The fourth season of the anime series InuYasha aired in Japan on Animax from August 12, 2002 through April 28, 2003. It is the first season of the series to be produced and broadcast in high-definition, while maintaining its standard 4:3 aspect ratio. Based on the manga series of the same title by Rumiko Takahashi, the anime was produced by Sunrise. The series follows a high school girl, Kagome Higurashi who travels back in time to the Sengoku period of Japan where she meets a half-demon named Inuyasha and learns that she is the reincarnation of a powerful priestess named Kikyo. Joined by a lecherous monk, a young Kitsune, a demon slayer, and a demon cat, the group seeks to find the fragments of the shattered Jewel of Four Souls, a powerful jewel that had been hidden inside Kagome's body, and keep the shards from being used for evil, including the evil half-demon Naraku who slew Kikyo fifty years before Kagome's arrival. The first season introduces the central characters and shows the group gathering together.
The anime is licensed for release in North America by Viz Media. The English dub of the fourth season was broadcast on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim programming block from January 18, 2005 through July 9, 2005.
The opening themes for this season were "Unending Dream (Owari nai Yume)" by Nanase Aikawa and "Grip!" by Every Little Thing for episodes 96-108. The ending themes were "Every Heart (Minna no Kimochi)" by BoA for episodes 83-85 and "Song of Truth (Shinjitsu no Uta)" by Do As Infinity for episodes 86-108.
Season 4 episode listingEdit
|Ep#||Title||Original airdate||English airdate||Asia airdate|
|83||"The Female Wolf Demon and the Lunar Rainbow Promise"
"The Female Yōrōzoku and the Rainbow Moon Promise // Onna Yōrōzoku to Gekkō no Yakusoku" (女妖狼族と月虹の約束)
|August 19, 2002||January 18, 2005||October 13, 2010|
|Ayame, the granddaughter of the Yōrōzoku leader in the north, the Wolf elder searches for Koga, who is needed to unite the Yōrōzoku and once proposed to marry her. Meanwhile, a cast-off piece of Naraku is attacking everything in sight and Koga decides to take off with Kagome to protect her, only to run into an angry and jealous Ayame.|
"The Super-Fast Bridal Candidate // Chōsoku no Hanayome Kōho" (超速の花嫁候補)
|August 26, 2002||January 19, 2005||October 14, 2010|
|Ayame and Kagome manage to get along when Ayame tells how Koga once saved her and promised to marry her. When Naraku's cast-off arrives along with Inuyasha and the others, Koga must save Ayame and Kagome from danger.|
|85||"The Evil Within Demon's Head Castle"
"Maliciousness Rising! The Oni Head's Castle // Jaki ga Michiru Oni no Kubi Jō" (邪気が満ちる鬼の首城)
|September 2, 2002||January 24, 2005||October 15, 2010|
|Inuyasha and his friends run into an old woman, Haori, fighting a demon and save her. After she introduces herself as a demon exorcist, they decide to join her to fight an oni haunting a nearby village.|
|86||"Secret of the Possessed Princess"
"Secret of the Possessed Princess // Yorishiro no Hime no Himitsu" (依り代の姫の秘密)
|September 9, 2002||January 25, 2005||October 18, 2010|
|While InuYasha continues to fight the demon headman of the village, Sango and the exorcist go off to save Miroku, who has been paralyzed by the real demon: the headman's beautiful daughter.|
|87||"Kikyo's Lonely Journey"
"Meguru Kikyō no Kodoku na Tabiji" (めぐる桔梗の孤独な旅路)
|September 16, 2002||January 26, 2005||October 19, 2010|
|Kikyo meets an old man who tries to rob her, but suddenly collapses from chest pain. He tells her his tragic story, that he was an evil man in his youth and responsible for Onigumo's injuries, and now seeks redemption, though he believes he will never find it. While Inuyasha and the others take refuge in a nearby cave because it is raining. Kagome ends up catching a cold.|
|88||"Three Sprites of the Monkey God"
"Sarugamisama no San Seirei" (猿神さまの三精霊)
|October 14, 2002||January 31, 2005||October 20, 2010|
|Three mischievous monkey sprites are looking for their god's idol and won't release a very inconvenient stone effigy sealed to Inuyasha until their god is freed from the missing idol. So Inuyasha and his friends go out to search for the monkey's stone|
|89||"Nursing Battle of the Rival Lovers"
"Aitsu to Kare Omimai Taiketsu" (アイツと彼のお見舞い対決)
|October 21, 2002||February 1, 2005||October 21, 2010|
|Kagome becomes sick and needs to return to her time to recover, which results in her friends dropping by for a visit. InuYasha, concerned for her health, concocts a very odd medicinal cure for her which cures the cold in an instant and allows her to take the big test.|
|90||"Sota's Brave Confession of Love"
"Omoikitta Sōta no Kokuhaku" (思いきった草太の告白)
|October 28, 2002||February 2, 2005||October 22, 2010|
|Sota wants to impress Hitomi, a girl he likes, and turns to InuYasha for advice. With some help from Kagome and InuYasha, Sota manages to confess his love for Hitomi, who accepts him.|
|91||"The Suspicious Faith Healer and the Black Kirara"
"Ayashii Kitōshi to Kuroi Kirara" (怪しい祈祷師と黒い雲母)
|November 4, 2002||February 7, 2005||October 25, 2010|
|Shippo witnesses a girl, Koume, take away Kirara, who has mistaken Kirara for her own two tailed cat Kuroro, who has been thrown out of Koume's village because a faith healer has declared Kuroro the reason behind the bad luck befalling the village.|
|92||"Plot of the Walking Dead"
"Fukkatsu Shita Monotachi no Yabō" (復活した者たちの野望)
|November 18, 2002||February 8, 2005||October 26, 2010|
|InuYasha and his friends must defeat Kawaramaru, a general resurrected by Urasue, who uses Enju, a potter resurrected by Urasue as well, to create demonic clay armies.|
|93||"The Mysterious, Lecherous Monk"
"Shutsubotsu Suru Nazo no Sukebe Hōshi" (出没する謎の助平法師)
|November 25, 2002||February 9, 2005||October 27, 2010|
|Miroku finds himself in trouble when a mysterious lecherous monk matching his description exactly is wandering the countryside doing the very things Miroku himself would do.|
|94||"The Sacred Jewel Maker Part I"
"Shikon no Tama o Tsukuru Mono (Zenpen)" (四魂の玉を造る者 前編)
|December 2, 2002||February 14, 2005||October 28, 2010|
|Accompanied by Izumo, a young scholar, the group must defeat a group of demons implanted with false Shikon Jewels.|
|95||"The Sacred Jewel Maker Part II"
"Shikon no Tama o Tsukuru Mono (Kōhen)" (四魂の玉を造る者 後編)
|December 9, 2002||February 15, 2005||October 29, 2010|
|Kagome discovers a startling secret concerning Izumo, who intends to use Kagome's spiritual abilities and the souls of her friends to create a true Shikon Jewel.|
|96||"Jaken Falls Ill"
"Byōki ni Natta Ano Jaken" (病気になったあの邪見)
|January 13, 2003||February 16, 2005||November 1, 2010|
|While Kagome and her friends visit Jinenji again, Rin goes off on her own to find a medicinal cure for Jaken, who has fallen ill from insect poison.|
|97||"Kirara, Come Home!"
"Kaette Konai Kirara" (帰ってこない雲母)
|January 20, 2003||February 21, 2005||November 2, 2010|
|When Kirara mysteriously disappears one night, it is up to Shippo to discover why, no matter how unpleasant it may be for his friends to hear.|
|98||"Kikyo and Kagome: Alone in a Cave"
"Dōkutsu ni wa Kikyō to Kagome no Futari Dake" (洞窟には桔梗とかごめの二人だけ)
|January 27, 2003||February 22, 2005||November 3, 2010|
|Kikyo and Kagome wind up trapped in a demon that looks like a cave that devours the spiritual energy of priestesses. Only by working together by using Kikyo's knowledge and experience with Kagome's latent potential will the two women be able to escape.|
|99||"Koga and Sesshomaru, A Dangerous Encounter"
"Sesshōmaru to Kōga Kiken Sōgū" (鋼牙と殺生丸 危険な遭遇)
|February 3, 2003||February 23, 2005||November 4, 2010|
|Ginta and Hakkaku encounter Jaken and, after hearing about Jaken's powerful master, attempt with little success to prevent Koga and Sesshomaru from meeting.|
|100||"Truth Behind the Nightmare: Battle in the Forest of Sorrow"
"Akumu no Shinjitsu Nageki no Muri no Tatakai" (悪夢の真実 嘆きの森の戦い)
|February 10, 2003||February 28, 2005||November 5, 2010|
|Garamaru, the brother of the moth demon Gatenmaru, appears to seek revenge on Inuyasha by trapping his friends in cocoons that will transform them into moth demons as they are plagued by their worst fears.|
|101||"The Snow from Seven Years Past"
"Are Kara Shichinen Me no Nagori Yuki" (あれから七年目のなごり雪)
|February 17, 2003||March 1, 2005||November 8, 2010|
|Miroku recalls being saved in his youth by a beautiful woman named Koyuki during a blizzard. History repeats itself when Koyuki returns and takes Miroku away, leaving Sango and the rest of his friends to come to his rescue.|
|102||"Assault on the Wolf-Demon Tribe"
"The Yōrōzoku Attacked by the Dead // Bōrei ni Ozowareta Yōrōzoku" (亡霊に襲われた妖狼族)
|February 24, 2003||May 28, 2005||November 9, 2010|
|Kohaku uses one of seven Shikon Shards to resurrect the monstrous Kyokotsu, the first of the Band of Seven, who attacks the Yōrōzoku. Kohaku assigns him to find more Shikon Shards and Kyokotsu finds the perfect opportunity when he runs into Koga, who has returned to save his tribe.|
|103||"The Band of Seven, Resurrected"
"The Shichinintai, Resurrected // Yomigaetta Shichinintai" (よみがえった七人隊)
|March 3, 2003||June 4, 2005||November 10, 2010|
|Sango takes off on her own when Kirara suddenly picks up Kohaku's scent; the two siblings end up fighting while Mukotsu, another member of the Band of Seven, watches. Meanwhile, Inuyasha and the others end up fighting another newly resurrected member of the Band of Seven, the unpredictable and deadly Jakotsu.|
|104||"The Stealthy Poison User, Mukotsu"
"The Stealthy Poison User, Mukotsu // Shinobiyoru Doku Tsukai Mukotsu" (しのびよる毒使い 霧骨)
|March 10, 2003||June 11, 2005||November 11, 2010|
|Jakotsu gets away when Mukotsu releases a poison that burns Inuyasha. He continues to cause trouble for both Inuyasha and his friends and Sesshomaru and his companions with his poisonous attacks.|
|105||"The Ghastly Steel Machine"
"Heavy Equipment made of Ghastly Steel // Bukimi na Hagane no Jūsōbi" (不気味な鋼の重装備)
|March 17, 2003||June 18, 2005||November 12, 2010|
|Ginkotsu, the machine man and member of the Band of Seven, arrives just as Inuyasha, Shippo, and Kirara rescue their poisoned friends. Inuyasha orders Shippo to take their friends to safety and the fox takes them to a nearby temple. When Kagome awakes, she discovers Renkotsu, the priest caring for them, has a Shikon Shard in his throat.|
|106||"Kagome, Miroku, and Sango: A Desperate Situation"
"Kagome, Miroku, and Sango: A Desperate Situation // Kagome, Miroku, Sango, Zettai Zetsumei" (かごめ、弥勒、珊瑚、絶体絶命)
|April 14, 2003||June 25, 2005||November 15, 2010|
|Inuyasha arrives at the temple where Kagome and the others are under Renkotsu's spell, but is distracted by the return of the supposedly destroyed Ginkotsu. Renkotsu sets the temple afire before revealing that he is also a member of the Band of Seven. By the time Inuyasha finds his friends, Shippo sadly informs him that they have all stopped breathing.|
|107||"InuYasha Shows His Tears For the First Time"
"Shown For the First Time; Inuyasha's Tears // Hajimete Miseru Inuyasha no Namida" (初めてみせる犬夜叉の涙)
|April 21, 2003||July 2, 2005||November 16, 2010|
|Inuyasha is devastated that his friends almost died because of his weakness, though Myoga has saved them by sucking the poison from their blood. Meanwhile, Kikyo has found a kind doctor caring for local children named Suikotsu, who possesses an unusually pure Shikon shard and a strange anxiety around blood.|
|108||"The Secret of the Pure Light"
"The Secret of the Pure Light // Kegarenaki Hikari no Himitsu" (けがれなき光の秘密)
|April 28, 2003||July 9, 2005||November 17, 2010|
|Kikyo attempts to solve the mystery surrounding Suikotsu's nature and discovers the doctor possesses not only a frightening alter ego, but is another member of the resurrected Shichinintai.|