Does Kikyo Hate Kagome? Is She Stronger Than Her?

Inuyasha followed the adventures of high school student Kagome Higurashi and the half-demon Inuyasha as they searched for shards of the Shikon Jewel.

With the last installation, i.e., Inuyasha: The Final Act, the series secured its place as one of the most beloved cult classics in the Shonen genre.

While the series gained popularity because of its stunning battles, unique setting, and quirky characters, romance has always been one of its highlights.

Inuyasha, after all, is an epic love story with all the elements necessary to make it a success.

However, with a love triangle between Inuyasha, Kagome, and Kikyo, bitter emotions and feelings were bound to sprout.

Kikyo definitely hates Kagome since she things Kagome took Inuyasha from her. As for strength, Kagome’s spiritual power is far stronger than that of Kikyo’s as shown on numerous occasions.

1. Are Kagome and Kikyo related?

Kikyo is a powerful priestess who lived 50 years before the main events of Inuyasha.

Does Kikyo Hate Kagome? Is She Stronger Than Her?
Kikyo and Kagome | Source: Fandom

She was responsible for purifying the Shikon Jewel and later died in order it from returning to the realm of the living.

Years later, Kikyo’s soul reincarnated in the form of Kagome – the female protagonist. This means that they are not related but share the same soul.

Under normal circumstances, they can’t be alive at the same time; however, Kikyo was resurrected after one part of Kagome’s soul inhabited the clay body Urasue made for her.

2. Who is stronger between Kagome and Kikyo?

Kikyo is supposed to be exceptionally powerful, and one of the strongest priestess after Midoriko’s death.

She is one of the very few people that Naraku truly feared. On the other hand, Kagome is Kikyo’s reincarnation and has both her spiritual power and abilities.

The creator, Rumiko Takahashi, confirms that Kagome is stronger than Kikyo through a note on page 52 of the profile book. She says this,

“If you ask whose spiritual power is stronger, Kagome’s or Kikyo’s, I would have to say that in the end Kagome’s is stronger. However, at the moment most of power has not yet developed.”

Rumiko Takahashi

This means that Kikyo was stronger than Kagome only in battle and that too only because of the extensive training she endured growing up.

However, by the end of the series, Kagome officially became more powerful than Kikyo thanks to her awakening spiritual abilities.

3. How strong is Kikyo?

Does Kikyo Hate Kagome? Is She Stronger Than Her?
Kikyo | Source: Fandom

Kikyo was the most powerful high-ranking priestess of her generation and was feared by many.

Even after her death, and getting resurrected in a clay body, she was powerful enough to easily purify Naraku’s miasma, break his seals, pass through most of his barriers, and destroy hundreds of demons with just one sacred arrow.

She was also shown to neutralize Tessaiga, seal Inuyasha for 50 years, and destroy most of Naraku’s body.

Kikyo fought and nearly defeated the latter as simply an animated corpse that possessed only a fraction of her soul.

What made Kikyo so fearsome was the fact that Naraku desperately tried to kill her multiple times, even before he went after Kagome or Inuyasha.

4. How strong is Kagome?

As the modern-day reincarnation of Kikyo, Kagome has a tremendous amount of latent power.

She is the main female protagonist of the series, who was unknowingly born with the legendary Shikon no Tama inside her body.

Does Kikyo Hate Kagome? Is She Stronger Than Her?
Kagome | Source: Fandom

Kagome was strong in her own right and could frequently be seen in battles teaming up with Inuyasha.

In the beginning, she even almost wiped out Naraku with her arrow; however, that was mainly due to an element of surprise.

Towards the end of the series, it was revealed that Magatsuhi initially sealed her innate spiritual powers and abilities out of fear.

After Magatsuhi was destroyed, Kagome’s spiritual abilities were released to their maximum potential, enabling her to gain complete access to much stronger abilities.

Her shooting and healing abilities, as well as raw spiritual power, makes her one of the strongest priestesses in the series, just below Midoriko.

5. Does Kikyo hate Kagome? Why?

Kikyo was Inuyasha’s first love; however, due to Naraku’s ploy, their romance had a tragic end. After she died, her soul was reincarnated in the form of Kagome, who took her place in the living world.

Does Kikyo Hate Kagome? Is She Stronger Than Her?
Kikyo x Inuyasha | Source: Fandom

After Kikyo was resurrected, she hated and resented Kagome. She felt as if the latter had replaced her and had stolen away Inuyasha’s affections for her.

Her jealousy was made apparent a few times, and she even tried to kill Kagome at one point.

Kikyo envied her reincarnation because she was living proof that her past relations with Inuyasha could not be revisited, and it was all in the past.

However, by the end, Kikyo had warmed up to her incarnation and accepted her place beside Inuyasha.

Does Kikyo Hate Kagome? Is She Stronger Than Her?
Kagome x Inuyasha | Source: Netflix

She even ended up respecting Kagome greatly as a priestess and a remarkable human being.

When it was time for Kikyo to face her death, as Kagome broke in tears over her inability to save her, the priestess cheered her up, saying that her soul has now finally been saved.

6. About Inuyasha

Inuyasha, also known as Inuyasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi.

Inuyasha premiered in Weekly Shōnen Sunday on November 13, 1996, and concluded on June 18, 2008, with the chapters collected into 56 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan.

Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, gets transported to the Sengoku period of Japan after falling into a well in her family shrine. There she meets the half dog-demon, Inuyasha.

Kagome possesses a powerful magical Shikon Jewel. When a monster from that era tries to take the Jewel, Kagome shatters the jewel into many pieces.

Now, Kagome and Inuyasha must retrieve the shards before the evil half spider-demon Naraku finds them.


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