The series of Inuyasha revolves around a young half-demon by the name of InuYasha, born of a demon father and human mother, in his pursuit of the Sacred Shikon Jewel, and the evil half-demon Naraku who covets it. During his pursuit, InuYasha finds a small group of friends he can trust to support him in his quest.
The original anime covers roughly the first 36 volumes of the manga in 167 episodes, and “The Final Act” covers the last 20 in its 26 episodes. The pacing, however, is different, so some things from the manga were omitted or not given the same treatment or attention as in the original.
The majority of the original cast will return for the sequel’s English dub, but unfortunately, there are some favorite voice actors who either chose not to return for the sequel or were laid off, including Moneca Stori, David Kaye and Pam Hyatt. These actors voiced three very popular characters: the young reincarnated priestess, Kagome; InuYasha’s full-demon half-brother, Sesshomaru; and the elderly priestess, Kaede, respectively.
InuYasha takes the place of “Hellsing Ultimate” together with reruns of “Bleach,” at least until the final two episodes of “Hellsing Ultimate” air in December, at which time the lineup will change again. InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island (映画犬夜叉 紅蓮の蓬莱島, “Eiga Inuyasha: Guren no Hōraijima”) is the final InuYasha movie.
A small group of children on Horai Island (whom we later learn to be half-demon) watch as a Kikyō look-alike develops in a green orb, then stand in front of the Cauldron of Resonance while it comes to life. Four scars, the Mark of the Four War Gods (Ryūra, Jūra, Kyōra, and Gōra), appear on all of the children’s backs except for the youngest girl, Ai. Asagi, the oldest, tells Ai to leave the island while she still does not bear the mark and says her goodbye. The Four War Gods find out that Ai has escaped and try to retrieve her, but Inuyasha and the others defeat Gōra and save Ai, who later asks Inuyasha to save the others on Horai Island.
Later, while Ai rests, Inuyasha explains the myth of Horai Island, a place that appears once every fifty years. He remembers fifty years ago, when Kikyō took him to the island to meet the half-demon children. Suddenly, the Four War Gods appeared. Gōra sucked some of Kikyō’s blood (which was used to make Kikyō’s doppelganger), and Ryūra marks Inuyasha’s back with the scar, saying that he would never be free from them once he has the scar on him. The gang decides to head to Horai Island to investigate.
The villagers all panic upon seeing the island. In a small hut, Kikyō listens to a man’s tale of Horai Island, then leaves, saying she will defeat the demons. The rest of the villagers rush to the shrine and start praying for divine protection from Kyōra, who proceeds to burn down the shrine and kill many of the villagers. Sesshōmaru arrives and drives Kyōra off with his Dragon Strike. After the battle, he remembers back to his first encounter with Kyōra, when he was marked by the scar.