Kikyo means so much to me. She's the first character I've fallen in love with, back when I was a small kid.
I admire her strength, willpower, perseverance. She's a proud and elegant woman, beautiful and delicate as a flower, yet strong and hard as steel.
You can't bend her, you can't push her down, and she will fight for what she believes in and for those she loves. Until the end.
Many people don't like her, but I think that they just don't understand her. Her fierceness can be easily misunderstood, but if you try to put yourself in her shoes, you'll realise that she's only protecting herself, as she's alone and has no intention to let people hurt her ever again.