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Episodes 58 - 86
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Opening Theme: I Am (35-64) & Owarinai Yume (65-95)
Ending Themes: Dearest (42-60) & Every Heart (61-85)
Series Director: Yasunao Aoki
Producers: Michihiko Suwa, Hideyuki Tomioka
Music: Kaoru Wada
Character Designs: Yoshihito Hishinuma
Art Director: Shigemi Ikeda


Season Three Overview:
From episode 44 onward Yasunao Aoki replaced Masashi Ikeda as the series director. Like Ikeda, Aoki's background includes a lot of high profile work for Sunrise, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz and Get Backers - Dakkanya. His earliest work was as an inbetweener on Lupin III - The Castle of Cagliostro.


Episode 57 1/21/02
Subete wa Tougenkyou no Yoru ni Zenben
Fateful Night in Togenkyo Part 1

Kagome heads home to take a test and Sango must leave to have her boomerang repaired because it was damaged by the dog demon she just battled. While they are away the others come across a stream with peaches floating in it. The peaches have human faces though and tell Inuyasha, Shippo and Miroku that they were captives of the Peach Man. They travel up the mountain to investigate and find a box where the Peach Man has shunken his human hostages so that he can use them to feed his peach tree that grants him immortality. Inuyasha and the others become trapped in the magical box. Inuyasha escapes. Soon thereafter Kagome arrives but also finds herself trapped in the box leaving the shards for the Peach Man to find. He places them into his body. The shards make his skin rock hard, and when Inuyasha escapes the box he is crushed beneath the Peach Man's massive weight. Normally this would not be a problem, but this is the night of the new moon and Inuyasha has reverted to his human form.

Episode 58 1/28/02
Subete wa Tougenkyou no Yoru ni Kouhen
Fateful Night in Togenkyo Part 2
The Peach Man ties Inuyasha up when he notices Kagome's empty bottle used for storing Shikon shards. He demands to know where she is, but up until this point the Peach Man himself did not realize she was there. He goes to look for her leaving Inuyasha alone and bound. When he returns carrying her school uniform Inuyasha fears the worst. A tiny Miroku and Shippo escape and manage to free Inuyasha who goes in search of Kagome. He finds her bathing and being prepared to be fed to the Peach Man's tree. They all try to escape but find the Peach Man's former master who tells them that one day the Peach Man found a Shikon shard and feed it to his tree. The tree came to life and demanded to be fed humans. Out of nowhere the Peach Man emerges and a battle ensues. Kagome is able to knock the Shikon shard out of the Peach Man and both he and Inuyasha go tumbling down the cliff side. The Peach Man's tree winds up eating him and transforming into a giant monster. Now with the sun rising Inuyasha reverts to his half-demon form and destroys the creature.

Episode 59 2/4/01
Bishoujo Shimai no Deshiiri Shigan
The Beautiful Sister Apprentices
Sango is working to repair her damaged boomerang when two girls Serina and Suzuna discover her and beg her to take them on as apprentices. They tell her that demons are a constant problem at their village, so Sango takes some time to show them a few techniques. Later the girls return and break into a storehouse that contains demon's bones used to make the exterminator's weapons. They are confronted by Sango and they tell her that their village has actually been destoryed, but they want to continue their village's traditon of being theives. The demons remains begin to attract other demons who overwhelm Sango and the girls until the rest of the gang arrives, after having worried when Sango was late returning to them. Ultimately Sango tells the girls not to worry about upholding traditions, only to live for themselves and be strong.




Episode 60 2/11/02
Kuromiko Gojuunen no Noroi
The 50 Year Old Curse of the Dark Priestess
Naraku has Kagura fetch Tsubaki, an elderly dark miko/priestess. He tells her he will give her his large Shikon shard in exchange for her help in killing Kagome. Tsubaki becomes young again and accepts Naraku's offer. Kagome, meanwhile, is falling farther and farther behind at school due to her many absences. When she returns to the past she feels something bite her on the foot, but sees nothing. When Kaede hears the story she belives it might have been the familiar of someone. Kaede's theory proves correct, as it was the snake pet of Tsubaki that bit Kagome. Tsubaki uses Kagome's blood that her snake drew along with Naraku's Shikon shard to place a curse on Kagome. Suddenly Kagome's Shikon shards turn black and then are absorbed into her body. Miroku and Sango go in search of the cause of this when Kagome, under Tsubaki's control begins to try to kill Inuyasha just as Kikyo had 50 years prior. Kikyo is also drawn to the site Miroku and Sango are investigating because of a familiar presense she senses there.

Episode 61 2/18/02
Arawareta Kikyo Shikigami Tsukai
Kikyo and the Dark Priestess
Kikyo goes through the barrier that Miroku and Sango cannot enter to investigate what is going on. There she destroys one of Naraku's puppets and finds Tsubaki, who she remembers is an old nemesis of hers that once tried to steal the Shikon Jewel when it was under her protection. Tsubaki is distracted by Kikyo's presense allowing Kagome to temporarily regain her senses. She is able to detect the Shikon shard that Tsubaki is using and Inuyasha rushes her there. Tsubaki relates the story of how she tried to take the Shikon Jewel many decades ago but Kikyo reversed her snake causing it to return to her and scar her face. From then on Tsubaki made a deal with a demon so that she would forever keep her youthful appearance. Kagome and Inuyasha arrive and Kikyo allows Tsubaki to go out and confront them, but promises to kill her should she harm Inuyasha. Outside Tsubaki summons a giant weasel-like demon from her eye. Tsubaki warns Inuyasha if he tries to use Tetsusaiga against her she will use her curse to kill Kagome.

Episode 62 3/4/02
Sokoshirene Tsubaki no Jubaku
Tsubaki's Unrelenting Evil Spell
Inuyasha struggles to fight off the weasel demon that Tsubaki has unleashed while Kagome falls unconcious once again due to the curse Tsubaki has placed on her. She dreams of being back home but everything seems like it would be if she had never travelled back in time. She sees faces that remind her of her friends from the past, and while at school her archery teacher has a strange resembalance to Kikyo. Finally Kagome remembers and awakens in the past as Inuyasha continues to fight the demon. He kills the creature and then turns his attention to Tsubaki and her snake familar. He kills the snake, but the curse is still not broken. Tsubaki sends a flock of demons streaming from her eye, and the others have their hands full as the snake grows it's head back and attacks Kagome. Before it does though, Kagome is able to reverse it and send it back on Tsubaki just as Kikyo had done so long ago. Kagome's curse is broken and the Shikon shards purify themselves, but Tsubaki is able to grab her large shard and flee.




Episode 63 3/11/02
Ikute mo Habamu Kouhaku Miko
The Red and White Priestesses
Tsubaki returns to the village where she trained to be a miko and convinces two young girls named Botan and Momiji that she is being chased by a group of demons. The girls believe her and offer their assistance. When Inuyasha and the others arrive, the girls attack using small paper dolls that pose no problem for the group. Unfortunately they manage to get a strand of hair from Inuyasha and Kagome and the girls use that to create two creatures with the abilities of Kagome and Inuyasha. The girls cast a spell to keep Inuyasha at bay while the creatures battle the others. Soon Inuyasha escapes and is able to knock the girls unconcious using Tetsusaiga. Shippo, Miroku and Kirara stay behind to tell Botan and Momiji what is really going on while Sango, Inuyasha, and Kagome pursue Tsubaki who has fled once again. Tsubaki comes upon a tower with a giant ogre sealed inside and Kagura tells her to use the Shikon shard to set the beast free.

Episode 64 3/18/02
Tahoutou no Kyodai na Oni
The Giant Ogre of the Forbidden Tower
Shippo and Miroku convince the girls that Tsubaki has become evil, and they agree to help the others deal with her. The proceed to the tower where the others went ahead of them. Inuyasha and Kagome cause Kagura to retreat, while Tsubaki frees the oni inside the tower. Instead of allowing it to fight them, she absorbs it into her eye and transforms into an oni herself. Inuyasha uses the Bakuryuha to force her to change back, and when she does one of Naraku's wasps flies out of her eye and steals the Shikon shard he had given her. Tsubaki changes back into an old woman and then dissolves into dust as Kikyo watches from afar.

Episode 65 4/8/02
Saraba Seishun no Hibi
Farewell Days of My Youth!
The group is staying at a village overnight after slaying a giant centipede demon. Myoga arrives and seems to be on the run from someone. Soon strange things start to happen. Sango comes into Miroku's room and then starts to chase him around before suddenly falling asleep. Everyone assumes she was possessed by the centipede demon until Miroku soon falls under the same fate and begins chasing everyone around. Soon another centipede demon springs from the ground and Inuyasha quickly kills it but then he too becomes possessed. Strangely he offers to make out with Shippo when Kagome forces him back to normal with a well-timed "sit!". As it turns out, Makoto a female flea demon and self-proclaimed fiancee to Myoga has been possessing various people as she pursues the tiny creature. Myoga manages to escape before the wedding can be arranged though.




Episode 66 4/15/02
Naraku no Kekkai Kagura no Kesshin
Naraku's Barrier - Kagura's Decision
Koga picks up Naraku's scent and Inuyasha does so as well. They realize if they can smell him his barrier that he keeps up to hide the location of his castle must be weakening. Koga dashes off to finish Naraku, but Inuyasha has to stay behind because he will soon transform into a human due to the phase of the moon. Kagura watches on Kanna's mirror as Koga approaches, and assuming Naraku is away she decides to fight him herself. She manages to trap him in a tornado of skeletons which slash and hack the Shikon shards out of his legs. Ginta and Hagaku have to ask for help to save Koga, and are shocked to see Inuyasha has turned into a human. The gang agrees to help out and when they arrive Kagura quickly flees, leaving a badly injured Koga behind. She tracks down Sesshomaru and tells him that she will give him the Shikon shards she has taken from Koga in exchange for his killing Naraku. Meanwhile Naraku watches from Kanna's mirror as Kagura betrays him.

Episode 67 4/22/02
Fukiareru Uragiri no Kaze
The Howling Wind of Betrayal

Sesshomaru says he has no interest in Shikon shards which upsets Kagura. The gang manages to catch back up to Kagura, but with Inuyasha still in his human form they try to make sure that she does not discover when he transforms. Koga takes the battle to her, but when a huge group of demons arrives, Kagura assumes that Naraku has sent them to kill her for her betrayal. This allows Koga to get in one good punch, but without his Shikon shards he is not powerful enough to handle Kagura. Just as he is about to meet his end Inuyasha steps in to save the day, and Kagura catches a glimpse of him in his human form. Inuyasha unleashes the Scar of the Wind, but before it can hit Kagura the demons sent by Naraku fly down and act as a shield for her sacreficing their own lives to save her. She quickly retreats and Koga retrieves his shards and runs off as well. Kagura heads back to Naraku's castle assuming he did not learn of her betrayal after all, and she is lured down into the basement by Kanna. Unfortunately for her Naraku is there and has undergone a transformation of his own. He has split apart into the various demons that make up his body which leaves Kagura horrified. He tells her if she does anything like that again he will kill her, and so Kagura decides not to tell him about Inuyasha's transformation.

Episode 68 5/6/02
Shippou e Ikari no Chosenjou
Shippo Gets an Angry Challenge

Shippo is shocked when he recieves a letter challenging him to a battle from someone named Soten. Shippo starts to think that Soten may be connected to the Thunder Brothers that killed his father. Koryu is the dragon servant of Soten and seems to be keeping a close eye on Shippo and the others. He tries to drop a boulder on them, and manages to capture Shippo in the commotion. Shippo is taken to Soten's castle where he is locked in a cage. Much to Shippo's shock Soten is also a young demon about his age. Koryu tries to prevent the others from entering the castle, but his simplistic traps prove ineffective. Inside Shippo and Soten duel over Shippo's crayons. Kagome interrupts the battle and exclaims how cute Soten is. But to everyone's shock Soten is a little girl and Shippo no longer has any will to continue the battle. He gives her his crayons and then leaves.




Episode 69 5/13/02
Kao no nai Otoko no Kyoufu
Terror of the Faceless Man

Back home Kagome has another killer math test which gets her down a little, so she goes out with her friends where they talk about her love life. Kagome takes it easy for a few days while the others await her return. Meanwhile Naraku and Kanna are standing on the edge of cliff. He releases something from his arm and the thing goes rolling down the cliffside before coming to rest near a group of bandits. Soon a faceless man emerges from the blob of muscle and tissue. He kills the bandits and rips their faces off. Soon Inuyasha and the others are led to the area when they detect Naraku's scent. Kneeling by a creek the faceless creature tries on the faces of the bandits he killed when a priest named Muso comes upon him and tries to destory him. Muso meets his fate at the hands of the demon, and has his face stolen as well. The demon places the face on and seems pleased at by his choice. He steals a suit of armor and then starts to rampage and ransack a nearby village before having a flash of memory regarding Musashi's Domain- the area in which Kaede's Village lies. Soon Inuyasha encounters the man and they do battle, but nothing seems to hurt him at all. The man says he does not remember anything and has taken the name Muso after the priest he killed. His body heals at an amazing rate and he is able to shape his body anyway he sees fit. Soon Kagome arrives and Muso mistakes her for Kikyo.

Episode 70 5/20/02
Yomigaetta Onigumo no Kioku
Onigumo's Memory Restored

Inuyasha uses the Scar of the Wind on Muso and rips him to pieces. Kikyo soon comes upon the apprentice of Muso the priest who was killed by Muso the demon. He tells her the demon had a spider-mark on it's back and Kikyo decides to investigate. Naraku sees this in Kanna's mirror and releases Kagura who he has been holding chained in the area beneath the castle since her betrayal. He tells her to go find Inuyasha and tell him Muso is headed towards Kaede's village. Slowly Muso has put himself back together, and Inuyasha is worried about Kagome being there when Muso seems indestructable. Muso makes his way to the cave where Onigumo once lived and was cared for by Kikyo, and Kaede and Kagome go to investigate it, while Inuyasha and the others go in search of Naraku. Kagura catches up with them and does as Naraku asked her, she tells them where Muso is. Inside the cave Muso remembers who he really is... Onigumo. He sees Kagome as he emerges from the cave and demands to know why Kagome looks so much like Kikyo. Inuyasha arrives just in time and severs Muso's arm. Soon Muso's body reshapes itself into a scorpion like creature and impales Inuyasha. Meanwhile Naraku goes to check up on Kikyo when suddenly his arm begins to react strangely.

Episode 71 5/27/02
Mitsudomoe no Shitou no Hate
Three-sided Battle to the Death

Inuyasha uses the Scar of the Wind over and over hoping to bring Muso down, but no matter what he continues to regenerate himself. Miroku points out that the spider mark on Muso's back is where the regeneration seems to center itself, so Inuyasha tries to destroy that portion of his body. Before he can Naraku's wasps carry it away as the other chunks of Muso's body fly after it trying to reattach themselves. Muso manages to restore himself again but Naraku arrives and attempts to reabsorb him. Muso refuses and then Inuyasha arrives. While Naraku and Inuyasha battle Muso escapes, but Kagura pursues him when he suddenly decides to turn around and heads back towards Naraku. Muso stabs Naraku in the chest with his dagger-like arm, but this only makes it easier for Naraku to reabsorb him. He quickly does and Miroku asks if this means Naraku is a half-demon just like Inuyasha. Naraku admits that he is, and like Inuyasha there is a certain time in which his powers weaken, but unlike Inuyasha Naraku gets to decide when that time is. Naraku's powers have increased, as well as his mystical barriers, which now seem impenetrable to Inuyasha and his Tetsusaiga.




Episode 72 6/3/02
Toutousai no Kimyouna Shiren
Totosai's Rigid Training

Because Naraku's barriers seem to have grown much stronger, Inuyasha pays a visit to Totosai hoping to find a way to break them. Totosai does not seem interested, and there Inuyasha meets a cat demon named Bunza who is also training to break magical barriers. It turns out that Bunza's home has been troubled by a mantis demon who has placed a barrier around their village. Inuyasha and Bunza travel to the village and destroy the demon and free the village.

Episode 73 6/10/02
Shiori Ayako to Aitsu no Kimochi
Shiori's Family and Inuyasha's Feelings

Inuyasha is still obsessed with learning how to break Naraku's barriers, when Myoga arrives and tells him about a group of demon bats who have created an impeneterable barrier. If Inuyasha is able to slay the demon guarding the barrier, it's blood will be absorbed by Tetsusaiga and give it the ability to break even the most powerful shields. The situation is complicated when Inuyasha arrives ready to slay some bats. As it turns out Shiori is the half-demon grandchild of Taigokumaru who has forced her mother to turn his grandchild over to him. He promises to stop attacking the village if she does so, and seeing no other way to save her fellow villagers lives Shiori's mother does as Taigokumaru asks. Unfortunately Taigokumaru does not live up to his part of the bargain and continues to attack, while keeping Shiori to power the barrier around the demon bat's cave. Even if Inuyasha could penetrate the barrier he would have to kill an innocent child to power up his sword. Soon Taigokumaru sets out carrying Shiori to destory her village. He uses Shiori to power a shield around him keeping any harm from befalling him.

Episode 74 6/17/02
Kekkaiyaburu Akai Tetsusaiga
The Red Tetsusaiga Breaks the Barrier!

The villagers cannot stand against the powerful bats, and Inuyasha is powerless due to the shield that Shiori is generating against her will. Tsukyumaru, Shiori's father and Taigokumaru's son was a peaceful demon and loved the village and never wanted to see it harmed, and so Shiori's mother does not understand why Taigokumaru wishes to see it destoryed along with everyone living there. Taigokumaru tells them that because his son fell in love with a human he no longer wished to carryout his job of protecting the barrier, and so he had to kill him. Now Shiori will do the job her father refused. Taigokumaru fires a blast at Inuyasha who reverses it into the Bakuryuha, but Shiori's barrier prevents it from doing any harm. After hearing that her grandfather killed her father, Shiori's rage forces Taigokumaru outside of the protective barrier. Inuyasha sees his chance and kills the giant bat. Now Shiori and her mother are reunited and the village is saved. Inuyasha refuses to kill the little girl mearly to power up Tetsusaiga, but Shiori offers his the red orb she carried to generate the shield. It's power should be the same as if Inuyasha had bathed Tetsusaiga in her blood as he had planned. Suddenly Taigokumaru's spirit emerges from the ball and tries to kill Shiori and her mother, but the spirit of Tsukyumaru protects them both from harm. Sure enough the orb powers up Tetsusaiga making it's blade glow red, and now it is powerful enough to break almost any barrier.




Episode 75 6/24/02
Hyouneko Shitennou no Inbou
The Plot of the Panther Devas

A group of cat demons come in search of Kagome, who they have heard is guarding the Shikon shards. Kagome though is back in the modern times and Inuyasha decides to come and get her since she is taking so long in returning. Hatchimon, Miroku's tanuki friend, warns the others that the cat demons are a dangerous bunch, and when Kagome and Inuyasha return, the cats kidnap her and take her to their village. Meanwhile the leader of the cats challenges Sesshomaru to come to their village as well to settle an old score. Sesshomaru meets up with Ryokan who also wants to come along, but Sesshomaru threatens him if he does. Inuyasha is hot on the trail of the cats who took Kagome when Koga meets up with him. Koga's speed allows him to outpace Inuyasha and get to Kagome first, but the cats disappear inside a magical barrier. Inuyasha unsheathes Tetsusaiga ready to try out it's new barrier cutting abilities.

Episode 76 7/1/02
Hyouteki wa Sesshoumaru to Inuyasha
Target: Sesshomaru and Inuyasha

Everyone is able to pass though the barrier thanks to Inuyasha's new barrier breaking skills. When they arrive at the village they seem outnumbered and are thrown off by a gas the cat's have released. That is until Sesshomaru arrives and saves the day. The cats retreat when they see him, and Myoga arrives to explain how Sesshomaru became involved in this. Fifty years ago Inuyasha's father and Sesshomaru fought against the cat demons. Royakan was involved as well. They were able to beat the cats, thus the reason why they are looking for revenge now. Koga goes off looking for Kagome, as does Inuyasha, while Sango and Miroku go off in another direction searching for her. Koga gets into a fight with one of the cat demons after meeting up with Royakan. Sesshomaru too is battling against the another cat demon. Inuyasha and Jaken meet up each and continue to look together for Sesshomaru and Kagome. Meanwhile Miroku and Sango are captured and tossed into the cell with Kagome.

Episode 77 7/8/02
Hyounekozoku to Futatsu no Kiba no Ken
The Panther Tribe and the Two Swords of the Fang

Shippo and Myoga search in vain for their lost comrades. Sesshomaru continues his battle against the cats, and another one joins into to help their sibling. They are surprised that losing an arm since their last battle has not caused Sesshomaru to lose a step. Jaken and Inuyasha are distracted by the illusions created by the cat demons, so Jaken uses the Staff of Heads to dispel the images. With that taken care of he and Inuyasha venture into the castle where the cats of trying to revive their falled leader. All the captives are intended to be used as sacrefices for the revived leader, but everyone seems to be having trouble gaining entrance into the castle because of the powerful barrier. Inuyasha arrives and shatters it using the red blade of Tetsusaiga. The leader of the cat demons kills three of his own in order to gain enough power to return fully to life. Sesshomaru's sword Tenseiga begins to glow and he uses it's healing powers to pulls the dead souls out of the cat demon. Inuyasha is now able to slay it with Tetsusaiga, and after seeing this the other cats flee.




Episode 78 7/15/02
Sango Mezashite Only You
Only You, Sango

One day the group is out travelling when the come across a man who seems to know Sango. He begs her to help slay a demon bear that is plaguing their castle. Soon the lord of the castle, Takeda Kuranosuke, arrives and tells Sango that six years ago she helped exterminate another demon and he was so impressed that he fell in love with her. He asks he to marry him, and Kagome sees this as a chance to make Miroku admit that he has feelings for Sango. Unfortunately Miroku does not seem to care if Sango decides to marry or not. Miroku refuses to make a move, and actully believes that Sango may be happier to stay with Takeda and give up her battle against Naraku. This upsets her and she gives it her all against the bear demon. Unfortunately only one of Miroku's sutras will bring down the creature, so they two have to work together. They reconcile and all leave the castle together, when Miroku once again tries to put the moves on Sango.

Episode 79 7/22/02
Jaken no Tetsusaiga Bun Dori Sakusen
Jaken's Plan to Steal the Tetsusaiga

A question from Rin prompts Jaken to question his worth to Sesshomaru. He decides to prove himself by stealing Tetsusaiga from Inuyasha. First he sends a demon to create a mist and steal the weapons under the cover of fog. The demon steals everyone's weapons except Tetsusaiga. Jaken then tries a second plan, and disguises himself as a smith who offers to sharpen the everyone's weapons. Everyone is obliged to let him do it, but by the time he sits there sharpening every weapon other than Tetsusaiga he gets too worn out and falls asleep. His third plan is more successful. He creates a hot spring and gases the group while they bathe. He wraps Tetsusaiga in Inuyasha's kimono so that he can carry it without the demon repelling barrier affecting him. Sango manages to head him off, and he gives the blade to Rin and tells her to take it to Sesshomaru. She does, but then drops it when she sees Jaken is in trouble and needs help. Jaken is upset about losing Tetsusaiga, when suddenly Kagura flies down and steal Rin away.

Episode 80 7/29/02
Sesshoumaru to Sarawareta Rin
Sesshomaru and the Abducted Rin

Inuyasha picks up Naraku's scent in the area and proceeds to follow it. Jaken rushes to Sesshomaru's side to tell him Rin was abducted. One of Naraku's puppets appears and tells him that if he does not wish to see Rin harmed he will do as he says and kill Inuyasha. Sesshomaru simply ignores him, and passes through Naraku's barrier in pursuit of the villian. Inuyasha follows Naraku's scent while the others go in search of a Shikon fragment Kagome has detected that they believe must belong to Kohaku. Kohaku has been charged with watching over Rin. Sango arrives and Kohaku is shocked because her face is the only thing Naraku was unable to erase from his mind. Inuyasha is able to cut through Naraku's barrier and he orders Kagura to go take care of him, but she secretly wants to allow Inuyasha to come in in hopes he will kill Naraku and set her free.




Episode 81 8/5/02
Tachikireru Naraku no yukue
Vanishing Point: Naraku Disappears

Sesshomaru and Naraku face off at Naraku's castle. Naraku senses Inuyasha's arrival and decides to conclude the fight with Sesshomaru, engulfing him in demonic tentacles. Jaken watches helplessly as his master is cocooned and the monster prepares to ingest Sesshomaru's demon power. Before Naraku can do so, Inuyasha explodes into the courtyard, eager to fight. Inuyasha opens with Kaze no Kizu, which Naraku attempts to repel. Naraku wasn't expected Inuyasha, nor is he pleased when the Tetsusaiga breaks through his barrier defense. Inuyasha battles on, but is quickly ensnared in the same tentacles wrapping Sesshomaru. Naraku can’t resist taunting Inuyasha about his lack of power, which is all it takes to ignite another wave of rage. Inuyasha breaks free of Naraku's trap, blasting him point blank with another Kaze no Kizu attack. The strike weakens Naraku’s grasp on Sesshomaru enough to allow him to burst through and escape. Joining forces, the brothers mount a ferocious battle and seriously wound Naraku. However, their old sibling rivalry returns over which of them gets to kill the demon. Their squabble allows Naraku enough time to get away. Sesshomaru starts to power up into his demon-dog form, when Naraku’s disembodied voice reminds him about the danger Rin faces with her present captor, Kohaku. Watching Naraku spiral off in a swirl of miasma, Inuyasha asks Sesshomaru about Rin's abduction the connection with Kohaku. He's met with stony silence as Sesshomaru departs to rescue Rin. Jaken is left behind to answer Inuyasha’s questions after a little persuasion. Back at the house where Kohaku is holding Rin captive, Kagome and the team combat a nightmarish assortment of demons. While the demonic horde distracts the good guys, Kohaku escapes with Rin. Attempts to follow the children are cut off by renewed demon attacks until Inuyasha arrives to beat back the evil swarm. Inuyasha picks up Kagome and tells the others they're going ahead to find Kohaku. Inuyasha must find Kohaku first -- if Sesshomaru beats them to Kohaku, Inuyasha knows he'll kill the boy for taking Rin. Further ahead in the forest, Kohaku leads Rin through the woods and into a clearing. Rin wonders why her new friend is acting odd. The situation worsens when he draws his scythe and moves to strike her down. Rin runs away in panic, but is snared by Kohaku’s scythe chain. Kohaku moves in for the kill and Rin faints from fear. Sesshomaru arrives in time to catch Kohaku poised for the death strike. But before he lands the blow to Rin, Kohaku’s attention turns to Sesshomaru and he attacks with the scythe. A blur of red appears, blocking the strike; Inuyasha has arrived. Sesshomaru ignores Inuyasha's request to leave the boy alone, grabs Kohaku by the throat, and prepares to kill him. Kagome, with Rin cradled protectively in her arms, begs Sesshomaru to show mercy; that Rin has just fainted and is unhurt. Kohaku dangles, blank-eyed and limp in Sesshomaru’s grasp and then -- Sesshomaru releases him and the boy falls heavily to the ground. Sesshomaru rationalizes Naraku wanted him to kill Kohaku and he wasn't going to fall into another trap, so he let the boy live. Kagome thanks Sesshomaru for his gesture as Rin regains consciousness. Overjoyed, the little girl springs from Kagome's arms and scampers happily to Sesshomaru. Kagome and Inuyasha watch dumbfounded as Rin skips after merrily after the stoic demon. During the commotion, Kagura escapes with Kohaku on her flying feather. When Sango, Miroku and Shippo arrive, Inuyasha and Kagome fill them in on events. Sango is sad, but relieved that Kohaku survived his encounter with Sesshomaru. Inuyasha is left wondering where the badly injured Naraku might be hiding, now that his castle has been discovered and it‘s barrier broken. Back at Naraku's deserted castle; the wandering Kikyo stands in the battle-scared courtyard and wonders the same thing.

Episode 82 8/12/02
Gendai to sengoku no hazuma
Gap Between the Ages

Inuyasha, Miroku and Sango stand in the ruins of Naraku’s castle, wondering if the demon will return; now that his barrier has been breached. While Inuyasha and the others brood, back in contemporary Tokyo, Kagome sits in school with problems of her own: the teacher just announced a test in a couple of days and Kagome hasn‘t studied. After school, Kagome scrambles to get a copy of the study notes from her friends but meets with one frustration after another. Kagome is left to cram for the test, note less, all on her own. On the other side of the well, Inuyasha is irritable because Kagome hasn’t returned. Miroku intervenes, convincing Inuyasha since they can’t find Naraku anyway; the team ought to use the time for rest. Later that evening, Sango sits alone beneath the stars, wondering about Kohaku’s whereabouts. Miroku joins her, initially for moral support -- which quickly turns into immoral advances. The sound of Sango’s slap to Miroku rings through the night and into Kaede’s home, where it seems to be the last straw for the impatient Inuyasha. Back at the Higurashi Shrine, Kagome storms through the house, determined to catch up her studies in time for the exam. Her brother, Sota, chases after her -- he’s got news -- Kagome has company! Kagome walks into the living room and finds Inuyasha waiting to take her back to the past. Kagome angrily informs Inuyasha she’s staying put in the present and taking her exam! Inuyasha seems quite content to wait at the Higurashi’s until Kagome’s ready to go back with him. Cautious of her half-demon houseguest, Kagome orders Inuyasha to stay at home while she’s at school. Unfortunately, Kagome’s so distracted she leaves home without her lunch. Kagome‘s Mom asks Inuyasha if he’d take it to her at school. How could he refuse? The route to Kagome’s school is pretty exciting for Inuyasha: he freaks out the local folks, busts a fleeing felon and saves a child from a burning building. He finally makes it to Kagome’s school and perching on the ledge outside Kagome‘s classroom. Who knows what made her look up when she did, but Kagome is definitely not happy to see Inuyasha. To avoid his discovery, she hollers a “sit” command, earning Inuyasha a quick trip down to the schoolyard and Kagome, detention. Later, they hook up and Inuyasha completes his errand from Mom and delivers Kagome’s lunch -- a bit worse for wear. Kagome resumes her cram session with renewed frustration. Exhausted, Kagome returns home to an excited family: Inuyasha’s exploits made the TV news! As the evening wears on, Kagome’s fragile concentration wears out. Inuyasha‘s fidgeting is major a distraction to her. Hoping Sota can keep him busy, Kagome asks her brother to keep Inuyasha company, so Sota drags him off for a bath. The bath idea ends badly, as Kagome is interrupted by Inuyasha and Sota bursting into her room covered by little more than soap bubbles. Food doesn’t work well either. Mrs. Higurashi’s curry dish is too spicy for Inuyasha who once again, flees to the refuge of Kagome’s room. The excitement finally dies down, and we find Inuyasha sitting on Kagome’s bed, staring at her intensely as she desperately tries to study. Although he’s quiet, Inuyasha is still a distraction, and Kagome suggests he try to get some sleep. Inuyasha sternly warns her they’re going back to the past the next day, test or no test. Kagome resumes her work; it’s too quiet. When she turns around again, she sees that Inuyasha has fallen soundly asleep, curled up on her bed. The next day at school, a sleepy Kagome stumbles through her exam. Later, returning to the past, a perky Inuyasha and a bleary, scholastically defeated Kagome greet their companions.

Episode 83 8/19/02
Onna you ookamizoku to tsuki niji no yakusoku
The Female Wolf Demon and the Lunar Rainbow Promise

Sunset, and high on a cliff, a dignified wolf surveys the valley below. A sudden whirlwind materializes and young, fur-clad girl springs out of the maelstrom, kneeling in respect behind the creature. The shot pans back to reveal a line of wolves sitting at attention. The lead wolf signs and the entire group, including the girl, leap into action. Later that evening, we find Koga sparring with a group of strange wolves that have been chasing him. He yells at the wolves to ask them why they’re after him, and is answered by the girl from the cliff. Although the girl seems to know Koga, he hasn’t a clue who she might be. Hakkaku and Ginta arrive and recognize her as Ayame, granddaughter of the elder wolf of the northern mountains. Suddenly, it dawns on Koga who she is. Ayame tells him he’s been ordered to assume leadership for all the wolf tribes and she‘s been sent to bring him home -- as her husband. Koga is clearly not interested in either proposition; besides he’s already ‘engaged’ to Kagome, and says so. Koga flees, leaving a puzzled and heart-broken Ayame behind. Daytime finds Inuyasha and the team still trying to locate Naraku. They’re stumped, but decide if they keep looking for the Shikon jewel shards, Naraku’s bound to surface. In another part of the woods, Ayame recalls how she and Koga met: we flash back to a younger Koga carrying the child Ayame on his back. Little Ayame took Koga’s joking promise to marry her when she was older, seriously. Now that Ayame’s grandfather needs to unite the wolf tribes using Koga’s strength and the Shikon jewels in his possession, Koga’s cavalier promise has become serious business. Koga, meanwhile, has arrived at the ruins of Naraku’s castle. He finds the evidence that Inuyasha has been there and fought with Naraku. Koga figures if he can locate Inuyasha, he can get answers and a clue to Naraku’s whereabouts and he takes off running. Down in the basement of the ruined castle, something slithers in the darkness, and it’s getting bigger... Later, Ayame and her pack have trailed Koga to the castle, where they just miss him! The thing from explodes through the ground and attacks Ayame and her wolves. The creature is a gigantic hairball with huge lips and razor-sharp teeth. Ayame and the pack barely escape, running for their lives. Eventually Ayame catches up with slowpokes Hakkaku and Ginta. They’re still running after Koga, unaware there is monster on their heels. The hairball catches up with the trio, but Ayame is able to repel it long enough for Hakkaku and Ginta to tell her a little about Naraku and the monster’s origins. Further up the road, Inuyasha senses Koga’s approach. On arrival, the first thing Koga does is pay his respects to Kagome. Koga and Inuyasha then engage in their ritual bickering over Koga’s unwanted attention to Kagome. The ’formalities’ concluded, they get down to the business of discussing Naraku. Suddenly, everyone senses an evil presence. Hakkaku and Ginta sprint from the forest followed closely by the giant hairball. The hair creature wants the Shikon jewels, but Inuyasha isn’t backing down. Grabbing a lock of the creature’s hair, Inuyasha swings it around and then slams in back and forth before finally flinging it off a cliff. Koga, in the meantime, ’rescues’ Kagome from the danger and carries her off to a safe place. Unfortunately it isn’t that safe -- Ayame is waiting for him, and ambushes Koga with a whirling leaf attack. She’s furious to see Koga with Kagome. Kagome is furious with Koga about telling Ayame that she’s his finance when she isn’t. Koga is furious with Ayame for butting in between he and Kagome. Ayame reminds Koga of his promise to marry her. In a truly sweet flashback, we see how Koga rescued little Ayame from the “Paradise Birds”. To ease the child’s fears, Koga chats with her and promises to wed her when she grows up. Koga genuinely can’t remember any of what happened but the dejected expression on Ayame’s face gives the weight of truth to her story. Kagome believes Ayame and, sympathetic to her anguish, scolds Koga for hurting Ayame’s feelings by breaking such a sensitive vow.




Episode 84 8/26/02
Chousoku no hanayome kouho
Koga's Bride to Be

Inuyasha, Miroku, Sango & Shippo pursue the abducted Kagome. Inuyasha fears for her safety while she’s with Koga, especially since one of Naraku’s monsters is in the vicinity. Kagome, however, is safe for the moment, and getting acquainted with Ayame. As Koga sits alone and pouts, Ayame tells Kagome why she’s after Koga to marry her. Her story is about trouble infecting all the wolf tribes. An evil force has spread down from the Northern Mountains where she lives, causing tribal discord. Ayame’s elder dispatched her with orders to bring back Koga as her husband. Using Koga’s strength, his possession of Shikon jewel shards and the credibility of a marital tie, the elder hopes Koga will restore the wolves’ unity. Eavesdropping, Koga angrily blurts out he doesn’t want to lead the tribes nor does he want to get married: he wants to kill Naraku. He tells Ayame to go home; she has free will and she doesn’t have to obey every order from her elder. The conversation is cut short by the arrival of the big, hairy monster. Koga attacks, defending both Kagome and Ayame. Tentacles of demon hair whip out, grabbing Koga, and Ayame rushes to his aid, also getting snared by the dreaded locks. Kagome fires an arrow at Ayame’s bonds, managing to free her as Koga continues to struggle within his hirsute restraints. Inuyasha arrives in time to save Kagome and Ayame from another shaggy attack. Ayame watches Kagome and Inuyasha together and its clear to her why Kagome isn‘t interested in Koga -- Kagome is with Inuyasha! Inuyasha and the entangled Koga proceed to argue over which of them is fit to protect Kagome, how come Inuyasha let the monster get away earlier, and that Koga doesn’t want to be rescued! As the debate rages, the creature drags Koga closer to its toothy jaws. The monster is hungry for the Shikon jewel shards with a side of Koga. Kagome realizing the situation, orders Inuyasha to rescue Koga despite their mutual protests. Inuyasha advances on the creature, but the hairball captures too, suspending him in its tenacious tresses. Sango, Miroku and Shippo arrive, greeted by the following scene: Koga, Ayame and Inuyasha shackled by tentacles of hair and Kagome, unharmed but perplexed. The creature tells the captive Inuyasha that he needs the jewels inside Koga to become whole in order to find and destroy Naraku. The hairball is angry at Naraku for abandoning him in his present condition. Unimpressed by the hairball’s whining Inuyasha breaks his bonds and frees Koga. Koga liberates Ayame and advances on the hairball, intent on mayhem. Cooler heads prevail when Miroku suggests they interrogate the creature regarding Naraku’s whereabouts, rather than destroy it. However, when questioned, the creature can only provide vague answers. Koga decides it’s time for it to go - permanently - hurling a blow at its massive mouth only to get caught again. Once more, Ayame rushes in to help and both wolf demons are swallowed by the creature. The monster’s joy consuming the jewels is short lived when a mighty kick from Koga pulverizes the hairball from the inside, raining bits of monster down upon all. Hakkaku and Ginta arrive just time for Koga to say his farewell to Kagome, enraging both Ayame and Inuyasha. Koga promises he’ll be back to make Kagome his bride, which makes her irate, too. She angrily reminds Koga about his proposal to Ayame, and how that comes first. Kouga has a flashback, attempting to remember how he might have proposed to Ayame. As Koga’s memory returns, he recalls rescuing young Ayame from the ‘Birds of Paradise’, their conversation about making her his bride, etc., but tries to lie about not remembering the event. But Koga can‘t fib, and admits to Ayame he does remember -- a little. Ayame tells Koga she understands about having to find Naraku and she’ll go home, leaving Koga to his task. Ayame warns him she’ll return: she’s not giving up on him or his proposal. Koga leaves too, resuming the hunt for Naraku. Later that evening, a solitary Koga reveals he remembers everything about Ayame and his promise, and hopes she’ll forget him -- his mission is to destroy Naraku, which may mean his death. Elsewhere, Ayame vows she’ll never forget Koga, or his promise. Under the same moon, Kagome and Inuyasha relax, discussing the events of the day. Kagome believes that if all of them, including Koga, work together, they’ll succeed in destroying Naraku. Inuyasha misunderstands the statement to mean that Kagome relies more on Koga than him, and Kagome accuses him of being jealous. As Inuyasha stammers a rebuttal, Miroku and the others show up just in time to encourage Inuyasha to respond to the jealousy accusation. Embarrassed, Inuyasha calls an abrupt halt to the discussion.

Episode 85 9/2/02
Jyaki ga michiru oni no kubishiro
The Evil Within Demon's Head Castle

The team is on the road again when they sense a demonic presence and Inuyasha charges off to investigate. Nearby a little old lady clashes with a demon weasel. The weasel has the old lady down for the count when Inuyasha intervenes, cutting down the demon a Sankon Tetsusou attack. Confused, the woman mistakes Inuyasha for the demon she fought and pelts him with the magic powder she was flinging at the demon weasel. Miroku arrives just in time to restrain Inuyasha from smacking her while she continues peppering Inuyasha with the ‘demon dust‘. Later, after the excitement dies down, the gang and the old lady sit and chat. She reveals she’s a retired exorcist and tells the gang she’s come out of retirement since lately, the demon-busting business has been excellent. She’s heard rumors of a great demon possessing a nearby town and that the citizens are eager to be rid of it. The exorcist is on her way there and the old gal invites the team to join her on the journey. If they come with her, they can make some quick yen eradicating demons. Inuyasha attempts to take the high road, staying true to the Shikon jewel hunt and search for Naraku, but he’s no match for Miroku who smells a profit. He‘s eager to exploit the situation for all it’s worth, so it‘s off to the “city of ghosts” to find the demon. The scene switches to nighttime, inside a palatial home. A noble-looking man transforms into a monster and brutally murders an innocent housemaid ... The next day, the exorcist and her ’team’ meet with a city official about the demon problem. In an aside to Inuyasha, Kagome admits she’s feeling really uncomfortable because she senses evil all around them. Inuyasha feels it too, as do Miroku, Sango, Shippo and Kirara. The old lady states she doesn’t sense a thing. As the meeting continues, a litter bearing a corpse passes by the group. The official admits it is another victim of the demon and a casualty of the headman’s household. That evening as the exorcist exercises, Inuyasha and the rest begin to regret coming along. The evil presence in the town is very oppressive to them; they want to get rid of the ghost and leave until the headman’s daughter appears. She’s a beauty and Miroku is suddenly eager to exploit that situation for all it’s worth. Before Miroku has a chance to make his move, the palace is attacked by a gigantic demon head. The team springs into for action, confronting the creature in battle. After Inuyasha’s Kaze no Kizu attack fails to destroy the creature, Miroku determines it’s an apparition, and vaporizes it with a supercharged sutra. Although they may have annihilated the apparition, the city’s chief is still under the influence of evil. Miroku, Inuyasha and the exorcist go to investigate. They observe the chief in his room and confirm he’s got a demon problem. Back in the visitors quarters the old exorcist tests her demon dust on the ethnically supernatural folks. Shippo and Kirara react to the power; sneezing and Inuyasha makes the old woman chase him, unintentionally helping with her daily workout. A messenger from the Princess interrupts the fun. The Princess has requested Miroku to come and rid her father of his possession. Kagome and Sango wonder why just Miroku, but Miroku’s okay with the solo invitation. With a flourish and a packet of demon dust from the exorcist, Miroku leaves to meet the Princess. The Princess leads Miroku into an eerie underground chamber where they stop at the edge of a pit. When Miroku shines his lamp into the hole, he sees it is filled with skeletal remains. The Princess tells him that the bones are those of Miko and Priests who have tried to destroy the demon and failed. Back at the rooms, the gang is makes their own discovery -- that the headman has turned into a demon and has gone on a murderous rampage. Back at the pit, Miroku finds himself paralyzed, discovering too late that the Princess is the true demon. She informs him his friends won’t be coming to his rescue because they’re busy fighting the headman/demon back at the palace.

Episode 86 9/9/02
Iridai no hime no himitsu
Secret of the Possessed Princess

Miroku is down in the cave when the woman turned out to be a demon. He was paralyzed for awhile, and Inuyasha was busy fighting the manor lord that had transformed into a demon and was holding a woman captive. Inuyasha went to the to the room to fight him, while Kagome and Sango tended to the wounded. Sango suddenly realized Miroku might be in trouble so she and the old lady headed out after him. When they got down to the cave Sango was paralyzed but the old lady threw her dirt on the demon causing Miroku to get loose. He did a quick ward with his hand and sparks started hitting the demon woman. Suddenly her head was torn off and it flew away to go after Kagome who was watching over a princess.Inuyasha realizes the demon he was fighting was an illusion when it started staticing so he went down to fight the head. The head sucked up the soul of the princess and burst through the roof. Inuyasha used the Tetsusaiga, which slowed down the head and Miroku finished it off with the wind tunnel.

 

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