"Toward Tomorrow" is twenty-sixth and final episode of InuYasha: The Final Act and therefore the entire anime.
Inuyasha continues fighting the demons in the Shikon Jewel as they continue saying the only way for him to see Kagome again is for her to make a selfish wish on the jewel to save herself from the darkness and become a part of it. However, Inuyasha destroys them in anger with the Wind Scar. As soon as the light dies, Inuyasha sees a spider web and, much to his shock, Naraku's head in the center; he questions how Naraku can still be alive. The demons reveal that while Naraku is dead now, he will awaken once Kagome becomes part of the jewel to start a new battle of souls. Disgusted, Inuyasha yells for Kagome; she hears his voice. Inuyasha yells for her not to make any wishes until he gets there. The jewel asks Kagome if she wants to see Inuyasha again, and to be honest about her feelings.
The moment the jewel says this, Kagome remembers it was Kikyō's wish to see Inuyasha again. And even Naraku, his wish was most likely a modest one too; Onigumo, only ever wanted to have Kikyo as his love. However, unlike them, Kagome now knows the Shikon Jewel will never grant the true, unselfish, wish of its owner. Knowing it can't trick her anymore, the jewel asks Kagome what she'll do then. Kagome remembers her grandfather telling her that the one correct wish will cause the Shikon Jewel to be banished. She tells the jewel she won't make a wish, Inuyasha will come for her.
Back in the Feudal Era, Shippō is watching the spot where the well vanished when Miroku and Sango offer to take his place so he can get some rest. Miroku laments that just when they thought their battle was over, their fates have been revealed to still be tied to the Shikon Jewel.
Inside the jewel, the demons laugh, saying that Inuyasha has only made things worse for Kagome; they (wrongly) believe she will make the selfish wish of wanting to be with him again. Inuyasha yells for Kagome, but the demons block his voice from getting out. He continues fighting until he sees Midoriko fighting another horde of demons; seeing this makes Inuyasha more determined than ever to prevent Kagome from being trapped in the jewel. However, he can't find a way out. At that moment, Inuyasha finds a point of light and cuts it with Tessaiga, coming face to face with Kagome.
They both embrace and share a long-awaited kiss. Kagome tells the jewel that she'll make a wish, making it pulse with light. She thinks to herself that she wouldn't have been able to realise the one true wish if it weren't for Inuyasha coming to save her. Kagome wishes for the jewel would vanish forever, and it shatters!
Within the jewel, Midoriko stops mid-battle with the demons and sheathes her sword as a warm light envelops her and the demons. Naraku briefly awakens and comments on how warm the light feels, realizing this is what it's like to be at peace. As light comes from the jewel's destruction, both Inuyasha and Kagome declare that their battle with the jewel is finally over.
Three years later, Rin tells Kaede to hurry as a baby is about to be born. Telling the young girl not to rush her, Kaede asks Rin where the master of the house has gone, learning that he had work to do. Kaede agrees that it's important for him to work as it's their third child. They both pass the Bone Eater's Well along the way.
Elsewhere, Miroku is exorcising a demon from a mansion in exchange for a bail of rice for each charm he uses; Miroku places three, which scares his customers. A canine demon escapes from the building, prompting Miroku to call for Inuyasha. Spacing out, Inuyasha hears Miroku and easily slays the demon. Carrying Miroku's payment, Inuyasha scolds his friend for still being a swindler; however, Miroku defends his actions by saying he has a lot of expenses now. This prompts Inuyasha to ask if Sango is having the baby now.
Inside Miroku and Sango's house, Kaede and Rin have successfully delivered the couple's new son. Miroku returns, wondering if the child was born; Sango invites him to hold his new son as their twin daughters look at their new sibling.
That night, Sango asks Miroku how he thinks Kagome is doing, wondering if she made it back to her world on the other side of the well. Tending to their sleeping daughters, Miroku says it's something that Inuyasha doesn't like to talk about. The Bone Eater's Well had reappeared in a pillar of light three days after Naraku's death, but only Inuyasha emerged from the well. All he would say is that Kagome is safe back in her world, and there were others that cared for Kagome and loved her as he did. Both cannot help, but feel sorry for Inuyasha as he must be lonely without the one he loves.
In the present, Kagome graduates high school, with her friends wishing to pursue some interesting careers. On the way home, Kagome sadly thinks to herself how she came back home to her era from the darkness, only to learn three days had passed. When she tried to thank Inuyasha, he vanished in a pillar of light in the well. The well has stopped working as she can't see Inuyasha anymore.
Back in the Feudal Era, Inuyasha tells Kaede exactly the same thing as Shippō returns from the Fox Demon Exam, having advanced to 7th Senior Rank, an impressive feat considering it's only his fourth exam. He inquires if Inuyasha keeps checking the well every three days. Kaede is impressed by Inuyasha's persistence as the half-demon kicks Shippō into the distance as punishment for revealing an embarrassing secret. However, Kaede thinks to herself how Kagome came into their world with the jewel and vanished along with it, meaning she only was able to come to their world to banish the jewel forever.
Back in the present after the graduation ceremony from high school, Kagome came to the wellhouse looking at the well still stopped working, she wonders if it was the feelings she had, when the Bone Eater's Well disappeared she was alone in the darkness for 3 whole days because she felt scared and sad and her family to be worried, she felt bad what she had put them through and so happy to be back to her world, she felt so relieved and the well closed. Since she can't stop thinking about Inuyasha that maybe the reason she went to the Feudal Era, and the well stop working after the Shikon Jewel disappeared because her job was done and she meant to spend the rest of her life in her world. Kagome doesn't want to live in a world without Inuyasha; she wishes to see him, and notices something strange in the well. Her mother comes in the shrine and looks into the well as well, seeing the sky at the bottom of it. Tearfully, Kagome tries to explain what she's going to do to her mother, but her mom tells her she knows, making Kagome smile and giving a hug of farewell.
Back in the Feudal Era, Miroku and Sango are hanging their laundry out to dry as the twins play with Inuyasha's ear; Shippō laughs that he's been reduced to the twins toy. Inuyasha asks their parents to do something, but the girls don't listen to Miroku while Sango apologizes for their daughters' behavior. Catching a scent, Inuyasha picks up the twins and tosses them on Shippō, telling them to "go slay the fox." Both happily pin him to the ground. Shippo yells that he didn't sign up for this.
Inuyasha races to the Bone Eater's Well, knowing there's no way he could mistake this scent. He looks into the well and holds out his hand; Kagome grabs it and he pulls her out of the well. Crying, Kagome apologizes, and asks how long he was waiting there. Calling Kagome an idiot, Inuyasha wonders what she's been doing all this time. Miroku, Sango and Shippō arrive soon afterwards with the kids, happily surprised to see Kagome again. Kagome greets her friends. She happily thinks to herself that she's back.
Some time later, Hōjō is dating the underclassman who was hitting on him earlier in the series. All of Kagome's friends are in college; they aren't seen. Kagome's family continues to live as they always have - Sōta, now a junior high student, tells his friends that his sister got married right after high school and moved away. They felt surprised that it was fast as Kagome's married already, Sōta asked his grandfather how's his checkup go. His mother tells him that dinner's ready as he said goodbye to his friends. Shippō leaves the village occasionally to participate in the demon-fox exam to perfect his fox magic. Miroku and Sango take care of their growing family, something that keeps them busier than fighting demons ever did. Kohaku is off to train to become a strong demon slayer, with Kirara as his partner. Myōga now lives with Tōtōsai, who has provided Kohaku with a new weapon. Kōga and Ayame are married, which Ginta and Hakkaku find quite amusing while making jokes.
Kagome is learning how to make medicine from Jinenji and how to perform exorcisms from Kaede; Inuyasha notes how serious she is taking her lessons, which says is because she needs to get used to living in the Feudal Era. She felt surprised that Rin is living with Kaede in the village, so she thought that Sesshōmaru take her with him, Inuyasha told her that Kaede advised Sesshōmaru to let Rin learn how to live amongst humans first so she can choose to resume traveling with him or live in a human village. At the very mention of him, Sesshōmaru flies above them with Jaken, who notices Kagome's return. Kagome calls out 'Big Brother' to Sesshōmaru as he passes, which he responds to with a very dirty and slightly embarrassed look (Inuyasha looks similarly put out); Kagome feels weird that Sesshōmaru looks annoyed and she felt surprised as she looked on Inuyasha's face as he explains that what she said that they just sounded very wrong. When Jaken starts yelling at Kagome for saying that, Sesshōmaru tells him to shut up or he'll kill him. Kaede questions what kind of present Sesshōmaru gave Rin this time; Rin shows her that he brought Rin a new kimono (since that day she and Sesshōmaru first met).
Kagome and Inuyasha look off a cliff as Kagome thinks to herself that even if things continue to change little by little, she's not worried about the future now since she can spend every day with Inuyasha as they head for tomorrow.
Characters as Order Appearances
- The title card of this episode is completely different from all the others; it is blue instead red, with flower patterns instead of the other version.
- Right after the Epilogue, the ending song for this episode plays over clips of the important moments of The Final Act, such as the deaths of Kikyō, Kagura and Kanna.
- The scene in which Inuyasha finally finds Kagome inside the jewel and they kiss is featured in the anime only; Rumiko Takahashi never showed Kagome and Inuyasha kissing in the manga.