Inuyasha Episodes

Written by Krystin Spellman
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The quest for the Shikon jewel shards is at the center of every Inuyasha episode, requiring Kagome and Inuyasha to confront the menacing characters who have had the good fortune of getting their hands on a piece of this treasure. Most episodes contain both past and present time settings, allowing Kagome to time travel back and forth to the present, collecting food and supplies for her travels. There are currently over 150 episodes to enjoy, dating as far back as the year 2001, allowing viewers to join Kagome and Inuyasha on their numerous adventures.

Character Development

Each of the Inuyasha episodes involves a battle where Kagome and Inuyasha team up against one of the enemies who have stolen a shard of the Shikon jewel. The first serious scoundrel that our heroes must face is Yura, who has the ability to move and control her long hair, entrapping her enemies in a tangled web. In an intense battle, Inuyasha attacks Yura using the Blades of Blood, a gory Hijinketsou technique that is sure to impress Anime fans everywhere. Meanwhile, Kagome locates a red skull and determines that it contains Yura’s soul. Kagome pierces the skull with an arrow, marking the end to Yura’s life, as well as the beginning of an epic journey.

Another incredible antagonist is found in the character of Sesshomaru, Inuyasha’s half brother who is a full-blooded demon. Sesshomaru is cruel enough to bring Inuyasha’s mother back from the dead only to torture her in front of Inuyasha, exacting punishment on his half brother. An entire episode is dedicated to the battle between these two brothers, ending with Sesshomaru disappearing as a ball of light, leaving watchers with a strong suspicion that they have not seen the last of him.

This episode, like most in the Inuyasha collection, uses classic literary devices to create interest in the plot, foreshadowing some of the battle scenes to come, as well as increasing the complexity of the characters as the story progresses. For those who are unfamiliar with the Inuyasha series, I recommend starting at the beginning with episode one, since many of the original characters make an appearance in future episodes, allowing you to see the full picture. This will allow you to experience all the complexities found within this story, and with cliff hangers at the end of every episode, you will be drawn from one episode to the next, finding more complexity at every turn.


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