Story Premise

The completed Shikon Jewel, as protected by Kikyo fifty years prior to Kagome's arrival in feudal Japan.

Unknown to Inuyasha and Kikyo, Naraku pits the two lovers against one another with tragic results. Inuyasha is pinned to the Goshinboku Tree by Kikyo's magical arrow.

Kikyo dies shortly after sealing Inuyasha to the tree, taking the Shikon Jewel with her into the afterlife. The jewel returns to the mortal world inside the body of Kagome, a normal junior high student from the modern era.

Mistress Centipede travels through the magical Bone-Eater's Well and pulls Kagome into it, causing her to travel through time to the Warring-States Era of Japan's history.

Arriving in the past, Kagome finds Inuyasha pinned to the tree, unconcious for the past fifty years. She frees him in order for him to save her from Mistress Centipede, who is trying to kill her in order to take the Shikon Jewel she senses inside the girl.

Kagome removes the arrow that has sealed Inuyasha, setting him free and beginning their quest to retieve the Shikon Jewel, which soon becomes shattered by a stray arrow fired by Kagome.


Our story begins one fateful day when Kagome Higurashi is celebrating her fifteenth birthday. She celebrates with her family, and then goes to check on her little brother who is playing around the old well on the temple grounds where they live. Sota, Kagome's little brother is afraid that Buyo the family cat has fallen down the well. Kagome bravely ventures inside the darkened shed where the well has been for centuries.

Suddenly arms emerge from the dark well and Kagome is dragged down into it. She finds herself face to face with a giant centipede woman who keeps mentioning a jewel. Kagome shoves her away causing her one of her arms to tear off in the process, much to Kagome's bewilderment. When she exits the well she finds that she is standing in a forest. Soon she notices a strange boy pinned to a tree with an arrow through his chest. Eventually Kagome makes her way to a nearby village where she meets an old woman named Kaede.  

Everyone in the village, including Kaede is shocked by how much Kagome resembles her deceased sister Kikyo. Kagome discovers that she has travelled through time to feudal Japan and that the boy she saw pinned to the tree is Inuyasha, a half demon that was once in love with Kikyo, but Inuyasha betrayed her, and tried to steal the Shikon Jewel, a mystical jewel that grants demons immense powers.

Inuyasha had killed Kikyo and the Shikon Jewel was cremated with her body. Eventually Mistress Centipede comes looking for Kagome again and manages to seperate her from the rest of the villagers who are trying to protect her. Mistress Centipede tears at Kagome's side and amazingly the Shikon Jewel pops out. Mistress Centipede swallows the Jewel and begins to transform. Kagome's only choice is to free Inuyasha in hopes he will save her.

Inuyasha makes short work of Mistress Centipede, but soon other demons begin to arrive in the small feudal village, with plans to take the Shikon Jewel for themselves. When a crow demon steals the jewel, Kagome fires an arrow at it, causing the jewel to shatter into dozens of small shards which are flung across Japan. Together, Inuyasha and Kagome begin their quest to retrieve the lost Shikon shards and reassemble the jewel once more.

An Introduction to Inuyasha