Release dateDecember 20, 2003 (2003-12-20) Based onInuyasha
by Rumiko Takahashi WriterKathleen Westlake (script: English adaptation), Katsuyuki Sumisawa (script), Rumiko Takahashi PrequelInuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass SequelInuyasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island CastKappei Yamaguchi (Inuyasha), Satsuki Yukino (Kagome Higurashi), Houko Kuwashima (Sango), Koji Tsujitani (Miroku), Ken Narita (Sesshomaru) Similar moviesRelated Toshiya Shinohara movies
TaglineThe Three Swords of the Fang collide in an epic battle!
Inuyasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler(映画犬夜叉 天下覇道の剣,Eiga Inuyasha: Tenka Hadō no Ken) (also known as Inuyasha the Movie: Swords of World Conquest) is a 2003 anime film directed by Toshiya Shinohara and written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa. It is the third film to be released in the Inuyasha series. It was released in Japan on December 20, 2003 (between episodes 136 and 137), and in the United States on September 6, 2005. It premiered on Adult Swim on August 12, 2006 and it aired in Canada on YTV on December 29, 2006.
In the event of Inuyasha's birth, the suitor Takemaru kills Lady Izayoi, just before Inuyasha's father arrives. Still injured from his battle with Ryūkotsusei, he resurrects Izayoi with the Tenseiga, telling her to escape with their son, whom he names Inuyasha, and gives her the Cloth of the Fire Rat to protect them from the burning and collapsing palace, where Inuyasha's father died facing Takemaru with his third sword.
In the present era, Kagome's grandfather comes by with a sword which he calls a "national treasure"; as Grandpa is about to put it in the storehouse for "safe keeping", Kagome's younger brother goes over to the sword and it speaks or more accurately, the spirit of the sheath, Saya. With his seven hundred-year spell on the sword So'unga failing, Saya seeks out Inuyasha, hoping he has the willpower to control the sword. Unfortunately, he was mistaken, as it tried to possess Inuyasha, but he tried his best to resist being controlled and finally brings the sword back to the past, but in the process unleashes the deadly Dragon Twister on an evacuated village, a technique far more powerful than either the Tessaiga's Backlash Wave or the Tokijin's Dragon Strike. Sesshomaru is alerted to the return of So'unga and follows the scent to find that InuYasha is possessed by the sword. The two of them duel and at a crucial moment, Kagome, having returned with Saya, forces the So'unga to release Inuyasha from its grasp. As Inuyasha and Sesshomaru depart their respective companies to seek out So'unga, Myoga, Totosai and Saya explain to everyone that in the aftermath of Inuyasha's father's death two hundred years ago, they carried out his last command for his three swords. While the Tessaiga and Tenseiga were taken care of, Saya claimed that there were no instructions for how to dispose of So'unga. Unable to give it to either Inuyasha or Sesshomaru, Saya decides to keep So'unga asleep for at least seven hundred years and had it thrown into the Bone Eater's Well, where it ended up in the possession of Kagome's family.
Meanwhile, So'unga finds a new demon host, recovers Sesshomaru's lost left arm from the netherworld, and revives Takemaru, playing on his hatred for the Dog General and his sons. Takemaru slaughters an entire castle and resurrects the living dead to wear down his enemies' strength. During the battle, the demon kidnaps Kagome and Rin. Both of the brothers take off to save the girls, whom So'unga urges Takemaru to kill to enrage their foes. However, Inuyasha manages to overcome Takemaru, crediting his desire to protect Kagome as his strength. Takemaru then realizes that Inuyasha's mother wanted him to live and that he loved her. His flesh then erodes to nothing but bones. After Sesshomaru uses the Tenseiga to prevent demonic imps from resurrecting Takemaru, So'unga creates itself a new body and opens a gateway to the netherworld, threatening to end all life on Earth. While Saya protects the humans from being overcome by the dead souls from the netherworld, Inuyasha and Sesshomaru do battle with So'unga, both determined to defeat the sword on their own. Individually, So'unga was stronger than either the Tenseiga or Tessaiga. However, Inuyasha and Sesshomaru finally combine their attacks to overwhelm So'unga's Dragon Twister, causing the sword and Sesshomaru's left arm to fall into the pit of hell. The two brothers then sees their father who thanks them and say goodbye.
After the credits while laying on a hill, Kagome tells Inuyasha that she realize Sesshomaru likes humans, and Inuyasha replies that he did not care at all. Kagome remembers the enchanted beads and tells InuYasha to sit up, close his eyes and ask him that she had a nice surprise for him. Kagome then places it around his neck again. Inuyasha tries to get it off, but Kagome says "Sit, boy", causing him along with it to fall on the ground.
Cast and credits
Director: Toshiya Shinohara
Screenplay: Katsuyuki Sumizawa
Music: Kaoru Wada
Character Designs: Hideyuki Motohashi & Yoshihito Hishinuma
Theme Song: "Four Seasons"
Lyrics: JUSME, Music: MONK, Arrangement: MONK, Performed by: Namie Amuro
InuYasha - Kappei Yamaguchi/Richard Ian Cox
Kagome Higurashi - Satsuki Yukino/Moneca Stori
Miroku - Koji Tsujitani/Kirby Morrow
Sango - Houko Kuwashima/Kelly Sheridan
Shippo - Kumiko Watanabe/Jillian Michaels
Myoga - Kenichi Ogata/Paul Dobson
Totosai - Joji Yanami/Richard Newman
Sesshomaru - Ken Narita/David Kaye
Jaken - Yuichi Nagashima/Don Brown
Rin - Mamiko Noto/Brenna O'Brien
Inu no Taishou - Akio Ōtsuka/Don Brown
Izayoi - Kikuko Inoue/Alaina Burnett
Saya - Kaneta Kimotsuki/Michael Dobson
Takemaru of Setsuna - Yasunori Matsumoto/Jonathan Holmes
So'unga - Fumihiko Tachiki/Ward Perry
Sota Higurashi - Akiko Nakagawa/Rebecca Shoichet
Kagome and Sota's Grandfather - Katsumi Suzuki/French Tickner
Kagome and Sota's Mother - Asako Dodo/Cathy Weseluck