Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
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|Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time|
Japanese theatrical poster
|Directed by||Toshiya Shinohara|
|Screenplay by||Katsuyuki Sumisawa|
by Rumiko Takahashi
|Music by||Kaoru Wada|
|Edited by||Tomoaki Tsurubuchi|
|Budget||US$2.9 million|
Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time (映画犬夜叉 時代を越える想い Eiga Inuyasha: Toki o Koeru Omoi) (also known as InuYasha the Movie: The Love that Transcends Time) is a 2001 anime film directed by Toshiya Shinohara and written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa. It is the first of four films released in the Inuyasha movie series. With characters more closely resembling the original manga rather than the series, Affections Touching Across Time used Hideyuki Motohashi, who had previously worked on character designs for Fushigi Yūgi, A-ko the Versus and Ceres: Celestial Legend. The film was released in Japan on December 15, 2001, and in the United States on September 7, 2004. The film was released in Japan between Episodes 54 and 55. The title refers to the strong blooming romance between Inuyasha and Kagome.
Inuyasha's father defeated a powerful Chinese moth yōkai named "Hyōga" two centuries ago, but a Shikon Jewel fragment has freed his son, "Menōmaru", who seeks revenge for his father's destruction and to free the tremendously infinite power and strength of his father sealed away with him. Menōmaru and his female minions, "Ruri" and "Hari", begin battling with Inuyasha. Miroku and Sango have their hands full dealing with the duo, Ruri having copied Miroku's Wind Tunnel and Hari having stolen and possessed Sango's faithful companion, Kirara. Menōmaru curses Kagome so she turns against Inuyasha.
When Menōmaru is finally able to access the tremendous demonic power of his predecessors, sealed away by Inuyasha's father, he becomes the new Hyōga and exponentially much, stronger and more powerful as each generation gains the power of all of the preceding generations. Hyōga soon begins to change the essence of time and space as he absorbs the souls of countless people in order to fully merge himself with his family's demonic energy that causes the mind-control that he put on Kagome to awaken and an injured Kaede and search for Inuyasha. As he's crossing a bridge, Inuyasha thinks he sees Kikyo but instead it's Kagome who is wearing Kikyo's clothes. Inuyasha greets her on the bridge while Kagome is trying to tell him to run, but unfortunately cannot be heard. Then walks over to Inuyasha and puts her head on his shoulder. He embraces her after which Kagome says "Inuyasha... get away.", warning him of her attack. He looks in amazement but is then stabbed by magical "claws" that come from Kagome's hands; afterwards, he realizes what Menōmaru has done. He then is chased by the controlled Kagome to the tree that he was sealed to. Regaining control of herself for a moment, Kagome tells Inuyasha to run.
After returning to her own time, Kagome walks out to a snowy Tokyo. When she is walking towards the tree that Inuyasha was sealed to and where he sits now, she sees him there, knocked out due to her shooting with an arrow while she was controlled by Menomaru. As she walks towards him, a snow flake floats by and erases the image. It is then that she realizes that without a way back to Feudal Japan, that she can never see Inuyasha again and that she collapses and begins to cry. Once she gets back up, she heads over to the tree and places her hand on it. Inuyasha and Kagome are then emotionally connected to each other through the tree and begin to talk through thoughts, as their romantic love feelings and affections towards each other proves to be quite strong and genuine. He asks where she is, Kagome tells him that she is in her own time. Before running back to the Bone Eaters Well, her mother gives Kagome her school uniform. After putting it on, Kagome shoots the arrow into the well just as a reawakened Inuyasha is about to slash the roots away. The blast from the arrow causes Inuyasha to get burnt and fall back into rubble. She emerges from the well. Myoga tells them that they have to defeat Menomaru before it's too late.
Sesshomaru appears realizing that his father's ancient enemy is fighting with his half brother, but chooses not to interfere. For the first time in the series he converses with Kikyo who somehow knew he was Inuyasha's older brother and Sesshomaru knew about her genuinely strong and close romantic relationship with Inuyasha as he told Jaken and Rin that she was nothing, but a dead priestess returned to life. He leaves warning her that only he will kill Inuyasha. Miroku and Sango manage to defeat Ruri and Hari and joins Inuyasha, Kagome and Shippo in a stand against Menomaru. However, he emerges from his cocoon as the new Lord Hyoga, a moth god with far more power than his father ever had. But Kagome's sacred arrow destroyed his power's font and Inuyasha's Backlash Wave (Bakuryūha) killed him. After the credits, Inuyasha and Kagome are sitting together in modern Tokyo by the Tree.
Cast and credits
- Premiere: December 15, 2001
- Director: Toshiya Shinohara
- Screenplay: Katsuyuki Sumisawa
- Music: Kaoru Wada
- Character Designs: Hideyuki Motohashi & Yoshihito Hishinuma
- Theme Song: "No More Words"
- Lyrics by: Ayumi Hamasaki, Composed by: CREA + D-A-I, Arranged by: Naoto Suzuki + tasuku, Performed by Ayumi Hamasaki
Notes: Director Shinohara's previous work includes the Lupin III - Memory of Blaze - Tokyo Crisis TV Special as well as Gundam Wing which he worked on with Sumisawa and Kaoru Wada joins them from the TV show.
- Inuyasha - Kappei Yamaguchi/Richard Ian Cox
- Kagome Higurashi - Satsuki Yukino/Moneca Stori
- Shippo - Kumiko Watanabe/Jillian Michaels
- Miroku - Kōji Tsujitani/Kirby Morrow
- Sango - Houko Kuwashima/Kelly Sheridan
- Myoga - Kenichi Ogata/Paul Dobson
- Kikyo - Noriko Hidaka/Willow Johnson
- Sesshomaru - Ken Narita/David Kaye
- Jaken - Yûichi Nagashima/Don Brown
- Rin - Mamiko Noto/Brenna O'Brien
- Kaede - Hisako Kyōda/Pam Hyatt
- Hachi - Toshihiko Nakajima/Terry Klassen
- Menomaru - Tomokazu Seki/Vincent Gale
- Ruri - Hekiru Shiina/Venus Terzo
- Hari - Tomoko Kawakami/Lalainia Lindbjerg
- Sota Higurashi - Akiko Nakagawa/Saffron Henderson
- Kagome and Sota's Mother - Asako Dodo/Cathy Weseluck
- Kagome and Sota's Grandfather - Katsumi Suzuki/French Tickner