Wings (band)

Core members of Wings, Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney and Denny Laine.

Wings was a pop-rock band led by Paul McCartney, formed after the dissolution of the Beatles.

Before Wings

See Paul McCartney.

The Wings years

Late in 1971, drummer Denny Seiwell, and ex-Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine, joined Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney to record Paul's third post-Beatles project. The result was Wild Life, the first project to credit "Wings". (The band name is said to have come to McCartney as he was praying in the hospital while Linda was giving birth to their eldest child Stella McCartney.)

In 1972 McCartney returned to touring, mounting an impromptu tour of UK universities and small European venues (with the group literally driving around in a van), playing no Beatles numbers. He scored hits with the relatively light singles "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and "Hi Hi Hi" (the latter getting in trouble with the BBC for alleged drug references).

In early 1973, McCartney repeated this pattern, adding ex-Spooky Tooth guitarist Henry McCullough, and re-christening the band "Paul McCartney and Wings" for the album Red Rose Speedway which yielded the first big Wings hit, the romantic ballad "My Love". That same year, McCartney filmed his first American TV special James Paul McCartney, which was savagely criticised by noted rock journalist Lillian Roxon. Wings also recorded the hit theme song to the James Bond film Live and Let Die, which reunited McCartney with producer George Martin. Over the years this has remained one of the most memorable of all Bond songs, and is always an exciting part of McCartney's concert performances (often played to fireworks).

Following the release of Speedway, Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough left the band, leaving the McCartneys and Denny Laine to cut their next album at EMI's recording studio in Lagos, Nigeria, recording what turned out to be their breakthrough album, Band on the Run.

The album went to #1 and spawned a half-dozen hit singles including the rockers "Jet" and "Helen Wheels", the acoustic ballad "Bluebird", the title track -- a suite of movements recalling side 2 of Abbey Road -- and the rocky non-album single "Junior's Farm". Moreover Band on the Run enjoyed a very positive critical reception, and did much to restore McCartney's somewhat damaged post-Beatles image. It also included two songs, "Let Me Roll It" and "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five", thought to be answer songs to "How Do You Sleep?", John Lennon's earlier scathing attack on McCartney.

Band on the Run was followed by similarly successful albums Venus and Mars (1975), which was recorded in New Orleans, and Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976), recorded in Nashville, both of which took top chart positions. Also during this period, Wings embarked on a hugely successful and theatrical world tour, documented in the triple-live LP set Wings Over America, which included a late 1975 tour of Australia, McCartney's first visit there since the Beatles' epoch-making Antipodean tour in June, 1964. McCartney still mostly shied away from the Beatles catalogue; only five such numbers were typically included in the American shows. One of the Seattle concerts from the American leg of the '75-'76 world tour was filmed and later released as the concert feature Rockshow (1980). Further hits followed with the singles "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In".

Also in 1976, McCartney inaugurated Buddy Holly Week in London, founded on what would have been Holly's 40th birthday and marked with an annual celebrity party; his lifelong passion for the music of this rock'n'roll pioneer was also reflected in his aquisition of Holly's publishing catalogue. Ever the astute businessman, McCartney also cannily bought the rights to an off-Broadway musical he had seen in America, and this investment reaped huge returns when the musical was adapted into the smash-hit feature film Grease.

After the world tour McCartney took a break, but this period produced both the most obscure and the most successful records he has made. During 1977 he released the peculiar, unpromoted and little-known album Thrillington -- an orchestral re-make of the earlier Ram album, issued under the pseudonym 'Percy "Thrills" Thrillington', followed by single version of a live recording of "Maybe I'm Amazed". Later in the year the band recorded their next album in the Virgin Islands.

At the end of 1977 McCartney released the ballad "Mull of Kintyre", an ode to the Scottish coastal region he had made his home in the early Seventies. Its broad appeal was maximised by a pre-Christmas release and it became a massive international hit, dominating the charts in Britain, Australia and many other countries over the Christmas/New Year period and becoming one of the biggest selling UK singles of all time.

McCartney released the album London Town in 1978. During the recording of the album in May, 1977, both Joe English and Jimmy McCullough parted ways with Wings (McCulloch died of a heroin overdose in 1979.)

Though still released as a Wings album, the band was now reduced to Paul, Linda, Laine, and a host of studio players. The album was a major commercial success, reaching #2 on the charts, but featured a markedly softer-rock, synth-based sound and yielded only minor UK hits in "With a Little Luck" and "Girlfriend" (the former was a big hit in the US).

In 1979 Wings released the singles "Goodnight Tonight", "Getting Closer" and "Wonderful Christmastime" and the album Back to the Egg, a critical and commercial failure and the last McCartney project released under the Wings moniker, with McCartney returning to solo billing on future recordings.

During that year, Wings joined Buddy Holly's band, The Crickets onstage in London at the annual Buddy Holly Week party. McCartney was also honoured by The Guinness Book Of Records with a unique rhodium disc, recognising his achievement as the most successful popular music composer of all time.

In November and December of 1979 Wings performed their final tour of the UK, climaxing with a massive 'Rockestra' all-star collection of musicians in London in aid of UNICEF and Kampuchean refugees. This final version of the band included guitarist Lawrence Juber and drummer Steve Holly, who had joined the group in 1978. During this tour the live version of "Coming Up" was recodred, this being their final US number one the following year.

Wings continued to demo some more tunes during 1980/1981 but following a disastrous aborted Japanese tour they fell apart.

The longevity and success of Wings can be seen as something of a vindication for McCartney, whose early home-grown solo output, which frequently featured simplistic nursery-rhyme styled lyrics and sketchy arrangements and production, sometimes led to critical dismissal of his work as "lightweight" next to the more serious nature of his former bandmates' solo output. Though McCartney was the first Beatle to release a solo album after the official break-up of the band, it was John Lennon's early solo output which initially gained the lead in both critical opinion and commercial success, and George Harrison had scored a huge success with his 1971 triple-album solo debut All Things Must Pass. But by the mid-Seventies Lennon's solo career had run out of steam and he had stopped recording; Harrison too was fading from view by this time as by 1976 he had all but retired from recording and performing. As leader of Wings, McCartney however was rising to a new peak of success and he became the only one of the four Beatles who continued to tour and record regularly in the years after their split.

Wings' 1977 single, "Mull of Kintyre"/"Girls School" is still the biggest-selling non-charity single in the UK (although Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" sold more, its sales include a reissue in aid of the Terence Higgins Trust) and it ranked fourth in the official list of best selling singles in the UK issued in 2002.

Line-ups

Wings was ostensibly a true band, and in fact several members besides McCartney contributed songs and occasional vocals, but McCartney was unquestionably the group's leader and star. However, during its lifespan, Wings underwent numerous personnel changes.

Discography

  • Wild Life (1971)
  • Red Rose Speedway (1973)
  • Band on the Run (1973)
  • Venus and Mars (1975)
  • Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
  • Wings Over America (1976)
  • London Town (1978)
  • Back to the Egg (1979)

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But by the mid-Seventies Lennon's solo career had run out of steam and he had stopped recording; Harrison too was fading from view by this time as by 1976 he had all but retired from recording and performing. See InuYasha special items and attacks. Though McCartney was the first Beatle to release a solo album after the official break-up of the band, it was John Lennon's early solo output which initially gained the lead in both critical opinion and commercial success, and George Harrison had scored a huge success with his 1971 triple-album solo debut All Things Must Pass. The anime is available in the US as Case Closed from FUNimation. The longevity and success of Wings can be seen as something of a vindication for McCartney, whose early home-grown solo output, which frequently featured simplistic nursery-rhyme styled lyrics and sketchy arrangements and production, sometimes led to critical dismissal of his work as "lightweight" next to the more serious nature of his former bandmates' solo output. Detective Conan is published in Shonen Sunday along with InuYasha. Wings continued to demo some more tunes during 1980/1981 but following a disastrous aborted Japanese tour they fell apart. Jimmy Kudo (Shin'ichi Kudo) and Rachel Moore (Ran Mori) of Case Closed (Detective Conan) make a cameo appearance in episode 128.

During this tour the live version of "Coming Up" was recodred, this being their final US number one the following year. A List of all yōkai: InuYasha Yokai List. In November and December of 1979 Wings performed their final tour of the UK, climaxing with a massive 'Rockestra' all-star collection of musicians in London in aid of UNICEF and Kampuchean refugees. This final version of the band included guitarist Lawrence Juber and drummer Steve Holly, who had joined the group in 1978. Characters from both eras are listed roughly by their order of appearance:. McCartney was also honoured by The Guinness Book Of Records with a unique rhodium disc, recognising his achievement as the most successful popular music composer of all time. Kagome and InuYasha are the only ones that can travel between the two times through the Bone-Eaters Well. During that year, Wings joined Buddy Holly's band, The Crickets onstage in London at the annual Buddy Holly Week party. If the name is different in the English anime, the English anime name comes after the original Japanese name.

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During 1977 he released the peculiar, unpromoted and little-known album Thrillington -- an orchestral re-make of the earlier Ram album, issued under the pseudonym 'Percy "Thrills" Thrillington', followed by single version of a live recording of "Maybe I'm Amazed". Starting Saturday, March 28, 2005, Adult Swim is showing new episodes Saturday nights at 11:00 PM. After the world tour McCartney took a break, but this period produced both the most obscure and the most successful records he has made. As of March 2004, it aired at 12:30 AM. Ever the astute businessman, McCartney also cannily bought the rights to an off-Broadway musical he had seen in America, and this investment reaped huge returns when the musical was adapted into the smash-hit feature film Grease. As of October 2002, it aired at 11:00 PM. Also in 1976, McCartney inaugurated Buddy Holly Week in London, founded on what would have been Holly's 40th birthday and marked with an annual celebrity party; his lifelong passion for the music of this rock'n'roll pioneer was also reflected in his aquisition of Holly's publishing catalogue. As time progressed, the show was moved to increasingly late viewing hours.

Further hits followed with the singles "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In". After a while, the people who write the bumpers for Adult Swim became sarcastic about this, and it became something of a running joke that they were on the side of the viewers, but were at the mercy of superior departments ("Suits"). One of the Seattle concerts from the American leg of the '75-'76 world tour was filmed and later released as the concert feature Rockshow (1980). The show is so popular that although it has been taken off the air many times in its run (to make way for shows such as Kikaider, Big O, and FLCL), it has always been reinstated due to the demands of viewers. McCartney still mostly shied away from the Beatles catalogue; only five such numbers were typically included in the American shows. Since its introduction on Cartoon Network, the ranks of InuYasha fans have swelled to the point where anime.com (http://www.anime.com/200409.html) calls InuYasha a "cult" and its fans "rabid zealots". Also during this period, Wings embarked on a hugely successful and theatrical world tour, documented in the triple-live LP set Wings Over America, which included a late 1975 tour of Australia, McCartney's first visit there since the Beatles' epoch-making Antipodean tour in June, 1964. This is an example of the disputes that often arise with romanization.

Band on the Run was followed by similarly successful albums Venus and Mars (1975), which was recorded in New Orleans, and Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976), recorded in Nashville, both of which took top chart positions. Viz still uses the spelling "Inu-Yasha" in the text of the graphic novels). It also included two songs, "Let Me Roll It" and "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five", thought to be answer songs to "How Do You Sleep?", John Lennon's earlier scathing attack on McCartney. The Cartoon Network, the US anime licensee, and Viz Communications which published the English version of the manga and anime use "InuYasha" (Viz formerly used "Inu-Yasha" in the title but switched to the current "InuYasha". Moreover Band on the Run enjoyed a very positive critical reception, and did much to restore McCartney's somewhat damaged post-Beatles image. Since Japanese does not use spacing or capitalization, there is no "correct" spelling. The album went to #1 and spawned a half-dozen hit singles including the rockers "Jet" and "Helen Wheels", the acoustic ballad "Bluebird", the title track -- a suite of movements recalling side 2 of Abbey Road -- and the rocky non-album single "Junior's Farm". Fans of the series often use "IY", especially on fansites, although it is considered to be more of an abbreviation than an actual name.

Following the release of Speedway, Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough left the band, leaving the McCartneys and Denny Laine to cut their next album at EMI's recording studio in Lagos, Nigeria, recording what turned out to be their breakthrough album, Band on the Run. Variant spellings include "InuYasha", "Inuyasha", "Inu Yasha", and "Inu-Yasha". Over the years this has remained one of the most memorable of all Bond songs, and is always an exciting part of McCartney's concert performances (often played to fireworks). There is a long-standing debate about the proper English spelling of "InuYasha", the title character's name. Wings also recorded the hit theme song to the James Bond film Live and Let Die, which reunited McCartney with producer George Martin. See InuYasha media and release information. That same year, McCartney filmed his first American TV special James Paul McCartney, which was savagely criticised by noted rock journalist Lillian Roxon. He concedes, however, that the costs of producing a long anime series like InuYasha often make such compromises unavoidable.

In early 1973, McCartney repeated this pattern, adding ex-Spooky Tooth guitarist Henry McCullough, and re-christening the band "Paul McCartney and Wings" for the album Red Rose Speedway which yielded the first big Wings hit, the romantic ballad "My Love". However, some viewers, such as Derrick Tucker, from THEM Anime Reviews (http://www.themanime.org/viewreview.php?id=744), complain that some action scenes are often reused and that sometimes a static image moved against a background is used as a substitute for animation. He scored hits with the relatively light singles "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and "Hi Hi Hi" (the latter getting in trouble with the BBC for alleged drug references). Most people agree that the artwork in both the anime and manga versions of InuYasha is quite impressive, with Akemi's Anime World (http://animeworld.com/readerreviews/inuyashatv.html), Anime News Network (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/reviews/display.php?id=26), and many others praising that it is "excellent". In 1972 McCartney returned to touring, mounting an impromptu tour of UK universities and small European venues (with the group literally driving around in a van), playing no Beatles numbers. X is the 'modern' end of the well's wormhole through time. (The band name is said to have come to McCartney as he was praying in the hospital while Linda was giving birth to their eldest child Stella McCartney.). Here, everyone has gotten older but otherwise not much has happened.

The result was Wild Life, the first project to credit "Wings". At Y, the well (which exists in both ancient and modern times) drops Kagome, the 20th/21st century incarnation of Kikyo, off from the future. Late in 1971, drummer Denny Seiwell, and ex-Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine, joined Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney to record Paul's third post-Beatles project. At Z, Kikyo dies after sealing InuYasha to the tree, where he goes into suspended animation, and she is cremated on a pyre with the jewel, according to her wishes. See Paul McCartney. The modern time is 'X', a period in the Sengoku period (戦国時代 - Sengoku Jidai - Warring states period) is 'Y', and 50 years before period Y is period 'Z'. Wings was a pop-rock band led by Paul McCartney, formed after the dissolution of the Beatles. Throughout the story, Kagome and InuYasha come closer and develop feelings for each other, though the romance remains as a side plot for most of the story.

Back to the Egg (1979). As they search, they meet new characters who either join them on their quest, or oppose them for various reasons. London Town (1978). The pieces scatter far and wide, and the story tells of Kagome and InuYasha's adventures as they search for the shards of the Jewel. Wings Over America (1976). Soon after they recover the Jewel, it is lost again, and Kagome accidentally shatters it into pieces as she tries to recover it. Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976). When the centipede demon rips it from her and swallows it, granting the demon a great boost in power, Kagome is forced to pull out the arrow and awaken InuYasha so he can defeat it.

Venus and Mars (1975). It turns out that Kagome is the reincarnation of Kikyo, and that she does possess the Jewel of Four Souls, embedded inside her body. Band on the Run (1973). Kaede relates the story of how, 50 years earlier, a han'yō, also a half demon, named InuYasha had tried to steal the Jewel from Kikyo, mortally wounding her in the process, but Kikyo had managed to strike him with a magical arrow, sealing him to the Time Tree and into an enchanted and supposedly eternal sleep, retrieving the Jewel before she finally died. Red Rose Speedway (1973). Kagome wanders and meets an old miko (Shinto priestess) by the name of Kaede, who claims that Kagome is the spitting image of Kikyo (Kikyō), her elder sister (and powerful priestess) who had died and had her body burned with the Jewel of Four Souls, taking it with her into the afterlife. Wild Life (1971). When she drives the demon off by an unknown and mysterious power, the very confused Kagome emerges in the Sengoku period of Japan.

The demon claims that Kagome possesses the Jewel of Four Souls (四魂の玉 Shikon no Tama), and attempts to seize it. When she approaches the well a centipede demon (dubbed "Mistress Centipede") bursts from the well and grabs her. She does this to retrieve her cat, Buyo, from the well, since her brother was afraid to go inside. The story begins in Tokyo, Japan with a junior high-school girl named Kagome Higurashi, who, on her way to school, heads to the covered well on the family property (which happens to be a Shinto shrine).

InuYasha is a shōnen action adventure romantic comedy, with elements from the horror genre. The full title is Sengoku o-togi zōshi InuYasha (戦国お伽草子ー犬夜叉), which roughly translates to InuYasha, A Feudal Fairy Tale. InuYasha (Japanese: 犬夜叉, inu "dog" + yasha "demon" from Japanese yasha, derived from masculine Sanskrit yaksha) is a long-running manga and anime series by Rumiko Takahashi (creator of Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma 1/2, and others). For more information about the difference in terminology, see Tessaiga.

Tessaiga is called Tetsusaiga in the English language versions of InuYasha that are produced by Viz. translated as "Evil Gas". Lit. Jaki 邪気 - The source of yōki.

translated as "Strange Gas", but the actual meaning is closer to, and usually translated as, "demonic aura". Lit. Yōki 妖気 - The source of the power of yōkai. Sengoku Jidai 戦国時代 - warring states era of Japan, see Sengoku period.

It is often called the "Shikon Jewel" in English versions of the anime and manga, however "Jewel of Four Souls" is occasionally used as well. Jewel of Four Souls 四魂の玉 - Shikon no Tama - 奇御魂 - Intellect, 荒御霊 - Courage, 和御魂 - Virtue, and 幸魂 - Love. Inu 犬 - Kanji for canines, basically a "dog". Miko 巫女 - Japanese word for "shrine maiden", usually translated as priestess.

InuYasha is a han'yō, and there are a few other han'yō that appear in the series. Han'yō 半妖 - a being that is the offspring of a demon and a human, thus half-demon and half-human. Yōkai 妖怪 - Japanese word for demons or monsters of supernatural origins, literally means "monstrous weirdo". He/she later meets with InuYasha and his party, and travels with them not only as a companion looking for a way home, but also as a new friend.

Kuturugi — A young boy (or girl, see entry) who finds their way into the Sengoku period through the power of Shikigami. Tatarimokke — A gentle yellow round yōkai that plays a flute to guide children's souls to heaven or to hell, depending on their actions after death. Kagome appeased her and saved her from being sent to hell by the Tatarimokke. Mayu (真由) — A girl who died in a fire and returns as a spirit, trying to kill her younger brother because she felt betrayed.

Destroyed by InuYasha. It is a mask demon that takes human body for support and kills the host. Mask of Noh — "Flesh-eating mask" in the anime. He is a descendant of Akitoki Hojo (Hōjō Akitoki), who also liked Kagome in the anime.

He loves Kagome and does everything to date her. Hojo (北条 Hōjō) — Kagome's classmate who is constantly worried about her health. They are usually very nosy about Kagome's "boyfriend" and why she isn't interested in Hojo. Yuka, Eri, and Ayumi — Kagome's three friends from school.

He attracted Kagome to the bone-eaters well in the first episode, which set the series in motion. InuYasha and Buyo tolerate each other, even though InuYasha often harasses Buyo. His coloring is white with brown spots, and he is unusually fat. Buyo — Kagome's cat. He is Kagome's grandfather.

Grandpa (Jii-chan) — His name is also a mystery. She is called "mama" in both the anime and manga. Higurashi — Kagome's mother. Mrs.

Sota Higurashi (日暮草太 Higurashi Sōta) — Kagome's younger brother, often refers to InuYasha as "Inu no nii-chan", or "dog brother". He and his sword are eventually destroyed by InuYasha. Toshu (Tōshū, manga only) — A swordsmith who forged the Dakki, a blade that could absorb yōki. This prototype Datsuki eventually lead the InuYasha gang to Toshu.

It uses a prototype Datsuki in order to do this, and the blade was so weak that InuYasha shattered it in one swing of his Tessaiga. Mujina (manga only) — A male tanuki in disguise as a child who uses Shippō, attempting to get the power of Tessaiga. Koharu — A 14-year-old girl who was saved by Miroku when she was 11 years old, and has a crush on Miroku since then. He was originally a soulless puppet creation of Hakudoshi made of demon life force (haku).

He is a 30-foot monster with human shape, and can shoot blasts of yōki energy from his arm. Due to his telepathic powers, Kagura and Kohaku correctly suspect he is Akago. Moryomaru (魍魎丸 Moryōmaru) — Is actually Naraku's strongest minion, although he is technically working against him. He tries to kill Kagura and has his head cut off by Hakudoshi.

Goryomaru (御霊丸 Goryōmaru) — A monk who had his arm devoured by a demon. Both are powerful and capable of erecting barriers by themselves. Kocho (Kochō) and Asuka — Kikyo's shikigami that summons Kagome when Kikyo needs to be purified of Naraku's shōki and act as messengers to InuYasha when Kikyo wants to speak to him. Created as sixth detachment of Naraku.

Like Naraku, his heart is not inside his body, so he is able to endlessly regenerate himself. Hakudoshi (Hakudōshi) — Created from Akago's body, he was Entei's master, and looks like a 10-year-old child. Entei — A yōba (yōkai horse) who serves only the most powerful demon. He can talk, reads people thoughts and is later cut in half by a priest, which led to the creation of Hakudoshi from one half, and Akago as the other half.

Akago — Naraku's minion and detachment in the form of a baby that can possess anyone with darkness in their heart. Naraku used them as obstacles to distract his enemy from finding him until he completes his transformation. Shichinintai (七人隊, dubbed as "the band of seven") — The seven dead assassins raised from the dead by Naraku using Shikon Jewel shards. Regained his memory of Kikyo but was re-absorbed in an attempt to defeat Naraku.

Muso (Musō) — Reincarnation of the soul of Onigumo from the body of Naraku. She met her end when Naraku lured her to do his biddings with the almost complete Shikon Jewel. Tsubaki — A dark priestess (黒巫女, kuro miko) who made a deal with a demon to retain her youth and beauty after her plan to attack Kikyo in an attempt to steal the Shikon Jewel recoiled. Both were slain soon after they were released.

Juromaru (Jūrōmaru) and Kageromaru (Kagerōmaru) — The fourth & fifth detachments of Naraku who hold no loyalty, but were used by Naraku to attack InuYasha and Kōga. His fangs were used to make Sesshomaru's second sword, the Tōkijin. Goshinki — The third detachment from Naraku who was slain by InuYasha in his Demon form, after breaking the Tessaiga with his teeth. Totosai (刀々斎 Tōtōsai) — An elderly blacksmith who forged the Tessaiga[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InuYasha#fn_Tetsusaiga) and the Tenseiga.

Rin (りん) — An orphan girl who was revived by Sesshomaru and tags along with him and Jaken. Ayame only appears in the anime. Ayame — A female wolf demon princess whom Koga promised to marry when he rescued her from certain death when she was young. Often calling her "his woman," which always makes Inuyasha angry and possesive over Kagome.

In addition to thinking highly of himself, Koga thinks very highly of Kagome. Tracking down Naraku for the killing of nearly all his comrades. Koga (鋼牙 Kōga) — The young leader of a wolf demon tribe. She has the power to steal souls with her mirror.

Kanna (神無) — The first detachment of Naraku, she is a demon who appears to be a pale little girl with white hair and clothing. Kagura secretly plotted to kill Naraku, only to be killed by him through trickery. Kagura (神楽) — A wind sorceress, created as the second detachment from Naraku. Kirara (雲母) / Kilala — Sango's faithful two-tailed demon feline.

Kohaku (琥珀) — Sango's younger brother who is under the control of Naraku but eventually regains his memory. Sango (珊瑚) — Arguably the most skilled demon exterminator in the series. Naraku deceives everyone to get what he wants, and after hiding in Mount Hakurei, he becomes a full demon. Naraku (奈落) — The main antagonist, an extremely evil half demon of complex origins from a bandit named Onigumo.

Hachi's natural appearance resembles a raccon dog jūjin. Hachi (八衛門, Hachiemon) — A congenial shape-shifting spirit who has befriended Miroku. Often acts "lecherous" but has a special romantic interest in Sango. Miroku (弥勒) — A Buddhist priest (法師, hōshi) who has a very deadly Wind Tunnel in his right hand.

Shinidamachu (死魂虫 Shinidamachū) — Kikyo's lesser demons that collect souls of the dead to sustain her (un)life. Her soul was locked in battle with a demon's soul inside the Shikon Jewel. Midoriko — A miko of great spiritual power from many centuries before the Sengoku period. Shippo (七宝 Shippō) — A 7-year old fox demon(狐, kitsune) whose parents were killed by the thunder brothers.

Jaken — A demon (kappa) who is the stooge of Sesshomaru, a comical character. Demon Lord of the Western Lands. Loses his left arm to InuYasha in a battle. He usually appears very calm and in control.

Sesshomaru (殺生丸 Sesshōmaru) — InuYasha's older half-brother who thinks highly of himself. Myoga (冥加 Myōga) — A flea who was friends with InuYasha's dog demon father, usually runs away from dangerous situations. She is the first to recognize Kagome as the reincarnation of her sister. Kaede (楓) — A miko and sister of Kikyo who protected the village in the fifty years after her sister's death.

She was brought back to (un)life by the ogress (鬼, oni) Urasue. Kikyo (桔梗 Kikyō) — The dead priestess (巫女, miko) who loved InuYasha. InuYasha (犬夜叉) — The male protagonist, a han'yō of dog demon origins. Kagome Higurashi (日暮かごめ) — The female protagonist, a third year middle school student from modern times.

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