Kagome Higurashi’s Birthday CALCULATED
VIDEO – https://youtu.be/K4S4C8Necf8
After a lot of studying, asking Teachers from Japan, variations of the manga, novelization and episodes for lunar cycles I believe I have come up with definitive answer for “Kagome’s Birth-Day” without dismissing it as “they never said her bday”. Making it as accurate as you can be. Because there actually is enough evidence over-all that can pin point the exact date.
First of all there are two different versions of the manga, one says 1997 and the other says 1996. The one that says 1997 is actually incorrect, so we will use the correct one 1996 for this matter.
Kagome at the beginning of the series says that it’s her birthday, it’s Spring – which would be in April for Japan. She also is 15 years old. In Chapter 35 they are in their Summer clothes which means they are in Midterms. Now, our member Hiroyuki is actually an English teacher in Japan who has mentioned the terms for schooling in our group. So Kagome definitely fits the bill for being in Junior High School
Japan runs a Three Term System – The Japanese school year begins in April and ends in March and is divided into three semesters. The school year starts in April. So the first semester begins in April and ends near late July. The Second term starts in September. But Kagome doesn’t say “It’s the first day of the second semester!” and it isn’t Fall. In fact in the fourth volume she mentions it’s summertime. Which points to April, and June is the beginning of Summer. Hiroyuki specifically states it’s the first day of school, being April 1st. So that’s the definitive month for Spring – The beginning of the school year.
So we know two things so far, 1996, April, first semester of school and in Japan. Another factor that people question way to much and all the time, they question it incorrectly is actually her “Uniform” –
[ Art by Rumiko Takahashi, PNG from kisspng ]
A few of our members also discussed the changing of uniforms. It is common knowledge that this occurs –
[ Source – https://www.japanblogger.com/Japanese-school-uniforms.html ]
[ Source – http://atlasp.net/questions/7.html ]
I have seen people argue about it saying Kagome is starting her second semester, that would mean after my calculations Kagome’s birthday would be September 24th. BUT a second semester in the first episode which is very untrue. In episode 11 we can assume that is the last day of Winter Wear and that it is May 31st. In Episode 12 they all switch to their Summer Wear – June 1st. We can also use Mayu as a great example. Mayu Ikeda was stated in episode 12 and Chapter 35 by Souta that she had passed away 6 months earlier. The series does have it’s own regular time jumps and sometimes we are given hints as to how much time has passed in between episodes, but I’ll explain that in a bit how that plays out for her birth-day. In this episode everyone has changed into their summer uniforms, meaning that Kagome is at-least in June now. That means Kagome has been at school for two months at episode 12/Chapter 35. That means Mayu died in December which matches her attire. Kagome says “Why is she wearing a down jacket, when it’s almost summer?!”
Mayu is ten years old and she was an elementary school student.
In real life, Elementary school students wear casual clothes very similar to Mayu’s with big jackets. You can see the kid on the far left is actually wearing a big red jacket just like her’s.
They are only wearing their summer uniform for 3 months until October 1st. They get into their Summer uniforms June 1st. Again, this would contradict her – saying it’s her second semester, than her first which is undoubtedly April.
If it’s easier to explain this way, Kagome is wearing her school uniform that is long sleeved April, May, and then June 1st. For then three months it’s her short sleeved uniform then until October, until June again which means they are usually wearing their long sleeved uniform for 8 months! [Well not really because of their breaks in between but you get my point] A majority of the time they are wearing that version. That explains why Kagome is almost always seen wearing her long sleeved uniform.
Then there is also THIS line -only- in the Novelization of InuYasha where it’s stated to be Autumn ONLY in the Feudal Era. While in the anime and manga it’s spring. But for the novelization’s “autumn” this is normal, traveling 500 years seasons and weather do change each year. We do have Global Warming as to current date. 500 years ago it was completely different due to distance and tilts.
Have as much of a headache as I do? It doesn’t end there. Now, I remember seeing the moon a lot in the anime and manga – This is gonna help me out.
On Episode 3 Kagome’s Grandpa says “You were missing for three full days”
At this point the episode is at Sunset and is becoming night time. Episode 4 starts at night time continuing on the same day. What do we have here?
Here we go again. This is where we can define everything right down to an exact date and figure out what Kagome really is. Using pre-recorded weather patterns and moon cycles in JAPAN as of 1996
My calculations for her birthday are – April 1st, April 30th – Kagome is a definitive April born.
The best one being –
Full Moon, in April 1996 is actually the 4th! That means that three days earlier from what Grandpa Higurashi stated is in fact exactly April 1st.
Full Moon, in May 1996 is
May 3rd. Taking three days would be April 30th!
Let’s narrow it down further.
“Children who have their 6th birthday on or before April 1 enter the first grade of elementary school of that year.”
As we check the way that schools are calculated Kagome would have to be turning 15 on April 30th!
What are the odds of us being able to figure all of that?! I mean, Kagome states it’s her birthday and it just so happens to land on the first month of school being April!
Kagome’s date of birth confirmed April 30th 1981
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