The Last Banquet of Miroku's Master
InuYasha Season 5 - Episode 25
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Miroku no shishō Saigo no Utage
December 1, 2003
The Last Banquet of Miroku's Master is the one hundred thirty-fifth episode of the InuYasha anime.
- Hachiemon tracks down Miroku and the others and tells him that he is worried that Mushin is dying; when they visit Mushin, he confirms that he will in fact die very soon.
- As a last request before his death Miroku and the others perform many tasks around the temple for him; for the final task Mushin asks that they bring him back a rare kind of sake.
- The group successfully obtains a jug of the sake and Mushin seemingly dies after having finally tasted it; however he is not dead and it turns out that Mushin is not actually terminally ill and merely believes he will be killed soon because many high ranking priests have been slain lately, though Miroku and the others assure him that he will be just fine.
Inuyasha and friends are sitting in a meadow, discussing the strange killings of priests and monks in local temples, when Hachiemon, the raccoon dog, appears and tells Miroku that Monk Mushin is about to die due to seeing him throw up blood the previous day. And Miroku rushes off since Monk Mushin had raised him from early childhood when his father had died. They journey to his temple to see if this is true. There they see Monk Mushin who says it is indeed true that he will die.
As a way to die peacefully, they find themselves doing chores for Mushin, and eventually acquiring some rare sake made by some sages in a sacred peak know as "Kasumidake," since all of these are his "last wish." They travel to the peak and there, Kagome, Hachiemon, and Shippo get poisoned by some mist, and start to act as if in a drunken state. Only Inuyasha and Miroku manage to be immune by not inhaling the mist. The others are cured when Miroku uses his Kazaana (wind tunnel) to suck up the mist. They spot some sages who hide from them as if scared; presumably, they clear up the misunderstanding.
They cut to a scene where Miroku hands Master Mushin the bottle of precious sake. They begin a conversation and talk about old times and Mushin falls asleep and Miroku takes this for his death, and screams out in pain; only to find that he's alive and just asleep. The scene then cuts to the whole group yelling "What!?" and they find that Master Mushin thought that he was going to die because of all the killings of other high priests and monks, implying that he thought he was highly spiritual, and otherwise is in perfect health and that when he threw up blood, he just had a chicken bone stuck in his throat and vomited. The group yells at him for thinking something so stupid, they didn't think him spiritual at all. They then leave the temple.
That night, Kagura and the Infant fly past Mushin's temple, not even bothering with the sleeping drunk.
- Strangely, although sucking Saimyosho and other poisonous demons and/or objects into the Wind Tunnel poisons Miroku, sucking in all the sake mist does not cause him to become intoxicated like his comrades. This could mean he has a high tolerance to liquor.
- Inuyasha is seen to not be affected by the sake mist, but he becomes immediately drunk in Episode 12 (FA), when the Master of Potions dunks him into a jug of his mystic brew.
- Though unintentional, this would mark the first time Kagome has been drunk in her life. Same goes for Shippō
- This would be Mushin's final actual appearance in the series. He would only appear in a cameo in the episode right before The Final Act and a flash back in Naraku: The Trap of Darkness.
- Inuyasha is shown to still be able to speak while getting endless "Sit" commands.
- Sango is rather amorous while she's intoxicated when she attempts to kiss Inuyasha in her drunken state.
- In the original dub, Mushin ate pomegranate instead of chicken bone. When Miroku asks him the reason that Hachi saw him spitted blood, he replies:"I had just forgot to wipe off my mouth after having pomegranate".
- For some reason, Sango and Kirara are absent from Kagome's "Wind Tunnel Vacuum" imagine spot.