Hero Comes Back

Hero Comes Back book cover.

Since Then (それ以来, "Sore Irai") is a special InuYasha manga chapter written for Shogakukan's Hero Comes Back project, a charity collection of special chapters for a variety of their retired series to help raise funds to benefit the reconstruction efforts after the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake/Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, five years after the original manga ended. It is a stand-alone story that takes six months place after chapter 558.



Inuyasha and kagome watched the sky

Kagome has been living in the feudal era with Inuyasha for six months, and life has been peaceful. Inuyasha and Miroku are tracking a minor yōkai that was released from a seal by a landslide, and discover the yōkai was originally sealed away by Kikyō. The yōkai is called Ne no Kubi and is seeking the Shikon no Tama, not realizing it is already destroyed due to being sealed away for so long. Ne no Kubi attacks Kagome, mistaking her for Kikyō, but she wounds his head with a sacred arrow and Inuyasha kills him with the Wind Scar.

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  • This special manga chapter marked the only time that Rumiko Takahashi had ever revisited one of her concluded series.
  • It would later be adapted as Hanyō no Yashahime's first episode, marking the only exception for that anime-original sequel.
  • Fan-translation suggests that the name of Miroku and Sango's son is "Komori". However, it is an error since the original line reads "琥珀、子守り頼む" (Kohaku, komori tanomu) which translates as "Kohaku, I'm counting on you to babysit."[1]