This is a list of terms from the manga and anime series InuYasha (犬夜叉?) written by Rumiko Takahashi.

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  • Adamant barrage: see Kongōsōha.
  • Ane-ue: means sister. (Kohaku sometimes says this when he talks about Sango)


  • Babaa: rude term for an old women (something along the lines of "Old Hag").
  • Backlash wave: see Bakuryūha.
  • Baka: idiot.
  • Bakuryūha: (Backlash wave) An attack of Tessaiga's which uses the opponent's strong yōki and the Kaze no Kizu to return the attack, magnified hundreds of times.
  • Band of Seven: see Shichinintai.
  • Barrier shatter: see Red Tessaiga.
  • Beads of Subjugations: see Kotodama no Nenju.
  • Blades of Blood: see Hijin Kessō.
  • Bone Eater's Well: The well that Kagome and InuYasha use to travel between modern Tokyo and the feudal era.
  • Bunshin: in reference to Shippo's dividing technique.


  • Chichi-ue: a very polite way of saying father. (Sesshomaru usually says this when he mentions his father.)


  • Daiyōkai : (literally "great yōkai") an especially strong and powerful yōkai.
  • detachment: refers to the servants Naraku creates from his own body.


  • Feudal era : see Sengoku Jidai.
  • Fox Fire: see Kitsune-bi.


  • God Tree: see Goshinboku.
  • Goshinboku: the Sacred "God" Tree InuYasha was sealed to (also known as the tree of ages).


  • Hama no Ya: Sacred (or purifying) arrows (specifically Kagome's and Kikyo's).
  • Hanyō: (commonly translated as "half-demon") the offspring of a yōkai and a human. They are often outcasts of both human and yōkai society.
  • Heart Scar: see Kokoro no Kizu.
  • Hidden Cloud: see Kumogakure.
  • Hijin Kessō: (Blades of Blood) InuYasha's attack where he literally throws blades of blood similar to a shuriken.
  • Hinezumi: fire rat.
  • Hinezumi Robe: made from the hair of the fire rat, InuYasha's outfit.
  • Hiraikotsu: a giant boomerang made from the bones of demons (Sango's weapon of choice).
  • Hōshi: a low-ranking, itinerant Buddhist monk.


  • Inu no Taishou: is the title of Dog General for InuYasha's and Sesshomaru's father.
  • Inugami: (sometimes known as Inuyōkai) dog-like yōkai; literally "dog god."
  • Iron Reaver Soul Stealer: see Sankon Tessō.
  • Itadakimasu: a traditional expression of gratitude before meals.


  • Japa mala: means prayer beads (like Miroku's).
  • Jewel of Four Souls: see Shikon no Tama.
  • Jewel Shard: a fragment of the Shikon no Tama.
  • Jii-chan: means grandpa.
  • Jourou: noble-women (usually translated as mistress)—in reference to Mistress Centipede.
  • Jyaki: an evil or demonic aura.


  • Kazāna: Miroku's "wind tunnel" attack.
  • Kaze no Kizu: (Wind Scar) a special attack technique of Tessaiga's that can kill 100 demons with one strike.
  • Kekkai: a magical barrier against evil spirits and ghosts (Miroku's).
  • Kitsune: a fox yōkai from Japanese folklore known by their magic tricks, such as Shippo.
  • Kitsune Youjutsu: translates to fox magic.
  • Kitsune-bi: Shippo's Fox Fire attack.
  • Kokoro no Kizu: Shippo's version of the Kaze no Kizu.
  • Kongōsōha: (Adamant barrage) the blade of the Tessaiga is covered by fragmented crystals. When the sword is whipped into an attack, many shards of spear-like crystals shoot out.
  • Kotodama no Nenju: (sometimes known as a rosary) the Beads of Subjugation around InuYasha's neck.
  • Kumogakure: a technique Shippo uses to become invisible.
  • Kusari-gama: Japanese chain and sickle weapon (like Kohaku's).


  • Lecherous: in reference to Miroku.


  • Miasma: see Shōki.
  • Miko: (commonly translated as "priestess") young female attendants at Shinto shrines.
  • Mononoke: evil/vengeful spirit.
  • Meidou Zangetsuha: a technique Sesshomarou's tenseiga originally uses, but is added to tessaiga in chapter 504; translates to something like "path to the underworld/darkworld", basically hell. It works by opening a large circle(after mastered by Sesshomarou)which sucks everything near it and transports it directly to hell.


  • Naki Kinoko: Shippo's Weeping Mushrooms attack.
  • nee-chan: means big sis.
  • Nekomata: a cat older than ten years is said to receive magical powers and two tails.


  • O-fuda: (translated as "sacred sutras" or "spell scrolls") papers which hold special powers and are used against yōkai.
  • Obake: ghosts, goblins, and monsters from Japanese folklore, including spirits of the human dead.
  • Ōkami: Japanese Gray Wolf.
  • Oni: the classic Japanese demon, an ogre-like creature which often has horns.
  • onee-sama: a respectful term for an elder sister.
  • Osuwari: (literally "sit") a command for dogs, this is what Kagome says to subdue InuYasha.
  • otouto: means younger brother.


  • Prayer beads: see Japa mala.
  • Priestess: see Miko.
  • Purifying arrow: see Hama no Ya.


  • Red Tessaiga: Tessaiga turns crimson red in order to break any spiritual barriers.
  • Robe of the Fire Rat: see Hinezumi Robe.
  • Rosary (InuYasha's): see Kotodama no Nenju.


  • Sacred arrows: see Hama no Ya.
  • Sacred Sutras: see ofuda.
  • Sacred God Tree: see Goshinboku.
  • Sakasa-gami: inverted-hair - in reference to Yura of the Hair.
  • Saimyōshō: (Hell Wasps) - Naraku's poisonous insects.
  • Sankon Tessō: (Iron Reaver Soul Stealer) InuYasha's basic attack.
  • Sengoku Jidai: (15th to 16th centuries) Sengoku period or feudal era of Japan, also known as the Warring States era.
  • Shakujo: Buddhist staff (like Miroku's).
  • Shibugarasu: corpse dancing crow.
  • Shichinintai: (Band of Seven) - the seven executed mercenaries who were resurrected by Naraku to do his bidding.
  • Shikigami: (specifically Kikyo's) a kind of spirit created to aid their master.
  • Shinidamachū: Kikyo's snake like soul collectors.
  • Shikon no Tama: (or The Jewel of Four Souls) the shards of this jewel are what everyone is searching for.
  • Shinto: a native religion of Japan.
  • Shōki/Shouki: demonic miasma, a highly poisonous gas.


  • Taijiya: a yōkai (demon) exterminator.
  • Tanuki: a raccoon-dog from Japanese folklore.
  • Tenseiga: one of Sesshomaru's swords—a sword of healing with power over the nether world.
  • Tessaiga: InuYasha's sword.
  • Tessaiga no Saya: the sheath of Tessaiga.
  • Tetsusaiga (written form, but pronounced "Tetsaiga"): The English dub's mistranslation of Tessaiga. See Tessaiga for details.
  • Thunder Brothers: Hiten and Manten, who killed Shippo's father, are brothers and members of the Thunder clan of demons. They can fly; are violently misogynistic; and seek the shards of the sacred jewel.
  • Tōkijin: one of Sesshomaru's swords.
  • Tree of ages: see Goshinboku.
  • Tsubushi Goma: Shippo's Smashing Top attack.


  • wakizashi: the shorter and often companion sword of the Katana.
  • WcDonald's: a burger place in modern Tokyo in the series.
  • Wind Scar: see Kaze no Kizu.
  • Wind tunnel: see Kazāna.


  • Yōkai: (demon) belongs to a class of obake. They generally have some sort of spiritual or supernatural power. Some possess part animal and part human features.

See also[]

  • Anime and manga terminology
  • List of English words of Japanese origin