|Inuyasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler|
|Directed by||Toshiya Shinohara|
|Screenplay by||Katsuyuki Sumisawa|
|Based on|| Inuyasha |
by Rumiko Takahashi
|Music by||Kaoru Wada|
|Edited by||Shigeyuki Yamamori|
|Budget||US$3.5 million[ citation needed ]|
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 3: Swords of Supreme Conquest) is the third film of the Inuyasha series. The song, "Four Seasons", is performed by Namie Amuro.
Two centuries ago, the great dog-demon Tōga denies his elder son Sesshomaru's request for ownership of two of his swords, Tessaiga and So'unga. Afterwards, Tōga heads to a mansion guarded by an army of samurai where his human wife, Lady Izayoi, is giving birth. The army's leader, Takemaru of Setsuna, who is in love with Izayoi, attempts to kill her by stabbing her and setting the mansion aflame. Tōga defeats the army and cuts off one of Takemaru's arms to enter the mansion, and uses his third sword, Tenseiga, to revive Izayoi. Tōga forces her to flee the burning mansion with their newborn and fights Takemaru. After both are killed, Izayoi names her newborn half-demon son Inuyasha.
In the present day, Inuyasha travels through the Bone-Eater's Well from the Feudal era to visit Kagome Higurashi in the modern era. Unbeknownst to them, Kagome's family uncover an ancient sword as part of their shrine's treasures, which turns out to be So'unga. The spirit of So'unga's sheath, Saya, emerges before the sword finds its way to Inuyasha and Kagome. Saya tells Inuyasha that he must master the sword before it can destroy the modern world, but once he holds it, it possesses his arm and reverts him to his demon form, forcing him to return to the Feudal era. Inuyasha's friends, monk Miroku, demon slayer Sango, fox demon Shippo, and Sango's nekomata companion Kirara attempt to stop him, only to escape once Inuyasha uses the sword's deadly Dragon Twister attack. Kagome takes Saya with her to the Feudal era and reunites with everyone including Inuyasha's mentor Myoga, who knows Saya. They are eventually accompanied by blacksmith Totosai, the creator of Tōga's swords.
The possessed Inuyasha runs into his older brother, Sesshomaru, who battles Inuyasha for having taken up So’unga. So’unga orders Inuyasha to attack Sesshomaru's company, Jaken and Rin, until Kagome intervenes and uses the Beads of Subjugation necklace command on Inuyasha to release him from So’unga's possession. After So’unga flies off to find a new host, Sesshomaru leaves Jaken and Rin behind, while Inuyasha leaves an unconscious Kagome with them, vowing to destroy So’unga himself. After being joined by her friends, Totosai reveals that So’unga is possessed by an ancient evil demon, following its sealing since there were no instructions given by Tōga as to what to do with it following his death. Meanwhile, So’unga retrieves Sesshomaru’s severed arm from the past and revives Takemaru, who, equipped with the sword and a new body, vows revenge on Tōga by killing his sons. Takemaru takes over a nearby castle and slays its army, resurrecting the approximately two-thousand soldiers as an army of the undead, as well as opening a portal to the netherworld.
Kagome and the rest of the group, including Jaken and Rin, join Inuyasha and Sesshomaru in a battle against Takemaru’s army. Despite inflicting heavy casualties on the soldiers, Miroku uses his Wind Tunnel to eliminate the rest. Kagome informs Inuyasha that, according to Totosai, the only way to defeat Takemaru and So’unga is to combine the forces of Tessaiga's Backlash Wave and the Dragon Strike of Sesshomaru's Tōkijin; Inuyasha initially refuses, noting that he and Sesshomaru could never fight side-by-side. Inuyasha kills Takemaru, forcing So’unga to form a physical body of its own. Inuyasha and Sesshomaru continuously fail to destroy Takemaru individually; the brothers eventually give in and use the powers of their swords to destroy So’unga's body and send the sword into the netherworld. Tōga’s spirit appears, remarking that he's proud of his sons before the portal to the netherworld closes. Sesshomaru departs with Jaken and Rin as Inuyasha and his allies look over the surrounding environment turning back to normal.
|Character||Japanese Voice Actor||English Voice Actor|
|Inuyasha||Kappei Yamaguchi||Richard Ian Cox|
|Kagome Higurashi||Satsuki Yukino||Moneca Stori|
|Miroku||Kōji Tsujitani||Kirby Morrow|
|Sango||Houko Kuwashima||Kelly Sheridan|
|Shippo||Kumiko Watanabe||Jillian Michaels|
|Sesshomaru||Ken Narita||David Kaye|
|Dog General||Akio Ōtsuka||Don Brown|
|Izayoi||Kikuko Inoue||Alaina Burnett|
|Takemaru of Setsuna||Yasunori Matsumoto||Jonathan Holmes|
|So'unga||Fumihiko Tachiki||Ward Perry|
|Saya||Kaneta Kimotsuki||Michael Dobson|
|Myoga||Kenichi Ogata||Paul Dobson|
|Totosai||Jōji Yanami||Richard Newman|
|Jaken||Yuichi Nagashima||Don Brown|
|Rin||Mamiko Noto||Brenna O'Brien|
|Grandpa||Katsumi Suzuki||French Tickner|
|Mrs. Higurashi||Asako Dodo||Cathy Weseluck|
|Sota Higurashi||Akiko Nakagawa||Rebecca Shoichet|
|Eri||Yuki Masuda||Rebecca Shoichet|
|Yuka||Kaori Shimizu||Jillian Michaels|
|Ayumi||Nami Okamoto||Cathy Weseluck|
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