episode 11

Terror of the Ancient Noh Mask

現代によみがえる 呪いの能面
Reborn in the Present, The Cursed Nou-men
Altered Canon

By TAKAHASHI Rumiko
Episode Capsule last revised on 10 Mar 2008.

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 15 Jan 2001

OPENING SONG: Change the World by V6
ENDING SONG: My will by dream

PRODUCTION:
Script: Masahi Ikeda
Storyboard: Masahi Ikeda
Episode Director: Tatsuya Ishihara
Animation Director: Shoko Ikeda

SEIYUU:

Inuyasha: Kappei Yamaguchi
Kagome: Satsuski Yukino
Shippo: Kumiko Watanabe
Miroku: Kouji Tsujitani
Sango: Houko Kuwashima
Kaede: Hisako Kyouda
Noh Mask: Kazuko Yanaga
Sota Higurashi: Akiko Nakagawa
Mama Higurashi: Asako Dodo
Gramps: Ginzo Matsuo [< EP38] / Katsumi Suzuki [> EP47]
Hojo: Yuji Ueda
Ayumi: Nami Okamoto
Eri: Yuki Masuda
Yuka: Kaori Shimizu
Buyo: Toshihiko Nakajima
Newscaster: ONO Kenichi
Fireman: SAIZEN Tadahisa
Policemen: TANAKA Kazunari, NAKAJIMA Toshihiko

STATISTICS:

Sacred Jewel fragment: 1 / 8
No. of 'sit': 8 NEW RECORD! / 17
‘Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer!’: 1 / 5
Inuyasha’s abuse of Shippo:
0 / 23 head thumps
0 / 2 tail-grabbing
0 / 25 in all
Kagome's arrow hit percentage: 50.0%


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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

The Higurashi shrine that I live in in the modern times is a very old one. Although I didn't really believe in Gramp's prayers and sutras, but after finding the Dry Well that links to the Feudal age, I'm beginning to think that unfathomable things happen in the shrine! The shrine used to perform exorcisms too. The sutra that seals a Noh mask caught fire, and the mask even attacked us! Next episode, 'Reborn in the Present, The Cursed Nou-men'!

InuYasha’s Jar

#11 Sota Higurashi 日暮草太

Kagome's little brother. He likes soccer, a little cowardly, and is in 3rd grade in Elementary School. {Shirogetsu}

かごめの弟。
サッカーが好きで、
ちょっと怖がりな小学3年生。

Quotes

Well… Someone who’s not rough… who’s not spoiled… who’s not short-tempered… who’s kind… and understanding… Yes… Perhaps I’d like someone who’s the complete opposite of Inuyasha…

 

Oddities and Other Notes

References

Noh-Mask
A mask used in traditional Japanese plays. Noh is the oldest form of theatre in Japan. As opposed to Kabuki, which represents extroverted liveliness, Noh is calculated, slow and restrained (which probably explains why the Flesh-Eating Mask moves so slowly). As with Kabuki, all the performers are men. Masks are usually worn. <Inuyasha-Companion>

Illustration of Katsura tree.
(image source)
Katsura tree
The mask was carved out of a katsura tree, which is a deciduous tree found in low mountainsides of China and Japan. Its dark blue-green candy-scented leaves turns from yellow to scarlet in autumn. The leaves, when freshly shred, gives off a scent, which some says smells like freshly baked cakes. The smell makes it possible for a human nose to locate the tree even in dense growth. {KatsuraC} It was a kind of laurel said to live on the moon and be visible in its dark spots. <Mythological Giant Trees in Japan>
Difference from Manga
This episode is heavily edited from the original storyline in the manga. In the manga, a woman who received the mask as an heirloom brought it to the Higurashi shrine to be exorcised. The mask possesses her body but she was knocked down by a car. The mask then finds four teenagers and eats them (in the manga, the victims were eaten instead of turned into blobs). It gains a naked body from the teenagers’ flesh that is very slow. This story takes place between The Toad Who Would Be Prince (ep8) and the Thunder Brothers (ep9-10), which explains the absence of Shippo. The rest of the story plays out the same. <TV Tome>
Different shoes
In the classroom, Kagome’s shoes are white. While it might seem like an animation goof as Kagome’s shoes are brown, it is actually because Japanese students change shoes when they are in the classroom. That is why Eri, Yuki and Ayumi are wearing white shoes in this scene as well.

Oddities

Hojo, Ayumi, Eri and Yuki make their first appearances in this episode.
This is the only episode in which a Sacred Jewel fragment is found in modern Japan.
The voice actress for Eri, MASUDA Yuki, also did the voice for the child in episode 5.

Did you notice…?

Freeze Frame Fun

Streets of Tokyo
番一豪酒: No. 1 Liquor
中田証卷:Nakata Certificate ??

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transcript

Abbreviations
INU: Inuyasha
KAG: Kagome
SHI: Shippo
MIR: Miroku
SAN: Sango
KIR: Kirara
TET: Tetsusaiga
HIR: Hiraikotsu
KAE: Kaede
FEM: Flesh-Eating Mask
SOT: Sota
GRA: Gramps

[ recap ]

KAE:  (narrating) Possession of the Sacred Jewel bestows tremendous power upon demons and others with evil in their hearts. My sister Kikyo had died trying to seal its powers. However, she was reincarnated as a young woman named Kagome and returned to this world. And now, the journey begins for Inuyasha, a half-demon with a human mother, and this young woman from the modern age.

[ End of recap: 35sec ]


[ Title screen: Terror of the Ancient Noh Mask ]


[ ACT I ]

Daytime, near the Dry Well in the feudal era. KAG appears on her bicycle, among the bushes. She looks around suspiciously.

KAG:  (determined look) All right… Now! (pedals furiously towards the well)

INU:   (suddenly appears and zooms in front of the well) Hold it, Kagome!

KAG:  (brakes the bicycle) Huh?!

INU:   Are you trying to escape?! What about the Sacred Jewel?!

KAG:  Move! I have a test tomorrow! I’m in the 9th grade! I’ve been missing all my cram classes for high school, too! At this rate, I’ll miss too many classes to graduate! Hey, what’re you doing?!

INU holds up a huge rock with both hands over the well.

INU:   Without this well, you can’t return to that strange other world! (aims at the well) I’ll destroy it!

KAG:  (shouts sternly) Sit!

INU stops suddenly.

KAG:  Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit!

INU jerks into a different pose with each sit.

KAG:  SIT!

INU falls flat on the ground, the boulder crushing his back.

KAG:  I’ll be back in three days. So don’t you dare follow me! (jumps into well)


Higurashi shrine. In the structure housing the Dry Well. GRA sits near the well, in a teal priest garb, chanting. Sota sits on the staircase, Buyo in his lap.

GRA:  Come home! Return to us!

Sota: Gramps, will your chants really work?

GRA:  It will! This chant is an ancient one what has been passed down through generations of Higurashi priests! (twirls his fingers around his temples)

Sota: But you’ve been at it for three days and Sis still hasn’t returned.

GRA stands and picks up a pail. Cut to KAG appearing at the bottom of the well, holding her haversack.

KAG:  Good! I’m back! (topples at the weight of the bag)

Cut to GRA.

GRA:  Oh, sacred rice wine! Bring her back!

GRA pours the rice wine into the well. Cut to KAG wincing at the sudden ‘rain’ on her.

KAG:  What’s this?! (smells her hand) Smells like sake!

GRA:  (peering into the well) Kagome! My prayers have worked!

KAG:  (clenches her fists, exasperated) Gramps, I appreciate your concern for me, but… (sneezes)

GRA:  Sota, do you believe me now?

Sota: (peers into the well) Oh, yeah! You are amazing, Gramps!

GRA:  Then you must train hard as the next in line!

Sota: I’m the next in line?!

GRA:  Naturally!

Sota: No way! I’m going to become a soccer player!

GRA:  "Socker" player? You’re going to punch people?!

KAG:  Never mind that! I have lots of things to bring up… Help me!

Sota: Mom wants me to become a doctor.

GRA:  A doctor? (pauses) A surgeon or a physician…? I would recommend you to become…

KAG sighs.


KAG is having breakfast. She changed her clothes and has a towel draped around her neck. Buyo sits on her lap. Sota sits next to her. Buyo sneezes.

KAG:  What’s the matter, Buyo? You’re sneezing! (smells her hair) Do I still reek of liquor?

Buyo gets off KAG in a comedic fashion.

Mama: (walks in with an uniform in her hand) Here’s you new school uniform. I’ll put it in your room.

KAG:  Thanks, Mom.

Sota: Sis, didn’t you bring that dog fellow?

KAG:  Of course not! It was difficult enough trying to lose him! (thinking) Difficult enough… Yup… Life has become quite difficult.

Cut-scene of exterior of Higurashi shrine.

KAG:  (narrating) I’ve lived at this Higurashi Shrine from the day I was born.

Cut-scene of the Higurashi family.

KAG:  (narrating) Gramps, my mom, my younger brother, Sota, and me, an average ninth grader.

Cut-scene of Dry Well.

KAG:  (narrating) We have a secret well on our premises. And demons are after the Sacred Jewel.

Cut-scene of KAG and Sota rushing to school.

KAG:  (narrating) And suddenly, I’ve had this totally “unaverage” life.

Cut to KAG standing at the top of the shrine entrance staircase.

KAG:  (thinking) Even today, I wake up wondering if this is all a dream. (looks at the Tokyo sprawl) This is reality… (clenches her fist, determined) All right! (walks)

Cut to KAG’s room. The container of Sacred Jewel shards sit on her desk. Cut to the storage room of the shrine. A package glows in an ominous pink light. Cut to close-up of Sacred Jewel shards. Cut to close up of the package glowing in white light.

[ End of ACT I: 4min 27sec ]


[ ACT II ]

Exterior of KAG’s school. Greetings of 'Morning!' are heard as the students walk into the school.

KAG's friends are called Eri, Yuka and Ayumi. Eri is the one with yellow hairband and Ayumi is the one with long hair.

KAG:  (jogs to her friends) Good morning!

Yuka: Kagome! Is it okay for you to be in school?

KAG:  Huh?

Yuka: You’ve been absent a lot lately so we called your house.

Eri:   This time, it was a strained back.

Ayumi: And before that, you had gone to the doctor for a diabetes test.

Eri:   Are you okay?

KAG:  (grimaces, thinking) Gramps… If you have to lie, make it believable!

A boy on a bicycle approaches the group. He is bathed in soft white sunlight.

Boy:   Higurashi!

KAG:  (turns around) Huh?

Boy:   (stops in front of KAG) Are you feeling better?

KAG:  (surprised) Huh?!

The three girls huddle together behind KAG.

Yuka: It’s Hojo from B-section!

Hojo: (gets off bicycle) You’re going through an awful lot for someone so young. (concerned look) You have gout?

KAG:  (bows her head in embarrassed exasperation, thinking) No…!

Hojo: (gives KAG a gift in pink wrapping paper with red polka-dots and ribbon) I can’t do much, but here.

The three friends shriek and zoom far behind KAG.

KAG:  (opens the gift and takes out a sandal) What is it?

Hojo: (riding away, bathed in soft sunlight again) Therapeutic sandals! Wear them, okay? (dreamy sparkles appear around him)

KAG looks at Hojo with a stunned ‘Huh’. The three friends run and gathers around KAG.

Yuka: (excited) Hey, Kagome! Have you been seeing Hojo?

KAG:  As if I have the time!

Eri:   But he seems to really like you.

Ayumi: What a shock!!


Cut to KAG’s classroom. She sits at her place, with the therapeutic sandals on her desk. The three friends gather around her.

Eri:   Are you the least bit interested?

KAG:  Well…!

Yuka: Kagome, do you…?

Ayumi: Do you have a boyfriend already?!

KAG:  No way!

Eri:   Really? You really don’t have one?

Yuka: Then what kind of guys do you like?

KAG:  (closes her eyes and puts her hand on her face) Well…

CUT TO FLASHBACK from earlier on where INU tries to destroy the well and KAG sitting him.

KAG:  (voice-over) Someone who’s not rough…who’s not spoiled…who’s not short-tempered…who’s kind…and understanding…

BACK TO PRESENT. KAG walks to the classroom window dreamily.

KAG:  (clasped hands, thinking)Yes… Perhaps I’d like someone who’s the complete opposite of Inuyasha…

The background changes to dreamy yellow and pink tones, with sparkles around KAG. The three friends look at her worriedly.

Yuka: What’s the matter with Kagome?

Eri:   I think she still has a fever.


Feudal Japan. KAE is grinding medicine in her hut, while INU lies on his stomach next to her. INU groans and rubs his back. He tries to get up but is hit by a sharp pain and falls back on the floor.

KAE:  Inuyasha, stop lying around. Go out and get information on the Sacred Jewel.

INU:   Shut up! All that “sit” from her has given me a sore back! (spiteful look with ears twitching, thinking) Damn that Kagome! Hurry back so I can teach you a lesson! (tries to get up and winces in pain) Oww…!


Higurashi shrine. GRA walks up the staircase of the entrance and notices something.

GRA:  Huh?! A fire!

Smoke appears from the storage room. Cut to GRA rushing into the room, which in engulfed in flames.

GRA:  What’s happening?!

Cut to the package from earlier on, with charms pasted on it. The package is smouldering. Suddenly flames appear and burns off the charm. It falls downwards and shatters, revealing a Noh mask. It floats in midair.

GRA:  Why… You’ve burned the talismans that have been placed for generations!

Mask:  Give me…a body…

GRA:  (picks up a pail of rice wine and pours it over himself) That mask! (takes out some chamrs from his clothes) My predecessor several generations back was asked to exorcise this mask by a Noh actor! It was named the “Flesh-Eating Mask”! I did not know it has such enormous power! (throws some charms at the mask, which burns them)

Flesh-Eating Mask abbreviated as FEM from now onwards.

FEM:  A body…

FEM zooms towards GRA who dodges.

FEM:  Give me…a body!

FEM then attaches itself on a samurai outfit and stands up, but the outfit collapses

FEM:  A body… A body…

GRA:  Is it looking for living flesh?!

A wooden column on top of GRA splits into two from the burning flames and crashes onto GRA. GRA falls onto the ground, with wood pieces on his back.

FEM:  A body… Give me a body…!

GRA:  (struggles to get up) Damn!

FEM:  A body! (zooms towards GRA)

Cut to the fire alarm ringing.


An ambulance drives along a road. KAG walks in the opposite direction, towards home. She notices three teenagers ahead of her.

Guy 1: Hey, the fire’s at Higurashi Shrine!

Guy 2: Let’s go! (runs off)

KAG:  Huh?!


Outside the Higurashi shrine, two fire engines and two police cars are parked. A huge crowd gathers. Policemen have formed a barrier to control the situation.

Policeman 1: The fire is under control! Please do not worry!

Policeman 2: This road is closed! Do not push!

KAG:  Excuse me! Please let me through! (gets under the barrier and runs towards home)

Policeman 1: Hey, you! You can’t go there!

In the Higurashi courtyard, Mama bows to a policeman.

Mama: Thank you very much. (policeman walks off)

KAG:  Mom!

Mama: Kagome!

KAG:  Mom, what happened?!

Mama: The storeroom caught fire. Grandpa was surrounded by the smoke.

KAG:  Gramps?!

Mama: He’s all right. He was slightly injured, then fainted before be could inhale too much smoke. I’m going to the hospital now.

KAG:  (worried) Me, too!

Mama: (places a hand on KAG’s shoulder) Sota’s not home yet. Please stay home.

KAG:  All right. (thinking) A fire in the storeroom? There’s no way a fire could start in there.


Several firemen are examining the exterior of the storeroom.

Fireman 1: The fire started inside, huh?

Fireman 2: Watch out! There are holes in the floor.

Inside the storeroom, firemen walk around examining the remnants of the fire.

Fireman 3: (notices something) Huh? (looks at a puddle of water below him)

FEM appears from the puddle and zooms towards the fireman. It attaches itself onto the fireman’s face, who struggles to take it off, groaning.

Fireman 4: What’s the matter?


Sota runs towards KAG nervously.

Sota: Sis!

KAG:  (kneels and puts her hands on his shoulder) It’s all right! We’re all safe! Don’t worry.

Sota: (out of breath) Uh-huh.


Outside the shrine, one of the fire engines move and crashes several police cars. Cut to KAG and Sota running towards the entrance. Cut to the fire engine running over the police cars.

Fireman 5: (stands in front of the fire engine and waves his hands) Stop!

The fire engine does not stop and the fireman runs away from it. It swerves out of the alley onto the main road. Cut to outside of the shrine. A policeman points in the direction of the fire engine.

Policeman 1: Hurry! (two police cars chase the engine) Contact Headquarters! There’s an out-of-control truck!

Pans upwards to reveal KAG and Sota staring in disbelief at the turn of events.

Newscaster: (voice-over) And next on the news… A runaway fire truck on the streets has been involved in many accidents. There appear to be several injured but that has not been confirmed at this time. It is unthinkable, but at every accident site people have disappeared. It is totally incomprehensible!

Cut to driver’s seat of the runaway fire truck. FEM is driving, in its new body of black blob.

FEM:  (reaches for the steering wheel) The flesh keeps rotting away. Rotting away! (black blobs drip from the hand, which loses its shape) If I can absorb a little more… I’ll be able to mold a complete body. A little more… Oh, if only I had a fragment of the Sacred Jewel!


Evening at the hospital.

KAG:  Mom, how’s Grandpa?

Mama: The doctor says he’s out of danger but Grandpa is still unconscious.

KAG:  Huh?

Mama: I don’t think we need to be overly concerned but he is getting on in age.

KAG:  Mom, what’s all that? (points to the charms in Mama’s hands)

Mama: When they rescued him, he had these plastered all over his face. He had even stuffed some in his mouth.

GRA:  (utters while unconscious) The Flesh-Eating Mask… The Mask… The Flesh-Eating…


Nighttime at the Higurashi home, in KAG’s room. KAG is doing her homework.

KAG:  And so, Mom’s going to stay at the hospital another night to watch over Gramps. Huh?

Sota drags his mattress into KAG’s room, Buyo clutches onto the mattress.

Sota: Sis, can I stay in here tonight again?

KAG:  What are you saying?! You’re a boy, aren’t you?

Sota: But…

KAG:  You’re such a weakling! (takes a book from her desk) Sleep in your own room tonight! I have another test tomorrow!

Sota: Gramps had talismans in his mouth and even sacred rice wine all over him. I’ll bet something happened in the storeroom!

KAG looks at Sota intently. Flashback of GRA on the hospital bed.

GRA:  (uttering) The Flesh-Eating Mask…

Back to KAG’s room. The glass pane on the window starts shaking. Sota stares with wide eyes.

KAG:  (thinking) Something’s different. Until now, everything was normal. So has something changed? (notices the container on her desk) This…! Is it because of the Sacred Jewel fragments?

KAG notices something and tilts her head to look.


Policemen have blocked a road with cars. They wave the batons in their hands and blow their whistles. The fire truck drives towards them and slows down. FEM suddenly burst out of the windscreen and breaks the windscreen of a police car, zooming at the driver. Its long black body meanders around, taking the bodies of all the people on the site. They try to escape but are absorbed into the body. FEM finally stops and its body have become much bigger. It trudges forward slowly.


In the hospital.

GRA:  (uttering) Watch out…for…the (wakes up suddenly and yells) The Flesh-Eating Mask!


The fire truck crashes through the fence of the Higurashi shrine. It crashes into the residential structure. The fire ladder is extended and crashes through the window of KAG’s room. KAG and SOT yells, and KAG holds SOT to the floor. FEM, on the ladder, reaches slowly for KAG’s desk.

KAG:  A Noh mask? The Flesh-Eating Mask that Gramps was mumbling about…

FEM:  (reaches for the container which rolls away) The Jewel… The Sacred Jewel… (KAG grabs the container before its grubby hands could reach it) The Jewel… The Sacred Jewel!

KAG runs out of the room, then returns to grab a stunned Sota.

KAG:  Sota, don’t just stand there! (runs down the stairs) Run!

KAG and Sota run in the courtyard. KAG holds Sota’s hand while Buyo latches onto Sota’s back.

KAG:  (thinking) I must… I must get Inuyasha!

Sota: (notices KAG’s hand) Sis! You’re bleeding…!

KAG:  Don’t cry! I just cut myself on the glass.

FEM turn the direction of the ladder and drop itself onto them. They dodge in time and sit on the floor. FEM recompose itself.

FEM:  Give it to me… Give it to me…

KAG:  (noticing a glow in FEM’s forehead, thinking) It…has a Sacred Jewel fragment in its forehead! It’s after this bottle of fragments… Sota will be safer away from me. (runs away from Sota, shouting) Sota, run to the hidden well and get Inuyasha! Tell him there are Sacred Jewel fragments in this world and he’ll gladly come running!

Sota: What?! All by myself?!

KAG:  Understand? Hurry!

FEM chases KAG as she runs down a slope. Sota runs to the Dry Well and peers into it. Buyo gets off his back, onto the mouth of the Well.

KAG:  (voice-over) The well is linked to the Feudal States Era. Jump and throw yourself in.

Sota: (clenches a fist, determined) Let’s go, Buyo!

Sota jumps in shrieking and crashes onto the ground.

Sota: Owweee! I couldn’t go through! (panics) Why?!

Buyo licks himself, purring.

Sota: Please…take me! (digs the ground with his hands, crying) I have to… or Sis will… Sis will die! (stops and wails)

The ground suddenly glows and INU appears, in a heroic fashion.

Sota: The… dog fellow…!

INU:   What’s up? You look troubled.


INU leaps across the top of buildings with Sota on his back.

INU:   Don’t fall off!

Sota: I couldn’t get through the well.

INU:   (laughs) You should be glad. On the other side, there are dozens of demons who love to eat little boys like you.

Sota: Huh?!

INU jumps onto the top of a truck.

Sota: Do you know where Sis is?

INU:   My nose works real good. I just have to follow Kagome’s blood scent.

Sota: Sis cut her hand…

INU:   I could smell her from the well. I’ll find Kagome and save her without fail.

CUT TO FLASHBACK of KAG’s conversation with Sota during breakfast.

KAG:  This Inuyasha is rough and spoiled and he isn’t kind at all! It’s such a chore keeping up with him.

BACK TO PRESENT.

Sota: (thinking) I wonder… He seems much kinder and dependable than Sis made him out to be.


KAG runs in one of the highest floors in a building under construction. She stops and catches her breath.

KAG:  (thinking) Not yet? Isn’t Inuyasha here yet?

FEM, at the bottom of the building, shoots itself upwards and lands in a blob in front of KAG, and recompose itself. KAG gasp in horror.

FEM:  (towering over KAG) Give it to me… The Sacred Jewel!

INU:   (appears suddenly) Iron Reaver, Soul Stealer!

INU claws FEM into two blobs and lands near KAG.

KAG:  Inuyasha!

Sota: Sis!

KAG:  Sota!

Sota: (gets off INU’s back and kneels in front of KAG) Sis!

INU:   Huh? Kagome! You look just fine to me!

KAG:  (reassuring Sota) We’ll be okay now. Inuyasha will destroy the demon for us!

Sota nods. INU turns to KAG and folds his arms.

INU:   I don’t mind helping you… But first, apologize for the other day.

KAG:  What’re you talking about?

CUT TO FLASHBACK of KAG sitting INU when she wanted to return to go home.

KAG:  Sit!

INU:   (voice-over) I won’t let you say you’ve forgotten! You shout incantations to your heart’s content and now you want me to save you?!

BACK TO PRESENT.

KAG:  (gets up and puts a finger near her mouth) Oh that… (clasps her hands, in jovial tone) Sorry, sorry! I remember and I apologize!

INU:   (turns around, exasperated, clenches his fist) Damn… You don’t sound repentant at all! (deadpan) Maybe I’ll just go home.

KAG:  What’re you saying?! That mask has a fragment of the Sacred Jewel! What’ll you do?!

INU:   (scoffs) Hah! (closes his eyes and folds his arms)

Sota: (thinking) I’m not sure if I’m imagining it but he’s smitten… I’ll bet he’s smitten in love!

FEM moves in the background.

KAG:  Inuyasha! (points at FEM)

FEM:  Why you… How dare you take my body…!

KAG:  Inuyasha, the core of the demon is the Noh mask!

FEM:  I am the Flesh-Eating Mask. Several centuries ago, I was carved out of a giant katsura tree which had a fragment of the Sacred Jewel imbedded in it. Since then, I have craved flesh and devoured humans. Now, I want a good body that will not rot!

KAG:  And for that, it needs more power from the Sacred Jewel. (looks at the container in her hand)

INU:   I don’t know how many humans you’ve eaten to date (yells) but you’re definitely too fat! (punches FEM) What?!

The mask opens in the middle, with teeth along the edges and bites INU’s hands.

FEM:  You fell into my trap. Now you won’t be able to escape! (drags INU into its body)

Sota: Huh?!

KAG:  Inuyasha!

INU:   What a rotten trick…!

The mask emerges from its body and joins together again. It zooms towards KAG and pushes itself on her hand with the container.

KAG:  (blocking) Huh?! (falls backwards)

Sota: Sis!

KAG:  (thinking) If I don’t do something, the fragments will…! Sota, take this and run! (throws the container to Sota) Hurry!

Sota: (nods) Yeah… (runs)

FEM chases Sota.

KAG:  Sota, run!

Sota: (trips and falls, the container falling out of his hand, thinking) That mask is after this bottle. I know! If I throw it away…! (shakes his head, grabs the container) No! (continues running) It can’t have this bottle!

Sota runs. He stops suddenly as he reached the edge of the building. He turns around and stare in stupefied horror at the oncoming FEM. Cut to INU breaking out of the body with TET and running towards Sota.

INU:   (leaps and swings TET) Listen! Don’t move!

INU slices FEM into two with one sweep of TET. It breaks into four pieces and disintegrates into thin air. The Scared Jewel piece in its forehead lands on the ground.

Sota: You did it! You did it!

INU:   (swings TET over his shoulder) Yeah! Are the Sacred Jewel fragments safe?

Sota: (nods with thankful tears) Uh-huh!

The sun started to rise.

KAG:  Inuyasha…

INU:   (turns around to face KAG against the soft rays) Kagome, not hurt?

KAG:  (gasps) Huh? (nods) No. (thinking) Huh… He’s sorta nice. What’s happening? It’s just a little… but Inuyasha seems sorta dashing. (notices the sun rising) Huh?! It’s morning?! (clasps her face and shrieks) Oh no! I have a test today! (turns around and runs off)

INU:   Hey, Kagome!

KAG:  Oh… See you, Inuyasha! Make sure you return to the other dimension! Sota! Pick up those fragments and bring them home! Inuyasha! Don’t take them! (disappears from the scene)

INU stares at KAG, stupefied. Sota stands up and tugs INU’s sleeves.

Sota: Umm… (blushing) You were real cool!

INU:   Think so? (a oh-well-but-you-are-not-Kagome look)


KAG runs in her school uniform.

KAG:  (looking at the book in her hand) Yup… Scout’s honor.

Fades to bird’s eye view of Tokyo.

{ End of ACT II: 20min 34sec ]


[ End of episode 11: Terror of the Ancient Noh Mask ]


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I realized the Sacred Jewel fragment could be found in modern Japan too. Hence the search for the fragments has become harder! What?! Sota wants me to accompany him to visit his friend in the hospital? I can't tolerate Inuyasha, the big kid, anymore! I hope Sota won't create any trouble… But there, I met a lost child spirit. I will not let her soul be dragged to hell! Next episode, 'Tatarimokke and the Little Evil Spirit'!

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Compiled on 06 Feb 2008.
Last revised on 10 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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Inuyasha-Companion on 06 Feb 2008.

Mythological Giant Trees in Japan on 06 Feb 2008.

TV Tome on 06 Feb 2008.

犬夜叉 official web - 放映予定一覧 (Sunrise Inuyasha official web - Airing Schedule)

犬夜叉完結編 公式サイト (Sunrise Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen official web - Airing Schedule)

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Shirogetsu for Inuyasha Tsubo

DCYK Connection: アニメ犬夜叉のページ

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