"You don't have to worry about us. Follow your own heart, Towa."
―Sōta to Towa[src]

Sōta Higurashi (日暮ひぐらしそう, "Thick Grass (first name), Sunset (family name)") is Kagome Higurashi's younger brother.

History

Baby Sota with Kagome

Sōta's father died in a car accident when Kagome was very young and Sōta had yet to have been born. They moved into the shrine before Sōta was born, and he never had a chance to know his father. He grew up with his sister, grandfather, mother, and cat as a family.

During the Story

Throughout the series, he often watched his sister and Inuyasha argue with each other. When the Noh Mask chased Kagome with Shikon shards, his sister ordered him to go to the wellhouse into the feudal era but didn't work for him because the Shikon Jewel had connections with the Bone-Eater's Well. Inuyasha comes and takes Sōta to find and save Kagome from Noh Mask.

When Bone-Eater's Well was vanished which unknown fate of Kagome in the darkness left Sota, Grandpa and his mother worried and begged Inuyasha to save Kagome's life.

Later Life

Three years later, after Kagome had permanently moved to the feudal era, Sōta was shown walking home from school with a group of his friends. He was in junior high, and he explained to his curious friends that his sister wasn't around a lot because she was married right after high school.[2] Then he arrived back home to his grandfather and his mother tells him that dinner is ready and he says goodbye to his friends.

Hanyō no Yashahime

Years later, Sōta encountered a girl named Towa. After seeing her outfit, he immediately realizes that she was from the feudal era, and offered to help her in her search for his twin sister Setsuna, despite knowing the futility of it. Eventually Sōta adopted Towa into his family, as well as marrying a musician named Moe, and the two of them had a daughter named Mei.

Personality

During his childhood, Sōta is a very typical young boy. He likes to play soccer and enjoys hanging out with his friends. He is very perceptive, as shown when he is asking Inuyasha for love advice. He has the idea that Inuyasha and Kagome are in love and dating because he sees the way that Inuyasha comes around to care for her when she is sick, and notes how she misses a bunch of school just to hang around with Inuyasha.[3] Sōta is also scared of the dark, like when he doesn't want to go in the well house to look for Buyo[4] and when he didn't want to sleep in his own room when there had been a fire at the shrine.[5] He is noted wishing he could travel back in time but Kagome dismisses this thought, saying that he would have been "too scared" on one of her trips back to the Modern Era. Despite his fears, his caring side seems to outshine, like when he continued to visit his friend Satoru even though it was rumored his visits often resulted in something bad happening to the visitors. Everyone else had stopped going to see Satoru, but Sōta continued to visit him.[6] He is also a bit shy, but Inuyasha and Kagome help him overcome this when they helped him get the courage to ask out Hitomi, a girl he had a crush on. Sota is a perceptive, loyal, caring, brave, helpful, easily scared.

His perceptiveness is a trait retained well into adulthood, having realized from their first meeting that Towa was a half-demon and that she would have to be taught to control her powers. In his adult years, Sota was shown to be very reassuring, sensible, and confident. As an adult, Sota was mature enough to handle adopting a 4 year-old Towa when he himself was only 20 years of age and manage her upbringing along with his wife, Moe.

Physical Description

Sōta is a kid of average height and weight. He has black hair and distinctive bangs on his right side. He has brown eyes and pale skin. Physically speaking, he strongly resembles his mother and his older sister, particularly when he starts attending junior high school.

As a grown man, Sota is reasonably tall, with moderately broad shoulders and a fit build. He tends to wear tan slacks and a light blue polo shirt for his casual attire.

Relationships

Family

Kagome Higurashi

Sōta and Kagome seem to have a pretty common brother-sister relationship. He is seen bringing up matters that annoy his sister, though this is not always done purposely. He has also prevented Inuyasha and Kagome from kissing one time; showing up right before their lips actually touch. Despite all this, there have been many moments where Sōta shows his sister how brave and helpful he can actually be. At some points, she even thanks him for his 'advice'. She has even said she's proud of him. They truly love each other like a brother and sister should, and are protective of one another like a brother and sister should be.[5]

Inuyasha

Sōta looks up to Inuyasha as an older brother figure and says that Inuyasha is his hero. He feels close to Inuyasha, and even comes to him seeking love advice.[7] Sōta and Inuyasha seem to develop a good relationship throughout the series. They become brothers-in-laws when Inuyasha and Sōta's sister are married after her graduation from high school. Coincidentally, both Sōta and Inuyasha never met their fathers who died (after Inuyasha was born[Note 1] and before Sōta was born) and they both find Kagome to be a bit of a handful at times.

Towa Higurashi

Towa is his adopted daughter. Sōta found her alone when she was four years old. For the following 10 years, Towa has been living with his family in the modern world. Towa loves Sōta very much and considers him to be like a father to her.

Moe Higurashi

Moe is Sōta's wife. They appear to have a loving relationship and one of great trust, as Moe was aware of and believed Sota's stories about his sister and her half-demon husband, Inuyasha. Additionally, her trust and affection can be seen in how she eagerly accepted Sota's niece, Moroha as well as Setsuna into the Higurashi family.

Mei Higurashi

Mei is Sōta and Moe's six-year-old daughter. Mei and Sota appear to have a very typical father-daughter relationship, with Mei being close enough to her father to break down when her adopted sister left with her twin and cousin for the Feudal era.

Moroha

Moroha is Sōta and Moe's niece. Despite knowing her for a very short time, Sota is seen to be both indulgent and easily forgiving of Moroha despite the young girl racking up considerable charges on Sota's credit card while shopping.

Friends

Hitomi

Hitomi is Sōta's classmate, and later his first girlfriend. Sōta has a crush on her and the two of them date each other after works up the courage to confess his feeling towards her.[Note 2] At some point in time, the two of them break up, as evidenced by Sōta being married to Moe.

Satoru Ikeda

Sōta is best friends with Satoru.

Quotes

"He's refusing to save us over a little apology? What happened to my hero? He's shrinking to life size proportions before my very eyes!"
―Sōta[src]

Trivia

  • In the Korean dub, Sōta's name is changed to Yoon Tae-young.
  • His second seiyū for Hanyo no Yashahime, Junya Enoki, also voiced Reiji Todoriki from another of Rumiko Takahashi's series Kyoukai no Rinne.
  • Since Sota no longer lives at Higurashi shrine, he did not take over for his grandfather (yet).

Media appearances

Manga

Anime

InuYasha

InuYasha The Final Act

Hanyō no Yashahime

Notes

References

  1. Inuyasha Anime: Episode 29
  2. InuYasha manga; Chapter 558
  3. InuYasha anime; Episode 90
  4. InuYasha anime; Episode 1
  5. 5.0 5.1 InuYasha anime; Episode 11
  6. InuYasha anime; Episode 12
  7. InuYasha anime; Episode 90

See Also

Higurashi (日暮)
Characters GrandpaGrandmaMr. HigurashiMama HigurashiSōta HigurashiKagome HigurashiBuyoInuyashaMoe HigurashiTowa HigurashiMorohaMei Higurashi
Locations Higurashi shrineSacred TreeHouseStorehouseWellhouse
Items Mermaid scaleMummified kappa handSacred sutrasShikon Jewel keychainsSō'unga
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