Inuyasha The Movie 3:
Swords of an Honorable Ruler
Japanese Title: Tenka Hadou no Tsurugi
Premiere: December 20, 2003
Movie Theme: Four Seasons by Namie Amuro
Director: Toshiya Shinohara
Screenplay: Katsuyuki Sumizawa
Music: Kaoru Wada
Character Designs: Hideyuki Motohashi & Yoshihito Hishinuma
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The film opens with Inuyasha's father wounded and talking to Sesshomaru. Sesshomaru demands Tetusaiga and Sounga, when he refuses, Inuyasha's father asks his son if he will kill him. Sesshomaru does not answer. When his father asks him if he has someone to protect, Sesshomaru says he does not and has no need of such a thing. His father transforms transforms and flies away. An army stands in front of a castle, Lord Takemaru enters into the birthing room of Izayoi as she delivers Inuyasha. Inuyasha's father rushes to see her, with Myoga warning him of the wounds he suffered in battle with Ryukotsusei. Takemaru enters Izayoi's room with the intention of killing the newborn Inuyasha. Izayoi tells him to gather his men and flee. Takemaru confesses that he is in love with her but that because she loves a demon he must save her. He stabs her with his spear and leaves the room. Soon, Inuyasha's father attacks the castle and makes short work of the army waiting for him and faces his wife's murderer. Takemaru loses an arm to Tetsusaiga and orders the castle to be burned. Inuyasha's father hears his newborn son's first cries of life and uses Tenseiga to save Izayoi, protecting her from the flames with the Robe of the Fire Rat. Takemaru arrives once more and battles Inuyasha's father to the death after naming his son.
Inuyasha strolls through a field in the Sengoku Era as Kagome catches up to him on her bicycle. Kagome introduces their comrades and Sesshomaru before returning to the present for a break. At school she plays volleyball when Inuyasha jumps in to save her from being hit with the ball. She "sits" Inuyasha in frustration as her friends question her about what happened. Back at the Higurashi Shrine, Grandpa is bringing the sword of Murakumo out of storage. On her way home, Kagome questions Inuyasha about his behavior, and he says he was only trying to protect her. She explains volleyball to him and he remembers playing Kemari as a child. Human's mistreated him as a child at play, and it was the first time he saw his mother cry.
In the past, Miroku, Sango and Myoga visit Izayoi's grave as Myoga explains how much Inuyasaha still misses his mother. Grandpa Higurashi explains the legend behind the sword of Murakumo to Sota, but Sota notices that the spelling is incorrect and it is in fact Sounga. When Sota reaches for the blade a spirit appears and exclaims that the 700 year old seal is about to be broken and that the evil demon sword Sounga will be free. The blade flies from the shrine into Tokyo before finally settling at the playground that Kagome and Inuyasha are walking through. The spirit of the blade recognizes Tetsusaiga and introduces himself as Saya, claiming to have known Inuyasha's father. He tells Inuyasha to take hold of Sounga, but he refuses and the sword causes the entire city to instantly fall to ruin. Saya tells them that they are seeing the future if Sounga has its way. In order to prevent it they must ensure that a human never lays hands on Sounga, because their greed will ultimately destroy the world. Inuyasha agrees to place the sword back in its sheath, but as he touches the hilt the blade wraps tendrils around his arm, turning him fully demonic.
Inuyasha approaches Kagome and tries to cut her, but Inuyasha fights back as Sounga speaks and attempts to control him. Inuyasha tells the sword that he will take it some place better as re rushes back to the past. Kagome is infuriated that Inuyasha would not let her help, and asks Saya if he can supress the power of Sounga. He says that he is not sure if he can, but seems as though he is unwilling to do even that. In the Sengoku Era, light erupts from the Bone Eater's Well as Inuyasha returns, and Miroku, Shippo and Sango notice, as does a very interested Sesshomaru. Upon arrival, Inuyasha attempts to attack Shippo and some villagers running into Sango and Miroku in the process. Myoga recognizes Sounga as Inuyasha's father's blade. Sounga almost manages to force Inuyasha into killing a human child, but he rips into his own arm instead. Just then, Inuyasha attacks the group with Sounga's Dragon Twister, a technique more powerful than the Backlash Wave. The group agrees that they need Kagome's help before going after Inuyasha.
As he moves away from the destroyed village, Inuyasha hides in a cave to stay away from other living people. Sounga's power has dampened and it has lost its control over Inuyasha. In the present, Kagome packs her things and jumps down the well. Saya recognizes the destructive power of the Dragon Twister and meets his old friend Myoga. Kagome makes note that Sounga passed through the Bone Eater's Well which may have been what caused the blade to awaken. Meanwhile Inuyasha murders a trio of ogre's as Sesshomaru's Tenseiga leads him to the blade. Miroku and the other's find the dead ogre's that Inuyasha killed, but one of them wakes up as Saya mentions that those slain by Sounga become walking dead. Miroku is forced to use his Wind Tunnel, but learns that the demon's now contain a miasma that will poison him. Only burning them will ultimately kill the beasts, however Kagome's spiritual arrow is a good substitute.
Kagome and Saya rush off in search of Inuyasha as Miroku, Sango and Shippo stay behind to fight any remaining ogres. However Sesshomaru finds Inuyasha first. He is irritated to find that Sounga has chosen Inuyasha as its master and prepares to do battle with his brother. Sounga begins to tempt Sesshomaru as Kagome, Myoga and Saya run into Totosai on their way to meet up with Inuyasha. Totosai says that he did not create Sounga, rather it was kept in check by Inuyasha's father. Sesshomaru continues his assault as Sounga leads Inuyasha more power to overwhelm Sesshomaru. As Sounga curses his father, Sesshomaru becomes enraged and rips Tetsusaiga from its scabbard, unleashing the Wind Scar against Inuyasha. Sesshomaru is injured in the process though, and Sounga demands that Inuyasha kill Rin and Jaken. Sesshomaru regains himself and rusehs in to kill Inuyasha, however Kagome catches up just in time and uses her sit command to save Inuyasha. Instead, the command forces Sounga to release its hold of Inuyasha. Sesshomaru turns to leave but Inuyasha tells him to wait, that he will be the one to destroy the sword. Sesshomaru says he is not good enough to do it. Inuyasha asks Myoga about his father, and Totosai tells him that his father was much stronger than Inuyasha is now. He realizes that he must destroy the blade, even if he isn't strong enough. Leaving Kagome, he heads off to find the sword on his own as Sesshomaru questions his father's decision to leave him Tenseiga.
That night an ogre finds Sounga and is taken over by it. The ogre is transported to the realm of the dead and finds Sesshomaru's discarded arm at Inuyasha's father's gravesite. Returning to the Sengoku Era, the Sounga is plunged into the ground, resurrecting Takemaru. Sounga tells him to slay Inuyasha and Sesshomaru as vengeance against their father. As Kagome awakens she finds our group of heroes have combined with Jaken and Rin, in an attempt to find both Inuyasha and Sesshomaru. Rin hands Kagome the Beads of Subjugation that scattered after she sat Inuyasha earlier. Myoga tells the group about how Sounga ended up at the Higurashi Shrine. Upon the death of Inuyasha's Father, Totsai, Myoga and Saya placed Tetsusaiga in the grave of Inuyasha's father, and Tenseiga went to Sesshomaru. Not knowing what to do with Sounga they threw it into the Bone Eater's Well. Saya tells them that if they combine the powers of Tenseiga and Tetsusaiga they may be able to destroy Sounga.
Meanwhile, the reborn Takemaru is bequeathed Sesshomaru's left arm to replace the one he lost in battle. With it he claims Sounga and transforms into a horrible demon. The next morning a group of soldiers spy a dark cloud moving overhead and are shocked to find that the inhabitants of their castle have all been slain by Takemaru. He uses the Dragon Twister and wipes out the entire regiment in one fell swoop. However Sesshomaru's arm throbs with pain afterwards. Inuyasha finds Takemaru's grave at the same time as Sesshomaru. He is disgusted to see that Sounga chose Takemaru as its master. Sesshomaru and Inuyasha begin to fight once more. In the heat of battle Sesshomaru remembers his father's final words to him, but is enraged as he blames Inuyasha and Izayoi for their father's death. Sesshomaru wins the battle, but leaves Inuyasha alive. The sheath of the Tetsusaiga saved him. In the sky, the group rides Momo, Kirara and Aun in search of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha.
In the light of a full moon Takemaru uses Sounga's demonic powers to bring back all the soldiers he murdered; he now has an army at his command. Sesshomaru and Inuyasha both approach Takemaru's castle from different directions as the rest of the group comes closer. Sounga and Takemaru command their army of undead, as our large group of heroes decide that each of the eight warriors will have to fight 200 soliders each. Shippo and Jaken aren't too happy about participating when suddenly they see Inuaysha fighting in the distance. Sesshomaru soon begins his fight as well as everyone else. The battle is unending as the soliders are very difficult to kill. Finally dispatched, Sesshomaru and Inuyasha search for Takemaru. Sounga commmands him to destroy Tenseiga. In battle Tokijin suddenly becomes useless as a soldier grabs Sesshomaru's blade from him. Rin spies it and tries to recover it, but both she and Kagome are kidnapped in the process. Sounga tells Takemaru that both Rin and Kagome care for demons as did Izayoi, fueling his hatred for them.
Outside the castle Sesshomaru and Inuyasha team up to make the final push inside. Sesshomaru quickly abandons his brother in search of Rin. Takemaru plays with Kagome, injuring her and attempts to kill rin when Sesshomaru finally arrives. He tells the girls to leave as he begins to fight Takemaru and recognizes his arm. Outside, Shippo, Miroku and Sango finally catch up to Inuyasha and help him defeat the soldiers. Inside, Sesshomaru pulls Tenseiga and prepares a second assault on Takemaru, as the escaping Rin and Kagome run into an undead ogre. Overwhelmed by the unending forces of the undead, Miroku unleashes his Wind Tunnel, almost killing himself in the process. Inuyasha manages to save Kagome and Rin just in time as he heads in to find his brother and slay Takemaru. Kagome tells him that it will take Tetsusaiga and Tenseiga to destroy Sounga.
Joining the battle Inuyasha meets Takemaru and learns that he used to love Izayoi but came to despise her. Sounga commands Takemaru to use the Dragon Twister on the brothers, but Inuyasha stops him. Inuyasha tells Takemaru that because he is half human he has what it takes to defeat him. Takemaru falls and sees Izayoi's face once more. He finally understands that she was trying to protect him at the end of her life. Realizing that he truly loved her, he becomes a skeleton once more. Sounga flies away using Sesshomaru's arm and attempts to open a path to the netherworld. The portal begins to suck in the living of the world, until Saya erects a barrier. At the remains of the castle Sesshomaru and Inuyasha battle Sounga's final form, but continue to scabble with each other. Kagome leaves the barrier to see Inuyasha. Kagome tries to encourage the brothers to work together, but they don't listen. Inuyasha leaves the battle to give Kagome Tetsusaiga's scabbard for protection. Sesshomaru and Inuyasha continue to work alone and get nowhere. Sounga uses the Dragon Twister again and Inuyasha stands firm to protect Kagome. Sesshomaru looks on and realizes that his father's words did have meaning, realizing that he is the protector of Rin and Jaken he finally works with Inuyasha and combines his Dragon Strike with the Backlash wave, destroying Sounga. The portal to the netherworld is sealed and the sword and Sesshomaru's arm fall back into the afterlife. For a brief moment, Sesshomaru and Inuyasha see their father as he congratulates them on their victory.
Sesshomaru leaves with Rin and Jaken as Kagome asks Inuyasha if he was happy to meet his father. He responds that he wasn't, and Kagome frowns in disappointment.
A true rarity these days, it was decided to make a third film in the franchise. It was rumored that the box office of the third film would determine the continuation of the TV series.