|“||What have you done to your brother? Killua! Will you not listen to your mother anymore?!||”|
|2011 | 1999|
Rena Yukie (1999)
2011 | 1999
Kikyo is 170 centimeters tall and wears a Bustle and a broad-brimmed hat decorated with feathers and fur. She is 42 years old at the beginning of the series. Her face is covered in bandages due to Killua's attack (seen in Volume 31, she wasn't wearing them previously) and has an electronic visor covering her eyes. The visor can be used as a communication device, although what other purposes it suits are unknown.
Kikyo is the maternal figure of the Zoldyck Family and is an assassin herself. Kikyo dotes on Killua (a bit too much) and looks forward to see him excelling in assassination and carrying on the Zoldyck Family's business. She feels delighted every time Killua displays his coldness, even if it is directed towards her. Because of her excessive love and high hopes for him, she has become an overprotective, unbalanced parent and is suspicious of any stranger who wants to get close to him, fearing that they will mislead him. Kikyo is also a cruel person, as she had no qualms about testing her fourth child's power with innocent people, that could result to their deaths.
Almost nothing is revealed about her past, except that Kikyo was once an inhabitant of Meteor City. Prior to the start of the series, she was injured when attempting to prevent Killua from running away from home to take the 287th Hunter Exam. He stabbed her and despite this, she is proud of Killua for doing so.
Zoldyck Family arc
Kikyo made her first appearance with her youngest child Kalluto. Using a tiny projectile, she knocked out Canary for mouthing off about the Zoldyck family. Kikyo tells Killua that his friends are passing through their gardens, to patronize him during his torture. She explains to Gon that Killua is in self-imposed solitary confinement. As Killua is released, Zeno contacts Kikyo and becomes very upset. She briefly introduces herself before telling Gon to leave and excusing herself.
Silva gives Killua permission to travel with his friends and before Killua reaches the exit, Kikyo opens it followed by Kalluto. Kikyo lies to Killua saying that his friends have already left and that it's time for him to go back to the torture chamber. Killua ignores her and tries to get past before she reaches for him. He glares at her for a moment before she finally lets him go. She is proud of Killua for growing so independent. She later confronts Silva about his decision, saying that Killua is becoming a rebellious child and needs to be disciplined, but Silva tells her that even if Killua gets to the darkest parts of the world, he will come back because he is his son.
Kikyo was first seen with Kalluto as they visit Killua during Milluki's torture session. She informs Killua that his friends have arrived and says confidently that they will not be able to enter through the Testing Gate. Later, Gotoh informs her that Gon and his friends have indeed passed the gates. She orders Gotoh not to let anyone near Killua. During a flashback to when Killua was a child, she was shown to be hiding behind one of the trees listening to Killua and Canary's conversation. Killua asked Canary to be his friend, but knowing they were under Kikyo's surveillance, she was forced to turn down the offer.
Later, Kikyo exclaims how angry she is when she finds out that Killua has been released. Through her visor, she had seen Zeno release Killua. According to her, this is the most critical time for Killua and he is the one child she shall not give up on.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
In Killua's flashback to when he was still a little kid, she looked more normal than she does now, wearing a kimono and having her black hair pulled into a big bun updo, without a hat; there was no bandage on her face, though the visor could already be seen at that time. In the same chapter she tested Alluka's ability by ordering Mitsuba to decline all requests from Alluka no matter how small they were. Due to that, Mitsuba and her lover Hasama, who was not around them at that time, were mysteriously crushed into minced meat simultaneously. Killua explained to her that this was the consequence of saying 'No' to Alluka's requests 4 times.
She appeared again in the present and her bandages are still there. Along with Silva and Milluki, she watches Killua and Alluka through a surveillance camera and comments about Killua being a good older brother. When Killua decided to take Alluka out of the estate, Silva disagreed and orders them to stay there. Killua asks Alluka a wish, if they are not able to leave the mountain for 30 minutes, Kikyo will die. But if they succeed, Alluka will have to kiss Killua on the cheek. Kikyo slumps on the floor, saying how proud of Killua she is for saying something so cruel. Since Silva has no other choice, he lets them leave.
Abilities & Powers
As an assassin from the Zoldyck family Kikyo probably possesses advanced assassination techniques; she once knocked down Canary by firing a tiny projectile at her forehead. She is also shown to have extreme speed, being able to run through the Zoldyck Estate within a few minutes. Kikyo is a Manipulator but her Nen abilities have never been shown.
- In the 1999 anime, when Kikyo cries, the visor shows static similar to a television; this however was not shown in the 2011 anime version.
- Kikyo's name was never mentioned in the manga nor the anime.
- Her children call her "mother" or "mama"; the butlers call her "Madame", and she even referred to herself as Killua's mother.
- During the Greed Island arc, Kikyo appeared in a cameo, right beside her son Kalluto.
- In the 2011 anime version, when Kikyo knocked Canary out, the projectile came from the tip of the fan she was carrying.
- Kikyo also calls Killua - 'Kil'. A shortening of his name and possibly linking it to 'Kill', reflecting their families business as assassins.
- In the musical reenactment of the Zoldyck Estate arc, The Nightmare of Zoldyck, Kikyo grows hysterical questioning whether she did the right thing "putting acid in the apple pies." This may be an indication that, much like Milluki's tortures, Kikyo participates in the "training" of her children.
|Family Members||Maha Zoldyck • Zeno Zoldyck • Silva Zoldyck • Kikyo Zoldyck • Illumi Zoldyck • Milluki Zoldyck • Killua Zoldyck • Alluka Zoldyck • Kalluto Zoldyck • Zzigg Zoldyck|
|Servants||Tsubone • Canary • Amane • Zebro • Seaquant • Gotoh (former) • Mitsuba (former) • Kasuga (former) • Yasuha (former) • Hishita (former)|