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I was really scared... I was scared that I'd be alone.

—Sango[src]

Sango (珊瑚さんご, "Coral") was the only teenage female yōkai taijiya from her village.[4] Before being destroyed, the village of demon slayers consisted of humans that had mastered the techniques of yōkai extermination and frequently helped others remove yōkai from their villages. She lived in the village with her younger brother and their father, the head of the village.

History

Sango lived in the village of demon slayers with her father, the village leader, and her younger brother. Sango was taught from a very young age in the ways of demon-slaying. She was 10 when she and her clan were called upon by the Lord of Takeda Castle to slay a bear that was harassing his domain. Her skill caught the eye of the young lord, and he vowed to one day marry her. Sango, unfamiliar to romance, reacted shyly to his advances.

The nekomata Kirara was a long-time ally of the family and became very close to the siblings, especially Sango after her father introduced Kirara into her care as a young girl. She and Kirara learned to fight well together, and developed a strong bond. Her love for her brother was strong. She always helped him with training and loved him dearly. By the age of 16, Sango was one of the best yōkai taijiya in her village, using her weapon the Hiraikotsu with ease.

Yōkai taijiya slaughter

On a day not long after the shattering of the Shikon no Tama, Sango slew a centipede demon at a village that requested the demon slayers' help. She figured out after she had slain the demon that it had drawn on the power of a Sacred Jewel shard; she took the shard, along with some of the corpse, as payment. After arriving back at her home, she rested and talked to her brother Kohaku, who was nervous about his first mission as a demon slayer. She told him not to worry, as their family and friends would be there to help and give him strength.

Sango's scar after her brother hurt her.

The village's best slayers were summoned to a castle to slay a spider yōkai. When they reached the castle, the demon-possessed Kohaku and forced him to kill all the slayers, including him and Sango's father. Sango quickly searched for a reason behind his irrational behavior, and noticed the spider webs attached to Kohaku leading back to the lord of the castle. From this information, she realized that Kohaku was being controlled by the demon possessing the lord, and Sango attempted to attack him. The guards of the castle promptly killed Kohaku and attacked Sango as well, perceiving her to be dead as well. The young lord of the castle proceeded to slay his father, revealing his suspicions that the lord had been possessed by a demon. He ordered the slaughtered demon slayers to be buried in the castle garden. Not long after, though, Sango pulled herself out of her grave and refused to let herself die. Kagewaki noticed her and tended to her wounds.

Kagewaki's advisor reported to the young lord that the demon slayer village had been destroyed and all the villagers killed. He explained that the one who killed them was the hanyō. Sango overheard this conversation, and declared that she would kill Inuyasha for murdering her family and friends. As part of his nefarious plan, Naraku tricked Sango into attacking Inuyasha, and gave her a Sacred Jewel shard to prevent her from feeling pain. Sango soon located and attacked Inuyasha, but he was able to convince her that Naraku was lying.

When the plot failed, Naraku revived Kohaku in order to manipulate Sango's emotions, and attacked the rest of Inuyasha's group. Sango later joined Inuyasha, the miko Kagome Higurashi, the kitsune Shippō, and the monk Miroku on their quest to defeat Naraku and save her brother. Like the others, Sango vowed to destroy Naraku, although her primary goal was instead to rescue Kohaku from Naraku's influence and save his life.

Naraku's barrier

Naraku had plans to absorb Sesshōmaru. He abducted Rin, as bait, to lure Sesshōmaru to his castle. He lowered his barrier and allowed his scent to escape to lure him in. At the same time, she and her friends began tracking the scent to the castle as well.[5]

As they drew close, Kagome began to sense a Jewel Shard fragment nearby. Inuyasha forged forward as Sango, Kagome, and Miroku investigated the shard.[5] Upon arriving at the jewel's location, they were attacked by several of Naraku's demons who were guarding Kohaku and the abducted Rin. As Sango battled several of the demons, Sesshōmaru and Inuyasha arrived after having wounded Naraku and stopped Kohaku from harming Rin. Sesshōmaru left with Rin while Kohaku flew away with Kagura.[6]

Mount Hakurei

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Following the Sarugami's clue that Naraku had fled in the direction of the Ox-Tiger, Sango and her companions arrived at Mount Hakurei, a mountain with a purifying barrier so strong, it knocked out weak, evil yōkai and turned a hanyō mortal. After encountering the Shichinintai who were resurrected by Naraku through shards of the sacred jewel, she along with Miroku decide to go deep into Mount Hakurei after Miroku suspected that Naraku is concealing himself in there to recover; only to discover Kagura with a huge number of Naraku's yōkai inside it. When Sango attacked Kagura with her Hiraikotsu, she saw Kohaku standing across her and on a higher level of the mountain; causing her to be unaware of Kagura striking Hiraikotsu back at her, which knocked Sango unconscious. After re-gaining consciousness, she found herself lying below the unconscious Miroku with his right hand unguarded and sees a bunch of Naraku's yōkai on the way to attack them. She realizes he's used his Wind Tunnel in order to save her while carrying her along with Hiraikotsu; which caused him to be poisoned by the poisonous insects thus cries because Miroku has protected her yet again, despite hurting himself more by doing so. Not long after that, Miroku awakes and tells Sango to leave him alone to escape by herself, but she rejects the idea and tells him that she prefers to die together with him; though she forgot what she said after finding out that they were safe and being protected by the mountain's barrier from the group of yōkai. They then proceed and encounter the reanimated Hakushin.

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The Most Dangerous Confession

The gang learn from an old man of a village inhabited by women only who have skinned a person, and happen upon a young man named Shinosuke, desperately searching for his fiancée named Wakana. Eventually, they are welcomed by the women in the village, and Sango expressed envy for Shinosuke’s devotion to his fiancée and is frustrated by Miroku who was delighted by a village of women and starts flirting with one girl. While staying in a hut for the night together with Kagome, she blushes as Kagome asked her if anything happened with Miroku while they were alone in Mount Hakurei but denies being in love with such a womanizer whom she describes as irresponsible, a delinquent and a guiltless liar, and the two see him outside with the same girl he tried to flirt with, which upset her. Consequently, later during the night, Sango goes on her own to follow the women leaving the village until reaching a river and is suddenly captured by the women coming out of the river who drag her to a cave underwater, where she is forcefully fed a salamander egg by the village elder. Although the yōkai responsible for the women being manipulated using salamanders that hatched in their stomachs was revealed and destroyed by Inuyasha, the women were still possessed and Sango emerged having become possessed herself. She proved to be a though match for Miroku who made the women spit the salamanders by punching them in their stomachs with sutras, and mercilessly injures him but eventually has the salamander egg out of her.

While alone (although Kagome, Kirara, Shippō and Inuyasha eavesdrop), she apologizes to Miroku who admits it was his lecherous behavior that was the cause then confesses to her that she is very special to him but feels that he can’t love her as a woman. As she was tearfully about to leave, Miroku asks her to live with him and bear his children (10 or maybe 20) if they live through their battle with Naraku and the curse of the Wind Tunnel is broken, to which she happily agrees and asks him to promise not to flirt with other women, but he replied with a nervous silence.

Kohaku and the Endless Demon Rats

While dealing with Princess Abi whom Naraku helped collect human blood to dilute the poison of a venomous demon that her mother Tekkei had ingested in exchange for creating a path to the Border of the Afterlife in which a sacred jewel shard is, Sango finds Kohaku in a castle where he had been charged along with Kanna with guarding the Infant who posed as the newborn of the lord and Lady, and is shocked to see that he killed the castle’s staff under Naraku’s orders to retrieve the Infant because Abi turned against Naraku and attacked the castle, at the suggestion of her mother correctly believing it to have a connection to him. While confronting her brother, she mentions to him that he killed innocents again, which makes him regain his memories, although he is taken away by Kagura before she could realize it and she was unable to follow him. Heartbroken and not wanting him to commit further crimes, she wondered if it was possible to save him.

Later, after returning from the border of the afterlife with the sacred jewel shard that Naraku failed to obtain, a swarm of endless yōkai rats, whom she immediately recognized as Zushinezumi’s and was aware that they multiply if they are cut, were unleashed devouring anything in their path by Hakudōshi for the purpose of luring Kikyō out. Knowing the rats would disappear if the shrine from which they come out is destroyed, she searches for the shrine together with Miroku and Kirara, and after seeing numerous villages devoured by rats on the way, finds Kohaku with the shrine thus believes him to be responsible for this massive slaughter, much to her disappointment. She tries to destroy the shrine but Kohaku closes it and flees with it, for despite having regained his memories unbeknownst to her, he is being watched by Saimyōshō and is resolved to feign remaining loyal to Naraku in order to destroy his heart, which leads to another fight with her brother with a vain attempt to reason with him. But as the rats eventually attack Kohaku, she tries to save him only to be overtaken as well, although Kikyō and Inuyasha quickly destroy the shrine causing all the rats to disappear. As she and her brother wake up injured, she tenderly caresses his cheek, but Kohaku bolts away from her as he was still being watched and she tearfully watches her brother being carried away by Hakudōshi.

While recovering in a hut, she tells Miroku that although Kohaku’s sins can hardly be forgiven, she cannot hate him.

Moryōmaru and Kohaku's Resolve

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Reforged Hiraikotsu

While worrying about her brother being with Sesshōmaru and Miroku’s health, she and her friends learn of a female demon that has been attacking people and removing their bones from their skins and together with Miroku tries to track her by themselves as Inuyasha couldn’t be of help during the black moon, but the two are eventually led to her hideout as Hiraikotsu made of compressed bones of various demons would be a suitable medicine for her father. Consequently, as she and Miroku were powerless and at the mercy of the bone demons, Sango had to make the harsh decision to sacrifice Hiraikotsu by applying a demon slaying poison onto it that dissolved the giant headed demon as well as she threw the dissolved boomerang onto it.[7]

In order to have Hiraikotsu restored, Myōga brought the gang to Yakurōdokusen who instructs Sango to slay demons within a jar so the poison around her weapon in another jar will turn into medicine or else it will dissolve completely and disappear. Much to her surprise, she realizes that what she faces are the demons that made up Hiraikotsu which made her not willing to fight them and ask them to fight alongside with her, so the demons asked to promise not to use poison again on Hiraikotsu, to which she answered that she can’t swear it for the sake of Miroku and that she doesn't plan to give up her life, which together with Miroku’s decision to drink a poison that would make him not feel pain while using his wind tunnel for Sango’s sake, convince the demons who turn into bones and merge again with a reforged Hiraikotsu.[7]

Shortly after seeing Kohaku with Sesshōmaru’s group while fighting Shishinki, she confronts Naraku who tries to kill Kohaku and take his shard while Sesshōmaru is absent and taunts her saying that only death can save her brother who’s been avoiding her because she reminds him of his past horrific actions, only for her to say that she knew and they won’t die until Kohaku overcomes his pain, and she gets to test the reforged Hiraikotsu and witness its surprising new power to absorb and break demonic aura apart which forces Naraku unable to reform to flee.[8]

Magatsuhi

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Final Battle

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While Inuyasha and Kagome were gone, Sango, Miroku and Shippō often switched roles throughout the days, waiting for the Well and the other two to come back. Three days later, the Well reappears with just Inuyasha who tells them Kagome is safe on the other side of the well.

Epilogue

After Naraku's death and Kohaku's rescue, Sango married Miroku and retired as a demon slayer to become a housewife, although it is implied that she continued to maintain her warrior skills as Hiraikotsu and her other equipment are shown in their house. She soon became the mother of three children, first twin girls named Kin'u and Gyokuto, followed later by a son named Hisui.

Hanyō no Yashahime

Six months later, she briefly emerged from retirement to help fight Ne no Kubi alongside her friends, ironically leaving the otherwise quite active demon slayer Kohaku to babysit her children.[9]

Four years later, she, her children and Kagome came to Rin's home for the birth of the twin hanyō daughters on the night of the lunar eclipse.

Years later when he became old enough, Hisui was trained by Kohaku to be a demon slayer and Sango passed Hiraikotsu onto him. She would later relocate to the old village where she established the Memorial Tower in honor for all the tragic death of her former comrade and father and build a house to make protective masks for Kohaku's demon slayers, and is currently waiting for her husband who has attempted to achieve enlightenment and divine power through one thousand days of intensive training. She continues forging weapons and equipment for her son and the other demon-slayers.

Personality

Because she grew up and worked as a demon slayer, Sango had a strong sense of responsibility along with a brave heart. Consequently, her personality wavered depending on her feelings. Although she was a compassionate person, she displayed a bit more of a no-nonsense attitude than Kagome.

Sango took great pride in being a demon slayer. Being independent and tough by nature, she did not like people helping her. Sango relied on her advanced fighting skills, never letting an enemy escape once she had her sights on it. She fought aggressively and confronted every enemy bravely. She showed no mercy, and had a very strong sense of obligation towards fulfilling her duties. Sango's fighting will was very strong, and once a fire was lit under her, it was not easily doused. Even if, for example, she was seriously injured, she would continue to advance towards her enemy until she defeated it. She fearlessly battled enemies with no regard for her own life. This was seen when she thought Inuyasha had murdered her family and village; even though she was on the brink of death, she fought valiantly.

Sango had great selfless love towards her younger brother Kohaku. She gave her cowardly brother Kohaku encouragement and continuously showed support towards her brother's decisions. Even when Kohaku was under the influence of Naraku, her unconditional love for him never wavered. She remained positive, believing that someday the real Kohaku would come back to her. In the end, despite going through many trials and errors, her hopes were realized. Sango's love for her brother was seen many times throughout the series. For example, she shielded him from being shot by arrows right after he killed her father and fellow slayers. It was also shown when Naraku attempted to manipulate her into killing her brother at his castle; she refused, loving her brother more than her own life. When Kohaku's Sacred Jewel shard was taken out, Sango was incredibly grief-stricken, sobbing for his loss. Consequently, she was extremely grateful when Kikyō saved her brother's life, despite once hating her.

All of Sango's demon slayer comrades were killed, and her only relative, Kohaku, was under the control of Naraku. After all this tragedy, Sango was consumed with loneliness and despair, resolving to do everything alone and trusting no one. Thankfully, her sadness was healed by the gentleness and kindness of Kagome and her newfound friends. Sango developed a deep sense of fondness and gratitude towards her companions as time passed, because of how they stood by her (even when she betrayed them to save her brother), and gave her hope that Kohaku could still be saved. Since then, Sango's loyalty and devotion towards her closest friends was seen time and time again, feeling protective towards all of them. She finally felt a sense of happiness since the misery she had gone through because of Naraku.

Sango thought each matter through calmly and grasped situations logically. Her words and actions were efficient and accurate, and she always came up with quick solutions. However, once she came to a certain conclusion, she would not doubt or rethink it. One of her faults was dashing into things recklessly. Sango showed great intelligence in battle. In addition to the knowledge of her ancestors, she had experience battling numerous demons. She knew how to dominate a battle by finding a demon's weak points based on their characteristics. Sango always felt love for her brother, responsibility as a sister, and feelings of guilt for her companions. She was usually calm, but when it came to Kohaku she could be distracted and was quick to become emotional. While Kohaku was under control of Naraku, these mixed feelings sometimes manifested themselves as rage towards his actions. Due to her various emotions concerning Kohaku, she had at one point decided to kill her brother and then herself so she could take responsibility for his actions. She couldn't bear to see Kohaku, her kind and fainthearted brother, kill innocent people because of Naraku's evil intentions, knowing that the real Kohaku would never be able to do such things, stating that it "would go against his very soul." She felt responsibility, a brutal love, and gentleness towards him as his sister.

As time passed, Sango developed affection for and eventually fell in love with her companion Miroku. This was ironic, since she believed in pure love and held a great deal of disdain and disrespect towards perverts like the monk. Yet every time she saw him womanizing, she was consumed by jealousy and anger towards his shameless flirting. This was in part due to irritation towards herself for not being able to confess her feelings to him, resulting in a conflicted heart, as well as jealousy. One needs to remember that Sango was a teenager without any experience. Being unfamiliar with romance, Sango had trouble dealing with such love and affection towards and from another person, which proved to be a struggle throughout her relationship with Miroku. This goes for also having a black and white view of certain relationship complications, such as her rather bias anger towards Inuyasha over his love triangle situation with Kagome and Kikyō. In this way, she is similar to Kagome and her feelings towards Inuyasha save Inuyasha spends much of the series pretending he has no affection for Kagome while completely missing any affection Kagome shows him. Miroku, of course, interprets any attention as an invitation to blatantly sexual behavior. While Sango is young, she is no fool, and she does not wish to be what she believes will be just another sexual conquest. She is also interested in romance in her own way. In a famous scene where she became intoxicated she overtly flirted with Inuyasha. While this is played for comedy, the scene reveals some very important aspects. Miroku became very jealous. While Kagome rants as Sango tried to get Inuyasha to play with her a bit, Miroku did not approach Kagome. He remains upset and focused on Sango. In another scene, when Miroku tries to dismiss his continuous proposals as something he does to every girl he meets since he wishes to preserve his line, Sango irritably mumbles that he had never asked her. Surprised, Miroku immediately propositions her, to which Sango snaps, "Spare me, will you?!". The moment is played for comedy, but the scene reveals some of her feelings and perhaps insecurity. As "match-maker" Kagome lamented in a later scene, Miroku simply does not understand "mood" and does not know how to treat a woman he actually cares about. Thus in yet another scene, which Kagome watches hidden with Inuyasha, things seemed to go smoothly between Sango and Miroku. Kagome, who had previously enthusiastically daydreamed about a wedding between the two, eagerly announces that they had "confessed" their love. However, everytime Sango and Miroku almost goes into a romanatic moment Miroku places his hand on Sango's butt resulting in her violent response. Kagome could only lament that Miroku had no understanding.

Their mutual affection becomes, then, an "open secret" for the rest of the gang who mainly blame Miroku for "hurting" Sango. For his part, Miroku occasionally revealed to them his irritation that they think he does not care for her. He surprised them with his flashes of jealousy and concerns that were clearly beyond simple physical attraction. Over the course of the series Sango moves from interest and jealousy to genuine love for Miroku. However, she remained furious with his behavior. Sango hated his lecherous aspects, often directed at herself and other women, since she believed that he was only physically attracted to her and showed little respect towards her as a person. To give an example, when he consoled her in one scene she was very happy until he took her positive response as license to, once again, rub her butt. She angrily wonders to herself why he could not at least start with her "shoulder" before inflicting painful vengeance. In other words, Sango had affection for Miroku, but she is frustrated that he moves too fast which will always suggest he sees her as an object rather than a person. In another scene, when they sit alone together and he behaves very maturely and respectfully, she takes the opportunity to start rubbing his butt. She explains she wanted to make sure it was him and not Shippō disguised as him.

Thus throughout much of the series, Sango wonders about her feelings towards him, wonders if he actually likes her as oppose to viewing her as just another girl, and he seethes in jealousy whenever he, inevitably, "proposes" to yet another woman. When Miroku finally revealed his true feelings to her in a situation when he expected to die, she came to recognize his sincerity hidden beneath his behavior. In this way, she is like Kagome learning that Inuyasha actually cared for her, despite his attempts to hide it. When Miroku proposed marriage and a potential family life, repeating, very seriously, his trademark request that she bear his children, Sango tearfully accepted without hesitation, even agreeing to have as many as 10 to 20 children, although this was probably an exaggeration. This show her unselfish love for Miroku and her strong will to marry with him. That large amount of children may also serve to reinforce the fact that Sango has great maternal instincts as she show many times towards Kohaku as an older sister. She probably would bear as many children as Miroku wants from her, even without hesitation or complaining, showing how motherly she would be, and wife too.

Physical description

Artworks from the Final Act.

Sango is a beautiful fair-skinned young woman with waist-length dark brown hair and brown eyes that are adorned with pink eye shadow. Her hair is usually tied loosely with a white ribbon or in a high ponytail with a red ribbon (depending on the outfit she wore), with bangs hanging on either side. She is stated to be pretty by many boys she encounters throughout the story. The only times she can be seen without eye shadow are in the flashbacks of her childhood and when she gave birth to Hisui.[10]

Outfit

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Sango carries Hiraikotsu on her back and frequently switches between the following two outfits:

  • She usually travels in a pink-and-maroon traditional woman's kimono covered by a long green skirt, most likely "Mo-bakama," with a pair of straw sandals. Additionally, she also wears her demon slayer arm guards and leg wraps with this outfit.
  • The base of her demon slayer outfit is a black skin-tight jump suit with red outlines and a kanji symbol written on the left shoulder that has a decided mainland flavor. The outfit further consists of pink armor plates made of yōkai bones, pairs of arm guards that conceal a short retractable blade in the right forearm, shin guards, boots, and a red sash wrapped around the waist to carry a wakizashi (medium-length sword) with a burgundy sheath. Her gas mask is worn over her lower face in hazardous situations and fastened by red straps, while various poisons and grappling chains are stored under the armor plates.

Powers & Abilities

Sango is known as the strongest demon slayer of the famous demon slayer village. Her father, the leader of the village and a master demon-slayer in his own right, claimed that her skills are greater than even his, despite the fact that she was the second youngest slayer. Being trained in the ways of slaying demons for a living, Sango knew a number of useful skills that made her a valuable asset to the group. In addition to knowledge from her ancestors, she has experience battling numerous demons. Sango knows how to dominant a battle by finding a demon's weak points based on their characteristics.

  • Peak Physical Condition: Having undergone an evidently vigorous and intensive training regimen as a demon slayer, Sango has demonstrated impressive physical feats for a woman of her age and size. Due to her constant training and combat experience, she is extremely agile and has very quick reflexes.
    • Peak Human Strength: Sango is much stronger than most ordinary humans, as she could singlehandedly use the hefty Hiraikotsu; Miroku was initially surprised by how heavy it was and baffled by how she made handling it look so easy.[11] Despite being buried in the ground with a deep wound in her back, her physical strength allowed her to claw her way to the surface. On another occasion, she was shown fiercely taking on a large bear demon and sending it flying with punches and kicks alone, as well as jumping very high in the air, a feat which surprised or intimidated her friends. Physically, she is probably the second-strongest in the group after Inuyasha (although she's probably the strongest when Inuyasha is in human form)[12]
    • Peak Human Stamina: Sango is able to maintain her stamina during prolonged combative situations, as she has managed to exert a great deal of energy when fighting multiple demons for extensive periods of time.
    • Peak Human Endurance: Sango can endure more physical stress than the average person. Although she has received serious wounds on several occasions, Sango usually recovers significantly faster than either Kagome Higurashi or Miroku. Conversely, however, she is more vulnerable to toxic miasma than they are, as she has no spiritual power and cannot purify it. Sango impressively had her full mobility a few days after giving birth; she was able to carry Hisui and run with little effort.
    • Honed Senses: In spite of being a normal, flesh-and-blood human, she has acute instincts that were honed by experience. She usually reacted swiftly to any hint of the demonic.
  • Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Sango has demonstrated incredible fighting skills, and is normally able to hold her own against most humans and lower-ranking demons even without her weapons.
  • Adept Demonologist: As a seasoned demon slayer, Sango had accumulated a vast array of knowledge regarding demons in general, such as their various species and what they were capable of. This in turn made her a very reliable source when dealing with a challenging problem regarding demons, which is rivaled only perhaps by Inuyasha. She was also informed as to what aspects of a particular demon were useful for weapons manufactury. Although she lacks spiritual powers or enhanced demonic senses like her companions, Sango is nonetheless able to sense demonic auras, probably due to her extensive experience with demons. She is also more sensitive to the presence of Shikon shards than the average human (though less so than Kagome).
  • Knowledge of Poisons: Sango uses poison effectively as a supplementary attack and she always has poison powder or paste ready for battle. She can also use suffocating poison smoke to flush out demons from buildings. Her knowledge was such that she even proposed instructing two ninja girls on how create a poisonous mist powder that could drive away demons after she declined on teaching them demon slaying.
  • Smithery: Although not in the same league as Tōtōsai, Sango is a reasonably skilled blacksmith in her own right, having repaired damage to Hiraikotsu on several occasions and helped forge other demon-made weapons.

Weapons

  • Hiraikotsu: Hiraikotsu is a gigantic boomerang that Sango always carries with her. This boomerang is made up of various kinds of demon bones. Hiraikotsu requires a lot of strength to throw in order to destroy the target. It is a fierce weapon, possessing a great amount of power when thrown by a sufficiently strong user, to the point of severing most natural defenses of demons, and even managing to push back Inuyasha defending with the Tessaiga.
    • Shakujō Hiraikotsu: In movie 2, Miroku did gave his Shakujō to Sango onto her Hiraikotsu to defeat Naraku, but unfortunately he faked his death as Miroku's Wind Tunnel has disappeared.
    • Yōki and Miasma Dispersion: In The Final Act, Sango was forced to sacrifice the Hiraikotsu to the Bone Demon in order to save Miroku. Afterwords, Myōga informed her that there was someone that could fix it, the sage/potions master. After getting the weapon fixed through a trial involving the potion master's jars of herbs and poisons and the demons in Hiraikotsu, the potions master informed her that although it was fixed, it would never be the same as it was before. Sango used Hiraikotsu for the first time after it was repaired against Naraku, who was surprised by it because it greatly wounded him and canceled his regeneration. He stated that it was attacking him with a whole different type of poison than his own, as well as emitting its own demonic aura. Hiraikotsu was much more powerful than before because it was able to not only emit a demonic aura and extremely strong poison on its opponents, but also absorb miasma/poison and disperse it accordingly, increasing it's effectiveness greatly, especially against Naraku.
  • Wakizashi: The wakizashi was a medium-length sword often carried by demon slayers. In case they lost their main weapon, they could use their sword for close combat instead. Like the armor and other weapons, wakizashi were infused with demon bones so that they could kill demons as well as humans.
  • Iron Chain: The iron chain was another weapon of choice for demon slayers, used to hit or stumble opponents at a distance. It could also wrap around an enemy, preventing them from escaping. The chain could also be equipped with a grappling hook for climbing.
  • Hidden Blade: Sango's hidden weapon was a short, curved blade strapped to her wrist. It was concealed against her right forearm, underneath the sleeve of her uniform; she can extend it simply by flexing her forearm. It could be used to attack enemies by surprise when she appeared unarmed, or to free herself from being tied with ropes.
  • Demon Slaying Salve: Sango also carried a highly corrosive poison salve made to wipe out demons that could not easily be taken down with Hiraikotsu; she ultimately used this to destroy her own weapon at one point (in order to save Miroku's life) though Hiraikotsu was later restored. The salve was held inside a castanet-like case, and appeared to be a purple gel which the potions master stated was a vicious poison for demons.
  • Poison Powder and Medicines: Sango uses poison powder to lure out demons who were hiding, or to disturb the keen noses of certain demons and weaken them, such as Inuyasha, who was susceptible to the scent of the poison. She also originally carried a medicinal salve for minor cuts and burns, which she gave to Kohaku. The powder and medicine was kept in small shell containers under the plates of her armor.
  • Filter Mask: Sango and other slayers carries a metal gas mask to prevent them from breathing in the poisonous fumes of demons. Sango also used this mask to clear her lungs if she had already been poisoned. However, since the mask left her upper face and eyes exposed, she could still be harmed by nerve toxins, although the only enemy she encountered capable of utilizing such poisons was Mukotsu.
  • Nioidama: Are a typical/basic weapon for every yōkai taijiya. They're a mix of stink bomb and smoke bomb, nioidama unleash a gas when they explode which yōkai consider as disgusting while also leave a cloud of smoke at the same moment. This weapons is usually used to knock out or kill smaller yōkai, or to distract greater yōkai and are especially effective against yōkai with a strong sense of smell.

Relationships

Miroku

A reverse of their usual routine.

When Miroku and Sango first met, Miroku restrained himself out of sympathy. As noted in the above History, once she recovered from her crushing depression and despair, he became his lecherous self again and pursued her for what appeared to be a "cheap thrill." He frequently groped her (or occasionally propositioned her) when the opportunity arose; invariably Sango responded by slapping him or whacking him with Hiraikotsu, and this was often played off as a running gag.

A routine exchange between Sango and Miroku.

Yet, Sango angrily displayed varying degrees of jealousy whenever Miroku paid attention to other women and asked them to bear his children, which was one of the show's recurring sources of humor. Although she was constantly frustrated by his lecherous, womanizing antics, her romantic feelings for Miroku soon became apparent early on in the story, and it became obvious she had fallen in love with him. Perhaps the earliest example is contained in the scene where she sheepishly mutters that Miroku never propositioned her the way he does every girl he meets.

As the story progressed further, it became clear that Miroku himself had also fallen deeply in love with Sango, but was unable to express those feelings for her. Perhaps since he was obsessed with having a son to maintain his line, he has little understanding or appreciation of romance. However, he initially felt he could not love her as an ordinary woman and then feared that the Kazaana would consume Sango after consuming him.[12] Since Miroku was technically a Buddhist monk, Sango usually addressed him with the respectful term hōshi-sama (Hōshi means "Buddhist priest," and -sama is a respectful honorific), even when he acted disrespectfully. In the English dub of the anime, Sango often addresses him sarcastically as "Lord Miroku" or "Lord Monk."

Miroku protects Sango after their face-off with death (In the form of Kagura and a flood of demons).

Despite their "cat and mouse" relationship, Sango and Miroku actually made an excellent pair in battle, and whenever the group split up, the two of them often accompanied each other while Inuyasha and Kagome formed their own separate pair. Curiously enough, with all his of groping and innuendo with other women, Miroku had not asked Sango to bear his children upon meeting her, as he typically did with other women, until she sheepishly pointed out this fact and finally brought the subject to his attention. Surprised, Miroku immediately began to ask the question, only for Sango to snap "Spare me, will ya?!" She also feared that Miroku would leave her for another girl, which was possibly why she had resorted to anger. Another explanation is simply that Miroku seems to move too fast in any scenario involving romance or sex, probably due to his upbringing by the equally lecherous Mushin. As Kagome laments in a later scene, Miroku lacks any appreciation for "mood," and this often puts Sango off, despite her attraction to him.

When they were alone exploring the caves inside Mount Hakurei, Sango was knocked out by Kagura. When she awoke, she found Miroku had sucked in the Saimyōshō to save her. Not willing to leave him to die from the venom or the horde of demons (which, unknown to both of them at the moment, were unable to attack them due to the purifying barrier), Sango revealed her true feelings, saying she would die with him. However, she later forgot she said this (since it was all in the moment), and was extremely embarrassed, wondering what she possibly said.

Miroku saved Sango from a demonic salamander egg she was forced to swallow, which caused her to repeatedly attack him. Unfortunately, to save her, Miroku was required to defeat Sango in combat, having to punch her hard in the stomach with an ofuda scroll connected to his fist.[13] He was injured during this fighting, but nevertheless felt guilty over his actions, as his negligence led to her possession in the first place. Miroku then got Sango alone to ask her forgiveness; however, she replied that it was not his fault since she let her guard down. Mustering his courage, Miroku then confessed that she was the only woman he had ever truly loved; however, he also said that he could not love her as an ordinary woman, but instead as a comrade and a friend. Once again, Miroku appeared to fail to understand "mood." Heartbroken, Sango almost left him; however, he promised that he would live with Sango and raise children with her after Naraku was defeated if his Wind Tunnel did not consume him before then. Practically proposing marriage to Sango (and asking her to have ten to twenty children with him), she tearfully accepted, much to the happiness of Kagome and the skepticism of Inuyasha, who both were observing the couple from the bushes with Shippō.

However, she followed up her "Yes" with the request that he would stop asking other girls to "bear his child." His failure to respond elicited a dirty look from her, and she thought this silence had been a "no." However, it actually meant it would be hard to break an old habit. The scene represents another step and obstacle in their relationship. Their relationship becomes closer and more affectionate after this, though Miroku still occasionally behaves badly with women he meets. However, this is much less frequent, partly because Miroku genuinely loves Sango and partly because he is terrified of her temper. Sango in turn, no longer seems to mind when Miroku gropes her (seeing it as a sign of affection), but becomes extremely angry if she catches him flirting or groping other women, dragging him away by the ear or whacking him over the head.

Sango after giving birth to her son.

Toward the end of the series, Miroku's Kazaana threatened to tear and swallow him. Sango became desperate to save him and kill Naraku. She demonstrated this by damaging her own weapon, Hiraikotsu, to save him from a demon and by nearly killing Rin to kill a fake illusion of Naraku. This is a very significant scene that reveals Sango was willing to sacrifice herself (or perhaps others when there's no other option) for Miroku. One should remember that she had lost her father and entire comrades, only months before this incident happened. Sango also saw her brother's death twice (before he finally being revived). Couldn't bear to lose more of her loved ones, she almost sacrificed Rin in exchange of saving Miroku. Sango knew who Rin was; she knew Rin was both an innocent child and under the protection of Sesshōmaru, who could kill her with ease and would never show her mercy. However, she wanted to save Miroku from his now expanding Wind Tunnel at all costs. She regretted this decision and freely confessed it soon after to Sesshōmaru, but said she still would have taken the same action if she believed it would save Miroku. She did this expecting him to immediately kill her but only begs that he allow her to live until they defeat Naraku which will save Miroku. Her fear and love for Miroku culminated in her expressing that if Miroku died, she would be unable to live on. But Naraku was destroyed in time, and the curse of the Kazaana vanished, freeing Miroku from death.

Three years later, they settled down in Kaede's village, Miroku and Sango are officially married and they have two young twin daughters along with a newly born infant son. Miroku supports the family through exorcising demons with the help of Inuyasha. Sango probably will have some number between 10 to 20 babies with Miroku, as she promised to him that amount of children without any hesitation (although this may be an exaggeration on Miroku's part), and because it's also implied in Kagome's narration in the last episode that Sango is just starting a happy family with Miroku. The couple is shown to be quite happy in build a family together and may restart Sango's old village with new members, so at least 10 children seems to be very real to them.

Hisui

Hisui is her only son and the third child born between herself and Miroku. He has taken after Sango as a demon slayer and even has inherited her weapon, the Hiraikotsu.

Kin'u and Gyokuto

Kin'u and Gyokuto are her and Miroku's twin daughters and elder sisters to Hisui.

Kohaku

Kohaku is Sango's younger brother. He was killed by a demon possessing a castle's lord during one of the demon slayers' missions, and was controlled to kill every demon slayer that was there, including their father. He was later revived by Naraku as a human puppet, and had a Sacred Jewel shard embedded in his back to keep him alive and under the control of Naraku, without memory of what he had done. Sango went through great lengths to save Kohaku from Naraku's grasp, even if it meant killing herself in the process.

Although Kohaku was five years younger than Sango, she had a very close relationship with him, and always looked after and protected him, but with a very mature respect. She took her role as his older sister very seriously, and throughout the entire story constantly went out of her way and put herself in danger to try to rescue him from Naraku, and make him remember her. It was also clearly shown how much Kohaku means to her by her intense emotional distress each time she leaves from an encounter with him.

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She was extremely protective of Kohaku, and always felt responsible for the sinful actions he had committed, often appearing angry at him. It pained her to see him under the control of Naraku.

After he regained his memories and returned to normal, Sango was always supportive of his decisions. The love between the two siblings always remained strong. After Sango got married and started a new family with Miroku and her three kids, she allowed Kirara to train and travel with Kohaku on his quest to become a strong demon slayer and to help people troubled by demons. She still loved her brother and Kirara very much while eagerly waiting for them.

Kirara

Sango's two tailed demon cat partner and friend, Kirara originally belonged to the priestess Midoriko, eventually finding her way to Sango's grandfather and father. When Sango was young, Kirara was given to her by her father as a gift. Both cared about each other, and were always willing to battle alongside each other. Kirara always gave Sango a ride, or acted as a way to reach higher altitudes for her to attack from. Kirara always caught Sango when she fell, and they fought exceptionally well together. Kirara loved Sango, and Sango loved Kirara. The both of them were so attached that Sango worried constantly for Kirara whenever she would disappear. Sometimes Sango even felt guilty and blamed herself for not treating Kirara better. In Episode 97, when Sango thought Kirara was dead, she was heartbroken. At the end of the series, Kirara often travelled with Kohaku as he tried to become a more talented demon slayer.

Kagome Higurashi

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Sango started out as aloof and distant from the rest of the group, though she warmed up to Kagome first. The two girls have a sisterly love and friendship. Both discussed secrets and feelings amongst themselves. Eventually, Kagome revealed that "Sango is my best friend, I will do anything to save her". For example, whenever the two bathe, they discuss what problems they had. Sango was also usually the first to speak up for Kagome whenever Inuyasha hurt her by being with Kikyō, and whenever Sango was upset by Miroku's womanizing, Kagome always tried to comfort her. In The Last Banquet of Miroku's Master, while intoxicated by the mist of sake, Sango commented that "three Kagomes is definitely a crowd" (the other two Kagomes being Shippō and Hachiemon). Coincidentally, both girls were the eldest children in their family, both were older sisters who loved their younger brothers, both become married, and both owned a cat (or in Sango's case, cat demon). Sango said that Kagome was incredibly brave to speak up about Kikyō to Inuyasha. Though she was astonished, she also admired how Kagome was so forgiving of Inuyasha, even allowing him to visit Kikyō. The girls have an easygoing, relaxed friendship, and enjoyed being in one another's company. Sango genuinely cares about Kagome, even during the time when Inuyasha wanted to say goodbye to her after making up his mind about protecting Kikyō instead. Miroku insisted that even if Inuyasha were to say goodbye, he had to get the shards, leaving Sango and Shippō the only ones who considered Kagome's feelings at the time. Kagome sometimes tended to Sango's wounds after battles, and Sango would take care of Kagome whenever she was injured or got sick.

Inuyasha

A drunk Sango about to kiss an unwilling Inuyasha.

Originally, Sango was tricked by Naraku, into getting her to trust him. He had been impersonating Kagewaki Hitomi, the young lord of a castle. "Kagewaki", trusted Naraku, and Sango trusted "Kagewaki", so when a puppet of Naraku told "Kagewaki" that Inuyasha was the one who destroyed her village, she fought Inuyasha, intending to exact revenge and kill him. When she later learned that Naraku destroyed her village, she felt bad and joined the group. Inuyasha and Sango's relationship was originally somewhat strained, but later on they become very great, trusting friends. Sango would get mad at Inuyasha often whenever it involved Kagome, and often was the first to yell at him and scold him whenever Kagome went back to her own time because Inuyasha was seeing Kikyō. Once, Sango was talking about what she would do to Inuyasha if she were in Kagome's position, saying horrible and violent things, which began to scare Shippō and Kirara. In The Last Banquet of Miroku's Master, after becoming intoxicated by the sake mist, she showed some kind of infatuation toward Inuyasha and even tried to kiss him. While a very comic scene, it does reveal that Sango is, actually, interested in relationships, while Miroku considers her very special as he grows very jealous of Inuyasha who tries to fend her off.

In The Red and White Priestesses, when two miko created their own versions of Inuyasha and Kagome, Sango stated that she wouldn't mind fighting Inuyasha and that she could fight him all day without feeling guilt (much to his annoyance when she called the copy by his name). Also, when Sango was just about to kill Kohaku, who was possessed at the time, and then herself, Inuyasha came in the nick of time and promised her that they would get Kohaku back. This also played a part in a later episode. When Inuyasha first pointed out that Sango may have been jealous of the attention Miroku was giving the other girls, she glared at him, stating that it was his imagination. She would later glare at him whenever he insulted Miroku and his lechery, much to Inuyasha's confusion and fear. Sango's dark looks were quite formidable, as everyone in the group was intimidated by her glare. Whenever Inuyasha was acting stubborn, she would remain quiet and just let Miroku or Kagome chastise him. During the events in which Inuyasha was struggling with his inner demon, Sango was willing to stay with Inuyasha, and would continue to help him even if he became a full demon. This was due to him helping her when she was suffering over her family and her brother. This showed that she developed even further trust in him and showed how their friendship continued to build, even though he could be a threat to her and her friends. During the moments when Inuyasha went to see Kikyō, leaving Kagome upset and hurting, Sango would be irritated with Inuyasha. She was often exasperated with him, and spoke up defensively for Kagome. Other times, the both of them had this great bond as companions fighting together. They respected each other's strengths, and Sango was always the first to help Inuyasha when he was caught in a tough predicament in battle.

Shippō

Sango and Shippō had a very close relationship; Sango took the role of an older sister/aunt-like figure towards Shippō. The two were usually together when Inuyasha and Kagome were having their fights. Along with Sango, Shippō was disgusted by Miroku's perverted habits. Shippō had great fear of Sango when she's angry, more so than Inuyasha; he tended to cower in fear when she snapped. Much like he did with Kagome and Inuyasha's relationship, Shippō tried to convey Sango's feelings of hurt/wrath towards Miroku to try and get him to realize what his flirting was doing to Sango. Shippō was often worried for Sango when she was injured and continued to fight, though she dismissed it. Sango was generally amused with Shippō and his childish actions and sometimes mature comments. The two genuinely cared about each other, and Sango always ended up saving him when Inuyasha focused more on Kagome.

Sesshōmaru

Although they met several times in their travels and there does not appear to be a lot of interaction between Sango and Sesshōmaru, their interactions becomes subtly significant since he looks after Kohaku following Kikyō's death. When inside of the large jewel-like battlefield during Naraku and the group's final fight, she was willing to sacrifice Rin's life to destroy Naraku once and for all to save Miroku. When Sesshōmaru overheard the conversation between her and Byakuya about this, he was infuriated to the point where he threw Hiraikotsu at Byakuya, missing him, and was ready to kill Sango for endangering Rin. Sango confessed her guilt to him then asked that he kills her only once Naraku was slain and Miroku was saved. On the way to the final confrontation with Naraku, Sesshōmaru sees Sango give Rin her gas mask to protect her from the poison despite the dangers to herself and hears her apologize sincerely to Rin, who, of course, has no idea what Sango apologized for. After Naraku's defeat, Sesshōmaru apparently forgot about Sango having almost sacrificed Rin, as he showed no hostility toward her thereafter. Possibly due to having felt the pain of almost losing Rin when she dies a second time,[14] Sesshōmaru understood her desperation, particularly her willingness to sacrifice anything including herself and her honor to save someone she really loved.

Rin

A young girl who travelled with Inuyasha's brother, Sesshōmaru. She almost ended up sacrificing Rin's life to put an end to Naraku only to fall for one of Byakuya's illusions. Before going to find Miroku, Sango gave her protective mask to Rin to keep the girl from inhaling any miasma, also apologized to her genuinely for what she did. 4 years following Kagome's return, Sango visited the new young mother after she gave birth to twins of her own.

Kaede

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Kikyō

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Towa and Setsuna

Sango witnessed the birth of the twins during the flashback of Farewell under the Lunar Eclipse. She was shocked when their father took them away from their mother, Rin moments after their birth. At present, she has yet to see them as teenagers.

Quotes

"Please, body, hold fast until I can complete my final task."
―Sango[src]

"Kill you? What makes him think I can kill you? I...can't."
―Sango[src]

"As long as Kohaku is in Naraku's hands...I know I'll end up betraying you again!"
―Sango[src]

"Even though the same thing may be repeated...being together...is it okay?"
―Sango[src]

"I was really scared... I was scared that I'd be alone. "
―Sango[src]

"No way. You're not leaving me again. You're my only little brother."
―Sango[src]

"I'm going to kill you, then myself. It's my only choice. This is the only way to free you from Naraku. Forgive me Kohaku."
―Sango[src]

"No! If you can't go on...then we'll die here together!"
―Sango[src]

"You can't be serious, Kagome! Me like that pervert!?"
―Sango[src]

"Oh, I knew that. You don't have to tell me. It's not as if...as if I hoped you would love me. I never thought that."
―Sango[src]

Trivia

  • The name Sango means "Coral."
    • Coral is actually listed as one of the Seven Precious Things. Among other mystical properties, coral was believed to protect people from evil spirits.
  • In the very last chapter of the manga series, the bonus chapter: "Since Then," Sango had the very last line in this chapter thus also had the very last spoken line of the entire manga series.
  • When Sango first joined the group, her hair reached down past her waist, but during the three year timeskip, she cut her hair some, as it was shown in the final episode to reach just past her back.
  • Sango bore somewhat of a resemblance to the character Ukyo Kuonji from Rumiko Takahashi's previous work Ranma ½. They even shared the same English voice actress, Kelly Sheridan. Her seiyū also voiced Rin from Takahashi's previous work Mermaid Saga.
  • Her voice actress, Kelly Sheridan, also voiced Hitomi Kanzaki from The Vision of Escaflowne, whose love interest is Van Fanel - voiced by Kirby Morrow (who also voiced Miroku). The two also voiced Jay (Kirby) and Theresa (Kelly) from Class of the Titans who were also romantically involved.

Media appearances

Manga

Anime

InuYasha

InuYasha The Final Act

Hanyō no Yashahime

Notes and References

  1. In the anime only
  1. Zusetsutaizan Ōgikaiden, page 88
  2. The Art of InuYasha
  3. InuYasha anime; Episode 43
  4. InuYasha official website (Sunrise)
  5. 5.0 5.1 InuYasha anime; Episode 80
  6. InuYasha anime; Episode 81
  7. 7.0 7.1 InuYasha anime; Episode 179
  8. InuYasha anime; Episode 181
  9. InuYasha manga; Chapter InuYasha Since Then
  10. InuYasha The Final Act anime; Episode 26
  11. InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  12. 12.0 12.1 InuYasha anime; Episode 78
  13. InuYasha anime; Episode 132
  14. InuYasha anime; Episode 176

See also

InuYasha
Series Anime (InuYasha The Final ActHanyō no Yashahime)Manga
Characters InuyashaKagome HigurashiMirokuSangoShippōKiraraKikyōSesshōmaruJakenRinA-UnKohakuKōgaNaraku
Films Affections Touching Across TimeThe Castle Beyond the Looking GlassSwords of an Honorable RulerFire on the Mystic Island
Video Games InuYashaInuYasha: Naraku no Wana! Mayoi no Mori no ShōtaijōInuyasha: A Feudal Fairy TaleInuyasha: The Secret of the Cursed MaskInuyasha: Feudal CombatInuYasha: Secret of the Divine JewelCR InuYasha Judgement Infinity
Yōkai taijiya
Taijiya KiraraKohakuSangoSango and Kohaku's fatherShakoHisuiSetsunaRokutaNanasukeTowa Higurashi
Places Yōkai taijiya villageMidoriko's cave
Unique Items HiraikotsuShikon no Tama


Flea Yōkai
Yōkai Myōga  •  Shōga  •  Unnamed Stray
Allies Inuyasha  •  Tōga  •  Hōsenki I  •  Kaede  •  Kirara  •  Mō-Mō  •  Tōtōsai  •  Saya  •  Bokusenō  •  Miroku  •  Sango  •  Hachiemon  •  Moroha  •  Setsuna  •  Towa Higurashi
Enemies Ryūkotsusei  •  Shishinki  •  Takemaru  •  Naraku  •  Hyōga clan (Menōmaru)  •  Shikyō (Tōkotsu  •  Jakotsumaru)


Naraku
Incarnations KannaKaguraGoshinkiJūrōmaruKagerōmaruMusōInfantHakudōshiByakuyaAkagane
Rejected parts Unnamed incarnationHair monsterEye monsterOnigumo (reabsorbed)KodokuKugutsu
Allies SaimyōshōSesshōmaru (formerly)TsubakiHakushinShichinintai (Bankotsu) • AbiTekkeiMōryōmaruMirror demonGoraiMagatsuhi (Demon of the Shikon no Tama)
Enemies KikyōInuyashaKagome HigurashiMiyatsuMiroku's fatherMirokuSangoKiraraKohakuKōgaSesshōmaru (currently)KaguyaMōryōmaruHitomikoHōsenki IKansukeKaedeMidorikoRinJakenA-UnJanis
Locations Onigumo's caveNaraku's castleMount HakureiNaraku's cave
Miscellaneous Shikon no TamaKazaanaShōki


InuYasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
Locations: Mount Fuji  •  Dream Castle  •  Forest of Illusion (Shrine of the Mirror of Life)
Five Lakes of Mount Fuji: Lake Kawaguchi  •  Lake Motosu  •  Lake Sai  •  Lake Shōji  •  Lake Yamanaka
Princess Kaguya
Allies: Kagura  •  Kanna  •  Orochi
Enemies: Miyatsu  •  Naraku  •  Inuyasha  •  Kagome Higurashi  •  Miroku  •  Sango  •  Shippō  •  Kirara  •  Akitoki Hōjō  •  Kohaku
Equipment: Celestial Robe  •  Mirror of Life
Five Items: Jeweled Branch of Hōrai  •  Swallow's Cowrie Shell  •  Jewel of the Dragon's Neck  •  Stone Begging Bowl of Buddha  •  Robe of the Fire-Rat
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