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The episodes of the Japanese anime series InuYasha Kanketsu-Hen are based on the last 21 volumes of the manga series of the same title by Rumiko Takahashi. Viz Media lisenced the series as "InuYasha: Final Act". An English dub is yet to be released. Kira Tozer will replace Moneca Stori as Kagome Higurashi while Michael Daingerfield will voice Sesshomaru in the place of David Kaye.

Production

The original staff and cast from the first InuYasha anime adaptation were brought back together for the new series. The series premiered on Yomiuri TV on October 3, 2009 where it ran for 26 episodes until its conclusion on March 29, 2010. It picked up where the first adaptation left off, following the half-demon InuYasha, the high school student Kagome Higurashi and their companions Miroku, Sango, Shippo and Kirara as they search for the final fragments of the shattered Shikon Jewel and approach their final battle with Naraku.

Animax Asia promoted the series with a more romantic spin, featuring other Asian couples.

Opening and closing themes

Four pieces of theme music were used, one opening and three endings. "Kimi ga Inai Mirai" by Do As Infinity was the opening theme song for the series, lasting from the first episode onwards.[1] "With You" by AAA was the first ending from episode one to nine.[1] The second ending was "Diamond" by Alan from episode ten to seventeen.[2] The third and final ending theme was "Tōi Michi no Saki de" (遠い道の先で?, "The Long Road Ahead") by Ai Takekawa from episode eighteen to twenty six.[3] For the series finale, the end credits feature highlights from the series.

Online subtitled version

Viz Media licensed the new adaptation before it premiered and aired its English subtitled online through Hulu, with new episodes released within a day of their Japanese air dates. As of episode 14, the English episode aired first.[4][5] Animax Asia also aired the series, with their own English subtitles, both on its television stations and through its online video service.[6]

Image

This is the first InuYasha TV season that is broadcast in 16:9 matted widescreen, similar to aspect ratio used in the InuYasha Movies, ditching the standard 4:3 aspect ratio used in the original series. The series is also broadcast in 1080i High Definition. As of episode 13 and onward, flashbacks used from the original series are cropped to 16:9 rather than stretching or re-animating the sequences. Some flashbacks, which cannot be properly matted, are reanimated, such as the opening scene to the first InuYasha series, where Kikyo pins InuYasha to a tree. Animax Asia aired the series in a letterbox format as the series was not produced with a safe area in mind. However, some networks utilize an anamorphosing stage to squeeze the 1.78:1 (16:9) image to fit a 1.33:1 (4:3) screen, similar to what was done for the North American broadcasts of InuYasha the Movie: Affections Across Time.

English dub

Voice actress Kelly Sheridan was the first to announce through her Facebook fan page on May 11, 2010 that dubbing for the Final Act had begun.[7] In July 2010, AnimeNewsNetwork stated that Kira Tozer will replace Moneca Stori in the role of Kagome Higurashi as well as Michael Daingerfield, who will replace David Kaye as Sesshomaru. Richard Ian Cox confirmed that unlike Tetsusaiga's previous moves such as the Wind Scar or Adamant Barrage, the Meido Zangetsuha will not be translated in to English.[8] Animax Asia has its own English dub, with a different panel of voice actors.[9]

OVA integration

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 production uses the original voice cast from the anime series.[10] Episodes fourteen and fifteen re-use the the OVA, with minor re-animation, to cover the plot of Inuyasha's Tetsusaiga acquiring Meido Zangetsuha from Tenseiga.

Episode list

Ep# Title Japanese airdate English sub airdate English dub airdate
1 Naraku's Heart
"Naraku no Shinzō" (奈落の心臓)
October 3, 2009[11] October 4, 2009[5]
Hakudoshi plots with Kagura and Goryomaru to bring down Naraku. Meanwhile, Naraku is aware of their betrayal through Kanna's Mirror. As part of the deal with Hakudoshi, Kagura is supposed to get the Sacred Jewel shard out of Kohaku's neck, but Kagura is moved by Kohaku's search for revenge and allows him to escape. Having betrayed Hakudoshi as well, Hakudoshi tries to kill her but she is saved by InuYasha. As Hakudoshi fights InuYasha, the poison insects come to his rescue. However, Naraku abandons him and Hakudoshi is sucked in by Miroku's Wind Tunnel.
2 Kagura's Wind
"Kagura no Kaze" (神楽の風)
October 10, 2009[11] October 11, 2009[5]
Having been saved by InuYasha and his friends, Kagura tries to escape Naraku and he offers to return her heart to her. Meanwhile, Kikyo summons the soul of Midoriko to restore her powers. She explains to InuYasha that in order to destroy Naraku, his soul must be purified. Koga completes a series of trials to obtain the Goraishi, a treasure of his clan. While Sesshomaru battles Moryomaru, Naraku returns Kagura's heart, then immediately impales her on his tendrils, injecting her with miasma and leaving her on the brink of death. She manages to float away on a feather, landing in a meadow filled with flowers, where she listens to her newly-returned heart beat in her chest. Smelling Kagura's blood, Sesshomaru quickly finishes his battle, shattering his sword the Tokijin in the process. He finds Kagura in the flower field just as she dies. Her body dissolves into dust and her feather hairpin floats away on the wind, signifying that she is now free. InuYasha and his friends arrive too late, and when InuYasha asks Sesshomaru if Kagura had suffered, Sesshomaru replied, "She was smiling."
3 Meido Zangetsuha
"Meidō Zangetsuha" (冥道残月破)
October 17, 2009[11] October 18, 2009[5]
Totosai approaches Sesshomaru and tells him that he can now reforge the Tenseiga into an offensive weapon. InuYasha's group find a temple where fox demons play tricks on others to try to advance in demon rank. After accidentally entering the test, Shippo plays tricks on InuYasha, who clobbers him. Shippo retreats into the forest where he meets a girl named Mujina whose sword can absorb the demonic energy of InuYasha's Tetsusaiga. She uses the energy to attack him, but her will is too weak and she is defeated. Meanwhile, Sesshomaru learns the Meido Zangetsuha technique, which cuts a small path to the netherworld and sends one's opponent there directly. In the present, Kagome's grandfather tells her that the Shikon Jewel can only be erased from the world if one makes the right wish.
4 Dragon-Scaled Tetsusaiga
"Ryūrin no Tessaiga" (竜鱗の鉄砕牙)
October 24, 2009[11] October 25, 2009[5]
InuYasha's group rescues a swordsmith named Toshu from the demon Ryujin, who is angered that Toshu has not completed crafting Dakki, a sword designed to absorb other's demonic energy. Toshu later uses the sword to absorb Ryujin's power, then battles InuYasha and steals the demonic energy from Tetsusaiga. However, the demonic energy is too powerful and kills him. The energy of the sword returns to Tetsusaiga, giving it the ability to absorb demonic energy. Meanwhile, a wolf-demon named Kai tricks Koga into helping him, seeking a Shikon Jewel shard to rescue his younger brother from the demon Byakuya, one of Naraku's incarnations.
5 The Great Holy Demon Spirit’s Test
"Yōrei Taisei no Shiren" (妖霊大聖の試練)
October 31, 2009[11] November 1, 2009[5]
With Tetsusaiga's new power, Totosai sends InuYasha to a demon hermit named Yorei-Taisei to train so he can use it without it backfiring. When InuYasha reaches the village, he undergoes a test by the hermit designed to help InuYasha discover the existence of whirlpools of demonic energy that InuYasha can cut to defeat his enemies. Meanwhile, Moryomaru devours two demon twins and obtains their incredibly strong and powerful powers and abilities.
6 The End of Moryomaru
"Mōryōmaru no Saigo" (魍魎丸の最期)
November 7, 2009[11] November 8, 2009[5]
Naraku absorbs a demonic tree that grants him the power and ability to penetrate demonic barriers. InuYasha, and friends attempt a confrontation, but Naraku flees without a fight. Kikyo and Kohaku pursue the rest of the nearly completed Shikon Jewel, and meet Koga for the first time. As InuYasha's gang arrives at the mountain, Moryomaru meets Naraku and prepares to attack him. Though Koga and InuYasha work together to try to stop him, Naraku tricks Moryomaru into absorbing him, allowing him to penetrate Moryomaru's tough defenses and letting him absorb Moryomaru from the inside out, and reclaiming the Infant as his visible heart. Kikyo wants to use Kohaku's shard to attack Naraku. To protect him, Miroku attacks Naraku with his Wind Tunnel instead, and refuses to close it despite his friends pleas. The miasma begins poisoning him, causing blood to stream from his eyes and mouth, but he is able to suck in the Fuyoheki before InuYasha finally stops him. As he leaves, Naraku tells InuYasha that Miroku had almost gotten his heart, which he will regret. Miroku is left near death, and Kikyo states that her powers and abilities of purification cannot entirely heal him.
7 Mausoleum of Mount Azusa
"Azusayama no Reibyō" (梓山の霊廟)
November 14, 2009[11] November 15, 2009[5]
Kikyo is able to partially heal Miroku, but warns him that he will die if he overuses the Wind Tunnel. After taking back his human heart, Naraku learns of Kikyo's plan to purify him by having him absorb Kohaku's Shikon Jewel shard. Naraku entangles InuYasha, Kikyo, and Kagome in his webs, which makes the wound she sustained from healing Miroku grow. After they free themselves, Kagome travels to the sacred Mount Azusa to obtain a sacred longbow that has special spiritual powers and abilities of its own that can save Kikyo, but only if she truly wants to. The Spirit Guardian there tests her, during which Kagome falls off a cliff. Kikyo appears and angers Kagome by telling her what she thinks of her. Kagome says she's jealous, then learns it was just an image of Kikyo created from her own insecurities. Kagome passes the test and obtains the sacred longbow of Mount Azusa.
8 Among the Twinkling Stars
"Hoshiboshi Kirameki no Aida ni" (星々きらめきの間に)
November 21, 2009[11] November 22, 2009[5]
Kagome falls from the sky, but InuYasha catches her. Naraku recaptures Kikyo and the others, including Koga. He intends to acquire Koga's shards, but realizes that they are too pure as they are influenced by the incredible strength of Midorikio's will, so he captures Koga to defile them. InuYasha and Kagome arrive and while InuYasha battles him, Kagome aims the sacred longbow of Mount Azusa at Kikyo to save her but Kikyo makes her wait. Naraku drops her and his body opens, revealing the Shikon Jewel inside. Koga tries to get it, realizing that his shards are purifying Naraku, but the Shikon Jewel disappears and Koga is trapped. Miroku uses the Wind Tunnel to suck away the miasma to free him. InuYasha and Koga are able to break him free, but Koga ends up losing his Shikon Jewel shards in the process. With the real Shikon Jewel now inside Kikyo, she has Kagome shoot her. It purifies the jewel, and Kikyo's soul collectors fly at Naraku to try to purify him along with the Shikon Jewel. However,his demonic energy overwhelms Kikyo's spiritual powers, the jewel is tainted, and renders Kikyo powerless and on the verge of death. She tells a heartbroken InuYasha that she is now finally an ordinary woman, and he kisses her before she dies and her soul collectors bring her soul to rest in peace.
9 Sesshomaru in the Underworld
"Meikai no Sesshōmaru" (冥界の殺生丸)
November 28, 2009[11] November 29, 2009[5]
Without his Shikon Jewel shards, Koga takes his companions and retires from the fight with Naraku, leaving desire for revenge to InuYasha and his group. Meanwhile, Sesshomaru visits his mother to ask how he can make Meido Zangetsuha even stronger and even more powerful then ever before. She summons a Meido Hound for him to battle, which takes Rin and Kohaku into the void of the netherworld. He follow and defeats the beast and rescues them. Though Kohaku is able to move within the void because of the Shikon Jewel shard, Rin is not. When Kohaku informs Sesshomaru that Rin isn't breathing, he stops shocked. The darkness of the Abyssal Void envelopes her and Sesshomaru confronts a guardian of the dead, but Rin dies. Sesshomaru uses Tenseiga to purify the dead in the netherworld, and Tenseiga brings him, Rin's body, and Kohaku back to the world of the living. Sesshomaru is really disturbed to realize Tensaiga cannot revive Rin a second time, only able to resurrect a person once. His mother, after scolding him about thinking he could control life and death themselves, revives Rin using her own Meido stone, but warns that neither Rin nor Kohaku can be resurrected by Tenseiga again.
10 Flowers Drenched in Sadness
"Kanashimi ni Nureru Hana" (悲しみに濡れる花)
December 5, 2009[11] December 6, 2009[5]
Naraku is irritated that there is still a speck of purity remaining in the Shikon Jewel, which could be exploited. InuYasha and his group arrive in a village of beautiful flowers and the demon Kaou traps InuYasha in an illusion created by his sorrow over Kikyo. Kagome saves him and defeats Kaou, purifying the village which removes the flowers. Meanwhile, Naraku orders Kanna to lure InuYasha and his companions into her mirror. When the group arrives, a demon emerges from the mirror that appears to steal all of Tetsusaiga's powers and abilities to use it against him, forcing InuYasha and his friends to flee.
11 Kanna's Gravestone
"Kanna no Bohyō" (神無の墓標)
December 12, 2009[11] December 13, 2009[5]
InuYasha's party hides in a cave with a barrier, but the mirror demon finds them and breaks through it. As InuYasha fights it, his body goes into demon form but InuYasha somehow maintains control of his senses. As he wounds the demon, they are transferred to Kanna, who is controlling it. Watching from a safe place, Naraku orders her to keep the demon going until it kills them, or until their party kills her by killing the mirror demon. InuYasha switches his target to the replica Tetsusaiga and successfully breaks it, which restores the power to his own sword and his body to his normal half-demon state. Kanna gets closer to the group, but InuYasha refuses to kill her. Naraku makes Kanna and the mirror explode in a shower of glass shards in an attempt to wound the party. One shard of glass enters Kagome's eye. Through it, the dead Kanna gives her a clue as to how they can kill Naraku.
12 Sango's Feelings, Miroku's Resolve
"Sango no Omoi Miroku no Kakugo" (珊瑚の想い 弥勒の覚悟)
December 19, 2009[11] December 20, 2009[5]
During a new moon, Sango and Miroku face off against a Bone-collecting demon. During the battle, Miroku is forced to use his wind tunnel twice, resulting in his being poisoned. To protect him, Sango coats her hiraikotsu in poison and uses it to destroy the demon, destroying her weapon in the process. Myouga suggests they visit the Demon Master of Potions to have it repaired. The drunken man agrees to repair it and dumps it in a jug of alcohol, dissolving it. He sends Sango into another jug to pacify the demons inside. The demon's are the Hiraikotsu which want Sango to promise not to betray them again, but she refuses, saying that as she loves Miroku, she would sacrifice her life for him. Outside the jar, the Master of Potions offers Miroku a poisonous drink that will prevent him from feeling the pain of any other poison or demon miasma, though it will not actually prevent it from reaching his heart. The hiraikotsu initially intends to kill Sango, but Miroku drinks the poison so he can continue to protect Sango. The Hiraikotsu demons agree to fight with her once again, and Sango's weapon is fully restored, and is now much stronger and much more powerful than ever before.
13 A Complete Meido
"Kanzen na Meidō" (完全な冥道)
December 26, 2009[11] December 27, 2009[5]
The demon Shishinki approaches Sesshomaru for a fight, having been defeated by Sesshomaru's father long ago. To Sesshomaru's surprise, Shishinki attacks him using a complete Meido Zangetsuha and claims Sesshomaru's father stole the technique from him. Sesshomaru attacks with his Meido, but Shishinki's absorbs it. InuYasha and his group arrive and after Shishinki attacks him, InuYasha joins the argument. Shishinki taunts Sesshomaru, telling him that he must have been shunned by his father if his younger half-demon, half-human brother has Tetsusaiga as Tenseiga is just a cast off from it to contain the unneeded Meido. As Sesshomaru furiously wonders why his father did this, Shishinki attacks again. InuYasha protects him with the Wind Scar, but Sesshomaru punches him and tells him not to interfere. Sesshomaru blindly charges Shishinki. Miroku uses a paper charm to fire Myoga at InuYasha so he can explain to Sesshomaru that his father entrusted him with the Meido because he felt Sesshomaru could master it; however, Shishinki points out that he could have just given him Tetsusaiga instead of casting off Tenseiga. Sesshomaru resumes his attack. When InuYasha again comes to his aid, their swords begin pulsating. When Sesshomaru draws Tenseiga, he is able to launch a massive complete Meido that swallows Shishinki. InuYasha tries to tell Sesshomaru that Shishinki was lying, and that Tenseiga is a proper keepsake, but Sesshomaru states that they are destined to fight one another for the rest of their lives. Myoga states Sesshomaru must have realized his father's true intentions.
14 In Pursuit of Naraku
"Naraku no Tsuigeki" (奈落の追撃)
January 4, 2010[11] January 3, 2010[5]
Totosai confirms that Sesshomaru's father gave him Tenseiga so Sesshomaru could perfect the Meido Zangetsuha, then have Tetsusaiga reabsorb Tenseiga. Meanwhile, Naraku takes advantage of Sesshomaru's absence to try to take Kohaku's Shikon Jewel shards, and is annoyed to find that it is still being protected and purified by Kikyo's spiritual powers. InuYasha's group arrives and Naraku tries to taunt Sango by claiming Kohaku runs from her to forget his past. She states that she already knew that, but will still fight for him when he needs her. She attacks with Hiraikotsu and to her surprise, it now has its own demonic energy and it is able to injure Naraku. InuYasha follows up with an Adamant Barrage attack, Kagome fires one of her sacred arrows, and Miroku attempts to use his Wind Tunnel, but the severely injured Naraku manages to flee. Afterward, Kohaku tells them that because his jewel shard is still pure, they may still be able to use in the final battle with Naraku.
15 True Heir
"Seitōnaru Keishōsha" (正統なる継承者)
January 11, 2010[11] January 10, 2010[5]
Using the fragment of Kanna's mirror, Sesshomaru is able to make Tenseiga replicate Tetsusaiga's powers and abilities and challenges InuYasha to a battle to test his worthiness to wield their father's fang of destruction. InuYasha accepts. Every time the swords cross, Tetsusaiga regains some of its powers and abilities back. Sesshomaru creates a Meido that swallows InuYasha, and throws Tenseiga into it. Naraku tries to control Tenseiga through Kanna's mirror. Sesshomaru jumps in the Meido and forces InuYasha to break Tenseiga. Tetsusaiga's blade becomes black, and InuYasha creates a Meido to come back from the netherworld. The broken Tenseiga comes back anew. Totosai said that, now freed from his obsession with Tetsusaiga, Sesshomaru is one step away from obtaining a much stronger and much more powerful weapon of his own that was not inherited from his father.
16 Hitomiko's Barrier
"Hitomiko no kekkai" (瞳子の結界)
January 18, 2010[11] January 17, 2010[5]
Naraku attacks and fatally wounds Hitomiko, a priestess with unusually strong and powerful spiritual powers and abilities that he previously tried to kill fifteen years ago. Using the Shikon Jewel, he keeps her alive and uses his spider webs to control and manipulate her. He has her erect an incredibly strong and powerful barrier that traps Kagome, and begins torturing her to death. Kagome shoots the spider controlling Hitomiko, though she worries this will corrupt both Hitomiko's soul and spiritual powers. When she fires her sacred arrow, a huge light purple glowing ray of intense spiritual power shoots out and Hitomiko is able to die peacefully in Kagome's arms, after first telling Kagome that she can sense that Kagome's true spiritual powers are highly extensive, but are somehow sealed.
17 Magatsuhi's Evil Will
"Magatsuhi no Janen" (曲霊の邪念)
January 25, 2010[11] January 24, 2010[5]
InuYasha's group returns to Kaede's village to tell her of Kikyo's death. As they talk, she states that Kagome's innate spiritual power was probably sealed by Magatsuhi, the evil will of the Shikon Jewel that did it out of fear of Kagome's spiritual powers and abilities. Meanwhile, Naraku enables Magatsuhi to manifest as a demon. With his new body, Magatsuhi attacks Sesshomaru's group to try to take Kohaku's shard. Sesshomaru struggles to defend the boy without a weapon and having only one arm. InuYasha's group arrives to find Sesshomaru's right arm badly wounded and Kohaku's shard being defiled. As InuYasha confronts Magatsuhi, he renders Kagome unconscious. Sesshomaru uses his will to heal his wounds, annoyed with InuYasha who is telling him to back down, and assumes his true form to attack Magatsuhi. The brothers struggle to battle Magatsuhi, while protecting their respective groups. Eventually Magatsuhi spears Sesshomaru and traps him, saying he will be come part of Naraku's body. The others fear he is dead, and when InuYasha rushes to free him he is captured as well. Sesshomaru bursts through the ball of appendages, and as Totosai arrives, Sesshomaru's left arm is restored and he is wielding a new sword. Totosai calls it Bakusaiga and says it was always inside Sesshomaru, but could not be wielded until he surpassed his father in power and strength and learned to let go of his obsession with Tetsusaiga. With his newfound demon sword, Sesshomaru destroys Magatsuhi's body, forcing the latter to flee. At the end of the episode, Kagome finally awakens with a puzzled expression on her face.
18 The Day of Days
"Jinsei no Ichidaiji" (人生の一大事)
February 1, 2010[11] January 31, 2010[5]
Both groups go to Kaede's village where Kohaku remains unconscious due to the defilement of his Shikon Jewel shard. Kaede suggestions Magatsuhi was able to defile it because the highly strong and powerful purification spell Kikyo left behind is only effective against Naraku. Kagome tries to purify it but is unable to, seemingly due to Magatsuhi's attack against her. After Totosai makes him a scabbard for his new sword, Sesshomaru heads off to hunt down Magatsuhi as only Tenseiga would be able to defeat him. He leaves Rin and Jaken behind with Kohaku. Kagome decides to return home to take her high school entrance exams, promising to return when they are done. While standing at the tree he was once pinned too, InuYasha's worries that Kagome will die in the battle with Naraku, like Kikyo, and thinks its safer for her to be home where she is not alone. Meanwhile, Kagome finds herself feeling lonely and missing her friends from the Feudal era, as her family is away, the school closed, and her friends unavailable. She falls asleep studying and awakes to find InuYasha there, much to her joy. As they talk, InuYasha asks her to consider staying there until Naraku is defeated, and suggests that her spiritual powers and abilities were sealed by Kikyo's final wish not to fight anymore. Kagome refuses, wanting to keep her promise to Kikyo and make the one correct wish that will make the sacred Shikon Jewel disappear from world of the living forever. InuYasha vows to protect her with his life, and they almost kiss, but are interrupted by the sudden return of her family. Ten days later, Kagome goes to take her exams, with InuYasha following after coming to pick her up since ten days is up. Kagome's bag gets caught in the train, but InuYasha carries her after it to retrieve it. She hugs him and he takes her to the exam site, where her mother meets her with the exam ticket she left at home.
19 Kohaku's Shard
"Kōhaku no Kakera" (琥珀の欠片)
February 8, 2010[11] February 7, 2010[5]
Sesshomaru finds Magatsuhi and attacks him with Tenseiga, but it was only an illusion created by Byakuya. The real Magatsuhi attacks Kaede's village and gains control of Kohaku's body. He badly injures Miroku and Sango before escaping. InuYasha and Kagome return and give chase, while Sesshomaru discovers the deception and begins fighting Byakuya himself. Byakuya brings one thousand demons to hold off Sesshomaru, who easily slays them with Bakusaiga in a single strike. Back at the village, Sango kisses the sleeping Miroku and prays for him to survive, before chasing after Kohaku. When InuYasha, Kagome, and Sango find him. Responding to his sister's appeal and aided by some of Kikyo's pure light left in his Shikon Jewel shard, Kohaku manages to break Magatsuhi's control momentarily. Kohaku jumps into a deep canyon in an effort to drive Magatsuhi out of his body.
20 When the Jewel is Whole
"Shikon no Tama ga Kansei suru Toki" (四魂の玉が完成する時)
February 15, 2010[11] February 14, 2010[5]
Kohaku successfully drives Magatsuhi out of his body just as Sesshomaru arrives, who manages to use Tenseiga to cut Magatsuhi in half, destroying part of him. Naraku then tries to take Kohaku's shard himself, but Sesshomaru attacks with his Bakusaiga, which causes Naraku's body to explode. Meanwhile, a red demonic aura passes from Miroku's body into Rin's. Now possessed by Magatsuhi, Rin flies off with a demon. Later, Naraku manages to capture Kagome and demands InuYasha's group gives him Kohaku's shard in exchange for her. Kohaku spots a sacred arrow on the ground and hides it, before offering himself to Naraku. When Naraku grabs him, Kohaku stabs the arrow into the spot where Moryomaru's diamond armor is, shattering it. Naraku escapes in a miasma cloud. Sango and Kohaku hug one another in celebration, but then a piece of Naraku's flesh stabs Kohaku in the neck and takes the shard, leaving Kohaku's empty body behind. Naraku completes the Shikon Jewel, but Kohaku is brought back to life by Kikyo's light after he hears Sango crying for him. With the Shikon Jewel now complete the final battle between light and darkness, good and evil begins.
21 Inside Naraku
"Naraku no Tainai e" (奈落の体内へ)
February 22, 2010[11] February 21, 2010[5]
Kagome learns that she has been put on the waiting list for high school, and is happy about the fact that she was accepted at all. She and her friends graduate from middle school. Hojo wishes to give Kagome his second button, a tradition in Japan which means that the boy likes the girl, but she leaves before he can. Back in the Feudal Era, Naraku has absorbed the power of the Shikon Jewel and a dark cloud spreads over the land. InuYasha's group leaves to defeat Naraku, leaving Shippo behind. As they find Naraku and Byakuya in a cloud of miasma, they see Sesshomaru enter Naraku's body in search of Rin. As InuYasha's group enters, Miroku pauses to propose to Sango. They soon realize that though they are breathing in the miasma, it is not harming them because the Shikon Jewel wants to capture their souls first. Kagome and InuYasha search for the defiled jewel, after Miroku and Sango are captured. As InuYasha gets closer to the Shikon Jewel, he turns into a full-blooded demon and attacks Kagome. Naraku offers Kagome a miasma-coated arrow to save herself with, but she refuses. InuYasha attacks again, throwing her off a cliff. Naraku says InuYasha will kill her, just as he had killed Kikyo.
22 Naraku: Trap of Darkness
"Naraku Yami no Wana" (奈落 闇の罠)
March 1, 2010[11] February 28, 2010[5]
Sango realizes that Miroku's Wind Tunnel is getting larger and the two are taken in by an illusion of Miroku's father being sucked in by his Wind Tunnel. InuYasha momentarily regains his consciousness when he hears Kagome's voice, but his heart is devoured by the Shikon Jewel’s poison, and he turns into his demon form once more. As Miroku and Sango run away from demons, Miroku uses his Wind Tunnel once more to save Sango. He tells Sango that they should part then because of his Wind Tunnel about to devour them both, but Sango follows after him. Rin gains her consciousness again and soon runs into InuYasha, in his demon form. After InuYasha attempts to attack Magatsuhi, he is instead possessed by him when Sesshomaru and Kagome arrive. InuYasha, possessed by Magatsuhi, and Sesshomaru fight, while Kagome attempts to retrieve Tetsusaiga, which Magatsuhi has released because he realizes that the Tetsusaiga acts as the link which allowed InuYasha to keep a bit of control. As Kagome pulls the sword, she falls over the cliff, but is able to hold onto the side. Kagome calls to InuYasha and he gains some of his consciousness back and Tetsusaiga calls to InuYasha once more. He gains his control back and as Magatsuhi leaves InuYasha's body, he attempts to take over Kagome's. Then, InuYasha's demonic energy draws Magatsuhi out of both of their bodies, and Sesshomaru uses Tenseiga to destroy him once and for all.
23 Naraku: Trap of Light
"Naraku Hikari no Wana" (奈落 光の罠)
March 8, 2010[11] March 7, 2010[5]
After Magatsuhi has been destroyed, Kagome's innate spiritual powers and abilities are released to their fullest extent. The Shikon Jewel once again has a spark of pure light within it. Naraku tries to eliminate the pure light by sending out illusions, one to make Sango destroy Rin in the name of saving Miroku from the horrible death his father suffered, and one to trick Miroku to using his Wind Tunnel for one last time. Inuyasha makes it in time to prevent Miroku from opening the Wind Tunnel. Kagome's sacred arrow pierces Naraku and destroys all the illusions. Inuyasha, Kagome, and Miroku sees Naraku's true body as miasma starts to fill the air. Inuyasha sends a Meido. Byakuya uses a strange blade to harness some of the Meido's energy.
24 Naraku's Uncertain Wish[12]
"Naraku Hakanaki Nozomi" (奈落 儚き望み)
March 15, 2010[11] March 14, 2010[5]
Naraku releases more miasma, while Inuyasha uses Tetsusaiga's barrier to protect himself, Kagome, and Miroku. Sango arrives riding Kirara and throws her Hirakotsu, but it absorbs too much of the miasma and Sango falls through a hole Naraku opens in his flesh. Miroku follows and she decides to die with him there. When Kagome questions Naraku about whether his real wish has come true, he becomes enraged. As he absorbs the jewel, he begins transforming and spreading spiderwebs around the area. Inuyasha unleashes Meido Zangestuha, which takes on the form of slashing blades due to the different nature of his sword. Byakuya slashes Kagome across the back with his blade, but strangely it leaves no wound. Inuyasha quickly attacks and kills Byakuya, who states that he has fulfilled his purpose. Miroku and Sango fall again, but are joined by Shippo. Together, along with Sesshomaru's group, they join Kagome and Inuyasha in the final battle against Naraku.
25 Thoughts Fall Short
"Todokanu Omoi" (届かぬ想い)
March 22, 2010[11] March 21, 2010[5]
Naraku gives his soul to the Shikon Jewel and transforms. As his miasma strengthens and increases, Kohaku, Rin, Jaken, and Kirara are forced to leave, giving their masks to Sango and Miroku. As the others exit Naraku's body later, they find themselves over the Bone Eater's well near Kaede's village. Naraku tries to protect himself with a dark barrier, but Kagome pierces the Shikon Jewel with an unusually strong and powerful sacred arrow, dealing him a fatal blow. They learn that his true wish was Kikyo's heart - a wish the Shikon Jewel never granted. As he dies, Naraku is purified and Miroku's Wind Tunnel vanishes. As the group celebrates their victory, a Meido opens behind Kagome and pulls her in along with the well. Kagome finds herself in front of her high school, and begins hanging out with her friends and dating Hojo with no memories of Inuyasha or the others. However, a nagging sense that something is wrong keeps bothering her, and when she touches the Goshinboku, her memories return and the spell is broken. She awakens surrounded by darkness. The Shikon Jewel tells her that she will stay there forever unless she makes a selfish wish to return to her own time. InuYasha uses Meido Zangestuha to jump into the darkness after Kagome. As he battles through the demons of the Shikon Jewel, he yells to Kagome not to make any wishes yet, for if she does, she will forever remain inside the Shikon Jewel, battling demons for an eternity.
26 Toward Tomorrow
"Ashita e" (明日へ)
March 29, 2010[13] March 28, 2010[5]
Series Finale: Kagome hears InuYasha telling her not to make any wishes and remembers her grandfather telling her that the one correct wish will cause the Shikon Jewel to be banished from the world forever. Inuyasha battles his way to her and after they share a loving kiss, she makes her wish: that the Shikon Jewel would vanish forever. The Shikon Jewel shatters and the demons inside it disappear, as do Naraku and the priestess Midoriko.

Three years later, Miroku and Sango's third child is about to be born, Shippo is training to become a full-fledged fox demon, and Kohaku is dedicating himself to helping those affected by demons along with Kirara.

In the present day eighteen-year-old Kagome, who is now about to graduate from high school, recalls how InuYasha had rescued her and how that the Bone Eater's well had stopped working since then. Inside the shrine, she realizes that her own feelings are what was blocking the well and wishes she could see InuYasha again. The well reactivates as Kagome's mother joins her. Kagome bids her farewell and enters the well. InuYasha quickly catches her scent and meets her, taking her by the hand. Kagome's family continues to live as they always have - Souta tells his friends that his sister got married right after high school and moved away. Hojo is dating the underclassman who was hitting on him earlier in the series. All of Kagome's friends are in college. In the feudal world, Sango and Miroku live with their kids - two twin girls and a boy - in Kaede's village. Kohaku is off to train to become a strong demon slayer. Myoga now lives with Totosai. Shippo is training to become a strong demon. Rin lives with Kaede in the village where Sesshomaru is shown paying her visits, along with Jaken, bringing Rin gifts. Koga and Ayame are married. Kagome is adapting to her new, permanent life in the feudal era as InuYasha's wife.

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