Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

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Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
InuYasha movie 2.jpg
North American DVD cover art
Directed by Toshiya Shinohara
Produced by
  • Mikihiro Iwata
  • Michihiko Suwa
  • Masuo Ueda
Screenplay byKatsuyuki Sumisawa
Based on Inuyasha
by Rumiko Takahashi
Starring
Music by Kaoru Wada
CinematographyHirofumi Yagi
Edited byShigeyuki Yamamori
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Budget US$3.2 million[ citation needed ]
Box office$7,506,630 [1]

Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass (映画犬夜叉 鏡の中の夢幻城, Eiga Inuyasha: Kagami no Naka no Mugenjō lit. Inuyasha The Movie 2: Phantom Castle in the Mirror) is the second film of the Inuyasha series. The song, "Yurayura", is performed by Every Little Thing.

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Plot

Half-demon Inuyasha, schoolgirl Kagome, monk Miroku, demon slayer Sango, and fox demon Shippo battle and defeat their archenemy Naraku. As a result, Miroku's Wind Tunnel that Naraku cursed his family with disappears from his hand, while elsewhere, Sango's brother Kohaku is freed from Naraku's grasp as a human puppet. With Naraku apparently defeated, Inuyasha, Kagome, and Shippo part ways with Miroku and Sango to continue searching for the shards of the Shinkon Jewel. Miroku returns to his master, Mushin, and Sango returns to her village and finds the amnesiac Kohaku there. Mushin presents Miroku with a task that is to be given to the surviving descendant of his family who defeats Naraku; to destroy a yōkai who threatens to cast the world into eternal night.

Kagura and Kanna, two of Naraku's incarnations, come across a mirror in a hidden shrine and awaken a maiden who declares herself to be Kaguya, Princess of the Heavens. In exchange for freeing her, Kaguya promises to give Kagura her true heart's desire; freedom. Kagura and Kanna set out to recover five items that will free Kaguya from her mirror completely.

Inuyasha travels to the modern era looking for Kagome, alongside her brother Sota. In town, Kagome angrily hides Inuyasha from the public in a photo booth which Sota jokingly puts coins into, taking photos of the two as they are arguing. Back in the Feudal era, Kagome takes their faces from one of the photos and places them in a heart-shaped necklace locket that she offers to Inuaysha, who seemingly rejects it. Later, they run into Kagura, Kanna, and Kaguya, the former of which rips off a sleeve of Inuyasha's Robe of the Fire-Rat as it is one of the five items. Kagome forces the demons to flee after the battle, with Kaguya noticing the strange aura surrounding her that does not match the time of the Feudal era. Afterwards, Inuyasha, Kagome and Shippo meet Akitoki Hōjō, the ancestor of Kagome's classmate Hōjō, who plans to dispose a celestial robe into Mount Fuji.

Miroku and his tanuki servant Hachi learn, while searching for the yōkai he is meant to destroy, that his grandfather defeated Kaguya, leading to her celestial robe being entrusted to the Hōjō family. With Kaguya and Kanna having found the remaining items, Kaguya goes to find the robe alone, fighting Inuyasha for it. She restrains him to a tree, and Kagome sacrifices herself to protect him from a sacred arrow that Kaguya deflected from her. Kaguya takes Kagome captive, offering to release her alive in exchange for Inuyasha to become her servant.

Kaguya has begun to freeze time into eternal night. Kagura suspects that Kaguya is not who she says she is and tries to attack her, but Kaguya teleports Kagura and Kanna elsewhere. Following his escape, Inuyasha, Hōjō, and Shippo join with Miroku, Hachi, Sango, Kohaku, and Sango's nekomata companion Kirara to infiltrate Kaguya's mountain castle. Excluding Hachi and Hōjō, they use items from Kagome's first aid kit from the modern era to survive the time freeze, while Inuyasha remains unaffected having worn Kagome's locket. They battle Kaguya to no avail, and she transforms Inuyasha into a full-fledged demon. A restrained Kagome pleads Inuyasha to stop, but upon being freed by Shippo, she ends up sharing a kiss with Inuyasha to revert him back to his normal self; he promises to remain a half-demon longer for her sake.

After Kaguya reveals that she is a demon who absorbed the real Kaguya, Naraku appears, having faked his death by hiding in Kohaku's back, waiting for Kaguya to come out of hiding to absorb her power and gain his own immortality. The heroes defeat Kaguya before Naraku can absorb her, and she is killed by Miroku's restored Wind Tunnel. Everyone flees the collapsing castle through Kanna's mirror with Naraku taking Kohaku with him. The heroes return to safety with time being reverted to normal. Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku, Sango, Shippo and Kirara resume their mission to find the Shinkon Jewel shards, and Hōjō disposes the robe at Mount Fuji.

Voice cast

CharacterJapanese Voice ActorEnglish 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
Kikyo Noriko Hidaka Willow Johnson
Myoga Kenichi Ogata Paul Dobson
Naraku Toshiyuki Morikawa Paul Dobson
Kagura Izumi Ōgami Janyse Jaud
Kanna Yukana Janyse Jaud
Kohaku Akiko Yajima Danny McKinnon
Hachiemon Toshihiko Nakajima Terry Klassen
Mushin Yuzuru Fujimoto Alec Willows
Hojo/Akitoki Hojo Yūji Ueda Matt Smith
Sota Higurashi Akiko Nakagawa Saffron Henderson
Yuka Kaori Shimizu Jillian Michaels
Eri Yuki Masuda Saffron Henderson
Ayumi Nami Okamoto Cathy Weseluck
Kaguya Mieko Harada Nicole Oliver

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