The final season of the anime series InuYasha aired in Japan on Animax from December 8, 2003 through September 13, 2004. It is produced and broadcast in high definition, while maintaining its standard 4:3 aspect ratio. 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 Kikyo. 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 Kikyo fifty years before Kagome's arrival.
The anime is licensed for release in North America by Viz Media. The English dub of the last season was broadcast on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim programming block from March 8, 2006 through October 31, 2006
The opening themes for this season were "One Day, One Dream" by Tackey & Tsubasa for episodes 136-153 and "Angelus" by Hitomi Shimatani for episodes 154-167. The ending themes were "Come" by Namie Amuro for episodes 136-147, "Change the World" by V6 for episode 148, "Brand new world" by V6 for episodes 149-166, and "My will" by Dream for episode 167.
Season 6 Episode listing
|Ep#||Title||Original airdate||English airdate||Asia airdate|
|136||"A Strange Invisible Demon Appears!"
"Kaikitōmei Yōkai Arawaru Arawaru!" (怪奇透明妖怪現る現る!)
|December 8, 2003||March 8, 2006||December 28, 2010|
|Haori, the odd old exorcist woman, returns and convinces Inuyasha and his friends to help her in another demon exterminating project. Together, they attempt to get rid of an invisible demon.|
|137||"An Ancestor Named Kagome"
"Gosenzo-sama no Namae wa Kagome" (ご先祖の名はかごめ)
|January 12, 2004||March 15, 2006||December 29, 2010|
|Hojo shows Kagome an interesting feature on his family tree: one of his ancestors from the Warring States era has the same name as her. While Kagome tries to deal with her unsettling feelings, Hojo's ancestor Akitoki approaches Inuyasha for help in sealing a family heirloom: a powerful demonic halberd.|
|138||"Mountain of Demons: Survival of the Duo"
"Yōkai Sanga Futari no Sabaibaru" (妖怪山河ふたりのサバイバル)
|January 19, 2004||March 22, 2006||December 30, 2010|
|Kagome and Akitoki are separated from Inuyasha and everyone else, who are preoccupied with fighting four demonic ninjas, who intended to steal Akitoki's halberd for their master, Hoshiyomi.|
|139||"The Great Duel at Shoun Falls"
"Shōun no Taki no Dai Kettō" (昇雲の滝の大決闘)
|January 26, 2004||March 29, 2006||December 29, 2010|
|Hoshiyomi uses Kagome as a hostage to acquire the Ken blade, the halberd belonging to Akitoki, in order to unite it with its partner, the Kon blade. As Inuyasha and his friends come to Kagome's rescue, the bitter Hoshiyomi reveals his own tragic relations with a human priestess named Tsukiyomi.|
|140||"Eternal Love, The Naginata of Kenkon"
"Eien no Omoi Kenkon no Naginata" (永遠の思い 乾坤の薙刀)
|February 2, 2004||April 5, 2006||December 30, 2010|
|With the complete Naginata of Kenkon in his possession, Hoshiyomi is virtually unstoppable. Tsukiyomi returns and possesses Kagome to reason with her lover and give Inuyasha and Kagome a chance to destroy the demonic halberd once and for all.|
|141||"Entei, The Demon Horse Unleashed"
"Tokihanatareta Yōba Entei" (解き放たれた妖馬炎蹄)
|February 9, 2004||April 12, 2006||December 31, 2010|
|Kagura and the Infant cause chaos for a priest and his village when they successfully release the demon horse, Entei, who moves so swiftly that InuYasha cannot harm him.|
|142||"Untamed Entei and Horrible Hakudoshi"
"Bōsō Entei to Senritsu no Hakudōshi" (暴走炎蹄と戦慄の白童子)
|February 16, 2004||April 19, 2006||January 3, 2011|
|The Infant has been cut in half... yet it has survived and Kagura's half has aged to a young boy to become Hakudoshi. Entei's wild rampage ends when Hakudoshi is chosen as its new master, but Hakudoshi has no intention of sparing his enemies from Entei's power.|
|143||"3000 Leagues in Search of Father"
"Chichi o Tazunete San Senri" (父を訪ねて三千里)
|February 23, 2004||April 26, 2006||January 4, 2011|
|Shippo meets Kanta, a child demon otter who seeks to restore his father's head that was cut off by Hakudoshi.|
|144||"Hosenki and the Last Shard"
"Hōsenki to Saigo no Kakera" (宝仙鬼と最後のかけら)
|March 1, 2004||May 3, 2006||January 5, 2011|
|Inuyasha and his friends want to visit the Netherworld (after-life) in hopes of discovering why Hakudoshi is so obsessed with it and decide they must visit Hosenki, the creator of the black pearl in Inuyasha's eye.|
|145||"Bizarre Guards at the Border of the Afterlife"
"Ano Yo to no Sakai ni Iyō na Monban" (あの世との境に異様な門番)
|March 8, 2004||May 10, 2006||January 6, 2011|
|Acting on a tip from Kagura, the group heads toward the Realm of Fire just behind Naraku's saimyosho and find Gozu and Mezu—the guards of the Gate to the Afterlife.|
|146||"The Fiery Bird Master, Princess Abi"
"Kishōarai Toritsukai Abi-Hime" (気性荒い鳥使い 阿毘姫)
|March 15, 2004||May 17, 2006||January 7, 2011|
|Naraku presents himself to Princess Abi, the mistress of demonic birds from hell, as an ally for her quest to heal her poisoned mother. Abi reluctantly accepts his help in the form of a halberd and continues wreaking havoc in order to collect the blood of humans to dilute the poison.|
|147[n 1]||"The Tragic Love Song of Destiny (Part 1)"
"Meguriau Mae no Sadame no Koi Uta (Zenpen)" (めぐり逢う前の運命恋歌)
|April 19, 2004||May 24, 2006||January 10, 2011|
|Flash-back to how the Sacred Jewel was discovered and came into Kikyo's possession. How she met InuYasha and fell in love with him, despite a curse by Tsubaki.|
|148||"The Tragic Love Song of Destiny (Part 2)"
"Meguriau Mae no Sadame no Koi Uta (Kōhen)" (めぐり逢う前の運命恋歌)
|April 19, 2004||May 31, 2006||January 11, 2011|
|Flash-back continues with Onigumo's transformation into Naraku. Naraku disguises himself as InuYasha and then as Kikyo to turn them against each other. He kills Kikyo who seals InuYasha to the tree of ages before dying. Kikyo is re-incarnated in modern times as Kagome.|
|149||"The Single Arrow of Chaos"
"Haran o Yobu Ippon no Ya" (波乱を呼ぶ一本の矢)
|April 26, 2004||June 7, 2006||January 12, 2011|
|Kanna, with her half of the Infant, plants the child with a noblewoman for reasons unknown. Following Abi's trail of destruction, Inuyasha and his friends find themselves pursuing a mysterious person referred to as the Saint.|
|150||"The Mysterious Light that Guides the Saint"
"Seija o Michibiku Fushigi na Hikari" (聖者を導く不思議な光)
|May 3, 2004||June 14, 2006||January 13, 2011|
|Thanks to an arrow fired by the Saint, Inuyasha was able to destroy Entei. However, the unsettlingly possibility that Kikyo may be alive arises and the group continues to follow her.|
|151||"Kagome's Instinctive Choice"
"Kagome Honnō no Sentaku" (かごめ 本能の選択)
|May 10, 2004||June 21, 2006||January 14, 2011|
|Kochou and Asuka, the Saint's two assistants, bring Kagome to a pool where Kikyo's body is suspended, dying from Naraku's miasma. Kagome is the only person who can save Kikyo, but it is a decision that is her choice alone.She chooses to save Kikyo and while she is purifying the miasma seeping out of Kikyo she sees a vision of kikyo's death at the hands of Naraku and how she was tricked into sealing Inuyasha to the tree. After Kikyo revives she aks Kagome why she saved her to which Kagome replies that it wasn't a choice at all. The barrier dissipates allowing Inuyasha to find Kagome. Kagome tells him about Kikyo and tells him to go after her but he refuses saying that Kikyo is probably alright.|
|152||"Protect and Plunder!"
"Mamore Soshite Ubaitore!" (守れそして奪い取れ!)
|May 17, 2004||June 28, 2006||January 17, 2011|
|Abi is more suspicious than ever of Naraku, but her mother Tekkei advises they wait and discover Naraku's weakness before striking. Kohaku, now at the castle protecting the noblewoman and the Infant, saves them from Abi's demon birds.|
|153||"The Cruel Reunion of Fate"
"Ummei wa Zankoku na Saikai" (運命は残酷な再会)
|May 24, 2004||July 5, 2006||January 18, 2011|
|Kohaku's peaceful life at the castle comes to an end when Naraku orders him to take the Infant and kill everyone else. He recovers his memory when faced with fighting Sango again. After Kagura aids in the boy's escape, unaware that Kohaku is finally conscious of his past, he attempts suicide but he resolves to kill Naraku to make amends when Kagura saves him.|
|154||"The Demon Linked with the Netherworld"
"Ano Yo to Tsunagaru Yōkai" (あの世とつながる妖怪)
|May 31, 2004||July 12, 2006||January 19, 2011|
|Kikyo presents Inuyasha with an arrow for Kagome, which she will know when to use. Naraku betrays both Abi and Tekkei and kills them to open river of blood that will lead him to the Netherworld.|
|155||"The Demon Protector of the Sacred Jewel Shard"
"Shikon no Kakera o Mamoru Oni" (四魂のかけらを守る鬼)
|June 7, 2004||July 19, 2006||January 20, 2011|
|Inuyasha and his friends pursue Naraku into the Netherworld, where they find themselves at the grave of Inuyasha's father. There they find the deceased Hosenki, who refuses to give up the last shard of the Shikon Jewel without a fight.|
|156||"Final Battle at the Graveside! Sesshomaru vs. Inuyasha"
"Bozen Kessen! Sesshōmaru vs InuYasha" (墓前決戦! 殺生丸vs犬夜叉)
|June 14, 2004||July 26, 2006||January 21, 2011|
|Sesshomaru, having arrived too late to travel using Tekkei's river of blood, is provided an alternate method of entering the Netherworld by Kagura. Hosenki is corrupted by his shard of the jewel which draws evil from the Naraku's shards nearby. Hosenki is finally weak enough from fighting Inuyasha that his shard is taken by Naraku.|
|157||"Destroy Naraku with the Adamant Barrage"
"Naraku o Tsuranuke Kongōsōha" (奈落を貫け金剛槍破)
|June 21, 2004||August 2, 2006||January 24, 2011|
|While Sesshomaru and Naraku fight, Hosenki (now pure again) challenges Inuyasha to defeat him in order to strengthen the Tessaiga and acquire the power to fight back against Naraku. Meanwhile, Naraku poisons everyone with his miasma.|
|158||"Stampede of the Countless Demon Rats"
"Daibōsō Musū no Yūkai Nezumi" (大暴走無数の妖怪ネズミ)
|July 5, 2004||October 12, 2006||January 25, 2011|
|With everyone back in the living world, Naraku decides to send Hakudoshi and Kohaku to bring Kikyo out of hiding. Hakudoshi decides to use countless demon rats as a way to draw her out, but fails.|
|159||"Kohaku's Decision and Sango's Heart"
"Kohaku no Ketsui to Sango no Kokoro" (琥珀の決意と珊瑚の心)
|July 12, 2004||October 13, 2006||January 26, 2011|
|As the battle continues to destroy the rats Sango and Miroku come face to face with Kohaku. As Sango attempts to destroy the shrine box, she and Kohaku are nearly killed in the process.|
|160||"The Lucky but Two-Timing Scoundrel"
"Shiawase o Yobu Futamata Bōryoku Otoko" (幸せを呼ぶフタマタ暴力男)
|July 26, 2004||October 17, 2006||January 27, 2011|
|Kagome returns to the present and InuYasha follows her, much to her displeasure. He wrecks her bicycle. To make matters worse, her three friends are intent on meeting Inuyasha... something which Kagome anticipates will be a disaster.|
|161||"Miroku's Past Mistake"
"Miroku-hōshi Mukashi no Ayamachi" (弥勒法師昔のあやまち)
|August 2, 2004||October 18, 2006||January 28, 2011|
|Miroku's womanizing past has finally caught up with him. A young girl named Shima is to marry a catfish demon, but refuses him because she claims to be Miroku's wife. Sango begins to doubt Miroku's feelings for her and finds she cannot openly forgive him; is this the end of their relationship?|
|162||"Forever with Lord Sesshomaru"
"Sesshōmaru-sama to Eien ni Issho" (殺生丸様と永遠に一緒)
|August 9, 2004||October 19, 2006||January 31, 2011|
|A group of monks attempts to locate children kidnapped by a demon, Rin included. Rin is faced with the choice of living in a village, or staying with Sesshomaru.|
|163||"Kohaku, Sango and Kirara: The Secret Flower Garden"
"Kohaku Sango Kirara: Himitsu no Hanazono" (琥珀珊瑚雲母 秘密の花園)
|August 23, 2004||October 20, 2006||February 1, 2011|
|Kagura takes Kohaku to his home village to pay his respects to his dead relatives; he ends up saving Kirara, who has also dropped by to visit, from demons. Kohaku shares a secret flower garden with Kirara, who tries to bring the siblings back together.|
|164||"Possessed by a Parasite: Shippo, Our Worst Enemy!"
"Saikyō no Teki, Yadori Sanagi Shippō" (最強の敵 宿り蛹七宝)
|August 30, 2004||October 24, 2006||February 2, 2011|
|Naraku steals the Fuyouseki, an orb which conceals demonic auras, from a mountain demon named Gakusaijin. The demon awakes, shedding parasite chrysalis demons. One of them possesses Shippo causing him to attack his friends.|
|165||"The Ultimate Key to Defeating Naraku"
"Naraku o Taosu Saidai no Tegakari" (奈落を倒す最大の手がかり)
|September 6, 2004||October 25, 2006||February 3, 2011|
|Gakusaijin gives crystals with his aura to Miroku to use to find his stolen Fuyouseki orb and thus Naraku. Hakudoshi creates an experimental series of demons for no apparent reason except to fight Inuyasha and his friends, until the surviving demons steal Miroku's crystals.|
|166[n 2]||"The Bond Between Them, Use the Sacred Jewel Shard! (Part 1)"
"Futari no Kizuna - Shikon no Kakera o Tsukae! Zenpen" (二人の絆 四魂のかけらを使え! 前編)
|September 13, 2004||October 26, 2006||February 4, 2011|
A mysterious man (with a demonic arm) named Goryomaru has his child warriors fight demons and recover their corpses, which leads Inuyasha and his friends to investigate in hopes of finding the Fuyouseki. Kagura continues her dangerous investigation of the true nature of the Infant, but ends up badly injured and goes to Sesshomaru, expecting to die near him. Rin tries to pull her out of the water, but Sesshomaru must then pull them both out. In the manga this is based from chapter 346 to chapter 350
|167||"The Bond Between Them, Use the Sacred Jewel Shard! (Part 2)"
"Futari no Kizuna - Shikon no Kakera o Tsukae! Kōhen" (二人の絆 四魂のかけらを使え! 後編)
|September 13, 2004||October 27, 2006||February 7, 2011|
|Naraku lures Inuyasha and the others into the stomach of a large stone demon. He traps them there with the intent of collecting the Jewel Shard after they are dissolved by digestion. InuYasha attaches the Jewel Shard to his sword. Kagome helps him keep control of himself long enough to blast free of the demon. The series concludes with everyone promising to pursue Naraku until he is destroyed and knowing that the way to accomplish this is to destroy the child that represents his heart.|