episode 74

The Red Tetsusaiga Breaks the Barrier

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: HATA Masami 波多正美
Episode Director: 阿宮正和
Animation Director: SAKUMA Shinichi 佐久間信一


Inuyasha: Kappei Yamaguchi
Kagome: Satsuski Yukino
Shippo: Kumiko Watanabe
Miroku: Kouji Tsujitani
Sango: Houko Kuwashima
Villagers: TANAKA Kazunari, SAIZEN Tadahisa


Sacred Jewel fragment: 0 / 5 in all
No. of 'sit': 0 / 36 in all
‘Kaze no Kizu!’: 0 / 17 in all
‘Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer!’: 1 / 28 in all
‘Kazaana!’: 0 / 12 in all
‘Hiraikotsu!’: 1 / 16 in all
‘Will you bear my child?’: 0 / 8 in all
Inuyasha’s abuse of Shippo:
0 / 30 head thumps
0 / 23 kicks
1 / 4 tail-grabbing
0 / 1 throws
1 [58 in all]
‘I must be strong!’ 0 / 5 in all
Miroku's groping of Sango: 0 / 5 in all
Kagome's arrow hit percentage: 57.9% [22/38]


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

Preview from previous episode

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!

InuYasha’s Jar

#74 Shiori 紫織

A half demon girl who was born out of a Demon Bat and a human. Protector of the barrier.



(to Shiori) Your father probably wished for your freedom, too. (looks at Inuyasha)

… &hellip


Oddities and Other Notes



Good boy!
Technically, dogs are color blind, hence Inuyasha, being a half dog demon, shouldn't be able to see the change in Tetsusaiga's red color… Guess he inherited his eyes from his mother…

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

[ recap ]

Recap from previous episode. Night time in the Demon Bat cave. SRI gasps and looks up. Suddenly a horde of Demon Bats fly out of the cave, laughing. Cut to KAG and INU sitting on a cliff. A horde of Demon Bats fly across the night sky, laughing.

KAG:  The Demon Bats!

The Demon Bats fly towards the village.

[ End of recap: 1min 53sec ]

[ Title screen: The Red Tetsusaiga Breaks the Barrier! ]

[ ACT I ]

Continuation from previous episode. Night time. MIR, SHI and SAN stand outside SZU's hut. SZU and HAA stand at the door. They see the Demon Bats flying towards them.

SAN:  They're the Demon Bats!

The Demon Bats fly past them and towards the village.

SZU:  They're heading for the village!

HAA breaks out in nervous sweat.

INU:   (running towards the group, piggybacking KAG) Hey guys! Stop looking! Let's go!

MIR nods and runs.

Cut to Demon Bats. TAK is flying among them, with SRI in his hand. SRI is carrying a red crystal-like ball. The Demon Bats reach the village and start destroying everything. The villagers are panicking.

Villagers: Help!

The Demon Bats swoop down and grab some villagers, killing them.

SRI:   The village…

TAK:  Don't grieve for them, Shiori. They harassed you and your mother. Don't worry. If you protect me with the barrier, I will spare your mother's life. Don't hold back. Annihilate the entire village!

Some more Demon Bats swoop down towards the villagers.

INU:   (sprints towards the Demon Bats) Hold it! Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer! (claws the demons) Old bastard! You won't get away with this!

TAK:  You're an eyesore, kid! (raise his hand)

More Demon Bats swoop down at the villagers.

INU:   Why you…! (leaps)

One of the Demon Bats grab INU and throw him to the ground. INU gets up. Suddenly a sacred arrow appears and kills several demons.

KAG:  Inuyasha!

The rest of INU-gang runs towards INU. Cut to MIR thumping the Demon Bats with his staff. Cut to SHI and HAA standing aside, cheering them on.

SHI:   That's great, Miroku! Show them!

HAA:  (waving two paper fans) Keep it up!

KAG:  (reaches INU with MIR) Inuyasha!

INU:   You're late! Where were you? (looks at the sky full of Demon Bats) How many of them are there?

KAG:  There's no end!

SAN:  (appears above, on KIR) I'll get the small fry! Hiraikotsu!

SAN throws HIR, which slashes several Demon Bats into two. HIR reaches TAK, but is reflected back by the barrier around him.

KAG:  The barrier…!

SHI:   (on MIR's shoulder) It turned back the Hiraikotsu!

TAK laughs smugly. SAN grabs HIR in its return path. KIR lands.

MIR:   This isn't good. As long as Shiori is around, I can't use my Wind Tunnel.

TAK:  What's wrong? Can't make a move?

INU:   Damn! Can we separate Shiori from Taigokumaru?

Villager 1: If there is, please do it! Please do something!

Villager 2: We'll all be killed!

KAG:  (looks at the villagers behind them) The villagers!

INU:   I don't need to be asked to kill Taigokumaru! But that's only after I get Shiori back.

Villager 3: That's crazy!

Villager 2: Besides, Shiori is on their side!

INU:   You want me to kill her, too?

Villager 3: I-It can't be helped.

Villager 2: Shiori is a demon's child after all.

KAG:  How cruel! Shiori was given up by her mother to save your village!

SHI:   That's selfish!

SAN:  (walks to MIR) Priest, doesn't Inuyasha despise people like them?

MIR:   Well, he's been through the same experience.

INU:   Did you hear, Shiori? (takes a step forward) What do you want? Even if you return to a village like this, no good will come of it. Do you still want to return?

SRI:   (thinking) He came earlier to the nest today with Mommy.

INU:   If you want to return home, I'll help you!

TAK:  Help? You brat! You think you can defeat me, Taigokumaru?!

TAK spews sound waves at INU-gang, who dodges. INU grabs KAG and runs aside. The sound waves reduce the ground to a hole.

TAK:  (laughs) Brat, you're also a half-demon! You reek of a half-demon!

INU:   Shut up! So what?

TAK:  You're thinking of your own situation, and feel sorry for Shiori.

INU:   (scoffs) Not likely! I just hate old rotten bats like you!

SRI:   (thinking) Half-demon? He's the same as me.

INU:   Shiori! Make up your mind! Do you want to go home or not?

SRI:   (thinking) I want to go home… To Mommy. But… (notices SZU running towards them) Mommy…

SZU:  Shiori!

SRI:   Mommy!

TAK:  Do you understand, Shiori? If you don't protect me by guarding the barrier, your mother will die.

SRI:   (gasps and looks at the crystal ball) I don't know. I really don't know!

TAK:  Brat! Don't confuse Shiori!

INU:   Shiori! Protect yourself! (unsheathes TET)

TAK:  You brat!

INU leaps and tries to cut TAK, but hits the barrier instead. INU lands.

MIR:   Is that the power of the barrier?

TAK:  Good work, Shiori! That's what you must do.

SRI doesn't reply.

INU:   (thinking) If part of Taigokumaru's body is outside the barrier, I'll have a chance. But can't Shiori adjust the size of the barrier?

White orbs of light appear around TAK's barrier.

INU:   Watch out, everyone!

Everyone starts running. TAK releases the white orbs of sound waves, destroying the village and killing a lot of villagers.

KAG:  The village…

Villager 1: H-Help!

TAK:  I have no use for this village anymore. Get rid of all of them.

SZU:  Taigokumaru! Stop this now!

KAG:  Missus…

SZU:  This village was peaceful when your son was alive. Because Tsukuyomaru protected us! He wished a happy life for Shiori and me, so he prevented attacks on our village.

SRI gasps.

SZU:  Please! Please honor Tsukuyomaru's wish!

* Tsukuyomaru abbreviated as TSU from now onwards *

Cut to flashback of TSU with SZU and baby SRI on the beach. TSU pats baby SRI on the head. Cut to present.

TAK:  Honor his wish?! (laughs) How absurd! (eyes flash red) Tsukuyomaru was my son, but he was a fool! Falling in love with a mortal hastened his death!

SZU:  (shocked) What do you mean…?

TAK:  Just as you said… Tsukuyomaru swore he would protect this village.

Cut to flashback of TSU walking up to TAK in the Demon Bat cave. They argue and TSU waves his hand madly.

TAK:  (voice-over) And if he couldn't, he threatened to stop guarding the barrier and leave the tribe! His heart was stolen by a mortal woman! That's why…

Back to present.

SZU:  (shocked) That's why?

INU:   (angry) Why what? Did you? Kill your own flesh and blood?

TAK:  (laughs) Exactly. I sent Tsukuyomaru to the netherworld.

SRI gasps in shock. Cut to flashback of TSU being killed by TAK. Cut to present.

TAK:  As long as I had Shiori, he was of no use.

SZU falls to the ground and faints.

KAG:  (runs to SZU and holds her up) Missus! Hang on!

INU:   Taigokumaru, you're unforgivable! (raises TET) I'll kill you!

TAK:  Just try it. However, Shiori is unable to control the barrier. If somehow your sword breaks through the barrier, Shiori will die with me!

INU:   (gnashing) Why you…!

MIR:   Are you confident, Inuyasha?

KAG:  (thinking) Can he kill Taigokumaru without hurting Shiori? Shiori cannot control the barrier. Even if Inuyasha kills Taigokumaru, Shiori will die!

TAK:  What's wrong, brat? Can you kill me?

INU:   Shut up, old bat! I'll show you!

TAK:  (sarcastic) You were sparing me earlier? Then let me see…your true power! (spews sound waves at INU)

INU:   Take this! (leaps and swings TET) Backlash Wave!

The wind vortexes from TET rush forth and collides with the sound waves, and rush towards TAK.

INU:   (thinking) There's a crack in the barrier from the old bat's ghostly aura. My Backlash Wave should go through it and reach him!

TAK:  (thinking) The force from his sword is coming towards me!

INU:   Now go through and blast that bat's head off!

The Backlash Wave collides into the barrier but is deflected around it.

SAN:  The barrier's bending!

INU:   How's that?

TAK and SRI are intact. Everyone is shocked.

KAG:  It's back to normal.

SHI:   Taigokumaru isn't hurt!

INU:   I was late!

TAK:  Good work, Shiori! That's how you…

SRI:   (looking down, angry) Get out. I'll avenge… (turns around and glares at TAK) my father!

SRI's eyes flashes and TAK is thrown out of the barrier.

TAK:  Why you, Shiori! How dare you do this to me! (thinking) I never suspected she had such power. Even I, Taigokumaru, couldn't control the barrier!

The barrier slowly disappears and SRI falls towards the ground.

KAG:  She's falling!

SZU:  Shiori! (runs towards SRI) Shiori!

TAK:  Even if my granddaughter is a half-demon, I'll never let the mortals have her! (sound waves appear around his mouth)

KAG:  Watch out! Missus!

TAK:  Die! (spews sound waves at SZU)

SRI:   Mommy!

KAG reaches SRI and stops her.

INU:   (leaps) Say your prayers, old bat!

INU swings TET downwards and does a Backlash Wave at the sound waves.

TAK:  Damn!

MIR:   Yes!

The Backlash Wave hits TAK and he yells in terror.

SHI:   Backlash Wave!

TAK is completely disintegrated. INU catches his breath and heaves a sigh of relief.

KAG:  It's over.

HAA:  Hey! (walks to everyone with SRI in his arms) There! (lets SRI down)

SZU:  (runs to SRI) Shiori!

SRI:   (runs to SZU) Mommy! (hugs SZU tightly)

SZU:  (hugs SRI tightly) Shiori, I'm so sorry. It's all my fault.

SRI:   Mommy!

INU:   Okay… There's nothing else here. Let's go!

MYO:  (jumps up and down on INU's shoulder) What are you saying?!

INU:   (surprised) Old Myoga, you're still here?

MYO:  (hits INU with a paper fan sternly) Have you forgotten why you came here?! You had to kill the demon guarding the barrier, to let Tetsusaiga absorb the blood and make it stronger!

SZU:  (gasps and turns to INU) You came here to kill Shiori?!

INU:   (uncomfortable) At first it was. (smiles) Don't worry. I wouldn't kill a child!

MIR:   She's such an innocent girl.

SAN:  And also a half-demon.

INU:   I'll find someone else with a stronger barrier, and kill him.

MYO:  Inuyasha! You weren't like this before!

INU:   What does that mean?

MYO:  Well…

MIR:   He means you've matured.

KAG smiles and turns to SZU and SRI. SZU nods. KAG runs to the rest of INU-gang.

KAG:  Well, we'll be off.

HAA bows.

INU:   See ya!

SRI:   Wait!

INU-gang stops.

SZU:  Shiori?

SRI:   Here… (holds up her red sphere)

INU-gang gasps.

[ commercial break ]

INU:   Break that sphere?

SRI:   (nods) Yes, please do. This blood crystal is the precious heirloom of barrier guardians. We obtain the power from it to put up a strong barrier. And it stores within itself, the power of each generation, like my father's. If you break it, I think you'll be able to strengthen your sword.

MYO:  That's really great! Inuyasha, break it!

INU:   The faster we break that sphere, the better.

The red sphere throbs and fumes are emitted. The group is shocked.

SAN:  It's releasing vapors.

SZU:  Let it go! (grabs the sphere)

The sphere glows in orange and burns SZU's hands. She drops it.

SRI:   Mommy, your hands!

A barrier appears and forms around the sphere.

KAG:  It has a barrier!

INU:   It can't be broken so easily. Now that makes it… (unsheathes TET) even more interesting!

INU jumps and tries to cut the sphere with TET. The barrier resists and INU is thrown to the ground.

KAG:  (holds up INU) Are you okay, Inuyasha?

INU:   Damn it!

The barrier dissipates and red fumes appear. The sphere speaks.

TAK:  Shiori, as if I'd let you go!

SRI:   (thinking) That's Grandfather's voice!

The fumes thickened and forms a dragon like version of TAK.

TAK:  Releasing the sphere won't break your bond with us! Even you, with a human mother…a half-demon!

SZU:  Taigokumaru!

SRI:   Grandfather!

TAK:  (rushes towards SRI) I'll kill you here and now!

INU:   You old bat! (hits TAK but is thrown back)

KAG:  Inuyasha!

TAK:  Shiori! Come to hell with the rest of us!

A barrier appears around SZU and SRI, who are holding each other in fear. TAK collides into the barrier and some parts of him breaks off.

TAK:  W-What?!

MIR:   It got repelled!

A ghostly hand appears and pats SRI on the head.

Hand: Shiori!

TAK:  Why you… Shiori!

INU:   (thinking) The old bat's power is weakening! Now!

TAK rushes back at SRI again.

INU:   (jumps) Let Shiori free!

INU swings TET, slashing TAK into many pieces. TAK breaks apart into the thin air. The red sphere loses its glow and a crack appears. It breaks into two.

SHI:   It shattered!

The two pieces of the piece turns transparent as red rings emit form it. The rings gravitate towards TET.

INU:   Finally, it's over. W-What? (TET glows in red) My blade is turning red!

KAG:  Tetsusaiga absorbed the sphere's power!

MIR:   The sword has increased its power!

INU is shocked to see all this. TET reverts to its normal color, then to its rusty state. INU sheathes it. SRI picks up a piece of the sphere.

INU:   Shiori!

SRI:   Thank you.

INU:   You're the one who saved me, right? You weakened the old bat's power.

SRI:   I didn't do that. (looks at the broken sphere) Someone's arms embraced us, and protected us.

An image of TSU's backview appear across the sky.

SZU:  That was Tsukuyomaru. Your father's hands. (holds SRI)

KAG:  (looks at SRI) Your father probably wished for your freedom, too. (turns to look at INU intently)

INU makes a 'What…?!' expression. KAG shakes her head slightly and smiles. Cut to back view of SRI and SZU facing the sea. The pieces of the sphere are left on the ground behind them. Dawn is breaking.

INU:   Let's go!

HAA:  I'm hungry!

SHI:   Me, too!

KAG:  (looks at SRI and SZU, thinking) Inuyasha also wanted to rescue Shiori. He forgot all about making Tetsusaiga stronger. (looks to the sky) That's why Shiori's father lent Inuyasha a hand.

[ End of ACT I: 20min 21sec ]

[ ACT II ]

INU-gang is traveling on a transformed HAA in the sky. INU and KAG are seated in front. INU seems deep in thoughts.

SHI:   What is Inuyasha thinking about?

MYO:  (on SHI's shoulder) How unusual for Inuyasha to be contemplating!

INU:   Hey! (turns around and glares at them threateningly)

MIR:   But those two will still go through hard times.

INU:   (scoffs) Don't worry about them. Can't be a half-demon if you're afraid of hard times.

MIR:   (pokes INU's head with his staff) Well, we do have a fine example right here.

SAN:  Hopefully, Shiori doesn't turn out as warped.

MIR:   (continues poling INU) Oui! Oui! Oui!

INU:   (veins popping) You guys!

SHI:   That's more like the Inuyasha I know!

INU:   What do you mean?!

SHI:   Inuyasha deep in thought just isn't Inuyasha!

MYO:  He's right! Don't do something you're not used to!

INU:   (jumps up and chases SHI and MYO) What?! I'll drop you both!

SHI:   What? We're concerned for you!

MYO:  Yes, we are, Inuyasha!

INU:   I'm not a fool!

HAA:  You're all going to fall!

KAG:  (looks at INU with soft eyes, thinking) Inuyasha didn't say a word when he left Shiori. Not even a "Do your best" or "Hang in there". Even though there were many things he could say. Inuyasha chose silence to encourage her. I'm sure she understood.

Cut to INU struggling to pry SHI off, who is grabbing onto his hair. SHI kicks INU's head. INU gasps when he notices KAG looking at him with soft eyes.

INU:   (walks to KAG) What's wrong, Kagome?

KAG:  (pats INU's head cheerfully) Good boy!

Cut to long shot of HAA flying across the sky.

INU:   (riled) Don't treat me like a dog!

SHI:   Good boy!

INU:   Hey Shippo! You…

MIR:   Good boy!

INU:   … get on my nerves!

HAA:  Enough, already. I shouldn't have come!

[ End of ACT II: 22min 9sec ]

[ End of episode 74: The Red Tetsusaiga Breaks the Barrier! ]

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They're after the Sacred Jewel fragments and Inuyasha's life!

Keh! I don't know any panthers!

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Interesting! No matter what kind of opponents, I'll gladly fight!


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).

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