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This article is about the series InuYasha. For the character Inuyasha from the series see: List of InuYasha characters.
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Inuyasha written in kanji
(Sengoku Otogizōshi Inuyasha)
GenreAdventure, fantasy,[1] romance[2]
Written byRumiko Takahashi
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
Original runNovember 13, 1996June 18, 2008
Volumes56 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byMasashi Ikeda (1-44)
Yasunao Aoki (45-167)
Produced byMichihiko Suwa
Hideyuki Tomioka
Written byKatsuyuki Sumisawa
Music byKaoru Wada
Licensed by
NetworkNNS (ytv)
English network
Original run October 16, 2000 September 13, 2004
Episodes167 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Inuyasha: The Final Act
Directed byYasunao Aoki
Produced byTomoyuki Saito
Mitomu Asai
Naohiro Ogata
Written byKatsuyuki Sumisawa
Music byKaoru Wada
Licensed by
Viz Media
NetworkNNS (ytv)
English network
Neon Alley
Animax Asia
Adult Swim (Toonami)
Original run October 3, 2009 March 29, 2010
Episodes26 (List of episodes)
Feature films
  1. InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  2. Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
  3. Inuyasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
  4. Inuyasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island

Inuyasha is a manga and anime series created by Rumiko Takahashi.

Plot[change | change source]

A priestess named Kikyo had a relationship with a dog human named InuYasha. When they end up betraying each other, Kikyo made Inuyasha unconscious. As she dies holding the Shikon Jewel (Shikon no Tama), she leaves her sister (Kaede) alive. Kagome is a teenage student, who discovers a well in her house and ends up traveling to the past. She meets and rescues Inuyasha, who slept in a sacred tree for fifty years. Kagome learns that she is Kikyo's reincarnation and had the jewel inside her body, which the demon extracted it. The magical necklace allows Inuyasha to control his behaviour. Kagome inadvertently shatters the jewel into pieces, which Naraku uses one of them to summon the army of incarnations. Inuyasha recruits a few allies on his journey. After Kikyo's death, Inuyasha defeats Naraku, making the jewel vanished from the world and Kagome is sent back to the present day. Three years later, Miroku and Sango have three children, Rin lives with Kaede, and Kagome returns to the feudal era after graduating from high school.

Shikon no Tama[change | change source]

The Shikon no Tama (English:The Jewel of Four Souls) is the fictional magic jewel in the anime and manga series InuYasha. It is called the Jewel of Four Souls because it has four souls of 4 different names: Aramitama (Courage), Nigimitama (Friendship), Kushimitama (Wisdom) and Sakimitama (Love). The souls can make a person very powerful.

Purpose[change | change source]

Before Midoriko died, she joined her four souls inside her heart, with the soul of the demon to make it good and pure. By doing that, she killed herself and the demon. This created the Shikon jewel. Inside it, Midoriko and the demon souls still fought each other. This battle is depends to the person who has the jewel. The jewel can become pure (become good because Midoriko is winning) or impure (become bad because the demon is winning). Many creatures want the jewel because it can make them powerful like Midoriko. They can do anything they want with it. If someone wants to become a full demon then they will become that, just like Naraku wants to.

Purification[change | change source]

After many fights of different demons and humans, Shako, Sango's grandpa found the jewel from a demon called Mistress Centipede. The jewel was impure because it had been with the evil Mistress Centipede. He took the jewel to Kikyo. Only the goodness of Kikyo's priestess power could purify it and make it good. But when Kikyo is burnt because she dies by Naraku wanting the jewel and killing her, and she wants the jewel to burn and destroy along with her. Kagome, Kikyo's reincarnation gets the jewel even so, and when Mistress Centipede's bones inside the well become alive with the jewel's power when Kagome comes near, she is dragged into the well and the past where everything happened. Kagome shatters the jewel by accident when she shoots a crow which swallowed it, and has to find all the pieces before evil creatures do with Inuyasha.

Fake Shikon no Tama[change | change source]

Some people tried to make shikon no tama themselves so that they can have its power without trying to find all the pieces. Izumo, a half-demon who turns to a demon at night, but a human at day, is a clever philosopher who likes nature and the world. He is the one who knows how to make a shikon no tama, and a frog-demon with some other demons grab him so that they can start making a fake shikon no tama. Izumo agrees and makes many copies of shikon no tamas which only has small power. He said to the frog-demon that to make the copies like the real one, they had to collect the souls of people with Aramitama (Courage), Nigimitama (Friendship), Kushimitama (Wisdom) and Sakimitama (Love). When Inuyasha and his friends come to save Izumo who plans to get them because of his friends having the souls that he needed to make a real shikon no tama.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Official Website for Inuyasha". Viz Media. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
  2. "Inu Yashu TV Series". Anime News Network. June 20, 2000. Retrieved July 29, 2018.