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A teenage girl periodically travels back in time to feudal Japan to help a young half-demon recover the shards of a jewel of great power.


Rumiko Takahashi
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Series cast summary:
Kappei Yamaguchi ...  Inuyasha 167 episodes, 2000-2004
Richard Ian Cox ...  Inuyasha 167 episodes, 2000-2004
Darren Pleavin ...  InuYasha (Animax Asia dub) 167 episodes, 2000-2004
Satsuki Yukino Satsuki Yukino ...  Kagome Higurashi 166 episodes, 2000-2004
Moneca Stori ...  Kagome Higurashi 166 episodes, 2000-2004
Kumiko Watanabe ...  Shippou / ... 153 episodes, 2000-2004
Jillian Michaels Jillian Michaels ...  Shippo / ... 153 episodes, 2000-2004
Kirby Morrow ...  Miroku 147 episodes, 2001-2004
Kôji Tsujitani Kôji Tsujitani ...  Miroku 145 episodes, 2001-2004
Kelly Sheridan ...  Sango 138 episodes, 2001-2004
Houko Kuwashima ...  Sango 136 episodes, 2001-2004
Paul Dobson Paul Dobson ...  Naraku / ... 103 episodes, 2000-2004
Tadahisa Saizen Tadahisa Saizen ...  Villager / ... 98 episodes, 2000-2004


Kagome Higurashi is a 15 year old schoolgirl who lives at a history-filled Japanese shrine. She is also the reincarnation of an ancient priestess named Kikyo, who guarded the sacred Shikon no Tama (Jewel of Four Souls), and who sealed away the half-demon Inuyasha who had tried to steal the jewel in order to become a full demon. Kikyo died of her wounds and had the jewel burned with her body. Kagome is one day pulled into the ancient well on her family's shrine and thrown into the past, 50 years after Kikyo's death. She befriends Kaede, the late Kikyo's sister, who realizes Kagome is Kikyo's reincarnation. They are attacked, and learn that Kagome has the Shikon no Tama, but it's actually inside her body! Kagome accidentally awakens the dog-demon Inuyasha, and frees him after the jewel has been ripped from her body. Now Inuyasha wants the jewel back, but Kagome can't let him have it. He is forced (by Kaede's magic) to wear a necklace that allows Kagome to control him with one word, "Sit... Written by Kimberly Milliff <psylock1234@ev1.net>

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The origins of the Tetsusaiga and the Tensaiga are never explained in a "linear time line" fashion. The combined stories from the original series, the 3rd Inuyasha film and the Final Act tell this story: InuYasha's father InuTaisho possessed the Sword So'unga. (The Sword of Hell) Sometime after acquiring So'unga, InuTaisho had Totosai forge the Tetsusaiga (The Sword of Earth) from one of his own fangs. After the Tetsusaiga was formed, InuTaisho battled and defeated the demon Shishinki, stealing his signature move the Meido Zangetsuha for himself. However unable to fully master the move, the Meido was cast out of the Tetsusaiga and housed by the Tensaiga. (The Sword of Heaven) Before his death, InuTaisho somehow enchanted both the Tetsusaiga and the Tensaiga power to destroy the So'unga, enchanted both swords so that the two could not destroy the other and enchanted the Tetsusaiga to resist the grasp of full-blooded demons. See more »


Inuyasha: [to Kagome, angry at her for saying she believes in him] You are nuts! This sword is good for nothing! Me, I'll live, I'm half demon. You though, you ain't got a chance.
Kagome: So I should just, give up hope?
[starts to cry]
Inuyasha: What... what are you doing?
[becomes upset when he sees Kagome crying]
Inuyasha: Are you crying? No crying!
Kagome: [getting angry] Oh, should I laugh?
Inuyasha: No! You should shut up and let me protect you!
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Alternate Versions

The versions aired exclusively on the Cartoon Network in the USA and on YTV in Canada are edited. The unedited versions of the episodes were released on DVD. See more »


Change the World
Written by Rie Matsumoto
Composed by Miki Watanabe
Arranged by Keiichi Ueno
(avex trax)
Performed by V6
Opening Theme: Episodes 1-34
Closing Theme: Episodes 147-148
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*dreamy sigh*
18 January 2003 | by ThalyaSee all my reviews

You know a series has to be good when you fall in love with a

"flawed" main character, especially an animated one (the only

other time this has happened was Vegeta from DBZ). I've only

seen the English dub on Adult Swim, but it really seems that

Richard Cox and Inuyasha the character were a perfect match; the

voice-acting is one of the biggest draws.

As for the show itself, anyone who's a fan of Buffy the Vampire

Slayer and Angel will love this. The storyline about an ancient half- man/half-demon and a young modern girl does have that base

parallel to Buffy and Angel, as well as incredibly good storytelling

that defies just as many genres. But from there it goes off on its

own particular mythologic twists and turns that make it so unique

and powerful. After every 24 minute episode I'm amazed at how

much has been accomplished and developed, all while giving a

fair balance to the cast of characters, all sharply-delineated and

possessing their own unique appeal. The scoring is equally

wonderful and often difficult to get out of your mind.

All in all, who cares about gritty or anything near that when for once

in a long time you can get swept up in the romance and fantasy

and drama of it all? This is a rare series, and one bound to get

rarer, particularly when all the networks (American at least) seem

to care about these days are reality shows or "realistic" dramas

uninterested in strong character-based plot developments. Anime

seems to be one of the last realms where you can find good

stories told exceedingly well with the emphasis where it should

always be, on the characters; that there's action, adventure,

romance, drama, or comedy is merely secondary.

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