naraku’s scheme happens. Can you imagine the pain Inuyasha must have felt? Here was this woman that he had opened himself up to–for the first time since a child–looking at him with such hatred, such anger, and attempting to kill him. It was the ultimate betrayal. When she pinned him to the tree, instead of killing him, his last thoughts aside from why were probably ‘they were right.’
And then, and then, fifty years later: Kagome happens and he’s free. But all he sees at first is the woman who hurt him and the woman he longs to hurt in return. This changes fairly quickly. He stops seeing Kikyou and starts seeing Ka-go-me, but he still unwilling to open himself up to her. But gradually, he does because Kagome is warm; she proves that she is a safe place for him.
This was monumental for Inuyasha. He’s vulnerable again and it likely feels all the more frightening because of his past experience. But–here is the important part–he trust her. Over time, he has come to trust her. He likely wouldn’t have opened himself up again around another person if he didn’t trust that person. Kagome has his trust; and he has hers.
Kagome’s and Inuyasha’s relationship isn’t just a story of love; it’s a story of trust, respect, and healing. Kagome slowly but surely healed a lot of Inuyasha’s hurt simply by staying by his side and being Ka-go-me. Of course, she likely couldn’t heal all of it because that is something he has to do on his own. No one else can fix you. You have to willing to take some steps yourself. And I think, with encouragement from his friends, Inuyasha would be able to do that. It wouldn’t be immediate. It wouldn’t be easy. He would probably fall back into old habits a lot, but I fully believe there would someone there to pull him out and help him along. Because that is important. He isn’t alone anymore. He has people that care, that love him just as he is; and–in those years Kagome is gone–I fully believe Miroku and Sango were there to remind him.
Now for the lesser talked about charater here: Kagura.
Kagura is honestly one of the most hopeful characters I have ever seen.
Kagura is fighting to get away from her abuser. In every way, she is trying to get away but he is holding something over her. He has her heart–in the most literal sense of the meaning. But despite that, she never stops trying.
Take away all of the demon aspects, Kagura is just a woman trying to escape a rather crafty and cunning abuser; but every time she tries, she is pulled kicking and screaming back into a situation she doesn’t want to be in. But no matter how badly she is punished, she still tries again because maybe, just maybe this time will be it. She will finally get away.
I fully believe she would have–if not for that really annoying plot point of Naraku literally holding her heart. But Kagura teaches to never give up. Just because it didn’t work out for her, doesn’t mean it won’t work out for you if you just try.
She reached out; surprisingly enough, Kagura reached out for help. First, she sought out Sesshomaru. He was the strongest; one of the only beings that she knew could actually free her. Then, when that failed, she indirectly reached out to Inuyasha (because Naraku kept such a close eye on her and the group, she couldn’t tell him directly). Point is: she reached out to people…and no one helped her.
Kagura didn’t really get away until she died. ((I am gonna make myself cry.)) But for her, as sad as it is, there was freedom in her death. It is tragic that, in the end, this was the only way she was finally free.
Now, let’s move on to Kikyou.
Kikyou’s story is one of forgiveness.
When she is brought back, she is angry and likely still hurting. Those last moments of her life are etched onto her soul. Naraku’s scheme hurt her as well as it hurt Inuyasha. It killed her. It doesn’t matter that it was Naraku that killed her; he wore Inuyasha’s face to do it. I think a lot of the fandom passes over what a mind fuck that would be.
Just because she knows that Naraku was the one who struck her down doesn’t immediately erase the things she feels. The news doesn’t immediately make her go ‘Oh! I forgive you then!’ Because it was still Inuyasha’s face; it was still his voice…and she can’t forget that.
Her hatred and rage toward Kagome are simple yet incredibly complex. She knows that the girl holds her soul; this girl is her reincarnation, but she is also everything Kikyou is not. She is taking her place in Inuyasha’s life. It is further proof that Kikyou no longer fits in Inuyasha’s world. She is his past; Kagome is his future; and that hurts. It hurts a whole lot. And it probably hurts more because she is, in a way, seeing what her relationship with Inuyasha wasn’t. She says so herself. Kagome is doing something for him that she never could. That stings.
In her anger, she has left herself open. Her judgement is clouded. I fully believe the Kikyou Inuyasha had known fifty years ago wouldn’t have done half of the things the resurrected Kikyou had. ((Like attemping to murder Kagome and stealing her shards and allying herself with Naraku–albeit very grudgingly and at the threat of death.)) In trying to get back at Naraku, she is endangering herself. She is blinded by her need for revenge. So much so, she doesn’t see that her actions are hurting more than they are helping.
Kikyou’s journey was finding herself again, getting back to some semblance of the person she was. She likely realized that she wouldn’t ever truly be that person again because the tragedy she suffered had changed her.
Kikyou succeed. She found herself again; and, with that discovery, she begins to forgive. She realizes she can’t hold on to all of that anger because it isn’t helping her. And as she forgives, she comes closer to the person she was before she died.
She didn’t forgive Inuyasha for him; she did it for herself.
Now, I am going to move onto Miroku.
Miroku lives everyday knowing that he will die. That alone would be enough to depress someone. But he goes on. Instead of giving into the feelings of hopelessness he must have felt, he stood up and gave himself over to his mission wholeheartedly. He does not let it stop him from living his life; if anything, he strives to beat his sentence.
He holds onto his hope that he will overcome it while being a realist and accepting that he might not. Miroku doesn’t just have courage; he is courage. Everyday, he has physical proof of his sentence. There are moments where he gives in to depression, but then he finds the power to say: not today.
Defeating Naraku is the only way he will be free of his curse, but in all likely hood he was not prepared for what came after. He was not prepared for victory.
So when Naraku falls, he is likely shocked and awed. It takes time for him to grow accustomed to the thought that he will live. Maybe not a whole lot of time, but it still would be jarring to him.
I believe Miroku would never take anything for granted. The life he has after Naraku is one that he never thought he would ever obtain for himself. He likely adores his life with Sango and his family.
Sango has survivor’s guilt and grief. Her entire village is massacred; her father and her brother are gone…and everyday, she lives with the knowledge that it was her younger brother–under the control of another–did it. But still she goes on.
Her need to avenge her family and her village is so strong in the beginning that she doesn’t care for her own life. As long as she kills the one who took everything from her, she does not care. It is reckless, but Sango is hurting. She is letting her anger and her pain drive her. Her life no longer matters. She does not even give herself time to recover from her injuries. ((Not that Naraku would have given her that time, but still…))
Then, she is forced to realize that she has been misled. Naraku was responsible. Her enemy is more cunning and elusive…and then he played the most devastating trump card: Kohaku.
Kohaku still lives. This is brings on a mixture of emotions that are enough to cripple even the most well-adjusted being. She is happy he is alive but is forced to realize that he is still under the control of Naraku. He is on the side of their enemy though not willing. And despite her insistence in the beginning that she can kill him, he is still her little brother. She is being brave but false. When she is forced into the situation where she must back up her words, she can’t kill him; she would never bring herself to hurt him. So, she resigns herself to dying with him.
But solely, someone else moves into her heart too. Kohaku isn’t her sole reason for continuing on anymore. Miroku, Kagome, and inuyasha all join him in her heart.
Sango is strong. Despite losing everyone, she still finds the courage to continue on; and I think, part of that, had to do with the people she surrounded herself with. Kagome, Inuyasha, and Miroku all kept her going until she found a way to stand on her own.
There are days of course that she is set back, days when the pain rears its head, but she continues on. She moves past the pain.
I could keep going because all of the characters in Inuyasha have suffered, but I am afraid I don’t know how to put the rest into words. I will leave that up to someone else.
Know before you respond that I did not mean to come off as preachy or a know-it-all. These are just my observations. Feel free to add your own. Feel free to debate.
Indigo and Mauve + any character you feel like drawing!! ❤️❤️
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Thank you so much, anon! I’m really so lucky to have followers who’ve been with me for a long time. I’m so grateful you are one of them! I drew a Miroku, because I remember someone saying there isn’t enough art of him!