Totosai's Rigid Training is the seventy-second episode of the InuYasha anime.


  1. Inuyasha seeks out Tōtōsai to gain the necessary training to break through Naraku's barrier.
  2. At Tōtōsai's home, Inuyasha meets a young lynx demon named Bunza who is also seeking Tōtōsai's training, to help save his tribe from a terrible demon named Nanafushi.
  3. Inuyasha ultimately helps Bunza and his tribe destroy Nanafushi.
  4. Tōtōsai reveals that the "training" he had Inuyasha and Bunza do was only to prepare a bath for him, because he was too lazy to do it himself.



Inuyasha goes to Tōtōsai to learn how to break Naraku's barrier. He finds there that a young demon of the lynx tribe named Bunza is trying to become an apprentice for the very same reason: to break a barrier that the enemy of his tribe has built around them, trapping them away from their hunting grounds. Inuyasha and Bunza think that the tasks that they have been assigned are training, but in fact Tōtōsai simply wants them to prepare a bath for him. As a lynx messenger comes and tells Bunza that his father tried to attack their enemy, Nanafushi, Bunza rushes off to his father's aid. Inuyasha then accompanies Bunza to try and help the lynx tribe to get rid of Nanafushi, the giant mantis. He breaks the barrier with his wind scar and kills the demon. Finally he leaves Tōtōsai before he learns anything new, outraged upon learning Tōtōsai's true intentions, but Tōtōsai tells Myōga to pass on the method for breaking barriers to Inuyasha.

Characters in Order of Appearance


  • Opening Theme — Owarinai Yume — TV OST Vol. 3
  • Kagome bids goodbye, Miroku says Inuyasha also left to seek out Tōtōsai — Old Flea, Myōga (Nomi no Jijii Myōga) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Inuyasha demands Tōtōsai teach him how to break barriers — Osuwari! — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Inuyasha and Bunza argue about training — Swordsmith, Tōtōsai (Katanakaji Tōtōsai) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Inuyasha tends to Bunza’s health — Kagome and Inuyasha II — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Myōga visits and Tōtōsai tells him about Inuyasha’s alleged training — Osuwari! — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Bunza talks about the demon that drived his people from his home — Evil Spirits Desiring the Shikon no Tama (Shikon no Tama o Nerau Chimimōryō) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Bunza takes sword — Inuyasha’s Metamorphosis (Hengeshita Inuyasha) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Inuyasha arrives at the barrier, they see the lynx father inside — Shōki — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Lynx tries to break the barrier but is repelled — Like a Storm (Shippū no Gotoku) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Mantis demon attacks Inuyasha, Inuyasha’s Wind Scar dispels the barrier — Fierce Fighting (Gekitō) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Inuyasha bids goodbye to Bunza — Searching for the Shikon no Tama (Shikon no Tama o Motomete) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Tōtōsai confesses that the “training” was merely so he could take a bath — Miroku’s Accomplice the Tanuki, Hachiemon (Miroku no Shatei Hachiemon-danuki) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Kagome brings back food, Shippō ate Inuyasha’s treats — One Day in the Village (Mura no Ichi Nichi) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Ending Theme — Every Heart — TV OST Vol. 3