5 Reasons to Like and to Dislike Kikyo


Heyyo. :)

Earlier today I posted a story in fanfiction.net about Inuyasha and Kagome. I've always loved that pair since I was a pre-schooler. :D  So I made a short fluff about 'em entitled Je t'aime, Inuyasha. It's really fun. Yesterday I also posted a story called Never Alone. And well, with all this Inuyasha writing I've been doing, I suddenly wondered why I didn't like Kikyo for Inuyasha.

(image from inuyasha.wikia.com)

For most Inuyasha fans, Kikyo is the undead priestess who had a really tragic life. At least, that's what I believe. And truthfully, I don't dislike Kikyo. I didn't appreciate her appearances much, but I didn't mind them either.

And there are so many reasons why I like Kikyo! But there are also many reasons why I didn't like it when she showed up too much.

What I like about Kikyo:

I honestly believe that there is much about Kikyo to be liked. I can see why Inuyasha, a half-demon, liked her in the first place.

1. Kikyo was a fighter.

Kikyo was one hell of a fighter. She never hesitated to shoot the monsters they encounter, unlike a certain sailor fuku-wearing girl we all know. Kikyo also didn't just sit and wait for Inuyasha to come save her. She never acted like a damsel in distress, and she handled herself well even in difficult situations. 

2. Kikyo was a very good citizen.

As seen in some flashbacks, Kikyo was extremely kind-hearted and caring especially to the villagers. She extended her help as much as she could to the other people. ^_^ She also seems to have liked children very much.

3. Kikyo was an ideal lady.

Kikyo was gentle and soft-spoken, and during the time she and Inuyasha were still together it was obvious that she cared about him a lot. I kinda like her better than Kagome in that aspect, because Kagome always yells and 'sits' Inuyasha even though the reasons aren't really worth it. Kikyo is a lot better than that and seriously and traditionally speaking, a better girlfriend for him that Kagome. Kikyo is a lot more gentle than her. Kikyo was very well-mannered and lady-like, unlike Kagome. She was also a very good sister to Kaede, again, unlike Kagome who is sometimes unreasonably cross to Souta. ^_^

4. Kikyo was naturally helpful.

Even when she was already a living dead, she still tried to help out Kagome a few times. The two actually got along pretty well after a while. Except in the beginning of course, where she acted like Regina George.

5. Kikyo uses her mind, not just her heart.

I don't know why exactly I like this about her, but when she thought Inuyasha had betrayed her, she still thought about the welfare of the other people instead of "blindly" loving Inuyasha. That was why she shot him with an arrow. That was why she chose to forget about her own feelings and follow what she thought was right, even though it hurt her feelings. She didn't want to hurt Inuyasha, right? She loved him. She loved him too much. But she still did. She thought he was already a threat to her people. 

Yeah yeah, I know, it may not sound good for most people, but I think that's still a good thing. Mind over heart, that's what she probably believed in, unlike most teens (like me!) these days who just follow what our hearts say without thinking of the consequences first. Although, as we all now, all of it was a lie because everything was just Naraku's doing. :(

What I don't like about Kikyo:

1. She was too set on revenge... and on getting Inuyasha back.

She's dead. Well... she's dead, and yet, she won't die. I think, maybe she could've killed herself again if she wanted to rest in peace, hahaha, but noooo, she chose to live on dead women's souls to sustain her clay body. Not only that, she's dead but she still wants Inuyasha for herself. She does, doesn't she? At least, I think she does. Kikyo-lovers, don't be mad at me, but honestly, she knew how much he loved her, yet she always appeared to him, hurting him. 

I'm already disregarding Kagome's feelings here, yet what's she's doing is still so wrong. If she really loved Inuyasha, she wouldn't have done that. He obviously hadn't moved on yet, and yet she was torturing him with those appearances. She should have known that she was already dead and nothing could... really change that. She was just hurting Inuyasha because he loved her so much. Besides, had she not tried to drag him to inferno with her a couple of times already? Apparently that was all because of love. I think not.

2. She was being way too possessive.

Look, you may all say that she was Inuyasha's ex, and that it was reasonable for her to act the way she did. Nope. No way. Not for me. The logic of most people is like this:

"Imagine that you had just broken up with your boyfriend. Then you went to college. A few years later when you went back, you saw that he now has a new girlfriend and that she looks a lot like you! Of course, you will try to win him back because you still like him and it's so obvious he still likes you too. Besides, the only reason he's dating that girl anyway is because she looks like you, right?"

No freaking way.

3. She acted way too rashly.

Sure, she was first, but have you all forgotten why they broke up? Because she shot him with an arrow! They're both victims alright, but Inuyasha suffered a bit more. ^_^ Why? Because he was completely unaware of what had happened. Well, both of them were, but still, Kikyo never explained it to him. One moment he was happily waiting for his date to arrive, the next she was already spewing insults at him without even knowing his motives for what he did. Which he didn't even do. If they had talked before Kikyo had gotten all mad at him, their problem could have been resolved.

Take a look at this:
K "Inuyasha! How dare you fool me?!"
I "Hey... calm down lady! What are you talking about?"
K "Filthy half-demon. I should never have trusted you!"
I "What did you call me? T____T"
K "I should have never believed your tricks! Prepare to die!"
I "*flees* I can't believe Kikyo is like that... I thought she loved me... Hn... I should have never wished to become human for her... *takes Shikon jewel* Now I will use this to become a powerful demon!"

What if it went like this?
K "Inuyasha! How dare you fool me?!"
I "Hey.... calm down lady! What are you talking about?!"
K "Don't you dare act like you're innocent! You know what you did!"
I "What did I do?!"
K "What?! You freakin' slashed my back!"
I "I did that?! I could never do that to you!"
K "Stop lying to me!"
I "I'm not lying to you! I woke up late today, honest!"
K "Seriously?"
I "Yes! *Kikyo falls to the ground* Kikyo! Who did that to you?"
K "*pants* It... must... have... been... Naraku...!"

See? It's their fault, both of them! Hahaha. Kikyo made a mistake, Inuyasha made a mistake. But thank goodness they were both hot-headed, otherwise there would be no Inuyasha series. XD

4. She was selfish.

Kikyo didn't just want Inuyasha to turn human for her, she also wanted to be relieved of her hardships as the jewel's guardian. She kinda believed that making him wish to become human for her is the best way to purify the jewel. Sure, she was nice and kind to everybody, and I understand how tragic her life is. She really is a good person you know. But since I am trying to defend Kagome here, well... let's just say that Kikyo wanted more for herself when she asked Inuyasha to turn human. So in a way, she was just thinking of herself.

5. She just won't die.

Like I said in Reason #1, I also don't like the fact that she just won't die. I read somewhere that it wasn't Kikyo's fault that she was resurrected, and I believe that, but seriously, that holds no water if you consider the fact that there have been numerous murder attempts on her clay body but she keeps defending herself. If she really didn't want her new life, she wouldn't have done anything to sustain it, right? 

And she was basically Inuyasha's ex. What kind of ex hugs a guy behind his new girlfriend's back? (Okay, so, not officially his girlfriend... but whatever. Hahaha.)

Well, those are just my thoughts. I wonder what the other Inuyasha fans think?

Anyway, I've also compared Kikyo and Kagome. (Although this is more a "Why Kagome is better" topic) :D But that's in another post. Besides, I know talking about this is useless. The series is already done and Kagome and Inuyasha already have cute little pups! Hahahaha. I mean, in the manga they already have children, but stiiiill.

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