episode 72

Totosai's Rigid Training

Filler Episode

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: FUKUMOTO Kiyoshi 福本 潔
Episode Director: FUKUMOTO Kiyoshi 福本 潔
Animation Director: TAKEUCHI Hiroshi 竹内浩志


Inuyasha: Kappei Yamaguchi
Kagome: Satsuski Yukino
Shippo: Kumiko Watanabe
Miroku: Kouji Tsujitani
Sango: Houko Kuwashima
Bunza's dad: SAIZEN Tadahisa


Sacred Jewel fragment: 0 / 5 in all
No. of 'sit': 1 / 36 in all
‘Kaze no Kizu!’: 1 / 16 in all
‘Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer!’: 0 / 27 in all
‘Kazaana!’: 0 / 12 in all
‘Hiraikotsu!’: 0 / 15 n all
‘Will you bear my child?’: 0 / 8 in all
Inuyasha’s abuse of Shippo:
0 / 30 head thumps
0 / 23 kicks
0 / 3 tail-grabbing
0 / 1 throws
0 [57 in all]
‘I must be strong!’ 0 / 5 in all
Miroku's groping of Sango: 0 / 5 in all
Kagome's arrow hit percentage: 56.8% [21/37]


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

Preview from previous episode

Listen to me, Shippo! Inuyasha ran off by himself to find old Totosai!

Totosai…? The swordsmith who forged Tetsusaiga?

I wonder if he is able to tell Inuyasha how to break Naraku's barrier?

Inuyasha is such a fool! How can these things be so simple?!

I think so too…

Judging from Totosai's personality, he is sure to think of some tasks to make things difficult for Inuyasha!

Next on Inuyasha, "Totosai's Rigid Training".

What?! Inuyasha has a Senior…?!

InuYasha’s Jar

#72 Bunza ブンザ

Child of the mountain cat tribe. He became Totosai's apprentice to learn how to break barriers.



Bunza Why are you so kind?

Well… I know a kid about your age.


Oddities and Other Notes



Fan service moment.
This episode is definitely a fan service moment for Inuyasha fans. He is away from his gang, hence he shows his more tender side.
It is strange that Bunza can speak, but the rest of his tribe just goes 'Meow', even his dad.

Did you notice…?

Freeze Frame Fun

Ninja food
CUP ラーメン [CUP ramen]
MOUJI いちご物語
HERRY ビスゲト [ HERRY Biscuit]

Things brought from modern era (or why Kagome’s bag is so big)

From left: biscuits & cup noodles · chips and chocolate · cup-noodles ·



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

[ ACT I ]

Daytime. KAG is walking slowly in a forest with her haversack. SHI is catching an insect and playing.

KAG:  (waves to SHI) All right! I'm off!

SHI:   (waves) Okay! Hurry back! Remember the ninja treats.

KAG:  Did you see Inuyasha?

SHI:   Inuyasha left with Kirara in the morning.

SAN:  (walks to KAG with MIR) Is he travelling far?

MIR:   There's one place I can think of.

KAG:  Where?

MIR:   The one who knows Tetsusaiga's power is the one who forged it.

SAN:  Old Totosai? He intends to break through Naraku's barrier.

KAG:  To that old man's place?

[ End of ACT I: 2min 29sec ]

[ Title screen: Totosai's Rigid Training ]

[ ACT II ]

At TOT's place. Mou mou is eating some grass outside, while KIR looks on. Inside the cave, TOT is hammering a piece of metal. INU sits next to him, looking serious.

INU:   Totosai! You'd break through any barrier however strong it is.

TOT:  (stops hammering) However strong, huh? There may or may not be a way…

INU:   Which is it?! I have to get stronger when Naraku's out of commission!

TOT:  (scratches his head, thinking) It itches! Oh, I haven't bathed in a week.

INU:   (thinking) Totosai! He's not going to tell me so easily. I have to be patient and coax it out of him. (say loudly) Please!

TOT:  (thinking while scratching himself all over) Oh…it itches! My back, too.

INU:   Totosai, it's hard! But you have to help me!

TOT:  (thinking) Boy, I need…I need a bath!

INU:   Isn't there a way I can train?!

TOT:  (thinking) A bath… in order to get a bath ready… (speaking) I've to get water.

INU:   Get water?

TOT:  (thinking) But that's so hard.

INU looks confused.

TOT:  (talking to himself) To fill the tub from the river at the bottom of the valley. Then cut all the wood into firewood. (shakes his head, thinking) Such humbug. Getting a bath for me is such a chore.

INU:   (stands, eager) Cutting wood? For training?

TOT:  (thinking) Training?

Voice: (background) Master!

TOT and INU walk out of the cave. A young mountain cat is kowtowing on the ground.

TOT:  You're here again.

Cat:  Master, I'm staying.

INU:   Who's this fox demon?

Cat:  Wrong! I'm a Lynx (Mountain Cat) Demon. I've asked Master Totosai to train me.

INU:   Train?

Cat:  (determined) I want Master Totosai to help me break the barrier.

TOT:  (scratches his butt, thinking) I'm itchy. (looks at INU and the cat, thinking) I can use them. (coughs and says seriously) Go fetch some water and cut some wood.

INU:   (enthusiastic) I knew it! Special training!

Cat:  You know nothing!

INU glares at the cat.

Cat:  Special training builds muscles. Improves your posture. Builds up your lungs. Every task has a meaning.

INU's eyebrows twitches.

Cat:  Dad told me that's a 4000-year-old tradition.

INU:   I see! (turns to TOT) So you're willing to help me break the barrier!

TOT:  I just wanted a bath!

INU:   (slaps TOT's back) Why didn't you say so earlier? Totosai, I guess you need strength to learn this special technique? Alright, I'll stay and train.

Cat:  Hold it!

INU and TOT look at the cat.

Cat:  (pointing to a dilapidated hut nearby) I've been staying in that hut for ten days! I'm senior!

INU:   Senior?

Cat:  Of course! It's like that in the human world! The one who came first is senior! Don't idle and follow me! (runs off)

INU:   (mad) What?!

Cat:  (stops and signals to INU) Hurry, junior! (runs off)

INU:   (scoffs) Ridiculous!

Cat:  (background) Hurry!

INU:   (frustrated, walks slowly) I'm coming!

TOT:  (thinking) They've got it all wrong… (smiles, thinking) But I get to bathe!

INU sits on a rock by a river.

INU:   (thinking) I left without telling Kagome and the others. It's longer than I expected.

The senior cat is struggling with a pail, almost as big as him, full of water. He can hardly move.

INU:   Meow! You can't do this!

Cat:  I'm not "Meow"! I'm Bunza! (strains his back and a click sound is heard)

* Bunza abbreviated as BUN from now onwards *

INU:   Okay relax, Bunza.

BUN:  (struggling, walking forward slowly) Shut up! I'm going to have Master teach me first!

INU:   What's with you? Why are you so desperate?

BUN doesn't reply, makes some struggling noises and falls facedown, all the water in the pail spilling out.

Cut to INU carrying three pails of water on a pole slung over his shoulder. BUN is hung from one of the pails.

BUN:  Hey let me go, junior! This isn't training! Let go! Just let go! Are you listening?! (frees himself, tries to climb on top of the pail and splits his back)

INU:   (chiding) I said don't overdo it!

BUN:  But I must learn the technique!

INU and BUN are chopping firewood. INU is chopping wood diligently. BUN raises a huge (for his size) axe and can't handle the weight. He spins around and his axe almost cuts INU, who dodges in time.

INU:   Watch out, fool!

BUN pants heavily.

INU:   You rest!

BUN:  That's not training…

BUN raises the axe again and stumbles backwards. The axe falls onto a rock, and pivots BUN high up into the sky. BUN cries as he falls downwards. INU gasps. He sprints and slides, catching BUN in time. He lets out a sigh of relief.

INU:   (chiding) You're such a handful! (pauses)

INU examines BUN, who is flushed and looking sick.

INU:   (touches BUN's cheek) You're… burning up!

In the dilapidated hut near TOT's cave. BUN lies on a pile of straw, with a blanket over him. INU is wringing a towel in a pail of water.

INU:   What? You haven't even eaten? (puts the wet towel on BUN's forehead)

BUN:  (weakly) S-Sorry…

INU:   (examines the dirty and run-down hut) You've stayed in this hut for 10 days? No wonder you got sick.

BUN:  (weakly) I m-must train to break the barrier.

INU:   Get well first. I'll bring you something good to eat later. (stands up and walks off)

BUN:  Why? (pauses) Why are you so kind?

INU:   Well… (stops and turns to BUN) I know a kid about your age. (walks out the hut)

BUN closes his eyes and rests.

Cut to SHI holding his hand to a fire in KAE's hut. He sneezes. MIR and SAN look at him.

SAN:  What's wrong, Shippo?

SHI:   I caught a cold.

MIR:   Maybe someone's gossiping about you.

SHI rubs his nose and looks up.

At a large kiln outside TOT's place. INU is putting firewood into the furnace and blowing the flames.

INU:   This is great for building up the lungs! (continues blowing)

On top of the kiln, TOT is bathing in a large tub of hot water.

TOT:  (contented) Such a nice bath!

INU:   (shouting) Is there any other way to train? I'll do anything to master the technique.

TOT:  Train?

MYO: (appears on the rim of the tub) Hey, you! Are you making Inuyasha train?

TOT:  Actually… I just wanted to take a bath. It's hard for me to fetch water now. When I mentioned it, he assumed it was training. (looks at INU who is putting the firewood in fervently) He's the one who took it wrongly.

MYO: (anxious) I've never seen Inuyasha so earnest. What will happen if he learns the truth?

Cut-scene of dark and furious INU turning around, eyes glowing in white.

INU:   What?! All you wanted was bath water?!

INU does a Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer to the screen. Cut to present.

MYO: (trembling and crying in fear) How frightening! I'm scared!

TOT:  (shaking and crying in fear) I'm getting goosebumps.

INU appears next to TOT, and sees him trembling.

INU:   I came to wash your back. (turns back) I'll burn more wood.

TOT and MYO look at each other nervously.

Evening in BUN's hut. BUN is eating hungrily. He finishes his rice and bites into a fish. INU sits across him, looking on. When BUN finishes his fish, INU holds up his plate of fish to him.

INU:   Here, have mine.

BUN:  Really?

INU:   Don't question!

BUN:  Sorry. (takes the fish and eats)

INU:   Why do you want to train?

BUN pauses and looks pensive.

INU:   You don't have to tell me.

BUN:  (puts down his half eaten fish, serious) A demon named Nanafushi took over our tribe's mountain.

Cut to flashback, a sepia-toned image of a tribe of cats attacked by a giant praying mantis like demon.

BUN:  (voice-over) And built a barrier around it.

Cut to sepia-toned image of the cats standing helplessly outside a barrier around the mountain.

BUN:  (voice-over) We couldn't go into the mountain or gather food… Our lives were disrupted.

Cut to sepia-toned image of the cats holding a meeting. BUN stands next to a big cat.

BUN:  (voice-over) According to Dad, our tribe leader, only Totosai can make a weapon to break the barrier. Only Totosai can do it. But Totosai is eccentric, who refuses to teach anyone.

Cut to sepia-toned image of the cats walking away from BUN and his Dad.

BUN:  (voice-over) The tribe is beginning to turn their backs on Dad.

Back to present.

BUN:  (tearing) I'm so mad! I want Dad recognized as their leader again!

INU listens without making a reply.

BUN:  (wipes away his tears, determined) For Dad, I must learn the technique! (takes the fish and eats furiously)

A rustling sound is heard outside the hut.

BUN:  That's…!

BUN runs out of the hut to find a cute orange tabby cat lying unconscious on the ground.

BUN:  Torako! Is that you, Torako?

* Torako abbreviated as TOR from now onwards *

Cut to inside of hut. TOR eats the fish hungrily. INU and BUN look on.

BUN:  Why've you come here?

TOR meows four times anxiously.

BUN:  What?!

INU:   What's wrong, Bunza?

BUN:  Dad went to get Nanafushi…!

INU gasps.

BUN:  He went to take back the mountain, but he doesn't know the technique! (looks determined and runs out of the hut)

INU:   Bunza!

TOR meows.

Cut to outside, BUN is sprinting.

BUN:  (thinking) Dad! Dad!

BUN runs past TOT's cave and notices a sharp sword among an array of weapons.

Cut to TOT snoring outside. He is woken by a rustling sound. It is BUN, who took the huge sword and is running away.

TOT:  (sits up) I sensed something just now…

MYO: (looks around) Sensed something?

INU:   (runs to TOT with TOR in his tender arms) Did Bunza come this way?

TOT:  Maybe that was him!

INU:   Which was?

TOT:  That way.

INU:   (chases BUN, thinking) That Bunza!

TOT:  (rubs himself, smiling and thinking) I'm not itchy at all.

Cut to INU and TOR sitting on KIR's back. KIR flies into the air.

INU:   Here, Torako?

TOR meows.

KIR flies above a trail of line in the ground. It is the trail left behind by BUN dragging the huge sword across the ground. BUN looks exhausted. He pants and walks on.

INU:   There!

KIR flies towards TOR.

INU:   Bunza! Bunza! (grabs BUN as KIR flies past him)

BUN:  (shocked) Inuyasha?

Cut to BUN sulking behind INU, on KIR's back.

INU:   Let's go! I'll help!

BUN:  No!

INU:   Why?

BUN:  I'll rescue Dad myself! It's got nothing to do with you. Don't help out.

INU:   (exasperated, yelling) Cut it out!

BUN freezes in fear.

INU:   Aren't we brother apprentices?! Senior and junior. Isn't this enough to help?

BUN looks at INU in awe and silence.

INU:   (mad) Isn't it?!

BUN nods several times in fear.

Night time in the mountain of BUN's tribe. The tribe gathers outside the barrier and looks at BUN's dad, who has fainted inside the barrier. KIR lands. INU, BUN and TOR get off.

BUN:  (runs towards the barrier) Dad!

INU:   Wait! He's inside the barrier!

BUN:  (pauses) That's right! But how'd he get inside?

A cat walks up to him and meows to him five times.

BUN:  Nanafushi opened the barrier so he could kill Dad!

Cut-scene of flashback. BUN's dad stands outside the barrier. Suddenly, part of the barrier opens and he lets out a meow of surprise. Part of Nanafushi's huge body can be seen among the trees. BUN's dad lets out a determined meow and enters the barrier. The barrier closes behind him.

BUN:  (voice-over) Dad knew it was a trap! But to save the others…

Cut to present.

BUN:  (raising TOT's sword) He chose to fight as the leader of the Lynx tribe! (tries to wield the sword but tumbles at the weight)

INU:   Wait! I'll go.

BUN:  He's my father! It's my duty to save him!

INU:   I'm going as your junior! (smiles) Is it okay, senior?

BUN:  (smiles) Brother.

BUN and INU walk towards the barrier. Heroic music plays in the background. BUN and INU reach the barrier. BUN's dad lets out a groan.

INU:   Your father's okay. We'll save him in time.

BUN suddenly leaps and swings TOT's sword in the air. INU tries to stop him, but BUN attacks the barrier anyway. Static ensues and BUN is thrown off. BUN crashes to the ground.

INU:   (runs to BUN and holds him up) Don't be hasty!

BUN:  (crying) It didn't work! It didn't work at all. I'm a failure!

INU:   Nonsense. (looks into the barrier, determined) Your attack frightened Nanafushi.

Inside the barrier, the trees are shaking. The owls fly away from the trees, hooting. A huge demon move among the trees.

BUN:  It's him!

A pair of red eyes peer out of the dark forest.

BUN:  He's coming!

Nanafushi shows his praying mantis like face and claws, and growls/

INU:   You… Quit hiding and come out!

Nanafushi stands and towers over the trees.

INU:   Alright…perfect.

Nanafushi growls and spews poisonous fumes at INU and BUN through the barrier. INU grabs BUN and takes him a distance away. BUN coughs.

INU:   (covers his nose) Taking up the safe spot. (unsheathes TET) You've got some nerve! (points the transformed TET at Nanafushi)

BUN:  (in awe) Wow…

Nanafushi growls.

INU:   It was a short time. But I'll see what my training with Totosai yields. My training with you… Although it was just a day, I'll put it all into this sword!

BUN:  (cheering) Do it, Brother!

INU:   Alright! (a wind vortex surrounds TET) Wind…Scar!

INU throws a Wind Scar at the barrier, which dissipates it completely.

BUN:  You did it!

Nanafushi towers over INU and BUN, and growls. BUN panics and runs in circles. Nanafushi leaps at INU.

INU:   (jumps) Why, you! (slashes one of Nanafushi's legs off with TET)

Nanafushi crashes to the ground. INU scoffs in confidence. Suddenly a growling sound is heard and Nanafushi stands. Another leg grows out of his wound.

INU:   Keh! Not giving up? That's fun!

INU sprints towards Nanafushi. Nanafushi claws at INU, who dodges and leaps. He points TET downwards.

INU:   Take this!

INU slashes Nanafushi's body into two as he lands. Nanafushi lets out a groan of pain, and the red light in his eyes go out. His body disintegrates.

BUN:  Amazing…! It was…Master Totosai's training, after all.

INU:   I guess! I feel like I'm stronger than before.

[ End of ACT II: 19min 18sec ]


Daytime. BUN's tribe gather on a cliff, while INU is seated on KIR who is in the air.

BUN:  (waves goodbye) Keep up with your training!

INU:   You too! You've saved your Dad. You can be the leader of your tribe!

BUN:  Will we meet again?

INU:   Yeah!

KIR flies off.

BUN:  (runs a few steps forward and yells) Come see us… Brother!

In TOT's cave.

TOT:  Inuyasha? Where've you been?

INU:   Well… just out. But listen, your training worked. I'm stronger now.

TOT:  (gasps and pauses, apologetic) Sorry… I made you do those things.

INU:   (confused) Those things?

TOT:  It's hard to say… You thought you've become stronger. If you'd gone in search of Naraku's barrier, you'd be in grave danger. (looks away and closes his eyes in apprehension) And so, that's…

INU:   That's…what?

TOT:  (slowly) There's no way you'd have gotten stronger…

INU:   T-Then the training?!

TOT:  I just wanted to take a bath.

MYO: (leaps onto INU's shoulder) Yes, yes! You jumped to conclusions again.

TOT:  (laughs uneasily) You see, I haven't bathed in a while…

INU:   (looking dark and dangerous) What?! There's no technique to break Naraku's barrier?

TOT:  (stuttering in fear) Maybe there is…maybe there isn't.

INU thumps TOT on the head and walks out in a huff. Cut to INU flying away on KIR outside.

INU:   He's so useless!

TOT:  (walks out of the cave) I was about to tell him! He's so rash!

MYO: (near TOT) What do you mean?

TOT:  He'd worked hard and persevered. I thought I'd teach him to become stronger in order to break the barrier.

MYO: (serious tone) Is it that method?

TOT:  Can you tell Inuyasha about it?

MYO: (nods gravely) All right. (smiles) Be thankful you only have one lump on your head.

TOT grunts and rubs the bump on his head.

Cut to INU and KIR in the air.

INU:   (thinking) I was away the whole night without telling them. I guess everyone's worried.

KIR approaches KAE's hut.

Cut to interior of KAE's hut.

INU:   (walks in cheerfully) I'm back! Sorry I made you worried.

INU freezes when he sees a huge amount of finished cup noodles, potato chips and titbits on the floor.

MIR:   Ninja food is always good!

SAN:  (contented) We can't duplicate this.

INU rushes to the group, who are eating cup noodles.

INU:   Where's mine?!

SHI:   You weren't here, so I ate them.

INU:   What?! That's mine! (grabs SHI's cup noodles)

SHI:   (fighting) Inuyasha!

KAG:  (stern) Sit!

INU crashes to the ground.

KAG:  (furious) I brought you special treats. It's your own fault!

INU:   Why… Can't you be more concerned?!

SHI:   You're so hopeless. I'll share just a little.

INU:   Shut up!

[ End of ACT III: 22min 9sec ]

[ Preview for next episode ]

The demons who set up a barrier near the beach and attack humans should be the Bat Demons.

If Inuyasha slays the demon, Tetsusaiga may gain the ability to break barriers. But there's a big problem…

A half-demon girl, just like Inuyasha, guards the barrier…

Would Inuyasha be able to slay her…? I really doubt so…

Next on Inuyasha, "Shiori's Family and Inuyasha's Feelings".

It's so nice to take a bath!


Compiled on 20 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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