episode 156

Decisive Battle Before the Grave! Sesshomaru vs. Inuyasha

墓前決戦! 殺生丸VS犬夜叉
Canon Episode | 3-episode story, 155-157

Episode Capsule last revised on 28 Feb 2008.


OPENING SONG: Angelus by Shimatani Hitomi
ENDING SONG: Brand-New World by V6

Script: SUMISAWA Katsuyuki 隅沢克之
Storyboard: KASE Mitsuko 加瀬充子
Episode Director: TOBA Satoshi 鳥羽 聡
Animation Director: SAKUMA Shinichi 佐久間信一


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



Tall card [332 x 573 pixels]


Sacred Jewel fragment: 0 in all
No. of 'sit': 0 / 95 in al
‘Kaze no Kizu!’: 1 / 78 in all
‘Iron-Reaver, Soul-Stealer!’: 0 / 60 in all
‘Kazaana!’: 0 / 26 in all
‘Hiraikotsu!’: 2 / 45 in all
‘Will you bear my child?’: 0 / 15 in all
Inuyasha’s abuse of Shippo:
0 / 33 head thumps
0 / 24 kicks
0 / 4 tail-grabbing
0 / 2 throws
0 [69 in all]
‘I must be strong!’ 1 / 17 in all
Miroku's groping of Sango: 0 / 10 in all
Kagome's arrow hit percentage: 68.7% [57/83]


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

Preview from previous episode

I finally have it... the last Sacred Jewel fragment.

Housenki's fragment has been snatched by Naraku!

How dare you appear here! I've been waiting for this moment!

Under Kagura's lure, Sesshomaru has appeared on this battle ground, too!

Have you come to save your beloved brother? How touching...

You, half-demon, should know your place.

Next on Inuyasha, "Decisive Battle Before the Grave! Sesshomaru vs. Inuyasha".

Only Sesshomaru can defeat Naraku...!

InuYasha’s Jar

#156 Sesshoumaru 殺生丸 [せっしょうまる]


Oddities and Other Notes



This is yet another episode that exemplify Sesshomaru's powers. While Inuyasha and Hakudoshi had a hard time trying to get past Gozu and Mezu, Sesshomaru just had to flash Tenseiga and Gozu and Mezu knelt before him.

"Because a half-demon has invaded Father's grave."
— Sesshomaru to Inuyasha
Sesshomaru's words can be taken at two levels, I feel. On the surface, it seems that Sesshomaru punched Inuyasha the half-demon for being in Father's grave. But at another level, Sesshomaru could have punched Inuyasha for letting Naraku the half-demon enter Father's grave, that he failed to protect the honour of their fathers. Note that Sesshomaru actually put down his sword to slug Inuyasha in his face, insteading of just hacking him away with his sword. A slight change of attitude towards his little brother perhaps...?

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

[ Prologue ]

KAG:  Everything started at the Tree of Life.

INU:   A world of dreams and lost memories.

KAG:  The strong bonds of friendship!

INU:   A new hope and a bright future now begin!

KAG:  At the boundary, Naraku tried to get hold of the fragment. Sesshomaru has finally arrived! The brothers will fight each other in front of their father's grave!

INU:   The jewel fragment leads our way!

KAG:  Through the well to a whole new world!

INU & KAG: A fairy tale in the Warring States Era! Inuyasha!

[ ACT I ]

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[ Preview for next episode ]

Everytime you cut me, miasma will gush out. The miasma is poisonous enough to kill everyone here.

Why do you think I care about their lives?

I knew it...!

The miasma is approaching us!

Housenki Cut through me!


Housenki If you want to cut through Naraku's barrier, you have to cut through me!

Next on Inuyasha, "Pierce Through Naraku: Diamond Spear Blast".

No matter what, I'll end things today!


Compiled on 27 Feb 2008.
Last revised on 28 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

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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