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The final season of the anime series InuYasha aired in Japan on Animax from January 26, 2004 through September 13, 2004. It is produced and broadcast in High Definition, while maintaining its standard 4:3 aspect ratio. 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 last season was broadcast on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim programming block from March 29, 2006 through October 27, 2006

The opening themes for this season were "One Day, One Dream" by Tackey & Tsubasa for episodes 139-153 and "Angelus" by Hitomi Shimatani for episodes 154-167. The ending themes were "Come" by Namie Amuro for episodes 139-147, "Change the World" by V6 for episode 148, "Brand new world" by V6 for episodes 149-166, and "My will" by Dream for episode 167.

Episode listing

Ep# Title Original airdate English airdate Asia airdate
139 The Great Duel at Shoun Falls
"Shōun no Taki no Dai Kettō" (昇雲の滝の大決闘)
January 26, 2004 March 29, 2006
Hoshiyomi uses Kagome as a hostage to acquire the Ken blade, the halberd belonging to Akitoki, in order to unite it with its partner, the Kon blade. As Inuyasha and his friends come to Kagome's rescue, the bitter Hoshiyomi reveals his own tragic relations with a human priestess named Tsukiyomi.
140 Eternal Love, The Naginata of Kenkon
"Eien no Omoi Kenkon no Naginata" (永遠の思い 乾坤の薙刀)
February 2, 2004 April 5, 2006
With the complete Naginata of Kenkon in his possession, Hoshiyomi is virtually unstoppable. Tsukiyomi returns and possesses Kagome to reason with her lover and give Inuyasha and Kagome a chance to destroy the demonic halberd once and for all.
141 Entei, The Demon Horse Unleashed
"Tokihanatareta Yōba Entei" (解き放たれた妖馬炎蹄)
February 9, 2004 April 12, 2006
Kagura and the Infant cause chaos for a priest and his village when they successfully release the demon horse, Entei, who moves so swiftly that InuYasha cannot harm him.
142 Untamed Entei and Horrible Hakudoshi
"Bōsō Entei to Senritsu no Hakudōshi" (暴走炎蹄と戦慄の白童子)
February 16, 2004 April 19, 2006
The Infant has been cut in half... yet it has survived and Kagura's half has aged to a young boy to become Hakudoshi. Entei's wild rampage ends when Hakudoshi is chosen as its new master, but Hakudoshi has no intention of sparing his enemies from Entei's power.
143 3000 Leagues in Search of Father
"Chichi o Tazunete San Senri" (父を訪ねて三千里)
February 23, 2004 April 26, 2006
Shippo meets Kanta, a child demon otter who seeks to restore his father's head that was cut off by Hakudoshi.
144 Hosenki and the Last Shard
"Hōsenki to Saigo no Kakera" (宝仙鬼と最後のかけら)
March 1, 2004 May 3, 2006
Inuyasha and his friends want to visit the Netherworld (after-life) in hopes of discovering why Hakudoshi is so obsessed with it and decide they must visit Hosenki, the creator of the black pearl in Inuyasha's eye.
145 Bizarre Guards at the Border of the Afterlife
"Ano Yo to no Sakai ni Iyō na Monban" (あの世との境に異様な門番)
March 8, 2004 May 10, 2006
Acting on a tip from Kagura, the group heads toward the Realm of Fire just behind Naraku's saimyosho and find Gozu and Mezu—the guards of the Gate to the Afterlife.
146 The Fiery Bird Master, Princess Abi
"Kishōarai Toritsukai Abi-Hime" (気性荒い鳥使い 阿毘姫)
March 15, 2004 May 17, 2006
Naraku presents himself to Princess Abi, the mistress of demonic birds from hell, as an ally for her quest to heal her poisoned mother. Abi reluctantly accepts his help in the form of a halberd and continues wreaking havoc in order to collect the blood of humans to dilute the poison.
147[n 1] The Tragic Love Song of Destiny (Part 1)
"Meguriau Mae no Sadame no Koi Uta (Zenpen)" (めぐり逢う前の運命恋歌)
April 19, 2004 May 24, 2006
Flash-back to how the Sacred Jewel was discovered and came into Kikyo's possession. How she met InuYasha and fell in love with him, despite a curse by Tsubaki.
148 The Tragic Love Song of Destiny (Part 2)
"Meguriau Mae no Sadame no Koi Uta (Kōhen)" (めぐり逢う前の運命恋歌)
April 19, 2004 May 31, 2006
Flash-back continues with Onigumo's transformation into Naraku. Naraku disguises himself as InuYasha and then as Kikyo to turn them against each other. He kills Kikyo who seals InuYasha to the tree of ages before dying. Kikyo is re-incarnated in modern times as Kagome.
149 The Single Arrow of Chaos
"Haran o Yobu Ippon no Ya" (波乱を呼ぶ一本の矢)
April 26, 2004 June 7, 2006
Kanna, with her half of the Infant, plants the child with a noblewoman for reasons unknown. Following Abi's trail of destruction, Inuyasha and his friends find themselves pursuing a mysterious person referred to as the Saint.
150 The Mysterious Light that Guides the Saint
"Seija o Michibiku Fushigi na Hikari" (聖者を導く不思議な光)
May 3, 2004 June 14, 2006
Thanks to an arrow fired by the Saint, Inuyasha was able to destroy Entei. However, the unsettlingly possibility that Kikyo may be alive arises and the group continues to follow her.
151 Kagome's Instinctive Choice
"Kagome Honnō no Sentaku" (かごめ 本能の選択)
May 10, 2004 June 21, 2006
Kochou and Asuka, the Saint's two assistants, bring Kagome to a pool where Kikyo's body is suspended, dying from Naraku's miasma. Kagome is the only person who can save Kikyo, but it is a decision that is her choice alone.She chooses to save Kikyo and while she is purifying the miasma seeping out of Kikyo she sees a vision of kikyo's death at the hands of Naraku and how she was tricked into sealing Inuyasha to the tree. After Kikyo revives she aks Kagome why she saved her to which Kagome replies that it wasn't a a choice at all. The barrier dissipates allowing Inuyasha to find Kagome. Kagome tells him about Kikyo and tells him to go after her but he refuses saying that Kikyo is probably alright.
152 Protect and Plunder!
"Mamore Soshite Ubaitore!" (守れそして奪い取れ!)
May 17, 2004 June 28, 2006
Abi is more suspicious than ever of Naraku, but her mother Tekkei advises they wait and discover Naraku's weakness before striking. Kohaku, now at the castle protecting the noblewoman and the Infant, saves them from Abi's demon birds.
153 The Cruel Reunion of Fate
"Ummei wa Zankoku na Saikai" (運命は残酷な再会)
May 24, 2004 July 5, 2006
Kohaku's peaceful life at the castle comes to an end when Naraku orders him to take the Infant and kill everyone else. He recovers his memory when faced with fighting Sango again. After Kagura aids in the boy's escape, unaware that Kohaku is finally conscious of his past, he attempts suicide but he resolves to kill Naraku to make amends when Kagura saves him.
154 The Demon Linked with the Netherworld
"Ano Yo to Tsunagaru Yōkai" (あの世とつながる妖怪)
May 31, 2004 July 12, 2006
Kikyo presents Inuyasha with an arrow for Kagome, which she will know when to use. Naraku betrays both Abi and Tekkei and kills them to open river of blood that will lead him to the Netherworld.
155 The Demon Protector of the Sacred Jewel Shard
"Shikon no Kakera o Mamoru Oni" (四魂のかけらを守る鬼)
June 7, 2004 July 19, 2006
Inuyasha and his friends pursue Naraku into the Netherworld, where they find themselves at the grave of Inuyasha's father. There they find the deceased Hosenki, who refuses to give up the last shard of the Shikon Jewel without a fight.
156 Final Battle at the Graveside! Sesshomaru vs. Inuyasha
"Bozen Kessen! Sesshōmaru vs InuYasha" (墓前決戦! 殺生丸vs犬夜叉)
June 14, 2004 July 26, 2006
Sesshomaru, having arrived too late to travel using Tekkei's river of blood, is provided an alternate method of entering the Netherworld by Kagura. Hosenki is corrupted by his shard of the jewel which draws evil from the Naraku's shards nearby. Hosenki is finally weak enough from fighting Inuyasha that his shard is taken by Naraku.
157 Destroy Naraku with the Adamant Barrage
"Naraku o Tsuranuke Kongōsōha" (奈落を貫け金剛槍破)
June 21, 2004 August 2, 2006
While Sesshomaru and Naraku fight, Hosenki (now pure again) challenges Inuyasha to defeat him in order to strengthen the Tetsusaiga and acquire the power to fight back against Naraku. Meanwhile, Naraku poisons everyone with his miasma.
158 Stampede of the Countless Demon Rats
"Daibōsō Musū no Yūkai Nezumi" (大暴走無数の妖怪ネズミ)
July 5, 2004 October 12, 2006
With everyone back in the living world, Naraku decides to send Hakudoshi and Kohaku to bring Kikyo out of hiding. Hakudoshi decides to use countless demon rats as a way to draw her out, but fails.
159 Kohaku's Decision and Sango's Heart
"Kohaku no Ketsui to Sango no Kokoro" (琥珀の決意と珊瑚の心)
July 12, 2004 October 13, 2006
As the battle continues to destroy the rats Sango and Miroku come face to face with Kohaku. As Sango attempts to destroy the shrine box, she and Kohaku are nearly killed in the process.
160 The Lucky but Two-Timing Scoundrel
"Shiawase o Yobu Futamata Bōryoku Otoko" (幸せを呼ぶフタマタ暴力男)
July 26, 2004 October 17, 2006
Kagome returns to the present and InuYasha follows her, much to her displeasure. He wrecks her bicycle. To make matters worse, her three friends are intent on meeting Inuyasha... something which Kagome anticipates will be a disaster.
161 Miroku's Past Mistake
"Miroku-hōshi Mukashi no Ayamachi" (弥勒法師昔のあやまち)
August 2, 2004 October 18, 2006
Miroku's womanizing past has finally caught up with him. A young girl named Shima is to marry a catfish demon, but refuses him because she claims to be Miroku's wife. Sango begins to doubt Miroku's feelings for her and finds she cannot openly forgive him; is this the end of their relationship?
162 Forever with Lord Sesshomaru
"Sesshōmaru-sama to Eien ni Issho" (殺生丸様と永遠に一緒)
August 9, 2004 October 19, 2006
A group of monks attempts to locate children kidnapped by a demon, Rin included. Rin is faced with the choice of living in a village, or staying with Sesshomaru.
163 Kohaku, Sango and Kirara: The Secret Flower Garden
"Kohaku Sango Kirara: Himitsu no Hanazono" (琥珀珊瑚雲母 秘密の花園)
August 23, 2004 October 20, 2006
Kagura takes Kohaku to his home village to pay his respects to his dead relatives; he ends up saving Kirara, who has also dropped by to visit, from demons. Kohaku shares a secret flower garden with Kirara, who tries to bring the siblings back together.
164 Possessed by a Parasite: Shippo, Our Worst Enemy!
"Saikyō no Teki, Yadori Sanagi Shippō" (最強の敵 宿り蛹七宝)
August 30, 2004 October 24, 2006
Naraku steals the Fuyouseki, an orb which conceals demonic auras, from a mountain demon named Gakusaijin. The demon awakes, shedding parasite chrysalis demons. One of them possesses Shippo causing him to attack his friends.
165 The Ultimate Key to Defeating Naraku
"Naraku o Taosu Saidai no Tegakari" (奈落を倒す最大の手がかり)
September 6, 2004 October 25, 2006
Gakusaijin gives crystals with his aura to Miroku to use to find his stolen Fuyouseki orb and thus Naraku. Hakudoshi creates an experimental series of demons for no apparent reason except to fight Inuyasha and his friends, until the surviving demons steal Miroku's crystals.
166[n 2] The Bond Between Them, Use the Sacred Jewel Shard! (Part 1)
"Futari no Kizuna - Shikon no Kakera o Tsukae! Zenpen" (二人の絆 四魂のかけらを使え! 前編)
September 13, 2004 October 26, 2006
A mysterious man (with a demonic arm) named Goryomaru has his child warriors fight demons and recover their corpses, which leads Inuyasha and his friends to investigate in hopes of finding the Fuyouseki. Kagura continues her dangerous investigation of the true nature of the Infant, but ends up badly injured and goes to Sesshomaru, expecting to die near him. Rin tries to pull her out of the water, but Sesshomaru must then pull them both out.

In the manga this is based from chapter 346 to chapter 350

167 The Bond Between Them, Use the Sacred Jewel Shard! (Part 2)
"Futari no Kizuna - Shikon no Kakera o Tsukae! Kōhen" (二人の絆 四魂のかけらを使え! 後編)
September 13, 2004 October 27, 2006
Naraku lures Inuyasha and the others into the stomach of a large stone demon. He traps them there with the intent of collecting the Jewel Shard after they are dissolved by digestion. InuYasha attaches the Jewel Shard to his sword. Kagome helps him keep control of himself long enough to blast free of the demon. The series concludes with everyone promising to pursue Naraku until he is destroyed and knowing that the way to accomplish this is to destroy the child that represents his heart.


Notes

  1. Episodes 147 and 148 originally aired together as a one hour special.
  2. Episodes 166 and 167 originally aired together as a one hour special.

References


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