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InuYasha
InuYashaVolume1.jpg
First volume of Viz Media's 2nd edition release of the English translation of InuYasha
戦国お伽草子–犬夜叉
(Sengoku Otogizōshi InuYasha)
Genre Adventure; Sengoku era sword and sorcery
Manga
Author Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher Shogakukan
English publisher Viz Media Canada, UK, US
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Sunday
Original run November 13, 1996June 18, 2008
Volumes 56 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Masashi Ikeda
Yasunao Aoki
Writer Katsuyuki Sumisawa
Studio Sunrise
Licensor Madman Entertainment Australia/NZ
Viz Media Canada, US
Network Animax, Nippon TV, Yomiuri TV
English network ABC, 7Australia/NZ
YTVCanada
Animax Asia Sri Lanka
Cartoon NetworkUnited States
Original run October 16, 2000September 13, 2004
Episodes 167 (List of episodes)
TV anime
InuYasha: The Final Act
Director Yasunao Aoki
Writer Katsuyuki Sumisawa
Studio Sunrise
Licensor Viz Media Canada, US
Network Yomiuri TV
English network Animax Asia
Original run October 3, 2009 – ongoing
Episodes 24 (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
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InuYasha (犬夜叉?), full title InuYasha, a Feudal Fairy Tale (戦国御伽草子 犬夜叉 Sengoku Otogizōshi InuYasha?), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It premiered in Weekly Shōnen Sunday on November 13, 1996 and concluded on June 18, 2008. The series follows a time-traveling high school student, a half-demon, a lecherous monk, a fox demon, a demon slayer, and a nekomata during the Sengoku period as they seek to find all the fragments of the Jewel of Four Souls and to keep them out of the hands of evildoers, especially Naraku.

The manga was adapted as two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first, broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004, was directed by Masashi Ikeda for the first forty-four episodes and by Yasunao Aoki for the remainder. The second series, called InuYasha: The Final Act, began airing October 3, 2009 to cover the rest of the manga series, and is still ongoing.

Contents

Plot

The story begins with a flashback to Feudal Japan, when the half-demon InuYasha raids a human village to steal the Jewel of Four Souls, a magical jewel that enhances its wielder's powers and can grant a single wish. InuYasha hopes to use the gem to turn himself into a full-blooded demon, but is soon stopped when Kikyo, the young miko of the village, shoots him with a sacred arrow, sealing him onto the sacred tree Goshinboku in the nearby forest. Mortally wounded, Kikyo tells her younger sister, Kaede, to burn the jewel with her body to prevent it from falling into the hands of evil.

The story then shifts to modern Tokyo, where a junior high school girl named Kagome Higurashi lives on the grounds of her family's hereditary Shinto shrine. When she goes into the wellhouse to retrieve her cat, Buyo, a centipede demon bursts out of the enshrined Bone Eater's Well and pulls her through it.

Kagome emerges into a strange wilderness, initially unaware that she has travelled back through time to the Sengoku period of Japan, fifty years after Kikyo's death. Other than the Bone Eater's Well itself, the only familiar landmark is Goshinboku. She finds InuYasha still sealed onto the tree in an enchanted sleep, and a group of hostile peasants who drag her back to their village.

Their old priestess, Kaede, recognizes Kagome as the reincarnation of her sister Kikyo; when the centipede demon returns, Kaede realizes that the Jewel of Four Souls has also been reborn in Kagome's body. Kagome frees InuYasha so he can kill the centipede demon, but after defeating it, InuYasha again tries to take the Jewel for himself. Kaede thwarts him by placing a magical rosary around his neck, allowing Kagome to subdue him with a simple command.

The Jewel of Four Souls attracts more demons, and the jewel is shattered into numerous shards that disperse across Japan. Even the individual shards are capable of granting great power, and are eagerly sought by humans and demons alike. Kagome and InuYasha set out to collect the shards and restore the Jewel of Four Souls. Along the way, they befriend Shippo, a small fox demon; Miroku, a cursed monk; and Sango, a demon-slayer with a tragic past.

The group encounters many friends and foes during the adventure, including InuYasha's older half-brother Sesshomaru; Kikyo, partially resurrected with a fragment of Kagome's soul; Naraku, a powerful collective demon who manipulated the initial conflict between Kikyo and InuYasha; and a wolf demon named Koga, who is InuYasha's dedicated rival in both love and war.

Eventually, Naraku collects all of the shards and reassembles the Jewel of Four Souls. Although InuYasha defeats him, Naraku uses his power as the Jewel's owner to wish for Kagome's soul to be trapped inside it with his own, which would allow Naraku to survive within it in eternal conflict with her. Naraku's wish can only be fulfilled by tricking Kagome to also make a selfish wish to save herself, but she has enough confidence in InuYasha, and instead wishes for the Jewel to disappear forever.

Kagome is thrown back into her own time, and InuYasha is no longer able to see her. However, after Kagome's graduation from high school three years later, a portal opens and allows her to return to InuYasha's time. They acknowledge their love for one another and she chooses to remain in the past with him.

Media

Manga

Written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi, InuYasha premiered in Japan in the November 13, 1996 issue of Shōnen Sunday,[1][2] where it ran until its conclusion in the concluded in the June 18, 2008 issue.[3] The chapters were published by Shogakukan in 56 tankōbon volumes, with the first volume released in May 1997, and the last released in February 2009.[4][5]

Viz Media licensed the series for an English translated release in North America. Initially, Viz released it in monthly American comic book format, each issue containing two or three chapters from the original manga, but eventually abandoned this system in favor of trade paperbacks with the same chapter divisions as the Japanese volumes. Viz released its first trade paperback volume in March 1998. At the time, American manga reprints were normally "flipped" to conform to the American convention of reading books from left to right by mirroring the original artwork; among other effects, this caused right-handed characters to appear left-handed. Viz later stopped flipping its new manga releases, although InuYasha was already well into printing by the time this change was made. Reprints of older volumes have not been "re-flipped" to match the newer ones. As of January 12, 2010, 44 volumes were released in North America, and new volumes of the series are being released monthly. Viz has also started to reprint the series in their "VizBig" format, combining three of the original volumes into each omnibus with slightly larger pages and full-color bonus art that was previously reduced to grayscale.

Viz Media also issues a separate series of "ani-manga" volumes which are derived from full-color screenshots of the anime episodes. These volumes are slightly smaller than the regular manga volumes, are oriented in the Japanese tradition of right to left, feature new covers with higher quality pages, and a higher price point versus the regular volumes. Each ani-manga volume is arranged into chapters that correspond to the anime episodes rather than the manga.

InuYasha is also licensed for regional language releases in Brazil by Editora JBC, Italy by Star Comics, France by Kana, Finland, Germany, Norway, and Poland by Egmont, Spain by Glénat, Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo, Mexico by Editorial Vid, Israel by Aruts Hayeladim, Vietnam by NXB Trẻ and South Korea by Haksan Publishing.

Anime television series

Based on the first 36 volumes of the manga series,[6] the InuYasha anime adaptation produced by Sunrise premiered in Japan on Animax on October 16, 2000 and ran for 167 episodes until its conclusion on September 13, 2004.[7][8] It was also broadcast on Yomiuri TV and Nippon Television.[8] In East Asia and South Asia it was aired on Animax's English-language networks.

The English dub of the anime was licensed release in North America by Viz Media.[9] The series was broadcast on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim programming block from August 31, 2002 through October 27, 2006.[10] A year later the series aired on Canada on YTV's Bionix programming block from September 5, 2003 through December 1, 2006.[11]

In the 34th issue of Shōnen Sunday, it was announced a 26-episode anime adaption of volumes 36 to the end will be made by the original cast and crew and will air on Japan's YTV.[12] The following week, Viz Media announced it had licensed the new adaptation, titled Inuyasha: The Final Act (犬夜叉 完結編 Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen?).[13]. The series premiered on October 3, 2009 in Japan with the episodes being simulcast via Hulu and ShonenSunday in the United States.[14] In other parts of Asia the episodes are aired on the same week on Animax-Asia.[15]

Films

The series spawned four anime films which feature original plot, rather than being based specifically on the manga, written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa who was wrote the anime episodes.[16] The films have also been released with English subtitles and dubbed audio tracks to Region 1 DVD by Viz Media. The first film, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time, was released in Japan on December 16, 2001. In the film, InuYasha, Kagome, Shippo, Sango, and Miroku must face Menomaru, a demonic enemy brought to life by a jewel shard, as they continue their quest for the Shikon Jewel shards. In the second film, InuYasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass, released on December 21, 2002, the group defeats Naraku and returns to their normal lives only to have to deal with a new enemy named Kaguya. The third film, InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, was released on December 20, 2003. In it, a third sword of InuYasha's father called So'unga is unleashed from its centuries-old seal and seeks to destroy the Earth forcing InuYasha and Sesshomaru to work together to stop it. The fourth film, InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island, was released on December 23, 2004, and depicts InuYasha and his friends attempting to rescue children trapped on the mysterious island Houraijima by the wrath of the four gods, the Shitoushin, or "The Four War Gods" (As named in the English film.)

CDs

Multiple soundtracks and character songs were released for series by Avex Mode. Three character single were released August 3, 2005, "Aoki Yasei o Daite" (蒼き野生を抱いて Embrace the Untamed Wilderness?) by InuYahsa featuring Kagome, "Kaze no Naka e" (風のなかへ Into the Wind?) by Miroku featuring Sango and Shippo, and "Gō" ( Fate?) by Sesshomaru featuring Jaken and Rin. The singles charted at number's 63, 76, and 79 respectively on the Oricon chart.[17][18][19] Three more character songs were released on January 25, 2006, "Rakujitsu" (落日 Setting Sun?) by Naraku, "Tatta Hitotsu no Yakusoku" (たったひとつの約束 That's One Promise?) by Kagome Higurashi, and "Abarero!!" (暴れろ!! Go On A Rampage!!?) by Bankotsu and Jakotsu. The singles charted at number's 130, 131, and 112 respectively on the Oricon chart.[20][21][22]

Games

InuYasha has been adapted into a mobile game released for Java and Brew handsets on June 21, 2005,[23] an English-language original Trading card game created by Score Entertainment that was first released on October 20, 2004, and the following video game console games:

Title Console Release date Notes
InuYasha (InuYasha RPG) PlayStation December 27, 2001
(Japan)
Japanese title: InuYasha (犬夜叉)
InuYasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale PlayStation April 9, 2003
(North America)
Japanese title: InuYasha: Sengoku Otogi Kassen (戦国お伽草子–犬夜叉)
InuYasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask PlayStation 2 November 1, 2004
(North America)
Japanese title: InuYasha: Juso no Kamen (犬夜叉 呪詛の仮面)
InuYasha: Feudal Combat PlayStation 2 August 23, 2005
(North America)
Japanese title: InuYasha: Ōgi-Ranbu (犬夜叉 奥義乱舞)
InuYasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel Nintendo DS January 23, 2007
(North America)
English only.[24]
InuYasha: Kagome no Sengoku Nikki (犬夜叉 ~かごめの戦国日記 InuYasha: Kagome's Warring States Diary?) WonderSwan November 2, 2001
(Japan)
Japanese only.
InuYasha: Fūun Emaki (犬夜叉 風雲絵巻?) WonderSwan July 27, 2002
(Japan)
Japanese only.
InuYasha: Kagome no Yume Nikki (犬夜叉 かごめの夢日記 InuYasha: Kagome's Dream Diary?) WonderSwan November 16, 2002
(Japan)
Japanese only.
InuYasha: Naraku no Wana! Mayoi no Mori no Shōtaijō (犬夜叉~奈落の罠!迷いの森の招待状 InuYasha: Naraku's Trap! Invitation to the Forest of Illusion?) Game Boy Advance January 23, 2002
(Japan)
Japanese only.

Original video animation

A 30 minute original video animation (OVA), Black Tessaiga (Kuroi Tessaiga) was presented on July 30, 2008 at an "It's a Rumic World" exhibit at the Matsuya Ginza department store in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district. The episode uses the original voice cast from the anime series.[25] The OVA covers the same part of the story that can be seen in episode 14 and 15 from the Final Act.

Reception

In 2002, the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen title of the year.[26]

The InuYasha graphic novels continue to show strong sales numbers. Volume nineteen of the InuYasha manga series has been ranked third on Nielsen BookScan’s Graphic Novel Top Fifty List for the week ending October 3, 2004, and volume one ranks eighteenth in its seventy-seventh straight week on the list, confirming a growing interest in the manga among new fans.

According to Viz, the feature film InuYasha: Affections Touching Across Time has sold over 30,000 DVD units to date.[citation needed]

InuYasha was ranked twenty by TV Asahi of the 100 best anime series in 2006 (based on an online survey in Japan.)[27]

References

  1. ^ Takahashi, Rumiko (November 13, 1996). "Inuyasha". Shōnen Sunday (50). ISSN 1236-2409. 
  2. ^ Izawa, Eri (December 1996). "Shonen Sunday, 1996 Issue 50". http://www.ex.org/1.x/14-shonen1.html. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Inuyasha Confirmed to End Next Wednesday in Japan". Anime News Network. June 10, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-06-10/inuyasha-confirmed-to-end-next-wednesday-in-japan. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "犬夜叉 1 [Inuyasha 1]" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/409125201X/. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ "犬夜叉 56 [Inuyasha 56]" (in Japanese). Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4091215807/. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ Roman, Annette (September 4, 2009). "Correction on Sesshomaru's Tail". The Rumic World. http://therumicworld.com/blog.php?id=85. Retrieved September 8, 2009. 
  7. ^ "犬夜叉 作品トップ ANIMAX アニメ見るならアニマックス [Top Animax Work InuYasha Watch Anime on Animax]" (in Japanese). Animax. http://www.animax.co.jp/feature/index.php?code=NN00015276. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "あゆ・V6ら完全収録! 『犬夜叉』テーマソング集が発売決定 [Ayu, V6 Complete Collection! "InuYasha" Theme Song Collection Sale Decided]" (in Japanese). Oricon. January 23, 2010. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/music/72704/full/. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Viz at AX". Anime News Network. July 7, 2001. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2001-07-07/viz-at-ax. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Inu-Yasha On Adult Swim Action!". Anime News Network. August 8, 2002. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2002-08-08/inu-yasha-on-adult-swim-action. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Inu Yasha, St. Seiya on YTV". Anime News Network. August 26, 2003. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2003-08-26/inu-yasha-st-seiya-on-ytv. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Inuyasha's Final Chapters Get TV Anime Green-Lit (Updated)". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-07-16/inuyasha-final-chapter-gets-tv-anime-green-lit. Retrieved July 15, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Viz Adds Inuyasha Final Act, Kekkaishi Anime (Updated)". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-07-24/viz-adds-inuyasha-final-act-kekkaishi-anime. Retrieved July 24, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Viz Media Announces Inuyasha The Final Act Scheduled to Stream in the U.S. Simultaneous to Airing in Japan". Anime News Network. September 28, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2009-09-28/viz-media-announces-inuyasha-the-final-act-scheduled-to-stream-in-the-u.s-simultaneous-to-airing-in-japan. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ Tai, Elizabeth (July 26, 2009). "Sayonara, Inuyasha". Star Publications (The Star). http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2009/7/26/lifebookshelf/4380809&sec=lifebookshelf. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  16. ^ "隅沢克之 のプロフィール [Katsuyuki Sumisawa's Profile]". All Cinema. http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_p.php?num_p=132438. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  17. ^ "Aoki Yasei o Daite Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://contents.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/607115/1/. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Kaze no Naka e Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://contents.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/607115/1/. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Gō Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/607116/1/. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Rakujitsu Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://contents.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/631209/1/. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Tatta Hitotsu no Yakusoku Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/631219/1/. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Abarero!! Oricon Profile" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://contents.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/631224/1/. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  23. ^ InuYasha mobile phone game
  24. ^ ign.com
  25. ^ "New InuYasha Short to Debut at Tokyo's Takahashi Event". Anime News Network. July 9, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-07-09/new-inuyasha-short-to-debut-at-tokyo-takahashi-event. Retrieved September 4, 2008. 
  26. ^ "小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者 [Shogakukan Cartoon Prize: Successive Winner]" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. http://comics.shogakukan.co.jp/mangasho/rist.html. Retrieved August 19, 2007. 
  27. ^ "Japan's Favorite TV Anime". Anime News Network. October 13, 2006. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2006-10-13/japan's-favorite-tv-anime. Retrieved May 3, 2009. 

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Simple English

This article is about the series InuYasha. For the character Inuyasha from the series see: List of InuYasha characters.

Inuyasha is a manga made by Rumiko Takahashi that has also been made an anime series.

Contents

Basic story

This is a story started by a girl shooting a boy who has dog ears and white hair. She shouts "Inuyasha!" to him, while she shoots and dies afterwards, nobody knows why. Her little sister, Kaede, runs to her side calling "Sister Kikyo!" , but it's too late. She's already dead. Before Kikyo dies though, she asks Kaede to burn her together with a purple jewel - the Shikon no Tama (The Shikon Jewel).

Reincarnation

But, Kikyo's not dead yet, because of her reincarnation, meaning Kikyo became alive again to another person, who is a girl called Kagome. She soon appears after Kikyo burns, in the future world, and her granpa shows a fake shikon no tama which Kagome does not believe in. She never believed in those things until... her 15th birthday arrived. She lands into a well in her house, where she goes back to the past, finding Inuyasha on a tree, stuck on there for 50 years by Kikyo's arrow.

Knowledge of her reincarnation

She meets Kaede, an older one because 50 years passed in this world after what happened to Kikyo. Kaede finds out that Kagome is the reincarnation of her own sister, and helps her keep the real shikon no tama that Kagome suddenly found in her body. Kagome gets the arrow out of Inuyasha when a centipede yokai/demon attacked her to get the jewel. When Inuyasha does kill it, he tries to kill Kagome too, to revenge on Kikyo (he thought Kagome was her), but Kagome can now control him with Kaede's magic by saying "sit!" just like a dog. And Inuyasha is a dog yokai! After that, Kagome shatters the jewel by mistake and has to try to find them all before evil creatures do. This is the beginning of their adventure and they also have to find one of the evil, who is Naraku. Many other characters come to help Kagome and Inuyasha, like Sango, Miroku, Kirara and Shippo... this, in the anime finished at 167 episodes but many people expect it to continue... inuyasha is like a basic fairy tale.

Shikon no Tama

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.

The purpose of the Jewel

When Midoriko was about to die fighting a demon, she joined her 4 soul 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.

The purification of the jewel

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

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.

The ending

Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku, Sango, Shippo, and Sesshomaru finally finish off Naraku and the shikon jewel disappears -Miroku and Sango have three kids together -Kagome is thrown back into her own time for three years and comes back to the feudal era after she finishes off high school. Kikyo was killed by Naraku. -Inuyasha and Kagome are married after being reunited after the three-year separation and Sesshomaru leaves Rin at Kaede's villages so that she can be used to being surrounded by humans and once a while, Sesshomaru visits Rin and gives her presents.

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