The second season of the anime series InuYasha aired in Japan on Animax from May 28, 2001 through December 10, 2001. Based on the manga series of the same title by Rumiko Takahashi, the anime was produced by Sunrise. The series follows a high school girl, Kagome Higurashi who travels back in time to the Sengoku period of Japan where she meets a half-demon named Inuyasha and learns that she is the reincarnation of a powerful priestess named Kikyō. Joined by a lecherous monk, a young Kitsune, a demon slayer, and a demon cat, the group seeks to find the fragments of the shattered Jewel of Four Souls, a powerful jewel that had been hidden inside Kagome's body, and keep the shards from being used for evil, including the evil half-demon Naraku who slew Kikyō fifty years before Kagome's arrival.
The anime is licensed for release in North America by Viz Media. The English dub of the first season was broadcast on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim programming block from January 22, 2003 through May 1, 2004
The opening themes for this season were "CHANGE THE WORLD" by V6 for episodes 26-33, and "I Am" by Hitomi for episodes 34-54. The ending themes were "Deep Forest (Fukai Mori)" by Do As Infinity for episodes 28-41 and "Dearest" by Ayumi Hamasaki for episodes 42-54.
Season 2 Episode listing
|Ep#||Title||Original airdate||English airdate||Asia airdate|
|28||"Miroku Falls Into a Dangerous Trap"
"Kakokuna Wana ni Kakatta Miroku" (過酷な罠にかかった弥勒)
|May 28, 2001||January 22, 2003||July 29, 2010|
|Tricked by a praying mantis demon disguised as a beautiful princess, Miroku ends up damaging the edge of his wind tunnel while fighting her and returns to his master to have it healed. Trouble arises when his master ends up possessed by a demon and tries to kill a weakened Miroku.|
|29||"Sango's Suffering and Kohaku's Life"
"Sango no Kunō to Kohaku no Inochi" (珊瑚の苦悩と琥珀の命)
|June 4, 2001||January 23, 2003||July 30, 2010|
|Naraku resurrects Kohaku with a Shikon Jewel, but erases his memory since the pain is too much for the boy to bear and orders the boy to attack Inuyasha. Using Kohaku as leverage, he offers to let Kohaku live forever if Sango brings him the Tessaiga.|
|30||"Tetsusaiga Is Stolen! Showdown At Naraku's Castle!"
"Nusumareta Tessaiga Taiketsu Naraku no Shiro!" (盗まれた鉄砕牙 対決 奈落の城!)
|June 11, 2001||January 24, 2003||August 2, 2010|
|After stealing the Tessaiga, Sango discovers that Naraku has stolen the form of Kagewaki Hitomi, the lord whose father hired them the fateful night her kin were killed. She proves to be no match for the demon until her friends arrive to rescue her.|
|31||"Jinenji, Kind Yet Sad"
"Kokoroyasashiki Aishū no Jinenji" (心優しき哀愁の地念児)
|June 18, 2001||January 28, 2003||August 3, 2010|
|Inuyasha and Kagome go to a village in search of a herb to help Sango and Kirara and end up meeting the half-demon, the gentle giant Jinenji, who is being accused of killing villagers. Inuyasha sets off to kill the real demon while Kagome tries to improve Jinenji's self-esteem. Touched by her kindness, he ends up protecting her from the real demons and gains the villagers' acceptance.|
|32||"Kikyo and InuYasha, Into the Miasma"
"Jaki ni Ochita Kikyō to Inuyasha" (邪気に落ちた桔梗と犬夜叉)
|June 25, 2001||January 29, 2003||August 4, 2010|
|Naraku is shocked to learn that Kikyō is still alive. Meanwhile, InuYasha and company are investigating a demon problem in the mountains when Kikyō suddenly arrives. They battle the demons, and the defeated demons' souls merge with Naraku's. Having gained a new body, Naraku kidnaps Kikyō and disappears.|
|33||"Kikyo, Captured by Naraku"
"Torawareta Kikyō to Naraku" (囚われた桔梗と奈落)
|July 2, 2001||January 30, 2003||August 5, 2010|
|As they search for Kikyō, Inuyasha and his friends fall into a deadly trap set up by Naraku so they will all be destroyed by illusions of their deepest fears. Kagome, immune to the spell because of her jewel shards, finds Kikyō no less than hostile towards her and takes away her jewel shards to give to Naraku.|
|34||"Tetsusaiga and Tenseiga"
"Tenseiga to Tessaiga" (天生牙と鉄砕牙)
|July 9, 2001||January 31, 2003||August 6, 2010|
|Sesshōmaru, dissatisfied with his sword Tenseiga, wishes to have the old, absent-minded swordsmith Tōtōsai make him one. The unwilling Tōtōsai has Inuyasha defend him, causing the brothers to fight. Tōtōsai reveals the heritage of Sesshōmaru's sword before creating a diversion to allow Inuyasha and the rest of his companions to depart. Soon after leaving Inuyasha and his companions, Tōtōsai is attacked by Sesshōmaru. Once again, Inuyasha battles his brother as Tōtōsai's protection, but must now face Sesshōmaru's new defense of a dragon's arm.|
|35||"The True Owner of the Great Sword"
"Meitō ga Erabu Shin no Tsukai Te" (名刀が選ぶ真の使い手)
|July 16, 2001||February 3, 2003||August 9, 2010|
|As Inuyasha and Sesshōmaru continue to duel for possession of Tessaiga, both brothers discover the unexpected power of their respective inheritances. After the fight, an injured Sesshōmaru is helped by the orphan Rin, whom he revives with the Tenseiga after she is killed by Kōga's wolves.|
|36||"Kagome Kidnapped by Koga, the Wolf-Demon"
"Kagome Ryakudatsu! Chōsoku no Yōrō Kōga!" (かごめ略奪! 超速の妖狼 鋼牙)
|July 23, 2001||February 4, 2003||August 10, 2010|
|Kagome detects the presence of two fast moving jewel shards and the group meets Kōga, the leader of the wolf demon tribe who takes an instant dislike for Inuyasha, a dog demon. Kōga decides to kidnap Kagome and use her ability to see Shikon Jewel shards to destroy the demonic Birds of Paradise attacking his clan.|
|37||"The Man Who Fell In Love With Kagome"
"Kagome ni Horeta Aitsu" (かごめに惚れたあいつ)
|July 30, 2001||August 25, 2003||August 11, 2010|
|As Inuyasha and company rush to save Kagome and Shippō, Kagome agrees to help Kōga on the condition that he will not let the wolves hurt Shippō. When Inuyasha finally arrives to help, Kōga audaciously declares his love for Kagome and incites Inuyasha's jealousy.|
|38||"Two Hearts, One Mind"
"Hanarete Kayou Futari no Kimochi" (はなれて通うふたりの気持ち)
|August 6, 2001||August 26, 2003||August 12, 2010|
|After another heated argument, Kagome decides to return home and restock her medical supplies to discover her friends are worried that she may lose Hōjō to another girl. Meanwhile, Shippō attempts to explain why Kagome and Inuyasha are arguing again to Kaede, who offers some sound advice that Inuyasha decides to take.|
|39||"Trapped In A Duel To The Death"
"Shikumareta Shitō" (仕組まれた死闘)
|August 13, 2001||August 27, 2003||August 13, 2010|
|During a raid on a castle, Kōga's wolves are killed by a mysterious woman, who lures Kōga to the castle with a poisoned jewel shard. When Kōga finds Inuyasha amongst the fallen wolves, they begin a duel to the death while Miroku and Sango enter the castle to fight another demon puppet of Naraku.|
|40||"The Deadly Trap of Kagura the Wind Sorceress"
"Kazetsukai Kagura no Yōennaru Wana" (風使い神楽の妖艶なる罠)
|August 20, 2001||August 28, 2003||August 16, 2010|
|Inuyasha finds himself at the losing end of his battle against Kōga until Kagura the Wind Sorceress shows her face and defeats Kōga with ease. Inuyasha's Wind Scar is useless against Kagura, who controls the winds, until Kagome steps in to purify the air with her arrows. As a defeated Kagura escapes, Inuyasha notices a familiar spider shaped scar on her back.|
|41||"Kagura's Dance and Kanna's Mirror"
"Kagura no Mai to Kanna no Kagami" (神楽の舞と神無の鏡)
|August 27, 2001||September 1, 2003||August 17, 2010|
|Miroku is unexpected reunited with Koharu, a young girl who fell in love with him and has run away from her village when her master's son came to her with unwanted advances. Meanwhile, Kagura, an incarnated detachment of Naraku, and her older sister, Kanna wreak havoc upon the same village by stealing the villagers' souls and controlling their bodies. Kanna finds that Kagome's soul is too big to hold within her mirror and decides to leave her weakened instead.|
|42||"The Wind Scar Fails"
"Yaburareta Kaze no Kizu" (破られた風の傷)
|September 3, 2001||September 2, 2003||August 18, 2010|
|Inuyasha continues to fight Kagura, who is using her wind to reanimate the soulless villagers; when he decides to use the Wind Scar against her, he gets a nasty surprise and finds Kanna using her mirror to reflect his attack. Naraku arrives to present startling news to Inuyasha - Kikyō willingly gave him the shards of the jewel she took from Kagome.|
"Tsui ni Oreta Tessaiga!" (ついに折れた鉄砕牙!)
|September 10, 2001||September 3, 2003||August 19, 2010|
|Inuyasha confronts Kikyō as to her motivations for giving Naraku Kagome's jewel shards and she explains it is part of her plan to destroy Naraku. Meanwhile, Naraku has unleashed his third incarnation, the telepathic monster Goshinki, who manages to break the Tessaiga but unexpectedly cause Inuyasha to transform into a full-blooded demon.|
|44||"Kaijinbo's Evil Sword"
"Kaijinbō no Jaaku na Tsurugi" (灰刃坊の邪悪な剣)
|September 17, 2001||September 4, 2003||August 20, 2010|
|Finding the corpse of the fallen Goshinki and detecting Inuyasha's scent on it, Sesshōmaru takes the demon's head to Kaijinbō, the rogue swordsmith and former disciple of Tōtōsai, in order to commission a sword made from Goshinki's head. But on the same day Kaijinbo arrives, possessed and wielding his newest creation: Tōkijin, InuYasha has transformed into his human form being defenceless. Then luckily Tōtōsai appears and give InuYasha his sword which is to heavy for him to lift.|
|45||"Sesshōmaru Wields Tōkijin"
"Sesshōmaru, Tōkijin o Furū" (殺生丸、闘鬼神を振るう)
|October 8, 2001||September 8, 2003||August 23, 2010|
|Kaijinbō is destroyed by his own creation - the sword Tōkijin - because it is too evil for its maker to wield. Kagura directs Sesshōmaru to Tōkijin and watches as the demon claims his sword and wields it against his brother. While Inuyasha and his friends escape before they feel the full brunt of Sesshōmaru's new weapon, Kagura decides that Sesshōmaru may be strong enough to destroy her master.|
|46||"Jūrōmaru and Kagerōmaru"
"Jūrōmaru to Kagerōmaru" (獣郎丸と影郎丸)
|October 15, 2001||September 9, 2003||August 24, 2010|
|Inuyasha and Kōga reluctantly team up to fight against the devastatingly fast duo of Jūrōmaru and Kagerōmaru, Naraku's newest incarnations.|
|47||"Onigumo's Heart Still Beats Within Naraku"
"Naraku ni Nokoru Onigumo no Kokoro" (奈落に残る鬼蜘蛛の心)
|October 22, 2001||September 10, 2003||August 25, 2010|
|Kagome returns home, upset with Inuyasha and Kōga's pettiness. Naraku finds Kikyō, but realizes that he is unable to kill her because he still carries Onigumo's heart within him. In order to destroy her, he takes away the souls that she needs to remain animated and a weakened Kikyō flees only to end up back the Sacred Tree where she imprisoned Inuyasha.|
|48||"Return to the Place Where We First Met"
"Deatta Basho ni Kaeritai!" (出会った場所に帰りたい!)
|October 29, 2001||September 11, 2003||August 25, 2010|
|Witnessing Inuyasha and Kikyō embracing after he saved her from Naraku, Kagome becomes upset and quickly returns home again after leaving medical supplies with Miroku and Sango. She contemplates returning her jewel shards and never returning to the past, but with some advice from her mother, she confronts Inuyasha and confesses she is happy to be by his side and knows she cannot compete with his feelings for Kikyō.|
|49||"Kohaku's Lost Memory"
"Ushinawareta Kohaku no Kioku" (失われた琥珀の記憶)
|November 5, 2001||September 15, 2003||August 26, 2010|
|Sango finds her brother alive when he is attacked by demons after his Shikon shard, but discovers he has no memories of who he is. Inuyasha is reluctant to let him join them, a wise decision when Kagura attacks with a horde of demons. While Inuyasha and Miroku distract her, Sango, Kagome, and Kohaku escape into the forest.|
|50||"That Unforgettable Face"
"Ano Kao ga Kokoro kara Kienai" (あの顔が心から消えない)
|November 12, 2001||September 16, 2003||August 27, 2010|
|Kagome finds herself the target of Kohaku's attacks when he suddenly recalls an order from Naraku. Inuyasha soon realizes this and goes to save her, but finds that Kohaku was unable to kill her and now Sango intends to atone for her brother's actions by killing him and then herself.|
|51||"InuYasha's Soul, Devoured"
"Kokoro o Kuwareta Inuyasha" (心を喰われた犬夜叉)
|November 19, 2001||September 17, 2003||August 30, 2010|
|A moth demon named Gatenmaru traps Inuyasha and Miroku in a venomous cocoon with the intention of taking the Tessaiga away. Unfortunately, once separated from the sword that seals his demonic blood, Inuyasha begins to transform.|
|52||"The Demon's True Nature"
"Tomerarenai! Yōkai no Honshō" (止められない! 妖怪の本性)
|November 26, 2001||September 18, 2003||August 31, 2010|
|Inuyasha's demonic transformation gives him great power, but no sense of control over himself as he kills indiscriminately, which Sesshōmaru discovers when he arrives to gauge his younger brother's power.|
|53||"Father's Old Enemy: Ryūkotsusei"
"Chichi no Shukuteki, Ryūkotsusei" (父の宿敵 竜骨精)
|December 3, 2001||April 24, 2004||September 1, 2010|
|Hoping to find a way to wield Tessaiga, Inuyasha goes to Tōtōsai, who instructs him to defeat Ryūkotsusei, an enemy who his father could not defeat, in order to gain the strength required to lift his reforged sword. With Ryūkotsusei asleep, the task is simple - until Naraku decides to wake the dragon up.|
|54||"The Backlash Wave: Tetsusaiga's Ultimate Technique"
"Tessaiga no Ōgi Bakuryū" (鉄砕牙の奥義 爆流破)
|December 10, 2001||May 1, 2004||September 2, 2010|
|Inuyasha fights both his demon transformation and Ryūkotsusei and regains his ability to wield the Tessaiga, as well as a new technique: the Backlash Wave.|