episode 73

Shiori's Family and Inuyasha's Feelings

紫織母子と アイツの気持ち
Canon Episode | 2-episode story, 73-74

Episode Capsule last revised on 21 Feb 2008.


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

Script: YAMATOYA Akatsuki 大和屋 暁
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
Villagers: TANAKA Kazunari, SUZUKI Takuma, SAIZEN Tadahisa
Children: HIGA Kumiko, OKAMOTO Nami
Bat demon: NAGANO Kouichi


Hanyou I

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Hanyou II

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Sacred Jewel fragment: 0 / 5 in all
No. of 'sit': 0 / 36 in all
‘Kaze no Kizu!’: 1 / 17 in all
‘Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer!’: 0 / 27 in all
‘Kazaana!’: 0 / 12 in all
‘Hiraikotsu!’: 0 / 15 in 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

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!

InuYasha’s Jar

#73 Taigokumaru 大獄丸

The leader of the Bat Demons. Took Shiori from her mother to protect the barrier.



Demons never accept half demons. Even if they're blood kin.

I'm a fine demon. And I accept you, Inuyasha!

Me too!

It's because I protect you!


Oddities and Other Notes


Karuta cards
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Miroku mistook the playing cards for karuta, which is an old Japanese matching card game. Players match up poems, illustrations or proverbs in this game. Around the 11th-12th centuries, the Japanese high class was already playing games with sets of sea shells whose text or pictures were painted. Only around 1550, when Portuguese sailors reached the Japanese islands, the 48-card Spanish/Portoguese deck was introduced to Japanese culture and became popular <Andy's Playing Cards>


Trick question: Shiori or Inuyasha?
Shiori looks rather like Inuyasha when he was a kid.

Did you notice…?

…the joker in Kagome's deck of cards is the Cheshire cat?

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

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

[ ACT I ]

Daytime by the beach. A procession takes place along the shore. A woman walks in front, while two villagers hold up a sedan with a little girl sitting on top. A group of villagers follow them. The girl looks troubled. Dark clouds suddenly appear across the sky and the procession stops. A giant bat demon lands.

Demon: So you've brought her.

The girl looks at the demon.

[ Title screen: Shiori's Family & Inuyasha's Feelings ]

Night time in a forest. INU-gang sit around a campfire. INU lay on his side somewhere behind the group. The rest of the group looks nervous. KAG raises up her hand towards MIR, who looks very anxious.

MIR:   Kagome…

KAG gasps. Cut to KAG holding up a poker card. MIR has two cards, one is a 8 clubs, the other is a Cheshire Cat-Joker card. KAG takes her time to choose between the cards and finally chooses the 8 clubs. Screen fades to white and back to normal.

KAG:  (throws down a pair of eight onto a pile of cards on the ground) I did it! I win! (waves her hands cheerfully) Banzai! Banzai!

MIR:   (looking at the joker card in his hand) Wrong one…

SHI:   You're good, Kagome.

SAN:  (teasing) I'm disappointed in you.

MIR:   These karuta cards are so fascinating.

KAG:  They're not karuta. We call it trumps.

MIR, SAN & SHI: Toram…pu?

KAG:  Trumps…

INU:   Cut out the racket! Can't you play quietly?

KAG:  (shuffling the cards) Inuyasha, come join us.

INU:   Not interested!

SHI:   Why's he so mad?

SAN:  He's in a bad mood.

MIR:   Inuyasha! Sulking won't make Tetsusaiga any stronger.

INU:   (sits up) Shaddup! I'm not…!

KAG:  Naraku's barrier…

MIR:   Until he breaks the barrier, we can't even touch Naraku.

Cut to flashback from episode 71, when INU threw a Wind Scar at NAR's barrier.

INU:   Wind Scar!

NAR and KAR are intact within the barrier.

MIR:   The Wind Scar had no effect.

NAR:   I told you… I'm growing stronger.

Back to present.

SAN:  It's a problem, all right.

INU:   (stands) Don't worry, I'll take care of it!

SHI:   What'll you do?

SAN:  Do you have any ideas?

INU's eyebrows and ears twitches. The rest of INU-gang looks away. KAG continues to shuffle her cards.

SHI:   You haven't got a clue!

KAG:  Okay then…

INU:   Hey guys…!

MYO:  Leave it to me. (appears on INU's neck and sucks his blood) Lord Inuyasha!

INU:   (slaps MYO) Grandpa Myoga…

MYO:  I know how to handle Naraku's barrier.

INU:   You do?

MYO:  I hurried over just to tell you.

INU:   Tell me! You can suck all the blood you want out of Kagome!

KAG:  Why me?!

MYO:  This is no time for jokes, Lord Inuyasha. Go immediately to the nest of the Demon Bats.

KAG:  Demon Bats?

Cut-scene of a cave in the sea by a beach. Bat demons circle the tall cave.

MYO:  (voice-over) Near a village on the western shores is the nest of the Demon Bat Tribe. The nest is protected by a barrier and no one is able to destroy them.

Cut to present, INU-gang listens to MYO attentively.

MYO:  The guardianship is passed down through generations. You must kill this guardian demon.

Cut-scene of TET slashing something against a dark background and drenched in blood.

MYO:  (voice-over) Very simply, kill the demon guardian and let Tetsusaiga absorb its blood.

Back to present.

MIR:   By killing a strong opponent, Tetsusaiga will synergize his power?

SAN:  And make Tetsusaiga stronger?

MYO:  (appears on KAG's neck) Exactly. Now… Kagome, your blood…

KAG slaps MYO nonchalantly.

INU:   Alright, let's go! Demon hunting? If this could make Tetsusaiga stronger, I'd kill a thousand of them!

Cut to INU-gang travelling on a transformed HAA (the tanuki who is MIR's friend) across the sky. They approach the sea.

[ End of ACT I: 6min 16sec ]

[ ACT II ]

Daytime in the village by the beach. A group villagers are beating up the woman seen earlier on.

Villager 1: Damn! You lied to us! You said if you gave your daughter to them, we'll be safe! Well?!

Villager 2: More villagers have been killed! You lied!

Villager 3: Why'd they attack us?! She's one of them…one of those Demon Bats!

Villager 1: Show no mercy! Let her have it!

The villagers rush forward to beat up the fallen woman, who cowers in anticipation. INU suddenly appears and grabs Villager 1's spear.

Villager 1: W-Who're you?!

INU:   You mentioned the Demon Bats? Tell me where their nest is.

The rest of INU-gang runs to the woman.

KAG:  Are you okay?

MIR:   How dare you attack a woman like that!?

Villager 2: As if we would know where the nest is!

Villager 1: Ask that woman! She's a bitch who calls herself human, but bore the child of a Demon Bat!

INU gasps. The woman looks down.

KAG:  (looks at the woman, thinking) Child of a demon?

The woman's face twitches in anger. INU turns around and looks at her in silence.

In the woman's hut. INU-gang and the woman sit around a fire. HAA is sleeping.

Woman: Why do you want to know where the nest is?

INU:   Well… I'll destroy them.

MIR:   Wait a minute, Inuyasha. You said you gave your child to the Demon Bats. What does that mean?

Woman: The Demon Bats have always lived in this region.

Cut-scene of a horde of Demon Bats attacking the villagers.

Woman: (voice-over) They prey on humans and animals, and suck their blood. But Tsukuyomaru…

Cut to image of a good looking Demon Bat in the night, on the beach.

Woman: (voice-over) My daughter's father, Tsukuyomaru was different.

Tsukuyomaru walks towards the woman. She has a baby in her arms. Tsukuyomaru pats the baby's head lovingly.

Woman: (voice-over) He didn't kill humans. After Shiori was born, perhaps he convinced the other Bats, they stopped attacking our village.

* Shiori and her mother Shizu, abbreviated as SRI from now onwards and SZU respectively*

Cut to present.

SZU:  Yes. Our village was at peace.

MIR:   Was?

SZU:  Tsukuyomaru died. There was no one to stop them.

Cut-scene of Demon Bats flying in the sky above the beach and laughing evilly.

Villager 3: The Demon Bats!

The two villagers on the beach run away. A Demon Bat swoop down and grab one of the villagers, and kills him viciously. Cut to Bat Demons ravaging the village. Cut to the giant Bat Demon from earlier on. He hovers outside SZU's hut, talking to her and SRI.

SZU:  (voice-over) Soon after, Tsukuyomaru's father, Taigokumaru, came to see me. If I handed Shiori over, they'd leave us alone.

Cut to image of the Bat Demon cave. An image of Tsukuyomaru is superimposed. Another image of the daughter, SRI appears.

SZU:  (voice-over) Both father and son were guardians of the barrier. As Tsukuyomaru's daughter, Shiori had to carry on the duty.

Cut to present. INU gasps in horror.

SAN:  Why must it be Shiori? If this Taigokumaru had the guardian power…

SZU:  Power wanes. Once one passes on his duty, he loses the power.

MIR:   So Shiori is the only one who can protect the barrier now?

SZU looks down, deep in thoughts. Cut to flashback of a bunch of kids on the beach teasing SRI.

Child 1: Hah! Hah! Demon child!

Child 2: Half-demon! Half-demon! (pushes SRI)

Child 1 pushes SRI too, and she falls to the ground. The kids laugh. Cut to SRI walking slowly back home, crying. She stops outside her house and wipes away her tears. She enters the hut.

SRI:   I'm home, Mommy.

SZU:  Shiori! Why are there scratches on your face? (rushes to SRI)

SRI:   Nothing. I just fell.

SZU hugs SRI tightly and cry.

SRI:   (tearing) What's the matter…? I really just fell…

SZU:  Sorry!

SRI gasps and cries, burying her face in SZU's shoulder.

Back to present.

SZU:  I was agonized. But I still gave up my Shiori to Taigokumaru.

* Taigokumaru, SRI's grandfather, abbreviated as TAK from now onwards *

Cut to flashback from ACT I, when SZU and the villagers formed a procession on the beach. TAK swoops down.

TAK:  So you've brought her.

SZU:  As promised. In return, never attack our village again!

TAK:  I give you my word.

SZU:  Now Shiori, go.

SRI:   I changed my mind. I'm afraid of Grandfather.

Villager 1: Please go, Shiori!

Villager 2: For the village!

SRI:   (begging) Mommy!

SZU looks away. Cut to SRI walking away from the villagers. As she walks, she keeps looking back.

SZU:  (thinking) Forgive me. You'll be happier there.

Back to present.

MIR:   Pardon me, but Shiori is half-demon, right?

INU:   Would a half-demon child have such powers?

SZU:  You look like a half-demon too. Just because you're half-demon doesn't mean you're accepted by the demon world. Neither are you embraced by humans.

KAG looks at SZU nods enthusiastically.

MYO:  (on INU's necklace, patting INU) Well, Inuyasha?

INU:   I wonder.

SZU:  Shiori had ample power to fulfil her duties. That's why… I thought it was good for her to go to them. And if that would save the village… (clenches her fists angrily) But the Demon Bats went against their word.

There is a short silence.

INU:   (stands) Take me there. Take me to that old man, whatever his name is.

KAG:  We'll go, too.

INU:   No! I'll be fine.

KAG:  But…!

INU:   I'm the one who's involved.

SZU and INU walk by a steep and narrow cliff by the sea. SZU leads the way while INU follows.

Cut to flashback of a young INU running through a forest in the night. He sprints across a river and through the forest nervously. Three huge and ugly demons stomp behind him, laughing. Young INU turns around and looks at them, while running. He trips and falls, but gets up immediately and continues running. He reaches the edge of a cliff, with nowhere to run. He turns around and gasps as he hears the demons approaching. Cut to the demons at the cliff edge, looking for young INU but can't find him. Young INU is hiding in a small nook under the cliff. One of the demons peer over the edge but INU gets a scare. But the demon doesn't notice him and returns. Young INU growls angrily.

Back to present. INU is walking, deep in thoughts.

MYO:  (on INU's necklace) Penny for your thoughts?

INU:   I was thinking back… (pauses) Grandpa Myoga, why'd you follow me?!

MYO:  Why not? I won't be in the way.

INU:   I told you not to come! Go back!

MYO:  Don't say that.

SZU:  (turns around) This way.

MYO:  Let us go, Lord Inuyasha!

INU:   Whatever. (follows)

Cut to Demon Bat Cave. SRI kneels inside a purple barrier, holding a red crystal-like ball in her hand. There are black coral like things inside the ball. Suddenly a piece of meat is thrown to the ground and SRI is surprised. She looks up to find a Bat Demon above.

Bat Demon: Eat. I cannot have you starving to death. (laughs and flies off)

SRI looks down.

Cut to outside of the cave. SZU and INU are standing on a boulder in the sea, across the cave. The sea that separates them in beating furiously.

SZU:  (pointing) That cave over yonder. Where it glows.

SRI:   (looks out) Mommy!

SZU:  Shiori…!

INU:   (softly) Grandpa Myoga… Are you sure about this…?

MYO:  (nods, softly) Yes… You must kill that girl.

SZU:  Shiori! Shiori!

SRI:   Mommy!

TAK:  It seems like we have some visitors. (suddenly appears in front of SRI)

INU:   Is that him?

SZU:  Taigokumaru. You tricked me!

TAK:  What? What are you talking about?

SZU:  You promised to leave the village alone in return for Shiori! Yet…

TAK:  You really believed it? As if a demon would really keep a promise to a human!

SZU:  Then return Shiori to me!

SRI:   Mommy…

TAK:  I will not. Shiori will be the guardian of the barrier for the rest of her life. She inherited the duty from her late father. She is doing a fine job. It's hard to believe she has a human for a mother.

SZU's face twitches in anger.

INU:   I think you have to get your daughter back by force.

SZU:  Force? Can you?

INU:   That old bat… He's standing in front of Shiori. If I attack now, I can get him without hurting Shiori! (unsheathes TET) Wind… Scar! (throws a Wind Scar at TAK) What?!

The Wind Scar deflects around TAK, who has a purple barrier around him.

INU:   He repelled my Wind Scar!

MYO:  The barrier of the Demon Bat is to be feared! It is impenetrable!

TAK:  Who are you, kid?!

INU:   It doesn't matter who I am! Give Shiori back!

TAK:  So…the mortals sent you. Well, you'll die here!

TAK spews sound waves at INU and SZU, which explodes the boulder they were standing on. INU grabs SZU and leaps into the air. He lands on another boulder.

TAK:  I won't miss this time.

INU:   Why you…!

SRI gasps. SZU, who looks unconscious, looks up.

SRI:   Stop! (shakes her head and cries) Please stop, Grandfather! Please don't hurt Mommy. (nods her head violently, crying) I'll work hard. Please… Please don't hurt Mommy!

TAK:  Heard that? This child has far more sense than you!

INU:   Why you…! Cut it out!

TAK:  Let me ask. Do you think Shiori will be happy back in the village? I know it all. The villagers ostracized her because she is a half-demon. Because they valued their lives more, they didn't hesitate to offer Shiori. How can I return my Shiori to such selfish villagers!

SZU bows her head. INU looks at her. He makes an exasperated sound and sheathes TET. Cut to SRI sobbing.

[ End of ACT II: 18min 13sec ]


Night time in SZU's hut. INU-gang sit around a fire. HAA is sleeping.

SAN:  It didn't work?

SZU:  I'll resign myself to this.

KAG:  But…

SZU:  What Taigokumaru said was true. This village didn't accept me or Shiori. She's better off there.

INU:   So naïve… Demons…never accept half-demons. Even if…they're blood kin.

KAG looks at INU in silence.

SHI:   I'm a fine demon. And I accept you, Inuyasha!

MYO:  (leaping) Me too!

INU:   (threateningly at MYO) It's because I protect you!

MYO jumps onto SHI's shoulder for protection.

MIR:   Well, if Inuyasha cannot break the barrier, nothing can be done.

SAN:  Didn't we come here for that?

INU:   I know that!

KAG:  (thinking) Kill a half-demon who guards a barrier… Let Tetsusaiga absorb his blood. Let it grow in power and help break through Naraku's barrier. But… No way can Inuyasha…kill the half-demon. She's just a girl.

Cut to Demon Bat Cave.

SRI:   (thinking) Mommy… I want you. If only Father were alive… Why did he have to die? (sobs)

TAK:  (looks at SRI from behind) I guess she misses her mother. If this keeps up, she might run back to the village. Then I will make them disappear… Your village and your mother!

SRI doesn't hear TAK. Suddenly a horde of Demon Bats fly out of the cave, laughing. SRI gasps and looks up.

Cut to INU, alone, perching on a cliff edge, alone. He looks deep in thoughts. Cut to flashback from episode 7. The court officials walk away from a young INU, aborting their ball game.

INU:   Half-demon?

Cut to young INU runing to his mother's receiving arms.

INU:   Mother… What is a half-demon?

INU's mother's eyes start to water. A tear rolls down her cheek and she closes her eyes sadly. Cut to present.

KAG:  (softly) Inuyasha…

INU:   (gasps and looks up) Kagome.

KAG:  (appears and sits next to INU) Thinking about Shiori?

INU:   Not only that.

KAG:  You're kind, Inuyasha.

INU:   Stupid! I'm not…!

KAG:  It was hard for you… I can't imagine the hardship… But, Inuyasha… I… No… Not only me… (smiles) Even Miroku, Sango, Shippo and Grandpa Myoga…

INU:   (softly) I know.

KAG:  (rubs INU's head) Good boy!

INU:   (shakes off her hand) Don't treat me like a dog!

KAG giggles. INU suddenly stands up.

KAG:  What's wrong?

A horde of Demon Bats fly across the night sky.

KAG:  That's…! The Demon Bats!

The Demon Bats fly towards the village.

[ End of ACT III: 22min 9sec ]

[ End of episode 73: Shiori's Family & Inuyasha's Feelings ]

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Shiori I'll use my entire life to guard the Demon Bat barrier! I beg you… Please spare my mother and the villagers!

The young Shiori who tries so hard to protect everybody… but Inuyasha has to kill her to make Tetsusaiga stronger…! Inuyasha won't be able to do that!

Shiori Wait! There's another way!

Next on Inuyasha: "The Red Tetsusaiga that Breaks Barrier". Inuyasha's resolution is about to change Tetsusaiga!


Compiled on 20 Feb 2008.
Last revised on 21 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.

Contributors & References

Andy's Playing Cards on 20 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)

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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