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Kaede

Kaede

Kaede

Nihongo

Name meaning

Maple

Biographical information

Age

10 → 60 (after 50 years) → 63 (three years later)

Status

Alive

Occupation

Miko

Physical information

Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair color

Black → Gray

Skin color

White

Family

Skills information

Weapons

Bow and arrow

Affiliation

Team

Rin

Debut

Manga Debut

Chapter 1

InuYasha Anime

Episode 1

Voice Actors

Japanese Seiyū

Hisako Kyoda

English VA

Pam Hyatt (Original Series, Games, Movies)
Linda Darlow (Final Act)

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Kaede (楓, "Maple") was a priestess who lived in a village near the Bone-Eater's Well. She was the first to encounter Kagome and she often provides important advice and background information to Inuyasha's group to assist in their journey; she was Kikyō's younger sister.

HistoryEdit

As Kikyō's younger sister, Kaede would assist her with various tasks such as gathering herbs or holding her arrows. Kaede also travels with Kikyō to a priest's shrine to learn to be a priestess, and there she and Kikyō met the dark priestess Tsubaki for the first time.

Kaedeeyeinjury

Kaede loses her right eye after an attack on Kaede's Village. Kaede had tried to shoot a demon that was about to attack Kikyō, but missed. The demon then went to attack Kaede, but Kikyō shot it in time. The arrow that killed the demon also hit Kaede ultimately blinding her. In the manga, her eye appears to be freshly bandaged and bleeding shortly before Kikyō's death, suggesting that the wound occurs when Inuyasha attacks the village to steal the Shikon Jewel; supplementary information states that she "lost her elder sister and her eye in an incident fifty years ago." The anime shows the incident occurring when Kikyō shot an arrow at a demon near Kaede - the attack wounded Kaede's right eye and left it blind. Her parents died when she was very young and Kikyō was her only family.

During the StoryEdit

After Kikyō's death, Kaede becomes a strong priestess in her own right and defends the village against demons. When Kagome arrives, Kaede recognizes her as the reincarnation of her sister. When Kagome frees Inuyasha, Kaede places the "Beads of Subjugation" onto him to give Kagome the power to control him with a spoken word. Kaede is well-respected and held in high regards by the villagers and the members of Inuyasha's group, whom she often advises about demons and other spiritual anomalies. Though Inuyasha is easily annoyed with her, he listens to her when necessary and doesn't hesitate to protect her from a threat. Later on in the series, Kaede took on a running gag where people would usually mistake her as a demon and not a priestess, due to her old age.

The Final ActEdit

In The Final Act during Kikyō's final death, Kaede sees soul collectors flying around her village as she sees the spirit of Kikyō who came to bid her a farewell; using the last of her strength, Kikyō finally bids her sister a farewell saying sorry for causing her pain. In The Final Act ending set three years later, Rin lives with her in the village to become accustomed to living alongside other humans, and, when the time comes, Rin can decide to either continue living in the village or rejoin Sesshōmaru; Kaede is also training Kagome to become a full priestess.

Physical descriptionEdit

Kaede bore a very striking resemblance to her sister Kikyo in her youth. In her old age, her long hair which she keeps tied behind in a long ponytail has grayed and her facial appearance has altered slightly, as her face dons various aged creases and wrinkles. Kaede is of short stature with a surprisingly slim build for her age, however has a slightly bigger build that has accumulated with old age.

OutfitEdit

Kaede's clothing is identical to Kikyō's. She is normally seen wearing the traditional dress of a miko, which has remained essentially unchanged to this day. Kaede wears a white jacket with sode-kukuri (cords) through the sleeves and the open shoulders similar to Inuyasha's and Jaken's. Strings called muna-himo are attached to each lapel, and are tied in front to keep the garment in place. Kaede wears bright red hakama, which include the small board at the lower back. On her feet, Kaede wears common tabi (socks with a split for the big toe) and rice straw sandals. During a battle prior to Kikyō's death, Kaede lost an eye. She now wears an iron tsuba (sword guard) as an eye-patch.

PersonalityEdit

As seen, Kaede is a kind priestess who tends to people all over the village. Although a patient person, Kaede can sometimes be very serious and aggressive. Being the sister of a priestess, Kaede adopts many similar personalities and characteristics from her sister, often calling Kikyō her idol.

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

Kaeda's attack

Kaede fights with a bow and arrow

Kaede is a miko of considerable power, and she has many spiritual abilities that she uses for combat and healing.

Spiritual Power: Although not nearly as powerful as Kikyō, Kaede possesses spiritual powers, being able to sense demonic auras and other supernatural occurrences.

Bow and Arrow: Kaede wields the Bow and Arrow with much skill and accuracy, being able to shoot any target with precision despite her missing eye. Due to her old age, her accuracy has somewhat decreased.

Sacred Arrow: Kaede, like many priestesses, applies her spiritual powers to her bow and arrow to produce sacred arrows. Her sacred arrows, however, are not as powerful as those of Kikyō and Kagome. When Kaede was 10, her arrows had a small pink aura, with about half the brightness of Kikyō's arrow. Her sacred arrows no longer have any spiritual light, which is due to her old age.

Sutra Magic: Kaede is capable of using sutra spells to ward off demons; she was once shown doing this in tandem with Miroku.

Barrier: In several InuYasha episodes (including movies) Kaede is shown capable of conjuring a large barrier around her village to prevent anything from attacking its inhabitants. Creating the barrier, however, seems to have weakened her considerably and places strain on her body.

Eyesight: Just like Kikyō and Kagome, Kaede can see things that are normally invisible to normal people. Examples include spirits, or Yura's Hair.

Manga vs. AnimeEdit

In the manga, her eye appears to be freshly bandaged and bleeding shortly before Kikyō's death. In the anime, however, her eye seems to have been lost for quite some time. Also, the anime shows that her right eye is damaged instead of her left, however, as the manga progresses somehow Kaede's damaged eye turns out to be the right as well.

RelationshipsEdit

Kikyō

Kikyō was her only family left after her parents and idolized her sister because of her bravery. After Kikyō's death, Kaede became a miko, and held that title for 50 years. After Kikyō's resurrection, she didn't recognized Kaede initially, though they met a few times later. When Kikyō's soul finally passed on, she apologized to Kaede for the mistakes she made.

Inuyasha

When Inuyasha was first freed from Kikyō's spell by Kagome, he did not recognize Kaede because she had aged 50 years, though he remembered who she was when she explained everything. Inuyasha was often rude to Kaede, referring to her as an "old hag" on numerous occasions. Despite Inuyasha's rudeness, he did care for Kaede; he rushed over to hear when he smelled her blood after she was attacked by Urasue. [1]

Kagome

Kaede was the first person that Kagome encountered when she first was dragged into the Feudal Era. Kagome cares deeply for her and vice-versa; Kaede's village was where Kagome and her friends normally were, so Kaede and Kagome spent a lot of time together. At the end of the series, after Kagome decided to live in the Feudal Era permanently, Kaede began teaching her how to become a true priestess.

Rikichi
Rikichi and Kaede in ep 89

Rikichi and Kaede while trying to kill a low yokai.

At the side of the elderly Kaede, there is often a helper of the village called Rikichi, which helps in matters that concern the welfare of the village, including the extermination of demons of low rank. Rikichi has a great respect towards the priestess Kaede and on one occasion defends her to an attack.

QuotesEdit

"Inuyasha, ye must be strong...and ye better not forget where ye buried me!"
―Kaede[src]
"Now that the sacred jewel has appeared again in this world, the evil beings who desire its power will soon be flocking here."
―Kaede
"It's been fifty years since that day... Inuyasha is still sealed to the Tree of Life. Inuyasha is as he was then. At that time, Sister knew her life was over. Then why did she choose to use a sealing arrow and not a purifying arrow? Why did she seal Inuyasha to the tree which transcends time, the Tree of Life? And why... although he hated my sister for sealing him onto the tree, Inuyasha's face still looks so peaceful? I still don't get it... I wonder if a day will come when I will fully understand...?"
―Kaede[src]
"That was the first time I'd seen the Sacred Jewel. And after she was given custody of it, sister Kikyō's fate changed drastically. She would watch other girls her age indulge in make-up, paint their faces white, and enjoy their youth."
―Kaede[src]
"Inuyasha, stupid is as stupid does. Ye need to learn to be more careful with your speech."
―Kaede[src]

TriviaEdit

  • In Kagome's dream (when Tsubaki placed a curse on her), Kaede appeared in the modern world buying a gift from Kagome's grandpa for her Grandson Shippō. In the dream sequence, Kaede is shown as having both of her eyes.
  • During the early episodes of the English Dub, Kaede would speak with a Medieval dialect. This was subsequently dropped as the series continued.
  • She is renamed as "Geumsamae" in the Korean Dub.
  • She was featured as a young woman in The Holy Pearl.

ReferencesEdit

  1. InuYasha anime; Episode 14

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