episode 121

Decisive Battle! The Last and Strongest Shichinintai

決戦! 最強最後の七人隊
Canon Episode | 2 episode story, 121-122 | Shichinintai story arc: ep102~123

By TAKAHASHI Rumiko
Episode Capsule last revised on 29 Feb 2008.

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 03 Aug 2003

OPENING SONG: Grip! by Every Little Thing
ENDING SONG: Itazura na Kiss by 6th Ending Song | Episodes 109-127

PRODUCTION:
Script: Katsuhiko Chiba
Storyboard: Susumu Nishizawa
Episode Director: Hirofumi Ogura
Animation Director: Shinichi Sakuma

SEIYUU:

Inuyasha: Kappei Yamaguchi
Kagome: Satsuski Yukino
Shippo: Kumiko Watanabe
Miroku: Kouji Tsujitani
Sango: Houko Kuwashima
Kikyo: Noriko Hidaka
Sesshomaru: Ken Narita
Jaken: Chō
Rin: Mamiko Noto
Naraku: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Kagura: Izumi Ohgami
Koga: Taiki Matsuno
Hakkaku: Daisuke Kishio
Ginta: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Bankotsu: Takeshi Kusao
Jakotsu: Ai Orikasa
Kanna: Yukana
Warrior: SAIZEN Tadahisa

STATISTICS:

Sacred Jewel fragment: 2 [+2 from Bankotsu ]
No. of 'sit': 0 / 65 in all
‘Kaze no Kizu!’: 3 / 49 in all
‘Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer!’: 1 / 44 in all
‘Kazaana!’: 0 / 18 in all
‘Hiraikotsu!’: 0 / 29 in all
‘Will you bear my child?’: 0 / 11 in all
Inuyasha’s abuse of Shippo:
0 / 33 head thumps
0 / 24 kicks
0 / 4 tail-grabbing
0 / 2 throws
0 [66 in all]
‘I must be strong!’ 0 / 10 in all
Miroku's groping of Sango: 0 / 10 in all
Kagome's arrow hit percentage: 64.1% [41/64]


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Contents

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

Preview from previous episode

All those who pursue Naraku have gathered at Mount Hakurei! Bankotsu, the last defense for Naraku, blocks Inuyasha's way.

Damn! Are you going to get in my way?

Of course! All my buddies in Shichinintai were dead in battle. I'm going to avenge my buddies.

Naraku's using you to fight the battles for him!

Next on Inuyasha, "Decisive Battle! The Last and Strongest Shichinintai".

I don't take orders from anyone! Anyway, you have to get past me first!

InuYasha’s Jar

#121 Kagura 神楽 [かぐら]

Quotes

Oddities and Other Notes

References

Oddities

Bankotsu: All my buddies in Shichinintai were dead in battle. I’m going to avenge my buddies.
Inuyasha: I don’t remember killing any of them…

It's strange but true. Usually most of the villains in this anime were slain by Inuyasha, but Bankotsu's brothers were mostly slain by Koga, Sesshomaru or special circumstances…
In this episode, Naraku was shown giving Bankotsu the Sacred Jewel fragments. However, in episode 102, Kohaku was the one who revived the Shichinintai at the grave mound.

Did you notice…?

Freeze Frame Fun

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transcript

Abbreviations
INU: Inuyasha
KAG: Kagome
SHI: Shippo
MIR: Miroku
SAN: Sango
KIR: Kirara
TET: Tetsusaiga
HIR: Hiraikotsu
KIK: Kikyo
SES: Sesshomaru
JAK: Jaken
NAR: Naraku
KAR: Kagura
KOG: Koga
HAK: Hakkaku
GIN: Ginta
BKS: Bankotsu
JKS: Jakotsu
KAN: Kanna

[ Prologue ]

INU:   It's now time for Inuyasha!

KAG:  To find the Sacred Jewel fragments,

INU:   I have to defeat Naraku with this Tetsusaiga!

KAG:  Those chasing after Naraku have all gathered at Mount Hakurei. The strongest of the Shichinintai, Bankotsu, will have a fight with Inuyasha!

INU:   Miroku and Sango and Shippo and Kirara!

KAG:  An exciting adventure unfolds!

INU & KAG: Inuyasha!


[ ACT I ]

At the Shichinintai's grave. Chiyo, Yuuta, the children and the villagers look up at Mount Hakurei in the distance with trepidation as it is surrounded by a pink glow.


Cut to Hijiri Island. Shintarou, his sisters and the villagers gather and look up at Mount Hakurei in the distance with trepidation.


Cut to demons rushing out of the mountain.

KIK:   Naraku…!


Cut to SES-gang on a cliff overlooking the mountain.

Rin:  Lord Sesshomaru, that's…?

SES:   Perhaps it's true…


[ Title screen: Decisive Battle! The Last and Strongest Shichinintai ]


Cut to KOG and KAG fighting the demons at the foot of the mountain. HAK and GIN come running. HAK has SHI and KIR in his arms.

HAK:  Koga!

GIN:  Sister Kagome!

KOG:  You guys are slow!

KAG:  Hurry up!

HAK & GIN: Koga!

HAK:  Luckily you're still here…

GIN:  (panting) How could you leave us behind?

KAG:  Thank goodness… You're alright!

HAK hands KIR and SHI to KAG. KIR jumps off and transforms into her fiery state. SHI opens his eyes.

KAG:  Kirara? Shippo?

SHI:   I feel better now!

KOG:  It seems that the sacred barrier has completely disappeared. There's a scent coming from that mountain… It's Naraku's scent. The scent is stronger than the earlier one.

HAK:  They're coming!

GIN:  They're getting closer!

More demons rush at the group.

KOG:  You brat! I'll cut you into pieces!


Cut to demons rushing at SES-gang.

JAK:   (worried) L-Lord Sesshomaru!

SES draws Tokijin and annihilates the group of demons with one single sweep.

JAK:   Lord Sesshomaru is great! Alright, it's my turn now! Human Head Curse!

JAK annihilates some demons with fire spewed from his staff.

JAK:   (smug) Fight with me if you dare!

Rin:  (cheering) Do your best, Jaken!

JAK:   (swings staff) Thank you!


Cut to KIK killing some demons with her Sacred Arrows.


Back to KOG-gang.

KOG:  Let's go!

HAK:  Go where?

KOG:  Going after Naraku, of course!

HAK and GIN panic.

KOG:  Let's go, Kagome!

KAG:  Kirara! I need your help!

KIR growls and flies after KOG. KAG and SHI jump on.

HAK:  (follows) Ah! Wait!

GIN:  (follows) Wait for me too!

SHI:   I wonder if everyone's okay.

KAG:  I'm sure they'll be alright.

[ End of ACT I: 4min 54sec ]


[ ACT II ]

Cut to BKS and INU in a cave.

INU:   Bankotsu…! Are you going to get in my way?

BKS:   Of course! All my buddies in Shichinintai were dead in battle. I'm going to avenge my buddies.

INU:   I don't remember killing any of them, but since I can't get to Naraku now… (points TET) I shall fight with you first! Wind Scar!

BKS:   Idiot, do you think you could defeat me by this?

INU:   What?!

INU sends a Wind Scar at BKS and BKS sends an aura at him. The two auras collide and explode, canceling out each other.

BKS:   Looks like we're equally strong! (smirks)

INU:   (thinking) He was defeated by my Wind Scar during a fight at Hijiri Island. But he's getting stronger now. (speaking) Bankotsu, you bastard! You're using your dead buddies' fragments!

BKS:   My buddies left them to me, so I must make good use of them. Kyokotsu, Mukotsu, Suikotsu, Ginkotsu, Jakotsu, Renkotsu. There's seven fragments altogether, including mine. Thanks to that, I've more power now! (sends aura at INU)

INU:   Wind Scar!!

INU sends a Wind Scar. BKS's aura deflect around the Wind Scar and comes round behind INU. INU runs forth.

INU:   I don't have time to play around with you!

INU leaps and swings TET at BKS, but BKS knocks him away with Banryuu. INU crashes to the cave wall and winces in pain.

BKS:   What's the matter, Inuyasha?!

BKS sprints forth and swings Banryuu and attacks INU. INU rolls aside and BKS attacks him again. INU has no time to retaliate and can only dodge.

BKS:   Surprisingly… You're so weak. Could it be… I'm getting stronger?

INU:   (struggles up) With seven pieces of fragments, is that all you can do?

BKS:   Shut up, you bastard! You can only say such thing after you defeat me.

INU:   Keh! I'll get all the fragments from you! Prepare to meet your doom!

INU swings TET madly at BKS, who blocks each blow.

INU:   A zombie like you should get back to your grave!

BKS:   You're the one who should get there, Inuyasha! Aren't you the demon who was sealed up?

INU:   Damn you…!

BKS:   No! You're not a demon, you're just a half-demon! Naraku told me about you and the dead girl, Kikyo.

INU:   You brat!

INU pushes BKS away and swings TET at him. BKS somersaults a distance away and face INU.

BKS:   A half-demon like you, sealed up for fifty years, has no right to talk about me!

INU:   What?! Keh! I didn't expect that he had told you so much.

BKS:   I've met him twice.

INU:   What do you mean?

BKS:   The first time I met him was before the Shichinintai was formed. Perhaps we were destined to meet each other.

INU:   You're in cahoots with him? Humph!

BKS:   I won't be in cahoots with a demon! At that time, I was looking for strong opponents to fight with. Coincidentally, I met him…

CUT TO FLASHBACK. BKS the human is fighting a warrior. He pushes him off and slashes him. The warrior falls to the ground, dead.

BKS:   (voice-over) As long as they are strong demons, I'll fight them!

Cut to BKS killing a mutated Corpse Crow. Cut to BKS walking in a misty forest. He comes upon a murky lake.

BKS:   (voice-over) At that time, I heard that there's a ferocious demon in the forest. I ventured into a forest to go after the demon.

BKS comes upon NAR, in baboon suit, looking at a fallen giant demon.

BKS:   I want to challenge the host of the forest.

NAR:  How dare you.

BKS:   So, you're the one?

NAR:  Are you an exterminator or a priest?

BKS:   (points Banryuu) I'm not either! I will fight with you if you're strong enough.

NAR:  Oh? I shall grant your wish.

BKS:   (sprints forth) As a demon, you should know what I want!

BKS attacks NAR, but he leaps and dodges.

NAR:  (laughs) Inherent with demonic energy?

BKS:   What's so funny?!

NAR:  I wish to have the demonic energy too.

BKS:   So you are a demon, aren't you?

NAR:  Actually, I am searching for a power which I've always failed to acquire.

An image of KIK burning with the Sacred Jewel flashes momentarily.

BKS:   Sacred Jewel?

NAR:  I don't know whether it will manifest again.

BKS looks at NAR in silence.

JKS:   Hey! Brother!

JKS walks up to BKS and notices the demon on the ground. BKS turns around to face JKS.

JKS:   What? He had been defeated by you? (sighs) Where is he right now?

BKS turns to find NAR gone.

JKS:   Has he been eaten?

BKS:   Jakotsu, let's go for a battle!

JKS:   Huh?! Why? Didn't you say that you'd never be a Samurai?

BKS:   Yes, but we shall join the battle as mercenaries. I don't mind being the leader of the mercenaries.

JKS:   Only you and I?

BKS:   Wouldn't it be better if we had more buddies? (walks)

JKS:   (catches up) Brother, are you serious?

BKS:   I wonder how many men would be sufficient.

JKS:   (looks at BKS for a moment and smiles) If you're serious, then there's nothing I can do. Well then, let's get some handsome guys.

BKS:   (pleasant) Idiot, what we need are strong guys.

JKS:   (laughs) That's true. Those handsome guys are easily being defeated. I'm such an idiot. (laughs heartily)

BACK TO PRESENT.

BKS:   (laughs) After a long time, we met again. And he had told me a lot of things.

INU:   Don't be so naïve… He revived you with evil intention!

BKS:   (shocked) Are you an idiot?

INU:   What?

BKS:   He's not that kind of person. I trust him!

INU:   Tsk! You're the real idiot! Naraku's using you to fight the battles for him!

BKS:   (furious) You're wrong! There're a lot of things I can do if I'm alive! Such as having a fight with you!

INU:   Take this!

INU and BKS start fighting again.

BKS:   (thinking) I was given a chance to live again. I shall use Banryuu to kill you!

INU:   Wind Scar!!

INU throws a Wind Scar at BKS, who retaliates by sending an aura from Banryuu. The two auras collide in an loud explosion.

CUT TO FLASHBACK. NAR, in Hitomi Kagewaki guise, is standing over an unconscious and naked BKS. He puts a Sacred Jewel fragment in his neck.

NAR:  Awaken, Bankotsu. Awaken. Awaken, Bankotsu. Awaken. I'll grant you one more life…

BKS:   (wakes) You're…!

NAR:  You are Bankotsu of the Shichinintai, aren't you?

BKS:   You're… Are you the demon that I met?

NAR:  My name is Naraku.

BKS:   Naraku? What's going on? Weren't our heads cut off?

NAR:  You are right. This is your grave.

BKS looks behind to see a huge pile of bones belonging to the Shichinintai.

NAR:  I've placed a fragment in your body. That's the power of the fragment.

BKS:   (smiles) The Sacred Jewel fragments are useful.

NAR:  If you work for me, you'll have eternal life.

NAR holds out six other fragments and drop them to the ground. BKS looks at them and pauses for a moment. He then crawls over to them and picks them up.

NAR:  Help me kill my enemies, together with your companions.

BACK TO PRESENT. The smoke from the explosion dissipates and BKS gets up from the rubble.

BKS:   I won't obey him!

BKS is shocked to see INU.

BKS:   You're still alive? Then, let's fight again!

INU:   I won't leave until you've died!

BKS and INU leap towards each other.

[ End of ACT II: 14min 58sec ]


[ ACT III ]

MIR and SAN are running in a tunnel. Parts of the ceiling are crumbling.

SAN:  It's going to collapse!

MIR:   It seems like the sacred barrier has been completely destroyed. The demonic energy is overflowing!

SAN:  Naraku's demonic aura?

MIR:   Yes. The demonic aura is getting stronger! That's right. It's getting stronger!

They run towards a bright light at the end of the tunnel, and reach a huge shaft.

SAN:  This is…a shaft?

Noises are heard in the deep and dark pit below.

SAN:  Priest…

MIR:   There's something!

They look intently as the noises continue. Suddenly, NAR's face is seen in the pit. They are shocked.

MIR:   Naraku…!

NAR's face fades away slowly.

MIR:   Wait!

Suddenly Wind Blades fly at MIR and SAN. They look across the shaft to find KAR and KAN looking at them.

MIR:   Damn!

KAR:   If you keep looking down, you'll lose your head.

MIR:   Kagura!

KAR merely scoffs.

SAN:  Priest, Naraku has disappeared…!

MIR:   How could he managed to escape? Kagura! Is Naraku not ready for a battle yet?

KAR:   (coy) What? What's that mean?

MIR:   The reason Naraku hides himself in Mount Hakurei is because his barrier was broken by Inuyasha's Red Tetsusaiga!

CUT TO FLASHBACK from episode 81, when INU slashed NAR with Red TET.

NAR:  My… barrier…!

BACK TO PRESENT.

MIR:   So, the reason he hides himself is to reform his barrier and become stronger!

KAR:   I'm sorry, Priest. He didn't tell me anything. He doesn't trust me, after all. You'd better ask Kanna about Naraku. But, I don't think she'll tell you.

MIR:   Tell me everything!

KAR:   Why don't you check it out by yourself? (opens fan) I'll send you to your grave!

KAR sends Wind Blades which breaks the planks at MIR and SAN were standing on. They leap off onto a lower path of the shaft. KAR sends Wind Blades at them again. This time, they fall into the deep pit below, shrieking. KAR closes her fan, scoffs and turns around.


Back with INU and BKS. They engage in a violent fight.

INU:   (thinking) I can't carry on like this! If Bankotsu is a demon, I'd be able to smash him with Backlash Wave!

BKS:   What's wrong, Inuyasha?

INU:   (thinking) But, he's a human…! Even if he's an evil zombie, he doesn't have any demonic aura! Backlash Wave won't work without a demonic aura! That bastard Naraku…! He is using a zombie to fight for him…!

BKS:   I don't know what you were thinking about, but you are the one who should die, Inuyasha!

INU:   Keh! Since I still can't defeat you, well… I'll play with you for a little bit longer!


Cut to KOG-gang running alongside KIR.

GIN:  What had happened, Koga?

HAK:  All the greenery on Mount Hakurei are gone!

KOG:  It might be destroyed by Naraku.

KAG:  I sense the presence of Sacred Jewel fragments. One at the middle of the mountain, the other at the foot.

KOG:  Two places?

KAG:  The one at the middle is bigger!

KOG:  That's Naraku!

KAG:  Probably!

KOG:  Alright! Lead the way, Kagome! (sprints away)

HAK:  Wait for us, Koga!

KAG:  Hurry up, Kirara!

KIR growls and flies faster.

GIN:  Wait, don't leave us!

Suddenly a snake-like demon appears and flies towards GIN and HAK.

GIN:  Damn you…!

HAK:  Don't get in our way!

HAK grabs the demon. GIN follows and they struggle with it for awhile. Finally the demon collapses to the ground.

GIN:  Did you see that?!

HAK:  That was our strength!

HAK and GIN look around to find everyone gone.

GIN:  Koga!

HAK:  Sist Kagome!

GIN & HAK: (panic) We've been left behind!


Cut to KOG and KIR moving swiftly.

KAG:  (thinking) Miroku, Sango, Inuyasha! Everyone, please be safe!


Cut to INU and BKS fighting. BKS sends an aura which sends INU crashing onto a cave wall. INU struggles up.

INU:   (thinking) Damn… Naraku's just ahead…

BKS:   What's wrong, Inuyasha? Weren't you going to defeat me?

INU:   (thinking) What should I do? I can't defeat Bankotsu like this.

BKS:   I don't have much time to fight with you.

INU:   (thinking) What should I do…?!

BKS:   It's time for me to finish this!

BKS throws an aura at INU. INU leaps out and throws TET at him. BKS scoffs and knocks TET away with Banryuu. TET strikes the cave wall nearby. INU lands and claws at BKS.

INU:   Iron Reaver, Soul Stealer!

BKS yells in pain. Two shards fly out of his arms.

BKS:   Damn you…!

INU grabs the shards and puts them in his clothes.

INU:   They were really in your arm! No wonder your arm is so powerful! That's the reason.

BKS:   I guess it's just a coincidence… You're just in luck!

INU:   I'll pluck the Sacred Jewel fragments out of your body one by one! The next one will be your neck!

INU claws at BKS repeatedly but BKS dodges effortlessly. He punches INU in the face, sending him flying to the ground.

BKS:   That's not as easy as you think, half-demon! Don't look down on me!

INU:   (sits up) You brat…!

BKS:   I am the leader of the Shichinintai, Bankotsu! I won't lose to anyone!

INU and BKS glare at each other in silence.

[ End of ACT III: 22min 5sec ]


[ End of episode 121: Decisive Battle! The Last and Strongest Shichinintai ]


[ Preview for next episode ]

The Sacred Jewel fragments seem to grow tainted and darker… What's happening in Mount Hakurei?

They don't look like demons… Lumps of flesh?

Yes, it's as if they're going to give birth to something. What is Naraku up to?

Kill all of my enemies.

One thousand people, one thousand demons. A demonic sword with the power of 2000 lives, Banryuu!

Next on Inuyasha, "Powerful Banryuu: The Duel of Death in Mount Hakurei".

Demonic energy…!

contributors

Compiled on 25 Feb 2008.
Last revised on 29 Feb 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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Inu Goya> Metro: General Episode Information

Shirogetsu for Inuyasha Tsubo

DCYK Connection: アニメ犬夜叉のページ

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