At least he changed on his own of his own free will because it made him happy. And it took many chapters. Better than becoming out of character in one chapter for the author’s selfinsert any day.
- 15-year-old me: MOM I'm practically an ADULT ugggh you never let me do ANYTHING in olden times i could get MARRIED *eye roll into another dimension*
- me now: for my birthday i want food and to stay on your health insurance
//Of course not! Kikyo is more than just a love rival in the series, her purpose is to aid Inuyasha in moving on from the trap that they fell into and the bitterness that it caused. She is there to provide closure so that he can accept Kagome’s heart and his choices pertaining to Kikyo are understandable, she was his first real love and it ended very badly
Yes, Kikyo is a bit of a bitch in the beginning of the series, but to be fair not only did she die with a significant amount of hurt and anger towards Inuyasha, but being dead she never had a chance to move on from that. She is processing emotions and learning to accept her death and let go of her feelings for Inuyasha just as he is doing the same during the series so it makes sense that the whole ordeal between them is a real mess.
In the end though she is able to find peace and the hurt between them is put to bed and Inuyasha has been able to accept not only his feelings for Kagome but Kagome’s feelings for him. Something that would have likely been impossible without closure from Kikyo because without her, Inuyasha would have kept using Kagome as a replacement for the dead priestess.
What I am getting at is that even if you dislike her and you ship InuKag instead of InuKik, you shouldn’t wish that Kikyo was never in the story because she is so much more than a love rival and without her a true relationship between Kagome and Inuyasha likely wouldn’t have come to be.
Um what? When did Inuyasha ever use Kagome as a “replacement” for Kikyou? There’s an entire chapter that’s based on him telling Kagome she is NOT a replacement and that’s right after Kikyou’s resurrection. Besides its a bit hard to replace “no trust/no friendship” with “trust/friendship” and pretend they are the same. Which is why Inuyasha keeps saying Kagome makes him happy (not Kikyou), Kagme is his home (not Kikyou) Kagome taught him to smile (not Kikyou) Kagome taught him true strength (not Kikyou). Kikyou’s purpose in the story was to give Inuyasha the angst of failing to protect her which is why she was killed off twice in the series. When Kikyou was dying he told her she was the first woman he ever loved and that’s exactly what she was a woman he crushed on-his first love. Without her Inuyasha would not be constantly bombarded with guilt. If she had just absolved him of responsibility for her death he would have moved on more peacefully. But she never really cared enough to and was okay with him shouldering guilt for something he never did. And so he had to constantly worry about her safety and feel guilt for something that was not his fault.