InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island

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InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island
Directed by Toshiya Shinohara
Produced by
  • Michihiko Suwa
  • Masuo Ueda
  • Mikihiro Iwata
Screenplay by Katsuyuki Sumisawa
Based on InuYasha 
by Rumiko Takahashi
Starring Kappei Yamaguchi
Music by Kaoru Wada
Cinematography Yūdai Takahashi
Editing by Shigeyuki Yamamori
Studio Sunrise
Distributed by
Release dates
  • December 23, 2004 (2004-12-23)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget US$3.9 million[citation needed]
Box office $6,115,310[1][2]

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 a 2004 anime film directed by Toshiya Shinohara and written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa. It is the fourth and final film of the InuYasha movie series. It was released in Japan on December 23, 2004 a few months after the last episode of the first series aired. The film has been licensed in America by Viz Media and was released on August 1, 2006.

The film was first screened in North America on July 20, 2006 in San Diego, California. The film was aired on Adult Swim on December 23, 2006 and aired on YTV on June 22, 2007.

Plot[edit]

A group of children on Horai Island watch a Kikyo look-alike develop 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 (Ryuura, Juura, Kyoura and Gora), 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. After Ai leaves, The Four War Gods find out and try to retrieve her, but InuYasha and the others defeat Gora and save Ai, who asks InuYasha to save the others on Horai Island. Later, InuYasha explains the myth Horai Island, which appears once every 50 years. He recalls 50 years ago, when Kikyo took him to the island to meet the half-demon children; the Four War Gods attacked them. Gora sucked some of Kikyo's blood (which was used to make Kikyo's doppelganger), and Ryuura marked InuYasha's back with the scar, saying that he would never be free from them with the scar on him. The gang decides to head to Horai Island to investigate.

The villagers panic upon seeing the island. In a small hut, Kikyo 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; Kyora appears and proceeds to burn down the shrine and kill many of the villagers. Sesshomaru arrives and drives him off. After the battle, he remembers back to his first encounter with Kyora, when he was marked by the scar; he has a personal vendetta.

As InuYasha and company near the island, Jura appears and fires his Thunder Cannon at them, destroying their boat. Miroku and Sango fly away on Kirara, pursued by Jura, while InuYasha, Kagome and Ai escape to the beach, where they meet Ryura. In the ensuing fight, Ryura nearly kills InuYasha, but Kagome stops him by firing a sacred arrow. Ryura is forced to retreat when he sees his hands faded out of existence, but not before he hurls some insults at InuYasha.

Ai leads the group to the village, where they find Asagi singing together with the other four children. When InuYasha reveals his plan to confront the Four War Gods, Asagi begs him to reconsider, saying they will all be killed. The gang learns Asagi is going to sacrifice herself to the Cauldron of Resonance, and she argues her death will allow the others to live a little longer. They all follow Asagi to the Cauldron, where InuYasha attempts to destroy it with no success. Suddenly, he and Asagi are pulled inside as it closes. Outside, the rest of the gang and the children try to open the doors, while on the inside, InuYasha feels his strength waning. Then, Lady Kanade, the priestess who fought the Four War Gods 50 years ago, appears and lends her strength to InuYasha, along with the War Gods' power spheres in a box, telling him it must be destroyed as soon as possible and never opened. In return, she asks InuYasha to save the children, then gives her blessing to Asagi before she disappears. InuYasha destroys the door of the Cauldron with Adamant Barrage, accidentally breaking Kagome's bow in the process.

The Kikyo look-alike appears and takes the power spheres from InuYasha. InuYasha chases her to the War Gods, where she opens the box, releasing the spheres to their owners. While Kagome, Shippo, and the children attempt to make a raft to escape, the Kikyo doppelganger attacks InuYasha. At the Cauldron, Sesshomaru appears and finds Kyora waiting for him. Sesshomaru easily defeats him with another Dragon Strike. Meanwhile, Miroku and Sango fly on Kirara to confront Jura and the resurrected Gora. Using his Wind Tunnel, Miroku redirects Gora's blasts so that it hits Jura; Sango finishes him off with Hiraikotsu.

Meanwhile, InuYasha battles with the fake Kikyo and is about to lose when the true Kikyo appears and defeats the impostor, then leaves her bow behind. InuYasha finds Ryura attacking Kagome and the children, and he kills him with his Wind Scar. With only Gora remaining, Miroku spears Gora's head with his staff, greatly weakening it. With InuYasha's Backlash Wave, he kills the last War God.

However, all the power spheres combine to create the true War God. Although a combination of Kagome's sacred arrow and InuYasha's Backlash Wave can destroy it, she cannot fight because her bow was broken. The fireflies, spirits of the previously sacrificed island residents, lead the children to Kikyo's bow, and they bring it to Kagome. Finally, Kagome's arrow purifies the War Gods' attack and, with the fireflies' blessing, InuYasha unleashes his Backlash Wave with his Adamant Barrage, killing the fireflies and the War God. As the gang and the children leave the island, the island vanishes into the broken time line.

As the credits roll, it is indicated that the children spend some time with the gang at Kaede's village before departing to face the world by themselves.


Credits[edit]

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Kaoru Wada
Theme Song
"Rakuen"
Lyrics by: Ryo Owatari
Composed by: D.A.I
Arranged by: Do as Infinity/Seiji Kameda
Performed by: Do as Infinity
Track
"Tamaokuri no Uta"
Lyrics by: Mari Shinohara
Composed by: Kaoru Wada
Arranged by: Kaoru Wada

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