A female character in the popular anime/manga series, InuYasha
. Inuyasha's first love, Kikyou was a priestess who watched over the sacred Shikon no Tama (Jewel of Four Souls). After Kikyou and Inuyasha fell into a trap set by the cunning Onigumo, Kikyou sealed Inuyasha to a tree and died, the Shikon Jewel vanishing with her. Later reincarnated into a modern-day high school girl named Kagome
who released Inuyasha from the tree, Kikyou was ressurected by the ogress, Urasue.
Although Kikyou doesn't appear in every episode, she has a huge presence within the series. In her heart she carries enormous hatred, but also enormous love for Inuyasha.
Kikyou is named after the balloonflower, which carries the meaning, "unchanging love."
Alternate spelling: Kikyo
"Once she goes through death and comes back, her spirit and soul, which were shaped by the restrictions of the role of the priestess and doing what's right, were set free. Now she can wander wherever her emotions take her." - Director Misahi Ikeda