Let us take you back to the ’90s modern Tokyo. 15-year-old schoolgirl Kagome Higurashi is your everyday teenager who accidentally falls into her family shrine’s well. Believe it or not, she then got transported to Japan’s Sengoku period in which she then meets a dog-demon named Inuyasha.
We all love a good classic romance so what better classic anime couple than Kagome and Inuyasha from INUYASHA?
Now we can go on and on about how a demon tried to take Kagome’s Shikon jewel which then gets shattered into smithereens. The shards then get dispersed across Japan which then forced Kagome and Inuyasha to embark on a journey to recover the jewel — but hark! As much as we want to reminisce their journey and how the fate of the world rests in their hands, we want to focus on the romance between Kagome and Inuyasha.
In contrast with the story’s dark tones and action-packed arcs, Kagome and Inuyasha’s relationship originally began with hate right from the moment they locked their eyes onto each other.
With his constant reckless behaviour, mindless thinking, and always needing anger management, Inuyasha tends to hide his emotions and gentle personality behind this cold-hearted exterior. Like water and oil, Kagome is also very stubborn and likes to do things her own way. Always on the edge and arguing with each other, it is not hard to be amused by the nature of their love-hate relationship, especially when Kagome punishes Inuyasha by shouting “Sit, boy!”
With their up and down relationship, it is a cliche romantic comedy. The comedic banter between Inuyasha and Kagome diffuses the intensity of the anime, making it good comedic relief amongst the action and seriousness. They soon become good friends and a romance slowly begins to blossom.
But their relationship is so much more complex than what it appears on the surface. Not only does Kagome look exactly like his former lover Kikyo (aka the one who tried to kill him), it is also later revealed that Kagome is actually Kikyo’s reincarnation.
So with Kikyo out of the picture and Inuyasha stuck on a journey with Kagome, Inuyasha is faced with a difficult decision: What does he do about his attachment to Kagome? Does he move on and forget about Kikyo for once and all?
But wait, it ain’t a romantic comedy without the soap opera drama. Kikyo gets brought back from the grave (literally) and a rivalry between Kikyo and Kagome arises. The dead versus alive — who will Inuyasha choose?
Besides, how will their relationship work anyway? On one hand, we have Kagome who is a human being and from the future, and then we have Inuyasha who is on the opposite end. Is it worth the time and effort for Kagome to keep going back and forth between the two different worlds and timelines?
At the end of the day, this long-winding romance between Kagome and Inuyasha makes it an intriguing journey for anime viewers. If you haven’t already watched Inuyasha, we highly recommend you to take on this classic!