Naraku's Uncertain Wish is the twenty-fourth episode of InuYasha The Final Act and the one hundred-and-ninety-first episode overall of the InuYasha series.


  1. Inuyasha and his closest friends have survived both of Naraku's traps, those of darkness and of light. Now, they face him for the final battle.
  2. Kagome asks Naraku what his true purpose has been all this time.


On the ground below Naraku, Tōtōsai and Myōga look to the sky at the powerful demon. Tōtōsai says that in order for Inuyasha to defeat Naraku once and for all, he must find a way to use the final form of the Meidō Zangetsuha.

Inside, Inuyasha, Kagome and Miroku make their final stand against their most hated foe. However, they cannot do anything at the moment as Tessaiga's barrier is the only thing keeping them from being killed by Naraku's miasma; Naraku also keeps moving his flesh around to make Kagome lose her balance whenever she tries to fire an arrow.

Further away, Rin awakens on A-Un, happy to see Kohaku and Sesshōmaru. Miasma starts pouring into their path. A repentant Sango gives Rin her protective mask to safe her from the poison. She then rushes off ahead of them. Sesshōmaru notes how eager she is to kill Naraku, and how much she regrets what she tried to do to Rin.

Meanwhile, Shippō and Jaken are on their own. Naraku's body begins releasing miasma, hoping to kill the excess amount of enemies in his body before they can reach his core. Shippō is worried about the poison, but remembers that he's carrying antidotes from Jinenji. Seeing he only has three of them left, Shippō decides to wait until the miasma has seriously affected him; his friends will likely need the antidote more than him.

New Hiraikotsu through Naraku's Barrier

Naraku is no match for the new Hiraikotsu

Sango finally reaches her comrades, glad to see Miroku is still alive; hoping to break the curse of the Wind Tunnel, she hurls Hiraikotsu, breaking through Naraku's shield and seriously wounding him. But Naraku counters by blasting her with a powerful stream of miasma. Kagome purifies the miasma with an arrow, but Naraku tells her that it's too late; both Sango and Kirara have been thoroughly exposed to his poison. Both fall unconscious to the ground; however, Naraku opens a hole. After they fall in, Miroku jumps in after them. Inuyasha and Kagome attempt following, but Naraku blocks them, saying to let Miroku and Sango have their last moments in privacy.

Separated from the others, Miroku waits with the unconscious Sango, wondering what he can do. Sango wakes up upon hearing the sound of Miroku's Wind Tunnel. Holding her beloved close, Sango begs him to take her with him into his Wind Tunnel; if they can't live together, they'll die together. Despite his unwillingness to do so, Miroku agrees and holds her close, waiting for the end to come for both of them. However, this only gives Naraku what he needed; Kagome's purifying light has been purged from the Shikon Jewel. Naraku laughs wickedly, explaining "the power of darkness feeds on the monk and Sango's sorrow." Naraku's core flesh expands to throughout his personal barrier, turning into a miniature version of his outer body; he then shrinks down into his previous humanoid form, albeit heavily armored except for his head.

Inuyasha curses his foe as he tries to use the Meidō Zangetsuha to no effect as Naraku absorbs the jewel. The attack simply passes through him and his web-like tentacles prevent him from being sucked in. Even as his face cracks from the force of the Meidō's pull, Naraku explains even if he's destroyed, the jewel will still exist. This confuses Kagome, who asks Naraku what he's been trying to do; all this time, he's used the same tactic of separating friends, siblings and lovers from each other; the reason he does this is because he can't stand love and friendship. Naraku could've only known about the ties of love and friendship is because he had bond with someone, being unable to stand seeing others benefiting from their bonds while he didn't. Kagome says Naraku will never be satisfied as the jewel didn't grant his real wish. This shocks Naraku speechless. 

Kagome points out Naraku was hesitating to absorb the jewel as he knows it turns whatever absorbs it into a monster, body and soul. Naraku thinks about this, realizing that Kagome is right about his hesitation. Angered, Naraku tells Kagome that she cannot purify his soul with her petty words; he fires miasma-coated spears of diamond at her. However, Inuyasha sucks them into a Meidō, standing between her and Naraku. Inuyasha tells Naraku that though they have different origins, but are both half-demons; inside both are a human heart and a demon heart. Inuyasha chose to follow his human heart, while Naraku chose his demon heart, sowing misery and suffering wherever he went.

InuYasha's Meido Zangetsuha

Meidō Zangetsuha evolves in response to Inuyasha's anger

Deciding that he won't let his friends by harmed anymore by a "miserable bastard," Inuyasha launches another Meidō. However, this time the Path to the Underworld turns into multiple blades of energy that cut Naraku apart and suck what they cut into the afterlife. Reduced to just a torso and head, Naraku is horrified; the Shikon Jewel should have given him unlimited power. However, he has been wounded and is still in danger of being killed.

Outside Naraku, Tōtōsai senses Meidō Zangetsuha's evolution and further growing in strength and effectiveness, and notes that the most deadly of the techniques is truly Inuyasha's now; "Meidō has taken the form of a blade that cuts," which is Tessaiga's true nature. Back inside, Naraku reminds Inuyasha that they are still in his body, drawing pieces of his excess flesh together to regenerate his core body. Knowing he can toy with Naraku until he's ready to kill him, Inuyasha says he's more than happy to keep cutting Naraku up all day. As Naraku regenerates, Inuyasha tells him he's going cut down every attachment ever had to the world as well as to the Shikon Jewel, and fires another barrage of Meidō blades cuts his body. Naraku curses Inuyasha as his outer body begins shaking in response.

As Sesshōmaru gets closer, he notices the flood of miasma and realizes that Naraku is getting desperate; he decides to perform late rites. With one cut he unleashes his Bakusaiga and deals the final blow against Naraku, and endless wave of cuts that will not stop until Naraku is gone. Byakuya notices the destruction taking place as his face cracks in response, deciding its time to fulfill his role. At the same time, Miroku notices the Wind Tunnel has become quieter, meaning Naraku is dying. He runs off with Sango to keep her from breathing in anymore miasma; however, his footing gives way and he falls into an abyss. Jaken notices Naraku is falling apart and runs for his life until Sesshōmaru appears from behind a wall of flesh; he steps on his face, knocking him onto A-Un. Kokaku and Rin question what he has been doing the whole time, dazed, Jaken tells them "many things".

Inuyasha unleashes more Meidō blades. Naraku is seriously injured yet again, before commenting that his soul is something that neither the Bakusaiga or Tessaiga can cut. Kagome declares the job of purifying his soul belongs to her; Naraku laughs to himself, thinking it will come down to a battle of souls. Byakuya appears and cuts Kagome with his sword. Naraku laughs as the Shikon Jewel pulses the moment she's cut. Inuyasha quickly hits Byakuya with a Meidō, with Byakuya calmly explaining he would've died along with Naraku. As the Meidō swallows him, Byakuya says he has no regrets as he has fulfilled his role. Kagome seems fine however, unaffected by Byakuya's attack; this leaves Inuyasha confused as the technique used on her was none other than Meidō Zangetsuha.

Meanwhile, the weakened Miroku, Sango and Kirara literally fall on top of Shippō; he collects their items- Kagome's longbow and arrows and Miroku's spiritual staff- as well and turns into his balloon form to hold them as they fly to Naraku's core. Miroku administers miasma antidote from Jinenji that Shippō brought with him to Sango and Kirara while taking some himself. Sango awakens, being told to rest until the antidote works; Miroku explains the Wind Tunnel has become quiet, meaning Naraku is nearing death.

Elsewhere, Inuyasha leaps into the air with Kagome as there is no steady footing anymore. Kagome tries firing a sacred arrow, but Naraku sends chunks of miasma flying to impede their path. Inuyasha utilizes Tessaiga's sheath's ability to erect a demonic shield around him and Kagome. Sango then arrives with Miroku on Kirara at that moment and destroys them with the Hiraikotsu. Shippō turns into a balloon to catch Inuyasha and Kagome; Inuyasha is angry he came, but Shippō demands a "thank you" for saving them. As Sango continues breaking apart the miasma, Miroku uses the Wind Tunnel to help suck up the poison. Inuyasha immediately yells at Miroku, who calmly explains the curse is beginning to weaken and therefore fade away entirely. Sesshōmaru arrives with Kohaku, Rin and Jaken, something that comes as a surprise to Inuyasha. Jaken says Bakusaiga's destruction is continuing to spread further, declaring he knew Sesshōmaru would be the one to kill Naraku once and for all. Reduced to just a head and upper body, Naraku merely laughs sourly, saying that all their friends are there now. Inuyasha says Naraku is right; not a single one of them is missing.

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  • Opening Theme — Kimi ga Inai Mirai — Best Song History
  • Recap of episode 190 — Attack (Shūgeki) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Sango goes ahead — Sign of Unrest (Fuon na Kehai) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Sango uses Hiraikotsu on Naraku and gets poisoned — Ryūkotsusei Resurrected (Yomigaeru Ryūkotsusei) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Naraku gets stronger from Miroku and Sango’s sorrow — Naraku’s Treachery (Naraku no Yabō) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Kagome asks Naraku what his end goal is — To Love’s End II (Omoi no Hate ni II) — TV OST Vol. 3
  • Inuyasha’s Meidō Zangetsuha becomes stronger — Dilemma (Kyūchi) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Naraku continues to regenerate — Struggle of Hatred (Zōtō) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Sesshōmaru uses Bakusaiga — Ryūkotsusei Resurrected (Yomigaeru Ryūkotsusei) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Naraku has Byakuya attack Kagome — Hell Insects, Saimyōshō (Jigoku Mushi Saimyōshō) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Inuyasha and Kagome still have to destroy Naraku, Sango and Miroku come back — Fierce Fighting (Gekitō) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Miroku uses his Wind Tunnel, everyone regroups — Howl! Tessaiga (Unare! Tessaiga) — TV OST Vol. 3
  • Ending Theme — Tooi Michi no Saki de — Best Song History


  • This episode marks the death of Byakuya of the Dreams.
  • Tōtōsai explains that Inuyasha's Meidō is transformed into blades because Tessaiga is a sword that cuts. This may explain Shishinki's assertion that Sesshōmaru's eye-shaped Meidō was "needlessly large" - it is more effective to have many, smaller Meidō than one huge one.