episode 20

Despicable Villain! The Mystery of Onigumo!

あさましき野盗 鬼蜘蛛の謎
The Wretched Thief: Onigumo's Secret
Canon Episode | 2-episode story, 20-21

Episode Capsule last revised on 28 Feb 2008.


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

Script: YAMADA Takashi 山田隆司
Storyboard: ISHIHARA Tatsuya 石原立也
Episode Director: ISHIHARA Tatsuya 石原立也
Animation Director: IKEDA Shoko 池田晶子


Inuyasha: Kappei Yamaguchi
Kagome: Satsuski Yukino
Shippo: Kumiko Watanabe
Miroku: Kouji Tsujitani
Sango: Houko Kuwashima



Tall card [352 x 368 pixels]


Sacred Jewel fragment: ¼ whole + 4 fragments [+0]
No. of 'sit': 0 [19 in all]
‘Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer!’: 2 [10 in all]
‘Will you bear my child?’: 0 [1 in all]
Inuyasha’s abuse of Shippo:
0 / 23 head thumps
23 / 23 kicks
0 / 2 tail-grabbing
23 [48 in all]
‘I must be strong!’ 0 / 3 in all
Kagome's arrow hit percentage: 45.5% [5/11]


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

Preview from previous episode

I was embraced by a boy for the first time, but it was actually Inuyasha's trick to snatch the Sacred Jewel fragment from me. Unforgiveable! Inuyasha, who suffered from a poison claw attack, faces yet another enemy. Someone is manipulating all these, and watching from nearby! Kaede, do you know? Please tell us who Naraku really is! Next episode, 'The Wretched Thief: Onigumo's Secret'!

InuYasha’s Jar

#20 Royakan 狼野干

Wolf guardian of hell, he spits out infinite number of 3-eyed wolves. His powers are increased by the Shikon's fragments. {Shirogetsu}



(to Miroku) I’m not good at thinking. You think of something.


Oddities and Other Notes



This is the first time Hojo doesn't have a present for Kagome.
In the previous episode, Kagome’s uniform was not dirtied. Hence it’s strange that she says to her friends that her clothes were bloody.

Did you notice…?

Inuyasha saying I ♥ U.
…Inuyasha made a 'I love you' handsign when Miroku was kicking him?

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INU: Inuyasha
KAG: Kagome
SHI: Shippo
MIR: Miroku
SAN: Sango
KIR: Kirara
TET: Tetsusaiga
HIR: Hiraikotsu

[ recap ]

Flashback from episode 18 when SES encountered NAR.

SES:   Who are you?

NAR:  Like you, I despise Inuyasha.

SES:   Tell me your name.

NAR:  It is Naraku.

Flashback from previous episode when SES fought INU, and KAG was thrown by the impact of SES’s attack.

KAG:  (voice-over) I’m not afraid! Naraku is an awful demon! We must destroy him!

Cut to SES thrusting his claws into INU’s chest.

SES:   Trying to gain time…?!

Cut to INU hugging KAG at the Dry Well.

INU:   I was scared.

Cut to INU pushing KAG into the well.

[ End of recap: 49sec ]

[ Title screen: Despicable Villain! The Mystery of Onigumo! ]

Continuation from previous episode, after INU pushed KAG into the Dry Well. INU uproots a tree and throws it into the well, to block it.

SHI:   (grabbing INU’s legs) What’re you doing, Inuyasha?!

INU:   Shut up!

SHI:   If you destroy the well, Kagome won’t be able to return! Don’t you care if you never see her again?!

INU:   When she’s around, I can’t fight the way I want.

INU turns around and walks away. SHI is exasperated and sulks. MIR looks at SHI.

INU:   Let’s go, Miroku.

MIR:   Where to?

INU:   Isn’t it obvious?! To find Naraku and beat the hell out of him!

MIR:   Well, Shippo?

SHI:   Forget it! I hate Inuyasha! (rubs his eyes)

INU:   Keh! Please yourself!

MIR:   I think you were a bit too rough. Although I understand that you don’t want her to get hurt.

INU:   If you understand, shut up!

MIR:   So you’re going to look for Naraku but how will you find him? You have any ideas?

INU:   Well…

MIR:   You don’t?

INU:   Shaddup!

MIR:   You sent her back. Just because Kagome isn’t here now, don’t take it out on me!

INU:   You…!

MIR:   (sits on a rock) Oh well… Let’s just calm down and think things through!

INU:   We don’t have the time!

MIR:   (stern) I, too…! I, too, want to find him quickly and slay him with these hands! (looks at his right hand) Fifty years ago, he opened the Wind Tunnel in my grandfather’s hand. The curse has carried over generation after generation to me!

INU:   Miroku… (sits down next to MIR) I’m not good at thinking. You think of something.

MIR:   These things must be taken in order. Inuyasha, you said you fell into Naraku’s trap fifty years ago in this village.

INU:   Yeah.

MIR:   So you’ve met Naraku then?

INU:   Well…

Flashback to conversation between INU and KIK.

KIK:   Inuyasha, you can become a mortal. If you use the Sacred Jewel. Tomorrow at dawn, right here…I will bring the Sacred Jewel.

Cut to flashback of KIK firing arrows at INU.

KIK:   Die, Inuyasha!

Cut to present.

INU:   Even if I met him, he was disguised as Kikyo. I don’t know what he looks like.

MIR:   That’s the strange part. You don’t know Naraku, yet he disguised himself as Kikyo and shot an arrow at you. Did you do something that embittered him?

INU:   I’ve never seen his face! How would I know?!

SHI tries desperately to pull the huge tree out of the well.

MIR:   In any case, Kikyo was a priestess. It could be that Naraku had something to do with Kikyo rather than you.

INU:   Kikyo and Naraku?!

Cut to image of KIK.

Fade to image of KAG in present day Japan. KAG is on her way to school. She is wearing a cardigan over a shirt. Her friends run up to her.

Eri:   Kagome! It’s been so long! Is your rheumatism better?

Yuka: Not! She had beriberi!

Ayumi: Huh? You’re not in uniform. What happened?

KAG:  My uniform was dirty…with blood all over.

All: Huh?! Now it’s hemorrhaging?!

KAG:  (giving up) My illness is going from bad to worse.

Cut to classroom. KAG is staring into space as the lesson goes on.

KAG:  (thinking) Inuyasha’s bleeding hadn’t stopped. I was so worried for him… When he embraced me…

Flashback to previous episode when INU pushed KAG away after hugging her.

INU:   (holding the Sacred Jewel necklace) I’ll hold onto this!

KAG:  (narrating) What if he did that on purpose to get the Sacred Jewel? (fade to present) If so, I’ll never forgive him! (stands up and yell)

Teacher: Higurashi! Go stand in the hallway.

Cut to KAG standing in the hallway.

KAG:  (thinking, in dreamy mode) I had never been held like that by a boy… (a sweat drop appears by her temple) I guess he passes for a boy. Since he’s a half-human.

KAG leans on the window sill and looks out.

In KAE’s hut. KAE is dressing INU’s wounds while MIR sips a cup of tea.

KAE:  Inuyasha, with these injuries, you won’t be able to fight for a while.

INU:   Shaddup! It’ll be better in a few days.

KAE:  Hah! Trying to act brave! Well, I’m done. (slaps INU’s back)

INU:   (yells in pain) What’re you doing?!

KAE:  With that kind of energy, you may recover quickly. But I’ve been thinking, ever since that time my sister was resurrected from mud. My sister said that her Sacred Jewel was stolen by you. Don’t you think it strange? This man who disguised himself as you… Why, he could have made his escape with the Jewel. Yet… He tricked you into terrorizing the village and going after the Sacred Jewel. And then, Kikyo sealed you to the tree. Did he want to make you despise each other? Or was he trying to fill Kikyo’s heart with hate and bitterness?

INU:   What?

KAE:  In Kikyo’s possession, the Sacred Jewel remained pure. But when her heart became unclean and hateful, the Jewel also became unclean and filled with evil strength. And at that time, only one person would have hoped for that.

INU and MIR looks at KAE intently.

KAE:  Do you want to go there…where this man lived?

KAE, INU and MIR walk in a field of tall grass.

KAE:  My sister had decided so…

INU:   But she harbored a thief?

KAE:  Because he was unable to move at all.

They reach a cave by a lake.

KAE:  He called himself Onigumo.

* Onigumo abbreviated as ONI from now onwards *

Cut to flashback of a man all bandaged up. He lies on a straw, immobile. KIK is feeding him.

KAE:  (narrating) He had terrible burn scars over his entire body. His face, especially, was badly burned. He probably fell from a cliff…both his legs were broken. Still, Onigumo lived. He was unable to move but he slowly healed and was able to speak. However… His true self…

Cut to a young KAE tending to ONI.

ONI:   Hey kid…

KAE:  I’m Kaede.

ONI:   Your sister has something called the Sacred Jewel.

KAE:  How do you know about that?

ONI:   All bad men are after it.

KAE:  You, too?

ONI:   I understand that the more evil this Jewel absorbs, the more evil it becomes. How nice…

KAE:  My sister has it under control. It will not go bad.

ONI:   Kikyo is always so smug. I’d like to see her worried and scared. Now that would give me a rush. (laughs)

Cut to KIK picking flowers. Young KAE stands next to her.

KIK:   I see… So Onigumo said that?

KAE:  Sister, I don’t like him.

KIK:   Forgive him. (looks up at the sky) He will probably never be able to move from there.

KAE:  (narrating) Shortly thereafter, Sister sealed you to the tree and died.

Cut to young KAE with a bandage over her eye, looking into the cave.

KAE:  (narrating) Several days later when I went there, the cave was burned down. The flames must have been huge, Onigumo was unable to escape and perished…leaving no bones…not a sign.

Fade to present.

KAE:  Or so I thought.

INU:   C’mon, Old Woman! Wasn’t he human? The Naraku I seek is a demon!

KAE:  Absolutely. No matter how weak and evil, he was still human. No mistake about that.

MIR:   Shall we go inside this cave?

Cut to SHI trying desperate to remove the tree from the well. He gives up and rolls over.

SHI:   It won’t budge! Unless the well is fixed, Kagome can’t return. Will I ever see her again?

An image of a smiling KAG appears across the sky. Fade to image of INU.

INU:   When she’s around, I can’t fight the way I want!

SHI:   (exasperated) He’s so willful! (punches the ground willfully) I’ll never speak to Inuyasha ever again! (folds his arms and frowns)

A voice is heard.

Voice:  Inuyasha?

SHI turns around gingerly, with apprehension. Several wolves appear. A huge drooling and fierce wolf demon looms over SHI angrily.

Wolf-demon: Did you say Inuyasha?

SHI shrieks.

KAE, MIR and INU walks into the cave. MIR suddenly stops and points to a patch in the cave.

MIR:   Priestess Kaede, what is this? No grass, not even moss grows on this one spot.

KAE:  (shocked) This is where the paralyzed Onigumo rested!

MIR:   (kneels to examine the spot and backs away immediately) I feel the spirit of a demon! The spirit which was left here decades ago!

KAE:  What?!

MIR:   Can it be that the one who left the evil here so that no grass grows is actually human?

INU:   No, it’s not human. It’s from a demon!

MIR:   How can a human like Onigumo possess such evil as would belong to a demon?

SHI’s voice is heard in the background.

SHI:   Help…!

Cut to SHI running away from the pack of wolves.

SHI:   Inuyasha!

MIR, KAE and INU run out of the cave.

INU:   Shippo!

INU leaps. SHI trips and turns around, staring at the oncoming wolves in terror. INU rushes towards the wolves and claws at them.

INU:   Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer!

INU kills the wolves and holds SHI in his arms. He winces and falls on his knees.

SHI:   Inuyasha! (gasps and looks at his hand which was on INU’s chest) nuyasha…blood!

INU:   (thinking) Damn! My wound has reopened!

The Wolf-demon from earlier on looms over INU.

Wolf-demon: Are you Inuyasha?

INU:   Who are you?!

Wolf-demon: I am the guardian of Hell, Royakan!

* Royakan abbreviated as RYO from now onwards *

KAE:  Royakan? Are you the demon that guards that forest?

RYO:  I am reborn! Inuyasha, I come to kill you! (opens his mouth and spews out a pack of wolves)

INU:   (stands) Kill me?!

MIR:   (worried, thinking) He knows that Inuyasha is in no condition to fight.

INU and MIR fight the wolves.

RYO:  It’s useless to fight me! (opens his mouth and spews out a pack of wolves)

MIR:   There’s only one thing to use here! (opens his Wind Tunnel and sucks in the wolves) Inuyasha, come over this way!

RYO:  No way! (opens his mouth and spews out a pack of wolves)

Cut to NAR perched on a tree, playing with several Sacred Jewel fragments in his hand.

NAR:  (laughs) What a brilliant idea it was imbed a Sacred Jewel fragment to Royakan.

Back to INU. He claws at the wolves.

INU:   Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer! (kneels weakly)

SHI:   (perched on INU’s shoulder) Inuyasha!

INU:   My vision’s getting blurry…

MIR turns around and sucks in the wolves.

KAE:  Monk, Inuyasha’s in danger!

MIR:   Yes… There’s only one way… If I can swallow up Royakan…!

MIR closes his Wind Tunnel and picks up his staff. He dashes towards RYO and throws his staff at RYO, hitting him on the head. MIR then opens his Wind Tunnel in RYO’s direction.

MIR:   We can win!

RYO struggles to hold on. He punches the ground violently, breaking it into pieces. MIR ends up sucking the pieces of ground. He closes his Wind Tunnel to find RYO gone.

MIR:   He escaped…

Cut to NAR on a tree.

NAR:  I should’ve made Royakan a bit stronger. (disappears)

KAE walks over to INU.

KAE:  Are you all right, Inuyasha?

INU:   Where’s Royakan?

KAE:  He escaped.

MIR:   Inuyasha, Naraku is near.

INU:   What?!

MIR:   Royakan is probably under control by Naraku, who has a Sacred Jewel fragment.

KAE:  No wonder such a gentle demon like Royakan has turned so evil.

INU:   (stands up and walks) Naraku! Where are you?! If you’re here, come out and fight…!

INU collapses on the ground. SHI and KAE run to him.

SHI:   Inuyasha!

KAE:  Monk, Royakan may come again. We should return to the village.

MIR nods.

SHI:   Inuyasha…

INU is unconscious.

Modern Japan. KAG is attending Physical Education class. The rest of her friends play happily, while she leans on a fence, deep in thought.

KAG:  (sighs, thinking) It’s been three days. Why doesn’t he come for me?

Yuka: Kagome! (walks to KAG with Eri and Ayumi) Hojo from Group B wants to talk to you.

Cut to KAG talking to Hojo.

Hojo: Higurashi, how’ve you been feeling these days?

KAG:  I’m okay.

Hojo: (excited) Really? Then will you go to the movies with me on Saturday?

KAG:  On Saturday?

Hojo: Yeah. It’ll be a nice change from studying. Or do you have other plans?

KAG:  Plans…err… (thinking) Inuyasha might’ve come for me by then…

KAG’s friends suddenly appear behind them.

Yuka: Go, Kagome.

Eri:   You already stood him up once.

Hojo & KAG: How’d you know?!

Eri, Yuka and Ayumi stands up and grabs KAG.

Yuka: Excuse us.

Eri:   Give us a moment.

They pull KAG aside.

KAG:  What?

Eri:   Do you have someone else you like?

KAG gasps and blushes.

Ayumi: You’re always sighing.

Yuka: It’s not the look of one who’s worried about school.

KAG:  Well, that’s…

Flashback of INU hugging KAG from previous episode.

KAG:  (voice-over) After he hugged me like that…

Back to present.

Eri:   (points at KAG) I’ll bet it’s unrequited love!

KAG:  W-what…? (angry) Are you kidding?! Who’d like a selfish and rough guy like that!

Eri is taken aback. Yuka and Ayumi appear next to Hojo.

Hojo: Who’s she talking about?

Yuka: Well…

KAG:  (storms to Hojo and says sternly) Hojo! I’ll go to movies with you.

Hojo: (excited) Really? Yes!

KAG pouts in anger.

Fade to KAG pouting in anger in the Dry Well in Higurashi shrine.

KAG:  (thinking) Besides, why should I be manipulated by that stubborn Inuyasha!?

KAG relaxes. She looks into the well and jumps in. She lands on the ground.

KAG:  Didn’t work. (thinking) I wonder what Inuyasha is doing now.

Night time in a hut. INU kicks the door angrily. His hands are tied up. SHI sits in a corner.

INU:   Open! Open! Open up!

SHI:   It’s useless, Inuyasha. This hut is plastered with charms to keep demons out.

INU:   Why must I be sealed in?! (yells) Open!

KAG:  Please Inuyasha. Be still and rest.

KAG suddenly appears behind INU and looks worriedly at INU.

KAG:  Your wound isn’t healed yet.

INU:   Kagome…!

A bushy tail appears on KAG’s butt.

SHI:   Eh-heh-heh… Would you like me to sleep with you?

INU:   Shippo… Why you! (kicks SHI) Don’t you dare disguise yourself like that again?!

SHI:   Don’t get so mad!!

INU continues kicking SHI. KAE and MIR open the door.

MIR:   Inuyasha, are you still banging around?

INU:   Miroku! You!

MIR:   Charms are no use if you act like this.

INU:   (jumps) Lemme outta here!

MIR:   (hits INU with his staff) Priestess Kaede, please seal the door with the charm.

KAE:  All right. (puts a charm on the door)

Cut to KAE dressing INU’s wounds.

MIR:   You’re not ready yet. I know how eager you are, but first, the wound must heal completely.

KAE:  He’s right. You can’t underestimate that Naraku. Isn’t that why you made Kagome go through the well?

INU doesn’t reply.

SHI:   (thinking) Inuyasha… So that’s why you sent her away.

MIR:   I don’t want to die in vain. And that’s why I need you to get well quickly.

INU:   Stop talking like a weakling! I’m ready to fight anytime!

MIR:   (gently) Inuyasha, just stay still and get some sleep. (cut to MIR kicking INU’s back violently) How many times must I repeat myself?! You dog!

KAE:  (deadpan) Hey. His wound will reopen.

Later in the hut. INU is lying on the ground, getting to sleep. SHI stares into space.

SHI:   Say, Inuyasha…

INU:   What is it?

SHI:   I wonder how Kagome is doing?

INU:   Not again! Look, just forget about Kagome already. (thinking) As long as she’s alive and well somewhere, that’s all. I don’t want to see anymore woman I know die.

In a deep forest. RYO cowers under a tree, trembling in fear. NAR appears behind him.

NAR:  I looked for you, Royakan.

RYO:  (gasps and turns around) Naraku! Go back! I refuse to fight Inuyasha again! (waves his arms madly)

NAR:  You’re trembling.

RYO:  I don’t want to be sucked into the Wind Tunnel. Just go away!

NAR:  (chuckles evilly) I will take away the fear that is making you tremble. (holds up a Sacred Jewel fragment)

RYO:  (trembling) S-stop!

NAR shoots the fragment into RYO’s head. He yells and clutches his head in pain. He goes crazy and storms through the forest. He reaches a cliff and yowls. His body transforms to a more wolf-life shape. NAR looks on and laughs.

KAE and MIR sit in front of INU’s hut, in a praying position. A string of charms surround the area. A wind blows.

MIR:   A sinister wind… Priestess Kaede, take care. It’s coming.

KAE:  Yes.

A pack of wolves appear in the sky and fly towards them.

KAE:  He will not take a step further!

The wolves hit the barrier around the charms and disintegrates. RYO appears and looks around the barrier.

RYO:  Inuyasha! Where are you?!

Inside the hut, SHI peeps out of a window.

SHI:   What happened?! He’s grown much bigger!

Back to MIR and KAE.

RYO:  Where are you, Inuyasha!

KAE:  (thinking) As long as our spell is active, that hut where Inuyasha lies will be invisible!

MIR:   (thinking) But what has happened to this demon? He’s different. I’ll wager another Sacred Jewel has been imbedded in him.

RYO attacks the barrier futilely.

Cut to close up of NAR.

NAR:  Such a pitiful defense.

Cut to MIR, KAE and RYO. A spear suddenly appears and flies at KAE. MIR gasps and stands up.

MIR:   Priestess Kaede!

KAE:  Don’t move!

MIR:   I must!

MIR knocks the spear away. The barrier dissipates and RYO sees INU’s hut.

RYO:  I can see you now! (jumps) Inuyasha, there you are! (punches INU’s hut which shatters)

MIR & KAE: Inuyasha!

INU bursts out of the hut and slashes RYO with a transformed TET.

INU:   Thanks for releasing me, Royakan. That old hag and monk had me sealed up.

KAE:  (deadpan) We were protecting him!

MIR:   (deadpan) Such an ingrate!

RYO:  Die quietly! (punches INU)

INU:   (dodges) Shaddup!

INU leaps and swings TET at RYO. RYO merely clasp TET’s blade with his palms and throws INU to the ground. INU winces in pain.

KAE:  Inuyasha’s been thrown!

MIR:   Inuyasha’s all talk… His strength isn’t back yet.

INU:   How’d he get so strong…?

The Sacred Jewel necklace falls out of INU’s clothes. RYO runs to it.

RYO:  It’s a giant fragment of Sacred Jewel.

INU:   Damn!

An orange furball suddenly appears and grabs the jewel and sprints away.

SHI:   You can’t have ‘em!

INU:   Shippo!

RYO:  You won’t get away! (spews out a pack of wolves)

The wolves runs after SHI, who shrieks in terror.

MIR:   Shippo! I’ll take over. I’ll use my Wind Tunnel!

KAE:  That’s…!

A horde of NAR’s poison insects appear.

MIR:   Naraku’s poison bugs!

INU:   Damn! What’ll I do?!

SHI continues running away from the wolves.

[ End of episode 20: Despicable Villain! The Mystery of Onigumo! ]

[ Preview for next episode ]

Fifty years ago, someone set a trap, making Inuyasha and Kikyo hate each other. We finally found out that it' was Naraku's scheme. Why did he do that? What was his motive? Who is he actually? The angry Inuyasha wants to avenge Kikyo and cuts through Naraku's miasma to finally reveal his true identity. Next episode, 'Naraku's True Identity Unveiled'!


Compiled on 06 Feb 2008.
Last revised on 28 Feb 2008.

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