episode 85

The Evil Within Demon Head's Castle

Canon Episode | 2-episode story, 85-86

Episode Capsule last revised on 01 Mar 2008.


OPENING SONG: Owari nai Yume by Aikawa Nanase
ENDING SONG: Every Heart by BoA

Script: 武上純希
Storyboard: Kiyoshi Fukumoto
Episode Director: Kiyoshi Fukumoto
Animation Director: Rie Nakajima


Inuyasha: Kappei Yamaguchi
Kagome: Satsuski Yukino
Shippo: Kumiko Watanabe
Miroku: Kouji Tsujitani
Sango: Houko Kuwashima
Exorcist: Toshiko Fujita
Demon Head: Hiromi Tsuru
Lord: MUROZONO Takehiro
Old retainer: KOSEKI Hajime
Old maid: OKAMOTO Yoshiko
Maid: TACHIBANA Hikari
Retainers: TANAKA Kazunari, SAIZEN Tadahisa


Sacred Jewel fragment: 0 / 3 in all
No. of 'sit': 2 / 42 in all
‘Kaze no Kizu!’: 1 / 26 in all
‘Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer!’: 1 / 32 in all
‘Kazaana!’: 0 / 12 in all
‘Hiraikotsu!’: 1 / 20 in all
‘Will you bear my child?’: 0 / 9 in all
Inuyasha’s abuse of Shippo:
0 / 31 head thumps
0 / 23 kicks
0 / 4 tail-grabbing
0 / 2 throws
0 [60 in all]
‘I must be strong!’ 0 / 6 in all
Miroku's groping of Sango: 0 / 7 in all
Kagome's arrow hit percentage: 59.0% [23/39]


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  1. Synopsis
  2. Inuyasha’s Jar
  4. Oddities & Other Notes
  6. Production Notes
  7. Script
  8. Contributors & References

Preview from previous episode

No… Since Naraku's disappearance, the demons who were in hiding have come out again!

All thanks to them, our demon-slaying business is looking up again!

But it is harder too.

That old granny who claims to be a demon-slayer, didn't even flinch when surrounded by evil aura.

I wonder if it's because she's very powerful, or that she's very slow.

I think we should just pack up and go! Next on Inuyasha, "The Evil Within Demon Head's Castle".

Wow… what a beautiful princess…! Just hand this task to me!

Yes yes…


InuYasha’s Jar

#85 Exorcist 祓い屋

An old woman whose occupation is to exterminate demons. Honestly doesn't feel anything about the evil aura.



Oddities and Other Notes



Wind Scar not working huh?
Inuyasha usually doesn't depend on Kagome. But in this episode, he hides behind Kagome three full times.

Did you notice…?

Freeze Frame Fun

Squashed Shippo
When Inuyasha was quarrelling with the exorcist, you can see Shippo squashed by him.



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INU: Inuyasha
KAG: Kagome
SHI: Shippo
MIR: Miroku
SAN: Sango
KIR: Kirara
TET: Tetsusaiga
HIR: Hiraikotsu
EXO: Exorcist
DEM: Demon Head

[ recap ]

Flashback from episode 81, when INU slashed Naraku's body with a Wind Scar.

INU:   Wind Scar!

INU:   (narrating) Tetsusaiga had broken Naraku's barrier, and we almost defeated him. But he managed to run away and hide his bad aura! Naraku disappeared.

Cut to flashback from previous episode, when INU fought the hair demon.

INU:   (narrating) A demon from Naraku's castle said he fled to an unknown place. What is that place? He must be confident of his hiding place to tell his servants that.

Cut to fight between the Hair Monster and KOG.

Hair Monster: I'll eat you along with the Sacred Jewel fragments!

KOG swings the hair over a branch and pulls. When HMO comes close, he kicks off two of his sharp teeth

KOG:  You just appear huge! Watch out! Take this!

Cut to Ayame slashing some hair away with her leaf attack. Cut to KOG trapped by the Hair Demon.

KOG:  Bastard…

Cut to KOG taking his arm out of the Hair Demon's mouth.

Ayame: Koga!

Cut to HMO clamping shut his mouth, biting on onto AYA and KOG. He bites them again and swallows them.

KOG:  Ayame!

KAG:  Koga! Ayame!

Suddenly HMO winces and starts to glow. It then explodes into tiny pieces. INU-gang is horrified. The smoke from the explosion slowly dissipates, revealing AYA kneeling on the ground and KOG in a kicking position.

KOG:  I can't be defeated!

Cut to INU-gang running along a path.

INU:   (narrating) We can't just sit still. This time I'll capture and defeat him!

INU:   Where? Where are you, Naraku?

[ Title screen: The Evil Within Demon Head's Castle ]

[ ACT I ]

INU-gang walks in a large field. KAG stops and looks around apprehensively.

KAG:  This is…

SAN:  The further we go, the stronger the bad aura is.

A miasma start to move towards them.

INU:   A demon! (sprints forth)

KAG:  Wait, Inuyasha!

INU doesn't listen and leaps towards the miasma.

Cut to further up in the field. An puny old woman thrusts a staff with a cluster of bells on top onto the ground.

Old woman: Come on, monster!

A weasel runs through the fields swiftly towards her. The old woman yells and throws her staff in the air. She takes out a little pot.

Old woman: You've appeared!

She takes some powder from pot and throws it at the weasel. The weasel reels in pain. The old woman takes her staff and chases.

Old woman: You're done for, fox monster!

The old woman swings her staff. The weasel flies higher up, dodging the attack. She falls from the swing.

Old woman: Keh…

Suddenly the weasel appears above her and attacks. She yells in horror.

INU:   Iron Reaver, Soul Stealer!

INU suddenly appears and claws the weasel, which disintegrates.

INU:   (walks to old woman) Old lady, stop wandering around and go home.

Old woman: (stands, shocked) D-Dog ears! Y-You're a demon too. (throws powder at INU) Disappear!

INU:   What are you doing?! (raising his fist) Not even a thank you!

MIR:   (appears and holds INU from behind with his staff) Stop it.

INU:   Don't stop me.

Old woman: Priest, do this, do this! (throws more powder in INU's face) Vanish, demon!

INU coughs badly while MIR ignores.

Cut to INU-gang and the old woman sitting on a log.

MIR:   More and more demons?

KAG:  That explains the bad aura.

Old woman: Bad aura?

SAN:  We're exterminating demons as we travel along.

Old woman: You're on my side. Since the number of demons has increased, I can't retire.

INU:   You're a weakling! You'd better retire.

Old woman: (reaches into her pot) Do you want this?

INU hides behind KAG.

MIR:   Now now, demon exorcist. Why are there more and more demons?

* The old demon exorcist abbreviated as EXO from now onwards *

EXO:  Because of the curse.

KAG:  Curse?

EXO:  The curse of the Demon Head.

KAG:  Demon Head?

Cut to bird's eye view of a town.

EXO:  (voice-over) That's not its real name, but it's called the town of Demon Head.

Cut to present.

EXO:  However, they'd buried various demon parts within the area and built a castle over it.

KAG gasps.

INU:   Do you believe her?

EXO reaches into her pot and INU hides behind KAG again.

EXO:  But recently the demons have reappeared. Extermination hasn't been successful. (stands and walks) I've sat down for too long. Follow me.

INU:   Where?

EXO:  To the town of Demon Head. You guys exterminate demons, right?

KAG:  What now?

INU:   We've no time for this!

MIR:   But the story seems…

INU:   Finding Naraku comes first! (to KAG) Right?

KAG:  Hmm…

EXO:  (shouts) You might get lots of rewards.

INU:   Who cares?

MIR:   (already following EXO) Let's go.

EXO:  We'll split the reward.

INU:   (squints) Hey…

[ End of ACT I: 6min 34sec ]

[ ACT II ]

In the town of Demon Head. In a mansion. A lord is seen seated in a room. Suddenly the shadow morphs into that of a demon. A maid is seen peeping into the room. She shrieks in horror. The lord-demon hears her. She backs away as the lord opens the door and walks up.

Lord-Demon: You!

Maid:  L-Lord… Please forgive me. I didn't see anything… I didn't see anything!

The lord-demon raises his sword.

Maid:  Lord…!

The lord-demon swings his sword down.

Cut to INU-gang and EXO seated in front of a building. An old retainer is seated across them.

EXO:  Hmm…

Old retainer: Lately, our lord's behavior has been weird. He never comes out of his room.

KAG:  (whispers to INU) Hey, Inuyasha. Isn't this castle creepy?

INU:   Yeah, I do feel the difference. The bad aura must have come from here.

MIR:   The bad aura…

SAN:  It's all around us.

EXO:  (turns around) What's wrong? You look scared.

SHI:   Everyone feels the bad aura!

KIR's fur is fuzzed up and she is growling.

EXO:  Bad aura? What's that?

MIR:   You're an exterminator. Don't you feel anything?

EXO:  Feel what?

INU:   Y-You don't feel it?

EXO:  (smug) I feel nothing. Don't tell me you're scared. You'll all young and timid.

INU:   Is this exterminator a fake?

SHI:   Even I feel it…

Two servants walk past them, carrying a stretcher with a body cover with a straw mat on it.

EXO:  That is…

Old retainer: This is the seventh person… The lord kills any maid or servant who goes near him.

MIR:   Is that due to the demon's curse?

Old retainer: Possibly. (stands) You can stay at our castle till the demon appears tonight. (walks off)

Nighttime in the courtyard. EXO is stretching herself.

EXO:  One…two…three! One…two…three!

EXO then does deep breathing exercises. INU-gang is seated around. INU is lying on his side.

EXO:  (squatting exercise) You guys, keep yourselves together!

INU:   She's so energetic.

KAG:  (thinking) She's handling the bad aura really well.

MIR:   This bad aura is really creepy, even for me. Let's wrap this up fast and get out of here.

SAN:  I agree.

A young and beautiful princess walks up to them.

Princess: Are you here to get rid of the demon? Please be careful. Please save my father this time.

SAN:  Father?

KAG:  Are you the princess?

Princess: Many priests who came to kill the demon have lost their lives.

* The princess abbreviated as PRI from onwards *

MIR:   Don't worry, my Princess! (kneels right in front of the PRI) I will get rid of the demon, no matter what it takes!

SAN:  (exasperated, thinking) I thought we were going to wrap this up fast!

Man:  (background, yelling) Demon! The demon has appeared!

MIR:   (stands and turns to PRI) Don't worry! Leave this to me! (runs off)

PRI looks at MIR in silence.

A vortex appears in the clouds above the mansion. A huge demon head flies out. INU-gang and a few retainers run it.

INU:   Demon Head!

SAN:  (runs ahead of them with KIR) I'll do it! Kirara!

KIR transforms into her fiery flying state and SAN jumps on. KIR flies into the air.

SAN:  We'll finish it with one hit!

SHI:   (jumps onto KAG's shoulder) Sango is really into it today.

KAG:  Y…Yes.

The Demon Head flies towards SAN and KIR.

* Demon Head abbreviated as DEM from now onwards *

SAN:  (throws HIR) Hiraikotsu!

DEM glares with its red eyes. HIR slashes at it and comes through, leaving DEM intact.

INU:   It went through!

SAN:  What?!

INU:   (jumps on a roof) Stand aside, Sango! (unsheathes TET)

DEM turns to face INU. INU jumps.

INU:   Wind Scar!

INU throws a Wind Scar at DEM, slashing it into two.

INU:   (lands) See? Just like that.

KAG:  (pointing) Inuyasha, what's that?!

DEM's separated head joins together again.

INU:   W-What? (thinking) What's wrong? My Wind Scar didn't work.

MIR:   (thinking) That Demon Head… Could it be…

INU:   Damn it… (jumps) Once more!

INU leaps and slashes through DEM with TET. DEM growls.

INU:   (lands) How's that?

DEM is joined together again.

INU:   What?!

MIR:   Wait, Inuyasha.

INU:   Why? Is this demon able to resist my Wind Scar?

MIR:   Weapons don't work!

INU:   (taken aback) Miroku…

DEM hovers towards MIR, growling. MIR takes out some charms and throws them at DEM.

MIR:   Try this!

The charms stick onto DEM's nose, and it growls in pain. PRI arrives at the scene, looking surprised. DEM growls as it completely disintegrates.

Man:  It's gone…

Old maid: Princess! That Demon Head…!

PRI:   (surprised) Yes.

MIR:   I knew it. That's just an illusion.

SAN:  Illusion?

PRI looks at MIR intently for awhile and walks off.

The group is having dinner in a room.

Old retainer: So that thing could appear again tomorrow?

MIR:   Yes. That's just an illusion. Perhaps to divert you from the real demon.

KAG:  That means the real demon is hiding in this castle.

SAN:  Perhaps. The bad aura is still very strong.

EXO:  Bad aura? (eats) I don't feel anything.

KAG:  (grimacing) I see…

SAN:  (thinking, unimpressed) What an exterminator…

INU:   The lord is very quiet?

Old retainer: Yes. Unusually so.

INU:   It's more likely that the lord is possessed.

Cut to the lord in his room, his eyes gleaming in white. He is making low growls.

INU and MIR are walking in the corridor with the old retainer. Cut to them walking into a room. They stop outside the lord's room.

Old retainer: (softly) He'll attack if he catches you.

INU:   Then we'll slice him up.

MIR:   Don't be rash. He's the lord of this castle.

MIR slides open the door quietly and peeps in.

INU:   How is it, Miroku? Is he a demon?

MIR:   No, he's human. Moreover…

INU:   What?

MIR:   I think all this bad aura doesn't come from the lord.

Cut to a room. EXO yells and throws some powder at KIR, SHI, KAG and SAN, who are seated in a line across her. They close their eyes and cough. SHI and KIR rub their eyes.

EXO:  How's that? Do you feel better?

SAN:  (brushes off some powder off her shoulder) Not really.

EXO:  What? Not any better?

SHI:   (spits out some powder) How is it, Kirara?

KIR is stilling rubbing her eyes.

EXO:  How is it?

KIR stops and shakes her head at SHI, meowing.

EXO:  That's weird. (looks at her pot) This is holy purifying salt. A demon will usually struggle.

INU and MIR walk into the room.

INU:   (scoffs) It's not working. You fake exterminator!

EXO:  (furious, stand) What did you say?

EXO throws some salt at INU, who dodge smugly. She tries again, and INU dodge, smirking. Cut to KAG looking frustrated. INU leaps across the room.

INU:   Over here!

EXO:  (chasing) Hold it!

INU somersaults behind them.

EXO:  (chasing) Vanish, demon!

INU:   It doesn't work! (leaps into the air)

KAG:  (fierce) Sit!

INU:   Na-nygrrgh!

INU crashes to the ground and EXO falls onto him.

KAG:  (fierce) Stop it, both of you!

Inside another room. PRI is with the old maid and the old retainer.

PRI:   (concerned) My father could be the demon?

Old retainer: Yes, but according to the priest, the lord might be possessed, and the demon is somewhere else.

PRI gasps and looks away, looking pensive.

The old maid kneels at the door of INU-gang's room.

Old maid: Priest.

MIR:   Huh?

Old maid: The princess wishes to speak with you.

MIR:   Me?

SAN:  (fierce) Wait, are you going alone?

MIR:   (holds SAN's hands) Don't worry, Sango. (put her hand on his cheek) Everyone can see that the princess is beautiful… (rubs his cheek against her hand) But my heart is with you.

SAN:  (recoils her hand, furious) Who's worried about that?! We don't know when the demon will come. Don't work alone!

INU:   That's not a problem. Miroku is strong.

SAN gives INU a scary stare.

INU:   (hides behind KAG) Why did she stare at me like that?

KAG:  (thinking) Fool…

EXO:  (scoffs) You're not so experienced.

INU:   (raises a fist at EXO) What? You fake exterminator!

KAG:  This fake exterminator seems to be doing pretty well.

INU:   What are you talking about?

MIR:   Alright.

EXO:  Priest.

MIR:   Yes?

EXO:  (gives MIR a small paper packet) Here's some purifying salt. Take this in case of an emergency.

MIR:   Thank you. (takes it politely)

Cut to a stairwell leading to a basement, in a room. Charms are placed around the stairwell. Cut to staircase. MIR and PRI are walking. PRI is holding a lamp as it is very dark.

MIR:   These are really long stairs.

PRI:   Perhaps you've heard. The Demon Head was found here.

MIR:   Demon Head?

PRI:   Yes. All the defeated demons have been buried here. I'd like to show you something, Priest.

MIR:   I head they buried the demons underground…

PRI:   Yes. There was nothing like this before. But the seals were broken and the demons escaped. So…underneath here…

They reach the end of the staircase and arrive at a huge pit. PRI holds up her lamp to light the pit. MIR gasps in horror. Cut to a lot of skulls and bones in the pit. Sutra beads and scrolls lay among them.

MIR:   (thinking) Th…this is… (kneels to look at the pit clearer)

PRI:   They're all the priests who have tried to kill the demon.

MIR:   What…

PRI:   (kneels and goes close to MIR) Demons like to catch people who have power and make the power theirs.

MIR:   That's why… You brought me here…

PRI:   Yes. (smiles) I want the Priest's powers.

Back with the rest of INU-gang in the room. INU yawns.

INU:   Miroku's taking so long.

SHI:   He's so slow… I wonder what he's doing.

INU:   That pervert… I'll bet he's with the Princess…

SAN twitches. KAG glares at INU.

SHI:   No… I don't think Miroku will do that.

INU:   You fool! He's such a pervert.

SAN's face twitches in anger.

INU:   Even in this bad aura, he might be…

KAG:  Inuyasha, sit!

INU:   (crashes to the ground) Why did you do that?

KAG:  You're really insensitive!

EXO:  Inexperienced.

KAG:  But Sango, should we go check it out?

SAN:  (spiteful) No, it's fine. Don't interrupt them.

KAG:  (perspiring, thinking) She's in denial.

Suddenly the door crashes and a retainer is thrown in a room.

INU:   It's here! (runs out)

Cut to a room full of fallen servants. The lord is grabbing onto the hair of a maid, who is terrified. The old retainer and some others are facing him.

Retainer: L… Lord!

Old retainer: Please stop, Lord.

The lord growls.

Old retainer: Lord!

The lord points his sword at him. INU-gang arrives at the scene.

INU:   (shoves a retainer aside) Move it!

The lord winces in pain and drops his sword. His teeth slowly morph into fangs, and his ears enlarge. He turns into a demon with a head similar to the Demon Head.

Retainer: (terrified) The lord's a demon!

Old retainer: Lord… lord!

INU:   Stay back! Keh! So you're the demon.

Back with MIR and PRI. MIR is struggling to move, but can't.

MIR:   You…

PRI:   It's too late. The bad aura has crippled your body.

MIR struggles and finally swings his arm, throwing something at PRI, who ducks. She drops the lamp and hides her face behind her sleeve. When she turns around, her face turns to a blue demon.

PRI:   Fool!

MIR:   I put some power into the salt. Seems to be working. (thinking) But this is bad. This demon is strong. I can't move at all…

PRI:   (laughs) Priest, your help won't come. Right now that half-demon is fighting the lord. Under my spell, it appears to be a demon. (laughs)

MIR:   (thinking) What? Inuyasha…

Cut to INU-gang and the lord.

INU:   Are you ready, demon?

The lord growls.

INU:   I'll kill you in an instant!

[ End of ACT II: 22min 9sec ]

[ End of episode 85: The Evil Within Demon Head's Castle ]

[ Preview for next episode ]

What should we do now, Kagome? Inuyasha's Wind Scar isn't working! And Miroku is in the basement with the princess to look at the Demon Head! Moreover, Sango is jealous! So only the both of us are left to do the preview!

(snoring sounds)


Huh, Shippo…?

How can you be sleeping?!

But the princess is sleeping too… Why can't I?

Next on Inuyasha, "Secret of the Possessed Princess". What's going on?


Compiled on 22 Feb 2008.
Last revised on 01 Mar 2008.

Dialogues adapted from the Japanese-dub, English-sub version of Inuyasha distributed by Odex (Singapore).

InuYasha is copyrighted by TAKAHASHI Rumiko / Shogakukan and its distributing rights are owned by Yomiuri TV and Sunrise.

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