Shako (シャコ, "Mantis Crab") was a demon slayer who was Sango and Kohaku's paternal grandfather. He is also the slayer that sent the Shikon no Tama to Kikyō fifty years ago.


One day, when Shako was overseeing the harvesting of dead yōkai remains at his village, two villagers suddenly approached him to tell him that something strange was happening at the nearby limestone cave. When they arrived, he saw that the cave was glowing ominously, and immediately came to the conclusion that it was caused by the spirit of the dead priestess Midoriko. He then turned his attention to a nearby corpse of the demon Mistress Centipede that the villagers were previously harvesting. He immediately impaled the corpse with Hiraikotsu and had managed to to pull out a jewel from it. He and the other villagers concluded that it was the legendary Shikon no Tama that had been forged from the combined souls of Midoriko and the countless yōkai she was battling against. In was then that Mistress Centipede suddenly revived in order to reclaim the jewel. She managed to ensnare him and then bite his right shoulder. A moment later, Kirara bit her along the metameres of her enlongated legs, thus freeing him. He then threw Hiraikotsu at her and managed to severe her below her waist and killed her once again. Afterwards, he had to kneel down from the pain of his shoulder badly wounded. He immediately realized that was the jewel that was responsible for her revival, and that she would continue to revive as long as she was near it. Just then, Mistress Centipede revived once more and attempted to escape. He ordered Kirara to pursue her, then ordered the villagers to find a priestess with the power to purify the jewel. He died soon after due that fatal wound.

Physical description[]

He was a man with black hair that was styles in Japanese topknot, brown eyes and tanned skin. He had a small scar along the edge of his left eye.


He wore a beige kosode with brown stripes along the cuffs and collar, a pair of black tekkou arm guards, a brown haori vest and matching brown hakama leggings, and a pair of waraji straw sandals.


  • Hiraikotsu (らいこつ, "Flying Return Bone"): A gigantic boomerang that was carried by him, made up of various kinds of demon bones. While using Hiraikotsu to attack or exterminate enemies, it needed a lot of strength to toss off from owner's hand in order to reach effective destruction.

Manga vs. anime[]

  • In the manga, it is revealed by Sango that her grandfather died from injuries he sustained from exterminating a yōkai that was in possession of the Shikon no Tama before he obtained it fifty years ago.[2]


  1. 犬夜叉 ストーリー. Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation (YTV).
  2. InuYasha manga; Chapter 94
Yōkai taijiya
Taijiya KohakuSangoSango and Kohaku's fatherShakoHisuiSetsunaRokutaNanasukeTowa HigurashiKuzuYamataGoro
Allies KiraraKikyō
Enemies Naraku
Places Yōkai taijiya village (Miroku and Sango's house) • Midoriko's cave
Unique Items HiraikotsuShikon no TamaBlack Hiraikotsu