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Original title 戦 国 御 伽 草 子 「犬夜叉」
transcription Sengoku Otogizōshi "Inuyasha"
Inu Yasha Logo1.svg
genre Adventure, fantasy, drama, comedy
country JapanJapan Japan
author Rumiko Takahashi
publishing company Shogakukan
magazine Shōnen Sunday
First publication November 1996 - June 2008
expenditure 56
Anime television series
title InuYasha
InuYasha: The Final Act
Original title 犬夜叉
犬夜叉 完結 編
transcription Inuyasha
Inuyasha: Kanketsuhe
Country of production JapanJapan Japan
original language Japanese
Year (s) 2000-2004, 2009-2010
Studio Sunrise
length 24 minutes
Episodes 193 in 5 seasons ( List )
Director Masashi Ikeda (episodes 1-44) , Yasunao Aoki (episodes 45-193)
production Michihiko Suwa, Hideyuki Tomioka (episodes 1–167) , Tomoyuki Saito, Mitomu Asai, Naohiro Ogata (episodes 168–193)
music Kaoru Wada
First broadcast October 16, 2000 - September 13, 2004
October 3, 2009 - March 29, 2010 on Nippon TV
first broadcast
September 1, 2003 on MTV2 Pop
InuYasha - Affections Touching Across Time (2001)
InuYasha - The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass (2002)
InuYasha - Swords of an Honorable Ruler (2003)
InuYasha - Fire on the Mystic Island (2004)
It's a Rumic World - Inuyasha: Kuroi Tessaiga (2008)

Inu Yasha ( Japanese 戦 国 御 伽 草 子 「犬夜叉」 , Sengoku Otogizōshi "Inuyasha" , The Medieval Story "Inu Yasha" ) is an internationally successful manga series by the Japanese illustrator Rumiko Takahashi , which was published from November 1996 to June 2008 in Japan. The work comprises almost 9,500 pages, was also implemented as an anime , movie, theater piece, novel and computer game and can be classified into the genres of adventure , fantasy , drama and comedy.

The action of Inuyasha takes place in Japan during the Sengoku period (15th - 16th centuries) and alternately in modern times. Many of the characters are Yōkai , Oni or other beings from Japanese mythology . The main character Inu Yasha , as well as a few others, are based on the Inugami . Yōkai are powerful supernatural beings who also appear in human-like shapes. In contrast to the western demon , however, they are by no means exclusively evil. The main story ostensibly tells of the fight between the main characters and a half-demon named Naraku . The framework story revolves around the triangular relationships between Inu Yasha, Kagome and Kikyō .


Inu Yasha's history

Inu Yasha was born in the Sengoku period as the son of the dog Eeyōkai Inu no Taishō (dt. Lord of the Dogs ) and the human woman Izayoi . As a hanyō , a kind of half-demon, people despise him like a full-fledged yōkai . His father is killed while protecting Izayoi from Prince Takemaru after Inu Yasha's birth . Because Inu Yasha's half-brother Sesshōmaru , a full-fledged Yōkai, blames him for the death of their father, Sesshōmaru develops a persistent disdain for Inu Yasha.

Afterwards, Inuyasha grew up with his mother and her family, but was always discriminated against and ostracized because of his parentage. After his mother also dies, he has to cope on his own and assert himself against demons so that he becomes stronger all the time.

Inuyasha and the jewel of the four souls

Hundreds of years ago, the world threatened to fall into the hands of demons. But the powerful priestess Midoriko opposed them. The demons allied against them and fused their souls into the greatest and most evil demon. When the priestess's strength waned after a struggle lasting seven days and nights, the demon threatened to suck her soul out. With the last of her strength she withdrew the demon's evil soul. From this and her own soul, the Shikon no Tama (四 魂 の 玉, dt. "Jewel of the four souls") arose in which the two souls still fight against each other. The four souls that make up the Shikon no Tama are Aramitama (荒 魂, dt. "Soul of courage"), Nigimitama (和 魂, dt. "Soul of friendship"), Kushimitama (奇 魂, dt. "Soul of wisdom ”) and Sakimitama (幸 魂, dt.“ soul of love ”). In the pure state the jewel protects the owner. But it can also be spoiled by demon blood and / or black magic and now strengthen the powers of demons many times over. In order to prevent this, the jewel of the four souls was left to the priestess Kikyō for care.

One day Kikyō meets Inu Yasha, who is after the jewel because he wants to become a full-fledged yōkai with it. But the priestess and the half-demon fall in love. Onigumo , a seriously injured thief who was being cared for by Kikyō in a small cave, also falls in love with her. But since he is very weak and terribly disfigured, a raging jealousy awakens in him. And so he lets himself be consumed by demons so that he can make use of their bodies and powers. In his new form, which he calls Naraku , he devises a diabolical plan to seize the jewel and thus become a full-fledged yōkai. The love for Kikyō, which his human part had felt, he suppresses and envy and jealousy predominate. When Kikyō Inu Yasha wants to bring Shikon no Tama so that he can become a person and live with her, Naraku attacks her in the form of Inu Yasha and him in Kikyō's form. Disappointed by the apparent betrayal of Kikyō, the Hanyō storms into the village to steal the jewel. The badly wounded Kikyō, however, manages to banish Inu Yasha to a sacred tree with an arrow, whereby he falls into a deep sleep, although it would have been possible for her to kill him. Kikyō herself was so badly injured by Naraku that she dies. The Shikon no Tama is cremated with her corpse according to her last will.

Start of the Gem Shard Search

At the end of the 20th century, Kikyō's soul was reborn in Kagome Higurashi , who thus also had the Shikon no Tama in her. However, she has no idea of ​​this fact and lives with her mother, her grandfather, her little brother Sōta and the cat Buyo in a shrine in Tokyo . On her 15th birthday, Kagome approaches the fountain in the shrine when she is looking for Buyo and mistakenly believes the cat fell into it. When Kagome turns away from the fountain, the fountain forms a time portal and a mighty yōkai named "Lady thousand feet" pulls her into the depths. Because Kagome defends himself, the yōkai lets go first. Kagome travels back 500 years and lands in the time 50 years after Kikyō's death. Here she meets the sleeping Inu Yasha, whom she freed from his spell, and Miko Kaede , Kikyo's sister. The demon "Lady Millipede" appears again and tears the jewel of the four souls out of Kagome's body. The jewel reappears in Inu Yasha's time and all yōkai want to get his possession again. In the fight against a crow demon, Kagome accidentally hits the jewel with an arrow, which then shatters. These splinters are distributed in all directions. Now it is up to Kagome and Inuyasha to collect the splinters again and put them together into a jewel before someone precedes them.

In their search, they first meet Inu Yasha's half-brother and dogeyōkai Sesshōmaru . He is looking for Tessaiga , his father's sword, which can " kill a hundred demons with one blow ". However, Tessaiga is intended for Inuyasha and can therefore not be managed by a full-fledged yōkai like Sesshōmaru. When Sesshōmaru fights against Inuyasha for the sword, he can inflict defeat on his older brother, with Sesshōmaru losing his left arm. Instead, Sesshomaru received a sword of healing from his father, which is called Tenseiga .

Soon after, Kagome and Inuyasha meet the young Kitsune Shippo , a fox demon. This accompanies the two from now on, since his family was killed by other demons.

Some time later, Kikyō is resurrected as a kind of golem by the witch Urasue made of earth and bones . Kikyō wants revenge on Inuyasha, where she finds out that Naraku has deceived both. Then she wants to kill Naraku, but also take Inuyasha with her to death. Kagome prevents this because she has meanwhile also fallen in love with Inu Yasha. A constant jealousy grows between Kikyō and Kagome.

On their search for more shards of jewels, the three friends come across the Buddhist monk ( Hōshi ) Miroku , who also collects shards of jewels so that they do not fall into the hands of demons. After a brief battle with Inuyasha, Miroku joins the group.

Later, the group meets the demon hunter Sango and her cat Kirara (a Nekomata ). Sango's family and friends were killed by a ruse by Naraku and the demon hunter village destroyed in a raid. Only Sango and her little brother Kohaku survived. Naraku convinces Sango that Inuyasha destroyed their village. She tries to get revenge on Inuyasha. When she realizes the truth, Sango joins the group. Kohaku stayed alive through a jewel splinter in his back, but also under Naraku's control. Now the boy is used by Naraku against Inu Yasha's group. But the group manages to seriously injure Naraku without killing Kohaku. Naraku can soon restore his powers.

The friends meet the Wolfsyōkai Kōga , the leader of a demonic wolf pack . He kidnaps Kagome and wants to marry her because of her ability to sense splinters of jewels. But Inuyasha prevents this and brings Kagome back to the group. Soon after, Naraku and his descendant Kagura trick Kōga into fighting Inu Yasha again. Also this time he loses to Inuyasha. However, the two succeed in asserting themselves against Kagura and Naraku's other descendant Kanna . Kōga does not give up on Kagome and travels after her from now on, which is why there is often a fight between him and Inuyasha, which Kagome usually tries to end quickly.

Inu Yasha's realization

When Inu Yasha fights against another descendant of Narakus in the following years, his sword Tessaiga breaks. As a result, Inuyasha becomes a demon out of self-preservation instinct and no longer has himself under control. He defeats Naraku's descendant and can be brought back to his normal being by Kagome. When Inu Yasha turns into a bloodthirsty demon several times during fights without Tessaiga, he fears that one day he will kill his friends in this state. Therefore, he decides not to become a full-fledged yōkai with the help of the Shikon no Tama. The sword Tessaiga is given to the Yōkaischmied Tōtōsai , who repairs it.

The friends continue to hunt Naraku, who tries to defeat them with tricks. Inuyasha becomes stronger during this time and learns new techniques of his sword by defeating powerful opponents. The power of the opponents passes to Tessaiga. Meanwhile, both parties continue to collect fragments of the jewel. After a fight between Naraku and Inuyasha and Sesshōmaru, Naraku has to withdraw injured and disappears.

Mount Hakurei and the Shichinintai

On their hike, the friends come near Mount Hakurei, which is surrounded by a strong barrier. This barrier purifies all beings that enter it. Kikyō and Kōga are also on their way to the mountain for different reasons.

Meanwhile, Naraku has brought seven legendary warriors, the Shichinintai , back to life with shards of jewels. Under their leader Bankotsu , they are supposed to fight as mercenaries against Inuyasha and his friends. The first of the warriors is defeated by Kōga, gradually the other warriors can also be defeated. At the same time, inside Mount Hakurei, Naraku can fully recover from his last fight and becomes even stronger than before.

Naraku succeeds in luring Inu Yasha's group and Kōga into a trap, from which they can escape. However, he apparently kills Kikyō, after which Inu Yasha makes great reproaches for not being able to protect Kikyō. In addition, Naraku can split off his human heart in the form of Akago , an infant.

End of the fragment search

After the events on Mount Hakurei, Inuyasha and his friends move on to collect the remaining fragments of the Shikon no Tama. But Naraku already has most of the splinters in his possession. Meanwhile, a powerful monk succeeds in dividing Akago in two. Both parts survive - one continues to house Naraku's heart in the form of an infant, the other part becomes Naraku's descendant Hakudōshi . He creates the soulless demon Mōryōmaru from many yōkai he kills .

When it becomes known that the last splinter is in the afterlife, a race to find it begins. This culminates in a fight for the splinter at the grave of Inu no Taishō, in which Inu Yasha succeeds in conquering the splinter. During this time, if Naraku is defeated, Miroku and Sango decide to get married. When Kohaku is able to break free from Naraku's spell and recognizes Sango as his sister again, he has to hide this and continue to work with Naraku so that he does not force him under his spell again.

Fight against Hakudōshi and Mōryōmaru

Now that all the jewel shards have been collected, the conflict continues to worsen. Naraku has almost the entire jewel, but his descendants Hakudōshi and Mōryōmaru, in whom Akago hides and who gives him such a soul, oppose him. Hakudōshi can then be killed by Inu Yasha, Kagome and Miroku because he is no longer protected by Naraku. Soon after, Kagura is poisoned by Naraku because she turned against him again and first helped Hakudōshi and then Inu Yasha's group.

Sango realizes that her brother can remember and is no longer controlled by Naraku. This joins Kikyō, who wants to purify Naraku with the help of the complete Shikon no Tama and thus kill. In the period that followed, Inuyasha managed to acquire new techniques for his sword, but this made it difficult for him to master it. Mōryōmaru also acquires new skills by defeating other yōkai. This is arranged by Naraku and his new descendant Byakuya to play the two off against each other. Sesshōmaru's sword Tenseiga also receives the new Meido Zangetsua technique from the blacksmith Tōtōsai , with which it can open direct access to the hereafter.

After special training, Inuyasha succeeds in mastering his sword again and Kōga also joins the group around Inuyasha. Mōryōmaru soon meets Naraku and is absorbed by Naraku after a long struggle and the interference of Inuyasha and Kōga. The baby, Naraku's heart, becomes part of him again.

Perfection of Tessaiga

Naraku now pollutes Kikyōs and Kagome's hearts by remembering the past, so that the splinter Kohaku can no longer be used against him in its purity. Kohaku therefore joins Sesshōmaru's group. Kagome soon succeeds in overcoming the negative feelings towards Kikyō. In a renewed fight against Naraku, this Kōgas can absorb splinters without being purified and Kikyō difficult. After Kōga has lost his jewel shards, he leaves the group along with his companions Ginta and Hakkaku. Kikyō dies of Naraku's poison, but part of her soul still remains in the Shikon no Tama in Naraku. It becomes the light in the jewel that fights against him and prevents him from taking up the last splinter of the jewel. Soon after, Naraku's descendant Kanna also dies.

At this time Sesshōmaru visits his mother in her castle to find out more about the Meido Zangetsua and to get stronger. During training, Kohaku, Rin and Sesshōmaru reach the afterlife, where Rin dies. When he returns with Rin's dead body, he grows stronger thanks to his fears for Rin's life and his mother revives her. In a fight against a former enemy of his father, in which Inu Yasha comes to his aid, Sesshōmaru is revealed that Tenseiga was split off from Tessaiga to separate the Meido Zangetsua technology from Tessaiga. Only through the presence of Tessaiga Sesshōmaru succeeds in a complete meido, which makes him feel subordinate to his younger brother. Soon after, Naraku brings Sesshōmaru to fight Inuyasha again to steal Tessaiga's powers. But during the fight, the Meido Zangetsuha also passes over to Tessaiga and Sesshōmaru is only his Tenseiga with the power to revive the dead.

Fight against Naraku

Naraku now created Magatsuhi from the evil will of the demons sealed in the jewel. This attacks Sesshōmaru and Kohaku, as he is not repelled by Kikyō's spell. After Inuyasha intervenes and the fight is won, Sesshōmaru is given a new sword, Bakusaiga, and a new left arm that appear from his own body as he abandoned Tessaiga and surpassed his father. The sword will continue to damage the enemy even if it no longer touches him. So he destroys Magatsuhi's body, but Magatsuhi's body can flee because the body was only borrowed.

However, Kagome's power is now completely sealed from the sight of Magatsuhi and Kohaku is unconscious. When Sesshōmaru is absent, Magatsuhi takes possession of Kohaku, leads him to Naraku and tries to contaminate Kohaku's heart so that Kikyō's spell no longer works on his splinter. During the unsuccessful fight against Magatsuhi, Miroku is badly poisoned when he uses his Kazaana. Sango, Inu Yasha and Kagome follow Magatsuhi and are able to help Kohaku regain consciousness. So this is freed from Magatsuhi and Sesshōmaru can destroy him, but parts of Magatsuhi are still preserved in Miroku and Rin. Naraku kidnaps Rin to have Magatsuhi with him and attacks again, but Kohaku and Inuyasha confront him. Naraku succeeds in snatching the splinter from Kohaku and thus completing and defiling the jewel. Nevertheless, Kohaku survives because the will of Kikyō has passed from the splinter into his body and keeps him alive.

With the complete jewel of the four souls, Naraku takes on the shape of a giant black spider. Inu Yasha, Kagome, Sango, Miroku and Sesshōmaru set out to kill Naraku and free Rin. They penetrate inside, as a fight from outside could endanger Rin, but are soon separated. Meanwhile, Naraku's body takes the shape of a giant ball and floats in the air. In his body, Naraku tries through illusions and poisons to get the friends to kill each other. But this does not work and the light of hope reappears in the jewel. After all, Inuyasha, Kagome and Sesshōmaru find it difficult to bother Naraku and his body is gradually destroyed. When Byakuya tries to kill Kagome, Inuyasha himself kills him. Kohaku, Shippō and Jaken also arrive at the scene. When a large part of Naraku's body is destroyed by Bakusaiga, everyone meets at Naraku's core to destroy him.

Despite Naraku's threat to topple the village below him when he dies, Sesshōmaru attacks him, causing everyone to leave Naraku's body. After Inu Yasha's attack from outside, Naraku is weakened and Kagome can see the jewel. She shoots at it and hits when Naraku realizes that he really wanted the love of Kikyō. When Naraku disappears with the jewel above the bone-eating well, Kagome is devoured by a Meido Zangetsuha. But Mirokus Kazaana has also disappeared, the curse lifted. To find Kagome, Inu Yasha jumps through a self-generated Meido Zangetsuha, while Kagome is stuck in an illusion within the Shikon no Tama. She frees herself from this through the memory of Inuyasha, but now despairs of the loneliness. According to Naraku's last wish, she should be trapped here forever and, like Midoriko against the demons before, wage an eternal fight against him. When Inuyasha reaches Kagome, she realizes the right wish and wishes that the jewel would disappear forever.

After both are freed from the jewel, the well closes and Kagome lives in her world and goes to high school, while Inu Yasha stays in the Middle Ages. Sango and Miroku get married and have three children, Shippō and Rin live with them in the village and Kohaku becomes a demon hunter. When Kagome graduated from school after three years, she returned to the Middle Ages, married Inuyasha and continued to live there.


main characters

Inu Yasha
Bed .: Inu dt. Dog, Yasha buddh. Demon, night ghost, cf. Yaksha
Is the protagonist and a hanyō . His main weapon is the magic sword Tessaiga, which was forged from a fang of his father and can kill a hundred demons at once. Full-fledged yōkai cannot use the sword and Inuyasha can only use the power of Tessaiga if he intends to use it to protect people. The sword is usually just a rusty blade, but turns into a sharp sword as soon as it is drawn. The most common attack is the Kaze no Kizu ( 風 の 傷 dt. "Wound of the Wind", in the TV series "Wind Scar"). He wears a red Kariginu - (hunting) clothing of a court nobleman - made from the stable and fire-resistant hair of the fire rat ( hinzumi ).

Being a hanyō, Inuyasha becomes a human on new moon nights and turns into a bloodthirsty demon in dangerous fights without Tessaiga. He is very spirited and often a bit gruff. Inuyasha likes to eat ramen , which Kagome brings back from her time.

Kagome Higurashi
日暮 か ご め
Bed .: Higurashi dt. Sunset, evening
Kagome after the children's game Kagome Kagome
Is the main female character, 15 years old and a middle school student from today's Tokyo . Kagome's main weapon is a bow and arrow. Just like Kikyō, she has the gift of fighting demons and breaking their spells using magic arrows.

An enchanted chain from Kaede enables Kagome to use the command " Sit !" In the manga / film or "Make room" in the anime television series (Japanese: Osuwari ) to force Inu Yasha to the ground, so that he himself for a brief moment can no longer move.

Bed .: buddh. 7 Natural resources Shippo ( 尻 尾 ),
which is almost equally pronounced, means
Is a young Fuchsyōkai ( Kitsune ) who joined the group around Inu Yasha because his parents were killed by the Yōkai Manten and Hiten. He sees Kagome as a kind of big sister and surrogate mother. It can transform into anything, if not very well: its tail is not transformed with it. Although Shippō usually shows a very childish and playful behavior, he shows himself to be mature and responsible when it matters. His cheeky mouth often gives him a headbutt from Inuyasha. Shippō's attack is called Kitsunebi (狐 火), which means "fox fire".
Bed .: Japanese for Maitreya , a kind of buddh. Messiah
Is a Buddhist monk . However, he sometimes acts stubbornly and is a womanizer. He is cursed by Naraku with a "wind hole" (風 穴Kazaana ) in his right hand, which is only passed on to male offspring. He uses it as a weapon by sucking the opponent in with it, otherwise it is sealed with prayer beads / prayer beads . However, it keeps getting bigger and one day it will suck in him, just like his grandfather and father did before. He travels with Inuyasha to kill Naraku, the author of the curse, and thereby break the curse. So that his bloodline does not go out, he asks every woman if she would like to bear him a child, to which Sango always reacts very indignantly. His teacher was the Buddhist monk Mushin.
Bed .: coral
Is a demon hunter trained by her father (妖怪 退 治 屋Yōkai Taijiya ) and with her brother Kohaku the only survivor of their village, because this village was wiped out by Naraku with a ruse. Your main weapon is a gigantic boomerang (飛来 骨Hiraikotsu , dt. "Flying bone"). Another weapon she has a katana .
Bed .: mica
Is a nekomata , a type of Japanese cat demon that, in its normal form, resembles a small cat with two tails. When in danger, it transforms into a kind of fiery saber-toothed tiger , grows and can fly. She is Sango's loyal helper and friend.


奈 落
Bed .: Hell , devil
Is a hanyō and the main antagonist . He is looking for the jewel of the four souls in order to become a full-fledged and at the same time the most powerful demon. He pursues his goals ruthlessly, killing countless people and spinning many intrigues. He has no feelings and usually lets his offspring fight. Despite being a demon, he still has the heart of the robber Onigumo, who was originally in love with Kikyō. Onigumo's feelings still exist in him and since they are a hindrance, he would like to kill Kikyō.
神 無
Bed .: without God
Is the first descendant of Narakus and the sister of Kagura. She can reflect attacks with her mirror and capture the souls of others. However, Kanna is powerless against Kagome's arrows. Since it does not appear until after Kagura, it is often mistakenly mistaken for the second descendant Narakus. What is striking about her is that she has no emotions, neither feelings such as hate or love, nor perceptions such as pain. In addition, it has no aura, which is why it cannot be sensed by instincts.
神 楽
Bed .: Shinto temple dance
Is the second descendant of Narakus and the sister of Kanna. She is the ruler of the wind and hates Naraku because he owns her heart and thus has her life in his hand. She fights with a fan and her attacks mostly involve the term dance. Later, Kagura tries to persuade Sesshōmaru to kill Naraku for her. A mutual affection develops between the two over the course of history. She dies from Naraku's miasm, but can speak to Sesshōmaru again beforehand.
Is the seventh descendant of Narakus. He has Naraku's human heart. It was created from lumps of meat from Naraku in Mount Hakurei. He can see the dark side of every being. In a fight with a priest he was split in two. One part stayed with Kagura, the other part is on its own.

More characters from the Sengoku era

Traditional clothing of a miko, as it is also worn by Kikyō
Bed .: amber
Is the younger brother of Sango. He was badly injured by Naraku in his first fight as a demon hunter. Naraku put a splinter of the Shikon no Tama in his back. So he stayed alive, but was under Naraku's control for a while, until the light of Kikyō took power over him. After that, he continued fighting with his sister and her friends.
Bed .: balloon flower
She is a priestess ( miko ) and the lover of Inuyasha. As with Kagome, her weapon is a bow and arrow. After her resuscitation she is only a being made of earth and bones, who keeps alive with the souls of the deceased.
殺生 丸
Bed .: perfect kill
He is a very powerful, full-fledged dog yōkai and at the same time the half-brother of Inu Yashas. They have the same father but different mothers. Sesshōmaru despises people and so does his brother because he is half a man. In addition, her father Inuyasha inherited the sword Tessaiga, which can kill a hundred demons at once. Sesshōmaru, however, got Tenseiga , a sword that can save a hundred lives and, in his opinion, is useless. However, Tenseiga can only save a life once.

Sesshōmaru brought the human girl Rin back to life, who has been traveling with him ever since. Even though he pretends not to care about Rin, he's still very attached to her. After feeling sorry for Kagura when she died, Tenseiga was forged by his blacksmith Totosai so that it can open the way to the afterlife and can also be used in battle.

Bed .: Chinese for wrong views, wrong way of thinking
Is a kappa skilled in the magical arts and subordinate of Sesshōmaru. He was the king of a people who one day were attacked. Sesshōmaru unconsciously saved Jaken's life, for which this Sesshōmaru follows. In addition, he got the magical "head staff" (人頭 杖Jintōjō ) so that he is not defenseless. Despite numerous mistreatments by Sesshōmaru, he remains loyal to his master.
り ん
Is a little orphan who accompanies Sesshōmaru. She provided Sesshōmaru with food and drink after he was seriously wounded by Inu Yasha during the battle for Tessaiga. She was later killed by Koga's wolves who raided her village. Sesshōmaru reciprocated by reviving her with Tenseiga. Rin is a kind-hearted and helpful girl with a certain naive instinct, so she is the only one who realizes what Kagura feels for Sesshōmaru.
Bed .: steel fang
Is a wolf syōkai and the leader of a demonic wolf pack. Years ago in the anime he promised Ayame (菖蒲), the daughter of the leader of another pack, to marry her. Kōga has two jewel shards that allow him to run incredibly fast. Since his encounter with Kagome he has spared every village and saves people, knowing that Kagome approves of it. In addition, he does not hide his great affection for Kagome, as a result of which he often gets into quarrels with Inuyasha. He is a responsible leader who cares about the welfare of his wolves. So he hunts Naraku because he killed his people.
Ginta and Hakkaku
銀 太 , 白 角
Bed .: Ginta German rich in silver, Hakkaku German white horn
The two accompany Koga on his search for Naraku. They are quite cowards and not particularly tough or persistent. They regard Kagome as their "sister" (Manga) or "Boss" (Anime) because Koga wants to make her his wife. Therefore they try to protect Kagome if necessary.
冥 加
Bed .: Grace of the Buddha
Is a very fearful flea demon who regularly accompanies Inu Yasha's group and gives more complaints than advice. He is not well respected by Inu Yasha's group because of his cowardice. He has already stood by Inu Yasha's father Inu no Taishō and loves to suck Inu Yasha's blood.

Bed .: maple
Is the younger sister of Kikyō. After her sister's death, she became a miko herself and is now a woman of a certain age. When Kagome broke the Shikon no Tama , Kaede told her to find the jewel shards. In addition, she put the magic pearl necklace on Inuyasha, with which Kagome can tame him with "Make room!" ("Sit!" In the manga and in the films).
刀 々 斎
Bed .: sword - master of ceremonies
Is a fire-breathing yokai armorer. He forged the magical swords Tessaiga and Tenseiga, among others, on behalf of Inu Yasha's father, whose good friend he was. From Inu no Taishō he was commissioned to instruct Inu Yasha in the handling of Tessaiga. Most of the time he only criticizes it because of what he sees as the improper use of Tessaiga. In the event of danger, like Myōga, he immediately runs away. His mount is a flying three-eyed cow.

Kagome's family

Sōta Higurashi
日暮 草 太
Bed. from Sōta: thick grass
Is the little brother of Kagome. He's a nice and decent brother who cares about his sister's school performance. He's quite a scaredy. Because he didn't dare go near the bone-eating well and sent Kagome ahead, she ended up in medieval Japan.
Mrs. Higurashi
マ マ mom
Is the mother of Kagome and Sōta. She doesn't seem to mind that her daughter keeps traveling to the dangerous Japanese Middle Ages. She is often concerned and helps Kagome where she can. She also thinks of Inuyasha often.
爺 ち ゃ ん (O) Jii-chan
The grandfather of Kagome and Sōta always comes up with new illnesses for Kagome to excuse her and her constant and long excursions into the Japanese Middle Ages at school and her friends. He is also the keeper of the shrine where the Higurashis live.


In the course of the plot, regular patterns emerge, so a hint of a jewel shard is found and this is then acquired in battle. However, these patterns are often broken by overarching elements of action, so fragments are lost in the fight against Naraku and the search for the fragments forming the Shikon no Tama comes to an end later. Kagome is also not trapped in the Middle Ages, but regularly returns to her time. The main plot not only connects the individual events, but progresses itself. Jason Thompson describes the plot concept as a series of fights against a "monster of the week" that the protagonists encounter in the course of the framework. The frame can potentially be endless as the number of jewel shards is unknown. In the individual episodes, the encounter with the monster is followed by an apparently unsolvable life-threatening situation, which Inu Yasha is able to master and kill the monster.

From Rumiko Takahashi's oeuvre, the story stands out as one of the few that are not romantic comedies. According to Thompson, the story combines folk horror with battle scenes. From the FUNime is Inu Yasha mainly described as a mixture of topics that Takahashi has already dealt with earlier. So it is sometimes as dark and serious as Mermaid Saga ( “In this respect, Inu-Yasha could perhaps even be called Takahashi's second horror series next to the Mermaid Saga.” ), But also a romantic comedy like Ranma ½ . There are also many mythological elements and many fights. With the female main character, Inuyasha would appeal to women or girls more than Takahashi's other series. According to the Animerica , an important element is the depiction of demons or yōkai. These are not simply evil, but are related to human activity. In the story in general, and in particular in the character of Inu Yashas, ​​a constant conflict between good and evil is symbolized, which is decided again and again by the actions of the people involved.

Because the manga, like Detective Conan, was published in Shōnen Sunday magazine and this is primarily aimed at boys of elementary and middle school age, it can be assigned to the Shōnen genre.

Episode list



In contrast to Takahashi's previous work Ranma ½ , the story of Inuyasha is a lot darker and more serious. Takahashi said that this time she wanted to do something other than a comedy in order to take a new direction. She chose the Sengoku time as the action time , as this offered enough material for ghost and demon stories. In addition, brutality and cruelty, presented in the context of this epoch, appear much gentler than, for example, today.

Rumiko Takahashi also took more time for the series and approached it more calmly because after the success of Ranma ½ it was no longer under the pressure to create individual scenes or an entire work that the readers will remember.

The yōkai and legendary figures appearing in Inu Yasha come partly from Japanese mythology . Many also sprang from Takahashi's pen. She did not develop most of them based on historical research, but used common representations, such as a samurai with armor and horse. The Shikon no Tama is also an invention of her without any historical basis.

Rumiko Takahashi designed the plot and world of Inuyasha, as is customary, for the Japanese readership. Therefore, she did not pay attention to the intelligibility, especially the historical and mythological backgrounds, for the international audience. The story arc is basically not fixed at the beginning of Takahashi's stories, but is developed over the course of the series.

Some characters are reminiscent of those from Takahashi's other mangas. The relationship between Inu Yasha and Kagome Ranma seems ½ borrowed, as does the Wolfsyōkai Kōga, who resembles the character Ryōga from the same series. The same voice actors were used for them in the original version of the anime. Other things are reminiscent of Takahashi's short story Honō Tripper from 1983, as this story also tells of a girl who travels between the modern and the Sengoku period. This also meets a warrior there. There are also similarities to Inuyasha in character design and the relationship between the main characters.

Takahashi used many names that are now uncommon. Many arose from associations with the person (Inu Yasha = dog + forest spirit), or the meaning of the person in the action. Therefore, Kikyō was named after the balloon flower because it stands for unchanging love . Kagome got its name because Takahashi thinks names that end in -me are cute and that should go with Kagome. The Shichinintai (七 人 隊) are called the seven-man group , their names end in kotsu (骨), which means bones, since they were raised from the dead.


Inu Yasha appeared in Japan from November 1996 to June 2008 in a total of 558 individual chapters in the manga magazine Shōnen Sunday , which is published weekly with a circulation of over a million (2006). The Shogakukan publishing house also regularly published these individual chapters in anthologies, 56 of which were published. As of 2004, these paperback volumes had sold around 40 million copies in Japan.

The manga will be translated into several languages ​​and published in Asia and Europe as well as in North and South America. In German, translated by Oke Maas , the manga series was published from June 2002 to June 2009 by Egmont Manga and Anime (EMA) in 56 volumes. By the beginning of November 2006, a total of one million copies of the German-language manga volumes had been sold.

In 2001, Shogakukan published an art book on Inu Yasha. This was published in German by EMA in December 2005.

Anime adaptations

Implementation as an anime series

Producer Michihiko Suwa (2008)

Inu Yasha was implemented as a television series by Studio Sunrise, initially in 167 episodes. Up to episode 44 Masashi Ikeda directed and from episode 45 Yasunao Aoki. The plot ends openly after the end of the fragment search in the manga. In 2009, Inu Yasha: Kanketsuhe ( 犬夜叉 完結 編 , dt. "Inu Yasha: Closing Volume ") was implemented as the second season of the rest of the plot, which in terms of content comprises volumes 36 to 56, the last 21 volumes of the manga. This part consists of 26 episodes. The same people were involved as in the first season, and the cast of the speakers remained the same.

The implementation of the manga as a television series should stay as close as possible to the original. Although it is common practice to let famous or popular characters appear earlier in a series, Inuyasha's order remained as intended by Takahashi. As in the manga, the tension should first be built up with Inu Yasha and Kagome alone, until Shippō, Miroku and Sango are added. They “definitely didn't want to cheat the fans” by distancing themselves too much from the original. So the plot remains for a long time as in the manga, only later are the filler sequences added, and Ayame as the fiancé of Koga as an additional character. The depiction of violence was defused in some scenes compared to the manga. In order to be able to continue producing the anime when the manga was not yet ready for the plot, the further development of the story was coordinated with Rumiko Takahashi for episodes from number 50 onwards. As an introduction to each episode, a short summary of the story so far was produced.

They also wanted to stay close to the manga in the appearance of the characters. Nevertheless, the character designer Yoshihito Hishinuma changed the head-to-body proportions from 1: 6 to 1: 6.5 to 1: 7. As a result, the characters in the animation should not appear so heavy and realistic. The heads were also often narrower (e.g. with Sesshōmaru) compared to the hairstyle larger. Kikyō was also designed a little differently in order to set it apart more from Kagome.

Extensive research was carried out for the backgrounds, which were only given to a limited extent by the manga. The artistic director Shigemi Ikeda visited the city of Takayama in order to find out about the Japanese medieval way of life and to get to know the construction methods and everyday objects of the time. The appearance of the castles shown was also worked out in research, especially since Takahashi did not classify the story in a specific time. The backgrounds should appear “clean and calm” . Here too, the original atmosphere that the fans knew from the manga should be preserved. So what was given by the Manga was inserted into a newly created environment.

The first opening credits introduce the main characters of the series, as well as Sesshōmaru and Kikyō. The characters and the relationships to each other are shown one after the other, for example the conflict between Sesshōmaru and Inu Yasha. The later opening credits also include newly added characters or those that appear in the episodes with these openings. The credits are designed to be calmer and focus more on the characters' feelings. In the first credits, only Kagome, Sango and Kikyō are shown with images and symbols that match their situations and emotions. The accompanying song is sung by three women, Dream .

Overall, the production of the series, excluding the subsequent episodes, cost over 3.7 million euros.

Releases of the television series

Inu Yasha lettering
below the Kanji logo with small furigana

The series was broadcast from October 6, 2000 to September 6, 2004 on the Japanese network Nippon TV in the Monday evening program. The episodes 21-22, 133-134, 147-148 and 166-167 ran it on Japanese television as one-hour TV specials and were also released as such on the later Japanese DVD release. When episodes 21 and 22 were repeated, a separate version was made, which was cut by around four minutes to get the length of a normal episode, on which the German dubbed version is based. The broadcaster ytv aired Inu Yasha: Kanketsuhe as the second season from October 3, 2009 to March 29, 2010 . A Japanese DVD release of Inu Yasha: Kanketsuhe was completed from December 23, 2009 to June 23, 2010 in a limited and regular edition.

The series was also broadcast in North America by Cartoon Network and YTV , in Italy by GXT and MTV Italia and in the Philippines by ABS-CBN and HERO . The station Animax broadcast the series in South and Southeast Asia and Latin America, where the anime was partially broadcast by regional stations. Inuyasha has also been translated into French , Russian and Arabic , among others .

The first 52 episodes ran in German on MTV2 Pop and then on RTL II . The first broadcast was initially planned on RTL II, but was postponed for the afternoon due to problems with the youth protection approval, so that MTV2 POP bought the series for broadcast in the evening program. The later broadcast in the afternoon program of RTL II was partially cut. This was justified by the fact that the series was bought for the afternoon program and had to be edited for broadcast at this time. The synchronized versions of the two versions are the same. From September 2005 to March 2006, RTL II broadcast episodes 53 to 104, also partially cut. In 2013 all 104 episodes of the anime ran on the free TV channel VIVA in the uncut version. Exceptions here are episodes 21 and 22, which were a 1-hour special in Japan and only exist here as shorter individual episodes.

From autumn 2004 the television series was also released on DVD in Germany. As a special feature, the Red Planet company relied on the support of the Inu Yasha Fan Project (IYFP), which was launched especially for this purpose. This took care of the German subtitles based on their own translation from Japanese, whereby a special proximity to the Japanese original was sought. In addition, the content for the booklet and cover was created by the IYFP. The cooperation between Red Planet and the IYFP had proven to be so successful that the IYFP also provided support for other Red Planet series. The publication of the last 63 episodes that had not yet been translated into German was canceled because Red Planet initially adopted a wait-and-see attitude in the current tense market situation and finally withdrew from the anime topic completely due to the market situation. VIZ Media Switzerland has re-licensed the first 104 episodes of the TV series and the movies and is releasing the TV series in four digipack boxes with a total of 26 DVDs under the Kazé Anime label . On January 7, 2018, the publisher Kazé Anime announced that it would synchronize episodes 105–193 (the rest of the series including The Final Act ) and publish the films on Blu-ray in German for the first time in addition to DVD. From January 2, 2020 to January 22, 2020, ProSieben Maxx first broadcast episodes 105–121 on weekdays. The first broadcast was then paused and continued from May 26, 2020 with episode 122 on the station. From August 24, 2020, ProSieben MAXX will show the 26 episodes of The Final Act .


The German dubbed version of the first 104 episodes was made by PPA Film GmbH Munich. Dialogue directed by Michael Laske to the dialogue books by Laske and Stefan Sidak . Rescue Film GmbH was hired for episodes 105 to 193, where u. a. Dominik Auer is responsible for directing the dialogue. The pronunciation of the character names in particular is slightly falsified in the German dubbing of the first 104 episodes. In particular, the names ending in the syllable -ku are not pronounced as [ k ɯ ], but [ k ə ]. The syllable ru in Sesshōmaru was even completely omitted from the synchronization, and Kirara is also mostly pronounced like " Kiara ". In episodes 105–193, the character names are pronounced as they are written.

character Japanese voice actors ( seiyū ) German voice actors (series) German voice actors (films)
Inuyasha Kappei Yamaguchi Dominik Auer
Kagome Higurashi Satsuki Yukino Ulrike Jenni
Shippo Kumiko Watanabe Julia Haacke
Miroku Kōji Tsujitani Florian Halm
Sango Hoko Kuwashima Angela Wiederhut
Kikyō Noriko Hidaka Claudia Lössl
Naraku Toshiyuki Morikawa Dieter Landuris
Sesshōmaru Ken Narita Pascal Breuer
Yak Yūichi Nagashima Kai Taschner
Kanna Yukana Nogami Sonja Reichelt Kathrin Gaube
Rin Mamiko Noto Caroline Schwarzmaier (episodes 35–104)
Katharina Schwarzmaier (episodes 107–167 + The Final Act)
Caroline Schwarzmaier
Kagura Izumi Ōgami Tatjana Pokorny (episodes 39–50)
Maren Rainer (episodes 56–167 + The Final Act)
Tatiana Pokorny
Kohaku Akiko Yajima Daniel hose
Koga Taiki Matsuno Hubertus von Lerchenfeld -
Hakkaku Daisuke Kishio Wolfgang Schatz (episodes 37–46)
Dirk Meyer (episodes 66–125 + The Final Act)
Ginta Hiroyuki Yoshino Niko Macoulis -
Ayame Yumi Kakazu Shandra Schadt -
Kaede Hisako Kyōda Ilona Grandke
Myōga Ken'ichi Ogata Horst Raspe (episodes 5–45)
Walter von Hauff (episodes 53–167 + The Final Act)
Walter von Hauff
Tōtōsai Jōji Yanami Erich Ludwig (episodes 34–72)
Gerhard Acktun (episodes 137–144 + The Final Act)
Erich Ludwig
Hachiemon Toshihiko Nakajima Michael Rüth (episodes 16–93)
Gudo Hoegel (episodes 135–145 + The Final Act)
Michael Rüth
Mushin Yuzuru Fujimoto Norbert Gastell (episodes 28-100)
Peter Musäus (episode 135 + The Final Act)
Norbert Gastell
Grandfather Higurashi Ginzō Matsuo (episodes 1–38)
Katsumi Suzuki (from episode 47)
Thomas Reiner (episodes 1–100)
Erich Ludwig (episodes 127–160 + The Final Act)
Thomas Reiner
Mama Higurashi Asako Dodo Maria Böhme (episodes 1–100)
Kathrin Gaube (episodes 29 & 38)
Christine Stichler (episodes 127–160 + The Final Act)
Maria Boehme
Sōta Higurashi Akiko Nakagawa Beate Pfeiffer (episodes 1–100)
Kerstin Dietrich (episodes 127–160 + The Final Act)
Beate Pfeiffer
Hōjō (Akitoki) Yūji Ueda Christian Heiner Wolf (episodes 11–38)
Niko Macoulis (episodes 62–89)
Felix Mayer (episodes 127–160 + The Final Act)
Jan Makino


To Inu Yasha four feature films were produced, each started in late December in Japan:

InuYasha - Affections Touching Across Time (時代 を 越 え る 想 い , Toki o Koeru Omoi )
2001, in German since May 2006
In the first film, Inu Yasha faces the demon Menōmaru , whose father was defeated by Inu no Taishō . He seeks revenge and wants to defeat Inuyasha. He also tricked Sango and Miroku and banned Kagome and Kirara from turning against their friends.
The film grossed 1.54 billion yen in Japan and was shown in cinemas in the United States , for example .
InuYasha - The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass (鏡 の 中 の 夢幻 城 , Kagami no Naka no Mugenjo )
2002, in German since March 2006
Inuyasha and his friends succeed in defeating Naraku and everything seems to be turning for the better. But soon they are opposed by the moon princess Kaguya , who wants to wrap the world in eternal night.
The film was shown in theaters in Japan in 2002 and, like the first, also appeared in theaters outside of Japan.
InuYasha - Swords of an Honorable Ruler (天下 覇道 の 剣 , Tenka Hadō no Ken )
2003, in German since May 2006
Inu Yasha's father owned a third sword in addition to Tessaiga and Tenseiga: Sōunga, the sword of the underworld, which was sealed for 700 years. After this time it becomes active again in Kagome's presence and takes possession of Inuyasha. After he brought it back to the Middle Ages and got rid of it, it resuscitates the murderer Inu Yasha's mother Izayois to open the gates of hell and rule the world.
Inu Yasha: Swords of an Honorable Ruler was released in 2003 in Japan and has also been shown in cinemas in the USA and on television in Germany and Canada.
InuYasha - Fire on the Mystic Island (紅蓮 の 蓬莱 島 , Guren no Hōrai -jima )
2004, in German since February 2007
On the island of Hōraijima people and yōkai lived together peacefully for a long time, but then the four gods of war destroyed this peace and the inhabitants of the island had to be sacrificed to the gods. After many centuries, Inuyasha and his friends intervene to put an end to the goings-on of the gods.
Inu Yasha: Fire on the Mystic Island was shown in Japan in 2004 and broadcast on television in Germany, the USA and Canada.

The German DVDs were created in close collaboration between Red Planet and the Inu Yasha Fan Project (IYFP). Since the IYFP, in contrast to the series, is also responsible for the submission of the dubbed version and was also active in an advisory capacity during the dubbing in the studio, the result differs from the series despite the same speakers.

Short film

In 2008 a 30-minute short film entitled Kuroi Tessaiga ( 黒 い 鉄 砕 牙 ) was produced, which was shown on July 30 at an exhibition on the works of Rumiko Takahashi. The exhibition took place in the Matsuya Ginza department store in Tokyo and lasted until August 11, 2008.

On January 29, 2010 this short film was released in Japan together with the new short film by Urusei Yatsura and Ranma ½ as a DVD box including a character from the three series. The short film was released individually on DVD and Blu-ray on October 20th.


The spin-off Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is to be broadcast in Japan from autumn 2020 . The main characters are the daughters of Sesshomaru (Setsuna and Towa) and Inuyasha (Moroha).


Six different opening credits were produced by Japanese singers and bands for the television series . These are Change the world from V6 , I Am from hitomi , Owara nai Yume (終 わ ら な い 夢) from Nanase Aikawa and Grip! by Every Little Thing . Also One Day, One Dream by Tackey and Tsubasa and Angelusア ン ジ ェ ラ ス by Hitomi Shimatani .

For the German version of RTL II, the songs Flieg durch die Zeit and Was ist Zeit? newly composed. When it aired on MTV2POP, Star was used as an intro by Nova International .

Eight songs were also produced for the credits . These are My will from dream , Fukai mori (深 い 森) from Do As Infinity and Dearest from Ayumi Hamasaki . Furthermore, Every Heart (ミ ン ナ ノ キ モ チ - Minnano Kimochi ) by Kwon Boa , Shinjitsu no Uta (真 実 の 詩) by Do As Infinity, Itazura na Kiss (イ タ ズ ラ な Kiss) by day after tomorrow , Come by Namie Amuro and Brand new world by V6 .

Because V6 and Tackey and Tsubasa are represented by Johnny & Associates and there are license problems, the songs on future Inuyasha releases outside Japan have been replaced by OST soundtracks. Change the world through Shippou no Gotoku , One Day, One Dream through Unari! Tessaiga and Brand new world through Omoi no Hate ni .

For the first film CREA (Ayumi Hamasaki) and Do As Infinity produced the song No more words . In the second film, Yura Yura (ゆ ら ゆ ら) and Ai no Uta (愛 の 謳) are played by Every Little Thing. Namie Amuro, MONK and JUSME produced the title Four Seasons for the third film and Do As Infinity Rakuen (楽 園) for the fourth film .

Further adaptations


Eight Inu-Yasha video games were produced, none of which was published in German.

Bandai published the 2D fighting game Inu Yasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale (犬夜叉 戦 国 お 伽 草 子, Inu Yasha: Sengoku Otogi Kassen ) ( PlayStation , April 10, 2003) and the 3D fighting game Inu Yasha: Feudal Combat (犬夜叉 奥義 乱舞, Inu Yasha: Ōgi-Ranbu ) ( PlayStation 2 , June 15, 2005), both of which are strongly based on the plot of the manga. The role-playing games Inu Yasha: The Cursed Mask (犬夜叉 呪 詛 の 仮 面, Inu Yasha: Juso no Kamen ) (PlayStation 2, March 18, 2004) and Inu Yasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel ( Nintendo DS , January 29, 2007 ) that introduce new characters and are only loosely based on the plot.

The video games Inu Yasha: Kagome no Sengoku Nikki (犬夜叉 ~ か ご め の 戦 国 日記) ( WonderSwan , November 2, 2001), Inu Yasha: Fūun Emaki (犬夜叉 風雲 絵 巻) (WonderSwan, July 27, 2002), Inu Yasha were also published : Kagome no Yume Nikki (犬夜叉 か ご め の 夢 日記) (WonderSwan, November 16, 2002) and Inu Yasha: Naraku no Wana! Mayoi no Mori no Shōtaijō (犬夜叉 ~ 奈 落 の 罠! 迷 い の 森 の 招待 状) (Game Boy Advance, January 23, 2003).

The game manufacturer Amigo and Bandai sell a trading card game about Inu Yasha. The Ravensburger -Spieleverlag leads beside a Inu Yasha-Box Game.


In 2004 the novel Shōsetsu Inuyasha ( 小説 犬夜叉 ) by Tomoko Komparu ( 金 春 智子 , Komparu Tomoko ) was published with the illustrations by Rumiko Takahashi.

This one was named Inu Yasha in 2005 . The fountain between the times by Egmont Manga & Anime published in German.


In Japan

Rumiko Takahashi received the 47th Shogakukan Manga Prize in the Shōnen category for Inu Yasha in 2002 . In Tokyo annual Fanmessen be about Inu Yasha held. Including the Rumiket, a dōjinshi market that has been held annually since 2000.


The Anime Encyclopedia. Revised & Expanded Edition describes the anime as a buddy story in the tradition of Ushio to Tora with a time travel element. According to Jason Thompson, the manga follows the tried and tested recipe of cute, relatively simply drawn main characters who fight monsters in long story arcs. The creatures are resourceful, but the outcome is often predictable. The best moments are determined by the relationships between the characters, but the story as a whole is very long. Still, the story is easy to read. Animerica magazine cites the ability to " smoothly switch between cute and gruesome and back again " as one of the manga's greatest strengths. Inu Yasha not only offers an entertaining adventure story and romantic comedy with some monsters and bloodshed, but is also always profound in its symbolism. The English-speaking fan community claims to have over 37,000 members from all over the world, primarily from North America.

In Italy, the series was one of Star Comics' bestsellers, with over 75,000 copies sold per volume.

In Germany

German critics consider Rumiko Takahashi's drawings to be more sophisticated than in their earlier works. Particularly in comparison to her first work Urusei Yatsura , the development is clearly recognizable, from " clumsy characters" have become " flowing, anatomically believable figures" . The story is not only dark, but also funny. The interesting and developing characters and the plot, which is not an endless story with constantly repeated plot motifs, were also praised. Again and again new elements interrupt the flow of action. The work offers a mixture of action, fantasy and comedy with horror elements.

The implementation of the anime series was praised: "High animation quality, appropriate use of computer graphics and a character design that is particularly close to the Manga model make the fan heart beat faster." The depiction of violence in the anime is, in contrast to the manga, but presumably deliberately cautious, which is "probably a reaction to the recently increasing number of young violent criminals in Japan" . The computer graphics were used well and inconspicuously and the background music varied and successful. In the German anime version, however, the changed opening credits and cuts are regretted. There is also talk of a great dissatisfaction among the fans with the German version.

The series is counted among the most influential in Germany and in a survey by Sozioland, 44.8 percent of the respondents named the anime as one of the favorite series. It was one of the bestsellers in the Egmont Manga and Anime program. In 2005 alone, 1 million volumes of the series were sold in Germany.

Web links

Commons : InuYasha  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Kazuhisa Fujie, Martin Foster: The InuYasha Experience. Fiction, Fantasy and Facts . cocoro books, Tokyo 2004, ISBN 1-932897-08-9 , pp. 42 ( limited preview in Google Book search).
  2. a b Jason Thompson : Manga. The Complete Guide . Del Rey, New York 2007, ISBN 978-0-345-48590-8 , pp. 159 .
  3. a b FUNime No. 16
  4. a b c Animerica Vol. 9, 6, pp. 8-10.
  5. a b Interview with Rumiko Takahashi in Animerica, June 2001, at
  6. a b Interview with Rumiko Takahashi in Animerica, June 1997, at
  7. ^ Rumiko Takahashi: The Art of InuYasha p. 134, VIZ Media, San Francisco 2005
  8., archived at ( Memento from July 22, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  9. Description of an InuYasha DVD at
  10. Director Masashi Ikeda: The Art of InuYasha p. 136, VIZ Media, San Francisco 2005
  11. Character designer Yoshihito Hishinuma: The Art of InuYasha p. 137, VIZ Media, San Francisco 2005
  12. ^ Artistic director Shigemi Ikeda: The Art of InuYasha p. 138, VIZ Media, San Francisco 2005
  13. The Art of InuYasha p. 126 ff., VIZ Media, San Francisco 2005
  14. a b MangasZene No. 24, p. 24
  15. Inuyasha The Final Act 1 - w / CD, Limited Edition. In: Retrieved November 2, 2010 .
  16. Inuyasha The Final Act 1 - Regular Edition. In: Retrieved November 2, 2010 .
  17. Anime News Network on InuYasha
  18. a b MangasZene No. 17, p. 14 ff.
  19. AnimaniA 12/2003, p. 52
  20. ^ Cut reports on the German TV version of InuYasha
  21. ^ Website ( memento of April 15, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) of the InuYasha fan project
  22. ^ Message on the IYFP website ( memento from September 11, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) about the non- publication of the last 63 episodes on DVD
  23. Kazé licenses Inuyasha. In: Retrieved October 2, 2012 .
  24. Inuyasha DVD Boxes by Kazé - Release Dates. In: Retrieved January 10, 2013 .
  25. The Year of the Dog Demon. In: Kazé Online. Retrieved January 8, 2018 .
  26. Endymion: "InuYasha" again at ProSieben MAXX from the end of May. In: Anime Sushi. April 29, 2020, accessed April 29, 2020 .
  27. ProSieben MAXX: Start date of »InuYasha: The Final Act« | Anime2You. Retrieved on August 19, 2020 (German).
  28. AnimePro ( Memento from December 12, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) on short film and exhibition
  29. Anime news network via Kuroi Tessaiga
  30. It's a Rumic World Special Anime Box Animation [DVD]. In: Retrieved December 20, 2009 .
  31. Inuyasha: Anime offshoot Yashahime reveals first teaser trailer
  32. No Johny & Associates songs in German Inuyasha release of 105-167
  33. Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy: The Anime Encyclopedia. Revised & Expanded Edition . Berkeley 2006, Stone Bridge Press
  34. a b Jean-Marie Bouissou, Marco Pellitteri, Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff, Ariane Beldi: Manga in Europe: A Short Study of Market and Fandom . In: Toni Johnson-Woods (Ed.): Manga - An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives . Continuum Publishing, New York 2010, ISBN 978-0-8264-2938-4 , pp. 254, 255 .
  35. Review by Splashcomics of Volume 1 by Mario Vulk
  36. Review by Splashcomics of Volume 2 by Brigitte Schönhense
  37. Review by Splashcomics of Volume 32 by Brigitte Schönhense
  38. Review by Splashcomics of Volume 3 by Brigitte Schönhense
  39. Animania . 03/2003, p. 15
  40. a b Animania 11/2003, p. 15
  41. Similar evaluation in: MangaZone No. 1, p. 16 and MangasZene No. 13, p. 24.
  42. FUNime No. 19
  43. Nils Zehnpfennig: Animania 11/2004, p. 23
  44. Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff: Fandom, Fanart, Fanzine - Reception in Germany in Ga-Netchuu! - The Manga Anime Syndrome p. 218f. Henschel Verlag, 2008
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