Kikyo, Captured by Naraku


InuYasha Season 2 - Episode 6

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Episode information


Torawareta Kikyō to Naraku






Fukai Mori




Original Airdate

2 July 2001

English Airdate

30 January 2003 (Adult Swim)

Episode Statistics




The Beads of Subjugation

Kikyo, Captured by Naraku is the thirty-third episode of the InuYasha anime.


  1. Kikyō is held by Naraku in his castle; Naraku put up a barrier around the place so Kikyō's Shinidamachū cannot enter, rendering her almost helpless.
  2. As Inuyasha and the others search for the kidnapped Kikyō, Naraku casts the evil spell of Illusory Death, which feeds on the sadness and fear of those effected by it.
  3. Kikyō steals Kagome's Shikon no Tama shard and gives it to Naraku; vowing to destroy him once he finds all of the shards of the jewel.
  4. Kikyō uncovers a secret about Naraku; he is a hanyō.


Kikyō, in Naraku's castle, is kept separated from her soul collectors to prevent her powers from harming Naraku. He offers her a deal : she could escape this lifeless existence if only she can bring Kagome to Naraku. He gives her a corrupted shard of the Shikon Jewel to control her.

Kikyo in Naraku's Castle

Kikyō at Naraku's castle

Inuyasha is acting weird since Kikyō has been abducted, and his friends call him on it, saying he shouldn't try to shoulder the burden of Kikyō's rescue all alone. When they see soul collectors, they try to follow them, but they are led to a strange fog, where Sango realize that they aren't soul collectors, but disguised Saimyōshō. They all become separated. Inuyasha is led into a strange vision of him attacking the village fifty years ago, and Kikyō killing him. Miroku feels he is being pulled into his own Wind Tunnel. Shippō is left all alone and despairing, while Sango sees her brother Kohaku attack her after killing Inuyasha and Miroku.

Naraku enjoins their despair from afar, and wonders why Kagome alone is unaffected by the spell of the root-vines. He puts it to the Jewel shards in her possession. Kikyō, who was with him, suddenly destroys his body (which was a puppet), then attacks Kagome. She is left dangling over a deep hole in the ground. Kagome notices the shard in Kikyō's chest, but Kikyō mocks her, saying that she, a priestess, isn't controlled by a mere shard. To prove it, she purifies it on the spot, then takes Kagome's shards. Kagome is pulled down into the abyss by the strangle vines.

Kikyo captures Kagome

Kikyō captures Kagome to steal her Shikon Shards

Inuyasha is swearing to protect Kikyō when he realizes that he forgot Kagome, whom he must also protect, and then understand that it was all an illusion. He frees himself from the dark roots, then snaps Miroku out of it, too. He takes Kagome out of her hole, too, but she still seems under a shock. Upon seeing Kikyō provoking him, he understands that she is the one who attacked Kagome. She laughs at his indecision before leaving with Kagome's shards, saying she waits for the day when she and Inuyasha will embrace death together. Kagome has finally been put to the test of the vines, too, seeing an illusion of Inuyasha and Kikyō kissing, in love with each other.

Kagome's vision

Kagome's vision of Kikyō and Inuyasha's kiss

Kikyō goes to Naraku, to taunt him about his weaknesses, such as his half-human blood and the memories of Onigumo, then she hands over to him the shards of the Jewel. She tells him flatly that if he needs her, he'll have to send a messenger, for she is free to do what she wants, and will neither flee nor hide herself. Once she left Naraku, she thinks of what she has done, reflecting that only when Naraku has completed the Jewel will she send him to hell. She is now free to hate, free to love, so much more free than when she was alive.

Characters in Order of AppearanceEdit

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