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Naraku's True Identity Unveiled is the twenty-first episode of the InuYasha anime. It first aired in Japan on April 9, 2001.

Synopsis

  1. Inuyasha struggles against the empowered Rōyakan; Miroku notes that without Kagome by his side, Inuyasha's power is only a fraction of what it normally is.
  2. While out on a date with Hōjō, Kagome begins to worry about Inuyasha and the wounds he suffered against Sesshōmaru; she rushes back to the Bone-Eater's Well.
  3. Shippō is at the bottom of the well in the Feudal Era, with the Shikon no Tama shard, having been chased there by Rōyakan's wolves; the presence of the shard allows Kagome to return to the Feudal Era.
  4. Inuyasha and Naraku meet face to face; Naraku reveals to Inuyasha that he was born from Onigumo and was the one who indeed turned Kikyō and Inuyasha against one another 50 years ago, in the hopes of gaining the Shikon no Tama, defiling it in the process.

Summary

Consigning to the fact she cannot return to the past, Kagome goes on a date with Hojo. Miroku and Kaede attempt to protect an injured Inuyasha while Shippo tries to bring Kagome back to the past to save them. Naraku reveals he is responsible for pitting Kikyo and Inuyasha against each other in order to gain the Shikon Jewel.

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Characters in Order of Appearance

Notes

  • Episodes 21 and 22 originally aired together as a one-hour special. The original Japanese version of Episode 21 is 5 minutes longer than the English version. Viz licensed the censored version of both episodes to fit with the standard time length as all the other normal episode are. Because of this, Kagome retrieving the Shikon shards from Rōyakan is cut out.
  • The title of this episode is spot on. Although not totally revealed until Tetsusaiga is Stolen! Showdown at Naraku's Castle!, when Inuyasha exposes Naraku, he already has the form of Kagewaki Hitomi

Differences from the manga

  • The opening scene of Grandpa speaking to Kagome's various friends over the phone and Kagome getting angry about Inuyasha at Sōta are anime exclusive.
  • In the anime, Inuyasha asks Kagome about the number of Shikon shards Naraku has before attacking. In the manga, however, Inuyasha attacks Naraku in a fit of rage after the latter insults Kikyō.
  • Miroku and Naraku exchange a few words about Miroku's grandfather in the manga. This isn't present in the anime.
  • In the manga, Inuyasha discusses with Kaede and Miroku about the spider mark he saw on Naraku's back. In the anime, however, Miroku relays what Inuyasha told him off screen.
  • In the manga, Inuyasha is adamant that Kagome not help Rōyakan because of how dangerous he is. In the anime, Kagome takes out the Shikon shards from Rōyakan's head without any objection from Inuyasha.
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