The Tragic Love Song of Destiny (Part 2) is the one hundred forty-eighth episode of the InuYasha anime.


  1. Kikyō and Inuyasha's love for one another grows further, with Inuyasha resolving to use the Shikon no Tama to become a full-fledged human so he could live with Kikyō.
  2. The bandit Onigumo's lust for Kikyō is revealed, as is the scene of when he fed his soul to demons and became Naraku; Naraku's twisted plot to kill Kikyō and Inuyasha is put into action, leading to Kikyō's death and Inuyasha being sealed to the Goshinboku.


Kaede resumes Kikyō's story when Kikyō was secretly caring for a bandit named Onigumo inside a cave who was hostile to her and tried to dissuade her from keeping him alive and to not come back. Believing Inuyasha would overreact from jealousy, Kikyō asked Kaede to not tell him about treating the wounded Onigumo.

Kikyō was later asked to slay a demon from another country and approached Inuyasha for help. The two succeeded in defeating this demon and returned home afterwards.

During a conversation with Kaede, Onigumo never called her by name and claimed Kikyō was too pure and proud, stating he wanted to see Kikyō corrupted with evil just like the Shikon Jewel. Kaede later revealed to Kikyō the disturbing things Onigumo voiced regarding Kikyō during her mission with Inuyasha. Kaede says she doesn't care for Onigumo, but Kikyō pitted him and brushed off the incident.

During the season of spring, Tsubaki later confronted Kikyō in a forest and sensed Kikyō's spiritual powers waning after she fell in love with Inuyasha. Tsubaki offered to purify the Sacred Jewel in her place, only for Kikyō to refuse. Tsubaki attempted to cast a curse on Kikyō using her Shikigami and then taking the Sacred Jewel for herself, thinking Kikyō's powers would be weakened after hearing of her infatuation with a half-demon. However, Kikyō used her bow to reflect the curse and sent it flying back at Tsubaki, which gave her a scar on her right eye. Kikyō then spared a humiliated Tsubaki's life, but a Three-Eyed Spider had witnessed.

Later, Onigumo is surrounded by a flock of demons together with the spider demon who offers to fulfill his dreams for his soul. As Onigumo expresses his desire for a body and use it to claim Kikyō as well as taking the jewel, he is pleasantly surprised that his sin infested soul held any value to the yōkai and gives it to them with no second thoughts.

While Kikyō helps Kaede work on her Sacred Arrows, the village is attacked by a horde of demons sent by Naraku to retrieve the Sacred Jewel. With her spiritual powers weakened, Kikyō didn't sense the collective demon's aura.

Inuyasha helps the villagers fight off the demons when Kikyō arrives with Kaede a little late. Kaede had tried to shoot a demon that was about to attack Kikyō, but missed a few times before hitting it. The demon then went to attack Kaede, but Kikyō shot it in time. The arrow failed to purify the demon's jaki, resulting in an explosion that rendered Kaede permanently blind in the right eye.

After the battle, Kikyō is alone and Inuyasha arrives by her side, asking how is Kaede's eye, she feels guilty for what happened but Inuyasha reassures her.

Eventually, Kikyō suggested using the Shikon Jewel to turn Inuyasha into a full human since he was half human, he could become a full human instead of a demon, that way the pearl would be purified, an offer he is unsure of at first. If this plan had in fact worked, it might have been possible for Kikyō to carry on the life of an ordinary woman alongside Inuyasha, and for him to finally feel like he belonged somewhere as a human. The idea of ​​leading a normal life together appealed to both of them.


One afternoon Inuyasha and Kikyō traveled by canoe and, when disembarking at the dock, Kikyō stumbled, Inuyasha holds her and being so close he cannot help it and hugs her and at that moment he tells her that he is determined and that he wants to use the Sacred Jewel to become human and be able to live with it. She gives him a tender kiss, which Inuyasha reciprocates and thus they agree to meet the next day at dawn to wear the Jewel and fulfill their wishes.

Having overheard their plans, Naraku impersonates Inuyasha and asks Kikyō to meet him earlier than planned.

The next morning, Kikyō ran to the Sacred Tree where they would meet but Inuyasha had not arrived, she had the makeup Beni that he had given her and was going to start putting on makeup but Naraku with the form of Inuyasha attacked her from behind making a wound mortal on his right shoulder. Naraku broke the oyster with makeup mocking her and took the pearl, he told her that the pearl needed more blood to be darker and that he was going to attack the village. Kikyō was devastated when she saw that she had been betrayed by the person she loved, then Naraku went to the village and placed the pearl in her hate-filled shrine and transformed into Kikyō to deceive Inuyasha, Naraku arrives where Inuyasha is waiting for Kikyō and shoots an arrow at him, he taunts Inuyasha saying half demon, Kikyō had previously promised never to call him that way again after he told her his name, Inuyasha dodges her and flees devastated by the supposed betrayal of his beloved Kikyō. Inuyasha, feeling cheated, attacked the village and took the Shikon no Tama, when he was escaping with the Jewel in his possession, a badly wounded Kikyō arrives and shoots him with one of her sealing arrows, that arrow sealed him in the Sacred Tree, Inuyasha slowly falls in a deep sleep. Inuyasha wonders if he's going to die like this and guess it's okay then thinks even though things ended this way he still loves Kikyō, before falling in a deep slumber. Later, Kikyō asked her sister Kaede to be burned with the Jewel after she fell dead from the wound caused by Naraku. Fulfilling Kikyō's last will, her body is burned along with the Shikon Jewel. As her body is burned, her soul states that she will take the Sacred Jewel to the netherworld in order to keep it away from those who would abuse its power.

As Kaede tells herself the story she wonders why Kikyō chose the arrow of sealing over the sacred arrow, and why Inuyasha had a peaceful look on his face.

In 1981 (15 years ago) on the Shōwa era, at Sōgō hospital in Japan when Grandpa Higurashi praised that he have his first grandchild that Ms. Higurashi gave birth to baby that it's a baby girl and names her Kagome; 15 years later, Kagome would release Inuyasha on the Tree and would meet their friends to defeat Naraku.

After the end credits, it is seen for the Bone-Eater's Well, and the Goshinboku.

Characters in Order of Appearance[]


  • Opening Theme — One Day, One Dream — Best of Inuyasha II
  • Kikyō puts on red coloring — The Living Buddha, Hakushin (Sokushinbutsu Hakushin Shōnin) — TV OST Vol. 3
  • Kaede wanted Kikyō to live a good life — Beautiful Memories (Utsukushii Omoide) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Kaede asks Kikyō why she hides Onigumo from Inuyasha — Kagome and Inuyasha II — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Flashback to Onigumo asking Kaede about the Shikon Jewel — Malice (Urami) — TV OST Vol. 3
  • Tsubaki tries to kill Kikyō — Tsubaki the Dark Miko (Kuromiko Tsubaki) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Spider demon tells Onigumo he can give him powers — Evil Spirits Desiring the Shikon no Tama (Shikon no Tama o Nerau Chimimōryō) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Naraku sends demons over the land — Inuyasha’s Metamorphosis (Hengeshita Inuyasha) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Inuyasha and Kikyō fight demons, Kaede is injured — Attack (Shūgeki) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Kikyō asks Inuyasha if he would stop fighting if he could using the Shikon Jewel, Inuyasha promises to become human — Dearest (BGM/Strings version) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Naraku posing as Inuyasha takes the Shikon Jewel from Kikyō — Demon Brother Sesshōmaru (Yōkei Sesshōmaru) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Naraku posing as Kikyō insults Inuyasha and fires arrows at him — Evil Hearted Renkotsu (Jashin Renkotsu) — TV OST Vol. 3
  • Kikyō uses a sealing arrow on Inuyasha — Spiritual Power (Reiryoku) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Kaede 50 years later wonders why Kikyō uses a sealing arrow instead of killing him — Kagome and Inuyasha II — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Ending Theme — CHANGE THE WORLD — TV OST Vol. 1


  • "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny" is a one-hour special.
  • This episode has scenes from the earlier episodes about the very beginning of the series.
  • While getting off the boat, the background music is "Dearest".
  • We find out that Kaede lost her sight in her right eye because Kikyō shot a demon at close range, and the explosion, injured her.
  • It is revealed that a Three-Eyed Spider did sensed Inuyasha is in love with Kikyō as he told Onigumo about it that leads him become Naraku.
  • Kikyō has met the same fate as Tsugumi, as she sealed her husband Datara and killed her child from the hands of the Lord of the Northern Lands the cat hanyō Gorai.
  • This is the first time Kagome is seen as a newborn, as well having the Sacred Jewel within her.
  • Mr. Higurashi is unseen in this episode.
  • The ending theme was the first opening of the series, "CHANGE THE WORLD".
  • Scenes from episodes 1, 2, 9, 10, 14, 16, 25 and 62 are pictured in the end credits.


  • The sign of the Sōgō hospital it's missing a logo.


(After overhears from Inuyasha and Kikyō, since the Three-Eyed Spider)
Naraku: That won't happen. I'll never allow it.

(After each were unknowingly deceived by Naraku)
Kikyō: I believed in you! I trusted you.
Inuyasha: I never doubted you. Not even for a minute. But you deceived me!

(Dying from Kikyō's arrow.)
Inuyasha: Am I going to die like this? I guess that's ok. Kikyō, even though it ended like this. I still lo-.

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