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Mu-on'na

Unmother

Mu-on'na

Nihongo

無女

Name meaning

Nothing Woman

English TV

Unmother

Biographical information

Death

Killed by Sesshōmaru

Status

Deceased

Physical information

Species

Yōkai

Gender

Female

Hair color

Black

Skin color

Fair

Affiliation

Loyalty

Jaken

Debut

Manga Debut

Chapter 13

InuYasha Anime

Episode 5

Voice Actors

Japanese Seiyū

Kikuko Inoue

English VA

Alaina Burnett

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The Mu-on'na (無女, むおんな, "Nothing Woman"), or Unmother, was a yōkai that was born through the grief of mother's suffering the loss of children to famine and war. The Unmother would steal a person's soul by absorbing their body into herself.

HistoryEdit

This yōkai posed itself as Inuyasha's mother, Izayoi, as a ploy by Sesshōmaru to locate the Tessaiga. She pretended that she was on the verge of death so Inuyasha would rescue her. She then transported Inuyasha and Kagome to an illusionary world. The yōkai tried to absorb Inuyasha into her body but was first prevented by Jaken until the location of Inuyasha's and Sesshōmaru's father's tomb could be found. After Jaken was knocked aside, she once again tried to absorb Inuyasha despite Kagome's attempts to stop her, and almost succeeded with only his left arm remaining. Shortly after Kagome freed Inuyasha from the Unmother's body, Sesshōmaru started attacking Inuyasha. Due to her endless love and kindness towards children, she rushed to the side of Inuyasha to protect him from Sesshōmaru's attack, which lead to her death.

PersonalityEdit

The Unmother sought to fill the void within herself by taking the souls of others. Myōga stated that while she was a demon, she still possessed the heart of a loving mother.

Physical descriptionEdit

It is unknown whether all Unmothers look the same or similar but the Unmother that Jaken used wore a pink robe with blue lining and was faceless except when she used her spells to take on the form of a person's mother. Their skin resembles something of a soft gelatin that allows a body to be sucked into her but also protects the Unmother from certain attacks, such as when Jaken smashed her with the Nintōjō while the Unmother was attempting to absorb Inuyasha.

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

  • Shapeshifting: The Nothing Woman's primary ability was to transform into the mother of its victim's mother. An example is Izayoi. The Nothing Woman took the form of Inuyasha's mother to make him reveal the location of Tessaiga. Though she had her body right, she didn't have her face so she needed to use illusions to look real. It was unknown what happens to the soul and body of someone that is absorbed by the Unmother. The Unmother was a master of illusions so long as there is water for her spell to work.
  • Absorption: It was able to steal the souls of its victims by absorbing them through its chest.
  • Blessing: It was able to create flowers that are placed in limbo, which could provide protection & is capable of creating illusions, & teleporting victims to limbo.
  • Telepathy: It could read minds, thoughts and memories of a person by touch, but generally didn't do so since its primary concern is absorbing its victim's soul.
  • Regeneration: It could easily heal its body of less severe injuries, such as when she dislocated her neck.

Manga vs. AnimeEdit

  • In the manga, Inuyasha finds out he is being tricked before the Mu-onna starts to absorb him, and in the anime he finds out while being absorbed.
  • In both versions, she was killed while protecting Inuyasha from Sesshōmaru's attack. In the anime, she was struck by Sesshōmaru's light whip attack (Which was a technique exclusive to the anime). In the manga, she was killed by Sesshōmaru's punch that was intended for Inuyasha.

TriviaEdit

  • Like all female characters in the manga, the Nothing Woman's nipples are visible.
  • When Kagome splashed the reflections with Jaken's staff to save Inuyasha, the yōkai yelled in pain. This shows that they are bound to her.
  • Her seiyū, who is the same as Izayoi's, also voiced Kasumi Tendo from Rumiko Takahashi's previous series Ranma ½.

Media appearancesEdit

Manga

Anime

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