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InuYasha
InuYasha character

InuYasha as portrayed in the anime
First appearance "The Girl Who Overcame Time... and the Boy Who Was Just Overcome"
Created by Rumiko Takahashi
Voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese)
Richard Ian Cox (English)
Profile
Age Appears 15 [1][2]
Species Inugami Hanyō
Known relatives Inu no Taishou (father, deceased)
Izayoi (mother, deceased)
Sesshomaru (half brother)
Kagome Higurashi (wife)
Sota (brother-in-law)
Mama (mother-in-law)
Grandpa Higurashi (grandfather-in-law)
Weapon Tetsusaiga, claws, fangs.

InuYasha (犬夜叉? also romanized as Inuyasha) is a fictional character in the manga and anime series InuYasha created by Rumiko Takahashi as the hero and title character of the franchise. Inu means dog and Yasha means spirit, so InuYasha literally translates to "dog spirit". He is the love interest of the protagonist Kagome Higurashi. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... Tetsusaiga (鉄砕牙, correctly Tessaiga) is a fictional sword in the anime and manga InuYasha, wielded by half-human, half-yōkai (hanyō) InuYasha. ... The Girl Who Overcame Time. ... Takahashi is one of the wealthiest women in Japan. ... Kappei Yamaguchi ) (real name: Mitsuo Yamaguchi )) (born May 23, 1965) is a male seiyÅ« from Fukuoka, Fukuoka, affiliated with GokÅ« and 21st Century Fox. ... Richard Ian Cox (born October 3, 1973 in St. ... For other uses, see Inukami. ... Inu no Taishou ) is a fictional character from the InuYasha manga series. ... Izayoi Izayoi is Inuyashas mother, a human princess. ... Sesshomaru ) is a fictional character and anti-hero in the anime and manga series InuYasha created by Rumiko Takahashi. ... Kagome Higurashi ) is a fictional character from the manga and anime series InuYasha. ... Sōta is a Japanese given name. ... Mama can mean several things: A Thai brand of instant noodles. ... Tetsusaiga (鉄砕牙, correctly Tessaiga) is a fictional sword in the anime and manga InuYasha, wielded by half-human, half-yōkai (hanyō) InuYasha. ... A fictional character is any person, persona, identity, or entity that is created from ones imagination or from an adaption of an existing entity. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Animé redirects here. ... InuYasha, a Feudal Fairy Tale redirects here. ... Takahashi is one of the wealthiest women in Japan. ... The title role is the role (or position) of the character after whom a literary work (e. ... The love interest is a stock character, an object of romantic admiration and attraction for the principal character(s), or heroes. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... Kagome Higurashi ) is a fictional character from the manga and anime series InuYasha. ...


In 2001 he won the Animage Grand Prix for Best Male Character.[3] September 1997 cover of Animage, featuring artwork from the Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke. ...

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Overview

The main male protaganist, InuYasha is a brave but naive Hanyō (half demon), the result of a relationship between a powerful inu yōkai (dog demon) Daiyokai and a beautiful human woman. Orphaned at a young age, InuYasha is rejected by humans because of his yōkai side and looked down upon by yōkai because his human blood supposedly taints his superior yōkai blood. {It deserves to be mentioned that InuYasha was born 150 years prior to being sealed in the tree, thereby making him 200 years old during the 3rd movie.} Thus, before Inuyasha met, and consequently fell in love with, the powerful miko, Kikyo, he found it very difficult to trust anyone else, and even more to find anyone who accepted him as a hanyō. The protagonist is the central figure of a story, and is often referred to as a storys main character. ... ukiyo-e print of yōkai, by Aotoshi Matsui Yōkai apparitions, spirits, or demons, also romanized youkai, or yokai) are a class of obake, creatures in Japanese folklore (many with Chinese origins) ranging from the evil oni to the mischievous kitsune or snow woman Yuki-onna. ... ukiyo-e print of yōkai, by Aotoshi Matsui Yōkai apparitions, spirits, or demons, also romanized youkai, or yokai) are a class of obake, creatures in Japanese folklore (many with Chinese origins) ranging from the evil oni to the mischievous kitsune or snow woman Yuki-onna. ... ukiyo-e print of yōkai, by Aotoshi Matsui Yōkai apparitions, spirits, or demons, also romanized youkai, or yokai) are a class of obake, creatures in Japanese folklore (many with Chinese origins) ranging from the evil oni to the mischievous kitsune or snow woman Yuki-onna. ... Miko at Aso shrine in Aso, Japan Miko lit. ... Kikyo ) is a character in the manga and anime series InuYasha. ...


Since the Jewel of Four Souls (Shikon No Tama or Sacred Jewel) was powerful enough for Inuyasha to become a full yōkai and Kikyo was the protector of the jewel, Inuyasha was motivated to follow Kikyo. However, the two fell in love, and eventually, Kikyo talked Inuyasha into becoming human, instead. A human, named Onigumo, plotted to take the jewel for himself. He was once a bandit who was obsessed with Kikyo and became jealous that she had fallen in love with Inuyasha. Unable to take any other action, Onigumo gave his body to a horde of demons for power. Their union is Naraku. Naraku disguised himself first as Inuyasha and then as Kikyo to deceive them into betraying each other. Enraged at Kikyo's "betrayal", Inuyasha broke into Kikyo's village and stole the sacred jewel. To defend the village and to keep him from escaping with the jewel, Kikyo shot InuYasha with a sacred arrow pinning him to Goshinboku. Moments later, Kikyo collapses from a wound she received from Naraku and gives final instructions to Kaede, her sister, to burn the jewel with her body so it would travel to the afterworld with her. The Jewel of Four Souls (四魂の玉, Shikon no Tama) or Shikon Jewel, is a fictional, magical jewel in the anime and manga series InuYasha. ... ukiyo-e print of yōkai, by Aotoshi Matsui Yōkai apparitions, spirits, or demons, also romanized youkai, or yokai) are a class of obake, creatures in Japanese folklore (many with Chinese origins) ranging from the evil oni to the mischievous kitsune or snow woman Yuki-onna. ... Naraku (奈落, な らく, underworld) is the major villain in the manga and anime series InuYasha, although not always a major focus in every episode. ... The Goshinboku (the Sacred God Tree) or Tree of Ages is a fictional tree which appears in the manga and anime InuYasha. ...


50 years later Kagome Higurashi, a middle-school student, unknowingly carried the Jewel of the Four Souls within the left side of her torso. Kagome is the reincarnation of Kikyo. A centipede called Mistress Centipede attacked Kagome and draged her into the Bone Eater's Well which transported her back to the time of the story. She arrives Fifty years after Kikyo pinned InuYasha to the Goshinboku. In order to defeat the centipede, Kagome releases InuYasha. InuYasha is thinking how first, he will kill the centipede, then do the same to Kagome to get the jewel. After InuYasha kills Mistress Centipede, he tries to steal the Jewel but ends up with the Beads of Subjugation around his neck. When Kagome says "sit" (お座り?) the necklace plunges to the ground taking InuYasha with it. Kagome Higurashi ) is a fictional character from the manga and anime series InuYasha. ... A central plot device in the anime and manga InuYasha, the fictional Bone Eaters Well is supposedly so called because it was once used to dispose of the bones of defeated yōkai. ... InuYasha also romanized as Inuyasha) is a fictional character in the manga and anime series InuYasha created by Rumiko Takahashi as the hero and title character of the franchise. ...


InuYasha becomes more civil as time progresses, losing some of his more childish qualities and becoming much more mature. He always tries to take the most direct route possible in solving any problem, which usually involves violence. He maintains a crass, rude attitude towards everyone except Kagome and Kikyo, and to a lesser degree the rest of his companions except Shippo. While one of InuYasha's character traits - which is pointed out by other characters - is his tendency to allow his anger to cloud his judgment and cause him to act rashly, we see him change over time such that he begins to care about Kagome, and it is clear that despite his original intent, presumably, that he would have killed her to get the jewel, we see that InuYasha would die, if necessary, to protect Kagome.


InuYasha speaks with pretty harsh Japanese. He never uses honorifics and when talking to people he does not like, he uses "temee" and "kisama", both of which are often translated as "you bastard". He does, however, stick with the standard "omae". He uses the tough masculine pronoun "ore", which suits his personality and strength.[4] He also does not show respect to his elders, often calling them "-baba" or "-jiji", which translates as "old hag" or "old geezer", respectively.


InuYasha is offended when someone calls him a mangy mutt, puppy, half breed, or otherwise suggests that he is inferior to yōkai, due to his human parentage. Although InuYasha should be weaker than full demons since he is a hanyō, he tends to remain the victor in fights largely due to the fact he wields Tetsusaiga, and his heritage being from that of a dai-yokai (grand demon) thus allowing him to take a humanoid form like Sesshomaru, Naraku and Koga giving him a great deal of power. ukiyo-e print of yōkai, by Aotoshi Matsui Yōkai apparitions, spirits, or demons, also romanized youkai, or yokai) are a class of obake, creatures in Japanese folklore (many with Chinese origins) ranging from the evil oni to the mischievous kitsune or snow woman Yuki-onna. ... Tetsusaiga (鉄砕牙, correctly Tessaiga) is a fictional sword in the anime and manga InuYasha, wielded by half-human, half-yōkai (hanyō) InuYasha. ...


Being a hanyō, InuYasha loses his demonic powers periodically and is turned into a normal human boy with black hair. For him, this "time of weakness" occurs during the first night of a new moon. His team members try their best to protect him at that time, and keep this vulnerability secret from others. Despite their efforts, however, some of InuYasha's adversaries, including Kagura, learn of this weakness. However, Kagura does not use it against him. The lunar phase depends on the Moons position in orbit around Earth. ... Kagura lit. ...


Clothing

According to interviews with the author, the style for InuYasha's clothing was based on "priest's garb" of Japan's "Warring States" period. It is roughly similar in general appearance to the clothing worn by Kagome's grandfather, Kikyo, and Kaede; all Shinto clerics. The red garments are made of the legendary "Fire Rat (Hinezumi) hair" which is said to be fireproof and "stronger than poor armor". From canon, we read 「火鼠の毛で織った衣だ、下手な鎧より強いぜ」 "Hinezumi no ke de otta koromo da, heta na yoroi yori tsuyoi ze"; the literal translation is: "It is clothing woven from the fire rat's hair, stronger than poor armor." These claims are substantiated in numerous incidents throughout canon. The historical reference can be found in the ancient Japanese folk tale "Taketori Monogatari", or "The Bamboo Cutter's Tale." The "Robe of the Fire Rat" allows InuYasha to resist fire and to some extent, blades. It also works on others to whom he lends it if they need it more than he does. The robe loses its armor-like qualities during the new moon, just as InuYasha loses his yōkai powers.


Originally, InuYasha's fire-rat kimono was not red; in the first color picture of him drawn by Rumiko Takahashi, it was pink. The bright red color is now the accepted standard. InuYasha's garments are a hakama (pants) bloused at the ankles, a jacket with "separated" sleeves, kosode (shirt), and obi (belt). A traditional wedding kimono The kimono literally something worn) is the national costume of Japan. ... A jacket is a lightweight, sleeved thigh- or waist-length coat that may be worn by anyone, as jackets are now made for children, adults, the elderly, and even infants. ...

InuYasha's clothing throughout the series.
Pants: clearly Hakama, quite likely the Sashinuki style.
This is a style of the Heian Period (795-1192 CE). The show and manga take place in the Sengoku Period (1467-1615 CE). Of course, InuYasha does not span the entirety of the Sengoku Period, however, since InuYasha's outfit comes from his father, who was an ancient demon, it makes sense that it has been matched up with the "Hitoe" (below). His Hakama and Hitoe are both made of the Cloth of the Fire Rat.
Jacket: Hitoe
Often mistaken for a common Kimono it is clearly not long enough. Some believe that InuYasha's jacket is Hitatare but since the jacket is shorter than this, and his jacket is tucked into the pants, it appears to be a Hitoe with the sleeves modified to the kariginu style, commonly called "bell sleeves". The Hitoe is an unlined robe, traditionally it is either a kurenai (orange-red) or rarely a pale green color. The sides are not sewn shut, and the sleeves are only partially sewn to the body. The collar is long and open. It is two panels wide, and so is very large; a double fold, like darts, made in the back at the time of donning, enable one to wear the garment. It is worn tucked into the pants (whether ōguchi or sashinuki). The red-orange color and the mention of the partially attached sleeves reinforce this theory. The partially attached sleeves allows the white shirt (Kosode) worn underneath to be seen clearly. (Jackets worn by the characters Jaken, Kikyō, Kaede, and "Grandpa" all have the same feature.) The sleeves are extremely full at the wrist, as wide as the shoulders of the garment, and have a ribbon or cord sewn through the hem of the wrist. This can serve at least two purposes: it allows the sleeve to be gathered at the wrist (like the Hakama at the ankle) and it is often used to gather the material for easy folding for storage. Neither of these features is seen in canon. The jacket falls to at least InuYasha's shins (as apparent when he uses it as a blanket in the episode "The Wild Thief:Onigumo's Secret"), however his undershirt(Kosode) shows through the side Hakama slits instead of the jacket. It is likely that, when on the body, the front of the jacket is tucked back to allow more freedom of movement. Interestingly, InuYasha wears a black cord across the chest from the right shoulder to the left hip, tied in a simple bow. It is not a sword cord, but appears to be holding the excess fold of the jacket in place. In the Anime/Manga, this particular Jacket is also known as 'The Robe of the Fire Rat' also known as a type of cloth stronger than any armor. InuYasha mainly uses this to either protect himself from hot surfaces, or to protect his traveling partner and love interest Kagome from any danger.
Shirt: Kosode
Kosode were commonly worn as underwear during the Kamakura era, at which time they became legitimate garments in their own right and became more dressy and full, with less sculpted sleeves. The undergarment kosode of Heian and Kamakura Periods was invariably white. An important point that must be made is that kosode (lit: “little sleeve”) weren’t just so called because the sleeve was small; they were given the name because the sleeve opening was small (especially when compared to other garments of the period, which were often termed ōsode, or “large sleeves”). The slits in the side of the Hakama show the white Kosode (shirt), and the openings at the sleeves and shoulders of the jacket show it as well. This is a deliberate fashion effect.
Belt: Obi
The belt appears to be a standard Obi, through which the Saya (sword sheath) is thrust. The Obi as worn by a swordsman is positioned just over the hips so the sword is "low" in the sash in order to make drawing the sword much easier. The Obi knot is normally a very tight square affair. However, we can see that InuYasha wears his Obi and his Hakama much higher up around his waist, nearly to his ribs. InuYasha's knot is more of a slightly floppy bow knot.
Baseball Cap
The cap he wears in the present day Japan. Kagome makes him wear the cap to hide his "dog ears" so not to get too much attention. He has taken off the cap plenty of times but is seen with it on most of the time he spends in the present day Japan.
Bandana
Once, InuYasha worked at the Higurashi Shrine while waiting for Kagome. He wore a bandana while working and afterward. It is also used to hide his dog ears when he is with Kagome's friends, or out in public.

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Beads of Subjugation

The Beads of Subjugation (言霊の念誦 Kotodama no Nenju?) are the beads around InuYasha's neck. They are activated when Kagome says "Sit!" (おすわり Osuwari?).[5] Kagome is the only person who can activate the Beads of Subjugation, as Kaede intended them for Kagome's use when she first put them around InuYasha's neck. The force of the spell is so great that upon activation, the beads yank downward violently, pulling InuYasha down by the neck, which naturally plunges him face first into the ground (or any suitable surface below him that can withstand the force). Although originally made by Kikyo for this purpose (with the phrase "beloved" instead of "sit"), she decided against giving it to InuYasha and never used it.


The Kotodama no Nenju is introduced in the very first manga as a spiritual device to control InuYasha. It was originally intended to keep InuYasha from killing or hurting Kagome. It is not used often anymore due to change in InuYasha's personality and is only used as comic relief, to save his life,[6] or to reverse his demonic transformation.[7]


The Kotodama no Nenju can also be thought of as a kind of pun, in which if InuYasha were to be compared to a unruly pet dog, the Kotodama no Nenju could be thought as the dog's obedience collar, with Kagome possessing the commands.


It consists of a number of round beads and a few magatama which are often mistaken as claws.[8] The magatama is an ancient comma-shaped bead imbued with great spiritual and mystical powers. Magatama Magatama(Japanese: 勾玉), are curved beads which first appeared in Japan during the Jomon period. ...


Abilities and techniques

See also: Tetsusaiga, for a list of Tetsusaiga's special attacks, transformations, and abilities.

Tetsusaiga (鉄砕牙, correctly Tessaiga) is a fictional sword in the anime and manga InuYasha, wielded by half-human, half-yōkai (hanyō) InuYasha. ...

Physical abilities

Strength
InuYasha's yōkai blood gives him superhuman strength. No upper limit has yet been shown in the canon, but he is at least strong enough to easily lift a boulder with a diameter greater than the height of his body over his head with one hand, and then run vast lengths with it. Such a boulder would weigh perhaps eleven tons. He is strong enough to punch through solid steel with his bare hands, as seen in the manga version of the battle with the Noh Mask.[9]
Speed
InuYasha's speed has been shown to easily exceed that of a normal horse; Faster than any normal land or water animal. Due to the momentum he can accumulate in his runs, added with his incredible strength, he is able to cross great distances with a single jump. Altogether, this creates the illusion that he is flying every time he leaps. The Ōgikaiden says he can reach the top of tall cliffs with a single leap as well. He is frequently seen carrying Kagome on his back as a means of transportation around the Sengoku Jidai.
Stamina
InuYasha's stamina likewise far exceeds human standards, possibly derived from the fact that his yokai blood is that of a dog, dogs naturally having great stamina. He is shown to be able to run vast distances at extreme speeds with minimal effort, and is often seen complaining about how his comparatively weaker human companions always slow him down by needing to rest so much every day. He is also able to endure a great deal of physical pain, as was once demonstrated in an early battle with his brother Sesshomaru, when he continued to fight even after being impaled in the stomach.
Defensive ability
While his fire-rat robe provides additional protection, a power afforded to anyone wearing it (such as whenever InuYasha gives his robe to Kagome for protection), InuYasha's physique is capable of taking a lot of damage, more than the average human, or even most yōkai. He appears unaffected by severe blunt force trauma, able to withstand a direct blow from a wooden log that broke on contact, and unfazed by the tremendous impact of being thrown hard enough to shatter solid rock. He also possesses tremendous resistance to sharp weapons, able to withstand attacks that slice through trees. While he can be injured by more powerful yōkai and holy weapons, he appears invulnerable to most human ones, able to catch normal arrows out of the air and break steel swords with his bare hands.
Even without his fire-rat robe, he has shown the ability to withstand direct contact with fire and tremendous heat, as well as corrosive substances like acid. When injured, he heals far more rapidly than a human, so much so that attacks powerful enough to severely injure him are rarely fatal, as they would be to humans, if they sustained an equivalent injury. For example, he recovered quickly from numerous serious attacks, including a large fist-sized hole punched through his gut. Similarly, it seems that his internal physiology is probably significantly different from a normal human's, considering that he has been able to get up and fight despite having been impaled in places that should have resulted in his spine being severed, heart shredded and lungs destroyed had he been built anything like a human - occasionally all at the same time. Unfortunately for InuYasha, his tongue is still susceptible to being burned by curry. He also appears weak against strong smells, as was the case with the ink from the episode "Cursed Ink of the Hell Painter".
Senses
InuYasha's senses are highly developed, and in some ways, appear to be super-canine rather than superhuman. His senses of hearing and smell are quite likely his most powerful — he is shown to be able to hear what people are whispering from great distances, as was the case when, while perched on a tree, he overheard Akitoki Hojo hiding in a bush and quietly praising Kagome under his breath. His ability to hear is sometimes used for comic relief, as when he overhears Shippo whispering insults about him to Kagome. Likewise, his sense of smell is shown to be extremely sensitive - he can smell hints of blood from kilometres away and can detect the presence of people by smell long before they can be seen. This is also sometimes used for comical purposes, such as in the episode "The Cursed Ink of the Hell-Painter" where he could be temporarily knocked out by the strong smell of the black ink. His nose is also his method of detecting yoki, and thus he uses it in several of his techniques, such as locating the Kaze no Kizu (before he was able to throw it at will, of course), finding youketsu to slash and, recently, using the scent of the outside world to pierce Sesshomaru's final Meido. He has been also able to catch a whiff of Naraku's power from many miles away as soon as he lets down his barrier, with at least as much accuracy as Koga, despite the latter being a full yokai. On the other hand, his sense of smell seems to be notably inferior to Sesshomaru who, as a full-blooded daiyokai, had much greater ease detecting the Kaze no Kizu and was even able to tell the events of InuYasha's entire battle with Goshinki just by sniffing the battle field at least several hours, if not days, after the fact.
Not much is explicitly said about his other senses. One can however speculate that his eyesight is somewhat enhanced at night, because his eyes sometimes are shown to glow, and appear to share some characteristics with cat eyes. The fact that his robes are bright red (one of the colors dogs cannot see) suggest that InuYasha's visual spectrum is at least similar to that of humans. His sense of taste may also be heightened, considering how affected he is by curry.

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Techniques

Besides wielding Tetsusaiga, which neither Sesshomaru nor most other full-demons can do, InuYasha can perform the following techniques: Tetsusaiga (鉄砕牙, correctly Tessaiga) is a fictional sword in the anime and manga InuYasha, wielded by half-human, half-yōkai (hanyō) InuYasha. ...

Iron Reaver Soul Stealer (散魂鉄爪 Sankon Tessō?, Soul-Scattering Iron Claws)
InuYasha's basic attack, which channels his yokai powers through his claws, and is powerful enough to tear apart iron, making it easy for him to rip his enemies in half. Interestingly, despite being InuYasha's most rudimentary yokai-powered attack, it is still very powerful, as demonstrated when he quickly disposed of the Mistress Centipede, who just attained possession of the Shikon Jewel from Kagome Higurashi.
Blades of Blood (飛刃血爪 Hijin Kessō?)
InuYasha's blood, when combined with the "Soul-Scattering Iron Claws", does damage when thrown. With this attack, he is able to attack his enemies from afar instead of in close combat. InuYasha splashes his own or other's blood on the end of his claws and flings them like multiple shuriken comprising of red-colored yokai energy to cleave his foes in two.
Time Travel
This technique basically involves InuYasha jumping down the Bone Eater's Well and traveling back and forth 500 years to and from the future. How this is done has not been explained and is one of the series most talked about plot-holes. In episode 4 among others, InuYasha traveled to Kagome's time without the aid of a jewel shard. Others besides Kagome and InuYasha have been unable to travel through the well. Specifically, in one episode, Shippo attempts to go through the well but fails. In another episode, Sota (Kagome's younger brother) attempts to go down the well to call InuYasha for help, and after a while Inuyasha comes through the well to help.

Kagome Higurashi ) is a fictional character from the manga and anime series InuYasha. ... Shuriken (手裏剣; lit: hand hidden blade) is a traditional Japanese concealed weapon that was generally used for throwing, and sometimes stabbing or slashing an opponents arteries. ... A central plot device in the anime and manga InuYasha, the fictional Bone Eaters Well is supposedly so called because it was once used to dispose of the bones of defeated yōkai. ... Shippo ) is a character in the anime and manga series InuYasha. ... Sota Higurashi ), also romanized as Souta, is a character in the manga and anime series InuYasha. ...

Transformations

Human
Like all hanyō, InuYasha turns completely human once a month. During the new moon his hair turns black, and he loses his supernatural powers, speed and defensive abilities as well as his demonic characteristics, such as his dog ears, claws, fangs, amber eyes and so on. In this form InuYasha can only use Tetsusaiga in its rusty form. Only InuYasha's friends and a few others know his secret as InuYasha tries to stay hidden during the new moon. He returns to his regular form when the sun comes out — he regains all of his powers: claws, fangs, strength, speed, and defensive abilities.
Yōkai InuYasha as portrayed in the anime series
Yōkai
InuYasha's yōkai blood takes over anytime his life is in danger and the Tetsusaiga is out of reach. InuYasha first transformed when Naraku's detachment, Goshinki, broke the Tetsusaiga with its fangs. When transformed (pictured right), the white's of InuYasha's eyes turn red, while the other part turns blue with no pupil. Stripes appear on the sides of his face, and his fangs and claws lengthen. Once transformed, he gains a massive boost in all of his physical abilities, such as strength and durability, and becomes impervious to pain. He cannot, however, distinguish between friend and foe. If left in this state, InuYasha will continue killing until he is killed. Myōga reveals the reason InuYasha's father had the Tetsusaiga forged was to prevent his son's yōkai blood from taking him over since his hanyō mind cannot functionally handle the power he inherited from his father without being overwhelmed. In the more recent chapters on the manga, InuYasha reverted to his yōkai state once again while fighting a mirror yōkai. He did not lose control and fall into an altered state like he has in prior situations, because his yoki flowed into the Tetsusaiga, that was stripped of its power at the time. In chapter 503, Sesshomaru launched his Meidou Zangetsuha attack directly at InuYasha who was currently in his yōkai form, engulfing him in the Meidou's vortex. While trapped inside the Meidou, InuYasha's yōkai power (youketsu) continued to increase, overwhelming the Meidou causing it to erode.[10] In recent chapters, InuYasha has unwillingly reverted into his yōkai state due to being exposed to the corrupted Shikon no tama's miasmic aura, and briefly attacks Kagome. He appears to return to his senses a few minutes later, but quickly reverts again due to Naraku's taunts. Eventually he completely reverts back after the jewel is purified as a result of Magatsuhi's destruction.[11]
Purified
While trapped in the Stone Ogre's belly, InuYasha used a shard of the Jewel of the Four Souls to strengthen Tetsusaiga's power, an effort which backfired when the impure powers of the shard flowed through Tetsusaiga, causing InuYasha to transform. Kagome, seeing InuYasha's predicament, ran to him and her embrace purified the shard, leaving InuYasha in a purified version of his yōkai form.[12] In this form, he retained some of the aspects of his yōkai form, such as the purple stripes on his face and the black patch under his eyes, but his eyes remained clear and he retained his sanity instead of being subject to the berserker rage which ordinarily characterizes his yōkai form. His yōki was increased exponentially, allowing him to utilize the Tetsusaiga's Adamant Mirage (fused with the Wind Scar) with an intensity far superior to previous usage. After the shard was removed from the Tetsusaiga, InuYasha reverted to his normal hanyō self.

Tetsusaiga (鉄砕牙, correctly Tessaiga) is a fictional sword in the anime and manga InuYasha, wielded by half-human, half-yōkai (hanyō) InuYasha. ... Image File history File links Demon_Inu-Yasha. ... Image File history File links Demon_Inu-Yasha. ... Goshinki (悟心鬼) is a character in the anime and manga series InuYasha. ...

Relationships

Kagome 
Although their interaction was initially very adversarial, Kagome and InuYasha's relationship gradually changes over the course of the series, and Kagome's kindness and acceptance of InuYasha has had a noticeable effect on his attitude. Although the two are often seen fighting, they both have feelings for each other. Inuyasha is portrayed as quite protective of Kagome, and often becomes anxious when Kagome sees him protecting Kikyo. In many episodes InuYasha has been to Kagome's era, and once met Kagome's friends Yuka, Eri, and Ayumi when he entered her window while they were in her room.[13] To Kagome's surprise, her 'boyfriend' wins them over.
Kagome and InuYasha had a rocky start. Being the reincarnation of Kikyo, Kagome has a very close resemblance to her. Consequently, the resentment InuYasha held for Kikyo at that time was carried over to Kagome. As the series progresses, however, the relationship between Kagome and InuYasha changes for the better. InuYasha’s tough guy facade slowly dissolves and they fall in love in the typical shonen fashion. However, Kikyo, InuYasha’s former love, is revived from the grave (using part of Kagome's soul); and InuYasha finds that he still has lingering feelings toward Kikyo. InuYasha decides that he must avenge Kikyo, because she died chasing after him, and he owes her his life. However, Kagome decides to stay with him anyway when she realizes that she loves him. She believes that InuYasha loves Kikyo more, but she will always stay by his side. InuYasha's love for Kagome continues to grow, even though he still cares for Kikyo. This intense love triangle becomes one of the main conflicts within the manga/anime.
As a comic relief, the two argue frequently throughout the anime, in some cases about Kikyo, which sometimes ends with Kagome saying osuwari ("sit" in the English dub) and InuYasha splatting to the ground. Miroku, Sango, and Shippo realize that Kagome and InuYasha are in love before the twosome do. It's more evident how InuYasha's concern over Kagome is shown a few chapters after Kikyo's death (chapter 465). InuYasha asked Kagome to stay in modern Tokyo until Naraku was defeated, fearing that she would suffer the same fate as Kikyo. Kagome however decides that she will stay with InuYasha no matter what. In response to this, he holds her hand and tells her that he will protect her with his life. After that, InuYasha's feelings for Kagome remain constant, although he still hasn't officially expressed them.
Further evidence of his feelings appear in Chapter 556. There, InuYasha admits to himself everything Kagome has done for him including teaching him how to smile, how to trust people, how to shed tears for others, and how to show strength and kindness. He also says that he believes Kagome was born to meet him and for her sake, he was born to meet her as well. InuYasha ultimately saves Kagome from the Shikon no Tama by giving her hope that he'd be by her side. This leads to the Shikon no Tama's destruction, which causes the two of them to be transported to Kagome's time. Inuyasha returns to the Feudal Era where he resides for three years while Kagome stays in her world to finish high school. Eventually, they are reunited and married.
Kikyo 
Lovers 50 years ago, until the evil fate that was stored for them. When Kikyo was brought back in a body of clay by the yōkai Urasue, she was filled with the anger and bitterness which had consumed her when she died, and she acted with hostility towards InuYasha. Once Kikyo learns that it was Naraku who was responsible for her death rather than InuYasha, her feelings of love for him resurface. Over the course of the series, Kikyo has gradually become more and more like the shrine maiden she was before her death. Kikyo's death in InuYasha's arms leaves him depressed and feeling lost, even crying. He has begun to move on but still avoids questions about her and gets upset when someone mentions her name. One of the reasons InuYasha wants to kill Naraku is to avenge her murder. In one of the episodes as they reunite again, InuYasha told Kikyo that he was prepared to go to hell with her, later telling Kagome that because Kikyo died chasing after him, he owes her his life, and he doesn't have the right to feel happy.
Shippo 
InuYasha is continually annoyed by this yōkai-fox, or kitsune, who is rather smart for his age. Their interaction consists mostly of Shippo annoying InuYasha and the hanyō then hitting him and being scolded by Kagome for it. However, InuYasha does care for Shippo and encourages him when really necessary. Shippo once cried when he thought InuYasha had been killed, and then hugged him while still in tears when he found out that he was still alive. Shippo, like InuYasha, is an orphan, and the two often fight like siblings.Yet InuYasha seems to be more fatherly over Shippo than a sibling.
Miroku 
Even though Miroku is a lecherous monk, InuYasha clearly respects Miroku for his skills, powers, and knowledge. Each knows he can trust the other with his life if need be. Also, Miroku is the only male companion of InuYasha with whom he does not always bicker. Whenever Miroku is sucking up Naraku's poisonous wasps (saimyōshō) into his Kazāna or otherwise putting himself in danger to help his friends, InuYasha forces him to stop these dangerous acts. Once he even promised to rip Miroku's arm off if he tried to open his Kazāna again (as doing so would have resulted in Miroku's death), which is InuYasha's subtle way of saying that he cares. In the recent manga, he has done everything he can to save Miroku, who was willing to sacrifice himself (because his kazaana has reached its limit) in order to save Sango. After Naraku is finally defeated, he helps out Miroku expell youkai.
Sango 
InuYasha respects Sango's strength as a fighter, to the point that he was actually the one to ask her to join them in their quest to defeat Naraku. He went out of his way (in his own fashion) to help take her mind off her troubles after she first joined them. After she initially joins, Sango proves to be a very worthy companion and often fights side by side with InuYasha, and her Yōkai hunting skills prove to be a valuable asset in hunting down Naraku. Sango really only fights with InuYasha when her brother Kohaku joins them for a bit with no memory of Naraku. InuYasha does not trust him and thinks it is all an act, while Sango takes on the defensive side and argues for her brother. InuYasha also stopped Sango from killing Kohaku and often comforts her when she starts feeling blue, assuring her that they will get him back. This has given hope to Sango and she now believes that she does not have to kill her brother to free him because of InuYasha's interference. Sango has stated that she does not have a preference for which form InuYasha is in and will stand by him no matter what. Sango treats Inuyasha with respect and kindness.
Sesshomaru 
InuYasha's older half-brother, an immensely powerful full-demon who is also son of the Inu no Taishou. He does not like the fact that InuYasha wields Tetsusaiga and he was stuck with Tenseiga. The two openly hate each other. InuYasha loathes Sesshomaru because Sesshomaru tried to take his sword. Sesshomaru considers himself innately superior to InuYasha by merit of being a daiyōkai. However, Sesshomaru may have a begrudging respect for InuYasha as indicated by the fact that recently he gave up the offensive powers of his sword to InuYasha in accord with their father's wishes. Another show of respect is him constantly referring to him as "little brother" meaning that he accepts InuYasha as a family member at the least. Also their fights, which were once epic, have seemed to take on a more rowdy flavor typical of sibling rivalry. Consequently, the other characters do not view their fights as seriously as they once did and often do not get involved. Although Sesshomaru has yet to show any outward sign of brotherly affection for InuYasha, InuYasha has often come to his brother's aid in recent manga chapters, [14] InuYasha also shows some anger at the fact that Sesshomaru would rather die at Magatsuhi's hands than to be saved by the likes of him, a hanyō.
Inu no Taishou 
The Inu no Taishou ("Dog General") gave his younger son the Tetsusaiga for his protection, due to the sword's offensive powers and its ability to subdue his yokai blood. It is often suspected and stated that InuYasha is far more like his father than Sesshomaru due to him caring for humans and being compassionate, whereas Sesshomaru took a while to even show care for others. InuYasha has never met nor even seen his father, except for a brief moment on the night of InuYasha's birth as depicted in the beginning of the third movie. Before his untimely death, however, he does name InuYasha and pass on the Robe of the Fire Rat, entrusting it to the care of Izayoi until their son is old enough to inherit it. It should be noted that Inu no Taishou, or Dog General, is merely the character's title; his actual name is never revealed in the series.
Kōga 
InuYasha and Koga have a very complex relationship. They are often seen bickering over Kagome, something that is often used for comical purposes in the series. However, they have aided each other in the battlefield on more than one occasion; InuYasha even saved him from Kagura by showing himself in human form and using his Wind Scar attack, which would have destroyed her had Naraku not intervened, and managed to bring him back to safety after he was almost melted by Naraku's shōki in liquid form. Koga and InuYasha also work together to protect Kagome. Koga has also never revealed to Naraku that InuYasha loses his powers once a month, because during that time it would be easy for Naraku to dispatch him since he is in human form and cannot use the Tetsusaiga. In a recent manga chapter following Kikyo's death, Koga helps to snap InuYasha out of his grieving, reminding him that he is not the only one suffering. An odd blend of friendship, respect, annoyance, and rivalry, the fate of their relationship remains to be seen.
Myōga 
This yōkai-flea was a loyal servant of InuYasha's father. He now acts as InuYasha's retainer. He often provides InuYasha with information on his enemies and on ways to upgrade his sword in order to defeat them. However, he will often flee from battles, and mysteriously reappears in a safer place in the area, or after the danger has passed. Though useful, he is constantly getting squished and once Kagome even sprayed him with flea spray. It is interesting to note that Myōga, along with Tōtōsai, seems to treat Kagome similarly to InuYasha (although admitting the honorific "-sama"), accepting her presence beside his master as a given.
Tōtōsai 
This is the sword smith who forged InuYasha's Tetsusaiga and Sesshomaru's Tenseiga. He often gives InuYasha advice on how to better use the power of his sword. Indeed, all of InuYasha's achievements in strength (other than physical) can be credited to Tōtōsai. He was also a servant of InuYasha's father, like Myōga. He, Myōga and Saya seem to have been best friends all serving under the great general. InuYasha tends to act less than appreciative of Tōtōsai's help, frequently smacking him over the head for one idiocy or another. Still, InuYasha has gone to Tōtōsai for aid several times, demonstrating that underneath all the irritation, he does respect the sword-smith. Though Tōtōsai respects Inuyasha as the son of his late master, he demonstrates some fear of him as well. If Tōtōsai senses a severe beating on the way, he begins to tremble in terror.
Sota 
Sota sees InuYasha as a role model, due to his father being deceased, and tries to spend time with him when he is in the modern age. Sota even calls InuYasha "Inu onii-chan" (dog brother). Inuyasha finds Sota a little too obsessive and annoying at times (rather like a clingy little brother). In one episode, Inuyasha and Kagome aid Sota in earning the love interest of Sota's school crush, Hitomi. Sota and InuYasha seem to be getting closer and closer as once he and InuYasha even took a bath together; the deal being that Sota will wash InuYasha's back if he does the same for him. This ended with InuYasha running out of the bath tub naked (because he felt that the water was too hot) with Sota and landed in front of a horrified Kagome. [15]

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Notes and references

  1. ^ See questions and answers
  2. ^ Zusetsutaizan Ougikaiden By Rumiko Takahashi
  3. ^ "Animation 24th Grand Prix [June 2002 Issue]." Animage. June 2002. 24 June 2008 "Animation 24th Grand Prix [June 2002 issue"](In Japanese)
  4. ^ Note: However, in the first movie, right before unleashing Bakuryuuha onto Hyoga, he says "boku tachi" instead of the more likely "ore tachi".
  5. ^ Note: as one would say to a dog as a command.
  6. ^ as seen in the 2nd movie where his Backlash Wave was rebounded by Princess Kaguya and would have hit him had Kagome not called "Sit Boy!".
  7. ^ Note: InuYasha is only known to transform when he is separated from Tetsusaiga and his life is in danger.
  8. ^ Note: between 42 and 49 round beads and between seven and ten magatama (comma shaped beads)
  9. ^ Zusetsutaizan Ougikaiden By Rumiko Takahashi
  10. ^ Volumes 51, chapter 503
  11. ^ Volume 55 Chapter 540
  12. ^ Episode 167
  13. ^ Episode 160 "The Lucky,Yet Two Timing Scoundrel".
  14. ^ as seen in Sesshomaru's ongoing battle with Magatsuhi.
  15. ^ Note: Despite what many fans consider to be a display of homosexuality, in Japanese culture it is considered perfectly acceptable to give a child a bath in such a way, though it is usually done by family, further proving the two character's growing closeness.

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Ah-Un,as potrayed in the anime series. ... Rin ) is a character in the anime and manga series InuYasha. ... Kohaku is a fictional character in the anime and manga series InuYasha. ... For the Buddhist underworld, see Naraka (Buddhism). ... Saimyōshō (最猛勝) are hell wasps in the manga and anime series Inuyasha. ... Kagura lit. ... Kanna (神無, かん な, godless world; sometimes romanised Kanna) her name is pronounced Kah-n-naa is a character in the manga and anime series Inuyasha. ... Goshinki (悟心鬼) is a character in the anime and manga series InuYasha. ... Juromaru pictured without his chains and metal mask. ... Kageromaru Kagerōmaru is a fictional character in the manga and anime Inuyasha. ... Muso (無双, む そう, Musō peerless) is a character in the manga and anime series InuYasha. ... Akago (赤子, あか ご, literally imperial child), also referred to as Akanbo (baby boy), is a character in the anime and manga series InuYasha. ... Abi-Hime is a yokai from the manga and anime series InuYasha. ... 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The manga version of Ryūkotsusei Ryūkotsusei (竜骨精) is a giant dragon yōkai in the manga and anime series, Inuyasha. ... Menomaru as he appears in the InuYasha Movie Menomaru is a moth-youkai and the son of Hyoga. ... Hyoga is father of Menomaru and is a very powerful moth-yokai. ... Hosenki was a demon that InuYasha and his friends met up with at his fathers grave at the gate to the netherworld. ... Sesshomarus mother is a fictional character from the InuYasha manga first appearing in volume 47 at the end of chapter 466. ... Kikyo ) is a character in the manga and anime series InuYasha. ... Kaede Kaede (楓) is a miko in the manga and anime series Inuyasha. ... Hachi as seen in the anime series. ... Tōtōsai as he appears in the anime. ... Mushin is a character in the manga and anime series InuYasha. ... Asuka as she appears in the manga. ... Kaguya is a fictional character from the popular anime and manga series InuYasha. ... Tsubaki ) is a character in the manga and anime series InuYasha. ... Ayame Iris) is a fictional character in the anime series InuYasha. ... The Four War Gods are a group of yokai demons from the InuYasha anime. ... // Utsugi Utsugi is a mysterious villian that appears in the video game Inuyasha: Secret of the Cursed Mask. ...


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