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InuYasha
InuYasha
Premiere October 16, 2000
Finale September 13, 2004
Creator Rumiko Takahashi
Network Nippon TV
Style 30-minute animated action fantasy
Company WoWow, Inc.,
Sunrise, Inc.
Seasons 7
Episodes 167
Origin Japan

InuYasha is a fantasy anime program based on the manga by Rumiko Takahashi, that was published regularly in Weekly Shonen Sunday. The television program initially concluded in 2004 due to the storyline catching up to the manga. Shortly after the manga series ended in 2008, a continuation of the anime was commissioned to adapt the final 21 InuYasha manga volumes.

Four-hundred years ago the priestess Kikyo was the guardian of the Sacred Jewel (also called the "Shikon Jewel" or "Jewel of Four Souls"), a magical bauble capable of granting enormous power to demons. Because of this, the jewel is highly sought after by demonic forces. One day Kikyo is betrayed by InuYasha, a half-human, half-dog-demon who wants to use the jewel to make himself a full demon. Kikyo is fatally wounded in the theft, but not before managing to trap InuYasha against a tree. Kikyo's body is burned with the jewel, which then disappears.

In the present day, Kagome Higurashi is living at her family's shrine, little knowing that she is the reincarnation of Kikyo — and the Sacred Jewel is hidden inside her! A demon pulls her down into the family's well, drawing her into the past, where her only recourse for protection against the demons seeking the jewel is to free InuYasha from the tree. While retrieving the jewel from a demon that manages to snatch it away, Kagome accidentally shatters the jewel, scattering the pieces throughout the countryside. It's up to Kagome and InuYasha to gather all the pieces and reassemble the Sacred Jewel.

As the two travel throughout feudal-era Japan it becomes apparent that InuYasha was set up, and that his and Kikyo's troubles were actually caused by a powerful demon called Naraku. They befriend several other travelers with their own grudges against Naraku, such as the lecherous monk Miroku and the demon hunter Sango. And there are plenty of other problems to deal with along the way, like InuYasha's evil brother, a proud wolf demon in love with Kagome, a resurrected priestess with a grudge, and the fact that Kagome still has to study for her school exams in the present day!

The anime was licensed for North American release by Viz Media, who also release the English language InuYasha manga, and began broadcasting an English dub on Adult Swim in 2002.

Contents

Cast

Japanese Voices English Voices Character Duration
Main Cast
Kappei Yamaguchi Richard Ian Cox InuYasha 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Satsuki Yukino Moneca Stori Kagome Higurashi 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Toshiyuki Morikawa Paul Dobson Naraku 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Kumiko Watanabe Jillian Michaels Shippou 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Houko Kuwashima Kelly Sheridan Sango 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Ken Narita David Kaye Sesshômaru 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Kôji Tsujitani Kirby Morrow Miroku 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Nippon TV
Season One October 16, 2000 May 21, 2001 27
Season Two May 28, 2001 December 10, 2001 27
Season Three December 17, 2001 August 5, 2002 27
Season Four August 12, 2002 February 3, 2003 18
Season Five February 10, 2003 September 8, 2003 27
Season Six September 15, 2003 July 12, 2004 33
Season Seven July 26, 2004 September 13, 2004 8

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets: Region 1
First Season Box Set September 7, 2004 5 purchase
Second Season Box Set November 8, 2005 5 purchase
Second Season Box Set: Deluxe Edition November 8, 2005 5 purchase
Third Season Box Set September 12, 2006 5 purchase
Third Season Box Set: Deluxe Edition September 12, 2006 5 purchase
Fourth Season Box Set September 4, 2007 4 purchase
Fourth Season Box Set: Deluxe Edition September 4, 2007 4 purchase
Fifth Season Box Set July 29, 2008 5 purchase
Fifth Season Box Set: Deluxe Edition July 29, 2008 5 purchase
Sixth Season Box Set December 2, 2008 4 purchase
Sixth Season Box Set: Deluxe Edition December 2, 2008 4 purchase
Episode Collections : Region 1
Volume 1: Down the Well November 5, 2002 1 purchase
Volume 2: A Girl's Best Friend December 3, 2002 1 purchase
Volume 3: Fathers and Sons February 4, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 4: The Thunder Brothers April 22, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 5: Secret of the New Moon April 22, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 6: Deadly Liasons June 3, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 7: Secrets of the Past June 24, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 8: Kikyo's Wandering Soul August 12, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 9: Origin of the Sacred Jewel August 26, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 10: The Scars of Battle October 7, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 11: Into the Miasma October 28, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 12: Swords of Destiny December 9, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 13: Den of Wolves December 9, 2003 1 purchase
Volume 14: Wind & Void February 3, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 15: Broken Fang February 24, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 16: The Heart of the Beast April 6, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 17: Shattered Memories April 27, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 18: The Demon Within June 1, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 19: The Way to Wisdom June 29, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 20: Curse of the Dark Priestess August 3, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 21: Double Trouble August 24, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 22: True Face of Evil October 5, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 23: Wicked Clutches October 26, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 24: Severed Identities November 30, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 25: Crimson Blade November 30, 2004 1 purchase
Volume 26: Curse of Generations February 8, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 27: Brothers in Arms February 22, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 28: Promise of the Past April 5, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 29: Castle of Evil April 26, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 30: Monkey Business June 7, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 31: Duplicates and Dilemmas June 28, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 32: Glow of the False Jewel August 9, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 33: Unexpected Encounter August 23, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 34: Children of Snow October 4, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 35: The Band of Seven October 25, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 36: A Half-Demon's Tears November 29, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 37: Two Souls, One Body November 29, 2005 1 purchase
Volume 38: Battle on the Sacred Island February 7, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 39: The Black, Impure Light February 28, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 40: Divine Malice April 4, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 41: Naraku Reborn April 25, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 42: Farewell My Beloved June 6, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 43: Demons in the Modern Age June 27, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 44: The Most Dangerous Confession August 1, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 45: The Woman Who Loved Sesshomaru August 22, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 46: An Ancestor Named Kagome October 3, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 47: On a Pale Horse October 24, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 48: A Father's Love November 21, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 49: Tragic Love Song of Destiny December 5, 2006 1 purchase
Volume 50: Kikyo and Kagome February 6, 2007 1 purchase
Volume 51: The Path to the Netherworld February 27, 2007 1 purchase
Volume 52: The Last Shard of the Jewel April 3, 2007 1 purchase
Volume 53: Malevolent Machinations April 24, 2007 1 purchase
Volume 54: Mistakes of the Past June 5, 2007 1 purchase
Volume 55: The Bond Between Inu Yasha and Kagome June 26, 2007 1 purchase

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