Cloud of Evil
Volume 54 - Scroll 3
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Jaki no Unkai
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi
Cloud of Evil is the 531st chapter of the InuYasha manga.
- Shippō awakens to find himself in a building with Kaede and Kohaku
- Shippō's flashback reveals that Kagome, Inuyasha, Miroku, Sango, and Kirara left to go fight Naraku (Inuyasha had knocked Shippō out so he couldn't follow them)
- Sesshōmaru appears in front of Naraku, who is in his true form as an enormous spider
- Byakuya affirms Sesshōmaru's suspicion that Rin is inside of Naraku, just as Inuyasha and the others appear
- The giant spider opens
Shippō awakens in a pile of hay and with a large bump on his head. He is disoriented and confused at first. Kohaku and Kaede are in the wooden building with him when he suddenly recalls what happened:
Shippō yells about having to stay behind. Inuyasha, Kagome, Sango, and Miroku all tell him its too dangerous for him to tag along. Inuyasha adds that he'll already have his hands full with looking out for Kagome since she had lost her spiritual powers. Sango turns to Kohaku and tells him that he also must stay behind. She doesn't want him to waste the life that Kikyō gave him. Shippō grows teary-eyed, and Inuyasha informs him that he must stay behind in case they don't come back. When Shippō started to argue again, Inuyasha knocked him out by hitting him.
Inuyasha and the others are talking as they grow closer to Naraku. Miroku makes a comment about how Inuyasha had been unlike himself when he told Shippō they may not come back, but Inuyasha defends himself by saying it was the only way to get Shippō to stop complaining. The mood of the conversation grows more serious as they all recognize the grave danger of what they are getting into.
Sesshōmaru appears in front of Naraku, who has become a gigantic spider. Sesshōmaru uses his Bakusaiga when a wave of demons rush at him, and they all die instantly. Byakuya appears and is impressed with the power of Sesshōmaru's sword. He affirms that the girl Rin is inside Naraku. Naraku suddenly shoots out a web towards Sesshōmaru, but he skillfully dodges the attack. Inuyasha and the others appear. The demon Kagome and Inuyasha were riding on is destroyed when it runs into the poisonous spider webs that Naraku shot out. Inuyasha jumps off the demon with Kagome in his arms. Suddenly, Naraku opens.