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The Mysterious, Lecherous Monk is the ninety-third episode of the InuYasha anime.

Synopsis

  1. As Inuyasha and the others continue their journey, they come upon a village whose inhabitants claim to have been scammed by Miroku a day before; his friends eventually realize that this is impossible, because Miroku had been with them the entire time, meaning someone must have been impersonating him.
  2. Miroku soon deduces who has been impersonating him, saying that it is someone who knows him well.
  3. Hachiemon proves to be the culprit, claiming that he only impersonated Miroku because he was dying of hunger; he promises to never do so again.

Summary

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Miroku is shown to be up to his old tricks again, seeming to have left the group. He offers sutras for various purposes to villagers, and gains the attention for the eligible ladies of the village.

Miroku is tied up for his supposed crimes

However, the next scene shows him with Inuyasha and the others, arriving at the same village; they're hoping to find an inn for the night. Almost immediately, women swarm around Miroku, overwhelming him with attention. Sango is not too surprised by this. Moments later, the rest of the villagers arrive and chase the group out, angry with Miroku. The group questions Miroku on what he's done, but Miroku claims to have never been to the village before. Ironically, Miroku is then shown again, performing an exorcism in exchange for a meal.

The next day, Inuyasha's group arrives at the same village, where Miroku is immediately tied up. Like the last village they are angry with him, but this time because the sutras he gave them turned into leaves. However, in addition, the group learns that this only occurred yesterday; this improbability mixed with the leaves has Miroku laughing as he knows who is impersonating him. They arrive at the next village, where Miroku's imposter has been sent to calm a weasel demon. It turns out Hachi was impersonating Miroku to avoid starving; Miroku saves him and scares the weasel demon into behaving.

Miroku is angry with Haci for ruining his reputation; learning he got hooked on the idea after doing it once to avoid starvation. Only then does everyone remember that Hachi swindled people just like Miroku would. Though they ignore the key difference is that while Miroku is indeed a swindler, his talismans and services as a monk are indeed legit; even if he overcharges people for it. Miroku quietly asks Hachi what his secret to getting women attracted to him was. Hachi tells him that simply being indifferent will drive them crazy. Sensing Sango's usual anger, Miroku has Hachi change back into his form; they run in a circle and rush off, confusing Sango, who runs after them.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Music

  • Opening Theme — Owarinai Yume — TV OST Vol. 3
  • Sango talks about Miroku’s powers and personality — Kazaana — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Miroku’s group finds a village ahead — Fun Group of Friends (Tanoshii Nakamatachi) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Villagers try to attack Miroku, his group runs away — Inuyasha’s Metamorphosis (Hengeshita Inuyasha) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Women villagers surround Miroku, the male villagers hate him — Light-Hearted Beat (Dokidoki Ukiuki) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Miroku lies about his sutras — Delinquent Monk, Miroku (Furyō Hōshi Miroku) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Miroku eats and performs a low-effort exorcism — The Three Meddlesome Daughters (Sewayaki Sannin Musume) — TV OST Vol. 3
  • Flashback to the day before of someone posing as Miroku — Old Flea, Myōga (Nomi no Jijii Myōga) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Inuyasha wants to see proof of Miroku’s wrongdoing; the villagers show them leaves — The Confused and the Carefree (Awatenbō to Nonbiriya) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Villagers want fake Miroku to stop tanuki demon — The Hidden Well to the Sengoku Era (Kakushi Ido kara Sengoku Jidai e) — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Fake Miroku inside cave, the weasel demon sees him — Ryūkotsusei Resurrected (Yomigaeru Ryūkotsusei) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • The real Miroku saves Hachiemon — Kazaana — TV OST Vol. 1
  • Hachiemon explains why he posed as Miroku — Miroku’s Accomplice the Tanuki, Hachiemon (Miroku no Shatei Hachiemon-danuki) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Sango wants to know what Miroku is whispering about — Swordsmith, Tōtōsai (Katanakaji Tōtōsai) — TV OST Vol. 2
  • Ending Theme — Shinjitsu no Uta — TV OST Vol. 3

Notes

  • The game device that Shippō holds during conversation at night has a similar appearance as Game Boy Advance in real life.
  • If the scene of Miroku and Hachi (disguised as Miroku) is slowed and watched frame by frame, the left one is shown to be Miroku.
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