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The fifth season of the anime series InuYasha aired in Japan on Animax from May 19, 2003 through January 19, 2004. It was produced and broadcast in High Definition. Based on the manga series of the same title by Rumiko Takahashi, the anime was produced by Sunrise. The series follows a high school girl, Kagome Higurashi who travels back in time to the Sengoku period of Japan where she meets a half-demon named InuYasha and learns that she is the reincarnation of a powerful priestess named Kikyo. Joined by a lecherous monk, a young fox demon, a demon slayer, and a demon cat, the group seeks to find the fragments of the shattered Jewel of Four Souls, a powerful jewel that had been hidden inside Kagome's body, and keep the shards from being used for evil, including the evil half-demon Naraku who slew Kikyo fifty years before Kagome's arrival. The first season introduces the central characters and shows the group gathering together.

The anime is licensed for release in North America by Viz Media. The English dub of the fifth season was broadcast on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim programming block from July 30, 2005 through March 22, 2006.

The opening themes for this season were "Grip!" by Every Little Thing for episodes 111-127 and "One Day, One Dream" by Tackey & Tsubasa for episodes 128-138. The ending themes were "Mischievous Kiss (Itazura na Kiss)" by Day After Tomorrow for episodes 111-127 and "Come" by Namie Amuro for episodes 128-138. For episode 124, "Sotsugyou: Sayonara wa Ashita no Tameni (卒業: さよならは明日のために?)" by Tackey and Tsubasa was used as an insert song.


Episode listing

Ep# Title Original airdate English airdate Asia airdate
111 The Big Clash: Banryu vs Wind Scar!
"Clash! Banryū vs Kaze no Kizu! // Gekitotsu! Banryū vs Kaze no Kizu!" (激突! 蛮竜VS風の傷!)
May 19, 2003 July 30, 2005
Inuyasha and Bankotsu, the leader of The Band of Seven, face off for the first time. When the five are forced to retreat, Kagome notices that Naraku's puppet decoy is unusual.
112 Afloat on the Lake Surface: The Barrier of Hijiri Island
"Afloat on the Lake Surface: The Barrier of Hijiri Island // Komen ni Ukabu Hijiri Jima Kekkai" (湖面に浮かぶ聖島の結界)
May 26, 2003 August 7, 2005
A young boy and his family turn to Inuyasha and his friends for help when the boy's father fails to return from a shrine on Hijiri Island in the middle of a misty lake. The barrier surrounding Mt. Hakurei is explained.
113 The Sacred Vajra and the Mystery of the Living Buddha
"The Sacred Vajra and the Mystery of the Living Buddha // Seinaru Dokko to Sokushinbutsu no Nazo" (聖なる独鈷と即身仏の謎)
June 2, 2003 August 14, 2005
The power of the barrier erected by the spirit of Saint Hakushin cannot be broken nor crossed by any non-human being, including Koga, Sesshomaru, Inuyasha, and Kikyo. While Kagome waits with Inuyasha, Shippo, and Kirara; Miroku and Sango enter the barrier to find Naraku.
114 Koga's Solitary Battle
"Kōga's Solitary Battle // Kōga no Kokō Naru Tatakai" (鋼牙の孤高なる戦い)
June 9, 2003 August 21, 2005
While Sango and Miroku scout Mt. Hakurei from within its barrier, Inuyasha, Kagome, Shippo, and Kirara wait outside. Koga sets out to destroy the Band of Seven alone.
115 Lured by the Black Light
"Lured by the Black Light // Suikomareru Kuroi Hikari" (吸い込まれる黒い光)
June 16, 2003 August 28, 2005
Suikotsu struggles with his two personae while attempting to kill Rin while Jakotsu fights Sesshomaru.
116 The Exposed Face of Truth
"The Exposed Face of Truth // Sarakedasareta Shinjitsu no Kao" (さらけだされた真実の顔)
June 23, 2003 September 4, 2005
While Jakotsu and Suikotsu fight Sesshomaru, Kikyo arrives and interrupts the battle by purifying Suikotsu's jewel shard. Suikotsu, finally free of his killing persona, reveals the origins of his conflicting personalities.
117 Vanished in a River of Flames
"He Vanished in a River of Flames // Honō no Kawa ni Kieta Aitsu" (炎の川に消えたアイツ)
June 30, 2003 September 11, 2005
Recovered from his battle with Koga, Renkotsu vows to avenge Ginkotsu’s destruction and prepares his artillery for an assault on the Yōrō and his companions.
118 Into the Depths of Mt. Hakurei
"The Depths of Mt. Hakurei // Hakureizan no Oku no Oku" (白霊山の奥の奥)
July 7, 2003 September 17, 2005
Inuyasha decides to enter the barrier to find his friends, but finds himself in trouble when confronted by Renkotsu and Jakotsu. Meanwhile, Miroku and Sango have reached the summit of Mt. Hakurei only to end up in a losing battle against Kagura and hordes of yōkai.
119 Divine Malice of the Saint
"Divine Malice of the Saint // Kōgōshii Akui no Seija" (神々しい悪意の聖者)
July 14, 2003 September 24, 2005
Miroku and Sango’s discovery of a hidden temple, shrouded in the mists of Mt. Hakurei lead them directly to the Living Buddha himself - Hakushin, who continues to uphold the barrier despite his knowledge of Naraku's true nature. The pair must destroy Hakushin and his formidable barrier, especially as Inuyasha continues to fight against Jakotsu.
120 Fare Thee Well: Jakotsu's Requiem
"Good-bye: Jakotsu's Requiem // Sayonara Jakotsu no Chinkonka" (さよなら蛇骨の鎮魂歌)
July 28, 2003 October 1, 2005
With his yōkai powers restored, Inuyasha is finally able to fight Jakotsu on an even playing field. Kikyo brings solace to the spirit of Hakushin.
121 Final Battle: The Last and Strongest of the Band of Seven
"Decisive Battle! The Last and Strongest of the Shichinintai // Kessen! Saikyō Saigo no Shichinintai" (決戦! 最強最後の七人隊)
August 4, 2003 October 8, 2005
After destroying Renkotsu for betraying the Shichinintai, Bankotsu turns his attention to Inuyasha. Miroku and Sango discover the horrifying connection between Naraku, Hakushin, and Mt. Hakurei.
122 The Power of Banryu! Duel to the Death on Mt. Hakurei
"Powerful Banryū: Duel to the Death on Mt. Hakurei // Kyōretsu Banryū Hakureizan no Shitō" (強烈蛮竜 白霊山の死闘)
August 11, 2003 October 15, 2005
Inuyasha and Bankotsu's fight finally reaches its conclusion, but Mt. Hakurei itself suddenly comes to life. Kagome and Shippo struggle to reunite with their friends.
123 Behind the Darkness - Naraku Reborn
"Behind the Darkness - Naraku Reborn // Kurayami no Saki ni Shinsei Naraku" (暗闇の先に新生奈落)
August 18, 2003 October 22, 2005
Naraku is reborn from Mt. Hakurei itself and then proceeds to destroy the mountain to crush all his enemies at once. Kikyo and Sesshomaru witness Kagura and Kanna escape from the mountain with an unusual bundle.
124 Farewell Kikyo, My Beloved
"Farewell Kikyō, My Beloved // Saraba Itoshiki Kikyō yo" (さらば愛しき桔梗よ)
August 25, 2003 October 29, 2005
While Inuyasha, Koga, and their friends struggle to escape the collapsing Mt. Hakurei, Naraku is finally able to defeat Kikyo now that he is no longer held back by Onigumo's human heart.
125 The Darkness in Kagome's Heart
"The Darkness in Kagome's Heart // Kagome no Kokoro no Yami" (かごめの心の闇)
September 1, 2003 November 5, 2005
Inuyasha desperately searches for Kikyo's remains, but finds nothing. Kagome ends up ensnared by the darkness in her heart as Akago, the infant whom Kagura and Kanna took from Mt. Hakurei, takes control of her.
126 Transform Heartache into Courage
"Transform Heartache into Courage // Kokoro no Itami o Yūki ni Kaero" (心の痛みを勇気にかえろ)
September 8, 2003 November 12, 2005
Kagome, still being manipulated by the Infant, must overcome her hatred and resentment towards Kikyo. Inuyasha discovers how dangerous his devotion to Kikyo is for Kagome.
127 Don't Boil It! The Terrifying Dried-Up Demon
"Don't Boil It! The Terrifying Dried-Up Yōkai // Nichadame! Kyōfu no Himono Yōkai" (煮ちゃダメ! 恐怖の干物妖怪)
September 15, 2003 January 4, 2006
Naraku has nearly all the shards of the Shikon Jewel, eluded by only a single shard that cannot be found anywhere in the world. Kagome returns home to relax, but ends up busy helping her school prepare for a Cultural Festival.
128 Battle Against the Dried-Up Demons at the Cultural Festival
"The Dried-Up Yōkai and the Fierce Fighting Cultural Festival // Himono Yōkai to Gekitō Bunkasai" (干物妖怪と激闘文化祭)
October 13, 2003 January 11, 2006
It is the day of the Cultural Festival, but things become chaotic when Inuyasha arrives and reveals the dried up food Kagome brought back and cooked are actually dehydrated food demons.

NOTE: There is a cameo appearance of Jimmy Kudo and Rachel Moore from Case Closed when Kagome heads for choir. As well as Munto.

129 Chokyukai and the Abducted Bride
"Chokyukai to Ryakudatsusareta Hanayome" (猪九戒と略奪された花嫁)
October 20, 2003 January 18, 2006
A young man named Kisuke turns to Inuyasha and his friends for help when maidens are being kidnapped by a demon using a golden diadem to control them.

(As Kagome herself points out, the demons they confront are based on Zhu Bajie, Sha Wujing and Sun Wukong, the heavenly spirits who accompany the monk Xuanzang ("Tripitaka") in the Chinese epic Journey to the West (also known as Monkey in most Western countries).[1] Chokyukai is a descendant of Zhu Bajie (or "Pigsy") but wears the necklace of skulls worn by Sha Wujing ("Sandy")[2] and bewitches his "brides" using a gold headband similar to that worn by Sun Wukong ("Monkey King"). Seeing that Kagome knew a lot about his ancestors, Chokyukai decided to make Kagome his wife. Kagome was than bewitched by the gold headband and taken to the house of Chokyukai...[2])
130 Shippo's New Technique, The Heart Scar!
"Hoero Shippō Ōgi Kokoro no Kizu" (吠えろ七宝奥義 心の傷!)
October 27, 2003 January 25, 2006
Several younger fox demons (searching for their parents) mistake Shippo for a hero when Inuyasha destroys a demon with his wind scar. They turn to Shippo for help against a salamander demon and manipulate Shippo into betraying his latest crush, a girl named Mizuki.
131 Trap of The Cursed Wall Hanging
"Kannon Kakejiku Noroi no Wana" (観音掛け軸 呪いの罠)
November 3, 2003 February 1, 2006
Inuyasha and his friends investigate a village with only women and find themselves helping Shinosuke, a young man, search for his lost lady love, Wakana. While Miroku flirts, Sango ends up captured by demonic possessed village women.
132 Miroku's Most Dangerous Confession
"Miroku Hōshi no Mottomo Kiken na Kokuhaku" (弥勒法師の最も危険な告白)
November 10, 2003 February 8, 2006
Miroku must save Sango, who is now possessed by the same demonic salamander eggs that were ingested by the rest of the village women. However, she proves to be a much more formidable enemy than he expects and during their fight, Miroku comes to realize how much she means to him.
133[3] The Woman Who Loved Sesshomaru (Part 1)
"Sesshōmaru o Aishita Onna (Zenpen)" (犬夜叉スペシャル 殺生丸を愛した女)
November 24, 2003 February 15, 2006
Sara, a woman who fell in love with Sesshomaru, hopes to garner his interest by stealing the Tetsusaiga from Inuyasha. Meanwhile, Inuyasha and his friends find a woman about to be sacrificed to a demon...
134 The Woman Who Loved Sesshomaru (Part 2)
"Sesshōmaru o Aishita Onna (Kōhen)" (犬夜叉スペシャル 殺生丸を愛した女)
November 24, 2003 February 22, 2006
Sesshomaru and Inuyasha confront Sara, whose terrible secret is revealed: in her devotion to Sesshomaru, she allowed herself to be consumed by demons when she died. Rejected again and again, Sara's demonic half is finally released.
135 The Last Banquet of Miroku's Master
"Miroku no Shishō Saigo no Utage" (弥勒の師匠最後の宴)
December 1, 2003 March 1, 2006
After various holy men have been murdered, Miroku begins worry about his master, Mushin, who has been hurt in a suspicious way. When Mushin says that he is dying, Miroku and his friends do whatever he asks, no matter how troublesome... until they discover how the old monk got injured.
136 A Strange Invisible Demon Appears!
"Kaikitōmei Yōkai Arawaru Arawaru!" (怪奇透明妖怪現る現る!)
December 8, 2003 March 8, 2006
Haori, the odd old exorcist woman, returns and convinces Inuyasha and his friends to help her in another demon exterminating project. Together, they attempt to get rid of an invisible demon.
137 An Ancestor Named Kagome
"Gosenzo-sama no Namae wa Kagome" (ご先祖の名はかごめ)
January 12, 2004 March 15, 2006
Hojo shows Kagome an interesting feature on his family tree: one of his ancestors from the Warring States era has the same name as her. While Kagome tries to deal with her unsettling feelings, Hojo's ancestor Akitoki approaches Inuyasha for help in sealing a family heirloom: a powerful demonic halberd.
138 Mountain of Demons: Survival of the Duo
"Yōkai Sanga Futari no Sabaibaru" (妖怪山河ふたりのサバイバル)
January 19, 2004 March 22, 2006
Kagome and Akitoki are separated from Inuyasha and everyone else, who are preoccupied with fighting four demonic ninjas, who intended to steal Akitoki's halberd for their master, Hoshiyomi.


References

  1. review at mania.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 article on "Journey to the West" at the Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS.org) website
  3. Episodes 133 and 134 originally aired together as a one hour special.

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