As I pass through the lengthy struggle of life in this fleeting world, I cannot help but long for the midnight moon I once saw.
~ Kanna

Kanna is the first incarnation of Naraku to created, though technically the 2nd to appear, since Kagura appeared first. She has the power to absorb attacks and souls into her mirror, and later displayed the ability to summon a glass guardian to copy attacks of her enemies. Because of Kanna's childlike appearance people can be fooled into believing she is innocuous. Unlike her sibling Kagura Kanna is treated considerably better by Naraku.

She was voiced by Janyse Jaud.


Fools. Do they pity Kanna? But Kanna cannot feel a thing, be it pain, fear or sorrow. She cannot even understand the reason for your pity.
~ Naraku about Kanna.
Kanna originally had barely any sense of self, doing as Naraku ordered of her. She knew Naraku could kill her and Kagura at any time he wished; "It's in Naraku's hands, both life and death." As she harbored no ill will towards her creator, she was trusted above all her siblings, being allowed to give Kagura and Kohaku orders from him. Despite Naraku believing she wouldn't develop a will or emotions of her own, Kanna eventually did and began to question her own existence. Her bond with Kagura was the only reason Kanna betrayed Naraku; letting Kagome know the light in the Shikon Jewel could kill him was Kanna's way of avenging Kagura.

She appeared to have an ear for poetry, reciting some of the poems in InuYasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass. In InuYasha: The Final Act, Kanna recites the same poem twice in "Naraku's Heart" and another one in "Flowers Drenched in Sadness". Each poem reflected something from each episode, such as Kagura's desire for freedom and questioning her own existence.


Kanna first appears when manipulating a village in order to absorb Kagome's soul. When this backfired, her role diminished to that of a scout and an informant to Naraku. In the Final Act, she finally makes her move and summons a glass guardian to battle Inuyasha. This led to a difficult fight with her, leading to her defeat.

Mirror demon

Kanna's mirror demon.

However, Naraku decided to have her sacrifice her life in order to kill Inuyasha and his friends, crushing her heart. Before her death, she imparts some knowledge on how to defeat Naraku to Kagome, telling her that the light will destroy him.


  • She looks similar to Kaguya Otsutsuki from Naruto. Ironically, at one point she served a villain who also goes by the name of Kaguya.


           Inuyasha Villains

Main Villains
Naraku | Sesshomaru | Jaken | Kikyo | Kohaku

Naraku's Incarnations
Kagura | Kanna | Hakudoshi | The Infant | Byakuya | Goshinki

Band of Seven
Bankotsu | Renkotsu | Jakotsu | Suikotsu | Ginkotsu | Mukotsu | Kyokotsu

Yura | Moryomaru | Taigokumaru | Hoshiyomi | Magatsuhi | Kaguya | Menomaru | Setsuna no Takemaru | Sounga

Tsubaki | Izumo | Sara Asano | Ryura

           Rumiko Villains

Ranma ½
Happosai | Cologne

Mermaid Forest

Naraku | Sesshomaru | Jaken | Kikyo | Kohaku | Kagura | Kanna | Hakudoshi | Magatsuhi | The Infant | Yura | Hoshiyomi | Tsubaki | Moryomaru | Byakuya | Bankotsu | Jakotsu | Renkotsu | Mukotsu | Suikotsu | Ginkotsu | Kyokotsu | Goshinki | Taigokumaru | Izumo | Sara Asano | Menomaru | Kaguya | Sounga | Setsuna no Takemaru | Ryura

Sabato Rokudō | Masato | Renge Shima | Bijin


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