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The battle between Inu-Yashas' father and the demon Hyouga over the Sea of Japan was so fierce it caused the tremendous storm "Kamikaze" which thwarted the invasion of Japan by Hyouga and his human allies.
IY movie 2 - Kagami no Naka no Mugenjo: Urusei Yatsura's "Cherry" can be spotted appearing as a Jizo statue mid-way thru the film.
IY epi. 90 - Cat Noodles, now on sale at your local grocery! The Cat Noodles are a reference back to Ranma 1/2's Shampoo, and her noodle restaurant.
IY epi. 128 - Shades of "Beautiful Dreamer" as Lum strolls down the hall of Kagome's middle-school during Kagome's school matsuri. The episode ireferences other anime and manga such at "Techi Muyo", Munto, One Piece and, possibly, Sailor Moon. One more interesting point about this episode - in Japan, a very popular game involves smashing watermelons. Apparently it must be a VERY old game!
IY epi. 88 - watch for the "Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon movie reference in the fight between Shippou and the three monkey sprites.
IY epi. 90 - Sota - Kagome's kid brother - must REALLY like Detective Conan. His good clothes are identical - all he's missing are the specs!
IY epi. 149 - Abi Hime's attacking flock is positioned in the same manner of the Alfred Hitchcock thrill "The Birds". This really isn't unusual, the animation staff at Kyoto Studios which produced Inu-Yasha are huge movie fans. They aren't above using popular film references, both Asian and Western, to enhance their anime productions.
Rumic Theater, Epi. 13, 1st season. Watch for Inu-Yasha and Kagome's very first cameo appearance outside their own series.
IY Epic 138-139 – Inu-Yasha vs. Gamera! Once again, the animators at Kyoto Studios prove their love of 'classic' Japanese monster films as well as share their view of American pop culture. During a fight sequence pitting Inu-Yasha and company against a quartet of youkai ninja named, Seiyuu, Byakko, Genbu and Suzaku, Inu-Yasha personally battles Genbu. (Genbu, as some may know, is the Japanese turtle deity of North.) At a key point in the action, this Genbu whips off his villain's cape revealing his true nature: "Adult Mutant Ninja Turtle! (Poking fun at us culture grabbing Yankees!) As the fight progresses Genbu, our "villain on a half-shell", proceeds to pay homage to Toho Studio's "Gamera". Tucking all his appendages into his shell, Genbu attacks Inu-Yasha using Gamera's "Spinning, Flaming Shell Attack" straight out of the old Toho rubber suit films! In should be noted Toho Studios produced not only all four of the Inu-Yasha feature films to date, but is also famous for producing classic Japanese monster films, such as "Gamera", "Mothra" and all the "Gojira" films, except 2000's "Godzilla."
Tenka Hadou No Ken – Footnotes from Japan's Kojiki: (1) Some of the best People were born in a burning House! - The imagery of Inu-Yasha's birth is interesting. Susa-nö-wo, Japan's bi-polar "God of Storms" was born under similar incendiary circumstances. This burning house image has deep roots in Japanese cultural tradition. Long ago, the ancient Japanese people practiced the custom of destroying the ubu-ya, or birthing house, after a child's birth. There is also an old Japanese custom where fires were lit to dispel evil sprits after a child was born. Another fire custom linked to ancient Japanese childbirth practices is an ordeal by fire to prove a child's legitimacy. This particular custom is linked to the Hindu text "Ramayana". Since all of these customs were influential during the Hien period depicted at the beginning of the film, it's not surprising they would influence the writers and animators during production of "Tenka Hadou no Ken." (2) Grampa Higurashi's "Kusa-nagi". Since contemporary Japanese people aren't into garage sales, I keep wondering where Higurashi Jiji keep getting this stuff! Gramps proudly displays a antique sword which he believes is Susa-nö-wo's legendary sword, the Kusa-nagi. The Kusa-nagi is the legendary sword Susa-nö-wo discovered in 8-headed dragon's tail after he vanquished the monster and rescued Kusa-nada-hime from certain death. The real Kusa-nagi (not the "Blue Seed" guy or chick from "GITS") is a Japanese Imperial artifact and purported sacred treasure kept by the reining Emperor of Japan. Which, of course begs the question why Higurashi Jiji would even THINK his sword was the real deal!
Episode 128: Shin'ichi Kudou and Ran Mouri from Meitantei Conan (Case Closed) make a brief cameo appearance along with a few other anime characters from different shows including Doremi from Ojamajo Doremi DOKKAAN!.
Inuyasha: Tenka Hadou no Ken (Japanese)/Inuyasha: Swords of an Honorable Ruler (NA release 9/6/04). *POSSIBLE SPOILER* Watch for Kyoto Studio's subtle hommage to "Akira" during the first 30 minutes of the film. (Akira DTS version also released in 2003).
After 167 episodes, Sunrise Inc. decided to end the animated show and release the conclusion to the story in manga (Japanese comic books). But, on a radio talk show, the Producer of the show announced that they only ended the first series of the show. Hinting that a second series will be coming soon.
In the TV airing of the episode "Aristocratic Assassin, Sesshomaru", when Sesshomaru slays the wolves who attack him, they are torn apart. However, the next shot shows the wolves' dead bodies laying on the ground completely intact with a few bloody wounds on them.
In the Mexican Spanish dub of Inuyasha, Kagome was renamed to "Aome" because Kagome sounds like an offensive pun in Spanish (especially, Latin America Spanish)
In the english dub they Pronounce Kirara's name "Kilala" yet they spell it "Kirara" in the titles of episodes such as episode 91 "The Suspicious Faith Healer and the Black Kirara" and episode 97 "Kirara Come Home!".
The fire-rat exists in Japanese folklore, it was not made up for the Inu Yasha storyline. In the book Th Shining Princess and other Japanese Legends by Eric Quayle (1989, Little, Brown & Co. publishers), it is described as follows:"This extremely rare, but ferocious animal always attacked on sight and its bite was lethal. It also had the magical power of being completely immune to flames and heat and could walk through the hottest fire without harm."
The first ending "My Will" is the only ending theme song in which Inuyasha, Miroku, Shippo, and Kilala are not pictured. In ep. 1 If you look carefully, you can see metal railings on some parts of the shrine in the feudal era. But in later episodes, these rails all vanish!
Sesshomaru, in the manga, is said to be ninety-three years older than Inuyasha.
The end of Episode 58: Fateful Night in Togenkyo, Part II, where Human InuYasha was battling Tokajin and Nimenka. Both human opponents jumped off the cliff during battle. After the sun came up Kagome, Shippo, and Miroku were standing at the edge of the cliff, grieving for the loss of InuYasha. This scene reminds me of the one from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" where Indiana was battling a Nazi enemy on a tank that fell over a cliff and his father and best friend were grieving for him. In both scenes, the "fallen" hero is standing right behind his friends, alive as ever.
In the Brazilian portuguese dub the names of "Miroku'' and ''Naraku'' has been changed for ''Miroki'' and ''Naraki'', due to the words ''ku'' sounds like an offensive pun. As in the spanish dub, in portuguese ''Kagome'' has renamed ''Aome'' too, due to the same thing, once the portuguese is similar to spanish.
In the episode 62 ("Tsubaki's unrelenting evil spell"), when Kagome notices she is back in her "average" 9th grader girl's life, it can be noticed that her comrades from the Feudal Era are represented here, as nowadays' people: first, Miroku and Sango (9'32"), as a couple of youngsters walking on a zebra crossing ; then, Priestess Kaede and Shippô (9'54"), as a grandmother with her grandson, the latter wanting her to buy a "Sacred Jewel keyholder" ; last but not least, Kikyô (11'56") as an archery teacher.
At the beginning of the ep. 128 (3'28"), you can see the façade of the convenience store in which Kagome and 4 friends of hers are about to come. Curiously, the logotype of the store looks really like the one used by Sunrise, one of the co working companies of the anime.
Even though this is another Japanese anime, basing much of its story lines in the traditional folklore, I couldn't help but notice a lot of the story and its characters resemble the ones from "Alice in Wonderland". Third episode in the VIZ version is called "Down the Rabbit Hole and Back Again", which is the name of the first chapter in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". The main idea behind InuYasha is a young girl falls down a hole in the ground and enters a land full of giants and strange creatures. To Kagome, the Feudal Era is much like the dream world of Alice and the 21st century world is the real world for Alice.
In the two-parter episodes "Fateful Night in Togenkyo" you had InuYasha, Kagome, Shippo, and Miroku shrink to the size of a mouse from potions. This seems to resemble what happens to Alice in "Alice in Wonderland." when she's made to drink a potion.
The Tsubaki episodes, there are two priestesses, Momiji and Botan. They are the Red and White Priestesses respectively. They look like the Red and White Queens and act like Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
Episode 100, Garamaru didn't said his name in the beginning nor in the middle nor in the end of the episode, but at the end of the episode, Miroku and the other miraculous know his name..
When Kagome is in her own world she often visits a fast food restaurant known as "Wacdonalds" a spoof of the fast food chain "McDonalds", Even the logo shares similar resemblance.
In episode 9, at the beginning, after Shippô's first appearance, while he is tidying Kagome's backpack in order to find the shard of the Sacred Jewel, among the stuff carried by Kagome, there strangely is an "InuYasha" manga - the cover and the circles of the logo are easily recognizable - ...
In Episode 16, Miroku magically knows how to ride a bike.
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